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Title: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 26, 2007, 12:02:58 AM
..Here's my plan.

Part 1> Prepare a very brief note:
"Amount Owed 24,000..Interest accumulating. Date before action is taken (7 days from todays date)
A small portion on the bottom of the note reads...
"Mr. Boscoe: I'm here to get you out of trouble. We are being watched. My threats and actions are to get the attention I need. Discreetly but completely destroy the bottom part of the note when I leave. Tear the top part up and place it in a garbage can.

Part 2> Confront Graham Boscoe and slip him the note. I will inform him openly not to keep his appointment for later that day. I will be threatening and violent with this request.

Part 3> Show up at the Hardyard and tell Mike the Hammer that I may be interested in purchasing the material he has on Graham. I will inform him that my employers already have an investment in Graham, and since Mr Grahams life span may be short, we are interested in any profit we can gain from the arrangement. We want the information he has to protect our interests.

WE can pick this up wherever you like. Once I meet Mike the Hammer, I'll be using the Mark feat.

That's the plan. I'm sure it will go wrong long before I get that far, but that's the plan.
(is this what you had in mind?)

Micheal Swain (Nez Master), has prepared his note and gone to checkout the mid-rate motel that Graham is staying at.  Around 9 AM Graham has emerged from his room and started to walk down the road towards the nearest cluster of shops.

Michael decides this is as good a time as any to approach him, and moves towards him with a purposeful stride and an intimidating body posture and facial expression.  As you get closer you see Graham look very uncomfortable, but also concerned that he probably isn't sure who he is dealing with or what to expect.  He lifts his hands in a defensive mini-guesture of defeat as you close to within touching range.

Quote from: Graham Boscoe
"Hey I don't want no trouble buddy, I'm just going down the road for pancakes. You sure you got the right guy? You don't look to happy ..."

You sense from the way he uses the term buddy, he is hoping your are part of the agency assistance, but you can also tell he isn't really sure - and he is looking around a little, possibly checking out where or who he might run off to.

There are a few people and cars around, but no-one seems to be paying much attention so far.  It seems to be a quieter street that links some of the cheaper accomodation with a nearby tourist/shopping/eating area.

GC Cue: Your next post should have any opening remarks you make, and if you like a little descriptive text about what you are wearing, thinking or looking like.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 26, 2007, 12:19:02 AM
"I brought you a little reminder note, so you know who sent me..but you already know don't you."

'Vinny' is dressed in a fairly up to date black suit. He is sharply dressed with an obvious bulge in his left side. He has a small moustache and his italian nose is obviously broken.

Vinny waits a minute while Graham looks over the IOU.
"My names Vinny, and you already know who I work for. If your wondering about the extra amount, it's the extra charge for your little departure without notice."
"You left us owing. But because of some special circumstances, we're giving you a week. However, I understand you have an appointment in a couple of days. Why don't you pretend I don't already know about it, and tell me about it, and remember your living on borrowed time and money. "

'Vinny' maintains a threatening stance and distance.

(I'm keeping up the full act, especially since we're out in the open, but I do give him plenty of time to read the note.  I also watch him closely, ready to pull with whatever direction he goes to keep the cover intact.)

(if you didn't see it, i'm using the cover id provided by Faceman)
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 26, 2007, 01:01:52 AM
Initially Graham seems unsure and a little confused, he looks like he is still waking up.  Once he reads the note however he seems to get the idea.  While not a great actor he seems to do a fairly convincing job of still looking scared, probably because of the business with Mike.

Quote from: Graham Boscoe
Yeah Vinny there must been a misunderstanding.  I know I owe the money and I'm going to pay it real soon, I promised you guys that.  I came to Sapphire to earn the cash so I can pay it out and thats the truth.

Anyway this hardcase "Mike" calls me up and says I gotta meet him and pay him, because he reckons he's got the dirt on me.  Now I've been mixing with a few people since I got here and all, looking for a way to keep things going, but I can't really see what he has on me.

I can't figure that bit out, and I'm supposed to go alone, but maybe if you meet me there and we make it real obvious - you could maybe speak with this guy and sort something out .... cause any money I give him I can't give to you guys right?

