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Old Feb 14th, 2022, 05:02 PM
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Ares Special Projects: The Six Million Nuyen Man [SR5]

Game NameAres Special Projects: The Six Million Nuyen Man [SR5]
Game SystemShadowrun 5e
ThemeSpecial forces, clandestine jobs, corporate politics, potential mystery & intrigue
FlavourShadowrun, but corporate
Summary
INTROThe sixth world is a dangerous place, full of magic, monsters, machines, and megacorps, all just as likely to have you for breakfast. And while life in the shadows may be nasty, brutish, and short, at least you're free. You live on your own terms and, while you might rent your soul to the megacorps, at least you don't have to sell it.

Except you, chummer. That's exactly what you did. Welcome to corporate life. We hope your tenure is both long and profitable.

SETTINGShadowrun, 5th Edition
California Free State, 2076

WELCOME
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“Good morning, and welcome to Ares Special Projects. You may still be experiencing some mild neurological symptoms from your procedure, which could include nausea, disorientation, headache, and memory loss. Don’t worry, the effects are usually temporary. If symptoms persist, treatment options may be available at a reduced cost for our valuable associates. Speak with your operations administrator for more details.

As a reminder, all Special Projects personnel are retained in perpetuity and any agreements made to Ares, including all subsidiaries, partners, and affiliates, shall remain in full force until your unexpected or facilitated retirement. However, Ares reserves the right to modify or terminate any or all terms of said agreement, up to and including any assurances, benefits, salary, or other compensations, without affecting the remainder of the agreement, including your rights or obligations as described therein.

In short, we’re in this together. For life!

Once again we’d like to thank you for being a part of the Ares family. Your talents, contributions, and unwavering commitment help secure a brighter future for our investors, as well as our associates. Please take a few minutes of complimentary unpaid medical leave to find your feet, then take this commlink and check in with your operations administrator. Good luck, associate!”


ABOUT THE GAMEThis game centers around a team of Ares special forces and a single prototype transhuman asset, the titular six million nuyen man (or woman, if you prefer). Together you will go on missions to further Ares interests. But rival corporations, internal politics, shadowrunners, and even your own priorities may come to complicate what was once billed as Ares most promising new black ops initiative. Will you do what it takes to keep your nose clean, keep your head above water, and keep your quarterly bonus? Or are you playing a different game?

As this is Shadowrun, it may wax darker at times. We may explore social issues including poverty, prejudice, and politics (as they fit into the setting), but will not be exploring any kind of disturbing imagery not suitable for RPGX. We keep our grit intellectual.

Additionally, while there is a "campaign" outline, I want real, organic, self-interested characters. We should spend some time exploring each character's background, goals, and hobbies. We may even have "missions" around them. So be ready to play a character, not just a sheet.

ABOUT MEI'm a longtime RPG player, including Pathfinder 1e, Shadowrun 4e/5e, D&D 5e, and a few others. I don't GM much because I'm busy, I can be a perfectionist, and frankly I have no idea what I'm doing. But I recently concluded an IRL D&D 5e game that actually turned out alright, and I've been thinking of this game concept for a while, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Maybe I'll fail. Maybe I'll be awesome. Maybe something in between. Let's find out together!

ABOUT YOUYou, the player: I'm a stickler for spelling, grammar, and consistency. We all make mistakes, but if your post is difficult to read or breaks the immersion, I will break your immersion. Right out of my game.

You, the character: Prime runner, availability 15, Priority creation (or if you're experienced, Sum to 10). Use Chummer. I have several books, but if you use something I don't have I may or may not accept it. This is for my own sanity. Thank you for understanding.

Additionally, you will start with a number of negative qualities by default (without the bonus karma). These include SINner (corporate), Records on File (Ares), and Borrowed Time (a remote-controlled contingency to prevent Special Projects data from falling into the wrong handskink bomb). Technically you have a Day Job, but this game *is* your day job, not working around it, so no Day Job quality.

