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Rules / Lifestyles

Lifestyle Rules

General Notes

Each character needs to pay the full cost of their lifestyle, even if they are sharing a residence with other characters. Additionally, no lifestyle modifications that lower the nuyen cost of the lifestyle may be taken.

The Bolt Hole lifestyle from Run Faster is allowed, but characters must maintain an actual lifestyle in addition to any Bolt Holes they have access to. Rent for a Bolt Hole is only paid in the month(s) in which it is used.

Characters may, if their player so chooses, have no permanent address and instead live out of a vehicle, provided that vehicle is equipped with the correct amenities and that they still pay for the cost of a full, fixed-location lifestyle.

Rent is paid monthly, on the last day of each month you have had a run in. If a character does not have a run during a month, that character does not need to pay rent. A Rent Thread is put up when the time for rent comes near, both as a reminder and so players can state which characters pay rent and how much. This does not indicate a ‘cut-off’ for whether future runs need to be considered the current or next month.

Advanced Lifestyles

The advanced lifestyle rules from Run Faster (PG 212) are allowed on Runnerhub. However, since not all players own Run Faster or want to customize their lifestyle, these rules are optional to an extent. Each lifestyle has assumed stats, and characters must still resist Lifestyle fatigue damage at the beginning of each run. Thus, the assumed (and base) stats for your lifestyle are presented below, including their max limits for ease of reference:

LifestyleC&NSecurityNeighborhoodPointsNotes
Bolt Hole1 [2]1 [4]1 [4]4Not A Home
Street0 [1]0 [1]0 [1]26 Stun
Squatter1 [2]1 [2]1 [2]24 Stun
Low2 [3]2 [3]2 [3]32 Stun
Medium3 [4]3 [4]4 [5]40 Stun
High4 [6]4 [6]5 [6]5No Allergy Effects

These are, again, the base stats of each Lifestyle. Comforts and Necessities (C&N) reduces the Stun damage from Lifestyle Fatigue (see below), Security is a measure of how safe your place is, and Neighborhood determines where a character lives if they make use of any portion of the advanced lifestyle rules. Characters which make no customizations to their lifestyle are not required to live in a security zone as determined by the Neighborhood rating.

Comfort, Necessities, and Fatigue

At the start of each run, all characters must roll to resist 6 Stun using the normal soak dicepool (Body + Willpower). However, each point of Comforts and Necessities reduces the amount of Stun that must be resisted by 2. Thus, any character who has a lifestyle with a C&N rating greater than 3 will by default need to soak exactly 0 Stun.

However, Allergies are now rather potent negative qualities for characters whose lifestyle has a C&N rating of 3 or lower – characters in High lifestyles never deal with Allergy-related issues. For each level of a Common Allergy above Mild, the DV of the Stun damage is increased by 1, and for each level of an Uncommon Allergy above Moderate, the DV of the Stun damage is increased by 1. Additionally, Common food-related Allergies add an additional 1 DV above Mild, and Uncommon food-related allergies add an additional 1 DV above Moderate. See the table below for easy, quick calculations:

Stun Damage Calculations by Lifestyle
LifestyleBolt HoleStreetSquatterLowMedium
Base Stun DV46420
Base Stun DV with Common AllergiesModerate57531
Severe68642
Extreme79753
Base Stun DV with Common Food AllergiesModerate68642
Severe810864
Extreme10121086
Base Stun DV with Uncommon AllergiesSevere57531
Extreme68642
Base Stun DV with Uncommon Food AllergiesSevere68642
Extreme810864
Examples
  • Danny Decker lives in a Low lifestyle. With a base C&N score of 2, until he raises it to 3 he must resist 2 Stun damage at the beginning of each run.
  • Michael Mage lives in a Medium lifestyle. With his base C&N score of 3, he does not need to resist any Stun damage at the beginning of each run.
  • Rosie Rigger also lives in a Low lifestyle, and has a Moderate Allergy (Common) to pollen. The lifestyle's base C&N rating of 2 reduces the Stun damage she must resist down to 2, but her allergy increases that by 1, so she must resist 3 Stun damage at the beginning of each run. If Rosie were to upgrade to a Medium lifestyle, she'd only need to resist 1 Stun damage, and if she upgraded her C&N she could rest easy and soak no damage.
  • Sally Street Sam lives in a default Medium lifestyle, but has a Severe Allergy (Common) to krill. Normally, her Medium lifestyle would result in 0 Stun damage to soak, but that severe food-related allergy adds 4 Stun damage total – 2 for being 2 levels above Mild, plus 2 more since it is a Severe food-related allergy. If Sally moved up to a High lifestyle, she would never have to worry about her allergies again and soak no damage at the beginning of each run.

