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> I'm going to have to stop planning games..., I'm my own worse enemy
CanRay
post Aug 18 2008, 02:48 AM
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Well, last night's game went poorly. I know where I screwed up, and will, hopefully. learn better.

But, I think I redeemed myself when everyone went, "That's it?" and started doing pre-emptive planning of their own stuff going on.

So, they framed a corporation responcible for this, and invested cash in one of their competetors.

Whereupon "Vic the Cabbie" gets a call from his Mob Connection going, "OMGWTFBBQ! The sky is falling, and I need you guys to do a job NOW!"

"OK."

"Go to this company, which is going bankrupt faster than Haley's Comet, and steal one of our personal items! I need you to steal Cow #42!"

"... ... ..."

"20,000 (IMG:style_emoticons/default/nuyen.gif) !!!"

"... OK."

Usually, I'd give a whole rundown of what happened, but hilarity ensued, and I'm going to now throw a question to the group to see if my idea was totally wack, or if you guys can come up with an even cooler reason as to why Cow #42 was important.

And, before you ask, "Is the cow magical?" was asked by someone that read "Knights of the Dinner Table", and Greg the Pixie Mage said, "No."
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post Aug 18 2008, 03:01 AM
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Cow #42 isn't actually a cow. It's an administrative, book keeping paint job, for a black/grey project/person/device/bacteria.

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post Aug 18 2008, 03:11 AM
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QUOTE (DocTaotsu @ Aug 17 2008, 10:01 PM) *
Cow #42 isn't actually a cow. It's an administrative, book keeping paint job, for a black/grey project/person/device/bacteria.

i think the runner team has already caught the cow.

about the only suggestion i can make (given it's owned by starback's coffee) is that said cow is genetically modified to produce their newest amazing coffee flavor or something like that.
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post Aug 18 2008, 04:15 AM
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It produces chocolate milk.


But anyways, you could have the thing carrying any number of potential bioware pieces. Or, it could be carrying a bunch of antigens or custom proteins. Its milk could act as K-10! Imagine feeding THAT to a horde of small children at preschool.
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post Aug 18 2008, 04:34 AM
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Well lets see.

Generic, profitable for the Johnson answer: Cow #42 is some kinda bio testbed or something or other.

Kinda Messed up answer: The J is into beastiality and #42 gave him a wink when he went on the factory tour a while back.

The answer where it depends on the players: It's a test. You read knights of the dinner table so you'd get that players, when faced with something the GM cares about, or a Gazebo, will tend to go to much into dealing with it. Many runner teams are the same. So they have the team grab the cow and then send some agents out into the matrix and chec with their contacts to see if anyone is doing searches for cows from the company, especially in regards to #42. They'll also check the cow out for any signs it was investigated.

If the runners just deliver the goods and don't ask questions they get complimented on it and their next run is something secret and sensitive to the Johnson.

If they did something to try and figure the cow out and get caught the J doesn't say anything and pays the money but then the next run is a burn as they get labled as untrustworthy by that J.


Either way the run after that features a situation where they would beinifit greatly from investigating their employer and quarry. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grinbig.gif) Never let them turn their brains off or start following a formula.


Sixth world answer: It's a cog within a cog kind of thing. Think like the origional Harlequin adventure. For example maybe a semi sane free spirit said they'd work for someone if they could bring them the answer to a non sensical riddle.

But the person figured out an answer to "What can you drink from, ride, and divide by seven"





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post Aug 18 2008, 04:43 AM
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... That, is the most amazing answer to a riddle ever. I am going to totally steal that for my players. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Aug 18 2008, 07:20 AM
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Just because there really /is/ a cow #42 doesn't mean it isn't a cover for something (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Decker checking financial records, "Uh... whoa, that's odd. They spend more money on this cow than all the other cows combined... but... it's just a cow right?" hilarity ensues.
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post Aug 18 2008, 02:04 PM
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You guys want to keep guessing, or shall I give the answer?
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post Aug 18 2008, 02:06 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Aug 18 2008, 10:04 AM) *
You guys want to keep guessing, or shall I give the answer?


Aw. I thought you broke the session before the reveal and were looking for a reason.
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post Aug 18 2008, 02:13 PM
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Nah. I had a full reason for it, and it was an answer to a question the group had about the Cow while they had it.

