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Shadowrun Campaign News for the start of 2022 and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#72)

17 January, 2022

RockOn!Shadowrun moves forward in 2022, playing both online and in person (once a month), after a break for the holidays.  Getting ready to start the Songs on the Key of X campaign.  To do so, I had to wrap up the T3 (Total Tempest Tour) game, which we had started under 5th ed, to show you how long ago that was, but some of the player wanted to reprise their characters so here is an (in game) commentary on the end of the tour:

Dateline Seattle

I stand here on the tarmac of SeaTac international airport in the intermittent snow watching as Indigo Storm returns bloodied but unbowed from her Total Tempest Tour (T3) of Europe.  Like a conquering queen, she sweeps down the stairway from her private jet, guitar slung across her back and a cocktail glass of something neon blue in her hand.  She seems unaffected, or perhaps unaware, of the assassination attempts that took the life of one of her security team and the terrorist plot to sink the floating stage in Venice while she was performing.  She is happily trading barbs with the music press, myself among them.

    “Tempest!  Did you and your team have anything to do with the attempted coup in Hungary?”

    She laughed and finished her drink in a single gulp.  “Rock and roll has started revolutions before!  We certainly supported the aspiration of the people who tore down the reactionaries attempt to seize power!  The people will be free!”  She struck a dramatic pose and winked.

    “That’s enough for today, newsies!  I’ll see you -if you can get tickets- at the Inferno!” She laughed and slipped into a waiting limousine.

    From what my research had turned up, Tempest’s answer was mostly accurate.  Margit Kovács, leader of the Young Democrats of Hungary, said that Tempest interrupted her concert to issue a call to arms to oppose the attempted coup   It was the media blackout that the coup imposed prevented it from being widely distributed at the time, and after the event the new government suppressed it wanting the rising of the people to appear to have been spontaneous in their support.  But you can find a copy of it here:

<Media File – Indigo Storm leads the counterrevolution>

    It was not the only adventure that she had according to what this reporter has been able to uncover.  Information places her in the suburbs of Prague, Czechia, near to where a drug deal went bad leaving two people, both suspected syndicate members, dead.  No eyewitness or recording can confirm she was there but her hired car left the area shortly after shots were fired.

    In Copenhagen, she was confirmed on the scene in an aftermath of a boat crash that turned out to be a smuggling ploy that went disasterously wrong.  That same evening there was a scuffle outside her hotel that may, though this is unconfirmed, have involved gunfire and magic.  The hotel has only shared it security footage with the Danish Politiet and no amount of wheedling by this reporter was able to shake copies loose.  However a witness to the tail end of the confrontation claimed to see a large man or an ork in a mask bodyslam a man with an SMG.  My sources strongly indicate that the smuggling ring is tied to or run by one of the Russian syndicates.  Possibly the same group whose drug deal went bad in Prague though this is unconfirmed.

It was also reported that Indigo Storm’s private jet had to take an unscheduled landing in Reykjavík, Iceland after a flaw was found in the autopilot.  Indigo used it for a surprise, though brief, concert in the airport.  She framed it as a farewell to the tour in the same location it had begun, but witnesses said it she was extremely shaken getting off the plane.

So, perhaps our little novastar is hiding her light in the shadows on occasion?  She would not be the first, or is likely to be the last, who was tempted by the adrenaline rush of such dangers.  But time will tell if she will continue this dual life or return exclusively to the bright lights of stardom.

Now, I do have tickets to the show at the Inferno, so I hope to see you there.

Gina Andropolous signing off.

Still working my way through Double Clutch and hope to have my review finished soon, some good stuff and some wacky stuff there.  Already informed my group that there will be no anti-grav in my campaign, I find the total shift implied by anti-grav to be too jarring (not to mention one of my physicist friends had great trouble with the very concept which has always colored my thoughts on it).

Now for some news that is fit to use!  The new Seattle Scream (#72)!  The story about Lucidorable and the giving of toys by Namco are both the fallout from runs played.  Rare to have two runs make it into the Scream.

