Shadowrun Fourth Edition, by Catalyst Games, is a cyberpunk role-playing game where magic, cybernetics and virtual reality coexist. Player characters are known as shadowrunners. They act in the shadows and outside the law, doing the dirty work of the megacorporations and other powerful forces that ...

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Running a Counter-Strike style Shadowrun?

So I've been contemplating running a game of Shadowrun in a Counter-Strike style game, focused more on fast-paced lethality than long term character development as a short of one-shot game. For those ...
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Any rules or fluff around a technomancer infected with HMHVV?

I've been toying with the idea of making a campaign's antagonist an HMHVV infected technomancer (AKA techno-ghoul). Is there anything in the various sourcebooks or official fluff that describes this ...
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Things that all characters are vulnerable to in Shadowrun?

So I'm running a game of Shadowrun in which the players will soon get a rather powerful initiated mage. What I'm curious about is this: Are there any attacks/threats that affect basically all ...
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What are the differences between Shadowrun 3rd and 4th edition that I should know about?

I've played a decent amount of Shadowrun 3rd edition, and recently joined a group of players who play 4th ed. I know I'm going to get confused and turned about- In summary, what's changed that I ...
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How does stacking [Element] Aura work?

The [Element] Aura spell (Street Magic 173) provides the target with a bonus to the DV of melee attacks equal to the caster's hits, makes the attacks treated as that type of damage, and resisted with ...
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How do I use Shamans as opponents in Shadowrun?

I don't understand the point of Shamans in Shadowrun. In a world full of technology and magic, I don't see how the Shaman tradition can be roleplayed and mentioned without making the players scratch ...
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How to balance the numbers and equipment of an encounter in Shadowrun 4E?

I'm having trouble creating NPCs for my game, especially regarding their number and their equipment. Their skill level is ok, but these points are problematic. I know that most of the time, the ...
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Do sustained spells need constant line-of-sight, or just for the casting?

When I cast Stealth or Invisibility on a teammate, do I need to keep him in sight (following him everywhere) to maintain the spell, or is LOS required only for the initial casting?
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What is the “upcoming source book” mentioned in Shadowrun 4 FAQ?

In the SR4 FAQ, the answer to several questions about magic is "This question will be answered fully in an upcoming sourcebook." The questions unanswered include the following little wonders: If ...
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Faster technomancer play — what dice formulas should I have on hand?

Motivation I am new to Shadowrun 4th and am playing a technomancer. Both the other players and the GM are getting annoyed with me having to look up my rolls for things, so what I was wondering is if ...
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Technomancer's Dragon Hoard - What to do with all the credits?

Problem I noticed that as a Technomancer I end up with a hoard of credits and I'am having trouble figuring out how to spend it. I have High Lifestyle, A fair safehouse with luxury level security, ...
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Shadowrun dice pool size

I am new to both Shadowrun and GM in general. I want to run a one-shot of Shadowrun with four players. In that aspect I was asked, how many dice should be needed for a basic run. Based on the examples ...
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What book is “HP” in Shadowrun?

The Chummer character creator has a reference to "HP". What book is this?
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How do you handle (critical) glitches if both parties have one?

The rules state that the character suffers from his mistake and may even injure himself in the case of a critical glitch. But the rules doesn't cover the case if both involved parties of an opposed ...
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Simulating physical combat in-Matrix?

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 ...
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Can a mage Assense a Technomancer?

I'm writing a backstory for my character in SR4. One of the characters in my backstory is a little girl who would have been considered an Otaku (though not in any of the crazy cults) and would have ...
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How to convey the tone of Shadowrun

Reading the core book I realized how different Shadowrun is from my usual game of Dungeons and Dragons. We usually play the good guys saving a village from a tribe of goblins. Most of the time we play ...
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Why and how to force people to turn their PAN in active mode?

I just read about the Personal Area Network (PAN) for Shadowrun and they mention that some areas like airports, corp buildings or major metropolitain centers, require you to have your PAN turned ...
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Are there glider rules in Shadowrun 4E?

This is a short one, but I'm confused about it. Arsenal, on p112 lists two gliders, the Artemis Dawnglider and the Moonlight Phoenix. Unfriendly Skies adds the Artemis Nightwing on p14. All gliders ...
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Can you throw back grenades in SR4?

If a character throws a grenade in Shadowrun 4th Ed., what rules are there for another character trying to pick it up and throw it back? Is this covered somewhere in the book? I know it's in SR3, but ...
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How do initiative passes and multiple actions work?

I'm really confused with the initiative pass system in Shadowrun. For a "normal" combat situation with no augmentations or spells that increase the number of actions you can get, it looks rather easy. ...
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What are the books for the various Sixth World cities and countries

I've found a couple of books of Shadowrun 4th edition and I'm trying to find more (books) about other regions of the world than North America. Where can I get more info about Asia, Europe and ...
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Is it possible to fail Extended tests in Shadowrun?

Reading about Shadowrun 4th edition, I came accross the Extended tests rules. If I read correctly, extended test result doesn't matter because in the end it might take your more time than expected but ...
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Why are certified credsticks 'banded' in shadowrun?

The source material indicates the banks can issue certified credsticks up to their maximum limit, which is indicated by their band. Why? from what I can tell: All certified credsticks, regardless ...
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How does Shadowrun 4 differ from the previous editions - from an Actual Play viewpoint?

I have the old versions, and played the heck out of them. I don't have version 4. If I buy it, what can I expect?
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How challenging is “challenging” in Shadowrun?

