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This page is meant to give an overview of the current RunnerHub house rules. These rules have generally been decided on by the Rules Division to streamline the game experience for players and GMs alike, particularly regarding bookkeeping, game balance and clarification of ambiguous rules.

If you have a rules question that isn’t answered by the official Shadowrun 5th edition material or the below rules, you can contact Rules Division

General Information

Unless otherwise specified in the house rules listed below, the official rules as detailed in the official Shadowrun 5th edition material apply. This includes the core rulebook, as well as official supplements and their errata. New house rules will be added to this page, and changes to the page will be announced in a regular update post on /r/RunnerHub.

Which Shadowrun material is used on RunnerHub?

  • RunnerHub generally allows use of all official Shadowrun 5E books and supplements. Exceptions to this will be listed explicitly below.


What books do I need?

  • Generally, you should always have access to the books that you are using content from.
  • Due to the expansive nature of the available Shadowrun material not every GM will have access to all content themselves, so should any questions arise every player is expected to be able to present the actual rules text (not a condensed summary) for any content they are using when asked by a GM.
    • This doesn't necessarily mean you need to buy an entire book if you're only using a single piece of content from it, but you need to somehow be able to look up the rules text and share it with the GM if necessary.
  • If you're not able to get access to the rules text for something, don't use it.


Custom Content

  • Players can only use content that is included in the official Shadowrun 5E books and supplements or Runnerhub House Rules (including contacts).
  • Unofficial, custom or homebrewed content as well as content from previous Shadowrun editions cannot be used by players on Runnerhub.
  • This limitation does not extend to GMs - a GM can, for example, use critters published in Shadowrun 4E material in their games.


Newly Released Material

  • Newly released material is generally put on hold for some time. This is meant to allow players and GMs alike some time to familiarize themselves with the new information and rules, and work out any potential issues.
    • For smaller supplements (e.g. 'Shadow Spells', 'Bullets and Bandages', 'Assassin's Primer', etc.) this is usually a period of one month, or until it's explicitly allowed, whichever comes first.
    • Bigger supplements (e.g. 'Run & Gun', 'Street Grimoire', 'Run Faster', 'Data Trails', 'Chrome Flesh', etc.) generally require explicit approval, which will be announced in a house rules update on /r/RunnerHub.
    • If you are unsure if a specific supplement is already allowed or not, please ask a GM or member of the organizational team.


Errata

  • Please note that the official material also includes any errata that are released for Shadowrun 5E material.
  • A list of currently available erratas can be found on the website of the Critical Glitch podcast. This list is neither guaranteed to be complete, nor to have the latest versions of the errata!

Specific exceptions:

There are some things that Runnerhub does not use. These are specific and targeted, and when we have a reason that can be fully articulated, it will be published. Sometimes, the reasons are due to complexity that the Hub cannot handle where a home table can. Where possible, bookkeeping has been automated on the main Runnerhub subReddit; some bookkeeping is more complex than a thread can handle, and that can be why some published items are not allowed.

Specific Books

Lockdown
  • The contents of the 'Lockdown' supplement are currently not allowed for use by players. This might change in parts at a later date.

Banned items:

  • Milspec armor
  • the Bumblebee Drone

Disallowed Qualities:

Rather than list all the qualities (both positive and negative) that are not allowed, please check out the appropriate Qualities sections for how the Hub uses (or disallows) Qualities. If it is not listed, it is accepted as-is from the texts.


Character Creation

General Note

  • The character creation process is overseen by the Character Control Division. The legality of any submitted character is ultimately determined by them, and any questionable aspects of a character are subject to their approval.
  • RunnerHub uses only the standard priority build system as detailed in the Shadowrun 5th edition core rulebook.


Attributes

Minimum Attributes

  • Physical and Mental attributes at a rating of 1 are not allowed, unless permanently augmented to a higher rating.

Augmented Attributes

  • Anything that increases an attribute above its natural rating is considered an augmentation. This includes cyberware, bioware, magic, adept powers, drugs, and anything else that adds to a character's attribute rating.
  • The maximum augmentation bonus to any attribute is +4, even when combining different forms of augmentation, unless the description of the ability, power or item explicitly says otherwise.

Magic Attribute and Essence Loss

  • If a character's magic attribute reaches 0, they are permanently burned out. This means that they have lost their magical abilities and cannot raise the magic attribute above 0 again (see p.250, SR5 and errata).
  • During character creation any special attribute points or karma used to raise the magic attribute have to be applied before reductions from essence loss are applied to the magic attribute.
  • After character creation (i.e. in play) the karma cost for raising the magic attribute is based on the current magic attribute, after any reductions from essence loss have been applied.

Resonance Attribute and Essence Loss

  • If a character's resonance attribute reaches 0, they are permanently burned out. This means that they have lost their resonance and cannot raise it above 0 again (see p.250 SR5, errata).
  • During character creation any special attribute points or karma used to raise the resonance attribute have to be applied before reductions from essence loss are applied to the resonance attribute.
  • After character creation (i.e. in play) the karma cost for raising the resonance attribute is based on the current resonance attribute, after any reductions from essence loss have been applied.


Skills

Linked Attributes

  • Linked Attributes are the attributes that are tied to a skill by default. An overview of active skills and their linked attributes can be found on p.151, SR5.
  • Drugs, items, powers, etc. that provide bonuses or other effects to tests involving skills linked to a specific attribute (e.g. the PuSHed and Qualia geneware) always apply their bonuses to all tests involving skills linked to those attributes, even if they are rolled in a test with a different attribute than the linked. Conversely, these bonuses don't apply for tests where the dice pool includes the specified attribute, but not a skill linked to it.
  • Example:
    • The PuSHed geneware grants a +1 modifier to Logic-linked skill tests.
    • The Computer skill is linked to logic, thus even when making a data search test (Computer + Intuition) the bonus from PuSHeD applies.
    • The Gunnery skill is linked to agility, so even when making an attack with a remote controlled mounted weapon (Gunnery + Logic) the bonus from PuSheD doesn't apply.


Qualities

  • One thing that makes the character fun to play are qualities. The following qualities have been clarified, changed, or banned for usage on the RunnerHub. As a general note, negative qualities must have a negative impact on your character. Attempts to work around this and come out with no negative impact are very likely to be denied by the sheet team.


Metagenetic Qualities

General

  • Metagenetic qualities can only be taken during character creation by characters with the SURGE quality. They are not regular qualities, but a fundamental part of that character. Therefore it's not possible to buy new positive metagenetic qualities or buy off negative ones in play, unless explicitly stated otherwise in the quality's description.
  • The only exception to this are extraordinary events that cause a mutation of the character (GM discretion). Such changes should always be discussed with TD first.

Freaks

  • GMs may decide to not apply a character's social penalties from metagenetic qualities ('Freaks', p.123, Run Faster) in certain situations (e.g. when their abnormal looks would be beneficial in intimidating somebody). However, this should be the exception rather than the norm.

Specific Metagenetic Qualities


Positive Qualities

Biocompatibility

  • Can only be taken at Character Creation.

Fade to Black

  • Keep in mind that a Hide action only targets a single persona.

I C U

  • Note that you need to have visual sight on the target in the physical world to get the bonus.

Made Man

  • The free crime syndicate group contact has a connection rating of 4 and a loyalty of 3.
  • For mechanical purposes, treat the group contact the same as an individual contact. See also notes on group contacts.

Otaku to Technomancer

  • Can only be taken at Character Creation.
  • To have the full flavor of a former Otaku it's also recommended to have a datajack and a character age roughly between 20 to 35 years old. However, this is not mandatory.

Prime Datahaven Membership

  • For mechanical purposes, treat the group contact the same as an individual contact. See also notes on group contacts.

Prototype Transhuman

  • Characters with this quality count as Special Characters, with all of the restrictions listed in that section applying.
  • The chosen bioware cannot be of 'used' grade.
  • When assensing the protoype transhuman, the prototype implants are treated as if they were deltaware (i.e. require 5 hits to detect).
  • The prototype implants cannot be removed, or upgraded by implant grade or rating.

Redliner

  • The strength and agility bonus applies to all of the character's cyberlimbs.
  • Keep in mind that the augmented attribute maximum also applies to cyberlimbs (see Augmentation section).

Strive for Perfection

  • The advantage only applies when using firearms.
  • The advantage halves the penalty for any called shot. When combined with other ways to reduce the penalty, the penalty is halved after the other reductions have been applied.

Fame

  • Limited to the Local and National fame levels.

Restricted Gear

  • This quality requires explicit sheet team approval and may be denied without further comment.
  • In general it is more likely to be approved when used for flavorful gear that ties well into a character's background, whereas attempts to simply use it to maximize a character's power are very likely to be denied.
  • Either way, the sheet team always has final say whether the quality may be used or not.

Quick Healer

  • This quality only applies to healing tests made on the character with the quality, whether performed by the character themselves or somebody else.
  • It does not apply to healing tests made by the character on somebody else.

Banned Positive Qualities

  • Better to be Feared than Loved (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Born Rich (from Run Faster).
  • Erased (from Run Faster).
  • Friends in High Places (from Run Faster).
  • Privileged Family Name (from Run Faster).
  • Revels in Murder (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Trust Fund (from Run Faster).


Negative Qualities

Addictions

  • Addictions to non-restricted items, such as gambling, alcohol, smoking, etc. are not handled using the addiction quality, but a lifestyle cost increase in the form of the Dependents quality.
  • Addictions to simsense (cold- and hot-sim) as well as skillwires are not enforced on RunnerHub, and therefore aren't allowed as subjects for the addiction quality.
  • Please see the section on Addictive Substances for more information about the effects of the addiction quality.

Aged

  • Elves and Dwarves live for hundreds of years, while Orks and Trolls live a fraction of the human lifespan. A character's age must be adjusted accordingly, and Elves and Dwarves may not be pre-Spike Baby ages.

Albinism

  • Albinism is not compatible with Distinctive Style. You may take a distinctive style for something other than being an Albino though.

Asthma

  • Asthma is not compatible with Allergy: Pollutants, or similar cases. This is subject to sheet team approval.

Code of Honor: Like a Boss

  • The Code of Honor is also violated if a sprite or agent under the player’s control causes matrix damage to a target.
  • It doesn’t extend to physical actions that cause matrix damage (e.g. using electric attacks against drones).

