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In Seattle's Shadows

Game Master psionichamster

Beginner's runs through the mean streets of Seattle.


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Sczarni

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Ohaio, chummers!

As some of you know, I plan on GM'ing a few (at least) "beginner runs" for the SR 4e system. This is mostly so I can get a firm grasp on the rules and how different SR4 is from say, SR2-3 (which I was pretty familiar with back in the day.)

Several people have already proposed characters, such as:

  • Daniel Stewart's Adrik "Rick" Ivanov, a Human Physical Adept

  • Cyberwolf2xs's Garus Wintersmith, a Dwarven Chaos Mage

  • Pinvendor has proposed a "Wise Cracking Street Samurai," but no character spelled out yet.

  • MisterLurch has declared interest, but has not stated what kind of character he'd like to play.

  • Another player (whom I know IRL) has expressed interest, he should have a character & profile available by this weekend.

    Which leaves basically one more "definite" slot and at least a couple of alternates, especially for such an "episodic" game.

    For those who haven't built their characters, use the standard CharGen from SR4 (I have the Anniversary Edition, but I think they're the same in that respect) of 400 BP, no stat over 6, etc.

    Background is up to you, but try to have some reason you're in Seattle and looking for basically entry-level shadowrun gigs.

    You will all have a free Contact (at level 1, unless you buy him up) of a local Barkeep/part-time Fixer, to be named later.

    I am open to any questions, concerns, or comments. Bear in mind, this will be my "shakedown run" for both the SR4 rules and GM'ing a PbP, so go easy and feel free to provide plenty of feedback.

    Lock & load, chummers, let's roll!


  • I have a very shooty street sam already made, but would really love to throw a very tough troll mage into the mix.

    Sczarni

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    Whichever you'd like, MisterLurch. It's all good in the hood.


    All sounds good to me....ready whenever you are..lol


    I will work on the troll tonight. can't really right now as i am at work. it should not take terribly long. :) i do need the name of the bartender/fixer though.


    I've got this Dwarf illusion mage from a game that never got off the ground.


    Well, I think we might actually need someone to take care of such negligibilities as physical combat, electronics, break&entry-stuff... instead of three mages. ;)

    Sczarni

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    Garus Wintersmith wrote:

    Well, I think we might actually need someone to take care of such negligibilities as physical combat, electronics, break&entry-stuff... instead of three mages. ;)

    Agreed. Currently there are an adept (melee & infiltration) and a chaos mage definite.

    With MisterLurch's troll mage (i'm assuming a melee or spell-based combat mage), the "magic user" role is pretty thoroughly filled. I'm not sure what Buck is going to play,but IRL he's usually flexible.

    I would suggest a vehicle/security specialist, a social type specialist, and an electronics/hacker specialist.If that means cyber, technomancy, or magic, have at it.

    Your free contact is named George St. Cloud, a human bartender and part-time Fixer. He works as something of a "talent scout" for some of the mid-level players in Seattle. He'll start at Rank 1 Contact for you all, as brand-new runners in the sprawl, and will be the primary point of contact driving these first few runs.

    Note, you aren't a "team" as of yet, which is why St. Cloud has provided you with a low-level offer.


    Just registered here. I am thinking serious hacker type and I like the vehicle/security angle. Utah native run out of his home corp/town for shady business... maybe embezzling.

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    Instead of Gh0st, I could make a Wheelman/Social Adept I've been thinking about.

    Sczarni

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    RainyDayNinja wrote:
    Instead of Gh0st, I could make a Wheelman/Social Adept I've been thinking about.

    RainyDayNinja, that sounds like a plan. That would yield a support mage, a combat (i guess), a melee adept, a security/hacker, and a social adept/driver. Sounds like a pretty well set team overall. You might be a little light on gunplay, but the two mages & some drones should more than make up for that.

    Still waiting to hear from Pinvendor if he' s still interested.

    I'm looking forward to this.

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    I started fleshing out my character, but I won't have it done until after work tomorrow. Just FYI.


