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Truth be told, I've lost track of Shadowrun's in-game "future history" when 3rd edition came out, which we've never got around to play. However, I do know (thanks to various gaming blogs, etc.) that the metaplot has steadily advanced through the subsequent editions.

Now that 5th edition is out, our group is contemplating giving Shadowrun a new try, and I wonder whether the history of the world of the game has been evolving and emerging continuously since 2nd ed., or if there's been some major retcons along the way.

For bonus points (:)), have any new major revelations been made concerning the link between Earthdawn (whichever edition) and Shadowrun? (If they're too numerous to list: Where should we look for a comprehensive list?)

Edit, to answer @Scrollmaster's question: The more detail you provide, the better. However, if no one comes up with a detailed list, even a "There have been no major retcons at all" or a "Xth edition seriously retconned X-1th edition concerning important dates and dragons" (that is, a 3 lines long answer) will also suffice. :) (Sorry, I can't really list my points of interest since I don't remember 2nd ed. too well and I haven't really read 5th edition yet.)

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I think that depending of the amount of detail you are looking for, the answer can vary from 3 lines to several pages. So, how much detail do you want? Could you put a succinct list of points to take into account? – Cristol.GdM Aug 18 '13 at 14:13
@Scrollmaster I've added an edit to the Q, thank you. Is that enough of a specification? – OpaCitiZen Aug 18 '13 at 14:25
If I remember correctly they have dropped the official Earthdawn/Shadowrun connection sometime in the late 3rd edition timeframe. They've didn't retcon anything major, but simply didn't push it any further. – Joachim Sauer Aug 18 '13 at 14:27
4 for the win :o) – Wibbs Aug 18 '13 at 14:40
There a lot's of minor and a couple of major (arcology shutdown, matrix 2.0, matrix 3.0, emrergence) plot advancements. The most complete writeup (from 1st to late 4th ed.) is probably the Sixth_World_Almanac. – Brutus Aug 26 '13 at 18:37

Most of the retconning has occurred as the present, real-world timeline has overwritten the future-history timeline of SR.

E.g. as far as I can remember, the 1999 Seretech Decision didn't actually happen. (OR DID IT?!?!?!)

Keep in mind, the timeline of SR has advanced in the Core rulebook and in many of the various sourcebooks that come out - there's usually a metaplot event or two that becomes cannon. (E.g. the Arcology Shutdown)

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