Shadow Lives

Shadowrun 2013
OOC Post

Howdy,
I’ve been very quiet on the Shadowrun front lately, being focused on my Savage Worlds game, but I have some news which needs to be shared.

http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/2012/12/21/the-year-of-shadowrun/

Spring
- Shadowrun: Crossfire, The Adventure Deckbuilding Game.

Summer
- Shadowrun, Fifth Edition RPG
- Shadowrun Returns (Old School Style computer game)
- Shadowrun Online

Fall-Winter
- Shadowrun: Sprawl Gangers (Tactical Miniatures game. Necromunda anyone?)

Spring 2014
- Shadowrun: Hostile Takeover (Euro-Style board game)

I can’t guarantee any dates for these releases, I know as little as you at this point, and even if I knew more I couldn’t say. (NDA)

Still, its a big year coming up.

Also, an additional tidbit for you… Arisia and Templecon are coming up. I’m writing a new mission for each con and need to test them sometime in early January.

Arisia: Beware the Auditors
Building security is the bane of every runners existence, few and far between are the jobs that don’t devolve into a firefight. At least this time you know what you are getting in to, an agent of EE Security hires you for an internal “audit”

Templecon: Templecon Tryst
Not all jobs involve breaking the law, sometimes there’s a more traditional bodyguard job. Though why the Johnson hired 6 runners for protection at a convention is beyond you…

Happy New Year!

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Post CT Con Report
OOC Post

Hoi Chummers!
This is just a quick post con write up.

Garage Sale (Part 2)

This did not run mostly as expected! The team stole the tank but were excessively smart about it. If it wasn’t for Lucian Dirge telling the Knights the route and where the drop was going to be, it would have been a milk run. The team had some clever ideas and actually used a flatbed truck INSTEAD of driving the tank… Until they crashed.

The funny thing, even after Lucian admitted to the runners he set them up, several of them still wanted to work with him in the future.

Xolotl’s Box

The second time this mission ran on Friday the 13th! The team social’ed their way to the box but couldn’t sell their story to the guards. They eventually got the box and made it to the drop point, but then a couple players had to leave early so we had to fast forward the end.

Imaginary Friends

For once there were magicians in the team! They carefully made transfer arrangements for the patient and successfully extracted the child without a hitch. Then again things like influence help greatly with that.

They would have made quick work of the other runner team as well, except someone thought it was a good idea to throw open the rear door of the van while under suppressive fire. The stray bullets nearly killed the child…

In the end the hacker saved the day by ordering the drones to retreat.

Nature Hike

The Con ended with a bang. The team slaughtered the possessed hikers with abandon. They skipped the encampment (as expected) and snuck up on the guards at the cave. Due to time constraints the Muse retreated quicker than it would have otherwise, compelling half the team (and all the magic support) to creativity.

It looked like it would be a success except one of the runners decided to see what would happen if Cerra had grabbed the chess piece… The cave filled with flame and two runners fell. The Queen, and Cerra, got slightly singed, but remained largely unscathed.

Shadowrun Online (SRO)

And in other news, the SRO Kickerstarter is up!
This is your chance to get a foot in the door and possibly leave your mark on the Shadowrun world.
Click here for more: Shadowrun Online Kickstarter

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Nature Hike Crunch
OOC Post

In response to popular demand, here is the crunch summary from the Nature Hike test run.

Runners

  • Grrl (Tony)
  • Guido (Stacy)
  • Maynard (Chris)
  • Twitch (Rich)

Rewards

  • 3000 Nuyen each
  • 6 Karma
  • 1000 nuyen worth of magical reagents

Contacts

  • Cerra at Connection 1, Loyalty 1 if you don’t already have her.

Loot

The following gear is available from looting bodies.

  • Kris (Dagger, resell 100)
  • Colt Manhunter (Heavy Pistol, resell 30)
  • 1 clip of regular ammo (16 bullets, no resell)
  • Remington 750 (Hunting Rifle, resell 50) – Only two available
  • Survival Knife (Dagger, no resell)
  • Shadow Priest Robes (6/4 Armor, no resell)
  • 1000 nuyen magical reagents (ash / granate / mushrooms)
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Shadowrun Kickstart
OOC POST

I came across some news today that I have to share.
Remember the old Shadowrun video games for the SNES and Sega?
Would you like to see them again?

If the answer is yes, then you should support this kickstarter project.

They have a fairly modest funding goal, and will probably make it. I know I certainly am looking forward to it.

And if you do back it, let me know.

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AB2070 Crunch
OOC Post

Here’s the “crunch” portion of the mission. I need to add the fluff, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. This test run ran for a full table at Gaming Weekend. I personally felt the mission was lacking though it did have its high points.

This mission used pregenned characters. As such there is no direct rewards for the players. To show my appreciation though, my players will get a small amount of transferable karma.

Players

  • Alex (?). This was a new player who expressed interest in the campaign. If he joins he will get 6 bonus karma and the knowledge skill Boston Toxic Scare at rating 2.
  • Tommy. Etrine earns 3 bonus karma and the Boston Toxic Scare knowledge skill at rating 2. Presuming he heard stories from Erk.
  • Solly. Solly arrived late and as such gets 2 bonus karma and 1 point in Toxic Scare knowledge.
  • Micah. Not a member of the campaign.
  • Tom. Not a member of the campaign.
  • Nina. Not a member of the campaign.

Thanks again for the help, I really appreciate it!

