Shadowrun Fifth 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 5, physical area Illusions

I'm confused about illusion spells in SR5. The rulebook states that illusions do not cause direct permanent damage but can cause side effects such as pain, nausea, or loss of balance and/or indirect ...
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What's Shiva (Drug)?

I only know that the shiva drug was used in the "Eurowar" but what's the effect of the drug? And is it possible to get in Shadowrun 5 or is it impossible? Does it still exsist?
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Can I bind a weapon focus to my ally spirit?

I'm wondering if i can have a weapon focus crafted and then spend the karma to have it bound to my ally spirit instead of me, so my ally spirit can use it instead of me. Can I?
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Normal weapons immunity…as hardened armor or complete immunity vs normal weapons?

On page 397-398 immunities are mentioned. Now the question is how to handle normal weapons immunities. The first paragraph of the power mentions it working as hardened armor: Effectively, the ...
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Fighting against a Spirit - Only 1 Mage

I'm pretty new to P&P of any kind. Next round we will fight against a Spirit. We have 1 Mage, Rigger, Hacker, and me the Melee fighter (not Adept). We know there is an "Air Spirit" in the next ...
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Does the “Exceptional Attribute” trait only raise the max or also the attribute?

[Disclaimer: I only own the German rule book, so my nomenclature might be a bit off.] During Shadowrun 5e character creation one can buy advantageous traits using karma (or get karma from ...
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Can drones assist on Electronic Warfare tests?

If Jimmy Two-Tusk, ork decker extraordinaire, wants to hack an enemy's commlink, he rolls his Hacking + Logic + hits on the assist test from his R6 Agent, an autonomous program whose programming ...
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What, if anything, do leylines do in the tabletop game?

I'm new to tabletop gaming and recently had my first Shadowrun session. I really enjoyed it and because my sessions are few and far between I bought the games for PC! I noticed while playing through ...
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Astral Combat, Damage, and You

So, an unfortunate event occured in our game recently. A mage with a whole 1 in both Logic and Intuition approuched a dual nature being. She was close enough, was materialized, and called the being ...
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How do you handle greedy shadowrunners?

So, my players want to keep everything. They love the money they earn, but having something unique is even better. We had a long discussion that they couldn't keep an awakened rhino with wings (the ...
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How would a summoner assassin be found?

I noticed that in Shadowrun there are a lot of security meassures against spells but only very few if any against spirits. For example there are mirrored windows or the condition that if you are ...
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How much does a legal license cost?

The Core rulebook covers buying fake licenses but is there any mention in RAW on how much a legal license costs?
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Using your summoned spirit in combat

My players are starting to use spirits, and I want to make sure that I get this part correct. Let's say that the spirit has already been summoned and is in astral. At the beginning of combat. Would ...
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What happens if my character jumps down?

Disclaimer: I only own the books in my native language, so my wording might be a bit off when mentioning exact skill names. It should still be clear what I'm asking. Just recently, my character was ...
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Active skills maximum at a shadowrunner's creation

The Life Module section of Run Faster p.66 limits active skill maximum to seven: Note that no active skill may be raised above 7 in this system. What's the maximum for the other methods (Core ...
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Are the SINNER and Erased qualities compatible?

Is the SINNER negative quality (Core Rulebook p.84-85) compatible with the Erased positive quality (Run Faster p.146)? [ERASED] those who had a SIN but had it actively and thoroughly erased For ...
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Headshot (but don't aim for it please)

Apologies for not using the perfect English wording, I only own the books in my native language. But I think it will become clear what actions I'm talking about. In combat, you can take aim. This is ...
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What sourcebooks do I need for information on the United Netherlands?

I have a campaign idea that will be taking shadowrunners around the United Netherlands, but information on the region seems to be incredibly scarce. I have managed to find this page that seems to ...
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Is there a use for the skills Biotechnology and Cybertechnology?

As far as I know it there are no crafting rules besides the table on p. 146 and the repairing section in Run and Gun p.143. So I wonder how you can use Bio- and Cybertechnology. Does the GM just make ...
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How do defense test against indirect area of effect spells work?

Since there is a defense test against indirect area of effect spells, as pointed out in How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?, I wonder how that exactly works out. ...
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Are there game balance reasons for high-priced cyberdecks?

Decking is very expensive, both financially and during character creation. A decker needs a decent deck which can cost over ¥100,000, as much as 2 Ares Roadmasters (among the game's heaviest ...
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How do Indirect Area of effect Spells interact with Counterspelling?

My understanding of Counterspelling is that it adds a pool of dice to your defence. That means if you try to hit someone with an indirect combat spell she makes a defense test with reaction + ...
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How do we make Hacking take less time without sacrificing Complexity?

I GM for a group of four players. The party consists of a shaman, a rigger, an adept and a Decker and I think we stumbled upon one of the most common problems in Shadowrun, the problem of decking ...
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How exactly are SINs checked?

In the core rulebook, there is a section about checking fake System Identification Numbers (SINs) which details on how the SIN check is handled mechanically (p. 368): In game terms, the gamemaster ...
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Is using VR still possible while having both ocular drones launched?

Assuming a character has Cyber Eyes with one Ocular Drone each. In addition, they have a Datajack serving as DNI. Can they still use Virtual Reality (especially the Rigging features) while having ...
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Are indirect combat spells visible before they hit their target?

