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Mercenary Operations Grenades
What is a Mercenary? Ares MP Laser 111
k i n g a Mercenary Ares FireLanceTM Vehicle Laser
Bulc Operations Ammuniti~n
Personal Disdpline Gear
InterpersonalSkills Camouflage Clothing
Preparedness Gel-Pack Armor
Orientation and Exposure Military Grade Armor
Types of Work Cougar Fine Blade Knife
Types of Operations Climbing Gear
Open Warfare Smartlink Level I1
Guerrilla Warfare Tactical CommunicationSystem
Displays BattleTacTMIntegration System
Bug Hunts/"The Big Game" Target Designators
security Global Positioning System
Personal Service NightCliderTM
Advisors Vehlclu
Spedal Operations GMC MPUV
Organlutlons LAV-98 'Devil Rat" APC
The League LAV- 103 "Striker" Light Tank
Maglul Integration C-260 Titan Medium Transport
Hot Spob Aerodesign Condor 11 LMD-41
Aztlan Steel Lynx Ground Combat Drone
Far East Ferret RPD-VI Perimeter Drone
Australia Wasp/Yellowjacket 'F" series upgrade
Africa Vehide Smoke Generator
The End of the Mercenary Ablative Vehide Armor
nreums Developer Notes
Walther PB- 120 Choostng Optional Ruks
Hammerli Model 6 10s Lxplnslons and Clulfkrtlons
Savalette Guardian Armor Degradation
lngram Warrior- 10 Athletic Tests
Colt Cobra (lZ-110) BattleTacTMSystem
lngram SuperMach 100 Camouflage and Perception
Colt M-23 Assault Rifle Cased vs Caseless Ammo
Ares Alpha Combatgun Combat Accidents
Ares High-VelocityAssault Rifle Cover Modifiers
Barret Model 121 Heavy Sniper Rifle Covering/Suppression Fire
Remington 990 Shotgun Custom Weapons
Franchi SPAS-22 Delayed Actions and Short Moves
Ares MP-LMG/HV Delayed Grenade Rules
Heavy Weapons Instant Death and Over-Damage
Light Anti-Armor Weapon Low-Light and Thermal Systems
Arbelast I1 Medium Anti-Armor Weapon Maximum Rate of Fire
Great Dragon ATGM Mercenary Contacts
Ballista Multi-Role Missile Launcher Off-Hand Training
Ballista W e t and Missile Rounds Physical and Stun Damage
M- 12 Man-Portable Mortar Pulling Punches
Mortar bunds Recoil and Strength
Sensor Targeting of Humans
Sentry Guns
Shotgun Sound Suppression
Small Unit Tactics
Smartlink Level I1
Smoke Rules
Target Designators
White Phosphorus

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he text of this file is abridged and revised from the volume of the same
name, written by JuanSamuel Peretya and published by World Independent
Press, Miami, FL, 2048 (Second Edition).

I am a mercenary.

>>>>>(As a point of interest, Juan Samuel Pererya posts in these parts under the handle
Matador. If I'm not mistaken, he's posting these days from a Peruvian hospital (or some sim-
ilar place). A few of his postings appear in the Field Pack section of this upload-which, oddly
enough, seems to have been compiled backwards. The Field Pack equipment section is an
older posting; you can tell by the dates. Who knows why it ended up second in the file
sequence? I don't know if Matador will post comments on his own work, but it'll be more inter-
esting if he does.)<<<<<
-Colonel Cobra (12: l9:28/Ol-O2-55)

>>>>>(By the way, since this is a public posting (to be echoed after the usual annotation) I
expect a lot of non-mercs to be perusing these pages. A non-merc myself, I found the contents
interesting stuff. I've read through it once, and log back in every so often to annotate it myself
where necessary.
I think this material is of value to everyone, not just mercs. Pererya says a lot in here about
how we should act and behave toward each other (shadowrunners take note!), so pay atten-
tion. Professionalism shouldn't be limited to self-proclaimed professionals. It's a code we should
all follow. Lord knows I'd feel safer walking the shadow-streets if we did.)<<<<<
-Hatchetman (03: 19:50/01-04-54)

One of the dictionaries on my computer defines the term mercenary in two ways: a) One who
works or acts merely for money or other reward, or b) A professional soldier serving in a foreign
army solely for pay.
I cannot dispute the letter of what each says.
I can, however, explain what the term mercenary
means to me. This may take some time, s o bear with me.

I am a soldier, pure and simple. I am trained in the
ways of modern warfare and schooled in the theories of
the ancients. I d o what people who consider themselves
humane believe is unnecessary in our modern world.
I use force to accomplish an end.
It's a simple, age-old problem. You want something
done. Someone or something stands in your way. But
what you want d o n e is important. It cannot be left
undone. What d o you do? What alternatives d o you
have? What price will you pay to achieve your goal?

>>>>>(He makes a valid point, one a lot of people tend to

forget. What happens when negotiating doesn't work?
We've become so afraid of war, or, more precisely, its price
in blood, that we knee jerk toward negotiation and compro-
mise. Unfortunately, talking sometimes just doesn't work,
especially when someone wants something very badly.
There's a remake of some old pop tune making the
rounds these days, and one of its lyrics goes something like
this: 'I don't know no military solution that didn't end up as
something worse." Sorry, chummer, whoever you were-like
it or not, I can think of plenty that did what they were sup
posed to do.)<<<<<
-Conjoiner (20:51:54/01-03-55)

>>>>>(Yeah,but isn't it a good thing that we so quickly

reject a military solution? Isn't prudence sometimes better?
Many military solutions have failed, and with disastrous
results, because the people in charge thought they under-
stood what was going on and only succeeded in making
things worse. Maybe thinking twice and trying everything
else three times isn't such a bad thing.)<<<<<
-Findler-man (0328: 16/0105-55)

Some people would have you believe that only two

alternatives exist: peace and war. Though w e can learn
much from the practice of Taoism and the wisdom of the
I once asked a young relative of mine (who believed I
ancients, things are not always as simple as wet or dry,
worked in the international import/export business, an
white or black, soft or hard, peace or war. Sometimes you
old and respected cover) what he thought the term "mer-
have both.
cenary" meant. He told m e mercenaries were people who
That's where I come in.
went someplace else and killed people for money.
A mercenary's job involves much more than simply
I cannot honestly dispute his definition.
waging war on someone else's payroll. War is pain and
death and misery. War is not something humans desire. It
>>>>>(Yeah,no drek you can't. Wonder why?)<<<<<
is, however, something w e must accept when there are
-Smiley (2 1:17:17/01-04-55)
no alternatives. If w e believe strongly that something
must be done, w e may have to fight for it. By the same
>>>>>(Shutup and read, sludge brain.)<<<<<
token, if w e d o not believe strongly, w e should not fight.
-Weasel (03:29: 16/0146-55)
But we must make that decision before we begin. Once Above everything else, the mercenary knows her job.
we begin, we can't turn back. She's analyzed it, dissected it, and put it back together in
Force must be applied with intelligence. Anyone can every possible combination. She knows what's supposed
fire a submachine gun into a crowd. Anyone can push a to happen and what might happen, and she's prepared
button and launch a missile that slaughters a hundred for those times when things don't go as expected.
children. Anyone can kill. It's easy. She is a professional.
A mercenary knows how to kill. He also knows when
not to kill. He knows that sometimes, simply being strong >>>>>(Professional what? (yuck hyuck))<<<<<
is enough. He knows that the threat of violence can bring -Smiley (2 1 :23:54/01-04-55)
about peace-time and again, history has proved this
truth. He knows that one man or group of men in the >>>>%hummer, if you hadn't logged on two days ago I'd
right place at the right time can save hundreds from trace and burn your butt from here to Kansas City.)<<<<<
death. -Weasel (03:35:35/01-06-55)
He also knows that sometimes, talking isn't enough.
And he stands ready for that moment. BASIC OPERATIONS
>>>>>(Yeah, he loves that moment. He sits in the dark, Many people mistakenly believe that because a mer-
quivering, waiting for that moment.)<<<<< cenary works freelance, he does not live by any rules. In
-Smiley (2 1 : 19:08/01-04-55) fact, mercenaries are professionals, and like all profession-
als, live by a certain set of rules. A mercenary must value
>>>>>(Geez,what's with you?)<<<<< and practice personal discipline, interpersonal skills, pre-
-Weasel (03:31 :54/01-06-55) paredness, and controlled orientation and exposure. I
touched on these requirements in a general way already,
BEING A MERCENARY but because these issues lie at the heart of being a merce-
Not everyone is cut out to be a mercenary. nary, this next section expounds on each requirement in
It takes a certain kind of individual to be a mercenary. detail.
A mercenary understands herself, her abilities, and her These abilities are the basics, the things you must
limitations. She knows her role in the world, what she is know, digest, and make your own before you begin your
expected to do, and what lies outside her responsibility. career as a mercenary. Even seasoned professionals need
She can dream, but holds no illusions about reality. Most to review these basics from time to time, because the
of all, she understands the intelligent application of force. years of work tend to make you forget. Never forget.
As dangerous and horrific as it can be, she understands it
as a valuable and effective tool. PERSONAL DISCIPLINE
She understands people. She knows how their minds I live by a code. Most mercenaries do. A merc with-
work, how they think when they are calm, how they react out a personal code is nothing more than a sociopath
when they are afraid. She understands what people want, with no concern beyond himself. Mercenaries are not
from basic sustenance to decadent luxury, and she knows madmen.
the lengths to which people will go to get what they
want. She knows how to reason with others, how to >>>>>(Some might argue that point, but this is not the
explain her own and her opponent's position, how to lis- forum in which to contest it. Personally, I think there's a lit-
ten and make others listen. tle something loose in the head of anyone who chooses
The mercenary is always prepared. She knows her equip- the life of a merc--or one in the shadows, for that mat-
ment and her weapons. She knows what she needs and ter.)<<<<<
where to get it. She knows the requirements of her assign- -Normal PEE (21:39:02/01-05-55)
ment and the equipment needed to get the job done.
The process of discovering your code, what you will
>>>>>[I'll attest to that! We've stopped getting our com- and will not allow yourself to do, takes a lifetime's worth
bat gear through our local fixer, and now use one of our of learning. It never ends, for any of us.
teammate's old merc contacts, his dealer. Takes longer, Before you choose the mercenary's life, you must
and sometimes pickups get a little complicated, but the determine your own code. Find out where you believe
quality of the stuff that shows up is first-rate.)<<<<< the lines are drawn. This knowledge is very important.
-Wenton Warrior (08:27:40/01-06-55)
>>>>>(It is not just important. It's mandatory. If you don't between m e and a professional assassin lies in the first
establish a code for your life, you'll soon find yourself flop- part of my code. I take only jobs I believe in. If perform-
ping compulsively from cause to cause, caring less and ing a job I believe in means people must die, I accept
less about human life. God. is it important. Find your this. I live with it.
code. Live by it.)<<<<<
-Winter Rat (23: 19:20/01-06-55) >>>>>(Notice the important subtext running through
much of this abstract: Kill only when necessary. I prefer to
I became comfortable with my code many years ago, forget the number of runs I've been on that were filled
but I know that I am an exception to the rule. I became a with gratuitous killing. I don't work with jokers like that
mercenary for my own reasons. Though my history shares twice. Few people do, because soon they'll have so
much with that of other mercenaries, certain, singular many corps and cops after them that no one will want to
things in my heart and mind define me. They color every- hire them. Don't kill unless you have to. Non-lethaltactics
thing that happens t o m e and shape the way I see the work just as well as lethal ones most times, and don't cre-
world. Every person possesses individual, unusual perspec- ate the same kind of enemies.)<<<<<
tives and thoughts that shape his or her world view. Find -Hatchetman (04: 10:18/01-08-55)
yours and leam what they mean as quickly as you can.
Because my experience may help others formulate -1 am not judge, jury, and executioner. I am not the
their own codes, or at least give them something to think law. The society and civilization w e live in accepts some
about, I'm writing down the broadest precepts of my per- things and reviles others. I make my judgment calls
sonal code. I keep the specifics nailed down in my head, based on the precepts of that society. Are the objectives
but those won't matter to anyone except me. of my job acceptable or even beneficial t o society a s a
whole? Am I helping to advance some worthy cause? If
>>>>>(If Matador's specifics do matter to you, here's a tid- not, I don't take the job, or I refuse to fulfill the objective.
bit-Matador is Mexican. Note that I said Mexican, not I live and work by my conscience and my code.
Aztlaner. That distinction is important.)<<<<< * I walk away if things change. Sometimes, the truth is
--Night Hunter (02: 19:14/0148-55) different from the inside. Once an operation begins, cer-
tain things become evident that could not be seen before.
-1 take only jobs I believe in. Before I contract for a If this new truth changes the way I view an operation so
job, I learn all I can about the work and the situation, and that I would not have taken the operation if 1 had known
not just from the client. I d o my own research and leam those truths going in, I will walk away from that opera-
as much of the truth as possible. Sometimes, especially tion. I have walked away, and it has cost m e money,
with secret operations, I can't learn much. In those situa- prestige, work, and friendships. I make sure my employer
tions I trust my fixer. He and I have a long-established understands this part of my code before I begin the oper-
relationship; he knows m e and knows the kind of jobs I ation. My attitude has affected the kind of jobs I get and
won't do. given m e a certain reputation. I like that.
-1 value all human lik. I value both friend and foe. I
>>>>>(Basically,learn when to say NO! It's easy, really, will not betray my friends or my allies for the "cause."
and ultimately it earns you a lot of respect. Don't get Yes, I sometimes need to make hard decisions, but I will
caught on some testosterone wave and take a job not work with the knowledge that those decisions must
because your machismo demands it. If your guts don't be made as part of the operation.
like it, turn it down.)<<<<< I especially value the life of my opposition. You'll
-Uncle Paul (1 1:08:47/01-06-55) note that I don't say "enemy." I d o not assume my oppo-
nent is my enemy. My opponents believe, perhaps as
.I do not take jobs offered solely because of my ability strongly as I do, that they are doing something impor-
to kill. I am not a professional killer. Though killing is often tant. They have values, a code perhaps, and most impor-
part of my profession, I cannot be hired exclusively t o kill. tant, they also have lives. I have no inherent right to take
I admit that his part of my code may wander into a gray that life. Don't misunderstand me: I fully understand that
area, because I have done wet work in the past and will killing may be required, but I will not kill needlessly. Yes,
probably d o it again. (Wet work, for those who don't I consider injury a viable alternative t o death. I would
know, is assassination for hire.) But I am not a professional gladly injure someone, even permanently disable them,
assassin. The wet work I've performed has always been to remove that person as a threat rather than kill them.
one element of a larger operation, admittedly sometimes Killing may not be necessary, but it does come with the
the principal objective of that operation. The difference territory.
Have I ever violated my code? Yes. It troubled me >>>>>(Many people live in a vacuum of understanding.
deeply every time. But I'm glad it disturbs me to do so. They view the world through their own frame of reference,
That's how Iknow I'm human. refusing to accept what other people hear or see as valid.
They don't realize that much of what each of us knows (or
>>>>>(I know Matador, and I envy him his code. Many peo- believes we know) clouds our perceptions. Think about the
ple in our line of work wrestle with their consciences almost many tragedies that could have been avoided if people
daily, and that constant struggle makes me wonder why paid attention to the messages they were sending and how
some people become mercenaries. For the glory? There others perceivedthose messages.)<<<<<
isn't much. For the thrill? Too many --Doc Tanner (20: 14:27/01-09-55)
get involved this way. For the money?
Become an accountant. The corps You can only convince people of
always need more accountants. what you really represent through
Personally, the Euro-Wars left me skilled communication. You tell
without a place in society. Combat everyone you meet who and what
affected me so deeply that the scars you are in four ways: the ways you
from what I'd experienced began speak, write, act, and look.
killing me once the war stopped. The Don't dismiss this as nonessen-
only way I could keep my mind intact tial. I cannot exaggerate the impor-
was to tear those wounds open each tance of communication skills to a pro-
time they started to heal. Has it fessional soldier. You must constantly
helped? Am I sane because of it? I be aware of how others perceive you,
don't know.)<<<<< because their perceptions control their
--ColonelCobra (03:20.188/1&!5!3 behavior toward you. What you actu-
ally intend means nothing in the face
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS of what they believe of you.
Don't deceive yourself. You
can't be a successful mercenary by How to Speak
"letting your gun speak for you." Speak well, speak clearly. Make
That clichC will get you killed. You sure they understand you. When on
are a professional, and you must duty, make every verbal communica-
always behave like one. tion with your superiors a formal
As a professional soldier you communication. This holds true
must know how to communicate, whether your superiors are your
how to send and receive messages. friends or you think they are dog
Communication takes many forms, scum. You are a professional.
and written and oral language rep- Learn to speak the local lan-
resents only a minor area of true guage from a native. If you learn it
communication. Simply by stating "I from a chip or rely on a linguasoft,
am a mercenary," you are sending a the natives will get the message that
message. The base level of that par- you don't care enough to learn the
ticular message, however, has little language properly. If you speak the
or nothing to do with you. What local language unassisted by technol-
that message communicates relies ogy, you send the message that you
almost completely on the receiving are willing to spend the necessary
person's perception of a merce- time to learn about the local culture.
nary's role. If they believe that mercenaries are soulless You are willing to spend the time to learn how to speak
killers, then they will deal with you on that basis. If they to them. That's a powerful message.
believe that a mercenary is a professional who knows his Learn how the locals speak. Do they speak loudly?
job and is prepared to do it, then your statement commu- Softly? Using direct eye contact? Emulate the locals rather
nicates that notion to them. Initially, it does not matter than mimicking them, and don't attempt to do it perfect-
what message you intend to send. What they believe ly. You probably can't, and it's better to acknowledge the
defines their interpretationof the message they receive. fact that you are an outsider who respects their culture
If they perceive something different from what you than to embarrass yourself and them by performing badly.
intend, you must convince them otherwise. If you mess up, you appear to mock their traditions.
the-cuff. Even the most well-structured, formal speech
reads poorly when written unless you edit it.
Learn to write the local language. In this case, chip-
based literacy is usually good enough because written
language tends to be more formal. Languages based on
pictographic character sets constitute an exception to this
rule. Because even the most advanced linguasoft often
provides somewhat rough pictograph depiction, have a
trustworthy native proficient in the written language
check the lettering. Everyone who reads your communi-
cations will attempt to read between the lines, and will
look long and hard to find whatever they think you are
not telling them. Your only useful response is to leave
nothing to interpretation. Be clear. Be concise.
Avoid written communication whenever possible.
Even my mind boggles at the number of times I've heard
that operational security was compromised because
someone wrote down sensitive information. If you must
keep notes or, God forbid, a diary (I can think of few
actions more idiotic for a merc), write in a personal sym-
bolic code. Don't use a cipher--ciphers can be easily bro-
ken. A code in which a single symbol sub-references an
entire concept and augments the following symbols is
much harder to break. Your opponent will need you to
translate such a code-and don't be naive; they'll make
you d o it.
>>>>>(Day-to-daycorporate life teaches the same lesson
with regard to the Japanese megacorps. How long has the
How to Act
West maintained corporate relations with the Japanese? A
The way you a c t m a y b e your m o s t important
century? How many billions of nuyen have the corps spent
method of communication. I have known many talented
on research, analysis, and training? Can a gaijin bow cor-
men and women who think that holding a position of
rectly yet? Nope, yet they keep right on trying.)<<<<<
power or carrying a gun gives them the right to act like
-Mr. Yota-san (20:19:27/01-10-55)
children. In fact, just the opposite is true.
Do not speak to the locals as if they are subordinates.
>>>>>(Workingthe streets proves the ugly truth of what
These people live where you work. You are their guest,
Matador says here. I've been at countless meets where
even if you work for their government.
the participants were copping the juvenile 'wiz 'tude"
Your profession means that people will listen very
one-upmanship program. If I have to watch one more
carefully t o what you say t o find t h e m e s s a g e they
street Sam clean his blades during a negotiation, I'll
expect. Because you are a mercenary, others will believe
vomit. What's the point, other than pure narcissism? (And
you deceptive, hiding things behind doublespeak. Be
I apologize to all you street sums who will have to look
clear. Be concise. Allow no room for doubt or misunder-
that word up.))<<<<<
-Hatchetman (04:24:28/01-06-55)
How to Write
>>>>>(HeyHatchet, Ithought you were a street .sam?)<<<<<
Write clearly and concisely. Make sure they under-
-Global Warmer (23:29:18101a 3 3 )
stand you. To tell the truth, I d o little writing in the field.
Between jobs, however, I can easily fill my time with
>>>>>(Iam. Trust me--1 know all about them.)<<<<<
after-action reports, supply and inventory requests, mis-
--Hatchetman (20:10:1610148-55)
sion-planning documents, and so on. And though I may
not actually write the first draft (I prefer speech-recogni-
The cliche is old but true: with power comes respon-
tion dictation into my pocket secretary) I always proof the
sibility. I've said it at least a dozen times already: you are
final document to make sure that it is complete and looks
a professional. You must act like a professional at all
professional, and that it doesn't sound like I wrote it off-
times. How you act reflects on you, your allies, and others affects many people, not just one person. One person
in your profession. could hurt him.)<<<<<
Your actions send the most powerful messages about -Winter Rat (1 9:O2:17/01-09-55)
who and what you are. Even a person who believes you a
soulless killer may change her mind over time when pre- *Play it straight. Because you are ultimately only a hired
sented with behavior that refutes that belief. hand, your best option is to shoot straight. For as long as
I cannot create a comprehensive list of acceptable the operation lasts, your only loyalty is to your client. This
and unacceptable actions, but I can offer some guidelines stays true unless you learn something you didn't know
based on my own experience. Fully exploring each of the when you began the operation that violates your personal
following guidelines could require an entire book per code. Even in that situation, play it straight. Protect yourself,
guideline, but until I write those books, I can only hope but lay your cards on the table.
that the short explanations and examples will spark a little
understanding. >>>>>(Are you fraggers paying attention? THIS S I IMPOR-
-Avoid non-professional relationships while on the TANT ON THE STREETS. You know the saying, 'It ain't a
job. This short sentence covers a great many things. Don't shadowrun unless your Johnson has screwed you twice?"
become friends with your client-keep that relationship You know why that's true? 'Cause the Johnsons think
clearly defined. Develop a trusting, familiar, business rela- shadowrunners are scum, and rightly so. Merc employers
tionship with your team members or allies, but don't don't have this attitude, and neither do people who hire
befriend them. (Save that for downtime. You can act other kinds of freelancers. Why does this attitude stick to
buddy-buddy, but d o not develop an emotional attach- shadowrunners? 'Cause these people are fools! They
ment during the operation. What bonds people under heap crap on the Johnson. They act barely professional.
stress is different from what bonds people during the They don't make plans, or even think things through. They
calm. I find that friendships developed during the calm create nearly as much trouble on the run as the run was
are far stronger.) Avoid sexual relationships of any kind; supposed to solve, and they have no respect for each
they only increase your vulnerability t o blackmail or other or the people paying them. They aren't profession-
manipulation. Sexual relationships can also lead to emo- als in any sense of the word. They're thugs.)<<<<<
tional bonds that could jeopardize the operation. -Hatchetman (20:17:18101-08-55)

>>>>>(Idon't know about this one. Ya see, Matador has >>>>>(Gee, Hatchet, having a quality control prob-
spent a lot of time isolating himself from emotional associ- lem?]<<<<<
ations that could harm him. Despite this, he has an amaz- -'Shroom (09:20: 19/01- 10-55)
ing ability to sympathize and empathize with all types of
people. I've seen it happen. What he does, though, is >>>>>(Fraggin' right I am, and I'm full-throttle tired of it. I
abstracts it. He sympathizes with the situation. He kicked the drek out of a decker two days ago because
empathizes with the plight. He sees the problem as it he skimmed a corporate datastore we were explicitly told
not to skim. What's his excuse? "They're a corp: who's >>>>>(Oh, yeah. Remember that street Sam I mentioned
gonna know?" How about me? How about him? How before who was cleaning his blades while we negotiated
about our employer, since they know exactly when we with a Johnson? Did I mention he had the top of his head
were in there? How about the corp we ran against that shaved, and what little hair remained was down to his
just might be willing to absorb the damage? If the decker shoulder blades and bone white? Did I also mention that
skimmed something damn valuable and the corp finds he had tattooed on his bald head the words BITE MY
out, who'll be twisting in the wind then?)<<<<< SNAKE? During the whole meeting, I could see the
-Hatchetman (1 8:28:20/01-11-55) Johnson looking this guy over and wondering just what
kind of people he was hiring.)<<<<<
>>>>>(Careful,Hatchetman. We know you're blowing off -Hatchetman (20:29:09/0 1-08-55)
steam, but you don't want to b e slammin' deckers
'round these parts.)<<<<< >>>>>(Doeshe actually have a snake?)<<<<<
-Findler-man (1 9: 19:18/01-12-55) -3hroom (09:25:09/01-10-55)

*Play it smart. Know when to say no. Don't allow your- >>>>>(Yeah, a red-and-brown anaconda named
self to be drawn into positions detrimental to your health or Freddi.)<<<<<
security just because it seems to be part of the game. Don't -Hatchetman (18:34:58/01-11-55)
allow yourself to be goaded into acting stupidly. Your
opposition (and perhaps someone on your own side) is In general, ask yourself how another person would
waiting for you to make a mistake. Stay in control. Don't react listening to you, conversing with you, or just watch-
allow yourself to be manipulated or jerked around. ing you. Does everything about you send the message
-Be a professional. Everything I talk about in this that you are smart, alert, serious, skilled, perhaps danger-
book, everything, should become an integral, reflexive ous, and definitely a professional? When you send that
part of your life. None of the advice written here can be message, you'll be surprised by how much easier your
ignored even for a moment. Your life may depend on it. job gets.
More than once I've been in a bad situation, on the losing
side, but Iwalked away in one piece because Imaintained PREPAREDNESS
my professionalism. People respect that, even if they Never take a job blind. Before you agree to the terms
don't respect what you do. I'lldiscuss another big part of of a contract, do your own research, learn everything you
this particular point later on: odds are, you'll be facing can. Check with your contacts. Listen to the people you
other professionals, other mercs, Respect runs both ways. trust. Scan the media, but pay attention to who is saying
what. Everyone, everyone, speaks from a bias or prlvate
>>>>>(True, true, especially in the rnerc's field of opera- agenda of some sort. If you recognize that bias or agenda,
tions. I've watched a merc field commander calmly eat- you can use it to your advantage.
ing lunch with his captured merc adversary with a com-
plete lack of special security precautions or even a hint >>>>>(Yeah-if the government-run radio station isn't
of worry, simply because they're both merc. Boggled my shouting the news about how well its troops are doing in
mind at first, but then I realized it's all part of this code the mountains hunting down the rebels. .
thing. Warfare is hell, and they're the ones who do it for -Media Watcher 11 (21:58:09/01-11-55)
the ones who won't. All this code stuff is just one way of
keeping themselves sane.)<<<<< Take nothing for granted. As part of the contract, your
-Merc-On-Training Wheels (20:42:59/0 1-09-55) client may offer to provide you with everything you need.
Thank him graciously, but let him know in the most pro-
How to Dress fessional way possible that you prefer to make all arrange-
Don't stop reading now. You may think that dis- ments yourself. If he is a professional, he'll understand.
cussing a merc's outfit sounds pretty dumb, but how you Learn everything you can about your target zone,
dress sends a specific message. People base their your area of operations. Use maps, pictures, trideo, first-
responses to you on what they think they know (precon- hand accounts, everything available. Absorb it, file it,
ceptions) and what they experience (perceptions). If I see database it: you'll need it. Research other operations per-
a merc on dress duty looking rumpled, I question his formed in the area. Why did they succeed or fail? What
commitment. If I see an off-duty merc out carousing and were their strengths and weaknesses?
looking like gutter filth, I question his discretion. If I see a
merc walk into the local watering-hole-cum-opposition-
hangout in full-dress khakis, Iquestion his sanity.
>>>>>(Personally, I know I'm in trouble when the team a careful eye on weather and climate projections. It's an
I'm leading has a planning meeting and the response to amateur's mistake to be caught flat-footed by the weath-
my suggestion that we track down and debrief other run- er, but it's amazingly easy to overlook that factor.
ners who've pulled a run against our target is a table full Finally, plan every step of the operation in detail.
of vapid stares. Then some wit says: "We c a n do Consider what you need in terms of manpower, equip-
that?")<<<<< ment, and transportation. Arrange as many of these ele-
-Hatchetman (0420:18101-12-55) ments as possible yourself. Rely on your own contacts
and resources in order to reduce the chance of "unex-
Consider the "why" as well as the "where." Never pected exposure." Again, if your client is a professional,
enter a situation ignorant of local politics. That's the he'll understand your methods. If forced to work with
fastest way to get yourself dead. Why is your employer local resources, inspect those resources personally as
mounting this operation? What short- and long-term early in the operation as possible. Don't trust your life to
results does he expect? Who profits from a successful other people's skill with machinery or inventory. Trust
operation? Who gets hurt? Analyze all the players only your own abilities.
involved, and learn their strengths and weaknesses. Much of this advice assumes that you are in a posi-
Study a breakdown of your timetable. You can often tion of authority. Even if you are not, learn these lessons
determine important information from the time that well. If you take this advice to heart, you can more easily
things occur. For example, does your employer expect educate yourself about the wasp's nest you may land in.
you to wrap up the operation before spring? Why? Keep Preparation is the best defense against any situation.
ORIENTATION AND EXPOSURE Create a secure zone. Your client may provide one for
Control your orientation and exposure by making your you as part of your contract, but you must take steps to
own travel arrangements. Simple, but important. ensure that it truly is secure. Supplement existing physi-
Naturally, you need to inform your client of when and cal, electronic, and magical security with your own.
where you will meet, but you need to establish certain Again, if your client is a professional, he'll understand the
responsibilities early in the relationship. The employer importance of this step to prevent problems and unwant-
hires you to perform a specific function; in order to effec- ed situations down the line.
tively perform all roles appropriate to that function, you Maintain weapon security. Operatives needlessly
must control your own security as much as possible. jeopardize countless operations by failing to maintain
Because self-sufficiency is part of a merc's professionalism, weapon security. Transport your weapons secretly and
your client should understand. Thank him graciously and securely. Don't risk exposure by allowing a local to spot a
use your own travel agent. concealed weapon. If you need to carry one for personal
Your security work really begins when you reach your safety, be smart and discreet. Don't display your weapon,
area of operations. Be aware of everything around you, all and don't use it as a badge of honor-it's not. It's a
the time. Regardless of your location or your assignment, weapon. It kills people. Never forget what it is and why
you were hired to do something that poses a threat to you carry it.
someone. Smart opponents will try to derail your opera- Once you are secure in your zone of operation,
tion before it begins. In the field you are always vulnera- update your research. Use local resources to see if any-
ble, and you must devote constant effort to minimizing thing has changed since your initial research. For exam-
your exposure. ple, always check the terrain. Never assume that your
map is accurate. Things change quickly in this day and
>>>>>(Andyou know, the corps never have their ears to age. Conduct reconnaissance, review your existing intelli-
the ground listening for a buncha steel-toed shadowrun- gence, update your plans, modify your procedures. Stay
ners tromping through the urban jungle, conducting leg- on top of the situation. You are in the zone; what was
work like they were on safari.)<<<<< once paperwork and projections is now real. Your life is
-Jet Jaguar (2951:38/Ol-12-55) on the line.