I dunno. I mean you found me easy enough, maybe you got some way to find him and sort it out, in which case I should just turn up to keep him happy.  But its up to you Vinny, I don't want no more trouble with you guys.  Mind you, I don't really want this guy "Mike" cramping my style either.

GC Cue: You can close off the discussion or keep it going.  The main thing is to decide who will meet with Mike - either both of you, just you, or just Graham.  You can also revise your follow on plan or indicate you are ready to fast-forward to the meeting with Mike.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 27, 2007, 03:17:17 AM


GC Cue: You can close off the discussion or keep it going.  The main thing is to decide who will meet with Mike - either both of you, just you, or just Graham.  You can also revise your follow on plan or indicate you are ready to fast-forward to the meeting with Mike.
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"You just tell me what he looks like or how your supposed to recognize him. If he ever asks why you didn't show up to the meeting, you can tell him your doctor advised against it. That it would have put your health at risk. I'll take the meeting for you, with my own agendas."
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 27, 2007, 03:44:52 AM
Quote from: Graham Boscoe
I don't know what he looks like, I have only spoken to him on my mobile phone.  He said just to get to 'The Hardyard' at 2pm.

I guess if I don't show he will call me on my mobile.  Then I tell him you are at the place and you want to speak to him?
Maybe you should take my mobile for when he tries to call me, and I'll grab another?  Or I call you after? Or I give him your mobile number?

F__k, I don't know. I just don't want to end up on the wrong side of him - or you for that matter.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 27, 2007, 04:27:54 AM
Presuming I don't know from intel what mike the hammer looks like then
"Alright, show up. Don't acknowledge me until he approaches you. I'll take it from there."

If I know what he looks like (or could easily figure it out with a streetwise roll or mark feat or something, then I'll go alone)
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 27, 2007, 05:25:33 AM
Fastforward to 2.03 pm at 'The Hardyard'

This bar is roughly on the border of the harbour and tourist districts.  The premises are clean, but certainly not presented in any trendy or fashionable way.

Graham is at a lunch bar over the road with his mobile, close enough that he can get involved if need, presumably feeling safer in the company of his bacon and egg burger.

The few clients inside seem to be mainly harbour workers, tradesmen and naval support staff - most seem to be finishing a very late lunch drink.  A group of three men in paint-splattered overalls are playing pool.  A family of 5 tourists are eating huge ‘warfies special lunch baskets’ at a table by the front window.  One staff person is behind the bar watching sports on the TV, while another is clearing tables and carrying stuff off to the rear kitchen.

A solidly built man in his late forties with a shaved head and stubble has just walked in the entrance; he has a folded newspaper with an envelope poking out from the edge of it.  He quickly scans the bar and uses his mobile to make a phone call.

Quote from: Mike
“I hope you are not jerking me around Graham, I always charge extra for that.”

GC Cue: You can be located anywhere in the bar you choose, if you have no preference you are on a bar stool not far from the entrance.

Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 27, 2007, 05:58:30 AM
I look over mike closely, and try to determine if he's a true professional, or if he just got lucky. This might also tell me if he's on his own, or working for someone else. 

(Mark Feat: What are his ranks in sense motive, streetwise, and networking -- to get an idea how connected he is)

I use one origin pick to influence him favorably immidietly.


'Vinny' moves to Mike looking imposing, and speak very quietly. Not a whisper, just a quiet stern calm tone. He palms a roll of bills, totalling the $500.00 that Mike was asking. He flashes the wad of money at Mike as he approaches him. He stands directly next to him speaking into his ear quietly.

"Hello Mike. My names Vinny, I work for Erwin Gissepe in Chicago. We seem to have a conflict of interest, and I'm here to discuss what you are selling that might make my property over there more valuable to me. We should discuss this quietly. You have nothing to discuss with him. I think you'll find we're able to pay you better than he is anyway. Shall we talk, or would you rather go over and speak to a dead man who is in debt up to his ears?"

*Please remember my cover should be a legitmate person in whatever city graham seems to have come from. I just grabbed names  that sounded good since I had no details.

