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== Altered Traditions ==
== Altered Traditions ==
* '''Ancestor Shamans''' (Page 74, Forbidden Arcana)
** You receive the Channeling Metamagic at Initiate Grade 5 instead of 2.
* '''Traditional Black Mage''' (Page 60, Forbidden Arcana)
** You do not receive Animal Familiar for free.
** Flight Skill equal to Force only.
* '''Traditionalist Traditions''' (Pages 60-91, Forbidden Arcana)
* '''Traditionalist Traditions''' (Pages 60-91, Forbidden Arcana)

Revision as of 23:02, 6 June 2019


Creating a Character


Priority and Sum-To-Ten are the permitted character generation types.

Some players may earn a character slot that can use Prime Character Generation rules as reward for future charity events. Prime Character Generation is compatible with Sum-to-Ten.

Exotic characters like Metasapients and Infected are allowed but experience playing other things first is heavily recommended.

Certain qualities like Amnesia are allowed but have a lower priority to get approved due to the extra burden on the chargen staff.

Players are allotted 3 character slots. They may buy a 4th for 20 GMP, a 5th for 40 GMP, a 6th for 80 GMP and so on. When doing this, post a comment to your r/Shadowhavenchargen post with a tag /u/jre2 and /u/Nitsuj83 with how much GMP you spent. Extralife prime slots are exempt from this limit.

Players may purchase prime gen character slots at the cost of 100 GMP for their first purchase. Any additional slots cost an additional 100 GMP which is cumulative.


  • 1st PG Character Slot - 100 GMP
  • 2nd PG Character Slot - 200 GMP
  • 3rd Character Slot - 300 GMP, etc...

Prime Generation slots purchased through our charity events are exempt from this cumulative price. You must always mark on your characters wiki page the source of the prime gen whether that is something like our extra life events or if it was purchased.

Attributes at Character Generation

Attributes with an unaugmented value of 1 represent severe handicaps. Often, these lead to poor gameplay, overly narrow characters, and/or a quick demise. As such, characters are limited to a single unaugmented attribute of 1, calculated using the full-body average for any cyberlimbs. Only permanent attribute augmentations count. Additionally, players will be expected to provide at least some in-game justification at chargen for such a handicap (e.g., paraplegic, metagenic defect, severe brain damage, etc.)—these are not just numbers on a sheet. The sole exception to this rule is Pixies. Pixies are allowed to simultaneously maintain a BOD and STR value of 1 due to their low metatype maximums. However, they are not allowed to leave any other unaugmented attribute at 1.

Skill Specializations

You may purchase a specialization with skill points even if the rank (or ranks) in the skill were purchased with karma.

Lifestyle Location Advisement

If your character's primary lifestyle is located outside of the city the mission takes place in and you lack a rail pass that is connected to the mission city, you will likely incur transportation fees and fatigue before runs, at GM discretion. The cost of a plane ticket between two cities is half the distance between the two cities in kilometers plus 100 nuyen.

Seattle is connected, via rail, to San Fransisco.


Initiations are not permitted at chargen. Nine Paths of Enlightenment (Page 140, SG) , Asceticism (Page 141, SG), Familiar (Page 142, SG), Hermit (Page 142, SG), Sacrifice (Page 142, SG), and Thesis/Masterpiece (Page 142, SG) initiatory ordeals are banned. Metaplanar Quest (Page 140, SG) and Deed (Page 141, SG) a run focused around them. Geas (Page 142, SG) requires explicit Thematics approval from the Thematics Head or one duly deputized by the current Thematics Head. Geas must also be noted on the PC's wiki page in a separate section so GMs can easily interact with them.

Required Contacts

All PCs must have a fixer.

Minimum Age of PCs

ShadowHaven has minimum ages for PCs. My will follow in the in-canon age of consent set by Evo which accounts for how each metatype develops. The minimum age for PCs will be 10 for orks, 14 for trolls, 16 for humans and dwarves, and 18 for elves. Metavariants will have the minimum age of their base metatype.

Submission Cool Down

There is a 2 day waiting period between approvals of a player character.

Social Skills

The council has ruled to officially recommend, but not require, at least 4 etiquette dice. Having low dice pools in etiquette can lead to difficulties on runs. The council will be unsympathetic if negative events happen in a run due to a low etiquette dice pool.

Sexual Themes

We as a living community and leadership recognize that Shadowrun as a game and setting explores dark/mature themes. The ultimate bounds of what is acceptable will always be subjective based upon group and GM. In the case of our community, we strive for a standard that takes the setting material seriously and allows for the exploration of grittier themes while considering the comfort of the maximum amount of people.

To this end, submitted characters may not solely be vehicles for the exploration of sexual themes. This includes character art. Of note, cropped versions of hardcore or softcore pornography remain unacceptable after cropping due to their "bedroom eyes" quality. Discretion lies with Chargen staff.

SURGED, Shifters and Extreme Body-Modders

In relation to the above, we acknowledge that SURGED/Shifters/Extremely Body-Mod characters run up against other internet subcultures, but this community is not a place to explore such things. You should have an understanding of the lore, ramifications, and limitations of each type of character. Please contact Shadowhaven Chargen for resources regarding the nuanced lore of the SURGED, Shifters and Extreme Body-Modders. We would like your help in having these types of PCs represented in a way the enriching the Shadowhaven living campaign.

Shifters by dint of what they are not permitted either in backstory or play to explore/RP an intimate relationship with a metahuman. Cursory mention/RP of familial bonds/relationships with their own species is acceptable but should never be sexualized in any manner. As always, discretion lies with Chargen staff.

Maintaining a Character

Skill Training

Atts, Skills, Martial Arts and Specializations

Training time for attributes, skills, martial arts and specializations will be removed.

Due to removing training time, several qualities must change.

  • Dependents will remove all references to training time. All other impacts are in effect.
  • The Sensei quality will have the following changes.
    • If the Sensei is a skill sensei, the karma cost for increases in the selected skill will be reduced by 3.
    • If the Sensei is a skill group sensei, the karma cost for increases individual skills in the group in the selected skill group will be reduced by 1.The whole group can be improved at a cost reduction of 3.
    • If this reduced the cost for a new rank to zero, you may increase the skill to the rank instantly, for free. This applies even in cases where other qualities interact with this house rule.
    • Sensei does not require a contact. The “Sensei” NPC may be a contact already on your sheet, but may also be a described but non-contact NPC. The quality does *not* grant a free contact.
  • Day Job will follow the table below, increasing the karma cost for attributes, skills, martial arts and specializations.
Day Job Karma Cost multiplier
Fame None National/Megacorp Global
Day Job 1 1 1.5 (Every odd numbered increase is +2 instead of +1) 2
Day Job 2 2 2.5 (Every odd numbered increase is +3 instead of +2) 3
Day Job 3 3 3.5 (Every odd numbered increase is +4 instead of +3) 4

Delivery Time

Delivery time while in-play on a table remains unchanged. GMs are free to and encouraged to allow immediate or near-immediate purchases of items at or below 12 availability, including illegal items, assuming the PCs are not under undue time pressure. GMs are free to truncate any other delivery time on their table as they deem fit.

Delivery time while not in-play on a table is immediate. A successful or tied availability test indicates that the player may add the item to their character’s sheet immediately for the appropriate cost. In the event that a character fails a test, they must wait twice the normal delivery time for that item before they may try again to acquire that item through the same vector. In this case, a vector is a particular PC or NPC rolling negotiation against availability to acquire an item. (Note, one can not roll negotiation to get gear for another PC.) For example, a character who wishes to acquire an item with a RAW delivery time of 2 days may roll their negotiation themselves to acquire an item. If they fail, they may not attempt to roll for that item themselves again for 4 days. They may, however, still have an appropriate swag contact attempt to acquire it before that time.For these purposes, time is tracked in real time.