>>>>>(Geez,Jet, you sitting on the other end of the stick >>>>>(Many mercs (and others) forget that situations are
that's up Hatchetman's butt?)<<<<< dynamic. Engrossed in their own plans, they forget that the
-Found Finster! (1 3:28:29/01-13-55) opposition can and does react to events by taking action.
The situation will change. The operative must forecast the
In merc terms, exposure refers to your vulnerability, change and move before it.)<<<<<
both personally and in terms of the operation. Security is -Jade Horseman (1 7:25:06/ 1 1- 12-55)
paramount. You must keep your operation secure at all
times, beginning long before you reach the operational TYPES OF WORK
zone. Mercs perform three main types of work: corp work,
Never advertise your presence. When you reconnoiter government work, and independent (indi)work. All merc
your operational area to gather information, never reveal operations share common elements, but significant differ-
your identity or purpose. Though sometimes displays are ences distinguish these three types of work. The following
important, even a primary goal, most times you need to descriptions provide an overview of common mercenary
have the lowest possible profile. Your team members working conditions.
should rely on each other and no one else. You serve as
each other's safety net. Never forget that fact. Corporate Work
Discuss your operation only with those people direct- Corporate work has become the mercenary's most
ly cleared by your client. Even if you suspect, by virtue of reliable source of potential income, though available gov-
chain of command or relationship, that a person knows ernment work appears to be on an upswing, possibly in
the details of your operation, keep your own counsel. response to corp work. Corps most often hire mercs to
Make every effort to avoid discussing the operation out- supplement existing corp forces, either security or mili-
side of a secure site. Because those who use electronic tary. The most common assignment is simple site securi-
and magical eavesdropping techniques have reached new ty, protecting a large or small facility. The area of opera-
heights of subtlety and sophistication, you are automati- tion is usually an unstable region that makes the corp ner-
cally vulnerable anywhere outside your secure zone. vous about the safety of its installation. Corps rarely cre-
ate site-security assignments in a country or a major
urban center administered by a stable government, pre-
ferring t o devote their security resources t o areas of
unstable government or intense corporate competition.
Corporate work usually places mercs within the corpo-
ration's chain of command, where they must follow orders
rather than giving them. Corporations often require their
hired soldiers to d o dirty work. If such work violates your
personal code, stay away from corp assignments.

>>>>>(I've done a lot of these ops. You could say it's my

forte. (I might say it too if I knew what the word meant.)
Usually, the corp is expecting trouble, and so initially
deploys you to some off-site location. They keep you
there in a state of high readiness, and then sneak you on-
site. If the opposition isn't paying attention (and they're
usually too busy getting their own operation in motion to
discover yours), they're caught by surprise. It works more
often than you'd guess. Personally, I'd have laid bets that
the opposition would be watching the site morning,
noon, and night in every situation.)<<<<<
--Leaguer (12:W:28/01-1355)

Corps rarely use mercs for internal security. Most

often, mercenaries perform outside security at sites far
removed from principal corporate enclaves.
Mercs supplementing corporate military forces usual-
ly work in hot spots. The corps don't hire mercs unless
they expect trouble, and serious trouble only crops up in
unstable regions. To the best of my knowledge, however,
the corps don't recruit mercs for Desert Wars. If they d o it
at all, they d o it quietly and hope the opposing corps and
the networks don't find out.
Corps sometimes hire mercs for "face-offs," when two
or more corps settle their differences by force of arms.
This type of assignment sometimes takes the form of non-
lethal, tag-gun combat, but sometimes it's high-pay haz-
ard/lethal work.

>>>>>(Corporatemilitary actions offer no joy. Corp

forces are too well equipped. You can't protect yourself
against half these weapons, and protection against the
other half relies on some piece of barely substantial
microtronic hardware. Really builds the old confidence,
let me tell you.)<<<<<
-Worm Heart (22:39:27/Ol-14-55)

Government and Related Work

Mercs find government work easy to come by, and
this work often p r o v i d e s long-term contracts.
Governments, especially those of less prosperous and less
stable nations, like to use mercs because mercenaries pro-
vide and manage their own assets. >>>>>(Yeah, all-merc teams-you
Most contracts include a replace- know, buncha guys dressed like
ment or reimbursement clause, leaves sitting around in the woods
which most governments find a coppin' a 'tude.)<<<<<
more efficient and economical alter- -Wag (09:20: 1810 1- 14-55)
native than owning and maintaining
the equipment themselves. A shadowrun puts a merc into a
familiar yet different environment.
>>>>>(This is certainly the case for In this kind of job, you become part
sophisticated electronics and such. of a multi-function team created to
For example, most developing achieve some short-term goal. The
countries contract at least half their task will require you to use all your
air assets, usually more than half. skills in heavy exposure. You enter
Many also contract for radar and the operation as an individual rather
surveillance assets, as well as than as part of an established team,
defensive surface-to-air systems though you may ultimately negoti-
and the like. Much more economi- ate the terms of your contract as an
cal. at least until the systems need individual or as part of the tempo-
repair. And even then, most com- rary group.
bat units assume partial liability for For nearly every shadowrun, you
damage or loss.)<<<<< will have the best tactical skills in
-Sten (21:10:14/01-11-55) the group. You are there to offer the
benefits of those skills. Everyone in
Government merc work tends the group has a niche, a specific
to be high-mortality, however, role to play. Demand and maintain
because it relies heavily on garrison control of your area of expertise.
and area control duty in unstable
regions, suppressing rebellions, and >>>>>(Hey, I always thought we
countering guerrilla warfare. Mercs hired the merc because he had
performing government work must the light machine gun?)<<<<<
deal with high exposure: you move -Vambrace (2 1:29: 14101- 15-55)
often and quickly, you rarely have time to secure a loca-
tion, and the locals may act against you. Because these >>>>>(Shhhh,don't let him hear you. . .)<<<<<
jobs offer the highest pay scale, that single advantage -Wedge (2 1:39:09/01-16-55)
regularly outweighs the disadvantages. You takes the
money and takes your chances. One word of warning: indi employers (clients in the
Mercs may also receive offers of anti-government "shadowrunning" end of the business) generally hold
work, which pits them against mercs doing government poor opinions of shadowrunners. Why? Because shad-
work. Anti-government jobs tend to offer low pay and owrunners rarely act like professionals, in our sense of the
many dangers, but these types of assignments attract the term. They have no personal discipline, no code, no
altruistic mercs who can still believe in a cause. Though I sense of honor or trust, and no discretion. If you work as
have stated that I only take jobs I believe in, altruism is part of a "shadowrunning" team, it becomes more impor-
not part of my personal code. Altruism can blind you. A tant than ever that you remain alert, smart, and profes-
merc needs a pragmatic intellect to out-argue his emo- sional. Someone has to.
tions. If yours does not, Iwish you well.
>>>>>(See!What did I tell you!)<<<<<
lndi Work -Hatchetman (17:09:28/01-13-55)
All the operations I've described so far offer opportu-
nities to all-merc teams through established channels. A >>>>>(So? You told us you'd read through the file once
mercenary can also find work through independent chan- before posting.)<<<<<
nels. In plain English, I'm talking about so-called "shad- -Vulture Vic (03:41:51/01-14-55)
owrunning" opportunities.
TYPES OF OPERATIONS in progress when this skirmish played out, which further
reinforces Matador's statement.]<<<<<
Everything you've read so far has explained what a --Colonel Cobra (1 1 :10:15111- 15-55)
mercenary should know about himself, his operation, and
his opposition. This next section describes the standard Will we see open warfare anytime soon? Not likely. If
types of merc operations. Each type involves unique any such action does occur, ten to one it will involve
peculiarities and concerns, and each could form the basis Aztlan and the Confederated American States, a couple of
of an entire book. The best I can do with my limited space the Russian satellites, or a few of the mid-African regimes.
is to provide some food for thought. Multitudes of books explain in mind-numbing detail
In my opinion, the Desert Wars represent an insult to how to fight a modem war. Isee no point in retreadingthem
everything I hold true about my profession and cannot be here. If you have any interest in this field, you already know
included in a discussion of war in any sense. these books. I strongly recommend that you restrict your
reading list to works published in this century and earlier by
the following strategists: Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Napoleon,
Rommel, and Dunnigan. These works can provide insights
that the current generation of modem electronic battlefield
>>>>>(Honestly,do you have any idea how many Desert mavens could never hope to understand. No matter how
War participants use some variation of the name expensive the gadgets, the basics remain the same.
-Houda (14:17:16/01-14-55) GUERRILLA WARFARE
Guerrilla warfare currently best represents the realities
OPEN WARFARE of modern war. Small force versus large force. Rebel ver-
The flat-out fight commonly seen in war trids and other sus oppressor. Minority versus majority. Mercs usually
such forms of entertainment represents the least common find work on the side of the "majority," except in cases of
assignment a mercenary is likely to pick up these days, externally financed insurrection, because the larger force
simply because no one is currently fighting the kind of wars usually has more resources. The smaller opposition, or the
in which standard armies clash with each other. That kind of minority, usually lacks training but makes up for it in dedi-
war just doesn't happen any more. Occasional skirmishes cation and inspiration. Because they believe they have
take place between company-size units (100 men), but "right" on their side, the minority opponent is always
these rarely expand beyond border clashes or brushfire dangerous.
wars that flare up quickly and die just as quickly. The days I commented earlier in this book that anyone can fire
of large-scale military clashes are past. Modern-day con- a submachine gun into a crowd. The minority force repre-
flicts tend to take place between warlords, provinces, and sents the anyones. The farmers, the merchants, the men,
relatively small forces. The Euro-Wars marked the end of the women, and even the children believe in their cause
true "warfare" in the classical sense. and will die for it. They might take you with them, if
you're not careful.
>>>>>(What about the secession of Tir Tairngire from Whether you believe in the side you're on is between
NAN? The way I read it certainly sounded like warfare in you and your conscience. But it is important to realize
the sense he's talking about.)<<<<< that in such a conflict, both sides may be right. Always
-Loodles (13:27:45/O 1-14-55) remember that conflicts rarely arise from simple issues. If
people feel strongly enough to fight, the issue is impor-
>>>>>(Not the secession itself, but perhaps the Battle of tant to them. Never dismiss your opponent's beliefs,
Redding. That incident, of course, resulted from Tir because those beliefs are as valid as yours.
forces entering northern California and engaging dug- Guerrilla warfare is difficult. You fight an opponent who
in California National Guard units near Redding. Official knows the terrain far better than you do, a motivated
versions of that engagement state that the Tir entered opponent who doesn't want you there. In guerrilla warfare,
California with the equivalent of an armored division. anything goes. Such fighting is never a gentlemen's war.
That number might b e exaggerated a bit, but no No matter what happens, no matter what they do, no
records try to dispute that the Tir mounted an extensive matter how hard they push, you must never stoop to the
force. The short duration of the engagement makes it opposition's level. Adhere to your rules of engagement.
one of Matador's brushfire wars rather than open war- Abide by the original Geneva Conventions and the 2042
fare. I should also point out that the Euro-Wars were still Munich Amendments. Fight honorably. Let them worry
about sleeping at night.
>>>>>(Easy for you to say, People who hurt my people DISPLAYS
pay. That's my code.)<<<<< Displays provide a show of power to potential oppo-
-Stoneface Jackon (23:20:07/01-14-55) sition. Your employers assume that your capable-looking
presence at a location or function will deter any possible
>>>>>(Actually, it probably wasn't easy for him to trouble. I believe that most displays fall into one of two
say.)<<<<< categories: dress displays and field displays.
-Winter Rat (04:56:35/01-15-55) Dress displays are like Halloween. You dress up and
play soldier. Your employer asks you to act as a "military
Opponents in guerrilla warfare constantly try to force advisor" for the evening at some military or quasi-military
the other side to make mistakes, especially to harm civil- function that his adversaries will also attend. You talk a
ians. If you feel any doubt about a civilian's guilt, err on the good game and convince your client's enemies that he,
side of mercy. Do not attack a target that might include you, and "hundreds" like you mean business.
innocents. This stand gets tough, because the opposition An employer might also ask you to appear in force
tends to hide among the civilian population and dare you and parade around. Some mercs love this kind of service,
to strike. Don't take the dare; instead, make your own others hate it. If I can save a dozen lives by putting on my
opportunities for battle. Be proactive in your stance and dress braids, it's a worthwhile effort. Other times, the
tactics. Force your opponents into the open. Force them same situation makes me feel like a puppet.
into action by targeting the opposition leaders. In a field display, a merc goes out in the field and
I can see your scowls already. You think that what I'm gets noticed. Air-based mercenary units (chopper or
suggesting violates my code, the part that objects to fighter mercs) like this type of assignment especially well
assassination. Well, what of it? because they get paid simply for doing flybys and
Quite simply, I do not view a leader who chooses to buzzing the crowd.
hide his forces among the innocent as worth my compas- Unfortunately, a field display may quickly and unex-
sion. He hides his soldiers among the local population pectedly become a skirmish. The warlord you've been
assuming that his opponent will come after them and hired to impress may decide to start shooting. If you take
civilians will die. If such a leader really cared for his peo- on a field display, include response and defense clauses
ple, he would do everything in his power to protect in your contract, and a provision to re-negotiate if the sit-
them. Any other attitude demonstrates the workings of uation changes. Always be ready to respond to a dynam-
an evil mind. I suffer no compunction about assassinating ic situation.
such soulless men.
Assassinations and guerrilla warfare in general BUG HUNTS/"THE BIG G A M E
become more difficult to conduct against a truly partisan I include this employment opportunity simply
opponent, when your opponent is the civilian. History because it has become a lucrative field for the single
shows us that all conflicts fought against motivated civil- operator. This type of "assignment" places mercs as assis-
ians result in long, bloody struggles. Any time I see a tants to professional and not-so-professional hunters on
conflict against civilians shaping up, 1 walk. No military animal-hunting excursions. You provide tactical advice
solution exists in such situations, short of unrestricted and skilled, heavy weapon back-up should the client
warfare and genocide, and I will not participate in that (usually a corp exec) fail to "bag the big one" before the
kind of warfare. "big one" tries to bag him.
Another phenomenon that attracts many mercs is
>>>>>(You moral snob. That's right, pick and choose your "The Big Game," simsense producer Brilliant Genesis'
fights. Only get involved in the clean fights, lest we dirty game show/contest/ratings grabber. As you might
our khakis. Your pretentiousness and hypocrisy make m e expect, in this production famous (and not-so-famous)
sick.)<<<<< big-game hunters and mercs hunt big game, in this case
-Mother Maker (02:10:28/01-1555) defined as paranormal creatures. The show awards points
for bagging different kinds of critters (no sentients accept-
>>>>>(Don'tlose it on your keyboard. Half-digested soy- ed), with the scale sliding higher or lower depending on
food and bile is a bear to clean out from between the how dangerous the creature is and the weapons used to
keys.)<<<<< kill it. For example, killing a creature using an assault can-
-Mugger Hugger (1 O:28:27/Ol-16-55) non when an assault rifle would have sufficed is worth
fewer points, and using your fists when a rocket launcher
is the standard weapon of choice is worth more.
Strange stuff, I don't endorse it or dismiss it, merely relate it.
>>>>>(Baggedm e a pair of banshees (the elfie/howling PERSONAL SERVICE
kind). That'll knock my points way up there!]<<<<< Mercs who take personal service work usually serve
-Henry Hunter (21 :08:29/11-14-55) several loosely defined functions; bodyguard, advisor,
and dress display. A merc hired to perform personal ser-
SECURITY vice may become the client's confidant, co-conspirator,
Security work can be fairly straightforward or may protection, threat display, and potential scapegoat. This
offer unpleasant complications. Because you work under a difficult job tends to place you at the center of the mael-
corporate overseer, the corp decides on tactics and pro- strom. You stand at the heart of a situation, at the focal
cedures. How well the operation comes off depends on point of all the machinations and passions, and closest to
the competence of the corporate coordinator. the truth. This perspective allows you to quickly deter-
Though this subject deserves a full-length treatment, mine the things that may not be as they seemed, and
suffice it to say that corporate security work can be one of allows you to walk away early if necessary.
the safest types of assignments because inter-corporate A merc can pick up this kind of work from a client liv-
conflicts rarely involve out-and-out destruction of assets. A ing in fear who needs a protective presence to reassure
merc working security might get hurt, but if your oppo- him so that he can meet each new day. These people
nent is playing by the same rules, he's not shooting to kill. often have a very good reason to be afraid. Once you
determine that reason, you must decide whether or not
you want to continue working for this individual. Your other people will pay most dearly for your mistakes. If the
decision marks who you are and what kind of work you policies you recommend fail, you might lose your job, but
will accept. Make your decisions carefully. the dog soldiers in the field will pay the ultimate price.
As you establish a reputation based on these deci-
sions, you may develop long-lasting relationships with SPECIAL OPERATIONS
people who are or become important. In these cases, you Special ops, the black stuff, are performed by small
may assume that you know the truth going in, or at least units for high pay under very dangerous conditions. Killer
the truth as understood by the client. These leaders may work (so to speak) if you can get it, and the best of the
come to rely on you to occasionally lend your expertise in best often do. Corps, governments, and many indepen-
more than one situation. dent outfits run special ops, and mercs reap the benefits.
It's difficult to know how many special ops are being run
>>>>>(But be careful. Petty dictators find it easy to assign these days, because pros rarely talk about their work.
blame for failures to others. And you may be one of your There's no profit in bragging. The people who need to
client's few advisors that isn't a blood relative.)<<<<< know what you've done in order to recommend you for
-Jooom (24:06:42/01-16-55) another job always find out. You don't have to tell them.

As you gain experience and further your reputation, >>>>>[Braggerstend to be floaters.)<<<<<

you may receive the opportunity to ascend almost to the -Sanction (08:02:30/01-17-55)
top of the merc ladder and serve as an advisor.
Special ops covers an almost limitless range of assign-
ADVISORS ments. You name it, and someone's probably been paid to
The most favorable position a merc can accept is that do it. Extractions, kidnappings, hit-and-runs, search-and-
of an advisor. Your employers bring you in as a consulting destroys, anti-asset raids, harassment raids, infiltration and
expert in the military field, and so respect your opinion sabotage, commando work--all these and more fall under
and listen to your advice. If your reports and their desires special operations.
coincide, they may place you in a position of great power Today, most special ops fall under the unfortunate
from which you command troops and recruit others far- heading of shadowrunning. If you want that work, you've
ther down the professional mercenary ladder. got to work the streets. Some mercs refuse these offers,
but most consider the work too lucrative to pass up.
>>>>>(You make arrangements for the client, essentially Mercs will find, however, that their expertise is under-
becoming his fixer by using your fixerldealer to get appreciated in the shadowrunning market. Runners univer-
what's needed. A nice position to be in.)<<<<< sally consider the merc nothing more than the guy with
-Sten (18:28: 14/01- 16-55) the big gun. You've got to teach them otherwise. Show
them why they need a true professional in their midst.
The lure of such power and influence may tempt you
to tell your client what he or she wants to hear, regardless >>>>>(Ialways insist on a professional in our midst,
of the truth of the situation. By doing so, you virtually especially after a good fight. A professional masseuse.
guarantee yourself continued employment. that is.)<<<<<
Don't do it. -Durango Jack (22:32:27/O 1- 16-55]
Always play it straight. If your research and expertise
tells you one thing, don't tell the client something differ- >>>>>(You are a toad.)<<<<<
ent. Give him the hard news. He may not thank you for it, -Sheila Sunrise (08:20: 16/01-18-55)
but unless you are working in some dark corner of the
planet devoid of all trappings of civilization, the days of
killing the messenger are long gone. You might lose your
job because you told him something he didn't want to The number of mercenary organizations has risen in
hear, but when the drek hits the turbofan later down the the last twenty-odd years. Germany's MET 2000 group
road, someone might remember your evaluation and and associated assets represent the top tier. They sign
warning. Next time, they just might listen. And if that mercs like you and me to long-term contracts, train them
client won't, someone else may. into units, then assign the units to contracts with clients.
Most advisors receive excellent pay, topnotch sup- It's a sweet deal for a rnerc. You cut through all the plan-
port and accommdations, and mind-blowing perks. Don't ning and asset-managing to the job at hand and still get
allow yourself to be seduced. It's easy to fall victim to the well paid. Not bad, eh?
luxury and forget why you are there, but remember that
The down side of belonging to a merc organization ple niceties as respect and consideration, and others will
like MET 2000 is that such organizations make it extreme- show those qualities toward you.
ly difficult to leave their ranks. You are working on the
company's terms, living with a corporate rather than a >>>>>(Honestly,the drek these mercs dream up to keep
personal code, and can no longer walk away if the situa- themselves off the emotional hook. "I'm in the League so
tion changes for the worse. You are not in control-ou I don't have to suffer the incarceration and torture being
are a company man. MET 2000 does not allow its inflicted on the regular troops I served with. Pass the tea
employees to bail out of a contract, and the organization please, will you?" Makes me vomit.)<<<<<
has an arm long enough to reach those who do. -Mother Maker (02: 18:32/0 1-15-55)

>>>>>(Mutador,you gcxonit, you hate MET 2000 because we MAGICAL INTEGRATION

skinnedyour hide last year. Admit it!)<<<<<
-MET 2000 Observer (04:20: 19/01-13-55) Magic is so prevalent these days that I don't bother
to make a distinction between standard and "mystical"
>>>>>(If you believe that's what happened, you're even assets. M y attitude, however, remains unique.
more of a corporate toad than I thought,)<<<<< Corporations, especially, foolishly insist on grouping
--Matador (13:51:10101- 14-55) paranatural assets together and thinking of them as sepa-
rate from their security or military assets.
Not every merc shares my point of view on this sub- Mercenaries use magic in every situation where it
ject. In fact, a few thousand employees of MET 2000 seems appropriate, but mostly to accomplish tasks as effi-
would probably disagree with me. (By the way, don't ciently as possible. Magic is ideal for surveillance and
blindly accept any published MET 2000 membership recon work because it enables you to pick up a lot of
numbers. I have it on good authority that those numbers information at low risk and low exposure. Magic also
are grossly inflated.) I respect the choice of those who offers many advantages in anti-espionage work, securing
disagree with me. And for others who might find such your physical site, and protectingyour own assets.
indentured servitude desirable, I provide a short list of the Magic has very little offensive value, simply because
better-known and financially respected international mer- too few mages are in the field to wage effective magical
cenary companies. Friends of mine have worked for these warfare. Special ops regularly use mages to great effect,
companies with what they consider desirable results. but magic offers few advantages to other operations.
MET 2000 (Germany) Employers sometimes attach a magician to a field ops unit,
BrightEdge (Morocco) but only if the field unit has a specific objective that can be
Tsunami (japan/Far East) achieved most efficiently using magic. 1 penonally know of
10,000 Daggers (Constantinople) only one or two units that permanently indude a magician.
Combat Inc. (Hong Kong)
>>>>>(Again, what about the Tir secession from NAN?
THE LEAGUE Seems like lots of combat magic went down
The League is a phenomenon that I can only describe there!)<<<<<
as the international brotherhood of mercenaries. No for- -Loodles (1 3:39:4O/O 1- 14-55)
mal organization, no meeting place, no dues, and no
newsletter for the League exist. In fact, nothing exists to >>>>>(Read the battle reports again, Loodles. My read is
identify this group as a group. Yet all mercenaries are that the Tir used invisibility to conceal their forces. It was
members of the League simply by virtue of their profes- 2036; if the CNC weren't concerned enough about such
sion as soldiers of fortune. possibilities to guard against them, then they got what
All members of the League should treat each other was coming to them. On the other hand, I suspect that
with respect and fairness, as long as they deserve it. A all the tales of combat magic from those battles were
fool who jeopardizes himself and others through idiotic somewhat exaggerated.)<<<<<
posturing and ill-considered actions has lost his place in -Colonel Cobra (1 1 :46:04/ 1 1-15-55)
the brotherhood, and deserves only contempt.
The tradition of fair treatment especially applies to When a magician takes part in an operation, he should
your opponent. Your opposite number took a job with the be deployed as a special weapons team and sent where
other side for the same reason you agreed to work for needed. Currentty, magicians primarily fill recon and defen-
your side. Don't treat opposing mercenaries unfairly just sive roles. I suspect those roles will someday change, but
because the conflict becomes ugly. Remember such sim- most likely not until long after Ileave the business.
I've covered the why and how and who of being a
mercenary. The following list tells you where. The world
situation is too volatile for any list to be comprehensive,
but the places described below represent the current gov-
ernmentlanti-government hot spots. For any other kind of
work, buy an atlas and mark all the megacities. Be sure to
say hello if you see me out there.

Today, right now, Aztlan offers one of the biggest
markets for anti-government work in the merc biz. The
rebel forces enjoy generous financial backing, so Aztlan
work tends to pay well.
The h i e s are a brutal people and highly skilled at
war. They pride themselves on self-sufficiency, which
means they don't care for mercenaries and so treat them
poorly. Because the Aztlan problem is effectively a civil
war with external backers, both sides can draw from a
large pool of guerrilla warriors, but these enthusiastic sol-
diers lack training. Mercs act as trained leaden and advi- THE END OF THE MERCENARY
sors, making ripe targets for the opposition.
The battlefield is changing. As I've pointed out, pre-
FAR EAST cious few people still fight all-out wars. Few nations or
Southeast Asia remains a mess. Since the Awakening, corps have or are willing t o spend the vast financial
virtually all political borders have disappeared. Only resources needed For such a venture. As always, manpower
Korea maintains any semblance of cohesion, and even is cheap but the tools of warfare are not. Subterfuge, espi-
that nation seems fragile these days. Warlords dominate, onage, and counterespionage have replaced armies of
and mercs abound. The Far East is a dangerous, changing tanks as the tools for solving national problems.
environment controlled by leaders with no morals and This is good.
few concerns beyond their petty dictatorships. The pay is Sure, ultimately it means less work for me, but it also
good, but the risks are high. means fewer threats to life and limb For everyone else. I'd
rather see the world's problems resolved with small skir-
AUSTRALIA mishes, police actions, and brushfire wars. Better that
A decent amount of merc work exists in Australia, than the alternative.
mainly protecting supply caravans and enclaves against What does this mean for my profession? It means we
local and preternatural forces. The pay is good, but the must adapt. I believe that future battles will be fought by
wildness of the region, especially the rampant magic, is small units wielding incredibly sophisticated weapons
not for the faint of heart. capable of focusing more firepower than you or I can
even imagine, and magic will also play an important part.
AFRICA I foresee that the soldier of the future will be part mage,
Unfortunately, present-day Africa is a mecca for merc part mercenary, and part metal.
work. Small nation-states or city-states and their warlords Mercs like us won't be part of that battlefield.
e m p l o y countless mercs t o sort o u t their internal We will still be part of the battlefield where the real
upheavals. As in Southeast Asia, the region brims over people fight. We'll be where people bleed, and hurt, and
with chaos and danger. But if you didn't thrive on those con- fight for causes they believe in. We'll be standing next to
ditions, you'd have stopped reading this xreed long ago. them, waiting for the charge.
Maybe I'llsee you there.

>>>>>(Don't count on it.)<<<<<

-Smiley (2 1:17: 17/01-04-55)

>>>>>(This gun has always

impressed me: I've carried It as
my primary back-up for five
years now. Good solid per-
former, light and easy to han-
dle. Gets my vote.)<<<<<
-Matad~r(lO: 18:1418- 10-54)

In the field, reliability means evelything. The Walther PB-120 offers total reliabil- >>>>>(Yeah, but the light load
scrags it for me. Why pack
ity in a low-profile, easy-to-hide, back-up pistol. Constructed primarily of composite something that can barely
scratch a rabbi?)<<<<<
materials, the light but rugged PE120 works like a charm even in the most hostile --Catcher (08: 14:41/8-20-54)
environment. A merc couldn't ask for a better piece. >>->(Scratch a rabbit?
In addition to the standard 10-shot clip, Walther also produces a 15-shot, Remind me to stay away from
the places you frequent.
extended clip for emergency situations. Despite its small size, the weapon can Mkes.)c<<cc
--Crayfish (2051:17/8-2264)
mount standard barrel and top-mounted accessories made by most manufacturers.
+>>>>(Catcher, do what I do:
pack explosive APDS rounds. If
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index you h# that rabbit, there ain't
Light 8 (6) 10 ( 1 5) (c) SA 6L .75 6/36 700Y 2 gsnncf be much left of it.)ccccc
-Watador (08:29:27/9-02-54)
This weapon cannot accept under-barrel accessories.
>*>>(Oh, like it's easy to find
expaoding APDS. I'll just jander
d o w to the Shini-Walgreens. .
-Vandal (2029: 1319- 14-54)

>>>>>(Get some. Keep the

--Sanction (00: 1052919- 15-54)

>>>>>(Like I'm going to pack a
gun like this. Please, kill me
now.(looks wiz, though.))<<<<<
-Rabid Fire
(20: 10:23/9-20-54)

>>>>>(Personal sidearm, sure.

