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Shadowrun Campaign Update with New Seattle Scream Prop (#61)

6 July, 2019

Rats!Shadowrun gaming is ongoing, but slowly.  The monthly games at Tyche’s Games (every first Saturday every month, come and join) continue apace and in support of that we have a new Seattle Scream (#61).  This month the team had to outwit devil rats to achieve their goal, not as easy as it may sound.

All of the primary groups I play with are excitingly waiting for the Sixth Edition, which we will see at GenCon in early August, and the monthly game will be transitioning to Sixth Edition soon after it is available.

Also excited to see the new version of Cyberpunk from R Talsorian which will be great inspiration for all cyberpunk styled games.

Our NorCal campaign has not had any more play since the last update, sadly.

Notes: Photo “Agnes and Eunice 5” by Sarah_Jones is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Review – Shadowrun: Better than Bad

23 June, 2019

Better than BadShadowrun: Better than Bad is a sourcebook for Shadowrun and provides support for characters “hooding” or helping the little guy. As that is a campaign style that has not seen much support for this edition, I was pleased to see this book as it is a style I like to see. If you are interest in that style of pay, or Azania which also gets explored in this product, it is a worthwhile purchase but probably not a priority.

Shadowrun: Better than Bad, is a Deep Shadows Sourcebook for the 5th edition of Shadowrun, this particular book covers the idea that Shadowrunners can actually do good in the Sixth World and not just be corporate stooges along with a visit to Azania (formerly South Africa).

The book begins with one of the ubiquitous fiction sections, then moves into A Light in the Darkness, talking about “Hooding” doing good for the community and striking against the powerful, named after Robin Hood (of course). Various of the organizations that oppose the corps are covered ranging from self-help groups to full on terrorist organizations, something for everyone and a bit more. It also includes a pitch to fight the power, rock on Opti (aka Old Crow, active NeoAnarchist and host of the NeoAnarchist podcast). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Shadowrun Campaign Update with New Seattle Scream Prop (#60)

30 May, 2019

Read the Seattle Scream for relevanceShadowrun gaming is ongoing, as we await the Sixth Edition of the rules later this summer.  Not sure if we will be switching out until we can actually get hold of the new rules and see what they are like.  But the Star Signs campaign, which has had one session, we might move over as the mechanical investment in the characters is minimal at the moment.  The monthly games at Tyche’s Games (every first Saturday every month, come and join) continue apace and will be moving the Sixth Edition, though maybe not immediately after release but certainly by Winter.

The Star Signs campaign is my attempt to move our campaign into a connected set of stories that will reveal aspects of my take on the Shadowrun world but time will tell is it works out, hopefully the new edition will not cause mechanics to distract from story and plot.

Our NorCal still manages about a session a month, the latest report from PinkCat can be found here.

The latest news from my version of Seattle, 2075, can be found in the Seattle Scream #60.

Notes: Photo “Quiet Night at the Terminal” by ashatsea is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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

15 May, 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 Three: Vaseless

Guest Starring: Doc Cav, DoubleUp, Rani, Tora and introducing:

Gimmick, a tech-savvy cat that was raised by mice.  (Stand in for Gidget, a human techie born into a family of dwarves.  Played by L1 as a replacement for DD/BB.)

Ming Vase, really!Pink and friends go over to their new friend Gimmick’s house for a sleepover, Doc Cav and Double Up acting as chaperones as Gimmick’s parent will be out of town.  They are given particular instructions about bedtimes and such, but most importantly, keep the very valuable vase (that has been passed down through the generations) safe.  Of course, this is the night that a group of thieves decide to try and steal it!  So, much classic shtick happens along with callbacks to classic movies such as Risky Business and Home Alone, the vase is saved (multiple times) and the thieves are eventually caught and turned over to Officer Bloodhound (who accepts the collar with poor grace).

What really happened:

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Campaign Stat Block – Star Signs (Shadowrun)

20 April, 2019

Inspired by the Planejammer ChroniclesCampaign Stat Block for framing a campaign, I made my own (comments welcome).  I have not done one of these for a while I thought I would adapt it for my upcoming Shadowrun sub-campaign.

Shadowrun – Star Signs

Start with a bangA group of runners new to the Seattle shadows have been brought together by the fixer, Star, to help them gather pieces of a puzzle involving the megacorps.  They will help you find your place in the shadows in exchange for help with their goal.

Setting: This will be set in the Shadowrun version of Seattle, starting in 2074.
•    Continuity: Episodic with arcs.
•    Rating: PG in general, some unpleasant situation may be touched upon but will not be the focus of the campaign.
•    Style: Adventure, investigation and crime with occasion social situations.
•    Tone: Action-adventure.

Rules: Shadowrun 5.

Characters: All Core metatypes, magic traditions and upgrades are available, if you want something from outside of core, let us talk first.  A zodiac/astrology theme is suggested for street names but not required.
•    Character History: A paragraph or two about who your character is and where they are from.  Characters will have worked together, at least a run or two, before the first game so I would like some PbtA style ties between all the characters.
•    Starting Power Level: Street Level, if you want to play a decker, rigger or street samurai, we will work out some extra equipment or ware for you.

Where do we Play?: Tyche’s Games, Thursday, 6-9ish PM.
•    Down Times: Players are welcome to have their character undertake tasks between games, communication via written note or email for such so it does not slow down our limited face to face gaming time.
•    Social Contract: Usual for our group.

Notes: Photo “Happy New Year from Seattle, Washington’s Space Needle, USA – pink and white” by Wonderlane is licensed under CC by 2.0.

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Shadowrun Campaign Catchup and New Seattle Scream Prop (#59)

7 April, 2019

Seattle, Exterior, NightShadowrun gaming has fallen a bit behind in our rotation due to a variety of reasons (such as playtesting a supplement for [redacted]) which has eaten up gaming time.  The monthly games at Tyche’s Games (every first Saturday every month, come and join) continue apace.

Still trying to decide where to move the focus of the campaign as the major villain has receded into the background and the primary organizer of runs they were working for has had to go on the lam.  One-off adventures are fine but I am looking for a greater amount of connective tissue between stories. but I have not found it yet.  Hopefully inspiration will strike soon.

Our NorCal game continues apace, the latest report from PinkCat can be found here.

The latest news from my version of Seattle, 2075, can be found in the Seattle Scream #59.

Notes: Photo by Matt Rubens and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.

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

2 April, 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 Two: Surfs Up!

Guest Starring: DoubleUp and Rani (and in the cartoon everyone else too)

At the beach

It is spring break and everyone has decided to go to the beach!  This is basically a fan service / remember all the characters? episode with cameos from all of the characters who have graced the cartoon in the past with lots of jokes about California celebrity culture, surfing, tiki style, and suchlike.  Lots of short scenes and visual jokes, a musical number, and just a celebration of the cartoon and California as a whole, a very upbeat and colorful episode that moves nothing forward but is just entertainment.

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