7 Stuck Questions We Have After the End of the Shadowrun Trilogy

Shadowrun Trilogy, a collection of three revived Shadowrun RPGs, has finally made its way to consoles. The compilation brings with it all the improvements and additional content found in the Director’s Cut editions, allowing a new group of players to dig into the unique cyberpunk-Meet-Tolkien series.


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The games are especially worth playing because of their writing and dialogue, with interesting characters and stories that stick with you. The world-building is dense and fascinating, but with so much detail there’s a lot the games simply can’t cover – and you might have a question or two once you’ve blasted the campaigns.

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7 What happened in the laughing man incident in ’55?

The Shadowland BBS message board is a really great in-game resource that lets you see how other decorators are reacting to in-game events; Helps add flavor to the world of Shadowrun Trilogy. But it also raises more questions than it answers.

For example, in Shadowrun Hong Kong, browsing the message boards will reveal a vague, long-running grudge a supervisor has against slam hair, of all things. This grudge was ignited by an event that the game refers to only as “The Laughing Man Incident of 55”. To make matters more confusing, Laughing Man appears to be referring to Harlequin, a real character in the game. What terrible poem did he write?

6 What did Got Shot do?

During the tutorial in Hong Kong, you get involved in a mission with some new partners that goes horribly wrong, killing many of these new friends. Since you just met them, you won’t know much about their personalities.

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But other people do, and one of your dead teammates—someone called Gutshot—apparently wasn’t terribly likable. At the mention of it, pretty much everyone will say they hated it. Which just raises the question: How sucks is Gutshot that anyone can be nice to him when he’s dead?

5 Was Jessica always evil?

In the first installment of the trilogy, you’ll be given a mission by Sam Watts – or more accurately, by Sam’s ghost. You see, Sam is dead, and the mission is sent to you after his death. This setting transports you to Seattle, where you will soon meet his suspicious sister Jessica.

It turns out that Jessica is involved in a sect called the Universal Brotherhood, which is responsible for unleashing insect spirits in Seattle. At the end of the game, you will find out that Jessica herself is responsible for Sam’s death. But given the mind-controlling powers of insect spirits, it remains unclear whether they are under the influence of spirits, or whether they are really just a vulgar person. In Shadowrun, either is a possibility.

4 What does “MESSERKAMPF!” It looks like?

In Shadowrun Dragonfall, the second game in the trilogy, you will meet an elderly punk named Dietrich. When Dietrich was younger, he was the lead/scream singer for a punk band called MESSERKAMPF! – Yes, the caps and the exclamation point are part of the name – and although the band didn’t quite take off, he still thinks fondly of his touring days.

Furthermore, in Hong Kong, you will learn to MESSERKAMPF! It has already gained a fan base in the East. But you’ll never hear their music in the game, which begs the question – how did they sound? Was it really worthwhile?

3 Where did the pasta extrusion machine come from?

If you thoroughly explore Shadowrun Hong Kong, you may hear whispers of an unexplainable terrifying being of supernatural origin: the Noodle Extruder. Yes, a machine that makes pasta.

But this Noodle Extruder never needs to plug in, nor does it need to accept payment in order to produce its carb-packed horrors. He can simply toss pasta whenever he asks for it, no matter the circumstances. No one knows where it came from, how it works, or what spirit settled inside the machine. It’s a very terrifying puzzle.

2 What did Jake do?

In a delightful response to fans of the series, the first game in the trilogy lets you throw a short party with Jake Armitage, the hero of SNES’ first Shadowrun console game. Back in the day, Jake was one of the most powerful characters in the Shadowrun universe, able to use magic and hacking abilities just as efficiently.

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However, when you meet him, his abilities are greatly reduced, and he falls into some difficult times. He’s still a tough cookie, of course, but it makes you wonder what the intervening years have been for him.

1 What happens to Ku Feng?

In one of Hong Kong’s most interesting subplots, you’ll come across a vampire named Ku Feng, who introduces himself as the fearsome nightlife. But as you get to know her better, you’ll know that she was just a regular accountant before she turned, and still struggles to worry about her new situation.

If you convince her to fully embrace her true form, she will turn into a badass and will join you on your final mission…although she will avoid before the final boss. Her character’s arc begs the question: What happens to her after completing the task? Have you become a true queen of the underworld? Are you back in accounting?

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