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The year is 2060. Magic is as real as the mean streets of the mega-sprawls. Corporations call the shots while nailing each other through covert operatives in cutthroat competition. Flesh and machines have merged—the street samurai with his smartguns and impossibly fast reflexes, the decker who can plug his own brain into the worldwide computer network, the rigger who links his mind to his vehicle and takes hairpin turns at fantastic speeds. And you're a part of this wired world, where corporate skyscrapers glitter over the dark shadows they cast. You live in those shadows. You're a shadowrunner—a street operative.

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You may be human or troll, dwarf or elf. You may throw fireballs, pull out your trusty Uzi or slice through computer security with a program as elegant and deadly as a stiletto. No matter what, you get the job done. You're a shadowrunner— a professional. You don't just survive in the shadows—you thrive there … for now.

Shadowrun, Third Edition is a complete rulebook for gamemasters and players. It contains all the rules needed to create characters and ongoing adventures set in the popular Shadowrun universe. Shadowrun, Third Edition updates, revises, expands and clarifies rules from previous Shadowrun rulebooks. It is compatible with previous versions of Shadowrun and with previously published Shadowrun source material.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

SEE HOW THEY RUN AND SO IT CAME TO PASS …

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Slouching Toward Apocalypse (1999–2010) The Resource Rush and Lone Eagle Japan, Inc. VITAS—The New Black Death 2011—The Year of Chaos If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be the UCAS (2012–2018) The Indian War and the Great Ghost Dance The Treaty of Denver Welcome to Our World (2018–2029) Goblinization In Other News … The Crash of ’29 Secession and War (2030–2037) Corporate Machinations (2033–2048) Humans and Metas— From Bad to Worse (2036–2046) Life on the Cutting Edge (2049–2060) Bug City Election Fever Corp War 2060 and Beyond

GAME CONCEPTS Playing Shadowrun The Abstract Nature of Rules Making Tests Making Dice Rolls Different Types of Tests Time Combat Turns Actions Shadowrunning by the Numbers The Concept Race Attributes Initiative Magic Skills

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CREATING A SHADOWRUNNER

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Sample Characters Building a Shadowrunner The Priority System Choosing Your Race Choosing Magical Abilities Choosing Attributes Assigning Skills Assigning Resources Finishing Touches Sample Characters Using Sample Characters

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The Basics What’s New? What Is a Roleplaying Game? Getting Started Roleplaying Shadowrun What Runners Do Basic Runner Types Settings Shadow Activity

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Base Skills Active Skills Knowledge Skills Language Skills Skill Ratings Specialization Defaulting The Defaulting Process Limits on Defaulting Active Skill Categories Build/Repair Skills Combat Skills Magical Skills Physical Skills Social Skills Technical Skills Vehicle Skills About Knowledge Skills Choosing Knowledge Skills Street Knowledge Academic Knowledge Sixth World Knowledge Background Knowledge Interests About Language Skills Lingos Reading and Writing Using Skills Skill Tests Taking the Time Using Charisma-Linked Skills Racism

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INTRODUCTION WELCOME TO THE SHADOWS

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Cyberware and Social Interaction Armor and Society Negotiation and Leadership Interrogation and Intimidation Etiquette Instruction Using Build/Repair Skills Using Stealth Using Knowledge Skills Using Language Skills Complementary Skills Creating Your Own Skills

COMBAT Initiative Determining the Order Combat Turn Sequence 1. All Dice Pools Refresh 2. Determine Initiative 3. Characters Take Action in Their Combat Phase 4. Begin a New Combat Turn Using Dice Pools Combat Pool The Combat Phase Declaring Actions Free Actions Simple Actions Complex Actions Movement Movement Rate Walking Running Interception Surprise Ranged Combat Resolving Ranged Combat Range and Base Target Number Situational Target Modifiers Attacker Success Test Dodge Test Damage Resistance Test Determine Outcome Apply Damage Called Shots Damage Codes Firearms Single-Shot Mode Semi-Automatic Mode Burst-Fire Mode Full-Auto Mode Ammunition Reloading Firearms Shotguns Projectile Weapons Strength Minimum Rating Projectile Weapon Types Grenades Missile Launchers

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Mana The Magic Attribute Force Magicians Full Magicians Aspected Magicians Magical Skills Exclusive Actions Drain Noticing Magic The Shamanic Tradition Totems The Shamanic Lodge The Hermetic Tradition Hermetic Libraries The Hermetic Circle Adepts Adept Powers The Astral Plane Astral Perception Astral Projection Astral Barriers Astral Combat Astral Tracking Sorcery Spells Spell Pool Learning Spells Spellcasting Spell Defense Dispelling Conjuring Nature Spirits Elementals Conjuring Drain Spirit Forms Spirit Combat Controlling Banishing Astral Conjuring Foci Form Bonding Activation Spell Foci Spirit Foci Power Foci Sustaining Foci Weapon Foci Street Grimoire

