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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “It’s a Concert, Tina” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

26 March, 2018

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 Thirty-Five: It’s a Concert, Tina

Guest Starring: Clawz, DD, DoubleUp, Jove and ToraAnd introducing:

  • Rani, a cardinal magician who keeps changing the color of her feather.  (A stand in for Renny, an elven magician played by K.)

Rock on!DD has a concert scheduled and the people who were suppose to set it up, so she needs some help to get things set up.  Everyone pitches in, of course, things go wrong: the stage starts to sink, the generator will not start, things keep getting lost and misplaced.  Rani realizes that the concert ground is disturbing a nest of gremlins and once they are bought of with food and old technology to break, everything rules smoothly.  Episode ends with DD preforming a song about finding friends in odd places.

What really happened:

The team is hired by an agent of the Tir to intercept and steal or destroy a shipment owned by a double AA Corporation (Surma Construction Co, previously seen in episode 29), a subsidiary of Shiawase (one of the Big Ten megacorps).  The shipment is in a cargo container (one of the 48-foot high cube ones) so we cannot just walk in and get it but it is in a container lot owned by Shadakshari Supply and Logistics Transnational at that moment which has lighter security than the corporation, we just need to move fast.

ContainersWe start with our standard physical, drone and matrix scan, finding decent security, continuity wired plasti-link fencing topped with razor wire, retractable bollards on the vehicle entrances, roving wheeled security drones and an onsite security team.  But all of that pales into insignificance to the size of the container.

BB has a plan, we acquire a limo, holocameras, light meters and descend on the yard treating BB as a star looking for a exciting backdrop for her new music video (yes, they still call them that).  Fortunately the manager on duty has a daughter who is a fan of BB’s and is happy to work with her to get this done and the shoot is scheduled for the next evening.

PinkCat begins infiltrating the shipping system’s computer while purchasing a similar container on the lot through a dummy company (“San Francisco Shell Co”), Toru and Double Tap get their infiltration gear ready, Renny does an astral run through the lot to make sure we do not get any mystical surprises.  BB organizes extras and prepares choreography.  Joshua and Bladez prepare to act as security.

And it is on.  BB arrives with extras in tow and a portable stage.  While everything is focused on that, Toru and Double Tap sneak away and dismount the signal box from “our” cargo container and move it to the target cargo container (having to scale up to the top of a stack of three containers to do so) and then repeats the process in reverse.  Double Tap doing the tech work while Toru repaints the identification numbers.  Noting that the target container is shipping out at 9pm (just minutes away), she fast tracks the shipping out of our container sending it to the edge of Chinatown where Mr. Li’s people can deal with it.

The video filming winds down with BB doing a lot of networking, we pack things up and leave.  Then we meet up with our employer, collect our payment and later find out what was in the container, which was logging equipment, military grade weaponry and defoliants, which were to have been shipped north to the Tir/Cali border.  We might have stopped a war and gotten paid to do it.

Notes: Unexpectedly big group with K joining us for the first time and M returning to the game after a long absence.

Concertina wireThe episode name is a terrible pun on the concertina wire topping the security fences.

Previous Episode 34 Trapped.  Next Episode: 36 ?

Concert photo “Robot Rock” by Erin Resso, container photo “Multicolored containers” by Håkan Dahlström both licensed under CC BY 2.0.  Concertina wire photo by Darin Marshall and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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