RAW Delivery Times
Gear Cost Cool down
Up to 100 nuyen 6 hours
101 nuyen to 1000 nuyen 24 hours
1001 nuyen to 10000 nuyen 2 days
10001 nuyen to 100000 nuyen 1 week
More than 100000 nuyen 1 month

Initiations and Submersions

Initiations remain linked to real-life passage of time, however, the timeframes shall differ from RAW. An Awakened character may initiate for the first time immediately after the completion first run, but not prior. This does not require a roll, and does not take any time, but costs the normal amount of karma. The second initiation for a full Magician or Mystic Adept may not be undertaken until 6 real-life weeks have passed from the first initiation, requires no time or roll, and costs the usual amount of karma. Each additional initiation adds an additional 2 weeks to this timer. There is no upper cap on how long one must wait before initiating again. Other types of Awakened must wait half as long as Magicians and Mystic Adepts, but must still pay the normal karma cost.

This means the formula for how long after your previous initiation you must wait in order to initiate again for Mystic Adepts and Magicians is (4+2*(Current Initiate Grade)) weeks. For all other forms of Awakened, the formula is (2+1*(Current Initiate Grade)) weeks.

Submersions, as per RAW, have no roll required, no time, and no cooldown.

Characters who undertake a qualifying run for an Ordeal within 1 week before or after an Initiation or Submersion may refund 10% of the cost (rounded down) of a single Initiation or Submersion. No other discounts on the karma cost Initiations or Submersions, regardless of source, are valid, and this discount may not be stacked multiple times.

Medical Needs and Downtime

All health is restored at the end of a run. Cyberware, bioware, geneware, and other augmentations requiring surgery or vat time are installed instantly, without the need for healing.

Downtime Edge

If edge is used during downtime, it can be regained after the start of the next run. (That is, you start with the lost edge but start regaining it with normal rest in play.) At the end of a run, all edge is regained.

Resubmit Rules

Voluntary Resubmit Rules

At any given time, a player may choose to resubmit an approved character for a respec or full rebuild. The resubmitted character must go through the approval process again. The character can keep run rewards from one previous run it was on, before the resubmit. It loses all other run rewards, initiations, metamagics, post-gen gear, etc. GMP invested into the character is not refunded. A character may be resubmitted as a prime-gen character should the player have an open prime slot.

Triggered Resubmit Rules

Occasionally, the rules on ShadowHaven may change. This could be due to the release of a new book, recognition that a mechanic is problematic, or introduction of new house rules. When this happens, council may allow full or partial resubmits for some or all characters. A player may (or---occasionally---must) elect to resubmit a character. The resubmitted character must go through the approval process again. The character may keep *all* prior run rewards (whether they are karma, nuyen, constrained purchases of gear, contacts, etc.). All GMP invested into the character may be freely reassigned to the same character. GMP does not need to be spent at the time of the resubmit, but it may not be transferred to another character, player, or spent on non-character purchases (such as an additional or prime-gen character slot). A character may not be resubmitted using a different character generation scheme (normal or prime-gen).

Any event which allows for Triggered Resubmits will be called out explicitly in the post. It will specify which characters are allowed or mandated to do so and any other constraints attached to the process.

Approved Books

We don’t use anything that is German Exclusive Content. We also do not use the 2050 books.

  • Assassin’s Primer
  • Battle of Manhattan
  • Bloody Business
  • Book of the Lost
  • Better Than Bad
  • Bullets and Bandages†
  • Chrome Flesh
  • Cutting Aces
  • Data Trails
  • Dark Terrors
  • Forbidden Arcana
  • Gun Heaven 3
  • Hard Targets
  • Howling Shadows
  • Kill Code
  • Lockdown
  • No Future
  • Rigger 5.0
  • Run and Gun
  • Run Faster
  • Sail Away, Sweet Sister
  • Shadow Spells
  • Shadowrun 5th edition
  • Shadows in Focus: Butte
  • Shadows in Focus: San Francisco
  • Shadows In Focus: Sioux Nation: Counting Coup
  • Splintered State
  • Stolen Souls
  • Street Grimoire
  • Street Lethal
  • The Complete Trog
  • The Seattle Gambit
  • The Vladivostok Gauntlet

† Only sections titled "New Qualities" on page 11-12, "New Drugs, Toxins, and Pathogens" on pages 19-21, "New Spells and Powers" on page 21-22, and "New Gear" on pages 22-23.

ShadowHaven Houserules and Custom Mechanics


The default is for players to choose their contacts from the already made public contacts. We additionally allow, as an option for the die hards, to create and stat out your own contact. Shadowhaven uses a custom contact system you can read about here.

Note: If you create your own contact you can temporarily not stat it out right away at the penalty of not being able to use it. If the GM asks/lets you use it anyway, the assumed dice pool for their primary skill is Skill = Connection * 2 + 2.


We allow Ghouls, Vampires, Gnawers and Banshees on ShadowHaven. PCs are not sterile, so your teammates may be extra cautious around you.


AI are not permitted for PC use.

Banned Qualities

The following qualities are not permitted for characters to have:

  • Amnesia: Neural Deletion
  • Apt Pupil (Page 32, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Better to be Feared than Loved
  • Code of Honor: Black Hat
  • Consummate Professional (Page 17, Assassin's Primer)
  • Dead Emotion
  • Dead SIN
  • Dracoform (Any)
  • Echo Chamber
  • Elemental Focus (Page 191, Hard Target)
  • The Every Man For Himself quality (Page 181, Street Lethal)
  • Escaped Custody
  • Friends in High Places
  • Groveler
  • Human Lifespan (Page 188, The Complete Trog): Having a human lifespan can be done for free as a fluff decision.
  • Hung Out to Dry
  • Illusionist (Page 37, Forbidden Arcana)
  • In Debt
  • Information Auctioneer
  • Immunization
  • Latent Dracomorphosis
  • Lazy Fingers
  • Master Networker
  • Networker
  • The No Man Left Behind quality (Page 181, Street Lethal)
  • One of Them
  • Pregnant
  • Puppet Master (Page 39, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Resonant Burnout
  • Revels in Murder
  • So Jacked Up
  • Stay Out Of My Way (Page 129, Street Lethal)
  • Stalwart Ally (Forbidden Arcane, Page 42)
  • Stolen Gear
  • Team Player
  • This Is Your Last Chance (Page 129, Street Lethal)
  • Tough and Targeted
  • Quadriplegic
  • Well, Actually...
  • 'Ware Intolerance

