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« Reply #60 on: August 08, 2007, 09:25:59 AM »

Further away from the group - Ken (Swain), Trevor, Mr. Windsor and two body guards are over near a display of the new monorail carriages Pheonyx Engines is developing to replace the city's currently used models.

Quote from: Ken
Well, how do you feel about being in the center of things Mr Martin?  It seems like you've made quite a difference today. Would you like a drink, I think you've earned it?

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Yes a drink would be nice, maybe something a little stronger is in order.  Janette's going to tear me a new one when I get to work tomorrow.

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You don't need to put up with people like that Trevor.  People can only get away with what you let them do.  I could always find you some work more rewarding then the hell she puts you through, nothing major but you could always work your way up.  There is always other options as well.  What's it like working for 'Silver Shield Charter Service'?


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« Reply #61 on: August 08, 2007, 09:32:03 AM »

The party is getting quite busy now with most guests having arrived.  Waiters are continuing to come around with more drinks and an assortment of finger food.  Richard's supervisor drops past discreetly to check on the arrangement between Richard and Ms. Windsor (and apologise profusely to Ms. Windsor while giving Richard death stares).  The Russian girlband / gansta rap outfit 'Spetsnaz Sistas' make a spectacular entrance in a open top sports jeep (painted in arctic camoflague and modified for zero emmissions indoor use) that drives around slowly while the girls lip sync a few of their 'hits'.  After that a few speeches and displays are underway for those who bother to pay attention (which would vary between 40-60% of the main room depending on the specific presentation).

GC Cue: We can keep going in detail until you get bored, but you can swap to fast forward mode at any time by giving me several possible interactions (that I weave into my posts as I go) or an outline of something specific you want to try achieve.  Once you've really had enough of this scene you can tell me you would like to 'skip to next scene'.  There is of course more to do here until people get bored with it.
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« Reply #62 on: August 08, 2007, 10:03:42 AM »

Lifting her chin to make eye-contact with Kerry, Reese glances away at the praise, a look of slight embarrasment and at the mention of something romantic, lets a slight giggle escape her throat. "Oh, gosh no!" Reese gushes, "But if you want Richard to accompany you on a romantic occaison, I can always tell him to." With a degree of distance in her voice, she says as if to nobody, "I didn't help him because he was Robert's friend... I just did..." Then with mirth in her voice, she locks eye contact with Kerry, "I just got caught in the moment."

Half turning to the hovering Rick, she mentions, "My glass is empty, and I think Kerry would like I drink." Pointing towards the bar, she calls after his retreating back, "Consider yourself lucky, right now you're doing two jobs at once."

Directing herself back at Kerry, she asks, injecting an innocent indifference to her tone, "So, what about you? What's your story?" Twirling a finger through her hair, Reese feigns the sort of polite interest required at parties.
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« Reply #63 on: August 08, 2007, 10:09:02 AM »

GC Cue: We can keep going in detail until you get bored, but you can swap to fast forward mode at any time by giving me several possible interactions (that I weave into my posts as I go) or an outline of something specific you want to try achieve.  Once you've really had enough of this scene you can tell me you would like to 'skip to next scene'.  There is of course more to do here until people get bored with it.

Sorry, didn't see this before I started typing my last post. I'm happy to keep 'socialising', but I suppose long term interest is to generate contacts. Probably going to try and get Kerry onside, even if she thinks Ruby is an airhead, and see where that leads to. If Robert doesn't come back, that's probably not a great loss, but Reese will continue spending time with him if only to learn more about the 'drug overdose'.
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« Reply #64 on: August 08, 2007, 12:45:12 PM »

"I don't really know. A freind of mine needed last minute filler, and I wanted to attend. I cahsed in my retired celebrity status and agreed to sell one or two cars in exchange for being allowed to walk around. "

OOC: (This will obviously nick my later statement about being seen selling a car).

