Archive for February, 2016

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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Blackmail Bad” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

14 February, 2016

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 Eighteen: Blackmail Bad

Guest Starring: Clawz

One of their fellow students, a cheerleader, ask them to find out who is trying to blackmail her using photos from her in the showers at school.  Investigation and comic encounter with students and staff at school follows before the actual camera is discovered and its fiber-optic cable is traced down into the underworld beneath the school.  After dealing with cockroach cultists, crocodiles we finally find the mole behind it all, who is just lonely.  We convince him to clean up and come to school instead of hiding.  The shower pictures are destroyed and we end up with a new friend.  Rah!

What really happened:

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Of Caves and Cyclops – A Petrichor Campaign Report

11 February, 2016

Having defeated the wasp cultists and been asked for aid, our heroes dispatched Tomlin to inform the others of the task they are embarking upon and headed out on a rescue mission.  The rider, Sunbeam Swift, informed our heroes that the Gold Sword Company unit they were with had fought two cyclops and then been ambushed by a third, several of the company were dead and the others captured.

It is a long day’s travel to get to the camp of the company, which has been mostly trampled and looted, except for the largest tent which is still standing.  As Lorrend rides into the camp, the flap of the big tent is pulled open and a huge javelin is thrown at him, grazing the knight, who replied by charging in(to the tent!).  Lorrend uses his flail to take down the central pole, briefly trapping the attacker, who was a young cyclops.  Between magic and martial attacks, the cyclops soon flees but is ridden down and captured by Lorrend.  They bind the crying cyclops and head off to the cyclops cave. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Mask of the Revolutionary

10 February, 2016

Some masks are friendly“Another one?” cursed Voddick snapping off a bolt from his crossbow.

“Revolutionary thought spreads like a disease it seems,” replied Gollaon, blocking a clumsy thrust by one of the masked attackers.

Voddick cracked one across the face with the stock of his crossbow.  “I hate getting involved in civil disputes.  The pay is never worth the trouble.”

“Agreed but we have to eat.”

Mask of the Revolutionary

These items come in a variety of types, wooden masks, distinctive hoods, scarves marked with a revolutionary sign, as is appropriate to the particular revolutionary sect.  The magic of the mask makes them easy to conceal whatever their design.

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Dark Future Ahead 14 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

5 February, 2016

Tune in for the latest interesting and cyberpunk inspiring stories that I have found:

Did you know that cheese in one of the most stolen foods in the world?  Read about the high tech band of thieves who stole nearly one million dollars of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

What do you do when you are hired to acquire Red Mercury, the unobtainium of the post-Soviet world?

Ever wonder how the Predator drone came to be an armed weapon of war?  Apparently, it is all the fault of an Air Force special project team called Big Safari, read about it here.

And it seems that it takes a drone to catch a drone.  I expect that we will see more and more anti-drone tech in the coming years.

Putin’s Russia pursues propaganda and hybrid warfare against the West, lessons for a corporate state?

What visions of the coming dark future have you seen recently?

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Tuesday Magic Item – Petitioner’s Bread

2 February, 2016

Stuff of life“I’ve had worst,” said Voddick after swallowing a bit of the bread.  “Would be better with ale rather than water to wash it down with.”

“Agreed,” said Gollaon taking another nibble of his bread.  “But it will keep body and spirit together which is all we ask at the moment.”

“Whatever my complaints about Imperial service at least they fed you well.”

“See what complaining gets you?  Now lets pack up and head on.  Maybe there is a nice war going on in the next town.

“We can only hope.”

Petitioner’s Bread

This bread is often stamped with the mark of the holy order than baked it, it is heavy bread and often made of coarsely ground flour.

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Goodbye Janus, Welcome Ill-fortuned February

1 February, 2016

We now step into February which gets its name from Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa performed at this time of year.  The Romans considered February an ill-omened month which is why it is only twenty-eight days long (and we have extended to twenty-nine in this leap year).   For this month we return to the theme 0f curses, cursed items, ill-fortune and, perhaps, defenses against such terrible things.  As usual, suggestions, comments and ideas are welcome.

What was published on the journal in January, 2016:

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