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post Sep 16 2010, 01:35 AM
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We are going into the silly season time of year and I was thinking. In the SR world we focus on runners. Professional thugs fighting the evil corps and magical horrors while most people sit at home and watch trid and try to ignore their dystopian existance.

Most know of magic from the trid or school and see metas on the street- those fragging partying trogs next door or the nice old dwarf in the corner shop but what about other magical creatures? In a world where magic is real and spirits exists and more than just New York recognizes the existence of ghosts. Would there be a service to take care of the unexplained? Would there be skilled individuals freelancing their abilites-potneitally while traveling around in a daisy decorated van with their meta-great dane? Or would there be scientists who look in to this?

As one expert once said on the record:
There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding. Things that cannot be explained. Things most people don't want to know about. that's where we come in. Sometimes shit happens, someone has to deal with it,
who you gonna call?
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post Sep 16 2010, 01:40 AM
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post Sep 16 2010, 02:03 AM
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Bill Nye the Spirit Guy on PBS teaches small children about the science of spirits. With Halloween specials for staying safe on that day every year.
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post Sep 16 2010, 02:40 PM
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It might work. Science cannot create magic but something working at the subatomic level might be able to block a spirit. Remember the proton packs would blast holes in walls but when it hit a spirit it would just wrap around it like a rope.

I liek the "Bill Nye the spirit guy" but think how 'Mythbusters' could change:
"Look at everything we had to do to get this effect and the hole we had to make inthe wall to do it. So if this is happening in your house? Let's call it, you've got a spirit."

there is a throw away line in the movie from Bill Murray that is never explained. He is given the sheet for that night's appointments and says "great, pre-repeaters" like a cop chasing down known criminals but in the film they lock up all the ghosts.
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post Sep 16 2010, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE (Daddy's Little Ninja @ Sep 16 2010, 03:40 PM) *
there is a throw away line in the movie from Bill Murray that is never explained. He is given the sheet for that night's appointments and says "great, pre-repeaters" like a cop chasing down known criminals but in the film they lock up all the ghosts.


The quote is actually, "Great, three more free repeaters."
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post Sep 16 2010, 11:43 PM
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The idea behind Proton Packs is that they throw off a stream of electrons stripped of their negative particles, making them positively charged. This is why they put holes in the wall and light things on fire, they're small lightning bolts.

The Ghosts, which are negatively charged, are trapped in the beam by the simple nature of "Opposites Attract". The Containment Unit (And possibly Ghost Traps) hold the ghosts in a positively-charged laser grid, using the nature of "Likes Repel".

Or, at least, that's the Handwavium that was used to explain things. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/nyahnyah.gif)

But, when talking with Ryu one day (The guy that writes the ShadowSkool stuff better than I ever could), he figured out that Paranimal Pest Control would fall under, well, Animal Control Officers.

One day, they're getting a genegineered cat out of a tree in Bellevue. The next, they're dealing with feral, rabid Hellhounds running amok in Touristville.

Either way, one hell of a contact to have when the Devil Rats start eating into your basement.
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post Sep 17 2010, 01:17 AM
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yeah, but it's a good idea. what does the average joe do when that hearth spirit starts acting up? What do you do when aunt Bertha ,who was run over by a semi while water skiing in lake michigan announces she's movbing in- For-EVER? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/pumpkin.gif)
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post Sep 17 2010, 01:57 AM
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One of our many threads for our gaming group is a team of monster hunters based heavily on
Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia. Which, BTW, is a fun read for any gamer.

Its pretty much a put on the armor and shoot-em up game for us. Reminiscent of a classic hack & slash, but with pay in bounties so no need to loot the bodies! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) So far its been ghouls, bugs, some cthulu-ian portal horror, and intelligent slime/tentacle thingies. A nice break from the intrigue and subtle planning of our normal campaigns.

So ... when someone has to deal with it, who you gonna call? Team Newbie!

