Shadow Lives

The End is Near

A little bit of fluff for you.
I have no idea if/when I’ll run the final “Pawns” mission, but this is the start of the meet.

June, 2073

The shadows have been unusually quiet lately, it was as if they were holding their breath before a storm. The call you received early in the morning seemed much overdue. Though you’ve gotten messages like this a dozen times before, your fixer telling you to head to The Dead End Bar for a meet, your fixer felt the need to remind you to run your commlinks in passive mode. Heading to the meet through the deserted warehouse district it quickly became apparent why, shortly on entering the area you receive a message saying “The Dead End is closed for a private function. Security is on alert.”

The club’s security is nothing to laugh at, after all its as much a runner hangout as it is a thriving club. Plus the streets around aren’t patrolled by the Knights. You arrive at the club to see it practically deserted. A sleek black sports car is sprawled across several spaces in the lot, completely ignoring the lines, a familiar battered white van parked next to the building, and the other runner’s rides parked a respectable distance from the sports car.

Entering the dimly lit bar your commlink immediately protests at losing its signal. The familiar figure of Das is behind the counter polishing glasses. Cerra is sitting at a nearby table sporting a “sexy secretary” look as opposed to her normal soldier look. Before her are piles of documents and assorted objects. She has a mix of chess pieces, stones, gems, and other things not easily identified. The rest of the runners are sitting at various tables with bottles of the house beer as they watch the final figure in the room.

At the bar with his back to the room and a bottle of top shelf vodka resting next to his chromed left hand is the elusive Johnson known as Shade. He’s viewed as an urban legend on the streets with a history that cannot be verified. People tread carefully when they think he might be watching, a true ghost of the shadows. Typically Cerra acts as his representative to conduct meetings for his jobs. Those who meet with him in person only get the chance after they’ve been thoroughly vet’ed and earned Cerra’s approval. His presence shows the magnitude of the job.

Taking a final drink from the bottle he turns to the group, his eyes glowing red as he appraises the assembled crowd. Silence falls over the room as the idle talk and drinking stops, the only ones still working being Cerra and Das. Shade gets straight to the point, “We’ve got a job for you. We need your help destroying a God…”

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Templecon 2014

Back from Templecon alive and mostly recovered.
Driving there and back isn’t too bad, but walking from the overflow parking lot to the hotel was another story… Brrr…

Both games went well and I was pleased with the amount of interest.
Next time I’ll need to prep more in advance, though the lack of prep resulted in my Saturday game being much better than written.

Chasing the Wind – All objectives completed, though some of the team were hesitant to work with all parties. This is a fairly easy mission to run, though I look forward to having more Chicago missions available since it doesn’t really have the right feel to it.

Manhunt – The players thoroughly surprised me by decided that they wanted to defend the farm and investigate the next day. As a reward they got to fight hordes of squirrels. In the winter. They also managed to skip the investigation part of things but that was largely due to timing.

Upcoming Convention Schedule

There are 3 conventions coming up that I’m paying attention to, 2 of which I plan to work.

Anime Boston – March 21st to 23rd.

Here is the tentative schedule
Session 1 – Friday 2PM – 4PM
Intro to 5th Edition Shadowrun and Food Fight
A brief introduction to shadowrun followed by a short mission.

Session 2 – Friday 7PM – 11PM
Shadowrun – Manhunt
The runners are hired to head out to the Barrens and bail ex-Lone Star Officer Hua out from under a paracritter siege.

Session 3 – Saturday Noon – 2PM
Intro to 5th Edition Shadowrun and Food Fight
A brief introduction to shadowrun followed by a short mission.

Session 4 – Saturday 2PM – 6PM
Shadowrun – Carbon Copy
The runners are hired to track down a copy cat killer before he collects more victims.

Session 5 – Sunday 11 AM – 3PM
Shadowrun – Ashes
What was supposed to be a simple courier job burns out of control.

PAX East

PAX East is April 11th to 13th I believe. I considered working it. They are demo focused and don’t actually have scheduled full length missions. Seeing as how this year is a bit hectic, and how SR5 (and other games to be demoed) need some more break-in time, I decided to pass on it. Still, if you do show, you should be able to test out some of the games which were promised last year (like crossfire).

CTCon

CTCon is July 10th to 13th. Of course this is also the weekend of a wedding (not mine, a pair of friends). Fortunately I believe the wedding is in Sturbridge making it just as easy to attend from CT as from MA. I am unsure what my schedule will look like, but I expect to do either 2 full length missions Friday and one Sunday or a food fight run and a mission on both Friday and Sunday.

More detail to follow
And obviously I’ll need to do another practice run at some point.

