“We need to play an RPG or something over the summer,” I said.
“Shadowrun,” Dorf said, without hesitating.
So I’ll be running some Shadowrun over the summer. Which is going to be interesting, because I’ve only ever run D&D before. I don’t know how to run a decent sci-fi campaign. I don’t even know where to start. So I didn’t think about it for a while. Maybe everyone would change their minds and I’d end up running something else. Maybe inspiration would strike.
Inspiration comes from the strangest of places.
This guy is an old superhero from the ’80s named Magus. The drawing is by Bill Sienkiewicz, if anyone’s interested. I came across it while reading something completely unrelated. Where I found it doesn’t matter. The point is this guy is totally from Shadowrun. I don’t know who he is yet, or what role he’ll play in the game, but this is the start. One old man in clothing that is more circuitry than cloth, looking down at the city from the heights of his skyscraper or looking up at the lights from the darkest pit.
This is where the campaign begins. Not with rolling up characters and settling into a new role, no, but with a single image that gives the GM an idea. I’ve got a character I want to introduce. Now to get some decent plots swirling around.
Maybe I should actually read the Shadowrun rules first…