Sixth World Podcast

A Shadowrun podcast doing round-table discussion about everyone's favorite fusion of cyberpunk and fantasy. Every episode we have a guest or two join us from the wide world of Shadowrun content creation. Freelance writers, other podcasters, or maybe ever Catalyst Game Labs people themselves. We stream it live! You can listen later, or join us while we record!
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Dec 31, 2016

As is done every year, a bunch of Shadowrun podcasters got together to take a look back at the past year, and talk about what plans they have for 2017 and what they're hoping to see from Shadowrun. 

  • Bobby Frankenberger of Complex Action / Sixth World Podcast
  • Damian Szydlo of the Violent Life Podcast
  • Mr. Johnson of the Arcology Podcast
  • Opti of the Neo-Anarchist Podcast
  • Joel of the Hidden Grid Actual Play Podcast
  • Zen Dead of the Hidden Grid Actual Play Podcast
  • Joules Watts of the Hidden Grid Actual Play Podcast
  • Justin Diehl of the Hidden Grid Actual Play Podcast
  • Cassie Levett of the Sixth World Podcast
  • Mark Mansfield, of Dice Crimes Podcast

MUSIC BY: Prism Shard -

Dec 31, 2016

Finding people to play Shadowrun with online can be tough. In this episode we talk with some members of the ShadowNet and RunnerHub play communities about how to help people find ways to play Shadowrun online. 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS - Jacob Heid & James O'Neil

Justin - From /r/ShadowNet -

Alex - From /r/RunnerHub -

Chit-Chat / Catching Up

Check out our Patreon! -
  • BOBBY - Year-End SR Podcast Simulcast
  • CASSIE is making adventures for you!



  • Scott Flowers - As a GM, would you allow a player to use the Dependents Negative Quality for needy/destructive mundane pets? For example, a PC could get incessant Matrix notices from their home of their cat knocking over and breaking things out of boredom when they're in the middle of a run. If so, in your opinion, how many cats would a crazy cat lady PC need to adequately represent each rank of the Dependents quality?
  • Ocule - So with a group of new players, im the only one with shadowrun experience would you recommend starting them on anarchy or starting them on vanilla?

Main Topic - Finding Ways to Play Online


NEXT EPISODE: Kevin Czarnecki - Cutting Aces


Dec 17, 2016

Getting philosophical on the show, we talk about the role and purpose of Shadowrunners in the sixth world. We're joined by Ozzkore from the Twitch channel Join the Anarchy.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS - Jacob Heid & James O'Neil


Chit-Chat / Catching Up

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  • BOBBY loves Christmas
  • CASSIE is rebuliding the Halloweeners.
  • OZZ is also in love with Halloweeners.



  • Ultra Lord - Do dual natured creatures have the ability to live in any metaplanes, either based on it's type, or just as a freeloader?
  • Chris Vandergriff - What kind of force can a great form spirit bring to bear?

Main Topic - The Role of a Shadowrunner in the 6th World


NEXT EPISODE: Z-Trip and WhyContainIt - Finding Ways to Play Online


Dec 3, 2016

Kevin Czarnecki talks DocWagon with us. We really take a good deep dive in exploring this AA megacorp and how it fits into the Sixth World of Shadowrun.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS - Jacob Heid & James O'Neil

Kevin Czarnecki

Chit-Chat / Catching Up

We have a new logo! Made by David McDermott at

  • BOBBY - Do you run holiday-themed runs?
  • CASSIE -  Ran Matrix WetWork job. Crew had to kill a target in a UV Host. Succeed by 1 hit point. Tense and lot of fun.



  • Scott Flowers - Magic has a starting value from 1 to 6 (or 7 with the Exceptional Attribute quality)... The maximum value of your Magic attribute (if you have one) is 6 + your initiation level” - SR5 CRB p. 278. If you have Exceptional Quality (Magic) and get Magic 7 at start, doesn’t that directly contradict your max being 6 + initiation level?
  • Florian Urbanek - I'm building a cat shaman and I was wondering, in your opinion, if the exceptional attribute: Magic was worth the karma cost?

Main Topic - DocWagon


NEXT EPISODE: Ozzkore - The Role of Shadowrunners in the Sixth World


Nov 19, 2016

Lee Stone in the house to talk to us about how to create and roleplay memorable NPCs for your players in Shadowrun.


