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How to engage Decker in the actual run?

This answer comes down primarily to "What about..." Noise? This is the biggest one Why is your Decker not in the field? The ability to hack the stuff in the run location requires that he get ...
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What's the legality of making a character editor?

I am the developer of Wild Card Creator, a commercial character creator for the Savage Worlds RPG. While I don’t have direct experience working with Catalyst Game Labs or Shadowrun, I think that my ...
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What degree of immortality has metahumanity achieved in the Shadowrun canon?

In SR4 and the canon up to then, there were several ways to become /almost/ immortal: One could become a Cyberzombie by getting a negative essence (and dying) during a bloodmagic ritual under ...
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Wealth scales in Shadowrun?

Your players are right Yes, that's probably not the answer you wanted to read. But 3,000 nuyen is pretty much the baseline for all shadowruns, even those without any security risk at all, like ...
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How to engage Decker in the actual run?

Make the current strategy unworkable or very difficult. It's easy to lose sight of this when working with a TTRPG, but it's important to bear in mind that the rules don't describe the setting but ...
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How to learn how to play Shadowrun 5e?

Yes, you can. Though shadowrun is surely a complex game system. It is by no means impossible to learn by yourself. The game is designed to cover three different aspects of the setting: Mundane: ...
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Can two mundane parents give birth to an awakened child?

Yes Magic in Shadowrun is funky. Being magically awakened is not genetic, as the lore tells: two awakened parents might have only mundane kids, two mundanes might have a bunch of awakened children or ...
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What is the correct spelling of narcoject/narcojet?

The correct spelling is "narcoject" As you note, this is the most common spelling, including the one used twice in the item description on p. 410, which suggests that the spelling in the ...
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What is the nature/vegetation like in Seattle?

Let's see what the books have to say. Let me start... Runner Havens (SR4, Fanpro print 2006) Seattle's climate is classed as being in the climate of temperate rainforest and gets 200 centimeters of ...
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How to accurately set a shadowrunner's fee before the run

To be honest, I totally disagree with that section of the rulebook. It surely give an idea but the fee must be calculated on what seems to be the mission and not based on what will really/probably ...
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What's the legality of making a character editor?

Unfortunately, this is almost always illegal without a specific license. Private For fully-private games like Shadowrun, while game mechanics can't be copyrighted, the specific expression of them ...
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Do Sunglasses always give a penalty to visibility?

In a word: Yes The point of Sunglasses is to shade your eyes against glare, and there are specific cases in which this is useful. "Perfect Conditions" as you describe (full light, no glare) is ...
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Wealth scales in Shadowrun?

You are letting your players get the drop on you. They are being spoiled chummers that only want the low hanging golden fruit. Ain't no such thing in the streets. And if a bunch of blokes is just too ...
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Probability of rolling a specific combination of results with nd6

The problem is based on the Shadowrun dice pool. There if half or more of your dice are a 1 you "glitch" which is a bit more than just failing the test. Successes are counted on number of 5+'s in your ...
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What's Shiva (Drug)?

So far Shiva is not part of any supplement for Shadowrun 5. But the german version of War! ("Fronteinsatz") for SR4 got - as usual - some bonus content. Not everything got into the final version. ...
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Where can I find stories about the yakuza?

There's quite a bit of Yakuza-related material in older sourcebooks. Sourcebooks Seattle Sourcebook (FASA 7201) is an SR1 book, and doesn't have much beyond basic description. It's probably not ...
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Difference between Hacker and Rigger?

To answer, I recommand the ShadowRun Wiki, and its entry about Rigger: Riggers jump in to machines to control them with their mind. While jumped in they feel like they are the machine, using the ...
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What do I need to play Shadowrun Fifth edition?

You need only the rule book and some dice Everything you need to play Shadowrun is contained in the rule book. It contains the basic rules and everything you need to create characters (including ...
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Is there any reason to use the H&K XM30 in the Carbine configuration?

House rule At my table we just assumed the authors forgot to mention it and gave it the +4 concealability rating. This is in line with the table on p. 420 of the core book where a bullpup assault ...
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Cyber/Bioware to enhance Knowledge Skills

It could have been the Mnemonic Enhancer (rating * 9,000 nuyen) from the core rulebook (page 460): Mnemonic enhancer: This highly concentrated growth of grey matter gets attached to the brain’s ...
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Disguise a drone as something innocent

Unfortunately, there are no clear rules about entirely disguising drones, vehicles, or anything else of that nature. Thus, I cannot give you a strict Rules as Written answer. However, I can give you ...
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Is there Magic on Mars?

Yes, but at a penalty of -8. Run and Gun p. 168: Space locations function as astral voids, meaning spellcasters receive a dice pool penalty when they attempt any test that uses their Magic ...
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Is there any limit to how frequently mages can cast the Heal spell?

No, but... From the text box on p. 206 SR5 Core rule book: First aid and the heal spell can only be applied once to any single set of injuries. The same page also says you can't apply first aid ...
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What does it mean for a device to be hardwired?

It doesn't have wireless capability, meaning that its network must be physically accessed This was confusing to research, because while I was sure I'd read something in the books on this topic it ...
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How do Adepts, mechanically, function?

Let's presume that you've seen the summary on page 69 that shows the distinctions between the different kinds of magic using characters in Shadowrun 5E. The mechanical foundation of adepts is that ...
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What skills & qualities are used to acquire better guns?

Other systems may favor building characters that work great after a few more adventures, but Shadowrun is a system where you build your character to work right now. You will never again have as much ...
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Are there rules to play as a True Drake in Shadowrun 5e?

Sorry, no At present, there are no rules in place for True Drakes in 5th Edition. All reference in the books to Drakes speaks as if the "I'm a metahuman who spontaneously turns into a dracoform&...
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Are these skills not part of any skill group?

There are skills without a group The list of skill groups (and the skills included within them), as can be found on page 90 of the Core Rulebook (and is also repeated in other places) is exhaustive. ...
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How does Warrior's Code affect a character in accidents?

The example provided is modeling the remorse the Code of Honor Warrior feels in killing an innocent bystander, even accidentally, making it a game mechanic. The example could well have been killing a ...
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Are there any balance drawbacks in ignoring Physical, Social or Mental Limits?

I've ran games with the limit there and I've ran games with the limit houseruled out. I can't give you any objective answers but I can certainly tell you of my experiences. Adding limits is ...
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