Review – Shadowrun: Coyotes

22 December, 2013

Shadowrun: Coyotes provides information about people smugglers in the Shadowrun setting.  I admit, this is the first time I have seen the term ‘coyote’ used for people smugglers in a non-derogatory matter, the ‘coyotes’ I read about in the modern world are pretty universally unpleasant people, while here it is just used as a generic term and I think they would have been well served to have found another term to use.  That aside, it is a useful resource if there is a lot of traveling in your campaign, not all borders are easy to move across after all.

Shadowrun: Coyotes, is a resource on people smugglers in the Sixth World, how and why they operate, advice on when to use them, pre-generated coyotes, examples checkpoints and a scenario make up this product.

It begins with three pages of fiction, showing a cross-border run from the point of view of the driver, and then moves into a little over six pages discussing how the transporters work and the dangers of their trade (and a pricing guide for GMs).  Next there is about eight pages of border security (ranging from very easy to very hard) covering the sorts of guards and the magical,  physical and matrix tools they will have at hand.  Six operators are provided as examples, ranging from street guides to waterborne smugglers, for the GM.

Lastly, there is a short adventure “Piping Hot” that gives characters a chance to act as transporters themselves.  It is a good early adventure for a team and, which a little stage-managed, looks like it could be quite fun to play.

Overall, a good addition to the resources for Shadowrun covering a niche that has often been overlooked.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.


  1. It is odd they used that term and tried to use it non-derogatorily.

    • Now, admittedly, in sixty years, the term could change meanings, but right here, right now, it has very specific ones. And it is not as if they have not made up terms before.

  2. Hi there, I am the author of Coyotes, and to explain the name, it has been a part of the Shadowrun vocabulary for a couple of editions. Rather than make up a new term I just used the established one.


    • Thank you for that information. I can honestly say I had never encountered it in Shadowrun before this product though, strange.

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