I'll give a few hints and suggestions...

One: The Cow is being stolen for one of the Mafia Families.

Two: When Greg the Pixie Mage checked to see if the Cow was Magical, he insanely rolled his Astral Peception, and detected Bioware throughout the Cow. (Amazing as it was Deltaware!).
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post Aug 18 2008, 03:01 PM
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One of its spots look like Mickey Mouse?
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post Aug 18 2008, 03:03 PM
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My gut reaction is that its some kind of fabri-cow that produces some kind of enzyme laced milk.

Other thoughts:
  • Its actually a former associate who's been permanently shape changed into a cow as a punishment.
  • The cow is a living incubator for a particular type of bioware mod. It just hasn't be harvested yet.
  • That much real beef must be worth quite a bit of nuyen.


Otherwise, I have no idea where you're going with this.

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post Aug 18 2008, 03:12 PM
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It's the gorram chocolate milk isn't it?

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post Aug 18 2008, 03:20 PM
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Hm. I think if the cow was a shapechanged metahuman, the spell would have been seen by the pixie stick. All I've got is that the cow is being used to smuggle bioware (per Paws), or the reason the bioware was delta grade was because the cow in question is actually a shifter (werecow?).
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post Aug 18 2008, 03:27 PM
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A cow shapeshifter? Oh dear... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/spin.gif)

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post Aug 18 2008, 03:33 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Aug 18 2008, 03:13 PM) *
Nah. I had a full reason for it, and it was an answer to a question the group had about the Cow while they had it.

I'll give a few hints and suggestions...

One: The Cow is being stolen for one of the Mafia Families.

Two: When Greg the Pixie Mage checked to see if the Cow was Magical, he insanely rolled his Astral Peception, and detected Bioware throughout the Cow. (Amazing as it was Deltaware!).

It's a Beast of Resplendant Liquids!
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post Aug 18 2008, 04:07 PM
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Wait! It was an illegally modified race cow.

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s2/neoncoax/1.jpg

'Ol number 42 needed to be brought in alive to prove that it had secretly been equiped with deltaware enhancements that had slipped past the officials.
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post Aug 18 2008, 04:14 PM
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Reminds me of a get-rich quick scheme in a SR game long, long ago.

We put a pain editor in a cow, then my sammy and another player's shaman just lead it around Seattle, selling fresh beef, cut to order.

I lop off the beef, the shaman heals the cow, and the cow never knows the difference... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)
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post Aug 18 2008, 05:43 PM
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So many close answers, but so far away.

OK, another hint...

I'm a Traditionalist.
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post Aug 18 2008, 05:57 PM
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My first guess was someone has put bioware into the cow to turn it into a biological bomb which they planned on blowing up at an agricultural fare a rival mob boss / gang leader / politician etc was at. But that might be a little too weird...
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post Aug 18 2008, 06:01 PM
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An Agricultural Fair? In SEATTLE?
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post Aug 18 2008, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Aug 18 2008, 07:01 PM) *
An Agricultural Fair? In SEATTLE?


In Snohomish. According to Runner Haven's (P107) it's got a fair bit of corporate argiculture there.

Edit - And the idea of an exploding cow bomb being used for a Mob hit is probably stranger than the idea of an argicultural fair!
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post Aug 18 2008, 06:25 PM
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Where do you think they got the cow in the first place? Snohomish.

Well, the group had been complaining that they focused on only four parts of town. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/nyahnyah.gif)
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post Aug 18 2008, 06:31 PM
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Curse you! I am now far too curious about what this cow was now. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

On a random aside in an Non-Shadowrun game I was in once I had a herd of GM cows spliced with Frog DNA. So they produced hallucinogenic milk. The idea being to smuggle it via school milk trucks..... Of course to make sure the stuff worked I felt I /had/ to deliver a shipment of it to a school first.....
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post Aug 18 2008, 06:37 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Aug 18 2008, 07:43 PM) *
So many close answers, but so far away.

OK, another hint...

I'm a Traditionalist.

the johnson fell in love with the cow?
granted, the probability would rise with the proximity to the aequator, but it'S not unheard of either . .
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