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The Adventures of Cormac Payne!

Adventure 2, Session 1
Pittsburgh, 1933 (Day 1)

JUSTIN
OK, then let’s begin… Someone is attacking you.

BESHEER
This is the prequal, right?

JUSTIN
Yes, and somebody just whalloped you pretty hard in the face

BESHEER
Ouch

BESHEER
Where am I?

JUSTIN
You don’t know, but there is a bright light shining in your face. WHAM! Again in the face.

BESHEER
Think. Think! How did I get here. “Ouch”

JUSTIN
The hit was surprisingly soft…

JUSTIN
“Wake up!”

BESHEER
“What? Honey? Is that you? I had the most horrible dream.” Open my eyes and hope I see something happy

JUSTIN
Your wife is standing above you with a pillow. “Honey, you have to get up or you’ll be late for work!”

BESHEER
Get up, start getting ready “Sorry. Sorry. Right. Work. I have to give them back their tests. I hate this part. I mean, the ones that try do well enough, but then the others…”
“Do I have time for breakfast?”

JUSTIN
“Of course, but didn’t you say you had to go see Dr. Kohout first thing today?”

BESHEER
Smacks his head with his hand "Oh. right. But with the quantum nebulizer you should be able to heat something up pretty quickly, right? How has that been working out? I mean, other than eggs. The eggs were a mes when we tried them.

JUSTIN
She smiles… “Sweetie, the last time I tried using it we set the kitchen on fire!”

BESHEER 9:30 pm
Alexander chuckles "True… but I think I got the kinks worked out. Anyway, I’ll just have something for the road and then head over to see Dr. K
Chuckles “you know, he hates it when I say that”

JUSTIN 9:30 pm
You sit down in the kitchen for a nice breakfast of ham and eggs… Your character does eat ham, right? :)

BESHEER 9:31 pm
lol. sure

JUSTIN 9:31 pm
Your wife has the radio on, playing a Buck Rogers serial.

BESHEER 9:33 pm
“You know, buck rogers is nice, but I really hope things are better in the future than they say.
They don’t even have quantum nebulizers

JUSTIN 9:33 pm
“Quiet sweetie, I want to see if Princess Elthana can defuse the Hydro-X Bomb.”

BESHEER 9:35 pm
“Of course she…” Alex trails off and goes back to eating

JUSTIN 9:35 pm
There’s the sound of an explosion on the radio. “I guess not…”

JUSTIN 9:36 pm
“Oh, before I forget, I have to go to the market today. Did you need anything?”

BESHEER 9:37 pm
Alex stands and kisses his wife on the head “No. I’m sure you’ll get whatever we need. I should get going though. See you tonight.”

JUSTIN 9:37 pm
“Bye bye!”

JUSTIN 9:37 pm
Dr. Daniel Kohout, your boss, works over at Duquense University. It’s a short walk to his lab.

BESHEER 9:38 pm
I grab my notes, straighten my tie and head over

JUSTIN 9:39 pm
Nothing interesting happens on the way there. Dr. Kohout’s lab is in the basement of the Science Department, down a long winding staircase. As you head down, you see the lights flicker and hear a loud electrical sound.

BESHEER 9:40 pm
normal, I assume.

JUSTIN 9:41 pm
You also hear what sounds like squawking. And it smells like someone’s cooking chicken.

BESHEER 9:42 pm
Chicken! Wait, I already had breakfast.Anyway, head over to the office

JUSTIN 9:43 pm
“Dr. Ferrer, is that you?” a heavily accented voice calls out from inside.

BESHEER 9:44 pm
Alex heads and opens the door dramatically “Yep. Dr K., it is I!”

JUSTIN 9:45 pm
Make a Perception roll

BESHEER 9:48 pm
11

JUSTIN 9:50 pm
OK, so you beat your Perception by a few points. It looks like a tornado has hit the lab, which given its normal level of disarry is saying something. There are several cages with chickens in them, which would also explain the smell. Dr. Kohout, an eastern-European fellow with a thick mop of hair, is chasing one around the room.
“Dr. Ferrer, please give me a hand! These birds are smarter than I thought!”

BESHEER 10:13 pm
Alex laughs and takes a moment to survey the scene… then grabs a cage and moves to catch the chicken running from the Dr. tactics roll? vs a chicken? oh. or traps. I can build a chicken trap

JUSTIN 10:14 pm
Let’s say a Dexterity roll

BESHEER 10:15 pm
fail. I got an 11, need a 10
would have succeeded in my chicken trap construction though

JUSTIN 10:17 pm
Well, at least you only miss catching the chicken and don’t do any actual damage. The chicken, in its zeal to escape, flies towards a rack of test tubes. “NOT MY SULFURIC ACID COLLECTION!”

BESHEER 10:17 pm
I think now is where I stop and build a chicken trap
what’s he got for bait?

JUSTIN 10:18 pm
Well, not sulfuric acid. As you ponder what kind of bait there is you hear glass breaking and a sizzling noise.

BESHEER 10:19 pm
“This is silly, running after a chicken. We should make it come to us…Now what to use for bait… Hey, what are you feeding them?”
Alex starts setting up his trap, while he waits for the good doctor to come to his senses and answer the question

JUSTIN 10:21 pm
“It’s just a damn chicken, not a Bengal Tiger! Now help me catch it!”

BESHEER 10:21 pm
sigh “This is silly” Alex declares as he picks up his cage and tries again.
dex of 8
beats my 10

JUSTIN 10:22 pm
Perhaps the acid burned the chicken’s wings, or a simple acceptance of its fate, but it seems to have lost some of its zeal. You catch it easily. In all honesty, I was waiting for you to just draw your pistol and shoot it.

BESHEER 10:23 pm
lol
I probably don’t even have a pistol right now
On my way to school

JUSTIN 10:25 pm
Dr. Kohout comes over to you and angrily snatches the cage out of your hand. “So, Mr. Chicken, who is laughing now?!?!”

BESHEER 10:26 pm
laugh “I am, Dr. K. In all seriousness, what’s all this about chickens anyway?”
And how did they get out?
Alex goes to inspect the cages as he talks

JUSTIN 10:27 pm
“I’m glad you asked Dr. Ferrer. I’m just finishing the final tests of the cosmalizer. I’ve tested it on two caged chickens with positive results, but wanted to remove the metal from the equation.”
Your eyes slowly wander over to a pair of semi-melted cages on the floor, with what looks like the world’s worst Thanksgiving turkeys inside them.

BESHEER 10:29 pm
nods “That might help… I guess we need another way to restrain them though. Mr. Chicken doesn’t seem to want to be cooked.” Alex’s eyes wander the lab, looking for something he can use to restrain a chicken besides metal.
Maybe a glass bowl?
Or some rope?

JUSTIN 10:30 pm
Perception roll.

BESHEER 10:30 pm
9. need a 15

JUSTIN 10:31 pm
You find some twine.
You manage to truss up the chicken decently enough, and for good measure break its wings too.

BESHEER 10:32 pm
I tie a little hoop and hand offer the rope to Dr K. “Would you like to do the honors?”
Yeah

JUSTIN 10:33 pm
Dr. Kohout picks up the chicken and moves it over to an area of the lab that has been cleared of furniture and is completely barren. He puts it on top of a somewhat charred “X” on the floor.

JUSTIN 10:34 pm
He walks over to his desk and picks up a long metal tube with various switches and dials, plugged into a generator. “Dr. Ferrer, I give you the cosmalizer!”
You’re blinded by a bright flash. All you hear is a ZZZZZZAAAAAAAAP, followed by a loud sqwak. When you open your eyes, there’s a burned carcas on the floor.

BESHEER 10:37 pm
nods approvingly Seems to have worked. Didn’t even start a fire

JUSTIN 10:38 pm
“I’m glad you were here to witness this, the day when mankind made warfare itself obsolete!”

BESHEER 10:40 pm
shrugs “Warfare? I guess. More importantly, we can cook a chicken in seconds.” muttering as he pokes at the chicken “Probably want to cook it a little slower. Parts of it are burned”

JUSTIN 10:42 pm
“Cooking chickens is just one of its many qualities. In the hands of a skilled police officer, a bank robber fleeing a crime scene wouldn’t be able to make it three steps before this device melted him to the sidewalk. I’m planning on marketing it as a law enforcement tool, by the way.”
He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a crumpled piece of paper.

BESHEER 10:42 pm
wait… we’re not in the middle of fighting a war, are we?

JUSTIN 10:43 pm
“A war against crime, Dr. Ferrer. Capone was just the beginning, unless we give our boys in blue something to match the firepower that the gangsters are using.”

BESHEER 10:43 pm
nods “I could definitely see that. Though probably would want to modify the waves a little in order to stun rather than cook” Alex wanders to a chalkboard and starts working out formulas

JUSTIN 10:44 pm
“Perhaps we can fix that in a future model. We’re unfortunately at the point where we need to start selling these things or the university is going to cut our funding. Luckily I was able to find a buyer today. How soon can you be ready to leave?”

BESHEER 10:45 pm
blinks “A buyer? Already? Who?”

JUSTIN 10:47 pm
Dr. Kohout hands you the paper, which turns out to be a telegram. “I got this this morning from a fellow called ‘Gunter Janek’. He claims to be representing a major European government and was interested in seeing the cosmalizer demonstrated before making a purchase.”

BESHEER 10:48 pm
relaxes “That’s fine, unless it’s the Germans. I’m not selling to Germans.”
Did we offer it to /this/ government?

JUSTIN 10:48 pm
Well obviously, the Reichsmark is worthless!

BESHEER 10:49 pm
You know, they get touchy about that sort of thing.
Alex starts packing things up for the demo as he talks

JUSTIN 10:49 pm
Dr. Kohout continues: “Janek’s telegram says he’s in Chicago for the next two weeks attending the Worlds Fair. I’d like you to get on a train today and go meet him.”

BESHEER 10:50 pm
nods “You’ll have to see to my classes. Anna will love to see the fair though. Wasn’t sure if we’d be able to make it this year”

JUSTIN 10:51 pm
“Hell, take her. The university’s paying either way.”

BESHEER 10:52 pm
smiles “Quite so. What time is the train? I’ll need to pack up.”
OOC: would I have a phone at home?

JUSTIN 10:52 pm
That’s a bit expensive in this day and age, so I’m going to say no.
“There’s an express leaving around 6pm, so you should have plenty of time to catch it. Go home and pack and I’ll get this thing ready for travel.”

BESHEER 10:55 pm
Alex opens up his briefcase and pulls out some papers “I’ll drop these off in the office. Spent half the night grading them.”

JUSTIN 10:56 pm
Dr. Kohout is already unplugging the cosmalizer and dissassembling it. “OK, I’ll see you whenever you’re ready to leave.”

BESHEER 10:56 pm
Alex heads home, with a stop in the office

JUSTIN 10:56 pm
Unless you want to play it out, we can just end the session now and start the next one in Chicago.

BESHEER 10:57 pm
Sounds good.

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Adventure 1.5, Session 6
Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 2/3)

JUSTIN 3:24 pm
When we last left off, Cormac was going to go off and formulate his plan while Captain Drees took the two imposters into custody.
That leaves you at the bar in the Hotel Europa with Radichenko and the mysterious figure Scott ffolliott.

STEPH 3:24 pm

and Eva was talking to Radichenko in the bar area and trying her best to set up job contacts

JUSTIN 3:25 pm
Yes

STEPH 3:26 pm

Also, I think I just told Mr Ffolliott that I didn’t want to go anywhere alone with him to talk.
Ooh and there was screaming in the hotal somewhere.

JUSTIN 3:26 pm
you did, as well as convincing him that you didn’t know Cormac

STEPH 3:27 pm

Forgot about that.

STEPH 3:27 pm

I’m not sure where to go from here. I figured with all the commotion that we would have headed toward cormac’s room

JUSTIN 3:27 pm
The screaming was from Cormac’s hallway interrogation of the two imposters
However the police arrived and took them into custody
Well, you’ve got Radichenko and ffolliott in the bar, Mr. Decker the hotel manager, who is somewhat annoyed at all the heavily-armed men in his hotel, your father who is probably wondering where you are right about now, and Cormac’s mysterious bird statue, not to mention the kidnapped/disappeared Van Meer.

STEPH 3:29 pm

My problem is that we were waiting for him and I don’t know how to work this if Chrsitian’s character isn’t here. Cause I thin kthat’s is where she would have headed.
Also, I odn’t know about the statue

JUSTIN 3:29 pm
Cormac’s essentially on his own program right now, unless you want to follow him into his room ;-)

STEPH 3:29 pm

*don’t
I guess I could she could try to find a phone in the lobby.

JUSTIN 3:31 pm
On his way upstairs, Cormac comes by and fills you two in on his plan, and what the interrogation of the two imposters revealed.
(You can review the log for the last session if you want: http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/cormacpayne/adventure-log/session-5)

STEPH 3:31 pm

I remember it.

JUSTIN 3:31 pm
And there is a phone at the conciege’s desk.

STEPH 3:32 pm

“Can I please have a call to this number transferred over to one of the phone booths?”

JUSTIN 3:32 pm
“Ov course madam” the concierge replies in accented english.

STEPH 3:33 pm

I will go to whichever booth he mentions.

JUSTIN 3:33 pm
There are two booths off to the side. He motions to the left one.

STEPH 3:33 pm

Okay then that is where I will be.

JUSTIN 3:33 pm
Are you expecting or making a call?

STEPH 3:34 pm

Making. I gave him the number.

JUSTIN 3:34 pm
OK. Who is it the number to?

STEPH 3:34 pm

Her fahter
*father

JUSTIN 3:34 pm
“Eva, my darling, what’s going on? Are you two all right? It’s getting late now.”

STEPH 3:35 pm

“How well do you know Mr. Payne?”

JUSTIN 3:35 pm
“I just met him yesterday. Remember that Italian fellow Fabian, the one with all the art galleries? He’s a friend of his and Fabian asked me to look out for him while he was here.”

STEPH 3:37 pm

“We are fine by the way. So just so I’m clear. You left me with a man who had been wounded in a fight, and you had only just met him? Are you in some kind of trouble?”

STEPH 3:38 pm

JUSTIN 3:38 pm
“No, it’s just we’re working on some new naval agreement with the Dutch and I forgot I had to meet them this afternoon. Aside from the shirt he didn’t seem that bad… well, he said he was fine at any rate.”

STEPH 3:38 pm

“I’m sorry to be so blunt but I cannot think of any other reason that you would do this.”

JUSTIN 3:39 pm
“I owe Fabian a big one from way back and absolutely promised him to take care of Cormac. I’m sorry dear, but I couldn’t be in two places at once.”

STEPH 3:39 pm

“I was afraid that you were in worse trouble than this man seemed and did not want me mixed up in that.”

JUSTIN 3:39 pm
“Are you in trouble?!?! What’s going on?!?!”

STEPH 3:40 pm

“What if they saw my face father? What if the men who were looking for him are looking for me?”

JUSTIN 3:40 pm
“Who is ‘they’?”

STEPH 3:40 pm

“Ther’s a man, Ffolliot, who had been following us all day. He approached me this evening wanting to talk in private about Mr. Payne.”
*There’s
“They is the men who keep turing up to take him someplace or get something that he had.”

JUSTIN 3:42 pm
“Where are you calling from?”

STEPH 3:42 pm

“The phone booth in the lobby at ’ …” Hotel."

JUSTIN 3:43 pm
?

