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SR 6e: How Does a Rigger Deal with Cameras

How Does a Solo Rigger Deal with Cameras? I just got the Shadowrun 6e book, and I was theory-crafting characters of different archetypes through some simple scenarios to get a feel for them. It seems ...
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How does the odds of rolling at least 1 success change if Skill Grid nodes change from "+2 TN" to "+1 TN -1 Dice"?

The skill tree is brutal. For those who don't know, In Shadowrun 2nd edition, you can use skills you don't have by defaulting it from a skill or attribute you have by moving through the diagram shown ...
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What are the major differences between the editions of Shadowrun and how relevant are they for a first-time GM?

I want to GM a game that has magic and cyberpunk stuff, and while I have never played it before, Shadowrun is the first that came to my mind. I first heard of it a long time ago, and it was described ...
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Can Scramble ICs do anything if the host has less than three marks on the attacker?

According to page 248 of the Shadowrun Fifth Edition Core Rulebook, the Scramble IC can forcefully reboot a device's connection to the Matrix. The book also explains that if the host has three marks ...
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Can two mundane parents give birth to an awakened child?

Is it possible for two mundane parents to give birth to an awakened child in Shadowrun SR5? I've not been able to find any information about this in the core rulebook. By awakened, I mean someone ...
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Did Shadowrun ever have a halfling equivalent?

As far as I can remember, and have been able to research, no Shadowrun setting has a halfling equivalent. The pseudo-prequel setting earthdawn is also missing this equivalent. Has this always been the ...
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Non-Metahumans with Adept powers

In Shadowrun lore, as well as in Running Wild, Street Grimoire, and other places, spirits, dragons, and other things can have the abilities of a mage (though spirits can't conjure most of the time). ...
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Tracking Ammunition consistently in a Hell made of Bullets [closed]

Ranged weapons are a mainstay in many games. Most fantasy games come with arrows, bolts, and sling stones. Wild West comes with lead, powder, and percussion caps in the early times and metal ...
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Is a Host/Spider aware of which file was cracked?

I understand that if a decker cracks a file, the host is immediately notified as it's a successful attack action. My question is: Is the host aware of which file was cracked? The scenario is that we ...
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When transitioning from SR5 to SR6, what are the main changes we have to consider?

My group played multiple SR5 runs spread out sporadically over the years, and we are all not experts of the system, so we thought that we might as well transition to SR6 for the next run. When ...
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In Shadowrun 1e, Magic users are said to channel mana through their nervous system. Is this still the case? [closed]

I ask because I think Technomancers do something similiar by becoming biological PANs, and some of their Echoes seem to function through manipulating their nervous system as well.
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Are there streets where cars can drive in the Ork/Seattle Underground?

I'm working on writing a Shadowrun (sr5) mission that partly takes place in the Ork/Seattle Underground, and something I've been wondering is if there are any streets down there. My current ...
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Are there magical tattoos in shadowrun 4e?

In our group of Shadowrun with discussed about magical tattoos last time. Honestly I think there should exist. I think they should be mentioned somewhere. Does anybody knows where they could be?
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Is Fungitek mentioned in the official Shadowrun lore?

I was recently reading about the Ork/Seattle Underground and came across an article about the location on Shadowrun's "Fandom" Wiki. In the article a company called "Fungitek" was ...
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What is the nature/vegetation like in Seattle?

From what I understand the animal life in Seattle is severely mutated due to the environment (or rather, the pollution thereof), which leads me to wonder, does this apply to nature/vegetation as well? ...
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Small company owned by PC shadowrunners - which legal form it should be?

Intro: We are playing SR3 in Seattle, but all players and GMs are from Europe & not skilled in law, not mentioning USA/Shadowrun law. We are seeking for something somehow believable in USA/SR3 ...
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How is explosives damage determined in Shadowrun 2nd Edition?

In Shadowrun 2nd Edition, damage for grenades decreases from 10S in power level by 1 per meter for offensive grenades and by 1 per half meter for defensive grenades....
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How do I identify the edition of a Shadowrun book?

There is guidance on how trade dress of WoD and D&D changes over the editions, but how do you do that in Shadowrun? How can I tell what edition a particular Shadowrun book is for?
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Need help remembering the name of an adventure (Shadowrun)

I played and later GMed this adventure sometime between 2000 to 2003 and we were playing a hybrid of Shadowrun 2 and Shadowrun 3 (not all the 3rd ed books were out yet). The adventure focused around a ...
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What options do adepts have for resisting drain?

I was looking at taking the Centering metamagic on my adept, before realizing that it specified "magician," and the sidebar at the bottom of CRB p.325 stating that only four metamagics in the book are ...
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Is there a spell that could be used to generate an EMP effect on a target?

I'm looking to create a spell-caster that would be efficient and annoying to technological targets, such as people with cyber augmentations, and I thought about giving him my character at least one ...
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Balancing Karma rewards to be meaningful

I have a Shadowrun 5e group that sadly only comes together once or twice a month. In that group we focus most of our time on the roleplaying aspect of the game, rather than advancing the run itself. ...
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How to engage Decker in the actual run?

In my role as a GM for an SR5 group I often have the problem that the decker in our group is not in the field with the rest of the team, which is perfectly fine. But after the fact, the player ...
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Do teammates automatically resist (and break) illusions?

I'm a new GM running my first Shadowrun 5e campaign. Among others, the team of runners includes: A Decker with augmented eyes that offer some excellent perception rolls A Face who's got some middling ...
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How can I convert a Shadowrun game to Fate?

I've been running a Shadowrun game for a while now, and I'm tired of the overcomplicated rules. I'm plannning to move the game to the FATE System, but have some... questions about how to convert some ...
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What do I do with this NPC "handout"?

