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Shadowrun Party Quest
« on: February 16, 2018, 08:37:42 PM »


So since my attempts at running a play-by-post SR game have always failed and the communal RP attempts seem doomed to fail as well, I'm trying out a Quest-based approach this time. Fingers crossed that it will fare better. I've been on a SR binge for a while now, playing some excellent fan-made modules for SR:DF Director's Cut and SR:HK, plus re-reading the lore books, so I'm positive that this will not fizzle out immediately. I hope. Maybe. Who knows?

This will similar but not identical to the Strike Witches Quest. Instead of a single protagonist, there will be a party of Shadowrunners that forumites get to guide. Once the decision on the theme of the quest has been made, I'll open the floor for suggestions on character archetypes to incorporate. I'll create them in Chummer and actually use SR 4th Edition rules to play things out.

Without further ado, you dear readers need to decide the theme. Options are:
-White hat & pink mohawk
-Black hat & pink mohawk
-White hat & mirrorshades
-Black hat & mirrorshades
-White hat & black trenchcoat
-Black hat & black trenchcoat

White and black hat determine whether the party is good-aligned or evil-aligned. White hat Runners are akin to Robin Hood and while they will undoubtedly break the law, use violence and personally benefit, they do have a moral compass to follow and they won't take any job. Black hat Runners gladly accept wet work if the price is right, don't care about collateral damage and are more nihilistic and selfish about their methods and goals.

Pink Mohawk, Mirrorshades and Black Trenchcoat determine the "wackiness" level of the world. Shadowrun supports different playstyles. Games in Pink Mohawk style focus more on the punk side of things and the world is more fantastic - think of Mad Max. Black Trenchcoat is more "realistic" and gritty style - think of Ocean's Eleven. Mirrorshades is the middle compromise - think of Matrix.

These choices will determine the sort of Runners the party will be made up of and what type of jobs they will undertake. Note that Black Trenchcoat doesn't mean that magic and dragons do not exist - it just means that they are more rare.
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 08:40:09 PM »
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 08:40:59 PM »
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2018, 05:27:28 PM »
If you're doing all the heavy lifting, I don't mind throwing things at you. Go for white hat, anything else is fine.

We should have a pair of grunts. Not necessarily traditional heavies, but dudes that'll bang, frag, then kill everything inside with no moral qualms if called upon. Let the rest of the party deal with moral issues, in fact it increases the importance of moral decision making if we have someone that will do indiscriminate violence on our behalf. I've found that morality is more valuable when part of the party is deliberately amoral and requires moral babysitting. 
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018, 01:08:38 AM »
Not a bad idea at all. I'll give the poll few more days. Spread the word since it seems that just few people have voted. Where is our Norwegian berserker?
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018, 05:25:19 PM »
Still only five votes. I'll give it one more day, in the hope of more people stumbling into this thread.
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2018, 08:10:43 PM »
Now we need to build the team.

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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2018, 03:35:13 AM »
Orc mercenary.  Heavy muscle.  Urban warrior.  Name is Turrn.   Only speaks 1-2 words if he ever speaks.  If he speaks more than 2 words he'll start mumbling inaudibly to himself.  Some kind of shotgun and expert in close combat, urban warfare.  Grenades and a 'knife'.  Thinks nothing about shooting children and will make his own entrances as necessary.   

He ain't got time to bleed.  He might be dripping with arterial spray, his own or others but he'll not wipe it unless avoiding being tracked.  Only emotion he displays is rage and only when he has to go hand to hand.


And he's got an ugly laugh.  Only for the crudest, sick jokes, dismemberments, disfigurements, burning buildings regardless of who is in there or whether they deserve it. 

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5'11", 260lbs, wears minimal so at best

No tattoos or cybernetics.  Feels overwhelmed by the variations, updates and hassle with cybernetics.  Will consider them if something comes off but despite years of abuse, explosions and 'grazes' he hasn't lost anything worth me writing down.  Scarred though so it will be obvious unless he's asked to cover up.  Would be using body armour and that dermal plating if he can afford it.

Normally cool and quiet under fire but hand to hand excites him.  He might lose his temper or laugh in hand to hand.  Does have a loud voice but usually quiet.  Minimal hair.  Shotgun, 'knife' and lots of grenades. 

Turrn is a psychopath.  No empathy whatsoever and usually looks on scenes of carnage without emotion.  Socially inept and may irritate highly strung individuals who expect him to be more talkative or long answers. 

