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> The Next Big Thing, - what's going to happen now?
Jürgen Hubert
post Oct 8 2005, 04:36 PM
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So, what's going to be the next big metaplot event in the Shadowrun universe?

So far, we had things like Bug City, the 2057 elections, the Arcology Shutdown, the Year of the Comet, and finally the Crash 2.0.

But in the game world, that was six years ago. So what big event will shake up things next?

Your thoughts, please.
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post Oct 8 2005, 04:40 PM
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Elf porn.
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post Oct 8 2005, 04:57 PM
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Nah Troll Porn. It would scare more people :D


Reminds me of my uni's rpg soc motto for the t shirts one year - almost as disturbing as goblin porn
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post Oct 8 2005, 04:59 PM
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Horizon does something big. It will be a great way to introduce the "new kid on the block" and establish their little plot hook.
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post Oct 8 2005, 05:41 PM
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Well, Horizon's big in Calfree right now, and I for one have been really agitating for Cal to get back its lost territory, especially now that it's "only" fighting a two-front war (a less-unified Tir to the north and Pueblo to the south) than being penned in on four sides. Both of its fronts are distracted too: Tir's got their internal squabbles, and Pueblo's busy with the desert hating them and chewing on Ute.

So the time is ripe for Calfree to go expanding, with Horizon providing a bit of backup.
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Jürgen Hubert
post Oct 8 2005, 06:14 PM
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QUOTE (Ophis)
Nah Troll Porn. It would scare more people :D

I don't really consider the Spam the average Sixth Worlder is likely to get to be the "Next Big Thing", folks... ;)
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post Oct 8 2005, 06:40 PM
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Hmmm.

An interesting consideration. I'm trying to think off the top of my head regarding plot hooks that have come up lately that would seem prominent enough to warrant the metaplot continuation.

Actually I think hahnsoo might have something-Horizon was pretty much unheralded before SR4 came out (tiny write up in one sourcebook, apparently), so they may well be on their way to establishing some sort of corporate presence for our benefit. By which I mean, they'll bring back the "Rocker" character type, and we'll all sigh and go home.

Keeping in the vein of what is still continuing.....Wuxing? While their ascendancy to the AAA was meticulously detailed, I still get the impression that they're not done with them.

Yamatetsu and it's swiftly dying (dead?) orc CEO. Not sure what'll happen there.

Whatever the hell happened in Tir Tairngire. "Lugh Surehand hires the runners", you say? Sure, why not.

Emperor of Japan vs. the megacorps?

I don't know for sure. They seem to have wrapped up most of the key players and events from previous plotlines in time for SR4. Yucatan "skirmish" is over IIRC, Winternight is 'dead', Ibn Elsa is (presumably) out of the picture, Masaru in the Phillipines seems to be minding his own business hanging out with Lung, and all the AIs seemed to buy it in a digital pillow fight in System Failure. Of course, this is all off the top of my head. Anybody else have some theories, promising or otherwise?
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post Oct 8 2005, 07:31 PM
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I'm expecting something along the lines of:

The Emperor vs. One or More Megacorp. And I expect the Emperor to win. Because he'll have some freaky advantage (Like he's best friends with a previously unknown Great Dragon, or something)

Horizon is going to do something spectacular - and it will turn out that the person(s) in charge are Deus Drones.

The Renraku Arcology will explode. This will start off another round of Corporate wars, as Renraku blames (Insert Rival AAA here). And the fighting will be -nasty-

Ghostwalker will finally reveal his relationship to Dunkhelzan.

Methusalah Syndrome will become extremely important.

And HMHVV Krieger victims will finally gain full rights, and be allowed to be citizens of the UCAS. The CAS will still be anti-ghoul, however, and this will only add to the rising tensions between the two nations - possibly culminating in a war.
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post Oct 9 2005, 10:08 AM
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A few more possibilities:

- The Bugs making a comeback, but in far more subtle ways and under a far deeper cover.

- A new Mars mission by one of the corps, and The Veil trying to stop it from bringing back data; maybe a few more interesting happenings in space and/or in relation to the Veil conspiracy.

- Several more opressed groups in Aztlan following the example set to them by Yucatan and starting a revoltion; a civil war Aztalan; a paradise for mercs, runners and spies-for-hire.

- Something interesting found in Antratica; a corp war over its ownership.

- Eco-terrorism and/or eco-revolutionism becoming a major issue.

