Virtual Seattle (VS) was the RPGA Network's Living campaign set in the Shadowrun game system. All RPGA members (Fellowship-level and Guild-level) could create Virtual Seattle characters and play in the Virtual Seattle adventures offered each year. These adventures were available at conventions and at retail game days.
The year is 2060. Magic is as real as the mean streets of the mega-sprawls. Corporations call the shots while nailing each other through covert operatives in cutthroat competition. Flesh and machines have merged - the street samurai with his smartguns and impossibly fast reflexes, the decker who can plug his own brain into the world-wide computer network, the rigger who links his mind to his vehicle and takes hairpin turns at fantastic speeds. And you're a part of this wired world, where corporate skyscrapers glitter over the dark shadows they cast. You live in those shadows. You're a shadowrunner - a street operative.
You may be human or troll, dwarf or elf. You may throw fireballs, pull out your trusty Uzi, or slice through computer security with a program as elegant and deadly as a stiletto. No matter what, you get the job done. You're a shadowrunner - a professional. You don't just survive in the shadows - you thrive there... for now.
The following adventures was published for Virtual Seattle:
A Death in the Family (The Siracusa Trilogy #2) by Jason Reynolds (2nd Edition) (Second installment in the "trilogy" of adventures centering around the Siracusa family.)
A Late Night's Shopping by Geoff Skellams Hit the mall, extract the package. An easy run, and the Johnson’s creds are flowing freely. Time to install eyes in the back of your head. (Link to discussion about the adventure, search for late night's shopping at the page, Link to 1996 Gen Con description).
A Leg of Hope (The Siracusa Trilogy #3) by Jason Reynolds (Final installment in the "trilogy" of adventures centering around the Siracusa family.)
A Matter of Reputation by Ron Heintz & Margaret van Poelgeest-Heintz (First ever RPGA Virtual Seattle adventure, run at The Old Oeridian November Game Day on November 17th, 1996. Also run at CARP Game Day on August 29th, 1998.)
VS03-SA06: A Month of Sundays (King Cobra #2) by Carl Buehler, Rich Osterhout & Matthew Phillips (3rd edition): Sargent Sunday has gone missing during a visit to a shadow clinic for "cosmetic surgery and routine maintaince". Major Black need her found before her family renunion in 42 hours or her family will start asking questions that the UCAS Special Forces Command (SFC) don't want asked. King Cobra is activated - find Sunday and get her to the reunion on time!
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A Whole New Brawl Game by Stuey McCune/Stu The Tall. You normally go into a Shadowrun expecting to be screwed by the run and/or the Johnson. Remember that VS needs only the characters you bring yourselves, so there were no characters to absorb. Stuey's Johnson was mean and tightfisted (pleasantly unexpected). The run, while giving nothing away, was fairly standard although there was an inordinate amount of pre-planning that we went into, we just didn't want to fire a shot and get the bonus. The nice thing about the run was that we had a 6 hour window to complete it and this six hours gave the game three distinct feels. Before the game, during the game or *just* after the game. Each scenario would have a different feel to it - our being sneakier, I guess - and that makes it somewhat rare. Stuey is a new Virtual Seattle Designer as as his first VS module I'd say, well done. Score: 7/10 (from a Arcanacon 15 report by Craig Walker).
VS01-SA6 Ace of Spades Claudia is calling again. She has a job for you. It's simple. All you have to do is keep an eye on a poker game. By the way, bring a suit and tie. You're working for one of the most powerful shadow personalities in Seattle. [premiered at DisCon III, 2001]
And a Child Shall Lead... by Ron Heintz and Margaret van Poelgeest-Heintz (2nd Edition) (Second RPGA Virtual Seattle adventure.)
VS02-SA03: Back Up by Stephen Gabriel (2nd edition): You are hired to be the unseen back up team to a bodyguard team, and it is imperative that your team is not seen or heard.
VS01-PL3: Bait and Switch (Johnathan Nash Trilogy #3) by Stephen Gabriel: A corporate suit dumped some trash and the Johnson wants you to pick him and the trash up and then leverage the suits boss with the evidence. Third scenario in the Jonathan Nash series.
