Questions tagged [shadowrun-sr4]

Shadowrun Fourth 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 control the Sixth World.

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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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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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How can I plausibly let my Runners escape an Ares Corporation facility?

I am gamemastering a Shadowrun 4 adventure (fan-made) and have maneuvered myself into a situation that I don't know how to get out of. I do not have much experience as a GM, only as a player, and I am ...
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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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Shadowrun-4e Advice for building a hacker

First time playing 4th edition Shadowrun, previously just played 5th, and I've decided to take up the mantle of hacker like I did for the 5e campaign. My idea is to build an augmented technomancer ...
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Hits Cap on multiple Spells

I have a mystical adept with a magic attribute of 6 (4 adept/2 mage) and spellcasting at 5. So when i cast a spell, it has to be on F1/2 (F3/4) and has a pool of 7 dice. My magic attribute caps the (...
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Can Double Jointed and Elastic Joints be combined?

I have a problem if a specific combination of Bioware and Merit is legit or not: The Merit Double JointedSR4 p90 lists a "+2 on escape artist tests". The very same benefit is bestowed by the Bioware ...
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Do dual chars have to concentrate on the astral to see something there?

I'm wondering about dual beings. If for example a runner is a dual being and his team is just fighting a physical threat. At the same time a spirit (not materialized) comes around a corner and sees ...
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In SR4 how can you make your commlinks, cyberware, drones, etc. harder to hack?

Intro Came up as a question in my current SR4 game (i didn't like 5th edition much), after a Troll urban samurai with lots of cyberware had his cybereyes hacked, he didn't like the experience much. ...
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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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How are the published spells consistent with Core Assumption #8

Street Magic lists a section of rules on the design philosophy behind spells. Basically, there is a list of the most important things not to let spells do. Core Assumption #8 is: Sorcery Cannot ...
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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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Where are the Cybertorso rules?

This may be a silly question, but I'm seriously having issues finding more about cybertorsos. I know that cybertorsos do exist, and they are somewhat needed for someone that relies on cyberlimbs, ...
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Are 4th Edition Shadowrun adventures compatible with 5th Edition?

I'm looking for some Shadowrun adventures to run for 5th Edition and I came across the Shadowrun Missions living campaign. I found a few Season 4 missions I'm interested in (like Back in Business), ...
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Spell drain value incorporating net hits or not?

At page 185 of the Shadowrun 20th anniversary rulebook, the example goes like this [...]The Drain Code for the Powerbolt is (F ÷ 2) + 1, plus 3 from the net hits, so Raze must resist 6 DV [...] ...
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How do you convey the feeling of a crowded area?

Recently, one of my players suggested that streets and buildings felt too empty when we are playing Shadowrun. Other than many RPG, a lot of Shadowrun takes place in crowded cities, with the ...
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What does a program's capacity mean, and how can I use it?

Using chummer, after I added a new program, I noticed it says "capacity" in the properties of the program. This feature increases when upgrading from rating 3 to rating 4. I wasn't able to find any ...
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SR4A drone attributes and melee weapons

One of my players in a Shadowrun 4th edition game I'm about to start running would like to play rigger with a bear drone; a drone that looks like a bear complete with claws. I was going to use 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?
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Is there a known reason for drakes not being in the 5th edition compendium? [closed]

From what I saw, the Runner's Companion (4th edition) and Run Faster (5th edition) books are identical in what topics they contain (surge PCs, lifestyles, etc.)... Except one point: Drakes. Is there ...
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Making a npc with a heart problem

I'm GMing a Shadowrun 4th edition game where the players are Shadowrunners in a place whose missions are very deadly. The group they're in are conformed by 4 players and 2 NPCs. Also, the ''group'' ...
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Would an emp-grenade disable cyber-/bodyware?

I recently got my hands on some shadowrun4 books, and one of them has the emp-grenade in it. The emp-grenade says (translated out of my head, as I only own the german version) that it disables most ...
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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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What good are Data Sprites?

Data Sprites appear to be worse than other sprites in almost every way at a reasonable level of resonance. In particular the Courier sprite has access to most of the same abilities, gets an extra ...
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If you taze a hacker, does he log out of the Matrix?

So, I've heard that in SR4 if you fall unconscious you are automatically booted from VR, barring exceptional circumstances (like Black IC). Is this true, and if so where is the rule for this? I ...
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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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When players have settled into “routines” for runs, how to break them out of the rut?

