- 1 Creating a Character
- 1.1 Overview
- 1.2 Attributes at Character Generation
- 1.3 Skill Specializations
- 1.4 Lifestyle Location Advisement
- 1.5 Initiations
- 1.6 Required Contacts
- 1.7 Minimum Age of PCs
- 1.8 Submission Cool Down
- 1.9 Social Skills
- 1.10 Sexual Themes
- 1.11 SURGED, Shifters and Extreme Body-Modders
- 2 Maintaining a Character
- 2.1 Burning Edge
- 2.2 Gaining Positive Qualities and Buying off Negative Qualities
- 2.3 Training
- 2.4 Character Development Points
- 2.5 Resubmit Rules
- 3 Approved Books
- 4 ShadowHaven Houserules and Custom Mechanics
- 4.1 Contacts
- 4.2 Infected
- 4.3 Metatypes
- 4.4 Note on Kill Code Qualities
- 4.5 Banned Qualities
- 4.6 Altered Qualities
- 4.7 Altered Complex Forms
- 4.8 Banned Complex Forms
- 4.9 Altered Spells
- 4.10 Dissonant Ban
- 4.11 Banned Spells
- 4.12 Banned Adept Powers
- 4.13 Banned/Altered Critter Powers
- 4.14 Altered Sprite Powers
- 4.15 Altered Adept Powers
- 4.16 Note on Paragons
- 4.17 Altered Paragons
- 4.18 Banned Mentor Spirits
- 4.19 Altered Mentor Spirits
- 4.20 Altered Streams
- 4.21 Altered Traditions
- 4.22 Banned Traditions
- 4.23 Altered Metamagics
- 4.24 Banned Metamagics
- 4.25 Altered Echos
- 4.26 Banned Echos
- 4.27 Banned Arts
- 4.28 Banned Rituals
- 4.29 Altered Mage Archetypes
- 4.30 Military/Future Weapons
- 4.31 Banned Items
- 4.32 Altered and Clarified Items
- 4.33 Banned Mechanics
- 4.34 Altered and Clarified Mechanics
- 4.34.1 Better Than Bad's Intangible Rewards
- 4.34.2 Better Than Bad's New Uses for Karma and Street Cred
- 4.34.3 Addiction Rules
- 4.34.4 BTL and Drug Stacking
- 4.34.5 Critter Tricks
- 4.34.6 Techno-Critters
- 4.34.7 Animal Availability
- 4.34.8 Melee attacks and Immunity to Normal Weapons
- 4.34.9 Movement Power
- 4.34.10 Mystic Adepts and Ways
- 4.34.11 Numinous Perception
- 4.34.12 Kill Code Matrix Actions
- 4.34.13 Other Changes
- 4.35 Custom Items and Mechanics
- 4.35.1 Exponential diminishing returns for Multiple Simultaneous Explosions
- 4.35.2 Blight
- 4.35.3 Paradigm Shift
- 4.35.4 Observe in Detail
- 4.35.5 Sustained Spells
- 4.35.6 Rigger Houserules
- 4.35.7 Repairing Vehicle Damage and Vehicle Destruction
- 4.35.8 Resisting Mind Magic
- 4.35.9 Techno Errata
- 4.35.10 Health and Edge Between Runs
- 4.35.11 WFTM / WFTP
- 4.35.12 Burner SINs
- 4.36 Metahuman Adjustment on Vehicles
- 4.37 Burning out as a Mage
- 4.38 Deltaware Acquisition
- 4.39 Multi-Casting
- 4.40 Optional Rules In Effect
- 4.41 Gear
- 4.42 Banned Lifestyle Options
- 4.43 Misc. Lifestyle Rules
- 4.44 Traveler Lifestyle (Page 218, Run Faster)
- 5 Acknowledgement
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 additional slots for 10 GMP each. When doing this, post a comment to your r/Shadowhavenchargen post with how much GMP you spent. Extralife prime slots are exempt from this limit.
- 1st PG Character Slot - 100 GMP
- 2nd PG Character Slot - 200 GMP
- 3rd PG 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
Physical and Mental 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.
Full Body Average
For the purposes of determining "full body average" for Agility and Strength when cyberlimbs are involved, the average is determined using each limb and your torso (natural attribute). Cyberskulls should be disabled when setting up chummer.
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) require a run focused around them. See below for specific rules.
- 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.
Minimum Age of PCs
ShadowHaven has minimum ages for PCs. We 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.
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.
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.
Furthermore, the X-Card system shall be honored when used and treated with respect and dignity. See our charter for more information.
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 that enriches 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
On the ShadowHaven, characters shall remain playable after burning edge on most runs. This does not mean there is no hardship in a near-death experience, but players should be able to run with their character again with scars from their experience that are not overwhelming should they choose to continue to run.