"But the point is Trevor there are lots of job opportunties for someone of your talents. I know of a few myself. I'm only doing this to come to teh car show. Auto sales is a little high pressure for me. I like the kind of pressure where I'm driving at 90 mph. What do you think your good at Trevor, what have you always wanted to try?
 No offense to Mr Kerry, but he's employers retirement benefits can be a little rough, be careful what you accept, but definitely find something else. But if you think it's worth it, by all means go ahead." I give Kerry a knowing look to make sure he's not too offended.
"I don't think you should take any job you don't research. There really are oppurtunities. You may have several right now. This is the next step in the rest of your life Mr Martin. where will it lead you?"


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« Reply #65 on: August 09, 2007, 09:49:48 AM »

The conversations continue into the evening.  Food and drink continues to be brought around.

After Trevor and Mr. Windsor chat a little they decide that Trevor is going to not go to work for the next few days, but Mr. Windsor will have his 'people' ensure that he keeps getting paid by hasseling his boss.  During this time he's going to try out a few other jobs and see if anything takes his fancy.

Mr. Windsor has to take a brief phone call, after which he excuses himself and says he will need to leave.  He tells Trevor and Ken (Swain) that he is friends with the owner of a nice restaurant in the Lake estate('Reflections'), and that they should drop in for a free meal over the next few days.

Richard heads off to get some drinks and is again caught pick pocketting, this time from a middle aged sales manager.  As the event security come to grab him he races through the crowd and locks himself inside one of the cars on display.

Reese finds out from Kerry, that both her and Mr. Windsor will be attending the funeral tomorrow.  Kerry also indicates that she does a bit of 'event planning' and occassionaly needs to hire 'girls who like to have fun' if Reese wants to earn some extra money to help her pay for her University tuition fees.

The cadetship simulation starts up with quite alot of people watching.  An initial profile of the cars shows that Robert's is woefully underpowered.  His nine competitors vehicles are based on an 'Energy Coefficient' parameter 7.5, while his is based on a 5.7 parameter - this is greeted with a few raised eyebrows from some and outright laughter from others.  Half the simulated 'events' have been conducted and presented on the large display screen, Robert has ranked between 8th and 10th in each one and is looking quite miserable.

The back half of the main room now seems to be occupied predominately by 'industry types' who are watching the cadet simulation and several other technical presentations.  Judging by the talk it's mainly engineers, managers, marketting and some administrators.  Some of the company names that come up in overheard introductions are Pheonyx Engines, Emergence Technologies Conglomerate, Kapa-Hari-Beuson, Horizon Capital Finance, Sapphire Transport & Distribution, Steel City Refinery & Fabrication, Global Risk Management Solutions, Diamond City Vehicle Lobby Group, Infodata Enterprises, Independent Research, and Allied Safety.

Ken manages to send a few people over to the trade both during the course of the evening, including Mr. Windsor's assistant Kerry and a few others who are either generally curious or looking into arrange a limosene charter for a future time.  Tony Wilson comes across to chat with Ken later in the evening and introduces him to Kevin Whitten of Global Risk Management Solutions, apparently Tony and Ken used to both work as Police Detectives in Sapphire City and are now sharing a drink and a chat.

Noticing that Mr. Windsor has left, Trevor's boss (Janette Bateman) comes over to screech at him again.  He smiles, mentions something quietly to her and has a drink.  She turns noticeably pale and walks away quietly.

One of the contacts Graham pegged initially, Kim Lloyd is spotted over at one of the bars.  He is sharing a drink with Scarlett's (Robert Dietel's initial date) dad.  Scarlett's date and her mum are spotted further away having a slow dance together on one of the dancefloors that adjoin the main presentation room.
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« Reply #66 on: August 09, 2007, 10:10:08 AM »

GC Cue: You can continue discussions you were having or start new ones, either in detail or in overview. 
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« Reply #67 on: August 09, 2007, 01:46:01 PM »

I will point out to the pickpocke that if he's been caught twice, then he's in the wrong line of work. I will offer him $500 to never pick pockets again, as I don't want to see him in jail. In addition, I can line him up with cash for occasional information job. instead of picking pockets, he could pick ears. Waiters hear everything. An invisible spy seems useful to me. But not if he goes to jail. I will be very convincing in my portrayal of jail, and his inevitible going there. Then I will help him escape the guards in some way by disguising him and getting him out the door.

