Times of Trouble

Xerxes

Troubleshooter team DMM-299 is once again selected for additional labour. The team first reports to Double-Stuff R&D depot DS-DMM-01-D, where they received some CLASSIFIED. The CLASSIFIED was very CLASSIFIED and CLASSIFIED their CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED. The team was ordered to CLASSIFIED the CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED CLASSIFIED. Parker’s CLASSIFIED was a little bomb bot, but she was only given the first letter of its detonation word (it starts with a “B”). Terry’s CLASSIFIED was a cylinder with some strings and such. Taylor’s CLASSIFIED was a spray bottle of some kind. Kelly’s CLASSIFIED was a cybernetic arm with two buttons on it. Kadin’s CLASSIFIED was a large hat designed for a small head. They were also given some CLASSIFIED form to fill out … however, there were only blue pens around, and only Terry had thought to buy red pens, so the team shared one pen between themselves as they filled out the forms.

The team then boarded a transbot to head to CRS-4533/gamma. While in transit, some green security grunts raided the train, no doubt searching for commie mutant traitors. They herded everyone off the train except for DMM-299, then left. The train continued on its way; however, it soon became clear to the team that it was going to bypass station gamma. The team accessed the transbot AI and, despite arguing with it for several whole seconds, were unable to convince it to stop at gamma. Eventually Kelly and Kadin managed to reprogram the AI so that it would stop at gamma.

At gamma, the team was met by Yuri-B-OGN-4 and three other Vulture troopers. Yuri had a lot of cyber, and seemed a little bit paranoid in that he did not trust his own clones. He handed DMM-299 some equipment (black jumpsuits and a list of inflammatory phrases such as “what’s happening dude” and “I deride your personal value system, for it is at odds with orthodoxy”), and instructed them to start a riot in the commissary nearby. This was in order to weed out commie traitors – the traitors would join the riot, while the loyal citizens would follow procedure and evacuate. Yuri promised that DMM-299 would be immune from execution for inciting the riot.

Due to the infinite wisdom of Our Friend The Computer, everyone in DMM-299 is the Hygiene Officer for this mission, and was given a Hygiene Officer’s gear.

While still at gamma station, Kelly programmed his Frankie the Funbot to say “what’s up dude”, and his war bot to repeat “let’s get ready to rumble”. They wander around repeating those phrases incessantly. Kelly then tests out the buttons on his arm – one causes the arm to fall off, so he reattaches it, while the other causes the arm to explode, which kills him instantly. Kelly returns as a new clone, but in order to reattach the cybernetic arm, the DoubleStuff technicians have to cut off his real arm with a chainsaw. Too bad they only remembered the painkillers after they had already sawed his limb off.

Taylor tests the spray that he was given by spraying it on Terry. It appears to cause immediate loss of short-term memory, as Terry could no longer remember Taylor telling her his favourite colour. The spray is also uncomfortably sticky.

Reunited with Kelly, the team heads in to the commissary. They join one of the lines heading to the service firms that dispense food, and start to observe the crowd looking for commie mutant traitors. The team attempts to start a riot by shouting the phrases they were provided, but they only begin to get results after Kelly jumps on a table and starts going on about how terrible and inefficient the service is (compared to his home outfit, the Stove Rangers). This only attracts a green security guard, who is about to show DMM-299 the door when Taylor hits him with the spray and he completely forgets what he was doing. He wanders off, completely befuddled as to why his face is now all sticky.

The team sits down at a table to try and figure things out. All of this time, Parker has been trying to guess the bomb bot’s detonation phrase, with no success. Now, however, Kelly and Parker manage to program a new detonation phrase into the bomb bot – “Xerxes”. Terry immediately says “Xerxes”, and the bomb bot explodes, killing the entire team and everyone around them.

A bomb going off in the middle of a crowded commissary very effectively incites a riot. The team’s new clones are given accolades and various pay bonuses for their efficient work, once again proving that there’s none finer than two-niner-niner.

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Fixed Like a Dog

The five troubleshooters of team DMM-299 are brought together for what was supposed to be a simple mission – repair a malfunctioning Imana-665-C robot. Aside from the fact that they were told this robot is experimental and probably dangerous, and aside from the fact that none of them know a darn thing about repairing robots, and aside from the fact that between them they have exactly zero tools or spare parts or manuals or schematics or anything … aside from all of that, this was a very simple mission. At least Acting Undersecretary George gave them five laser barrels that they absolutely would not need. Definitely not. Nope. Won’t need them for sure.

