I am having trouble getting into the Shadowrun setting; whenever I try to come up with character ideas or feel into characters there.... my mind goes blank (regardless if I'm a player or a GM).
Normally I would say that a person having that problem dislikes the setting, which is not true here. Also I'm quite experienced in regards to roleplaying. I've been a GM for almost 15 years now (in different systems and settings) and also played as a player for quite a long time.
The strange part is that the single elements of the setting where I have problems....are not something new to me. For example:
- I'm used to having magic in the group or playing a mage (pathfinder)
- I'm used to playing nonhuman species (demons, werewolfes,... in wod, drow and dragons in pathfinder)
- I'm used to high technology levels (dark heresy) .....
the only thing that is "new" in SR is the matrix and I'm not playing a character who has to access it (like a hacker, rigger,... would).
Also this is the first time for me that I have this problem anywhere. Normally when I know the rules and the backgrounds I need at max. 3-5 minutes to come up with a character concept and have a feeling for how the character acts,... and that regardless of the system and setting. In this case: Nothing a completely blank mind.
As that is unusual for me I want to ask there if there are tips for how to get into the setting where something like this happens, and how a problem like that can be avoided in the first place (like I said I know the rules and settings there and even read the novels and played the computer games) and also what could be the reason there?
(I've tried now for 4 months to either get into SR or find out why I have that problem or what could be done to eliminate it to no avail so far).