STEPH 3:43 pm

can’t remember the name of the hotel.

JUSTIN 3:43 pm
Make an IQ check

STEPH 3:43 pm

‘….’ hotel

JUSTIN 3:43 pm
or PER, whichever you want

STEPH 3:43 pm

9

JUSTIN 3:43 pm
was it IQ or PER?

STEPH 3:44 pm

16

JUSTIN 3:45 pm
was it IQ or PER?

STEPH 3:45 pm

PER. and they’re both the same.

JUSTIN 3:46 pm
I know, but it’s the difference between recalling and observing. OK, you obviously pass. You look around the lobby and see a sign that says “Hotel Europa”.

STEPH 3:46 pm

That’s what I tell him

JUSTIN 3:46 pm
“That’s just downtown. I’ll be there in half an hour to get you!”

STEPH 3:47 pm

“Wait, what about Cormac?…err Mr. Payne? He is still trying to figure all of this out.”

JUSTIN 3:48 pm
“I’ll deal with Mr. Payne! Right now your safety is my main concern!”

STEPH 3:48 pm

“Okay. I’ll say good evening to my new friend and I will meet you in the lobby.”

JUSTIN 3:49 pm
OK. Do you want to do anything else while you’re waiting?

STEPH 3:49 pm

I want to go say goodbye to Radichenko. Did Cormac leave?
I’d lso like to say goodbye to him and let him know that my father is coming to the hotel.
*also

JUSTIN 3:51 pm
He was talking with Radichenko when you returned.

JUSTIN 3:52 pm
He said he would stick around to speak with your father, but otherwise he was going to do some serious drinking … er, thinking and work on his deception plan tomorrow.

STEPH 3:52 pm

“Gentlemen. I’m afraid that I will have to leave you. And before you say anything Mr. Payne I think it will be okay for us to split up if my father is the one coming to pick me up.”

JUSTIN 3:53 pm
He agrees and says if you’re still up for helping him to meet him here tomorrow night.
He also, almost as an afterthought, gives you the bird statue and asks if you can figure out what it is.

STEPH 3:54 pm

“Very well then. Goodevening. Mr Radichencko, please take my calling card.” She smiles at him
Also, she takes the statue.

JUSTIN 3:54 pm
“Of course Miss Wehrenberg. I do hope we meet again” he says with a big toothy smile.

STEPH 3:55 pm

“It would be my pleasure.”
Was anyone watching Cormac handing the statue off to me?

JUSTIN 3:56 pm
Make a PER roll

STEPH 3:56 pm

I rolled an 11

JUSTIN 3:57 pm
Well, the bar is getting pretty crowded by now. After all the comotion, people are naturally thirsty. However, you don’t see anyone looking.

STEPH 3:57 pm

I’ll casually put it in my purse.

JUSTIN 3:57 pm
OK

STEPH 3:58 pm

I’ll have a look at it later.

JUSTIN 3:58 pm
k

STEPH 3:58 pm

Going to the lobby to wait for my father to pick me up.

JUSTIN 3:58 pm
OK, he eventually shows up

STEPH 3:58 pm

How does he look?

JUSTIN 3:58 pm
Pissed
“Where is he?”

STEPH 3:59 pm

“Everything is okay. I promise. I don’t think any of this was his fault. If anything I think that it is Van Meer who is at fault.”

JUSTIN 4:00 pm
“Where is he?!?!”

STEPH 4:00 pm

“In the hotel talking with a friend.”

JUSTIN 4:00 pm
“Stay here… I’ll be right back.”

STEPH 4:00 pm

“Really nice man actually, I may ask him for a job.”
“No please. Let’s just go.”

JUSTIN 4:01 pm
Do you want to make a roll on this?

STEPH 4:01 pm

Yes. What should I roll?
Diplomacy?

JUSTIN 4:02 pm
That works.

STEPH 4:02 pm

I rolled 9 I have 14

STEPH 4:02 pm

Way to go high INT

JUSTIN 4:03 pm
He rolled a 5, with an IQ of 12

STEPH 4:03 pm

Damn
Sorry Christian

JUSTIN 4:04 pm
His features soften a little. “My dear, I just want to talk to him.”

STEPH 4:04 pm

“I just don’t want to be left alone too long.”

JUSTIN 4:04 pm
With a look of almost-resignation he says, “You can come too if you want.”

STEPH 4:05 pm

“Please. I’ll make sure to keep the bag along as well.”

JUSTIN 4:05 pm
?

STEPH 4:05 pm

Sorry that last bit was for you

JUSTIN 4:05 pm
Oh

STEPH 4:05 pm

she didn’t say it
So yeah she follows him

JUSTIN 4:06 pm
Well, I’m not going to play out a whole scene with Christian not here. Let’s just say your father goes in there and expresses in very descriptive terms what will happen to Cormac if anything should happen to you.

STEPH 4:06 pm

I figured

JUSTIN 4:06 pm
However he does it in a nicer way that he probably would have if you were not there.

STEPH 4:06 pm

Cool.

JUSTIN 4:07 pm
If there’s nothing else he’s ready to leave.

STEPH 4:07 pm

She’s ready too.

JUSTIN 4:07 pm
OK, he drives you to the house where you two are living. It’s a nice older looking house, with good running water and decent electricity.

STEPH 4:08 pm

On the ride home I want to start inspecting the statue.

JUSTIN 4:08 pm
Was there anything in particular you wanted to do for the rest of the evening?
OK
I should warn you it’s dark out now, and I’ll throw a bunch of penalties for trying to inspect a statue in the dark in a moving vehicle.

STEPH 4:08 pm

What should I rool? Snthro or History?

STEPH 4:08 pm

*Anthro

JUSTIN 4:08 pm

STEPH 4:09 pm

Warned

JUSTIN 4:09 pm
I’d say generic IQ, since neither of those really apply

STEPH 4:09 pm

*roll
16.
I’d say its a safe bet that she doesn’t get anything from it.

JUSTIN 4:10 pm
http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/cormacpayne/items/bird

JUSTIN 4:11 pm
Well, it’s definitely primitive art, but you don’t really specialize in this sort of thing.

STEPH 4:11 pm

It won’t let me look at it.

JUSTIN 4:11 pm
Try again

STEPH 4:12 pm

OKay.
got it.

STEPH 4:14 pm

I think miss Eva will need to make herself some food when she gets home. I can’t remember either of us ever eating.

JUSTIN 4:14 pm
That sort of thing happens “off-camera”, along with toiletry usage. :-)

STEPH 4:14 pm

Oh, I was not aware.
No one tells me anything.

JUSTIN 4:15 pm
Only becomes an issue if you’re not in ‘civilization’

JUSTIN 4:16 pm
So if there’s nothing else you can go to sleep and resume your activities the next day.

STEPH 4:16 pm

Well my plan is to find out more information on this statue thing. I’ll commit all of the little details (once in the light) to memory. I will keep it on me but I don’t want to take it out in public.

JUSTIN 4:16 pm
OK, make an IQ roll to see how well you study the statue.

STEPH 4:16 pm

And yes she will be researching the following day.
8

JUSTIN 4:17 pm
OK, you do a pretty-good job memorizing it. If you want, you can even have a little sketch of it drawn to take around with you.

STEPH 4:17 pm

No thank you. I don’t want to take the chance of someone seeing a sketch. One less thing to lose.

JUSTIN 4:17 pm
Well, I see again you have a photographic memory, so it shouldn’t matter

STEPH 4:18 pm

I was just about to say that.

JUSTIN 4:18 pm
I’m still learning your characters…

STEPH 4:18 pm

I know.
Also, before I forget she is also going to check out a book to learn dutch.

JUSTIN 4:19 pm
Well, the next day comes bright and early. Your father has to go to work, as usual, and gives you a stern warning about being careful while Mr. Payne is in town.
We can add that to your itinerary.

STEPH 4:20 pm

How close do they live to a library. A good library.

JUSTIN 4:20 pm
By foot, by bike, or by car?

STEPH 4:20 pm

by foot
I don;t think she drives.
*don’t

JUSTIN 4:21 pm
That’s never stopped most women I know.
OK, by foot it’s about 90 minutes walking

STEPH 4:21 pm

Yeah but I am assuming that there is only one car for there family
Yarg. WOuld they have a bicycyle?

JUSTIN 4:22 pm
Oh there is, but most people at this time have bicycles

STEPH 4:22 pm

Tgere we go. Biking then.

JUSTIN 4:22 pm
I’d say more like half an hour by bike

STEPH 4:22 pm

I have ride equines. How much different could it be :)

JUSTIN 4:22 pm
I thought you also had the Bicycling Skill. Did you drop it?

STEPH 4:22 pm

Never had it

JUSTIN 4:23 pm
Weird. Can you e-mail me a new character sheet then, because the one I have of you has it.
It’s a DX skill

STEPH 4:23 pm

Neveermind
I thought it would be with ride but apparently I’m just not as observant as my character.
Bad memory too.
Rolled 9 on the dot

JUSTIN 4:24 pm
You and your character are VERY different. I can’t help but notice your character hasn’t walked into any walls either.
OK then, you can at do a basic right over good terrain.

STEPH 4:24 pm

Or stubbed her toe or recently fractured her wrist while fighting. Yeah totally different

JUSTIN 4:25 pm
No large dogs around to drag her into walls or through houses either

STEPH 4:25 pm

Exactly

JUSTIN 4:25 pm
So yeah, you can ride a bike

STEPH 4:26 pm

That’s the plan of the day then. Full research mode.

JUSTIN 4:27 pm
OK, you go to the library and check out a book on the Dutch language.

JUSTIN 4:27 pm
You can also make a roll on research (IQ)

STEPH 4:27 pm

I have research. I rolled antoehr 9

JUSTIN 4:27 pm
Sorry, IQ-5

STEPH 4:27 pm

Woot woot!
IQ – 1

JUSTIN 4:28 pm
My GURPS Lite says it’s -5. Either way you pass.

STEPH 4:28 pm

Unless it’s because it’s in antoehr language
*another I can’t type either

JUSTIN 4:28 pm
Boy, I hadn’t even thought of that. Do you have any other languages?

STEPH 4:29 pm

No. That was a character quirk. Even though she learned all this other cool stuff in school she never learned any other languages.
Just wasn;t any time.
*wasn’t

JUSTIN 4:29 pm
Not even Latin?

STEPH 4:29 pm

Nope
Strange quirk huh?

JUSTIN 4:30 pm
Wow… I’m trying to figure out the penalty for doing research in a Dutch library without actually speaking or reading Dutch

STEPH 4:30 pm

I guess with that you could make it inus five since I would have to look up anyhting that wasn’t in english.
*minus

STEPH 4:31 pm

I’m sure I could make use of one of the librarians. They’re librarians oen of them should be able to speak a little english

JUSTIN 4:32 pm
Oh yes. I’ll fold that into your roll. What kind of books are you looking for exactly?

STEPH 4:35 pm

Lost civilzation (rumors) in africa, know civilizations that existed, waring tribes, tombs, oh and anything written by Van Meer on the subject of Africa. I’mm looking for journals, academic papers, and books!
*I’m

JUSTIN 4:37 pm
Hmmm… those are a little specialized for here. She thinks and after a while recommends either the Amsterdam Museum or the Central Library.

STEPH 4:38 pm

How far of a bike ride would that be?

JUSTIN 4:38 pm
About 2 hours

STEPH 4:39 pm

Yikes. Could I catch a taxi fro the house?
*from
or call one?

JUSTIN 4:39 pm
Yes, your father gives you enough money to get around

STEPH 4:40 pm

I guess I will just have to get a cab then. Central library

JUSTIN 4:40 pm
OK, about three hours later your taxi pulls up to the Central Library.

STEPH 4:41 pm

Oh my gosh. I’m gonna learn so much reading on the ride back.
I’ll find another english speaking libarian and tell her the same thing.]

JUSTIN 4:41 pm
Oh whoops. It was only 90 minutes. My bad.

STEPH 4:42 pm

Its cool

JUSTIN 4:42 pm
OK, make an IQ roll.

STEPH 4:43 pm

16

JUSTIN 4:45 pm
You find several academic journals written by Van Meer, one of which is in English

STEPH 4:46 pm

Woot. What is it about?

JUSTIN 4:47 pm
“A Treatise on the Myths and Legends of Negro Cultures”

STEPH 4:47 pm

Yes. I shall check that out.

STEPH 4:47 pm

Out of the library I mean

JUSTIN 4:47 pm
OK

STEPH 4:48 pm

Did I find anyhting on mythical african civilzations?

JUSTIN 4:48 pm
Make a PER roll

STEPH 4:48 pm

another 9

JUSTIN 4:48 pm
There are several sections in the book on it.
When you’re checking it out, an older man next to you leans over and asks “Why are you checking out that particular book?”

STEPH 4:50 pm

“I heard about all the commotion yesterday and he sounded so interesting! I thought I would have a look at what his lecture would have been on.”

JUSTIN 4:50 pm
“Oh so you were attending the lecture?” He seems to be studying your face now.

STEPH 4:50 pm

So what should I roll to lie?

JUSTIN 4:51 pm
Unless you have a specific lying skill, I’d go with PER

STEPH 4:51 pm

“No, unfortunately I couldn’t attend. How about you. Were you able to go?”
I’ve got diplomacy but I odn’t think that will work. I rolled 13

JUSTIN 4:53 pm
He pauses, a bit of a look on his face. “No, I did not go. Those things do not interest me very much.”

STEPH 4:53 pm

“Oh. Well then what made you notcie the book?”
*notice

JUSTIN 4:54 pm
“Forget I asked. Good-bye” He drops his stack of books on the counter and walks out. “Wait sir! You forgot your books!” the librarian calls out.

STEPH 4:55 pm

What books did he have?

STEPH 4:55 pm

“Did he alread ycheck these out?”
*check

JUSTIN 4:56 pm
“I was just making him a card so he could.” the librarian says.

STEPH 4:57 pm

“What was his name, he didn’t tell me, then I smiled and he ran out quick as you can.”

JUSTIN 4:58 pm
She looks at his card. “Max Ekéus.”
Because you have a photographic memory, you remember Cormac gave you that name last night.

STEPH 4:59 pm

“If you give me his address and the card I would be glad to deliver the books on my way home.”
thank you
Was he one of the men who attacked cormac in the hallway?

JUSTIN 5:00 pm
153 Provincialeweg in Uitgeest
No, Cormac told you that those two men were working for a man called Ekéus.

STEPH 5:02 pm

“Well is that everything he was checking out? Oh, and his card?”

JUSTIN 5:02 pm
“Oh yes, thank you very much.” the librarian says.

STEPH 5:02 pm

“Not a problem miss.”

STEPH 5:03 pm

Did I get my Dutch phrase book/ Teach yourself dutch book?

JUSTIN 5:03 pm
Yes, you’ve got it. Of course the fact that you’ve spent some time living in Holland means as soon as you can spend character points you can snap it up cheap.

STEPH 5:04 pm

Yeah I know. I just didn’t want to cheese it. So I figured a phrase book would be the best thing for it.
You know I’m taking all these books home with me right?

JUSTIN 5:04 pm
Well, yeah, obviously.

STEPH 5:05 pm

Actually I’m having the taxi take me back to the hotel. I want to speak with Cormac right away.

JUSTIN 5:06 pm
Cormac said he was going to be out all day working on his plan. He was pretty vague on the details.
But roll PER anyways.

