Shadowrun is a near-future game (Set in 2050-2075) in the cyberpunk genre, but with magic and fantasy races.

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Can a character use VR to block noise which prevents her from sleeping?

A group of PCs is bound to stay in a noisy location for some time, with a noise level and/or type which would normally prohibit sleeping, such as sudden, short bursts of noise (e.g. gun fire, loud ...
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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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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 to make players carry a bomb and not know anything about it

So for my first run with Shadowrun 5th edition I want to start with what seems like a simple courier mission to a Yakuza gang. Mr. Johnson has a package to be transported to the rendezvous point with ...
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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 SIN changing/qualities

I'm new to Shadowrun, I'm only reading 5e at the moment, and I don't understand at the core what a SIN physically is (not the database and all that). I'm thinking of making my character as a corp born ...
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How can I run games in Shadowrun, without going overboard?

I've recently picked up my SR4 20th anniversary edition rulebook and I'm interested in running a game for some of my friends. The issue I'm facing is that....well, I don't want to spoil my players too ...
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How can I send magicians into space?

I am the GM in a SR4 game, and am considering setting my PCs' next run in space (interesting + dangerous + unique = perfect location). However, as far as I know magic is impossible in space, and I ...
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How do characters enter the Shadows?

All characters have a background, explaining why they are living in the Shadows, why they joined them if they weren't born there. Yet, I have no real idea how they join the Shadows. Given a group of ...
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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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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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What are the differences between Shadowrun 3rd and 4th edition that I should know about?

I've played a decent amount of Shadowrun 3rd edition, and recently joined a group of players who play 4th ed. I know I'm going to get confused and turned about- In summary, what's changed that I ...
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Shadowrun Road Trip

So I've been in a Shadowrun campaign and my group has fallen afoul of both Aztechnology and some powerful Seattle organized crime people. I've been scouring all the books I can think of, but I can't ...
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Is is unrealistic not to bring a decker / hacker to shadow runs?

I'm going to host a Shadowrun game soon (have played a bit before ages ago). It is going to be a second RPG alongside our regular group so we want to keep the time to get into the matter very low. ...
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What are the 'civilian' jobs of shamans?

In the Shadowrun setting, I find it hard to envision what a shaman does all day. What do shamans do for a living if they are not shadowrunners or security personnel of one sort or another (be it for a ...
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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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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 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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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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Any rules or fluff around a technomancer infected with HMHVV?

I've been toying with the idea of making a campaign's antagonist an HMHVV infected technomancer (AKA techno-ghoul). Is there anything in the various sourcebooks or official fluff that describes this ...
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Have Winglings, Obsidimen and T'skrang appeared in Shadowrun?

In the Forth World/Earthdawn three additional races were present, Windlings, Obsidimen and T'skrang. I know that Windlings have been widely regarded as Pixies but have the other two races appeared in ...
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How common are dragons in Shadowrun?

A lot of the art in books depict dragons in the sky or following trains. How common are dragons in Shadowrun? Would people freak out seeing a dragon flying between buildings in Seattle? I've seen ...
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How can I use AnyDice to check counting-success probabilities?

Sorry for asking a "do the work for me" type question, but I'm looking at the AnyDice documentation and appear to be missing something. I'm hoping to not just get the question answered, but learn how ...
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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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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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Not being able to get a feeling for Shadowrun setting

I am having trouble getting into the Shadowrun setting; whenever I try to come up with character ideas or feel into characters there.... my mind goes blank (regardless if I'm a player or a GM). ...
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Seattle weather report in the 2070s

What's the weather like in Seattle in the world of Shadowrun (preferably 5th edition)? Does the city (and its immediate area) still get a lot of rain, after all the heavy changes to the world? What's ...
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How many shadowrunners are there in Shadowrun?

How many shadowrunners are there in Shadowrun? (And, to be more specific, in Seattle?) Is there an official stance on what percentage / how many people of the world's population can be considered ...
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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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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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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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Can astral entities get around mana barriers via the metaplanes?

The specific case I'm wondering about is dealing with my Free Spirit character. From the Runner's Companion, page 91, it states: Each free spirit has a home metaplane. While no longer a ...
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Magical machines in the Shadowrun canon?

Are there devices in the canonical Shadowrun universe that explicitly fuse magic with technology? A real node where magic and machine not just meet but become one? Disclaimer: I haven't finished ...
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What's the highest Restriction Rating of equipment that a player can buy at character creation?

The title says it all. I'm trying to figure out what items I can get for a Shadowrun 4e campagin on roll20
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Is anti-gravity technology available in Shadowrun?

Is anti-gravity technology available in the world of Shadowrun? If so, how widespread is its use, and which official source books and/or novels deal with it? Official sources only, please. Thanks.
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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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What's nature like in the Salish-Shidhe territories?

Background: This is a follow-up question to my previous one about the weather of Shadowrun's Seattle. There, to my slight surprise – as it wasn't what I expected and hazily remembered –, I learned, ...
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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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How can an Awakened control a whole base without losing their powers?

This question will need some additional information, so I hope I don't enter the TLDR state; but I think explaining the scope of the question will help with answering it. I wanted to create a run for ...
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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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Can I default to Swimming?

I've been told that in Shadowrun 2e, there was a tree of skills that connected to every other skill (with varying degrees of distance), and in order to default you would take a die penalty to move ...
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Does a drake switch forms when knocked unconscious?

When a drake character is in drake form and is knocked unconscious, does he switch back to his metahuman form, or does he stay in drake form?
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Where are normal critter stats?

The Shapechange and (Critter) Form spells can transform a voluntary subject into a normal (non-paranormal) critter. However, there are only stats for Dog, Great Cat, Horse, Shark, and Wolf on page ...
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Are true drake powers active in both in natural and drake form?

True drakes have a few additional powers they can get like magical guard and dragonspeech. Are these also active only in their drake form or are these active also in their metahuman form?
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Great classic Shadowrun adventures/campaigns? [closed]

Which Shadowrun adventures and campaigns are generally considered noteworthy, in that they're respective classics, really defined or redefined the setting, or widely considered great or brilliant for ...
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Opposed tests with limits: is sprite compilation special?

Looking at the SR5 core rulebook page 47, I don't see any indication about how limits interact during opposed tests, which leads me to believe the straightforward case is true: both sides apply limits ...
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Shadowrun 3rd edition ruthenium polymer

What book and page describes ruthenium polymer? I have Shadowrun 3rd Edition books and I believe that is what it was called in 3rd edition. It's a camo suit that functions by displaying a live image ...
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How do I increase a drone's Response? [on hold]

One of the players in my group just lost all his PC's drones in one combat turn. Is there a way to increase their Response or make them less squishy?