Gaining Positive Qualities and Buying off Negative Qualities
Players are allowed to purchase positive qualities and buy off negative qualities, outside of character generation. However, you must post in the quality purchasing thread. Most qualities do not need approval, you simply need to post that you bought it in the thread and a justification for why you bought it, but some do. Qualities that require approval are approved by members of the Thematics Team. They also have veto power over all quality purchases. Below are qualities that must be approved by members of the thematics team, which is subject to expansion, or by a GM after a run:
- Made Man
- Chosen Follower
- Any Infected Quality
- SURGE III
- Solid/Legendary Rep
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 modifier|
|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 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 rolling negotiation against availability to acquire an item (Note, one can not roll negotiation to get gear for another PC), or an NPC rolling their appropriate Gear Acquisition roll as outlined in our Contact Rules. 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 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.
Karma discounts for ordeal runs (initiation/submersion) do not count against RVP. The discount is more than made up by the danger inherent in a solo run.
Medical Needs and Downtime
All health is restored at the end of a run, unless the GM tells you the run occurs in the same pocket universe as the previous run.
Cyberware, bioware, geneware, and other augmentations requiring surgery or vat time are installed instantly, without the need for healing.
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.
Character Development Points
Contacts can be purchased and upgraded via CDP, a new system that encourages story driven character growth outside of core competencies. CDP (Character Development Points) are a new run reward separate from RVP. It can be used to upgrade knowledge skills and buy or upgrade contacts. It may not be used for any other purpose. GMs should feel free to suggest CDP expenditures to reflect lessons learned and contacts made during a run. Players can work together and contribute CDP to a public contact to globally boost that contact’s Connection Rating. For the purposes of awarding contacts on a run at GM discretion, the GM may convert RVP from the run rewards into CDP at an exchange rate of 1 RVP = 2 CDP. This may be used for Buying Contacts or Upgrading Contacts in accordance with the contact rules.
Players will receive 2 CDP per run, this can be increased with thematics approval for low payout (for example hooding) or failed runs.
Outside of contacts, CDP can be spent on knowledge skills, at a rate equivalent to karma. While not required, it is considered tradition to spend some CDP on knowledge skills which reflect the runs your character has been on, showing things learned over their career.
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 or a new ruling. 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.
We don’t use anything that is German Exclusive Content. We also do not use the 2050 books.
- Assassin’s Primer
- Battle of Manhattan
- Better Than Bad
- Bloody Business
- Book of the Lost
- Bullets and Bandages†
- Chrome Flesh
- Cutting Aces
- Data Trails
- Dark Terrors
- Forbidden Arcana
- Gun Heaven 3
- Hard Targets
- Howling Shadows
- Kill Code
- 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: Metrópole
- 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 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 out aspects right away. If the GM asks/lets you use it, the assumed dice pool is
Connection + Loyalty + Archetype Modifier + 2. It is best to fill out the Aspects, as you usually will be able to make use of more than 1 available aspect.
We allow Ghouls, Vampires (Including the Sukuyan variant in Hard Targets), Gnawers and Banshees on ShadowHaven. PCs are not sterile, so your teammates may be extra cautious around you.
Optional Infected Powers may not be bought at chargen. You may buy your first optional power immediately following your first run.
- AI are not permitted for PC use.
- The optional rules for playable Free Insect Spirits (Dark Terrors page 32) will not be used. At all.
Note on Kill Code Qualities
Except where noted, all Qualities listed from Page 96 to 100 of Kill Code shall be permitted for any matrix PC, not just technomancers. This also applies to the positive and negative qualities on Page 76 to 79 of Kill Code
The following qualities are not permitted for characters to have:
- Amnesia: Neural Deletion
- Amnesia: Surface Loss
- 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 shall not be permitted for use on the ShadowHaven in any capacity, in any universe, ever.
- 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
- Latent Dracomorphosis
- Lazy Fingers
- Massive Network
- No Man Left Behind (Page 181, Street Lethal)
- One of Them
- 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
- SURGE I and SURGE II
- Team Player
- This Is Your Last Chance (Page 129, Street Lethal)
- Tough and Targeted
- Well, Actually...
- 'Ware Intolerance
- Wildcard Chimera
- 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.
- 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. If purchased at chargen it is assumed you already succeeded this test.
- 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. You learn the Alter Ballistics preparation automatically for no additional karma upon learning the quality per RAW. It has no other effect other than providing you with the knowledge of how to make the preparation.
- 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 to an 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.
- AVRSE (KC 76) shall apply a -4 penalty to all actions taken while in VR, regardless of location. VR is how you get your brain fried, chummer.
- 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"
- Better on the Net (KC 96) shall only be permitted for Technomancers, and shall only affect their Living Persona.
- Big Baby (KC 77) shall function as written, except that the penalty is -1 to all actions, and will always fade when you next would regain edge.
- Black Forest Native (Page 188, The Complete Trog)
- You do not require this quality to be from The Black Forest
- Brittle [Attribute] negative quality (KC 99) shall only be permitted for Technomancers, and shall only affect their Living Persona.
- 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 35, 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
- Corporate Loyalist (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.
- The Data Hog negative quality (KC 99) shall only be permitted for Technomancers. Deckers are encouraged to examine “Wanted By GOD” instead, from Data Trails.
- 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)
- 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.
