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Notsoevildm
QUOTE (Saint Sithney @ Aug 16 2010, 01:43 AM) *
Are you in VR? If so, don't forget that you get 3 IPs so that's 3 complex actions per 3 seconds. Also, if you're not sleeping, you might as well probe Shadowland rather than try and bust in on the fly. One hour per test is still a long time, but you're going to get your ID blocked if you just run at the gate. Though, if you've got a connected enough digiatal contact, ROM has been sort of assuming Shadowland access as a given.


Ferret is an old school decker so will normally always be in full hot-SIM VR when 'working'. I made the rolls for hacking shadowland assuming that they might make it a little difficult for users to logon (pass the decker test) - I wasn't really planning on hacking the node.

If ROM is willing to assume that I actually have an account, then I am a happy dwarf. If not then I can probe the node while waiting for the world to wake up. I'm reading up on the SR4 matrix rules, but you seem to know them pretty well so do let me know when I am doing it wrong.

EDIT: Just saw ROM's last post, specifically: What has been called "the coffin motel" is more of a rotten husk of a coffin motel, left to decay and become infested with the human vermin of Redmond.
I was thinking of hacking the motel to have a shower and a shave. Now, I don't think I'll bother.
Saint Sithney
So ROM, can I get a R3 Decrypt program off my contact? Book prices or what?

Actually, do I need that to move the story along? At this point, I'm all about whatever keeps things rolling.
Red-ROM
@ saint: you don't have a decrypt program? hehe, I should have checked that, oh well, yea R3 sounds easy enough

@ Martin_D: gettin low on the old death clock, I moved the story along to the next day

@ seph: you can still do your vampire thing, just kind of summarize, or I guess if you plan to sleep all day, we could play it out a little, you just might miss interacting with the group.

The timing of this game is all over the place
Sephiroth
Yeah, the day thing is a good point. I guess he can try to be of assistance now, since he'll be out of the running in the daytime. I was thinking that he could do some astral reconnaissance for Oswald after hunting for half an hour or so, but I don't know if that will interfere with your new post for the morning. If he does go looking for some essence to munch on, is there any particular amount that you'd want me to use to gloss over the intricacies of the hunt and the time that it takes? +4 essence, maybe?

Also sorry I haven't been posting. I've tried to do so three times in the last couple days, but my family keeps shutting off the connection or closing my browser before I can post. mad.gif I'm getting very tired of writing "a single eyebrow cocked and mouth open in mild surprise" repeatedly.
Saint Sithney
QUOTE (Sephiroth @ Aug 17 2010, 04:13 AM) *
Also sorry I haven't been posting. I've tried to do so three times in the last couple days, but my family keeps shutting off the connection or closing my browser before I can post. mad.gif I'm getting very tired of writing "a single eyebrow cocked and mouth open in mild surprise" repeatedly.


Just so you know, if you use Firefox 3 or higher, it saves stuff like that for you automatically. So, next time you open the browser, your tab will still be there with all you've written on it. And if they close the tab, you can go to history and restore it with full text. AND if they just jump to google from your tab and go about browsing, unless they've gone over the # of back pages kept in memory (which you can set higher if you need,) your text will still be there!!

It's just good like that. twirl.gif

@ROM - Yeah, Oswald is basically a fortress-rigger. He's got no offensive programs. Instead he relies on massive encryption and protection to keep folks out and disconnect them if they get in. Hell, he relies on drones and agents to crack for him.. So, 1500 for the R3?
I'm on it.
pbangarth
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 17 2010, 05:43 AM) *
@ Martin_D: gettin low on the old death clock, I moved the story along to the next day

@ seph: you can still do your vampire thing, just kind of summarize, or I guess if you plan to sleep all day, we could play it out a little, you just might miss interacting with the group.

The timing of this game is all over the place


Yeah, I didn't know whether to wake Professor and get on stuff with Heka and Thirty, or wait for Oswald/Jovan/possibly Ferret to do something in the night. But I see that you have moved Ferret on to the morning, so I'll go ahead.

I think Jovan wants to miss interacting with the group!
Red-ROM
Ferret moved himself to the morning and I'm trying to adapt. The timeline is all over the place.
pbangarth
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 17 2010, 08:25 PM) *
Ferret moved himself to the morning and I'm trying to adapt. The timeline is all over the place.
Get used to it with this bunch, big guy. smile.gif
Red-ROM
It's almost a full time job killing characters and introducing new ones smile.gif

@Seph: yea, 4 essence sounds resonable.
pbangarth
Red-ROM, you sneaky bugger!

QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 17 2010, 09:13 PM) *
Beetle sounds extra gruff at this hour[color="violet"],<<Beetle@Ferret: Yea, you ain't the first slot today to think this is a resonable hour to be awake. Listen, It's interesting to hear from you this morning. I'm knuckles deep in somethin right now. A close friend o' mine is missing. Some new players rolled into town, flashing big cred. My friend got in on it and vanished. Now these same folks are hiring like crazy agian. Would you be interested in signing up? They pay good, and I'll throw in some extra nuyen if you keep me in the loop. I gotta find out what these folks are all about.>>
Saint Sithney
Alright, I'm going to assume the original decryption on the sim-porn feed and just roll for the message.

I really should get my own Electronic Warfare skill.. the Math SPU and Nanites are worth 5 dice on this, so I could default with a higher skill than this Autosoft, but...

Autosoft 3 + 3 prog -1 wifi noise = 15 hits over 5 tries. Ought to beat a military level encryption biggrin.gif
[ Spoiler ]

Now to capture the wireless signal
Autosoft 3 + 6 Sniff -1 noise = [1 hit] fail! -2 dice, again [0 hits] Sky-pod is just sucking epically!
Oswald to the rescue!
6 sniff + 3 nanites + 6 edge - 1 defaulting -1 noise = 13d6.hitsopen(5,6) → [2,4,4,4,2,4,[6, 3],[6, 3],3,4,2,[6, 2],3] = (3) Finally! Three hits!

Caught it!
Acme
Well here's that character I promised. Hope it works and lemme know.

Real name: Stephen Laughing Coyote
Street Name: Acme
Race: Elf

Background
[ Spoiler ]



Character Sheet
[ Spoiler ]
Sephiroth
Acme, i may be wrong about this, but i think you have too many spells. IIRC number of spells at chargen is limited to the highest rating x2 between spellcasting and ritual spellcasting. So 6 in your case. You have 11.
Saint Sithney
QUOTE (Sephiroth @ Aug 17 2010, 08:30 PM) *
Acme, i may be wrong about this, but i think you have too many spells. IIRC number of spells at chargen is limited to the highest rating x2 between spellcasting and ritual spellcasting. So 6 in your case. You have 11.


Yeah, he'd need to bump his spellcasting to 6 for that. I don't think Red-ROM's got a problem with splitting up skill groups at creation though, so it's not a real problem..

Also, just to make sure, Acme, did you remember the bonus 10 bp for contacts?
Martin_DeVries_Institute
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 17 2010, 03:43 AM) *
@ Martin_D: gettin low on the old death clock, I moved the story along to the next day


Sorry, sorry... unfortunately a heat wave has hit and made it very hard to use my computer as it tends to BSOD and shut down on me. Hurray for summer. indifferent.gif It's starting to cool though so I should be more active.
Acme
Whoops, for some reason I used to read that as twice Magic rating, not skill.... Odd. How the hell did I pull that off, since I did him under a chargen. That's fixable, thanks for the heads up. And no, I didn't do the 10 points for contacts, since I've got quite a few... But hmm, I could always shift a few things. Well, that's why it's good to submit things before I'm even put into the game. *Scratching his head at his errors*


Edit: Shifted a few points, fixed a few things. Was actually at 10 spells, so that shaved two off, and already was at 17 points in contacts so that was a good way to shift the 10 there. All right, thanks again, gang. I'm usually better at that...
Saint Sithney
You're just going to drive into glow city ?!? Alone!? eek.gif

ROM, can... can I have Oswald freak out about this and offer to cover them from the air?
Or are we dispatching with the gang checkpoints, blocked off streets and ambush zones?
I guess they could each bribe their way in from the south.. if the roads are usable. indifferent.gif
Acme
Hmm, looks like Acme might get activated sooner than later with this course of action.. *Snerk*
Notsoevildm
QUOTE (Saint Sithney @ Aug 18 2010, 07:59 AM) *
ROM, can... can I have Oswald freak out about this and offer to cover them from the air?
Or are we dispatching with the gang checkpoints, blocked off streets and ambush zones?
I guess they could each bribe their way in from the south.. if the roads are usable. indifferent.gif


I guess Oswald's really gonna freak out when he finds out where Ferret is currently parked. That's assuming he doesn't go all paranoid on me and just shoot me for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Oh and apologies to all, especially our vampire, for jumping things ahead to the morning. Just wanted to get in on the action.

