114 votes

How do I address the need to kill off one member of the party for on going plot?

Then you need to damn the plot secrets and talk with the player and make sure they are OK with it. You don't need to give them details on how it is resolved but they need to know they will be killed ...
user avatar
  • 9,079
103 votes
Accepted

How do you handle greedy shadowrunners?

Let them No seriously, let them. They want to keep the McGuffin of doom, the schematics to the bank that the Johnson asked them to get, the sacred Rhino of the city? Let them keep them. They're ...
user avatar
  • 31.2k
43 votes
Accepted

Can a character use VR to block noise which prevents her from sleeping?

VR Sleeping a) This is super cool. A character in a loud place 'jacks in', goes to her personal VR meditation space, and falls asleep? That's super cool. That's cyberpunk as hell. That's utterly ...
user avatar
  • 24k
43 votes

How do I address the need to kill off one member of the party for on going plot?

I've experienced this situation (of a PC dying for plot reasons) from two angles - that of a fellow player at the table, and of the player of the PC who is killed. Neither situation was in Shadowrun ...
user avatar
  • 2,817
39 votes
Accepted

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 ...
user avatar
36 votes
Accepted

What is used for a "client" in Japan of 2050s?

Tanaka-san or Johnson-san. There is a vast list of names for "client" used all over the world of Shadowrun. While in North America "Mr." or "Mrs. Johnson" is the common name, other names are used in ...
user avatar
  • 60.9k
32 votes
Accepted

Can metahumans in Shadowrun interbreed?

Yes, they can interbreed. No, you don't get "mixed breeds" Contrary to ethnic races, metagenes seem immune to recombination, miscegenation, and dilution. Although members of different ...
user avatar
22 votes

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 ...
user avatar
  • 27.8k
19 votes
Accepted

How do I address the need to kill off one member of the party for on going plot?

Get buy-in to break your own play conventions Normally, I'd tell you to rethink your whole approach. Messing with characters in this way tends to feel very disruptive: you're putting your GMly finger ...
user avatar
  • 28.4k
18 votes
Accepted

There's a sixth world, and a fourth world. Where are the others?

The link between Earthdawn & ShadowRun dates from when FASA had firm control of both licenses. Once that line was cut, everything about this was dropped. Background: the magic in the world has a ...
user avatar
  • 4,229
17 votes
Accepted

What is the difference between a fence and a fixer?

While both members of the shadow community, a fence and a fixer operate at different levels of it and have different roles. A fence is a merchant dealing in black and grey market goods. They operate ...
user avatar
  • 47.6k
17 votes

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 ...
user avatar
  • 21.2k
16 votes
Accepted

How can I use AnyDice to check counting-success probabilities?

In this particular case, Anydice's count function is the right choice. So to count the number of hits you'll get (on average), you get: ...
user avatar
  • 102k
15 votes
Accepted

Not being able to get a feeling for Shadowrun setting

Read fiction The "feeling" for most settings is less based on the actual setting and more on the general cultural bakcground that you've been exposed to - fantasy literature for the 'generic D&D' ...
user avatar
  • 6,181
15 votes
Accepted

Did SR5 fix the problems with decking?

I haven't played SR3 so my answer will be entirely based on my experiences with SR5. Deckers don't seem too separated from what's going on in meatspace The Matrix in SR5 is completely wireless (...
user avatar
  • 2,825
15 votes

How do you handle greedy shadowrunners?

It depends on various thing. How does your Shadowrun world look like and where in this world are your runners positioned. Reputation As experienced runners in the most basic setting (Do jobs for ...
user avatar
  • 1,118
15 votes

Can metahumans in Shadowrun interbreed?

Genes in Shadowrun are weird, as of at least 4th edition. An "Ork" isn't "the product of two Ork parents." It's "a metahuman whose genes manifest closer to an Ork metatype than another other metatype....
user avatar
  • 1,871
15 votes

How do I address the need to kill off one member of the party for on going plot?

My advice is to be extremely careful about killing characters. Players generally accept a character death if it is due to their miscalculation and the rolls of the dice. However, when a local GM ...
user avatar
14 votes
Accepted

What's that Seattle Fast-Food joint?

The fast food place you are looking for probably is McHugh. They have paranoid security measures, the food is rather average (and "average" is not a good thing in SR) though. Google says they were ...
user avatar
  • 21.6k
13 votes
Accepted

Are there game balance reasons for high-priced cyberdecks?

As a GM and a player, there are a few reasons I see as to why: Risk vs. Reward For the longest time most Deckers would do their job from a place of safety. There wasn't too much risk in their job: ...
user avatar
  • 3,781
13 votes

What is the difference between a fence and a fixer?

A Fence is someone who buys and sells stolen goods. A Fixer is primarily a middleman between the shadows and the corporate world. Some also act as fences.
user avatar
  • 27.1k
13 votes
Accepted

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 ...
user avatar
  • 27.8k
11 votes
Accepted

Is anti-gravity technology available in Shadowrun?

The short answer is No. There is no anti-gravity technology available that would not be available in the real world today. Obviously, shadowrun technology is more advanced and cheaper, so owning a ...
user avatar
  • 21.6k
11 votes
Accepted

Can Edge Be Reduced to 0?

The Edge attribute, as the core rulebook says on p.56, under Edge, does not change unless you permanently burn Edge, as detailed in Burning Edge, on p.57. The Edge attribute itself shows you how many ...
user avatar
  • 38.7k
10 votes
Accepted

What is the stance of magic users towards Vampires?

They despise and fear them. But they are not alone in this. Everyone else does too. Vampires and such all suffer from a strain of HMHVV. And they are uniformly feared and despised by the average ...
user avatar
  • 3,572
10 votes
Accepted

How can I convert a Shadowrun game to Fate?

Magic/Drain There are several ways the draining effects of magic can be represented in the system. I'm currently playing a shaman in an Aether Sea campaign, and I think a thing or two can be taken ...
user avatar
10 votes
Accepted

How do I identify the edition of a Shadowrun book?

Check the Back Unlike some publishers, where you frequently have to examine trade dress and other elements of the book's design, Shadowrun's publishers - FASA, FanPro, and Catalyst - have been good ...
user avatar
  • 47.6k
10 votes

Tracking Ammunition consistently in a Hell made of Bullets

Don't This requires buy in from everyone at the table and it does make the game slightly less gritty. That said, in Shadowrun and in most TTRPGS I play, only track ammunition that is special in some ...
user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

Can siblings be different metatypes in SR5?

Supposing that the "started turning into the creatures" part you quoted is from p.50, I'd like to draw your attention the specific mentioning of Goblinization in the introductory part of the book: ...
user avatar
  • 38.7k
9 votes
Accepted

Do metatypes find members of their own metatype the most aesthetically pleasing in Shadowrun?

Based on my reading of several novels it is clear that beauty standard in the 6th world is very much like what we have in the real world. Any kind of race mix can happen, but in general our(western ...
user avatar
  • 1,004

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible