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Dark Future Ahead 27 – News from the ‘Net of a Cyberpunk bent

14 June, 2018

Which new technology will go horribly wrong?  Join me in reviewing some inspiration for cyberpunk gaming culled from my many trips into the worldnet.  Enjoy the news:

Go see the full sized oneHurricane Electric Internet Services has a lovely visualization of the global internet backbone.  Very visually pleasing and interesting.

The Australian Defense Force used a DroneGun (really an anti-drone gun) to disable drones around the ASEAN summit.  Here is more information on DroneShield the company that makes the DroneGun.

Just in time?  As the US Army is starting to assign microscout drones to its units.  It will be interesting to see how tactics evolve using tools like this.  More information on the Black Hornet drone direct from it manufacturer.

We can now watch the evolution of language in real time.  Be on fleek for the future.

A company is retrofitting cargo containers into mobile hydroponic farms.  What would you do if you stole one of these instead of your intended target?  More information on the company, Local Roots, behind them.

What visions of the coming dark future have you seen recently?

Notes: Image from Hurricane Electric Internet Services but do go look at the full sized one.

 

 

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Shadowrun campaign updates, Podcasting thoughts and a new Seattle Scream (#56) prop

7 June, 2018

Shadowrun continues to be played, not least monthly with introductory games at Tyche’s Games (every first Sat, feel free to join us), and the occasional game as part of our Thursday night rotation both the NorCal game and occasional one-shot adventure in Seattle.  The NorCal campaign, that I am a player in, has seen some more play and remains great fun and moving forward (latest report from that here).

I am plotting a short Shadowrun podcast that would be split half in-game/in-character advice to shadowrunners and half “how you do that in the game”.  Would that be of interest to people?  And if so, what would you like advice on?

The latest news from my campaign here in Seattle Scream #56, the troll town murders are from the last Saturday session, where the player found out how scary spirits are when you only have limited magic support.

Now, be careful out there in the shadows my friends.  The world is cruel and dangerous place.

Photo “dark city?” by twak is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 

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Summer Approaches, Welcome June, Goodbye May

30 May, 2018

JunoJune is named from the Roman month Iunius, or Junius, is named in honor of the ancient Roman goddess Juno who is the wife of Jupiter and oversees marriage among other portfolio.   The first half of Iunius is a period of religious purification and was considered the most favorable time to marry by the Romans.  It will also be the anniversary of this journal, so I may try and do something special for that.

Summer officially starts this month, so, any thoughts on a theme, readers?  Send me your suggestions and I will try to act on them.

May, 2018, saw the following posts on the design journal:

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

10 May, 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-Six: Bad Beetles

Guest Starring: DD and DoubleUp.

BeetleTwo things happen around school: One, more bugs are showing up around the school, leading the school janitorial staff and food services to distraction.  Two, students start to go missing.  Pink, DD and DoubleUp working with (for once) Officer Bloodhound start searching to local area for the missing students.  Some misadventures, dead ends and comedy with local street gangs and sinister garbage collectors.  Finally find everyone in a warehouse with many, many beetles that are generating a pleasing hum that put people to sleep and gives them pleasant dreams, dreams so nice that they want to stay in them forever.  DD uses her music skills to break the spell long enough for Pink and Glimmer to build a dampening field to neutralize the hum.  They get everyone out, while Pink and the others discus what to do about the bugs, Officer Bloodhound has called in an airstrike and the warehouse is destroyed along will all(?) of the bugs.

What really happened:

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Rokugan SRIU Episode 13 “Teppo and Red Herrings” (L5R Campaign Report)

3 May, 2018

Having survived their mission to the new lands to the North, our heroes return to the Empire proper, gather their missing companions in the Phoenix lands and set sail for the capital.

A beautiful port

Naturally, things are not going to be that easy for the characters and after several days at sea they arrive at Dragon’s Guard City.  To their surprise, there is an agitated Miya pacing the docks and seems overjoyed by their arrival.  It is in fact Miya Miyasako, assistant to Governor Matsu Hotohara.  Miyasako, thin, nervous, totally out of his depths without a strong leader as Matsu Hotohara, Governor of the city, has been kidnapped by demons, the magistrates must help!  The Governor’s bodyguard of Matsu samurai were cut down by black magic.

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Almost May, Goodbye April

30 April, 2018

Tomorrow brings the first day of May.  May was Maius in Latin and was named after the Greek goddess Maia, probably, who is associated with Spring.  So, what shall the theme be for May?  Spring and nature?  The fae and faerie?  Something else?  Let me know.

Unsurprisingly April’s writings were primarily for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, which I am pleased to say I completed though a few were late).  So, the posts for April, 2018, were:

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A to Z – Random

30 April, 2018

Looking for changeThere is a great deal of chaos and randomness is the Sea of Stars with unusual magical effects just waiting for a trigger, lost artifacts seeking a new owner and fragments of divine essence wanting a new home.  Sometimes strange and wonderful things happen, sometime terrible and explainable things happen, but the further away from the center of the Sea of Stars one gets, the more untamed magic there is waiting to happen.

Note: A last minute filler, as somehow I missed R earlier!

Image “kaleidoscope eyes” by Song_sing is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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