Hope your Shadowrunning is going well.  Feel free to tell us all about it in the comments!

Notes: Photo found on pxhere.com and is in the Public Domain.

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Christmas Special – Riddles and Snowmen

21 December, 2021

 

This story is in canon but out of continuity, the most recent Issue was 12, but this story does not directly connect with it or Issue 13.

Cover: TIC Superheroic Christmas Special 196880-Page Giant!  The cover art shows all of the heroes in ranks, some with hats, singing Christmas Carols.  Circles around the edge have team names: Heroes Inc, the New Atlantians, the LA Stars, Freedom Five and more!

Opening page:  A list of stories with the faces of the team members next to the team name.

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

16 December, 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.

Episode Forty Nine: Chiller

Guest Starring: Clawz, DoubleUp, Gimmick and Tora.

Ikea-Brooklyn-Warehouse-AislesA friend of Pink’s has just started work in a big box Nordic shop (“Icekia“). she says she is seeing a ghost late at night when she is cleaning and closing up and asks for help.  It turns out the whole chain of stores has an urban legend of being haunted by a frost ghost from back in the Nordic lands, some say it was a tree spirit turned into flatpack furnature, others that it was one of the early worker who was crushed to death when a refridgertor slipped from an extendable forklife, in any case she has been seen in stores all across the world.

So, totally time to Scooby Doo this up.  Early sighting of the ghost end in disappointment and ice, snow, frost and intense cold, with the ghost seemingly vanishing into thin air.  But the idea that it is really a spirit starts to unravel when Gimmick find hidden passages through the warehouse and sliding panels on the display floor.

Cue one overly elaborate ghost trap that manages to totally malfunction yet somehow still capture the frost ghost.   Who is unmasked and revealed as the store’s assistant manager who had been smuggling premium frozen food from the Nordic lands to avoid custom fees and using the frost ghost to keep people from looking to closely at the shipments.  “And I would have gotten away with it if not for you meddling kids!”

What really happened:

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 12 – The Road to Jaiipuur

12 December, 2021

Tanks looking something like this.

Picking up right after Issue 11, with our heroes back on Earth, briefly

Cover: The team fighting a group of soldiers in vaguely (but not really) Eastern European uniforms with automatic weapons as Roboto tears the turret off of a tank, in the background a burning derigible fall from sky among tall slender buildings.  “It is WAR!  Are our young heroes ready?”

Opening page: The heroes in Vulpix’s swinging pad.  “How can I get back to Jaiipuur!?  My world is in danger!” says 808 hammering his fist on a table.  The rest of the team looks concerned.

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Of Siroccos and Sky Skiffs – A Petrichor Campaign Report

2 December, 2021

Having shattered the seals and released the Demon Lords influence out upon the Sea of Stars, which has had several knock-on effects on the games I run on Friday nights as well -which has been awesome- the characters escape as quickly as they can from the ziggurat as harsh, dry winds and clouds of locusts (and maybe other things) rush past them.

zigguratmenThe ziggurat is trembling with the titanic forces unleashed, Pedr and Lorrend climb up through the upper levels which are abandoned, there is no sign of Erisham the Shedu or Elsbeth, they burst out into the air as things flood out around them (though the flow has diminished).  Lorrend and Pedr, accompanied by the demon in Visse form Anatu, descend the stairs on the outside of the building as the “sky becomes as black as sackcloth” above them.  They see a small sky skiff fight its way to a landing at the base of the ziggarat, four people pile out and charge up the stairs. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 11 – The Sinister Mansion of the Occult

12 November, 2021

320px-The_Haunted_House_Das_Geisterhaus_(5360049608)Immediately after Issue 10, things are about to go from bad to worst.

Cover:  The usual font is replaced with a twisty, creepy one.  Our heroes are shown menaces by werewolves, a vampire in classic suit, and a mad scientist.  The characters are changed: 808 looks ghostly, Horizon is in full Romani dress, Roboto look more like Frankenstein’s monster (bolts in the neck and all), Shadowfist and Vulpix are both in Regency-era dresses.  A black cat is standing, tail puffed out, with the heroes.  “Can our Heroes survive the Sinister Mansion of the Occult?!