- Something changing in Japan; a new assasination of an Emperor? An anti-Imperial movement? Squabbles inside the Imperial ruling class?

- A new BIG war in the Middle East.
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post Oct 9 2005, 10:22 AM
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QUOTE (Omer Joel)
A new Mars mission by one of the corps, and The Veil trying to stop it from bringing back data; maybe a few more interesting happenings in space and/or in relation to the Veil conspiracy.

Only one?

The disappearance of the shuttle was too obvious, now all corps may be rushing to find those things worth hiding... burning the veil and finally resulting into solar system wide running opportunity. ;)
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post Oct 9 2005, 10:39 AM
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The Veil? Who or what is that?
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post Oct 9 2005, 10:44 AM
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I'm thinking less with the Azzie's for a bit ,since there has been so much on them lately. Not that they'll stop doing crap. Just a pull away from the focus. Same with 'all out' corp wars, also 'cause they just finished that in '60.

I think we'll see mroe of the groups we first saw in Loose Alliances, since now they have all that material to work with and put to use. Also, like hahnsoo said, the new dogs will get to go out and play for a while, to expand their 'corp personality', especially Neotech, or whatever the hell it's called.
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post Oct 9 2005, 11:23 AM
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QUOTE (Eyeless Blond)
The Veil? Who or what is that?

Basically? The former US MiB, debugging the remains of Mission Cydonia.

Just... keeping secrets gets a lot harder when suddenly the spaceship everyone's staring at disappears for six days and the crew is brainsweeped... such incidents tend to raise... questions.
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post Oct 9 2005, 03:58 PM
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Yamatetsu already has a base on Mars, according to SR4. Not likely that the Veil has anything left to cover up.
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post Oct 9 2005, 04:05 PM
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SoA, Russia, Spaceport: The Shuttle coming back (and rumored bringing back some bones) disappeard passing moons orbit for sixth days - the crew didn't remember ever having lost contact or the last week for that matter.
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post Oct 9 2005, 08:42 PM
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QUOTE (hahnsoo)
Yamatetsu already has a base on Mars, according to SR4. Not likely that the Veil has anything left to cover up.

Unless, ofcourse, the base is a hoax :P
Or, unless Yamatetsu is part of the conspiracy as well, or infiltrated by it to a degree, and thus "screening" the information before it gets to the public. Watch Dark Skies (a good TV series for Shadowrun inspirated, especially Bug and Veil related), especially the episode when an MJ-12 space capsule recieves transmissions from a supposedly "failed" Ranger moon probe.
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post Oct 9 2005, 09:32 PM
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Highly unlikely, given the constellation of Missions.

The question is not so much whether or not Evo has an official base on mars... but which other corps have so, too... inofficially.
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post Oct 10 2005, 03:41 PM
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I've just gotten an idea:

What if Evo tries to build a Space Elevator?

This would be a huge undertaking with vast economic repercussions for the world - and thus provide plenty of opportunities for shadowruns. And it would also give a big boost to the space exploration theme that has come more to the foreground since the Year of the Comet...
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post Oct 10 2005, 03:51 PM
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Horizon screams hive-mind nastiness. The bugs tried to enter through the soup kitchen last time. I'm putting my money on their 10:1 dark horse to be behind it trying to come through the boardroom this time. :)

P.S. My non-nostalgic side is guessing whatever remains of the Deus network is the odds-on favourites for being behind it.
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post Oct 10 2005, 06:20 PM
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What ever happened to the mass driver on Kilamanjaro?
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post Oct 11 2005, 03:03 AM
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it wont be bugs... they will create a new type of astral threat instead... as bugs have been done
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post Oct 11 2005, 03:07 AM
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If the games were still supported by the same company, I'd say it'd probably be Horrors of some sort, but since they're not, I doubt it. *sigh* Vergigorm, I MISS YOU!
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post Oct 11 2005, 04:01 AM
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QUOTE (Kremlin KOA)
it wont be bugs... they will create a new type of astral threat instead... as bugs have been done

nah, toss in a more mundane threat. and not a online one at that.

lets see a corporate or political war or something.

hell, isnt people talking about hints of a reunification of the good old USA?

alltho i must say, i hate the idea. still, it would make a nice focus for a story, as long as it crash and burn in the end.

im tried of seeing that latest boo-scary come jumping out of the astral or cyberspace.

give us something that bleeds :cyber:
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post Oct 11 2005, 08:08 AM
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not fanpro
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post Oct 11 2005, 03:17 PM
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huh?
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