    Jak's (Troll Combat Mage) numbers are done, backstory is theoretical, I will get him typed in tomorrow.

    Sczarni

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    Good, good. No rush fellows.


    except that i am really itching to play. ;)

    Sczarni

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    Well, no rush from me, then...


    "I have much less...patience...however.


    lol


    I have updated my profile after tweaking some minor details.

    PH, do you, as our GM, have any questions or remarks?

    PS: I can't believe no one took that Alias earlier. :D

    Sczarni

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    Neither could I...I guess it's just not as popular as it once was (SR, that is...)

    Sczarni

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    Garus looks good, just need to narrow down your "sports" Knowledge to either a particular area (like CAS Professional Sports or Seattle, etc) or a particular type (Combat Biking, Urban Brawl, Pro Football, etc).


    Chose Combat Biking, cause it's the most popular where he's from.

    Sczarni

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    Rock on!

    for easy reference: Gameplay thread

    Discussion thread

    Looks like everything is shaping up nicely...we should be good to go when RainyDayNinja, autobuck, and MisterLurch are all set with their PC's.

    I'd like to get another player (Pinvendor had expressed interest, as did a couple of others) but we can run with 5 just fine.


    OK, here's my Wheelman/Social Adept.

    Stats:

    BOD 3
    AGI 3
    REA 5(6)
    STR 2
    CHA 7
    INT 2
    LOG 3
    WIL 3

    MAG 5
    EDG 5
    INI 8

    Phys. Damage (0/10)
    Stun Damage (0/10)

    Skills:
    Pistols 4 (Semi-Auto): 11
    Pilot Ground 6 (Bike): 17
    Pilot Water 4: 10
    Pilot Air: 10
    Influence Group 4
    -Negotiation: 16
    -Con: 16
    -Etiquette: 14
    -Leadership: 14
    Auto Mechanics 4 (Wheeled): 9
    Perception 2: 4 (7 for Audio/Visual)

    English (N)
    Spanish 4: 6
    Sperethiel 4: 6
    Combat Biking 3: 5
    Local Junkyards 4: 6

    Composure: 10
    Judge Intentions: 12
    Lift/Carry: 5
    Memory: 5

    Qualities:
    Gearhead (Suzuki Mirage)
    -- +2 vs. Stunts, +1 Handling/+20% Accel once per scene
    Adept
    First Impression
    Low Pain Tolerance
    Allergy (Severe, Bee stings)
    Signature (Pimped motorcycle)

    Adept Powers:
    Improved Ability
    -Pilot Ground 3
    -Negotiation 2
    -Con 2
    Improved Reflexes 1
    Kinesics 3
    Commanding Voice

    Gear:
    Ares Predator IV
    4x15 EX-Explosive Ammo
    6P, -2 AP, SA
    Hidden gun arm slide, sound suppressor

    Actioneer Business Suit (5/3)
    Motorcycle Helmet (+1/+2)

    Renraku Sensei w/ Iris Orb OS
    -Res2/Sig4/Sys3/Fir3

    Earbuds 3
    -Audio Enhancement 3
    -Directional Microphone
    -Motion Sensor
    -Geiger Counter
    Contact Lenses 3
    -Visual Enhancement 3
    -MAD Scanner 3
    Fake SIN 4
    Fake Driver's License 4
    Fake Concealed Weapon License 4

    Suzuki Mirage (6/6 slots)
    Body 6/Armor 12
    22/55/75(Nitrous) accel., 220 mph top
    -Nitrous Booster
    -Gyro Stabilization (+2 vs. Crash)
    -Anti-Theft System
    -Racing Tires
    -Pimped Ride 2


    Oh, I just realized I'm paying beer without having determined my starting cash.
    Do we get average or max or shall we roll?


    ok .. so i hate how they have no good pictures for a male troll, shadowrun style, and i cannot make my own avatar. grrrrrr.

    Sczarni

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    Average starting cash is good.

    Salazar looks good. Human, correct? (I only ask because of the ears on the avatar :) )

    I feel your pain on the avatars, too...at least you can sort through easier now.


