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"Watch your back. Shoot straight. Conserve ammo.
And never, ever, cut a deal with a dragon."

                                                                 —Street proverb

So after a great deal of time being a silent little cat peering into the chaos, I've decided I'd like to extend my hand into the giant mess and try to set up one of the, apparently, very rare games of Shadowrun. Due to a large selection of plots, rules and source books (PDFs as well), I've decided 4th edition is likely the best bet to allow everyone the free reign to create their ideal character. Plot wise, the game will be largely open world with episodes of runs, downtime, character interaction etc.

So you want to play a Simsense star embroiled in a world of sex, drugs and parties...
What about a Street Samurai competing in one of the Sixth World many lethal and horrible game shows...
How about a misshapen loner who rigs into a humanoid pleasure drone and lives an alternate life...
You could play a Barrens child who uses physical adept powers to become a masked "superhero"...
Perhaps you're a member of a professional Combat Biker team, looking for a little extra cash on the side...
Maybe you're a twisted HMHVV strain sufferer, just looking for their next meal...


Nearly anything is possible, you just need to make me believe it'll make for good reading, enjoyment for all and perhaps the most important of all... to be fun. But here's the thing, a catch if you will surprise surprise... I like to play Shadowrun as much as GMing it. So if you are also the type who might enjoy GMing a run or two now and again when the mood strikes you, or has a great idea for a plot or two, then I full-on welcome you aboard... but at the end of day it's not a requirement to take the wheel and steer this giant truck of unherdable cats. Neow...

Now, before you go on making a huge character sheet, writing a massive backstory and getting really attached to concepts that make me feel like an absolute and uncaring bitch when I have to turn them down, I'd like to do the following first... lets get everyone to post here, in this thread, with 1-3 character ideas they'd like to play, how serious the tone of the game should or shouldn't be, if we're doing gritty realism or pink mohawk randomness etc... and after a few days, I'll open a thread specifically for much larger "Character Concept" delving. Whether that be an individual-based world where everyone is working in the same city (the game will, most likely, begin in Seattle, 'natch) as runners and might encounter one another from time to time, or you're a preformed group of runners working together, or you're all DocWagon employees, or all something else etc.

But, some of the ground rules. The year is 2073. Technomancers are still the latest boogieman of the media and the world is fucked up in so many ways. Characters are normally built with four hundred points... these characters will be built with 500 points. This means I get to play with some higher level goodies, and you do too. All official, non-april fools, books and PDFs from 4th edition are available for use, I have them all. You may begin play with an additional 20 points spent in Nuyen if you wish, and the base availability (which is expanded by Restricted Gear etc) is 14 instead of 12 (This means R.G. gives availability 22). I mention this because somethings (like, say, Heavy Military Armor) can be acquired and might open up concepts you might not have considered.

And finally... this is the Sixth World... this is Shadowrun... where the Yakuza might decide you're overly attractive body could really make them much more money with a Persona-Fix Chip and a Memory Lock tossed into a Bunraku Parlor regardless if you had that planned for the weekend or not. This is the place where ghouls don't have a source of anything to live other than your tasty body mush. A world where a high powered corporate idiot with more money than brains might decide your greek-god/dess like body would make a wonderful playtoy for his cybered hell hound for the delight of his underworld buds. And a world where half the city is in absolute begging for a penny destitute suffering, and the rest live in abject denial of the first's existence. Shadowrun is a horrible place for the unfortunate... if you stray into the wrong part of town, mess with the wrong people or carelessly do whatever illegal thing you're partaking in, bad, horrible, wicked, evil, delightful, delicious, manic, mind-searing and downright no good things can happen to you... now if that's normally you're cup of tea then alright... but the rest take it as a warning. (Now of course I'm not going to force something/turnoffs/absolute no's onto someone but please do be mindful...)

So alright... lets have at it! Let me see those hands!

POST-POST ADDITIONS/CLARIFICATIONS
-Racially-focused Qualities do not count for the Qualities/Disadvantages BP limits of character creation (which for this game is 40). This includes HMHVV strains, SURGE traits, Dracoforms and the like.
-Players will get 50 karma to spend on their characters AFTER the initial 500BP character is completed.
-Skill Caps at Generation: You can have as many skills as you want at 5 or 6. Without Qualities etc you can't go above 6, as normal.

OOC Thread for Characters and Group Discussion - http://elliquiy.com/forums/index.php?topic=182147.0
« Last Edit: August 10, 2013, 09:40:20 PM by Sinestra »

Offline arkhos

I would be interested, but it's been a long, long time since I've touched Shadowrun. :)  But what you've described so far sounds -very- interesting!

So I'd love to toss my hat in the ring, unless it gets trampled by a bunch of experienced runners, at which point I will respectfully step aside. :)

-ark

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Hmmm.. I got a few ideas to try out.

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Bounce! 

I would absolutely love to play! 

Please, please, please, please, please! 

Perhaps a gal I have named Rave?  She's a bioluminescent magician with big eyes and a small mouth.  Her day job is as a cage dancer at Club Steam. 

Or, given the phenomenal awesome build points you've granted...  A dracomorph?  :D 

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Bounce! 
I would absolutely love to play! 
Or, given the phenomenal awesome build points you've granted...  A dracomorph?  :D

Dracomorphs are absolutely available. You'll just be hunted from time to time, but the chase makes things so much more interesting, they say ;).

ALSO! Forgot to mention... this will likely be a smaller game. 4 people, at most 5. Games of Shadowrun with a huge cast of PCs get bogged down really really quickly.

