As with most things in my life, I really didn’t have an interest in Shadowrun until they made a card game based in the universe. I randomly picked up Shadowrun: Crossfire a few years ago and have been off and on obsessed with the universe ever since.

While the card games, video games and established fiction sated my Shadowrun obsession over the ensuing years, there was one thing that always eluded me: the actual pen and paper RPG. I (half-heartedly) tried to find a group who played every so often, but it seemed no one in Minnesota openly played. I eventually gave up hope and returned to everything else Shadowrun I owned.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to boot up my Meetup app again to see what was in the area in terms of RPGs or board game nights. Since I work from home and M works nights, I felt it was time to find something that would get me out of the house regularly every week. I was pleased to find a regular board game night and wait, what? A weekly Shadowrun night? The stars have finally aligned!

I went to my first session last night and had a ton of fun. I was originally intending to spectate since they were in the middle of a story and I was really nervous to just jump in. Lucky for me, most of the current players didn’t show up so the GM couldn’t run the main campaign. She set up a one-shot run for the four of us who did show (one regular, one semi-regular, and two noobs), which was probably the best way it could have gone down for me. Our GM kept it loose and guided us through all the steps when rolling for everything (there can be a LOT of dice rolling).

Three hours later, we had survived the run and were able to keep the loot and experience we earned with our characters for use in future campaigns. It was all very official, with paperwork afterward and everything.

I left last night on a high. I hadn’t played a pen and paper RPG since high school (at least), so I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m happy to be able say it was a great experience and I plan to become as much of a regular as I can in the future. I honestly still can’t believe I’m actually playing Shadowrun now. It’s a bit hokey to say it’s a dream come true, but it’s definitely something I never thought I’d get a chance to do. And best of all it’s ten minutes from my house!