- Discombobulated (KC 77) shall instead apply a -2 penalty to all actions when acting outside of VR.
- 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.
- Frostbite (KC 78) shall only be permitted in abilities for which the character has at least 4 ranks. It also may not be applied to any skill in the Tasking group.
- Location Attunement (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.
- Hold the Door (KC 96) shall be permitted for use. It provides a stacking, cumulative +2 bonus to the Data Spike action when targeting Persona or IC. The bonus is gained upon filling a persona or IC's matrix condition with a Data Spike or Brute Force. This bonus is retained until the character takes a Simple or Complex Action other than Data Spike, or until a Data Spike action is taken that does not fill the condition monitor of a Persona or IC.
- Instinctive Hack (BTB 160) shall be permitted for use on the ShadowHaven, however, the user may not gain any benefits from teamwork from either sprites or agents for this action. The user also does not get any free actions to shift deck attributes or swap programs before this action. It is made as a sudden reflexive action.
- Know Your Limit (KC 99) shall only be permitted for Technomancers.
- 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
- Natural Hacker (KC 97) shall only be permitted for technomancer characters.
- One With The Matrix (KC 97) shall only exist at the 8 karma level. The 2 and 10 karma versions are not permitted for use on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- 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) shall be permitted. It shall remain mundane only - only characters without a Magic or Resonance score may take the quality.
- 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.
- Silence is Golden (KC 77) functionally provides 2 noise reduction to all devices and personas within a 10 meter radius of the character with 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.
- Sloppy Code (KC 79) applies to tests to defend against Matrix Perception when running silent, not to Stealth tests.
- 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.)
- Sprite Combustion (KC 99) shall only be permitted for Technomancers with at least 6 combined ranks in Compiling and Registering.
- State of Purity (BTB 160) shall be permitted for use on ShadowHaven. Change all references to 'Combat Rounds' to 'Combat Turns'.
- Taint of Dissonance (KC 100) shall only be permitted for Technomancers with at least 6 combined ranks in Compiling and Registering.
- 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
- 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 Complex Forms
- The Bootleg Program Complex Form (KC 94) shall be permitted for use on the ShadowHaven. The defending party may elect to not roll their defense, making the test unopposed.
- The Mirrored Persona Complex Form (KC 95) shall be permitted on the ShadowHaven, but rather than the written text, it shall have Target: Self, Duration: Sustained, Fade Value: Level -2, and shall automatically negate the next failed defense test against a matrix action other than Matrix Perception targeting the sustaining technomancer.
Banned Complex Forms
- The Host Emulator Complex Form (KC 94) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- The Pinch Complex Form (KC 95) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- The Resonance Cache Complex Form (KC 95) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- The Search History Complex Form (KC 95) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- 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.
- Dissonant streams, powers, echos, forms, and etc. shall be NPC only, including those from page 132 through 134 of Kill Code
Everything involving Blood, Bug, and Toxic Magic is restricted to NPCs.
The following spells and powers 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)
- Pollution and Radiation spell, adept powers, etc.
- Shape [Material] (Page 118, Street Grimoire)
- Turn to Goo
Banned Adept Powers
- Plague Cloud
- Pollution and Radiation spell, adept powers, etc.
Banned/Altered Critter Powers
- Paralyzing Howl (Page 399, Core Rulebook) shall have its text replaced with the following:
- Type: M
- Action: Complex
- Range: Special
- Duration: Special
- The critter makes a loud, magic-imbued howl or scream that can paralyze foes. It makes a Magic + Charisma test opposed by the Intuition + Willpower of anyone who can hear, reducing its number of hits by 1 for every (Magic) meters it is away from a victim. Each net hit imposes a -1 dice pool penalty to all actions for (Magic) minutes, paralyzing victims for the duration if this penalty exceeds their Willpower. This effect does not stack but replaces the effect of a previous attempt if more net hits are scored. Targets accumulate +2 dice to resist for every subsequent time they are exposed to this power within 24 hours. Sound-dampening effects add to the resist pool, including the rating of cyberware/equipment or hits scored on a sound-dampening spell. The scream is about as obvious as unsuppressed gunfire and can be picked up by audio or ultrasound sensors, though its effects do not propagate through electronic mediums.
Altered Sprite Powers
- The Bodyguard Sprite Power (KC 100) shall be permitted, but requires the sprite using it to be actively on the matrix in the same "location" as you - the same grid or host. When used, it will stop a single Attack action targetting the compiling technomancer's persona. The sprite must have 10 initiative on the clock, must have at least 1 task left, and is irreparably destroyed with no chance of resistance. Activating this is not an action on the part of the technomancer, and does not require awareness of the incoming attack IC.
- The Shield Sprite Power (KC 100) shall be permitted, but the redirected damage is unresisted, and cannot be healed by any means. Additionally, the sprite must be of at least the same level as the effect causing the fading, if relevant.
- The Enhance optional sprite power (KC 101) may be taken and used by any sprite who qualifies, not just companion sprites. It still uses tasks.