STEPH 5:06 pm

boo.
14

JUSTIN 5:07 pm
Outside of the library you see Ekéus standing on the street also hailing a cab.

STEPH 5:08 pm

OKay. I’m not Cormac I’m not gonna say follow that cab!

JUSTIN 5:08 pm
Make a curiosity roll…

STEPH 5:08 pm

Damnit
12

JUSTIN 5:08 pm
Don’t put down Disadvantages unless you’re willing to have them activated. :-)

STEPH 5:09 pm

Hahaha
I know.

JUSTIN 5:09 pm
You feel compelled to follow the cab

STEPH 5:09 pm

I figured that would be the only reason she’d hang out with a fella like Cormac in the first place.
I hail a cab as well.

JUSTIN 5:09 pm
You get one pretty easy.

STEPH 5:10 pm

“Could you please follow that cab, but stay far enough back that they don’t know you are following them.”

JUSTIN 5:10 pm
The cab driver agrees and you set off after Ekéus.

STEPH 5:11 pm

Where are they headed?

JUSTIN 5:11 pm
Out of town, but you’re not sure where.
You do notice when they pass the spot alongside a dirt road where you and your father found Cormac yesterday.

JUSTIN 5:12 pm
You travel through several other small towns and a bunch of fields.

STEPH 5:12 pm

I’ll keep on them then. At least until they slam on the breaks or it looks like he is stopping to get out at a safe house. I want to make note of any address and see if it matches up or maybe even if he has a home and a family;.

JUSTIN 5:13 pm
Nothing matches up yet

STEPH 5:14 pm

Alright. Well at the very least I can keep on this guy.

JUSTIN 5:14 pm
All of a sudden your driver stops the cab. He turns and looks at you with a confused look on his face. “Where they go?”

STEPH 5:14 pm

Can I make a per roll?

JUSTIN 5:14 pm
Sure

STEPH 5:14 pm

11
If they have some Loony Tunes fake backdrp I’m gonna be so mad.

JUSTIN 5:16 pm
You’re on an elevated road in the middle of several fields. There are a few windmills nearby by you don’t see anyone standing outside of them. Up in the air a plane in lazily circling around.

STEPH 5:17 pm

Time to leave. I’ll make note of the area, again. “We can leave. Thank you for coming all this way.”

JUSTIN 5:17 pm
You could swear one of the windmill blades is going the wrong way, though

STEPH 5:17 pm

grr
Are you using curious again?

JUSTIN 5:17 pm
You have high perception and are naturally curious. You’re pretty-much doomed. :-)

STEPH 5:18 pm

shit

JUSTIN 5:18 pm
I’m amazed you’ve even survived this long.

STEPH 5:18 pm

Do I get anothe roll or am I still feeling the effects of the last one?
*another

JUSTIN 5:19 pm
You’re still on your mini-quest to follow Ekéus

STEPH 5:19 pm

boo
Are there roads leading to these eindmills
*windmills?

JUSTIN 5:19 pm
Yes

STEPH 5:19 pm

Guess where we’re going?

JUSTIN 5:20 pm
The windmills are within walking distance, maybe only a few hundred yards away
but you can have your cab drive drop you off in front too

STEPH 5:21 pm

Okay “Do you mind waiting here for a moment? If anything happens please drive to this address and ask for Cormac Payne. Tell him where I am. I don;t know this man but I do want to return this to him.”
*don;t
grr
*don’t

JUSTIN 5:22 pm
The cab driver agrees

STEPH 5:22 pm

Thank you. I’ll only be a moment
""
I’m walking over to the wrong windmill
Carrying the books

JUSTIN 5:23 pm
ok. you walk down the path. it’s still a little muddy but you make it down pretty easy. you come up to the main door.
it’s ajar

STEPH 5:24 pm

I’ll try to open it quietly

JUSTIN 5:24 pm
Do you have a roll for that?

STEPH 5:25 pm

nope
I can blindly roll dex

JUSTIN 5:25 pm
It’s DX-5

STEPH 5:25 pm

It will not be pretty
DEX of 9 (4) I rolled 11
ouch

JUSTIN 5:27 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4g0YpYO_Uo Go to the 1:24 mark
I think that’s as good a note as any to end on.

View
Adventure 1.5, Session 5
Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 2)

JUSTIN 5:23 pm
OK, the let’s resume another exciting episode in The Aventures of Cormac Payne!
Steph, the man in the bar is coming at you.

STEPH 5:23 pm
in what way? Does he look threatening or like he is just approaching me?

JUSTIN 5:23 pm
Make a PER roll

STEPH 5:24 pm
Rolled a 10
6 under

JUSTIN 5:25 pm
He’s striding over with a determined look on his face

STEPH 5:25 pm
I will look approachable.

JUSTIN 5:26 pm
He comes up to you, “Ah, excuse me Miss, you don’t happen to speak any english do you?”

STEPH 5:30 pm
“Whyyes I do. What can I do for you?”
*Why stupid fingers

JUSTIN 5:30 pm
You and your friend are in terrible danger. Is there a chance we could talk somewhere more private?

STEPH 5:31 pm
“I’m sorry but I don’t even know you. I’m not a fool.”

JUSTIN 5:31 pm
Radichenko looks at him: “In my country we have better lines to meet women than that!”

STEPH 5:31 pm
“Also, have you been following me?”
She giggles

JUSTIN 5:32 pm
“Oh, sorry, I haven’t even introduced myself. Scott ffolliott, London Times.”

STEPH 5:32 pm
“Do you have any ID?”

JUSTIN 5:33 pm
“Oh, yes, let me get my passport.” He produces a British passport with his name and picture.

STEPH 5:33 pm
“Well that is a great looking passport picture. I’m still not going anywhere in private with you. I’m waiting on someone. Sorry.”
“It was a pleasure meeting you Mr Ffolliot.”

JUSTIN 5:34 pm
“Your friend with the bloody shirt? Sorry, pardon my language… With the torn shirt.”

STEPH 5:34 pm
“Someone else entirely.”
Hey what do I roll to lie?

JUSTIN 5:35 pm
Let me check

PEANUT GALLERY 5:35 pm
bluff?

STEPH 5:35 pm
If not I’ll be obvious about it.

JUSTIN 5:35 pm
4th

STEPH 5:36 pm
no bluff
I’ve got diplomacy
that’s it

JUSTIN 5:38 pm
I’m going to go with opposed PER rolls.

CHRISTIAN 5:38 pm
There’s a detect lies skill though.

STEPH 5:38 pm
deal

CHRISTIAN 5:38 pm
And not having it would mean rolling at a penalty.

STEPH 5:38 pm
I rolled a 7. That’s also 9 under!

JUSTIN 5:39 pm
Well, you definitely beat him.
“I’m terribly sorry for inconveniencing you.” He heads back to his table and sits down. Radichenko looks at you. “Who was that?”

STEPH 5:40 pm
“That is the man that has been foll9owing us all day.”
*following

JUSTIN 5:41 pm
“Do you want me to crush him like insect?”

STEPH 5:42 pm
“No…please. That would be a bit much. He could have been telling the truth for all I know, but I’m not just going to leave with an unknown man. Especially when I’m having such a wonderful time.”

JUSTIN 5:42 pm
“Yes, is wonderful time to be alive. Can I buy you another drink?”
Roll PER.

STEPH 5:43 pm
“Although finding Cormac and taking that man to him might not be such a bad idea.”

PEANUT GALLERY 5:43 pm
(No thanks. Fish make love in it.)

STEPH 5:43 pm
5!
Woot woot

JUSTIN 5:43 pm
How do you pre-roll electronic dice? I wonder…
You hear a bloodcurdling shriek from somewhere in the hotel.

STEPH 5:43 pm
Just hit the button a bunch

CHRISTIAN 5:43 pm
She could be rolling 16s and still succeed.
Freakishly high int

STEPH 5:44 pm
true

PEANUT GALLERY 5:44 pm
sometimes it’s worth stacking a stat

JUSTIN 5:44 pm
Radichenko laughs: “Someone is having good time, no?”

STEPH 5:44 pm
What did I get from that perception roll?

JUSTIN 5:45 pm
You hear a bloodcurdling shriek from somewhere in the hotel.

STEPH 5:45 pm
You know that everyone in the hotel didn’t hear?

JUSTIN 5:45 pm
Well, the tone of the shriek was more of a shriek of surprise than of pain.
And it was a woman’s.

STEPH 5:46 pm
“I hope so.”

JUSTIN 5:46 pm
You also hear a crashing sound

STEPH 5:46 pm
“Maybe someone had too much to drink.”

JUSTIN 5:46 pm
That sounds like dishes being dropped.
You see several hotel staff running down the hall.

STEPH 5:47 pm
“Okay something is definately not great.Look.”

JUSTIN 5:47 pm
Back to you Cormac

CHRISTIAN 5:48 pm
I’m going to have the one dressed like a cop throw one of his pairs of handcuffs to the other, and have them both cuff their hands behind their backs.

JUSTIN 5:48 pm
The man in the police officer’s uniform is opening his mouth to say something when you hear a shriek

CHRISTIAN 5:49 pm
I’m still in the door of the room, but I’m not looking away from those two until they’re neutralized.
I’m carrying a backup, they probably are too.

JUSTIN 5:49 pm
They both look at you, then down the hall, then back at you.

CHRISTIAN 5:49 pm
If the noise is in the hall, I’ll take a free action.

JUSTIN 5:49 pm
It is

CHRISTIAN 5:50 pm
“Rufen Sie die Polizei! Fragen Sie nach Capt Vrees. Sagen Sie ihm, Cormac Payne hat zwei bewaffnete Männer in das Hotel Europa inhaftiert.”

CHRISTIAN 5:51 pm
“Und eines war wie ein Polizist gekleidet.”

JUSTIN 5:51 pm
You hear a feeble female voice say “Ja… ja… Natuurlijk meneer.”
You also hear footsteps approaching.

CHRISTIAN 5:51 pm
“Danke, aber schnell bitte.”
I’ll risk a glance then.

JUSTIN 5:52 pm
“Wat is er aan de hand hier?”
Roll PER

CHRISTIAN 5:52 pm
11
They just heard what was going on…more impostors.
Dammit.

JUSTIN 5:53 pm
You glance quickly to see a person in a hotel uniform (looks female) and several other people in hotel uniforms approaching.

CHRISTIAN 5:53 pm
I’ll repeat the call the police part.
Including the “one is dressed like a cop.” part.
And the “please hurry” part and “Capt Vrees” part.

JUSTIN 5:54 pm
OK. You hear: “Wees voorzichtig. Hij heeft een pistool.”

CHRISTIAN 5:54 pm
I’ll also say to please stay back, because the men are dangerous.
Diplomacy?

JUSTIN 5:55 pm
Go for it.

CHRISTIAN 5:55 pm
Any bonus for gossip about why I walked in wearing a bloody shirt?

JUSTIN 5:56 pm
“Zoek Decker!”

CHRISTIAN 5:56 pm
?
Search Decker?

JUSTIN 5:56 pm
That’ll definitely play on the NPC reaction chart.

CHRISTIAN 5:56 pm
What does that even mean?

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
Maybe you heard it incorrectly.

CHRISTIAN 5:57 pm
Well, I critted, so any bonus is now superfluous.

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
For diplomacy?

CHRISTIAN 5:57 pm
Yep.

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
Wow…

CHRISTIAN 5:57 pm
3.

JUSTIN 5:57 pm
Well, roll PER again.

CHRISTIAN 5:58 pm
Where the hell was that crit when I was getting stabbed in the stomach?

JUSTIN 5:58 pm
You mean impaled by the switchblade?

PEANUT GALLERY 5:58 pm
maybe you can get them to stab themselves now?

JUSTIN 5:58 pm
Wait for the Japanese campaign

CHRISTIAN 5:58 pm
12…barely.

JUSTIN 5:59 pm
OK, you gather from the conversation that they’re getting someone more important, maybe the manager or house detective. Whoever he is, he finally arrives and you tell him the same thing you told the hotel staff.

PEANUT GALLERY 5:59 pm
(how are you guys rolling?)

CHRISTIAN 6:00 pm
Dice roller on Obsidian Portal.

JUSTIN 6:00 pm
Obsidian Portal has electronic dice (upper right corner)

PEANUT GALLERY 6:00 pm
ah ok

JUSTIN 6:02 pm
While we wait for Cormac to return, Eva, is there anything you want to do?

CHRISTIAN 6:02 pm
Did you get my last action?

JUSTIN 6:02 pm
Neg

CHRISTIAN 6:02 pm
While that’s happening, I’m doing the handcuff thing.
Having the guy dressed like a cop throw one pair of handcuffs to the other, and having them both cuff their hands behind their back.

JUSTIN 6:02 pm
OK, they comply and handcuff each other

CHRISTIAN 6:03 pm
I’ll also pick up their guns and IDs
Silencers?
Or one silencer?

JUSTIN 6:03 pm
Just regular guns

CHRISTIAN 6:03 pm
“How did you two get mixed up in this mess?”

JUSTIN 6:03 pm
“Vat is going on here?”
“Decker” (whoever he is) seems to have arrived.

CHRISTIAN 6:04 pm
“Evening Decker. Can we speak German?”

JUSTIN 6:04 pm
“Why do you want to speak German?”

JUSTIN 6:04 pm

“Warum willst du deutsch sprechen?”
Stupid translator

CHRISTIAN 6:05 pm
“Diese Männer sprechen mehr als eine Sprache, und ich denke, es ist weniger wahrscheinlich, dass sie Deutsch sprechen als Niederländisch und Englisch.”

JUSTIN 6:07 pm
“Nun, das ist alles sehr ungewöhnlich, aber ich werde tun, was Sie fragen.”

CHRISTIAN 6:07 pm
“Diese Männer waren geschickt, mich zu entführen. Sie sagten mir, sie waren Polizei, obwohl sie nicht wussten, Informationen, die ich bei der Polizei gegeben hatte zuvor an diesem Nachmittag.”

JUSTIN 6:08 pm
“Ich glaube Ihnen, aber wir können nicht über bewaffnete Männer in diesem Hotel. Bitte geben Sie mir Ihre Waffen.”

CHRISTIAN 6:11 pm
Sorry ,translate’s being stupid.
“Ich kann Holster meine Pistole, und ich kann Ihnen ihre zwei Pistolen. Allerdings kann ich Ihnen keine Mine, bis Vrees ankommt.”

CHRISTIAN 6:13 pm
“Haben Sie irgendwo können wir diese Jungs dauern, bis die Polizei eintrifft?”
“Um nicht zu erschrecken die Gäste?”

JUSTIN 6:14 pm
“Ja, wir werden sie an das Büro des Managers übernehmen”

JUSTIN 6:16 pm
You hand him their two pistols and Decker and the other hotel staff move the two men into the Manager’s office. Decker goes to reassure the other hotel guestes, then calls the police.

CHRISTIAN 6:16 pm
Danke. Helfen Sie mir mit ihnen. Achten Sie darauf, die Handschellen sind eng, und stellen Sie sicher, sie sind nicht verstecken keine zusätzlichen Waffen. Die gefälschten Polizist hat auch Schlüssel zu den Handschellen.
Was going to ask him to check them and retrieve the cop’s handcuff key.
Plus check them for extra weapons

JUSTIN 6:18 pm
They give the men a thorough searching and find a wad of money, some crumpled up paper, and a set of car keys as well.

CHRISTIAN 6:18 pm
I’ll ask if I can see them.