I'm reading the core book about the mechanics and I see that a Success threshold of 4 is supposed to be challenging. Here's the exact wording. The standard threshold is 1 (so only 1 hit is ...
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How to deal with intimidating amount of rules in Shadowrun

I started to read about Shadowrun as a setting and I'm currently reading the rules and they are really intimidating. There's a lot to know as a player since every aspect of the game as it's own set of ...
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How do I deal with a Technomancer who uses a *lot* of sprites?

We have a Technomancer in our party who has a bunch of registered sprites. When something interesting happens - let's say the characters fight some attackers off and send them running away - he simply ...
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Mystic Armor and magical attacks

So I've been running a lot of 4th Edition Shadowrun recently, and I'm curious as to some adept abilities, but the one that's been bugging me a little is Mystic Armor (SR4 197); does anyone know if it ...
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Any canon Shadowrun material related to NY/PA/NJ areas?

I'm looking for specific, canon (i.e. official, published) references to material for the Shadowrun game-world setting. My game setting is based around the Philadelphia area; I've turned New Jersey ...
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Is there any way to reduce the Essence cost of cyberware?

Is there any option at character creation I can make to reduce the Essence cost of cyberware besides just buying higher quality (Alpha/Beta..) implants? I am thinking of specifically a race or ...
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How to use a Minigun effectively

So Shadowrun has a number of machine guns and assault cannons, but we still have the iconic minigun variant that allows us to shoot red hot death-lead at things. However, our resident heavy weapons ...
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Is magic, hacking, or rigging vital for balance in SR4?

I play Shadowrun now and then but ignore magic, hacking, and rigging in my games. Every time I mention this to others they tell me that I should just play Cyberpunk or d20 Spycraft. I ask why, and the ...
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How effective are spirits (bound or unbound) as security patrols in Shadowrun4E

How much attention do spirits (bound and unbound) patrolling a facility typically pay to non-astral threats? It probably depends on the orders given to the spirits, but what is typical in Shadowrun ...
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Can my Hacker have an army of robots?

I am just about to start a Shadowrun 4th ed game and I want to play a Hacker (Decker?) and I was just wondering about their use of robots (small or large). Can I have a bunch of small robots to ...
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What makes Shadowrun 4e different? What are its defining tropes and features?

As a player who has a background in Mouse Guard, D&D 3.5 and 4e, oWoD, Call of Cthulhu and Fallout, what should I know about Shadowrun 4th edition? What is different about it in comparison to the ...
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Is there a good way of dealing with both movement and tactical combat in Shadowrun?

Many times, while I know the hard rules of Shadowrun, I fail to put together a good combat that can be clearly described to the players. When initiative is rolled, we calculate our phases and then ...
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Is there up-to-date (circa 2070) information about the AGS / ADL?

I'm looking for updated (2070) background information about the ADL (Alianz Deutscher Länder, aka whats left of former Germany and its surroundings), I think it's called AGS (Allied German States) in ...
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Shadowrun: Do Lightning Bolt/Ball Lightning spells do physical or stun damage?

The Setup The Lightning Bolt and Ball Lightning spells both have their damage type listed as P for Physical (as opposed to S for Stun, such as Knockout). However, the rules also state (emphasis ...
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Since there are actually Trolls in Shadowrun, is there another word used for “Trolling” a forum?

I didn't even think about the racist meaning of "Troll" when replying to someone who was Trolling my forum. I remember some Shadowrun Glossaries, but I'm trying to come up with some "in period" ...
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Which Shadowrun book did this appear in?

I remember a Shadowrun book released in the last 2-3 years that had a description of a "trid show" that focused on shadowrunners. It would follow actual shadowrunning teams on their runs, record ...
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How do I handle astral security?

When a shadowrunning team tries to break into a facility protected by magic, it seems to me as a GM like the team's biggest liability is getting past magical security. If a mundane B&E character ...
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What programming languages are used in Shadowrun?

I'm looking for Shadowrun 4E fluff information on programming languages. What are the names of canon programming languages in 4E? C+++? SuperPython? etc? Please let me know where in what book you find ...
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What's a Denver accent sound like? [closed]

For a couple of Shadowrun sessions coming up, I'm going to be playing an NPC from the Mile-High City. She's an inexperienced ork fixer, low-class background, brought up among shadowrunners. I want to ...
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Shadowrun character creation, in what order do you reduce magic due to -wares?

In Shadowrun are there official rules as to when you would reduce your magic rating due to various -wares? Point in case, if you decide to purchase say bioware at the beginning of the process, before ...
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Concealability of a Hidden Arm Slide

Does the "Hidden Arm Slide" weapon accessory modify the concealability of a weapon at all? The brief description in the rulebook only discusses drawing the weapon as a free action but doesn't touch ...
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What is the SURGE event in Shadowrun?

The Shadowrun 4E background material mentions an event called SURGE, which seems to be similar to UGE or Goblinization. SURGE is mentioned twice in SR4A, and at least once in the Sixth World Atlas. ...
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Why do magical traditions specify a spirit type for each spell category?

In the SR4 rulebooks, magical traditions have listings of which spirits a character of that tradition can summon. For example: The Aztec Tradition Concept: ... Combat: Guardian Detection: Fire ...
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Creating and researching new spells in Shadowrun

This is a two part related question: The combat spells in Shadowrun cover fire, electric and acid elemental attacks, but not cold elemental attacks. Considering that the direct-attack spells all ...
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Where can I find the Restricted Gear quality in Shadowrun?

I had a player once who used a quality called Restricted Gear (I think), which let him spend extra character points to purchase one item which was above the normal availability limit for a starting ...