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Working on my face adept (Speaker's Way) and should have her up tongiht.

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Aaah, hm, definitely interested.

Thinking of something along the lines of a face Adept (though from the looks of the post above that's already taken), or a face gunkitty.

... I like faces, sue me.

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Aaah, hm, definitely interested.

Thinking of something along the lines of a face Adept (though from the looks of the post above that's already taken), or a face gunkitty.

... I like faces, sue me.

You know, it was always my opinion that most Shadowrun teams should have at least 2 people to pull the 'Face' duty. I mean if half the team is charisma 1-2 trolls, it doesn't matter how good you are, runs are going to devolve into gunfights with the Knights...

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Good point.

By the way, since you raised our starting BP to 500, do we get higher limits on how much BP we can spend on attributes and qualities?

Currently looking into Drakes, since Muse mentioned them and I didn't know they existed. Interesting...

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Good point.

By the way, since you raised our starting BP to 500, do we get higher limits on how much BP we can spend on attributes and qualities?

Currently looking into Drakes, since Muse mentioned them and I didn't know they existed. Interesting...

Qualities I'll increase to 40 (normal is 35) and the amount you can spend on Attributes is still half of starting... so in this case that means you could spend 250 on attributes instead of the normal 200.

And Dracoforms are an interesting character choice to be sure... but just remember, to a large corporation, a dracoform is one delicious looking experiment subject.

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Right, though since the Drake quality costs 65 BP I guess that's out of the question.

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I don't think that falls under the limit on account of being a race choice rather than a posotive quality, Draco.  I could be wrong. 

But if you just mean it costs too much?  *shrugs* 

Any way, Drakes make awesome adepts.  :) 

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*hand raise*  Wow.  When it rains, it pours.  I've got this brilliant idea for a character - one's a hacker and the other is a street doc - and the 500 BP and increased Availability just makes it all the more sweeter!  Sinestra, do you have space for another?

And Drakes are a metatype - the 65 BP for the Drake Quality doesn't count towards Quality limit.  Check the Companion.

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Would love to reuse my Rigger named Smiley if this isn't full yet.

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Would love to reuse my Rigger named Smiley if this isn't full yet.

I should add, this game isn't a First Come First Serve kind of thing... I would like to give this game the best possible chance of lasting awhile by choosing a cast that works for both me and the game type the players want.

So yes, for the next few days the game is indeed "open".

And all concepts are welcome at my table. Just don't get any cheeto dust on my dice bag. :)

Also, I just added the following to the original post.

-Racially-focused Qualities do not count for the Qualities/Disadvantages BP limits of character creation (which for this game is 40). This includes HMHVV strains, SURGE traits, Dracoforms and the like.
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Fair enough.  I'll work up my own characters and then PM them to you.  Give you the basic gist of their backstories.

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  This should give you a basic idea of Rave and what she's about.  I'll write more as time allows and the spirit moves.  I'm also open to suggestions. 

Rave
Subject:   Rave
Birth Name:   Angelica Cecily Traven 
Citizenship:   Ares Corporate: SIN 6413983719 (Revoked)
Allias:      Nicci Corra Coleman
Allias:      Mirage (A well known mood dancer at Club Steam.) 
Metatype:   SURGE Mutated Human (Changed by the passage of Haley’s Commet)
Age:      24
Height:      5’1”
Weight:   101lbs
Measures:      C

Hair:      Her hair falls in loose waves too the backs of her hips.  It’s color is variable dependent upon her mood and fluoresces in a black light. 
Eyes:      Amethyst and unnaturally wide, likened to Betty Boop or girls in Shonen Anime.  In certain lights, they take on the lambent flame of a cat’s. 
Skin:      Soft in shade with a clearly golden coloration, her skin luminesses in dim to no light. 

Positive Qualities
Class III Surge      
Magician: Wicca (Goddess Wicca)
Fame I (Locale) (as Mirage) 

Negative Qualities
Day Job (Dancing 20hrs/week at Club Steam, Pays 7,500 a month.)

In Debt:  After being booted, she had to take out a loan from organized crime to make a life for herself.  Fortunately she quickly got an independent job as a stripper, and moved from there too a less dangerous job as a Cage Dancer.  She sill owes 15,000 NY with interest compounding monthly by 10%. 

SINer: Citizen of Ares

Records on File: Ares ran a week of tests on her after Haley’s Comet changed her, but after a week booted her onto the streets in response to concerned parents fears that she was contagious. 

Surge:  (Page 111 of Runner’s Companion.) 
--Bioluminescence
--Extravagant Eyes
--Mood Hair
--Metagenic Improvement: Intuition
--Low Light Vision
--Perceptive (+1 to all Perception Tests, Including Assessing and Matrix Perception.) 

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I think that my adept (which is on my desktop @ home) is a Speaker Way (Totem: Seductress)

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Callie, is this Adept Face who I think it is?  If It is, then I think I'm gonna enjoy this...

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Callie, is this Adept Face who I think it is?  If It is, then I think I'm gonna enjoy this...

If you can find the old write up I might be persuaded to use her.

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I don't think I have it.  And even if I did, then she would be calibrated for 400 BP, I think.  But lemme look.

EDIT: Nuts. The search function isn't functioning, but I know you did a stat-up of her for another SR game, Cal.
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Yep.  That's the one.  I knew the name and that she'd been part of an SR game, but I didn't remember the game name.

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I've done two.. Akiko and Syn. :D

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Haven't met Syn...but I know I enjoyed Akiko.  You'd probably have to recalibrate her for 500 BP and other stuff, though, right?