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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What is the new Magician's Way?

So long story short, Shadowrun 5th Edition seems to continue a love affair with mystic adepts (and hey, who wouldn't?) by introducing the new Way of the Magician, which, in short, says: "Unlike ...
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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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Can physical devices be hidden inside a host in SR5?

Over the weekend my Technomancer hit a very basic point of disagreement with my GM: physical devices being hidden entirely inside hosts. My Crack Sprite failed to get onto the host when I sent it to ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 a newly created vampire learn to cast spells?

I have a player who was previously mundane and just became infected with vampirism. The character now has a Magic attribute of 1, and they want to learn spellcasting and spells. Part of me thinks that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Targeting people in astral via their activated foci?

Mage A has a activated focus on him and does not know about mage B since mage B is projecting and Mage A is not astraly perceiving. Can mage B use the activated focus of Mage A as a conductor to ...
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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 ...
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How do PANs and Hosts interact?

What will happen to your PAN when you use the Enter Host action? I have always assumed that your PAN goes with you, but in this thread it was suggested that only your persona goes in. Mind you the ...
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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 does a team work with protected files?

A normal user could set file protection using the Edit File data processing Matrix action (core p. 239): ... You can also use this action to set protection on a file if you’re its owner. To ...
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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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Decking in combat seems useless. Have we missed something?

In a few days I will master my first Round of Shadowrun and I talked with my players about specifics of their roles. During that I stumbled across the problems of deckers in combat. To me the rulebook ...
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How does Gunnery work when Jumped In

I could have sworn that this rule is SOMEWHERE in the book, but I can't seem to find it. Gunnery, as a skill, is linked to Agility for use. However, when a rigger jumps into the device that has the ...
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Character advancement - buying new skills with Karma

p.105 Core Rule book The skill table works on a similar principle, though Active Skill ratings costs are computed at new Rating x 2. If you are purchasing a brand new skill, find the desired ...
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Having only one die +Gremlins

If a pc has the disadvantage "gremlins" (which results in him needing less 1s for a glitch when dealing with tech), and needs to roll on something which results in him having only one die (e.g. ...
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How much noise is necessary to disrupt the connection of a comlink?

The core rulebook says how noise influences matrix actions that have a dicepool but not about actions that do not use a dicepool. E.g. when I want to make a call how much noise is necessary to block ...