Shadow Lives

Post Gen Con Update 1
OOC POST

This is a quick post to let people know what to expect now that I’m back from Gen Con.
First off, I am EXHAUSTED. That being said, there will STILL be a game on Saturday. This will be the street sweeping mission.
Secondly, I will likely be updating my list of supported books shortly. I believe I need more structure with respect to that, especially if…
Thirdly, I have been thinking more on expanding SKYPE support. I am looking into a handful of tools and other ways of running online.
And lastly, expect my thoughts on Hero Lab and its brand new Shadowrun support. After I play with it a bit longer, I may be STRONGLY recommending its purchase to all.

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A Dreary Day in the Neighborhood
OOC POST

It was an absolutely dreary day. The normal security was busy with some Urban Brawl game while I worked my transistors off protecting their facility. The bright sun was causing all sorts of glare on my WMC Fly Spy drones outside. Thermo and normal vision were useless because of it. I was stuck relying on ultrasound.

At least I got a little action. An unscheduled delivery showed up. If its not in my systems, it gets kicked to the corner like a SINless vagrant. I started watching it and then one of my feeds cut off. They better replace it or they will be sorry! Next thing I know the garage opens and an UNTAGGED van shows up. I was watching it, just waiting for the ok to open fire. Nope, the idiot security staff waved them in.

That was alright though, I’d let them into the kill room. My plan worked perfectly! Or at least it almost did. They didn’t want to leave the elevator so I gassed the whole room. They sprinted for the exit and I managed to blast one before the guards LET THEM IN!

Next time they will listen to me. They were blinded by their fear of the wolf and saying anything that made them think it was being transferred made them roll over like a dog. They took them into the med bay, one of the rooms I can’t see into, and questioned them. Next thing I know the security commander was ordering me to stand down, AND they manually locked the rotor bay!

They grabbed the wolf and headed out to the garage. Then the maintenance staff went in to clean the room and that’s when I saw THAT! We’d been played. I immediately switched to lethal force and tried to deal with them. I almost did. They managed to drive away and without wireless I don’t have the range to follow…

The explosions which wiped out the garage didn’t help either. I hope the next node has better security.
-Dead Zone’s personal log

Mission Summary

Runners

  • Apollo
  • Lily
  • Grrl
  • Maynard
  • Quiver

Rewards

All players receive the following:

  • 5 Karma
  • 10K Nuyen
  • Street Cred +1

Apollo, Grrl, and Maynard received:

  • Quicksilver Camera with 5 film plates OR leechband, magecuffs and 1000 nuyen for meeting the Green objective
  • 1 dose of Immortal Flower for meeting Cerra’s objective. This must be used within 4 weeks or it ceases to work. It lasts Essence + 1D6 hours (maximum 12) and grants regeneration. Side effects may vary.

Lily received the following:

  • 5K nuyen instead of Cerra’s reward.
  • As a result of a healing glitch, she is suffer a temporary spirit bane (air) for 1 week.
  • Wanted negative quality is officially active.

Grrl received the following:

  • WMC Fly Spy drone
  • Rating 5 databomb triggered in her commlink dealing 30 boxes matrix damage. That wasn’t paydata.
  • 1 additional karma for detailed security writeup.

Quiver receives the following:

  • Due to devastating injuries Quiver BURNT edge to survive. Edge is permanently reduced by 1.
  • Received massive facial reconstruction (severe bio-sculpting). This reduces essence by 0.3, bringing it to 4.72. This reduced magic by 1 and costs 1 point of powers. (Note: Player choose the injuries, player should choose powers lost as well.)
  • While Quiver is recovering from the surgery in Doc Skav’s shop his lifestyle is firebombed and destroyed (his stuff is unaffected). “His” dead body is recovered and his family is informed. Christoph Rugland is legally dead and his SIN has been marked as such. SINner negative quality is removed.
  • Receives R1 Shadow SIN and 1 month paid squatter lifestyle.
  • Quiver’s open request to Cerra to fake his death is resolved.

Contacts

Provided the players do not already have them as a contact the following were earned.

The following contacts were NOT earned

Loot

There is no loot from this mission. There is a van available for sale though.
As a note, I should have looked up the stats for the van before letting you rent it. Actual stats are incredibly beat up and you all should have died. Ooops. On the plus side, price is now 10K.

