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post Mar 19 2012, 03:26 AM
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Been musing over a random encounter that I "threw in" last session; one of the PCs spotted one of her enemies at Infinity (this is during the "A Stranger In Our House" scenario from Ghost Cartels) and retreated to the ladies' room to avoid confronting him. In there, after about 15-20 minutes, I decided to throw in a friendly NPC; a young woman sidles up to the PC and asks what's wrong; PC invents a story about her ex-bf being out there, and embroiders their last encounter into an appropriate sob story, and does a good enough job that the NPC volunteers to take the fellow down a few notches. "For this dirtbag, I'll gladly be your shadowrunner. So, Ms. Johnson, what's the job?" (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) End result after that was the PC getting a new Loyalty 1 contact and the enemy getting publicly humiliated.

But did some thinking after the session was over; the NPC didn't know that she was talking to a shadowrunner. All she knew was that she offered to give some help to another woman that was distraught in the bathroom, and yet she used the metaphor of being a "runner"--someone else's covert operative sent to anonymously attack someone else--with a degree of gusto and the enjoyment of doing something "naughty." Further thought brought out the example of the "Barefoot Bandit" and the aura that he's somehow attracted around himself.

So, looking for more data so I can stop trying to generalize from a sample size of one NPC. In your games and setting interpretations, how are shadowrunners seen in the public perception? Anti-heroes? SINless animals that need to be put down? Etc and so forth.
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post Mar 20 2012, 12:01 PM
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I haven't noticed that. Plus, she finally got arrested in Season 5 finale.
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- bibliophile20   Public Perception Of Shadowrunners   Mar 19 2012, 03:26 AM
- - CanRay   Depends on which 'Trids and Simsense they enjo...   Mar 19 2012, 03:28 AM
- - snowRaven   Yeah, both LA with it's P2.0 and NYC with it...   Mar 19 2012, 09:49 AM
- - CanRay   Kane's got movies based off of him.   Mar 19 2012, 03:13 PM
- - KarmaInferno   Geh. My Missions character Old Man Jones has a PA ...   Mar 19 2012, 03:41 PM
- - Paul   In my own games Shadowrunner's are criminals, ...   Mar 19 2012, 11:44 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (Paul @ Mar 19 2012, 06:44 PM) In m...   Mar 20 2012, 03:46 AM
|- - Silverback   QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 20 2012, 05:46 AM) ...   Mar 22 2012, 03:55 PM
- - Seriously Mike   "My name is Michael Westen and I used to be a...   Mar 20 2012, 08:29 AM
|- - phlapjack77   QUOTE (Seriously Mike @ Mar 20 2012, 04:2...   Mar 20 2012, 09:27 AM
- - Seriously Mike   I haven't noticed that. Plus, she finally got ...   Mar 20 2012, 12:01 PM
- - Midas   To me, public perception of runners depends a lot ...   Mar 21 2012, 06:06 AM
- - Paul   I'd like to think there is no one specific vie...   Mar 22 2012, 04:18 PM
- - CanRay   I want to play a bastard of a journalist with some...   Mar 22 2012, 04:58 PM
|- - KarmaInferno   QUOTE (CanRay @ Mar 22 2012, 12:58 PM) I ...   Mar 22 2012, 05:15 PM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (KarmaInferno @ Mar 22 2012, 12:15 ...   Mar 22 2012, 09:08 PM
- - KarmaInferno   Tell them you need vasopressin, washed caffeine, j...   Mar 23 2012, 05:14 AM
|- - CanRay   QUOTE (KarmaInferno @ Mar 23 2012, 12:14 ...   Mar 23 2012, 02:22 PM
- - nylanfs   Actually I would see it similar to the popular opi...   Mar 25 2012, 02:12 PM
- - Glyph   I concur with Paul that there would be no one gene...   Mar 26 2012, 04:23 AM
- - hobgoblin   As Glyph stated. But what gets really funny is to ...   Mar 26 2012, 03:53 PM

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