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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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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Are Spirit types for traditions mandatory?

The Hermetic tradition lists Fire spirits for the Combat category. The description of the traditions seems to make this optional: [...] indicating which types of spirits and spirit powers they ...
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Is the Body roll to resist damage affected by dice pool modifiers?

If I have -2 dice pool modifier from sustaining a spell or from Wound Modifiers, does this apply to Body rolls to resist damage?
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How is initiative affected by dice pool modifiers?

Initiative rolls do not generate hits, so how are the dice pool modifiers from sustained spells subtracted?
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Are these homebrewed rules for True Drake balanced?

Since there are no rules for True Drakes in the fifth edition of shadowrun, and based on comments it seems likely there won't be in the near future, I've decided to add them as a house-rule. Since I'm ...
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Are there rules to play as a True Drake in Shadowrun 5e?

As far as I've seen there are no rules for True Drakes in Shadowrun 5th Edition. The rules for Drakes are detailed in Howling Shadows, and True Drakes appeared in previous editions. I would like to ...
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Can the use of Medicine help heal Drain?

Drain damage, regardless of whether it is Stun or Physical damage, cannot be healed by any means other than the natural properties of the body—that means no magical healing and no medkits. (Core ...
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Does the +2 hot sim vr bonus apply on opposed/defense tests?

Does the +2 hot-sim vr bonus apply on opposed/defense tests in the matrix?
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How do these skills, qualities and power stack if at all?

If I have the bone density augmentation at rating 3, the claws positive quality, critical strike(unarmed combat) adept power and elemental body adept power. How do I do the damage value equation? ...
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What are the rules about the Dweller of Threshold encounter?

I am looking for rules that cover the Dweller on the Threshold encountered during metaplanar travel. Is there something I should have my players roll? If there is a combat, it is an astral or mundane ...
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Is it possible to banish insect spirits?

Is the Banishing skill effective against Insect Spirits? Street Grimoire p196 provides an answer for Hybrid Form: The spirit is under no obligation to return to its native metaplane if its ...
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How to enter metaplanes?

I search how rules works for metaplanes travel. Core Rulebook p325 Upon your first initiation, you learn how to travel to any of the metaplanes (The Metaplanes, p. 317), if you can use astral ...
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Can a Rigger command multiple drones when jumped into one?

So a rigger with an RCC and a bunch of slaved drones jumps in to one of his drones. Can this rigger then use the send message/command multiple drones actions while jumped in?
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Do you need a mark on a silent commlink to be able to see icons on it?

In SR5 core rulebook, there is an example that states (emphasis added): Tesseract needs to pick up a pice of data a Renraku sarariman has on his commlink, and he decides to go for a smash-and-grab. ...
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Drones always see through Improved Invisibility?

Drones resist illusions with their object resistance, which is 15+. Thus even the simplest drone has at least 15 dice, and the sophisticated ones have even more, so unless one is rather lucky (or very ...
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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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What can I do with marks on a Smartgun?

I have an opponent with a smartgun system on his weapon. I use a Hack On the Fly to put one mark on it. With the Control Device Action and a test of Electronic Warfare + Intuition [Sleaze] v. ...
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Universal Brotherhood in 2075

Do you think there is many changes to make in the storyline to move the Universal Brotherhood campaign (and events directly related to it, like the Chicago city destruction) from ~2050 to the basic ...
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Questions about Alchemy

I have some questions about alchemy in SR5 : Are "Contact triggered" preparation triggered by someone with gloves ? Or someone with a combat armor ? Is it possible to create some king of "grenade" ...
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How to handle critter power “Fear” as a player

Last session our group was confronted with a shaman accompanied by his pet spirit. The spirit used his critter power "Fear" (Core Book pg. 397) on us, a pretty common power judging from the published ...
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When controlling an enemy with magic, can you cast through that enemy?

When controlling an enemy with the Control Actions (German: Handlungen Beherrschen) spell, you can control the enemy as if he is a puppet, but you use your ability scores when doing something with the ...
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Where do I find metatype qualities?

I'm building a metahuman character using the Shadowrun 5E core rulebook. Both the core rulebook and the demo kit mention metahuman qualities (for example, the Elves' low-light vision). Where can I ...
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Does the Dodge Specialization add to the total for Dodge?

If you have the gymnastics skill, which applies to dodge when you take a -5 initiative penalty (SR5 p.168), does the dodge specialization (comes preloaded as option in the chummer character creation ...
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What skills & qualities are used to acquire better guns?

I am trying to set up a gun bunny with a variety of high-end, high-powered rifles, but our campaign starting finances and karma maxes are pretty low key. My goal is to have at least one solid "wow" ...
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Disguise a drone as something innocent

"Yes, sir, we are from NY-News. That? That is our camera-drone. We use it to shoot our interviews. Not literally, obviously. Haha, that would be criminal, right?" Drones are everywhere in Shadowrun 5....
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How do attack rolls work?

Where is the page in the 5e core rulebook that states how attack rolls function, specifically in meatspace?
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Cyber/Bioware to enhance Knowledge Skills

Last session, when I was bored and looking to burn some hard earned money for my character, I browsed through our books and found a nice little piece that when implanted would give +3 dice on all ...
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Wealth scales in Shadowrun?

New to Shadowrun as a GM. Transitioned from Cyberpunk and World of Darkness storytelling. My players are fairly certain that they each get paid approximately 3000-30,000 nuyen for every run they go on....
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Is there any reason to use the H&K XM30 in the Carbine configuration?

The H&K XM30 can be set different configurations, namely Assault Rifle, Carbine, Sniper, LMG, or Shotgun. However, the Assault Rifle and the Carbine configuration have the exact same stats, except ...