    No, he's actually an elf. I forgot to include that in the stat block, but it's in his profile page. I don't know why anyone would try to build a Face who wasn't an elf anyway...


    Oh yeah. It's annoying, but probably saves Paizo a lot of copyright issues. ;)

    All you can do is putting a link in your profile.

    Sczarni

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    One potential issue; Salazar doesn't appear to have any contacts.

    You at least know George (Barkeep/Fixer, Connection 1/Loyalty 1) to start.

    May want to pick up some more, but that's your choice.

    (Note, I'm generally a very laissez f'aire type of GM, and SR allows for many different successful approaches.)

    As far as the avatar problems...if you can dig up pic you'd like, just link it in your profile and grab a placeholder image from paizo.


    I am gonna put this here and in discussion. :)

    I introduce to you, Jak Sunnajak.

    Let me know if you see any obvious omissions or mistakes.

    Thanks.


    I forgot to put that contact in, but in my experience (which is mostly limited to organized play), contacts were rarely worth the cost.

    Sczarni

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    No worries. Like I said, if you prefer a more "hands on" approach to legwork, that can certainly be done. You will be at a slight disadvantage when selling/acquiring gear, if only because you won't be able to "shop around."

    I'm sure you all will find a way to make it work, in the end.


    Well, does it always have to come down to "is it worth the cost"?

    While YMMV, and everybody can do it as we likes, of course, I personally feel like every runner should have some contacts.

    I mean, if people have just moved to the city, it's understandable if they only have one or two contacts, but a Runner who "grew up" in the city you play in who doesn't happen to know ANYBODY...?
    Seriously...?
    It gets better if such runners are supposed to be master socialites (who obviously never trained their skills on real people) or pack high-end weapons and cyberware that even needed the restricted gear quality and (fluff-wise) specialists who got them for you (or put them in your body) - after all, you don't just happen to pull such things out of your top hat. ^^

    And if it isn't a "barkeep Johnson who recruits whoever enters his tavern and tells him he was a runner"-scenario, how exactly does a Johnson choose your character if you don't know anybody who could've told the Johnson that you're a runner searching for a job?


    @Jak:

    How did you get a Power Focus Rating 5 and a Weapon Focus Rating 4? Those have an availability of 25R/20R.

    Maximum availability at character creation is 12.

    Even the restricted gear quality (which you don't have) only allows an item of avail 20 or less (one item per 5 BP you put in the quality).

    Now that I look at the qualities... The maximum amount of BPs you can get out of negative qualities is 35.


    @Salazar:

    Those are obviously GM's calls, as they're probably allowed by RAW, but I just thought I'd remark them as strange...

    A MAD scanner built into contact lenses?

    An Ares Predator IV in a hidden arm slide, concealed in an Actioneer Suit? ... ... :D
    Sorry, but how exactly do you want to hide such a freakingly heavy pistol in the sleeve of a tuxedo, and how do you want to get it out through the cuffs?


    I'd be interested in making something up for this if you still have room. Sounds like things are pretty full though, so I'm expecting a negative.

    If you do have space I'd love to try out something hacker oriented, though I'm open to fill any gaps the group needs.

    If you don't have the space, I wish you guys the best of luck. It's good to see the increase interest in SR around here lately.


    Not that I was the DM, but I think we still have space, especially for something in the hacker(/drone rigger) department, as we don't really have that covered yet. Give it a go. :)

    Sczarni

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    Good catch, Garus.

    @Jak, yes maximum availability is 12 for starting characters...

  • Weapon Focus (Force x 5)R Force x 10,000¥
  • Power Focus (Force x 5)R Force x 25,000¥
    So maximum starting Force rating for either of those is @ 2. But this way you're much less in debt!

    @Salazar: Likewise, Visual Enhancement is not an issue, but a MAD scanner (even rank 1) is something the size of a "pat-down-wand" as used by Police , concert security, and the TSA (Like This Guy Here). Obviously, miniaturization has taken place, but you'd still need goggles or something similar (or have the display link extra and simply carry a hand-held MAD scanner)

    The arm-slide thing I'm OK with as such, just don't expect it to go unnoticed as much as say a light or holdout pistol.