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A Rigger, an Adept, and a Mage Walk Into a Bar
OoC Post

The runners successfully smuggled Mr. Takashi from Salish-Shidhe to Seattle and got a shiny, tricked out van for their troubles. They even managed to find and “rescue” the Johnson’s friend, whom kept his favorite cowboy hat even after turning into a near-feral ghoul. Best of all, the arrived just in time for breakfast at Hagar’s House of Waffles. Mmm, waffles.

Runners

  • Alucard(Rich)
  • Charon (J.R.)
  • Dogmeat (Chris)

Payment

  • 2,000¥ each for the run itself (half up front)
  • 2,000¥ each for finding and retrieving Running Dan
  • all mission expenses and damages compensated by Mr. Telenov
  • 10,000¥ each for reselling the van (after Mr. Telenov patches any dings or scratches)
  • 4 karma each for completing the main objective and retrieving Running Dan alive

Contacts

Whomever tagged the border guard as a contact (I can’t remember) gained Richard Johnson (Salish-Seattle Border Guard) at C1L1. Everyone gets Mr. Telenov (FIxer) at C4L2.

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Editable Character Sheet

I wanted to share a helpful tool for character generation.
Editable PDF Character Sheet

You can use this sheet rather than a handwritten sheet for your characters.

It will be very helpful for me with convention work, since my handwriting can be… difficult.

The author also provides the source code and tools for further developing it if anyone is so inclined. He has since stopped improving it.

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Extrae, extrae! Copycat ran out of toner!
OoC Post

A third Mayan Cutter started butchering people again in downtown Seattle, but the runners managed to track him down to the depths of the Ork Underground and bring him to justice. Street justice, mostly, but the dastard was alive at hand-off, so it still counts. In addition to cutting the newest Cutter’s murder spree, they even managed to save the life of his latest victim-to-be (and their Johnson’s wife).

Runners

  • Flashbang (Rich)
  • Jimmy (Amanda)
  • Autumn (J.R.)
  • Dogmeat (Chris)

Payment

  • 9,000¥ each for the run itself
  • 2,000¥ each for bringing the Cutter back alive
  • 2,000¥ each for saving Mrs. MacCallister (unwittingly, but Mr. MacCallister doesn’t need to know that)
  • 3 karma for completing all objectives (including the secret one)

Contacts

Everyone except Autumn gains +2 Loyalty for MacCallister (to a max of 4); Autumn gains William MacCallister (Fixer) as a contact at C6L2. Everyone can add Tosh Athack (Knight Errant Officer) as a contact at C5L1 (Autumn at L2 for actually managing to charm him).

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Gaming Weekend Plug

Since a few of you might be interested, as usual I’ll be running a shadowrun game at Gaming Weekend.
Gaming weekend is this coming weekend. I am scheduled to run at 8PM Saturday.

I will be running FIFTH EDITION. (Assuming I finish reading the rules by then)

The mission is a published adventure, not part of the normal campaign. There will be pregenned characters (from the book). I recommend using them though if you really want to make your own character I won’t stop you.

Shadowrun Fifth Edition: Manhunt
The runners are hired to haul ass out to the Barrens and bail ex-Lone Star Officer Hua out from under a paracritter siege.

An important note, if I remember the mission right, the Barrens are largely a dead zone. There will be little need for hacking.

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Shadowrun Lockdown
OOC Post

This is a quick post.

I have just learned that Shadowrun Online’s sourcebook, Lockdown, will be set in Boston.

I am currently working my contacts to see if its too late to get involved, it probably is, but I’d love to see some of my fluff become cannon.

If any of you can find extra info, please share!


This is the info from the SRO Kickstarter
One thing we need to do in order to keep control is to lock you down in certain locations. All MMOs do this in one way or the other (the world geography ends at some point, areas unlock over time), but we went all the way and actually lock you down as a story element. In fact, even the campaign book for SRO will be called Lockdown! Instead of finding some weird mechanic to stop you from veering off the course, we actually decided to make that a cornerstone of the story: The city you play in is on lockdown. Nobody gets in or out. And this means resources are scarce and a lot of Johnsons need extra hands to help them, as most law-keeping forces and corp armies have their hands full enforcing the lockdown. With a total lockdown, a lot of things (including most virtual connections) get cut off, which means fewer prying eyes. An ideal situation for people with shady businesses to get their work done, for gangs to take advantage, for old feuds to be settled (the hard way), for power grabs and for straight forward havoc on the streets. The city is plunged into chaos, as violence erupts amidst a desperate struggle between several corps, who hire every disposable asset they can. This equals a lot of blood in the streets and even more work for the Shadows. And so, a city is left to its own devices while a shadow war wages… who wouldn’t want to be part of this?

And, to give you a little teaser of the story, it all starts with a blurry trideo recordings of a dragon suddenly emerging from an underground complex in mid-town, writhing in agony and then going totally crazy, killing hundreds of people in a mad frenzy, laying waste to a corporate arcology, leaving a weird trace of iridescent rain… and a whole city having to deal with the aftermath. Welcome to Shadowrun Online: LOCKDOWN!