**My bluff check has -2 to error range right now. error range for his sense motive is +4. Persuasion can be done as one action provided it's normally less than 1 minute. I don't figure any bribe rolls come into play, because i'm not offering him any exact money. I'm just flashing the amount he was expecting anyway. All I'm trying to convince him to do right now is sit down. Also I'm not really using intimidate, since i'm not threatening HIM, but the same person he is threatening. (graham)



Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 27, 2007, 06:51:53 AM
Sense Motive – 4 ranks + 1 bonus
Streetwise – 2 ranks + 1 bonus
Networking – 0 ranks +1 bonus


Mike hangs up the phone and meets your gaze with a level stare as you talk.

Using your intuition and skills you get the impression Mike is no better connected then your average person.  He obviously seems suited to intimidation and handling “collection”.  It would seem a safe bet he is working with at least one other (maybe more).  It is unlikely he does most the surveillance or chooses potential targets by himself.

Quote from: Mike
Ok Vinny - Seeing as you got your money out you can buy the beer, I’ll get us a table up the back.  Welcome to Sapphire City.

Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 27, 2007, 07:38:01 AM
Vinny orders the beers and follows Mike to his table. "Your a very careful man. I had a little trouble picking up on what was going on. People don't usually go past my notice like that. What sort of drink do you like. (orders the same.)

(attempting impress/influence to gain a second grade in my favor....)

Once we are safely able to talk and I've won him over a bit...

"Unfortunately, the investment you were attempting to make isn't going to pay off in quite the way you planned. I don't think any long term investments in Graham are worth much. In fact, their are  only 2 reasons he's still breathing. You are one of them, becuase whatever material you have is obviously something we don't know, which means we might be able to use it, and possibly him for something.
At this point, if my employer tells him to leap off a bridge, he'd probably feel safer doing that, than going against us. So blackmailing him isn't worth much. But selling us information is. Of course, we don't entirely know what you have, so we don't know it's value. I'm a bit of a gambler. You wanted $500.00 to give him the information. I'll give you $250. If it's something we can use, I'll give you $500 more for the final copy as you suggested. If it's not, I'll walk away.
However If we make the final purchase, it's ours. Any more attempts you make to cash in could get in our way. Information is more valuable if it stays quiet. You aren't to bring it up again, or ask any questions about what we've done with it, or even who we are. Once the information becomes are, we don't like people using things that belong to us. Absolutely no one hears about this again from you."

Vinny pauses watching Mike closely.

"Now, if you know who my employer is, and you recognize that I travelled all the way here from Chicago, you'll realize that's not something that is done lightly. You'll also know that if we decide to do business with you, we WILL do business with you. Saying no after a certain point isn't really an option, though some negotiation room is available. Of course, we don't KNOW if we want to do business until we know what you have. If I only pay you the $250, then the information still belongs to you. That's the gamble I take. After all, I'm the only one that can judge if the info is useful to me, and I wouldn't expect a shrewd businessman like you to give it away."

Vinny takes a breath and eyes Mike closely, making sure he's taking it all in.

"I'll only say this, any money you get from Graham is our money. And I don't think you want to have our money unless WE give it to you. So he's out of bounds from this point on. So I hope your going to tell me you have something we want, or has this been a monumental waste of my time?" Vinny scowls and takes a drink, never losing eye contact with Mike.

That should give me a full minute of persuasion.



Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 28, 2007, 12:39:51 AM
Mike takes a drink of his 'Steel City Export', a bitter tasting but rather ordinary beer.  It is probably popular with any of the working class who consider themselves too rugged to drink any of the boutique blends of Sapphire City.

Quote from: Mike
Well I hope I'm not wasting your time, but then again I didn't invite you here to speak with me.  How you spend your time is really up to you.  Chicago is also a long throw from here, so while I respect your position, I'm sure you appreciate the only reason we are even talking ... I'm extending to you a degree of professional courtesy and giving you the benefit of the doubt.
By the way, thanks for the beer.

Mike appears to be comfortable, relaxed and polite in these circumstances, but his words and mannerisms convey the menace of someone who deals in making others uncomfortable on a daily basis.  He unfolds the newspaper and draws two small photos out of the envelope; your eyes are drawn to the newspaper headlines in front of you.

Quote from: Sapphire City News
The funeral for Sophia Phillips, partner of Sapphire City entrepreneur (and alleged crime figure) Mathew Phillips will be held tomorrow.  The police commissioner has indicated a "strong but discreet" police turn out will be in place to prevent any hostilities between rival crime figures who may attend.  Sophia was found dead three days ago in a hotel room at the Sapphire Sceptre Casino from a suspected drug overdose.

