CONNECTED! – It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Legwork is one of the most often ignored parts of a Shadowrun, but one that is crucial to a run’s success. Getting the straight dope on what opposition to expect, where the money is coming from, and who is robbing who just makes everything run smoother.How does a Shadowrunner best accomplish this information gathering? By talking to Contacts.

One thing I see happen far too often is members of a runner team that all choose the same or similar contacts. Sure, a Fixer is useful for everyone, but having a wide spread of Contacts enables a team to get a “big picture” view when they start running down rumors.

To help encourage players to make more unconventional choices in their Contacts, we here at Critical Glitch offer a new semi-regular feature  – CONNECTED! Each installment of CONNECTED! will offer a new, offbeat, but still useful Contact usable by any runner.. Enjoy!

Geeky Podcaster

Uses: Information, disseminating information, entertainment
Places to Meet: Geeky theme bar, cheap greasy diner, geeky themed convention, media conference, online, local geek shop.
Similar Contacts: Reporter, activist, blogger, trid pirate
A geeky podcaster is an unauthorized and unlicensed trideo or matrix broadcaster. Where some reporters do it for money; the geeky podcaster knows he’s unlikely to ever see a single nuyen for his work. He does it because he’s a fan. Not just a fan, a raving super-fan! No matter the topic, Neil the Ork Barbarian, Suki Redflower, Combat Biking or even old pen and paper roleplaying games.

Typical podcasters have a very limited pool of social connections. They know literally everyone related directly to their shows theme, but outside of that, their knowledge is far more limited. A geeky podcaster might hire runners to steal or record new releases related to their show’s theme. Being the first to review the new Karl Kombatmage sim is a real coup for these independent reporters. Hacking business accounts, paprazzi-style stalking, and even theft of new cutting edge recording equipment might also be other jobs a podcaster could contract a team for.

Shadowrunners should also bear in mind that podcasters crave information related to their passion more than anything else, and they can make a nice chunk of change, and gain a lot of good will by funneling such data to them.

Body: 2, Agility: 3, Reaction: 3, Strength: 2, Charisma: 4, Intuition: 3, Logic: 3, Willpower: 4, Edge: 3, Essence: 6, Initiative: 6, IP: 1

Active Skills: Computer 4, Con 3, Data Search 2, Electronic Warfare 5, Etiquette 2 (Street +2), Hacking 4, Perception 4
Knowledge Skills: Broadcasting 4, Geek Interest Rumors 4, Media Hot Spots 4, Geek Interest (Science Fiction, Urban Brawl, etc.) 4, Street Rumors 4