Bearing the Burden: What a Dog House by Jason Nichols & Christy Nichols. You Rookies get to go to shadow school, while the Vets get to try their skills at a serious run. A little something for runners of all sorts. Run at Sci Con 20. November 6th-8th, 1998.
VS03-SA03: Become the Hunted (King Cobra #1) by Carl Buehler (3rd edition): Someone has convinced elements of the UCAS military that the best way to combat freelance shadowrunners is with their peers. It's your job to show Major Black and Staff Sargent Sunday what you can do in a series of military exercises. No need to worry chummer, the military promises not to play rough even though medevac has been promised.
Alternative series number: VS02-SA12
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VS01-SA4: Bloodstone by Nick Perch: A mysterious door discovered in the Canadian Rockies has caught Mr. johnson's interest. Looks like it's time for a trip.
Body Farm by ?. Run at ArmadilloCon 22, August 18 - 20, 2000.
Body Form by Mark Somers.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Scott Spencer: A tale of greed, betrayal and magic.
VS01-SA02: Call of the Wild by Wes Nicholson: Some jobs are hard, some are easy. Got to Amazonia, catch a few animals, bring 'em home, get paid. The Seattle Zoo is footing the bill and THIS time, your ID's are legit! What could go wrong?
Carpe Tigris by Chris Maxfield and Mark Somers: Somethin' seems to be buggin' Claudia Tyger. But null perspiration, chummers. She's chilled and she's organised a meet with you to discuss a job she's scored. In 2050, a team of runners performed a data steal on a megacorp facility in Tocoma that resulted in unfortunate, unintentional, third party casualties, some fatal. Two of the casualties were the wife and the younger daughter of Edmund Kim, a young and ambitious financial expert. No one was ever bought to justice for these deaths. The time has come.
Claudia Takes a Day Off by T. J. Lucas. Run at Weekend in Malatra (East Lansing, MI), Dec 10th-12th, 1999.
VS01-SA5: Corporate Blitz by Mark Barnobo and William Mearman: When you're offered something for free - even vaccination - you have to wonder what's in it for the benefactor. After all, you know nothing's ever free, right? This is the Mission Seattle 2001 two-round event.
People are dying all over the sprawl. It looks as if one of the Megacorps is pawning off low grade cyberware that eventually causes a fatal reaction -- death! Now that corp has approached Claudia and her assets for assistance in clearing their name. Note: This is a two round event. Available 1 November 2001.
Run at CARP Out 2001 October 19 - 21.
VS01-SA1: Crash Test Dummies by Mark Somers: It has to be asked; just what will a group of shadowrunners do for one million dollars? An action-comedy adventure for a group of daredevils willing to put their lives on the line in the name of research and the almighty Nuyen. Run atMegaCon (Orlando), February 10th-11th, 2001.
Dark and Stormy Night by ?
VS02-CL08: Run Dave Runn (Dave's Not Here! - Dave Runn Saga #2) by Rich Osterhout and Chris Jardon (2nd edition) (rewritten/Converted to 3rd Edition by Rich Osterhout): A man is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Your Johnson has been presumed guilty and has asked that you help prove his innocence. Did he do the crime or is he being framed as he claims? This scenario is Part 2 of a Two Round Scenario and is preceded by See Dave Runn.
This can be played separately or together with VS02-CL07 as a Two Round event. They have been updated from Shadowrun 2nd Edition rules, so if you've played them already, you cannot play them again - they were first released in 1996 and are being re-released for those that wish to play them before the debut of Part 3 (see below).
Available soon for all VS events including home play
VS02-CL07: See Dave Runn (Dave's Not Here! - Dave Runn Saga #1) by Rich Osterhout and Chris Jardon (2nd edition) (rewritten/Converted to 3rd Edition by Rich Osterhout): A man is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Your Johnson has been presumed guilty and has asked that you help prove his innocence. Did he do the crime or is he being framed as he claims? This scenario is Part 1 of a Two Round Scenario and is followed by Run Dave Runn.
