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

10 February, 2019

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 Forty One: Babysitting

Kids todayGuest Starring: Clawz, Rani, Tora and Doc Cav.

Pink is asked to watch over the children of her neighbors, all six of them, all troublemakers, so she has to call in help from more and more of her friends as the night goes on.  Much classic comedy shtick ensures, Rube Goldberg-esque traps, chases in and out of doors on a long corridor and so on, lots of call outs to classic cartoons.  At the end, Pink and her friends are frazzled, the kids are exhausted and asleep and the parent arrive to see that nothing went wrong . . .  and the whole back wall of the apartment building falls off.

What really happened:

We get a call from JJ, a music producer who BB has vouched for, who needs a team to watch over an extracted pop star (lead singer of Supersonic Roadblock, Alison “Grey Day” Grey, poached from Digital Leisure) until she can be moved to safety.  The team that extracted he ran into some trouble, half it members were hospitalized and the other two are lightly wound and need to get out.  It is a rush job but solid pay for eight hours work, so we accept.

Cinder Block ArtWe are directed to a run down part of town where the team is holed up in a abandoned rental unit made of cinder-blocks, not pretty but fairly secure.  We take over, PinkCat running matrix overwatch and drone surveillance from the van, Toru finds a sniper’s perch and the rest go in.  Once the other team leaves, we get Grey changed into some different clothes, bag those, and her comlink.  The team finds an unfinished basement / storage area accessible under the carpet.

PinkCat spots some unusual com chatters but cannot pinpoint it and the onsite team decide to stuff Grey into the basement (much to her displeasure) while they wait for a potential attack.  PinkCat finally cracks the com . . . and it is Grey talking to he boyfriend Derrick.  Derrick who works for Digital Leisure and who is currently at the DL HQ.  They get Grey back up and cannot find a comlink, or cyberware, and PinkCat realizes that Grey is a technomancer . . . “Stop talking with your boyfriend or we will toss you in a Faraday cage.”  But the damage is done.  We call JJ to get permission to move and meet to pick up team elsewhere as Digital Leisure has got to be on the move by now.  And sure enough, as soon as we get permission to move, three black SUVs pull into the neighborhood.

Toru covers our escape as we strap into the van and head out.  We have just pulled out when a badger shaped spirit materializes and tries to scare Bladez who is driving.  Does not work as well as hoped and Remi dismisses the spirit and then goes into astral space and smacks around another spirit who is tracking us.  Toru uses her rifle to slow down the pursuing SUVs and a coordinated tire shot plus Matrix attack against the lead vehicle goes disastrously well (as its driver fails his driving roll entirely)flipping the lead vehicle and allowing us to escape.  We drop off Grey, get paid and get gone.

Notes: Good game, got to cope with some threats we do not usually deal with, such as spirits, do not have the usual prep time that we (and especially PinkCat) are used to.

Previous Episode 40 “Secret Santa”.  Next Episode: 42 “?

Photos: Upper “Kids Running” by Dino Adyansyah is licensed under CC by 2.0 and lower: “Just Friends – Ottawa 05 08” by Mikey G Ottawa is licensed under CC by-nc-nd 2.0

 

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