Cyber-Snob

  • The bonus for this quality is 6 Karma, and the required augmentation grade is alphaware.

Dead Emotion

  • The chosen emotion requires explicit sheet team approval, and the player should work with the sheet team to figure out how it affects the character and then note it on the character’s sheet.
  • This quality doesn’t make a character immune to artificially induced emotions (e.g. through a critter’s Fear power) - it’s still a negative quality, after all.

Driven

  • Whatever a character's driving force is, it has to have a specific end goal that must be realistically possible to work towards and achieve in play on the 'hub. Once this goal has been achieved, the quality has to be bought off immediately.
  • Whether any given goal fulfills these criteria is subject to the sheet team's discretion.

Incomplete Deprogramming

  • On character submission the player needs to provide a description of the alternate identity. This is subject to sheet team approval.

Poor Self Control: Sadistic

  • This quality requires explicit sheet team approval and may be denied without further comment.

Records on File

  • On character submission the player needs to provide a list of the corporations that have the files.
  • This quality is limited to 3 ranks (or 3 corporations) at character creation.

Superhuman Psychosis

  • This quality requires explicit sheet team approval and may be denied without further comment.
  • Characters with this quality won’t accept help or directions from anyone they consider inferior to themselves (i.e. everyone, even other people with the same affliction), and therefore cannot receive bonuses from leadership or teamwork tests.

Signature

  • On character submission the player needs to provide a description of the signature. This is subject to sheet team approval.

Banned Negative Qualities

  • Amnesia (8 Karma level) (from Run Faster).
  • Bi-polar (from Run Faster).
  • Big Regret (from Run Faster).
  • Borrowed Time (from Run Faster).
  • Code of Honor: Avenging Angel (from Hard Targets).
  • Consummate Professional (from Assassin's Primer).
  • Data Liberator (from Data Trails).
  • Day Job (from Run Faster).
  • Earther (from Run & Gun).
  • Electronic Witness (from Data Trails).
  • Emotional Attachment (from Run Faster).
  • Faceless (from Hard Targets).
  • Hobo with a Shotgun (from Run Faster).
  • Hung out to Dry (from Run Faster).
  • Impassive (from Hard Targets).
  • In Debt (from Run Faster).
  • Latest and Greatest (from Data Trails).
  • Leeroy Jenkins (from Data Trails).
  • One of Them (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Pacifist (15 Karma level) (from Run Faster).
  • Pie Iesu Domine. Dona Eis Requiem (from Run Faster).
  • Pregnant (from Bullets & Bandages).
  • Tough and Targeted (from Chrome Flesh).
  • Wanted (from Run Faster).


Special Characters

  • For the purposes of this document the term "Special Characters" is used to refer to metavariants, metasapients, shapeshifters, changelings, infected characters, AIs and E-Ghosts, as well as characters with the prototype transhuman quality.
  • Once a player has accumulated 100 career Karma or more they are eligible for submitting Special Characters.
  • Every player may only have a maximum of one Special Character active at any time.
  • Special Characters count towards the general maximum of 3 characters per player.

Metavariants

  • Unless otherwise specified below metavariants are legal for usage on RunnerHub if the player meets the general criteria for Special Characters.
  • Increased Lifestyle Costs
    • Please note that metavariants keep the increased lifestyle costs of the parents metatype, if applicable.
    • For example a Gnome (parent metatype Dwarf) has to pay the same +20% lifestyle cost increase as a regular Dwarf.
  • Hobgoblin
    • Extravagant Eyes are treated as the Distinctive Style quality.
  • Dryads
    • Dryads are not allowed as player characters on RunnerHub.
  • Nocturna
    • Please note that "Allergy: Sunlight" encompasses more than just direct exposure to natural sunlight. See Run Faster, p.134 "Walking in Shadows" for a more detailed description.
  • Nartaki
    • Nartaki have a cost of 8 Karma.

Metasapients

  • Unless otherwise specified below, metasapients are legal for usage on RunnerHub if the player meets the general criteria for Special Characters.
  • Centaur
    • Centaurs have to pay doubled lifestyle costs to represent the additional expenses of adapting everything they use to their unique physique.
  • Naga
    • Naga are not allowed as player characters on the RunnerHub.
  • Pixie
    • Pixies are not allowed as player characters on the RunnerHub.
  • Sasquatch
    • Sasquatch have to pay doubled lifestyle costs to represent the additional expenses of adapting everything they use to their unique physique.
    • Please note that Sasquatch are not able to verbally communicate or use their mimicry to emulate spoken language.

Shapeshifters

  • Unless otherwise specified below, shapeshifters are legal for usage on the RunnerHub if the player meets the general criteria for Special Characters.
  • Shapeshifter Attribute Table
    Shapeshifter attribute table

    Shapeshifter Attribute Table

    • Please note that the “Metavariant Attribute Table” for shapeshifters (Run Faster, p.105) is incorrect. Use the table to the right when creating shapeshifter characters for  RunnerHub.
  • Special Attributes
    • Rating and maximum of special attributes are shared between the two forms.
    • The last sentence of the “Creating a Shapeshifter” section (Run Faster, p.103) can be ignored. Use the Edge values listed in the table to the right instead.
  • Initiative
    • The initiative dice listed in the shapeshifter attribute table are in addition to the usual one die.
    • This initiative bonus applies to both forms.
    • Additional initiative boni can be gained through the usual means, although the general maximum of 5d6 still applies.
    • Example: A Bovine shapeshifter with Reaction 2 and Intuition 3 has an Initiative of 5+2d6.
  • Falconine Shapeshifters
    • The flight power cannot be used in metahuman form.
  • Distinctive Style
    • Remember that shapeshifters keep some features of their animal form when shifting into their human form. A distinctive style related to the character’s shapeshifter nature would therefore mean an even more pronounced form of these features.

Changelings

  • Only SURGE Class III is allowed for player characters on the RunnerHub.
  • The SURGE quality does not count against the positive quality karma limit.
  • Specific Metagenetic Qualities
    • Broadened Auditory Spectrum
      • Please note that even though a character may be able to detect communications in the chosen spectrum, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are able to decipher them.
    • Corrosive Spit
      • Characters cannot bottle, share, or sell their own spit.
    • Defensive Secretions
      • Characters cannot bottle, share, or sell their own secretions.
    • Glamour
      • Disallowed.
    • Impaired Attribute
      • Cannot be taken for a character’s lowest attribute(s).
    • Nasty Vibe
      • Keep in mind that the character’s aura might be hindering in situations where they are attempting friendly interactions.
    • Natural Venom
      • Characters cannot bottle, share, or sell their own venom.
    • Ogre Stomach
      • The lifestyle discount only applies to medium lifestyle and below.
    • Satyr Legs
      • The damage bonus only applies to unarmed attacks using kicks (does not require the 'Kick' martial art technique), but not other attacks using the unarmed combat skill (e.g. shock gloves, foot/leg mounted cyber-implants, etc.), and stacks with the bonus damage from bone lacing cyberware or bone density augmentation bioware.
      • In questionable situations the GM decides whether an attack can be considered a kick and receive this bonus or not.
    • Symbiosis
      • Disallowed.

Infected

  • The only infected quality allowed for player characters on the RunnerHub are Ghouls. All other infected qualities are not allowed for balance and thematic reasons.
  • Infected player characters on the RunnerHub are effectively “sterile”. This means that they cannot infect other player characters, whether it’s intentional or unintentional.
  • If a ghoul character’s magic rating drops to 0, the character loses their sentience. This means they become feral and turn into an NPC. 
  • Attribute reductions incurred through an infection quality’s weaknesses are applied at the same time as attribute points are spent.
    • Example:
      • All Ghoul variants have a minimum charisma of 1, and incur a charisma reduction of -1 due to the weaknesses of the Ghoul quality.
      • This means that without spending any attribute points on charisma, a ghoul character would be at a charisma rating of 0.
      • Therefore they must spend 1 attribute point to raise their charisma to a total rating of 1, and another point to raise it to a total of 2 and comply with the RunnerHub’s house rule on minimum attributes.

AIs and E-Ghosts

  • AIs and E-Ghosts are currently not allowed as player characters on RunnerHub.


In-Play

Passage of Time

  • The current date of the RunnerHub world is generally the current real-time date advanced by 62 years.
  • In-game time is considered to be equivalent to real time for downtime activities (e.g. raising skills and attributes, acquiring gear, etc.).
  • When going on a run, the real-time day of the run cannot be used for downtime activities that require the character to actively spend his time (e.g. raising skills and attributes, learning martial arts, etc.). For simplicity’s sake this only extends to the real-time day, even if the run takes multiple days in-game.
  • Training times etc. are only paused and not reset when they are interrupted by going on a run or similar.


Lifestyles

  • The advanced lifestyle rules from Run Faster (p.212, "A dump of one's own" chapter) are not used on Runnerhub.
  • Each character needs to pay the full cost of their lifestyle. Even if characters are sharing their residence with other characters, each one needs to pay the full cost of their lifestyles.
  • A vehicle with the Amenities modification cannot be substituted for a proper lifestyle.


Rewards

  • The rewards characters receive for going on regular runs are usually in the form of Karma and Nuyen, although some runs may also award contacts, gear, or other forms of rewards.

GM Points

  • GM Points (GMP) are another form of reward players can earn for various forms of participation on RunnerHub, such as GMing games.
  • Each GMP is worth either 1 Karma or 2000¥.
  • Players are free to chose how they redeem each GMP they are awarded.
  • Please note that we require characters to participate in at least one game before any GMP can be assigned to them.
  • All GMP rewards are also counted towards Career Karma with 50% (rounded up), regardless of how they are redeemed.
    • For example, a player may receive a 10 GMP reward for GMing a game. He decides to take 8 GMP for 16000¥ and 2 GMP as 2 Karma. Regardless of that, half of the GMP reward counts as additional career Karma (i.e. 5 career Karma), while the 2 Karma from redeeming the GMP don't count towards Career Karma.