CHRISTIAN 6:18 pm
I’ll also take a look at their IDs.

JUSTIN 6:19 pm
Jan Prins and Klaas Vos
Decker gives you them and asks if you knew these men.
Eva, was there anything you wanted to do while this was going on?

STEPH 6:20 pm
Nope. I’m just kinda waiting to see what was going on in the hotel and drinking with Radichenko.

CHRISTIAN 6:20 pm
“Ich habe noch nie diese Jungs vor. Was haben Sie über den Angriff auf Albert Van Meer gehört an diesem Morgen?”
Sorry, I’ll wait.

JUSTIN 6:21 pm
OK, Eva I’m going to have you make a sobriety roll then.

CHRISTIAN 6:21 pm
Yeah, that’s 3 drinks in an hour, isn’t it?
You want the drinking rules?

STEPH 6:21 pm
what did that run off of again?
Its the third drink

CHRISTIAN 6:22 pm
Higher of HT or carousing

STEPH 6:22 pm
I rolled a 7 I’ve a 10.
I’ve got a 10 HT

JUSTIN 6:22 pm
OK, you’re still sober-ish.

CHRISTIAN 6:22 pm
Fail, and you slip one down the track from sobriety to being passed out drunk.

CHRISTIAN 6:22 pm
Critically fail, and you drop two.
But you should have a penalty for having an empty stomach.

CHRISTIAN 6:23 pm
-2 for an empty stomach.

JUSTIN 6:23 pm
She still passes by 1

CHRISTIAN 6:23 pm
-1 for every drink over ST/4 in one hour.

STEPH 6:23 pm
yep

CHRISTIAN 6:24 pm
Wow, they really worked out a getting drunk system.
Pg. 440.

PEANUT GALLERY 6:24 pm
Steve Jackson knows what’s important in an RPG

JUSTIN 6:24 pm
Most games have way too much drinking. Anways, in response to your question Decker says: “Nur, dass er am helllichten Tag ermordet. Solche traurigen Zeiten der wir leben.”

CHRISTIAN 6:25 pm
“Nicht ermordet. Entführt.”
“Durch diese Jungs.”

JUSTIN 6:25 pm
“Was?” Just then the police arrive.

CHRISTIAN 6:25 pm
Vrees?

JUSTIN 6:26 pm
Yes, it’s Vrees. He looks at them, looks at you, and says: “Cormac, zijn wat in de hemel je aan het doen?”

CHRISTIAN 6:27 pm
I’ll explain what happened in German, and ask if these guys are crooked cops, crooks with a stolen uniform, or idiots sent on an idiotic errand.

JUSTIN 6:27 pm
Let me make some interrogation rolls.

CHRISTIAN 6:28 pm
I made one that you never gave me the result of
But it was still a success.

JUSTIN 6:28 pm
True.
Klaas isn’t talking but Jan (the policeman) spills his guts.

JUSTIN 6:30 pm
He says they normally work as muscle around here, but recently a foreign man called Mr. Ekéus hired them to kidnap someone called Payne out of this hotel. He describe him as an American with glasses carrying a black bird statue.

CHRISTIAN 6:31 pm
Recently as in, in the past few hours?
Because that’s the timeline.

JUSTIN 6:32 pm
No, they were hired several days ago but were just told they would be providing security for someone.

CHRISTIAN 6:32 pm
And even that I have it at all is an assumption.

JUSTIN 6:32 pm
They got the phone call about Payne several hours ago.

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
I’m going to ask Vrees if we can speak German for a moment.

JUSTIN 6:33 pm
Vrees doesn’t speak very good German, but suggests you talk in another room.

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
Can’t.
What other languages does he speak?
French?

JUSTIN 6:33 pm
Wait, Drees. My bad.

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
Mine too.

JUSTIN 6:34 pm
He just speaks Dutch and some broken English.

CHRISTIAN 6:34 pm
Okay, another room then.
I’m going to forego using Google Translate this time.

JUSTIN 6:34 pm
Just make a language roll for Dutch

CHRISTIAN 6:35 pm
What would I roll? And do I get my phrasebook bonus?
14, fail.
Unless phrasebook pushes me over.
Or we can keep using German.
Wait! I have an idea.
We can use Decker as a go-between.

JUSTIN 6:36 pm
Decker agrees, although he’s a little uncomfortable with this whole situation (especially after hearing that he has a criminal target staying in his hotel).

CHRISTIAN 6:37 pm
“First things first, I think Decker should receive a public commendation from the police to reassure guests that this is a safe hotel. He handled this very well.”

CHRISTIAN 6:38 pm
Swear that was my plan before you mentioned he was uncomfortable.

JUSTIN 6:39 pm
“Yes, but that will depend on how much assistance he gives us.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:39 pm
“I trust your judgment.”

JUSTIN 6:39 pm
Naturally Decker is translating this from Drees with an even more annoyed look on his face.

JUSTIN 6:40 pm
“First things first. Who knew you were staying here?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:40 pm
“Second, there are things going on here that need to be discussed openly. There’s more to Van Meer than meets the eye.”

JUSTIN 6:41 pm
“I passed my report, including your testimony, to my Commander. He said that because we were unable to find anything in Uitgeest, and because everyone already thinks Van Meer is dead, it would just make more sense to go with that story. Otherwise we look like idiots.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:41 pm
“Van Meer saw this coming.”

JUSTIN 6:42 pm
“What?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:42 pm
“I was hired indirectly by Van Meer through a backchannel as a courier and bodyguard. He suspected he was being surveilled, and that his abduction was likely.”
“We staged a chance meeting this morning…good thing we did, too.”

JUSTIN 6:43 pm
OK, make your PER roll to convince him of this.

CHRISTIAN 6:43 pm
8.

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
How much did you beat by?

CHRISTIAN 6:44 pm
What was the target?
Just PER?

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
Yeah

CHRISTIAN 6:44 pm
Or do I get a bonus because he knows me, likes me, and trusts me?

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
You both beat your targets, but it looks like you beat yours by a higher margin.

CHRISTIAN 6:45 pm
My IQ is 12, so my margin was 4.
Again, unless I had a bonus for his knowing me.

JUSTIN 6:45 pm
He looks suspicious: “Why didn’t you bother to tell me that little bit of information at the police station?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:46 pm
“Part of the job…absolute discretion, and I was hoping to keep my part secret to avoid what just happened in the hotel from occurring.”

JUSTIN 6:46 pm
“So if you didn’t trust me then, why should I trust you now?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:46 pm
“I’m not asking you to trust me, I’m asking you to help me save Van Meer.”
“Besides, it wasn’t that I didn’t trust you…I didn’t trust your department.”

JUSTIN 6:48 pm
“And why shouldn’t I just have you both kicked out of the country? Do you realize how preposterous this story is?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:48 pm
“Keep in mind one of these guys showed up in a stolen police uniform.”
“Having seen that, do you trust your own department in this?”
“Are you sure the decision to bury the news that he’s alive wasn’t corruption?”

JUSTIN 6:48 pm
He pauses. “They said they got their orders several hours ago… that was roughly when you got to the police station.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

JUSTIN 6:49 pm
“Are you accusing my Commander of being corrupt?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:49 pm
“Ever since the ambulance, I’ve been less trusting of anyone in a uniform I don’t already know.”

JUSTIN 6:50 pm
“If I was going to help you, what exactly do you need?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:50 pm
“Someone else might have convinced your commander to bury the story.”
“When I first met Van Meer face to face during the staged meeting, the first thing he told me was that he was being followed.”
“He said that he didn’t expect any problems if he stayed in public places, and I didn’t see a reason to disagree with him.”
“Still, he handed off an item to me for safekeeping…a bird totem.”

JUSTIN 6:51 pm
“Yes, those two mentioned it. Why is it so important?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:52 pm
“I don’t know. He said it was his insurance policy. I tell you, you would never guess how cagey Van Meer is from looking at him.”
“He was also carrying a duplicate of it.”

JUSTIN 6:52 pm
“A duplicate? Why?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:53 pm
“His plan was to display the duplicate on his person while the real one was concealed away from prying eyes, and that was where I came in as a courier.”

CHRISTIAN 6:53 pm
“But the ambulance put my role in the open, and that plan’s shot.”

JUSTIN 6:53 pm
“I’m hearing a lot of exposition, but get to the point: what can I do to help?”

CHRISTIAN 6:54 pm
“Let’s leak false information about the totem to these guys through the police.”
“It will be a good way to check where the leak is, and maybe we can take them before they leave the country.”

JUSTIN 6:54 pm
“Like what?” [GM – trans from Dutch]

PEANUT GALLERY 6:55 pm
ok, I should head off; have fun everyone!

JUSTIN 6:55 pm
Good night!

CHRISTIAN 6:56 pm
“We claim that it’s hidden somewhere easily accessible by three to five men, brief the police on it, then put only a token car in front of it, then use a bigger force of people you trust in hiding, watching the site.”
“They’ll focus on the decoy security, and they’ll never see the bigger force coming.”
“If they were going to leave the country with Van Meer, they would have done it by now, and if they only needed the artifact, they would have killed Van Meer for real this morning…they need Van Meer and the artifact.”

CHRISTIAN 6:58 pm
“Van Meer will be able to take care of himself until then. I asked if he was afraid of interrogation, and he just laughed and said he was a master at misdirecting answers and deception.”
“And after what I’ve seen of him so far, I believe him.”

JUSTIN 6:58 pm
“The museum would be a good target.” [GM – trans from Dutch]

CHRISTIAN 6:59 pm
“No. They’ve already spent weeks, maybe months casing the museum. We need somewhere new.”
“Not his home, not his office, not the museum, and not Decker’s hotel.”

JUSTIN 7:00 pm
Decker seems to like the last one, and he puts particular emphasis on it.

CHRISTIAN 7:00 pm
And that’s all the time we have for tonight
Unless Steph had anything?

JUSTIN 7:01 pm
We still have 23m
Unless you all want to quit early.

CHRISTIAN 7:01 pm
Seems like Steph’s been on the back burner a while.
What’s she doing during the conversation?

JUSTIN 7:02 pm
Eva?

STEPH 7:02 pm
Well I suggested that we can (Radichenko and I) could get that guy to come up to see Cormac.

JUSTIN 7:03 pm
You mean after you told him you had no idea who Cormac was?

STEPH 7:03 pm
But I think at this point it would be a bit much to put that into what was happening
I didn’t say that.

CHRISTIAN 7:04 pm
Think she just said she wasn’t waiting for me.

STEPH 7:04 pm
I said that I wsn’t meeting him.

CHRISTIAN 7:04 pm
Besides, she’s +6 appearance, she can lie however she wants and it’s fine.

STEPH 7:04 pm
yep’

JUSTIN 7:04 pm
Well, unless Cormac has a desired location, Captain Drees agrees to your plan and to take the two men into custody until further notice.
He says he’ll put out the disinformation you suggested and to call him when you have a place in mind.

CHRISTIAN 7:05 pm
I think we should separate them and keep interrogating Jan.

CHRISTIAN 7:05 pm
And I don’t think we should talk over the phone, just in case.
I’m all for ending here, so we can straighten out everything that’s happened so far.

CHRISTIAN 7:06 pm
Besides, time is of the essence, and, even though these two had car keys, I doubt they’re the only ones at the hotel right now.

JUSTIN 7:06 pm
OK that works. Tune in next week for another episode in The Adventures of Cormac Payne!

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Adventure 1.5, Session 4
Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 2)

JUSTIN 4:52 pm
When we last left off, Cormac and Eva were arguing with a Dutch policeman by the museum.

CHRISTIAN 4:53 pm
I’d asked for one of the police who was there that morning.

JUSTIN 4:53 pm
Waarom wilt u spreken met een politieagent?

STEPH 4:53 pm
I was standing by.

CHRISTIAN 4:53 pm
Why do you speak to a policeman?

JUSTIN 4:54 pm
Damn Google.

CHRISTIAN 4:54 pm
Don’t think the translator gave you what you were looking for.

JUSTIN 4:54 pm
Look, you don’t exactly speak Dutch either, so that’s what you think he’s saying.

CHRISTIAN 4:55 pm
You know, I’m taking the time to put my translated phrases back into English to avoid that…it only takes a moment.

JUSTIN 4:56 pm
The Dutch policeman is looking at you for a response.

CHRISTIAN 4:57 pm
“Ich war heute Morgen hier, während der Schießerei. Ich habe mor einformation für die Polizei.”
ugh, let me try that again.
“Ich war heute Morgen hier, während der Schießerei. Ich habe weitere Informationen für die Polizei.”
There you go.
Stupid spaces.

JUSTIN 4:58 pm
Echt waar? Ik zal mijn leider.
He motions for you to stay where you are, then walks over to another group of police

CHRISTIAN 4:58 pm
I will be my leader?

JUSTIN 4:59 pm
Apparently he is using the same company that supplies Afghan terps.

CHRISTIAN 4:59 pm
While he walks over, I’ll get out my phrasebook for handy reference.

JUSTIN 5:00 pm
OK. The cop is coming back with another cop, who has more shinies on his uniform.

STEPH 5:00 pm
“Maybe when this is all over you can help me buy one of those?”
*pointing at the phrasebook

JUSTIN 5:01 pm
Ja? U informatie?

JUSTIN 5:01 pm
The police captain is looking at you.

CHRISTIAN 5:02 pm
“Guten Tag. Ich war hier während der Schießerei … Ich war während der Schießerei stach, eigentlich. Ich wollte mehr Informationen an die Polizei über den Angriff geben.”

JUSTIN 5:03 pm
Oh? Wat wil je zeggen?
Steph, make a Perception roll

STEPH 5:05 pm
I rolled 9 I have 16

JUSTIN 5:05 pm
You see a man standing across the street casually observing you.

STEPH 5:06 pm
What does he look like? Is it one of the guys from earlier when we found Cormac?

CHRISTIAN 5:06 pm
“Ich kann Ihnen Beschreibungen der Komplizen und Informationen über ihre Motive und wohin sie gingen. Ich habe eine Menge von Informationen, so könnte es einfacher sein, zurück zu Ihrer Polizeidienststelle oder eine Tasse Kaffee.”

JUSTIN 5:07 pm
He looks in his thirties, with a jacket and tie. He’s either got a large forehead or a receding hairline, you can’t tell from here. You’re sure you’ve seen him from somewhere before but can’t place where.

JUSTIN 5:09 pm
The captain agrees and motions you to a police car
Are you going to go?

STEPH 5:10 pm
“Cormac, do you know that man watching us?” I try to casually point him out wihtout being to obvious.
*without

CHRISTIAN 5:11 pm
(to police captain) “Bevor wir gehen, kann ich bitte Sie um Ihre ID? Es klingt seltsam, aber es wird mehr Sinn machen, wenn ich Ihnen sage, diese lustige Geschichte über einen Krankenwagen.”
Do I need a perception roll for the guy?

JUSTIN 5:11 pm
Sure

CHRISTIAN 5:12 pm
10. Got it unless there’s a negative modifier.

JUSTIN 5:12 pm
The captain looks a little annoyed, but shrugs and pulls out his ID. It looks legit.

CHRISTIAN 5:12 pm
I meant for the guy Steph was talking about.

JUSTIN 5:13 pm
Oh. You also recognize the man from earlier. You remember seeing him at both the reception yesterday and the museum before the shooting.

CHRISTIAN 5:14 pm
The French cop?

STEPH 5:14 pm
“I know I’ve seen him before on multiple occasions, but I’ve never met him.”