This can be played separately or together with VS02-CL08 as a Two Round event. They have been updated from Shadowrun 2nd Edition rules, so if you've played them already, you cannot play them again - they were first released in 1996 and are being re-released for those that wish to play them before the debut of Part 3 (see below).
Available soon for all VS events including home play
VS01-PL2: Digging Up a Mole (Johnathan Nash Trilogy #2) by Stephen Gabriel: The Johnson's mole has disappeared and his guardian is gone too. Tracking down the mole should be a piece of cake, just watch out for his former employer! The second scenario in a set of three interconnected scenarios. War in the Streets was the first. Second scenario in the Jonathan Nash series.
Disappearing Act by Stephen Gabriel: The players are contacted by Claudia in the late hours of the work day, around 5am. She has a Johnson who needs a quick job accomplished; the players have roughly about 12 to 14 hours to do a clean up operation. The players are to meet the Johnson at the U-Store-All just south of the airport.
Discommoded by Wes Nicholson: Chase the puzzle clues and save "Claudia" from the bomb on the toilet. Run at Ucon 98, November 20th-22nd, 1998.
VS02-SA09: Don't be a Dave (Dave Runn Saga #3) by Rich Osterhout (2nd edition): A "satisfied customer" comes back to hire Claudia's runners for another run - Can Dave Runn stay out of trouble for once? This scenario is the third installment of adventures in the Dave Runn Saga, which began with See Dave Runn and Run Dave Runn. It is suggested to play this scenario apart from the first two to account for the passage of time.
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VS03-SA09: Down Under by ?: Run at Nuke-Con 2003 - Omaha. Nebraske (3-5 October, 2003)
End Run by Stephen Gabriel: A corp exec needs someone to nose around and expose a cult that has infiltrated his company. His past agent died; will you?
VS02-SA05: Escort Service by Stephen Gabriel (2nd edition): A data carrier has hired Claudia to provide escort coverage for his entry into Seattle, a simple 4 hour contract. What could go wrong?
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VS00-SA6: Family Ties: Back into the Fire (Round 2) by Jason I. Gonding, T. J. Lucas and Scott Spencer: It has been away since you got fragged in the last charlie foxtrot, and Claudia has another job for you. Things can only get better... right?
VS00-SA6: Family Ties: Fit to be Tied (Round 3) by Jason I. Gonding, T. J. Lucas and Scott Spencer: One more to the breach? Mr. Johnson calls you in to take care of some unfinished business in this conclusion to the Family Ties event.
VS00-SA6: Family Ties: What Could Be Simpler? (Round 1) by Jason I. Gonding, T. J. Lucas and Scott Spencer: Easy street here you come! A Mr. Johnson has a cake job for high nuyen. Today is you day. Don't they all start this way, though?
VS00-SA7: Gangbusters by Doug Smith (3rd edition): A war between two gangs brings opportunity to Claudia and her runners. One of the gangs is being backed with nuyen, toys, and cyberware. The other wishes you to find out who the mysterious backer is and help level the playing field. The opportunity for exercising some of a runner's more energetic skills is high.
Rival gangs are always fighting - but now one of them is getting supplied cyberware and high tech weapons. The other gang is nervous and wants your help to find out who is disrupting the balance of power - and stop them.
Run at MegaCon (Orlando) February 10thh-11th, 2001.
VS01-SA2: Good Intentions by Stephen Gabriel: A body was found in the harbor, and the Johnson who wants to hire you has a personal interest in tracking down the killer. Nuyen is nuyen, so this little run shouldn't stress you too much. Ask a few questions, lean on a few witnesses, get the truth. Easy.
Great White North/Beaver Hunt by Peter Bangarth: Back in the days of Virtual Seattle, I wrote some modules for the final series. One that didn't get published in time was a kidnapping of Claudia by agents of The Blind Man. She was taken to Toronto and being psycho-drained in the back lot of a movie studio. The powers-that-were wanted to call it "Great White North", but I liked my draft title better - "Beaver Hunt". And I got to flesh out vorpal beavers, too.
