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Offline AndyZTopic starter

High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:04:25 PM »
For those unfamiliar, Shadowrun is a magical cyberpunk game set in the year 2075.  Megacorporations run everything, and the PCs are independent contractors called Shadowrunners who perform illegal missions for under-the-table cash.

Pages 354-355 in the Core book have what's called the High Life alternate.  These are the characters that have built themselves up and enjoy the good life.  "Private jets, real food and custom-ordered companionship" is how the book puts it.

I want both system-generated Shadowrunners for this and freeformers who enjoy the Shadowrun setting who are interested in making some of the NPCs.  Initial suggestions would be for high-class escorts, fixers and the like, or whatever might help flesh out the game more between missions.

System-wise, characters can either be AABCC or AAABE, to allow for mundane characters with lots of augmentations.  Clarification: I figured that the only real reason to go AAABE is to put the E in Magic/Resonance if you want to be heavily cybered up, though if someone really wanted to go that route for another reason, we can discuss it.

Initial skills cap at 8 instead of 6.  Each character will begin with 50 karma but negative qualities will not give any points.  Allowing betaware and deltaware at chargen.  Prime Runner nuyen table as per page 64 of the Core.

For Attributes, C ranks can have 1 attribute at max, B ranks can have 2 attributes at max, and A ranks can have 3 attributes at max.

Each individual mission will probably only have 3 or so runners, keeping groups down and stopping a particular mission from getting overwhelmed.

Questions are welcome if I forgot anything.
« Last Edit: August 12, 2015, 05:35:02 AM by AndyZ »

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2015, 01:20:41 PM »
*poucne!*  Please sign me up, Andy! 

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2015, 01:36:16 PM »
Zips in and leaves a card behind

Card reads: Pippy One, Shadowrun Player Extraordinaire; SIGN ME UP

Offline kckolbe

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2015, 01:40:11 PM »
Shadowrun newb here, definitely interested in checking it out.  Just got the book.

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2015, 01:53:22 PM »
Uu proper system SR5th and high power at that. Do want :-) Don't have any finely tuned and optimized builds for this start though so making the character is going to take a bit.

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2015, 02:16:19 PM »
  I don't know much yet, would like to hear a bit more about the game concept, but I'll probably pitch a mystic adept. 

  If a girl, I don't know yet, but she'll be cool. 

  If a guy, a sharp dressed man who goes by ZZ. 

Offline Pretty in Pink

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2015, 02:17:59 PM »
I'll probably pitch a Rigger.  Haven't actually gotten to play one yet.  I mean, I've got two Technomancers with Grade 1 Control Rig Submersion, but that's not a real Rigger.

Offline kckolbe

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2015, 02:34:08 PM »
Probably leaning toward a low level magician (B or C) with a semi-well-rounded build, most likely human male.

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2015, 02:39:18 PM »
Think I'll go all out with ware. The final concept will reveal itself to me once I browse the shopping catalog. Kind of want to play a lady in a fine suit sometime.

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2015, 05:17:24 PM »
Kckolbe has made an interesting point, and I'm going to ramp the starting skill level up to 8.

Offline kckolbe

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2015, 05:24:01 PM »
Glad to see that my vast Shadowrun experience has come in handy. ~ducks~

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2015, 05:26:31 PM »
Flings something at Kc's legs

Offline Drowdeviant

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2015, 05:55:15 PM »
Oooo another shadowrun game. Question is do I want to play a face or an infiltrator...maybe even a combination of both  ;)
« Last Edit: August 10, 2015, 06:00:04 PM by Drowdeviant »

Offline Drowdeviant

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2015, 07:59:45 PM »
Anyone want to PM me and hash out the relationships between our characters?

Offline kckolbe

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2015, 08:10:52 PM »
I am all for shared backgrounds, especially being new to the setting, but don't know enough about your char.  Still hammering down my own char.  He'll be a magician (C priority), but I want him to have had a skilled job prior to discovering that. 

EDIT: He'll still be a magician, but will have a magic of 1 or 2 due to essence cost.  He's mainly a combatant.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2015, 11:03:15 PM by kckolbe »

Offline Drowdeviant

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2015, 08:43:43 PM »
Well mine might be a sneaky elven face. Two goals she might have is have to distract people while the group gets down to business and or how to go about separating all the good people of their nice hard earned Nuyen. The worst thing anyone can do around her is not know where her hands are. ;)

So expect her to possibly have performance(might pass herself off as a stage magician, lounge singer, etc.), social skills and stealth skills in her wheel house. She'll likely fill an infiltrator role as well to some degree(don't know how much yet).

Maybe someone is interested in sharing the face role, one would play "bad cop" to her "good cop" or vice versa.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2015, 08:46:45 PM by Drowdeviant »

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #16 on: August 10, 2015, 08:57:03 PM »
Another request has been put out for being able to ramp Attributes to have more than one at max at creation.  I want to put this one out to the group for preference.

Offline Drowdeviant

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2015, 09:00:01 PM »
I'll vote yes.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2015, 11:23:09 PM by Drowdeviant »

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2015, 11:01:52 PM »
Well, if I were playing a Technomancer, my vote would be a resounding "HELL YES PLEASE" since all four mental stats add in to your Living Persona.

I'll still vote yes.

Because I may just stick with what I know.  XD

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #19 on: August 10, 2015, 11:23:54 PM »
This really does sound delightful. Now, I know my shadow run experience is a little outdated, but what does AABCC etc mean? I will have to read up on the more currents books when I'm home tonight... Right after I purchase some... (Feel free to recommend a particular book or two besides the basic system book)

When I get a moment I will try to type up a idea- it's a shadow run tale for The Princess and The Dragon. Just to be a touch different. :P


Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2015, 11:45:22 PM »
While 4e went towards a point buy, 3e used the priority system of ABCDE.  5e does the same, dividing metatype, attributes, magic/resonance, skills and nuyen.

Instead of ABCDE, I'm giving AABCC, meaning two of the A picks, one of the B picks and two of the C picks.  If you don't want any Magic or Resonance (probably because you intend to be heavily cybered), you can just take AAABE.

What other books beside the core you want will heavily depend on what you want to be, but Run and Gun tends to be good for everyone, and Run Faster has some decent stuff.

Offline Drowdeviant

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2015, 12:06:19 AM »
True Andy, though if you choose to play an Adept you kinda need most of the books (they give you more choices for powers to spend your power points on).

Chrome Flesh is 5E's version of "Augmentation"(gives you more bio and cyberware as well as re-introducing nanoware and gene therapy).

Gun Heaven 3 is good for giving you more sniper rifles and introducing sporting rifles(also gives you the best semi auto assault rifle).

Sorry, forgot which Gun Heaven book was the 5E one :P
« Last Edit: August 11, 2015, 12:13:24 AM by Drowdeviant »

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2015, 12:08:30 AM »
Note that the only Gun Heaven book you want for SR5 is Gun Heaven 3.  1 and 2 only have 4e stats.

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Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2015, 12:27:24 AM »
Oh there's already a new ware book out? Awesome ;D

So are we based on Seattle or an international group? I'm all for making individual ties to other PCs, but wit so many already we could also consider some sort of events that may have brought the group as a whole together before. Maybe they're all part of the same generation runners, they all participated in the same series of events that raised them to this level of success or just they've hung out at the same club for long that the runner community kinda already considers it theirs?

Offline AndyZTopic starter

Re: High Life [SR5] All welcome, room for freeformers
« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2015, 12:28:07 AM »
Regarding Seattle or elsewhere, I haven't honestly decided.  What sounds fun to everyone?