PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Parties and Pilfering” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

13 June, 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.

Episode Eleven: Parties and Pilfering

Guest Starring:

  • DD, a dancing parrot diva with an ear to the music of the streets.  (Representing BB “beatbox”, an elf music and dancing adept.  Played by L.)
  • Ichi-kun, Japanese bear in a three-piece suit.  (Representing Adam, an ork from a Yakuza family trying to prove his worth to his family.  Played by C1.)

Party!The group is invited to a pool party, which they have to get ready for by buying new clothes, cue humorous montage of outfits with Ichi-kun ending up in tartan kilt, Hawaiian shirt and tricorn hat much to his unhappiness.  The party has a Moonshadow cover band (the “Lunar Dudes”) playing music and general party vibe.  However, the neighbor hates the noise (and people having fun) so traditional cartoon craziness of him trying to ruin the party (freeze rays, catapult full of sand, and other absurd cartoony things) and Pink and company stopping him and keeping people from getting hurt.  Finally Pink convinces the band to play some ‘classic rock’ (Mercurial, Jack Entropy, Gossamer) and convinces the neighbor to join the party.  Peace is declared, everyone has a good time and congas out of the cartoon.

What really happened:

Something like this.The team is hired, via Silver Fox, by Henry the Troll to retrieve a geode of “family importance” from the home of a banker who lives in a very exclusive, though not gated, area.  We immediately start scouting out the area and find that a cousin of Moonshadow’s lives two houses over and hosts crazy parties every week or so.  So, BB manages to score an invitation for herself and Pinkcat hacks one for the rest of the group and, after shopping for new party clothes, we hit up the party.  BB networks, PinkCat hacks the host’s network and is so offended by the lack of respect it shows (“This security is so outdated!  Hasn’t he even heard of a proper firewall?”) that she guts and rebuilds it, Sparky’s homemade camera drone ‘accidentally’ drifts off property to scout out our target and Adam tries to steer the local drug dealers to buying from the Yak.

We gather information and plan, there are four guards, four cybered guard dogs, an on-site doctor plus sensors.  We wait for the owner and spouse to be away before going in, on a rainy night, Adam, BB and Sparky go over the wall while PinkCat does net overwatch.  A squirrel drone distracts the dogs and they get to the main house, pick the lock and are in, now it is all finding the geode.  It is not in the gallery, another lock and alarm to be gimmicked, then upstairs where it is not in the studio, so finally have to hack the lock to the office, risking more alarms, find it being used as a paperweight.  Sparky plugs a link into the banker’s computer and PinkCat starts hacking that, to make it look like that was the reason for the hit on the house.  Security is alerted and the team bugs out, PinkCat doing her best to crash security on their way out.  The team scarpers, avoiding any further trouble except for a ticket on their vehicle.  We deliver the goods and get paid.  Another victory for the good guys.

Notes: Nice to have new characters and more players.

Previous episodes: Episode 4, Episodes 5 and 6, Episode 7, Episode 8 , Episode 9 and Episode 10.  I have decided in the land of the cartoon elves are represented by birds.  Next Episode: Pirates of the Pacific (Coast)!

Pool party photo by Sam Howzit and geode photo by Deidre Woollard and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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