Are there specific rules for resolving a simulated physical combat carried out on the Matrix? I know there's physical and Matrix combat rules, but it came up in a recent session that two characters logged on to a roleplaying node and wanted to engage in a simulation of physical combat, rather than hacking each other's avatars. Naively, I would apply the usual rules for physical combat, but it's not clear to me what the relevant attributes should be. Someone can definitely be a better fighter with their high-strength avatar than their comparatively weak physical body, after all. Thanks for the help!
I would suggest that you pick one of the options below, or come up with your own, and just stick to it. There aren't rules for it because the Matrix rules deals with hacking into corp facilities, not sitting on RP servers. There are no rules for this for the same reason that there aren't rules for farming or managing a Stuffer Shack.
I think my point is, you can make things up in this area, and as long as the players know ahead of time what the rules are going to be things will be fine.