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About Riggers Vehicle Attributes Handling Speed Acceleration Body Armor Signature Autonav Pilot Sensor Cargo Factor Load Seating Entry Points Special Vehicle Ratings The Driving Test Sensors System Components and Sensor Ratings Sensor Tests Sensor and Remote Deck Ranges Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) Vehicle Combat The Maneuver Score Vehicle Combat Turn Sequence Vehicle Actions Multiple Vehicle Combat Passenger Actions During Vehicle Combat Vehicle Damage Rigger Damage Vehicle Damage from Impact Colliding with Objects Vehicle Damage from Weapons Repairing Vehicles Vehicles and Magic Elemental Manipulation Spells Spells Against Characters

in Vehicles Vehicles and Natural Domains Riggers and Spirits Casting Magic from Vehicles Astral Projection from Vehicles Vehicle Gunnery Manual Gunnery Sensor-Enhanced Gunnery Using Drones About Drones Remote-Control Networks Actions Issuing Commands

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Resolving Rocket and Missile Fire Melee Combat Melee Combat Weapons Resolving Melee Combat Attacker’s Success Test Defender’s Success Test Compare Successes Determine Damage Damage Resistance Test Full Defense Knockdown Shock Weapons Barriers Firing Through Breaking Through Damage and Healing Types of Injury Applying Damage Condition Levels Healing Using Biotech Magical Characters and Damage

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Combat Spells Detection Spells Health Spells Illusion Spells Directed Illusion Spells Indirect Illusion Spells Manipulation Spells Control Manipulations Elemental Manipulations Telekinetic Manipulations Transformation Manipulations

THE MATRIX Accessing the Matrix Jackpoints Icons Seeing the Matrix Grids and Hosts Regional Telecommunications

Grids (RTG) Local Telecommunications

Grids (LTG) Private LTGs Hosts Matrix Topology System Access Nodes Distributed Databases System Ratings Intrusion Difficulty Security Rating Security Codes Subsystem Ratings Rating Format Cyberdecks Deck Ratings Hardening Active Memory Storage Memory I/O Speed Response Increase Detection Factor The Hacking Pool Cyberterminals Accessories Running the Matrix Movement in the Matrix Matrix Perception Non-Combat Actions System Tests System Operations on Grids Security Tally Security Sheaves Grid Security Tallies Alerts Host/Grid Reset Triggering IC Proactive vs. Reactive Crashing IC IC Ratings Types of IC System Operations Interrogations Ongoing Operations Monitored Operations Operations Descriptions

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BEYOND THE SHADOWS Karma Awarding Karma Improving the Character Improving Attributes Improving Skills Learning New Skills Training Karma Pools Re-rolling Failures Avoiding an “Oops” Open Tests Buying Additional Dice Buying Successes Extended Actions The Hooper-Nelson Rule Hand of God Non-Player Characters

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Legwork Searching the Matrix Appropriate Contact Restrictions Contact Levels Level 1 Contact Level 2 Contact Level 3 Contact Fleshing Out Contacts Playing Contacts Favor for a Friend Sample Contacts Bartender Fixer Mechanic Mr. Johnson Talismonger Technician Sample Characters as Contacts

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Powers Accident Animal Control Astral Armor Binding Concealment Confusion Engulf Enhanced Senses Fear Flame Aura Guard Hardened Armor Immunity Influence Innate Spell Magical Skills Materialization Movement Noxious Breath Psychokinesis Search Venom Vulnerability (Weakness) Combat Initiative Actions and Skills Dice Pools Spirits Elementals Nature Spirits Dragons

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Perception Security Systems Physical Security Technical Security Maglocks Active Security Measures Magical Security Matrix Security Weapon Detection Fencing the Loot Finding A Fence The Loot The Meet SINless What’s in a SIN? Credsticks and ID Forging Credsticks and IDs Lifestyles of the Rich and Shadowy Luxury High Middle Low Squatter Streets Hospitalized Keeping Up the Payments Buying a Lifestyle Multiple Lifestyles Team Lifestyles

Dice Pools NPC Professionalism Toxins and Diseases Toxins Diseases Shadowrunning Tips for Less Stressful Shadowruns

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RUNNING THE SHADOWS

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Utilities Operational Utilities Special Utilities Offensive Utilities Defensive Utilities Cybercombat Cybercombat Sequence Initiating Combat Initiative Actions Combat Maneuvers Resolving Attacks Intrusion Countermeasures White IC Gray IC Black IC

Purchasing Gear Availability Street Index and Cost Legality Codes Making Legal Purchases Permits Hauling the Load Personal Weapons Impact Projectile Weapons Firearms Pistols Taser Weapons Submachine Guns Rifles Heavy Weapons Ammunition Reloading Firearms Firearm Accessories Explosives Armor Armor and Combat Pool Lifestyle Shelter Entertainment Personal Electronics Tools Surveillance and Security Vision Enhancers Communications Surveillance Measures Surveillance Countermeasures Security Devices Security Countermeasures Survival Gear Skillsofts and Chips Source and Object Code Cyberware Alphaware Headware Bodyware Cyberlimbs Cyberdecks and Programs Biotech Slap Patches Magical Equipment Vehicles Vehicle Control Adjustments Rigger Gear Ground Vehicles Boats Aircraft Military and

