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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 ...

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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 ...
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Do Sunglasses always give a penalty to visibility?

The Environmental Compensation Table on page 175 lists that Sunglasses shift glare conditions one row up and light conditions one row down. Would that mean in perfect conditions (no glare, full light)...
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How does Warrior's Code affect a character in accidents?

I am currently a little confused as to what the Warrior's Code variant of the Code of Honor quality means in regards to stray bullets. The exact wording is as follows A character will not kill an ...
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How to learn how to play Shadowrun 5e?

I have recently bought the Shadowrun 5e Core Rulebook, because I like the setting and would like to start a campaign with a few friends — each of who have experience with Tabletop RPGs in general, but ...
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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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What do I need to play Shadowrun Fifth edition?

Me and a group of friends want to play the tabletop RPG shadowrun 5th edition, but we're not sure what we need. Are there any books similair to the PHB in D&D? Any specific dice that we might need?...
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How can I discern the type of a program?

When I do a matrix perception roll in the matrix I can discern if an icon is a program, a user, ... . What I did not see though is if I can discern with the same roll if a program is a normal program ...
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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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Where are the spell addiction rules?

In SR4 you had spell addiction rules: when you used the euphoria equivalent too often on the same target, or were too successful, the target could become addicted to the feeling of that spell. However ...
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Teamwork on matrix actions

I would like to break it down into two closely related sub-questions. A) On which matrix actions can teamwork be used? For examlpe: I cannot place a mark for someone else. Am I allowed to help him ...
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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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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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What's the legality of making a character editor?

I want to develop a character editor for role-playing games. At first just for one game, but I want to expand it later to cover multiple games. What laws (like copyright and intellectual-property) do ...
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What is the test for physical damage from cold weather / frostbite?

In Run & Gun, the consequences of being exposed to temperatures below freezing are described as follow: The risk of frostbite begins when a character is exposed to a Moderate or greater ...
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Is there a limit to the force of a lodge you create?

I've been wondering if there is a limit on how powerful the lodge you create can be? Is it limited by the magic rating of the mage/shaman who creates it? Or can it be as strong as the amount of Lodge ...
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Character Creation & Bonded Foci

The character creation rules say that to buy Bonded Foci costs Karma. It doesn't say anything about the money. I understand if I wanted to buy more Foci after chargen, it would cost NuYen and Karma, ...
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Does the Redliner quality affect your attributes or your cyberlimbs' attributes?

I decided to create a character from Chrome Flesh who used the Redliner positive quality, providing +1 Str/Agi for every 2 full cyberarms/legs. So of course I get myself two chrome arms and legs. Now ...
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Can an agent aid in controlling gear?

I am considering playing a Decker and wanted to know if I could use an agent to help with certain gear functions? Such as having them report status of weapons or armor that can be networked? I'm not ...
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How to accurately set a shadowrunner's fee before the run

I'm gearing up for a first foray into Shadowrun (specifically 5ed), and I'm confused about how to work out the initial offer of money that Mr Johnson makes. The rulebook (pp. 375-6) describes how to ...
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Does raising magic due to essence loss require Initiation?

Playing a mage in Shadowrun who was created with a Synaptic Booster, which lowers essence (and therefore MAG). He was also created with an exceptional attribute of MAG too, so the MAG attribute ...