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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How does Shadowrun 4 differ from the previous editions - from an Actual Play viewpoint?

I have the old versions, and played the heck out of them. I don't have version 4. If I buy it, what can I expect?
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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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Is the Pain Relief Adept power Overpriced?

the Adept power Pain Relief is in the Street Magic. According to my 2006 Printing on page 179, it costs me 1 point of adept powers and can heal some stun damage, demanding 5 minutes of care per healed ...
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Are there any official guidelines for Shadowrun payouts?

I'm trying to figure out how much to pay Shadowrunners for a job, and how to balance the NPCs. I couldn't find anything in SR4A (though I could've missed something). I've only played in a couple of ...
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Are there glider rules in Shadowrun 4E?

This is a short one, but I'm confused about it. Arsenal, on p112 lists two gliders, the Artemis Dawnglider and the Moonlight Phoenix. Unfriendly Skies adds the Artemis Nightwing on p14. All gliders ...
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Latent Awakening in Shadowrun 5

My group wants to change the edition from Shadowrun 4 to Shadowrun 5. We want to convert our characters, and one of us has the advantage 'Latent Awakening'. I didn't find an advantage like this in the ...
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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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Resources on dice rolling for Rolisteam

Where can I find reliable instructions as to how dice rolling programming works with Rolisteam specifically (I use 1.8.2)? All I can find is about DiceParser (which seems to be the base code used in ...
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How can I make my game more "noir" as a GM?

I ran a couple of Shadowrun games at Dexcon, my first time GMing at a con. It's not my first time running Shadowrun; I based the games off of a couple jobs my players did in a then-ongoing campaign. ...
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How to convey the tone of Shadowrun?

Reading the core book I realized how different Shadowrun is from my usual game of Dungeons & Dragons. We usually play the good guys saving a village from a tribe of goblins. Most of the time we ...
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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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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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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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Why are certified credsticks 'banded'?

The source material indicates the banks can issue certified credsticks up to their maximum limit, which is indicated by their band. Why? from what I can tell: All certified credsticks, regardless of ...
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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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Shadowrun character creation, in what order do you reduce magic due to -wares?

In Shadowrun are there official rules as to when you would reduce your magic rating due to various -wares? Point in case, if you decide to purchase say bioware at the beginning of the process, before ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I deal with a Technomancer who uses a *lot* of sprites?

We have a Technomancer in our party who has a bunch of registered sprites. When something interesting happens - let's say the characters fight some attackers off and send them running away - he simply ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the SURGE event in Shadowrun?

The Shadowrun 4E background material mentions an event called SURGE, which seems to be similar to UGE or Goblinization. SURGE is mentioned twice in SR4A, and at least once in the Sixth World Atlas. ...
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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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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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Concealability of a Hidden Arm Slide

Does the "Hidden Arm Slide" weapon accessory modify the concealability of a weapon at all? The brief description in the rulebook only discusses drawing the weapon as a free action but doesn't touch ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any way to reduce the Essence cost of cyberware?

Is there any option at character creation I can make to reduce the Essence cost of cyberware besides just buying higher quality (Alpha/Beta..) implants? I am thinking of specifically a race or ...
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How do I handle astral security?

When a shadowrunning team tries to break into a facility protected by magic, it seems to me as a GM like the team's biggest liability is getting past magical security. If a mundane B&E character ...
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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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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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How challenging is "challenging" in Shadowrun?

I'm reading the core book about the mechanics and I see that a Success threshold of 4 is supposed to be challenging. Here's the exact wording. The standard threshold is 1 (so only 1 hit is ...
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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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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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Is magic, hacking, or rigging vital for balance in SR4?

I play Shadowrun now and then but ignore magic, hacking, and rigging in my games. Every time I mention this to others they tell me that I should just play Cyberpunk or d20 Spycraft. I ask why, and 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 complex are sprite tasks usually allowed to be?

What is the general consensus on how detailed a Sprite command can be? I know Sprite tasks aren't spent until the Technomancer changes the command, but does having conditional modifiers like "if" or "...
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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 ...