A field weapon it's not. I rec-
Designed as a match-target weapon, the Hammerli Model 610s makes a ommend it for dress duty. It
looks deadly, and if you look
powerful and effective personal sidearm. A stylish weapon, the Model 610s is like you know how to use it,
you might not have to.)<<<<<
the first choice of a marksman and a true soldier. First class all the way! --Colonel Cobra
(02: 16:48/9-29-54)
Designed to minimize muzzle jump and vibration, customizable grip pads
>>>>>(You lost me. "Dress
and weights allow the individual user to configure his weapon for maximum duty?" And don't tell me it
goes well with my little black
comfort and balance. The simple quick-lock system is fully compatible with a
cocktail number.)<<<<<
variety of top-mounted accessories, and the Hammerli also boasts a patented -Tiger Lilly
(O6:39:29/lO- 10-54)
gas-escape system.
>>>>>(Uniform duty. High-pro-
file operations where your
presence is a deterrent, like
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Avdlability Cost Street Index bodyguard and protection
Heavy' 4 6 (c) SA 6L 2.5 8/24 1,295Y 2.5 where you need a tough look
to scare people off. The silver
*Though technically a light pistol, this target weapon uses the Heavy Pistol Range and matte-black version does
Table. For customiution information, see Rules,p. 73. This weapon offers the equiva- go well with most cocktail and
lent of 1 point of Recoil Reduction, and cannot accept under-barrel or barrel-mounted evening dresses.)<<<<<
accessories. --Colonel Cobra
(01:l lAO/lO-12-54)
>>>>>(Why pick another gun?
'Cause I ain't payin' nearly 2K
for a fraggin' pistol! Especially
one Ican see myself in!)<<<<<<
(04:20: 1018-20-54)

>>>>>(Add up the cost of

The Savalette Guardian's chrome-steel finish shows off the taste of the true accessories. Say 400Y for the
weapon, double for the
professional, and its high-powered, full-load slug packs professional power. smartlink, then add another
400Y for the recoil reduction.
This second-to-none pistol fires the heaviest round in its class. The Guardian's That's 1,200Y and we ain't even
got to the burst feature. The
brilliant finish, integral computer-enhanced targeting system, micro-gyro recoil pup is worth it.)<<<<<
absorption system, and burst-mode firing system make this weapon the -Toad (20: 14:1818-24-54)

unquestioned leader of the pack. Whether field or dress weapon, the Savalette >>>>>(Word of warning: I've
had same problems with the
Guardian is the heavy sidearm of choice for professionals worldwide. Why pick smartlink. Twice now it's lost
signal after it got jostled. Only
any other gun? for a moment, but long enough
to cause real trouble.)<<<<<
-Wolfman Al
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index (19: l3:29/9-02-54)
Heavy 5 12 (c) SA/BF 9M 3.25 6/36 900Y 2.5
>>>>>(Sure it wasn't just your
Comes with an integral smartgun link. The Guardian offers the equivalent of 1 particular weapon?)<<<<<
point of Recoil Reduction and can fire a single, three-round burst as a Complex Action. -Nay-sayer
The weapon accepts all standard barrel and top-mounted accessories, but cannot (08:41: 1019-03-54)
mount under-barrel accessories. >>>>>(Nope. I replaced my
first one, and a friend had a
similar problem.)<<<<<
-Wolfman Al
(20: l3:U/9-OS-54)


>>>>>(Of course I care

about the chrome! Chrome
is king!)<<<<<
--Lariat (O3:2O:5 118-20-54)

>>>>>(Street Sam, ain't ya?

Listen, chrome don't keep you
alive when you've been in-
More lngram Warrior-10s have sold in the past three years than some of country so long it takes weeks
to readjust when you finally
its major competitors have sold in their entire product lives. Durable and reli- come out. Chrome don't keep
you alive when they've set
able, the Warrior-10 is the weapon to choose when the elements are your dogs after you. You know the
ones I'm talking about; the
enemy. Rain, sand, mud, humidity-under any conditions, the Warrior-10 dogs that can see in the dark,
pick out your pheromones from
keeps firing. No bells and whistles on this tough gun, but who cares about a crowd of forty, and track you
through jungle. The dogs that
chrome when the rock-and-roll goes down? make no noise and feel no
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
SMC 4 30 (c) SA/BF 7M 3 3/24 650Y .9 (01:39:28/8-28-54)

>>>>>(Had a few dog prob-

The lngram Warrior-t 0 can mount all barrel, under-barrel,and top-mounted accessories. lems lately, Vanguard?
Seriously though, the bottom
line comes down to whether or
not the iron fires when you
need it to. If it don't, you're a
worm farm.)<<<<<
>>>>>(Despitewhat they say
about the Warrior-10, I've
seen more and more Cobras
lately. These days I expect to
see it, especially in corp terri-
(21:23:48/lO- 15-54)
Everyone who's ever seen tridvids like Fireteam Cherokee knows the Colt
>>>>>(If you see a particular
Cobra by its distinctive silhouette. It's the best submachine-gun on the market weapon in the hands of regular
corp forces, odds are the corps
today, and not just on trideo. Bench-test it against any other make or model; are using it in bulk. The corps
work like the military that way;
none of them can match the Cobra's accuracy or repeatability. Special- once they choose a weapon,
they buy and distribute it in
weapons units around the globe use the Cobra as their standard SMC: the bulk. Makes maintenance and
basic TZ- 1 10 model with its barrel-integrated gas-venting system, the TZ- 1 15 repair easier i f everyone is
using the same gun.)<<<<<
with a built-in laser sight, or the TZ-1 18 with a built-in smartlink. Do what the -Trader Vic
world's top guns do: pack a Cobra.
>>>>>(And when a big corp
trades up to a new model, the
secondary markets (read:
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
shadow) are flooded with the
SMG 5 32 (c) SA/BF/FA 6M 3 6/36 700Y 2 old weapons at a discount.
Used, of course.)<<<<<
Colt Cobra TZ-110 comes with a folding stock standard and an integral &-Vent II -Dented Fred
system that offers Recoil Reduction (1). The TZ-115 model comes with integral laser (22: 10:32/ 10-22-54)
sight for 850Y; the TZ-1 18 comes with integral smartlink for 1,000Y. All models accept
standard under-barrel and top-mounted accessories, but cannot accept barrel-mounted >>>>>(I hear the UCAS Army is
accessories. gonna pick these up.)<<<<<
-Snail (OS:49:23/ 10-25-54)
>>>>>(Ilove this chica! The
lead stream almost never
stops; I can practically see it!
And oh, what it does to what it
hits. It makes me so
(1 2:05:36/9-23-54)
Pull the trigger and feel the power! Technically classified as a "super-
>>>>>(Aslong as your target is
machinegun," the ingram SuperMach 100 has a patented firing system that made of paper. Any kind of
hardened target shrugs off
offers controlled six-round bursts and a full-autofire rate that'll leave you these rounds with hardly a
scratch. Too light for my tastes;
breathless. it fires as fast as a minigun, without the recoil! give me the Ares HVAR any
The SuperMach 100 uses both a standard 40-round clip and a special 60- -Whisper
round, high-density clip. Distinctive in appearance and sound, the SuperMach (0202l9/9-26-54)

100 gives the maximum bang for the nuyen. >>>>>(Definitelythe HVAR-
provided you can get away
with slinging an assault rifle.
What happens when you need
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index a little subtlety?)<<<<<
SMG 5 (4) 40 (60) (c)SA/BF/FA 6L 3 (3.25) 9/48 850Y 3 -Findler-Man
(11 :28:35/9-30-54)
The SuperMach 100 fires Light Pistol rounds with the equivalent of 3 points of
Recoil Reduction. In burst mode, it fires six-round bursts that do 12s damage, and has >>>>>(Subtlety? Whisper? Oh,
that's ripe. Bravo, Findler-
a maximum autofire rate of 15 rounds. Apply recoil modifiers as for normal rounds. The
weapon accepts under-barrel and top-mounted accessories. An empty, 60-round clip -Steel Lynx
costs 25Y. (21:28:09/10-02-54)
>>>>>(A popular weapon,
especially on the streets. I've
seen it in the hands of gangers,
underworld thugs, shadowrun-
ners, you name it. Why do they
need bells and whistles?)<<<<<
An army needs ordnance, and ordnance requires cash. If money's tight, a
little cash needs to go a long way. The Colt M-23 assault rifle, a stripped-down quasi-corporate weapon deal-
ers have picked up the M-23
version of the highly successful Colt M-22A2, is the ideal solution for the sol- and other weapons in bulk and
are selling them in the inner
dier on a budget. A powerful, capable weapon, the M-23 accepts all secondary cities at an inflated price. Keep
that in mind next time your fixer
accessories. Firepower now, expandable later, and no need to compromise! picks up an assault rifle for you
on the cheap.)<<<<<
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damase Weight Availability Cost Street Index -Findler-Man
3 40 (c) SA/B F/FA 8M 4.5 6/36 950Y 2 (1 1:32: 1419-30-54)

>>>>>(Areyou objecting to the

The Colt M-23 assault rifle can mount standard barrel, under-barrel, and top-
sale of weapons in the inner
mounted accessories. city, or the price-goug-
Facer 'X'

>>>>>(Everyone should take

care with shadow-market
weapons. The ones that look
chip-truth are often mini-indus-
try manufacturing knock-offs;
precision and reliability go
down the sewer.)<<<<<
-Eve Donovan
(12:26:49/ 10-08-54)
>>>>>(The Alpha has been
making the rounds for a couple
of years now, ever since Ares
quietly distributed prototypes
called the CAR-32 to "selected
field-testers" and integrated
their feedback into the pro-
duction model. It seems they
The weapon of choice for the upcoming decade, the Alpha Combatgun is ignored one joker's request to
integrate an under-barrel com-
the first of Ares Arms' two entries into the hotly contested battle rifle market. bat laser.)<<<<<
--Colonel Cobra
A precision weapon designed for special-forces operations, the Alpha (12:05:26/ll- 15-54)
Combatgun's integrated, full-function Smartlink Level llTMand high-speed data >>>>>(Speaking of that, I keep
hearing that Ares is closer to a
bus give it a responsiveness no other weapon can match. An integral mini- mass-production model of the
grenade launcher, chamber-based recoil-reduction, and Ares reliability makes man-portable laser system
(formally the MP-CLS 100).
the Alpha a weapon of unparalleled artistry. Anybody else hear anything?
The original came out four
years ago.)<<<<<
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index -Wolfman Al
Assault 2 42 (c) SA/BF/FA 8M 5.25 8/48 2.000Y 4 (05:45:47/11- 19-54)
Grenade - 8 (m) SS Spec. - - - -
>>>>>(You spoke too soon,
Comes with integral Smartlink I1circuitry and an under-barrel mini-grenade launcher. Wolfman Al. Check out the
heavy weapon section of this
The Alpha can accept barrel- and top-mounted accessories, but not under-barrel acces-
sories. It offers the equivalent of 2 points of Recoil Reduction. -Steel Lynx

>>>>>(Better have a fat cred-

stick, chummer.)<<<<<
-Steel Lynx
>>>>>(Now we're talking. I was
working down in South
America (won't say where) not
long ago, when I got to use my
HVAR. Laid myself down a
cover screen so tight I was
popping caps as soon as they
hopped up. Nasty work, chum-
At last-the assault rifle that fires as fast as a super-machinegun! Ares Arms' mers, but I get paid wel to do
latest assault rifle combines the top performance you expect from Ares with -Whir
minigun firing rates for a rock-and-roll rifle beyond the pale and beyond belief!
>>>>>(Ya know, Whisper, I
The Ares Arms HVAR comes with patented Smartlink Level llTM
technology looked at the ballistic files on
the HVAR after reading your
that provides outstanding basic targeting and compensation algorithms comment about penetration. I
designed to compensate for the weapon's unique features. The weapon pack- got bad news for you: The
HVAR don't penetrate much
age includes integral recoil reduction systems that offer enhanced stability even better than the SuperMach 100
you chucked a couple of
in full-fire mode! Suppression or covering fire with the HVAR lets the opposition screens back.)<<<<<
--Steel Lynx
know you mean business! (2 1:32:3O/lO-O2-54)

Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
>%>>>(Youlooking for trouble,
lynx? Want to start something?
Assault 2 50 (c) SA/BF/FA 6M 5.0 14/7 days 3,200Y 4
Everywhere I look, I find you
cracking on me. You wanna
The Ares HVAR fires Light Pistol rounds. In burst mode it fires six-round bursts that play, we'll play, but by my
do 12D damage at a maximum autofire rate of 15 rounds. The weapon comes with an rules.)<<<<<
integrated Smartlink II that offers the equivalent of 3 points of Recoil Reduction; apply -Whisper
recoil modifiers as for normal weapons. The HVAR accepts under-barrel and top- (03:03:20/10-03-54
mounted accessories.
>>>>>(Guess Morocco did
wreck you after all.)<<<<<
-Steel Lynx

>>>>>(GradeA+ bang-bang!
This one's a frightening piece
of work. An "associate" of
mine uses the Model 121
extensively. I've backed her
up on a couple of jobs; when
the's fired at anything further
away than a couple of meters,
For the times when a standard round doesn't cut it, pick up the Barret I've heard no gun noise what-
so-ever. Scary.)<<<<<
Model 121 heavy sniper rifle and its custom, armor-piercing ammo. The heav- -Hatchetman
iest small-arms round available, Barret ammo works against both soft and hard
>>>>>(You can use the Model
targets. Don't let armor skin slow you down; punch through it and take down 121 right out of the box; I had
to use it that way once. I've
your target.
upgraded mine to use
The Model 121's integral silencer system combines with blow-back recoil Smartlink II hardware and fire
caseless ammo: no casings, no
compensation to give it precision balance in spite of its heavy caliber. Silent, evidence. The Smartlink's
rangefinder makes the long
deadly, and accurate, the Barret guarantees you one shot and one down. shot a breeze. One drawback,
though; the weapon doesn't
come apart easily. You have to
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street lndex carry it assembled, and the
Sniper - 14 (c) SA 14D 10 14/30days 4,800Y 5 froggin' thing is almost as long
as Iam tall.)<<<<<
This weapon offers the equivalent of 2 points of Recoil Reduction and has a +2 recoil -Nightmare
modifier. It also comes with an integral Smartlink I system. Treat custom ammo as APDS (12: 19:38/10-08-54)
rounds; the ammo costs 2OOY per box of 10, and has the same Availability and Street
lndex as the weapon. A player must make separate tests to acquire each box. >>>>?(Haveyou ever seen one
of the slugs it fires?? I use them
at paperweights.)<<<<<
-Toad (23:08:25/10- 12-54)
>>>>>(Lots of security forces
use this cannon to fire gel
rounds, because it can switch
between those non-lethal
loads and more damaging
standard loads with no trouble.
The optional sling makes it
easy to handle, and it never
One of the world's most common shotguns, the Remington 990 plays a fails. I've staked my life on
variety of roles. Security specialists, law enforcement, and field and site mer- -SPD (1 0:20:23/9-29-54)

cenary units favor the 990 as the ultimate simple, all-purpose shotgun. Years >>>>>(I got my first Remington
scattergun when I was 10. My
of service have proven the 990 a winner at an affordable price. dad spent days deciding
exactly which model to buy for
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
me. He tried them out, asked
around, and finally decided on
Shotgun 2 8 (m) SA See below' 4 3/48 hrs 650Y 2
the 900 in matte black. I used it
until last year, when I lost it in
*The990 can fire slug or shot rounds (see p. 95, SRII) that do 8s or 10s damage. For a Aztlan. Ah, well.)<<<<<
sawed-off version, increase Concealability to 4 and reduce all Damage Codes by -2. --Matador
(21 :lW3/10-18-54)
>>>>>(Ican just see you: sitting
out on the back porch with yer
scattergun, splattin' those barn
varmints when they crawl out
crt nlght. Yep, yep. You are the
NRA. Gimme some hay to
chew, will ya, Ma?)<<<<<
(O8:35:48/lO-21 -54)

>>>>>(I lived in Philadelphia,

you beetle-head. If I thought
for a minute you had a brain in
your head, I'd splatter it.)<<<<<


>>>>>(I love the SPAS-22 even

more than the Mossberg CMDT.
Feels more stable, fits my grip
better, and so on. I especially
l i k e to use it in close quar-
The latest in a long line of renowned combat shotguns, the SPAS-22
>>>>>(The first combat shot-
meets the most stringent performance standards. Capable of selective fire in guns were designed for house-
to-house fighting and for com-
both single-action and burst-fire modes, the SPAS-22 can hold its own at any bat in dense foliage, where
you might need to punch
time, in any place. A custom folding stock* lets it close up small, making it an through leaves, light woods,
ideal weapon for low-profile operations. The SPAS-22 comes with Smartlink wallboard, and so on. The
weapons still serve the same
ilTMhardware, making an already outstanding weapon top gun the world over. purpose.)<<<<<
--Colonel Cobra
(2O:3 1:%/10-20-54)
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availablllty Cost Street Index
Shotgun 2 (4) 10 (m) SA/BF 10s 4 6/48hrs 1,000Y 2 >(?? 1 can punch through
, but if my target's hiding
'When folding stock is extended, the SPAS-22 offers the equivalent of 1 point of Recoil ind a wall or something,
Reduction. The weapon has a +2 recoil modifier. are Iwon't hit him!)<<<<<


>>>>>(So? Punch holes in the

wall, you moron!)<<<<<
-Toad (11:58:20/10-23-54)

>>>>>(While browsing through

a restricted Ares catalog the
Other day, I noticed that Ares is
offering the HV LMG not only as
part of its SentryTMsystem, but
also as a light-vehicleweapon.
The example given showed the
weapon mounted on the
This second entry in Ares' high-velocity product line is a super-machine- Northrup Yellowjacket PRC-MF.
Once they field that puppy, I'm
gun version of their popular man-portable, light machinegun. Designed to going to be very upset.)<<<<<
work as a personal weapon or a light or heavy mounted weapon, the HV MP- (05:l3:59/10-17-54)
LMG is ideal for area control, especially when belt-fed from an independent >>>>>(Northrup started ship-
source. As with other high-velocity models, the HV MP-LMG comes with an ping the F upgrade package
sixteen days ago. You'll find an
integrated Smartlink Level 11; this top-notch computer interface makes for out- entry for the package in a later
file. Though no one says so,
standing performance. you can blame Saeder-Krupp
for the gel-composite armor.
Thank the dragon.)<<<<<
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index --Devious
LMG - 80 (c) SA/BF/FA 6s 8.0 20/14 days 4,500Y 4 (O9:32:2O/lO-

The Ares HV MP-LMG fires Light Pistol rounds at the equivalent of 3 points of >>>>>(Backto the HV LMG, I
Recoil Reduction. Apply recoil modifiers as for normal weapons. In burst m d e , it fires still think that super-machine-
six-round bursts that do 15D damage at a maximum autofire rate of 15 rounds. The guns, including bigger mini-
guns, are next to useless as
weapon comes with an integrated Smartlink I1 and accepts under-barrel and top-
man-portable weapons. Too
mounted accessories. much recoil, too little control.
As vehicle-mounted or sta-
tionary weapons, they work
-Pullman Beak
>>>[The LAW isn't anti-armor
you're talkinQ4bout tanks. It

les, but it'll barely

thing with real

The M79B 1 Light Anti-armor Weapon (LAW) is the most common weapon
of its type in the world. Designed as a disposable, telescoping container, the >>(Yeah, but it's only
nt to take out light fortifi-
single-shot LAW is self-contained and cannot accept accessories. Cheap but s and lightly armored
let. For real anti-tank
reliable, the LAW enables its user to take on almost any armored vehicle! ility, upgrade to a true
Fired from a shoulder mount, the LAW vents launch gases through the r AVM. Course, you'd
r have deep pock-
rear of the firing tube, virtually eliminating recoil. A simple, non-adjustable
aperture permits excellent sighting under standard environmental conditions. (05:13:19/10-19-54)

but a half-trained
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index an AVM can take
Missile 4/-• 1 SS 12D 2.5 6/36 700Y 2 or medium tank at a
ess than SKY for the
*Telescoping container can only be fired when fully opened, reducing Concealability to tank plus training for
0. Firing requires a Complex Action. costs at least a hun-
s that much. The
I1 worth the invest-
Use the standard rocket rules for this weapon, p. 99,SRll. This weapon cannot
accept accessories. The rocket does 12D Damage, reducing the Power of its blast by -1
for every half-meter, and is subject to scatter of 2DG + 2. The LAW rocket is not com- (12:36:49/ 10-22-54)
patible with a standard AVR launcher and does not have armor-piercing capability. A 1
x 10-meter blast zone behind the weapon is subject to 10M exhaust blast, reduced by er tried w i n g close
-1 per meter. to a Stonewall or
n to use a LAW?

>>>>>(ContinuingDog Boy's
comment under the LAW entry,
if you stand within an MBT's pri-
mary anti-personnel zone,
you're worm food. Both the
LAW and the MAW have a
range of 1,500 meters, well out-
side the APZ. But neither the
A heavier version of the LAW, the Arbelast I1 Medium Anti-armor LAW nor the MAW can pene-
trate MBT armor, so the point is
Weapon (MAW) fires a heavier rocket and warhead. Unlike the LAW, the moot.)<<<<<
K o l o n e l Cobra
MAW'S disposable firing canister does not telescope. The weapon includes a (05: 12:54/ 10-26-54)

permanent, fixed-magnification system and secondary "pop-up" hard sights. >>>>>(Ifyou have the patience
and take the time to aim, LAWS
and MAWSwork great against
Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index low-flying aircraft. You proba-
Missile - 1 SS 15D 2.75 8/48 1,200Y 2 bly won't hit your target, but
they don't know that. They see
Use the standard rocket rules for this weapon, p. 99, SRII. This weapon cannot the heat signature and the
accept accessories. The rocket warhead does 15D Damage, reducing the Power of its smoke trail, so they jink away.
blast by -I for every half-meter, and is subject to Scatter of 2D6 + 2. The MAW rocket If they've got cojones they'll
is not compatible with a standard AVR launcher and does not have armor piercing take the time to check their
capability. A 1 x 12-meter blast zone behind the weapon is subject to 12M exhaust dfaplays for locking or tracking
first, but most don't.)<<<<<
blast, reduced by -1 per meter.
(06: 13:49/10-29-54)

>>>>>(If you're smart, you set

up a kill zone where you and
another chummer have LAWS
and a third has a SAM. You fire
and the bird jinks away from
you; the other LAW fires and
the bird jinks again, right into
the path of the SAM. Gotta love
-Uncle SAM
>>>>>(It can "stop any size of
enemy armor?" Hardly. A
Great Dragon, or a Bandit for
that matter, can hardly scratch
a Banshee, let alone a main
battle tank, without careful
aim. Reality check, any-
Co-manufactured by Mitsubishi and General Motors Military Division, the -Sten (12:32:49/10-2 1-54)

Great Dragon ATGM (anti-tank guided missile) is a ground-based spinoff of >>>>(Too bad that on the high
end, armor technology is out-
GM's popular Bandit air-to-ground missiles. Fired from a tripod-mounted, pacing armor-piercing tech-
reusable canister, the Great Dragon ATGM has proven an effective battlefield
weapon. An integral, semi-smart tracking system keeps the launched missile
on target, and delayed main-engine ignition helps hide the launcher's loca-
tion. These features, combined with a shaped-charge, armor-piercing war-
head, enable the Great Dragon to stop enemy armor of any size.
>>>>(Remember that the

Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
L-ATGM 4 1 SS 20D 2.75 8/48 1,200Y 2 i-armor weapon. These
nasty fraggers.)<<<<<
*See the Weapon Range Table, p. 87
(12:25: 10110-29-54)
This weapon uses the standard missile rules, p. 99, SRII. This weapon cannot
accept accessories, and includes a fixed Optical Magnification I1 sighting system. The >>>>>[Yeah, but the vehicle-
mounted Bandit AGM doesn't
armor-piercing missile warhead does 2OD Damage, reducing the Power of its blast by
even have the armor penetra-
-5 Blast per meter, and is subject to Scatter of 2D6. A 1 x 12-meter blast zone behind tion of a Great Dragon. I guess
the weapon is subject to 12M exhaust blast, reduced by -1 per meter. being airborne, it needs to be
lighter. . .)c<<<<
-Arnie Leech


>>>>>(This device is vastly

overpriced and too sophisti-
cated for the common merc.
Stick with weapons that are
internally smart and don't need
outside guidance. They're not
infallible, but you can fire 'em
and forget 'em.)<<<<<
Manufactured by Saeder-Krupp's infamous Special Munitions branch, the -Matador
(02: l2:4 1/ 10-25-54)
sophisticated Ballista consists of a backpack mechanism that deploys a shoul-
>>>>>(It fits the "Future
der-firing missile tube. The Ballista missile can be used with the launcher Trooper" concept, though:
hardened battle armor, inte-
inclined as an indirect-fire weapon, or as a direct-fire weapon balanced on the grated comm and tactical
shoulder. The indirect-fire system revolves around microtronic compensators data links, integral weapons,
and so on. A laser-designa-
that align the tube at the proper angle regardless of the firer's position with tor is only one of many tar-
geting systems the Ballista
respect t o true vertical, and can fire Ballista M k I or M k I! rounds. The direct- Can use; this weapon i s
modular and therefore easy
fire system operates similarly t o other missile launchers and can fire M k I, 11, to upgrade.)<<<<<
--Colonel Cobra
and 111 Ballista missiles. (1A:O3:2O/ 1 1-02-54)

>>>>>(Picture this: a High-Spy

Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index sensor drone roams the battle-
Missile - 4 (m) SS 14D 6.5 18/30 days 10,500Y 4 field using a multifacted sensor
suite with infrared, thermal and
*See Weapon Range Table, p. 87. radar imaging, optical recog-
nition, and so on to identify
See following page for information on Ballista rounds. Each type of magazine con- hostiles. When it finds one, it
tains 4 rounds and can k replaced in 10 seconds. The Ballista itself takes 30 seconds downloads the targeting
data-range and angle of
to remove or put on, and has no rear blast zone. The weapon comes with a Type I launch and descent-to a
Laser Designator (see pp. 85-86) for use in direct-fire mode only. viable friendly. The Ballista
takes the data link, adjusts
itself, and fires. The soldier just
approves the launch.)<<<<<
-Sten (20: 11:29/11-05-54)


>>>>>(Continuingfrom com-
ments on the Ballista launcher,
why bother with a soldier? Why
not just use field drones?)<<<<<
-Tony's T i r

>>>>>(Eventually,they will.
Custom-designed for the Saeder-Krupp Ballista launcher, Ballista rockets Plenty of people are investing
meganuyen in hyper-expert
and missiles use a variety of warheads and targeting configurations. All types and Al systems for combat
vehicles. Some designers see
of rounds can be mixed and matched within a single magazine. flesh as a weak link; after all,
you can't scare a comput-
Intelligence Damage Blast Weight Cost Availability Street index er.)<<<<<
Mk l 0 14D -7/meter 2.75 --Colonel Cobra
1,000Y 12/21 days 4
Mk I1 5* 14D -7/meter 2.75 (0320: 18/11-09-54)
2,000Y 18/28 days 4
Mk I l l 6 14 D -7/meter 2.75 2,500Y 14/28 days 4
>>>>>We're a long way from
*See Reflected-Energy Designators, p. 85. developing an Al system
capable of processing the
same degree of data that the
The Mk I is an armor-piercing, dumb rocket, used for direct or indirect fire. Apply human mind can handle,
grenade rules given on p. 96, SRII. The Mk II is an armor-piercing, laser-tracking mis- despite what some corps might
sile used for direct and indirect fire. See Reflected-Energy Designators, p. 85 of this want you to think. Even the
book. The Mk Ill is an armor-piercing, semi-smart missile used only for direct fire. best parallel processors ain't
sawy enough.)<<<<<
-Weird Wanda
(18:2950/11- 10-54)