Finally, here's a pre-emptive roll to see if I can squeeze Beetle for some extra yen, possibly even some upfront for finding his missing runner:
Negotiation (3) + Bargaining (2) + Charisma (3) = 8d6.hits(5)=5



Saint Sithney
Oh, by the way ROM, when I grabbed his message, did I get a copy of the data file? If I got the data too, I want to take precautions before opening it. Can I set up a new virtual node on my comlink and open it in AR? Basically like a second partition that I can erase as needed.
pbangarth
Good call on that Ares/spirit thing, Sephiroth. I must have glossed over that info from Oswald. Professor should have jumped on that. Glad to see someone is awake.
Saint Sithney
Knowledge skill check!
Astral Research 8 log + 3 nanites -1 defaulting = 10d6.hits(5) → [3,2,2,6,2,4,4,5,3,6] = (3) I love being smart! biggrin.gif

Well I might as well run a search on the mage. Looking for chatter about a top mojo-slinger in Redmond who favors air spirits.
derp forgot to mass roll
[ Spoiler ]


Anyway, 6 minutes later...
Red-ROM
@ seph: I thought I already said enhanced hearing is a +2? go ahead and send me the PM's i guess

@ Martin_D: I'm glad to see you're still with us, but your second to last post was still a long time ago
Notsoevildm
While waiting for my contact to get back to me, I finally got around to checking my character. Seems I was a little greedy on skills. I have updated them and it now correctly totals 410 BP based on the rules and not based on the dodgy software I was using. Only effect on my rolls so far is the Bargaining roll which now has one d6 less, so feel free to knock off a success.
HugeC
@ Red: So by the time Heka's 9:02am message comes in, where are Thirty and Professor? I had it in my mind that Prof's pad was in Bellevue also (is that right?), which is right next to Redmond (at least on modern-day Google Maps), so if 40 minutes have elapsed we'll already be there, yeah?
pbangarth
Remember rush hour. Even with GridGuide™ it could take longer this time of day.
Martin_DeVries_Institute
Yeah, I sorta hinted at it in my post, but traffic in Seattle is a bear IRL. I doubt its much better in 2071, even with all the new bells and whistles added. Although Bellevue and Redmond are close it's possible Heka could use back roads to reach a good meeting place ahead of you guys if you're on the freeways.
HugeC
OK, let us post accordingly!
Red-ROM
@ Acme: Acme? Coyote? ....Beep Beep! (I expect your death to involve a cannon, or moving very fast at a picture of a tunnel on the side of a cliff)
Acme
Well hey, just 'cause tricksters are snarky doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little self-deprecation.. And I knew what I was getting into when I came up with that SN a long time ago. Heh. I'll re-check his numbers tonight since it looks like I'll be waiting another week or so.
Red-ROM
@ saint and Seph: I wasn't sure where we're at with the Astral projection
Acme
Ok, Acme is completely up to code now, with the extra 10 for contacts done, so he's technically at 410. Somehow I was 4 over and had gang knowledge twice. *Shrug* Go fig. But everything's kosher now. *Twiddles thumbs, waits for someone to cack it.*
Saint Sithney
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 19 2010, 07:13 PM) *
@ saint and Seph: I wasn't sure where we're at with the Astral projection


I assume he's headed over to glow towne. I think he's still got 4 services with that air spirit to accompany him.

I guess you could roll his Assessing tests for him and tell hm what he sees in a PM?

I'm still waiting to see what kind of data I intercepted biggrin.gif It should at least have the guy's picture, yeah?
Notsoevildm
Ferret's commlink setup for the meet:
Response 4, Signal 3, Firewall 6, System 4

Initial programs running (all rating 3 - if I ever make any money, most of it will go on upgrading his hardware and programs):
Hacking: Spoof, Stealth
Common: Reality filter

Covering my trail before going in.
Redirect trace (complex) 7d6.hits(5)=3 Threshold of 13 to trace me, with -3 to rolls due to my Stealth program.

Attempting to overcome the nodes reality filter: Reality filter (3) + Response (4) opposed by node's System + Response: 7d6.hits(5)=1 . Bleh! That's a -1 Response for sure.

While talking to the nice lady, I'll use my additional initiative passes to juggle other programs in and out and perform basic checks.