Altered Qualities

  • Adept Healer (Page 31, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Adept Healer does not function on drain damage.
    • Damage transferred by this ability will count as drain, and as such, cannot be transferred by further instances of this power, or healed by anything other than rest.
  • Amnesia: Surface Loss
    • You are allowed to take this however you should be aware that since chargen has to create your knowledge skills for you as well as creating a backstory, that these character submissions can take longer than normal. While the chargen department should do everything within their power to make the backstory and knowledge skills reflect the rest of the character that has been created that it is ultimately up to the chargen department to pick these so you may not necessarily like what you end up with. The quality works as written in every other way, if a knowledge skill you have on the list is brought up in a run you can spend 2 karma to learn an additional rank and unlock the knowledge skill for later use as well. Backstory can only be discovered as part of a public or private run and the GM has more or less free reign to edit in your backstory as they see fit.
  • Animal Familiar (Page 31, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Animal Familiar requires you to purchase the animal as normal, then perform the Animal Handling + Charisma [Social] (12, 1 week) test as outlined in attune animal, to function.
    • As stated in the RAW, this does not apply to Awakened animals.
  • Alchemical Bombmaker (Page 31, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Alchemical Bombmaker is limited to a number of increases in drain equal to your alchemy skill rating divided by 4, rounded down: Once at rating 4, twice at rating 8, three times at rating 12.)
    • Can only be used with combat spell preparations.
  • Alchemical Armorer (Page 31, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Alchemical Armorer is required to learn the Alter Ballistics (p51) preparation. It has no other effect.
  • Arcane Bodyguard (Page 32, Forbidden Arcana)
    • As per page 48 of the Core Rules, "A Note on Rounding", round the dice you can use on yourself up
  • Arcane Improviser (Page 32, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Requires 4 spells (not preps) from each category, excluding rituals.
    • Does not allow you to perform rituals you don't know, nor does it allow you to make preparations that you do not know, or fulfill requirements related to knowing spells.
    • The 1/week limitation will be altered to 1/run for ease/simplicity of bookkeeping
    • You must meet all the prerequisites to cast the spell, or otherwise be able to learn the spell (meaning no banned spells, and no spells that you wouldn't be able to take otherwise.)
  • Archivist (Page 32, Forbidden Arcana)
    • This will only work with the following knowledge skills: Magical Theory, Magical Threats, Magic Traditions, Magical Groups, Magical background, (Appraising of) Magical Goods, Manasphere Studies, Astral Topography, Talismongering, Thaumaturgy and Arcano-Archaeology. More may be added to this list by requesting approval from the Council.
  • Astral Bouncer (Page 32, Forbidden Arcana)
    • This will only identity the following positive qualities: Home Ground (Astral Acclimation), Spirit Champion, Spirit Whisperer, Spirit Affinity, Mentor Spirit, Witness My Hate, Astral Chameleon, Elemental Focus, Focused Concentration, All Adept Ways, Magic Resistance, Arcane Arrester, Astral Hazing and all Mastery Qualities.
    • This will only identity the following negative qualities: Astral beacon, Code of Honor: Harmony with Nature: The Shaman’s Code, Spirit Bane, Spirit Pariah, Reduced (Astral Sight)
    • In addition a to Initiate Grade and Adept Powers, Astral Bouncer determines a certain Metamagic from an Initiate Grade, not an Initiate Power.
    • Edge can not be determined.
    • Physical and mental attributes can not be determined.
    • It is up to GM Discretion which aspects get revealed.
  • Barehanded Adept (Page 33, Forbidden Arcana)
    • This will not work with a spell learned with adept spell
    • These spells will not work on yourself. Further, the target must be attacked.
    • This will only work with touch combat spells and touch health spells tagged "Negative"
  • Black Forest Native (Page 188, The Complete Trog)
    • You do not require this quality to be from The Black Forest
  • Chain Breaker (Page 33, Forbidden Arcana)
    • New spirit types are restricted to UMT spirits (Fire, Air, Earth, Water, Man, Beast, Guardian, Task, Plant, Guidance)
  • Chosen Follower (Page 33, Forbidden Arcana)
    • The following options are removed from the list of benefits: ‘Learn two spells or rituals.’ & ‘Improve a magical active skill from rank 1 to rank 3.'
  • College Education (Page 145, Run Faster)
    • This quality is incompatible with the Uneducated (Page 87, Core) Quality
  • The Corporate Loyalist quality (Page 128, Street Lethal) shall be permitted only with a genuine Corporate Limited or Full SIN. On loss of the SIN, you lose the quality.
  • Corporate Pariah (Page 129, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but only with a current (7 karma version) or past (10 karma version) corp SIN from an AAA corporation. Records on File is required for the 10 point version. It is not actually required for your character to have had the Corporate SINner negative quality, merely that they have had it in their fluff at some point in the past.
  • Community Connection (Page 188, The Complete Trog)
    • Can only be taken by orks/trolls and metavariants of those
  • Dark Ally (Page 35, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Only spirits that are not toxic or blood related which PCs normally have access to can be chosen.
  • Death Dealer (Page 35, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Note that the maximum bonus from this quality to melee damage is +1, regardless of the rating of the quality, as per RAW.
  • Dedicated Conjurer (Page 33, Forbidden Arcana)
    • New spirit types are restricted to UMT spirits (Fire, Air, Earth, Water, Man, Beast, Guardian, Task, Plant, Guidance)
  • Dependent
    • Some addictions are better suited with the Dependent quality, and thus we recommend its use instead for alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, video games etc. Speak to your Chargen Minion to see if the Dependents or Addiction quality applies.
  • Durable Preparations (Page 36, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Durable Preparations stacks with Practiced Alchemist (p39, FA), effectively changing the duration before a prep begins to degrade to (Potency x 6) hours.
  • Elemental Master (Page 36, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Elemental Master will only work with the natural elements; Air, Earth, Fire, or Water. Electricity is not a valid choice.
    • Elemental Master does not apply to damage received from drain.
  • Dual-Natured Defender (Page 36, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Dual-Natured Defender is a free action to activate, and free action to deactivate.
    • Dual-Natured Defender only functions on your innate dual natured quality, such as that from being infected. Any other sources of Dual Natured, such as Channeling a Spirit, or being in an Astral Rift, are unaffected, and do not qualify you for the quality.
    • The duration of having this quality active rounds up to the next minute for purposes of determining how long it can be used for before losing magic, essentially making it so that it is always used in one-minute chunks.
    • Rather than simply cease Astral Perception, Dual-Natured Defender will temporarily cause you to not count as a Dual Natured being while active.
  • The Location Attunement quality (Page 128, Street Lethal) shall be permitted. After a month, the quality's benefits are lost, not quality itself, negating the need to repurchase it.
  • Hair Trigger (Page 160, Better Than Bad)
    • Change all references to 'Combat Rounds' to 'Combat Turns'.
  • Hi-Rez (Page 160, Better Than Bad)
    • Does not permit a character possessing the quality to make a Matrix Perception test to detect hidden icons as a free action.
  • Missile Deflector (Page 38, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Missile Deflector requires a successful Missile Parry (p310. CRB) interrupt, followed by the Counterstrike Adept Power (p170, SG) interrupt, for a total of -10 initiative to use. Rather than the normal effects of the Counterstrike Adept Power, when this ability is used, it will allow you to make a normal simple action thrown weapon attack against any valid target, with all appropriate modifiers, using the object you have caught.
  • Nasty Trog (Page 188, The Complete Trog)
    • Can only be taken by orks/trolls and metavariants of those
  • Pacifist Adept (Page 39, Forbidden Arcana)
    • The Notoriety restriction on Pacifist Adept is removed, due to the possibility of gaining Notoriety via peaceful means such as refusing to do a job when you realize it involves murder, or similar. Limits cannot be reduced below 1.
  • Prototype Materials (Page 160, Better Than Bad)
    • This quality can only be taken once, and does not require a run reward. It cannot be taken at character generation.
  • Resonant Discordance (Page 161, Better Than Bad)
    • Despite being a Mastery Quality, this does not require a Magic score. It may be taken by any Technomancer who has submerged at least once, by paying the appropriate karma cost.
  • Restricted Gear
    • May not be used to get Deltaware or Milspec armor.
  • Revenant Adept (Page 40, Forbidden Arcana)
    • If used, note the date used on your character's wiki page along with a link to the run where it was used on.
    • Revenant Adept works until it's cleared all the damage that Regeneration can clear, you've died, or the run ends. This means that having one box of drain does not allow you to have Regeneration indefinitely.
    • Revenant Adept does not take an action, even a reaction, to trigger. It can be used while unconscious or in physical overflow. This can be done in reaction to an attack, and the user does not need to be aware, in character, to do this.
  • Special Modifications (Page 161, Better Than Bad)
    • This quality functions as written except with the following caveats: A character may shift the benefits of Special Modifications to a new weapon at the end of any given run, regardless of if the weapon was lost or destroyed. When doing so, one may change the benefits granted by the quality freely, even without changing the weapon they are applied to. It does not require any payment of lifestyle or similar. If a character has any ranks, they may change the fluff of the weapon within relatively close reason without expending a "slot", but this cannot alter the concealability, apparent legality, or other mechanical attributes of the weapon. If a weapon does not deal elemental damage natively, it cannot be altered to deal elemental damage, however, if it does natively deal elemental damage of one type, one may spend one "slot" to change that type permanently to another type from the following list: electricity, acid, fire, water, cold. For spec mods specify that acid damage does not persist, applying damage and elemental effects for one round only. For simplicity, this does not alter the ammunition requirements. Hang a lampshade on it, if necessary. Disregard the entire last paragraph of the quality.
  • Spell Jammer (Page 40, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Spell Jammer is not affected by Mana Barriers, but is affected by background counts.
  • Spirit Hunter (Page. 40, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Spirit Hunter will cancel any sustained powers, and prevents the use of any active powers, with the exception of Materialization.
  • Skinwalker (Page 40, Forbidden Arcana)
    • The pelt for a mundane creature will cost 50% of the price of purchasing the critter itself, and has an availability equal to that of the critter. Prices and availabilities can be found at Animal Availability.
  • Spectral Warden (Page 40, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Binding replaces summoning for the initial summoning tests made by a Spectral Warden, but they must bind the spirit immediately after summoning, the spirit cannot be used for any other purposes before they are bound.
  • Sprawl Tamer (Page 41, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Sprawl Tamer interacts additively with our existing house rules (Effectively adds another +1 modifier to the number of tricks a critter can learn.)
  • Technical School Education (Page 150, Run Faster)
    • Incompatible with the Uneducated (Page 87, Core) quality.
  • Trog Traitor (Page 189, The Complete Trog)
    • Can only be taken by orks/trolls and metavariants of those
  • The Thousand Yard Stare quality (Page 181, Street Lethal) shall be permitted as-is. Combat personnel indicates people who regularly see or risk seeing combat - front-line soldier, HTR troops, shadowrunners, and etc.