Lee Stone

Chit-Chat / Catching Up

  • BOBBY was on Join the Anarchy -
  • CASSIE -  Ran Matrix WetWork job. Crew had to kill a target in a UV Host. Succeed by 1 hit point. Tense and lot of fun.



  • LazloZingo (Reddit) - Wants to know how to handle a situation when a vehicle is driving through a barrier. How does damage work for the vehicle and/or the passengers.
  • James O'Neil Extraterritoriality is the legal term, for when a nation leases or allows another nation (or in the Sixth World, a corporation) to occupy territory within its borders and that the territory occupied has to observe the nation's laws. Has a nation like the UCAS who acknowledges extraterritoriality, ever tried to revoke or deny it to a mega-corp?
  • Olivia K You guys mentioned a character sheets with variables in Epsiode 2 - is that still available? I'm currently tinkering around to make a sheet like that, so I'd be great for reference or even use.
  • Scott Flowers - If you have multiple jammers do their noise stack?

Main Topic - Memorable NPCs


NEXT EPISODE: Kevin Czarnecki - Doc Wagon

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Nov 5, 2016

We are joined by Joel DiPippa who helps us learn about Aztechnology. They're not JUST the terrifying practitioners of blood magic that you think they are. They make the things you like!

Joel DiPippa

  • Plays Guard-a-Manger on the Hidden Grid actual play podcast -
  • Food, spirits, and men's style blogger at


Chit-Chat / Catching Up

  • The listeners voted - Bobby is going to open his Buffy figurines.
  • Bobby will be on the Join the Anarchy Twitch stream on Monday Nov 7 at 8:30PM EST -



Main Topic - Aztechnology

  • One of the original megacorps formed from ORO Corporation (collaberation of drug cartels), given a "golden ticket" from the corporate court.
  • Meta-Azzie - Quetzalcoatl v. Tezcatlipoca (Or why Joel believes an evil or twisted Great Dragon/Free Spirit is behind Aztechnology)
  • What makes Aztechnology such an enduring “villain” between the other megacorps?
  • Aztechnology has legendary and subtle PR techniques and tactics. 

NEXT EPISODE - Lee Stone joins us to talk about Memorable NPCs and How to RP Them

Complex Action is having a contest to help get GM Screen to come out once a week. Check for details.


  • Eric da'MAJ
  • Brennan Blair
  • Jacob Heid


Oct 22, 2016

Mr. Johnson (aka: Cliff) of the Arcology Podcast joins us to talk about the brand new Shadowrun: Anarchy rules that just came out!

Chit-Chat / Catching Up






--Chris (@KtownPatriot)

  • In what ways if any does Anarchy allow for the creation and play of Prime/Legendary characters?

Main Topic - Shadowrun: Anarchy -- [end @ 9:50]

Anarchology Podcast

  • A new set of episodes on the Arcology Podcast that will focus on discussing Shadowrun: Anarchy related topics.

Rundown of mechanics

  • Cue System / Narrative GMing
  • Plot Points
  • Edge

Guest Q&A



  • Favorite 5th Edition book?
  • favorite 5th edition index?


--Chris (@KtownPatriot)

  • Mr. J, Which of your house rules would you most like to see made official?
  • Setting aside role playing, what is your favorite past time to enjoy with the whole family?


--Matt Hendrickson (@L0g41n)

  • If only one of your characters could become canonical, which one would it be, and why?

--Join the Anarchy (@TwitchAnarchy)

  • What are some of the topics you want to tackle first for the upcoming Anarchology Podcast?


  • When are we gonna get some new offerings from Prismshard!?



Arcology Podcast

If you want to contact us on the show you can tweet at us at 6WorldPodcast, or email us at Our website is

From me, Cassie, and our lovely guest… Bye!

Oct 8, 2016

We have Damian Szydlo from the Violent Life Podcast to talk to us about play styles and the role of the hero in Shadowrun.

Chit-Chat / Catching Up 

  • BOBBY - I could’ve been in a hip-hop video!
  • CASSIE - Players wrapped up a storyline to kill a toxic witch. Big NPC reveal.

THANK YOU to our first two patrons!

