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

18 April, 2021

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.

Friendly dolphinEpisode Forty Eight: Underwater

Guest Starring: Clawz, DoubleUp, Gimmick and Tora.

A friend of Pink’s notices a dolphin trapped in a local waterway, so Pink and the crew decide to mount a rescue before it gets hurt.  Much hilarity ensures as there is an unscrupulous water park owner also trying to snag the dolphin for their own use.  Increasingly absurd devices to lift the dolphin free, a chase to rescue the captured dolphin and finally setting it free into the ocean.

What really happened:

Something like thisThe meet goes down in the Decker’s Delight bar where were are hired to acquire a prototype underwater sensor from a lab at Standford University which is being bankrolled by Yakashima technology.

As usual, we start with scouting out the target, which involves actually visiting Standford University, luckily as most of the characters are in their late teens or early twenties, they fit right in.  They cannot get into the building that the lab is in but they can view the outside and get a good idea of the general security and situation.  PinkCat slips into various university discussion boards, reading about flaws in and ways to spoof Standford University security, and works out some mock up of Student IDs with the help of Gidget and Double Tap, which should work, once or twice at least.

PinkCat hacks in and finds the current interior layout of the labs and that there is a empty lab on the same floor as the lab that is our target.  After much discussion, we decide the best route to get in is to ship three members of the team in concealed in flat-pack furniture.  Gidget and PinkCat design some thermal baffles and, well, it works, we just ship them in.  Along with the required tools, the dollies that the team were shipped on were there to transport the prototype and several inflatable golden bears in Berkley colors.

As usual, PinkCat rode matrix overwatch, which the team did their thing.  Slipping out of their shipping containers and into the lab late at night, things are made less easy by two graduate students running the prototype through its paces in a water tank.  After much discussion, we work out a way to get the prototype to turn off and then hoist it out as the tank as the grad students go back to the main office.  A few more problems are overcome before it is wheeled down to the loading bay.  We load it, up, get out off the campus and turn the prototype over in exchange for the promised money.

Notes: While a short description, this adventure actually took place over two sessions.  It was a challenging problem but being able to use the classic ship them into the target location maneuver.

Previous Episode 47 “Jailbreaking”.  Next Episode: 49 “?

Photos: Upper: “_BRK6759 Nassau Dolphin Experience” by kasio69 is licensed under CC BY 2.0Lower: “File:Sea Squirt, 1988, MIT Sea Grant Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory – MIT Museum – DSC03698.JPG” by Daderot is marked with CC0 1.0.

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