Helter Skelter by Bob Tomihiro and Lisa Tomihiro (2nd Edition) (Run at TechCon IV, April 12th-14th, 1996)
VS02-PL06: I Only Want What's Mine by Rich Osterhout (original concept by Mark Somers or Wes Nicholson) (2nd edition): A Milk Run leads to future employment as the reputation of the characters is spread through the shadows, but being known on the streets is not always a good thing.
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Just Another Run by John Terra (Run at TechCon IV, April 12th-14th, 1996, The Gamer's Con IV, March 20-22, 1998, at CARP Regular Game Day, November 14th, 1998, and at CARP RPGA Game Day, November 28th, 1998)
Late Night Parcel Pickup by Stephen Gabriel (Run at The Gamer's Con IV, March 20-22, 1998, and Nuke-Con, Omaha, NE, October 2-4, 1998)
London Con by Margaret Heintz (Run at TechCon IV, April 12th-14th, 1996 and at The Gamer's Con IV, March 20th-22nd, 1998)
Macehuales (Mexica part 2) by Cisco Lopez-Fresquet and Daniela Castillo
VS01-SA3: Missing Pieces by Stephen Gabriel: An employee left the company with something that didn't belong to him and the Johnson wants it back. Find the employee and you've got the goods.
Mission: Broken Play (Mission part 5) by Rich Osterhout & Chris Jardon.
This is part five of five in a series of adventures designed to introduce new players to Shadowrun and Virtual Seattle.
Mission: Collateral Damage (Mission part 4) by Rich Osterhout & Chris Jardon (Run at Orbcon, February 9-11, 2001). This is part four of five in a series of adventures designed to introduce new players to Shadowrun and Virtual Seattle.
Mission: Culture Shock (Mission part 3) by Rich Osterhout & Chris Jardon. In which the party meets a piasma early on. This is part three of five in a series of adventures designed to introduce new players to Shadowrun and Virtual Seattle.
Mission: Double Play (Mission part 1) by Rich Osterhout & Chris Jardon. This is part one of five in a series of adventures designed to introduce new players to Shadowrun and Virtual Seattle.
Mission: Parcel Post (Mission part 2) by Rich Osterhout & Chris Jardon (Run at Columbus MegaGamday, October 22-24, 1999). This is part two of five in a series of adventures designed to introduce new players to Shadowrun and Virtual Seattle.
Once Upon a Time by Rich Osterhout: Claudia Tyger has been asked to attend a special event with some of her old shadowrunning team. She has asked you to come along as her escorts. Travel back in time as you meet with some of Claudia's origional team.
Out for Blood by Steve Kenson: The player characters are hired by a coven of vampires to track down a psychotic street mage who is killing them off, one at a time. (also published in Adventures Unlimited magazine #5, and on RPG Archive):
Potlatch by Jason Reynolds (First installment in The Siracusa Trilogy of adventures centering around the Siracusa family.)
VS01-SA7: Redemption by Scott Spencer and William Redd: The runners must make an investigation into the mind of a serial killer and come back again.
VS03-PL08: Shadow War: The Brass Bottle by ? An ancient artifact has recently been stolen. Caludia thinks it may have been done by the Blind Man, and calls in her markets to get the job assigned to her – now she asks that your team undertake the task and discover the truth before it is too late. A simple milk run? Definitely not. Why could go wrong? Everything! This is Part 6 of the Shadow War story line. You do not need to play previous adventures. This adventure is tiered for all shadowrunners.
VS03-PL02: Shadow War: Intercept by Stephen Gabriel (2nd edition): Someone's moving hardware into Seattle and the gangs are now packing some heavy stuff. A shipment is spotted comming in and you are to follow it to the warehouse and then leave a message that won't be forgotten. This run is sutiable for any level of player/character.
This is plot scenario #2 in the Shadow War plotline. This is also part two of a two round tournament, origionally run at Winter Fantasy 2003 as the Prime Runner event. Part one is entitled Shadow War: Seek and Destroy.