Quote from: Mike
The $500 I discussed with Graham was an initial goodwill payment; the follow on cost is yet to be agreed on.  Rather then haggle on uncertain terms you may as well know what the merchandise is.  This first photo shows Graham transacting with Luther Mohan, a street dealer of drugs and handguns.  This second photo shows Graham meeting Sophia Phillips at the entry of the Sapphire Sceptre Casino.

(Graham pauses to drink some more beer, and look you look the photos)

As evidence goes this is of course circumstantial.  But circumstantial can be enough to make life complicated, especially in this city.  That’s why I'd prefer to give Graham the opportunity to receive the benefit of the doubt.  Before you jump to conclusions I can assure you we didn't kill her and set him up.  If I was going to kill a crime family member's wife I'd want to set up someone with a lot more money then your pal Graham.

As far as me taking money that belongs to Graham, or you, or the Chicago Mob - its not about that.  I'm providing a professional service, and my organization doesn't do charity work when we have our own bills to pay.  It’s also keeping your revenue stream from being killed or locked up, which would probably leave you with no money to collect at all.

I'm not sure how much he owes your guys, or how much he is capable of actually paying you.  If you want to walk away and leave him to wear this I will respect that choice - as long as you leave everyone else out of this.  Alternatively if you want to get me $2,000 by tomorrow to keep these pictures out of circulation, and another $8,000 later to take possession of the goods, I would consider that reasonable.

It’s not a lot of money, because we aren't about being greedy.  Given everything involved I would think its quite affordable. You can just add it on to what Graham owes you, maybe even adding a bit extra for your own involvement.

(Graham has another drink)

Maybe handing over money isn't going to sit too well with your employers.  If they are anything like mine they don't like it when money starts flowing in the wrong direction.  That being the case I could settle for $500 and you doing a small favour for me.  You seem an able enough person and my boss is after some recently released computer hardware that is a little tricky to acquire outside the usual channels.

Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 28, 2007, 01:23:59 AM
Well, since I don't know if he'll be alive in a week, I don't really care if the pictures end up in circulation. We believed he was involved in something else, something that would be profitable to us, a key to other contacts. There might be some joy in turning him over hte crime family with evidence he's the killer. It might provide leverage that insures we are paid.

I'm not even sure he can pay US, so there isn't much profit in pouring more money down the drainpipe, but I am reasonably sure he's not going to be able to pay you either. So I don't know that I see the profit in this for us, unless someone would pay for information and us to turn them over to him. THAT might have value. But it's going to take more than 24 hours to find that out.

Meanwhile, your right, he's no chance to pay us if he's even further in debt. But since he can't pay it NOW..adding another 8000 to his debt is hardly profitable.
We do have our fingers in alot of pies, so it's possible we can help with your software problem, and that might help us. I'd have to evaluate it's worth, and decide if his sorry ass is worth it. It probably isn't.

Let me look around, call home, and see what else I can do with this.
Graham may yet have some use for me. Give me a few days and some more info on this software..if you haven't heard from me, and he's still around, he can rot in hell and you can do what you want with him.+

You could release the pictures before that, but theres no money in it for either  of us. So unless you have some reason just to throw potential profits away, I think you'll wait. If not, I don't really care. I'm not positive theres anything I can use here. Unless you see some profit in it.

just give me some specs on the product your looking for, and I'll do some pricing and figure out if we can do business, or if I just leave Graham shiftin in the wind, and send someone of a more "professional" nature to take care of his balance.




Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 28, 2007, 01:31:53 AM
First Vinny will show up at Grahams door.  He'll make some threats, and try to 'break him down' to see if he had anything to do with this murder. (if he wasn't being watched before,, I'm sure he is now) I'll tell him the grouip is being generous. If it were us, we'd just sell them to the rival mob outright. (basically I'm spilling out exactly what the group has on him, and why it's dangerous, and getting all his feedback on what he want's to do about it..but i'm doing it all, 'in character'.

After that, I'll leave town. Just far enough to ditch Vinny for a few days and come back into town. I can operate more effectively as someone else, myself for now. That means no more contact with Graham, but easier to contact a hacker, the agency and other things.