Career Karma

  • Career Karma is the sum of Karma a character has accumulated over their career. It is used to determine a character's Street Cred, as well as unlock additional character slots etc.
  • It's calculated as the sum of all Karma awarded as a player in runs, plus 50% of all GMP awarded to the character.
  • Karma gained through means other than run or GMP rewards (e.g. Karma/Nuyen exchange) doesn't count towards career Karma.
  • Please note that depending on the character sheet program you use it might be necessary to keep track of Career Karma yourself (e.g. because the program has a way of tracking Career Karma that is different). In that case please make a note on your sheet to indicate the character's actual Career Karma.
  • Characters that have been in play before the posting of these rules (29.04.2015) are encouraged to apply them retroactively. However, it sometimes may not be possible to trace everything back and do so, therefore it is not required. Nonetheless all characters, old and new, must adhere to these rules moving forward.

Karma/Nuyen Exchange ("Working for the Man"/"Working for the People")

  • Once per run characters can exchange rewards from that run, either Karma for Nuyen or the other way around. This exchange occurs at a rate of 1 Karma per 2000 Nuyen, up to a limit of 5 Karma / 10000 Nuyen.
  • Karma gained through the exchange does not count towards Career Karma, e.g. for purposes of Street Cred and opening new character slots.
  • Conversely, Karma spent on the exchange is not subtracted from total career Karma. It is just counted as a Karma expenditure, like increasing skills etc.


Reputation

Street Cred

  • Street Cred is a measure of a character's positive reputation in the shadows.
  • For every full 10 points of Career Karma, a character gains 1 point of Street Cred.
  • GMs can also award it for particularly successful, noteworthy or otherwise outstanding runs.
  • Characters can use Street Cred to reduce their Notoriety by permanently sacrificing 2 points of Street Cred for every point of Notoriety they want to remove.
  • Characters can use Street Cred to reduce their Public Awareness by permanently sacrificing 4 points of Street Cred for every point of Public Awareness they want to remove.
  • Street Cred can potentially be beneficial to a character in social situations where their reputation is known.
    • If and how exactly the character benefits from their reputation is left to GM discretion.
    • Street Cred does not give any bonuses to attempts at finding gear and items.
  • Please note that depending on the character sheet program you use it might be necessary to keep track of Street Cred yourself (e.g. because the program has a way of tracking Steet Cred that is different). In that case please make a note on your sheet to indicate the character's actual Street Cred.
  • Characters that have been in play before the posting of these rules (29.04.2015) are encouraged to apply them retroactively. However, it sometimes may not be possible to trace everything back and do so, therefore it is not required. Nonetheless all characters, old and new, must adhere to these rules moving forward.

Notoriety

  • Notoriety is a measure of a character's negative reputation.
  • Notoriety is gained as described in the Shadowrun 5th edition rulebook.
  • Notoriety can be removed by spending Street Cred, certain RunnerHub contacts, qualities, and exceptional circumstances (subject to TD approval).
  • Notoriety can potentially be harmful to a character in social situations where their reputation is known.
    • If and how exactly the character is hindered by their reputation is left to GM discretion.
  • Please note that depending on the character sheet program you use it might be necessary to keep track of Notoriety yourself (e.g. because the program has a way of tracking Notoriety that is different). In that case please make a note on your sheet to indicate the character's actual Notoriety.

Public Awareness

  • Public Awareness is a measure of how well a character is known among the media, authorities, general public, etc.
  • Public Awareness is gained as described in the Shadowrun 5th edition rulebook.
  • Public Awareness can be removed by spending Street Cred, certain RunnerHub contacts, and exceptional circumstances (subject to TD approval).
  • Public Awareness can potentially affect a character in social situations.
    • If and how exactly the character is affected by their reputation is left to GM discretion.
  • Please note that depending on the character sheet program you use it might be necessary to keep track of Public Awareness yourself (e.g. because the program has a way of tracking Public Awareness that is different). In that case please make a note on your sheet to indicate the character's actual Public Awareness.


Character Advancement

General Notes

  • Characters need to have completed at least one game before they can start any advancements (raising skills and attributes, inititating, submerging, learning spells and martial arts, etc.).
  • Characters only need to have the Karma necessary to buy an advancement available when it takes effect, but not at the start of the advancement time.
  • A character can retroactively count recent unused downtime towards the time needed for an advancement, within reason. The unused downtime can't lie further back in time than the last advancement.
    • Example: Sally Street Sam wants to raise her logic from 3 to 4, which would take 4 weeks. She last raised a skill, which finished 3 weeks ago. She hasn't made any other advancements since then, so she can count those towards the advancement time and only needs to wait one more week for it to take effect.
  • The following are generally just summaries of the character advancement rules in the Shadowrun 5th edition core rulebook.
    • The Karma cost for advancements is generally paid once the advancement takes effect (e.g. at the end of the training time for a skill), unless explicitly stated otherwise in the description of the advancement.
    • You cannot increase multiple Physical or Mental attributes at the same time. However, you can increase one Mental and one Physical Attribute in parallel. Alternatively, you can improve one attribute and one skill in that period.
    • When only improving skills, you may improved an amount of skills in parallel equal to half the character’s logic (rounded up).
    • Raising the Edge attribute doesn’t take time.
    • When recovering from augmentation surgery, a character cannot increase skills tied to the attributes affected by the augmentation.
    • Spells and Complex Forms cannot be learned concurrently with improving attributes and skills.

Gaining Positive Qualities / Removing Negative Qualities

  • Changes to a character’s qualities can be achieved either through specific RunnerHub contacts (see contact pages for more information) or solo runs.
  • If there are strong arguments and justification for a character gaining or dropping a quality the above requirements may be waived. This is subject to GM approval.

Raising Attributes

  • Some RunnerHub contacts can decrease the time it takes to raise attributes. See contact pages for further information.

Improving Skills

  • Cost
    • The purchase cost for knowledge skill specializations is 4 Karma.
    • The purchase costs for all other skill improvements are as described in the official rules.
  • Training Times
    • Skills can be increased with the regular training times as described in the official rules.
    • Alternatively, a character may spend money to get lessons from a trainer and decrease the training times.
      • For raising skills from rank 1 up to (and including) 8 these trainers are handwaved and just treated as a money expense.
      • When raising skills to rank 9 and above training needs to be provided by either a RunnerHub contact (see contact pages for skills taught), through the Sensei quality, or through a trainer acquired on a solo run.
      • Characters with the Sensei quality do not have to pay for the training provided by the Sensei.
      • The costs and training times when paying for training are listed in the table below:
Training Times and Cost
Skill Type Cost Time for Increase to New Rating of:
Rating 1-4 Rating 5-8 Rating 9+
Active Skill New Rating x 500¥ 1 day 1 week 1 month
Knowledge Skill New Rating x 250¥
Skill Groups New Rating x 1000¥
Active Skill Specializations 2000¥ 1 week
Knowledge Skill Specializations 1000¥ 1 week


Edge Recovery

  • A character’s spent edge is completely recovered between runs.


Contacts

  • RunnerHub does not use the advanced contact rules from Run Faster (Chapter "Who You Know").

Group Contacts

  • Group contacts are not used on Runnerhub (compare above).
  • Group contacts awarded by qualities are treated the same as individual contacts for mechanical purposes, just with a different flavor.

Acquiring Contacts

  • After character creation new contacts can be acquired during the course of a run or as a reward for a run.
  • In addition, there is a constantly growing stable of RunnerHub contacts which characters can purchase with their resources at any time.

Using Contacts

  • When asking a contact to do something (e.g. help you acquire gear, perform a task for you, give you information, etc.) the contact’s dice pool is generally calculated as (Connection * 2 + Loyalty). For more personal requests, such as asking for a personal favor, this may be changed to (Connection + Loyalty * 2).
  • When specialised contacts act in the field of their specialty (e.g. an arms dealer trying to get you a weapon), they gain a +2 bonus to the dice pool described above.
  • What a contact can or cannot do, which variant of the dice pool calculation is used, and whether the specialisation bonus or other modifiers apply is decided by the GM.

Improving Contacts

  • A contact's connection and loyalty can be improved through solo runs, as part of a run reward, or in the case of RunnerHub contacts also through larger developments regarding these contacts.


Combat

Called Shots

Bullseye Double-Tap

  • Keep in mind the following clarification from the Run & Gun errata:
    • “The last sentence under the Effects sub-header should be changed from “The attack results in an AP increase equal to the base AP multiplied by the number of bullets in the burst with a maximum modifier of x3” to “The attack results in an AP increase equal to the base weapon AP multiplied by the number of bullets in the burst with a maximum modifier of x3.

Location Called Shots

  • The DV Limit for location called shots (p.112, Run & Gun) is applied after the damage resistance test.
  • Keep in mind that net hits on the attack do not add to the damage of the attack, but instead every net hit after the first can be used to activate one of the effects listed for the specific location.
  • Example:
    • Sally Street Sam decides to shoot an uncooperative CorpSec guard in the ankle with her Ares Predator.
    • She rolls her attack at a -8 penalty for the location called shot, and the guard rolls his regular defense test.
    • Sally gets two net hits, so she can choose one of the listed effects. She decides to go for the slowed effect.
    • The guard rolls to resist the base damage of the attack (8P -1) unmodified by net hits. He gets 5 hits, so the damage is reduced to 3.
    • Sally then compares the left over 3 damage of the attack to the called shot's DV limit, which is 1. This means that even though the attack would usually deal 3 damage to the guard, in this case it only deals 1, because the called shot's DV limit is lower than the unresisted damage.
    • After everything is said and done, the guard suffers one box of damage and one of the called shot's effects.
    • If the guard had resisted all damage, the called shot would have had no effect.

Location: Engine Block

  • The modifier for the called shot is -6.
  • Also, keep in mind that the attacker needs to be able to target the vehicle’s engine. For most vehicles with the engine in the front this means they need to be in front of the vehicle or side by side with it.