JUSTIN 5:14 pm
No, he was wearing civilian clothes then too. You didn’t speak to him.

CHRISTIAN 5:14 pm
Well, nothing inherently strange about that.
If I was some random guy from the auction and shooting, I’d be standing around too, most likely.
I’ll remember his face.

JUSTIN 5:15 pm
OK. If there’s nothing else, the police captain motions for you to get in the car.

CHRISTIAN 5:15 pm
(aside to Steph) “He was at the museum reception and the shooting.”

STEPH 5:15 pm
“I’ve seen him before that.”

STEPH 5:16 pm
“small community I guess.”
If Cormas thinks it is safe to get in the car I will follow.
*Cormac

JUSTIN 5:17 pm
Well?

CHRISTIAN 5:17 pm
One second…checking my notes.

CHRISTIAN 5:20 pm
“Auch bevor wir gehen, gab es zwei Indizien Ich wollte sicherstellen, dass Sie in Ihrer Obhut hatte. Erstens, die Kamera des Mörders … er war als Fotograf ausgibt. Zweitens, seine Pistole … das Attentat war gefälscht. Ich weiß nicht, welche Art von Munition verwendete er.”

JUSTIN 5:21 pm
We hebben zowel de camera als het pistool. Ik hoop dat je ons kan vertellen wie de moordenaar was.

CHRISTIAN 5:23 pm
“Ich werde Ihnen sagen, alles, was ich von ihm weiß und seine Freunde. Lassen Sie uns gehen.”
I’ll motion for Eva to get in the car
And then follow her.

JUSTIN 5:25 pm
OK, they take you to the police station. I think we can safely skip over the resulting conversation. How truthful do you want to be, and is there anything in particular you want to omit?

STEPH 5:25 pm
I’ll get in.
“Where is he taking us?”
I’ll smile at the police officer

CHRISTIAN 5:26 pm
I plan to be completely honest and explicit.

JUSTIN 5:26 pm
He smiles back. Apparently the police department does not have a good dental plan.
Steph, same question?

CHRISTIAN 5:26 pm
You can pretty much recycle everything I told Fisher.

STEPH 5:27 pm
I can’t think of anything that I have to hide.

JUSTIN 5:27 pm
Steph, does your appearance give you any positive modifiers?

STEPH 5:27 pm
Yeah…

CHRISTIAN 5:27 pm
Only like +4.

JUSTIN 5:27 pm
OK.

CHRISTIAN 5:28 pm
Whoops..+6

CHRISTIAN 5:28 pm
Unless he’s gay.
Then it’s only +2.

STEPH 5:28 pm
That was all for me.

JUSTIN 5:28 pm
Ummm… ok.

CHRISTIAN 5:29 pm
How about some bonuses for my keeping his guys from getting shot?
You told me to remind you.

JUSTIN 5:30 pm
Well, the next three hours pass a lot faster than you thought they would. The police ask you the same questions over and over again. How did you know Van Meer? What were you doing there?
Why was Van Meer killed? Oh, he wasn’t killed? Then why not?

CHRISTIAN 5:31 pm
Wow, I actually have good answers for all of those questions.
That’s a nice change from previous characters.

STEPH 5:31 pm
I’m gonna sit back and listen to everything.

CHRISTIAN 5:31 pm
Do they at least call over to Uitgeest?

JUSTIN 5:32 pm
Yes, and apparently the trail went cold. You get the feeling that these cops are desperately looking for a lead.

CHRISTIAN 5:32 pm
Well, they have descriptions of the guys.
That’s something.
And they’ve got at least one set of fingerprints.
Maybe more if they recovered the first car.

JUSTIN 5:32 pm
They do, but in the absence of computers it will take several weeks to actually check them.

CHRISTIAN 5:33 pm
We gave them the maps and whatnot, so they could get some info off that as well.

JUSTIN 5:33 pm
After a while the police captain who brought you there interrupts the interrogators.

Heren, deze twee helden. Ik denk dat ze hebben ons verteld wat ze weten. Misschien kunnen we dit morgen voort te zetten.

CHRISTIAN 5:35 pm
“Hier ist die Telefonnummer für mein Hotelzimmer im Hotel Europa. Wenn ich in irgendeiner Weise helfen können, rufen Sie mich einfach.”
You know, assuming the room has a phone.

JUSTIN 5:36 pm
It does. The interrogators agree and the police captain offers to drive you back.

CHRISTIAN 5:36 pm
Does he have a name?

JUSTIN 5:36 pm
Captain Drees

CHRISTIAN 5:37 pm
Okay, I’ll shake his hand and bid him good day when we get out. What time is it?

STEPH 5:37 pm
I’ll smile and say goodbye.

JUSTIN 5:38 pm
It’s around 5pm

CHRISTIAN 5:38 pm
Great, not late for drinks yet.

JUSTIN 5:38 pm
He smiles back. If he’s gay, he’s faking it pretty well.

JUSTIN 5:41 pm
Well, if there’s nothing else Captain Drees drops you both off at the Hotel Europa.

CHRISTIAN 5:41 pm
“Well, no point waiting on the sidewalk. Let’s head in and see what we can figure out. Also, I need a drink.”

STEPH 5:41 pm
“I think I need a library.”
“can I meet with you in an hour or so?”

CHRISTIAN 5:42 pm
“Don’t go wandering around on your own. If I was the kidnappers and saw you with me, I’d probably already be planning on abducting you.”

STEPH 5:43 pm
“Well then maybe tomorrow first thing in the morning. I want to figure out what he was working on that could have been so important…”

CHRISTIAN 5:44 pm
“A dig in Africa.”
I’m going to head up to the front desk.

STEPH 5:44 pm
“Obviously, but of what? What did he find, and where did he find it?”

CHRISTIAN 5:44 pm
“Alle berichten die voor mij?”
(to Eva) “Artifacts most likely, and probably valuable ones if he’s been kidnapped.”

JUSTIN 5:45 pm
No messages at the front desk.

CHRISTIAN 5:46 pm
To the hotel bar then.

JUSTIN 5:46 pm
Make a perception roll

STEPH 5:46 pm
“Again, obvious, but why go through all the trouble of kidnapping him when they could just kill him and take whatever it was that he found?”

CHRISTIAN 5:46 pm
Both of us?

JUSTIN 5:47 pm
Or either one.

CHRISTIAN 5:47 pm
16, fail.
Steph?

STEPH 5:47 pm
I got 7

CHRISTIAN 5:47 pm
“Probably because they couldn’t just take it.”

JUSTIN 5:47 pm
You see a large man with a beard coming up behind Cormac

STEPH 5:48 pm
“Which leads me to the why. Also, I wonder if they got all of his research notes from before he left.”
“Cormac…” I point behind him.

CHRISTIAN 5:48 pm
I turn around.

JUSTIN 5:48 pm
It’s Dr Radichenko

CHRISTIAN 5:49 pm
“Владимир! Рад тебя видеть! Ты рано.”

CHRISTIAN 5:50 pm
“Let me introduce Miss Eva Wehrenberg.”

STEPH 5:50 pm
“Good evening Dr. Radichenko”
yet another smile

CHRISTIAN 5:50 pm
“Eva, this is Dr. Vladimir Radichenko.”

JUSTIN 5:51 pm
“Good evening Miss Wehrenberg.” He gives a big grin. You briefly contemplate opening a gold mine in his mouth.

CHRISTIAN 5:51 pm
“Eva, I’ve got to ask you to keep Dr. Radichenko entertained for a few minutes while I go put on a clean shirt.”
(To Radichenko) “Long story…not all the blood is mine.”

JUSTIN 5:52 pm
“Cormac, what the hell were you doing today?”

CHRISTIAN 5:52 pm
Can’t believe I forgot I was wearing a bloody shirt.

JUSTIN 5:52 pm
“Blood? I just assumed it was a winery accident gone horribly wrong.”

CHRISTIAN 5:52 pm
Probably got some interesting reactions from people.

JUSTIN 5:53 pm
Yes, you wondered about the curious look from the matre’de, but just chalked it up to snotty foreigners.

CHRISTIAN 5:53 pm
Wow, that first cop looks even more incompetent now.
“I’ll be back in a moment with an interesting story.”

JUSTIN 5:53 pm
(As does the Gamemaster controlling him)

JUSTIN 5:54 pm
“So can I buy you a drink Miss?”

STEPH 5:54 pm
“Well, Dr. Radichenko. How about you buy me a drink?”

CHRISTIAN 5:55 pm
Going to get a clean shirt and replace the three or four bullets from this morning.

JUSTIN 5:55 pm
You must have an interesting “To Do” list.

STEPH 5:55 pm
guess I’m not getting that drink then

JUSTIN 5:56 pm
“What do you drink?”

STEPH 5:57 pm
“Usually I don’t but when in Rome. What do you suggest?”

JUSTIN 5:58 pm
“Jenever is the traditional brand of ‘Dutch courage’ around here.”

STEPH 5:58 pm
Seriously if he says anything other than водка I’ll be surprised.
“How about I have whatever it is you are having.”

JUSTIN 5:59 pm
“Excellent! Barkeeper, two shots of grain alcohol!”

CHRISTIAN 5:59 pm
Time for some HT rolls.

STEPH 6:00 pm
14! I missed it by 4!

JUSTIN 6:00 pm
Well, it’s definitely not grain alcohol but it is delicious.
Very delicious.

STEPH 6:00 pm
“Maybe one more?”

CHRISTIAN 6:00 pm
Actually, you shouldn’t have to roll just yet.

STEPH 6:01 pm
that must mean that my second one fails miserably.

JUSTIN 6:01 pm
One more? I’ve had toast less toasted than you.

CHRISTIAN 6:01 pm
It’s a roll against the higher of HT or Carousing if you drink more than ST/4 drins in an hour.

JUSTIN 6:01 pm
OMG, you took the Carousing skill, didn’t you?

CHRISTIAN 6:01 pm
And there are tons of special rules.
-2 for an empty stomach.

STEPH 6:01 pm
I didn’t

CHRISTIAN 6:02 pm
Each failure shifts you down the line from sober to tipsy to drunk to unconscious.
A botch drops you two levels.

STEPH 6:02 pm
so she’s drunk?

CHRISTIAN 6:03 pm
No, what’s your ST?

STEPH 6:03 pm
10

CHRISTIAN 6:03 pm
So if you have more than 2.5 drinks in an hour, you roll.

STEPH 6:04 pm
Oh, well I’m fine then.
Another great experiment

JUSTIN 6:04 pm
Well, I guess you have more luck than most college girls.

CHRISTIAN 6:05 pm
3 drinks in an hour and you’ll get to experiment with the pink elephants and heaves special rules.

JUSTIN 6:05 pm
“So Miss Wehrenberg, how exactly do you know Cormac?”

STEPH 6:05 pm
“I really don;t. He works with my father. I was asked to acompany him fo the day.”
:-D for
*for…not smiley face
stupid keys

JUSTIN 6:06 pm
“Well, you should know Mr. Payne is a very … interesting fellow.”

STEPH 6:06 pm
“He speaks more languages than most people I’ve met. I’velearned that one very fast.”

CHRISTIAN 6:06 pm
I’d say that I’m back, but only a minute or so has gone by…I’m probably still waiting for the elevator. At least I’ll probably have it all to myself.

JUSTIN 6:07 pm
You just left.

STEPH 6:07 pm
“Also, he seems to know so many interesting poeple.”

CHRISTIAN 6:07 pm
I’m sure Steph’s character can tell where I am from the surprised screams of other hotel guests.

STEPH 6:08 pm
are there people running to the bar to get a drink?
talking about the man covered in blood.

JUSTIN 6:09 pm
Aside from his outfit being a wreck, he doesn’t look that bad. The police cleaned him up a little but he’s obviously disheveled.
The bar isn’t that crowded yet either. People are still drifting in.

STEPH 6:10 pm
My character has money right?

JUSTIN 6:10 pm
I’m trying to avoid money whenever possible (you have it, but I don’t want to play accountant). What do you want?

STEPH 6:11 pm
“Well, I know it is a bit out of custom, but the next drink is on me.”

JUSTIN 6:11 pm
“But of course!”

STEPH 6:11 pm
I summon the bar tender.

JUSTIN 6:11 pm
“Yes, ma’am?”

STEPH 6:12 pm
“Two more of the same please.”

JUSTIN 6:12 pm
He serves you two more glasses

STEPH 6:12 pm
“So how do you know Mr. Payne?”

JUSTIN 6:12 pm
“We are … how you say … business competitors.”

STEPH 6:13 pm
“Competitors? What do you compete for?”

JUSTIN 6:13 pm
“We both work in collection of rare antiquities. He has his bosses. I have mine.”

STEPH 6:14 pm
“Ah, but still old friends it seems?”

JUSTIN 6:14 pm
“In this business, today’s rival is tomorrow’s friend.”

CHRISTIAN 6:14 pm
Nicky. GAGARRIIIIIIIIIINNNN!!!!!

JUSTIN 6:16 pm
OK, while Cormac screams at random people in the hall, Steph, make another Perception roll.

STEPH 6:16 pm
“That makes sense. It’s the same with my line of work too. Or it will be once I get hired.”

JUSTIN 6:16 pm
“What is line of work for you?”

STEPH 6:17 pm
“Science, Mathematical probabilities, Breaking down compounds and seeing where it takes us…you know that sort of thing.”
“But purely apllicable types of things. Not just theory. That’s what I love.”

STEPH 6:19 pm
“Don;t get me wrong I like digging too, and history.”
stupid semi-colon being all in the way
“What exactly do you do in antiquities?”

JUSTIN 6:21 pm
“If you are interested, I could see if there is job for you at our embassy.”
“We have all types of programs to sponsor young scientists and mathamaticians.”

STEPH 6:21 pm
“That would be wonderful except I don;t speak Russian…yet.”

JUSTIN 6:22 pm
“We have program for that too. I work at University of Leningrad. We have all kinds of Americans and Europeans come and work with us and by end of work they speak Russian like the Tsar.”
He immediately glances around him

STEPH 6:23 pm
Not anymore

JUSTIN 6:23 pm
“Pardon me. They speak Russian like Comrade Lenin.”

STEPH 6:23 pm
With no rolled R’s!

CHRISTIAN 6:24 pm
Almost as funny as “they speak Russian like Karl Marx.”

STEPH 6:24 pm
“I wouldn’t say no if you wanted to put in a good word or two for me.”

JUSTIN 6:24 pm
Make another Perception roll

STEPH 6:24 pm
“I can always give you my references and I was top of my class.”
13

JUSTIN 6:25 pm
The man who was staring at you by the crime scene is in the bar.

STEPH 6:26 pm
“Exucse me Dr. Richenko, but I think I am being followed.”

JUSTIN 6:26 pm
Cormac, also make a Perception roll.

CHRISTIAN 6:26 pm
Am I back yet?
9. Success.

JUSTIN 6:27 pm
You’re in the middle of changing your shirt when you hear a knock at the door.

CHRISTIAN 6:28 pm
Well, since my pistol’s already out, I’ll stand to the side of the door with the pistol pointed at it and call “yes?”

JUSTIN 6:28 pm
There is another knock.

CHRISTIAN 6:29 pm
Is there a peephole in the door, or is that a modern thing?

JUSTIN 6:29 pm
Not on this door.

CHRISTIAN 6:29 pm
Is there a chain?

JUSTIN 6:29 pm
Yes.

