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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “The Corporations are Your Friends” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

18 November, 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-Nine: The Corporations are Your Friends

Guest Starring: DoubleUp and Tora.

At the MallOn a trip to the local mall (Mall-U-Want) Pink and her friends stumble upon a corporate recruiting fair, all the Ten Big GigantoCorps are there (Big Pyramid, FutureYou, Hollywood!, Mars MassiveTech, RedRyu and so on) along with many smaller companies.

The episode is essentially a PSA about how corporations work, what they do and what is good and bad about them.  It is mostly evenhanded but contains some backhanded slams about how the GigantoCorps abuse their powers when dealing with people.

The episode ends with Pink and friends staggering out of the mall under the weight of all of the promotional things there were given by the corporate recruiters.

What really happened:

We are contacted by our friends from the Road Rash Grill, where we meet one of the members of the Orkish Vehicle Gang we are friends with.  He is fronting for the interest of the gang, there is a new arms dealer, Ishida*, in the local area arming some of their rival gangs, it is cause trouble and violence, neither of which they want.  We are asked to get him out of the picture, we agree.

Guns Guns GunsStep one, research!  The gang agrees to get us some of the weapons that dealer had sold and they had “acquired”, as their one meeting with him ended badly and with bad blood on both sides.  PinkCat tries to run down some leads via the matrix while Double Tap and Tora hit the streets to try and locate his base of operations.

The gang provides us with a couple of the weapons they “obtained”, we promised to return them in better condition then we received them (since they had some blood and other grim on them).  Double Tap disassembled them and PinkCat ran a full analysis of the guns and software they were running.

Breaking it all apart, shows that the barrels and receivers are legitimate, but lacking microengraving, while the rest of the hardware and the software are good fakes.  PinkCat does some light hacking of the Korean company that manufactures the metal sections, enough to see that there may be some inconsistencies between inputs and outputs but not deep enough to confirm.  While she is doing that Double Tap and Tora are trying to arrange a buy with Cheetah.

PinkCat uses her ability to spoof computer systems to pose as a concern citizen and ally of the reporter behind the Four-Eyes On Fremont local politics blog (which first appeared in Episode 36 “Bad Beetles) who wishes to let the corporation know about someone who is pirating their intellectual property and causing harm.  She convinces the corporation to send a team to take care of it and we stand back and let them execute the arms dealer and roll up his operation.  Problem solved as sometime, the corporation is your friend (or at least, the enemy of your enemy).

*Name corrected.

Notes: Small group, just three players.  We are adding a new player to our group who will probably be joining the NorCal game when we get back to it so hopefully we will have a slightly larger team next time.

Previous Episode 38 “Great Rasputin’s Ghost!”.  Next Episode: 40 “?

Photos: Mall is by Artem Svetlov licensed under CC BY 2.0.  Guns are by Clint Satterwhite and used under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

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