Vehicle Called Shots

  • Remember that vehicle called shots (p.115, Run & Gun) follow the same rules as other Location called shots (see above), such as net hits on the attack not adding to the damage.
  • Additionally, the left over damage after the vehicle’s damage resistance roll (but before applying the called shot’s DV limit) must exceed half the vehicle’s body rating (rounded up) for the shot to have an effect.
  • Example:
    • Sally and her team are chasing a Ford Americar in their GMC Bulldog. They’re currently driving side by side, so she decides to immobilize the Americar by shooting out its engine with her AK97, loaded with APDS ammunition.
    • She incurs a -6 penalty on her attack for the called shot, and a further -2 for firing from a moving vehicle.
    • Sally rolls her attack, and the Americar’s driver rolls his Reaction+Intuition in defense.
    • Even with a total -8 penalty she manages three net hits. This would allow her to activate two effects of the called shot, but the Engine Block called shot only has one effect.
    • Since net hits don’t add to the damage, the Americar has to resist the gun’s base damage of 10p -6, using its body of 11 and armor of 6.
    • After modifying the Americar’s armor by the attack’s AP it only has its 11 body dice left to roll, and gets four hits.
    • The attack’s damage is reduced to 6 - which is equal to half the Americar’s body (11/2, rounded up) but doesn’t exceed it. The shot has no effect!
    • But the Americar can still suffer damage from the attack. The Engine Block called shot has no DV limit, so the Americar suffers the whole 6 points of unresisted damage.


Healing

First Aid

  • When using Edge to Push the Limit on a First Aid test, ignore the limit on the test as usual. In addition, the maximum damage healable (compare p.206, SR5) is increased to twice the First Aid skill's rating, plus specialization if applicable.


Martial Arts

Counterstrike

  • Weapons/powers/actions that use the unarmed skill can generally be combined with the Counterstrike martial art technique.
  • However as it is a purely reflexive move, everything that has a specific form of starting condition can not be used.
  • Specifically this means the following weapons/powers/actions can be combined with Counterstrike:
    • Normal unarmed strike attacks, knucks, shock gloves, shock frills, cyber melee weapons, previously activated killing hands, penetrating strike, previously activated elemental strike/weapon/body, previously activated spirit claw/ram, nerve strike, transmit damage, ti khao, push.
    • Elemental body still hits an attacking enemy only once.
  • Hits scored on a counterstrike roll reduce the enemy's hits like any other defense action, but a tie is lost by the defender.

Clinch

  • The gymnastics + agility test to establish the clinch is not considered to be a regular attack, and the opposed reaction + intuition test is not considered to be a regular defense test.
  • This means that the usual modifiers and options for defense tests (e.g. combat sense, full defense, etc.) are not applicable.
  • Any attacks performed while in a clinch are resolved as normal.


Matrix

Repairing Matrix Damage


Matrix Actions

Full Matrix Defense

  • Full Matrix Defense can be used against any matrix action targeting the character that can deal damage to them (e.g. Brute Force and Data Spike matrix actions, attacks by certain types of IC, etc.).


Cyberdecks

MCT Trainee

  • The built-in biofeedback filter doesn’t take up the deck’s one program slot, but is installed in addition to it.


Upgrading Cyberdecks


Cyberdeck Modules

Program Carrier

  • The Program Carrier cyberdeck module may not contain the Virtual Machine program.


Cyberprograms

Agents

  • Agents have their own persona in the matrix, but share their condition monitor with the device they are running on, as well as overwatch score and marks with the persona tied to the device.
  • This means actions by an agent that generate overwatch score add to the owner’s OS, and marks placed by an agent can also be used by the owner and vice versa. Conversely, this also means any marks placed on the agent are also marks on the owner, and vice versa.

Nuke-from-Orbit

  • When using this program to delete a file the Edit File action counts as an attack action and thus generates Overwatch Score (which is doubled, as noted in the program’s description).

Smoke-and-Mirrors

  • Keep in mind that the noise from this program only affects actions performed with the deck it’s running on.
  • Actions performed by other sources that are targeting the deck don’t suffer from this noise, except for the Trace Icon action.


Commlink Dongles

  • Adding a dongle to a commlink is a complex action, as is removing it.

Attack and Stealth Dongles

  • Please note that the price for attack and stealth dongles is ((Rating x Rating) x 3000¥).
  • They are limited by the rating of the commlink they are attached to. For example a rating 6 attack dongle attached to a MetaLink (rating 1) could only work with a rating of 1, since the MetaLink just doesn’t have enough power to utilize all of the dongle’s capabilities.
  • Any marks acquired using an attack or stealth dongle are lost when that dongle is removed from the commlink.


Technomancers

Resonance Attribute

Essence Loss and Burning Out


Living Personas

Living Personas and Noise

  • When in a situation in which the Noise Rating (excluding noise from distance) is higher than the living persona’s device rating (i.e. Resonance) it cannot use wireless functionality.
  • This means the technomancer can’t use any matrix or resonance actions through wireless connections. Matrix or resonance actions through direct connections are not affected.


Resonance Actions

  • Resonance Actions do not suffer penalties from noise, unless stated otherwise in the description of the specific action.


Direct Connections

  • Technomancers can establish direct connections to devices when using gear that has the capability to do so and has been paid for with essence (e.g. control rigs, datajacks).


Complex Forms

Editor

  • Editor can bypass the encryption on a file, but not data bombs attached to it. This means that any data bombs attached to the target file need to be defused first, or will trigger when attempting to use Editor on the file.
  • When targeting a file with intact encryption, the level Editor is threaded at needs to be at least equal to the file's encryption rating.
  • If used to copy an encrypted file, the character becomes the owner of the copy and as such can simply choose to remove the existing encryption from his copy of the file.

Misread Marks

  • Note that the affected IC will attack your marks, not the things that are marked.
  • This means the IC will be occupied attacking targets it can’t harm.

Pulse Storm

  • This complex form is Duration: Sustained.


Echos

Mind over Machine

  • This echo is equivalent to the MMRI echo. Which means that you don’t get a datajack and cable from either echo.

MMRI

  • This echo is equivalent to the Mind over Machine echo. Which means that you don’t get a datajack and cable from either echo.

Quiet

  • The area of effect for this echo is centered on the character’s physical body.
  • Since a technomancer’s body is effectively the “device” their living persona runs on, they are always affected by this echo when it is active, even if they are remotely hacking in VR.

Resonance [Program]

  • The resonance program can be activated and deactivated by the technomancer with a Free Action, similar to regular programs on a cyberdeck.
  • A technomancer can have as many of their resonance programs active simultaneously as they want.
  • Active resonance programs can be revealed with a successful matrix perception on the technomancer's living persona (the regular rules for matrix perception apply).
  • The Virtual Machine program cannot be chosen as a resonance program.

Resonance Riding

  • When utilizing this echo the technomancer can still utilize other echoes as well.
  • Resonance Programs can be used in parallel to programs on the cyberdeck and don't take up program slots on the cyberdeck. However, the general rule that only one instance of any given program can be active at the same time still applies - it's not possible to run the same program on the cyberdeck and as a resonance program simultaneously.

Resonance Scream

  • The area of effect for this echo is centered on the character’s physical body.
  • Since a technomancer’s body is effectively the “device” their living persona runs on, they are always affected by this echo when it is active, even if they are remotely hacking in VR.


Sprites

Condition Monitors, Overwatch Score, Marks

  • Sprites have their own condition monitors, overwatch scores and marks, separate from their owner.
    • This means sprites can’t use marks that their owner has, but have to place their own marks instead. The same goes for the owner using a sprite’s marks.

Entering Hosts

  • Sprites can follow their owner into a host without having a mark on the host themselves by tunneling in through resonance channels.
  • This requires the owner to order the sprite to do so and spend one of its tasks.
  • It takes the sprite a complex action to enter the host in this way.
  • Keep in mind that being in a host without a mark is very dangerous in the case of detection.


Submersion

  • The Karma cost to submerge is (10 + (New Grade x 3)). This cost cannot be reduced by ordeals, solo submersion runs or similar.
  • The test to submerge is an extended Software+Intuition [Resonance] (New Submersion Grade, 7 days) test. The new submersion grade is gained once the total time for the test has passed. This time can be interrupted (e.g. by runs), and during this time the character may concurrently increase skills, attributes, or perform similar advancements that require time.
  • Alternatively, the character can bypass this test by going on a solo submersion run. In this case the character gains the new initiate grade upon successful completion of the run. The character then has to wait 7 days to initiate again. Mechanics aside, solo initiation runs are also a great way to do some character development.


Rigging

Attributes when in VR

  • When using VR to control your drones, all related skills are tied to mental attributes instead of physical attributes. Specifically, Agility is replaced by Logic, and Reaction is replaced by Intuition.
    • This means that for example Gunnery is linked to Logic instead of Agility, and Piloting to Intuition instead of Reaction when using VR.
    • This is not how most people use these rules, so be careful when reading about rigger advice in other places!


Rigger Command Console

Upgrading RCCs

Cyberprograms on RCCs

  • RCCs can run all cyberprograms (but not agents). Also, keep in mind that RCCs do not have attack and sleaze ratings, and therefore cannot effectively utilize a lot of hacking programs.
  • Cyberprograms running on an RCC use up the same slots as autosofts, and therefore also count against the sharing rating.


Electronic Warfare Actions

Target Device

  • Remember that this action has to be executed using an RCC (which also means using the RCC’s stats) and only provides bonuses to devices slaved to said RCC.
  • The maximum bonus that can be gained through this action is equal to the recipient’s rank in the used weapon skill, or the rating of the targeting autosoft for drones.


Swarms

  • A swarm must include at least two drones in order for the swarm program to work and apply its benefits.



Vehicles

Vehicle Modifications

Basic and Advanced Modifications

  • Players can modify their vehicles according to the (advanced) modification rules introduced in Rigger 5.0 (p.151f), but they don’t have to. If you’re starting out, you won’t have to buy Rigger 5.0 just to add a weapon mount or rigger interface to your car and can instead use the basic modification rules.
  • However, if you use any modifications from Rigger 5.0 on a vehicle, all modifications on that vehicle need to conform to Rigger 5.0’s modification rules - no picking and choosing! This also means that previous versions of the same modification (e.g. smuggling compartments or spoof chips from Stolen Souls, weapon mounts from the core rulebook) are superseded by their counterparts in Rigger 5.0.
  • If a vehicle already has modifications that are being superseded by Rigger 5.0 counterparts, remove the outdated modifications from the vehicle and refund yourself the money they cost, then simply add the counterparts from Rigger 5.0.

