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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 15 – Double Feature

17 November, 2022

Sometime after Issue 14, maybe a few weeks, maybe a few months, time is strange in the comics.

Ah, the theater!Cover:  A man in a tacky suit with a bow tie and a woman in a formal black dress pulling back the curtains on a movie screen showing our heroes scattered and unconscious. “Welcome to your defeat, heroes!” they say in unison.

Opening pageVulpix and Shadowfist in considerably fancier clothes than normal in front of a mirror.  “I am not sure if this jive is my scene,” says Shadowfist.  “It’s not mine either but if it keeps my uncle off my back for the next few weeks it is worth it, yes?” replies Vulpix. Read the rest of this entry ?

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November Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#80)

1 November, 2022

Fashion takes workShadowrun has been a bit slow this month for various reasons, we did not even get in our usual Halloween-themed game!  But looking forward to GMing at Tyche’s Games this coming Saturday, so please come and play if you are in the Athens, Georgia, area.

I did realize that I am going to have to totally revamp my Songs in the Key of X campaign (pitch here for those interested).  it is an investigation-heavy and themed game and I did not force that focus hard enough leading to a set of characters mismatched to the problems at hand.  So, need to recast it for a second pilot and see how that goes.

Read all about it, the latest Seattle Scream (#80)!  News from near and far!  Sadly, nothing locked into actual runs but some good background stuff including international news!

Started work on my review of Hack & Slash, the new Shadowrun Matrix book, and hope to have a review of that up soon.

Notes: Photo from Seattle pi and is probably owned by someone and is from the real Seattle Fashion Week.

Update!  Due to the UGA/Tennessee Football game locking up traffic, we are trying the monthly Shadowrun game at Tyche’s again on the 12th.

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October Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#79)

1 October, 2022

Only lightly violentJust finished up with the traditional first Saturday game at Tyche’s Games (please come and play if you are in the Athens, Georgia, area) which was successful.  September was fairly light on Shadowrun sadly, just the one Tyche’s Games run and finished up one SoCal game online.  But been thinking about Shadowrun quite a bit and opened a file just for adventure ideas (which served me in good stead earlier today).

Hot off the bit presses, the latest Seattle Scream (#79) again nothing tied directly to recent adventures as the runner managed to get out fairly clean.  Today’s adventure actually spiraled out of the combat soccer news from Issue 78, where they had to track down a Russian combat soccer player who had gone walkabout.

Still waiting for the official release of the new Shadowrun books so that I can get them reviewed which I am quite looking forward to.

Notes: Image from PxHere and is free to use under a CC0 Public Domain release and is thus free for personal and commercial use and chosen because combat soccer.

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September Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#78)

2 September, 2022

Party!Back from GenCon and back into our Shadowrun campaigns!  Visited the Shadowrun room at GenCon and got some cool Catalyst Demo Team gear to wow the players with.  The next game I will be CHing will be tomorrow, the usual first Saturday game at Tyche’s Games, please come and play if you are in the Athens, Georgia, area.

Hot off the bit presses, the latest Seattle Scream (#78) nothing tied directly to recent adventures as the runner managed to get out fairly clean.  I ended up using the MetroPlex Marketplace Meetup (M3) from the last issue for three separate runs!  All taking place more or less simultaneously at different places around the convention.  Very pleasing.

Notes: Image from Pixabay and is free to use and ties into an extraction at a dance club during M3.

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August Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#77)

30 July, 2022

Come to M3 and expand your businessWe hit a big summer gap in our Shadowrun campaigns though did get a little bit of play and run a game that served as a swan song to my long-running character, PinkCat.  I sure miss that hacker.  The next game I will be CHing will be an unusual second Saturday game at Tyche’s Games, as I will be at GenCon for the first Saturday, so please drop by and join in if you in the Athens, Georgia, area.

The next Shadowrun sourcebook, Hack and Slash, for hackers and other computer specialists, will release at GenCon.  I will try and get a review of it done soon after I get a copy.

Now what you really came here for, the latest Seattle Scream (#77), the M3 story and the one about Horizon’s expansion are obliquely tied to PinkCat‘s swan song.  The rest are just the usual scattering of news, ideas, and potential plot hooks.

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

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Superheroes – Once upon a Time in 1968 – Issue 14 – Part 2: Miami Fright

30 July, 2022

Scenic MiamiThis is the second half of Issue 14 with our young heroes on the way to Miami . . . by dirigible.

Cover: A Question Mark divides the cover, on one side is Leonard, the airship, being attacked by sky-squids, the other side is a man in a black trenchcoat and broadbrimmed hat with Kirby dots spilling out from under the brim, a blue-skinned woman with gills in her neck wearing a white bikini and a disreputable thuggish man in a monks habit.  Across the bottom is “New Challenges for our Young Heroes!”