Altered Adept Powers
- Mystic Aptitude (BTB 159) shall be permitted on ShadowHaven. When used, it replaces, rather than augments, the attribute it affects. This means that it is not subject to augmented maximum, however, the final attribute score while this power is in use is not affected by any other augmentation or effect that would affect that attribute.
Note on Paragons
A Paragon's favor may be lost in the course of a run. Typically this shall be due to the written cause in each Paragon, though a GM has discretion for other, related things to cause a loss of favor. If this occurs, it is lost until the end of the run, unless the GM wishes to offer and opportunity to regain it at their sole discretion. Favor is automatically regained at the start of the next run. While favor is lost, the technomancer loses the Advantages offered by their paragon, but still suffers the disadvantages.
A technomancer may choose and change paragons freely during downtime, including "no paragon", but may not change them during a run. The sole exception is that if they follow no Paragon, and have not for the entire run, they may gain one mid-run given 5 minutes alone in VR.
- The Archivist (KC 103) paragon's advantage shall give a +1 dice pool bonus and +1 limit bonus on Matrix Search actions, rather than the listed bonuses.
- The Daedalus (KC 103) paragon's advantage shall give +1 die on Hardware tests, and +1 limit to Pilot [x-craft] skill tests - specifically, tests which roll an attribute and a Pilot skill together. It does not increase the limit for purposes other than the number of hits one can keep on these tests.
- The advantage granted by the IC paragon (KC 104) shall not apply in any fashion against or in relation to IC.
Banned Mentor Spirits
Altered Mentor Spirits
The Guanyin mentor spirit (BTB 139) shall be permitted for use on the ShadowHaven, but it must be included as a listed quality on your wiki, and the wiki page must be appropriately tagged with Template:Guanyin Caution at the top of the page. This quality's downside will impact your ability to participate in runs.
- Complex Form: Overdrive (KC 90) shall be permitted, however, the final rating of any piece of cyberware shall be limited at one rating above the maximum normal, naturally installable rating, or at twice the current rating, whichever is lower. Thus, a set of Rating 2 or Rating 3 Wired Reflexes would be capped at Rating 4, while a set of Rating 1 Wired Reflexes would be capped at Rating 2.
- Complex Form LOTO (KC 90) shall be permitted with the following modifications: LOTO can only target wireless on devices.
- Complex Form: Hyperthreading (KC 91) shall be permitted, however, one can not thread the same complex form multiple times in the same hyperthread. All tests shall be resolved using the pre-hyper thread statistics. (Most notably, this means that Diffusion of Matrix Attribute in a Hyperthread does not impact defenses against any Complex Form in that same Hyperthread).
- The RAW Technoshaman Daemon (KC 91) shall instead function as follows: Technoshamans shall reduce Registration time for sprites by 2 hours, to a minimum of 1. This reduction does not apply to the Pet Sprite Complex Form.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tarot (Page 91, Forbidden Arcana)
- Hybrid Traditions (Page 101, Forbidden Arcana)
- 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.
- Noble Sacrifice (Page 56, Forbidden Arcana)
- Must have line of sight to allies to work.
- Paradigm Shift: Insect Shaman (Page 43, Forbidden Arcana)
- 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 131, Forbidden Arcana)
- Soul Tether (Page 131, Forbidden Arcana)
- Spiritual Sacrifice (Page 131, Forbidden Arcana)
- Tarot Summoning (Page 45, Forbidden Arcana)
- Quickening (Page 326, Core Rulebook)
- Sacrifice (Page 90, Street Grimoire)
- The Aegis echo (KC 101) shall be permitted. The boxes are healed 24 hours after the most recent "Aegis" box was filled, and may not be healed by any other means.
- The Neural Synergy echo (KC 101) shall be permitted on the ShadowHaven as-is, except that it shall be subject to the augmented maximum rules.
- The Predictive Analytics echo (KC 101) shall be permitted on the ShadowHaven. It shall not stack with any other source of initiative dice.
- The Van Der Waals Effect echo (KC 102) shall be permitted. Rather than as written, treat it as a Magnetic System (CF 84) implanted separately in each of the character's limbs, as well as both front and back of their torso. The Mechanics Team would also like to remind people at this time that this is not what the Van Der Waals effect is, does, or resembles.
- The Will of the Resonance echo (KC 102) shall be permitted on the ShadowHaven as-is, except that it shall additionally be subject to the augmented maximum rules.
- The Draining Spike echo (KC 101) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- Geomancy (Page 143, Street Grimoire)
- 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.
- Per Core page 69, Mystic Adepts do not gain the ability to Astrally Perceive without purchasing the Adept Power to do so. The table in Street Grimoire does not superseded this.
- 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.
Except where listed below, all Military/Future Weapons were banned in their entirety, with no player use permitted. GMs may make use of them with approval per our GM Rules, but players may not obtain/retain such items or use them outside the scope of the single run.
- 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.
The following items are not permitted for use:
- The Ares Firewatch "Bug Stomper" Custom Armor (Page 130, Street Lethal) shall be banned from all use, including by GMs.
