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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Shadowrun Road Trip

So I've been in a Shadowrun campaign and my group has fallen afoul of both Aztechnology and some powerful Seattle organized crime people. I've been scouring all the books I can think of, but I can't ...
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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 you make the PC scream: “I wish we had a mage!”?

My girlfriend would like to join our Shadowrun game. She witnessed the first two game sessions and realized how cool the game and the setting is. She would like to make a mage and will start playing ...
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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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Do Technomancers need a commlink?

So I had never heard of Shadowrun before one of my players brought it up and asked if we could play it. I got the book, and have been perusing it for a few days. One of my players says he wants to be ...
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Has Shadowrun 4 been implemented as a MUD or similiar? [closed]

There's a few MUDs and MUSHES for the older rulesets out there, has this ever been done with 4th edition? The one findable via the usual Mudlistings is in very early beta and not playable.
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Resonance Realms - Why bother?

Why as a player should I care about resonance realms? I understand that the actual character would be totally into hanging out in them, but from a gameplay point of view, why should I care?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Technomancers use software and complex forms simultaneously?

Currently, I am delving into playing a Technomancing Rigger, but part of his whole deal is the hacking bit (because seriously, why the heck not?!). While reading complex forms, I hit a beehive of ...
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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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How to fit Shadowrun into a one-shot

I want to run a shadowrun game, but alas, I don't think my players or I have the time or the commitment to have an on-going campaign. So, a one-shot it is. Or a series of one-shots interspersed ...
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Justifications for the existence of cyberpsychosis

Several games (Cyberpunk, for one) have an effect like cyberpsychosis (defined here as "a psychotic aberration suffered by excessive users of cyberware"). Others, such as Eclipse Phase, consider ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can you bring a sword to a gun fight (and win)?

My wife also wants to try out the Shadowrun game I am joining, but she really prefers using swords over guns. So she was wondering if there is any way (with either skills, items, implants?) that she ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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How do I increase resistance to drain?

My Aztec shaman character, Chimalli, is primarily a spirit summoner, using Willpower (5)+Charisma (7) to resist drain. He has one level of the Focused Concentration quality (+1). Is there any easy ...
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Are there any official guidelines for Shadowrun payouts?

I'm trying to figure out how much to pay Shadowrunners for a job, and how to balance the NPCs. I couldn't find anything in SR4A (though I could've missed something). I've only played in a couple of ...
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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. ...