CHRISTIAN 6:30 pm
Okay, I’ll hold the barrel of the gun against the inside of the door, stand to the side, put my foot against the inside, and open it a crack.
This is going to be one dead maid.

JUSTIN 6:31 pm
There is a man in civilian clothes and a policeman standing in the hall.
“Mr. Payne?”

CHRISTIAN 6:31 pm
“Yes?”

JUSTIN 6:32 pm
“We are with the National Police and were hoping you would come with us and tell your story to our Director.”

CHRISTIAN 6:33 pm
“Of course. I’ll be with you in one moment. I’m just changing my shirt and checking in with my boss.”
Closing the door.

JUSTIN 6:34 pm
Something doesn’t feel right.

CHRISTIAN 6:34 pm
No shit.

JUSTIN 6:34 pm
That was your Danger Sense roll.

CHRISTIAN 6:34 pm
I beat my roll to it.
I’m turning on the sink and then calling Drees.

JUSTIN 6:36 pm
You hurridly close the door in their face before they can respond, walk into the bathroom and get the sink going.
You then walk over to the phone to call Captain Drees. You can’t get a connection.

CHRISTIAN 6:36 pm
Clever.
How about the front desk?

JUSTIN 6:37 pm
The phone is just dead.
There is another knock at the door.

CHRISTIAN 6:37 pm
Well, that simplifies the problem.

CHRISTIAN 6:38 pm
I’ll stand to the side of the door, unchain it, and, if it isn’t kicked in, I’ll fling it open and tell them to face the wall and put their hands on their heads.

JUSTIN 6:39 pm
Should I assume your pistol is drawn when you say this?

CHRISTIAN 6:39 pm
I already had it out.
If I can finally get the drop on your NPCs, perhaps bloodshed can be avoided for once.

JUSTIN 6:40 pm
Just checking. After the third knock you throw open the door to the surprise of the two men. Of course the gun in your hand is an even bigger surprise. It’s like having a birthday on Christmas.

CHRISTIAN 6:40 pm
I think this is about to become the Adventures of Eva Wehrenberg.

JUSTIN 6:41 pm
Both men slowly raise their hands and turn around.

STEPH 6:41 pm
The adventures of EvaWehrenburg getting kidnapped by mysterious man in the bar that she’s seen before.

CHRISTIAN 6:41 pm
“Lie on the floor, face down, keep your hands behind your head, and look away.”

JUSTIN 6:42 pm
I want to confirm this is in the hallway.

CHRISTIAN 6:42 pm
Yes, that’s where they were standing.

JUSTIN 6:42 pm
OK, they comply.

CHRISTIAN 6:43 pm
“Each of you in turn, reach slowly for your weapons and ID, then throw them down the hall. First the one on my left.”

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
Make a Perception roll

CHRISTIAN 6:44 pm
Taking an aim action.
8. Success.

JUSTIN 6:44 pm
OK, the man on the right slowly reaches into his pocket and pulls out a pistol. He tosses it aside.

CHRISTIAN 6:44 pm
“ID?”

JUSTIN 6:45 pm
He slowly reaches into his coat pocket and tosses out a wallet.

CHRISTIAN 6:45 pm
“Now you.”

JUSTIN 6:45 pm
“Mr. Payne, this is outrageous!”

JUSTIN 6:46 pm
The policeman also slowly reaches into his pocket and pulls out a revolver, before tossing it down the hall. He then repeats with a wallet.

CHRISTIAN 6:46 pm
“Maybe, but put yourself in my shoes. My phone is dead, I had no prior contact from the police on my phone, no messages waiting, a random knock at my door, and then no answer when I asked who it was.”
“And one instance with an impostor this morning that nearly killed me.”

JUSTIN 6:47 pm
“Mr. Payne this is a great misunderstanding. We are the police. All we want to do is ask you your story.”

CHRISTIAN 6:48 pm
“That’s another thing. The police already have my story.”

JUSTIN 6:49 pm
The two men both look at each other with worried expressions. Every plan has a moment that could be avoided by proper ORM. This is that moment.

CHRISTIAN 6:49 pm
“Which would be a reasonable thing for any actual police to know.”
“So tell me who you are and who you work for and I won’t kill you.”

JUSTIN 6:50 pm
Do you have any interrogation skills?

CHRISTIAN 6:50 pm
I might. Let me check.

CHRISTIAN 6:51 pm
No, but it defaults to IQ-5.
And I’ve got some modifiers.

JUSTIN 6:52 pm
Is it opposed? If so, what skill do they use?

CHRISTIAN 6:52 pm
Interrogation vs. their Will for each question.
5 minutes per question.
+3 for severe threats.
I could get +6 with torture, but I don’t plan to torture them.

JUSTIN 6:53 pm
In the hallway?

CHRISTIAN 6:53 pm
-5 if their loyalty is extreme.
Yeah, I figure anyone who stumbles on us will unfailingly call the police, which solves my problem even better.

JUSTIN 6:54 pm
OK, make your two rolls.

CHRISTIAN 6:54 pm
What’s the final modifier?
I mean, if they’re here they know I’m a killer.
And they couldn’t be at a position of greater disadvantage.

JUSTIN 6:55 pm
You get +5 to your rolls
Or rather, -5.

CHRISTIAN 6:55 pm
So a flat 0 then?

JUSTIN 6:55 pm
Since lower is better

CHRISTIAN 6:56 pm
“Okay, I’ve got your wallets, so I already have all the information I need about you, plus your fingerprints, but tell me who you work for or I’ll kill you right now in this hotel hallway.”
Huzzah!
5
I didn’t actually say the huzzah part.

JUSTIN 6:57 pm
So you passed by 7?

CHRISTIAN 6:57 pm
That was OOC.
Yep.
What did they get on their will roll?
roll(s)
?

JUSTIN 6:58 pm
OK. Tune in next week for the next exciting chapter in The Adventures of Cormac Payne!

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Adventure 1.5, Session 3
Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 2)

CHRISTIAN
I think when we left off I was unconscious in a ditch as the Dutch police finally fucking showed up to chase off the guys in the ambulance.

JUSTIN
After you shoot one of the two gunmen, you feel a dull pain on the back of your head. Everything goes black.

CHRISTIAN
…as everything fades to black, you hear the unmistakable sound of finally fucking sirens in the distance.

JUSTIN
Well, you hear another car approaching.

CHRISTIAN
Well, that’s something at least.

STEPH
hello all I’m on

JUSTIN
OK, here’s the situation. In addition to the one-page background I gave you, your father is Cmdr Stephen Fisher, US Naval Attache to Holland. For the past few days he’s been pretty nervous, telling you about a friend of a friend who’s coming to town that he has to show around. Earlier this morning he asked you to meet him at the Amsterdam Museum to introduce you two.

STEPH
Okay

JUSTIN
When you showed up, there was a crowd of policemen around. Your father told you to get in the car, that his friend had vanished, and you went tearing through downtown Amsterdam after an ambulance.

STEPH
I get in the car “Father what has happened!?”

JUSTIN
“My associate Cormac, the one I was telling you about… he’s been shot!”
After some time you come to the countryside where your father loses the ambulance, but reacquires it shortly by the side of the road with another car parked nearby. As you approach several shots ring out.

STEPH
I don’t want to go anywhere near the gunshots unless someone is dying.

JUSTIN
You’re still in the car, but your father slams on the breaks. All of a sudden the other car speeds off with two bodies in the road.

STEPH
Is anyone moving?

JUSTIN
Yes, one of the two bodies is moving.
Your father drives up to the scene. As you get closer he shouts out “Cormac!”

STEPH
“What can I do to help?”

JUSTIN
“Help him with his wounds!”

STEPH
I’m rushing over to help him…

JUSTIN
Do you want to make a first aid roll?

STEPH
I’m looking on obsidian portal. yes
I have 16 I rolled an 8.

JUSTIN
Steph is performing first aid on you. Can you coordinate?

CHRISTIAN
Not if I’m unconscious.

JUSTIN
No, I mean can you personally figure out how many hit points she healed.

CHRISTIAN
I already had first aid performed on me, and I don’t think you can do it more than twice on the same set of wounds, so let’s just say I’m still at 8.

JUSTIN
Make an HT roll to see if you reawaken then

CHRISTIAN
11. Pass.

JUSTIN
Wait, I thought you had to roll less than 10.

CHRISTIAN
My HT is 11. I hit it. Unless there’s a negative modifier.

JUSTIN
Disregard, that was Steph’s character. OK, you come to, to find this stunning brunette hovering over you.

CHRISTIAN
“Wer sind Sie?”
“Und wo sind sie geblieben?”

STEPH
“I’m sorry but I don’t speak German. How many fingers am I holding up?”

CHRISTIAN
Do you want a PER roll?

JUSTIN
Sure

CHRISTIAN
8…pass. How many fingers IS she holding up?

JUSTIN
How many are you holding up?

STEPH
Two

CHRISTIAN
“Two…who are you, and where did they go?”
While she’s typing an answer to my question, I’m going to look around for my pistol on the ground.

JUSTIN
Make a PER roll

CHRISTIAN
Another 8.

JUSTIN
You see your pistol, along with two cars. One is the assassin’s banged up vehicle, the other is another car with Fisher standing next to it. You see a small covered object just next to the road. Just off the road are several overturned carts, with about a dozen pedestrians hiding behind them. In the distance you can hear sirens and see other vehicles approaching.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll pick up and holster my pistol, then check the object.

STEPH
“They went that way, but you’re in no condition to move. Get in our car and let’s get you to a hospital.”

JUSTIN
You see the man (you assume he’s Cormac) pick up a pistol off the ground. Near the road is another car with the back right tire shot out. You also see a small covered object just next to the road. Naturally you also see the dozen pedestrians hiding as well as the approaching Dutch police.

STEPH
“I think we should go. This looks and sounds like there might be more problems coming.”

CHRISTIAN
“Hell no. The Dutch police are exactly who we want to talk to right now. If nothing else, I’ve got to give them a description of the two that got away.”
(to Fisher) “Fisher? What are you doing here?”

JUSTIN
“When I saw you get into the ambulance, I thought I’d follow you to the hospital. When they drove out of the city I got suspicious. I’m glad I showed up when I did.”

CHRISTIAN
“Well, glad you did. What’s this?” So, what’s the object?

JUSTIN
It appears to be a small black statue wrapped in cloth.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll pocket it.

JUSTIN
It’s about a foot tall, but you get it in your coat.
Steph, you see Cormac pick up a small black object off the road, give it a quick examination, and put it in his coat.

STEPH
(To Fisher) “What is going on here?! Father, who are these people? What kind of friends walk around shooting people and falling out of vehicles?”

JUSTIN
“I don’t know my dear. Cormac, what happened?”

CHRISTIAN
“The attempt on Van Meer’s life was just misdirection. It was cover for an abduction. Help me check their car.” I’ll pop the glove box for any maps or evidence those idiots might have left behind, then I’ll check the trunk.

STEPH
“Okay. Are you sure you feel up to moving around like that?”

CHRISTIAN
“It looks worse than it is. If it was that bad, I’d be spitting up blood.”

STEPH
“Very true.”

JUSTIN
Do you have any searching skills?

CHRISTIAN
No, what’s it default to?

JUSTIN
IQ-5

STEPH
I help.

CHRISTIAN
6…think IQ is 12, plus whatever I get for Steph assisting. Yeah, got it.

CHRISTIAN
“Someone gave these numbskulls a good plan, but they messed it up…hopefully they left some evidence too.”

JUSTIN
There’s blood on the back seat, and another bullet in one of the windows. You find some brochures about the Amsterdam Museum, including one with an elderly man’s picture circled. You also find a map of the area with a town a few miles away from Amsterdam called Uitgeest circled.

STEPH
Did I recognize the guy from the picture?

JUSTIN
Make an IQ roll.

STEPH
I rolled 16. That’s right on the money, yes?

JUSTIN
Yes. It’s Albert Van Meer, a Dutch archeologist/researcher. You remember he had something to do with the conference your father was going to.

STEPH
(Looking at the brochures) “I recognize that man. That is Albert Van Meer.”

JUSTIN
The police have arrived.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll flag them down.

JUSTIN
A Dutch police captain is talking to you.
“Wat doe je? Wat is er gaande?”

CHRISTIAN
“Sie haben Van Meer entführt. Ich denke sie sind nimmt ihn auf Uitgeest. Ich kann Ihnen eine Beschreibung von ihnen.”
Can I just roll IQ? Or does this guy speak any German?

JUSTIN
To translate directly? Sure.

CHRISTIAN
12. I hit my IQ, but barely.

JUSTIN
Understand it, yes. Speak it, badly.
Fortunately Fisher comes over to translate.

CHRISTIAN
Great. I’ll give the captain everything we found in the car, and an executive summary of the events. Plus a description of the guys I saw.

JUSTIN
OK, Eva gives you the items and you give them to the police. Roll PER for the description, and IQ for the event summary.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, IQ 13, so narrow failure.

JUSTIN
And PER?

CHRISTIAN
PER is 4…woot.

JUSTIN
OK, so you give a drop-dead description of the assassins and the ambulance. Your story is a little confusing, so halfway through the police just leave.

STEPH
I am trying to talk quietly with my father.

JUSTIN
He appears to be translating for Cormac and the policeman. They’re going on in some foreign language if you want to try to translate. Cormac is wildly gesturing and telling some type of story. The police appear to have heard enough and are leaving.

STEPH
I’ll ask my father again if he saw the circled picture of Albert Van Meer.

JUSTIN
“Yes, I see him, but I still don’t understand exactly what happened. We were supposed to buy some African artifacts from him when he was shot.”

STEPH
“Oh, well then…um…why do you need African Artifacts?”

CHRISTIAN
“We should go back to the Dutch police in the city and give them more details. Otherwise they’ll blow off heading to Uitgeest.”

JUSTIN
“How about we take you to a hospital first?”

CHRISTIAN
“I don’t need to go to a hospital.”

STEPH
“He looks fine as is. Besides, what if they’re gone by the time the police get there? Not that I want to get shot but we could contact the police there.”

CHRISTIAN
“I’m not so fine that I want to go after them. The best we can do is find a phone and call ahead to Uitgeest. Stephen, can you handle that?”

JUSTIN
“Sure, but where do you intend to go now?”

CHRISTIAN
“First, let’s get to a phone. I’ll explain more about what happened on the way.”

STEPH
“That sounds like a plan.”

JUSTIN
Fisher agrees and you all get in the car and drive off.
“Neither of you have been properly introduced, have you?”

CHRISTIAN
“No, now that you mention it.”

JUSTIN
“Eva, this is Cormac Payne, a friend of a friend. I’ve been asked to help him out while he conducts some official business in Amsterdam. Cormac, this is Eva, my daughter.”

STEPH
“Pleasure to meet you Mr. Payne.”

CHRISTIAN
“Pleasure to meet you. So, Stephen, what do you know about what happened at the museum?”

JUSTIN
“I walked inside when I heard a commotion, followed by some gunshots. I saw you grappling with some man down in the road and then shoot him. Then you and Van Meer were loaded into an ambulance and left.”

CHRISTIAN
“There was an assassin…actually more of a kidnapper I guess…waiting on the steps in the crowd. He was posing as a photographer, taking pictures of everybody there, including us. In the commotion of the crowd, he tried to shoot Van Meer and slink off unseen. No idea what he shot Van Meer with, but probably not a legit bullet. Or, if it was, they had a good plan to stabilize him right away. I spotted the gunman in the crowd and tackled him while he was trying to get away. I got him to drop his gun, which we should go take a look at, and he stabbed me once before I killed him…or nearly killed him. He had a getaway car waiting for him with two more people in it. One of them shot him, then they drove off in that banged up car you saw back there. I went back to check on Van Meer and they were loading him in the ambulance. I figured I’d save time by riding with him.”