- Chameleon Coating (Page 184,194 Stolen Souls) (We only use the Rigger 5 Chameleon Coating on ShadowHaven)
- Crucible (Page 193, Forbidden Arcana)
- Drain Away (Page 195, Forbidden Arcana)
- Horizon Little Buddy (Page 146, Rigger 5.0)
- Laminate (Page 196, Forbidden Arcana)
- Lightning Blade (Page 199, Forbidden Arcana)
- Medusa Extensions (Page 147, Cutting Aces)
- Noizquito (Page 128, Rigger 5.0)
- 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)
- Renfield (Page 128, Hard Targets)
- Shaman Tuxedo (Page 143, Cutting Aces)
- 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.
- Weapon Mounts (Page 461, Core) (We only use the Rigger 5 weapon mount rules on ShadowHaven)
- Yerz Kit (Page 187, The Complete Trog) (Use ‘Yerzed Out’ from Page 171, Rigger 5.0)
- Zapper Rounds (KC 48) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- Fuzzy rounds (KC 50) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- E0-E0 rounds (KC 51) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- COS Grenades (KC 54) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- Douser grenades (KC 55) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- DumDum grenades (KC 56) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- The MOS (KC 58) shall not be permitted until it is evaluated in light of our custom deck rules.
- Fuchi Cyber-N Series (KC 60) is banned.
- Fuchi Cyber-EX Series (KC 60) is banned.
- The Co-Pilot line of programs (KC 71) shall not be permitted for use on the ShadowHaven in any capacity due to a critical inability to understand what they were trying to do.
- The Door Gunner tac-app (KC 71) shall be permitted for use. The mounted weapon must have a Smartgun System (not a smartlink), be wireless on, and be a valid target for remote control. Since it can only be used for mounted weapons, the "necessary skill" is always Gunnery.
- Surplus and Refurbished PI-Tacs (KC 73) are not permitted for use on the ShadowHaven by PCs.
- The Pantheon Hard Case CCOB and Generic CCOB (KC 73) shall not be permitted for use on the ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- Personal Drone Rack (KC 73) will be reviewed should other items with hardpoints be published in the future.
- The "Mercury-Alpha" Battlefield Signal booster (KC 74) shall not be permitted for use on ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- The Micro-Dish Transmitter (KC 74) shall not be permitted for use on ShadowHaven in any capacity.
- Hardened Mil-Spec Armor of any kind (R&G 66) shall not permitted for use on the ShadowHaven by PCs.
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 Ares Armatus (Page 184, Hard Targets) uses the Exotic Ranged Weapon (Lasers) skill.
- 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.
- Permitted drugs for use in Chemical Glands are:
- Gradual Release has been banned
- The Collapsible Scythe (Page 183, Hard Targets) uses the Blades skill and falls under the "Polearms" specialization.
- 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 Grey Mana Integration armor modification (BTB 156) shall be permitted on the Shadowhaven. Rather than requiring a Chemical Seal for ratings 4 to 6, Ratings 4 to 6 may only be installed on armor that can take a chemical seal, and provide their benefits only when a theoretical equipped seal could be activated - that is to say, while wearing the entire suit of armor, including helmet. If not wearing the helmet, they provide the benefits of a Rating 3 system. When targeted by a beneficial or other unresisted magical effect, Grey Mana Integration opposes the spellcasting roll with it's rating in dice, reducing the hits on the test as appropriate. The penalties for Awakened for Grey Mana Integration and Grey Mana Tattoos apply any time a background count would penalize them - treat it as a localized, stacking, inacclimacable background count. While Grey Mana Integration is obvious, they are not definitively identifiable without labwork. While a police or security officer who notices them may be suspicious, an astral perception is insufficient to arrest, only question.
- Grey Mana Tattoos (BTB 156) are permitted for use on ShadowHaven and follow the rules listed above. While Grey Mana Tattoos are obvious on the astral, they are not definitively identifiable without labwork. While a police or security officer who notices them may be suspicious, an astral perception is insufficient to arrest, only question.
- GreyWare (BTB 159) shall be permitted on the ShadowHaven. It shall be permitted for any cyberware, however, any cyberware that would not ordinarily be obvious becomes obvious (skin protrusions, vents, whatever you wish to fluff it as within reason), and no cyberware may have any wireless functionality to speak of. For example, a GreyWare smartlink can still provide a bonus to accuracy if you plug into your gun, however, it can never provide bonus dice. Any wireless bonuses are similarly denied, and a GreyWare implanted commlink is not going to be able to make commcalls... you be the judge of how useful that may be.
- 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. 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 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.
- 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 Ultimax Rain Forest Carbine (Page 32, Gun H(e)aven 3) shall use the missions FAQ errata linked here.
- 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:
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- The Wuxing-Armstech PTL-02 (Page 133, Street Lethal) shall be permitted, but note that it only functions underwater.