If you want to be the six million nuyen man, you're a human. Your Priority A is money, except you get 6 million. This must be spent primarily on cyberware/bioware, including implanted gear. You have no availability or grade limits for implants, including implanted gear. You gain the Prototype Transhuman quality (Chrome Flesh) for free, with the Wanted (Ares) drawback. Don't worry, you're not actually Wanted unless you go off the reservation or something.

 


 


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CMRawlesMabel ArmandDeckerHired
MarshmallowGeneve Dubois or Sparrow ArmstrongMageHired
GwythionAlexander XIIMageUnknown
ImverosWilliam GravesSMNMFunding lost
RainyDayNinjaFrancis TaggartSamurai, Astral CombatDischarged
TheRatQueenDaenerys WhittierSummoner, HealerUnknown
AuntmousieMercedes VasquezRigger or SMNM RiggerHired
Dylan ScottMarcus Samuel BishopInfiltratorDischarged
Leg0blockJohn "Krieg" KruegarWeapons SpecialistOn leave
Hiruma KohakuMax HartleyTechnomancerUnknown

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Old Feb 14th, 2022, 09:33 PM
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I just wanted to stop by to show my support for having another even if it using the 5th editionShadowrun game. While I would love to play, I already have too much on my plate to take on another commitment. But I do want to thank you for being willing to run a game and wish you well.
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Old Feb 14th, 2022, 09:49 PM
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I wish I could join your game but I recently dropped four games due to RL issues. Maybe if my life settles down and Arialles game finishes before the deadline.

Until then, I just wanted to say I've been in a few games with AlphaZ as a player and it was fun.

Good luck with your game AlphaZ.
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An SR5 game advertised on my birthday?!

Oh NO.

Edit: Will you be allowing metavariants such as Minotaurs or Nartaki? You mention no Critters/Pixies/Etc, just wanted to know if Metavar are allowed or just a hardline no.

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Awwww, the six million nuyen man has to be human? Bummer.

I'll have my character in sometime tomorrow.
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Old Feb 15th, 2022, 02:16 AM
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Will you be allowing metavariants such as Minotaurs or Nartaki? You mention no Critters/Pixies/Etc, just wanted to know if Metavar are allowed or just a hardline no.
Minotaurs seem alright. Ogres, oni, things like that are all good. But when we get into tiny sizes, flying, extra limbs, stuff like that I'm trying to avoid.
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Old Feb 15th, 2022, 09:24 AM
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What kind of posting rate were you looking for?
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What kind of posting rate were you looking for?
I can commit to one quality post per week, and I'd ask the same of the players. That said, for the sake of expediency, I welcome any number of lower-quality posts in between to keep things moving. Example:

quality postHow could she be so stupid? And after she'd told off Blitz for being careless with the payload, now she was standing there empty-handed with Johnson's goons on one side and a Yakuza kill squad on the other. "I left it in the truck. I thought we were going straight home." Nova grumbled quietly. She knew she was going to catch hell from Mr Tuzuli once they got out of this. But first they'd have to get out of this. So, with no other options and the figurative fuse burning down, she decided to improvise.

lower quality post"I left it in the truck. I thought we were going straight home." Nova grumbled quietly.

quick reply"I left it in the truck."


The first is a post that engages the reader in the story and sets the stakes as well as reflects Nova's reaction to the situation. The second post at least gives us a small reaction out of Nova and useful information that can let others keep posting. The third post is the bare minimum to let the posts keep flowing. All of these are ok to post, but I'm looking for at least one quality post per week.