JUSTIN
“Wait, they shot him?”

CHRISTIAN
“He wasn’t going to make it to the car. I’d already put a bullet into him. Guess they didn’t want him talking to the police. The police should have his body, his camera, and his pistol from the scene, so we may need to talk to them about what they’ve found. In any case, the two paramedics in the ambulance were part of the plan, and they injected Van Meer with something as they drove out of the city. Probably some kind of sedative. No idea why they didn’t knock me out then. The getaway car met the ambulance outside the city, we had a brief standoff, and I killed one of them. The others escaped, probably to Uitgeest.”

JUSTIN
“Why would they want to kidnap Van Meer? Why would they want to fake his assassination?”

CHRISTIAN
“I haven’t had long to think about it, but I can’t think of a reason. Maybe for something he was carrying on his body…when we were in a cab yesterday, he showed me an artifact he had in his pocket. Of course, if that was it, they would have just killed him and taken it when they had him in the ambulance.”

JUSTIN
Make an IQ roll.

CHRISTIAN
11. Got it, unless there’s a penalty.

JUSTIN
No, in fact there was a mod in your favor, since you just recognized that the artifact he showed you is the one you just found on the road near the scuffle.

CHRISTIAN
Ah, didn’t know it was so big.

JUSTIN
You drive back to the nearest town and find a phone. You make a call to the police. Fisher says he has urgent business to attend to and asks what you want to do next.

STEPH
“I would rather stay with the two of you if that’s alright. I don’t any work right now anyhow.”
[to my father]

JUSTIN
“I have some urgent business to attend to, so would you be able to watch Mr. Payne for the remainder of his stay in Amsterdam?”

STEPH
“Do we need to make any kind of arrangements here for you before we drive to the next town, Mr. Payne?”

CHRISTIAN
What time is it?

JUSTIN
It’s about 1:43 in the afternoon.

CHRISTIAN

“Let’s head back to the museum and see if the police have come up with anything.”

STEPH
“agreed”

JUSTIN
“I can drop you off at the Museum, no problem.”
OK, so about half an hour later Fisher drops you off near the museum. Both roll PER.

CHRISTIAN
16
Fail.

STEPH
14
pass by 2

JUSTIN
There is a crowd by the museum.

STEPH
“Are we sure this is a good idea? Does this have anything to do with you and earlier?”

CHRISTIAN
“If by ‘anything to do with you’, you mean ‘did I kill a man here in the recent past’, then yes.”
I hope the keystone cops have at least set up a barrier around the scene.

JUSTIN
She wasn’t here this morning, it’s an honest question!

CHRISTIAN
She was in the car for my recap to Fisher. Was there something especially fascinating outside the window that distracted her from my tale of staged murder, kidnapping, and intrigue?

JUSTIN
Even still.
As you stand around, a policeman comes by and gestures to move along.

STEPH
“Excuse me sir but I am doing research and I need to get inside”
Can I make a diplomacy roll?

JUSTIN
“Neem gaan waarbij”
Of course, if you can pass the language barrier.

STEPH

“Mr. Payne could you translate please?”

CHRISTIAN

“Ich war hier während der Schießerei. Ich möchte eine Erklärung mit der Polizei-Datei. Und sie hat die Forschung nach innen tun.”

STEPH
Now can I make that roll?
Or at least add to his since I’m batting my eyelashes?

JUSTIN

“Wat schieten?”

CHRISTIAN

“Von Van Meer.”

JUSTIN
“Wie?”

CHRISTIAN
“Albert Van Meer.”

JUSTIN
“Ik weet niet wie dat is.”

CHRISTIAN
“Können Sie mir einem der Polizisten, die hier an diesem Morgen?”

STEPH
[quietly ask] “what is he saying?"

CHRISTIAN
[aside] “He’s saying he doesn’t know about a shooting or who Albert Van Meer is, and I’m asking for one of the cops who were here this morning.”

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Adventure 1, Session 2
Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 2)

JUSTIN
CLANG CLANG The trolley is bearing down on you both. What do you want to do?

CHRISTIAN
First, since this is the first turn I’ve got his arm grappled, I can make a free contested ST roll to get him to drop the gun.
And I think I get +5 for using two hands to his one.

JUSTIN
OK. I do remember you had him successfully grappled with both arms.

CHRISTIAN
I’d grappled his arm specifically, so it’s a front grapple.
I guess I could still pin him, but it would be like an arm lock that would turn it into a rear grapple.
Also, don’t forget his off-hand penalties for things like quickdraw and knife this time.
Anyway, so contested ST to start?

JUSTIN
Yes, that was my bad.
Contested ST works
how many dice or do we just compare ST?

CHRISTIAN
Just relative ST.

JUSTIN
He has ST 11

CHRISTIAN
No, it’s a roll, but we compare margin of success if we both pass I think. I got 12 for my 11 ST, but with my +5 I’m under.

JUSTIN
So it’s 3D6?

CHRISTIAN
Yep, straight att roll to go under.

JUSTIN
He rolled a 9

CHRISTIAN
My margin of success was 4.

JUSTIN
So you succeed then?

CHRISTIAN
By a greater margin than him it looks like.

JUSTIN
His was by 2

CHRISTIAN
Woot
Finally, progress.

JUSTIN
Despite the searing pain in your side you manage to knock the gun out of his hand. It goes skidding across the cobblestones RIGHT PAST THE TROLLEY THAT’S ABOUT TO HIT YOU!

CHRISTIAN
I’m aware, the contested ST was a free action since I’ve got his arm grappled.
I guess this should probably be a move+attack turn.

JUSTIN
oh, ok. i was trying to drop a subtle hint there.
that works

CHRISTIAN
The attack’s going to be a knee to the groin.
special rules, stand by…
Oh, wait a sec…
forgot that I need a will roll to do anything other than all out attack.

JUSTIN
Is it move, then attack?
so basically you don’t care about the trolley. It’s just fuck this guy up?

CHRISTIAN
Hey, I’m On the Edge, what can I say.
Let me make sure I can even move+attack first.

JUSTIN
So you’re a character out of a Guy Ritchie film?
ok

CHRISTIAN
10

JUSTIN
Your Will is 12, so that works

CHRISTIAN
So apparently getting crushed by a trolley is enough to take me off the edge for a moment or two.

JUSTIN
Those things do tend to focus the mind.

CHRISTIAN
Let me check on the order of move+attack for you.
Attack is either after or during the move.

JUSTIN
I see it too.

CHRISTIAN
So I guess I’m going to try to bull him out of the way of the trolley while I knee the shit out of him.
Are you going to want another contested ST roll, or does he want to get out of the way too?

JUSTIN
OK. Is that DEX?
Let me see if he ever notices.

CHRISTIAN
Yeah, he’s been in all out attack land too.

JUSTIN
13. He fails. He’s still focused on you.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, so normal groin knee attack at a move+attack penalty, plus a separate ST roll to shift him at the same time?

JUSTIN
Hmm… I want you to make a DEX to get out of the way, but I’m debating if I’ll let you make one for both of you.

CHRISTIAN
What does he weigh? Is it within my push/drag?

JUSTIN
He feels about 150

CHRISTIAN
If he’s over 144, I can still get him a distance of 1 even as dead weight.
If he’s on his feet, it should be totally doable.

JUSTIN
OK, so it’ll be one DEX roll, both to move him and opposed

CHRISTIAN
DX or ST?

JUSTIN
DX

CHRISTIAN
Check
And the attack has to be simultaneous.

JUSTIN
Yes
He rolled a 13, so he failed his DX by 1.

CHRISTIAN
Well, that simplifies things as long as I don’t punt the DX roll into the stands.
7
Nice
And his stab in the stomach last turn was an all out attack, right?
No active defenses this turn?

JUSTIN
OK, so you have control over him.
Yes, no active defenses
He’s in all-out attack land.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, while we’re moving I’m delivering my knee to the groin. Let me check the rules. Saw them last week and thought they were cool.

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
Okay, it goes on brawling-1.
If the enemy is grappled, they defend at -2, not an issue because of his all out attack.

JUSTIN
My 4th Edition says it’s at -3 to attack, but you do double crushing damage

CHRISTIAN
Normally, targeting the groin is at a -3 penalty, but, if you have the enemy in a front grapple, a knee strike against the groin is at no penalty.
Pg 404

JUSTIN
I’ll go with that
I see it

CHRISTIAN
And I put the info on shock in my email to you on OP I think…something else we forgot last time.

JUSTIN
Max of 4 for that one turn

CHRISTIAN
9

JUSTIN
ok

CHRISTIAN
That will teach him to stab me in the stomach.
crushing damage, right?

JUSTIN
I think technically it was in the kidneys
Yes, crushing damage

CHRISTIAN
You can’t target the vitals without a stabbing weapon I think.

JUSTIN
Well, you’re good for the groin attack

CHRISTIAN
kick is thr crushing damage.
So 1d-1.

JUSTIN
Did you roll your brawling-1?

CHRISTIAN
That was the 9.

JUSTIN
AH!!! Ok, then yes 1d-1

CHRISTIAN
6…(sound of nuts coming out his mouth and hitting a nearby wall)
So 5 damage

JUSTIN
So he’s at HP 6 (-5 from 11) which is still over half his points
Plus he has a neg 4 on his IQ/DEX for the next turn

CHRISTIAN
So no knockdown, right?

JUSTIN
Nope

CHRISTIAN
Wait, so let me go over shock again.

JUSTIN
OK. Next turn. The photographer is going to try and break the grapple and move away.
I thought you need +50% damage for that

CHRISTIAN
That’s for major wounds.
Shock always applies equal to damage taken on the last turn up to -4.
Unless you’re a male who got kneed in the groin.
In which case it doubles up to -8.
I think.
Let me check again.
Only from crushing damage.

JUSTIN
Page 419

CHRISTIAN
The groin stuff is on 404.
Yeah, so he has a horrendous pile of shock, double the usual -4, but no major wound and thus no knockdown

JUSTIN
So he’s going to move to all-out defense and try to break the grapple

CHRISTIAN
Okay, so what are all our negative modifiers?
Both of us have normal ST.
But I think we both have reduced brawling because of our reduced DX.

JUSTIN
He’s at a shitload of negative DEX, both -4 for being grappled and an additional -8 for being kneed in the groin

CHRISTIAN
Just realized we didn’t count my shock last turn, so we can count it this turn to even things out somewhat.

JUSTIN
That works. You also have +5 to strength because you have a two-hand grapple

CHRISTIAN
Nobody joining the grapple…say, a crowd of cops with clubs?

JUSTIN
He shouldn’t have any neg to his strength

CHRISTIAN
Okay, so still a straight ST contest.

JUSTIN
In a second?

CHRISTIAN
No problem cops of Amsterdam…I’ll pacify your city streets for you.

JUSTIN
I think you could forgive the Amsterdam Police for not charging at a gun-wielding man in the path of a speeding trolley.

CHRISTIAN
He doesn’t have a gun anymore dammit

JUSTIN
And they know this because…?
Anyway he rolled a 7, beating his STR by 4

CHRISTIAN
They’re watching the grapple with guns drawn. They’d better give me something for this…a gift basket at least.

JUSTIN
or a pair of clogs full of tulips
Roll your STR

CHRISTIAN
10
Under 11 by 1

JUSTIN
So you beat it by 1, plus 5 gives you 6. What are your neg modifiers for being stabbed?

CHRISTIAN
None to ST, but -4 to DX and IQ.
This turn only.
Just like his.
Next turn we’ll be back to normal.
Or wait, I started the turn.
So his penalties are next turn.
Keep forgetting the initiative order.
How many rounds have I been going at it now?
5?
6?

JUSTIN
He just went, so we’re on a new turn
I think this is the 5th round

CHRISTIAN
Okay, so are his penalties for this turn?
Or am I off by a turn?

JUSTIN
Off by a turn. They just went.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, makes sense.

JUSTIN
Fresh turn now. Your move. The photographer makes a half-hearted effort to break free, but fails

CHRISTIAN
So we’re still in a grapple, he’s got a knife in his off hand, and we’re both hurt, but me much worse.

JUSTIN
Yup. And he’s probably going to stab you again this turn.

CHRISTIAN
Let me make my will roll to start.

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
Pfff…15.

JUSTIN
All-out attack it is

CHRISTIAN
All out attack time again.
Well, I know what my Krav Maga instructor would tell me.

JUSTIN
Eye gouge?

CHRISTIAN
If one knee to the groin was good, imagine how great a whole BUNCH of them would be

JUSTIN
Sounds about right
I feel I should penalize you for applying 21st Century tactics to a 1930s fistfight, but I don’t really care that much.

CHRISTIAN
I think they’re instinctive…the guy who came up with Krav Maga was a WW2 era guy I think.
I’m torn between two knees or one really nasty one…all out attack is fun.

JUSTIN
I’m sure real 1930s fistfights were way more brutal than Hollywood portrayed them as. OK then, knee away.

CHRISTIAN
I’m taking the double option under all out attack.
But it depends on your ruling

JUSTIN
No problem here. I’m going to laugh when you kill this guy using nothing but knees to the groin.

CHRISTIAN
Would I be able to ready my knee for a second attack in this same turn?

JUSTIN
Seeing as how you just did it and he was unable to break free, I think so.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, two knee strikes at brawling-1.

JUSTIN
Go!

CHRISTIAN
Two 11s.
Brawling 12.
Sucks to be this guy.
But he’s got active defenses this time.

JUSTIN
Wow!

CHRISTIAN
He still has active defenses though.
Even though they go at nasty penalties (for being grappled, and another -2 for front grapple knee strikes).

JUSTIN
He’s going for increased block
Not seeing that though

CHRISTIAN
What, active defenses or knee strike to groin?

JUSTIN
He rolled 3d for a 13

CHRISTIAN
Which all out defense option did he take?
the flat +2 to one active defense or that other one?

JUSTIN
The flat +2

CHRISTIAN
What active defense is he using?

JUSTIN
Block, and he also gets +1 for Combat Reflexes

CHRISTIAN
Okay, so he negated the -2 penalty, but what about penalties for being grappled?
Thought he had some of those too?

JUSTIN
That’s for STR, not DEX

CHRISTIAN
I think block is for shields etc. This would be like parry.

JUSTIN
What the hell is “Effective Defense”?
It says to roll 3d, but doesn’t say against what

CHRISTIAN
First things first, what’s he blocking with?
Off-hand, trying to get a leg in the way of my knee, or what?

JUSTIN
Leg

CHRISTIAN
Just realized that, in spite of his off-hand penalties with the knife hand, he would have gotten free attacks against me with his knife every time he parried.

JUSTIN
OK, it’s 9. FINALLY!

CHRISTIAN
He probably wouldn’t have made them, but, if he did, I’d be bleeding to death out of my femoral artery.

JUSTIN
So he rolled a 13, with -3 to 10, but still failed by 1.
It’s Weapons Skill, rounded down by half, +3.

CHRISTIAN
So half his brawling, rounded down, +3?

JUSTIN
So his target was 9. He failed the first, but succeeded on the second.
Just rolled a 12 for the second attack.