- Looper Rounds (KC 49) shall be permitted, but rather than using the text written, refer to the following: Looper Rounds are available for 200 nuyen for every 10 rounds, and have an availability of 12R. When they strike a valid device - a sensor, a visual device, or an audio device - they loop the last five seconds over again for the next minute. They are programmed to account for things such as clocks, but crowds or complex changes of scene will reveal the deception. Physical examination of the device will note the round attached, and direct matrix examination with Matrix Perception will note the effects after they have run their course. In order to affect worn gear, a called shot at -6 is necessary. They have a maximum accuracy of 2, require 1 net hit to attach, deal no damage of any kind, and may not be used against any device paid for with essence.
- ArrowLink (KC 52) shall be permitted. The existing types, cost and availability, and rules for attaching and removing the arrow or cord shall remain in place. However, instead of ignoring noise, the ArrowLink provides a direct connection through touchlink technology to the target struck. Targeting a device the size of a normal security camera requires a called shot at -4, while targeting anything meaningfully larger is resolved as a normal attack. Objects carried by a person or drone are permitted to use the defense test of the person or drone carrying them. They are available for Bows, Trollbows, Pistol Crossbows, and Light/Medium/Heavy Crossbows. In order to benefit from the direct connection, one must plug a device into the cord at the firer's end, and they can not provide any connection to a targeted device paid for by essence (Devices on the firer's end may be paid for with essence, if desired.)
- Faceless (KC 57) shall be permitted. Double the cost and availability of the base item (thus, it is Rating*4F and Rating*1000 nuyen.) The modifications for Generic and Specific faces remain as written. It exists from rating 1 to 6. It applies the normal effects against any and all devices of a rating less than or equal to its own with no roll necessary, but does not function against devices paid for with Essence. Generic Face versions may function as plain Faceless, and Specific Face versions may function as Generic Face or Faceless. The Specific Face version may be changed with 10 minutes work by anyone with ranks in Computer or Software. As an additional note, these are subject to the Upgrade Rules for rating, as well as Base->Generic Face->Specific Face. This also means they can be purchased even when their availability is above 20, though the necessary rolls to do so must still be made.
- Booster Clouds (KC 57) shall be permitted. Rather than a spray can, they shall be an inhaler. They affect only one person for 3 combat turns. They are not affected by wind and must be triggered physically by the person benefiting from them. They do not stack with themselves - only the greatest bonus to a single action applies. Disregard the "Custom Case" entry.
- Booster Chips (KC 59) shall be permitted. "Armor Defeating" will apply to Attack, "Slick WIlly" to Sleaze, "Data Dynamo" to Data Processing, and "Fortified" to Firewall. They have no impact on one's mental attributes. The damage is resisted with Body alone and is treated as Fading for the purposes of healing.
- Security Decks (KC 61) shall be permitted as-is. Note that the Encryption program is not factored into the attribute array.
- The Shadow Warrior (KC 62-63) shall be permitted as-is. Note that a bonus to the limit on sleaze tests does not alter the actual Sleaze attribute.
- The EVO Sublime (KC 62-63) shall be permitted. Disregard the requirement that it be implanted.
- The Destiny Blade (KC 63) shall be permitted as-is. Note that +1 limit for tests using Cybercombat is not the same as +1 to Attack when using Cybercombat, and should not be treated as such.
- The Kitbashed Sleeper (KC 63) shall be permitted as-is. As usual for a technomancer using a device, they do not benefit from their Living Persona's attributes, though they can still use Resonance actions per its rules. The number of irreparable matrix boxes must be tracked on your character's wiki page after each run. The deck is still irreparably broken and unusable after it's natural condition monitor is filled by irreparable fading damage, so this is not a deck that is recommended without an acknowledgement of it's ultimately consumable nature.
- Cry Wolf (KC 65) shall be permitted. It shall cost the same as a normal Hacking Program and have the same availability, except that it is Forbidden. When someone running Cry Wolf would normally be struck by Convergence, they instead are alerted, and Convergence will strike again in 1d6 combat turns. This second Convergence may not be averted with Cry Wolf. After Convergence is delayed, the Cry Wolf program is deleted irrevocably. Technomancers may take Cry Wolf as a Resonance Program echo. In their case, Cry Wolf is not deleted, but they are unable to benefit from it's effects for 24 hours after it triggers.
- DataJack Plus (KC 65) shall be permitted. It only functions when connected to a deck or RCC, it does not include any free programs, and it cannot run an Agent or Virtual Machine. Functionally, it increases the program slots of the deck by it's rating.
- EARRS (KC 66) shall be permitted, but the -10 penalty shall apply to all non-matrix, non-resonance actions.
- The MCT Biolink (KC 67) shall be permitted. It provides DNI and a wireless connection as per a datajack, but has no capacity to direct connect to devices. It may be turned on and off as desired with a Complex Action.
- The Shiawase Cyber-6 RCC (KC 68) shall be permitted. Instead of it's normal special rules, refer to the following: While a Rigger's persona is running through this RCC in VR - whether jumped into a drone or not - any drones slaved to the RCC or jumped into by the Rigger receive +2 initiative and +1 limit to all tasks. However, any dumpshock suffered by the Rigger is increased by 4 damage before resistance.