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The Can has been Opened
OOC POST

The first round of explosions rocked the building and the runners stormed the floor guns blazing. The battle was epic, like you’d see in the ’trids, spells sizzling through the air and gunfire peppering the walls. The team forced their way out through countless Knights before fleeing in a battered old van. The cops were in rapid pursuit, wreaking havoc in the streets before the runners finally lost them by driving into the underground…

Or at least that’s what I’d like to say.
They got in an out, using non-lethal force. They got the data they needed and then exited through the drone elevator. The ones you are looking for go by the names Deimos and Phobos. They are a couple of firewatch members who transfered from Seattle. Apparently they requested the job and were acting off mission. The police protect their own though, so I doubt they will even get a slap on the wrist.

Address and profiles are attached.
-Deci

Mission Summary

Runners:

  • Apollo
  • Freya
  • grrl
  • Lily
  • Leallyn
  • Phoenix

Rewards:

Apollo

  • 15K WMC Corporate Scrip (14,250 nuyen)
  • 6 Karma
  • Das loyalty 1, connection 2.
  • Deci loyalty increased by 1.
  • Mr Green loyalty increase by 1.
  • Pick of Pyrrhus’s Loot.
  • Forensic Thaumaturgy Kit from Cerra for keeping the job clean.
  • Views the runner Freya as having the Trustworthy quality.
  • Notoriety + 1
  • Wanted negative quality. The Knights have posted a 10K bounty on Apollo.

Freya

  • 15K WMC Corporate Scrip (14,250 nuyen)
  • 6 Karma
  • Cerra loyalty 1, connection 1
  • Das loyalty 1, connection 2.
  • Generic Green Contact (good for receiving missions)
  • Spend 200 nuyen repairing cyberware damage (4% cost of cyber hand)

grrl

  • 15K WMC Corporate Scrip (14,250 nuyen)
  • 6 Karma
  • Generic Green Contact (good for receiving missions)
  • Forensic Thaumaturgy Kit from Cerra for keeping the job clean.
  • 2000 nuyen paydata from hacking

Lily

  • 15K WMC Corporate Scrip (14,250 nuyen)
  • 6 Karma
  • Cerra loyalty 1, connection 1
  • Harrison Ward loyalty 2, connection 1. Beat cop contact.
  • Generic Green Contact (good for receiving missions)
  • Forensic Thaumaturgy Kit from Lynx for keeping the job clean.

Leallyn

  • 10K Nuyen (declined the corporate scrip)
  • 6 Karma
  • Cerra loyalty 1, connection 1
  • Generic Green Contact (good for receiving missions)
  • Bound Air Spirit with 1 service remaining.

Phoenix

  • 15K WMC Corporate Scrip (14,250 nuyen)
  • 6 Karma
  • Cerra loyalty 1, connection 1
  • Generic Green Contact (good for receiving missions)

Loot:

Any items listed here are considered VERY hot and as such cannot be sold. If you use the items and interested parties realize the good are hot they will react accordingly.

All runners can take:

  • 1 Police issue Predator with burst fire modification. This weapon is HOT and cannot be licensed.
  • 1 Police issue stun baton with enhanced battery life (12 charges as opposed to 10). This weapon is HOT but can be “cleaned” for a cost of 200 nuyen.
  • 1 Predator clip (15 rounds) of gel ammo.
  • 1 unmodified item of availability 20F or lower with the following exceptions: 5000 nuyen max value, no ammo, ’ware, magical equipment, software, large drones or vehicles. You must confirm your choice with the GM.

Two runners can take: Police issue armor jacket with rating 3 non-conductivity.

  • Lily claimed one. (She walked out wearing it)
  • Available
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Warhorn Scheduling

I am most likely going to transition the campaign to warhorn for scheduling purposes.
This is both good and bad… The good is that it allows me to better track who is playing in any given mission.

http://warhorn.net/boston-shadow-net

Register as your CHARACTER. I don’t care if you give it a fake email address or not, you should only receive an email from them once when they confirm the user id.

And that leads to the bad… This is another grumble location that has a standalone registration… I will try to consolidate things, and I will create some of your logins for you, but there is only so much I can do without paying money!

This also means I will no longer be using the calender on this site (unless they improve it a lot). It spammed people way to much, and I couldn’t find any settings to control it. Additionally I will stop placing scheduling polls on the mailing list.

Thoughts?

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Gen Con Needs You!

Every year I work Gen Con in Indiana as part of the Shadowrun Demo team.
What that means is I get comped to GM games at the biggest gaming con in the US.
Its 20 hours of work, but over a 4 day con (Thu 8/4-8/7) it leaves plenty of time left to enjoy the con.