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Will be posting character app over the next two days. Six million Nuyen man is definitely appealing. What is the ratio/bare minimum Nuyen to be spent on cyberware/bioware?
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What is the ratio/bare minimum Nuyen to be spent on cyberware/bioware?
Good question. I'd say you can spend up to your original half million on whatever extra toys & gadgets you want. The free 5.5 mil needs to go into implants. You don't have to spend it all, but gammaware does get expensive. The real point is that I don't want you spending on sweet rides, topped out cyberdecks, extravagant lifestyles, etc. It is ostensibly money that Ares sank into your reconstruction, and your spending should reflect that. So if you want to carry around a customized military laser cannon, sorry but no. However, if you can find a way to cram that customized military laser into your chest, by all means.
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I've currently gotten stuck between making either an Elf (Dryad or Nocturna) Psychologist Mage or a big Minotaur gunner.
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Let me know if any changes need to be made to fit better with your ideas.
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NAME: Mabel Armand

METATYPE: Elf

ROLE: Sneaky Shooty Hacker

DRAWBACKS: Poor Self Control (Thrill Seeker), Distinctive Style, Prejudiced (Specific, Outspoken; Technomancers), Scorched (Anxiety; Psychotropic [Judas]), Lightweight, Big Regret (Criminal past [Having gotten caught, anyways]).

DESCRIPTION: Short and lithe, Mabel is an elven vatjob with fully replaced cyberware eyes, ears, and right forearm, along with several other cyberware implants in her head that make her job easier. She's got white hair and generally goes with teal for her eye-color, though that's highly variable depending on what she's feeling like from day-to-day. She wears her hair up most of the time, not wanting to deal with how loose hair acts when she rides her motorcycle.

She generally uses subtle makeup, eye-liner, blush, lipstick, and eye-shadow, none of which are ostentatious except on the rare days when she wants to be very flashy and glam. Mabel has a wide variety of tattoos which extend from her neck down to her feet essentially, mostly involving lots of lilies and thorny vines, but also a set of stylized wings taking up most of her upper back.

Personality: Mabel likes to have a good time; Her ethos is that if she's not having a good time doing something, she'd better be making a lot of money doing it instead. She is generally carefree and likes to verbally spar with her friends and coworkers to keep the mood light.

Likes: Decking, strawberries, power metal, Neo-Anarchism, Hockey, competitive Pong.
Dislikes: Capitalism, Cucumbers, Government, country music, boot-lickers, Basketball, Technomancers (She's envious).

BACKGROUND: Mabel was born to factory workers in Montreal and quickly became enamored with the rejected tech they brought home to sell on the black market. Her skill as a Decker quickly grew, at the same time as her interest in the Neo-Anarchist movement. She quickly found herself involved with Cracker Underground and several other amateur Deckers in Montreal and when her circle of friends attempted to perform a data heist far above their skill level, Mabel found herself not only in jail, but scorched from the Psychotropic IC that ended their amateur jaunt.

Cross Applied Technologies offered to commute her sentence if she worked for them as an in-house decker and she gladly agreed, leaving prison on a probationary basis. Though she chaffed under the corporate structure, she soon got used to working with them (And did some shadowrunning on the side). When CATCo folded she became an Ares Macrotechnologies asset, and in the chaos of the handover quietly changed all of her records in CATCo's systems to wipe away any link with her radical and criminal past. When Ares finally did functionally organize CATCo's old assets into their own system, as far as they were concerned she was simply a highly skilled and underutilized security spider. She quickly found her way into their special forces division and has made a home for herself there ever since.

 


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All I'm gonna say is whoever takes the 6 million new yen man better be rocking a red jumpsuit at some point.
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I've currently gotten stuck between making either an Elf (Dryad or Nocturna) Psychologist Mage or a big Minotaur gunner.
Its funny how similar our ideas are. My first thought was an elf mind mage or a troll rotary gunner. However I'm really tempted to make a rigger/pilot ala Airwolf. And Ares Venture is only 400k....
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Is the use of Chummer a requirement when making a character?

id love to throw my hat into the ring and join a shadowrun game but i have zero experience with the system. a program to help character creation would be ideal but i find myself currently on a chromebook and cant run Chummer on it, is there an online version of it available or an android app version?
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