Some of the things we
Literature like the Sprawl Trilogy
, and Jennifer
RPGs like Shadowrun
, Cyberpunk 2020/Cyberpunk
, and SLA
Mass Media like Bubblegum Crisis
, and Ghost in the Shell
3. The Hook
A hook for a modern or cyberpunk game,
submitted by Chuck.
Dark Cauldron is the latest craze in online interactive
gaming. In fact, it's so interactive and addictive that one client,
a wealthy billionaire, wants you to take extreme measures to get
his son away from the game, which he calls a cult.
As a cyberpunk adventure, the game takes place in cyberspace
and the PCs will jack in remotely and attempt a rescue as fantasy
avatars of their normal personas. They will find that the company
that runs the game has dealt with "griefers" like them before, and
has avatars with safety protocols disengaged to deal with them. The
PCs will have to learn how to hack their avatars to be able to
fight back, take out the cyberguards, then talk some sense into the
boy they're trying to rescue.
As a modern adventure, the game takes place at a "cafe", where
players sit back in specially made sofas looking up at large 3-d
displays and taking "herbal drinks" (that are drugged) that enhance
the experience. Again a physical conversation with the boy is
impossible and the PCs must enter the fictional world of the game
to make contact with him. And again, cyber-warriors in the game
will try to stop them and are capable of inflicting real damage,
thanks to the PCs' drugged state making everything seem
real. Here, rather than hacking the game for better chances
in combat, the PCs realizing they are being drugged and either
getting off the substances, or spiking the guards' cocktails will
help even the odds.
Either way, once their client's son is free, he tasks them to
go after the game's servers, taking it offline, permanently.
This will be a much more normal adventure, with the PCs either
using their tech savvy to permanently crash the game's servers, or
their skill at breaking and entering to deal with the problem more
directly, either through a well-placed bomb or perhaps something as
low tech as a big sledgehammer.
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Chuck don't play that. And Chris is illiterate.
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