Deactivate Reality filter (simple)
Run Analyze (complex)
Analyze Node (simple) 7d6.hits(5)=3
Analyze Johnson's Icon (simple) 7d6.hits(5)=2
Deactivate Analyze (simple)

Run Trace (complex - I only do this if it seems safe to do so, i.e. the J is not aware I'm doing it. Decision will be based on what I get back from analysing her icon)
Trace the Johnson (extended complex). Target is 10 hits + result of J's Hacking + Spoof. If J is running a Stealth then that is a minus to my dice pool, so I will need to reroll in that case. 7d6.hits(5)=2, 7d6.hits(5)=3, 7d6.hits(5)=4, 7d6.hits(5)=1, 7d6.hits(5)=3, 7d6.hits(5)=3, 7d6.hits(5)=2, 7d6.hits(5)=4, 7d6.hits(5)=4, 7d6.hits(5)=1.

EDIT: Man, now I remember why I always handwaved matrix stuff when I used to GM Shadowrun. And hacking in SR4 is way easier that previous editions! wobble.gif
Sephiroth
I am indeed just about to travel to Glow City. I will give you room in my post for you to roll my Assensing test for me if you do indeed wish to do so.
Red-ROM
QUOTE (Notsoevildm @ Aug 20 2010, 05:18 AM) *
EDIT: Man, now I remember why I always handwaved matrix stuff when I used to GM Shadowrun. And hacking in SR4 is way easier that previous editions! wobble.gif


yep, this is when you lost the rest of the group to video games while you have a matrix session with the decker

I should have some kind of limit on active hacker characters, they make a lot of work
Red-ROM
@ Notsoevildm: the node got 3 hits against the reality filter, and is running a stealth program, 5 hits against the analyze(I used invisible castle, but I don't want to give away the stats on this node unless you figure them out). THe johnson isn't running a stealth program, so what 2 pieces of info would you like?

@ saint:
QUOTE
Oh, by the way ROM, when I grabbed his message, did I get a copy of the data file? If I got the data too, I want to take precautions before opening it. Can I set up a new virtual node on my comlink and open it in AR? Basically like a second partition that I can erase as needed.


I don't think a "virtual node" is posible. You are either in AR or VR, you can't have your cake and eat it too. I guess you could drop into AR, and Open it, and then return to VR. You have forwarded the message to the group. It has a SIN attached, ready to load. All the required numbers, Biometrics,Photos, links to secure databases for verification, including the police, SIN registries, and city hall. Purchase history, tax status, the whole shabang. Currently, however, the photos are all yellow smiley faces with the phrase"insert photo here" The new name is Jack Jameson.

Saint Sithney
Oh, by virtual node, I meant like a different boot partition. You can divide a single physical device into a number of smaller virtual devices. It's kind of an advanced thing, so it's totally cool if you don't want to deal with it. Just so long as I didn't get vaporized by a data bomb or infected by something nasty. biggrin.gif

By the way, we've already handwaved past the fact that Oswald's aura shouldn't be visible inside the cocoon back when Otto spotted him, right? So.. not a problem?
Notsoevildm
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 21 2010, 06:43 AM) *
@ Notsoevildm: the node got 3 hits against the reality filter, and is running a stealth program, 5 hits against the analyze(I used invisible castle, but I don't want to give away the stats on this node unless you figure them out). THe johnson isn't running a stealth program, so what 2 pieces of info would you like?


The most useful info would be her Access ID and what programs she has running. I suspect running a trace on her is only going to point me back to this node but if she is not running any nasty software I run it anyway. Even saving 1 initiative pass to talk business, it should only take a 2-3 rounds even if she is running a redirect program (unless she has more than 6 hits on her redirect).

Also this node seems like it's pretty serious. I should have the node's location / ID and at least a user account to get in (even if it is a one time use one) so will keep these stored for future reference.
pbangarth
Professor Assensing:

Heka's spirit: INT 4 + Assensing 5 + active looking 3 = 12 dice ==> 6 HITS -- holy shit! He knows its DNA code!

Heka: 12 dice ==> 3 HITS
Red-ROM
@ Saint: I'd like some page references on boot partitions. Also, how does this affect the status of your persona? the node isn't in AR. the person viewing it is, am I right? And Otto jumped the gun on spotting you, your aura is inside the shadowy shell of the rigger cocoon, unless he floated up and stuck his head in it. I'm not sure what problem you're referring to

@ Notso: The Johnson's bright blue eyes are an Analyze program, her bobbed blond curls are a biofeedback filter, Her black dress is a two piece, encrypt and spoof , and Finlay, the highball she is sipping on is a Blackhammer program. you also have her access ID. You are also aware of the butler, which is an Agent on the node not yet analyzed.