He is an urban fighter so hanging off ropes, making his own entrances/exits or jumping across buildings might be his thing.  Not exactly a ninja though he can sneak as necessary.  Can't recall what the rules are for orc night vision but I'd imagine they have some kind of low light vision.  He might have problems expressing complex plans but he can certainly comprehend them.


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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2018, 12:00:21 PM »
I've never been in a contact with Shadowrun before, I hope it's not much of a problem.
 I will edit this post to add a proper character concept later when I am sober after tonight.

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Theodore - usually called Theo. He is human. He has an average figure of an athlete with a pretty face. He doesn't speak much and he reads novels. Enjoys playing with his blades and he also usually wears a pistol somewhere close to his hands. When there are no blades to play with, he starts humming and whistling.

He isn't scared of dying, he should have died a long time ago, he is just slowly waiting for the death to come - do not mistake yourself though - he will fight death until the last moment. His moral compass is a bit rusty or perhaps... broken? With that said, he isn't a coldblooded killer - usually.

He is around 6,1 feet tall, he has bright purple eyes and slightly curled hair ending somewhere around his shoulders. There are some signs of ageing in form of grey hair and beard/stubble on him... He could be in his 30s or 40s, but who knows?
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EDIT: Added the portrait of the char... I will add some more description when I have more time. Bit busy this week.
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2018, 05:48:01 PM »
I'm adding short descriptions of various races and metatypes and variants to my post above.

EDIT: Done.

I omitted the Naga because having a team member who is 80% of time aquatic and has no hands/arms is really useless even in a pink mohawk campaign. Some of the types described above are almost as useless but hell, let's see what concepts you guys can come up with.
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2018, 11:07:56 PM »
Are you sticking with any edition?  I am somewhat familiar with 1ed.  I think I got a copy of 4ed but I haven't spent more than 5 minutes skimming through it.
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2018, 08:46:12 AM »
I'll be using 4th edition rules. I have most of the books for it and it's the system I'm most familiar with nowadays.
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2018, 06:05:12 PM »
Orc mercenary.  Heavy muscle.  Urban warrior.  Name is Turrn.   Only speaks 1-2 words if he ever speaks.  If he speaks more than 2 words he'll start mumbling inaudibly to himself.  Some kind of shotgun and expert in close combat, urban warfare.  Grenades and a 'knife'.  Thinks nothing about shooting children and will make his own entrances as necessary.   

He ain't got time to bleed.  He might be dripping with arterial spray, his own or others but he'll not wipe it unless avoiding being tracked.  Only emotion he displays is rage and only when he has to go hand to hand.

And he's got an ugly laugh.  Only for the crudest, sick jokes, dismemberment, disfigurements, burning buildings regardless of who is in there or whether they deserve it.
Okay, that'll work. Put your Google-Fu to action and find a suitable portrait picture for me to use. Add a little on what Turnn looks like, what "decorations" he wears and how he normally dresses - is he a hobo with a shotgun or a tacticool-operator or a skinhead with tusks? Is Turnn against human augmentation or is it a suitable tool to use?

Theodore - usually called Theo. He is human. He has an average figure of an athlete with a pretty face. He doesn't speak much and he reads novels. Enjoys playing with his blades and he also usually wears a pistol somewhere close to his hands. When there are no blades to play with, he starts humming and whistling.

He isn't scared of dying, he should have died a long time ago, he is just slowly waiting for the death to come - do not mistake yourself though - he will fight death until the last moment. His moral compass is a bit rusty or perhaps... broken? With that said, he isn't a coldblooded killer - usually.
Could Theo be a Physical Adept, ie one who channels magic through their body? Perhaps a background in martial arts, which led him to have an fascination with Oriental Mysticism, which then Awakened him? And same request as to Kharille - a portrait is mandatory, and little more description on appearance would be useful, please.

So far we got 2 muscle types, which means the party could use a an infiltrator type - either a silent ninja/cat-burglar type or a smooth-talking social chameleon/geisha type, or why not both if people have ideas to spare. A shaman or a wizard would be really useful too. Hacker/decker/rigger/mechanic types we can do without if nobody has any inclination that way.
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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2018, 02:35:26 AM »
What about a lady dwarf mage with a taste for bad liquor and bad men, wielding a metaphorical axe to grind against the DIMR because a rival mage pulled some strings to pull her research grant, ultimately leading to her unemployment and life of crime?

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Re: Shadowrun Party Quest
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2018, 05:39:57 AM »
Extended my description and added a pic above.  Wondering whether I should enter in what motivates him, apart from the thrill of killing, explosions and all.  He's a specialist urban fighter so I figure he'd be skilled and agile enough to rappel down tall buildings and conceal himself in air vents, you know, ninja type.
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