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There are cracks in the world. They’re slender, dark, and often cold, but they are the only things that keep you hidden. Keep you alive. They are the shadows of the world, and they are where you live.
You are a shadowrunner, thriving in the margins, doing the jobs no one else can. You have no office, no permanent home, no background to check. You are whatever you make yourself. Will you seek justice? Sow seeds of chaos? Sell out to the highest bidder? It’s up to you, but this much is certain: If you do nothing, the streets will eat you alive.
You can survive, even flourish, as long as you do what it takes. Sacrifice part of your soul for bleeding-edge gear. Push the limits of your will learning new and dangerous magic. Wire yourself into the Matrix, making your mind one with screaming streams of data. It’ll cost you something—everything does—but you can make it worth the price.
Shadowrun, Fifth Edition is the newest version of one of the most popular and successful role-playing worlds of all time, a fusion of man, magic, and machine in a dystopian near-future. With rules for character creation, magic, combat, Matrix hacking, rigging, and more, you have everything you need to face the challenges of the Sixth World.
Building on the award-winning Shadowrun, Fourth Edition rule set, the new edition brings the game forward while preserving the fun that has made it so enduring.
Here are some highlights of the new edition:
  • Grittier & Deadlier: The down-and-dirty Sixth World setting is a place where shadowrunners need to count their bullets carefully and be cautious about whom they trust. Fifth Edition rules reflect that, making players aware of their choices and the price they have to pay to be the best. It also supports deadlier combat, while still making sure the player characters can stay alive long enough to take care of business.
  • Streamlined Matrix: Matrix rules have been improved and streamlined, bringing them more in line with the rest of the game and making them more intuitive. Running the Matrix has never been easier.
  • Increased Gear Options: Changes in Fifth Edition mean there are more functions for gear, which leads to an increased variety of the toys shadowrunners love!
  • Faster Character Creation and More Player Aids: New to Shadowrun and eager to hit the streets as quickly as possible? Fifth Edition’s character creation rules make it faster and easier to create a full-fledged character and dive into the shadows. Additionally, from an expanded gamemaster advice section to pre-generated gear kits, Shadowrun, Fifth Edition has tools and resources to help players quickly get into the game and onto the streets.

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Dark V September 11, 2016 8:55 am UTC
Okay so I just bought it, the color is different and the first page is "CORPORATION". It's definetly the wrong book XXX is going on in here ?
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Dark V September 11, 2016 9:06 am UTC
Nvm some weird stuff happened ignore me
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Daniel J July 31, 2016 6:02 pm UTC
I'm still very hesitant to buy the sourcebook for their lack of updates on texts with errata. Besides that... I think it's a good buy.
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Mihail K March 06, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
Where can i buy a print version?
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March 25, 2016 2:34 am UTC
amazon? mineraturemarket? take your pick.
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Michael K August 08, 2016 7:23 am UTC
Avoid Amazon. While you can buy the hardcover direct from catalyst for 59.99, the one Amazon is pushing is an uncompromising $147.
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January 28, 2016 6:33 am UTC
Just bought this, but my brand new tablet and none of the pdf apps can actually read this. Sad day. :(
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Allen H July 08, 2015 1:57 pm UTC
Why you no resize page 484 Catalyst? Why? I don't care about the stupid cover scene page from earlier editions. It is screwing up the viewing of every other page in the pdf (resizing everything to 34%). I can't fit to screen or width because it scales off that one page.
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Josh J March 09, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
I agree 100%! Actually reading this PDF in a user friendly way is very challenging to say the least! Can we please get this PDF updated to either remove the oversized images at the end, or scale them down to the size of a regular page? Maybe remove the images and include them as a separate download? I can't read this without significant effort in this format.
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Aaron L June 30, 2015 2:34 am UTC
I'd like to buy this, but I'm curious if this ever got updated. According to a post two years ago, the PDF was supposed to eventually incorporate the errata, but the post by Kevin S makes me think that never happened.
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Łukasz K June 30, 2015 4:42 pm UTC
Just checked the Core Rulebook pdf, cause I just found there is an errata, and by checking some items from the errata quick preview, I found that they are all correct in the rulebook pdf. Hence apparently the errata is already applied.

The book says that it's the first printing, despite being corrected, though.
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Aaron L July 02, 2015 9:04 am UTC
Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to check.
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March 01, 2015 2:09 pm UTC
Purchased on 3/1/2015 and what I got is the "First Printing".

NOTE: that I also got the physical book, purchased on Amazon on 2/26/2015 and that is the "Third Printing".

I don't know why we're not getting an updated pdf of the current physical book? There is an errata her on Drive Thru, but I don't know where that fits into printings 1, 2 and/or 3.
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October 27, 2015 7:12 pm UTC
It appears they just didn't update the credits properly.
Looking at two relevant sections, this version is at least the second printing, if not the third.
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Balázs M August 27, 2014 7:22 pm UTC
Does anyone know why is missing the "all the angles" novel in the updated version? (p. 328)
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Philipp N July 13, 2014 8:36 am UTC
Does anyone know what was updated lately?
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Terry K July 13, 2014 7:09 pm UTC
Supposedly the small list of approved errata has been folded into the text.
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