Security

First and most importantly, Runnerhub does not use the Security stat of a character's lifestyle to determine if things are randomly stolen from them. However, GMs are encouraged to use the Security stat to help determine if a character is able to arrive on time to Johnson meets, runner operations, and so on.

Neighborhood

This statistic relates to what security zone a character lives in. Response times listed in the table below are for normal law enforcement, medical services, and fire/rescue services, not HTR. Characters which use the base, unmodified Lifestyle stats listed above are not limited to specific Security Zones by the Neighborhood rating.

NeighborhoodZoneResponse Time
0Z2d6 hours
1E1d6 hours
2D1d6 * 12 minutes
3C1d6 * 10 minutes
4B1d6 * 5 minutes
5A2d6 + 3 minutes
6AA1d6 + 4 minutes

Customizing Lifestyles

Characters may buy the Assets and Services listed in Run Faster (PG 220), as well as the Lifestyle Options (PG 224). As always, any Options, Assets, or Services which lower the nuyen cost of a lifestyle are not allowed. The CFD Neighborhood option is not allowed, and Assets or Services which are only applicable to the Commercial or Traveler lifestyles are also not allowed.

Players may permanently reduce the cost of a given Lifestyle using the rules presented in Better than Bad by a single level, with a floor of Squatter. Sorry, no free lunches allowed! Karma or Street Cred allocated to this use is spent before purchasing the Lifestyle.

Points, Nuyen, and Minimum Lifestyle

Services and Assets have a minimum lifestyle, monthly nuyen cost, and point cost attached. What these three pieces of information mean can be confusing, so take the Gym Asset as an example. It has a point cost of 2, a monthly nuyen cost of 300 nuyen, and a minimum lifestyle of Medium. What this means is that if a character has a Medium or better lifestyle, they pay only the one-time point cost. Characters with Low or worse lifestyle must pay the one-time point cost and the 300 nuyen per month.

Grid Subscriptions

Grid Subscriptions, both Local and Global, do not represent the free subscription a character has by default for maintaining a lifestyle. These subscription options are in addition to a lifestyle's free grid subscription.

For example, a character with a Low (or worse) lifestyle would need to dedicate 1 point and pay the 50 nuyen monthly fee to access the Emerald City Grid. A character with a Medium lifestyle would have free access to the Emerald City Grid, and could buy a second “local” subscription (Neotokyo, Cara'sir, etc.). A character with a High lifestyle would have access to Emerald City Grid, one global grid of their choice (Horizon, Saeder-Krupp, etc.), and could buy a second local or global grid subscription.

Cheaper Living

Characters which make use of the Advanced Lifestyle rules may additionally make use of the following negative lifestyle modifications:

  • Angry Drunk
  • Cramped (Garage/Workshop)
  • Difficult To Find
  • Household Gremlins
    • Rolled on a GM's table on the first run by the character each months, and applies before Comforts & Necessities stun is calculated.
  • Not A Home
  • Obscure
  • Safety Third (Garage/Workshop)
  • Rough Neighborhood
  • W-Zone

The modifications listed below remain banned:

  • CFD-Affected Area
  • Cramped (General)
  • Dangerous Area
  • Hotel California
  • Lax Security
  • Limited Building Space
  • No Masters
  • Haunted

Page last modified on February 16, 2019, at 07:55 AM