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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 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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Can you open a door locked by a maglock by pure physical force?

I've tried searching for the answer to this question but I haven't found one. How hard is it to bust down a door locked by a maglock? Not damage the casing and rewire the guts but actually just bash ...
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What degree of immortality has metahumanity achieved in the Shadowrun canon?

Considering that today's (transhumanist) science is actively looking for ways to prolong human life and perhaps to even achieve a kind of immortality in the long run, it seems logical to suppose that ...
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Does Shadowrun: Anarchy support a non-narrativist approach as well?

Based on the currently available information (such as what we see over at rpg.net, reddit, a googled review, a podcast, and a youtube interview), it seems that Shadowrun: Anarchy is aimed at the ...
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Are there any details about magic academy / courses in SR?

As there is quite a lot of background info out for shadowrun regarding how people life there and what they do and can't do, what they buy and can't buy, ... I'm wondering if there is also some info ...
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Is the Blitz edge action too strong?

Blitz (Spend) lets you Roll the max dice (5) for a single combat turn Personally, I have banned this edge action in my games. It just seems way too good. It seems to conflict with Seize the ...
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Pre-edge spell to bypass force

If I have 6 magic and 8 spellcasting with 4 edge and I wish to cast a spell that has some pretty high drain value, is it possible to use push the limit [pre-edge] the spell cast at force 1 and only ...
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What is the correct Accuracy for the missile launcher weapons in Run and Gun?

Run and Gun contains two new missile launcher weapons: the Onotari Arms Ballista MML and the Mitsubishi Yakusoku MRL. Both are listed as having Accuracy "Missile". This is wrong, because Missiles (...
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What is the difference between a fence and a fixer?

What is the difference between a fence and a fixer in Shadowrun? I've seen both terms used but am not really clear on the difference.
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Can spirits Endow their Immunity?

If a spirit has the Endowment power, can they share their Immunity to Age/Normal Weapons? Excluding Hidden Life/Spirit Pact, are there any other ways for characters to gain the benefits of these ...
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Channeling Ally Spirits

Is it possible to channel an Ally Spirit in 5e? Would there be any trade-offs to doing so? Alternatively, is it possible to create an Ally Spirit with Hidden Life or the ability to enter into a Spirit ...
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What do I need for setting up a Shadowrun 3 character sheet on roll20?

I'm trying to set up a Shadowrun 3 game on Roll20, but they only have the Shadowrun 2 character sheet and macros. I'm not clear on everything Shadowrun 3 needs yet — am I able to get away with ...
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How can I roleplay The Comedian from Watchmen? [closed]

My DM is preparing Shadowrun campaign for our group and I decided to play an evil character. Since I'm fan of Watchmen, I decided to borrow character The Comedian. The problem is that I never played ...
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Do any published Shadowrun adventures feature (non-Ghoul) Infected?

Shadowrun has a disease called Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus. Depending on the strain of the disease, it turns humans (and some non-human) animals into different types of creatures of legend. HMHVV-I ...
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Which edition of Shadowrun is most streamlined?

Thinking about running a Shadowrun game. I'm a 2E vet. Have not played any other editions, but have 5E core rulebook. I'd like to know which edition is most streamlined. You'd assume the most ...
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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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Can I bind a weapon focus to my ally spirit?

I'm wondering if i can have a weapon focus crafted and then spend the karma to have it bound to my ally spirit instead of me, so my ally spirit can use it instead of me. Can I?
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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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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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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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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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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 vehicles)...
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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 ...
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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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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 do I increase a drone's Response? [closed]

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?
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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?