Opening page of Part Two:  Leonard high over the Atlantic coast, Vulpix talking on her belt radio, “But Uncle, we are on a case.  I don’t want to go to a stuffy gala.”  The rest of the team stands by. Read the rest of this entry ?

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June Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#76)

1 June, 2022

Containers everywhereOur Shadowrun campaigns continue:  we did get to play some more in NorCal, adding a new player and character.   My campaign is still mostly on hold due to other commitments, but I am still carving out time to CH a game a month (usually on every first Saturday at Tyche’s Games please drop by and join in if you are ever in the Athens, Georgia, area).

I did find time to review the latest Shadowrun book, the Sixth World Companion, which is currently only available as a PDF but will have a hard copy release sometime soon.  It expands massively on character options with new character creation methods, new variant metatypes, more qualities, rules options, an d more.

Now for something completely different, the latest Seattle Scream (#76), the Frontier Market story links back to a game some time ago while the Rusted Stilettoes report ties into two stories from last issue.  The MetroPlex in my campaign is changing, just in a different way from the official metaplot.

Notes: Image found of Google image search but its original source seems to have vanished from the web, it is actually of the Port of Oakland and ties into our ongoing NorCal mission.  Though it could refer to the Seattle dock upgrade as well.

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Superheroes of the 1960s – Hexygon, the Black Cat Kid

29 May, 2022

Bad luck for you?Or, in this case, a supervillain, Hexygon, the Black Cat Kid, sidekick to Queen Magic, who is one of the major players in the New York underworld hoping to come out on top in the aftermath of the disappearance of the “Napoleon of Crime”, Mr. Magister.  In my current Masks game, she is mostly going by the name of the Black Cat Kid, and makes an appearance in Issue 4 and leaves a stuffed cat for Shadowfist in Issue 9 (and is very helpful in Issue 11, but not as her usual self).

Hexygon’s powers are enhanced speed and agility paired with bad luck generation (“black cat”) and a collection of throwing hexes, flash, shocks, smoke, and just hard rubber.   She is interested in learning magic but her training in that has just started.

Hexy is positive and upbeat, a very silver age character, just because she is a villain it does not mean she cannot be friendly!  She is happy to taunt and distract people in combat, relying on her acrobatics and the bad luck she imposed on her enemies, but she has no real wish to hurt anyone as long as they are not trying to hurt her or Queen Magic.  As they tend to specialize in thefts, there is no percentage in causing harm or wanton destruction, they just want to get in, get what they need, and get out.

The art is, of course, by the ridiculously talented Karl Kesel and David Hahn back their current Impossible Jones Kickstarter!

Notes:  Hexy was first created for a Necessary Evil campaign where she was lost in time since 1967.  Unfortunately, the Situation of 2020 put that game on infinite hiatus but playing Hexy reawoke my deep love of superheroes and superheroic RPGs and thus lead directly to my Masks – Once Upon a Time in 1967 campaign.

And, yes, really the whole post is just justification for showing off the amazing art of Hexy!

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Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#75)

4 May, 2022

Just splitting atomsShadowrun continues though slowly, currently GMing one game a month (every first Saturday at Tyche’s Games if you are ever in the area, come and join in).  Due to the work thing not sure when I will be CH more Shadowrun apart from the Saturday games.  However, still getting about a game a month in the NorCal set campaign which has been swell.

And, of course, what you are really here for, the latest Seattle Scream (#75), nothing directly tied to my latest adventures.  Though one of them did involve the Rusted Stilettos and the Banners, both gangs in Glow City, so it was on my mind.

For those interested in such things, I have a review of the latest Shadowrun resource PDF up, Shadowrun: Shadow Stock Lofwyr’s Legions. in case you want to learn more about who works for S-K and Drakes in the Shadowrun setting.

Are you slipping into the shadows?  If so, how is that going?  Watch out for those S-K operatives, they are serious jerks.

Notes: Image Nuclear Power plants. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel and is in the Public Domain.

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Shadowrun Campaign News and a new Seattle Scream Prop (#74)

1 April, 2022

Cultivating Farm Hydroponics Plant Farmland Green

Shadowrun continues though slowly.

My Shadowrun demo games are played every first Saturday at Tyche’s Games if you are ever in the area.  Due to the work thing, not sure when I will be CH more Shadowrun apart from the Saturday games.  Though I have been able to play in some NorCal set games which has been nice.

A few minor changes to my house rules, taking into account some of the latest books, but –as always– a work in progress.  Comments and discussion welcome.

Here is some of the news from my campaign, recounted in the latest Seattle Scream (#74), only the Tornado Hydroponics story is tangentally related to one of the games we played.  But who knows what troubles on runners will get themselves into tied into what is happening in Seattle?

Speaking of Seattle, you can read my review of the new Seattle sourcebook, Shadowrun: Emerald City.

How are you runs into the shadows going?

Notes: Image from Max Pixel and used under the Creative Commons Zero – CC0 license.

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