- The SpinRad Global Skirmisher RCC (KC 68) shall be permitted. It provides a +2 dice pool modifier and +1 limit to Gunnery and Perception tests performed by drones slaved to it and operating under their own Pilots.
- The Horizon Flow commlink (KC 68) shall be permitted. It provides +2 limit and +1 die on any Matrix Search tests performed using the commlink.
- The Wuxing Frequency commlink (KC 68) shall be permitted. Note that the rules for identifying technomancers are general rules, usable by anyone, and that the bonuses of the commlink only apply if the sole questions asked related to whether personas are actually technomancers.
- The Saeder-Krupp Last Chance Link (KC 69) shall be permitted, Disregard irritation if worn by a PC.
- The Door Gunner tac-app (KC 71) shall be permitted for use. The mounted weapon must have a Smartgun System (not a smartlink), be wireless on, and be a valid target for remote control. Since it can only be used for mounted weapons, the "necessary skill" is always Gunnery.
- The Mobile CNC tac-app (KC 72) shall be permitted for use. Rather than what is written, it provides 6 bonus dice, allocated as desired amongst people connected to the PI-Tac's network, for Navigation tests and Combat Maneuvers. It also provides 2 Noise Reduction.
- The Shield Wall tac-app (KC 72) shall be permitted. Rather than what is written, it shall provide +3 firewall to any linked device for the purposes of defending against any Attack action or any matrix or resonance action that could cause Matrix Damage.
- The Tactical Program Dongle (KC 72) shall be permitted. It provides an additional slot for a tac-app, and makes changing tac-apps a free action. It costs 200 nuyen. A PI-Tac may only have one dongle attached. I have no idea why this exists.
- The stat block for Gyrojet ammunition in the official errata for Run & Gun shall be ignored. The FN-AAL Gyrojet Pistol shall be allowed to use any type of ammunition, but it shall not be shareable between other classes of firearms (i.e., Gyrojet ammunition will not work in a Heavy Pistol, and vice versa). There are no changes to the stats or mechanics of the weapon itself.
- 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)
- Group Resources (Page 43, Data Trails)
- The mechanics of the example groups on pages 35 through 43 in Data Trails are also not in use, see the factions page for the rules in play on the Haven for those listed factions.
- Wild Spirits (Page 177, Forbidden Arcana)
- All content relating to Submersion Groups, Tribes, and Flash Tribes from pages 106 through 117 of Kill Code.
Kill Code Matrix Actions
- Haywire (KC 38) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven.
- Intervene (KC 39) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven. Its functionality is included in the interrupt form of I Am The Firewall.
- Masquerade (KC 39) shall not be permitted on the ShadowHaven, due to thematic and mechanical problems.
Altered and Clarified Mechanics
Better Than Bad's Intangible Rewards
In reference to the Intangible Rewards listed on page 45 of Better Than Bad, GMs may issue lifestyle cost reductions for 1 RVP per 4000 in cost of lifestyle modification. That is, if an anarchist commune offers a low lifestyle for a year, it will be the total cost of that lifestyle in RVP. GMs may freely issue intelligence and have the player write a description of the intel on the wikipage. At GM description, intel earned this way may make future runs easier. The wikipage should have a link to the Run's AAR, a description of what the intel is and who gave it to them. GMs are encouraged to discussed other intangible rewards with thematics.
Better Than Bad's New Uses for Karma and Street Cred
The 'New Uses for Karma and Street Cred' on page 164 of Better than Bad are in effect, except where noted below.
- The rules for purchasing additional loyalty and connection with contacts on page 164 are not in effect, superseded by our own contact rules.
- The uses for Reputation Score are not in effect, as Reputation Score is not a game concept that exists. If the writer's intent was 'Faction Rep', as Mechanics Team suspects, this is also superseded by our own 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.
BTL and Drug Stacking
BTLs do not stack with drugs, cause drug interactions like drugs, and overdose like drugs. Incidentally, drugs do not stack, they overlap - you cannot, for example, take Kamikaze twice and gain +4 strength.
All animals are able to learn LOGx2 tricks, with domesticated animals able to learn LOGx3.
Techno-critters, being almost impossible to train, shall remain in use as NPCs only. While it's possible, but extremely difficult, to train a technocritter to the same degree as a normal animal, it is virtually impossible to train them to use any of their Resonance or Matrix abilities in any fashion, a fact GMs are encouraged to keep in mind when using these.
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
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 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.
Kill Code Matrix Actions
- Reckless Hacking (KC 37) shall function as written, except that glitches and critical glitches function at the discretion of the GM (as usual), and any action which is performed while Recklessly Hacking builds Overwatch Score and is considered illegal, even if it normally would not. Reckless Hacking may only performed for opposed actions. A Reckless Data Processing or Firewall action, whether successful or not, alerts the owner of the device akin to a failed Attack action, though it does not grant a mark, cause any damage, or give away your location. It may never substitute for ownership, or for a number of marks greater than 3.