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THIRD EDITION CREDITS

Shadowrun Created By Jordan Weisman

Bob Charrette

Paul Hume

Tom Dowd

L. Ross Babcock III

Sam Lewis

Dave Wylie

Third Edition Design, Writing and Develop­ ment Michael Mulvihill

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Additional Material By Randall Bills

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Diane Piron-Gelman

(See How They Run) Steve Kenson (Magic, Spirits and Dragons, Seattle and the Modern Northwest) Jon Szeto (Vehicles and Drones) Second Edition Design and Development Tom Dowd First Edition Design Bob Charrette, Paul Hume and Tom Dowd The Cool Brigade Randall Bills, Robert Boyle, John Bride­ groom, Guido Hoelker (and the rest of the German playtesters … ), Dan “Flake” Gren­

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Playtesters John Bellando, Russ Bigham, David Buehrer, George Burke, John Carey, Lisa Chemleski, Bryan Covington, Wayne DeLisle, Michael DeVita, Adam Dolsen, Eric Duckworth, Daniel Ducret, Christi Ewart Jr., FAT­ GOP, Daniel Felts, Andy Frades, Tony Glinka, William Gold, Rocky Goodenough, Robert Habenicht, Mason Hart, Michael Hathaway, Cary Hill, Lyle Hinkley, Chris Hussey, David Hyatt, Will Jackson, Jonathan Jacobson, Erik Jameson, Ricky Jimenez, Matt Johnson, Sean Johnson, Jim “Loki” Jones, Adam Jury, Mara Kaehn, Brad Kercher, Lorne Kerlin, Craig Kne­ felkamp, Don Larkin, Seth Levine, Tim Link, Craig Loos, Eva Marie, Sean Matheis, Tim Mathena, Mark McKenna, Paul Meyer, Bill Michie, Dennis Jon Miller, Michael Miller, E. Mark Mitchell, Daniel Mooneyham, Linda Naughton, Mike Naughton, Justin Pinnow, Steven “Bull” Ratkovich, Max Rible, Kenna Rice, Kenneth Riehle, Cristina Rizen, Asher Rosenberg, Seth Rutledge, Angela Schaafs­ ma, Shayne Schelinder, Lonnie Schmidt, San­ dra Schmitz, Brian Schoner, Joe Shidle, Thomas Shook, Chris Siddle, Brian Skipper, Darci Stratton, Lori Tharp, Steven Tinner, Daniel Tomalesky, Richard Tomasso, Malik “Running Wolf” Toms, Ted Turrietta, Thomas Vielkanowitz, Joe Voelker, Sebastian Wiers, Jim Wong, Jon Wooley. Plus all the players the world over who helped shape Shadowrun over the years.

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Converting Characters Skills Dice Pools and Threat Ratings Magic Gear Converting Sourcebook Material Rigger 2 Virtual Realities 2.0

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dell, Fred Hooper, Steve Kenson, Jim Nelson, Bryan Nystul, Mike Nielsen, Lou Prosperi, Douglas Quinto Reis and Luis Ricon (and all of the Brazilian playtesters), Jon Szeto, Sharon Turner Mulvihill and especially Jill Lucas and Mort Weisman

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Seattle in the Shadows Medical Facilities Newsnets Tribal Lands and Other Neighbors The Salish-Shidhe Council Salish Sinsearach Makah Cascade Crow Cascade Ork Tsimshian Tir Tairngire

Dedication I would like to dedicate this book to the man who taught me the importance of read­ ing and thus imagination. He taught me the importance of words and writing. He taught me the importance of self-confidence. He taught me most of all that nothing short of following my dreams was acceptable. Thanks, dad—I miss you. MM Shadowrun Line Developer Michael Mulvihill Editorial Staff Editorial Director Donna Ippolito Managing Editor Sharon Turner Mulvihill Associate Editor Diane Piron-Gelman Assistant Editors Robert Boyle Tara Gallagher

Production Staff Art Director Jim Nelson Graphic Design and Layout Fred Hooper & Jim Nelson Cover Illustrations Paul Bonner (front) Tom Baxa (back) Sample Character Illustrations Tom Baxa Jeff Laubenstein Jim Nelson Marc Sasso Mark Zug Interior Color Scenes Tom Baxa (p. 8), Peter Bergting (pp. 1 & 5), Clint Langley (pp. 2 & 3), Jeff Laubenstein (p. 6), Kevin McCann (pp. 4 & 7) Black and White Illustrations Janet Aulisio, Tom Baxa, Peter Bergting, Paul Bonner, Doug Chaffee, Tom Fowler, Fred Hooper, Mike Jackson, Clint Langley, Jeff Laubenstein, Larry MacDougall, Dave Martin, Jim Nelson, Mike Nielsen, Mark Nelson, Paolo Parente, Marc Sasso, Steve Prescott, Ron Spencer, Shane White, Karl Waller, Matt Wilson.

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