Installing Advanced Modifications

  • If you want to put some of the advanced modifications from Rigger 5.0 on a vehicle, there are three ways to do it: you can do it yourself, you can go to a public tuning shop, or you can ask one of your contacts to do it.
  • Do It Yourself
    • If you want to do the modification yourself you basically just follow the rules as outlined in Rigger 5.0. All modification packages bought on RunnerHub already come with plans!
  • Public Tuning Shop
    • If you don’t know how to do it yourself, this is the easiest alternative. Tuning shops are easy enough to find, so that every character is assumed to be able to just do so. You simply buy the modification package at a 30% price increase to reflect the shop charging you for the install.
    • However, since these are legitimate businesses, they won’t touch any mods with a Restricted or Forbidden availability, and can only install mods with a threshold up to and including 16.
    • The time it takes for them to install a mod is its threshold divided by 10 (rounded up) in days.
  • Mechanic Contact
    • If you have a mechanic contact you can ask them to install mods for you. You don’t have to buy the modification package through them, but you will have to pay them to put it in. This starts at 25% of the modification’s value, and decreases by 5% for every point of loyalty above 1 the contact has.
    • Contacts can install any modification regardless of availability type, and up to and including a threshold equal to their connection rating x 8.
    • The time it takes for them to install a mod is its threshold divided by 10 (rounded up) in days.

Standard Upgrades

  • Modifications that are listed as standard in the vehicle’s stat block (or on p.155, Rigger 5.0 for vehicles from SR5) do not use up any of the vehicle’s mod slots and are already factored into the attribute ratings of the vehicle.
  • A Toyota Gopher for example has standard Off-Road Suspension. The +1 to handling off-road and -1 to handling on-road are already reflected in its Handling score of 5/5.

Electrochromatic Modifications

  • Pilot Enhancement
    • The description of this modficiation incorrectly states that pilot programs can have a rating of 1 to 9, this should be 1 to 6.

Cosmetic Modifications

  • Metahuman Adjustment
    • This modification, and the penalty to all non-human metatypes introduced in its description, are not used on RunnerHub.

Amenities

  • This modification cannot be used in place of a lifestyle.


Vehicle Repairs


Advanced Driving Rules

  • The Advanced Driving Rules introduced in Rigger 5.0 (p.173 - 182) can be used on RunnerHub, but are considered to be optional due to their complexity.
  • GMs that intend to use them are encourage to note that fact in their job postings, and players who intend to use them should ask permission from the GM first.


Vehicle Armor

  • Vehicle Armor is not hardened armor; however, the DV of an attack after soak must exceed the vehicle’s modified armor rating (after AP) to cause damage.
  • Example: 2 net hits on an attack with 8 base DV, AP-2. Vehicle has 8 armor and rolls armor-2+body to soak 10P. If they soak at least 5, the modified damage will be less than the vehicle's 6 armor after AP, so no damage is applied. This does not mean the vehicle is unaffected - only that the damage is primarily cosmetic.
  • This also applies to drones.


Groundcraft

Ares Minotaur

  • The Ares Minotaur has an availability of 14R.

BMW Luxus

  • The BMW Luxus has an availability of 24F.


Watercraft

  • Characters who wish to own a watercraft need at least a low lifestyle to reflect the cost of maintaining and storing the craft.


Aircraft

  • Characters who wish to own an aircraft need at least a medium lifestyle to reflect the cost of maintaining and storing the craft.



Drones

Drone Repairs


Drone Modifications

  • Drones can be modified according to the Drone Modification rules (p.122, Rigger 5.0). General Modification Rules for vehicles (p.151, Rigger 5.0) do not apply to drones.
  • The test to install a drone modification is always a Logic + appropriate mechanic skill extended test with an interval of 1 hour and a threshold depending on the type of modification.
  • Drone modifications can be installed the same three ways as vehicle modifications (DIY, public shops, contacts). See the section on vehicle modification installation.

Upgrades

  • The free attribute increase (i.e. without spending a mod point) can be applied to any attribute, except for the body and pilot attributes. Only one attribute may be increased for free per drone.

Downgrades

  • A drone can endure downgrades to any attribute, except for the body and pilot attributes.
  • A drone can receive a maximum of one mod point through downgrades.
  • The threshold for the mechanic test to perform a downgrade is 8.

Attribute Modifications

  • The threshold for the mechanic test to perform an Attribute Modification is the total level of the modification x 6.
  • Examples:
    • Installing a +2 handling modification would have a threshold of (2 levels x 6) = 12;
    • Installing 12 points of armor would have a threshold of (4 levels x 6) = 24;
    • Lowering the body attribute by 3 would have a threshold of (3 levels x 6) = 18.
  • Body
    • Mod points gained by modifying the Body attribute are in addition to mod points gained through downgrades and not subject to the same limit.
    • The availability for a Body modification is calculated with the base number of gained mod points (i.e. 2 mod points per point of body), not the net gain.
  • Armor
    • The availability type (normal/restricted/forbidden) of the Armor modification is based on the amount of armor added through modifications, excluding the base armor of the drone.
    • A level of armor modification always adds three points of armor, so the total amount of armor gained is always a multiple of three.
    • Drone armor follows the same rules as vehicle armor.

Other Modifications

  • Modifications in this category need to be checked by a GM to see whether they are suitable for the drone in question. In unclear situations the GM should ask RD or TD for assistance.
  • The threshold for the mechanic test to install any modification other than weapon mounts is the cost of the modification in mod points x 10.
  • Weapon Mounts
    • Micro weapon mounts are not allowed on RunnerHub.
    • A drone must have a minimum base body attribute (i.e. prior to any modifications) of two to allow installation of a weapon mount.
    • The prices for weapon mounts are listed in the table below.
    • The threshold for the mechanic test to install weapon mounts is the total mod point cost of the mount (including options) x 4.
      • Examples:
        • Installing a small weapon mount with blow-away panels would have a threshold of ((2 mp + 0 mp) x 4) = 8;
        • Installing a huge weapon mount with pop-up option, belt-feed system and an expanded ammunition bay would have a threshold of ((5 mp + 1 mp + 2 mp + 1 mp) x 4) = 36.
Drone Weapon Mount Costs
Mini Small Standard Large Huge Heavy
500¥ 750¥ 1000¥ 1500¥ 2500¥ 4000¥

Software Modifications

  • Pilots
    • Pilot programs cannot be upgraded, only replaced with a program of a higher rating. The replaced pilot program cannot be sold or used in another drone.
    • Replacing a pilot program doesn’t cost mod points.
    • The threshold for the mechanic test to replace a pilot program is the new pilot rating x 6.

Drone Software

Autosofts

  • A drone can run any rating of autosoft, regardless of its pilot rating. The rules introduced in Rigger 5.0 (p.127) that limit a pilot program to only run autosofts of equal or lower rating than itself are not used on RunnerHub.

Cyberprograms on Drones

  • Drones can run all cyberprograms (but not agents). Also, keep in mind that drones do not have attack and sleaze ratings, and therefore cannot effectively utilize a lot of hacking programs.
  • Cyberprograms running on a drone use up the same slots as autosofts. This means the maximum number of autosofts and cyberprograms combined running on a drone is equal to its device rating.

Customization Software (Personality, Linguistics)

  • The Personality and Linguistics customization software for drones (p.127f, Rigger 5.0) does not use up any program/autosoft slots of a drone.


Drone Sizes

  • The size ranges for drones listed below can be used as a general guideline to judge a drone's size. They are not binding, for example if a drone's description offers a differing size, that description takes precedence over the size ranges below.
  • Generally, the GM should decide whether a drone is large or small enough to have a singinificant effect in a specific situation.
    • Microdrones (Body 0):
      • Insect sized, less than 10 cm length.
    • Minidrones (Body 1):
      • Size of a large insect or small rodent, can fit in the palm of a hand or pocket, length between 10 to 25 cm.
    • Small Drones (Body 1-3):
      • Can vary in size from a small to a large dog, smaller examples can be hidden on a person's body, length between 25 to 100 cm.
    • Medium Drones (Body 2-5)
      • Can vary in size from a large dog to a motorcycle, generally can't be hidden on a person's body or carried by a regular human, and occupies the equivalent of one seat in a vehicle.
    • Large Drones (Body 2-10)
      • Can vary in size from a motorcycle to small car, generally can't be carried by a regular metahuman, and occupies the equivalent of one or more seats in a vehicle.

Specific Drones

Anthropomorphic Drones

  • When using the drone’s limbs in a way that requires a strength or agility attribute (e.g. opening a door with a crowbar) consider the drone’s strength to be equal to its body attribute, and its agility equal to the pilot attribute.
  • Anthro Drones are still drones, and thus still benefit from the effects of vehicle armor, but any humanoid armor added is purely cosmetic.

Mitsuhama Akiyama

  • Disclaimer: Since this is an assassin drone styled to look like a young child, there is a lot of potential for usage that is simply inappropriate in a large, shared community such as RunnerHub. Therefore TD reserves the right to retroactively deny any purchases of this item in cases of such inappropriate usage.

Horizon Noizquito

  • The maximum penalty a character may take through Noizquitos is limited to -4, regardless of how many Noizquitos affect them.

Ares KN-Y0

  • The stat block for the Ares KN-Y1 (Phobos) has all values moved a column to the right. It should read as follows:
HANDL SPEED ACCEL BODY ARM PILOT SENS AVAIL COST
3 2G 1 6(0) 18 5 3 16F 250.000¥

Ares Garuda

  • The cluster munitions can be of the same types (and have the same stats) as are available for rockets and missiles (p.435, SR5).

F-B Bumblebee

  • This drone is not permitted for use on the Hub.



Magic

Magic Attribute

Essence Loss and Burning Out


Blood / Insect / Toxic / etc. Magic

  • The above mentioned types of magic, as well as any spells, powers, spirits, metamagics, mentor spirits, etc. tied to them ("Dark Magic" chapter, p.78 Street Grimoire) are considered to be NPC only and not allowed for player use on Runnerhub for thematic reasons.

Corpse Cadavers and Zombies

  • Corpse cadavers (p.128, Hard Targets) and zombies (p.131, Hard Targets), as well as the rituals and items used to create them, are not allowed for use by player characters on RunnerHub.


