The '''Matrix''' is the term the worldwide computer network is called in the Shadowrun setting. It was created, after the Crash of 2029 which destroyed the old internet, as a completely Virtual Reality, icon and graphics -based network, because this was the only way the sheer amount of data traffic could be handled. The entire Matrix is composed of various Host Systems. People interact with this Matrix by using cyberterminals or cyberdecks.
==The Rise of Wireless==
In 2064Crash 2.0 happened, destroying most of the wired Matrix grid around the world.
Transys Neuronet and Erika had been working on wireless Matrix technology since 2058 and had plans to start to implement it in 2064, until the crash occurred. Both companies were going to merge into Novatech but lost a lot of face for being a part of Crash 2.0, in an indirect manner. Novatech rebranded itself as NeoNET and began to license its wireless technology and protocols to create the new wireless Matrix.
The wireless Matrix was based off the concept of a mesh network. Where all devices are both a computer and a router. Data travels from device to device until it reaches its location. Because of the mesh nature of the wireless Matrix, the size and shape of the physical Matrix is always changing. The more devices in the area, the more effective bandwidth all those devices have making lag virtually a thing of the past.
The wireless Matrix also brought PANs (Personal Area Networks), a connection of wireless devices on a person that are all communicating to one another, AR (Augmented Reality) which allows virtual icons to overlay physical objects and locations called ARO (augmented reality objects; pronounced arrow), and a slew of script kiddy hackers.
==The End to the Open Wireless==
The Mega Corporations not enjoying how vulnerable their systems were with the new wireless Matrix; in 2075 had GOD begin rolling out a new wireless Matrix protocols that removed a lot of the vulnerabilities in the previous wireless Matrix implementation. The new wireless protocols were said to be unhackable. However a few shadowrunners were able to get hold of the specifications for the new cyberdeck technology that allows access to exploit and edit the new protocols and were able to release it into the shadow networks.
A change in the new Matrix was that to get on to the Matrix a user had to use a Matrix Service Provider's Grid. For low income users, there is still the free Public Grid which is much more unreliable and is said to be the "barrens" of the Matrix.
Each Grid now had a demiGOD, an agent of GOD whose sole purpose is to monitor illegal Matrix activity. All illegal activity will now flag a user with OS (Overwatch Score). Once a user's OS hits a certain threshold the demiGOD begins a process called convergence, which reboots a user's persona (dumping them from the Matrix) and reports their physical location to the grid's authorities.
*The Term "Matrix" in the Shadowrun pen and paper roleplaying game isn't related in any way to the Films "The Matrix", "The Matrix Reloaded", "The Matrix Revolutions", or "The Animatrix".
*Shadowrun Fourth Edition
*Shadowrun Fifth Ediction
*Denver City of Shadows
*Virtual Reality 2.0
== Greeting and Inquiries ==
SpecialContributions/220.127.116.11.192.121.222 1516, December 7, 2013 (UTC)Hello fellow Shadowrun enthusiasts.
I am a long time fan of the Shadowrun genre and have been doing alot of research on this wiki for a tabletop game my brother is putting together; based on 3rd edition set between 2057-2063. I wanted to thank all those who have contributed to this wiki, as it has helped me learn alot about the Sixth World.
I have a particular interest in learning more about the history of Germany and Berlin, most notably the Berlin Anarchist Movement that held the city from 2039 to 2060. I am unsure what novels or other resources I can look at to learn more, and I would appreciate any guidance or recommendations you could give.
Just wanted to give a shout out, I am sure you will be seeing more of me in the future.
Slot Off, Frag Faces!!!
The next DLC for Shadowrun Returns will take place in Berlin, and that's out next month in January. That should have a lot of great info on the setting. The second ed Germany Sourcebook would probably be your best bet for a lot of details on early Germany. Its out of print, and hasn't yet been rereleased on pdf, so it'll be pretty difficult to find. And Shadows of Europe seems to be in the same boat. But you can at least still find the Sixth World Almanac on http//www.battlecorps.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=28_187_239&products_id=2530 Battlecorp it won't go in to super detail, but it'll cover the basics, at the least.
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== The future of this wiki ==
You may want to see TalkMain Page for some updates about the future of this wiki. UserPiotrus 0026, August 9, 2011 (UTC)
== Merger succesful! ==
Just letting you know we are now in the post-Crash era! --UserPiotrus 1644, November 9, 2011 (UTC)
==Last Edit in Menehune==
Why you took out the sources? - And "average Dwarf" was correct, because menehune is an dwarven variant. --UserDorle 2143, November 18, 2011 (UTC)
== swtable ==
Any idea why http//shadowrun.wikia.com/index.php?title=List_of_Shadowrun_rulebooks&action=historysubmit&diff=23523&oldid=23307 this is not working? --UserPiotrus 2011, November 26, 2011 (UTC)
Ah, I understand now. I'll be using the new TemplateBook and migrating some info from old dumpshock page and wkipedia (see talk of the list pages). --UserPiotrus 2020, November 26, 2011 (UTC)
Do you know how to make the table sortable, like on Wikipedia? See http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Shadowrun_books. --UserPiotrus 2044, November 26, 2011 (UTC)
==Templates and References==
Please use for references the function and between that the Templatesrc, created by UserLoki for links on the sourcebooks! --UserDorle (User talkDorle) 1409, March 11, 2013 (UTC)
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