I am trying to understand what mundane characters see when a Magician casts an indirect combat spell. Looking at the rules (core rulebook), I can find the following snippets (p. 283): All ...
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What is the maximum range for indirect combat spells?

When a Magician with Spellcasting uses indirect combat spells such as Fireball, what is the maximum range? Looking at the rules for choosing the target of a spell (core rulebook, p. 281): If you ...
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Does Data Trails fix any of the broken parts of SR5 decking?

There's a lot wrong with the Matrix chapter in SR5. Many things are too vague, some things are simply omitted, some things don't work in ways any slightly familiar with computing can understand, and ...
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Activating an agent from a different deck

For a decker character I have bought two decks: One good deck that the character will use for himself, and a second deck which is pretty bad to run things like small matrix searches or file operations ...
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Does Detect Enemies detect unaware persons (guards)?

During Chargen one of my players brought up this question. Given a mage uses Detect Enemies (Page 286) near an unalerted guard. The guard has currently no hostile intentions towards the mage (he ...
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Does a glitch occur when exactly half the dice are 1's?

The "Fifth Edition Shadowrun Core Rulebook" mentions that a glitch occurs "if more than half the dice you rolled show a one" (p. 45). However, the "Fifth Edition Quick Start Guide" states "If half or ...
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Coming up with building layouts on the fly

Sometimes in my shadowrun game(s), I have to invent a building interior on the fly for my players. I like to draw a floor plan or something similar for them. My problem is that I find it hard to ...
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Are obvious cybereyes cheaper?

A player recently got the idea that obvious cybereyes should be cheaper, just like obvious cyberlimbs. I disagreed, but for the sake of group morale I'm asking here. If possible, I would like a ...
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How do I handle offended players as GM?

We're playing Shadowrun5E. Currently, the Shadowrunners are defending Kaurs Farm (I think it's a mission from Sprawl Wilds in English) but even though the NPCs clearly stated that they should only do ...
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Can player characters be Nega-Mages?

I'll be starting a Shadowrun campaign with a few friends soon. I'm fairly new to Shadowrun, but I have read the German-language Shadowrun novel series by Markus Heitz. Characters called „Nega-Magier“ ...
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Can shadowrunners use legitimate licenses if they have a legitimate SIN?

I can not find anything in the shadowrun books about official licenses. I know why a runner would prefer to have a fake SIN and fake licenses, but if you have an official SIN (with the disadvantage ...
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Are deckers or technomancers required in a shadowrun group?

From playing Shadowrun for a bit, I get the impression in a typical shadowrun group, you just need a decker or technomancer. Sure, the characters probably have contacts that can get them all the ...
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Is the trigger of a smartgun mechanical or software?

With Data Trails out and additional matrix actions available, the following question came to my mind when reading the garbage in/garbage out Matrix action: It states that you can repgrogam a smartgun ...
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Necromancers that actually do necromancy

In Street Grimoire, Necromancy is listed as one of the 'high arts' (pg 143-144) and we're given a few rituals for it. However, none of them give the ability to raise corpses- an essential part of the ...
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Do adept enhanced physical attribute modify karma cost?

For the enhanced attributes, do they modify the karma cost for increasing the physical attributes? (thus if you have strength 3 and have +2 for physical attributes: strength do you then increase with ...
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Which Enhanced senses are possible for (mystic)adepts

Besides the default senses that the adept can gain from enhanced senses there are additional mentioned that he can gain which are in essence the same as bioware / cyberware senses. I'm not sure ...
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With street grimoire out are there more ways by which mystic adepts can gain power points?

As mentioned here: How do mystic adepts gain power points in Shadowrun 5? mystic adepts can gain power points at character creation. Later on they can only gain them by not choosing a metamagic ...
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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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Assist Decker by attaching friendly drone on hostile drone

Does attaching a slave to a target give a bonus to hacking? If so, and the target is also a slave, does it allow to use the defense values of the target and not the masters' values? During our ...
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How many resist chances does one get against Mental Manipulation spells in SR5?

I am trying to understand how resisting Mental Manipulation spells works. Let's say I have a mage (spellcasting 6/Magic 6) casting Influence (drain: F-1) on someone not half bad (W/L 5/4, initiative ...
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Language and Knowledge skills and the point buy system

Do characters which are created with the point buy system still get the free knowledge / language skills as priority system created characters do?
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Limits breaks and spell force

After reading through spellcasting I'm a bit unsure as to how F is handled effectively in regards to limit breaks via edge. When I have the focused concentration quality (p. 74) at rating 2 or a ...
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Does a Mystic Adept have to split their magic attribute like in SR4?

In Shadowrun 4th edition a mystic adept had to decide which part of his magic attribute was for wizard and which for adept, thus if one had Magic 6 he could have been the equivalent of a 2 magic adept ...
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Can a decker use multiple cyberdecks?

Could a decker use multiple cyberdecks, each running an Agent, to gain teamwork test dice from more than one agent?
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How can Technomancers use the Resonance Veil complex form?

How can Technomancers use the Resonance Veil complex form in a way that is neither useless nor broken? p.253 of the core (emphasis mine) This complex form lets you make the target believe ...