2) That is definitely doable. I encourage you to make big picture plans, then break it down into a series of objectives/mini-missions collecting some input from me. Throw around overview/plans on this thread and then we can jointly agree on a first step. This ideally what I want you guys doing, the events and npcs I have thrown your way are just a starting point.
Okay, tentative plan that other players can comment on:
(a) Get one of the more celebrity-looking of us to hire Noakes' force. Looking at you, valley girl
(b) We build out a barebones front as a celebrity security company.
(c) Once that is done, the rest of us put together an attack plan and catch her force completely and utterly pantsless. We want to be at the point where we can say "if we wanted to take this client out, we would right now. Your security force sucks. If you don't want this hitting the press tomorrow, you will start taking 'suggestions' from us." If she says yes, we are done (carefully watching her so she doesn't cross us). If she says no, we rapidly flesh out the company from (b), expose Noakes, and start stealing her clients.
What do people think? If you don't think we can trust her under pressure, then we can just expose her either way, in which case the front in (b) should be fleshed out immediately.
1) Its you guys and Graham. Thats why there is an initial emphasis on meeting assorted people as that gives you potential access to specialists, contacts, networks, and maybe even a few recruits later. Caliber II represents only that the agency wants you guys starting low key. As you make progress you will get more funds from the agency and your own operations. If you want a significant item ask me and i'll give you a few options on how you might get it. Graham may have some intersting ideas for you on real-estate to use as a safehouse or base.
Okay. Having a base and the start of a back-office should probably be a pretty high priority, then. And I bet Synth would love to have some R&D guys at her disposal
. Once we're done with the immediate priority of getting the mess with Graham sorted out, we can look into this.
3) Developing a front operation is a great idea, and would be tackled like a slightly longer version of point 2) above. If you find a small group inside Sapphire City you would get quicker progress then setting something up completely from scratch
4 and 5) Just tell me what you want to do as you next step - examples include - "Try get access to the room of the murder possing as a hotel service technician", "Arrange for graham to pay mike $500, then tail him and find out where he goes from there".
re: 3 - looks like our leads on that are the security company, Mike the Hammer's organization, and the Chicago mob. The first one I outlined a plan on above. The second will need to wait until we get a better idea of how far up Mike's bosses go. The third I'm leaving entirely up to Leopard/Vinny.
re: 4 and 5 - you've got those in the relevant thread (recap - get to the hotel room using P.I. ID, get dossiers on Mike and Sophia in that order, see if one of the sneaky types can tail Mike).
Also, on a slightly unrelated note - I'm having a lot of trouble keeping track of who's doing what where when. To this end, I am adding an extra post to the character reference thread that I will keep updated with info on what Nietzsche's involvement in every scene is and what he's working on at this very moment. I'd love for everyone else to do the same.