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Shadowrun: Bubblegum Pink

Old Aug 3 '19, 8:08pm
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Shadowrun: Bubblegum Pink

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Shadowrun 5e

Bubblegum Pink

You duck behind a corner, bullet whizzing by. You hear a few hit the plasteel corner, causing you to wince while you prepare to pop out and return fire. Your buddy next to you is clutching a sucking bullet wound. Just past that corner, you see the Earth, and sun rising past it. You would amire the sight more, if you were getting shot at.

And at that moment, you wondered “How the frag did I end up here?”

* * * * *

It was a warm, but rainy night when you got that call from your fixer, August. He had a job for you, which was perfect timing, because cash was starting to run low (nothing new there), and ghost knew if you didn’t get an influx of nuyen soon, either the landlord or the loan sharks would have your knee caps.

But the details were odd: ”The client wants you to rob a train…”

Maybe you should've suspected things were going to get weird back then. But cash is cash, right?

This is a short-ish Shadowrun 5e campaign, detailing the (mis)adventures a group of shadowrunners as they rise to the lime-light of prime runners. Most of the runs are not intended to be particularly interconnected, beyond the fact that they star the same runners. However, this is going to be very Pink Mohawk, as somewhat showcased by some of the locales I’ll be using to bring the action to the forefront of the story.

For those new to Shadowrun, or just to such definitions such as Pink Mohawk, it is a term originating from the early editions of SR, where characters were larger than life, and the art occasionally showed massive pink mohawks on the runners. Punk was alive and strong, and everything we once thought was going to be the future back in the 80’s was there. Pink Mohawk embodies these ideals, playing up the action and characters, going for more style than sense, with fast moving plot and intense action.

Despite that bit of foreshadowing at the beginning of this ad, I do not intend to pull punches. If a runner dies, just means he or she or it will not make it to that final, prime-time run. While I will not be sending people to hunt down your runners for basic mistakes, I have no intention to fudge the dice in your favor. The world will react accordingly.

As for myself, I am Yamazaki, local weeb, gaming enthusiast, forever GM for my live group, and so on. I cut my teeth on TTRPGs over 15 years ago, being introduced to BESM 2e and Rifts very quickly. However, about 5 years ago I happened upon the Shadowrun 5e core rulebook at my local bookstore and fell in love with the amazing setting. And then proceeded to subject my players to the system, and we all discovered the glory of Pink Mohawk.

I consider myself an easy going GM, especially with Shadowrun. I run fast and loose, and I don’t cling too tightly to the rules, but I try to adhere to the spirit of the rules.

I am Yamazaki, and my mohawk is bubblegum pink...

Game Description:

The streets of Los Angeles has always been one of the greater havens for runners. Maybe because that's where Hollywood is, they're obsessed with shadowrunners. Maybe because crime and intrigue goes hand-in-hand with the land of lost angels. Or maybe it's the fact that the megas gain more power, money, and prestige with the help of the runners.

Whatever the reasons, in the city of larger than life characters and style over substance, a pink mohawk or two is nothing to balk at...

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Lets DO THIS! Woooooo!!

Get your pink hair dye, industrial strength styling gel and more combs then you've ever owned- because it's Pink Mohawk Time!!

Was lurking in the planning thread hoping it would come to fruition. Here we go.

Originally Posted by Old Scratch View Post
5e, nooooo... <overly dramatic feigning of death>
I know! I'd have preferred a 4e but 5e isn't too bad! Plenty of similarities and plenty of people to help sort out mechanics and characters!

I both love and loathe you, Yama, for getting this out so quick after the planning thread went live! I dont know if I have time for this among all my other games, as well as trying to get RL squared away.

*breaks out the Double Bubble and puts on his Thinkin Kap™*

Hopefully I can come up with something interesting.

Soooooo, I have a decker (hacker?) already made up for a 5th edition game that didn't quite make it.

So tempted to apply.

@Arklytte we have never played together. I think I need to dodge bullets with you at some point. LOL

Originally Posted by Old Scratch View Post
5e, nooooo... <overly dramatic feigning of death>
Yes, I know I know, but I know 5e far better than 4e. And I have all the PDFs at my disposal. And I've collected several resources for 5e to make learning it easier.

I know a lot of the 4e fan complain about the introduction of Limits into 5e, but honestly, they barely come up. Out of the all the time I've ran SR 5e, I can only count maybe a handful of times where a limit actually mattered, outside of spellcasting (since the force of a spell is its limit - but that's adjustable).

Honestly, the only thing I see that 4e has over 5e is that its matrix rules make better sense. They take a boat load longer, but makes more sense from a technical standpoint (instead of the magic-matrix it is in 5e). Oh, and it was before Catalyst's editing went completely into the crapper (*looks at 6e and sighs*)

@Arklytte - this is what happens when the Muse does her thing. And I had a solid afternoon to actually type things out.

@TheBard101...I could be down with that. Though, apparently I'm not allowed to bring in my Pixie illusionist...*sticks tongue out at Yamazaki!!* So, I'm kinda still pouting about that, and will have to turn the Muse loose on a few different ideas.

I've been pondering a couple of interesting is a Christopher Robin type Mage (summoner) for whom his Summons are the various Hundred Acre Wood characters, who are also representations of his fractured psyche.

The other idea I came up with (it was a relatively slow day at work) is an Alice Through The Mirror(Shades) type TechnoMancer, who's got more than a bit of the Mad Hatter in her makeup. *
Think Helena Bonham Carter in pretty much any role that Tim Burton directs her in, combined with the absolutely stellar way she brought Bellatrix LeStrange to life in the HP movies...I may have ISSUES (oh so many issues) with the movies, but her portrayal of Batty Bella was, IMO, absolutely spot on. That scene with her and Emma Watson in Malfoy Manor in the 8th movie still gives me chills.
thousand yard stare accompanied by little girl voice* "Dont worry, little rabbit. We're all just a little mad here..."

But...those both might be a tiny bit dark for a bubblegum pink sorta game, so I'm still letting the Muse percolate.

@Yamazaki: I hear ya. My Muse has been working overtime lately, with the awesome ideas...unfortunately, so have I (been working lots and lots of overtime), so I've not had nearly the amount of time to write that she's demanding, and it's starting to piss both of us off.

Originally Posted by Yamazaki View Post
Honestly, the only thing I see that 4e has over 5e is that its matrix rules make better sense. They take a boat load longer, but makes more sense from a technical standpoint (instead of the magic-matrix it is in 5e).
I dont remember the exact quote, or specifically where I saw it, but I once read some comment on the SR forums that basically boiled down to 'Only in (the Catalyst version of SR) can you find a system where Magic is weighed, measured, and cataloged more thoroughly than a physics textbook, and yet, when it comes to The Internet, they're all 'Heh...Web Magic'.'

You could literally feel the writers disgust, coming straight through the monitor.

Originally Posted by Ammogromin View Post
Oh hey. Well I guess if anyone was to actually manage to get a game of 5e up and running it'd be you. While my IRL group dissolved before I ever had the chance to run the damned thing.

Would like to see this pop off, let me know any details man.
*points up toward the top of the ad to the 'forum' link, which happens to be right under his name and avatar* Start your journey there, if you're interested in applying.

I really need to get back to working on that newbie guide...


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