Opening page: Our heroes standing around at the end of last issue, 808 and Horizon taking with Jack Diamond and Plasma-Man, Roboto looking for something to use as a temporary chest piece, Vulpix berating her cousin and Shadowfist looking for escaped thugs.  Their communcators crackle to “Jaiipuur Central is under attack!  Repeat, Jaiipuur Centralin under attack!  Emergency recall of all agents initiated.”

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Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#71)

10 November, 2021

Waiting for a riotWe continue to pay Shadowrun with both online and, gasp, actual in-person play.  I must say that I find managing to flow of Edge much easier in person with something physical to represent the pool, the officlal Edge tokens work quite well, but anything works.

Comfortable enough with the rules to start making minor changes via house rules to fit our style of play (you can see the current evolution here) but always a work in progress and there will be some things to incorporate from Double Clutch and the other source books eventually.  Any comments and suggestions welcome.

Sadly, I have fallen far behind on updating the screamsheets to go with the adventures, but here is (at last) a new one:  Seattle Scream 71 The first story, the one involving the eco-terrorists is tangeltally related to a recent adventure, thankfully the violence was not their fault but they did take advantage of it.

Notes: Photo found on pxfuel and is free for commercial use.

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 10 – Odd Lightning

25 October, 2021

Lightning Strikes!A month of so after Issue 9, it is summer in New York City and things are about to get hotter.

Cover:  A lightning bolt divides the cover, on one side is a blacked out New York City skyline on the other is the team looking on in horror as Roboto is enveloped in an electrical nimbus.  “A Shocking tale of Heroism.” is written across the bottom.

Opening page:  New York City blacked out.  “How did this happen?  Turn the page, dear reader, to find out.”

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 9 – Rat Trap

5 September, 2021

NeonA few weeks after Issue 8, it is spring in New York, not too hot, yet.

Cover16-Tons holding up Roboto like a toy.  “Is that all you’ve got?” A collapsing building behind him.  A yellow circle down in the right corner has a picture of a rat-themed person.  “Introducing Rat-Race!”

Opening page:  Two silhouetted figures at night overlooking a club with a flashing neon sign reading “I Like It Like That”. 

“Is everyone ready?” asks one.

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 8 – Threat of the Star-Gazer, Parts 1 & 2

12 August, 2021

A few weeks after Issue 7, spring is coming to New York.

CoverThe Star-Gazer glowing with power surrounded by the Zodiac signs, our heroes recoiling.  “Can our heroes overcome the Threat of the Star-Gazer?!

New York, New YorkOpening page:  Leonard, 808’s dirigible, making best speed across the Atlantic, the skyline of New York City receding behind.  “Will we be in time?”

Part 1 – All at Sea – A page detailing how did we get here?: The team is practicing together in a vacant lot near to Chinatown.  Hanging out of a nearby trash can is a copy of the New York Daily Herald with the headline: “Roboto and his gang damage museum, fail to protect civilians.” When a door appears in mid air.  Just a normal white door.  As they investigate, it opens and out of it, half falls Doctor Occult, Master of the Unknown Arts, dressed in trench coat and battered fedora.  Through the  open doorway a Ditko-esque psychedelic landscape can be seen.  Dr Unknown explains that he had been sent to find Horizon by Cristofor Gold, a young Roma who knows Horizon, who was kidnapped.  Dr Unknown explains that he and Challenger tried to stop a raid on the Manhattan Museum of Antiquities where a villain stole a set of astrologically aligned gems, having used the power of other such gems to manifest the avatars of the Zodiacal signs to help him.  Now this villain is on his way to get the next, and final, four such gems from Mr Covington who is showing them off on his yacht, the North Star, before loaning them to the museum.  Dr.Unknown will leave this to the teen heroes as he has an extra-dimensional peace to broker, he hands Roboto a black phone, unattached to anything, and tells them to call if they need him and he steps back through the door, it closes and vanishes.

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