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

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How do you handle greedy shadowrunners?

So, my players want to keep everything. They love the money they earn, but having something unique is even better. We had a long discussion that they couldn't keep an awakened rhino with wings (the ...
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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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Justifications for the existence of cyberpsychosis

Several games (Cyberpunk, for one) have an effect like cyberpsychosis (defined here as "a psychotic aberration suffered by excessive users of cyberware"). Others, such as Eclipse Phase, consider ...
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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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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 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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What's that Seattle Fast-Food joint?

I know that, when reading through some splatbooks, I found a write-up on some Seattle fast-food restaurant. The food was horrible, the service was lousy, but everyone liked to meet there because the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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There's a sixth world, and a fourth world. Where are the others?

Is there any canon lore anywhere about these periods? (1rst, 2nd, 3rd and 5th worlds) Wanted to make a Shadowrun game with past "proofs" of earthdawn... and it hit me right in the face... what's ...
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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 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 would a summoner assassin be found?

I noticed that in Shadowrun there are a lot of security meassures against spells but only very few if any against spirits. For example there are mirrored windows or the condition that if you are ...
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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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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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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, if anything, do leylines do in the tabletop game?

I'm new to tabletop gaming and recently had my first Shadowrun session. I really enjoyed it and because my sessions are few and far between I bought the games for PC! I noticed while playing through ...
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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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I'm the Teamleader (not GM) and one of my Team members is a total jerk

I'm the leader with a total of 4 (included me) man group which 2 of the member agree me as the leader. Even the name of the group is related to my own name. One of my Members is a reaaaal jerk ...
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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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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 ...