for the ultimate BTL experience? The underground organization
officially known as Pleasure Tech, but more commonly referred to as The
Power Junkies, can give you the high to top all highs. For a relatively
modest 10,000 NY and a few hours of you time you can get yourself an hour
on one of their BTL mainframes. While identity security is guaranteed,
living through the experience is not. But you'll die one happy son of a
Pleasure Tech was established initially in 2045 as a simple BTL operation
by their founders, shadowrunners Trip and Bleeder. Initially Seattle based,
their dealing domain soon spread to other sections of the UCAS and, surprisingly,
a few areas of the Native American Nations. Although never the top dealers
in volume by any stretch they were known for their high quality chips and
secure operations. Their operation continued to grow until the year 2050
when, suddenly, they stopped all production and seemed to vanish off the
face of the earth.
What Trip and Bleeder were actually doing was hiding out with friends
in the Soux nation, all money being funneled into research and equipment
for the creation of a new breed of BTL experience: The BTL Mainframe. Initial
testing went badly, one accident resulting in the death of Bleeder when
a power surge literally set his brain on fire. Trip continued development,
however, and soon received aid from three of the top Soux simsense specialists
who realized that in addition to illegal purposes, the BTL Mainframe may
also have some legal and profitable ones. During this time Trip also made
many friends with various civilian and government personnel from various
Native American Nations. Finally, after nearly three years of trials, the
BTL Mainframe was declared a success. After its completion Trip and most
of his NAN colleagues made a formal split. Trip then returned to Seattle.
The first problem he faced when setting up operations was finding an
electrical source which could supply the enormous amount of power the mainframes
required for their complicated processors. Initial attempts to simply use
available lines in a legitimate manner resulted in a police raid as authorities
attempted to discover the reason behind one house's massive electrical
intake. Trip escaped in one piece and began a search for those who had
worked in his former operation. Almost all were more than happy to put
their miserable lives as street dealers on hold in order to assist him.
During the year 2053 and 54 they organized Pleasure Tech into its current
form, a structure built around the need to steal electricity and not get
caught doing it.
Pleasure Tech currently possess a fleet of eight landrovers, three Ares
dragon helicopters, two trailblazer semis, and a nightrunner. Each is manned
with a technician, rigger, and electrician. The technician's purpose is
to make sure the equipment is running properly, the electrician is the
one who connects the mainframe to its power source, be it underwater, underground,
or suspended, and the rigger's job is to get the hell away quick when somebody
figures out what they're doing.
Once the vehicle is at the power source the electrician hooks up the
power and the technician begins running the BTL program. Although safer
than street BTLs when something goes wrong with the Mainframe it is almost
always fatal. The most common cause of death is when the power company
figures out that they're being drained, cuts off legitimate sources momentarily
and spikes the power levels. Although breakers within the mainframe will
usually trip and cut the connection before damage occurs, occasionally
one will get through resulting in a very depressing situation for who ever
has to clean the vehicle.
Although actual experience is like none other, addiction is relatively
low. It appears as if the experience may actually satisfy an individual's
desire for pleasure for an extended period of time, and it is usually over
three weeks before an individual gets a craving for another one. The mild
addiction is primarily due to Trip's softening over the years, resulting
in the lack of programming techniques traditionally used to keep people
coming back. Only a small portion of Pleasure Tech's clientele are your
typical street addicts, primarily due to the cost, and most are actually
fairly well to do corporate types. Trips business associations with rather
powerful individuals, along with the contacts he retains within the NAN,
has resulted in few attempts of any strength designed to bring him down.
Archetype: Human Former Shadowrunner
Information: Although once a drugged up radical willing to take any
risk for a thrill, Trip has mellowed considerable in recent years. He appears
ten years older than his actual age of 35, speaks infrequently, and is
perpetually worried about the condition of his operation. Trip appears
to care about the condition of his "users" and is constantly working on
safer ways to give his clients the ultimate BTL experience. Trip rarely
leaves his apartment and usually sits around smoking cigarettes and monitoring
the condition of his vehicles and clients from a central computer system.
Archetype: Human Former Shadowrunner
Information: Since Trip's descent into near depression, Jones now runs
more of the show then he does. Forty years old, with prematurely silver
hair and a gruff voice, Jones worked closely with Trip during the early
days of his traditional BTL dealing. They hooked up again after Trip returned
from Soux and together they built Pleasure Tech into what it is today.
Jones possesses a lot of technical talent and will often accompany a client
in order to monitor the mainframes and tweak them to make them better.