Comp isn’t amazing, but it certainly makes the convention more attendable.

  • Free con admission
  • hotel arrangements made for you (4 to a room)
  • $125 hotel reimbursement
  • Limited swag (shirt, special edition GM screen)

This year we are LOW ON GMS!
We should have about 30, but we have about 20.

What that means is, that if you ever considered going to Gen Con now is the time!
Free admission and reduced cost for hotel!

Contact me at Ledeir AT gmail if you are interested in learning more!
The deadline is fast approaching so contact me ASAP!

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The House Always Wins
OOC POST

The agent helped himself to a drink to steel his nerves. He had truly drawn the short straw this time, he had a skeleton key and his wits to do a bit of recon, no armor, no gear, nothing! Finally he took a deep breath and headed towards the “staff only” door. A quick swip of his key and the door buzzed open.

Quickly pocketing the key he walked in, trying to look the roll of confident, rich, gambler. His clothing was a step above middle class, but not by much. Fortunately the guards didn’t look twice. They were well trained, making sure to check for weapons or anything which would allow him to cheat, but glossing over his identify.

The elevator ride down was quick, he considered skipping to the second sublevel, but knew the boss wouldn’t approve. He had to do this job thoroughly if he wanted his cred. He headed into the high stakes room on the first sublevel. The description he had been provided was accurate. He recorded as many faces as he could and scouted the room.

He was glad he only had to scout, there was too much muscle (and money) in here for him to feel safe doing anything else. It didn’t help that he couldn’t avoid the cameras if he tried! Playing a few rounds of slots as he scanned the room, he confirmed there was no wireless access to the server. The only way to access it was to break into the security office. Getting in would be easy enough, it was just a deadbolt, but that wasn’t his job.

Time passed and he knew he could no longer procrastinate. He headed down to the second sublevel, his skeleton key making quick work of the lock. He was tempted to see what sort of debachery went on in the gentleman’s club, but he knew every swipe here was tracked. His key was good, but he knew better than to push his luck. He went straight to the Fight Club instead. Holding his breath as he swiped, he was pleased it went through.

The floor was lively with people betting on the amature fight going on. People were drinking, smoking, and engaging in most vices imaginable. Security kept a sharp watch out for violence, but aside from the fight it seemed under control. He wandered the room, read the odds and rules, and observed as much as he could. This security office looked much sturdier than the rest, the biometrically locked door was the only access to the room and there was no useful wireless either.

The data he had been provided was valid and was the best that could be expected given the circumstances. He’s report to his boss that the runners had indeed done their job and should be properly compensated.

Mission Summary

Runners:

  • Uncle Em
  • “Brian”
  • Etrine
  • Softsword
  • Pinkerton

Rewards:

Uncle Em

  • 1200 nuyen
  • 1 karma
  • Mr White at Loyalty 1, Connection 5

“Brian”

  • 12K nuyen
  • 5 karma
  • Mr White at Loyalty 2, Connection 5
  • Rating 4 SIN records are now on file with The Irish Mafia

Etrine

  • 6000 nuyen from the job, 1100 nuyen from gambling.
  • 6 karma
  • Mr White at Loyalty 2, Connection 5
  • 3 Espirit “Petite Brume” grenades (AR67) for Syndicate objective
  • No reward for partial Knight objective
  • Secondary Rating 4 SIN records are now on file with The Irish Mafia

Softsword

  • 9K nuyen
  • 5 Karma
  • Mr White at Loyalty 2, Connection 5
  • Sphytz Wusiwug at Loyalty 1, Connection 1 for purchase of R1 Fake SIN

Pinkerton

  • 12K nuyen from the job, 1K from paydata.
  • 4 karma (1 point penalty for onlne)
  • Mr White at Loyalty 2, Connection 5
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Midnight Visitor
OOC POST

His security system woke him long before the pounding at his door began. No fewer than six drones were streaming live video feed of the guest and an equal number were on combat standby inside. Recognizing the image he told the combat drones to stand down and carefully removed his arm from under his sleeping lover. Grabbing his warhawk from the nightstand, he quietly left the bedroom. A quick glance as he closed the door showed that his departure was unnoticed, which was relief since he knew how she felt about his visitor.

Another glance at the security feeds showed the normally jubilant Bounce waiting outside the door, leaning against it and occasionally banging for attention. Her eyes were brimming with tears and her lip was quivering. As soon as he opened the door she came rushing in, throwing herself into his arms and sobbing. She was oblivious to chill of his touch or the feel of the gun on her back. He gently pulled her out of the doorway and allowed the door to close as she attempted to talk through her tears.