I'm setting up to start running some Shadowrun Missions scenarios for my gaming group. We're starting with Season 2 (available free here), converted from SR4 to SR4A. I'm very confused by the "...
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How to safely/properly use Tarot Summoning?

I'm a beginner at Shadowrun but I quite liked the Fifth World Tarot. But how do I actually use it effectively? The whole Tarot Summoning seems to be geared toward repeatedly drawing cards, but ...
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What is the necessary order of SR4/5 Seattle Missions and adventures?

Season 4 of Missions takes place in Seattle, and there are a number of common themes among those adventures. Some SR5 adventures seem to share or follow-up on some of those themes. Obviously it would ...
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What is the stance of magic users towards Vampires?

The rules states that vampires, and all the subspecies, feed upon the very Essence of their prey. Since your Essence score influences your Magic and Resonance attributes, and loosing Essence by any ...
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War: Cyberpunk 2020 vs Shadowrun [closed]

I've been reading a lot about Cyberpunk 2020 and Shadowrun, mostly 4&5e for Shadowrun. What I notice is there are large standing armies in Cyberpunk 2020, but in Shadowrun I only see "Security ...
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How do I address the need to kill off one member of the party for on going plot?

So I have a plot that I want use, that will require a specific member of the team to be "Killed" in a run. The player is very invested in this character, and can take things at the table a little ...
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Who were the holders of the Shadowrun license through 2017?

I was looking at my RPG books yesterday and wondered at how much Shadowrun sits there: almost all the fourth edition German material (from FanPro GmbH and Pegasus Press), the fifth edition core rules (...
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Can metahumans in Shadowrun interbreed?

In the world of Shadowrun, can metahumans (i.e. non-humans, such as elves or dwarves) interbreed with each other or with humans? For instance, can a half-elf, half-human exist? Or a half-ork, half-...
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Shooting multiple bullets in Shadowrun 5e

How does shooting multiple bullets work? Do you roll to see if each bullet hits? Would you also roll each bullets damage seperatlly? Thanks in advance
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Why would Shadowrun's cities be as cyberpunk as those of other, non-revitalized CP worlds? [closed]

If the world of Shadowrun is (partially) re-emerged and its nature is re-vitalized -- vast forests regrown, magic returned, etc --, why would the setting's megaplexes be as super-polluted, over-...
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Get started with shadowrun as GM (lore and books) [closed]

Some friends of mine really like shadowrun and I would like to start a new group with them as a GM (probably Shadowrun 5). Now I am very much new to shadowrun as the setting and while I have heard of ...
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Is there any fluff info on how shamans cast their spells somewhere?

In shadowrun we have both shamanistic spellcasters and hermetic spellcasters. Now thanks to different tv shows,... I can imagine quite easily how a hermetic spellcaster casts his spells (with hand ...
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What happens when an adept gains a mentor spirit during the game that grants power they already have?

After checking SR5 core and Street Grimoire in regards to the adept powers gained from mentor spirits. I can't find what happens when an adept gains a mentor spirit after character creation that ...
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Where do I find information about qui and geomancy?

I can't seem to find much information about qui or geomancy in my Shadowrun 4 books. What books from this edition or other editions include have more information on these topics?
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When do "plain" drakes begin to wake up?

As far as I know true drakes (those that lived in the last era where mana was high) appeared together with their masters and creators the dragons back on the world. But drakes themselves (those ...
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Where is a table to calculate how many Nuyen to give the players for a run?

In SR 5 there are infos on how a run can be paid, but the infos are erronous in that they take things into account that depend on the players decisions ingame and things Johnson can't know about as ...
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Do enhancements factor into the advancement xp cost of attributes and skills?

If an adept has the power to increase an attribute, which cost is used for the normal increment of the attribute, the attribute's normal value or its increased value? For example, with Reflexes 3 and ...
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Are there any magical means for birth control in SR?

As I didn't see anything in the books I have I'm wondering. Is there any magic that is used for birth control in the world of shadowrun?
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Why are Polish and Austrian client names mixed Polish and German

According to Shadowrun's Wikia and this answer, all country-specific versions of the client nickname "Mr. Johnson" follow the scheme of: [local honorific] [plausible-sounding local surname] or ...
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When were full-body cyborgs first prototyped, and mass produced?

As I know at least in the late 60s full body cyborgs exist (thus a cyborg with just a metasapient brain). I'm wondering though when the first ones existed (prototypes and also mass produced). Is there ...
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What is used for a "client" in Japan of 2050s?

In Shadowrun the runners call their client usually by an English name, "Mr. Johnson." With how imperialistic Japan became after the awakening I am not sure if they would follow suit, or instead use a ...
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Last update about Europe in the Shadowrun canon

I know there was Shadows of Europe, published by Fanpro in 2003, but that was (omg) fourteen years, two full editions, and (at least) one publisher ago. (I'm not sure about the number of publishers, ...
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Do metatypes find members of their own metatype the most aesthetically pleasing in Shadowrun?

Do metatypes find members of their own metatype the most aesthetically pleasing in the Shadowrun canon? In other words: Sure, elves (and possibly humans) are most likely to find elves the most ...
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Effect of letting unactivated cyberware work as "glitched" on game balance in Sixth World v26

In Sixth World (v26), an unofficial Shadowrun hack of Dungeon World (by Chris Clouser and Tanner Yea) activating cyberware that is not always on and that does offer mechanical benefits (related to ...
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How do Adepts, mechanically, function?

This question is looking for a clear summary that leans towards conciseness, and hopefully page numbers in the core rulebook. I just joined a brand new group for Shadowrun 5e, and I'm fairly certain (...
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