  • Uneducated (Page 87, Core)
    • This quality is incompatible with the College Education (Page 145, Run Faster) or the Technical School Education (Page 150, Run Faster) qualities.
  • Vexcraft (Page 42, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Suppress focus is a simple action, and can be used from either the astral or physical, if you have line of sight on an active focus.
    • Grounding focus is a complex action, and can be used from either the astral or physical, but requires both the focus to be eligible to target, and the owner to be eligible to target. This means you can only use this ability to damage a dual natured, or purely astral target, if you yourself are astral, for example.
    • Counterspelling does not apply to the defence test, but power foci do, as does the force of any mana-barriers between the caster and the defender.
  • Worship Leader (Page 42, Forbidden Arcana)
    • The GM has final say on if enough people can be gathered. Regarding group contacts, organized crime groups and gangs tend not to worship. One must have the Rank quality in any religious order.

Altered Spells

  • Comet (Page 50, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Comet does not ignore armour specific elemental resistances (Specifically, fire resistance.)
  • Altered Ballistics (Page 51, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Alter Ballistics can also be used on arrows & bolts, as well as bullets, but not area of effect explosives such as rockets or grenades, or other “ballistic” weapons such as darts, thrown weapons, or tasers.
    • Alter Ballistics requires Alchemical Armorer to learn, and can only be made into a preparation, not cast as a spell.

Banned Spells

Everything involving Blood, Bug, and Toxic Magic is restricted to NPCs.

The following spells are unavailable to Player Characters:

  • Convert Blood to Ichor
  • Convince (Page 189, Stolen Souls)
  • Growth (Page 49, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Inflict Disease
  • Multiply Food (Page 50, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Plague Cloud
  • Rot
  • Pollution and Radiation spell, adept powers, etc.
  • Shape [Material] (Page 118, Street Grimoire)

Banned/Altered Infected Powers

  • Paralyzing Howl (Page 399, Core Rulebook)
    • Paralyzing howl is banned for PC infected characters (Banshees specifically). Beast spirits summoned/bound by PCs may still use the power, as can GMs.

Play Test Spirits

These spirits may be removed or modified after 1 to 3 months of testing. Refunds will be addressed should the feature need to be removed. We ask players and GMs to write their experiences with this quality in the Topics for Discussion so it may be studied.

  • Wild Spirits (Page 177, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Details about the Spirit and the Status must be documented on the wiki. Player does not have any say in the powers or force.
  • Vehicle Spirits (Page 180, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Details about the Spirit and the Status must be documented on the wiki. Player does not have any say in the powers or force.

Altered Mechanics

  • Mana Strike (Page 102, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Mundanes/Magicians cannot use One Trick Pony to Mana Strike.
  • Mana Choke (Page 102, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Mundanes/Magicians cannot use One Trick Pony to Mana Choke.
    • Damage is resisted as drain. Body + Willpower for Adepts and Mundanes, Willpower + Drain Attribute for Magicians and Mystic Adepts. This damage cannot be healed by anything other than rest.
  • Mentor's Mask (Page 182, Forbidden Arcana)
    • The negative effect to Magician abilities from a Mentor’s Mask will make it possible to detect sustained spells with numinous perception, due to their mentor’s mask manifesting.
    • Mystic Adepts, if they take a Mentor’s Mask, get the type of Mask bonus dependent on the bonus they receive from their Mentor Spirit (IE: If they took the Adept bonus from their Mentor Spirit, they get the Adept Mask, and if they took the Magician bonus from their Mentor Spirit, they get the Magician Mask.) The negative effect of a mentor’s mask applies to all aspects of their magic usage (Both their adept powers, and magician abilities.)
    • The choice to have a Mentor’s Mask is made when a character acquires a Mentor Spirit. If they later switch Mentor Spirits, they get to make the choice again. If, for any reason, they lose their Mentor Spirit, they no longer have the advantage, or disadvantage, of a Mentor’s Mask.
    • You may obtain or remove your Mentor’s Mask by paying 20 karma without ‘losing’ your Mentor. (Effectively buying off the Mentor, then buying it again.)
    • There is no way to hide a Mentor’s Mask, there is no way to hide it.
  • Blood Crystals (Page. 132, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Restricted to NPCs.
  • Dive Attack (Page 190, Howling Shadows)
    • When taking the Dive Attack action you also take damage equal to the number of meters fallen, as appropriate. This rule will apply to GMs as well.

Banned Mechanics

  • Pharmaceutical Drug Grade (Page 190, Chrome Flesh)
  • Customizing Drugs (pgs. 190-192 Chrome Flesh)
  • Updated Raw Reagents (pg. 188, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Refined Reagents Uses (pg. 188, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Street Grimoire uses still allowed
  • Radical Reagent Uses (pg. 188, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Street Grimoire uses still allowed
  • Spirit Leashing (Page 182, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Wild Spirits (Page 177, Forbidden Arcana)

Banned Mentor Spirits

Planar Entity




Altered Traditions

  • Ancestor Shamans (Page 74, Forbidden Arcana)
    • You receive the Channeling Metamagic at Initiate Grade 5 instead of 2.
  • Traditional Black Mage (Page 60, Forbidden Arcana)
    • You do not receive Animal Familiar for free.
    • Flight Skill equal to Force only.
  • Traditionalist Traditions (Pages 60-91, Forbidden Arcana)
    • If you take a Traditionalist or other special path, it is a Paradigm Shift to leave said path. Your Initiation count cannot 'restart'. If you missed the Initiation for the level 1 gain, it is missed.
  • Norse (Page 68, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Godi/Runemaster: Durable Preparations means that the time until Potency starts fading is changed to Potency x3 hours rather than the standard x2 and then an additional doubling. This does not stack with the Durable Preparations quality.
    • Cunning Woman: Can only be taken by a Magician, Mystic Adept, or Aspected Spellcaster.
    • The Berserker Temper power gained by traditionalist version of the Norse tradition is not in effect on Shadowhaven.
  • Path Of Pariah (Page 85, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Pariahs are allowed to pick a drain stat out of charisma, intuition, or logic. For their second initiation, disregard the requirement to take the opposition metamagic.
  • Elder God Magic (Page 78, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Traditionalist is NPC-only.
  • Planar Magic (Page 87, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Traditionalist is NPC-only.
  • Romani (Page 90, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Only traditionalists are allowed on ShadowHaven.

Playtest Traditions

These traditions may be removed or modified after 1 to 3 months of testing. Refunds will be addressed should the feature need to be removed. We ask players and GMs to write their experiences with this quality in the Topics for Discussion so it may be studied.

  • Traditional Black Mage (Page 60, Forbidden Arcana)
    • You do not receive Animal Familiar for free.
    • Flight Skill equal to Force only.
  • Ancestor Shamans (Page 74, Forbidden Arcana)
    • You receive the Channeling Metamagic at Initiate Grade 5 instead of 2.
  • Tarot (Page 91, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Hybrid Traditions (Page 101, Forbidden Arcana).
    • Must be clarified on the character's wiki for approval

Banned Traditions

  • Necro Magic (Page 82, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Draconic Tradition (Page 76, Forbidden Arcana) - Draconic Tradition is only permitted for the use by Drakes, which makes it de facto banned on the ShadowHaven.