One way or another almost 95% of all the Shadowruns I either played or was GM in, somehow got to the point where the players would either: gather building plans and/or use their existing collection ...
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How can I speed up action in an IRC-based Shadowrun game?

I have a small group that plays games weekly on IRC. We've been playing Dogs in the Vineyard for a while now and that appears to work pretty well. We've been a little slow at the start, but it was ...
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Is there a google earth style map for Shadowrun 2050?

I started a campaign in Shadowrun 4e 2050 and would love to be able to send my players to a geography source without having them wade through the books. It occurred to me that a custom Google Earth ...
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Can AIs opt to instead use a cyberdeck?

The title covers the core question, but there's a lot of clarification necessary: I assume AIs do not get the benefit of Hot Sim, because (1) no +1 benefit to Initiative, (2) no +2 to Matrix tests is ...
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Is there any good reason not to kick people?

The Kick Attack maneuver in Arsenal p160 reads: A staple of many martial arts, kicking has a greater range and power than punching. The attacker receives +1 Reach on Unarmed Combat Tests when ...
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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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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 permanent ...
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Does Power Pact of Spirit Pact quality use character or spirit ability?

On page 108 of Street Magic, the Power Pact quality, it allows the character to use one of the spirit's powers. What it doesn't specifically say is the strength of the power when wielded by the ...
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Does an adept leave an astral signature when using his powers? How long does it last?

I am trying to figure out whether adepts using their magical powers leave an astral signature. So far, since checking the core rulebook and Streetmagic, I have found a few forum discussions on the ...
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Cybereyes capacity cost & cyberlimbs

In SR4 it is possible to buy cyberlimbs, and customize them with upgrades that cost a certain amount of capacity (noted [X] in relevant tables) rather than essence. This is different from a capacity ...
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How does the Shadowrun SR4 combat mechanic work?

I have recently played the Shadowrun Returns PC game and the expansion Dragonfall, quite liked the character system, and that got me thinking about playing Shadowrun tabletop too. Before I buy the ...
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Can a Technomancer with Biowire thread a memorized Skillsoft?

I'm playing a Technomancer in a SR4 game and since every other players is bored when I spend more than 5 minutes hacking (which I understand but someone has to gather intel), I decided to give a try ...
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How do I calculate the chance of hits?

(I do not know if I should post this in math.stackexchange.com, so I try to phrase it in a way that it makes sense for non-roleplayers. Just in case it gets moved) In the latest two editions of ...
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What's required for Skinlink to work?

I'm a bit confused on how to set up skinlink on electronics. Would a player need a built-in commlink or a commlink connected to a trode net in order for the skinlink to work?
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Can a player create an AI?

Skimming the web and source books I have yet to find anything that discusses players programming AIs. I'd imagine it would be a very complicated process, but I'm curious what would go into it. Is it ...
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How does “Do It Yourself” deck creation work during character creation?

I noticed in Chummer it allows you to set "Do It Yourself" when putting together a deck during character creation, but I can't find the rules regarding this aside from talking about hardware tests ...
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Can people detect a Detect Hidden Node scan?

I'm just starting to read up on hacking in the Shadowrun universe, but I didn't see anything about corps or people being able to tell you're looking for their hidden network. Is it possible to detect ...
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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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Any house-rule for buying negative qualities after character creation?

During character creation, Shadowrun 4E allows player to buy negative qualities such as Infirm in exchange for additional Build Points. Some negative qualities are heavily background-related, so I ...
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Where can I find some tough creatures?

I need some foes to challenge a somewhat overpowered group. Which SR4 supplement has some good foes for high end groups?
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Combining Silky Skin Bioware & Implant Medics Nanoware

Augmentation (page 63) details the Cosmetic Bioware augment Silky Skin. It is a treatment after which your body grows new, super smooth skin which can be marked or marred by new damage/scars. ...
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Rules for a Hong-Kong based game

I am considering running a Hong-Kong based Shadowrun campaign in the future, and even though I have found plenty of material regarding locations and NPCs (mainly in Runner Havens), I have yet to find ...
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Is glass transparent to Astral Perception?

In a Shadowrun 4e game I play in, an adept with the Astral Perception power wanted to sit in a bar and astrally spy on something behind the window. SR4A p.191 states : Non-magical and non-living ...