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SR:R Character Submission
OOC Post

Harebrained Studios, the company making Shadowrun Returns, is seeking character names!
I thought some of you would be interested in this.

“Help us fill out our roster of hire-able Shadowrunners! We need a long list (over 100) of runner names and short descriptions (108 characters only – please count, the form won’t do it for you!). We’ll match the names and descriptions to our runner portraits so we won’t need (or accept) physical descriptions. Enter as many names as you like. Feel free to use characters from your game but don’t use any from Shadowrun fiction. We don’t want to mess with canon. Thanks!”

Click here

I’m submitting a bunch of NPCs (with some liberties taken). I’m not submitting any of your characters, but if you are interested you should!

Count your characters! The form doesn’t.

Here’s who I’ve submitted thus far. I’ll update the list as I add more.

If there are any others you want me to submit, let me know!

They will probably receive thousands of submissions, but who knows, maybe some of them will become cannon.

Marc Greenboro
Male / Human / Rigger
A chromed out “Transportation” specialist for the corps by day, drone rigger by night.

Cerra
Female / Human / Mage
A pyromancer whose looks are as hot as her skills. She’ll use all her “assets” to get the job done.

Goldgar (One of my coworkers)
Male / Dwarf / Decker
A corporate drone who developed anarchist tendencies after years of working tech support.

Daemon
Male / Troll / Shaman
A demonic looking troll obsessed with summoning spirits to increase his power.

Sealie (My dog)
Male / Elf / Adept
A man of endless energy whose as lethal with his bare hands as most are with a blade.

Pound Sand (Random name I liked)
Male / Dwarf / Rigger
Former UCAS Rigger who was discharged for excessive use of force. Explosions are his answer to everything.

Misha Salsbury (Character I was using in short stories)
Female / Human / Decker
A highly professional, if picky about who she works with, technology wiz seeking to supplement her income.

Bounce Miranda
Female / Elf / Adept
A youthful runner on an endless quest for adventure. She’ll take any job and she works for cheap.

Evan Eye
Male / Human / Sam
A security expert who is more than willing to apply excessive force if the job calls for it.

Professor Julian Creaks
Male / Human / Mage
An intellectual wizard who takes odd jobs to fund his research, especially if they further his studies.

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Time Marches On.
OOC Post

I owe everyone another mission write up for “Survivalist Tendencies.” What I can tell you now is that the PC’s solution was to call in a favor with a Mercenary Group and essentially carpet bomb the target.

Not sure why they were so jumpy, maybe that had ants in their pants!

Hopefully I’ll get that written up sometime this week. The next mission in the current arc will run at Gaming Weekend. This should be the epic conclusion to the first half of the arc. Granted I am still working on the “epic” side of things.

Another topic of note is that I had a bunch of shadowrun fiction posted on live journal, but they have been purging journals lately. To preserve the stories I have moved them here. If you are curious you can look at Misha’s entry. They are rough drafts and need a lot of work, but they also provided an additional glimpse into the setting. “The Misadventures of Misha” is the first time I started crafting Boston as a setting.

Lastly I have mentioned this to some people directly, but I figured I would put it out in the open. I am looking to update some of the setting so you may find some unexpected changes to the wiki. Part of this is searching through shadowrun cannon to make sure my setting is “correct”, so if you know of any shadowrun references to Boston, let me know!

Another part is that I am looking to retire some NPCs and considering who their logical successors will be from the current group of “heroes”. Keep that in mind. :P

This is in preparation for 5th edition.

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EE Security Issues.
OOC Post

OOC NOTE: This summary combines the results from two sessions. Its more amusing this way.

Tossing the report on the table, “This is a nightmare!” Evan exclaimed.

Rapidly flipping through the report and selecting pages:

  • “We allow an individual to schedule an appointment with no background vetting.”
  • “Someone pretending to be a customer deliberately floods our bathroom before starting a firefight in our lobby.”
  • “The Troll Plumber, who was obviously a fake, throwing a fit and plunging our guard’s head.”
  • “Two runners kick in our backdoor and burst into the cafeteria during a meeting and somehow escape the dozen guards present.”
  • “Someone bribes a neighbor for access to their apartment and proceeds to shoot frozen pigeons through the windows.”
  • “Our netops worker was busy playing Quake2070 and ends up dying from electrocution.”
  • “And to top it off they access our internal server grabbing confidential data.”

“At least one of the runners had the decency to tell us about it. They thought it was an authorized security test.”

Practically growling as he slammed his fists into the desk Evan shouted, “That just makes it worse! Not only were we hit, but we were hit by a group of idiots!”

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