Presuming Mike gives some info about the software, I'll see if the agency has any hackers working in the area, (waves at spinning dice), and look him up. I figure profit motive, and a pretty firm belief that graham would have severe trouble paying him, probably bought us a few days.

Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 28, 2007, 03:37:55 AM
Quote from: Mike
Hang onto this newspaper, the computer hardware we are after is the stuff mentioned in the marked article on page 43.

On page 69 there is an advertisement for a dating service.  If you leave a message in the voice-mailbox (vmb) of the advertisement I have circled I will receive it.  You can also check that vmb for return messages I leave you, using the access code 5556.

(Mike has some more beer)

If you want to leave this with Graham I have no problem with that.  If after a day I haven't got any kind of down payment I'll have to take it up with him.  No disrespect to you intended, but that’s the orders I've been given.  I don't get to make the rules - you know how it is.

(Mike shrugs)

If Graham's got no money he may be in some difficulty.  I imagine my boss will look for someone else to sell these pictures to.  That may not play out to well for Graham.

Quote from: Sapphire City News
Info Tech Today Review
Seredene Labs has releasing its new super computer, based on the new binary extrapolation matrix architecture (BEMA) developed with IDM-Intol.  BEMA is believed to be the closest achievable substitution for the still largely theoretical 'True Quantum' computing.

While the inbuilt storage and networking capacity of this computer is quite limited, its processing power and instruction speed capability rivals that of much larger existing super computers.

Unfortunately it is only available to organizations with a current research licence issued by the Emerging Technology Conglomerate.  ETC has indicated that at present the computer power poses a real risk to brute force cracking of encryption based around current industry key lengths ciphers. A demonstration model is on display at Sapphire Commercial Technology's showroom.  Apparently one model is already in use at an undisclosed facility and several other deliveries are expected soon.

GC Cue: It is up to players how they wish to respond to all offers made by npcs, there is no set path this game must take.  Npcs will try to be as convincing as they can for their own purposes.  Offers themselves are also a source of intelligence and information.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 28, 2007, 08:01:48 AM
One lst message for Mike. "YEs, I know how it is. I also know that when plans change or new information comes in, it's often ok to modify plans or get new feedback. I think other interested parties being proactive probably qualifies. As far as shopping around for other buyers..We ARE other buyers. No shopping needed. We just need time to figure it out."

In addition, In my private talks with Graham, i'll discretely make sure he has $500. If he doesn't.. I'll leave it with him, so he can make the 'downpayment'. He's just to say he had hidden resources if he's asked.

Now seriuosly, calling the agency, looking for someone versed in computers, but it sounds like one of my other faces may be called for.


Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 28, 2007, 08:32:02 AM
In Fastforward Mode

Mike and Swain part company, agreeing on more then they disagree on.

Graham gets told how it is.  He gets very nervous, and digs out $500 he had hidden behind his motel cupboard, putting it in a zippered section of his wallet.  He remembers dealing with the two people from the photograph, but is vague on what happened after he met Sophia Phillips.  He seems paniced and asks if maybe he should leave Sapphire City while he can.

Swain takes a 1 hour bullet train inland to Steel City, swaps out of his 'Vinny' identity and makes his way back into Sapphire city (as himself).

Swain checks thru a list of phone numbers he has.  He has the mobile number of his soon to arrive teammate who is well versed in computers and electronics (Synth / Spinning Dice).  If that fails he has a contact number of an Agency Front operation versed in computing issues - A technology wholesaler in Diamond City.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: spinningdice on July 28, 2007, 09:11:41 AM
Quote from: Synth on the phone
"That sort of Tech's going to be well protected, even if only a demo model - Stealing it from the show-room's too big a risk for us at the moment. Besides I'd like to get into the production facility, plans and blueprints for it may be more valuable than the machine itself, at least in the long term."
Anything else I can help with?"

Assuming there is nothing else Swain has in mind Synth gets to checking the net, a machine like that's going to cause ripples in the tech community - she should at least be able to find something about it.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 28, 2007, 10:04:28 AM
(gives whole story)

Absolutely.ok here's the deal. I need to convince some not very nice people they have a working model of this thing, and then have something go terribly wrong with it. In other words, they think they have the program and then it blows up. After all, I don't want to give a program like this to the mob..but I also don't want to hand them $8,000.

