Need Some Suggestions
Hi everyone. After a long hiatus, I’ll be MCing another session of our Sprawl game (set in the Android: Netrunner universe) this coming Saturday and I could use some ideas. So far the team (consisting of a Hacker, a Killer, and a Pusher) has done two missions over four sessions, and those have both been “standard” missions.
What I mean is, neither of those missions (a hostile extraction and a wetwork operation) have involved any of the PCs’ backstories. I’ve kept things pretty straightforward so that I and the three players could get get a handle on the rules and the characters. But now that everyone feels comfortable, I think it’s time to start making things complicated.
What I’m looking for are suggestions on ways to bring the characters’ backgrounds to the foreground, to make those choices matter. The characters are as follows:
Burn – the Hacker. Screwed over a high-level company assets to acquire their cyberware and is now hunted by NBN (an infotainment megacorp that has monopoly on date. Basically, if it’s on the net, NBN knows about it). Burn is careful to the point of paranoia, lives in an undisclosed apartment off the grid, and almost never goes on missions in person. They look like a plastic Angelina Jolie (from Hackers), and, yes, their cyberdeck is named “Acid”.
Eleven – the Pusher. Raised in the Haas-Bioroid corporate arcology (still has family there), drank the HB kool-aid, and was on the management fast-track before she was “reallocated”. (HB is a labor solutions megacorp, producing weak-AI robots known as bioroids.) Eleven “associates too strongly with the product” for HB’s tastes, but she’s kept on as a corporate asset. Eleven is outright owned by Haas-Bioroid, once for her skillwires (mandatory for HB management) and again from her dermal plating (implanted after that first mission). Eleven is (so far) unwilling to accept missions that go against HB’s interests.
Vega – the Killer. Has yet to fire his automatic shotgun, Mercy, as Eleven and Burn have been so efficient at their jobs. Is also an off the books Haas-Bioroid corporate asset (like Eleven), but is more mercenary about it and has gone on at least one mission with Burn acting against HB’s interests. He’s owned by HB thanks to his corp-installed Neural Interface and Targeting Suite, but his Muscle Grafts were installed in a back alley chopshop. Unfortunately they were boosted, and he is now hunted by whomever owned the truck they :fell off” of.
Thoughts on how I can bring these entanglements to the fore?