I will try to sell the mobster a car. ( I really don't want to play out car sales, but i'd like to know if I can move one or two cars. )

I continue to ask Martin what he feels he can do. (I don't have him pegged with any talents yet)...I'm figuring he's very recruitable, but i don't know what for..)

Can anything be done (using my mock driving knowledge) about Roberts situation. Driving for him, tweakign his car, arranging for him to switch cars to prove himself..I don't totally undestand this situation, but it seems in Ken's character to help. It's not entirely Swain's forte though, so he's wrestling with himself a bit. Ken's personality wants to help. Swains personality does not know how.

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« Reply #68 on: August 11, 2007, 11:50:46 PM »

GC Explanation: Nez - I think we have crossed wires on what your character is selling (my fault as I never really spelt it out clearly).  You have made a few references to 'selling a car' but the guys you are working for 'Silver Shield Charter Service' are basically a limo service that lease cars and drivers out to wealthy people (and to a degree provide some of the services of a bodyguard type role while the passenger is within the vehicle).

I'm working on the assumption that is what you were selling.  You have managed to send a few people over to the trade booth, and you could ask Tony how that worked out.  If you do actually want to try sell a car let me know, but 1st we would need to find someone you can act as agent for who has the vehicles here for sale.  Also the Mobster (Mr. Windsor) has had to leave, but his assistant (Kerry, aka Ms. Windsor) did go over to the trade booth on your recommendation.


Ken manages to send a few people over to the trade both during the course of the evening, including Mr. Windsor's assistant Kerry and a few others who are either generally curious or looking into arrange a limosene charter for a future time.  Tony Wilson comes across to chat with Ken later in the evening and introduces him to Kevin Whitten of Global Risk Management Solutions, apparently Tony and Ken used to both work as Police Detectives in Sapphire City and are now sharing a drink and a chat.
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« Reply #69 on: August 11, 2007, 11:57:12 PM »

Richard heads off to get some drinks and is again caught pick pocketting, this time from a middle aged sales manager.  As the event security come to grab him he races through the crowd and locks himself inside one of the cars on display.

Ken (Swain) heads over to the car Richard ran into hoping to talk some sense into him.  He has currently locked himself inside a display car.  It is surrounded by event security staff who are trying to work out how to get him out, they are talking of maybe getting a locksmith or getting the car owners to locate the keys.

At present Ken has not yet spoken to Richard, but he might be able to talk him out of the car.  Alternatively Reese maybe able to try order him out, or either of you may find a way to unlock or open the car.

Richard looks like he is trying to hotwire the vehicle.
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« Reply #70 on: August 12, 2007, 12:15:22 AM »

The cadetship simulation starts up with quite alot of people watching.  An initial profile of the cars shows that Robert's is woefully underpowered.  His nine competitors vehicles are based on an 'Energy Coefficient' parameter 7.5, while his is based on a 5.7 parameter - this is greeted with a few raised eyebrows from some and outright laughter from others.  Half the simulated 'events' have been conducted and presented on the large display screen, Robert has ranked between 8th and 10th in each one and is looking quite miserable.

While pondering the situation with Richard, Ken (Swain) heads over to get more information on what is happening with Robert.  He is clearly not doing well, but the exact nature of what is happening is still a bit vague to Ken.

Ken strikes up a conversation with Scott Hanon, a research technician with Pheonyx Engines who appears to be one of the people co-ordinating the simulation.  Scott explains that the simulation is an elaborate computer model.  The 10 potential cadets have designed "virtual cars" by specifying a large set of parameters that comply with a range of possible values and the maximum aggregate values available for the simulation.  These "virtual cars" are then run through a set of simulated vehicle tests using computer software - frontal/side collision tests, 10 second straightline acceleration, tight cornering at 50/70/90/110 kmph, emergency breaking at  50/70/90/110 kmph, etc.  We have a few fun tests near the end that don't count, like getting the models to try jump the Canal.