Spells

Mind-Link, Mindnet, Mindnet Extended

  • These spells can only be used on metahumans and metasapients.
  • They can be used to share communication (verbal, text, sensory, emotive, astral).
  • While it is possible to share sensory information with someone who doesn’t have that sense themselves (e.g. sight with a blind person), they won’t be able to properly comprehend the information. Therefore it has no mechanical effect.

Spellblades

  • Both versions (Manablade and Powerblade) are not allowed for use on RunnerHub.

Touch Range Combat Spells

  • Attacks using combat spells with a range of Touch are resolved with a standard Spellcasting+Magic [Force] test, opposed either by the target's Reaction+Intuition for indirect spells, or body (physical spells) / willpower (mana spells) for direct spells.
  • An additional unarmed attack to touch the target is not necessary.
  • The defender’s roll is treated like a defense against a melee attack. This means that melee specific interrupt actions and similar can be used.
  • Since the spellcasting test represents a touch attack, the attack is still successful when attacker and defender tie on their rolls. However, the attacker does not gain the usual +2 bonus for performing a touch only attack.



Rituals

Ritual Formula Cost

  • Since the official material doesn't list availability and price for Ritual Formulae, treat their availiability as 6R and price as 1500¥ until official values are released. This applies to formulae for all rituals, regardless of their type.


Spirits

General

  • Spirits share a specific link with their summoner and will only accept requests for services from them and nobody else.
    • A summoner however may command his spirit to aid another person in some form (this uses up services as usual).
    • In this case the spirit will generally follow the original instructions of its summoner, which doesn't necessarily mean that it will obey specific commands by the person it was tasked to aid (up to GM discretion).
  • Keep in mind that it takes a Simple Action to give a command to a spirit or group of spirits.

Elemental Attack and Energy Aura Damage Type

  • For spirits with the Elemental Attack or Energy Aura powers, the summoner can choose which elemental damage effect these powers have at the time of summoning.
  • If the spirit has both the Elemental Attack and Energy Aura powers, the chosen elemental damage effect needs to be the same for both powers.
  • While it is possible to summon a spirit with an Elemental Attack or Energy Aura that's opposed to its own element (e.g. a spirit of water with a fire elemental attack), this can result in a very unhappy spirit. It is left to the individual GM to determine if and how this expresses itself.

Possession Spirits

  • It is left to GM discretion whether Possession Tradition characters remain in control of their character or not when possessed by a spirit.

Ally Spirits

  • Inhabitation Spirits
    • For ally spirits of the inhabitation type the essence of the spirit and vessel are considered to be seperate.
      • This means that the spirit's essence and magical abilities are not diminished by any cyberware the vessel has.
      • However, the vessel still follows the regular rules for metahuman essence (most importantly, it can't go below 0).


Spirit & Critter Powers

Endowment

  • Endowment can only grant powers of the spirit's base form, but not any great form powers.

Immunity

  • This power works exactly as Hardened Armor against the specified type of damage. Therefore, add the bolded parts to the below excerpt from the description of the Immunity power:
    • "This means that if the modified Damage Value of the attack does not exceed the Immunity’s rating (modified by AP), then the attack automatically does no damage. If the modified DV exceeds the Immunity rating (modified by AP), perform a Damage Resistance test as normal, adding the Immunity rating (modified by AP) to the dice pool for this test. Additionally, half (rounded up) of the Immunity rating (modified by AP) counts as automatic hits on this test."


Adept Powers

Adept Spell

  • This adept power is currently not allowed for use on RunnerHub.

Adept Accident

  • This power can only be used on living things with an astral presence.

Cool Resolve

  • The maximum ranks of Cool Resolve you can take is (2 + Initiate Grade). This means that only 2 ranks of Cool Resolve are allowed at character creation.

Elemental Strike

  • Elemental Strike adds the chosen elemental effect (cold, electricity, fire, etc.) to your Unarmed Attack. It does not increase the Damage Value of the attack.

Elemental Weapon

  • Elemental Weapon adds the chosen elemental effect (cold, electricity, fire, etc.) to attacks with your weapon focus. It does not increase the Damage Value of the attack.

Kiai

  • Activating this power requires a simple action.
  • The adept using this power is not affected by it themselves.

Kinesics

  • Kinesics grants +1 dice per level to a character's own opposed rolls when they are the target of a social or judge intentions roll (see also the Social Skill Test table on p.141, SR5 and errata for the opposed rolls to each social test), but not assensing.
  • The GM may decide that Kinesics affects other attempts to judge the character's truthfulness (e.g. using the Analyze Truth spell), and how it affects them.

Magic Sense

  • To use this power the adept must first make a Perception + Magic [Mental] test.
  • The threshold for this test is half the force of whatever the adept is trying to detect, rounded up (e.g. a force 6 spirit would have a threshold of 3 for detection).
  • The adept can use this power to detect the presence of foci (active and inactive), spells, wards, magical lodges, alchemical preparations, active rituals and spirits within range, but not awakened characters, critters, astral signatures, already expired or triggered alchemical preparations, or the effects of permanent spells once they have become permanent.


Foci

Upgrading Foci

  • Foci can be upgraded to a higher force. To do so you have to succeed on a regular availability roll for the focus at the new force, then pay the price difference between the focus' old and new force, as well as the Karma difference between bonding the focus at the old and new force.
  • The time to re-bind the upgraded focus to the character is the force of the upgraded focus in hours.
  • The delivery time for the upgraded focus is based on its total cost (i.e. the same as buying a completely new focus at the same force).

Weapon Foci

  • Implanted cyber melee weapons can be used as Weapon Foci.

Power Foci

  • Power Foci add their rating as a dice pool bonus to all tests that include the magic attribute.
  • They do not increase the magic rating for other purposes, such as maximum spell force, determining drain type (stun or physical), etc.


Background Counts

  • RunnerHub uses the rules for Background Counts as described in the official material. Consider the following just a clarification of when the penalties from a Background Count apply.
  • Background Counts impose a negative penalty equal to their rating for all test linked in any way to magic. For clarity this can be broken down into the following cases:
a) Any test that includes the magic attribute in the dice pool calculation.
b) Any test that includes an attribute or skill that is modified by magical means in the dice pool calculation.
c) Any test that utilizes a magical power, ability, effect, or item.
d) Any test for the usage of a magical power, ability, effect, or item.
  • The penalty from a Background Count is only applied once per test (e.g. for a test with both an attribute and skill boosted through magic the Background Count penalty is still only applied once).
  • Damage Resistance tests (e.g. resisting damage from a ranged attack, drain, toxin resistance, etc.) are not affected by Background Count penalties.
  • In the specific case of magically augmented initiative (e.g. through the 'Increase Reflexes' spell or 'Improved Reflexes' adept power) the character doesn't suffer a penalty to their initiative dice, but a reduction of their total initiative score equal to the Background Count's rating.



Mentor Spirits

Adversary

  • This mentor spirit is not allowed for use by player characters on RunnerHub.

Bat

  • To represent the time spent looking for and moving to new places, increase the amount of time it takes to learn a new skill or improve an existing skill by fifty percent. This is cumulative with the training time increase imposed by the dependents quality.


Initiation

  • The Karma cost to initiate is (10 + (New Grade x 3)). This cost cannot be reduced by ordeals, solo initiation runs or similar.
  • The test to initiate is an extended Arcana+Intuition [Astral] (New Initiate Grade, 30 days) test. The new initiate grade is gained once the total time for the test has passed. This time can be interrupted (e.g. by runs), and during this time the character may concurrently increase skills, attributes, or perform similar advancements that require time.
  • Alternatively, the character can bypass this test by going on a solo initiation run. In this case the character gains the new initiate grade upon successful completion of the run. The character then has to wait 30 days to initiate again. Mechanics aside, solo initiation runs are also a great way to do some character development.


Schools of Magic

  • Magicians and mystic adepts can initiate into a school of magic, allowing them to obtain its special rituals, metamagics and echantments.
  • To initiate into a school the character has to dedicate an initiation to it.
    • For most schools, this means picking the prerequisite metamagic for that school as the metamagic for that initiation. Characters can then gain further metamagics within that school on subsequent initiations.
    • Arts such as Geomancy, Necromancy, Divination and Invocation don't have any metamagics. In these cases the character initiates into the school by picking any of the rituals or enchantments listed for that school, instead of picking a metamagic for their initiation as they usually would. This ritual or enchantment is paid for with the regular initiation cost. Subsequent rituals or enchantments from that school are purchased at the regular cost.
    • Arts such as Advanced Alchemy, Advanced Ritual Spellcasting and Advanced Spellcasting list several metamagics with no prerequisite metamagic. In these cases the character initiates into the school by choosing any of the metamagics within that school for their initiation.


Adept Ways

  • Characters have to follow an Adept way to purchase metamagics, rituals and enhancements from that way.
  • However, adepts can always choose metamagics, rituals and enhancements from the Undecided Way, even if they are already following another way.

The Beast's Way

  • Adepts following The Beast's Way gain the benefits and drawbacks of following an animal totem. This effectively means they receive the Mentor Spirit quality for free (i.e. at no additional Karma cost) when purchasing the Beast's Way quality.
    • As such followers of The Beast's Way can't take a seperate mentor spirit outside of the one provided by the quality itself.
    • In addition, mystic adepts need to pick either the listed magician or adept advanatage as usual.
  • The chosen mentor spirit needs to be an animal totem (e.g. Bear, Car, Rat, etc.) and will have to be approved by either CCD (during character creation) or TD (when picking up the way during play).
  • If a character is purchasing The Beast's Way and already has a fitting mentor spirit, the Karma cost of the way is discounted by the amount of Karma spent to gain the mentor spirit (i.e. down to 35 Karma if the mentor spirit was taken at character creation, or 30 if it was taken in play).
  • If a character wants to purchase The Beast's Way and already has a non-animal mentor spirit, they first need to remove the old mentor spirit as if it were a negative quality, as outlined in the description of the mentor spirit quality.