    Regarding Contacts: (from the 20th Anniversary Edition, pg88)

    Spoiler:
    Contacts
    Contacts are your acquaintances, buddies, and assorted street informants
    (for full details, see Contacts, p. 285). These are the people your
    character turns to when he needs to track down information, acquire
    black market goods, put the word out, or otherwise seek out a favor.
    Each contact has both a Connection rating (from 1 to 6) that
    indicates exactly how influential and useful that contact can be and
    a Loyalty rating (also 1 to 6) that infers how much of a sacrifice the
    contact will make on the character’s behalf. The contact’s BP cost is
    equal to his or her Connection rating + Loyalty rating. Connection
    and Loyalty are described in detail on pp. 285–286.
    You should be careful to purchase at least two contacts during
    character creation—more if your character is a social networking type
    and/or is likely to have or need them. You don’t want to be caught on
    the cold streets of the sprawl without any friends.

    Even having 1 or 2 known contacts on the streets can be the difference between jobs and no jobs, or survival in a tough situation.

    @Fraust: Absolutely! Autobuck is working up a hacker/security type, and should have him up by tonight/tomorrow, but if you wanted to do a hacker/matrix type, or even a combat hacker type, that'd be good as well. I was looking for 6 players total, after all.

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    @Jak It might be worth taking the Restricted Gear quality, which could get you one of those foci up to Force 4.

    And I can tweak my gear list tonight, and maybe shave off a point of Edge to make room for contacts...


    No word on Rick yet, so I guess everything for him is OK???

    Sczarni

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    @Rick ettiquite needs a focus (underworld, streets, etc).

    Also 1980s music is a little too narrow, perhaps "twentieth century music" or something similar.

    BP looks right, though.


    Good catch, Garus, I had forgotten about the restriction on gear at creation.

    Obviously need to do some tweaking.


    Killer, thanks. I should have something up by tonight (in wyoming/us at the for the next few months), probably in the realm of a combat hacker. Are we just using the main rule book or are supliments kosher?

    Sczarni

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    Yeah, standard char-gen rules in place (400 BP, nothing over Availablility 12, stats, etc.) But books like unwired/arsenal/etc are groovy.

    Bear in mind I'm still learning the ruleset, and PbP may get a little slow during combat.

    It will help out if everyone breaks down their rolls & actions to start off.

    Also, everyone starts with a free contact (George St. Cloud, Connection 1 / Loyalty 1; Barkeep/Part-time Fixer).

    Gameplay will start at Micky's Place, George's bar.


    Still learning myself. I played a lot of second and third, but only playd a one shot of fourth so far. I've never been very familiar with the matrix rules, but this edition looks easier (least for me) than any of the others, so I figured I'd start there.

    Sczarni

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    Perfect. That's pretty much exactly my history with SR, except for not having played any SR4 yet.


    Tweaks finished. Still working on typing up the background. I may not have that finished before monday as I am going to visit my sister this weekend.

    Reduced force of both foci
    Dropped a few qualities
    Played the Nuyen Shuffle a bit
    Added two contacts

    Sczarni

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    Cool. No super rush on the background, we can start rlp & introductions before getting down to the nitty gritty stuff.


    Still too many negative qualities. Maybe my wording wasn't entirely clear. The 35 point maximum is a total maximum, not a "per quality" maximum.

    Day Job (20 hrs/week, -> Barback, Miky’s Place) -10
    In Debt (5,000¥, 7,500¥ owed -> James “Jimmy the Fist” Federici) ? -5
    Uncouth -20
    Scorched -5
    Sensitive Neural Structure -5
    Geas (Astrally Perceiving) -10

    Total: -55
    Maximum: -35

    ---

    @All: I've posted that link in the old thread(s) already, but there's a good character generation and advancement tool available for free here. It encompasses every official book (you can choose which are available), is updated regularly, is customizable for houserules and calculates everything for you.

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