Into The Shadows — Game Session — 009

Game summary for November 26, 2019, Into The Shadows campaign, Shadowrun 5th Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Ballyhoo (Human Augmenter played by Andrew Renfrow), Chase (Troll Tank played by Kaliegh Averdick), Clutch (Human Transport Rigger played by Peyton Harmon), Hollywood (Human Combat Medic played by Chris Harmon), Octane (Elf Razor played by Casey Scruggs), and Thay (Elf Street Shaman played by Taylor Averdick). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The group gathered on the roof of the Space Needle with their Ares-provided nightwings and launched toward Brackhaven Investments.  They had been told a protest riot had broken out around the building, and they hoped that might provide some cover for their activities.  As they swooped in, Clutch put his nightwing on autopilot and jacked into the Matrix.  Ahead, he saw the fortress representing Brackhaven Investments and its patrol IC marching around.  He hacked on the fly and got a mark!  He was able to issue some commands to the anti-aircraft turret and get the team past it before jacking out of the Matrix.  On the roof the team found several infrared trip lines and some cameras.  Clutch jumped to the BI grid and marked the camera.  He was able to turn it off while Chase stepped over the trip line to swipe a maglock passkey.  She dropped it!  As she bent to pick it up, she tripped the alarm! 

The group swiped the card again and got access.  They charged down the stairs trying to get in before security could properly respond.  At the elevator, two Stoddard Security guards were surprised to see an armed party awaiting.  The team opened up with tasers and stick-n-shock rounds.  One of the guards popped off a single live round that hit Thay squarely in the chest, but it was absorbed by her armor.  The exchange of firepower only took seconds, and the guards were sprawled out unconscious. 

With the alarm tripped and security engaged, the team knew there was no need for stealth!  Now, it would require speed.  They reloaded as they stepped into the elevator. 

Into The Shadows — Game Session — 008

Game summary for November 19, 2019, Into The Shadows campaign, Shadowrun 5th Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Ballyhoo (Human Augmenter played by Andrew Renfrow), Clutch (Human Transport Rigger played by Peyton Harmon), Dell (Human Technomancer played by Shane Bradley), Hollywood (Human Combat Medic played by Chris Harmon), and Octane (Elf Razor played by Casey Scruggs). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team arrived in the park, and Dell sent up a drone to scout the area.  He noticed another drone and hacked it on the fly to determine it belonged to Ares.  They waited awhile, and three black vans pulled up.  Eight heavily armed Knight Errant employees jumped out to secure the area, and Karen King stepped out.  The team emerged from their van and handed her one of the commlinks.  A dwarf emerged from the van and verified authenticity.  They then handed her the other commlink, and it was also verified.  She handed them 235,000 nuyen worth of credsticks and a generic commlink.  The two parties departed the park, and the team got on Clutch’s Evo Waterking boat and went to Vancouver to lay low awhile.

The next morning, the Ares commlink rang, and Karen King offered to hire them for another run.  She gave some details but wanted to meet in person.  They rode back to Seattle and met her in an airport hangar.  She offered them a run to steal an insurance policy off a secure server inside Brackhaven Investments.  Karen indicated they had an entrance and exit strategy, would pay 80,000 nuyen, and would provide several pieces of loaner and permanent equipment supplies.  The team debated a minute and accepted.  Octane was immediately taken for cyberware implant surgery to receive some alphaware skillwires, and the rest of the team started building a shopping list. 

Ruins of Undermountain — Game Session — 026

Game summary for November 16, 2019, Ruins of Undermountain campaign, Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, for Harm Incorporated. Session included: Boran Gibbs (Human Cleric played by Chris Harmon), Kalil Bakran (Human Sorcerer played by Parker Harmon), Paddy Brandywine (Halfling Bard played by Preston Harmon), and Rumbald Shieldcracker (Dwarf Ranger played by Peyton Harmon). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The party entered a room occupied by two brutish giants carrying gnarled clubs being berated by a large blue-scaled dragon!  It seemed one of them dropped a chest filled with part of the dragon’s hoard.  Something seemed off about the dragon.  It seemed to radiate an otherworldly menace, something foul and infernal.  The giants engaged quickly while the dragon breathed lightning across some of the party.  Paddy was able to hasten much of the group.  Boran hit them with flame strike.  Kalil made good use of lightning arc and fireball.  One of the giants drove Kalil back, and the dragon summoned a bearded devil to put more pressure on him as well.  Boran and Rumbald hung back to fight the giant and devil while Paddy rushed in from the side and took down the other giant.  The dragon unleashed a flurry of attacks on the party.  However, it did not take long for the team to take down the minions and then the dragon.  The looted the chests and drank from a fountain that gave them random effects including summoning a dire bear! 