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Imaginary Luck Crunch
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Imaginary Friends

Here’s the “crunch” portion of the mission. I need to add the fluff, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. This test run ran for a half table, which unfortunately missed out on parts of the mission due to not having tech or magic support. (It was essentially a pure combat/infiltration group)

Runners

  • Quiver
  • Smiling Jack (Tony)
  • The Hunter (Solly)

Rewards

  • 6K Nuyen each. (5K pay, 1K looted)
  • 5 Karma (one missed objective)

Contacts

Loot

This is to be divided up among the 3 runners who participated. They can do with it what they want just let me know where it ends up. I have also listed the resale price for everything should they decide to sell it.

  • Harley-Davidson Scorpion (1200 nuyen resale)
  • Combat Axe (180 nuyen resale)
  • Stun Baton x2 (40 nuyen resale each)
  • Ranger Arms SM4 (3100 nuyen resale value to encourage the PCs NOT to keep it)
  • Ruger Super Warhawk (25 nuyen)

Reputation

  • 1 Point of Notoriety for The Hunter. He did not disguise his appearance.
  • Quiver earned an enemy – NY Runners.
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Record Keeping
OOC Post

Since I haven’t posted any results from the practice missions I ran, I figured I should do a quick status update here.

Xolotl’s Box

The following characters get 3 Karma and 2 Viking Background Knowledge

  • Freya
  • Khazad
  • Apollo
  • “Dave” (if he rolls up a character)

Garage Sale Part 2

Freya

  • 5 Karma
  • 15K Nuyen
  • Lucian Dirge – Loyalty 2
  • Pilot Anthroform +1

Khazad

  • 5 Karma
  • 15K Nuyen
  • Lucian Dirge – Loyalty +1
  • Mobile Combat Training +1

Etrine

  • 5 Karma
  • 15K Nuyen
  • Lucian Dirge – Loyalty +1
  • Mobile Combat Training +1

/usr/bin/grrl

  • 5 Karma
  • 15K Nuyen
  • Lucian Dirge – Loyalty 1
  • Gunnary +1

Quiver

  • 5 Karma
  • 15K Nuyen
  • Lucian Dirge – Loyalty 2
  • Gunnary +1

Tempest Part 1

Alex ran this mission and will post the official after action report. Kit will also post to his journal (most likely). Here is the crunch of it.

Kit

  • 7 Karma
  • 18K Nuyen
  • 11K valuable materials (resale at 30%)
  • Enemy: Voidsoul and Nightfall
  • Credit for Metaplaner question

Freya

  • 7 Karma
  • 18K Nuyen
  • 11K valuable materials (resale at 30%)
  • Enemy: Voidsoul and Nightfall
  • Magic Sword (No normal game impact… yet)

Scope

  • 7 Karma (transferable to a new character)
  • 18K Nuyen
  • 11K valuable materials (resale at 30%)
  • Enemy: Voidsoul and Nightfall

Apollo

  • 7 Karma
  • 11K valuable materials (resale at 30%)
  • Enemy: Voidsoul and Nightfall
  • Credit for Metaplaner question
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A Jumble of Pawns...
OOC POST

The pawns lay in a jumbled pile next to the board. Their likenesses were crude, hastily carved out of sandstone. The artisan hardly felt that they deserved more, after all several had already turned to dust. In this game a few broken pieces didn’t matter, there were always more to replenish the ranks.

Neatly placed next to the pile were sixteen carefully carved cubes, half of obsidian, half of marble. They were bases just waiting to have the sandstone figures attached. The artisan sorted through the pieces, contemplating each one carefully, before drawing one which was already beginning to crack. Working slowly so as to not further stress the stone he dusted off the bow on the figure’s back and wiped sand from the cracked face before finally attaching the piece to a marble base.

Then he placed the now completed piece on the board…

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Time passes...
IC POST

OOC NOTE:
Since at least one of you is keeping watch over a certain mailbox, you can take this as IC information. I would like to remind you that time moves regardless of what you do and there is always someone looking to make a quick buck. Just because the PCs don’t act, doesn’t mean no one acts.

Saturday, July 9, 2072
The group confidently approached the drop point. A burly ork was on point, walking like he owned the street. Based on the gleaming combat axe strapped to his back no one was likely to question his stance. Behind him on his left was a lean looking human with a metal spider crawling along his shoulders. To the right was a trench coated individual with tinted sunglasses and wild white hair. Every step he took was accompanied by a solid tap from his staff and his hair seemed to dance to the rhythm of the taps. Watching the rear was an elf with Ingram Smartgun drawn, looking in every shadow for possible threat.His body seemed to be constantly twitching and it was a wonder he did not pull the trigger.

The street was deserted except for the party and a lone ganger waiting by the mailbox. The ganger slowly raised himself to his feet as they approached, obviously stiff from sitting there for days. The approaching group exchanged worded with him. Gesturing towards the mailbox the ganger nodded and took a step back. With a swagger the man with the spider on his shoulder withdrew a package from his coat and put it in the mail slot before he also took a hasty step back.

The cameras watching the scene crackled with static and a loud whistle filled the night. The mailbox began to glow and seemed to warp and dance in the light before exploding, metal case flying 30 feet into the air.

The ganger nodded and handed the team cred sticks before turning and walking away…

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The Board is Set
OOC POST

He moved his tools patiently over the delicate marble figure, carefully shaping every curve and carving every detail as precisely as possible. The likeness was undeniable and every dimension was properly to scale. Looking over the carved stone he gave it one final appraising look before moving on to the final steps. This piece was to be particularly special, but that is only fitting for the Queen. Carefully he wrapped a single blond strand of hair around the figure, bonding the ends, and a felt pad, to the bottom using a carefully placed drop of melted glue. Gingerly holding the piece, careful not to shift the hair, he exhaled on the glue to cool. After a month of work it was finally ready to take its place next to its ruby eyed partner on the board. With the board now set he moved the first obsidian pawn…

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