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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How to expose information without making a villain monologue

I'm preparing this game of Shadowrun where I have 3 main metaplots driving the campaign. One of them for instance is Seattle hosting the Olympics. Of course in Shadowrun, what the bad guys want is ...
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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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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 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 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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Shadowrun 5th ed Drones running silent

Alright so, I titled this after running silent because that was my original problem. All I wanted to do was make a sniper who dabbled into rigging for a couple of MCT-Fly drones. So I figured I need ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Why is “Blast” more draining if it seems worse than alternatives?

I have been comparing the stats of the different spells and i am a little stumped as to how the drain has been decided. Blast is Indirect Physical stun at line of sight does F drain (AOE) Indirect ...
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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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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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Latent Awakening in Shadowrun 5

My group wants to change the edition from Shadowrun 4 to Shadowrun 5. We want to convert our characters and one of us has the advantage 'Latent Awakening'. I didn't find an advantage like this in the ...
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Did SR5 fix the problems with decking?

Decking in Shadowun has it's issues, especially in SR3 it lead to a "seperation" of the party when the Decker went on a matrix run (good examples are given in this question). Our group will start to ...
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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 does background count affect an Adept's passive powers?

Background count is described in the Street Grimoire (PDF p. 32). However, how it affects adepts is really vague at best: A background count imposes a negative dice pool penalty equal to its ...
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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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Do Area Spells really not affect anyone you can't see?

The spellcasting section specifies (emphasis mine): Area Spells: Area spells can be cast on a specific target or a point in space that you can see. Unless noted in a spell, the area of the ...
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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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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 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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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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Do illusionists see through their own physical illusions?

In the English core rule book on page 290, under the Mana Illusions heading, it says "you're never affected by your own illusion spell", but doesn't qualify this statement as explicitly only applying ...
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Are healing extended tests different from standard extended tests in Shadowrun 5th Edition?

In describing natural recovery on page 207 the test to recover Stun Damage is listed as Body + Willpower (1 hour) Extended Test. Under extended tests on pg 48 it is noted that "... to simulate this, ...
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Are there androids in Shadowrun?

In the latest iteration of Shadowrun there are a number of things present that were absent in 2050, namely the wireless matrix and (more) ubiquitous AI. It seems clear that it (still) isn't possible ...
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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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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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What is the distinction between a city and a sprawl/metroplex… between downtown and a commercial district?

I am trying to understand what kinds of places the spam values on p 231 refer to in the 5th Edition main book for Shadowrun. Per p 15, a sprawl is a plex, a plex is a "metropolitan complex, short for ...
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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How does a host realize somebody has gained a mark by hacking?

As far as I understand, to enter a host, everybody needs a mark on that host. In legal circumstances the host would perform the Invite Mark action, the matrix user would acquire the mark and then ...
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How do agents and teamwork tests work?

Can an agent running on a cyberdeck assist the decker via a teamwork test for relevant matrix actions? Also, as cyberdecks can only run one copy of a program at a time, does this mean a deck can only ...
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Does Trid Phantasm affect the perception of characters within its area of effect?

In SR5, the way area illusion spells (such as Trid Phantasm) work is by interacting with the environment within the affected area such that anyone, whether perceiving the area normally or ...
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Can the adept powers stack with bonuses from implants?

Let's say my character is both super-good at magic and super-rich. I take levels in the Improved Attribute adept power to increase my agility and I buy the bioware implant to improve agility too. Do ...