VS03-PL03: Shadow War: Mistaken Identity by ?: A local club owner is getting some stiff competition from a new rival. A simple business delay for the new club would make your employer very happy, but as any good Shadowrunner knows, nothing is ever simple. This scenario is the third installment in the Shadow War story arc. Run at MegaCon, February 27th - March 2nd, 2003. (may be VS03-PL05 instead of listed)
VS03-PL01: Shadow War: Seek & Destroy by Stephen Gabriel (3rd edition): There is a new drug lab somewhere in Seattle and someone wants it shut down. Permanently. You are the solution to their problem. This run is sutiable for any level of player/character.
This is plot scenario #1 in the Shadow War plotline. This is also part one of a two round tournament, origionally run at Winter Fantasy 2003 as the Prime Runner event. Part two is entitled Shadow War: Intercept.
VS03-PL04: Shadow War: Something Old, Something New by ?: Word gets around the streets sooner or later, and for a runner of your reputation, usually sooner. Your contact has arranged a meet and greet with a new Johnson who claims to have valuable information on the Blind Man. This scenario is designed to be run in an eight-hour time slot and for characters of Elite level. Characters with less than 200 Karma will find this scenario EXTREMELY challenging. Run at MegaCon 2003 as a Prime Runner event.
VS02-SA10: Skin Game, part 1 by Peter Bangarth (1st round 2nd edition, 2nd round 3rd edition) : Trouble in Tsimshian. Mining executives are dying and no one knows why. A luxury, all expenses paid hunting trip is part of the cover for the investigators. Kick back in the lodge, ask some questions of the locals, buy some cool tourist trinkets... sounds like a relaxing run for once. Please Note: "Skin Game" is a two round event.
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VS02-SA11: Skin Game, part 2 by Peter Bangarth (1st round 2nd edition, 2nd round 3rd edition) : Trouble in Tsimshian. Mining executives are dying and no one knows why. A luxury, all expenses paid hunting trip is part of the cover for the investigators. Kick back in the lodge, ask some questions of the locals, buy some cool tourist trinkets... sounds like a relaxing run for once. Please Note: "Skin Game" is a two round event.
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VS00-PL2: Some Kid's Parents by Stephen Gabriel (3rd Edition), AKA Some Kid's Mother: Somebody stole the Johnson's dolly and it's become a real pain in the neck. She knows who has it and where it's at, now all she need is someboby to bring her dolly back. A sequel to Some People's Kids.
VS00-PL1: Some People's Kids by Stephen Gabriel (3rd Edition): It's a simple job, pick up a kid at the airport and keep an eye on him until his guardian showa up. What could be hard about watching a kid? What could be wrong with a kid names Jean-Rene?
Some Runs Just Drag On by Jason Nichols and Christy Nichols: Had enough of the difficult runs? How about some easy money doing bodyguard duty? After all, how hard can it be to guard a talent scout? Bodyguard work. Nice, simple, what can go wrong? What do you do if nothing does? (Run at GenCon 1998).
Stalking the Stalkers by Stephen Gabriel: From a player's description after MichiCon 1996: "Stalking the Stalkers" was a combat blood bath. I have never played Virtual Seattle before and only Shadowrun maybe three times in my life, so I am far from an expert on Shadowrun. This event had little to no role-playing possibility. There was one nasty combat right after another. The party was hosed even-though there were experienced Shadowrun players present. Our Judge knew the system vary well and did a good job taking care of the tremendous combat scenes and I would hate to see a novice Shadowrun Game Master attempt to run this event in four hours. The game lasted about 30 minutes longer than it should have. I would not recommend this event unless you have a good SR Judge like we did. We made 16000 new yen apiece, I have no idea if this is good or not. If it wasn't for the several spellcasters in our group, over half the Group would have died and the rest would have been forced to run away. Play at your own risk.This adventure was also run at Shorecon'98, September 17th-20th, 1998.
Stalkin' the Swamps by Bryan M. Sims (Run at The Gamer's Con IV, March 20-22, 1998)
VS00-SA5: Star Fire by Nick Perch: Cops are dying all over Seattle, and nobody seems to know why. Mr Johnson wants you to find out, and put a stop to it.
