The Matrix

Ability Pools

While in the Matrix the player only has one ability pool in play with. The exception is when a player encounters Black ICE. All tasks are resolved with the player INT pool. Effort spent on tasks comes from the players INT pool as well as any damage the player receives is deducted from their INT pool. IC & Black ICE are programs that were created to give security in the Matrix as well as deter and in some cases like Black ICE even kill those foolish enough to attempt to bypass them. If a players INT pool is reduced to 0 he drops one down on the damage track and is stunned from the “Dump”


Cyberdecks do a few things for a Decker in the Cypher system. Decks are able to slot cypher “Programs” that the player may use while in the Matrix. essentially a cyberdeck is the equivalent of a cypher bag from Numenera with a few exceptions. Once a cypher is slotted into a cyberdeck it is considered downloaded into the Deck and can not be removed. If a Decker wishes to overwrite an active program all he need do is plug-in a new cypher program. The player may choose what program is overwritten if a new one is slotted into the deck.


All decks are treated as Assets in any Matrix based task. 

Sony Cty-360
The first deck made for shadowrunners. Simple, street ready and nearly indestructible.
Protection: 0 the Sony offers no defensive protection to the Runner
Programs: (cyphers): 1 Cypher may be uploaded into this deck at a time
Damage:  2
Other Perks: None
Cost: inexpensive

Renraku Krafwerk-1
Renraku’s best deck and easily modified for the streets.
Protection: 1 armor vs Attacks
Programs: (Cyphers) 2 cyphers may be uploaded into this deck at a time.
Damage: 2
Other Perks: Has up to 1 Perk

Fuchi VirtualX
Fuchi Created the VirtuaX for employees. Now decker love to use it against them.
Protection: 2 armor vs Attacks 4 Int Pool Buffer. Restores on reboot.
Programs:(cyphers) 2 Cyphers may be uploaded to this deck at a time.
Damage: 3
Other Perks: Has up to 2 Perks

Novatech Slimcase-10
Tailored for aggressive decking, the slimcase has an upgraded basic attack but with a lower defense
Protection: 1 Armor vs attacks & Int Pool  Buffer of 6. Restores on Reboot
Programs: (Cyphers) 3 cyphers may be uploaded to this deck at a time
Damage: 4
Other Perks: Has up to 3 perks
 Very Expensive

Tyansys Highlander
This high-end deck by Transys has a higher rating then the competition.
Protection: 3 Armor vs Attacks & Int Pool Buffer of 8
Programs: (Cyphers) 3 cyphers may be uploaded to this deck at a time
Damage: 4
Other Perks: Has up to 4 Perks
Cost: Exorbitant

Fairlight Excalibur
The Deck that every Decker Dreams about the Holy Grail of Cyberdecks.
Protection: 3 Armor vs Attacks as well as an Int Pool of 10
Programs: (Cyphers) 4 cyphers may be uploaded to this deck at a time
Damage: 6
Other PerksHas 4 Perks
Cost: Artifact


Vehicle Control Rig
Control Rigs allow the Decker to pilot any vehicle with a remote Rig receiver.
Rig receiver’s often need to be directly jacked into to use. Decks with VCR’s allow the operator to use their deck as an asset for driving and piloting checks.
Cost: Moderate for the Rig
Cost: Inexpensive for the receiver. It just takes ten min to install the receiver.

Drone  Control Rig
A Drone Rig perk allows the Rigger to command one Drone per perk. Drone Control Rigs need  to dedicate a lot of power to the running of drones. For each Drone Rig perk installed in a cyberdecks, all Matrix related Task difficulty are increased by one step.
Cost: Varies by Drone.

Int Buffer
Int Buffer perks provide some added protection to the runner while in the Matrix. This perk may be purchased more than once. The effects of this perk stack. You may not use this perk to gain more than double the default Int buffer of your existing Deck with this perk. Each Int Buffer perk purchased provides and additional 3 Points of Int Pool per purchase.
Cost: Moderate

Armor Enhancer
Armor Enhancer perks add one level of armor to the cyberdeck while in the Matrix.
This enhancement may not raise the Armor of a cyberdeck above a total 3 Armor.
Cost: Moderate

The Matrix

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