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« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2007, 10:32:02 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.
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2007, 11:11:41 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.
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« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2007, 12:04:28 PM »

(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?
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« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2007, 12:49:41 PM »

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.
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2007, 05:54:30 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.
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« Reply #20 on: July 28, 2007, 08:55:47 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.
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« Reply #21 on: July 29, 2007, 08:33:30 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.
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« Reply #22 on: July 29, 2007, 08:53:16 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.
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« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2007, 09:27:20 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).


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« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2007, 11:00:19 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.
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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2007, 07:40:12 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)
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« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2007, 08:15:46 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.

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« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2007, 09:26:10 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.

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« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2007, 11:32:50 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."
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« Reply #29 on: August 02, 2007, 08:30:26 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.
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