>>>>>(You just keep thinking

that, Wanda.)<<<<<


>>>>>(Mortars. I keep thinking

of the sysop's message up
front, that a lot of the stuff in
these files would interest shad-
owrunners. A mortar? A frag-
gin' mortar? Cut me
-Singapore Sami
An extremely dependable weapon, the M-12 mortar is based on a battle- (21:05:48/10-25-54)
proven design. Its long barrel ends in a four-pronged base that digs into and >,>>>(A mortar might not be
useful? I beg to differ. Maybe
anchors the weapon against the ground, and a swing-out, bipod brace props it's not part of a runner's day-
to-day pack o' goodies, but it
the weapon at a firing angle. The weapon's operator enters firing angles and can come in handy. I orches-
environmental conditions manually into the controls of the barrel-mounted trated a run against a corp
compound outside 10s Angeles
sight. In addition to sighting and firing the weapon himself, the operator can about two years ago, and my
team peppered the area with
fire based on data from a spotter. The M-12 can fire "dumb" rounds or smoke rounds as we went in.
Filled the place up good. We
sophisticated, laser-tracking ammo. used thermal sighting, which
the corp boys didn't have.
Going out, we also dropped a
couple of HE rounds into the
Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Availability Cost Street Index
- 1 ss Special "%@ 1 2/14 days 3,oooY 2
m t o r pool to discourage pur-
sJ.Worked well.)<<<<<
See rulesfor smoke and white phosphorous mortars, pp. 85-86 of this book. For (20:28:36/10-29-54)
information on the M- 12's special mortar rounds, see the following page. The mortar
takes 3 minutes, or 36 turns, to set up and 18 turns to break down. It fires up to 2 >>>>>(Kingslayer has a good
rounds per Combat Turn, regardless of the number of Actions the firer has available. point. A runner needs to look at
more than the weapons he has
on hand; to make a run work,
construct a sound plan and
then get the gear to make that
plan work. Assuming any run-
ner plans realistically, of
(l3:O7:1911 1-05-54)
>>>>>(Whitephosphorus? I've
got scars from that drek. I was
working in Africa when a light
plane buzzed our camp.
fraggin' plane carried a brace
of rockets that the pilot
dropped on us like bombs.
They burst and spread phos-
The M-12 Mortar takes all the types of rounds listed below. All rounds phorus over the whole area.
A year later, I found the
are drop-fired down the mortar barrel, their self-contained motors ignited pilot and skinned him like he'd
done to me.)<<<<<
by a pin at the barrel's bottom. All are fin-stabilized in flight, and arm only -Night Hunter
after they have cleared the barrel.
>>>>>(Technically, white phos-
phorus is a chemical weapon
and should fall under appropri-
Damage Blast Weight Cost Avdlablltty Street Index
ate international guidelines.
High Explosive 18D -I/ .5m 4.0 200Y 18/ 14 days 3 >Thoughit rarely kills, it inflicts at
Anti-Personnel* 18D -1/ l m 4.0 250%' 18/14days 3 least third-degree burns even
Smoke" - - 3.5 175Y 14 days 2
through normal clothing. Using
White Phosphorust 155/12L -1/ Im 4.0 350Y 18/ 14 days 3
White phosphorus saddles your
Anti-Vehiclett I6D -1/4m 4.0 1,200Y 21days 4 opponent with quite a prob-
lem--he has to care for many
'Use the Flechette rules, p. 93, SRII. more wounded. It's so much
**Seep. 85 of this book. easier to bury the dead.)<<<<<
+See p. 86 of this book. --Colonel Cobra
ttThis armor-piercing round's laser-tracking seeker requires a laser-marked target (see (O5:2O.14/11-05-54)
Target Designators, p. 85 of the Rules section).
>>>>>(A real solider; always
the humane reaction.)<<<<<
-Teckff (193BA5111-06-54)

>>>>>(It's real warkne, Tecker. If

you fight, you fight to win.
Anything less is inhu-
(O4:2O:31 / 1 1 -09-54)


>>>>>(I've run into these a

couple of times during regular
merc work and shadowrun"-
style ops. Perimeter and "haz-
cwdous area" securfty use them
more frequently these days
because they're easy to trans-
port and set up. Also damn
The long-awaited Ares Arms SentryTMweapons have finally arrived! The dfective.)<<<<<
SentryTMplatform's unique modular system allows a merc or sec-force t o cus- (O4:2O:&/ 11-05-54)
tomize it to suit specific needs. A fully-functioning "smart" system, a SentryTM >>>>>(Ares is building a whole
industry around these bas-
can recognize, track, and engage pre-set, situation-determined, or random tards. Future options include
optical recognition technolo-
targets within its zone of control. Its multi-aspect sensors cover the entire
gy (you get shot i f you look
electromagnetic spectrum, allowing it t o engage any target it can sense for wrong), active sensor interro-
gation (you get shot i f you
effective, deadly control. don't have the right coded
badge), and mobile-platform
--Conqueror Wyrm
Intelligence Concealabillty Weight Cost Availability Street Index (20: 1O:32/ 11-08-54)
6t - 4.0' 22,000Ytt 12/21 days 4
>*>>>(Mobile platform integra-
*Plus weight of weapon, accessories, and ammunition. ti*??)<<<<<
tEach new sensor purchased adds + 1 to the weapon's Intelligence Rating. M e a s e l (05:2ABl11-09-54)
ttstandard weapon costs 22,000Y, plus 10 percent of purchase price for customiza-
tion. Purchase ammo and recoil compensation per standard rules. Additional low-light, >>>>%(Alreadymentioned in
pulsed radar, ultrasound, and audio sensors with integration software/hardware cost the MAW entry. Main battle
tanks and others have APZs-
2,000Y each. Improved targeting capability allows the gun barrel to incline 20° and
decline 10' at a cost of 3,000Y. by automated, anti-infantry
weapons mounted on the vehi-
All SentryTMweapons include integrated thermographic and pulse-radar sensors. cle. Most tanks use Sentry guns
All have a base Initiative of 15 + 1D6, which can be raised to 20 + 2D6 at a cost of or their ilk, or flechette1HE
10,000Y or to 25 + 2D6 at a cost of 20,000Y. Every SentryTMhas the equivalent of directional charges for close
Firearms Skill 5, increased by + 1 at a cost of 5,000Y and by + 1 for every additional inte- targets.)<<<<<
grated sensor purchased. The SentryTMsystem takes 5 minutes to assemble or take --Colonel Cobra
(06:20: 19111-09-54)
apart, and is designed around a tripod that holds a motorized weapon mount with 360-
degree rotation. The tripod provides 6 points of Recoil Compensation. The weapon
mount holds any weapon from a submachine gun to a light machine gun, including
new HVAR and HV/LMG weapons. Ammunition is belt-fed from a protected store that
holds up to 2,000 rounds. For purposes of attacks against the system, the SentryTMhas
a Barrier Rating of 12. For rules on SentryTMgun operation, see Rules, p. 83.

>>>(Ya know, nobody's

d the most important thing
out all this wiz gear. Don't
it unless you know how,
? Dumbest thing I ever
w was a bulked-out street
m running down the street
ith an MGL-12, trying to hit a
Ever felt bothered by the limited ammo your under-barrel grenade launch- ating Hughes
ought I was watch-
er carries? The ArmTech MGL-12 multi-grenade launcher ends all your wor- those Armed to the
ries. A simple bull-pup weapon, the MGL- 12 can load a clip of twelve stan-
dard mini-grenades. Accurate to a range of 300 meters, the MGL-12 lets you (06:20:29/11-06-54)

deliver all the blast you need! Also available in a Mini-6, pistol-style version! I HIT THE FRAG-

Type Conceal Ammo Mode Dunage Weight Availability Cost Street Index ore I make you eat my
Grenade12 3 12 (cf SA Variable ' 5.0 6/36 2,200Y 3
Grenade6 6 6 (c) SA Variable* 2.5 6/36 1 , a Y 3

'Use standard grenade rules, p. 96,SRII. >>>>>(Bad news, Slugg-o-

bmy-heart: YOU MISSED! YOU
tagged the top of a tree,
Recoil modifier is +2. Recoil compensation only applies to gyro-mounts. The rhich blew up real nicely. I,
weapon accepts targeting and sighting accessories. bwever, piloting the afore-
nSentiined Stallion, made my
escrrpe. Guess you were too
buw dodging bids of burning
b e to notice. .)<<<<c
-Airman Al


(I'm gonna kill ya and then
I'm gonna eat ya!))ccc<<<
--Slugg (10:14:19/11-10-54)

>>>>>(People vastly overesti-

mate the effects of grenades.
One old US Army study stated
that an open-field grenade
detonating within a few meters
d a soldier had only an 80 per-
cent chance of disabling him
for a day. Of course, if you dive
Grenades! Grenades! Grenades! One-stop shopping for all your grenade on the fraggin' thing like they
keep doing in the sims, I'm sure
needs! Mix and match all shapes and sizes. Designer colors available. the injuries get nastier.)<<<<<
-Tiny Terror
Grenade Type Conceal Damage Weight Availabllky Cost/Street Index
Offensive (HE* or AP)" 6 IOS (-I/ meter) .25 4 days 30w2 >>>>>(Don't believe everything
IPE Offensive you read. I don't trust any mili-
(HE' or AP)" 6 15s (-1 /meter) .25 5/4 days tary study. Chip-truth,
Defensive (HE' or AP)" 6 10s (-I/ .5 meter) .25 4 days
grenades make excellent
herding weapons. Toss 'em in
IPE Defensive
$heright place and the enemy
(HE' or AP)" 6 1 5s (-1 / .5 meter) .25 5/4 days moves away from that loca-
Concussion 6 12M (Stun) (-I/ meter) .25 5/4 days tion. Also, if your throwing arm
IPE Concussion 6 16M (Stun) (-l/meter) .25 5/4 days or launcher is accurate, a
White Phosphorus"' 6 14M/10L (-l/meter) .25 6/5 days *made in the lap does a lot
Smoket 6 - .25 3/24 hrs more damage than one that
gees off "within a few
Smoke (lR)t 6 - .25 4/48 hrs
Flash++ 6 Special 25 4/48 hrs
Mini-grenade 8 by grenade I +2/by grenade (08:20:14/11-06-54)
*HE: high-explosive. Standard grenade rules apply (p. 96, SRII).
>>>>*(Always remember to
**AP: anti-personnel with high fragmentation. Standard grenade rules apply; determine
throw It after you arm it. Trust
damage according to flechette rules (p. 93, SRII). me.)<<<<<
'**See Rules, p. 86 of this book. -One-Handed Willy
t See Rules, p. 85 of this book. (02:08:20/11-08-54)
tt See p. 44,Street Samurai CataIog.
>>>>>(N0000000000! This
has got to be bulldrek! Nothing
drops in cost by 2,000 percent
in four years! Why are they
marketing this jetwash? Why
not just distribute assault rifles
In grade school?!)<<<<<
-The Neon Samurai
Ares Arms strikes again! Four years after introducing their revolutionary MP (03:20:19/11-10-54)

Laser, Ares has trimmed the price by an astounding 2,000 percent and begun >>>>>(I remember you had a
problem with the original MP
mass production. An ideal weapon for the sophisticated mercenary or security Laser in a posting some time
ago. The MP Laser Ill is a lot
force, the MP-Laser Ill is a self-contained, single-carrier system designed for less nasty than an assault can-
non by a long shot, but it's still
instant reaction to and containment of serious threats. Hip-mounted, peak-dis- way too expensive for most to
buy one. Why the tantrum,
charge battery packs, designed for rapid exchange, can be recharged for
future use. -Findler-Man
(20: 17:27/11-12-54)

Type Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index >>>>>(Perhaps I can shed
Sniper - 20 SA 15M 25 24/21 days 120,000Y 3 some light on this. For years,
the Neon Samurai has spread
sfcclnder against Ares Arms,
To determine range, consult the Weapon Range Table (see Rules, p. 87) and cla8ming that the company
decrease the weapon's Power Level by -2 for each range beyond Short (Medium -2, kilied a certain Doctor Elliot
Long -4, Extreme -6). Ballistic Armor has no effect; reduce Impact Armor by half, Mills-Fargo after he created
rounded down. The laser does not pierce armor, and suffers the standard -1 Damage the key patents for the MP
reduction when used against vehicles. Smoke reduces the laser's Power Level by -1 for Laser. This claim is untrue.
every 2 meters of smoke the beam passes through. Recoil modifiers do not apply. Stephen Mills-Fargo, aka
"The Neon Samurai," killed
his own father after a drunk-
en argument.)<<<<<
(04: 10:20/11- 13-54)
Watch the next level of Ares M P Laser technology in action! Ares Arms
has created the first viable laser system for small and medium-sized vehicles.
The turret-mounted FireLanceTMsystem offers anti-armor capability against
[If you've got proof, go
lightly armored vehicles and low-flying aircraff. Its high recharge rate allows it with B. if you start a orre-

to hit multiple targets with ease, and its focusing and emission system has an
extraordinarily high mean time between failure. Top-notch firepower with a
minimum of field service-buy an Ares laser and you can't go wrong!

Type Conceal Ammo Mock Damage Weight Avabbllity Cost Street tndur
Assault - 40 SA 155 48 Unknown 300,000;YUnknown

To determine range, consult the Weapon Range Table (see Rules, p. 87). Decrease
the weapon's Power Level by -2 for each range beyond Short (Medium -2, Long -4, Samr#ai can rove
Extreme -6). Ballistic Armor has n o effect; reduce Impact Armor by half, rounding
down. The armor-piercing beam suffers the standard -1 Damage Level reduction when . &st betore the
used against vehicles. Smoke reduces the Power Level by -1 far every 4 meters of
smoke the beam passes through. Recoil modifiers d o not apply.

>>>(it's a common miscon-

tion t h a t "exploding"
n d s a r e like micro-
s. M o t true. Yes, there's
but fhe load n so

The American Ammo Co. proudly announces improvements t o its current

explosive and tracer ammunition products. Now, the EXAmmo line provides
more explosion and fragmentation than ever before, a t a minimal cost
increase. The ViewFlight line of tracer ammunition has also been updated to
provide an even more accurate ballistic path and brighter burn! American
Ammo; for all your ammo needs! >>>*>(I've heard that Ares o t
s o m e o n e is working o n a n
@miorive c o m m n d that det-

Conullity Dunage Weight Availability Cost Street Index

EX Explosive 8 See below .75 6/72 hrs 100% 1.5
Tracer 8 See below .5 3/24hn 75Y 1

EX explosive rounds add +2 t o the Power of the weapon, but use all other stan-
dard rules. Tracer rounds can be used only in full-auto weapons, and are loaded
every third round in the clip. Non-smartgun users receive an additional -1 target e e z ! What a r e you,
number modifier a t ranges beyond Short, cumulative with every third round fired (-1
after first three, -2 after six, and so on). When calculating burst damage for three-
round, multiple-round, or short-round bursts. d o not add a bonus to the Power For
the tracer round, but d o increase the Damage Level appropriately. For example, a
sub-machinegun using a 5M round and firing 10 rounds would have a Damage Code
of 1ZD, normally 15D.
>>(Most shadowrunners
't think about clothing,
gh mercs live and die by
mazing how many wild-
, runner-wannabes try to
k around in their Day-Glo
k hairdos and phospho-
No field operation is complete without the proper clothing! Patterson atchetman
(03:20:1 1 /I 1 -08-54)
Fabrics Camo-SpecTMclothing uses computer-designed environmental facsimi-
Maybe they're inten-
le patterning for maximum concealment. Available in a wide variety of pat- unprepared. You know,
and the Art of
terns and weights, Patterson Fabrics is the choice for you! wrunning?" Let the flow
Available patterns include Desert, Snow, Woodland, Urban, and Winter you. Ride the river, don't
Be the wind.)<<<<<
Woodland. All garments have reversible daylnight patterns. histle

Ballistic Impact Availability Cost Street Index eal, chummer. Sure,

Full Suit 3 1 4/36 hrs 800Y 1 some spontaneity,
Jacket 5 3 5/36 hrs 1,200Y 1 know the course of
head of time you'll
For the effects of camo clothing on Perception Tests, see Rules, p. 77. red to shift your
avoid the rocks.
course, and only
when you have

k (17:29;41/11-11-54)


l8:56:22/1 1 - 12-54)
>>>>>(I used this gel drek once
working in the south d France.
We're geared for a lmle night
action, so I'm strapped into a
$et of mll-spec light security
m o r and wnning a full elec-
honics sufte, interlinked with all
my team members, exchang-
When you need something tougher than soft-cloth ballistic armor, step up Ing data at the speed of light.
We penetrate the complex and
to real protection. Kelmar Tech's patented gel-pack technology provides hard- BOOM! my happy feet trigger a
$enfry gun (sorry I ain't gonna
ened protection against penetration along with maximum comfort and flexibil- type in that fraggin' (TMII)
ity. Kelmar gel-packs remain liquid and flexible until the shock wave of a pro- yldtting an HV/LMG. The burst
knocks me back a couple of
8 &rs and leaves me staring
jectile impact solidifies the gel into an impenetrable barrier. As the kinetic
~ Q Wrs.
t Am I alive? Yup. Do I
energy dissipates, the gel liquefies, ready to absorb the next impact. Kelmar's Wr??Oh, yeah. Can I move?
NQWoo. Know why? The gel
military-spec combat armor is the best of the best! besrb't liquefy. It stays hard
b d haves me stiff as a plank.
The tach-heads told me it was
Mil-spec gel packs can be added to any available armor. With the addition of gel- o "rWtiple shock-wave reso-
packs, treat armor as Hardened at its normal Ballistic and Impact ratings. If applicable, b n c*effect." One in a million,
reduce Concealability by half (rounded down). The gel-packs increase all armor's ey said. Never happen
weight by 25 percent, multiply its cost by 5, double its Street Index and Availability they said. I won't play
target number, and quadruple the time required to get it. msb wids.ds.)<<<<<
If a weapon's Power, before burst or autofire modifications, does not exceed the W i g h t Fighter
modified armor's rating, the round does not penetrate and does no damage. If a (08:23:14/11- 10-54)
weapon's Power exceeds the armor's rating, reduce the rating per standard found that mil-spec
Shadowrun rules. Penetration reduces the armor's rating by 1 per penetration.


>>>(sI#ldownrrmen thould-
even think about this stuff
cept In the moat extreme ck-
mstances. It lodulike what
IUtary-gradearmor. I've
people wearing this gem
all Hn accesrorier, and
don't laok human. Makes
The military traditionally k e p t t h e b e s t for t h e m s e l v e s . N o w , Esprit e to think about
Industries of France brings you mil-spec quality o n t h e o p e n market! Esprit's pid Fire
n e w line of military-grade combat armor offers full protection, hard a n d soft-
armor integration, energy dispersal, thermal d a m p e n i n g options, intrasuit ered version of
wiring conduits, surface antenna matrices, t h e works. Available in standard o r
custom camouflage patterns, these suits a r e a must for t h e serious fighter. rated weapons, the
ybody else heard

Balllstic Impact Weight Availability CostIStreet Index

12+Body 18/1mth 25,OOOY/3
(20:21:28/11- 13-54)
Light Military Armor 10 7
Medium Military Armor 12 8 14 + Body 24/1 mth 45,OOOY/3
Heavy Military Armor 14 9 16 + Body 28/1.5 mths 70,00OY/3
mors, but I heard
Heavy Military Helmet +2 +3 3.0 24/1 mth 2.500Y/3
ot FuchiJccccc

Treat military-grade armor as Hardened. Suits are designed to integrate combat

electronics, including the BattleTacTMsystem. Military-grade armor reduces the wear-
er's Combat Pool by 1 for every 2 points of Ballistic Armor Rating above the character's
Quickness Rating.
.>>>>(This is an interesting
weapon option that offers
much the same effect as
A)ikotingm at a greatly
oMkrced price. Ironicajly, at a
weapons show in Cairo last
year I watched a salesman
Show this weapon to an inter-
Ideal for the in-the-field mercenary or the more urban oriented soldier of slsted young lady, in the
process severing two fingers.
fortune, the Cougar Fineblade uses state-of-the-art molecular bonding and Atit8 a demonstration.)<<<<<
-TYW (8- 15-94/3:20: 14)
edging technology t o create an incomperable blade. Its double-bladed, with a
special wire-cutting notch, and hardened grip and pommel, makes the Cougar
Fineblade the perfect combat companion. Available in standard and long-
blade versions, both using Cougar's patented technology.

ConUiHty Reach Damage Weight AvailablWy Cost Sbeethkx

Short Blade 8 - (STR)M .5 5/72 hrs 800Y 3
Long Blade 5 - (STR + l)M .75 8/72 hrs 1,500Y 3 h an afmfnedpas-

The Fineblade knife has no special properties.



. . . Has anyone

>>>>>(One of my best career
moves was to learn moun-
taineering. I feel much more
confident, so I can ascend,
descend, and traverse much
bster and more efficiently.
My exposure is down signifi-
Qantly, and I am a much
Sometimes, getting in is half the battle; Duraflex's full line of climbing Wppier troll.)<<<<<
-Able (04:28:28/11-05-54)
accessories tips the battle in your favor! Built For the soldier on the move, all
>>>>>(WOW! Sorry, I just
Duraflex accessories are compact, efficient, and reliable. Count on Duraflex! flashed on walking down the
street and seeing a troll rap-
Weight Availability Cost Street Index pelling down a skyscraper
AscentIDescent Harness .25 Always 75Y 1 toward me. One question that
AscentIDescent Kit* 2.0 Always 250Y 1 ~ n l just
y occurred to me: how
Rappelling Gloves - Always 70Y 1 easity available is troll- and
Rope (50m) 1.O Always 125Y 1 elk-sized gear? I see so-
called "normal" stuff every-
shy, but what about "Real Big
*Ascent/Descent kit includes descenders, ascenders, carabiners, crampons, and so on Man" Stuff?)<<<<<
as appropriate. -lord Fly
(21:28: 15111-08-54)
All climbing ropes and harnesses hold up to 2,000 kgs. Harness is quick-release.
For climbing rules, see pp. 75-76. >r>MSome things are more
cdmmon than others. For
example, I can simply buy
some climbing ggar at a
gtsabr tensile strength than
anything small folk would buy
for themselves. In general,
though. ork-sized stuff costs 50
percent more and troll-sized
stuff doubles in price. Bulldrek
Eke that keeps my people in
fPte slums.)<<<<<
-Able (O5: 10: 13111- 10-54)


>>>>>(Truthfully,Iwonder if the
upgrade is worth the price.
Most of the improvements real-
ly only matter to tech-heads.
Fhe weapon feels more alert
(weird sensation), and the
Zange finder linkage becomes
kandy at longer ranges, but I
Available for the first time, the new Smartlink Level II represents a signifi- on't know.)<<<<<

a n t improvement over existing smartgun technology. Better command pro- -

(OW9: 16111 12-54)

cessing, faster signal referencing, cleaner cross-vendor integration, and formal (Fitz, old boy, for some of
at uncertainty makes the
adherence to the new ADVAT.328 protocol standards make your weapon link-

age faster and better than ever! Smartlink Level I1 components are fully com- (20:18:16/11-13-54)
patible with Level I Smartlink systems!
specs don't say
bout it, but I just
link Level I1 and it
Mount Conceal Weight Availability Cost Street Index
with my vehicle
.75 6/48 hrs
. I get full status
.25 geting info off any
Smartgoggles - 0 .1 4/36 hrs 3,500Y 2 vehicle weapon
rigging, in addition
Essence Cost Availability Cost Street Index tandard basic data
Smartlink .5 6/48,hrs 3,200Y 2 I'm definitely more
with smartlinked
For rules regarding Smartlink Level I1 technology, see p. 84-85. To gain Level II
I found all this
t needed to
advantages, both the smartlink and the smartgun must be Level 11. L f f i that had
ly One we had
'smart," and I
ime to take out


>>(Hey! Mine doesn't do

Radar Lover
>>>>>(ItRe the PhifWpr system.
Wo one's broken the encryption
p t - c o m , that may be luck.
hAcol noise, the system's pretty
dean. The scan-link option on
set one up and hit the recep-
Keep in touch with the rest of your team with the new Phillips Tacticom tdr-get the bearing right, and
the system does the work.
system! Phillips brings its combat-proven electronics to battlefield communi-
cations with six levels of signal encryption and the capability to load custom (03:51:30/11-15-54)
encryption algorithms. Heavily protected both inside and out, the master unit (I prefer to work off a
accepts signals from conventional land-lines, satellite uplinks, dedicated laser-
I've even lofted a
links, microwave relay, and any other telecommunications signal source. An
outstanding system at an outstanding price!

Concealability Rating Weight Availability Cost S t r e

Master Unit - 14 75 24/21 days 60,000Y 3
Portable Master Unit - 14 20 18/14 days 120,000Y 2
Personal Comm Unit 8 14 .5 12/14days 18,500Y 2
Microwave Link 3 - 1.0 18/2 1 days 4,800Y 2 r that next time we tan-
Laser Link 4 - 1.0 14/21 days 2,700Y 2
Satellite Uplink - - 2.0 12/21 days 7,500Y 2
(1 1:28%/11- 19-54)
For more information on the uses of the system, see p. 86

>>>>>(Sorry, chummers. This

drek means the "Future
trooper" is now. See, vehicles
ican also use BclttIeTacTM. Let's
wy Dog Soldier Syhria sees an
pnemy unit approaching her
&ideaway. She feeds that data
&to the network, and seconds
Sony makes a splash in battlefield tactical management with the a trio of Stonewall MBTs sit-
system! In the field, knowledge is power-the BattleTacTM
gives that power to the commanders and to the soldier on the line. Unit posi-
tions, assets, conditions, situations-you name it and BattleTacTM
has it!
The BattleTacTMsystem integrates tactical telecommunications and data
transfer. Each soldier equipped with a BattleTacTMunit is linked with allied
(1 1:34:29/11-19-54)
BattleTacTMusers in an open communications and data exchange network.
deckers have said
Sony Corp's BattleTacTM
gives you the key to victory!
Deckers Society
Using BattleTacTMrequires a Special Skill: Small Unit Tactics and BattleTacTM.
receive an additional -2 modifier to all target numbers whenever the network is active. funny. Fortunately,
For more information, see p. 84. systems and those
stricted to elite cor-
r private units. You
e a regular Aztlan
rting BatlleTacm or

>>>>>(I've had a lot of success
outfitting forward observers
with various designators. They
spot a target, light it up, and
&en the fight artillery grunts in
$e backfield send up a hand-
ful of target tracking rounds.
l b y grab m e air, look down,
Light up that enemy! Winter Systems offers top-of-the-line target designa- a d well-what-do-you-know,
tMre are the targets shining
tors. Choose the target of allied fire from the safety of your bunker, trench, or brightly. Down they come.
Boom goes the target. Gotta
hideaway with the front-runner in military electronics. From IR lasers to kwe it.)<<<<<
microwave pulse systems, Winter Systems designators are the most accurate -Night Fighter
(08:22:30/11- 19-54)
and reliable model on the market. When precision counts, count on Winter!
>>>>>(Most designators can
Ise compromised, so don't bet
Wle fwm on them or you just
Type Conceal Range Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Low-power ht end up buying that par-
laser sight cula real estate. Smoke
-1 500m .25 6/36 hrs 500Y .9 block@lasers. Chaff-reflective
High-power #particks blown into the air-
laser sight Is microwave and radar. So
-1 1,500111 .25 8/48 hrs 1,400Y 1 Competing beams of
Laser designator -2 5,0001~7 .5 12/14days3,700Y 2 mwave or radar energy.
Microwave NBLvW assume something will
designator work; always plan alterna-
- 8,000 krn 4.5 24/l mth 12,500Y 2 t&eoSccccc
Radar designator - 10,000 km+ 25 24/3 mths 4 8 , 0 0 0 Y 2 --Matador
(O5:08:3O/ 11-22-54)
For rules on using target designators, see p. 85.
>>(Hey, Matty, do you
merc for a living or
ing? Your tone is gettin'
nerves, chwnmer. Scan

(1 3:38:50/ 1 1-24-54

rr>>>Clou might say he wrote

me book.)ccccc
--Double Dirk
(20: 19:15111-25-54)
>>>>>(Never get lost in
Amazonia. Chummer, that
place is so Awakened that any
map made more than a month
ago is out of date. I've never
octually seen the land change,

isited before and

With the new Sony Nav-DatTMglobal positioning system, you'll never get very, very differ-

lost again! It instantly cross-references your location against all known naviga-
(04:20: 12111-13434)
tional satellites and, in seconds, provides information on your location accu-
>(I know for a fact that
rate within 2 meters. The system's super-accurate internal digital maps come onia purchased two
LandScan ground-imag-
datasoft jack-equipped, and cover several areas. The system also provides
tellites about five years
several standard coordinate systems and positioning algorithms. Plot, track, es shot them into orbit

and plan your movements using the positions of the moon and sun: no both-
er, no hassle! Fully compatible with the Sony BattleTacTMsystem!