The words came out as gibberish but he knew what she was trying to say. He had known it was only a matter of time before she learned of her friend’s death. This was the poor girl’s first view of how deadly the shadows could be. He had done his best to shelter her from the cruel truth of the world, but had been ready for this day ever since she first got involved with the anarchists.

Holding her close he comforted her and let her cry herself out…

Mission Summary

Runners:

  • Apollo
  • SADM (KILLED)
  • Khazad
  • Maynard
  • Pyrrhus (KILLED)
  • Zeta Epsilon

Rewards:

Apollo

  • 5 Karma
  • 11K Nuyen
  • Dogs Datasoft for sharing information.
  • Bloodhound Virtual Pet for introducing the other runners to Cerra.
  • Mr Green at loyalty 1, connection 5
  • Rating 5 Green SIN
  • Steet Cred + 1 for dealing with a mole on the team.

Khazad

  • 5 Karma
  • 11K Nuyen
  • Dogs Datasoft for sharing information.
  • Cerra at loyalty 1, connection 1
  • Mr Green at loyalty 1, connection 5
  • Rating 5 Green SIN
  • Notoriety + 1 for leaving a STRONG astral presence.
  • Steet Cred + 1 for dealing with a mole on the team.

Maynard

  • 5 Karma
  • 11K Nuyen
  • Dogs Datasoft for sharing information.
  • Bloodhound Virtual Pet for introducing the other runners to Cerra.
  • Mr Green increased to loyalty 4.
  • Transys Avalon Commlink with custom OS. (Firewall 5, System 4) for disposing of SADM.
  • Steet Cred + 1 for dealing with a mole on the team.

Zeta Epsilon

  • 5 Karma
  • 11K Nuyen
  • Dogs Datasoft for sharing information.
  • Cerra at loyalty 1, connection 1
  • Mr Green at loyalty 1, connection 5
  • Rating 5 Green SIN
  • 1500 nuyen for paydata
  • Steet Cred + 1 for dealing with a mole on the team.

Loot

The following was found on SADM after she was eliminated. The team is welcome to divide this up as they wish. This is not her full gear load out, but this is all you have access to.

Urban Camouflage Suit

  • Chemical protection R4
  • Non Conductivity R2
  • Fire Protection R3
  • Insulation R3

Description: This is child sized. A dwarf could use it though anything larger would be at a -2 penalty in it. This is valued at 3685 nuyen but can only be fenced for 1100 nuyen

PPP Helmet
Description: This is a child sized helmet. It can be sold for 30 nuyen or used by a dwarf

PPP Vitals Protector
Description: This is a child sized Vitals protector designed for a woman. It can be sold for 60 nuyen or used by a female dwarf

Ingram Supermach 100 SMG
Description: This is a submachine gun with an external smart link and extended 60 round clip. It has one clip with 60 EX explosive rounds, one clip with 60 regular rounds and one clip with 60 gel rounds. The gun can be fenced for 140 nuyen. The EX Explosive rounds can be fenced for 60 nuyen, the regular rounds for 20 nuyen, and the gel rounds for 30 nuyen.

Hermes Ikon Commlink with Novatech Navi OS
Description: This commlink is too hot to keep. It can be fenced for 450 nuyen.

Goggles Rating 5

  • Vision Enhancement
  • Vision Magnification Rating 1
  • Smartlink
  • Imagelink
  • Flare Compensation

Description: Though they are currently tightened for a child, they are usable by anyone. Alternatively this can be fenced for 300 nuyen.

Ear Buds Rating 3

  • Audio Ehancement Rating 2
  • Spatial Recognizer
    Description: This is usable by anyone or fencable for 90 nuyen

2 miniwelders
Description: These can be kept or fenced for 75 nuyen each.

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Announcement

Sorry for the spam from the calender… I won’t use it in the future except for when we actually have a game scheduled.

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Toxic Party
Fox Tales Blog

June 8th, 2072
Konnichiwa Friends!
Welcome to this exciting third entry of Fox Tales.

To those of you who haven’t visited my little corner of the ‘trix before, I’m Kit. I’m relatively new to the exciting city of Boston!
I don’t know about you, but I like puzzles. I heard about a neat little puzzle on the streets which was paying 2500 nuyen!
That’s like a month of REAL food, none of that flavorless soy. This mysterious person named Tarot was giving out cards that had puzzles to be solved.

