PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Clean Up” (A different sort of SR campaign report)15 February, 2017
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 Twenty Six: Clean Up
Guest Starring: DD, Double Up and Tora
Some of the local student find they can make money working after school working as cleaners, Pink steps in and starts organizing them into Sunnyshine Cleaners. Hilarity ensues as the cleaners deal with all sorts of ridiculous problems and messes, chocolate sauce spills, mermaids in tubs and so on. But Pink and the cleaners becomes more and more corporate as they become more successful, to the point where she almost turns her back on her friends . . . but then realizes that friendship is more important than money, even clean money. Sunnyside Clearer downsize back into nice after school jobs and Pink takes everyone out to ice cream to apologize.
What really happened:
We are hired by a reliable contact to perform a data-theft/replacement mission, which seems to be what the team is getting a reputation for, but the time window is narrow: Asaku Bioimplants, the target, has been purchased by Iris Firmware, a subsidiary of Renraku, but has not yet been integrated into their security umbrella. We quickly moved to scout the place, it was in an office park so we got our taco truck into position and used the delivery drones to do casual exterior scans while BB walked samples into the building and break room. PinkCat used the AR ads linked to the free samples to sound out the building’s matrix defenses.
We consider a variety of options and decide the classic going in as cleaners is best, and allows us to take advantage of the confusion of the corporate handover. PinkCat clones the SunFlower Cleaners site, as that is the one used by Iris Firmware, and we buy uniforms, supplies, carts and mock up IDs that route to the cloned site. Everything in place, we all head in, all five of us because anything less would not make sense to clean such a large building. We got in, security checked our credentials and we were just about in . . . when part of the fourth floor exploded!
The security guard told us to wait in the lobby and dashing into the main part of the building. PinkCat dropped a broom to keep the door from closing and we all moved into the employee break room and hung out for long enough to tap into the security system and loop the cameras watching the break room. Then BB and Bladez headed to the fourth floor while Sparky and Double Tap when to the third looking for our target lab while PinkCat used the security system to keep track of the guards and route the team around them . . . which mostly worked. Sparky got caught by two guards but Double Tap was able to take them both down with shock gloves to the back of the neck.
BB found the lab and the cyber-eyes were switched out and the program was inserted and the team beat feet back to the ground floor just in time for emergency services to arrive and get escorted out. We made our exit just as a Renraku Response Team arrived. We handed over the eyes, got paid and enjoyed another job well done.
Notes: This adventure was hot on the heels of our last NorCal game even if my report was not.
Window washer photo by Sarah Brabazon and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license. cleaning cart photo photo by midnightcomm and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.