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index

8 .5 6/48 hrs 7 W 1

mazonia's overgrowth
is one of thdr dirty lit-
ets. Whatever they did
w the rain forests

've even con-

that choice in
~>>>>(l"eused the NigMglkler
on several occasions. It's a
pretty good transport, but don't
Iry anyMIng fancy or it'll come
apart. Avoid ground fire and
Aard landings at aN
The Artemis Industries NightgliderTMbrings the medium-weight glider to -
(0429:17/11 10-54)
the cutting edge of infiltration operations. Easily deployable from two over- 9.*>2>(1also question the land-
inl)/takeoff information.
sized bags, the NightgliderTMruns on a compact, virtually silent, electric-dri- Landing vertically i s easy,
baause the stall-speed is so
ven turbofan engine. Low noise, radar-absorbing mesh skin, and a flexible and low you can pretty much coast
responsive airframe combine to make a vehicle perfect for midnight runs. The In and land it, like a hang g l i -
arm Taking off is another story.
NightgliderTMcan also carry a fully operational 400-kg load, making it ideal for You can take her up almost
rertkally by redlining the
full-gear tactical strikes. An optional remote operations package lets you leave .$nglne, but that sucks away
$boyt 25 percent of your bat-
it airborne nearby for a quick getaway! bry w e r . It also kicks engine
beat Way up, which wrecks the
wd't 8ignature--but if you've
Handling Speed B/A slg APilot Cost ggt Ih,watts to spare, go for it.
3 15/60 1/o 12 1 45,oOOY Yg)uYl get off the ground
Seating: 1 underslung Access: N/A fa#.p<c<<
Economy: 1 PF per krn Power: Elec1100 -Desert Vet
Cargo: 4 CFs Weight: 200 kgs (20: l4:23/ll- 15-54)
Landlng/Takeoff Profile: Effective VTOL
e airframe was
Additional Features: The glider takes 5 minutes to assemble and disassemble. . It can take a

gear and some sensors, but I

feel vulnerable.)<<<<<
-Trap Door Tax
>>>>>(Ah, the ubiquitous
MPUV. You can even see
street-legal versions in some
areas. Tr6s chic, don't ya
-Hummer Hal

The CMC multi-purpose utility vehicle (MPUV) is the world's most popular >>>>>(This entry is too vague
about the vehicle's real capa-
light combat vehicle, perfect for every use from light scout to personnel trans- Mlities. I've seen versions
mounting anti-tank weapons,
port. Lightly armored against small-arms fire, the four-wheel drive MPUV can local-area sensor platforms,
*ven light anti-aircraft missiles
handle almost any situation.
or autocannons. The biggest
p W m , in my opinion, is that
'ltt armor is too weak to stand
. Handling speed BIA Sis APilot Cost
up to real weapons and its rel-
513 40/ 1 20' 219 4 0 22,OoOY .civefy poor signature.)<<<<<
Seating: 2 front buckets + 1 rear bench Access: 2 + 2 standard , --Colonel Cobra
Economy: 15 km per liter Fuel: MultiF/ 100 (21:02:21/ 1 1-30-54)
Cargo: 10 CF
Add#iotul Features: Accessories include a radio transceiver, white-light searchlight, i*>>>r(Sure, but trying to
roll ban, and roof pintle mount with access hatch. Some MPUVs come with a single ienprolve signature cripples the
hardpoint. Weapons not included. Wle.The engine can't han-
'Off-road speed is 30/90. 4 e the extra loqd. I knew a
=re unit that sensor-masked
a b m c h of MPUVs. Fraggin'
thin@$ kept overheating. They
couM have installed extra
coolant systems, but that gets
-Tiger Team

>(Devil Rat's a death trap

u ask me. I've seen too
y of them light up after a
ear the ammo or fuel. The
or seems sufficient for its
but ya gotta wonder when
-- - -
go off like grenades all
the battlefield.)<<<<<
The major transport of both the Confederated American States and
California Free State, the Devil Rat armored personnel carrier (APC) is part of
>>>>>(Poor maintenance,
the arsenals of the world's major militaries and corporations. Able to deploy Coug. Check those mainte-
nance and tech people. Are
up to eight soldiers while providing fire support, the Devil Rat is the perfect they sealing all the conduits
choice for combat and combat-support missions. der servicing? Checking reg-
&ady for micro-leaks in the fuel
Mneo, too small to notice but
big enough for a fireball or
$park to set off? Are the seals
Handling Speed B/ A sh3 APilot Cost on the ammo feeds and bins
513 25/75* 3/12 6 2 250,OOOY ~olid ar rotted? If someone's
Seating: 3 crew + 3 benches Access: 3 top hatches, ehecking and you still got
1 double-sized rear hatch Rrobtems, you got a sabo-
Economy: 2 km per liter Fuel: MultiF/325 liters r.)e<<<<
Cago: 12 CF ECMIECCM: None 5 4 l y i n g Wallenchek
! @t:34:09/12-01-54)
Senson: None
Additional Features: Amphibious capability, telecommunications system (Rating 0),
EnviroSealTM,small remote turret. Weapons, sensors, and ECMIECCM not included. regularly and have
Off-road speed is 15/45, 10130 in water. roblemb. Sure, they
an ATGM h i s them,
o surprise.)<<<<<


>>>>>(The Striker configuration

we use most often mounts a
Victory rotary assault cannon.
We've tried to construct the
unit around the same class of
heavy weapons so that they all
use variants on the same
ammo. It works pretty well,
Based o n a reinforced version of t h e popular Devil Rat suspension a n d though obviously we'd like the
heavier firepower of an actual
drive train, t h e LAV-103 "Striker" light tank has heavier armor a n d packs a autocannon on occa-
heavier punch without loss of speed! Improvements to t h e e n g i n e a n d trans- -Ultra-Drek
mission enable this heavy fire-support vehicle to match t h e s p e e d s of lighter (23:59:3O/l2-O
1 -54)

tanks. C o m e s in amphibious a n d anti-air configurations, making t h e Striker a >>>>>(Ultra,you are weird. I've
never heard of such a thing on
popular vehicle in many theaters of operation. the scale you're talking.
Maybe for small arms, but for
cannon rounds?)<<<<<
Handling Speed B/A sig APllot Cost -Tuber
6/4 25/75* 5/15 6 2 480,oOoY
Seating: 3 bucket seats Access: 2 front hatches, *>>>>(Not really weird. I've
1 turret hatch worked with plenty of low-bud-
Economy: 1.5 km per liter Fuel: MultiF/600 liters gat countries that bought their
Cargo: 5 CF ECM/ECCM: None vehicles surplus. Want to hear
Senson: None about a logistical nightmare?
Additional Features: Comes with telecommunications system (Rating O), and Of the seven different kinds of
EnviroSeaPM,and medium remote turret. Weapons not included. light combat vehicles they
fielded, none fired the same
*Off-road speed is 15/45.
ammo: Yeeesh.)<<c<<
-4lerc Mania
>>>>>(Seven different cannons
in the same class?? That's stu-

*>>>>(This sucker flies like a

-gin' brick wan, If you're fly-
fng one of these and sorne-
body shoots a marginally intel-

A common sight in corporate, military, and mercenary forces around the

world, the C-260 is the perfect workhorse. With the right modifications, this
transport can become a powerful air-to-ground weapons platform or a long-
range sensor platform. An excellent all-purpose aircraft! (13:56:41/12-03-54)

(Heh. You've never seen

our Titans have you?
ream over:
Handling Speed B/A Sig APilot Cost
7 150/350 5/12 4 3 700,oOOY
Seating: 2 crew (buckets) + 3 support (buckets) Access: 1 side hatch,
rear ramp
Economy: .04 Fuel: 180,000liters
M a x Range: 7,600 km Combat Radius: 1,800km
Cargo: 3,000 CF ECM/ECCM: None r the pi!ot.)ccccc
Landing/Takeoff Profile: STOL ant
Sensors: None (20:29:35/12-06-54)
Additional Features: Telecommunications system (Rating 0).Weapon mounts, sen-
sors, and ECM/ECCM not included in standard configuration.

>>>>>(Why risk personnel

unless you have to? These days
Im e plenty of Condors, Condor
Ifs, a n d Dalmatfans over the
battlefield. Well funded units
(read: corp) even put u p
ttleTacm electronics with a
sensor package. The Wmgs
Based o n t h e popular SHAPELY (%aped Airfoil Positive Enhanced Lift) u can d o with that kind of
tical information!)<<<<<
design, t h e Condor I1 drone makes a n ideal platform for extended recon a n d
(04:20: 14112-05-54)
surveillance. This lighter-than-air vehicle requires minimal mechanical lift,
reducing its signature a n d fuel consumption. Modeled o n t h e ground-breaking
Condor LDSD-23 drone, t h e Condor 11 replaces solar cells with long-duration
batteries for extended airtime.
ombat Warrior
Handling Speed B/A Sig APilot Store Cost
(2 1:48:39/12-06-54)
5 30/W 1/3 11 3 4 CF 45,OOOY
ust because drones loi-
Economy: 5 km per PF Power: 25 CFs
Operational Duration: Limited by power Landinflakeoff Proflle:
Set-up/Breakdown Time: 5 minutes Sensor Package: Standard (I)
Additlonal Features: Remote-control gear installed. 3 CF available for sensors,
ECMIECCM equipment, or vehicle control gear.


lways keep your drone

ven if it's on autopi-

r XX
(02: 19: 10112-10-54)
Fighting a dug-in enemy? S e n d in t h e Steel Lynx. The Winter Systems
Steel Lynx ground-combat d r o n e is a hardened battle machine designed to ed in the APC the whole
ice system.)<<<<<
clear o u t e v e n t h e most defensible position. Lightweight, polyceramic armor
combines excellent small-arms protection with s p e e d a n d maneuverability.
d know these
Arm t h e Lynx a n d go hunting! the payroll at
Handling Speed B/A Sig APilot Store Cost
4/6 40 4/12 5 2 20 CF 15,OOOY
Economy: 3 km per PF Power: 30 PFs
e never claimed oth-
Operational Duration: Limited by power Sensor Package: Standard (I)
Set-up/Breakdown The: 3 minutes
Additional Features: Remote-control gear installed. 8 CF available for sensors, (08:20: 19/12-09-54)
ECM/ECCM equipment, vehicle control gear or weapons. Common installations include
dedicated hardpoints and a micro-turret that can mount an LMC, HVAR, flechette Y! They stole my
weapons, and so on. Replaceable power pack costs 3,000Y. gonna sueill)<<<<<
aximum security

ay 'em all over an area,

n intruder can't tell where

rds wander in random

The small, silent Ferret RPD-VI makes the perfect low-maintenance perime-
ter-security drone. Equipped with sophisticated sensors and a smart autopilot,
the Ferret can patrol an area quietly, alert central security when it detects an
intruder, and illuminate them with its searchlight or a targeting laser on
demand. Use several to cover acres of ground--nothing gets past the Ferret!

Handling Speed B/A Sig APilot Store Cost rrets only matter if
3/5 10/30 1/3 8 3 1 CF 154,800Y
quiet. If it does-
Economy: 10 km per PF Power: 10 PF
Operational Duration: Limited by power Sensor Package: Security (I)
Set-up/Bnakdown Time: 3 minutes 0:18:4l/l2-W-S4)
Additional Features: Remote-control gear installed. 3 CF available for sensors,
ECM/ECCM equipment, or vehicle control gear. Also includes white-light searchlight.
Laser designator not included (for more information, see p. 85).
>>(After-action reports!!!
about "Some kid with a BB
shot me down?? Or "I'da
him but he outran me
17" Give me a break!
re like toys; hit

After careful analysis of years of field-use and after-action reports,

Northrup Industries offers the "Fn series upgrade for its PRC-42 Wasp and PRC-
4 4 Yellowjacket light security helicopters. The "F" series offers enhanced *s>>Clou didn't read the entry
very carefully, did you, Wylie?
small-arms protection, improved handling, engine upgrades to maintain per- This upgrade lets the Wasp
!bounce light pistol ammo and
formance, and a reduced signature that makes the Wasp or Yellowjacket a
'abwrb the heavier stuff, and
competitor in any market! Fleet-upgrade discounts are available through all $heVeflowjacket bounce pretty
linuch everything that classifies
Northrup representatives. ncn-heavy weapon. I'd
tinice about playing with
JherrP thsectS.)<<<<<
Handling Sig B/ A Cost 1 --.Mooch
Wasp Upgrade -1 +2 2/6 74,oOOY
+ (1 0:18:45/1 2-07-54)
Yellowjacket Upgrade -1 +2 319 1 10,oOOY carry an assault can-
For standard Yellowjacket and Wasp statistics, see pp. 7+7 1, Rigger Black Book, or p.
74, Street Samurd Catalog.

>>>>>(Heh-heh. Reminds me d
the time I chased down a well-
equipped rebel force in
Micaragua. One of the
Appaloosas we were after
decided to blow some smoke.
the scout was running at more
100 KPH trailing this long,
Need fast cover? Need a way to break a laser designator's beam? Vehicle black line. Sensors or no
we could have found
smoke generators are the answer to your prayers! Spew smoke on demand s by that smoke. Made
From an externally mounted canister that can be triggered from inside the
vehicle. Huge, dense clouds cover the battlefield in no time! Special thermal
smoke blocks IR-sensing therrnographic sensor systems, at only 20 percent
over standard costs.

Number of Charges Cost

Small Smoke Generator 6 700Y
Large Smoke Generator 12 1 ,OOOY
Each charge covers a given area. For smoke rules, see p. 85.
>>>>>(Not for the average
consumer, but a must-have
for the merc or military client
tn certain environments. We
use this armor regularly on
supply trucks, cargo haulers,
APCs, everything. Works well
enough even at the low lev-
Looking for a little more armor protection for your vehicle? European Arm .Is to make it worth the price.
Ferget low-profile operations,
Works (EAW) has the answer i n its new line of modular ablative armor. tlxough.)<<<<<
-Winter Rat
Designed to attach to the vehicle's exterior, ablative armor absorbs the kinetic (08:28:14112-05-54)
energy of any blast. A hit blows the armor plates clear, but they save you from >(A good vehicle tech
sudden death! Three different available levels let you choose the degree of lvage blown-off armor
install it. I don't know
protection you need! Not usable on aircraft. ou'd have to ask
only deride them.

Armor Level Availability Cost Street Index

(23:48:30/ 12-06-54)
1 8114 days 700Y 2
2 12/14 days 1,GOOY 2 seen the low levels
3 14121 days 2,500Y 2 armor on choppers
Wreaks havoc with
Ablative armor adds twice its level to a vehicle's effective Armor Rating, to a max- mics and stability,
imum equal to its Body. When struck by an attack with a Power greater than 3 times s the job it's designed
the armor level, reduce the increase in the Armor Rating by -1. It takes G hours to
install ablative armor, which cannot be concealed. Ablative armor is not Hardened.
(19: 12+2/12-07-54]

blows fragments
when hit. Dumb

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his section offers combat rules expansions, clarifications, and options in
response to player and gamemaster questions and comments. An expanded
Weapon Range Table that provides ranges for all Shadowrun weapons published
to date, including the new weapons described in this book, appears at the end of
this section.

This sourcebook exposes and explains the shadowy realm of the mercenary. This source-
book is not about playing a mercenary storyline, but about playing a mercenary character within
the Shadowrun storyline. In the former case, all the player characters are mercenaries and the
story objectives have purely mercenary origins and direction. In the latter, the mercenary player
character plays a specific part shaped by his unique experiences, viewpoint, and attitude.
Creative gamemasters may find enough information in this sourcebook t o create a "mercs-onlyw
spin-off of Shadowrun, but this book was not designed with that outcome in mind. (Good luck,
though, to those who decide to g o for it!)

This book also includes plenty of gear. Mercs like ATHLETIC TESTS
toys as much as street samurai do, and this book pre- The following rules apply to resolving Athletics
sents a hefty cross-section of useful, fun equipment. As Tests, specifically for running, jumping, climbing, swim-
one might expect, the classifications of merc toys and ming and so on. Some of the material below first
street sam toys overlap pretty far. After all, it isn't really, appeared in SRll and other sources. In all instances,
"He who dies with the most toys wins," but, "He who Damage Modifiers (p. 112, SRII) apply.
uses his toys best wins." Some equipment described in
this book duplicates information and gear from previous Climbing
Shadowrun products, because feedback from Characters normally perform one of two types of
Shadowrun players and gamemasters indicated that the climbing: unassisted and assisted. Unassisted climbing is
public wanted more information about a specific item or exactly what it sounds like--the character climbs on the
a game mechanic related to that item's use. To make life strength of his or her own ability. Assisted climbing
easier for players and gamemasters, both existing and involves the use of climbing equipment.
new information has been grouped into one place. Make the Climbing Test (requiring a Complex
With regard to the rules expansions, clarifications, Action) against a target number reflecting the difficulty
and combat options offered in this section, FASA sends of the obstacle being climbed. The gamemaster deter-
abject apologies to those who might have received con- mines the base target number by how easy the surface is
flicting adjudications to these rules questions some time to climb (craggy, sheer, and so on), modified by the
in the past. height of the obstacle and the current environmental
Consider all the rules clarifications, expansions, and Condkion Target Number
options in this sourcebook as optional suggestions for Easily climbable surface
play. As always, gamemasters and players should (i.e.,chain link fence) 3
Broken surface
review these rules before beginning play and agree on
(i.e.,debris, tree, loose stone wall) 5
which ones to use. The gamemaster and players are also Flat surface
the final arbiters of how rules should be interpreted. (i.e.,brick wall, side of old building) 8
Sheer surface
EXPANSIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS (i.e., metal wall, seamless stone) 14
Helm ModiRer
The following expansions and clarifications refer to less than 2 meters No modifier
2-4 meters +2
the existing rules printed in Shadowrun, Second Edition
4+ meters +4
( 1 992). Page references for that book are provided Obstacle is slippery or wet +2
where necessary. Obstacle is greased, gel-treated, and so on + 4

Characters can normally climb upward a number of
For the sake of simplified bookkeeping, SRll ignored
meters each turn equal to ~ n e - ~ u a r t e
r percent) the
the effects of armor degradation. The following rule
average of their Quickness and Strength (round down).
takes armor degradation into account.
For each success from the Climbing Test, add 2 to the
A character who takes a Moderate wound or greater
average of Quickness and Strength for this calculation.
damage from a non-Stun attack suffers armor damage.
Climbing down is easier: characters can move down a
The armor loses 1 point for every multiple of its appro-
number of meters equal to twice the average of their
priate value represented by the Power of the attack. For
Quickness and Strength. (Characters can, of course, elect
example, a character wearing an armored jacket takes a
to climb down really quickly. See Falling rules, p. 76.)
hit from a submachine gun burst with a Damage Code of
Assisted climbing makes the upward climb slower,
10s. The jacket has a Ballistic Rating of 5. If the character
but allows the character to overcome the conditions list-
takes at least Moderate damage, the attack permanently
ed in the Climbing Table. Assisted climbing requires the
reduces the rating of the armor by 2 points.
use of climbing gear (see Field Pack, p. 56). When using
This rule also applies to Impact armor. Hardened
climbing gear, modify the base target number for the
body or vehicle armor (but not critter armor) degrades at
Climbing Test by -10, making a Climbing Test once
the same rate.
every three minutes to reflect the time it takes to safely
position the climbing gear on the surface being climbed.
Assisted climbing down, known as rappelling, is a Combat Phases. At that time the character is considered to
lot faster. With the proper equipment, rappelling allows have fallen a number of additional meters equal to 2 0
characters to make a controlled descent at close to free- meters times the number of "Falling Actions" (including the
fall speeds and introduces the handy ability to slow the current one) spent in rapid descent. A falling character has
descent and land safely. A rappelling character falls at a an Initiative of 30 for every turn until the character lands.
rate of 2 0 meters per Simple Action expended. Note For t h o s e g a m e m a s t e r s counting in real-time,
that only one of the two Simple Actions available in a remember that a falling body plummets at an accelera-
Combat Phase can be expended in this manner. Yes, this tion rate of about 1 0 meterslper secondlper second.
means that a character can rappel and shoot in the same The falling character drops 10 meters in the first second,
Action Phase, but must add a +4 modifier t o both the 20 more meters in the second, 30 more meters in the
Firearms Test and the Climbing Test. third, and s o on. The reason for the difference in the
Rappelling characters increase the number of meters falling rate values (20 in SRII rules and 10 in real life) is
descended that Action Phase by 1 for each success from a that the SRII Combat Turn takes up an abstract amount
Climbing (4)Test. When the character reaches the bottom of time of between 3 and 5 seconds, depending on
(or his destination), he must make another Climbing (4) what happens. The 20 value seemed like a good com-
Test. On an unsuccessful test, the character falls 4 meters promise. Feel free t o modify it, however.
and takes appropriate damage. See Falling, below.
If the Rule of One applies durlng any Climbing Test, the Holding One's Breath
character plummets t h e full distance t o the ground. A character can hold his or her breath for 30 sec-
Benevolent gamemasters may allow the character to make a onds for each point of his or her Body. A character who
Quickness (6)Test to grab something and prevent the fall. wants to hold his breath longer makes a Body (4)Test.
Each success increases the length of time the character
Falling can hold his breath by 10 percent (round down).
All falls have a Damage Level of "D", with the Power
of the fall's "attack" being one-half the number of meters lumping
fallen (round down). The character may use Body dice Characters can make four types of jumps: standing
for a Damage Resistance Test t o reduce the damage. jumps, running jumps, standing vertical jumps, and run-
Subtract one-half (round down) of the character's impact ning vertical jumps. From a standing start, a character
armor rating from the Power of the fall. Characters may can jump a number of meters equal to his one-half his
also make an Athletics Test against a target number Strength minus his natural Body (unaugmented by
equal to the full distance fallen (in meters). Each success cyberware, bioware, or magic). For a running jump, the
from this test also reduces the Power of the fall by 1. character may add his Quickness (Quickness + Strength
A falling character has a "Falling Action" every 1 0 - Body + 2 = meters jumped).

Use the same formulas for jumping vertically from a When the system is operating, any piece of data
standing or running start, but divide the result by 4. known to one member of the "battle network" is known
To increase the distance jumped, a character makes t o all. For example, i f one soldier sees an advancing
a Jumping Test against a target number equal to the enemy unit, all others in the "network" instantly know
number of meters the character is trying to clear. Each that force's composition, direction, heading, and speed.
success increases the distance jumped by 10 percent Other members in the network can use this data as spot-
(round down). ting information and call for indirect fire against that tar-
A failed jump or a jump down may result in falling get, or maneuver t o intercept or ambush those forces.
(see Falling, p. 76). Because all members of the BattleTacTMunit see all infor-
mation simultaneously, the unit can move like a well-
Liftingflhrowing programmed machine and react quickly to changing bat-
A character can lift 25 kilograms per point of his tlefield conditions.
Strength without making any sort of test. To represent The BattleTacTMsystem works in a manner similar to
augmented strength, the character makes a Strength the telecommunication system described on p. xx. Use
Test against a target number equal to the weight of the the ratings given for that system t o represent signal
object being lifted, divided by 10 (round up). Each suc- security and encryption efficiency. I f a system has
cess increases the weight lifted by 10 percent (round BattleTacTMcapability, multiply all prices by 10.
down). Note that this rule applies to a simple lift off the
ground. A character can only lift over his head an object CAMOUFLAGE AND PERCEPTION
that weighs 12 kilograms per point of Strength. In this The modifiers g i v e n below apply t o visual
case, apply the Strength Test normally. Perception Tests made t o detect opponents wearing
Once a character lifts an object over his head, he can camouflage clothing. A moving character qualifies for
throw that object a number of meters equal to the char- the "Action very obvious" modifier (see p. 185, SRII).
acter's Strength, minus the object's weight divided by
50 (round down). To increase the distance thrown, make Situation Modifier
a Strength Test against a target number equal t o the Appropriate camouflage clothing
weight of the object being lifted divided by 10 (round (i.e., woodland in the woods) +4
up). For every 2 successes, the object flies an additional Inappropriate camouflage clothing
meter. (i.e., desert in the woods) -2


The M o v e m e n t rules appear o n p. 83, SRII. The S h a d o w ~ nrules and fiction occasionally men-
Characters w i t h the Running Skill may attempt t o tion caseless ammunition. Caseless ammunition is made
increase the distance they can run by spending a without a brass or plastic casing holding the propellant.
Complex Action (Use Skill). Each success agailist a Instead, the propellant is a solid mass attached to the
Target Number of 4 increases the character's effective tail of the bullet, and burns completely away when fired.
Quickness by 1 point for that Combat Phase. The Caseless ammunition exists in fact as well as in fiction.
gamemaster may apply modifiers for various types of The following rules apply to caseless ammo.
terrain (slippery, rocky, and so on) and other conditions. *For the sake of simplicity, assume that any modern
firearm (post-2050) can be acquired in a model that fires
Swlmmlng caseless ammunition. lncrease the base cost by 50 per-
Use the same rules to determine swimming speed cent and the Availability by + 1.
and distance as for running, except divide all resulting -Caseless ammunition is available at 150 percent of
distances by 4. the base cost. Increase the Availability by + 1.
*Caseless ammunition takes up slightly less space
BAITLETACTMSYSTEM than cased ammunition. lncrease the number of rounds a
The most straightforward way to explain the benefits caseless weapon can load by 20 percent (round down).
of the BattleTacTMand similar systems is t o say that Caseless ammo also weighs less, so reduce the appro-
everyone using the system can freely exchange various priate weights by 20 percent (round up).
types of data and information without restriction. This *Caseless ammunition cannot be used in a weapon
data may include map positioning, enemy positioning, designed to fire cased ammunition, and vice versa.
current status, targetir.5 data, video and aural informa- All other normal firearms rules apply.
tion, tactical requests and commands, and anything else
of import to the soldier.

COMBAT ACCIDENTS that the attacker is directing fire into an area to force his
The following variant on the Rule of One creates a opponents t o keep their heads down for fear of being
greater chance of provoking accidental mayhem in com- hit. Coveringlsuppression fire usually allows the charac-
bat. In ranged or melee combat, if the player rolls all of ter's teammates to perform some action unopposed.
his dice (Skill dice, Combat Pool dice, Enhancement Each round fired effectively covers a 1-meter area for
dice, everything) and achieves a number of ones equal 10 Combat Phases. Multiple rounds may be targeted at a
to or greater than the number of base Skill dice used for single 1-meter area to increase the effectiveness of the
the test, the result is an "Oops." The gamemaster deter- covering/suppression fire. If the attack covers multiple
mines the appropriate "Oops" for each situation. For areas, these areas must be directly adjacent to another
inspiration, see the Stray Shots optional rule, p. 93, SRII. covered area.
The character may also break, jam, or drop his weapon. If, during the time that the area is covered, a charac-
Be creative. ter enters that area, moves, and thereby exposes himself
Yes, the character can spend Karma t o avoid the to the coveringlsuppression fire, or presents his body to
"Oops" per the rules given on p. 191, SRII. fire within that area in any manner, h e might be hit. If
line of sight can be drawn from the attacker to any part
COVER MODIFIERS of the target during the time the area is covered, the tar-
The SRll rules for ranged combat offer only a rudi- get is potentially vulnerable.
mentary modifier for obscured targets, called Partial To determine if the covering/suppression fire strikes
Cover (-4). The following optional rules expand the uses the target character, resolve a Ranged Attack against the
of that modifier. target by rolling a number of dice equal to the number
Attacking characters who want to use cover to pro- of rounds fired at the area. The Target Number equals a
tect against return fire may choose the amount of cover base of 4 modified only by Cover and any Damage
they use, represented by a +2, +4, or +6 modifier. The Modifier the attacker must add. Every 2 successes gen-
attacking character must also modify the target number erated results in 1 round striking the target, up to a max-
by one-half the cover modifier. For example, a character imum of the number of rounds fired into the area.
partially concealing himself behind + 4 cover must add a
+ 2 modifier to his attack because of that cover. (Hey, CUSTOM WEAPONS
hiding is awkward for you, too.) The owner of a weapon can customize its grip and
Gamemasters may need to determine the amount of balance a t a cost of 100 percent of the base weapon
cover protecting a target, especially when that cover is cost. The work takes a weaponsmith approximately
environmental and coincidental (characters fighting in three days to complete. A weapon customized for a par-
t h e w o o d s , a n a m u s e m e n t park, a n d so on). The ticular character allows him to roll an additional skill die
gamemaster should base the modifier on how much of when using this weapon. A character w h o uses a
the target is visible, using the Partial Cover Table below weapon customized for someone else must subtract 1
as a guideline. die from his skill roll.
The gamemaster should judge how much of the tar-
get can be seen in terms of an overall area. For example, DELAYED ACTIONS AND SHORT MOVES
if the gamemaster judges that the various areas of the Characters who choose t o Delay their Action may
target (big and small) that can be seen through the brush move up to one-half (round up) their Walking rate during
totals about 48.5 percent, the modifier would be +4. the Combat Phase of their original Initiative. When the
character makes the Delayed Action, he may move nor-
Percent of Tuget Vlslble Modlfler Josh, a street samurai, is slowly advancing down a
76-100 N o modifier corridor, watching the door at the end. His Initiative is
51-75 +2 23. and so he Delays his action in Combat Phase 23. At
26-50 +4
that time, he moves 3 meters down the corridor (half
1-25 +6
his normal walking movement). His next action would
0 +8(Blind Fire)
normally take place in Combat Phase 13. He maintains
the Delayed Action, but advances another 3 meters at
that time. He continues to Delay his actions and move
COVERING/SUPPRESSION FIRE until he reaches the door.
A character may declare that he is making a ranged
attack to provide covering/suppression fire. This means
nuclear blast at ground zero, because the nuke only does
"D" damage with no Body Overflow. Though such a
result may look like an oversight, it was a deliberate
choice to avoid the potential disappointment of having a
player character taken down by a single attack, especial-
ly an unexpected attack or one against which the charac-
ter cannot defend himself. In certain situations, however,
this choice becomes ludicrous. In these cases, apply the
following rule.
Normally, after a weapon's Damage Level has been
staged up to "D," additional successes are ignored. If the
Power of the attack is greater than twice (2x) the Body
Rating of the target, the gamemaster may invoke the
Over-Damage rule. With this rule, every 2 additional
successes translate into 1 additional point of damage
applied against the Physical Condition Monitor (if the
attack was Deadly Stun) or Body Overflow (if the attack
was Deadly Physical). For example, using the Over-
Damage rule, assume a character with a Body of 3 is
struck by a 7M attack. The attacker stages the damage
for a final Damage Level of Deadly, with an additional 4
successes remaining in the attacker's favor. The character
takes a Deadly wound and 2 points of Body Overflow,
leaving him with 1 point remaining and ten minutes
until he bleeds to death. If the attacker had achieved 2
additional successes, the poor character would be
instantly dead.
Use this rule cautiously: in addition to conveniently
killing those nasty bad guys, this rule handily kills
favorite player characters who might othewise have nar-
rowly survived to run the shadows another day.
Shadowrun grenades can be fired, scatter, and det- LOW-LIGHf AND THERMAL SYSTEMS
onate all within one Combat Phase (a fraction of a sec- The following information elaborates on the funda-
ond). The system resolves grenade attacks in this man- mental characteristics, differences,and capabilities of low-
ner simply to cut down on the bookkeeping required. light and thermographic systems. Theory and application
Ambitious gamemasters and players may want to apply has been streamlined for simplicity and playability.
the following delayed grenade rule.
Grenades detonate 5 Combat Phases after firing. Low-Light Systems
During that time another character with an available Also known as night sight, night vision, or light
action (either a Delayed Action or normal Initiative) may amplification, low-light systems involve an electronic
retrieve the grenade and attempt to throw it back. process that creates a coherent electronic image by
Characters must achieve at least 1 success on a amplifying and processing even the tiniest amount of
Quickness (8)Test to pick up a bouncing, jumping, skit- available light. If no light is available, however, even the
tering, mini-grenade. To pick up a regular-sized best low-light system becomes useless.
grenade, characters must make a successful Quickness The gamemaster has the final say on whether a situ-
(6)Test. If the test is unsuccessful, the character is at an ation offerssufficient light for a low-light system to work.
effective Range of 0 when the grenade detonates. He or she simply decides if light is present. If not, then
Have fun! the low-light system has no light to amplify and there-
fore has no effect. If light is present, even in such faint
INSTANT DEATH AND OVER-DAMAGE sources as moonlight leaking through low cloud cover or
As written, the SRll rules make it effectively impos- traces of a streetlight filtering into an abandoned base-
sible to kill an unwounded character with a single attack. ment, then the low-light system has something to
In fact, an unwounded character can technically survive a amplify.

