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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Can siblings be different metatypes in SR5?

(This question has been heavily edited from its original version, please view the revision history if an answer or comment doesn't make sense.) I can only think of two ways this could happen in ...
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How are augmented maximums calculated in SR5?

I have probably simply overlooked it in the book, but three separate searches through the book have still failed to find it, so I thought I'd ask. Sorry if it's obvious and I'm just missing it. ...
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What are the requirements to use a Smartgun System to its full extent?

So I understand that if a gun has a Smartgun System installed then it can be connected to goggles/glasses with the Smartlink Vision Mod to grant +2 Accuracy and +1 Dice Pool bonus. However the ...
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Are initiation and submersion intended to have such a major Karma disparity?

The cost to initiate as a Magic user is 10 + (Grade × 3), so for the first five Grades, the costs are: 13, 16, 19, 22, and 25; totaling 95 Karma. Initiation provides a single benefit from a ...
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Can a single device be both a master and a slave?

It makes sense that they can, but barring something specific in Data Trails when it comes out, I'd like community input. So I'll lay out my evidence and arguments for and let the community help me ...
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How does a Technomancer protect his (and especially his team's) gear?

A decker would simply slave important devices to his deck and use his deck's Firewall rating (plus any running programs) to defend his team from Matrix attack, but a Technomancer's living persona ...
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Does a Technomancer get the full benefits of his wireless gear?

In SR5, the wording on most of the wireless-enabled gear makes it seem like a Technomancer only gets the same benefits as someone wearing AR-goggles, and would need to have cyberware to get the full ...
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How are programming tests supposed to be adjudicated?

In Shadowrun 5th Edition, how is programming handled for deckers? For example, in 4th anniversary rulebook, it clearly outlines how extended rolls for programming are handled. In 5th we see one ...
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What is the world population of sixth world in 2075?

I've just started reading through the 5th edition rulebook (I was always pretty skeptical about SR, but I'm finding myself more and more in love with the 5th's cyberpunk feel) and I've noticed there's ...
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Why does the Drone Rigger Archetype Character in the Rulebook not have a RCC?

I keep reading the Riggers section and from what I understand you need to have an implanted Control Rig (which gives you all the AR & VR options including Matrix Initiative) and you can get a RCC ...
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SR5 Master/Slave and Firewall for Decker

For Shadowrun 5E, I have a rule-based question with respect to deckers: when you slave a lower rated cyberdeck to your higher rated commlink, does the higher Firewall score change Firewall-related ...
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Shadowrun 5e breakdown/tutorial

Long time D&D'er, I purchased the 5th edition Shadowrun Core Rulebook. Now I am in a bit of a pickle, as with most things when reading trough the books I usually get a gest of the rules, but I ...
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Dealing with Mana Barriers in Shadowrun

In page 316 of the 5th edition core rulebook, in Getting around mana barriers, says that you can opt for breaking through violently or you can try passing through subtly, then: If you want the ...
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SR 5 Commlinks required for Decker?

I have a 5th edition Decker with a Hermes Chariot and there seems to be a lot of confusion in my group regarding the necessity of commlinks for characters that already possess a deck (like mine). My ...
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How do I cast spells and determine damage?

So my friends and I picked up an intro game in Shadowrun e5 and I played a street shaman. We were a bit stuck on the rules to casting spells. I'm reading some of the rules now and I'm stuck on where ...
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How can I make Corporate SINner worth the karma as a GM?

I'm GMing a game of Shadowrun and most of my players can effectively roleplay their negative qualities (such as BTL addiction and insomnia) but one of them is a Corporate SINner. As part of his ...
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Can AR decking be better than cold-sim VR?

Reading the matrix rules, I'm rather surprised to see that when you use AR, you use physical initiative rather than Matrix initiative. So that means that if I've got wired reflexes (or its magical ...
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What are the long term consequences of adding new negative quality during play

I don't remember reading official rules on the subject but I think it's fairly logical to have the ability, as a GM, to give characters new negative qualities if the situation is appropriate. The most ...
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Is a license required for each weapon, or does one cover all?

During character creation, are characters required to purchase multiple licenses for their restricted weapons, or does one license cover them all? In the provided examples it looks as if one does ...
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Are licenses required for melee weapons?

One of the things that has come up during character creation and item purchasing for my group is if you need separate licenses for carrying guns and melee weapons, or if melee weapons are handled ...
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Losing limbs in Shadowrun

I'm looking for official rules for Shadowrun 5th edition (4th would be close enough) for damaging and losing limbs. Specifically I'd like to know how some augmentation would help a character survive ...
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Edit video feed to loop: single or multiple files?

I'm a decker and I hacked into a security network and I now have access to the various files and other icons. Assuming I have the proper marks on everything I need, I have the following question: 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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How can you discover illusions?

Manipulation spells have a mechanic that allows the victim to slowly overcome mental control. Illusions do not work this way, but I feel they should. In our last session the bad guys spent 2 Combat ...
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Price of fake SIN

All I can find about the Availability and pricing of fake SINs in the Core rulebook is: For availability and prices of purchasing Fake SINs, see p. 367 No such information on page 367. Has there ...
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Can I sustain the spell if I go out of range?