Altered Metamagics

  • Harmonious Defense (Page 46, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Harmonious Defense does require the user to Astrally Perceive to be used. If you do not have an innate way to perceive astrally, you must take the astral perception adept power.
  • Harmonious Reflection (Page 46, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Harmonious Reflection requires the user to be Astrally Perceiving, similar to the Reflect Spell.

Banned Metamagics

  • Paradigm Shift: Insect Shaman (Page 43, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Paradigm Shift: Toxic (Page 44, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Spirit Expansion: Shedim (Page 44, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Predator Feast (Page 44, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Soul Tether (Page 131, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Spiritual Sacrifice (Page 131, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Quickening (Page 326, Core Rulebook)

Playtest Metamagics

These metamagics may be removed or modified after 1 to 3 months of testing. Refunds will be addressed should the feature need to be removed. We ask players and GMs to write their experiences with this quality in thr Topics for Discussion so it may be studied.

  • Tarot Summoning (Page 45, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Noble Sacrifice (Page 56, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Must have line of sight to allies to work.

Banned Arts

  • Geomancy (Page 143, Street Grimoire)

Banned Rituals

  • Calling (Street Grimoire, Page 126)

Altered Mage Archetypes

  • The Elementalist (Page 43, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Aspected magicians, Full Magicians, and Mystic Adepts may be Elementalists. You must choose to be an Elementalist at character generation.
  • The Hedge Witch/Wizard (Page 43, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Aspected magicians, Full Magicians, and Mystic Adepts may become Hedge Witches/Wizards. You must choose to be a Hedge Witch/Wizard at character generation.
  • The Null Wizard (Page 43, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Aspected Magicians, Full Magicians, and Mystic Adepts may be Null Wizards. You must choose to be a Null Wizard at character generation.
    • The ‘summoning’ skill will be added to the list of skills they cannot take.
    • A Null Wizard receives the ‘Spell Resistance’ adept power, at a rating equal to initiate grade.
  • The Seer (Page 43, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Aspected magicians, Full Magicians, and Mystic Adepts may be Seers. You must chose to be a Seer at character generation.
  • The Apprentice (Page 47, Forbidden Arcana)
    • An Apprentice can only select UMT spirits (Fire, Air, Earth, Water, Man, Beast, Guardian, Task, Plant, Guidance)
  • Mystic Adept Alterations (Page 47, Forbidden Arcana)
    • Mystic Adepts must choose one of the three magical groups (Enchanting, Sorcery, Conjuring) which they will lose access too.
    • Mystic Adepts do not gain the ability to Astrally Perceive without purchasing the Adept Power to do so.
  • The Explorer (Page 47, Forbidden Arcana)
    • An Explorer can take Metamagics/Enhancements/Focused awakened as an Aspected magician.
  • The Aware (Page 49, Forbidden Arcana)
    • An Aware can take Metamagics/Enhancements/Focused awakened as an Aspected magician.

Military/Future Weapons

Except where listed below, all Military/Future Weapons were banned in their entirety, with no GM or player use permitted.

  • The Aztechnology-Dassault Blood Hawk Mk 1 (Page 53, Street Lethal) shall be GM use only. In the event of a hijacking by a player, it will bring a great deal of heat, culminating in precision orbital fire moments after cessation of movement. You can steal it if you're tricky enough, but you can't keep it.
  • The Vulcan Systems "Hotdrop" Rapid-Egress Jetpack System (Page 55, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but instead of using the existing statblock, or vehicle rules at all, use the rules below.
    • While wearing the Vulcan Systems "Hotdrop" Rapid-Egress Jetpack System, you may spend a complex action to move up to 50 meters in any direction, as long as you are attempting to both launch from and land on solid ground. Make a Freefall + Body [Physical] (3) test, and scatter from your intended target (3-hits)d6 meters. Direction is determined as usual. This action does not use up any of your own movement speed.
    • Additionally, it may be used as a free action to arrest a fall of greater than 25m, negating all falling damage. You must be aware of your impending impact.
    • In either case, you may only spend a single action to fire the Vulcan Systems "Hotdrop" Rapid-Egress Jetpack System per combat turn, and may not "combine" actions. You may move, or arrest your fall, not both.
    • Using it as a complex action takes on point of fuel, while using it as a free action takes two point. It has twenty points of fuel. Refueling it takes one uninterrupted minute to swap out the propane-tank sized fuel tank, but doesn't require you to remove the Vulcan Systems "Hotdrop" Rapid-Egress Jetpack System.
    • It cannot be used while encumbered, has no wireless functionality, and is extremely loud and bright in use. Subtlety is not an option.
    • On a glitch to activate the jetpack, the jetpack will fire, but the harness will fail, causing your jetpack to go flying without you. Hope you didn't need that.
    • On a critical glitch to activate the jetpack, the GM should roll scatter (or choose a direction.) You move 50 meters in that direction at a great rate of knots. If you strike something that would stop you, take physical damage equal to the distance remaining to be traveled at AP-4. If you do not strike anything, you end up prone, but unhurt.
    • The Vulcan Systems "Hotdrop" Rapid-Egress Jetpack System shall cost 50,000 nuyen, and have an availability of 18F. Refuels shall cost 250 nuyen, and have an availability of 16F.
  • Maker Mags (Page 75, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but cannot be used to make Depleted Uranium rounds, to reduce Thematics team migraines. The extended magazine is treated as the +2 concealability version from Hard Targets. Maker grenades shall not be permitted. It is worth noting that you may, as usual, purchase multiple of an item with a single availability roll, increasing the delivery time based on the total cost of the purchase.

Banned Items

The following items are not permitted for use:

  • Gammaware
  • Omegaware
  • Noizquito
  • The Ares Firewatch "Bug Stomper" Custom Armor (Page 130, Street Lethal) shall be banned from all use, including by GMs.
  • Crucible (Page 193, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Drain Away (Page 195, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Laminate (Page 196, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Lightning Blade (Page 199, Forbidden Arcana)
  • Medusa Extensions (Page 147, Cutting Aces)
  • One Shot Dart Gun (Page 91, Chrome Flesh)
  • Official Emergency Vehicle attribute modifier (Page 187,197 Stolen Souls)
  • Painade (Page 135, Cutting Aces)
  • Pheromone Detection (Page 144, Cutting Aces)
  • Shaman Tuxedo (Page 143, Cutting Aces)
  • Renfield (Page 128, Hard Targets)
  • Smuggling compartment (Dwarf, Human, Elf, or Ork) (Page 186, Stolen Souls) (We only use the Rigger 5 smuggling compartments on ShadowHaven)
  • Smuggling compartment (Troll) (Page 186, Stolen Souls) (We only use the Rigger 5 smuggling compartments on ShadowHaven)
  • The Stoner-Ares M-22A1 Vehicle Mounted Heavy Machine Gun (Page 130, Street Lethal) shall be banned from all use, including by GMs.
  • Yerz Kit (Page 187, The Complete Trog) (Use ‘Yerzed Out’ from Page 171, Rigger 5.0)

Altered and Clarified Items

These items function differently or have added clarification than what is stated Rules As Written.