The low-light system itself can provide the light useless for differentiating between the forest and a per-
required for its use as either direcr or area lighting. For son. (Odds are that motion will give the target away, but
example, direct lighting could come from a penlight that that's a different modifier.)
throws a focused beam of light. Even the tiniest glow When characters are using thermographic systems,
from a penlight, which cannot be seen from more than a the gamemaster must consider the relative temperature
few meters away, can illuminate a map, a sign, or similar of objects viewed against the ambient temperature to
small area or object well enough to create an image on determine if the system detects the target. In other
the system's screen. Characters who carry low-light sys- words, objects at a similar temperature show up on the
tems usually attach a penlight or similar pinpoint light display as similar colors, making it difficult to differenti-
source to a helmet or their finger to provide direct, sub- ate between them if they overlap.
tle illumination on demand. By definition, thermographic systems also require
An area light combined with a low-light system is technology and cannot be used when casting magic.
sufficient to allow the person so equipped to move. This Because the user has paid Essence for thermographic
light need not cover a large area; it could be as direction- cybereyes, however, the system becomes an accepted
al as a flashlight that subtly illuminates the area ahead of part of a character's body and can be used to cast magic.
the user. Such a light will be visible for some distance,
but only if the observer is looking into the beam.
Low-light systems are technologically based, and s o
magic cannot be cast through them. The nature of low-
light vision requires an electronic amplification of light,
by definition a translation of the image t o electronic
form. Because low-light cybereyes have been paid for
with Essence, however, the system becomes an accept-
e d part of a character's body and can be used t o cast
magic. Optical low-light systems use high-quality optics,
lenses, and/or mirrors rather than electronic imaging.
Their light-gathering capabilities are limited by the size
of the gathering lens. Effectively fancy telescopes, opti-
cal low-light systems are not portable.

Thermographic Systems
Thermographic systems read heat (infrared energy)
emitted by a target. This type of system provides few
details about the target, because it reveals only degrees of
heat. SRll assumes that modem (2050) thermal systems
actually superimpose the thermographic display over a
basic, amplified low-light display for better detail. The
result provides insufficient data to gain a bonus or modifi-
er, but does allow the user to navigate past obstacles or
differentiate between objects while using the system.
Different systems use different color scales to repre- Natural Low-Light and Thermal Vision
sent the levels of heat, but most use the following stan- Natural low-light or thermographic vision, such a s
dard. Hot objects (an engine block, a pot of boiling t h e vision e l v e s a n d dwarfs a r e born with, or t h e
water) show as white, while cool objects (room temper- enhanced senses available t o a physical adept or critter,
ature) show as black, with every temperature difference is magical in nature. This type of vision works along prin-
in b e t w e e n displaying a s s h a d e s of red o r green. ciples similar t o those of low-light and thermographic
Remember that the system judges "hotn and "cold" in systems, but performs better than any technology can.
relation to the local air or room temperature. For exam- Though a certain biological basis exists to explain this
ple, thermographic systems used outside in the winter visual ability, much of the effect can only be explained
easily spot a person or vehicle, because they will appear through the application of magic.
"hot" compared t o the air temperature. On the other Natural low-light o r t h e r m o g r a p h i c vision is
hand, in the rain forests of South America little difference assumed t o b e always operating, providing vision
exists between the ambient temperature (the forest's enhancements automatically as needed. For example, a
"room temperature") and the radiated body heat of a troll sees exactly what humans see when looking at the
human being, making thermographic systems all but same view, except that every object, person, and so on
is tinged with the heat it radiates. The hotter an object, enforce this restriction to maintain game balance. Only
the more brilliant the color the troll sees. Objects that legitimate current or past members of the League can
are much hotter than their environment appear whiter, work with a dealer.
surrounded by a faint glow. Trolls see this way normally,
and therefore can instantly perceive, process, and inter- OFF-HAND TRAINING
pret what they see. Natural low-light or thermal vision is Off-hand training represents a character's ambidex-
an advantage, not a handicap. trous ability acquired through the Special Skill:
Ambidexterity. A character can only acquire this skill
MAXIMUM RATE OF FIRF. during character creation. It cannot be learned during
The following information offers a comprehensive ver- game play. This Special Skill costs 3 Skill Points per point
sion of the Shadowrun maximum rate of weapon fire. of Skill Rating. The Skill Rating can later be increased
*Regular weapons capable of burst-fire (see p.92, using the normal rules for increasing a General Skill
SRII) fire 3 rounds per burst. A character can fire these (p.190, SRII).
rounds twice within a Combat Phase (See Fire Weapon, This Special Skill is used in a unique way. Any time
p.82, SRII). the character attempts to use his off-hand (non-domi-
*Regular weapons capable of full-auto fire (see pp. nant hand), he must apply a negative modifier to the tar-
92-93, SRII) can fire up to 10 rounds in 1 Combat Phase. get number equal to the appropriate Skill Rating, minus
The firer may use these 10 rounds to make as many full- the Special Skill. So, a character with a Firearms Skill of 5
auto bursts of between 3 and 10 rounds per burst as he and Ambidexterity of 3 attempting to shoot with her off-
wishes, up to a maximum of 10 total rounds that hand must apply a -2 (5 - 3) modifier. An Ambidexterity
Combat Phase. Skill Rating higher than the rating of the skill being used
*Minigun-class weapons can fire up to 15 rounds per has no effect.
Combat Phase using the full-auto mode rules (pp. When using multiple firearms, characters must also
92-93, SRII). The weapon always fires 15 rounds if those apply the Using A Second Fiream modifier (p. 90,SRH).
rounds are available.
Super machinegun-class weapons (new to this Second Weapon I n Melee Combat
sourcebook) fire a maximum of 15 rounds per Combat Characters may learn armed melee combat styles
Phase. They fire six-round bursts in burst-fire mode, and that allow them to use a second weapon. The following
full-auto bursts of between 6 and 15 rounds per burst, rules represent the effects of using a second melee
up to a maximum of 15 rounds per Combat Phase. weapon in combat.
The Shadowrun Combat Turn does not limit the *The second weapon must be physically smaller and
maximum number of rounds that a weapon can dis- lighter than the dominant weapon, unless they are both
charge within that turn. The cyclic or recycle rates of the small weapons (such as knives or daggers).
various weapons are assumed to be high enough to sup- *The character must know how to use each of the
port the rates of fire cited above. A modem-day subma- two weapons individually. (Yes, they may both fall under
chine gun has a cyclic rate of 600 rounds per minute, or the general skill Armed Combat.)
10 rounds per second. Shadowrun weapons have lower .The character must acquire a Special Skill for the
cyclic rates in the interests of game balance, practicality, fighting style (Rapier and Dagger, and so on).
survivability, and sanity. A character using two weapons in combat makes his
Attack Test by rolling a base number of dice equal to the
MERCENARY CONTACTS character's combined individual skills in the two weapons.
The mercenary equivalent of the fixer, known as the The character may add a number of Combat Pool dice up
dealer (same game statistics, different area of influence), to a maximum equal to the Special Skill rating.
serves as the merc's source for weapons and equipment. Resolve damage by finding the average of the two
Even more so than the fixer, the dealer traffics regularly weapons used. First, calculate an unmodified qverage of
in arms and accessories and therefore can more easily the Power of both weapons. If one weapon has a higher
get merc-related equipment, though the player charac- Damage Level than the other, subtract 1 level from the
ter must wait longer to receive it. The dealer has more higher Damage Level and use the result as the Damage.
pipelines to work through than the fixer does, but the For example, a character using a sword with an "M"
flow is slower. Damage Level and a knife with an "L" Damage Level
To reflect this fact, decrease the target numbers for would use an "L" Damage Level.
acquisition through a dealer by -1 and increase the Time Resolve the use of both weapons with a single test
Required by 25 percent (round down). The dealer con- using the Power calculated above. Remember that
tact should only be available to characters with a legiti- Shadowrun melee combat is not resolved blow by blow.
mate mercenary background. Gamemasters should
Instead, each Attack Test is an abstraction or amalgama- For every 2 full points of a character's Strength Rating
tion of a series of moves, blows, feints, parries, and coun- above 3, the character gains 1 level of Recoil Reduction,
termoves. All other melee combat rules apply normally. as shown on the Recoil Reduction Table below.
The stats for typical weapons used in two-weapon
combat appear below, abstracted in order to avoid print- SENSOR TARGETING OF HUMANS
ing a list of virtually identical weapons differentiated Vehicle sensors can target people using an effective
only by their names. Signature of 8. See Sensor-Enhanced Targeting, p. 106,
Rlgger Black Book.
Weapon Concealability Reach Damage Weight Cost
Light Sword 4 1 (Str + 1) M .75 700Y
Long Knife/
Dagger 6 0 (Str+2)L .5 150Y
The SentryTMsystem uses microtronic technology
similar t o t h e tactical c o m p u t e r found o n p. 53,
PHYSICAL AND STUN DAMAGE Shadowtech. A tactical computer is a dedicated system
Characters may use weapons listed as inflicting Stun designed to keep track of all relevant combat data. The
Damage to inflict Physical Damage, such as clubs, fists, and computer derives its information from all available sens-
so on. A character who wishes to inflict Physical Damage ing devices, which means it is not foolproof, If the sen-
using a weapon normally rated as doing Stun Damage sor cannot provide the appropriate information, the
must add a +4modifier to the target number. The Damage computer may not be able t o make correct decisions.
Code of the weapon remains the same, but the attack Each individual extra sensor type (low-light, audio, ultra-
results in Physical Damage rather than Stun Damage. sound) increases the tactical computer's Level by 1.
Access t o a digital softmap of the area adds 2 to the tac-
tical computer's Intelligence.
A tactical computer can keep track of, or "mark,"
Characters in melee combat can elect to "pull their
and predict movements of a number of targets equal t o
punches." To pull a punch, the player must state how
its Intelligence Rating. To successfully mark a target, the
many successes are being "pulled" to lessen the blow
tactical computer must make a Success Test pitting its
before the Attack Test is resolved. Increase the target
Intelligence against a target number based on the range
number by + 1 and resolve the test normally. Determine
to the target (using standard shotgun ranges). Apply all
the total number of successes, then subtract the number
appropriate situation modifiers for ranged combat (p.
of successes being "pulled" from that value. Make this
88-90, SRII). The extra successes generated for each tar-
calculation as soon as the successes are generated, but
get serve as the system's Success Level for that target.
before comparing the attacker's total successes t o the
The target can shake the computer's marking by
opponent's total successes.
breaking out of the Sentry system's line of sight. Doing so
Characters can also choose to decrease the effect of
forces the computer to attempt to re-acquire the target
a ranged attack. To d o this, add a + 4 modifier to the tar-
when the target becomes visible again. To attempt to reac-
get number, then follow the rules given above.
quire the target, roll a number of dice equal to the sys-
tem's Intelligence against a Base Target Number 1, modi-
RECOIL AND STRENGTH fied by +1 for every meter the target moved while out of
The following rule suggests a way to allow charac- line of sight and + I for every full Combat Turn that has
ters who possess extraordinary Strength t o suffer less passed. If this test succeeds, the Success Level for that tar-
from firearm recoil than characters with standard get is now based on the successes generated in the test. If
Strength. Because many characters with high Strength the test is unsuccessful, the computer can attempt to re-
Ratings rely heavily on firearms, this rule makes the mark the target on the system's next action. An accurate
game even deadlier. (The troll carrying the light machine map of the area in computer memory or accessible over a
gun should love this rule.) data network (gamemaster's discretion) reduces the target
number of the Re-acquisition Test by -3.
- - - -- -
The targeting feature and trajectory computation adds
an additional number of dice equal to the previously gen-
erated Success Level for a target to all Ranged Combat
*ngth Recoil Reduction Success Tests against that target. This modifier applies
1-4 None
!5-6 -1 only to those targets marked by the tactical system.
7-8 -2 All system functions are background tasks, requiring
9-10 -3 no actions t o call up or perform. Though an attempt at a
11-12 -4 new marking after a failed re-acquisition does not cost

mLDS OF I R E 83
an action, the computer can only attempt a new marking
during the system's action.
When the SentryTMsystem fires on a target, use a
Skill Rating of 5, adding the following modifiers if using
the Enhanced Targeting option: + 1 Enhanced Targeting
is installed and an additional + 1 per additional integrat-
ed sensor. Resolve this combat per the normal rules.


Practically speaking, shotguns cannot use a silencer
or the rules that apply to it. A character using a shotgun
firing only slug rounds rather than shotlflechette rounds,
however, can install a sound suppresser. A shotgun
e q u i p p e d with s o u n d s u p p r e s s i o n c a n n o t fire
shot/flechette rounds that use or require a choke.
A shotgun blast is the aural equivalent of full-auto
fire. Shotguns that can fire in burst or full-auto modes
cannot be equipped with a sound suppresser.


Characters with the Military Science Skill (ideally
coupled with the Small Unit Tactics Specialization) can
gain an lnitiative bonus for their teammates under cer-
tain circumstances. The character with Small Unit Tactics
must make his or her last action of the Combat Turn a
Complex Action (Skill Use), even if he or she has only
one action available. The character then makes the Skill
Test against a base Target Number of 4, with the follow-
ing considerations and modifiers.
*The character with tactical skill must be in contact
or communication with everyone who is to receive the
lnitiative bonus.
-If the character with tactical skill has only radio (or
similar) communication with his team members, add a
+2 modifier to the Skill Test target number.
*If all m e m b e r s of t h e t e a m a r e linked by t h e
BattleTacTMsystem (see Field Pack, p. 59) or another
similar system, apply a -2 modifier.
-Apply all appropriate Damage Modifiers.
Team members in communication with the character
possessing tactical skill receive a bonus to their lnitiative
for the next Combat Turn equal t o +I for every 2 suc-
cesses the tactical character generates. The tactical char-
acter may add Karma Pool dice t o his Skill Test.
This bonus also applies in surprise and ambush situa-
tions. See p. 86.SRII.

The Smartlink Level I1 hardware and software represents
an evolutionary increase in smartgun technology. Most of
the changes have no e k t in game terms; the Smartlink
simply feels better and works more efficiently. Srnartlink
Level II offers the Following game system benefits.
*Smartlink Level I1 software can integrate with a
rangefinder t o provide an additional -1 target modifier

at long range and a -2 target mdifier at extreme range. All target designators operate on variations of this
*Called Shots (p. 92, SRII) are easier to make with principle. With regard to more complicated designators,
Smartlink Level II. Apply a +4Called Shot modifier when the individual using the target designator is not the indi-
using Smartlink Level II. vidual firing the weapon; that individual could be kilome-
*Smartlink Level I1 can calculate indirect-fire arcs, ters away. The weapon may even be automated and fired
applying a -1 modifier for linked weapons such a s by remote command. The two basic types of target desig-
under-barrel grenade launchers, grenade guns, and the nators are laser sights and reflected-energy designators.
like. This benefit also applies to rocket launchers and
similar systems, but not to missile launchers and other Laser Sight
systems with an inherent Intelligence Rating. The basic laser sight described on p. 240, SRII can
mark a target with a visible red dot at a distance of up to
SMOKE RULES 500 meters a t night and 50 meters during the day.
Smoke can be deployed using a grenade or other Smoke and other environmental conditions, however,
smoke-producing device. The amount of smoke pro- may block this laser sight. Divide the listed range by 2
duced is limited by the size of the device used. How for light rain, mist, or fog, by 4 for heavy rain, mist, fog,
long the smoke lasts depends on the environment. or smoke, and by 1 0 for downpours and very thick
If the smoke is deployed in an area with no wind, smoke. To find a laser sight's day range under these
the smoke lingers in the area of impact until the duration c o n d i t i o n s , d i v i d e t h e listed night r a n g e by 1 0 .
expires. If the smoke is deployed in an area with wind, Characters using a laser sight gain a -1 modifier to their
the smoke cloud will stretch and thin out in the direction ranged combat target number if they can see the dot.
the wind is blowing. Camemasters can use the Scatter The high-powered laser sight is a more powerful
diagram (p. 97, SRII) t o determine wind direction. To version of the basic sight. It offers a night range of 1,500
determine wind speed and its effects on duration, roll meters and a day range of 150 meters. The same envi-
one six-sided die. The result is the number of Combat ronment and target modifier rules apply.
Turns it takes for the center (the bulk) of the smoke to
drift 1 meter in the direction of the wind. Next, divide Reflected-Energy Designators
the smoke's duration by the result of the roll. The result A reflected-energy designator effectively functions
represents the smoke's new duration as it dissipates in as an even higher-powered laser sight, but serves a dif-
the wind. If the characters involved are exchanging gun- ferent purpose. A designator is designed to mark a tar-,
fire or attempting to observe something, the gamemas- get with reflected energy such as laser light, microwave,
ter must determine on a case-by-case basis whether the or radar. A weapon with the appropriate tracking/seeker
characters can see tnrough an area of thinning smoke head can then home in on this reflected energy.
(Light Smoke per p. 89, SRII) or if the bulk of the smoke In all cases, the weapon skill of the character using
obstructs their actions (Heavy Smoke per p. 89, SRII). the designator determines whether the weapon (regard-
less of the type) hits the target. Weapons that home in
SMOKE TABLE on designated targets require that the designator keep
Type Area of Effect Duration Additfonal Effects the beam (laser, microwave, or radar) on the target. For
(in mlnutes) laser designators (which can be top-mounted on a rifle-
Grenade 1 Om radius 2 Obscures vision (p. 89, SRII) sized weapon), t h e designating character uses t h e
Mortar 1 5m radius 4 Obscures vision (p. 8 9 , SRII) Firearms (Rifle)Skill. For microwave or radar designators,
Vehicle use the character's Gunnery Skill. All normal ranged
1Om radius cloud or combat rules apply, but consult the Weapon Range Table
10 x 5 x 4m ribbon 4 Obscures vision (p. 8 9 , SRII) on p. 8 7 of this book for the designator in use. Note that
Thermal - - Contains hot particles,
obscures thermographic
microwave and radar designators can be mounted on a
vision (p. 8 9 , SRII) tripod for field use or vehicle mounted. (To mount one
on a vehicle requires 1 CF or cargo area; see p. 113,
Rigger Black Book.)
TARGET DESIGNATORS Smoke blocks laser designators, and chaff blocks
microwave and radar designators. For game purposes,
Target designators mark a target and assist in aim-
assume that the mere presence of smoke or chaff inter-
ing. The simplest target designator is the laser sight,
vening between the target and the designator blocks the
which emits a beam of visible laser light that strikes the
beam. (Reality is more complex, but this rule is not
target and marks it with a red dot. The dot lets the firer
intended as a military simulation.) The gamemaster must
know exactly where he or she is aiming and allows him
determine on a case-by-case basis the location of emit-
to adjust the shot.
ted smoke or chaff in relation to the position of the des-

ignator. Also, for the sake of simplicity, assume that all
missile or rocket weapons have a flight-time of 1,000
meters per Combat Turn.

The Phillips Tacticom system described on p. 58 of
this book is a sophisticated piece of military electronics.
The statistics For the system, however, are also represen-
tative of other brands and systems that serve a similar
function. For example, the statistics For the two master
units work equally well for vehicle systems, the larger
master unit available for vehicles with the available
space (or budget), and the smaller, lighter portable mas-
ter unit fitting into vehicles that offer less room.
This equipment conforms with the Using Equipment
rules, p. 184, SRII. It has an ECMIECCM Rating equal to
the rating of the equipment.
The large master unit has a tactical range of 30 kilo-
meters, the portable master unit a range of 20 kilome-
ters. The manufacturer designed the Tacticom system
with this short range t o ensure signal security and
r e d u c e t h e probability of long-range d e t e c t i o n .
Communication is two-way voice-only. The master units
are encrypted at the rating of the equipment.
Individual team members carry the system's person-
al comm unit: with a range of 12 kilometers, also made
deliberately short for greater security. Note that beyond and linking. This system provides high signal security
12 kilometers these units can receive messages from a and minimal atmospheric interference.
master unit, but cannot respond. .
The microwave link is a small, flat-transmitter WHITE PHOSPHORUS
microwave system that provides greater signal security White phosphorus is a chemical that burns at very
by virtue of its position at line-of-sight to the horizon. high temperatures when exposed t o air. Early smoke
This same feature also creates a disadvantage because grenades spread a curtain of white phosphorus, which
the user must be able t o trace a direct line of sight created smoke, caused secondary-effect casualties, and
between the link's sender and receiver. The microwave ignited combustible materials. Modern (2050) smoke
signal is only marginally affected by weather, and can grenades work on the same principle, but burn a less
only be intercepted by someone or something lying on lethal substance to create smoke.
or very close t o t h e path of t h e microwave beam. Various suppliers still produce white phosphorus
Because the real workings of microwave communication weapons, but their smoke-producing effects are sec-
systems and other systems equally subtle and involved ondary to their incendiary and damage effects. Grenades
a r e beyond t h e effective s c o p e of Shadowrun, and mortar rounds designed to deliver white phospho-
gamemasters should use these guidelines to rule on the rus have two Damage Codes, the first representing the
many and varied circumstances that are bound to arise small blast effect of the actual explosion and the second
during play. representing the lingering effect of the white phospho-
The laser link works on a principle similar t o the rus. The chemical affects all targets within the area of
microwave link, except that communication relies on a effect equally. The phosphorous burns continuously for
laser beam. This system also requires a direct line of 15 Combat Tums, inflicting the indicated damage every
sight, but a tighter beam and virtually nonexistent leak- Combat Turn (resolved at the start of each turn during
age creates higher signal security. Laser links have a the first Combat Phase). Characters can resist this dam-
range out t o the horizon in clear weather, but range age using Body dice only. Impact Armor reduces the
degrades radically in inclement weather. Heavy rain, Power of the attack. White phosphorus is difficult t o
fog, or smoke renders the system virtually useless. extinguish because it re-ignites whenever exposed to
Satellite uplinks bounce the signal off a communica- air. Water diffuses white phosphorus; if an affected area
tions satellite and down to the master unit. The uplink or target can be immersed or doused with water, the
contains all the software necessary for satellite tracking chemical's effects end in 2 Combat Turns.


Base Target Number 4 5

(Range in Meters)
Firearms Short Medium Long Extreme
Hold-out Pistol 0-5 6 15 16-30 3 1-50
Light Pistol 0-5 6-1 5 16-30 31-50
Heavy Pistol 0-5 G20 21-40 41-60
Submachine Gun 0-10 11-40 41-80 81-150
Taser 0-5 6-1 0 11-12 13-15
Shotgun 0-10 11-20 2 1-50 51-100
Sport Rifle 0-30 31-60 61-150 151-300
Sniper Rifle 0-40 41-80 8 1-200 201-400
Assault Rifle 0-1 5 16-40 41-100 101-250
Light Machine Gun 0-20 21-40 41-80 81-150

Heavy Weapons
Medium Machine Gun 0-40
Heavy Machine Gun 0-40
Assault Cannon 0-50
Grenade Launcher 5-50*
Missile Launcher 20-70*
Light Antitank Guided Missile 20-350'
Ballista Missile System 20-loo*
Mortar 150-300*

Projectile Weapons
Bow 0-Str to Str x 10 to Str x 30 to Str x 60
Light Crossbow 0-Str x 2 to Str x 8 to Str x 20 to Str x 40
Medium Crossbow 0-Str x 3 to Str x 12 to Str x 30 to Str x 50
Heavy Crossbow 0-Str x 5 toStrx 15 to Str x 40 to Str x 60
Throwing Knife 0-Str to Str x 2 to Str x 3 to Str x 5
Shuriken 0-Str to Str x 2 to Str x 5 to Str x 7

Standard (1D6 meters Scatter) 0-Str x 3 to Str x 5 toStrx 10 to Str x 20
Aerodynamic (2D6 meters Scatter) 0-Str x 3 to Str x 5 to Str x 20 to Str x 30
Launched (3D6 meters Scatter) 5-50* 51-100 101-150 151-300

Vehicle Weapons
Vigilant Rotary Autocannon 0 -100
k b Saaker Air-to-Air Missile
Basic AAM 20 m-700 4,501-15 krn
lmproved AAM 20 m-15 km 12-15 km
Hyundai-CSA Advanced
Air-to-Air Missiles
Basic AAM 20 m-3 km
Improved AAM 20 m-5 km
Ares Dragon's Breath
Semi-smart AAM
Dogfight AAM 20 m-3 km
Attack AAM 20 m-5 km
Mitsubishi-GM Air-to-Ground
Bandit AGM 20-350
Super Bandit AGM 20-700
General Products Unguided
Aircraft Rockets
7.62 cm Rockets 0 - 1 50
12.7 cm Rockets 0-300
*Minimum Range Requirement

The following i t e m s h a v e b e e n c o m p i l e d from t h e Edition, and The Neo-Anarchists Guide to Real Lik, as well
Shadowrun, Second Edition rulebook, and the Street Samurai a s this volume, Fields of Fire. All notation refers t o t h e
Catalog (Second Edition), Shadowtech, The Rigger Black Shadowrun, Second Edition rules.
book, Virtual Realities, Shadowbe, The Gdmolre, Second

Concealability Reach Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Edged Weapons
Ares Monosword 3 1 (STR + 3)M 4/24 hrs 1,oooY 1
Centurion Laser Axe 2 1 (SWS 6/48 hrs 3,500Y .5
Combat Axe 2 2 (STNS 3/24 hrs 750 2
Thrusting Point NA 0 (STR + 2)L NA NA NA
Survival Knife 6 0 (STR + 2)L 316 hrs 450Y 1
Katana 3 1 (STR + 3)M 4/48 hrs 1,oooY 2
Knife 8 - (SWL 214 hrs 30Y .75
Fineblade Knife (short) 8 - (SWM 5/72 hrs 800Y 3
Long Blade 5 - (STR + 1)M 8/72 hrs 1,500Y 3
Sword 4 1 (STR + 2)M 3/24 hrs 500Y 1
AZ- 150 Stun Baton 5 1 8S Stun 1 3/36 hrs 1,500Y 2
Club 5 1 (STR + 1)M Stun 1 216 hrs 1OY 1
QP 8 - (STR + 2)M Stun - 216 hrs 1OY 1
Stun Baton 4 1 6s Stun 1 3/36 hrs 750Y 1
Pole Anns/Staffs
Pole Arm 2 2 (STW 4 4/48 hrs 500Y 2
Staff 2 2 (STR + 2)M Stun 2 3/24 hrs 50Y 1
Forearm Snap Blades 7 0 (SWM 1.5 4/48 hrs 850Y 2
Improved Hand Blades NA 0 (STR + 2)L 0 6/72 hrs +8,50OY 1
Monofilament Whip 10 2 10s - 24114 days 3,oooY 3
Shock Glove 9 0 7s Stun .5 5/48 hrs 950Y 2
Unarmed - - ( S W M Stun - - - -

Concealability Str. Min Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Ranger-X Bow 3 2+ (STR + 4)M 1.5 5/36 hrs 120Y x Str. Min 2
Ranger-X Arrows 4 NA As bow .08 4/36 hrs 18Y 1
Standard Bow 2 1+ (STRMin + 2)M 1 3/36 hrs 100Y x Str. Min. 1
Arrows 3 NA As bow .1 3/36 hrs 1OY 1
Light 2 3 4/36 hrs 1
Medium 2 4 5/36 hrs 1
Heavy NA 5 6/36 hrs 1
Bolts 4 - 5/36 hrs 1
Concealability Str. Min -ge Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Non- Aerodynamic
Throwing Knife 9 (SWL .25 2/24 hrs 20Y
Shuriken 8 (SWL .25 2/24 hrs 30Y