  • Kenneth Summers
  • ZoneGypsy


News / Random Stuff 



  • Oddmage
    • How's emerald grid fit in the pink mohawk scale? Do you want more hero type there?


  • Scott Flowers


  • I've started reading a lot of the Shadowrun novels. What Shadowrun fiction do y'all recommend?


  • James O’Neil


  • I can't find if the UCAS has recognized Ghouls as metahumans or not, and if they still have an on going bounty for them
    • A relief worker, Tamir Grey, out of Chicago, worked with the ghoul community there and aided them with all that terrible stuff happening.
    • After getting infected himself, he became a sort of leader of the ghouls there. He worked and got ghouls recognized as metahumans in the UCAS.
    • However, Grey died “mysteriously” and then subsequently their recognition as metahumans was repealed.
    • Ever since it’s been controversial politics about whether or not to allow them metahuman status again.
      • Especially since, in recent years, there have been a lot of reports of the “hunger” that ghouls experience is getting worse.

Main Topic - Play Styles 


Guest Q&A


  • Alex Blackburn - Facebook


  • Whats his fav shadowrun novel


  • John Houchins - @s4G1989


  • i need to know... are you recently, or have you ever, made a deal with a dragon?


  • The-Shang - Reddit


  • I don't even know who these people are, but I would like to know the best story they have about when it all went to hell. You know, the time when the dice were just totally against you, and everything just kept going wrong to the point it was almost comical. It's happened to all of us at least once.


  • Arasuil - Reddit


  • What about his personal preference on assault rifles' barrel slot. Silencer vs Gas Vents vs Long Barrel


  • Bamce - Reddit


  • Ask him who his favorite guest has been!




CASSIE - Join us for our live stream of Shadowrun Anarchy play on Tuesday, October 18 on our Twitch channel!


  • Complex Action Actual Play - WEBSITE - Interactive Map

You can find me on Twitter at GMFunkytown, or on my YouTube channel Complex Action at

If you want to contact us on the show you can tweet at us at 6WorldPodcast, or email us at Our website is

From me, Cassie, and our lovely guest… Bye!

Sep 24, 2016

Opti of the Neo-Anarchist Podcast joins us on our inaugural episode to talk about... Neo-Anarchy! What else?

Chit-Chat / Catching Up

  • BOBBY - I burned my finger, and my wife got mad at me about it.
    • Eric da’MAJ sent me stuff!
    • What the heck are we doing here?
    • Schedule
      • Every other Thursday at 9pm eastern US (next on Oct 6th)
    • Upcoming guests?


News / Random Stuff



  • Ken Summers - Patreon patron
    • The situation is this. 2 special forces Corporate Elite team members shot Fully Auto into their 6 seater van. Body 16 Armor 12.  They both won had first initiative moves, while 4 players were in the van down a alley while it was raining. The Spec forces were aiming and targeting the Van only.  With all the modifiers fully auto  with  -5 fully auto -2 environmental (rain) with an Ares Alpha. They got 6 hits and 7  hits on van (smart like increased accuracy).  10 bullets each total of 20. Now, our issue was would any of those bullets HIT any of the passengers without being targeted? (FYI the van was not moving it was parked by a loading dock) In the end I made a ruling that everyone can roll Reaction plus Intuition for defense -9 fully auto + 4 full Cover but they would all get the their armor + Body PLUS the armor rating of the Van. Im pretty sure this is WRONG. with the armor penetration rules I clearly seem to be missing something.
        • Your way of doing it a good on the fly option.
      • 1. Will the bullets hit the passengers as well as the targeted van or the van only? If not, are they subjected to being hit while in a van being shot up.
        • Mechanically since the van was the target and not the passengers, the players would not need to make a defense test. Core pg. 205
      • 2. Would I have to use the armor penetration rules  and just lower the DV to the players if they are all hit?
      • 3. What would you do as GMs in this situation faced with this scenario?
        • From the scene you described, I would have had the corp team use Suppressive Fire on Vehicles, Core pg 200.
        • Since the vehicle wasn’t moving there would be no defense test which makes the -9 from a Full Auto unnecessary.  Suppressive fire turn the van into swiss cheese.
          • Roll goon’s suppressive fire, if Vehicle Armor - AP is less than Damage then the players would need to make a defense test. They get Rea + Edge + 4 for Good Cover.
          • Soak: Body + Armor + Vehicle’s armor; they can do a -5 interrupt action of “Hit the Dirt” which gives them Body + Armor + Vehicle’s Armor x2


  • Scott Flowers - Facebook
    • Do shadowrun vampires have shadows/reflections and/or can they be recorded on camera?
      • Vampires in Shadowrun are strain II infected. They have reflections and can be seen on camera. Details can be found in Run Faster pg 140.