@ Pban: you know more than I do about the Spirit at the car. as far as Heka, I'll try to post something about it, It's gonna be a lot of work tonight. I literally have to take notes to try and respond to everything
pbangarth
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 21 2010, 11:46 PM) *
I'll try to post something about it, It's gonna be a lot of work tonight. I literally have to take notes to try and respond to everything
And we all love you for it, don't we gang? biggrin.gif
Acme
I'd love him for it if it resulted in someone dying. nyahnyah.gif It feels weird to root for the GM..
pbangarth
Professor's Increase Attribute (REA): Mag 6 + Power Focus 4 + Increase Attribute 1 = 11 dice ==> 3 HITS

Red-ROM, I would like Professor to keep this increase up, doing it repeatedly (a Simple Action). This could take many rolls depending on how far we have to drive. The Drain is 1S, and he has BOD 4 and WIL 5 so nine dice, which could buy 2 hits if you allow it. Can I just assume he can continually maintain the increased REA. I wouldn't ask for buying hits in a combat situation, but this is just a drive to the location. Right? Right? smile.gif
Sephiroth
Assensing roll: INT 6 + Assensing 2 + Actively looking for an airborne astral shadow 3 = 11d6 = 3 hits

Extra 2 dice in case "Object stands out in some way" applies here (it is a blimp...) = no hits =/

QUOTE (pbangarth @ Aug 22 2010, 05:00 AM) *
And we all love you for it, don't we gang? biggrin.gif

we <3 Red-ROM.

EDIT: NEVERMIND! Didn't see your post for me there. Don't worry about that Assensing roll above, then, unless it will help me find Oswald's great big floating gas bag.
Red-ROM
@ Pban: yea that's fine, as long as we aren't in a "stressfull" situation.

@Seph: I'm doin a little hand waving to get us closer to the same page here.

Edit:

@all: what are you wearing right now? ..I mean for Armor purposes wink.gif
Sephiroth
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 22 2010, 05:38 PM) *
@Seph: I'm doin a little hand waving to get us closer to the same page here.


Yes, sorry about that. =/ Until Jovan gets enough karma to learn Alleviate Allergy and/or Physical Mask, the timing thing is going to be problematic. My bad. question.gif
pbangarth
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 22 2010, 12:38 PM) *
@ Pban: yea that's fine, as long as we aren't in a "stressfull" situation.
OK. Thanks.

QUOTE
@all: what are you wearing right now? ..I mean for Armor purposes.
Armor jacket and Secure-tech™ shin guards and forearm guards for 8/8.
Notsoevildm
Analyze roll for butler icon: 7d6.hits(5)=1 If that success stands I'd like to know whether the 'butler' belongs to the J or the Ghostserve node. If it is not possible to get that information, then I'll check what programs it has running.

Might as well keep the Analyze running for the rest of the meet. Mainly focused on the J, but I'll also keep pinging the node and the butler. Primarily, watching for a trace being run, but I'd also be interested in knowing what rating her programs are at plus the matrix attributes of all three. Will use my two extra initiative passes for this in the following order: Trace check, J's icon, butler, node. Here's the rolls for next 2 rounds.

7d6.hits(5)=3, 7d6.hits(5)=1, 7d6.hits(5)=4, 7d6.hits(5)=1
7d6.hits(5)=5, 7d6.hits(5)=2, 7d6.hits(5)=1, 7d6.hits(5)=3

QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 22 2010, 06:38 PM) *
@all: what are you wearing right now? ..I mean for Armor purposes wink.gif

None at the moment. However, Ferret always puts on his armor vest (6/4) before leaving the van and usually wears a hoodie or jacket over it. When on his scooter, he also wears a bike helmet (+1/+2) even though that means he's encumbered (-1 to AGI, REA and INI). Think I need to up my body attribute or stay the hell out of combat.
Martin_DeVries_Institute
QUOTE (Red-ROM @ Aug 22 2010, 09:38 AM) *
@all: what are you wearing right now? ..I mean for Armor purposes wink.gif

Oooh, well, I just got out of the shower, so I just have a tow--Oh! You mean the character! And armor! Whoops. Heka's wearing a Zoe Executive suit (shirt and slacks only) for 2/1 Armor.

EDIT: I thought I had posted on the 20th, in response to the PRofessor's question. How odd. :/
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