Wreck The Halls
Early in the morning, the runners are contacted by their Fixer with a job offer at Bellevue: A Mr. Johnson wants the runners to sabotage some of his neighbors' Christmas decorations. He'll pay handsomely for it, especially if the runners manage to do the sabotage quietly. This means they'll have to infiltrate a gated community, preferably without fighting local security. The runners get to meet their Johnson at a construction site he's overseeing. He explains that his neighbors always overdo it with their Christmas decorations and it's really getting on his nerves. He wants the runners to sabotage the three most obnoxious ones today. Each will get them 3k each, plus an additional 1k if the sabotage stays hidden until the decorations are turned on.
Billy Robertson III
Billy Robertson III is a third-generation real estate mogul who owns a lot of property in Seattle, which includes the gated neighborhood where he lives. He's a pleasant neighbor, despite his grumpiness. Unfortunately he can't say the same about his neighbors. Each year they compete with each other about having the most showy Christmas decorations, a competition that is utterly getting out of hand. After having had to install noise-cancellation devices in his yard last year, Billy has decided enough is enough. He now is hiring runners to sabotage the worst offenders and send a message. He also sent all security a special holidays package, including a free cruise, leaving only temporary rookies in their place. This makes it easier on the runners, but also has let some of his neighbors hiring saboteurs themselves.
Getting InThe clock ends at twilight, so the runners are in a rush. First they need to get into the community. Digging around reveals security consists of unfamiliar rookies right now, making it easier to bluff their way in. They could pose as interested buyers, animal control, part of a utility company, whatever excuse they can come up with. Or just sneak in while invisible. Once inside, the runners can gossip with home owners, kids, the postman and even security patrols, to find out more info on their targets. The team can also discover they're not alone. Difficult Perception Tests show the carolers secretly sneaking microdrones onto power cables, or that the landscapers are hiding jammers in the bushes. They're not after the same targets though.
Word on the street
"Berville? Ain't that the rich neighborhood with all the obnoxious holiday decorations?"
"Burke's place is heavily fenced in. I hear the postman won't deliver there on account of her magical guard dogs."
"Harris is a jerk, but his kids are worse. Frickin' brats are always pulling pranks and firing goop with those toy guns of theirs."
"Marsh? Ah right, the drone lady. Her lawn drones use sharp knives to cut grass and ankles. And her owl drones are straight-up vicious."