  • Atomizer (Page 193, Forbidden Arcana)
    • An Atomizer has an Accuracy of 3, and Concealability of +0, uses the skill Exotic Weapon (Atomizer) with a range array of 0.1/0.25/0.5/1 meters. The Atomizer takes a Complex Action to reload, and requires a Simple Action to fire.
    • The preparation used with an Atomizer will trigger on a valid target after firing (i.e., a living aura, similar to a contact prep).
    • The Atomizer itself will function as the lynchpin for breaking sustained spells (i.e., if the Atomizer is broken, the spell will drop.)
    • An Atomizer cannot take accessories or modifications.
  • Antenna Grill (Page 184, The Complete Trog)
    • Requires implanted cyberdeck/commlink or a living persona.
    • Can only be taken by characters with tusks (Orks, Trolls, people with implanted tusks, etc.)
  • AR Enhanced (Page 138, Cutting Aces)
    • Creation of your own is permitted only on-table at GM discretion and shall not be carried off the table on which they were created. AR Fashion can be assumed to be part of your lifestyle at the following levels, or may be paid for seperately at the listed prices. Casual is included in Low Lifestyle, Business in Medium Lifestyle, Formal in High Lifestyle, and Designer in Luxury Lifestyle.
  • The Aztechnology Blood Drinker Combat Axe (Page 130, Street Lethal) shall be permitted as-is. It shall have a reach score of 0.
  • The Barrens Special (Page 29, Street Lethal)
    • The Barrens Special shall be permitted, but will not have any alterations from the listed statblock. All uses of it should conform to the printed statblock.
  • Chemical Glands (Page 112, Chrome Flesh)
    • Gradual Release has been banned
      • Permitted drugs for use in Chemical Glands are:
        • All drugs in the Core Rulebook are permitted. BTLs, as noted below, are excepted.
        • All drugs in Chrome Flesh, with the following exceptions, are permitted: Cereprax, Hurlg, K-10, Nightwatch, NoPaint, Sober Time, and Soothsayer.
        • No magical compounds, awakened drugs, or BTLs.
        • No contact vector only drugs.
        • All drugs in Boston Lockdown are permitted, with the following exception: Numb.
  • The EVO/Yamatetsu Naval Technologies Rampart Portable Ballistic Emplacement (Street Lethal, Page 130) shall be permitted with the following changes.
    • Remove the "hardened" tag. This means when it is used as a ballistic shield, it applies +10 regular armor as an armor accessory, with no effects from Hardened Armor. The EVO/Yamatetsu Naval Technologies Rampart Portable Ballistic Emplacement shall not expand with sufficient force to harm anyone. While expanded, it has Structure 10, Armor 10, and is treated as being 10cm for the purposes of barrier rules. While deployed, this barrier can be used as good cover. If damaged enough to penetrate while deployed, it becomes useless while collapsed, and may not re-extend. While useless, it provides no armor bonus, but still uses the original armor value for the purpose of calculating encumbrance. It may be repaired with an Armorer + Logic [Mental] (12, 30 minutes) extended test, or by a contact with the same.
  • The Horizon-Flynn Defense-com Commlink Weapons (Street Lethal, Page 131) shall be permitted. It is a Perception + Intuition [Mental] (3) test to identify that these are weapons.
  • Krime Happiness (Page 38, Street Lethal)
    • The Krime Happiness shall be permitted, to mass jubilation. Thanks to patented Troll Tough™ belt technology, the belt cannot be cut during a runaway firing situation (unless the GM deems fit, such as if cutting it would be to your disadvantage), but after the first full combat turn of nonstop fire, one may drop it. This won't stop it from firing, but will render its fire ineffective at anything other than collateral damage (GM discretion.) It will continue to fire on its own at a rate of 1 complex full auto per combat turn until it runs out of ammo.
  • The Krime Pack (Page 45, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but with no wireless bonus, because that thing is a mess. The pack itself will always shout "KRIME! KRIME! KRIME!" when in use. Optionally, it may shout "KRIME! 2499! KRIME! 2498!" and so forth, indicating current ammo remaining.
    • Additionally, if tied to a glitched Krime Happiness, patented Troll Tough™ fibers will keep the Happiness tethered to your person until you manage to remove the backpack (3 complex actions) or it ceases firing. This is not likely to be a happy experience. As per the Krime Happiness, the Troll Tough™ fibers are mercurial and capricious and are only tough when a glitch or similar has occurred, and only for as long as the GM deems fit to inconvenience you.
  • Krime Trollbow (Page 24, Street Lethal)
    • The Krime Trollbow (SL 24) shall use the stats from the book, correcting for the erroneous "reach" entry on the table for the ranged components. The stats are reproduced as follows.
      • It will use Archery to fire, with an accuracy of 4, DV of (Rating + 2) physical, and AP of -(rating/4) for the ranged component.
      • The melee component shall use the Blades skill, with an Accuracy of 3, a reach of 1, a DV of (Strength + 1) physical, and an AP of -1.
  • The Krime Whammy (Page 40, Street Lethal) shall act as listed, and additionally, shall be able to take a Complex Action in order to both fire the shotgun and swing the hammer at a single Barrier target with a single action, though both attacks are rolled and resolved separately. This may only be used against static barriers, a la Smashing Blow.
  • The Narcoject Dazzler (Page 47, Street Lethal) shall cap at a Blinding Glare for unprotected eyes, and shall never inflict blindness of any kind. It targets a cone centered on your last target shot at, or whoever you declare you are pointing your gun at if you did not shoot on your most recent action phase. The cone is 10 meters wide and 100 meters long. The penalty will apply to anyone within the cone looking at the dazzler, with line of sight, and not actively trying to avert their eyes. While within the cone, the only way to act against one bearing the Dazzler - or anyone broadly in their direction - is to suffer the glare penalties or to take the Blind Fire penalty.
  • The Narcoject PEP (Page 44, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but it is a matter of official record that the explanation of "It shoots lasers to plasmatize your skin, then explodes that plasma" is marketing bullshit. How does it work? No clue, but not like that.
  • Narcoject Trackstopper (Page 44, Street Lethal)
    • The Narcoject Trackstopper shall be permitted, but with some hefty changes. It will apply the listed agility penalty as RAW to any actions, using full body average for the purposes of incapacitation. Only the highest single penalty from a roll will apply, but that penalty will remain in place until all foam has been cleared from your body.
    • In addition to allowing the foam to dissipate on its own, or using the special solvent, you may also attack the foam, which has 4 condition monitor boxes for each application you have successfully been struck by. Non-melee attacks will be considered penetrative for the purposes of the barrier rules. Even if your limbs are incapacitated by foam applications, you may still attack the foam with unarmed attacks, using an agility score of 1. This is likely to go poorly for you unless you are trained in unarmed, but c'est la vie.
    • Being incapacitated by the foam does not preclude defense tests, though it may well make Agile Defender less desirable.
    • The ammo capacity is 6(m), with a full reload of 6 shots taking up about a third of the backpack mechanism. Despite allusions to it, a single shot may not be split across multiple targets.
    • It can also be used to barricade doors or entries. A single application of foam can block off about one square meter, vertically, of hallway. If used against a swinging door, it will prevent that door from swinging into the foam, though bashing attacks against the door will strike the foam (and it's soak values) before carrying through into the door... assuming you're clever enough to turn the doorknob when you bash into it.
  • Nemesis Arms Praetorian (Page 134, Cutting Aces)
    • Accuracy code should read 4(5), not 4(6).
  • Morrissey Alta (Page 32, Street Lethal)
    • The Morrissey Alta shall be Restricted, not Forbidden.
  • Fluid Motion Mace (Page 21, Street Lethal)
    • The Fluid Motion Mace shall disregard the penalties listed outside their statblock, for simplicity's sake. This means that it has no minimum strength requirement to avoid penalties.
  • Ghost Box (Page 141, Cutting Aces)
    • This does not function like the spell Trid Phantasm, it gives merely a sense of unease and a floater like affect in the eye. The most using this device will give is social modifiers.
  • Horn Compartment (Page 185, The Complete Trog)
    • In order to take this option one must have a horn.
  • The Onotari HL-13 (Page 38, Street Lethal) shall use Automatics rather than Firearms for its configuration roll.
  • Osmium Mace (Page 185, The Complete Trog)
    • Requires two hands to wield.
  • The Renraku Red Samurai Katana (Page 132, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, however, PC possession shall incur the Wanted negative quality automatically, with a bounty of 50,000 nuyen. This may be bought off with 20 karma, 40,000 nuyen, or any combination thereof (2000 nuyen to 1 karma) combined with handing over the intact weapon. Discarding or breaking the weapon will cause you to retain the bounty until your death.
  • Tailored Perfume/Cologne (Page 143, Cutting Aces)
    • The use of these are permitted, but only one application can be used effectively. If an additional, unique Tailored Perfumes/Colognes are applied while another is still active, all effects from all Tailored Perfumes/Colognes are negated. Additional applications of the same perfume or cologne do not have any effect.
  • Subliminal Subacoustics (Page 146, Cutting Aces)
    • Emotions that fit are GM discretion, and their decision is final.
  • The Urban Explorer Daedalus (Page 47, Street Lethal) cannot be worn with any other base armor. The parachute immediately fails if encumbered by any armor accessories.
  • Vault of Ages (Page 193, Forbidden Arcana)
    • A Vault of Ages can hold (Rating x 2) preparations, each of which can have a maximum force of (Rating x 2)
    • Vaults of Ages have a maximum rating of 5
    • A Vault of Ages a size dependant on rating, as defined by the following table:
Rating General Size
1 Belt Pouch
2 Satchel
3 Backpack
4 Duffel Bag
5 Minifridge/Safe (Vehicle Portable)
  • The Wuxing-Armstech PTL-02 (Page 133, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but note that it only functions underwater.

