Questions tagged [shadowrun-sr5]

Shadowrun Fifth 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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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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How should a GM go about handling a combat encounter against an enemy team of runners?

I have a group that is about to encounter another runner team in combat. They both want to do the same job and are going to be fighting for the package. The two thoughts I had were to make some of ...
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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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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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What does it mean for a device to be hardwired?

Recently while reading about security cameras in Shadowrun 5e, I came across a forum post where someone suggested that if you don't want a decker to be able to disable your security cameras, you can ...
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Is there any limit to how frequently mages can cast the Heal spell?

Is there any hard limit to how frequently a mage can use the Heal spell in Shadowrun 5 Edition, i.e. some sort of cooldown?
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Matrix Perception and Running Silent in Shadowrun 5e

Shadowrun 5e core rulebook states at page 235: If you’re trying to find an icon that’s running silent (or if you’re running silent and someone’s looking for you), the first thing you need to do is ...
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Gearhead Speed bonus calculation

How does the Speed +20% bonus from Gearhead Quality works? Should I sum up this with the Speed Attribute or should I just adjust the speed movement value? For example: my car has Speed 3. If I choose ...
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Does a sustained spell require multiples drain resistance checks?

We are playing a Shadowrun 5 campaign. When a mage casts a spell, they have to roll a Drain resistance check. The GM is requiring multiple drain checks (one for each turn the mage sustains the spell) ...
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If I have two cyberarms, do I need an additional modification to interact with AR?

I feel like this is a stupid question, but I cannot find this answer anywhere in the RAW. If I have two cyberarms (whole or partial, doesn't matter), do I need some kind of additional modification ...
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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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As a Mystic Adept with the Astral perception power, what is the Manablade spell's dice pool against a non-materialized spirit?

Do you roll Blades + Agility [Force] as the spell description states, or Astral Combat + Willpower [Accuracy] as the Astral Combat table states for weapon foci? Manablade is one of the Spellblades ...
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Do the high-fashion armour clothings from Run & Gun that are tagged as 'Newest Models' lose armour rating over time?

Relevant rules snippets from Run & Gun, p. 59: NEWEST MODEL These items are the most recent incarnations of their corporate creators. That means they lose a little more when purchased as ...
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How do you go about applying a Path's discount bonus to character progression/creation?

The Beast’s Way COST:20 KARMA PREREQUISITES:Adept RATING:NONE SOURCE:SR5:SG Adepts who follow this path are under the guidance of an animal mentor spirit, which they refer to as their totem, similar ...
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Is there a rule to recalculate the BODY of characters with cyberimplants?

The description of the Petrify spell (Shadow Spells, page 22) says: PETRIFY (PHYSICAL) Type: P Range: LOS Duration: S Drain: F – 2 This spell transforms living tissue into calcium carbonate, or ...
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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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Does the “Prejudiced” negative quality make people I hate able to convince me more easily?

Do I understand the SR5 rules correctly that being prejudiced against real estate agents makes it easier for them to sell me a house for more than it’s worth? Core rulebook page 82, “Negative ...
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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 a 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 complains, that he ...
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Probability of rolling a specific combination of results with nd6

So far I was able to figure out most things I needed to do in anydice on my own and with help of various posts in forums, however in this case my math knowledge fails me. How do I calculate the ...
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Is dispelling nearly impossible to succeed?

The rules for dispelling say: A Dispelling test is the dispeller's Counterspelling + Magic [Astral] v. spell's Force + caster's Magic (+ amount of Karma spent on quickening the spell, if any) [...] ...
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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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Why can Complex Forms be threaded at such high levels?

There are a great many equivalencies between Resonance and Magic; many of their abilities are very similar both in fluff and mechanics. One difference that stands out is the limit at which their ...
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Are there any balance drawbacks in ignoring Physical, Social or Mental Limits?

I've been gamemastering Shadowrun 5e since it was published. I have every single book published for the system, a throve of supplements, maps, miniatures, cards, and a bunch of other acessories. I ...
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Are “extended” variants of a spell considered a separate spell for the purpose of purchase?

Are "extended" versions of spells considered separate items for the purpose of purchasing spells? For example the spell "Detect enemies" has a variant "Detect enemies, extended", if I were to ...
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Are these skills not part of any skill group?

I am reading over the Shadowrun 5e core rulebook and see a lot of skills that are not included in any skill group, even when obviously you can group them and I would even expect it in this type of ...
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What can you do without a deck in the Matrix to help the Decker?

