Legacies: Shadow Generations
Although the skill system in Shadowrun is freeform, certain combinations of skills and equipment work well together. This combination of specialization in skill and equipment is known as an archetype.
The most notable archetypes are Street Samurai, characters who have heavily augmented their bodies with cyberware and bioware and focus on physical combat; Adepts, characters who have magical abilities that increase their physical combat abilities; Deckers or Hackers who are experts at manipulating computer networks; Riggers who augment their brains to achieve fine control over vehicles and drones; and Magicians who cast spells and can view emotions and call spirits from astral space.
However, the archetypes are not character classes: the player is allowed to cross boundaries. Restrictions are not imposed by the system itself, but by the player’s specializations. Because character-building resources are limited, the player has to weigh which game resource he wants to specialize in and which he has to neglect. This allows high character customization while still ensuring that characters are viable in the setting.
It is often said that Shadowrun is a team sport. Find a role on the team and make sure you can do your job well. Find one or two other areas of overlap( a combat option, a social option, a skill that stands alone and synergizes with a stat you arleady have fairly high) and be able to do a bit there as well. Everyone should be able to do some legwork, even if its just a few contacts and knowledge skills. Everyone should be able to do something in a fight, even if its hide in the van and run a drone. But overall the most common mistakes when first making characters is not having a clear focus and trying to be good at to many things.
Character creation will be unique for this game and done at the first session.
- Contacts and Legwork are your friends. They can keep you out of the line of fire. Having lots of contacts is a good thing.
- Edge is your friend. It can save your life, let you achieve things not normally possible, and generally all around makes you even more awesome.