And if I show I can get the program, even if they can't hold onto it, I show I'm capable and I might be able to cash in on that later.

So what we'd need is to make thing look like someone MIGHT have broken into the computer center, without actually doing it...create a fake front for this program, and within the program have it draw in an attack from somewhere else, so it looks like some other source just walked in their back door. I'm no computer genius, so I don't know if this is possible.

When it's over I'll just explain that a big group like that probably has ways of protecting and tracking their software however it's copied, but that I lived up to my end. Then Vinny can disapear for awhile. What do you think?
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: spinningdice on July 28, 2007, 10:49:41 AM
Quote from: Synth on the phone
"If I can find enough info about it and have enough time, I might be able to mock something up though it sounds to me like it's a full on hardware job, not a software program - I'll have to see what I can get on it. We can probably just hire a 3rd party to go in and shoot some stuff up... though that might come up with problems later if we decide we do need it."
The emphasis is quite deliberately stressing that we do need it.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 28, 2007, 03:54:30 PM
Find out what you can, and what we can improvise as far as the equipment. As far as making it look like we have broken in,  Maybe all it would take an unsubstaited leak to the press that there's a leak in security. If we just make it look like hte computer company is trying to hide something, that would be enough. It might even be better.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 28, 2007, 06:55:47 PM
GC Clarifications
Some points I may not have communicated very well, so here are some clarifications to keep things rolling smoothly:

It is definitely hardware.
You can still look at faking something up, but it will not take long to be detected - so you want a ready explanation (the showroom model must have been a fake, we must have hit the wrong delivery van, etc).
You can stall out Mike by claiming you are working on getting the computer and feeding him little bits of information about where/how you might get it (even if you do not intend to) while putting other plans in place.
You could try counter offer something else to Mike using the contact number he left Swain ("getting that computer could be tricky, but a friend of mine just got access to a ______, are you interested?").
It might prove interesting to put someone (other then Swain or Graham) on tailing Mike or conducting other surveillance/intel operations on him.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: spinningdice on July 29, 2007, 06:33:30 AM
Quote from: Synth on the phone
"Okay, I'll keep you updated"
Synth pushes her meal to one side and flips open her laptop firing up several newsgroups, tech sites, IM clients and search windows.
OOC1: I assume that you're doing all rolls for us, so it doesn't clutter up the thread, otherwise let me know and I'll fire up Invisible Castle or whatever roller you prefer.
OOC2: I also assume that the actions of both threads are somewhat asynchronous as I'm involved in both.
OOC3: On the other hand, we could possibly rig it to go bang the first time it's powered up and claim it was rigged for security - done right it'll look okay for a cursory examination before-hand and by the time it's checked out thoroughly it'll be a smoking wreck.
Done wrongly it would be very dangerous considering the people involved.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 29, 2007, 06:53:16 AM
I like that plan. Check the agency files. We need a demolitions expert.
If you can make the mock up, i can sell the concept that we've taken it, and we'll need someont to make it go boom.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 29, 2007, 07:27:20 AM
GC Blather:

Yeah the two scenes are simultaneous, you can be involved in both due to the large amount of time gaps generated by fastforward scenes.  Just use your judgement and as long as you are not physically in two places at once or travelling excessive distances in a very short timeframe you should be ok.  If (in future) a scene has limited participation I will indicate this in the thread.

On the dice thing I'm making a few rolls to check on things that are borderline, but in situations where the check is easy for you (either as a standard check or a take 10/20 if appropriate) I'm granting success to keep things rolling.
If for any actions you would like to list a skill check (with an invisible castle roll and/or list of relevant abilities/modifiers) it won't do you any harm.  Just make sure you are specific what you are rolling for and how you are doing it.  Also just roll for significant stuff, don't make a drive check everytime you get in a car (etc).

As for the computer bomb, thats an awesome idea.  You can have an action dice for thinking of it (whether you do it or not).


Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: RabidGerbil on July 29, 2007, 09:00:19 AM
OOC: Nietzsche can certainly tail someone, but not subtly. At all. So he will see if any of the other more sneaky folks have some time open to tail Mike. In the meanwhile he will start compiling a dossier / psych profile on the guy (as I said in the more detailed write-up in Scene 2 thread).