I'm trying to run a quick one-shot for some friends, and upon realizing that we need to figure out how to get some files, we've stopped to read the Matrix section of the book. I'm a little confused; ...
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Multiple Full Defense Actions in the same Combat Turn?

The "Full Defense" Interrupt Action allows a character to decrease their Initiative Score by 10, and the add their Willpower to their defense rolls for the remainder of the Combat Turn. However, the ...
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Rigging & Complex Orders

I have a player that oftenly asked his Drones to protect someone in autopilot or follow someone then he lost link (because of Noise) to come back to safehouse. Is this possible ? Is an autosoft is ...
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Does an agent benefit from marks created by you?

I am making a decker character for the first time and I am looking into what is possible and what not. Now I'm curious of what is possible with agents, as indicated in the question. The defintion of ...
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Adding Gymnastic dice to Defence Test

In combat a character can always take a REA+INI test to avoid an incoming attack. However, the 'Dodge' Interupt Action allows the character to add their Gymnastic Skill dice to the REA+INI defence ...
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How does Vivification work? How much karma do I have to spend to make a spell permanent?

I'm new to this game. I was wondering if I can make an Armor Spell become permanent with the Initiation ability called Vivification. If I can, how much karma is needed for that?
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How an Inhabiting Flesh-Form Spirit Ally would improve its vessels skills?

In my previous question What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have? the answer was that the SA would "inherit" so to speak, the vessel's memories, attributes and skills and that ...
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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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Is there a mechanical benefit to playing an aspect mage?

An aspect mage can only cast spells or rituals or summon ghosts, also he or she can't travel in the astral realm. Did I miss a benefit for choosing a limited mage?
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Is there Magic on Mars?

I am aware that using magic outside of the Earth Biosphere is lethal for mages. Does this still hold true on Mars, or has the red planet enough life on it now to support magic users?
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How does a spirit become uncontrolled?

Street Grimoire, pg. 202, states that whenever a spirit becomes uncontrolled, the GM rolls to see if it becomes a free spirit. So, I got curious, how does a spirit become uncontrolled?
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What does a CFD infection do to a Magic user?

What occurs when a magic user (mage, adept, mystic adept, drake or pixie or some other metahuman species that has an inherent magic score) is infected with nanites hosting a CFD strain? I have been ...
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How does hacking a gun work in SR5?

In Shadowrun 5, it's possible for a decker to hack a gun, but I don't quite get how that works. Do you need a mark on the gun? The example on page 228 suggests you don't. But can you get a mark on ...
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What happens when you touch an indirect combat spell preparation?

When you cast an indirect combat spell with sorcery, the target gets to resist/dodge the spell with a Rea+Int roll. The spell then is launched with an Opposed Test that pits the magician’s ...
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What Attributes does a Flesh Form Inhabitating Spirit Ally have?

I have a player who wants to bring back a loved NPC to life. I'll Spare you the cheesiness of the story, I told him that there is no known way to do that and that it could be a very dark thing to do. ...
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Are there shooting modifiers for Large targets?

A player made a Troll, Giant subtype, so he is 3.5 meters (11 feet, 3 inches) in height and I am wondering: are rules where it says he is any easier to hit than, say, a 1.2m dwarf? If not it seems a ...
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Is Artificing a good skill?

Artificing allows a character to create foci, but a character can also buy foci. The important part of the rules (the actual rules in core page 306): get formula (buy or create with extended test ...
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What are the downsides of Remote Control?

I want to create a Rigger, and spare on Agility. RAW if I use Remote Control I can shoot with Gunnery + Logic (according to Gunnery, p183), but with Rigger Control I have to use Gunnery + Agility. ...
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How to calculate Drain Value with Reckless Spellcasting

If I cast Punch with Force 1 and Reckless Spellcasting, how much Drain do I have to resist? Is the minimum of 2 Drain considered before the +3 or after? Option 1: Drain minimum first, MAX (2, (1 - 6))...
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How can a mage effectively use Simple Actions in combat?

While reading this excellent answer about spirit initiative, I realized directing my summoned spirit in combat will leave me without Complex Actions to cast spells in the usual way. I realize this is ...
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How to calculate the probablity of getting 5 hits with 13 dice in Anydice?

How can I calculate probabilities for Shadowrun 5 in Anydice? In Shadowrun 5E (and 4E too, earlier it was completely different) you roll a 6 sided die for each point of your skill and the relevant ...

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