The team came upon a trio of zombie beholders floating around a deadwood tree!  The bear charged in and grappled a zombie beholder.  The deadwood tree slapped Paddy across the room and then slapped Rumbald into him.  The beholders proved little trouble, especially after some fireballs ripped through the room.  After defeating the creatures, they accidentally triggered a trapped barrel, and Boran was burned by a maximized fireball

Opening another door revealed a chamber of suffering and horrors.  Inside three sacristan kyton stalked around, and Kalil stepped in to hit them with a fireball.  The kytons ripped into Kalil, and he was forced to assume efreet form to try and survive.  He was beaten unconscious and dragged away from the door.  Another kyton slammed and locked the door, trapping the rest of the team outside!  They picked the lock and Paddy slipped in only to find himself locked in a moment later!  He was pursued by a kyton around the room as he hurled spells that injured several of them.  Kalil died of his wounds while the kytons played cat-and-mouse with Paddy.  The other two members of the party struggled to get back through the door and eventually had to break the stone door apart.  Once the door was down things changed drastically.  Bolstered by righteous might, Boran dealt death right and left.  Rumbald, protected by barkskin, waded in as well.  After a prolonged battle, the team finally took down the bizarre outsiders!

Into The Shadows — Game Session — 007

Game summary for November 12, 2019, Into The Shadows campaign, Shadowrun 5th Edition, for Phoenix Gaming Club. Session included: Ballyhoo (Human Augmenter played by Andrew Renfrow), Clutch (Human Transport Rigger played by Peyton Harmon), Dell (Human Technomancer played by Shane Bradley), Hollywood (Human Combat Medic played by Chris Harmon), and Octane (Elf Razor played by Casey Scruggs). Game Master for this session was Charles Plemons.

The team drove around for a while as Dell messed with the commlink taken from Dietrich.  He is able to get through the encryption and recover part of a file.  He then took it and combined it with the original file and make one long document.  The team was amazed because it seemed to be proof of Brackhaven’s nefarious dealings.  Dell realized he had probably alerted Overwatch in all his prodding around and shut off the device.  The group continued to drive erratically all over town. 

After a brief discussion, the team decided to sell the commlink(s) to Ares.  They had Dell find a number for her, and they called her.  Upon learning of two commlinks and some negotiation with Hollywood, she upped her price to 235,000 nuyen.  However, she demanded they have both commlinks with them at a meet.  The group told her they would have them in 4 hours. 

The team realized they had to get back into the zoo, so the scoped it out with a drone and realized contractors were coming in and out to do some damage estimations.  They tailed a van back to a warehouse.  Three of the four men left, but one stayed behind.  Ballyhoo cast Mask upon Octane to make him appear as a human who may work there, and he sneaked in and choked out the man, Joe Reynolds.  He left him bound with plastic restraints and gagged with his own underwear.  Posing as Joe, Octane drove the contractor van back to the zoo and walked up to the gate.  The guards were not paying much attention until the wave scanner alerted on Octane’s cyberware!  He was asked to go back through, and the machine must have glitched because it did not go off the second time.  Octane was allowed in, and he went to the locker and got the commlink.  He then walked right out the front door. 

Hollywood called Karen King back, and they agreed to meet in a park north of town in two hours.  While driving there, Hollywood noticed they were being tailed by men on motorcycles.  A little hacking and research later, and Dell was able to learn these were registered to Mitsuhama Computer Technologies.  Dell had earlier figured out the Japanese man to whom they spoke earlier worked for MCT! 

Clutch took off through traffic, and the cycles gunned it in pursuit.  However, Clutch displayed an amazing ability to weave in and out of traffic, and combined with his deployed thermal smoke, he was able to out maneuver and lose the bikers.