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Right now, I’m working on character creation using a free software called Chummer5. It saves you from doing a lot of the tedious math that doing this by hand would involve and it has all the equipment, spells, and jazz already preloaded. Not mandatory to use it, but highly highly recommended. Here’s a link: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1j5wMS6KHqMZndteGkteG1yWWc&usp=sharing
If you are using Chummer, go to Tools > Options. On the left hand side, the only sourcebooks that should be checked are Run and Gun, the 5th Ed core rulebook, and Street Grimoire.
Step 1: Chose Concept
Step 2: Priorities
Step 3: Attributes
Step 4: Skills
Step 5: Qualities
Step 6: Resources
Step 7: Karma
Step 8: Final Calculations
Below are some links that might be helpful:
- Shadowrun “Superbook” – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – https://www.reddit.com/r/Shadowrun/comments/28b4q3/the_shadowrun_5_superbook/
- Reddit discussion of character creation – http://www.reddit.com/r/Shadowrun/comments/279ot9/5e_hold_my_hand_through_character_creation/
- Example of already created characters – http://www.madadventurers.com/meet-the-party-shadowrun-5th-edition/