The Spiritual Way

  • Adepts following The Spiritual Way gain the benefits and drawbacks of following a spiritual mentor spirit. This effectively means they receive the Mentor Spirit quality for free (i.e. at no additional Karma cost) when purchasing the Spiritual Way quality.
    • As such followers of The Spiritual Way can't take a seperate mentor spirit outside of the one provided by the quality itself.
    • In addition, mystic adepts need to pick either the listed magician or adept advanatage as usual.
  • The chosen mentor spirit needs to be of spiritual nature (e.g. Dragonslayer, Fire-Bringer, Mountain, etc.) and will have to be approved by either CCD (during character creation) or TD (when picking up the way during play).
  • If a character is purchasing The Spiritual Way and already has a fitting mentor spirit, the Karma cost of the way is discounted by the amount of Karma spent to gain the mentor spirit (i.e. down to 35 Karma if the mentor spirit was taken at character creation, or 30 if it was taken in play).
  • If a character wants to purchase The Spiritual Way and already has a non-spiritual mentor spirit, they first need to remove the old mentor spirit as if it were a negative quality, as outlined in the description of the mentor spirit quality.


Metamagics

Astral Bluff

  • Astral Bluff is treated as a metamagic, and as such can be acquired through initiating as usual.


Astral Combat

  • Against wholly astral entities (e.g. non-materialized spirits or projecting magicians), you attack with the astral combat skill and your mental attributes as per the "Astral Combat" rules on p. 315, core rulebook (regardless if you are unarmed or using a weapon focus).
  • The only exceptions are characters that have the "natural weapon" (melee) critter power and are dual-natured, or adepts with the killings hands adept power. In both of those cases, you use the unarmed combat skill and your physical attributes for your attack rolls and damage calculations.
  • Be aware that in astral combat, you soak damage with willpower instead of body. The only forms of armor that apply in astral combat are the mystic armor adept power and the astral armor spell.


Augmentation

General

  • Augmentations that are obviously outside of the metahuman norm (e.g. cybertails, extreme bodymods, etc.) may impose social penalties in certain situations (GM discretion).


Augmentation Grades

  • The optional Gamma and Omega augmentation grades introduced in Chrome Flesh are currently not used for Player Characters.


Upgrading Cyber-/Bioware

  • It is possible to upgrade installed cyber-/bioware to a higher rating (if it has a rating). To do so you have to succeed on a regular availability roll for the ‘ware at the new rating, then pay the price difference between the old and new rating.
  • The delivery time for an upgraded piece of 'ware is based on its total cost (i.e. the same as a completely new piece of 'ware at the same rating).
  • Changing the grade (used, alpha, beta, etc.) of a piece of ‘ware requires a full replacement of the piece.


Cyberware

Active Hardwires

  • This cyberware is available in a rating from 1 to 6.

Implanted Commlinks / Cyberdecks

  • Cyberware grade only affects the cost for implanting a cyberdeck or commlink, but not the cost of the cyberdeck or commlink being implanted itself.

Internal Router

  • The internal router can only provide wireless functionality for a character’s cyberware and devices with a direct physical connection (e.g. a smartgun system connected via datajack cable).
  • The functionality provided by the internal router includes all wireless functionality and wireless bonuses, unless the description or functionality of the device make it immediately obvious that a matrix connection is necessary for it to work (e.g. wireless skillsoft downloads, hacking with a cyberdeck, sending messages from a commlink, etc.).

Retractable Climbing Claws

  • The bonuses provided by a pair of climbing claws is a +1 dice pool bonuses for all climbing tests instead of a “climbing skill bonus” as mentioned in the description.

Targeting Laser

  • The targeting laser's boni only apply to weapons that could normally mount and benefit from a laser sight. Thrown weapons, for example, do not receive the boni.

One-Shot Dartgun

  • This cyber-implant weapon is missing stats for essence / capacity cost, availability and price.
  • Until the release of an official errata use the following stats:
One-Shot Dartgun Essence Capacity Availability Cost
0.2 [2] 8R 2000¥


Cyberlimbs

General

  • Keep in mind that the augmented attribute maximum also applies to cyberlimbs. Therefore the maximum bonus (e.g. through enhancements and the Redliner bonus) to a cyberlimb’s (customized) attributes cannot exceed +4, unless explicitly mentioned otherwise.
  • Cyberlimb attributes do not affect the physical limit.
  • Keep in mind the official rules for tasks that involve more than one limb. Which tasks involve what limbs is up to GM discretion, since there are far too many possible cases to provide a complete list.

Armor Cyberlimb Enhancement

  • Cyber hands / feet cannot receive the Armor Enhancement.
  • Cyber lower arms / legs can receive the Armor Enhancement at a maximum rating of 1.
  • All other forms of cyberlimbs have no restrictions on the use of the Armor Enhancement.

Liminal Body

  • This cyberlimb augmentation is not allowed for player use on RunnerHub.


Bioware

Striking Callus

  • The damage bonus only applies to unarmed attacks using the callus, but not other attacks using unarmed combat (e.g. shock gloves, cyber-implants, etc.), and stacks with the bonus damage from bone lacing cyberware or bone density augmentation bioware.
  • A character cannot have more calluses than they have limbs.


Symbiotes

Allergy Resistance

  • It doesn’t cost additional Karma to remove the allergy once the 30 day period has passed.
  • However, if the symbiotes are removed at a later time, the character immediately regains the allergy quality removed through them.


Nanowear

Implant Medic

  • The repairs done by the nanites work as referenced and described on p.228 SR5. Please note however that this is an exception to RunnerHub’s house rules on repairing matrix damage.

Nanogear Table

  • The column headers for the Nanogear table, p.154 Chrome Flesh, are incorrect. They should read “Nanogear | Type | Availability | Cost”.


Genetech

Treatment Times

  • Due to the fact that downtime activities on RunnerHub are based on real time, the treatment times for genetech are reduced as follows:
    • For genetech with a listed treatment time of less than 1 month, reduce the time to 1 week.
    • For genetech with a listed treatment time of 1 month or more, reduce the time to 2 weeks.
  • Multiple genetech treatments can be performed simultaneously.
  • During the treatment characters cannot go on runs or perform any other downtime activities, however characters are free to still interact with other characters (e.g. in JackPoint posts, IC chat, etc.) from the safety of their vat.

Cellular Repair

  • If used to reduce the Blighted quality it doesn’t cost additional Karma to do so, and one treatment is enough to remove the quality entirely, no matter which level the quality is at.


Gear and Items

Device Modifications

  • The rules for modifying devices (“Odd Mods” chapter, p.65 following, Data Trails) are not allowed for use on RunnerHub.


Repairing Damaged Gear and Items

  • Damaged gear (devices, weapons, armor, drones, vehicles, etc.) can be repaired by a qualified professional or the character themselves.
  • The cost for a repair is generally either a percentage of the item’s base value (excluding modifications), or a flat fee, whichever is lower.
  • Repairs done by a professional:
    • If the repairs are done by a professional, the character only has to pay a fee to have the repairs done.
    • The professional doesn’t have to make a test for the repair, the item is simply repaired once the necessary time has passed and the repair cost has been paid.
    • It’s not required to have such a professional as a contact for this.
    • The GM can decide to adjust the length of the repair if it happens during a run.
  • Repairs done by the character:
    • To do their own repairs a character will need to have the appropriate technical skill (e.g. armorer to repair armor and weapons, automotive mechanic to repair ground vehicles, etc.) and a suitable toolkit, workshop, or facility.
    • Doing the repairs yourself is cheaper than having somebody else do it, therefore a character doing their own repairs only needs to pay half of what it would cost to have a professional do it.
    • Making the repairs is an extended test of the relevant technical skill + the relevant attribute (generally logic). In unclear cases the GM makes the final decision which skill and attribute are used.
    • The character may receive modifiers for this test, for example from the Build/Repair Table (p.146, SR5), if the GM deems it appropriate.
      Buildrepairtable

      Build / Repair Table (p.146, SR5)

    • The threshold for the test is based on the type of repair being made, see the table below.
      • For physical and matrix damage repairs each hit on the extended test repairs one box of damage.
      • For armor damage repairs each hit on the extended test restores one point of lost armor.
      • When repairing damage to a weapon, the character needs to reach the threshold specified in the table below for the repair to be successful.
    • The interval for the test is also based on the type of repair being made, see the table below, although it can be longer or shorter if the GM deems it appropriate.
      • For physical, matrix, and armor damage repairs the interval length scales with the amount of damage the item has taken.
      • For weapon damage repairs a fixed interval is used.
    • If the character fails to repair all damage, they cannot attempt the test again. The character has simply reached the limits of their skill, and the remaining damage will have to be repaired by a professional.
Type of Repair Physical Damage (e.g. drones, vehicles) Matrix Damage (e.g. cyberdecks) Armor Damage (e.g. acid damage) Damage to Weapons
Accuracy AP Reach
Repairs done by Player Character Cost 2% / 500¥ per box of damage repaired 1% / 250¥ per box of damage repaired 2.5% / 125¥ per point of armor restored 7.5% / 75¥ per point of accuracy restored 12.5% / 125¥ per point of AP restored 25% / 250¥ per point of reach restored
Extended Test Theshold one box of damage repaired per hit one point of lost armor restored per hit 10 12 14
Extended Test Interval [boxes of damage at start of repair] x [30 minutes] [points of lost armor at start of repair] x [1 hour] 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours
Repairs done by Professional Cost 4% / 1000¥ per box of damage repaired 2% / 500¥ per box of damage repaired 5% / 250¥ per point of armor restored 15% / 150¥ per point of accuracy restored 25% / 250¥ per point of AP restored 50% / 500¥ per point of reach restored
Length of Repair (rounded up) ([boxes of damage at start of repair] / 3) x [1 day] (points of lost armor at start of repair] / 3) x [1 day] 2 days


Weapons

Flame Bracer

  • This weapon uses the Exotic Ranged Weapon (Flamethrowers) skill.

Lemat 2072

  • Firing the shotgun barrel uses the Pistols skill.

One / Two Handed Weapons

  • The following applies unless otherwise stated in the weapon description.
  • All pistols (tasers, holdouts, heavy pistols, machine pistols) are one handed weapons.
  • SMGs, assault rifles, long arms and heavy weapons are two handed weapons.
  • Using a two handed weapon with one hand incurs a -2 penalty (-1 for trolls).

Signature Weapons

  • Despite the name “Signature Weapons” (p.183, Hard Targets) are not enough to count as a Signature or Distinctive Style quality on their own.