(... uh ... yep, our PCs are still stuck on the bottom of the bounty hunter totem pole in our game. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/nyahnyah.gif) )
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post Sep 17 2010, 06:01 PM
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So you don't get to meet the Gatekeeper?
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post Sep 17 2010, 06:05 PM
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QUOTE (Daddy's Little Ninja @ Sep 17 2010, 02:01 PM) *
So you don't get to meet the Gatekeeper?



Depends, are you the key? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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post Sep 17 2010, 06:11 PM
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post Sep 17 2010, 10:44 PM
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post Sep 18 2010, 02:06 AM
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post Sep 18 2010, 05:51 AM
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QUOTE (LurkerOutThere @ Sep 15 2010, 07:40 PM) *
Knight Errant!

I've got 12 Kilotons of extermination in this backpack.....
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post Sep 18 2010, 02:59 PM
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and we know how well that worked in Chicago.
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post Sep 18 2010, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE (Snow_Fox @ Sep 15 2010, 09:35 PM) *
As one expert once said on the record:
There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding. Things that cannot be explained. Things most people don't want to know about. that's where we come in. Sometimes shit happens, someone has to deal with it, who you gonna call?


Ghost Busters!
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post Sep 18 2010, 04:37 PM
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QUOTE (Snow_Fox @ Sep 18 2010, 08:59 AM) *
and we know how well that worked in Chicago.

It was obviously considered an appropriate solution by the UCAS government.
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post Sep 18 2010, 05:06 PM
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QUOTE (kzt @ Sep 18 2010, 10:37 AM) *
It was obviously considered an appropriate solution by the UCAS government.

It wasn't from orbit, but then it's still the only way to be sure. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grinbig.gif)
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post Sep 18 2010, 09:50 PM
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Knight Errant. You don't fuck with. Firewatch mages train in SPACE! I mean your average firewatch team will make your PCs look like roaches; not roache spirts how ever though firewatch would like crush those under their heels as well. If genemods and nanotech aren't also pumped in firewatch now I'd be hugely surprised.

These guys would make move SF look wimpy if only due to the crome and mojo they'd pack. Of course Firewatches eliet teams are quite busy takign the fight to the bugs via a space station. So there'd be at ~6 month return trip hardly rapid response. Though I guess the teams would be rotated.
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post Sep 19 2010, 02:29 PM
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Since SR is an 80s game, here's the intro to the 80s ghostbuster cartoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xfwz2TRGss
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post Sep 19 2010, 02:37 PM
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QUOTE (kzt @ Sep 18 2010, 11:37 AM) *
It was obviously considered an appropriate solution by the UCAS government.

No, they were po'ed and Ares got grief for it, something about setting off an atomic bomb in the 2nd largest city in the country that most governments are not cool with.
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post Sep 19 2010, 04:40 PM
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Send in Team UCAS - World Police.

"UCAS..... F*** YEAH!!!!"
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post Sep 19 2010, 05:11 PM
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QUOTE (Snow_Fox @ Sep 19 2010, 08:37 AM) *
No, they were po'ed and Ares got grief for it, something about setting off an atomic bomb in the 2nd largest city in the country that most governments are not cool with.

They paid Ares to "deal with the situation" post bomb, which suggests that a) they got away with it and b) got their bill paid. If the customer pays the bill, does it matter if they are not completely satisfied with the method you choose to solve their problem? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)
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post Sep 19 2010, 06:31 PM
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Don't forget that the nuke wasn't sufficient to the task.
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post Sep 19 2010, 09:04 PM
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QUOTE (CanRay @ Sep 19 2010, 12:31 PM) *
Don't forget that the nuke wasn't sufficient to the task.

It did generally what it was intended to, which was to shut the hive down. More nukes would have worked to remove the problem, but a giant crater east of O'Hare didn't seem desirable.

FAB 3 does seem to have done a pretty good job. ...
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