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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 to engage Decker in the actual run?

In my role as a GM for an 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, the player ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Can Scramble ICs do anything if the host has less than three marks on the attacker?

According to page 248 of the Shadowrun Fifth Edition Core Rulebook, the Scramble IC can forcefully reboot a device's connection to the Matrix. The book also explains that if the host has three marks ...
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What is the mechanics for a Matrix Search action?

Matrix Search is a Special Action. To look for a file inside a host takes up to 1 min. This brings me some questions: What does a Special Action means in terms of Action Phases? Can I make a Simple ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does it take for a host to spot someone doing something unauthorized, illegal, or something it doesn't like?

In the Shadowrun sr5 core rulebook, it is written that when a host spots you doing something "unauthorized, illegal, or just something it doesn’t like" its owner is informed. However, it ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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