Conceal Mode -ge Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Morrissey ~ l a n 8 SA 5L .5 817 days 500Y
Raecor Sting 9 ss 4 M (9 .25 1017 days 375Y
Streetline Special 8 SS 4L .5 2/12 hrs 100Y
Tiffani Needler 8 SA 5L .5 7/48 hrs 650Y
Tiffani Self-Defender 8 ss 4L .5 2/12 hrs 450Y
Walther Palm Pistol 9 SS 4L .25 3/12 hrs 200Y
AET NN8 7 SA 6L 1 3/12 hrs 400Y
AET NN8/2 6 SA 6L 1.25 3/12 hrs 450Y
Ares Light Fire 70 5 SA 6L 1 3112 hrs 475Y
Beretta ZOOST 4 SA/BF* 6L 2 5/24 hrs 750Y
Beretta Model 4 0 1T 5 SA 6L 1 3/12 hrs 350Y
Ceska vz/ 120 7 SA 6L 1 3/12 hrs 500Y
Colt American L36 6 SA 6L 1 3/12 hrs 350Y
Executive Action 6 SA/BF 6L 1.5 1417 days 1,150Y
Fichetti Security 500 7 SA 6L 1 3/12 hrs 400Y
Fichetti Security 500a 6 SA 6L 1.25 3112 hrs 450Y
Seco LD- 120 5 SA 6L 1.25 3/12 hrs 400Y
Walther PB- 120 8 (6) SA 6L .75 6/36 hrs 700Y
Machine Pistols
Ares Crusader MP 6 SA/BF 6L 3.25 5/36 hrs 950Y
Ceska Black Scorpion 5 SA/BF 6L 3 5/36 hrs 850Y
Heavy Plstols
AET NN11 4 SA 9M 2.45 - Special
AET NN 12 5 SA/BF w 9 2.2 - Special
AET N N l 5 8 SA 9S(9 2.7 - Special
Ares Predator 5 SA 9M 2.25 3/24 hrs 450Y
Ares Predator ll 4 SA 9M 2.5 4/24 hrs 550Y
Ares Viper Slivergun 6 SA/BF Wf) 2 3/48 hrs 600Y
Browning Max-Power 6 SA 9M 2 3/24 hrs 450Y
Browning Ultra-Power 6 SA 9M 2.25 4/24 hrs 525Y
Colt Manhunter 5 SA 9M 2.5 4/24 hrs 425Y
Hammerli Model 610s 4 SA 6L 2.5 8/24 hrs 1,295Y
Morrissey Alta 6 SA 9M 1 8/48 hrs 1,200Y
Morrissey Elite 6 SA 9M 1 6/48 hrs 950Y
Remington Roomsweeper 8 SA 9S(9 2.5 3/24 hrs 300Y
Ruger Super Warhawk 4 SS 1OM 2.5 3/24 hrs 300Y
Savalette Guardian 5 SA/BF 9M 3.25 6/36 hrs 900Y
AET Dealanach Taser 4 SA 10s 2 5/24 hrs 1,oooY
Bracer 7 SS 6L .3 1217 days 1,300Y
Defiance Super Shock 4 SA 10s 2 5/24 hrs 1
Gun Cane 219 ss 6L 1 1017 days 500Y
Narcoject Pistol 7 SA As toxin 1.5 612 days 600Y
Narcoject Rifle 4 SA As toxin 3.25 812 days 1,700Y
Net Gun, Normal 4 SA Special 4 8/36 hrs 750Y
Large 3 SA Special 4.5 8/36 hrs 1,150Y
Yamaha Pulsar (taser) 5 SA 10s Stun 2 1217 days 1,350Y
Conceal Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index
AET NN22 4 SA/BF/FA 7M 4 Special 1,500Y .75
AK-97 SMWCarbine 4 SA/BF/FA 6M 4 5/3 days 800Y 1
Berretta Model 70 3 BF/FA 6M 3.75 5/3 days 9ooY i
Colt Cobra 5 SA/BF/FA 6M 3 6/36 hrs 700Y 2
Heckler 8. Koch HK227 4 SA/BF/FA 7M 4 4/24 hrs 1,500Y .75
Heckler 8. Koch MP-5TX 5 SA/BF/FA 6M 3.25 5/36 hrs 850Y 1
HK227-S 5 SA/BF 7M 3 10/7 days 1,200Y 2
lngram Smartgun 5 BF/FA 7M 3 4/24 hrs 950Y 1
lngram SuperMach 100 5 (4) SA/BF/FA 6L 3 (3.25) 9/48 hrs 850Y 3
Ingram Warrior- I 0 4 SA/BF 7M 3 3/24 hrs 650Y .9
Sandler TMP 4 BF/FA 6M 3.25 5/36 hrs 500Y 1
SCK Model 100 4 SA/BF 7M 4.5 5/36 hrs 1,oooY 1
Steyr AUC-CSL (SMC)* 5 SA/BF 6M 3.5 10/4 days Special 3
Uzi Ill 5 BF 6M 2 4/24 hrs GOOY .75
Sport Rifles
Remington 750 3 SA 7s 3 3/24 hrs GOOY 1
Remington 950 2 SA 9s 4 3/24 hrs 800Y 1
Ruger 100 2 SA 7s 3.75 3/24 hrs 1,300Y 1
Steyr AUC-CSL Carbine* 3 SA/BF 7s 3.75 10/4 days Special 3 -
Sniper Rifles
Barret Model 12 1 - SA 14D 10 14/30 days 4,800Y 5
Ranger Arms SM-3 - SA 14s 4 12/7 days 4,oooY 4
Walther WA-2 100 - SA 14s 4.5 12/7 days 6,500Y 4
Defiance T-250 4 SA 10s 3 3/24 hrs 500Y 1
Enfield AS-7 3 SA/BF 8s 4 8/8 days 1 ,oooY 1
Franchi SPAS-22 2 (4) SA/BF 10s 4 6/48 hrs 1 .oooY 2
Mossberg 5M-CMDT 2 SA/BF 9s 4.5 12/8 days 1, W Y 2
M o s s k r g CMDT 2 SA/BF 9s 4.25 8/8 days 1,400Y 1
Remington 990 2 SA See below* 4 3/48 hrs 650Y 2
Assauk Rifles
Ares Alpha 2 8M 5.25 8/48 hrs 2,oooY 4
Grenade - Spec. - - - -
AK-97 3 8M 4.5 3/36 hrs 700Y 2
AK-98 (w/grenade launcher) 2 8M 6 8/4 days 2,500Y 4
Colt M-23 3 8M 4.5 6/36 hrs 950Y 2
Colt M22A2 3 8M 4.75 4/3 days 1,WY 2
FN HAR 2 8M 4.5 4/48 hrs 1,200Y 2
H8.K C12A3z 2 8M 5.25 8/4 days 2,200Y 3
Samopal vz 88V 2 8M 5.5 5/36 hrs 1,800Y 2
Steyr AUC-CSL AR* 2 8M 4 10/4 days Special 3


Ares HV MP-LMC - 6s 8.0 20/14 days 4,500Y 4
Ares MP-LMC - 7s 7.5 6/5 days 2,200Y 2

lngram Valiant - 7s 9 6/5 days 1,500Y 2

CE Vindicator Minigun - 7s 15 24/ 14 days 2,500Y 2

Steyr AUC-CSL LMG' - 8M 5.5 10/4 days See note ,3

Ares MP Laser - 15 M 30 NA 2.5 millionY NA
Ares MP-Laser Ill - 15 M 25 24/2 1 days 120,000Y 3

Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
FN MAG-5 MMG FA 9s 9.5 18/14 days 3,200Y 3

Generic Assault Cannon SS 18D 20 16/14 days 6,500Y 2

Generic HMG FA 10s 15 18/18 days 4,oooY 2
Generic MMG FA 9s 12 14/14 days 2,500Y 2
Stoner-Ares M 107 HMG FA 10s 12.5 18/14 days 5,200Y 3

Panther Assault Cannon ss 18D 18 16/14 days 200Y 2

Generic Under-Barrel SS grenade +2 kg 8/4 days 1,700Y 3
MGL- 1 2 SA Variable* 5.0 6/36 hrs 2,200Y 3
MGL-6 SA Variable* 2.5 6/36 hrs 1,600Y 3
Multi-Launcher ss 12/14 days 8,000Y 2
M79B1 LAW ss 6/36 hrs 700Y 2
Arbelast II MAW SS 8/48 hrs I,200Y 2
Type Intelligence Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index-
Great Dragon L-ATGM 4 1 SS 20D 2.75 8/48 hrs 1,200Y 2
Ballista Missile Launcher Missile - 4 (m) 55 14D 6.5 18/30 days 10,500Y 4
Conceal Ammo Mode Damage Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
M - 12 Portable - 1 SS Special 30 12/ 14 days 3,000Y 2


Intelligence Damage Weight Availability Cost Street Index

Anti-Personnel NA I6D 2 8/ 14 days 1,OOOY 2
Anti-Vehicle NA 16D 3 8/ 14 days 2 ,OOOY 2
High-Explosive NA I6D 2 8/ 14 days 1,500Y 2
Anti-Personnel 3 16D 2.25 12/14 days 2,500Y 3
Anti-Vehicle 4 16D 3.25 12/14 days 5 3
High-Explosive 3 16D 2.25 12/14 days 3,750Y 3
Surface to Air (SAM) 4 I3D 1.5 18/21 days 2,500Y 4


Intelligence Damage Blast Weight Cost Availability Street Index
Mk I 0 14D -7lmeter 2.75 1,000Y 12/2 1 days 4
Mk II 5' 14D -7/meter 2.75 2,000Y 18/28 days 4
Mk Ill 6 14 D -7/meter 2.75 2,500Y 14/28 days 4

Damage Blast Weight Cost Availability Street lndex
High Explosive 18D -1/ .5m 4.0 2OOY 18/ 14 days 3
Anti-Pe~sonnel* 18D -I/ I m 4.0 250Y 18/14days 3
Smoke** - - 3.5 1 75Y 14 days 2
White Phosphorust 15S/12L -I/ I m 4.0 350Y 18/ 14 days 3
Anti-Vehiclett I6D -I/ 4m 4.0 1,200Y 2 1 days 4

Concealability* Damage Weight Availability' * Cost Street Index
APDS 8 See rules .25 14/14 days 70Y 4
Assault Cannon 3 As weapon 1.25 513 days 450Y 2
Belt 100 yeah, right - 12.5 613 days 4,250Y 2
Explosive Rounds 8 See rules .75 3/36 hrs 50Y .8
EX Explosive 8 See rules .75 6/72 hrs 100Y 1.5
Flechette Rounds 8 See rules .5 3/36 hrs 100Y .8
Gel Rounds 8 See rules .25 4/48 hrs 30Y 1
Regular Ammo 8 As weapon .5 2/24 hrs 20Y .75
Stun Rounds 8 See rules 1 4/48 hrs 100Y I
Tracer 8 See rules .5 3/24 hrs 75Y 1
Taser Dart 3 Special .5 6/36 hrs 50Y 1.5
*-1 Concealability per extra 10 rounds of ammo
"Belted ammo: add rounds/100 to Availability

Mount Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Bipod Under 2 6/ 12 hrs 400Y 1
Bow Accessory Mount NA 1 2/24 hrs l00Y .9
Concealable Holster - 1 2/24 hrs 100Y .75
Rangefinder Under 1 2/24 hrs 150Y .8
Grenade Link - I 8/48 hrs 750Y 2
Silencer Barrel .2 4/48 hrs 500Y 2
Sound Suppresser Barrel .5 6/48 hrs 750Y 2
Spare Clips - .75 2/24 hrs 5Y .75
Tripod Under 8 l O / l 2 hrs GOOY 1
Deluxe Imp. Gyro Mount Under 7 6/48 hrs 7,800Y 1
Gas Vent I1 Barrel .5 2/24 hrs 450Y .8
Gas Vent Ill Barrel .75 2/24 hrs 700Y 1
Gyro Mount, Deluxe - 8 4/48 hrs 6,OOOY 1
Gyro Mount, Standard 6 4/48 hrs 2,500Y 1
Imp. Gas Vent I1 Barrel .25 2/24 hrs 550Y .9
Imp. Gas Vent Ill Barrel .5 2/24 hrs 800Y .9
Imp. Gas Vent IV Barrel .75 2/24 hrs 1 ,oooY 1
Imp. Gyro Mount Under 5 6/48 hrs 3,500Y 1
Shock Pads - .25 2/24 hrs 200Y .75
Imaging Scopes
Low-Light TOP .25 3/36 hrs 1,500Y .8
Magnification 1 TOP .25 3/36 hrs 500Y .8
Magnification 2 TOP .25 3/36 hrs 800Y .9
Magnification 3 , TOP .25 3/36 hrs 1,200Y 1
Thermographic TOP .25 3/36 hrs 1,500Y .8
Laser Sights TOP .25 6/36 hrs 500Y .9
Ultrasound Sight TOP .25 814 days 1,300Y .8
Ultrasound Goggles NA - 3/36 hrs 1,100Y 1
Smart Goggles - 1 3/36 hrs 3.OOOY 1
Smartgun, internal - .5 Weapon +loo% Weapon
Smartgun, external Top/under 1 4/48 hrs 600Y 1
Smartgoggles - 1 4/36 hrs 3,500Y 2
External Smartgun Top/under 75 6/48 hrs 800Y 2
Internal Smartgun - .25 Weapon +250% Weapon

Conceal Range Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Low-power laser sight -1 500m .25 6/36 hrs 500Y .9
High-power laser sight -1 1,500m .25 8/48 hrs 1,400Y 1
Laser designator -2 5,000m .5 12/14 days 3,700Y 2
Microwave designator - 8,000 km 4.5 2411 mth 12,500Y 2
Radar designator - 10,000 km+ 25 2413 mths 48,000Y 2

Grenade Type Conceal Damage Weight Avallabllity Cost Street Index
Offensive (HE* or AP) 6 10s (- 1/ meter) .25 4 days 30Y 2
IPE Offensive (HE* or AP) 6 1 5s (-I/meter) .25 514 days 50Y 2
Defensive (HE* or AP) 6 10s (-I/.5 meter) .25 4 days 30Y 2.
IPE Defensive (HE* or AP) 6 1 5s (-1 / .5 meter) .25 514 days 50Y 2
Concussion 6 12M (Stun) (-11 meter) .25 514 days 30Y 2
IPE Concussion 6 16M (Stun) (-1 /meter) .25 514 days 70Y 2
White Phosphorus 6 14M/ 10L (-I/meter) .25 615 days 120Y 3
Smoket 6 - .25 3/24 hrs 30Y 2
Smoke (IR) 6 - .25 4/48 hrs 40Y 2
Flash 6 Special .25 4/48 hrs 4QY 1
Mini-grenade 8 by grenade I +2/by grenade x2 +1
Concealability Rating Welght Availability Cost Street lndex
Commercial 6 3 1 6/48 hrs 6OY 1
Plastic. Compound IV 6 6 1 8/48 hrs 80Y 1
Plastic. Compound XI1 6 12 I 10148 hrs 200Y 2
Radio Detonator 8 - .25 4/48 hrs 250Y
Timer 6 - .5 4/48 hrs l00Y

Conceaiability Ballistic Impact Welght Availability Cost Street lndex
Fine Clothing 0 0 1 Always 500Y 1
Forearm Guards 0 I .2 5/36 hrs 250Y .75
Ordinary Clothing 0 0 1 Always 50Y .8
Riot Shield. Small 1 2 8/14 days 1,500Y 2
Tres Chic 0 0 1 Always 1,000Y 1
Armor Clothing 3 0 2 2/36 hrs 500Y 1
Armor jacket 5 3 2 3/36 hrs W Y .75
Armor Vest 2 1 1 2/36 hrs 200Y .8
Lined Coat 4 2 I 2/24 hrs 700Y .75
Secure Clothing 3 0 1.5 3/36 hrs 450Y .9
Secure jacket 5 3 3 4/36 hrs 850Y .8
Secure Vest 2 1 .75 3/36 hrs 175Y .9
Secure Ultra-Vest 4 3 2.5 3/36 hrs 350Y .9
Secure Long Coat 4 2 2 3/24 hrs 650Y .9
Vest with Plates 4 3 2 3/36 hrs 600Y 1
"Venetian" dress 1 0 .5 2/48 hrs 3,500Y .75
"Starlight" dress 1 1 .75 2/48 hrs 4,500Y .75

Concealability Ballistic impact Weight Availability Cost Street Index
"Ancien" shawl 1 0 .3 2/48 hrs 750Y
"Executive Suite" tux 3 1 1 4/48 hrs 1,100Y
"London Fog" cloak 2 2 1 4/48hrs GOOY
Mortimer of London
"Greatcoat" 4 2 3 6/48 hrs 1 ,OOOY
Vashon Island
"Houndstooth" suit jacket 1.5 .5 1 See Package Cost
"Houndstooth" pants 1 .5 1 See Package Cost
"Houndstooth" suit vest .5 1 .75 See Package Cost
"Houndstooth" sprt. jckt. .5 1.5 1.25 See Package Cost
"Houndstooth" package - - - 7/48 hrs 2,OOOY
"Hunts Ball" jacket .5 1.5 1.25 See Package Cost
"Hunts Ball" skirt .5 1 1 See Package Cost
"Hunts Ball" slacks 1 .5 1 See Package Cost
"Hunts Ball" package - - - 5/48 hrs
"Retrovision" skirt suit 3 1 1.5 4/48 hrs
"Country Club" blazer 3 1 1 4/48 hrs
"Highland Laird" kilt 4 2 1.5 6/48 hrs
Camo Full Suit 3 1 1.5 4/36 hrs
Camo Jacket 5 3 2 5/36 hrs
Level 1 2 0 .75 3/48 hrs
Level 2 3 1 1.25 4/48 hrs
Level 3 4 1 1.75 4/48 hrs
Real 0 2 1 Always
Synthetic 0 1 1 Always
Partial Suit 6 4 10 + Body 8/10 days
Full Suit 8 6 15 + Body 16/14 days
Helmet +1 1+ - 12/14 days
Light Military Armor 10 7 12 + Body 18/1 mth
Medium Military Armor 12 8 14 + Body 24/1 mth
Heavy Military Armor 14 9 I 6 + Body 28/l.5 mths
Heavy Military Helmet +2 +3 3.0 24/1 mth
Light Security 6 4 9 + Body 12/10 days
Medium Security 6 5 11 + Body 14/10days
Heavy Security 7 5 13 + Body 16/14 days
Security Helmet +1 +2 - 12/14 days

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Disk/Chip - Always 2034 .75
Playback Unit 2 Always 200Y .75
Quad Speakers - Always I00Y .75
Disk/Chip - Always 20Y .75
Recorder Package 2 6/48 hrs 1 ,oooY 1.5
Screen 3 Always 1 50Y .75
Transmission Unit 5 8/7 days 4,oooY 2

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Simsense Decks
Truman Dreambox (monoPOV ACT) 3 3 Always 350% .75
Sony Beautiful Dreamer
(monoPOV ACT) 3 3 Always 200Y 1
Sony Beautiful Dreamer I1
(polyPOV ACT) 2 5 Always 1,800Y 1
Fuchi Dreamliner (polyPOV ACT) 2 5.5 Always 2,500Y 1
Truman Paradiso
(polyPOV ACT and DIR-X) - 6 4/36 hrs 75,000Y 1
Fuchi RealSenseTMMasterSim
(Commercial Dir-X) - I2 8/ 1 week 125,OOOY 3
ASlST Dir-X Multiplexer - 7 8/ 1 week 2,500Y + (100Y per channel) 3
Simsense Recordings
(All prices shown are for baseline recordings. Triple prices for full-X. Concealability is 10, Availability is Always. Street lndex is .75)
ACT Recordings
Cheap or Instructional Recording 1Y/minute
Average Entertainment or Docurnentary 2Y/minute
High-Quality Entertainment or Documentary 2.5Y/minute
Current Hit 3Y/minute
Dir-X Recordings
Average Entertainment or Docurnentary 9OY/minute
High-Quality Eatertainment or Documentary 100Y/minute
Current Hit 1 5OY/minute

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
Telecom - 15 Always Memory Cost x 1.5 1
Wrist Models 4 - Always .75
With Flip-Up Screen - - Always 1
Handset Unit 3 1 Always .75
Earplug Unit 8 - Always 1.5
Booster Pack 3 2 Always 1
Pocket Secretary 3 .5 Always 1
Table Top - 10 Always Memory Cost .75
Pocket 3 1 Always Memory Cost x 5 1
Wrist 4 - Always Memory Cost x 20 1.5
Printer NA 10 Always 1 00Y 1
Computer Memory (Non-Cykr) NA - Always 2OY x M p .75
DATA DISPLAY SYSTEMS (w/max memory capacity)
Data Unit ( 1.000 Mp) 3 2 Always Memory Cost 1
Headset (500 Mp) 4 1 Always Memory Cost x 2 1.5
Heads-Up Display (200 Mp) NA 1 6/7 days Memory Cost x 10 3


Concealability Weight Availability Cost' Street Index

Kit 3 5 5/48 hrs 500Y 2
Shop - - 8/72 hrs 5,000Y 3
Facility - 14/7 days 100,OOOY 4
'General Work (Base Cost). Vehicle Work (2 x Cost). Electronic/Computer/CyberwareWork (3 x Cost).

Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
Fuchi VX2200 Portacam 3 2/48 hrs 1 ,000Y i
Fuchi VX2200C Cybercam 5 3/48 hrs 1,300Y 2
Sony HB500 Portacam 3.5 4/72 hrs 2,200Y 2
Sony CB5000 Cykrcam 5.5 5/72 hrs 2,700Y 2
AZT Micro20 Microportacam 2.5 5/72 hrs 2,500-Y 2
AZT Micro25 Microcybercam 2.5 5/72 hrs 3,200Y 2
Bionome Tridlink Adapter 1 2/72 hrs 700Y 1
Kodak GAC-25 Shoulder Mount 1 3/48 hrs 200Y 2
Cinema Products SteadicamTM
Shoulder 2 3/48 hrs 1,800Y 2
Chest 3 3/48 hrs 1,800Y 2
Head 2 3/48 hrs 1,800Y 2
AZT Micro30 StaticBrace
(for the Micro20 Portacam Series)
Wrist 1 3/48 hrs 2,200Y 1
Chest 2 3/48 hrs 2,200Y 1
Fuchi I-C-U Autocam Controller 1.5 5/72 hrs 400Y 2
Zeemandt Luxor Monocular .5 5/72 hrs 700Y 2
Sekrit Sistemz No-Sho Camtroller 1 5/72 hrs 1 ,OOO-Y 2
Smartcam Adapter .5 5/72 hrs 1,500Y 2
Unsecured Transmitter Links
Short-haul 5 4/72 hrs 4,000Y 2
Long-haul 4 4/72 hrs 6,000Y 2
Uplink 3 4/72 hrs 1 ,000Y 2
Secured Transmitter Links
Short-haul 5 5/72 hrs 6,000Y 3
Long-haul 4 5/72 hrs 9,000Y 3
Uplink 3 5/72 hrs 1,500Y 3
Vertex Netsynth Tridmixer 7 2/48 hrs 8,000Y 1
Fuchi Holo-Edit 7200 9 4/72 hrs 10,000Y 2
Sony TFX- 10000 Imaging Generator 7 8/1 week 1 3,ooOY 2
ElectromagneticTransmitters (Radio/lV/3V)
Non-mobile 35 8/1 week 5,500Y 1
Mobile 25 8/2 weeks 7,500Y 2
+ECM Rating ( 1 to 6) - + l/point +2,5OOY/rating point 3
Transmission Sampler 5 8/1 week I,000Y 2
Satellite Injection Uplink Station 20 8/2 weeks 1 ,000Y 2
+ECM Rating ( 1 to 6) - + l/point +3,ooOY/rating point 3
Cable Signal Formatter 3 8/1 week 2,000Y 2
+ECM Rating ( 1 to 6) - + l/point + l,500Y/rating point 3


Weight Availabiltty Cost Street Index
Calil Ruach-Aleph Reprogrammer 2 8/1 week 10.000Y 3
Mitsuhama MenTokko-I1Engram Manipulator 3 8/2 weeks 15,000Y 3
Ares CykrMed Psychscanner 10 8/2 weeks 25,000Y 3
EBMM Therapeutic ASlST System 12 8/2 weeks 40,000Y 3
Mitsuhama MenTokko-V Engram Manipulator 14 12/3 weeks 60,000Y 3

Weight Availability Cost Street Index
External (Rating 1- 10) .5 812 weeks 25,000Y + (5kY x Rating) 2
Truman Reality-500 (monoPOV Baselin 15 811 week
Fuchi RealSenseTM Kosmos XXV 30 812 week
Truman Inner-l 28 812 week
Simth Peripherals
ASlST Enablers:
EC/PC Enabler 6 811 week Rating x 10,000Y 2
Emotive Enabler 7 811 week Rating x 25,000Y' 2
Sense Patch Injector 5 811 week 25,OOOY 2
Signal Peak Controller 5.5 811 week 15,oooY 2
Experience Samplers
MonoPOV ACT Format 13 811 week 15,oOoY 2
MonoPOV Dir-X Format 14 811 week 75,oooY 2
PolyPOV Samplers 10 - +25% per additional POV -
(None of the M o w are Concealable. Availability is Always. Street lndex is 8.)
Quality Common' Rare'
Cheap 50Y 250Y
Average 500Y 2,500Y
Fine 5,oOOY 25,OOOY
*Actual price = Basic Price x Complexity. Electric instruments and synthesizer controllers reduce Complexity by I(see p. 92, Shadowbeat).
Synthesizers Cost
Cheap (max 8 voices) l 5 0 Y + 25Y per voice.
Average (max I 6 voices) 500Y + 100Y per voice.
Fine (max 3 2 voices) 5,000Y + 500Y per voice.
Skill 1-3 1,000Y per skill point
Skill 4-5 3,000Y per skill point
Skill 6-8 5,000Y per skill point
Skill 9-10 10,000Y per skill point
Synthlink Equipment
Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Synthlink Controller
Cheap .5 Always
Average .5 Always
Fine .5 3 / 4 8 hrs


(None of the below are Concealable. Availability is Always. Street lndex is 8.)
Acoustic Modulators
Small 8,OOOY
Club 15,OOOY
Hall 35,OOOY
Small 10 0 Y
Club 400Y
Hall 1.200Y
Stadium 5,OOOY
Superstadium 12,OOOY
Small l0 0 Y
Club 1,oooY

Hall 5
Stadium 12,oooY
Superstadium 25,000Y
Direct Digital Output
Built-in DDO +500Y to base price
DDO Adapter +700Y to b e price
Multitrack Samplers
4-track Sampler 1,200Y
8-track Sampler 3,200Y
16-track Sampler 8,OOOY
24-track Sampler 14,400Y
32-track Sampler 22,400Y
Manual Control Only Base Price
Direct Neural Interface Control Only Base Price x 2
Combined ManualIDNI Control Base Price x 2.5

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street index

Body Mike 10 2/36 hrs
Hand Mike 6 Always
Mike Stand - Always
Mike Boom - 3/36 hrs
Basic unit 8 Always
Per additional input channel NA 3/36 hrs
Per additional output channel NA NA
Built-in Polycorder NA 5/36 hrs
Microcorder (3 x 3 x 1 cm) 8 6/48 hrs
Minicorder (5 x 3 x 1 cm) 6 4/24 hrs
Pocket sized ( l o x 5 x 3 cm) 5 Always
Hand-held (20 x 8 x 4 cm) 2 Always
Rack-mount Component - 3/24 hrs
Sprawl Blaster
(built-in small speakers) - Always
Sprawl Fuserr
(built-in club speakers) - Always 1,200Y
MiniCD Transport Only - - Base Price12
ASlST Direct Neural Playback - - Base Price x 3


Concdabiltty Magnification Weight Avnilability Cost Street index
Binoculars 5 50x 1 Always 1OOY .8
Low-Light - - - 4/48 hrs +200Y 1.25
Thermographic - - - 4/48 hrs +250Y 1.25
Goggles 6 20x 4/48 hrs 1.500Y 1.5
Low-Light - - - 6/48 hrs +500Y 2
Thermographic - - - 6/48 hrs +700Y 2

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Micro-Camcorder 8 - 6/48 hrs 2,500Y 2
Micro-Recorder 9 - 6/48 hrs 1,000Y 2
Micro-Transceiver 18 - 6/48 hrs 2,500Y 2
Conccalabliity Rating Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
Master Unit - 14 75 24/21 days 60,OOOY 3
Portable Master Unit - 14 20 18/14 days 120,000Y 2
Personal Comm Unit 8 14 .5 12/14 days 18,500Y 2
Microwave Link 3 - 1 .o 18/21 days 4,800Y 2
Laser Link 4 - 1 .o 14/2 1 days 2,700M 2
Satellite Uplink - - 2.0 12/21 days 7,500Y 2

Concealability Weight Availability cost Street lndex
Data Codebreaker 2 5 Rating 10 days 10,000Y x Rating 1.5
Dataline Tap 12 - Rating8 days 5,000Y x Rating 1.5
Laser Microphone 5 1 Rating/48 hrs 1,500Y x Rating 1.5
Shotgun Microphone 5 1 Rating/36 hrs 1,000Y x Rating 1
Signal Locator 3 2 Rating/48 hrs 1,000Y x Rating 1.5
Tracking Signal 3 - Rating72 hrs 100Y x Concealability 2
Voice Identifier 2 5 Rating/72 hrs 2,000Y x Rating 2

Concealability Weight Avaliability cost Street lndex
Bug Scanner 3 1 Rating48 hrs 500Y x Rating 1.5
Data Encryption System 2 6 Rating/ 14 days 1,000Y x Rating 2
Dataline Scanner 2 6 Rating/ 14 days 1WY x Rating 2
jammer 2 5 Rating / 72 hrs 1 . W x Rating 1.5
Voice Mask 6 - Rating72 hrs 3,000Y x Rating 1.5
White Noise Generator 3 1 Rating72 hrs 1.500Y x Rating 1.5

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
Identification Scanners
Thumbprint - - Rating/72 hrs 200Lr x Rating 1
Palmprint - - (Rating + 1)/72 hrs 3WY x Rating 2
Retinal - - (Rating + 2)/72 hrs 1,000Y x Rating 3
Maglocks - 7
Rating72 hrs 100Y x Rating 1
PANlCBUllON Hook-Up - - Call Lone Star 1 ,000Y 1
Maglock Passkey (illegal) - 1 (Rating x 2)/ 10 days 10,000Y x Ratlng 3
Metal 3 .5 4/48 hrs 1
Plastic 3 - 4/48 hrs 1
Squealer 4 - 6/72 hrs 2

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street lndex
Chemsuit - 1 (Rating/Rating) days 200Y x Rating 1
Pressure Regulator - .5 6/48 hrs 250Y 2
Ration Bars ( 10 Days) - 1 2/48 hrs 30Y 1
Respirator - 1 4/48 hrs 500Y 2
Survival Kit - 2 2/48 hrs 100Y 1