I can cast a spell on someone I can see, but do I have to keep looking at him to sustain? What I have found on the range only speaks about starting the spell: Range: This describes how close you ...
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Can a Physical Barrier serve as a bridge?

With Physical Barrier I can create a dome, that is like a normal wall: Physical Barrier creates a physical wall. Anything the size of a molecule (or less) can pass through the barrier, including ...
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How would you interpret “incapacitate” for a spell?

I want to take a Cat as Mentor Spirit, and the disadvantage is unclear for me: Cat magicians toy with their prey. Unless you succeed in a Charisma + Willpower (3) Test at the start of combat, you ...
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Can Spirits of Man with the Innate Spell power use Alchemical Preparations known by the Summoner

The text in the rule book states that Spirits of Man have the power: Innate Spell (any one spell known by the summoner; Force is limited to the spirit's Magic) The question is whether spells ...
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What are the most important features needed in a shadowrun 5E character generator? [closed]

I am working on a character generator for sr5. I need to know what feature has been most neglected in a shadowrun character generator. Something which I can implement which would set the character ...
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Burst and other multiple bullets attack

I'm trying to understand firing modes in Shadowrun 5. Let's say an attacker shoots a defender with Burst fire (three rounds in one shot). There's only a target, so we don't use Multiple attacks. Is ...
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Magic visibility

Can people actually see spells in the meat space world? Which might end up breaking it down to the individual spell as I would believe that physical combat spells such as fireball would obviously be ...
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Which is easier for new players to learn, SR2 or SR5?

Of the many editions of Shadowrun, we have access to the second and the fifth one. The group we're considering SR with has a few rather inexperienced, newbie players (and some who played a lot of SR2 ...
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Contacts, and how to use them?

I'm starting a 5e shadowrun campaign for the first time and running into some issue with what I've read on how contacts function. Basically, I'm trying to find out how to leverage the contacts of ...
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Smartlink on drone mounted weapons

Can I benefit from a Smartgun system if I am jumped in a drone that has a mounted weapon with a smartgun? Does the drone benefit from it when attacking autonomously?
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Cyberprograms vs Autosofts

Do Rigger Cyberprograms, like Signal Scrub, count against the Device Rating of the RCC? If I use a program, I can use one less autosoft?
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How to increase the hitting chances of a drone?

A drone I have not jumped in has a Pilot rating of 3 and a maximum Targeting of 6, this is a 9 Dice Pool for shooting. How can I increase it? I was not able to find anything like this in the rulebook, ...
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How much do Autosofts cost?

I was not able to find the cost of Rigging Autosofts (like Clearshight, Maneuvering and Targeting) in the rulebook.
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Shooting with drones

I have read the Riggers part of the core rulebook, but I am still confused about some aspects of using drones. Could someone help me? I am more or less sure the Device Rating of any drone is equal ...
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How many Free Actions are worth a Simple Action?

In Shadowrun 5, you can take two Simple Actions in an Action Phase. You also have a single Free Action - but the gamemaster may decide to allow more. How many Free Actions could a character do in ...
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Datajacks and rigger control rigs

The description of a rigger control rig includes a throw away comment that 'it's like getting a free datajack' (5th ed. Core Rulebook p.265). Am I supposed to take this literally and assume that if I ...
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Vehicle tests, riggers and hotsimming

Vehicle mounted weapons are operated with the following test for manual use: Weapon Skill + Agility[Accuracy] and for remote usage it changes to: Gunnery + Logic[Accuracy] Based on this, ...
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Removal of Cyberware, and Upgrade Essence costs

I am planning on my character being a troll mage who's corp born. In talks with my GM we have determined that in his world corp people get forced implants. So I am getting a free skilljack for better ...
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How prevalent is magic use among the general population in Shadowrun?

How prevalent is magic use among the general population in Shadowrun? What percentage (and what "classes") are most likely to use magic? What percentage of this percentage (of these "classes) does ...
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How prevalent is cyber/bioware use among the general population in Shadowrun?

How prevalent is cyber/bioware use among the general population in Shadowrun? What percentage (and what "classes") can afford cybernetic/bionic enhancement? What percentage of this percentage (of ...
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Cyberlimb and physical limits

In Shadowrun 5, the cyberlimbs enhancements and customizations improve the physical limit ?
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What are the pros and cons of wearing a helmet?

So I was working on a character for a Shadowrun 5e game and specifically did not buy a helmet because wearing a big, bulky combat helmet is extremely noticeable and I figured there might even be ...
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Shadowrun history across the editions

Truth be told, I've lost track of Shadowrun's in-game "future history" when 3rd edition came out, which we've never got around to play. However, I do know (thanks to various gaming blogs, etc.) that ...
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In Shadowrun 5e, do Knowledge Skills require a Specialization?

In the Shadowrun 5e core book, all knowledge skill examples are shown with specializations, do you need to designate a specialization whenever you take a knowledge skill? If not, does designating a ...
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What character creation tools & guides are available for Shadowrun 5e?

I'm a totally new player to Shadowrun 5e. My experiences are largely with D&D 4e, Savage Worlds, and Cyberpunk 2020. I'm just seeing if there are any unofficial (but very helpful) guides or tools ...