Stolen Property by Stephen Gabriel: A stolen sword introduces you to the society of the yakuza, the not-so-secret secret society of criminals from Japan. Why you were called in could be one of the most interesting mysteries of your career.
Sweet Dreams by Wes Nicholson
The Body Farm by Mark Somers
The Hunter by Stephen Gabriel
The Passenger by Wes Nicholson ( With thanks to Chris Maxfield and Mark Somers) (2nd Edition) (played at GenCon 1997).
VS02-SA04: The Nanny by Stephen Gabriel (2nd edition): A girl and her nanny have turned up missing, victims of a corporate war. Your job is simple, find them and bring them back. Too bad nothing is simple in the shadows.
The Ties that Bind by Bob Tomihiro and Lisa Tomihiro
Tlacaelel (Mexica part 1) by Cisco Lopez-Fresquet and Daniela Castillo: It's a simple surveillance job - watch for the target and collect your nuyen. But of course, things never go as planned, and sometimes unexpected opportunities for profit arise. Are you willing to take the risk? (Run at GenCon 1998).
VS02-SA14: To Be Announced by Promising VS Author!
Scenario slated for November/December VS events
VS Interactive by ?
Virtual Seattle by Ron Heintz. An ongoing Shadowrun II campaign sanctioned by the RPGA Network & FASA. In the style of Living City, use our PCs or create your own.
VS01-PL1: War in the Streets (Johnathan Nash Trilogy #1) by Stephen Gabriel: There's something bad out there and you've been selected to go clean it up. Oh, did the Johnson tell you there will be others out there looking for it? First scenario in the Jonathan Nash series.
VS02-INTRO/VS03-INTRO: Welcome to Virtual Seattle by Rich Osterhout (2nd edition): You have left your previous life behind and entered the shadows. Now, your contacts have led you to Claudia Tyger, one of the finest fixers in Seattle. Before you can join her team of elite shadowrunners, however, she asks you to perform a task for her. Intended as an introduction to Virtual Seattle for new characters and players. NOTE: This scenario CAN be played by existing characters/players - you just have an alternate introduction/wrap-up scene, included with the scenario - it also has tiering information. Editor's Note: If you want to bring new players into VS, this scenario is HIGHLY recommended!
Retirement 12/31/02 (then becomes VS03-INTRO, but same scenario)
Welcome to the Sixth World by ?
VS00-SA8: Wet Work by Stephen Gabriel: A missing person leads deep into the underworld of Seattle. A group of runners extracted a woman from the Yamatetsu Corporation, but the Johnson lost her. You are called in to clean up their mistake, if you can. A tiered adventure by karma totals.
A team of runners intercepted a package, but the Johnson fumbled the ball. Now, you've been brought in to clean up the mistake. A one session Virtual Seattle game for 4 - 6 runners, called in as part of a specialist team.
VS02-SA02: What If They Get Off the Isle by Ed De Jesus (2nd edition): Shadowrunners on vacation - that will be the day, but what else could drag a Tyger team down into the Caribbeab League, unless it's about another big payday.
Willing to Sell a Soul by Richard L. Dold (3rd Edition): In the heat of the momnet, in the middle of conflict, runners are forced to make many difficult dicisions. A man's dead bady has been taken, so what? There is more to this than meets the eye. Then again, isn't there always.
Words or Weapons by Stephen Gabriel
VS03-PL10: X by Matthew Phillips, Rich Osterhout, et al. (3rd edition): X ('eks)n. 1. the 24th letter in the English alphabet. 2. the Roman cardunal number represention for ten 3. an unknown quantity. X means many things to many people - what will it mean for you? The final adventure in the Virtual Seattle campaign, and concludes the Shadow War plot line. Run at GenCon 2003.
Coordinators for Virtual Seattle has been Ron Heintz & Margaret van Poelgeest-Heintz, John Scheibeler, Wes Nicholson and Rich Osterhout.
Virtual Seattle was discontinued in 2004, after which Shadowrun Missions started.