Has Graham been debriefed recently at all? Being "vague on what happened after he met Sophia" doesn't really gel with Nietzsche, so he's going to see if he can do a more formal Agency debriefing for the guy. He will only be as nice as he needs to be - which is not very nice, given that Graham has screwed up and left the Agency holding the bag.

After the debriefing, Nietzsche will see what real estate ideas Graham has, though he won't take any additional action on them yet.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 30, 2007, 05:40:12 AM
As time goes by

Nietzsche (RabidGerbil) was ultimately unsuccessful in compiling a dossier on 'Mike' (the request check failed).  However his enquiries around the city with the usual types indicated that a person (persons) of similar appearance has been seen frequently loitering in a few particular parts of the city - most notably:
1) The Gallery of Sculpture and Artistic Design in the River district.
2) The paved square and assorted cafe's near the Fountain of Progress in the Southern Commerical district.
3) The Hardyard Bar on the border of the Harbour and Tourist districts.
4) The Taxi hub on the border of the Canal district and the Nothern Commercial district.


(Details of a discussion the with Graham will be posted in a little while)
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 30, 2007, 06:15:46 AM
Unfortunately, careful evaluation reveals no agent on record knows anything about explosives. Unless someones got a gear pick that will somehow compensate we'll need another plan...

Remember about questioning Graham, is we want to avoid obvious contact. Otherwise I wiould have done that first. If someone can get him somplace that isn't being watched or bugged, I could chat with him for awhile..meanwhile, If you need me, I'm going to go look at a car.

Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on July 30, 2007, 07:26:10 AM
GC Query:
Thats a good point about Graham, does someone want to risk speaking with him again or not?  You now have more idea about the nature of the threat he is facing.  However, you do not know how much surveillance he is still being subject to.

It will take some time, but you can look into trying to find explosives and/or an explosives expert in the city if required.  The blackmarket may yield results, security/engineer/research employees who have benefitted from specialised training may also exists.  Slightly more competent (and risky) would be trying to find a corrupt/disgruntled military specialist.  The city is home to two 'hardcore' military organisations - the Airbourne Assault Divison and the Naval Facilities Guard which could be further researched.

Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on July 30, 2007, 09:32:50 AM
I'm better at streetwise then networking, so I'll poke around the black market end.If someone can FIND the person, I'd be willing to do the 'talking them into doing it part."
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: Dr Yes on August 02, 2007, 06:30:26 AM
Around the City - Prior to the Cocktail Party

Swain (Nezmaster) makes a few enquiries around town, looking for blackmarket possibilities and a ticket to the PE cocktail party even.

While sucessful in finding a ticket opportunity he is unable to locate a blackmarket dealer.  He does hear of several options worth later investigation however.
1) An unofficial night market located on the edge of the Southern Commercial district.
2) A few shady characters who hang around a public shooting range in the Warehouse district.
3) A drug dealer who matches the description of the man photographed with Graham, who often moves around nightclubs in the Tourist and Canal district.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on August 02, 2007, 10:13:09 AM
Once I'm finished mugging waiters, I'll look into C, which is probably worth looking into anyway.
Title: Re: Sapphire City: Scene 1 - The Trouble with Graham
Post by: NezMaster on August 23, 2007, 03:12:39 AM
Around the City - Prior to the Cocktail Party

Swain (Nezmaster) makes a few enquiries around town, looking for blackmarket possibilities and a ticket to the PE cocktail party even.

While sucessful in finding a ticket opportunity he is unable to locate a blackmarket dealer.  He does hear of several options worth later investigation however.
1) An unofficial night market located on the edge of the Southern Commercial district.
2) A few shady characters who hang around a public shooting range in the Warehouse district.
3) A drug dealer who matches the description of the man photographed with Graham, who often moves around nightclubs in the Tourist and Canal district.
Bump...
I'd like to look into the drug dealer (earlier i refered to it as C, and not 3, hence the confusion most likely)

how I approach him depends on what LEVEL dealer he is. IE does he deal directly to the street (bottom teir) or does he supply drugs directly to the distrubutors, or is he a distributor.


Once I find out enough about him from casual observers, i'll go in as a customer of whatever level he deals in. (no major cover id..random dealer, random junkie, both are easy and don't require alot of background at this stage.