- Calibration (KC 37) shall function as written, except that it will be a complex action. For clarity's sake, "One per persona" means that you require a mark on the persona of each person you are attempting to perform the action on, you may perform it on a number of personas up to your data processing score, and their initiative - meat or matrix - will increase by 1 point for every 2 full hits you receive on your test. The bonus initiative goes away at the end of the combat turn. Calibration and Leadership function similarly. A character can only benefit from a single source providing Calibration or Leadership tests in a given combat turn, and a character providing Calibration or Leadership tests may not benefit from any Calibration or Leadership tests.
- Denial of Service (KC 37) shall function as follows: With a simple action, make a Cybercombat + Logic [Attack] vs. Willpower + Firewall opposed test, targetting a device you have at least one mark on. The net hits on this test are applied as a dice pool malus to any actions performed using that device until the start of the next combat turn. If performed multiple times on the same device, only the greatest penalty applies. This action is not subject to the normal rules about making multiple attacks - if you wish, you can spend two simple actions in the same Action Phase to perform it twice with your full dice pool, or spend a simple action to perform Denial of Service and another Simple Action to perform a different attack.
- I Am The Firewall (KC 38) shall function as follows: As a complex action on your turn, perform a Computer + Intuition [Data Processing] test. The hits on this test are bonus dice on defense tests performed by all teammates from whom you are receiving an AR feed. The bonus dice last until the end of the *next* initiative pass, and apply to any defenses against attacks in the meat or matrix. You may receive an AR feed from a number of teammates not exceeding your Data Processing attribute. It takes a simple action for a teammate to start sending you a feed, no action for you to agree to receive it, and requires some form of primary sensory input on their person, typically a camera (or cybereyes.) Note that Image Link does not qualify, as Image Link is a display, and not a recording device. Given that every commlink has a video camera built in, this is a pretty easy requirement to fulfill - stick the camera of your commlink out of your pocket protector on your shirt. The feed lasts until the camera is no longer wireless on (ending the feed for that teammate) or your persona is no longer Active and wireless on (ending all feeds.) You may also perform this action as an interrupt action, costing 5 initiative, and affecting only one teammate from whom you are receiving a feed for the same duration. Since this requires a conception of how the real world works, this action may not be undertaken by agents or sprites."
- Popup (KC 39) shall function as written, except that the penalty shall apply until the end of the combat turn, and it may target any persona with some form of sensory enhancement, including Smartlink or DNI, which is not in VR. One must still be able to see the persona, which typically - but does not always - require wireless to be on.
- Squelch (KC 39) shall function as written. It prevents all use of the Send Message matrix action. It does not prohibit any other matrix action.
- Subvert Infrastructure (KC 39) shall function as written. The target of the matrix action is the host you have the mark on and to which the devices being controlled are slaved. Simple Devices are to be most non-drone, non-vehicle devices with a DR of 1, with GM discretion making the final call on any given device. A device controlled by Subvert Infrastructure will make a single action (free, simple, or complex) that it is capable of and that is not an attack per combat turn, as ordered by the person performing the action.
- Watchdog (KC 40) shall function as written. The mark placed by this does flow up to the master of the device, however, the special option and effects of the Watchdog action against the target marked do not.
- 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.
Custom Items and Mechanics
Exponential diminishing returns for Multiple Simultaneous Explosions
The damage and AP from multiple simultaneous explosions is computed as per RAW except that the DV of explosions beyond the second are halved again for each additional explosion. So the first explosion causes full damage, the the next causes half, the following half again, etc., until you reach zero (note: round down). Each explosion improves the best AP by 1 for every additional explosion.
The rules text for Blight described on page 157 and 158 of Better than Bad shall not be used on Shadowhaven. Instead, Blight shall be a Contact, Injection Vector toxin which, upon hitting a spirit, shall remove its Immunity to Normal Weapons for [12 - Spirit's Force hours, minimum 1 hour]. The speed, penetration, and power are unchanged. Blight has no effect on non-spirit entities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WFTM / WFTP
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.
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.
|Burner Fake SIN (Rating 1-6)||(Rating*3)F||Rating*500 nuyen|
|Burner Fake License (Rating 1-6)||(Rating*3)F||Rating*40 nuyen|
Metahuman Adjustment on Vehicles
The Haven will assume that PC vehicles are built for the PC's metatype upon purchase. This overrides any RAW statements about the default configuration of a vehicle.
In those rare cases where another PC has to take the wheel of someone else's car and make a driving test, if the second PC is a different metatype, they will take penalties deemed appropriate by the GM. They will also take these penalties when driving a car awarded in play which is unmodified by the reward giver. (For example, if a Troll gang gives a dwarf a motorcycle without modifying, that player takes the penalties)
Burning out as a Mage
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.
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.
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 may acquire deltaware via the linked house rule.
Acquiring gear under availability 12
Gear at or under Availability 12 can be purchased without rolling or paying a finder's fee.
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),|
|23||Ballyhoo Family Campground||Renton||2||4||3|
|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|
|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|
|41||Huntington Country Inn||Fort Lewis||3||2||4|
|42||Hexagon House Bed & Breakfast||Outremer||4||3||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.