The mission started off swimmingly when the Green jarheads escorting the team through the base ran through a hallway flooded with radiation – they had shields; the team did not. Hygeine Officer Taylor and Happiness Officer Kelly decided to charge unprotected through the radiation. Expect their hair to start falling off shortly, followed by other body parts in good order. While Loyalty Officer Terry searched the irradiated supply warehouse for some Red shields (she being the only team member with a faraday suit), Equipment Guy Parker and Team Leader Kaiden backtracked to Lab 7, where they did not ingest an anti-radiation compound which certainly did not permanently stain their teeth a colour that they did not have clearance for. Nope. Didn’t do that. No idea why Terry would possibly want to punch out all of their teeth.

Once the entire team had crossed, the grunts remembered they had shields for the team, and grunt Gunner went and fetched them. Gunner and Kurt enjoyed some verbal sparring about verb conjugation.

Gunner let the team into a hardened test chamber where the bot was being held. He quickly ushered the team in and closed the door, afraid that “it” would get out. The bot looked like a low-budget R2D2, and it activated when the team entered the room. A cone-like appendage, which appeared to be some sort of weapon, began tracking the team. Kurt ran to the other side of the room and unplugged the robot, which caused it to shut down (except for some blinking lights).

The team made their best efforts to repair the robot, although stymied by the lack of tools, instructions, and expertise, and the fact that the room stank like an abbatoir. Said efforts included – knocking pieces off the robot, trying to pull out a gasket by hand, attempting to open the robot (which caused Kelly’s hand to become trapped in the robot, so the entire team had to stop and free him), tipping over the robot, vomiting onto the robot, getting Kelly’s hand trapped in the robot AGAIN and this time nearly amputated, and spilling blood all over the robot. The natural result of all of these efforts was twofold – 1) Kelly nearly bled out on the floor, requiring Kaiden to apply a tourniquet made out of his shirt, and 2) the robot caught on fire. With no fire extinguisher or other tools, and the locked chamber filling with toxic smoke, the team had no other option than to smother the flames with their own urine-soaked clothing.

After informing Gunner that they had fixed the robot, Gunner unlocked the door and the team exited the test chamber. Gunner informed the team that George was stuck in meetings but they could wait around to inspect the robot with him at the end of the day. The team declined and (dragging the unconscious Kelly behind them) hurriedly boarded a transbot so that they would not get in the way of George claiming all of the glory for fixing the bot.

Kaiden was promoted to Orange, and several team members received bonuses for their loyal service. Kelly’s right arm had to be amputated below the elbow. George was probably executed.

The robot, it turns out, was a voice-activated fridge.

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Taking a Elevator Ride

5 Trouble Shooters are called in for a trouble shooting mission. 4 Show up show up. Kelly had shirked his duties to friend computer.

The troubleshooters were told that they had been given an opportunity to fight the commie scum. They needed to make a special delivery to one of the pilots for a special mission. For this mission Sasha was the Team Leader, Kelsey was the Loyalty Officer, and Colby was the Hygiene Officer. Since the troubleshooters needed a Equipment Officer the Team Leader decided that Colby would pull double duty.

After sidetracking to take down a rogue cyborg the troubleshooters went to pickup their equipment. The troubleshooters then made their delivery as directed. Unfortunately as they took out the cyborg, that was violently attacking any citizen it could, they could not finish a smaller part of their mission to rescue a single citizen.


The above was written sort of in Character by Cameron, trying to leave nothing incriminating behind.

Some important things to remember:

  • Unfortunately one player could not make it. This meant we need to forge documents and hack to give one party member and extra roll.
  • At the beginning on the mission we were suppose to get a special containment unit to deliver the biological weapon. We got a bucket instead. It turns out the yellow in charge of our briefing wanted to sell it on the black market. We tracked her down, killed her, and sold it instead. We know have an enemy you is two pay grade above everyone, expect for the trouble shooter who got promoted.
  • The mob know has a connection to all the trouble shooters as they did sell yellow level tech for their personal profit.
  • We did a very good job of covering our tracks on selling the containment unit. Though we did have to spend some time in quarantine. We made a fake containment unit and biological weapon (details to follow), we delivered the “weapon” and successful returned the containment unit to inventory.
  • One of the trouble shooter had a secret mission to put the bio. weapon into the food supply. They successfully tricked us in go to food storage, and almost succeeded in their task. Unfortunately a case ensued and they tripped into a vat, then was then flushed. But this removed the weapon from play, which was why it needed to be faked.
  • The players spend so much time on dealing with the bio. weapon and surrounding problems that they let their secondary mission totally fail. Which was rescuing someone from a precarious position in the rafters.
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