Altered and Clarified Mechanics

Addiction Rules

Each time you take an addictive substance, you will immediately make an addiction test. For psychologically addicting drugs, the test will be Logic+Willpower+(11 - Drug's Effective Addiction Rating)+(other modifiers.) For physiologically addicting drugs, the test will be Body+Willpower+(11 - Drug's Effective Addiction Rating)+(other modifiers.) For drugs that are "Both", the test will be the worse of your two dicepools for the above. If you fail the test, you immediately suffer the effects of a failed addiction test. As it is not an action, you may not Smackdown the test.

Critter Tricks

All animals are able to learn LOGx2 tricks, with domesticated animals able to learn LOGx3.

Melee attacks and Immunity to Normal Weapons

Immunity to normal weapons no longer counts as hardened armor, merely regular armor, against melee weapons or unarmed attacks

Movement Power

The Movement Power shall add Force to or subtract Force from the Agility or Speed attributes for the sole purposes of determining movement rate, rather than serving as a multiplier or divisor. The minimum Agility or Speed score shall be 0, but even with a score of 0 for determining movement rate, a character or vehicle shall be able to move at a walking rate of 1 meter and a running rate of 2 meters. Additionally, the clause about "only functioning in terrain the creature controls" shall be stricken, allowing it to function without having to juggle interpretations of what your spirit controls.

Mystic Adepts and Ways

Mystic Adepts will be held to the RAW restrictions on their metamagics. This means that they can, by default, only take metamagics from the Undecided Way. In order to take metamagics outside of this, they must take another Way. In order to access metamagics such as Channelling or Centering, or any other "magician" metamagic, they will have to follow The Magician's Way, which permits them to take any non-adept metamagic they qualify for. This precludes them from accessing any other way and has a barrier to entry (in the form of the cost of joining the Way.)

Numinous Perception

Numinous perception is not a discrete sense - it is like unaugmented human smell. If you can detect the source of a successful numinous perception check (such as that wizard over there casting the spell) with another sense (such as sight), you may pinpoint the sensation to that wizard, knowing that he cast a spell. If you cannot detect the source of a numinous perception check with another sense, you merely get a sense of unease, that magic is afoot, but you cannot, for example, tell that there is an invisible man about to pull down your pants, or that there's a sorceress casting acid spells at the wall three stories up. Only that magic is afoot.

Custom Items and Mechanics

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift shall, rather than being a metamagic, be performed by paying the same amount of karma one would ordinarily have to pay to initiate. Thus, an uninitiated mage must pay 13 karma, while a IG 5 mage must pay 28. This does not increase initiate grade or the cost of future initiations. As part of this process, the mage will lose any current traditionalist benefits, if appropriate, and gain any new ones they qualify for based on IG and tradition, as appropriate. They will no longer benefit from their current lodge, and their reagents will be out-of-tradition and thus count for only half, barring special circumstances. Fetishes, spells, foci, and bound spirits (including Ally spirits) will remain. If there are any inconsistencies or questions about the process, contact a councilor with your concerns.

Note that this process does not require formal approval, though it should still be noted on your wiki page. This can only be performed during downtime, or with explicit GM approval.

Observe in Detail

The Observant quality (Page 129, Street Lethal) shall be assumed to be possessed by all characters, free of charge, changing observe in detail from a simple action to a free action. There is no need to notate this on your sheet. That's not a joke, we're serious. The game works better that way.

Sustained Spells

In order to pass off a spell to a spirit to be sustained, the spirit must be within line of sight and within Remote Service range. In order to continue sustaining a spell of any variety on their summoner or any other target, they must remain within remote service range of that target, however, line of sight is not an ongoing requirement.

Example: Awful Weight, a mage, just received a serious wound and retreats behind a brick building while his earth spirit and a street sam on his team engage an Ares Company man. He could keep fighting, but the armor increase reaction spell he is sustaining is taking its toll. In order to pass it off to his spirit, he orders it to disengage and move to behind the brick building. After the transaction is complete, he orders it to hide in a building a few blocks away.

Rigger Houserules

One may utilize any of their choice of Intuition or Reaction for tests relating to vehicles and drones that call for either, and their choice of Logic or Agility for tests relating to vehicles and drones that call for either, when one is in VR.

Repairing Vehicle Damage and Vehicle Destruction

It will cost 5% of the vehicle's total cost to heal all boxes instead of the repair cost listed in the book. It will cost 5% to rebuild your drone/car after filling all boxes and totaling your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rebuilt if you can recover it. In some cases, a gm can rule a vehicle unrecoverable (lava, explosives, sinking to the bottom of the sea) in which can you can burn edge to recover your unrecoverable vehicle.

Acquiring gear under availability 12

Gear at or under Availability 12 can be purchased without rolling or paying a finder's fee. This is done at the base delivery time, if you wish to find the item faster, the player may roll.

Resisting Mind Magic

Any PCs, as well as any non-Grunt NPCs the GM deems fit, shall be excepted from the normal penalty to resist ongoing Mental Manipulation spells. NPCs with a Professional Rating are always subject to the aforementioned penalties.

Techno Errata

The Fading for Complex Forms is -3 from the values printed in the Core Rulebook and in Data Trails. Thus, as examples, the correct Fading for Puppeteer is L+1 and the correct Fading for Derezz is L-1. Both Chummer and Herolab have incorporated this errata. Fading values in any other book (e.g., Kill Code) are unchanged. Remember that, per RAW, Fading can never be lower than 2.

There is also a priority table change (P. 65, core. - Priority Table) for Technomancers, change the number of Complex Forms in each row as follows:

  • Priority A: Increase from 5 Complex Forms to 7 Complex Forms.
  • Priority B: Increase from 2 Complex Forms to 4 Complex Forms.
  • Priority C: Increase from 1 Complex Forms to 3 Complex Forms.

In the Magic or Resonance column in the priority table (P. 65, core. - Priority Table) for Technomancers, change the number and type of skills in each row as follows:

  • Priority A: Change from 'two Rating 5 Resonance skills' to 'three Rating 5 skills from Resonance, Electronics, or Cracking skill groups'.
  • Priority B: Change from 'two Rating 4 Resonance skills' to 'three Rating 4 skills from Resonance, Electronics, or Cracking skill groups'.
  • Priority C: Change from none to 'three Rating 2 skills from Resonance, Electronics, or Cracking skill groups'.

The Cost for Submersions are 10+(grade x 3) Karma.

Health and Edge Between Runs

Your PC will fully recover health and edge between runs unless the GM tells you the run occurs in the same pocket universe as the previous run.


After a run, you may convert karma into Nuyen (Working For the Man), or vice versa (Working For the People) at a ratio of 2000nY to 1 karma. This can be done up to 5 times per run. For example, your initial rewards for a run are 7 Karma and 10,000nY. You Work For the Man, converting 5 karma into 10,000nY, making your final rewards 2 Karma and 20,000nY.

In any case, you must document this on the page for the run in the rewards section. If you have a quality that taxes income, apply to tax to the initial amount you earn.