When asked about Robert's vehicle model he replies -

Quote from: Scott Hanon
Robert's car is very underpowered compared to the others.  The others have modelled fuel/engine assemblies that reach the simulations agreed maximum of 7.5, his rates only at 5.7 however.  I'm not sure if their is a fault in his assembly configuaration or if he just made a mistake, I'd need to look into the data.  He could be trying to make a point or illustrate something different, but thats a fairly bold thing to do when your in a knockout simulation for a cadetship place, most cadets just comply to the parameters and squeeze out as much as they can.



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« Reply #71 on: August 12, 2007, 12:28:51 AM »

Ken also ponders what useful skills Trevor may have.

From the earlier discussions he has had (off camera) he knows that Trevor works as a reluctant personal assistant under Janette Bateman for the Emergence Technologies Conglomerate.  He started his career as a technical researcher, but as a result of restructing within ETC he was moved to more of an administration support role.  Most his later skill development seems to be based around avoiding/minimising contact with his boss and trying to cover up any mistakes he might have made.

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« Reply #72 on: August 12, 2007, 02:14:29 AM »

Perfectly happy that I've directed people to the booth then, that seems fine. Yes I misunderstood the product, sorry.


It sounds like I'm a lot of places at once, but assuming this isn't all happening at the same time...

RE: Richard. I'll pop open the hood and pull out somehting important liek a spark plug, holding it in front of him. Then I'll begin the process of talking him out. If security intereferes I'll tell them I'm concerned and he trusts me, and that I may be able to get him out with no one getting hurt. (half true..)

In the end I will suggest security throw him out of the party, to avoid undue publicity by calling police. And I'll talk Richard into getting out of the car, get some contact info for him, and explain I know how he can make some money legally and safer. (As outlined above), and inform him I might be able to help keep him out of jail.

On Trevor..If  I can't get what I want from conversation, I'll use cold read...
(4 questions, target may spend 1 action die to resist each question)
What skills does he posses that would benefit the agency? Is he actually competent? Does he have a strong sense of loyalty? What's the most important thing to him?


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« Reply #73 on: August 13, 2007, 07:40:03 AM »

It sounds like I'm a lot of places at once, but assuming this isn't all happening at the same time...

GC Blather:  Yes I've broadly covered a few different social interactions in the last post.  You can go back to nay or all of those discussion son more detail if you like.  I've tried to prevent a few different options, so you can pursue what is of interest to you and gloss over the rest.
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« Reply #74 on: August 13, 2007, 07:57:40 AM »

Ken (Swain) scrutinises Trevor a bit more closely - thinking over what he has discussed with him, and seen of him this evening.  He decides to apply his 4 question analysis to Trevor, in this case - What skills does he posses that would benefit the agency? Is he actually competent? Does he have a strong sense of loyalty? What's the most important thing to him?

Pondering on this briefly against the backdrop of the Pheonyx Engines cocktail party, the answers come into focus at the front of his mind.

Cold Read (4 question) Analysis of Trevor Martin.

What's the most important thing to him?
Trevor has been ignorantly working away for all his career, waiting for the time when things will improve.  It is only just dawning on him now that things may not improve by themselves, and he could be stuck in this rut for the rest of his life if he doesn't make an attempt to change some things.  Of course its one thing to think of changing and another thing to actually make changes, and there is always the issue of how much and what to change.

Does he have a strong sense of loyalty?
He seems to have very little loyalty to his current boss and employing company, this seems to stem from him being given the run around all the way through his career.  Likely his future loyalty to others will depend on how much they are assisting/preventing in him changing his life.

Is he actually competent?
Yes but only at the skills he posses, outside of that he is clearly not competent.
He also seems to lack the charisma and social skills to be communicative about things he is competent at.

What skills does he posses that would benefit the agency?
Based on your assesssment Trevor's work history would revolve largely around Analysis, Bureaucracy, Science, Investigate and Profession (Administrator).  From trying to deal with minimising his contact with his boss in recent years it sounds like he has been focusing his efforts on Blend, Bureaucracy and Notice.
Whether these skills are useful ultimately depends how he was used.  He's definetly not recruit/agent material, but he could make a good specialist or support contact in the right circumstances.  If the need/opportunities came up, he might be useful in conducting a low-risk surveilance operation over an extended period of time, or performing as a mole within a company's administration.
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