A bunch of people tried to solve it on their own, but some guy who called himself Etrine on the ‘trix tried to gather people to work on it together. He didn’t show up, unless he was that guy Apollo who seemed to take charge…
But anyways… I showed up since it sounded like it might be fun (and the food). I was right! It was hilarious, Apollo and Time-san stood around arguing what to do while Z-san (not the automaker!) went full VR in the middle of the street. I had fun with his pockets (and I gave everything back!)

Apollo seemed to be the leader. He was the mage and I think he’s rich. He’s nice, I guess, he did give me food and all, but he also kind of scares me. He wants to study me, nothing yaoi or anything… I think he’s interested in the awakened world. I’ll have to ask oneesan about it.

I had a hard time with Time-san’s name. I can write it though, Chronos, he was also a mage. I don’t think he likes being alone, he always had a friend with him in the astral plane.

Finally was Z-san. I can’t actually remember his name, that’s why he’s Z-san. He did most of the real work, I think. He could talk and played with computers. He seems like he might be fun to tease.

Get this – everyone was so busy babbling away in the street that we got attacked by a SWARM of plague rats. These things were nasty! You could see through their skin. Their bite kind of hurt, and made you feel a bit sick. Fortunately I heal fast, and Apollo was nice enough to get me the antidote from his friend. Time-san blew them all away! And me too… GLARE! I don’t recover from magic fast… I had to sleep it off.

After that we wizened up and went somewhere safer to talk (sleep). Then we went to a nearby U-Store-It facility to get this really neat box. The box was part of some weird sort of ritual. We used it to purify a really NASTY place. Just being near Pier 201 made me feel sick and weak… It was toxic, I had to bring a gas mask! But the box made it all better. And the box had some neat loot in it.

The mages stared at it and told me the basics of what it was. I didn’t look closely because there were a bunch of blight gators charging at us (they tasted nasty by the way). The charms were basically portable spirit pacts. They made you more stubborn when you held them. I sold mine for LOTS of money. I might be able to buy some real gear now!

You know what else? Its REALLY hard to fight as a human! My punches seem to do nothing! Even when I’m on FIRE! Plus there’s a lot of times when I don’t want to be in hand to claw with them… Like those rats. YUCK. I’ve found a local archery shop where I can buy a crossbow and practice shooting. Just you wait! Soon you’ll see me tail held high, sturdy army vest, and crossbow in my paws! (and don’t forget the reflective shades to finish off the image)

That’s all for now! Sayonara!

OOC Info Follows

GM: Chris

Runners:

  • Kit
  • Apollo
  • Zeta Epsilon (transferred XP from Garage Sale)
  • Chronos (transferred XP from Garagae Sale)

Rewards:

  • 2500 nuyen each
  • 2 Karma base for everyone (Apollo lost 1 due to karma drain)
  • Carved Agate charm. The charm is crudely carved into the shape of a person. (Kit sold his to Zeta for 1550 nuyen)
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Garage Sale!

June 6th, 2072
Lucian smiled to himself as the runners left to plan for his job. He could only imagine the chaos that would ensue from the runners stealing a tank and driving it 30 miles down the highway. This was sure to be a swift and decisive blow to the Knights. Chuckling he leaned back and yelled for the cowed fast food workers to bring him a few more burgers.

June 7th, 2072
“This is live Action News from our Eyespy in the sky! There is a TANK running… Yes, we mean running on 8 legs, down route 3 from Nashua. They have had several altercations with Knight Errant security forces at this point and left carnage in their wake…”

Want to know more? Tough. You had to see it for yourself.

OOC Info Follows

Runners:

  • Stitches (pregen)
  • SADM
  • Etrine
  • Kharn Stormheart
  • Scenery (pregen)

Rewards:

Note: Transferable rewards are received AFTER the character’s first real mission and subject to all normal advancement rules.

  • 3 Karma for Kharn, Etrine, SADM
  • 3 Transferable Karma for Brian
  • 2 Transferable Karma for Konstantin
  • 5500 nuyen (before expenses) for all (transferable for Brian and Konstantin)
  • BONUS!!! Received June 14th. 1000 nuyen each from stolen car sales.

Contacts:

Lucian Dirge – Connection 4

  • SADM receives at loyalty 2
  • Etrine and Kharn receive at loyalty 1

Susie Trace – Connection 1

  • Knight Errant secretary charmed by Etrine (loyalty 1)

Bonus Skills

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