Happy Monster Press and over a dozen other RPG publishers have assembled the Reuniting Families Charity Bundle. For $29.99, you get over $250 of gaming products, some Savage Worlds and some system neutral (including the Children of the Apocalypse setting and both additional adventures). Even better, all the proceeds from this bundle go to RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Social Services, which is fighting to bring the families separated at the border back together. Even if you already own Children of the Apocalypse, this is a great opportunity to help some people in need and get a ton of great RPG downloads at the same time.
The heroes pursued the "hulked-out" Benny "Too Small" Ramirez through the late-night streets of Pinebox, eventually tracking him to a small apartment building. Mariana's keen hearing allowed them to locate Benny in his girlfriend's apartment, chugging from a flask and at least marginally calmer, while Marco covered the rear exit of the building. The girlfriend, Marla, said that she was a personal trainer and that Benny was drinking a protein shake, but CP protested that "protein shakes" don't cause you to swell up and turn gray. Marla said that she was training Benny and that the shakes were a new health product from a company called "Sweet Guns". CP suggested that Marla try the shake, but she said it wasn't designed for women and refused, then asked the team to leave or she would call the police. CP and Mariana called her bluff, and the police arrived and began questioning everyone.
At first, the Pinebox cops thought the juniors were drunk or high when they described Benny hulking out and attacking them; CP said they should search for drugs, but Marla refused them permission. Only when the cops turned their attention to Benny did things change; Benny took a swing at one of the officers and they tased him. The officers ended up bringing everyone down to the station, and eventually some of the police more familiar with the investigators' work managed to spring the team. Afterwards, they heard that Benny was hospitalized and sedated, and that the police thought the "protein shakes" were definitely some kind of drug, but nothing that they'd seen before.
Towards the end of spring semester, Glenmac invited the juniors to Sunday brunch at the Faculty Club. There he introduced them to Professor LeGrevellec, a biology teacher at ETU. LeGrevellec showed the students security camera footage of a wolf-like biped attacking a woman in a lab. He said the woman was Dr. Aubrey Wright, one of two researchers in the lab, along with Dr. Allen Miller. LeGrevellec believed that the wolf-like creature was actually Dr. Miller, contaminated with one of his experiments in transgenic therapies. He asked the students to locate Miller before he hurt someone else, and speculated that Miller's energy expenditure in the attack might have caused him to go into a deep sleep.
Troy hacked Miller's email, which was suspiciously innocuous; the group concluded that Miller probably had a private email account for his research.
The team visited Miller's home. Ryo located a spare key in a fake rock. A bit of searching located Miller's home office. Troy was unable to access his laptop, but Mariana found two mass spectrometer printouts that indicated that Miller had at least two labs...
a As their Junior year was winding to a close, the heroes found themselves at the Pizza Barn, enjoying a well-earned study break, when Marco and Ryo noticed another student athlete, Benito Ramirez, entering with a woman who appeared to be his girlfriend. Both noticed that Benito, formerly nicknamed "Too Small", seemed to have added some weight and height over the last year or so. The evening progressed, and Benito stepped away to the men's room. As soon as he left, a local cowboy-type started flirting with his girlfriend, and when he came back, Benito immediately got in the cowboy's face. Most of the students, with the exception of Mariana and Matt, started towards the fight, and most of them also noticed when Benito seemed to grow larger and his skin turn ashen. Between Benito, Marco, Ryo, CP, and Troy, the cowboy and his three wingmen were quickly knocked out, but Benito proceeded to attack Ryo, not seeming in control of himself. Fortunately, the heroes were able to render him unconscious as well, at which point the Pizza Barn bouncer evicted the lot of them.
In the parking lot, CP explained to onlookers that "our friend has had a little too much", and they took him back to their hideout for interrogation. Unfortunately, Benito did not cooperate and quickly broke his bonds, running into the night as the heroes pursued...
I will be running an online game for Roll20Con again this year! The game is an excerpt from the Children of the Apocalypse campaign, and will run starting at 2:00 PM Eastern time on June 23. You'll find "Those Who Would Be Gods" on the Roll20.net Join a Game page - search for Savage Worlds and Roll20Con2018 and it's right up top. Hope to see some of you there!