Shiawase Arms Simoom

  • This weapon works as a two-part set of forearm guards for both arms. Therefore it’s not possible to use two shooting barrel forearm guards at the same time.

Ultimax Rainforest Carbine

  • The stats for this gun read as follows:
ACC DAM AP MODE RC AMMO AVAIL COST
5 11P -2 SA/ BF (1) 18 (C) 8R 2600 ¥


Weapon Modifications

Explosive Clip

  • The available grenade types for this modification are HE, Frag and Flashbang.
  • The detonation of an explosive clip is not strong enough to cause cascading shockwaves. Ignore the rules for Blasts in a Confined Space (aka ‘Chunky Salsa’, p.183, SR5) when using explosive clips.

Gas Vent / Silencer Compatibility

  • Gas vent and silencers cannot be combined as aftermarket modifications, since they both use the barrel modification slot.
  • However, if a weapon has either an integral gas vent or silencer, it is possible to install the other as a modification in the barrel slot.


Ammunition

Depleted Uranium Rounds

  • Remember that DU rounds cannot be utilized with called shots specific to other types of ammunition (e.g. Bulls-eye double-tap/burst).
  • Also remember that carrying DU rounds is akin to committing a war crime in itself, and that advanced sensor suites can potentially detect them easily due to their radiological signature. You’ve been warned, chummer.

Hand Loads

  • Hand loads are not used on RunnerHub.


Armor

Chameleon Suit

  • RPC can be applied to chameleon suits as a modification. The RPC bonus is gained in addition to the native bonus of the chameleon suit.

Cloak

  • A regular Cloak (not Ruthenium Polymer Cloak) can accept the following armor modifications:
    • Chemical Protection, Fire Resistance, Insulation, Nonconductivity, Radiation Shielding, Thermal Dampening.
  • It can have a maximum capacity for armor modifications of 6. Each point of capacity costs 100¥ plus the cost of the modification itself.

Gel Packs

  • The Gel Packs armor customization can only be added to full armor pieces (e.g. armored jacket, armor vest, Berwick suit, etc.) but not armor add-ons and accessories (e.g. helmets, masks, forearm guards, etc.).

Hardened Mil-Spec Battle Armor

  • Hardened mil-spec battle armor (p.66, Run & Gun) is not used on Runnerhub. This includes usage by PCs as well as NPCs.

Snake Mesh Socks

  • Snake Mesh Socks do not provide a permanent armor bonus, only +2 armor against attacks that specifically target the feet or lower legs.
  • Because of this they also do not count towards encumbrance.

YNT Softweave

  • The YNT Softweave armor customization can only be added to full armor pieces (e.g. armored jacket, armor vest, Berwick suit, etc.) but not armor add-ons and accessories (e.g. helmets, masks, forearm guards, etc.).


Upgrading Cyberdecks / RCCs / TacNets

  • It is possible to upgrade a cyberdeck to the equivalent of a better (more expensive) model.
    • To do so you have to succeed on a regular availability roll for the deck you are upgrading to, then pay the price difference between the old and new deck.
  • It’s also possible to downgrade to a cheaper deck.
    • In that case you still have to succeed on a regular availability roll for the new deck.
    • It’s assumed that what you get from selling the parts of your old deck is just enough to buy the parts for your new deck.
    • Which means you don’t have to pay anything to downgrade, but you also don’t get anything back.
  • The delivery time for an up-/downgraded cyberdeck is based on its total cost (i.e. the same as a completely new cyberdeck of the same type).
  • The above mentioned rules also applies to RCCs and TacNets.


General Gear

Portable Chemical Injectors

  • Use the following stats for the portable chemical injectors (p.176, Chrome Flesh):
Type Capacity Availability Cost
Wrist 3 doses 4 500¥
Thigh 5 doses 6 750¥
Harness 10 doses 10R 2500¥


Disguising Gear

  • Gear can be disguised as something similar for 25% of the base cost. This incurs a -2 penalty against tests to see through the disguise and identify the actual item. If the item is examined for an extended amount of time (more than 10 seconds), this advantage is lost.


Drugs and Addictive Substances

Grades of Drugs

  • The different grades of drugs introduced on p.190, Chrome Flesh, are currently not used.

Customized Drugs

  • The rules for customized drugs introduced on p.190, Chrome Flesh, are currently not used.

Betel

  • Betel is not allowed for use on RunnerHub.

Deepweed

  • Consider Deepweed to have an Addiction Rating of 6, and an Addiction Threshold of 2 until official values are released in an errata.

Soothsayer

  • Soothsayer is not allowed for use by Player Characters on RunnerHub.


Drug and Addictive Substance Usage

Modified Addiction Tests

  • A modified addiction test is either:
    • For physiological addictions: (body + willpower + (11 - addiction rating)) vs. addiction threshold.
    • For psychological addictions: (logic + willpower + (11 - addiction rating)) vs. addiction threshold.
  • Addiction Ratings and Thresholds can be found on the Tables at: (SR5 p. 414), (CF 188)
  • Characters can use edge on modified addiction tests.
  • For drugs that are physiologically and psychologically addictive, roll the average of the dice pools for physiological and psychological drugs.

Using Addictive Substances

  • Every time a character takes an addictive substance, they have to immediately make a modified addiction test.
  • On a failed roll the addiction worsens by one level (mild to moderate, moderate to severe, severe to burnout), or the character gains the addiction quality at the mild level if not yet addicted. Afterwards the character doesn’t have to make any more modified addiction tests when taking additional doses of the same drug in that session.
  • Once a character reaches the severe addiction stage, they have a one real-life week grace period where the addiction can’t worsen to the burnout stage.
  • When a character takes a dose of a drug while already under the effects of that same drug, or a drug with shared effects (e.g. both drugs increasing the same attribute), they take stun damage with a DV equal to the sum of the overlapping drugs’ addiction ratings, resisted with (body + willpower).

Addiction Quality

  • Characters with the addiction quality must make a modified addiction test at the start of each session for every addiction they have.
  • If they succeed, everything is fine.
  • If they fail the test, they either have to take a dose of the drug or suffer the withdrawal penalties as outlined in the description of the addiction quality.
  • If the addiction is to a drug that is both physiological and psychological, the character also takes withdrawal penalties to both mental and physical attribute based tests.
  • Remember that if you take a dose, you have to do another modified addiction test to see if the addiction gets worse (see ‘Using Addictive Substances’).
  • The dose can be taken at any point during the session.
  • Once the dose has been taken and takes effect, the withdrawal penalties no longer apply.

Getting Rid of An Addiction

  • If a character wants to get rid of an addiction, they have to stay clean and suffer through a withdrawal period. This means they must not use the drug they are addicted to in any form for a number of real-life weeks equal to the drug’s addiction rating.
  • During that time characters have to make the modified addiction test at the start of every session, as previously described.
    • If the character fails this test, they either have to use the drug, thus ending the attempted withdrawal, or suffer the withdrawal penalties (see ‘Addiction Quality’).
  • Once the character has made it to the end of the withdrawal period, they make a withdrawal test.
    • A withdrawal test is the same as a modified addiction test, except for the fact that edge can’t be spent on it.
    • If the character succeeds on their withdrawal tests, they can buy off one level of the quality (from burnout to severe, severe to moderate, moderate to mild, mild to no addiction), spending the appropriate Karma amount as usual.
    • If they fail on the withdrawal test the quality remains. In this case the character can immediately start another withdrawal attempt.
    • If a character has Dr. Phillis Gued as a contact, they may spend edge on the withdrawal test.

Examples

Addiction in Play

  • Sally Street Sam just can’t keep her hands off Jazz. She already has a moderate addiction to it.
  • At the start of the session she has to make a modified addiction test.
    • Her body attribute is 5, her willpower 4, and logic 3.
    • Jazz is both physiologically and psychologically addicting, therefore Sally needs to use the average of the two dice pools.
    • Sally’s pool for physiological resistance is (Body + Willpower + (11 - Addiction Rating) = (5 + 4 + (11 - 8)) = 12 dice.
    • Her psychological pool is (Logic + Willpower + (11 - Addiction Rating)) = (3 + 4 + (11 - 8)) = 10 dice.
    • The average of both is ((12 + 10) / 2) = 11 dice.
  • Sally rolls her 11 dice against Jazz’s addiction threshold of 3, and only gets two hits. She starts to feel the craving for Jazz flare up, and either has to take some or suffer through withdrawal.
  • She chooses to just suffer through it for now. Since Jazz is a mentally and physically addictive, she takes a -2 penalty to all tests tied to mental and physical attributes.
  • During the course of the run she gets into a fight and decides that this is a really good time to take a dose of Jazz. As soon as the drug takes effect, the penalties stop, and she has to make another modified addiction test.
  • Sally again rolls her 11 dice against Jazz’s addiction threshold of 3, and only gets one hit. Since she doesn’t want her addiction to get even worse, she decides to use a point of edge to reroll, and gets another two hits, barely meeting the threshold.

Withdrawal

  • After a while Sally realizes she’s got a problem, and decides to try and come clean.
  • Since she’s addicted to Jazz, which has an addiction rating of 8, she needs to go through a withdrawal period of 8 real-life weeks.
  • Sally is serious about getting clean, so popping a dose of Jazz when she fails her modified addiction tests at the start of a session is not an option.
  • So every time she doesn’t make the addiction threshold of 3 with her modified addiction test dice pool of 11, she has to take the -4 penalties to all tests tied to physical and mental attributes from her moderate addiction for that session.
  • Eventually she makes it to the end of the withdrawal period.
  • Sally once more rolls her dice pool of 11 against the threshold of 3 for the withdrawal test, to see if the withdrawal was successful. But the dice aren’t going well for her, and she only gets two hits - the withdrawal was unsuccessful, and Sally would have to go through the process again.
  • Luckily, Sally has been getting help from Dr. Gued, so she’s allowed to use edge on the withdrawal test. She rerolls, and gets another two hits, for a total of four - enough to beat the threshold!
  • Sally can now spend 10 Karma (Karma value of moderate addiction * 2 - Karma value of mild addiction * 2) = (18 - 8) = 10) to reduce her addiction quality from moderate to mild.
  • If Sally wants to get clean entirely, she has to successfully go through another withdrawal period, then she can buy off the quality entirely.

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