  • In the Shadowrun setting are grenades commonly concussive in nature or do they depend on fragmentation/shrapnel to injure? Because per my understanding of the rules, their damage reflects back off of hard surfaces, causing "chunky salsa". But fragments would much more likely embedded in said hard surfaces and only the concussive force would reflect. Is this just something that's hand waived or are frag grenades a thing of the past in the 6th world?
    • Shadowrun has all types of grenades from Flash Bangs to Fragmentation. Fragmentation are certainly more likely to destroy barriers and therefore less likely to do chunky salsa because it is doing more damage to the barrier. To determine how to do this review the Destroying Barriers & Chunky Salsa GM Screen.


  • Kevin - YouTube


  • Are all guns wireless and vulnerable to a decker attack ? Only when wireless etc.
    • Yes. Core pg. 420 almost all devices have a wireless link including your gun. A decker can brick the gun making it unusable. Core pg 421; You can turn the wireless off with a Free Action preventing hacking. 2:00 mark Bricking Gear


Main Topic - Neo-Anarchy

  • What is Neo-Anarchy?
    • Taken from original print copy. Donald Rooum and Freedom Press (ed.). What Is Anarchism? An Introduction. London: Freedom Press, 1995. Link
      • Anarchists believe that the point of society is to widen the choices of individuals. This is the axiom upon which the anarchist case is founded.”
      • “If you were isolated you would still have the human ability to make decisions, but the range of viable decisions would be severely restricted by the environment. Society, however it is organised, gives individuals more opportunities, and anarchists think this is what society is for [...] Anarchists strive for a society which is as efficient as possible, that is a society which provides individuals with the widest possible range of individual choices.”
      • “For dictionary purposes, anarchism may be correctly defined as opposition to government in all its forms. But it would be a mistake to think of anarchism as essentially negative. The opposition to government arises out of a belief about society which is positive.”
      • “The ideal of anarchism is a society in which all individuals can do whatever they choose, except interfere with the ability of other individuals to do what they choose.”
        • My freedom ends where your freedom begins.
    • Is anarchy a practical goal? Is it really even obtainable?
    • Devil’s advocate… So if everyone could just choose what to do totally freely… why would anyone join the army? Civil service? Janitorial work? Etc…
  • Neo-Anarchy in Shadowrun
    • Also, how is NEO-anarchism different from Anarchism?
    • Historically, where has Neo-Anarchy “lived” in the SR universe?
  • How to return to a focus on Neo-A?


Guest Q&A


  • Freeshadow42 - Reddit


  • You've recently been talking about how the hope of the setting in current SR overplots has seemed absent and that you hope to restore that voice, if only as a freelancer doing freelancer things. Do your plans to try to do that ONLY include Neo-Anarchy as an answer, or are there other plans in the works? And if you can (I know how NDAs work) could you please elaborate on those plans, if not, I understand. Thanks to both you and Bobbie (and all the other Shadowcasters out there) for keeping the fans connected and informed!


  • @KtownPatriot


  • Now that you've been a Shadowrun freelancer for about a year, when should we expect your first novel? What would it be about?


  • Alex H ( @li4ck )


  • What is your favorite non-soy ice cream flavor?


  • Ozzcore - Reddit


  • As we approach the release date to SR Anarchy, what are notable changes made to the prototype based off of feedback received?




  • Get SR: Anarchy when it comes out!
  • Go buy the SR Tarot Anthology
  • Check out the podcast, Neo-Anarchist Podcast -


  • Emerald Grid on Reddit. If you want to join a group of players playing SR together online, find them on Reddit and apply for jobs. 


  • Complex Action Actual Play - CAST PARTY
    • Monday, August 26th on the YouTube channel
    • You will be able to go to the YouTube channel page and click to join there.
  • TWITTER - @GMFunkytown


From me, Cassie, and our lovely guest… Bye!