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Questions tagged [sr5-matrix]

The Matrix, the wireless network that has replaced the internet in Shadowrun 5th edition. Deckers and Technomancers use it to steal data, disable devices, and more.

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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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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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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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Can drones assist on Electronic Warfare tests?

If Jimmy Two-Tusk, ork decker extraordinaire, wants to hack an enemy's commlink, he rolls his Hacking + Logic + hits on the assist test from his R6 Agent, an autonomous program whose programming ...
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Are there game balance reasons for high-priced cyberdecks?

Decking is very expensive, both financially and during character creation. A decker needs a decent deck which can cost over ¥100,000, as much as 2 Ares Roadmasters (among the game's heaviest vehicles)...
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How do we make Hacking take less time without sacrificing Complexity?

I GM for a group of four players. The party consists of a shaman, a rigger, an adept and a Decker and I think we stumbled upon one of the most common problems in Shadowrun, the problem of decking ...
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Does Data Trails fix any of the broken parts of SR5 decking?

There's a lot wrong with the Matrix chapter in SR5. Many things are too vague, some things are simply omitted, some things don't work in ways any slightly familiar with computing can understand, and ...
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Activating an agent from a different deck

For a decker character I have bought two decks: One good deck that the character will use for himself, and a second deck which is pretty bad to run things like small matrix searches or file operations ...
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Is the trigger of a smartgun mechanical or software?

With Data Trails out and additional matrix actions available, the following question came to my mind when reading the garbage in/garbage out Matrix action: It states that you can repgrogam a smartgun ...
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Can a decker use multiple cyberdecks?

Could a decker use multiple cyberdecks, each running an Agent, to gain teamwork test dice from more than one agent?
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How can Technomancers use the Resonance Veil complex form?

How can Technomancers use the Resonance Veil complex form in a way that is neither useless nor broken? p.253 of the core (emphasis mine) This complex form lets you make the target believe ...
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How do PANs and Hosts interact?

What will happen to your PAN when you use the Enter Host action? I have always assumed that your PAN goes with you, but in this thread it was suggested that only your persona goes in. Mind you the ...
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How does a team work with protected files?

A normal user could set file protection using the Edit File data processing Matrix action (core p. 239): ... You can also use this action to set protection on a file if you’re its owner. To protect ...
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Can a player expose a shielded host to wireless connection?

Let's say there is a computer or server in a room protected by a faraday cage. This makes it so that the player must enter the room in order to access the node, since the Faraday cage prevents ...
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Running multiple cyberdecks

Can a decker with two cyberdecks and two unique agent programs load one agent onto each deck, slave one deck to the other, run their persona on the master deck and end up receiving teamwork tests from ...
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How do agents and teamwork tests work?

Can an agent running on a cyberdeck assist the decker via a teamwork test for relevant matrix actions? Also, as cyberdecks can only run one copy of a program at a time, does this mean a deck can only ...
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How does a host realize somebody has gained a mark by hacking?

As far as I understand, to enter a host, everybody needs a mark on that host. In legal circumstances the host would perform the Invite Mark action, the matrix user would acquire the mark and then ...
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rigging precision SR5

If I jumped into a vehicle. Can I drive while the auto-pilot uses the weapons mounted on the vehicle? Or vice versa? Second, how can a drone use AutoSoft Electronic Warfare? Can it act as Jammer with ...
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Can physical devices be hidden inside a host in SR5?

Over the weekend my Technomancer hit a very basic point of disagreement with my GM: physical devices being hidden entirely inside hosts. My Crack Sprite failed to get onto the host when I sent it to ...
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Can a single device be both a master and a slave?

It makes sense that they can, but barring something specific in Data Trails when it comes out, I'd like community input. So I'll lay out my evidence and arguments for and let the community help me ...