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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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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Is glass transparent to Astral Perception?

In a Shadowrun 4e game I play in, an adept with the Astral Perception power wanted to sit in a bar and astrally spy on something behind the window. SR4A p.191 states : Non-magical and non-living ...
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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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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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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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How can improve a drone's Reaction (defense vs. bullets)?

How can I increase the Reaction score/defense vs. bullets of a drone? Looking through commlink upgrades in Unwired, I was expecting to find a matrix upgrade which would increase the Response ...
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Can a player create an AI?

Skimming the web and source books I have yet to find anything that discusses players programming AIs. I'd imagine it would be a very complicated process, but I'm curious what would go into it. Is it ...
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Making a npc with a heart problem

I'm GMing a Shadowrun 4th edition game where the players are Shadowrunners in a place whose missions are very deadly. The group they're in are conformed by 4 players and 2 NPCs. Also, the ''group'' ...
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How can I speed up action in an IRC-based Shadowrun game?

I have a small group that plays games weekly on IRC. We've been playing Dogs in the Vineyard for a while now and that appears to work pretty well. We've been a little slow at the start, but it was ...
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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 book is “HP” in Shadowrun?

The Chummer character creator has a reference to "HP". What book is this?
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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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Does fighting count as a single service for spirits?

In Shadowrun, spirits are used for services and every net hit you get from your summoning roll allows you 1 service. The 3 (clearly) described are Loaned, Magical and Remote services. There's a small ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can astral entities get around mana barriers via the metaplanes?

The specific case I'm wondering about is dealing with my Free Spirit character. From the Runner's Companion, page 91, it states: Each free spirit has a home metaplane. While no longer a ...
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Would an emp-grenade disable cyber-/bodyware?

I recently got my hands on some shadowrun4 books, and one of them has the emp-grenade in it. The emp-grenade says (translated out of my head, as I only own the german version) that it disables most ...
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What's the most armor I can give a vehicle at character creation?

In SR4, there's a rule that you can't get an item over rating 6 or availability 12 at chargen: "no piece of gear purchased at character creation can haev a rating higher than 6 or an Availability ...
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Criminal Background in Shadowrun

I have a very simple question about character backgrounds in Shadowrun. If there's a character who has spent time in prison, is that character effectively required to have a real SIN? i.e., if a ...
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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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What's the highest Restriction Rating of equipment that a player can buy at character creation?

The title says it all. I'm trying to figure out what items I can get for a Shadowrun 4e campagin on roll20
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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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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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How do I calculate the chance of hits?

(I do not know if I should post this in math.stackexchange.com, so I try to phrase it in a way that it makes sense for non-roleplayers. Just in case it gets moved) In the latest two editions of ...
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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 Technomancer with Biowire thread a memorized Skillsoft?

I'm playing a Technomancer in a SR4 game and since every other players is bored when I spend more than 5 minutes hacking (which I understand but someone has to gather intel), I decided to give a try ...
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Can people detect a Detect Hidden Node scan?

I'm just starting to read up on hacking in the Shadowrun universe, but I didn't see anything about corps or people being able to tell you're looking for their hidden network. Is it possible to detect ...
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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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Bows in ShadowRun: How do I calculate the damage?

In the SR4 rulebook 20th Anniversary edition, Bows damage assisted as (STR min+2)p yet later on, in the rulebook it says to calculate the base damage as the lowest of the bow and arrow rating. 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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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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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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Would this Technomancer concept be plausible?

I haven't played Shadowrun quite yet, but I've been reading the 4E core rulebook and I have been trying to build a character. I've been working on a Technomancer, but for character fluff I was ...
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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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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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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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Does recoil affect gunnery, and can RC accessories be used?

When a vehicle or drone attacks from a weapon mount, does recoil modify the attack roll as normal? If so, can firearm accessories which provide recoil comp. (such as Gyro Stabilization) be built into ...
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Are true drake powers active in both in natural and drake form?

True drakes have a few additional powers they can get like magical guard and dragonspeech. Are these also active only in their drake form or are these active also in their metahuman form?
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Can Threading or Sprites be a reliable substitute for known Complex Forms?

Which strategy would be more advisable for a Technomancer at character creation: buying a smaller number of high-rank Complex Forms that you know you will need, and using Threading or Sprites to do ...
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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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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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Is there a known reason for drakes not being in the 5th edition compendium?

From what I saw the runner compendium (4th edition) and run faster (5th edition) are identical in what topics they contain (surge pc's, lifestyles, .....). That is except one point: Drakes Now I ...
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How does Shadowrun's Matrix work?

I've been preparing for a Shadowrun 4e game a friend of mine will be GM-ing, but both of us are somewhat confused as to how the Matrix works compared to the internet as we've come to know it. Can you ...
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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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Does a drake switch forms when knocked unconscious?

When a drake character is in drake form and is knocked unconscious, does he switch back to his metahuman form, or does he stay in drake form?
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Any house-rule for buying negative qualities after character creation?

During character creation, Shadowrun 4E allows player to buy negative qualities such as Infirm in exchange for additional Build Points. Some negative qualities are heavily background-related, so I ...
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How complex are sprite tasks usually allowed to be?

What is the general consensus on how detailed a Sprite command can be? I know Sprite tasks aren't spent until the Technomancer changes the command, but does having conditional modifiers like "if" or ...
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Where are normal critter stats?

The Shapechange and (Critter) Form spells can transform a voluntary subject into a normal (non-paranormal) critter. However, there are only stats for Dog, Great Cat, Horse, Shark, and Wolf on page ...
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Shadowrun 4th Ed: Combining Silky Skin Bioware & Implant Medics Nanoware

Augmentation page 63 details the Cosmetic Bioware augment "Silky Skin" states that it is a treatment after which your body grows new, super smooth skin which can be marked or marred by new ...