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 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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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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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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Hiding Gear From Sensors

I have a player who wants to buy clothing/armor with built-in pockets that have a lining of fabric that helps to hide gear from sensors (like a gun or explosives). I like the idea, but I can't seem to ...
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Can a Decker Brick an Enemy's Gun?

I feel like this is a question that should have a simple answer, but I have had a difficult time finding a clear answer one way or the other. Some sources seem to hint that you can brick a gun, like ...
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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 ...
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Armored Glass vs. Ballistic Glass

I'm confused about the difference between the two. How is armored glass different? It certainly has a higher structure and armor rating than ballistic glass. When would my players tend to encounter ...
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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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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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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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Is there a quality “adept”?

Working myself though the quick start rules, I notice that the archetype combat adept has a quality adept. Looking at the core rulebook, I did not find adept in the list of qualities on page 73. My ...
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Can Edge Be Reduced to 0?

I am about to start a campaign using SR5 rules. One of the things that I love about Shadowrun is that the threat of PC death is very real. Combat is often quite deadly. As a GM who likes to constantly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the differences between Shadowrun 4th and 5th edition that I should know about?

A short while ago Shadowrun 5th edition was released. I've played a lot of Shadowrun a long time ago (mostly SR2 and SR3, some SR4). So what are the main differences that someone coming from ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can you be a Magic Technomancer?

During character creation, one of my players realized he could do the following: He took a B priority on Metatype, to be a Human with 7 points of Special Attributes. He split his points as 1 Edge, ...
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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 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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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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How do mystic adepts gain power points in Shadowrun 5?

I recently bought the SR5 PDF and am really liking many of the changes. Especially that mystic adepts are not as underpowered as in previous editions. However how they gain power points during ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Cyberlimb and physical limits

In Shadowrun 5, the cyberlimbs enhancements and customizations improve the physical limit ?