Burner SINs

Players may buy burner sins and associated licenses at the same availability, but with 20% of the cost. These SINs expire after 1 week and may not leave the session they were bought in. They may have rating 1 through 6.

Item Name Availability Nuyen
Burner Fake SIN (Rating 1-6) (Rating*3)F Rating*500 nuyen
Burner Fake License (Rating 1-6) (Rating*3)F Rating*40 nuyen

Burning out as a Mage

Effective immediately, any character whose current Magic Score reaches 0 is treated as burnt out. They permanently lose access to all magical abilities, the ability to raise their magic score, and any other features deriving from Magic. This brings Magic in line with Resonance. Any characters whose Magic score was 0 prior to Jan 31, 2018 are grandfathered, and may still raise their Magic score, assuming their maximum magic is above 0.

Deltaware Acquisition

For mundane PCs, there are no restrictions on getting deltaware. The awakened require thematics approval to get deltaware.


Take the dice pool and divide pool for a given spell by the number of times splitting, round up. Thus, if you cast 3 spells, each with a pool of 18 normally, you'd get 6 dice each. If you cast 2 spells and one had a pool of 20, and the other a pool of 14, the first would cast with 10 dice and the second with 7.

Optional Rules In Effect

  • Mentor's Mask (Forbidden Arcana, Page 182). See clarification in the Altered Mechanics section.


Gear at or under Availability 12 can be purchased without rolling or paying a finder's fee. This is done at the base delivery time, if you wish to find the item faster, the player may roll.

You can upgrade (paying only the difference in cost) anything that has a rating, as well as cyberdecks and rigger control consoles, and any cyberware or bioware.

You cannot purchase Mil-Spec armor without a private run and the GM running that game getting thematics department approval.

You can't purchase items with availability above 19, unless it is upgradable (ie, has a rating). You also may not acquire deltaware of any availability. The exception to this is:

  • You can't purchase Foci over Availability 19, even though they are otherwise upgradable and have a rating.


You can upgrade (paying only the difference in cost) anything that has a rating, as well as cyberdecks and rigger control consoles and any cyberware or bioware.

When upgrading a SIN using our upgrade rules, one may also upgrade the licenses attached to that SIN without making an availability test for each license. Only one test, for the base SIN, is required.

Banned Lifestyle Options

Hotel California (Page 226, Run Faster)

Misc. Lifestyle Rules

Runners may share residences but when it comes to lifestyle costs every runner must pay the full 100% of their lifestyle costs. Lifestyles are not simply just an apartment but they factor many other things into it as well from food, entertainment, and other essentials. So while we allow people to room with other runners you will receive no discount.

Traveler Lifestyle (Page 218, Run Faster)

When you pay rent or at character generation, roll on this table to see what options your Traveler lifestyle gets. If you have an idea for this table, feel free to send it to Leadership.

Traveler Lifestyle Table
Die Result Name Location Comforts and Necessities Security Neighborhood Assets, Services, and Outings
1 Crusher 495 Community Outreach Shelter Redmond 2 2 2 Bat Cave (Sociology), Sports Court (Small, Basket Ball)
2 R@-Pack Hacker Den Redmond 2 2 2 Global Grid Subscription (Ares), Global Grid Subscription (NeoNet),Global Grid Subscription (MCT), Local Grid Subscription (Seattle), Bat Cave (Computer Science), Bat Cave (Matrix Design)
3 Redmond Public Pool Supply Shack Redmond 2 2 2 Swimming Pool
4 Redmond Public Pool Supply Shack Redmond 2 2 2 Swimming Pool
5 YMAC, Puyallup Puyallup 2 2 2 Swimming Pool, Gym, Sports Court (Small, Handball)
6 Underworld 93 Store Room Puyallup 2 2 2 Patron of the Arts(Underworld 93)
7 The Fish & Chips Hole, Shadowrunner Hangout Puyallup 2 2 2 Zen Den(Shadow Community, AROs of runners on the walls), Armory, Shooting Range, Local Bar Patron, Walk-In Freezer
8 The Fun Zone Arcade Redmond 2 2 2 Zen Den(Arcades)
9 Ghoul gang (Lunatic Horrors of Afterlife) Sewer hidout Redmond 2 2 2 Indoor Arboretum, Subsistence Hutning/Gathering Rating 2, Escape Tunnel Rating 1
10 Nuno Implants United Cleanrooms Tacoma 3 2 2 Cleaning Service, Cleaning Serivce (Mage Sensitive), Cleaning Service (Pollution Sensitive)
11 Alan's Refurbished Flooring, Shadowrunner Hangout Aurburn 3 2 2 Discreet Cleaning Service,Discreet Deliveryman
12 Recently abandoned factory Tacoma 3 2 2 Yard
13 Radioshack Renton 3 2 2 Merchandise: Goods (Radio Shack PCD-500)
14 Smuggling Tunnel Puyallup 3 2 2 Private Room, Merchandise: Used Goods (Aztech Striker), Escape Tunnel Rating 4
15 Islander Motel Outremer 4 2 2 Garage (Boat), Local Grid Subscription (Seattle), Merchandise: Goods (Mitsubushi Waveskipper), Merchandise: Goods (Kawasaki Manta Ray)
16 U-stor-it Climate Controlled Storage Snohomish 4 2 2 Garage (Small Car)
17 Quick Rest Coffin Motel Ork Underground 4 2 2 Indoor Arboretum, Local Grid Subscription (Seattle), Global Grid Subscription (Evo), Escape Tunnel (Rating 1)
18 Sailor's Heart Motel Everett 4 2 2 Zen Den (Maritime culture), Global Grid Subscription (Wuxing)
19 Evergreen Ranch Snohomish 2 3 2 Zen Den (Animal Husbandry)
20 Into The Shadows, Theme Restaurant and Motel Downtown 2 2 4 Bat Cave (Secuirty Design), Shooting Range
21 Phase Shift Cybercafe and Motel Downtown 2 3 2 Bat Cave (Matrix Law),Patron of the Arts(E-Gaming @ Phase Shift), Global Grid Subscription (Aztechnology), Global Grid Subscription (Ares),Global Grid Subscription (Horizon), Global Grid Subscription (Sader-Krupp),
22 Island House Outremer 4 3 2
23 Ballyhoo Family Campground Renton 2 4 3
24 Hotel Firangipani Bellevue 2 4 2
25 North Star Lodge Auburn 3 4 2
26 Swiss Holiday Resort Outremer 4 4 2
27 Harpers Ferry Guest House Everett 3 2 3
28 LANcity Cybercafe and Motel Auburn 2 2 3 Zen Den (Trid Games), Global Grid Subscription (MCT), Global Grid Subscription (Shiawase),Global Grid Subscription (Horizon), Global Grid Subscription (Sader-Krupp), Global Grid Subscription (Renraku)
29 Bywater Bed & Breakfast Bellevue 3 2 3
30 Radisson Hotels & Resorts Everett 2 3 3
31 Cousin's Country Inn Fort Lewis 3 3 3
32 Higgins Beach Inn Ork Underground 3 3 3
33 Heritage Manor Outremer 2 4 3
34 Thunderbird Motel Renton 3 4 3
35 Loveless Cafe Downtown 4 4 3
36 Back Ground Count Motel Snohomish 4 4 3
37 Castamere Motel Tacoma 4 4 3 Zen Den (Medieval Literature)
38 Whispering Pines Cottages Auburn 2 2 4
39 Inn On Church Street Bellevue 2 2 4
40 Country Inn-Somerset Everett 2 2 4
41 Huntington Country Inn Fort Lewis 3 2 4
42 Hexagon House Bed & Breakfast Outremer 4 3 4
43 Budget Host Renton 2 4 4
44 Aztec Motel Downtown 3 4 4
45 Lucas Palace, Luxury hotel Downtown 4 4 4 Manservant/Maid - Servant


The development of these house rules benefited from discussions with and content generated by the staffs and members of EmeraldGrid, Runnerhub, Adem Koebel's Mathsquad Community and ShadowNET. Further insight was gained by referring to the Shadowrun Missions rules.