PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Blast from the Past” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

4 March, 2015

To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.  If you want read the previous stories after the initial wave there is Episode 4, and Episodes 5 and 6.

Episode Seven: Blast from the Past
Something like this

Guest Starring: Clawz.  The team is called by Ice Wolf, an old school shaderunner merc, to retrieve some data from an old BigGunCo facility that is scheduled for demolition and rebuilding (as a ice cream factory).  The old facility is big and creepy and poorly protected, so Pink and company get inside easily and then it become a Scooby Doo-like chase by crazy robots through abandoned offices and factory floors, complete with rows of doors gag, until the secret command room is discovered and shut down.  The data is recovered, Glitter get some new robot toys and they get paid!

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Tuesday Magic Item – Helmsplitter Halberd (for Pathfinder and D&D5)

3 March, 2015

Hard hitting halberdThe young men marched grimly by, pikes or halberds on their shoulders.  Their colorful clothing at odds to their practical breastplates and grim expressions.

“They do not seem happy,” observed Golloan.

“Would you be, marching to war?” replied Voddick.

“Not usually.  They do seem quite well equipped for it.”

“Professional mercenaries, they will be happier fighting  . . . or looting.”

“True, looting usually raises my spirits.”

Helmsplitter Halberd

These polearms are heavy and ruggedly made and any decoration will be on the metal head.  No matter how decorated, the basic nature of this weapon as a brutal tool of war cannot be disguised.  They are manufactured for groups and states that value military efficiency over appearances.

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A late March, leaving February behind

2 March, 2015

With the start of March the Equinox and Spring move near, though with the weather here still seems very winter-like here.  March gains its name from the Roman month Martius which in turn gains its name from Mars, the Roman god of war (and more a soldier than a warrior as opposed to his Greek counterpart Ares).

The theme for March is the military and things martial.  As usual, if there is anything in particular you would like to see let me know.  I will try to do something, spell or item, for the Equinox as well.  I am getting work done to bring the Sea of Stars campaign setting Kickstarter material ready.  If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would be interested in participating, please contact me.

February, 2015, this journal saw the following posts here:

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Another Star Lost, Leonard Nimoy dead at 83

27 February, 2015

Leonard_NimoySad news for the community, Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 (NY Times obit here).  He played my favorite character in the original Star Trek and many other fine characters as well.  I managed to see him on stage once at Sherlock Holmes in the Seven Percent Solution, but I can barely remember it, though I never met him in person.  He was definitely one of my idols growing up and the world is a poorer place for his passing.

Thank you for everything, Mr Nimoy, may you boldly go to wherever is next for you.

Photo by Gage Skidmore taken from Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.



Dark Future Ahead 10 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

25 February, 2015

Blood sports seems to be one of the staples of cyberpunk futures, what about blood sports without the blood?  Unified Weapon Master is trying to build a MMA sort of league for armed combat using high tech armor to keep the fighters safe.  You can read a bit more about UWM here as well.

The Russian official media is a tool for propaganda and disinformation, read about how it works for Putin.

A hacker has caused actual physical damage to a German steel works, read about it here.

Its not all soy in the future, how about cricket flour or sweet blue lupine seeds?  Read about the (potential) future of food.

One step closer to a direct neural interface?

The Regenerative Bioscience Center of the University of Georgia is trying to Save Endangered Species: the Sumatran Tiger and the Clouded Leopard by using stem cells to increase genetic diversity.  How biopunk is that?  It is a worthy goal and an good way to advance several interesting fields of study.  Please help if you can, I have tossed my bit in.


Tuesday Magic Item – Amber Ant Amulet

24 February, 2015

Together foreverVoddick gasped for breath, lying on his back on the roof.

“I though we would never loose them,” muttered Golloan, peeking over the edge into the alley several stories below.

“It was like they knew where their friend were, even though they hardly said a word,” said Voddick quietly.

“And they looked a bit alike too, did you notice?”

“A family then?  What did we do to offend them?  We have only been in town one night.”

Amber Ant Amulet

These amulets, as one can guess from the name, consist of pieces of amber with ants trapped inside them.  The finishing is minimal and they are most often worn on chains.

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It never hurts to help (Feb 2015 Edition) Updated

22 February, 2015

One of our own, Jonathon Thompson of Battlefield Press, last the love of his life Tammy Mansfield to an unexpected heart attack and he is trying to get things sorted out in the aftermath.  The charity bundle hit its goals and we, the gaming community, have helped in this tough time.

Unfortunately, other gamers have had some terrible things happen to them:

Recently, fellow gamer, game master, and game designer Christopher J.N. Banks incurred the greatest loss that a parent should never have to experience – the loss of his 5 1/2 year old daughter, an only child. This charity drive is to raise funds to cover medical expenses and put together a proper tribute for his little Persephonee.  You can help here.

And if you are still feeling charitable:

The Philippine Gamer is having a bit of a rough patch with medical problems besetting wife and family.

The Regenerative Bioscience Center of the University of Georgia is trying to Save Endangered Species: the Sumatran Tiger and the Clouded Leopard.  It is a worthy goal and an good way to advance several interesting fields of study.

All worthy causes so please help out as you can.


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