Author Topic: How might a decker sustain a mark for a longer stretch  (Read 1689 times)

Dudeling

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I've got a scenario for my players where they are going to be working at odds with an opposing team of shadowrunners.  As a twist, one of those runners is a contact for one of my players.

I'm trying to give the player a chance at realizing their contact is involved by letting the team's technomancer possibly notice the decker's marks, clueing him in, and allowing the scene to play out very differently.

My thought is that the decker has been scoping the facilities out in advance, and pre-marking objects (they're supposed to do an extraction, and want to be in and out fast).  The rules state that marks only last one matrix session, and disappear after reboot.  If the decker is operating off a grid they have legal access to, however, and the only hacking they do is to put the mark(s) in place, how might they sustain those marks for, say, a couple of days, without them simply vanishing and not have it be a complete atrocity of overwatch rule-breaking?  If this decker was instead a technomancer, then "Clean" could be a way out of my conundrum.

Jack_Spade

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Re: How might a decker sustain a mark for a longer stretch
« Reply #1 on: (17:59:43/01-15-18) »
You could use the bootstrap program from datatrails to have a given device automatically invite a mark whenever it starts up. (Bootstrap can be found in Datatrails)
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Dudeling

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Re: How might a decker sustain a mark for a longer stretch
« Reply #2 on: (19:03:31/01-15-18) »
Ah, I see, so this decker would have spent time previously in fits and bursts illegally breaking into the devices, formatting them, boostrapping them to invite a mark, so that on next reboot, they could simply add a mark without it appearing as an illegal action, since it was invited?  Thus, they could stay in the matrix for quite some time with those marks in place without needing to trigger any overwatch-activating actions?

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Re: How might a decker sustain a mark for a longer stretch
« Reply #3 on: (04:27:50/01-16-18) »
Correct. It's quite a bit of  work to use bootstrap, but when it's done there should be no more illegal actions necessary and therefore no overwatch generation.
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Re: How might a decker sustain a mark for a longer stretch
« Reply #4 on: (04:47:47/01-16-18) »
Deep Dives from Data Trails also let you perma-Mark devices in advance. If your team and your GM are in on it, you can have a little inception-style prep run.
But at least we got fearies n' shit... *cough*

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Re: How might a decker sustain a mark for a longer stretch
« Reply #5 on: (12:39:09/01-16-18) »
Awesome, that means I just have to come up with a means of the decker dealing with fatigue for 48 hours, which is pretty simple.

Re: deep dives, interesting, but would be way more work for this run for the decker in question than the pay and risk would warrant.  Useful for future use, however.  :-)