Weight Avaiiabiiity Cost Street Index
Ascent/Dexent Harness .25 Always 75Y 1
Axent/Descent Kit* 2.0 Always 250Y 1
Rappelling Cloves - Always 70Y 1
Rope (50m) I.o Always 125Y 1

Concealability Weight Availability Cost Street Index
Nav-DatTM 8 .5 6/48 hrs 700Y 1

Essence Cost Cost Availability Street lndex
Chemical Analyzer .2 2,500Y/Level 4/6 days 1
Chipjack .2 1 .oooY 3/72 hrs .9
Cortex Bomb (illegal) - 500,oooY 20114 days 1
Data Filter .3 5,oooY 6/36 hrs 1.5
Datajaclc (SR rules) .2 1 ,oooY Always .9
Datajack (Shadowtech)
Level I I 500Y Always .9
Level 2 .I5 I,OOOY Always .9
Level 3 .2 2,oooY Always .9
Level 4 .25 4,oooY Always .9
Data Lock .2 1 ,oooY 6/36 hrs 1.5
Datasoft Link 1 1 .oooY 3/24 hrs 1
Level I .5 1 5,oooY 6112 days 2
Level 2 .75 40,OOOY 6/ 12 days 2
Level 3 1.5 75,oooY 6112 days 2
Level 4 1.75 1 15,oooY 6/ 12 days 2
Gas Spectrometer .2 2,000Y/Level 4/5 days 1
Internal Voice Mask 1 7 ,oooY 6/48 hrs 1
Memory M p + 100 M p x IOOY 2/24 hrs 1
Memory (FIFF) Mp/300 M p x ISOY 3/24 hrs .8
Olfactory Booster .2 I,OOOY/Level 618 days 1
Orientation System .5 15,oooY 5/6 days 1.5
Sense Link 2 300,oooY 2/5 days 1
lnternal Transmitter .6 80.000Y 3/5 days 1.5
Softlink (Level I) .I5 1 ,oooY 3/72 hrs .9
Level 2 .2 2,oooY 3/72 hrs .9
Level 3 .25 4,oooY 3/72 hrs .9
Level 4 .3 8,000Y 3/72 hrs .9
SPU: Data Management
Level I I 9,500Y 6/60 hrs 1
Level 2 .I5 19,oooY 6/60 hrs 1
Level 3 .2 28,500Y 6/60 hrs 1
Level 4 .25 38,OOOY 6/60 hrs 1
SPU: Input/Output
Level I I 5,oooY 5/4 days 1.5
Level 2 .I5 7.500Y 514 days 1.5
Level 3 .2 l2,5OOY 5/4 days 1.5
Level 4 .25 22,500Y 5/4 days 1.5
SPU: Math
Level I 1 2,oooY 6/60 hrs 1
Level 2 .I5 5,oooY 6/60 hrs 1
Level 3 .2 1 1 .oooY 6/60 hrs 1
Level 4 .25 23,OOOY 6/60 hrs 1
Tactical Computer
Level I 3.5 350,OOOY 1 2/60 days 4
Level 2 4 900,oooY 12/60 days 4


Essence Cost Cost Availability Street Index
Video Link .5 22,oooY 4/48 hrs i
Internal Transmitter .4 4,500Y 6/48 hrs i
Commlink I1 .3 2/48 hrs i
Comrnlink IV .3 3/48 hrs 1.25
Cornrnlink Vlll .3 4/48 hrs 1.5
Commlink X .3 5/48 hrs 1.75
Crypto Circuit HD
Level 1-4 1 Level x 10,000Y 6/36 hrs 1
Level 5-7 I Level x 20,000Y 6/36 hrs 1.25
Level 8-9 1 Level x 30,000Y 8/36 hrs 1.5
Level 10 I 500,oooY 9/36 hrs 2
Radio .75 4,oooY 2/24 hrs .8
Radio Receiver .4 2,oooY 2/24 hrs .8
Scramble Breaker HD
Level 1-4 .2 Level x 20,000Y 6/48 hrs 1.5
Level 5-7 .2 Level x 40,000Y 8/48 hrs 1.75
Level 10 .2 600,OOoY 1 0148 hrs 1.75
Telephone .5 3.700Y 3/24 hrs .9
Cosmetic Modification - 1 ,oooY 2/24 hrs .8
Cyber Replacement .3 4,oooY 2/24 hrs .75
Damper 1 3,500Y 4/48 hrs 1.25
Hearing Amplification .2 3,500Y 4/48 hrs 1.25
High Frequency .2 3,oooY 4/48 hrs 1.25
Low Frequency .2 3,oooY 4/48 hrs 1.25
Modification 1 2,oooY 2/24 hrs 1
Recorder .3 7,oooY 8/48 hrs 2
Select Sound Filter (Levels 1-5) .2 Level x lO.OOOY 6/48 hrs 1.25
Camera .4 6/24 hrs 2
Cosmetic Modification - 2/24 hrs .75
Cyber Replacement .2 2/24 hrs .75
Display Link 1 4/36 hrs 1
Dr. Spott Smartcam Implant 2 614 days 2
Eyecrafters Opticam Package .5 5/72 hrs 2
Flare Compensation 1 5/48 hrs 1.25
Low-Light .2 4/36 hrs 1.25
Rangefinder 1 8/48 hrs 1.5
Retinal Duplication (illegal) 1 1217 days 2
Thermographic .2 4/36 hrs 1.25
Vision Magnification
Optical I .2 4/48 hrs 1
Optical 2 .2 4/48 hrs 1
Optical 3 .2 5/48 hrs 1
Electronic 1 I 5/48 hrs 1
Electronic 2 1 5/48 hrs 1
Electronic 3 I 8/48 hrs 1

MPCP See Text See Text 12/60 days 4
Persona Module .3 See Text Varies/ 1 2 days Varies
Hardening .3 See Text Varies18 days Varies
Memory/Storage Mp/300 M p x 1 SOY 3/24 hrs .8
Transfer 1 See Text Varies/ 10 days Varies
Response .2 See Text Varies/ I 4 days Varies


Fssence Cost Cost Availability Street Index
Bone Lacing
Plastic .5 7,500Y 5114 days 1.5
Aluminum 1.15 25.000Y 5/ 14 days 1.5
Titanium 2.25 75,000Y 5114 days 1.5
Fingertip Compartment I 3/24 hrs 3,000Y 1
Hand Razors I 3/72 hrs 4,500Y 1
Hydraulic jack
(Levels1-6) .25 Level x 5.000Y 5/6 days 1
Muscle Replacement
(Maximum Rating 4) Rating Rating x 20,000Y 4/4 days 1
Retractable Razors .2 I 9,oooY 5/72 hrs 1
Retractable Spur .3 11,500Y 5/72 hrs 1
Smartcam Link .5 2,500Y 4/48 hrs 2
Smartlink (Lvl I) .S 2,500Y 3/36 hrs 1
Smartlink (Lvl II) .5 3,200Y 6/48 hrs 2
Spur 1 7,oooY 3/72 hrs 1
Voice Modulator .2 45,oooY 2/24 hrs 1
Increased Volume - 10,oooY 2/24 hrs 1
Tonal Shift 25,OOOY 2/24 hrs 1
Secondary Pattern (illegal) - 50,OOOY 6/7 days 2
Mayback .2 40.oooY 4/48 hrs 1
Built-In Device - 4 x Normal Cost Varies Varies
Built-In Smartgun Link 25 2,500Y 6/4 days 1.5
C y k r Guns
Hold-Out Pistol .I5 250Y 8/7 days 2
Light Pistol .35 650Y 8/7 days 2
Machine Pistol .4 m Y 8/7 days 2
Submachine Gun .6 1,800Y 8/7 days 2
Heavy Pistol 1 800Y 8/7 days 2
Shotgun 1.1 1,200Y 8/7 days 2
C y k r Limb I 100,ooOY 4/4 days 1
Increased Strength - Level x 150,000Y 6/4 days 1.5
Simple Replacement 1 50.000Y 4/48 hrs 1
Baseline Cykrware Simrig 2 8112 days 3
Full-X Cykrware Simrig 2 6/12 days 3
Baseline Induction Simrig 2 6/4 days 2
Internal (Rating 1 - 10) .6 + (Rating x .05) 70kY + ( 1 OkY x Rating) 817 days 3
Boosted Reflexes
Level I 3/24 hrs 1
Level 2 3/24 hrs 1.25
Level 3 3/24 hrs 1.5
Dennal Plnting
Level I 4/ 12 days 1
Level 2 41 12 days 1
Level 3 411 2 days 1
Filtration Systems
Air Rating t 10 Rating x 15,000Y 6/4 days 1
Blood Rating t S Rating x I0,OOOY 6/4 days 1
Ingested Toxin Rating + 5 Rating x I0,OOOY 6/4 days 1
Skill Hardwires
Level 1-4 Level x .Z Level x 5,000Y 6/10 days 1
Level 5-8 Level x 2 5 Level x 50,OOOY 12/14 days 1.5
Level 9- I 0 Level x .3 Level x 500,000Y 12/14 days 1.5

Essence Cost Cost Availability Street lndex
Rating 1-3 .Ix Rating Rating x 10,000Y 4/ 10 days 1
Rating 4-6 .2 x Rating Rating x 100,000Y 5110 days 1
Rating 7-9 .3 x Rating Rating x 1,000,000Y 12/20 days 1
Skillwire Plus
Level 1-3 Level x .I Level x 15,000Y 4110 days 1
Level 4-6 Level x .2 Level x 1 25,000Y 5/ 10 days 1
Level 7-9 Level x .3 Level x 1,000,000 Y 12/20 days 1
Vehicle Control Rig
Level 1 2 6/48 hrs 1
Level 2 3 8/48 hrs 1.25
Level 3 5 8/48 hrs 1.5
Wired Reflexes
Level 1 2 4/8 days 1
Level 2 3 418 days 1
Level 3 5 8/ 14 days 1

Concealability Base Price Availability Street lndex
Knowsoft 24 M p x 1SOY 5/4 days 1.25
Activesoft 24 M p x IOOY 6/4 days 1.25
Linguasoft 24 M p x 50Y 6/36 hrs 1.25
Datasoft 24 M p x 100Y 4/4 days 1.25
*More valuable data will cost more.

Body lndex Base Price Street lndex
Adrenal Pump
Level 1 1.25 3
Level 2 2.5 3
Cerebral Booster
Level 1 .4 6/ 14 days 2
Level 2 .8 6/ 14 days 2
Damage Compensator
Level 1-2 .2/Level 6/6 days 2.5
Level 3-5 .2/Level 10/6 days 2.
Level 6-9 .Z/Level 12/6 days 2.5
Enhanced Articulation .6 5/6 days 1.5
Extended Volume
Level 1 .2 4/4 days 1
Level 2 .3 4/4 days 1
Level 3 .4 4/4 days 1
Mnemonic Enhancer .2/Level 6/7 days 1
Muscle Augmentation .8/Level 6/6 days .9
Nephritic Screen .4 4/4 days 1
Level 1 .5 8/8 days .8
Level 2 I 8/8 days .8
Level 3 1.5 8/8 days .8
Pain Editor .6 6/6 days I .2
Pathogenic Defense .2/Level 4/4 days 1.5
Platelet Factory .4 5/8 days 1.5
Reflex Recorder
Concentration .I* 5/6 days 1.5
General .25* 8/6 days 1.5
Suprathyroid Gland 1.4 8/ 12 days 2.5


Body lndex Base Price Availability Street index
Level 1 5/ 10 days 1
Level 2 5/ 10 days 1
Level 3 5/ 10 days 1
Synaptic Accelerator
Level I 6/ 12 days 2
Level 2 6/12 days 2
Level I 4/ 10 days 1.5
Level 2 4/ 10 days 1.5
Tailored Pheromones
Level 1 12/14 days 2
Level 2 12/14 days 2
Toxin Exhaler 10/4 days 3
Toxin Extractor 4/4 days 1
Tracheal Filter 4/4 days 1
Trauma Damper 6/8 days 2

Base Price Availability Street lndex
Level 1-3 Level x 500Y 4/48 hrs
Level 4-6 Level x 1,000Y 4/48 hrs
Level 7-9 Level x 1,500Y 4/48 hrs
Level 10+ Level x 2,500Y 4/48 hrs
Level 1-3 Level x 300Y 4/32 hrs
Level 4-6 Level x 6OOY 4/32 hrs
Level 7-9 Level x 900Y 4/32 hrs
Level 10+ Level x 1,500Y 4/32 hrs
Doom SOOY/dose 14/30 days
Gamma-Anthrax 1 80Y/dose 14/30 days
Gene Therapy
Cleansing 6/30 days
Genetic Correction 6/30 days
Reconstruct/Healing 6/30 days
Other 6/30 days
Single 40.000Y per treatment 6/20 days
Full Spectrum 300,oooY 6/20 days
Leonization 6/30 days
Myco-Protein It's everywhere
Level 1-3 Level x 400Y 4/32 hrs
Level 4-6 Level x 800Y 4/32 hrs
Level 7-9 Level x I,200Y 4/32 hrs
Level 10+ Level x 2,000Y 4/32 hrs

ACTH 100Y/6 doses 5/ 12 hrs
Atropine 600Y/dose 5/ 12 hrs
Carcerands See Text 41 10 days
Cyanide 360Y/dose 3/48 hrs
DikoteTM 1 ,WY/ I00cm3 6114 days
DMSO IOY+ 2/ 12 hrs
Hyper 1 80Y/dose 4/24 hrs


Base Price Availabiiity Street Index
Kamikaze 5OY/dose 5/4 days 5
MA0 280Y/dose 5/36 hrs 2
Oxygenated Flourocarbons 750Y per liter 4/48 hrs 1
Ruthenium Polymers 10,000Y/m2 + 5/ 14 days 7.5


Persona Hardening Memory Storage Load
Radio Shack PCD- 100 2 0 10 50 5
Allegiance Alpha 3 1 10 50 5
Sony CTY-360 6 3 50 100 20
Fuchi Cyber-4 6 3 100 500 20
Fuchi Cyber-6 8 4 100 500 50
Fuchi Cykr-7 10 4 200 1,000 50
Fairlight Excalibur 12 5 500 1.000 100

Availability cost Street Utility Programs Size (In Mp)

index Deception (Rating x Rating) x 2
Radio Shack PCD- 100 4/7 days 1 Decrypt (Rating x Rating) x 2
Allegiance Alpha 4/7 days 1 Evaluate (Rating x Rating) x 2
Sony CTY-360 4/7 days 1 Hog (Ratingx Rating) x 3
Fuchi Cyber-4 417 days 1 Medic (Ratingx Rating) x 4
Fuchi Cykr-6 6/7 days 1 Mirrors (Ratingx Rating) x 3
Fuchi Cyber-7 1017 days 1 Poison (Rating x Rating) x 3
Fairlight Excalibur 22/7 days 1 Relocate (Rating x Rating) x 2
Restore (Rating x Rating) x 3
Cyberdeck System Additions Restrict (Rating x Rating) x 3
Availability Cost Street Index Reveal (Rating x Rating) x 3
Hitcher Jack 2/48 hrs MPCP x l00Y 1 Scanner (Rating x Rating) x 3
Off-line Storage 2/24 hrs 1Y x M p 1 Shield (Rating x Rating) x 4
Vidscreen Display 2/24 hrs 100Y 1 Sift (Ratingx Rating)
Response increase Sleaze (Ratingx Rating) x 3
Level 1 6/48 hrs (MPCP x MPCP) x l00Y 1 Slow (Ratingx Rating) x 4
Level 2 8/72 hrs (MPCPx MPCP) x 400Y 2 Smoke (Ratingx Rating) x 2
Level 3 12/7 days (MPCP x MPCP) x 9OOY 2


Persona Programs Size (in Mp) Persona Programs
Bod (Rating x Rating) x 3 Rating Availability Cost Street Index
Evasion (Ratingx Rating) x 3 1-3 3/7 days Size x l00Y 1
Masking (Ratingx Rating) x 2 4-6 6/7 days Size x 500Y 1.5
Sensors (Ratingx Rating) x 2 7-9 I 2 114 days Size x 1,OOOY 2
Utility Programs 1 O+ 24/30 days Size x 5,000Y 3
Analyze (Ratingx Rating) x 3
Armor (Rating x Rating) x 3 Utility Programs
Attack (Rating x Rating) x 2 Rating Availability Cost Street index
Auto Exec (Rating x Rating) 1-3 2/7 days Size x l00Y 1
Blind (Rating x Rating) x 3 4-6 4/7 days Size x 200Y 1.5
Browse (Rating x Rating) 7-9 8/ 14 days Size x 500Y 2
Cloak (Ratingx Rating) x 3 1 O+ 16/100days Size x 1,000Y 3
Compressor (Ratingx Rating) x 2
Controller (Ratingx Rating) x 4


Rating Availability Cost Street Index
Medltit 3 2/24 hrs 200Y 1.5
Medltit Supplies 2/24 hrs 50Y 1.5
Stabilization Unit 2 I 2 / I mth I0,oOOY 3
Deluxe Unit 6 I 6 / l mth 20,000Y 3
DocWagonTM Contract
Basic Service - On payment 5,000Y per year -
Cold Service - On payment 25,000Y per year -
Platinum Service - On payment 50,000Y per year -
Super-platinum Service - On payment 100.000Y per year -
Slap Patches
Antidote Patch Maximum 8 6/72 hrs Rating x 50Y 2
Stimulant Patch Maximum 6 2/24 hrs Rating x 25Y 1
Tranq Patch Maximum 10 4/48 hrs Rating x 2OY 2
Trauma Patch - 4/48 hrs 500Y 4

Availability Cost Street Index
Specific Spell Focus 4/48 hrs Rating x 45,000Y 2
Spell Type Focus 5/48 hrs Rating x 75,000Y 2
Spirit Focus 4/48 hrs Rating x 60.000Y 2
Power Focus 6/72 hrs Rating x 105,000Y 2
Spell Lock 2/48 hrs 45,000Y 2
Weapon Foci 8/72 hrs [(Reach + I ) x 100,000YI + 3
Rating x 90,000Y

Availability Cost Street lndex
Elemental Conjuration Materials (Force)/24 hrs Force x 1,000Y 1
Medicine Lodge Materials (Rating)/24 hrs Rating x 500Y 1
Fetish Focus 3/26 hrs Rating x 3,00044 1
Ally Conjuring Material (Force)/36 hrs 1,000 per unit 1
Ward Casting Materials (Force)/36 hrs 1,000 per unit 1
Watcher Casting Materials (Force)/36 hrs 1,000 per unit 1
Expendable Fetishes
Combat 2/24 hrs 1
Detection 2/24 hrs 1
Healing 2/24 hrs 1
Illusion 2/24 hrs 1
Manipulation 2/24 hrs 1
Hermetic Library (any magic skill)
Computer Media (disk) (Rating)/-/ days (Rating x Rating) x 1,000Y
Chip (Rating)/7 days (Rating x Rating) x 1,200Y
Hardcopy (Rating)/ I 4 days (Rating x Rating) x 2.000Y
Reusable Fetishes
Combat 3/24 hrs
Detection 3/24 hrs
Healing 3/24 hrs
Illusion 3/24 hrs
Manipulation 3/24 hrs


Rttual Sorcery Materials
Detection 3/24 hrs 100Y x spell Force
Healing 3/24 hrs 500Y x spell Force
Illusion 3/24 hrs 100Y x spell Force
Manipulation 3/24 hrs 1,000Y x spell Force
Enchanting Material Costs
Material Raw Form Refined Form Racllcal Form
Herbals 50 100 200
Crystals 100 200 400
Semi-precious Gems 200 400 800
Precious Gems 500 1,000 2,000
Iron 50 100 200
CoPper 100 200 400
Silver 300 600 1,200
Gold 10,000 20,000 40,000
Mercury 600 1,200 2,400
Tin 30 60 120
Lead 30 60 1 20
Orichalum: 88,000per unit
Spell Formulas
Drain Level Price Drain Level hlve
L 50 x Force M I00 x Force
s 500 x Force D 1.000 x Force

Note: Vehicles generally have an Availability equal to Cost/10,000. The base time is equal to 1/2 the Availability (round down) in days.
Street Index is .75 for vehicles that cost less than 10,000Y, 1 for up to 50,000Y. and 2 for more than 50,000Y.

Handling Speed Armor Signature Cost

Chrysler-Nissan Jackrabbit(Elec.) 3/8 25/75
(MultiFuel) 3/8
Eurocar Westwind 2000 3/8 70/2 10
Ford Americar 4/8 35/ 105
Honda-GM 3220 ZX 4/8 40/ 120
Honda-GM 3220 ZX Turbo 4/8 50/ I50
Leyland-ZilTsarina (Elec.) 4/8 25/75
(MultiFuel) 4/8
Mitsubishi Nightsky 4/8 45/ 1 20
Mitsubishi Runabout 4/8 25/75
Rolls-Royce Phaeton 4/4 6O/ 180
Saab Dynamit 778Tl 4/8 80/250
Toyota Elite 4/8 40/ 120
Volkswagon Electro 3/6 20/60
BMW Blitzen 2050 3/4 95/285
Dodge Scoot 3/6 20/60
Entertainment Systems Papoose 3/6 30/90
Harley-Davidson Scorpion 4/5 50/ 150
Honda Viking 3/5 50/ 150
Hyundai Ofioader 4/2 60/180
Caz-Niki White Eagle 3/3 601180
Suzuki Aurora 2/4 70/2 10
Thundercload Pinto 4/2 20/60
Yamaha Rapier 3/6 65/ 195
Handling Speed Body Armor Signature Cost
Ares Roadmaster 4/10 45,oooY
Conestoga Trailblazer 418 150,OOOY
Ford-Canada Bison 4/3 150,OOOY
Caz-Willy Nomad 313 50,OOOY
GMC 4 2 0 1 316 75,oooY
GMC Bulldog Step-Van (MultiFuel) 418 35,oooY
GMC Bulldog Step-Van (Courier) 416 60,oooY
Landrover Model 2 0 4 6 (short) 313 35,oooY
Landrover Model 2 0 4 6 (long) 3/3 45,oooY
Leyland-Rover Transport (basic-Elec.) 418 25,OOOY
(basic- MultiFuel) 418 30,OOOY
Nissan-Holden Brumbry 4/3 25,OOOY
NordkappConestogaBergan (Command) 316 600,oooY
(Cargo) 3/6 200,oooY
Renault-Fiat Eurovan 4/ 10 25,OOOY
Rolls-Royce Prairie Cat 213 275,OOOY
ToyotaCorp Gopher 4/4 25,OOOY
Volkswagon SuperKombi Ill 418 Varies

Chrysler-NissanG 12.3 4 4011 2 0 4 0 5 2 50,OOOY
GMC-Beachcraft Vacationer 4 35/ 1 2 0 4 0 3 3 100,OOOY
GMC-Nissan Hovertruck 4 40112 0 4 0 5 1 100,OOOY
Mostrans KVP- 14T 4 601I80 4 0 3 1 250,OOOY

Water Jet Bike
Suzuki Watersport (Standard)
Suzuki Watersport (Electric)
Aztech Nightrunner
Colorado Craft Cigarette
Marine Technologies Dolphin I1
Harland &. Wolff Classique
Samuvani Criscraft Otter
Zemlya-Poltava Swordsman
Sendanko Marlin

Winged Planes
Cessna C 7 5 0
Fiat-Fokker Cloud Nine
Hawker-Ridley HS-895 Skytruck
Lear-Cessna Platinum I
iear-Cessna Platinum II
Rotor Craft
Ares Dragon
Federated Boeing Commuter
Hughes Aerospace Airstar 2 0 5 0
Hughes WK-2 Stallion


Handling Speed Body Armor Signature Cost
Lighter-Than-Air Craft
Airship Industries Skyswimmer 3 90/ 180 6 3 8 100,000Y
Goodyear Commuter-47 3 150/300 8 3 8 225,000Y
Luftschifiau Zeppelin LZ-2049 3 100/250 12 6 8 750,000Y


Arrow HSCT 5 1,500/2,900 4 3 2 10 MY
China Clipper Suborbital 5 10k/24k 5 6 1 100 MY
General Dynamics SV250 Semiballistic 6 101</29k 5 6 1 750 MY


Aztechnology Aguilar-EX 280/560 3 6 4 (8) 2,600,OOOY
BAC-Dassault-MBB EFA variants 950/ 1,900 4, 6 4 5,000,OOOY
CASA j-239 Raven 200/400 3 0 4 175,000Y
Doc WagonTMCRT Air Unit 140/320 3 0 3 N/ A
Doc WagonTMOsprey II 190/380 3 3 2 N/ A
Doc WagonTMSRT Helicopter 1 70/250 4 0 4 N/ A
Doc WagonTMWK-2 Stallion Variant 165/235 5 6 4 N/A
Lockheed C-260 Transport 1 50/350 5 12 4 700,OOOY
Moonlight Aerospace Avenger 100/200 3 9 8 250,000Y
Nightglider 1 5/60 1 0 12 45.000Y
Northrup PRC-428 Wasp 65/ 130 1 0 3 220,OOOY
2 65/ 1 30 2 6 0 294,OOOY
Northrup PRC-44B Yellowjacket 65/ 1 30 2 0 3 280,000Y
3 65/ 130 3 9 0 390,000Y
Armored Vehicles
Ferrari Appaloosa Light Scout 100/200 3 9 5 1,000,000Y
LAV-93 Devil Rat APC 25/75 3 12 6 250,000Y
LAV- 103 Striker Light Tank 25/75 5 15 6 480,000Y
GMC Banshee 650/ 1,000 6 18 5 10MY+
Cround/ACV Vehicles
Ares Citymaster 30/ 120 4 12 2 500,000Y
Ares Mobmaster 30/ 1 20 5 15 2 3,650,000Y
Doc WagonTMCitymaster Varient 35/ 140 4 6 2 N/A
Doc WagonTMCRT Ambulance 30/75 5 0 2 N/A
Doc WagonTMSRT Ambulance 30/75 4 0 4 N/A
Chrysler Nissan Patrol 60/ 180 3 6 4 I00,ooOY
General Products Cop 30/90 1 3 4 25,000Y
GMC Beachcraft Patroller 55/ 165 4 6 5 750,000Y
GMC MPUV 40/ 1 20 2 9 4 22,000Y
Harley Electroglide-I000 95/285 3 6 2 75,000Y
Sikorsky-Bell Red Ranger 1 50/450 2 6 3 250,000Y
Water Vehicles
Blohm 8. Voss River Commander 25/75 6 9 (12) 3 300,OOOY
GMC Riverine 30/90 4 6 3 125,OOOY
Surfstar Marine Seacop 30/90 3 6 3 50,OOOY
Vectored Thrust
Federated Boeing Eagle 900/ 1,800 5 12 5 50MY


Aerodesign Systems Condor LDSD-23 5 20160 1 0 10 2.500Y
Aerodesign Systems Condor II LDSD-41 5 30/90 1 3 11 45,OOOY
CAS Windjina RPV 3/5 250/500 5 6 4/8 75,000Y
GM-Nissan Spotter 3 35/100 2 0 3 12.500Y
MCT-Nissan Rotordrone 4 35/70 2 0 3 7,500Y


Handling Speed Body Armor Signature APilot Cost
Aztech CCR-23C Crawler 414 5/15 1 0 4
Cyberspace Designs Dalmation 3 351105 2 0 4
Ferret RPD-VI Perimeter Drone 315 10130 1 3 8
Caz-Nilti CNRD-7 1 BIS Snooper 413 25/75 1 0 5
CM-Nissan Doberman 315 35/70 3 6 3
Sikorsky-Bell Microskimmer 5 30190 1 0 3
Steel Lynx Ground Combat Drone 416 40180 4 12 5

Note that Availability and Street lndex for vehicle-grade weapons are at the gamemaster's discretion.
Type Ammo Mode Damage Weight cost
Ares Firelance Vehicle Laser "Assault" 40 SA 1 5s 48 300,OOOY
Generic Autocannon Cannon 10 (c) SA 12D 45 12,0000Y
Generic Rocket Launcher Rocket 6 (b) SS as rocket 15 15,OOOY
Water Cannon "Shotgun" "2 0 "SA" 6 M Stun 12 20,OOOY
Vanquisher Minigun HMC Belt ( 100) FA 10s 45 75,OOOY
Vengeance Minigun MMC Belt ( 100) FA 9s 30 50,OOOY
Victory Rotary Assault Cannon Cannon Belt (50) FA 18D 90 90.OOOY
Vigilant Rotary Autocannon Cannon Belt (25) FA 20D 60 125,OOOY
Intelligence Damage Cost
Saab-Saaker A A M (Basic) 6 18D 25,OOOY
(Improved) 7 18D 50.OOOY
Hyndai Advanced AAM (Basic) 8 18D 100,OOOY
(Improved) 9 18D 150,OOOY
Ares Dragon AAM (Dogfight) 8 2OD 500,OOOY
(Attack) 9 2OD 1.500,OOOY
Mitusbishi-CM Bandit ACM
(Bandit) 6 varies
(Super Bandit) 6 varies
General Products Rockets
(7.62 cm) N/ A 3D/rocltet
(12.7 cm) N/A 7D/rocket


Availability Cost Street lndex

Remote Control Gear 4/72 hrs 2,500Y x Body 2
Vehicle Control Gear 417 days 2,800Y 2

Rating Weight Cost Availability Street Index

Remote Control Deck Slave Ports 2 x Rating 5,OOOY x Rating 4/72 hrs 2


Number of Charges Cost
Small Smoke Generator 6 700Y
Large Smoke Generator 12 1 .OOOY
Each charge covers a given area. For smoke rules, see p. 85.


Armor Level Availability Cost Street Index
1 8114 days 700Y 2
2 12/14 days 1,600Y 2
3 14/21 days 2.500Y 2