CHRISTIAN
Can’t roll them at once.
Because the damage I do will change his effective brawling be penalizing his DX.

JUSTIN
Well then N/M. Either way your first attack succeeds.

CHRISTIAN
Sorry “by penalizing his DX”
Okay, let me roll damage.
3…well that was unimpressive.
So 2 damage.

JUSTIN
So he drops to HP 4/11

CHRISTIAN
But it still crushes him with -4 of penalties to DX and IQ.
So pretty low chances of his blocking the next attack.

JUSTIN
I think his Grappling is still normal.

CHRISTIAN
Anything that runs off DX is penalized.

JUSTIN
You’re right, so his Grappling his now 9

CHRISTIAN
Just for one turn, but long enough for me to deliver the next strike and keep him from stabbing me again.

JUSTIN
And he rolled an 11

CHRISTIAN
And hopefully this next one will give him the rest of the max possible -8 penalty.
Keeping me alive slightly longer.
okay, more damage…
5

JUSTIN
Does your plan involve standing there kneeing him in the groin all day until help arrives?

CHRISTIAN
So 4 damage.
Yeah, pretty much.
I’m on the edge, remember.

JUSTIN
Well it’s simple, I’ll give you that. OK, his HP is now 0/11.

CHRISTIAN
Does the fact that both attacks occurred in one turn mean that it amounts to a major wound?

JUSTIN
He passed his roll to avoid falling unconscious but just barely. He also drops his knife in the process.

CHRISTIAN
thank god.
Not that he could have hit me with -8 brawling, but I wasn’t looking forward to the chance of his rolling a crit.

JUSTIN
Yeah that would have sucked. Make a Danger Sense roll.

CHRISTIAN
PER?
4

JUSTIN
Whoops, I was supposed to make that roll but either way you succeeded.

CHRISTIAN
Oh, right

JUSTIN
But yes, it was against PER.

CHRISTIAN
ANOTHER TROLLEY!

JUSTIN
Out of the corner of your eye you see a man standing in an open car door pointing a revolver at you.

CHRISTIAN
Is it even my turn?

JUSTIN
Nope. Photographer is going to take his, then we start the cycle again.
Photographer is going to again try to break free of the grapple.
OMG! 3

CHRISTIAN
shit
Let me see if I can crit too.
14
nope

JUSTIN
I was going to say I’m not sure what GURPS rules say when the unstoppable force meets the immovable object.

CHRISTIAN
Probably a push.

JUSTIN
Either way, as you’re temporarily distracted the photographer wrenches his arm free and runs behind the trolley that just passed you towards the open car door.

CHRISTIAN
Isn’t the driving worried about being lit up by a bunch of cops with drawn guns?
Sorry “driver”

JUSTIN
If he is, he’s got a funny way of showing it.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, let me make my will roll.
14
The all out attacks continue.

JUSTIN
Keep in mind that even though it’s been A FUCKING HOUR of playing time, we’re only talking a minute or two of game time.

CHRISTIAN
Actually, it’s been something like 12 seconds I think.

JUSTIN
Hell of a 12 seconds.

CHRISTIAN
Yeah, really.
Okay, so all out attack.

JUSTIN
Yes. You’ll have to move first though

CHRISTIAN
Can’t

JUSTIN
Why?

CHRISTIAN
He’s out of the range I can move without doing a move+attack.

JUSTIN
So what, you’re just going to stand there throwing punches in mid-air?

CHRISTIAN
Besides, I’ve got two enemies. As long as I can find a way to all out attack them, I meet the spirit of on the edge.
quick-draw to ready my pistol as a free action, drop to one knee as a free action.
Let me start with drawing my pistol and see how that goes.

JUSTIN
Is that all you’re going to do?

CHRISTIAN
Those are just free actions.
If they work, I’ll need to make my attack(s)

JUSTIN
I don’t see Fast Draw for you

CHRISTIAN
No, but it defaults to DX-something I think.
Let me check.

JUSTIN
DX+1
So 13 for you

CHRISTIAN
It says it has no default.
But, hey, I’ll definitely roll 13 or less to do it.

JUSTIN
Disregard the 13, but do roll your DEX for it.

CHRISTIAN
6

JUSTIN
So either way you succeed

CHRISTIAN
Second free action is dropping to one knee…not because it gives me a bonus (though I hope it does), but because it would look cool.

JUSTIN
I’ll give you +1 to aim

CHRISTIAN
Checking ranged combat rules to see how this works.

JUSTIN
+1 for All-Out

CHRISTIAN
Okay, my attack will be at the one pointing the gun at me, obviously.

JUSTIN
Your photographer friend is blocking the line of sight.

CHRISTIAN
Well, I guess I’ll shoot at him then.

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
I’ll target his vitals for -3.
So I guess that’s his kidneys since I’m behind him.

JUSTIN
So you’re going at -1

CHRISTIAN
-3 +1, right? -2
Oh wait
You’re right
all out attack as well

JUSTIN
+1 for your knee shot

CHRISTIAN
-1
9
No problem making that shot

JUSTIN
What’s your Weapons Damage?

CHRISTIAN
I have it as a TL6 auto pistol instead of the more specific pistol I had from cliffhangers, so we’ll go with the generic pistol for now I guess.
2d+2 pi, but my hollowpoints increase it to pi+
And actually, it’s even worse than pi+, because the vitals shot changes the multiplier to x3.

JUSTIN
So…?
What are you rolling?

CHRISTIAN
So that’s probably all for this guy unless he’s Rasputin.
2d+2, with a x3 multiplier

JUSTIN
Make the roll anyways

CHRISTIAN
9
So +2 for 11, x3 for 33.

JUSTIN
Yeah he’s dead

CHRISTIAN
So -33.
He could theoretically still survive though.
There’s the major wound to start, plus knockdown before getting to the car.

JUSTIN
You drop to one knee and draw a bead on the photographer running for the open car door. You slowly squeeze the trigger. You don’t even hear the shot. You just see the photographer’s back explode as he drops to the ground.

CHRISTIAN
Then all the other nasty things like stun, unconsciousness.
Come on, make the guy’s HT roll.
He might live yet.

JUSTIN
The photographer still manages to raise an arm towards the man in the car door. The man just looks down, lowers his pistol, and fires point-blank into the photographer’s skull.

CHRISTIAN
Oh…well, so much for him.
Well, at least car guy took his turn…my turn now.

JUSTIN
And you never even got to read his six-page backstory…

CHRISTIAN
Truly, life was cheap in 1930s Amsterdam.

JUSTIN
It is your turn. However, as soon as the man in the car shoots the photographer, his driver hits the accelerator and the car starts to take off.
In the back of your mind you are already debating where to hang the framed front page of tomorrow’s newspaper.

CHRISTIAN
He’s not going anywhere.
Who can I see to shoot them?
The driver, the guy, the car?
I’ve got 8 more bullets.

JUSTIN
Technically you can see all three, but there are civilians standing nearby.

CHRISTIAN
How many, and are they between me and the car?

JUSTIN
There’s a man on his bicycle and yes, for this turn only he’s between you and the car.
There are also four others, but they’re not in your field of fire.

CHRISTIAN
hmm

JUSTIN
This isn’t chess. What is your action?

CHRISTIAN
Can I see the tires?

JUSTIN
Of course

CHRISTIAN
And why the hell is this guy riding his bike through my gunfight? Doesn’t he see the screaming cops or hear the gunfire?
Okay, checking rules to shoot at vehicles.

JUSTIN
It is pouring rain and there have only been 2-3 shots fired

CHRISTIAN
Okay okay. Tire shot.
-4
+1 for knee
+1 for all out attack
Any other negative modifiers?

JUSTIN
Besides the civilian in the middle of your view, no

CHRISTIAN
Is that just a problem if I miss the roll?

JUSTIN
Yup

CHRISTIAN
Fair enough.
So -2?

JUSTIN
Subtract -6 for the civilian
I should also throw in another -1 for the rain, but I forgot to last time.

CHRISTIAN
So -8 now that I’ve already declared my action?

JUSTIN
You can do something else if you want.
I dropped enough hints though that this was a bitch of a shot.

CHRISTIAN
Actually, I should probably roll my will to start.
10

JUSTIN
So you have enough Willpower to avoid going Boondocks Saints on this guy.

CHRISTIAN
I think I can stand to wait the one second for bike guy to get out of the way.
I’ll aim this round.
Next round I’ll be able to apply the pistol’s acc bonus.

JUSTIN
OK. That works. The car is still speeding into traffic, but you think you can get off one more shot. The driver is no longer in view though.

CHRISTIAN
Tires still in view?

JUSTIN
Yes, but it’s -2 for range
So total of -4

CHRISTIAN
-2 for range, +1 for knee, +1 for all out attack, -2 for target location
Plus the weapon’s acc bonus for aiming

JUSTIN
Don’t forget -1 for rain, but yeah

CHRISTIAN
-1 for rain
Acc is 2
so -1 total

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
11
Wow, hit it, but only just
How does vehicle damage work?
Let’s see this asshole do escape driving at top speed in the rain with a shot out tire.

JUSTIN
I don’t know, but I think we can assume that your hollow-point shot out his tire

CHRISTIAN
Works for me.

JUSTIN
You see the car go screeching into traffic, it’s back rear tire flopping against the pavement.
You feel yourself being grabbed from behind.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll say “let go of me, idiot” in German.
And then “call an ambulance”
also in German.

JUSTIN
One of the Dutch policemen is trying to help you up. He gestures towards the steps where Van Meer is already being loaded into an ambulance.
Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll hold my off hand to my stomach and run over to jump in the ambulance. We’re all going to the same place at this point.
9

JUSTIN
OK, you convince the paramedics to let you in.

CHRISTIAN
The bleeding stomach helps I’m sure.
First aid roll on myself, and I’ll try to assist them in their first aid roll on Van Meer after that

JUSTIN
OK, do your first aid roll. The ambulance is driving rapidly through town.

CHRISTIAN
7
Think I was at 4 hp, maybe less. Let me check the email.

JUSTIN
3

CHRISTIAN
hp is at 3.
Just saw it.
1d-1 hp restored.

JUSTIN
OK, roll for it.

CHRISTIAN
3
So I’m back to 5.

JUSTIN
That works.

CHRISTIAN
How’s Van Meer?

JUSTIN
You see the paramedic injecting him with something but that’s it.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll assist however I can.
Probably some kind of bonus to their rolls, but that’s it.

JUSTIN
Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
botch

JUSTIN
What was it?

CHRISTIAN
18
An actual botch

JUSTIN
Roger, then you don’t notice anything unusual about Van Meer.

CHRISTIAN
Other than his injuries?

JUSTIN
You also don’t notice that the ambulance has stopped.

CHRISTIAN
Hmm. In retrospect, I suppose 15 seconds was a remarkably fast time for an ambulance to arrive.

JUSTIN
In addition, you fail to notice that the rear door is being opened.
You do, however, notice the two familiar individuals standing at the rear door.

CHRISTIAN
Oh?

JUSTIN
Make a PER roll

CHRISTIAN
8
I take it there was some danger sense roll I failed at some point

JUSTIN
13. Sorry.

CHRISTIAN
Who’s the second guy?
The driver?

JUSTIN
Yes. The first individual is wearing a pinstripe suit with a white turtleneck. He has a weathered face and slicked back dark hair.

CHRISTIAN
Free action to laugh and hold up one of my hands.

JUSTIN
They both have drawn guns pointing at you.
And that’s where we’re going to end, unless you want to go another hour.

CHRISTIAN
Sure, might as well get a bit more plot developed since all we did was the fight.

JUSTIN
ONLY because we spend eighty minutes grappling and kneeing to the groin.
“Who are you?!?!” they demand.

CHRISTIAN
“Cormac Payne, Napolitano and Sons. Can you believe I was just hear for the auction?”
uh, “here”
can’t type

JUSTIN
“You should never have gotten involved,” the man says. “Now get out!”

CHRISTIAN
Have they removed my pistol yet?

JUSTIN
No, but you have two guys with guns pointed at you.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll get out then.

JUSTIN
Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
What language are we speaking, by the way?

JUSTIN
Dutch, which I should probably make you roll for.

CHRISTIAN
10
for PER

JUSTIN
Roll for language then.

CHRISTIAN
This might be a stupid question, but can I use my phrasebook for a bonus?

JUSTIN

CHRISTIAN
Just kidding
9

JUSTIN
OK, your German is good enough to get you by (Dutch being a Germanic language and all)
You’re right outside of the city on a dirt road. There are quite a few people walking up and down the road, including a few with horse-drawn carts. The rain has stopped. Just off to the side is the car you shot at earlier, with the back tire blown out.

CHRISTIAN
“So is Van Meer going to be alright? What did you inject him with?”

JUSTIN
“With this!” the man snarls.
Nothing happens.

CHRISTIAN
With what?
Did he brandish anything other than his gun?

JUSTIN
The man looks back at the paramedic who is now behind you. “Wait,” says the paramedic, “did you want me to do something?”

CHRISTIAN
Starting combat
Can I get a surprise round?

JUSTIN
Sure.

CHRISTIAN
Quickdraw again
Runs off DX, right?

JUSTIN
Make your DX roll.

CHRISTIAN
6

JUSTIN
OK, you’ve got your gun out.

CHRISTIAN
All out grapple against the paramedic, then DX to muscle him around to between me and the gunmen.

JUSTIN
OK, but each one will be at -1 because of multiple actions.

CHRISTIAN
Well, the all out attack should help a bit.
I’ll make the grapple determined for +4.
so +3 on that, and -1 on the DX to spin him around.

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
8 for the grapple, easily succeeds.
5 for the DX.

JUSTIN
Well, it’s not like the paramedic is trained in that sort of thing.

CHRISTIAN
Boy, I would not want to be this paramedic right now.

JUSTIN
OK, you easily grab the guy and spin him around. Good thing too, because the two men unload on both of you.

CHRISTIAN
So now the normal initiative order for the first round of non-surprise combat?

JUSTIN
Yup

CHRISTIAN
If that was a surprise round, I think I’ve still got one action on them.
Unless they’ve got my speed beat for the initiative order.

JUSTIN
5.5?

CHRISTIAN
5.75

JUSTIN
Is that with all your wounds?

CHRISTIAN
Wounds don’t affect it.
Except for during shock.

JUSTIN
OK. Then you go first.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, will roll time.
13
No surprises there I guess.

JUSTIN
So much for plot development…

CHRISTIAN
Yeah, these guys weren’t very talkative.

JUSTIN
What, did you think they were going to give you a brief?

CHRISTIAN
I figured they would just take Van Meer and leave.
But, hey, no problem.

JUSTIN
If you weren’t at 5HP I was going to have them just shoot you and toss you in a ditch. Oh well… Your move.

CHRISTIAN
I’m forming some strong opinions about the quality of Dutch police work.

JUSTIN
Very well…

CHRISTIAN
Targeting the vitals of the driver and shooting him, then saying “drop it” as a free action

JUSTIN
OK, you’re at point-blank range on this one.

CHRISTIAN
Boy, I hope this paramedic ate something dense for breakfast.
WOOT
3
Two can play this crit game

JUSTIN
OK, roll for damage

CHRISTIAN
Also, found the cover rules on 407-408.
The paramedic can probably be shot through.
Rolling on the critical hit table
pg 556

JUSTIN
I assumed as much

CHRISTIAN
I rolled a 15, which is maximum normal damage. 2d+2 gives me 14, x3 for vitals gives me 42 damage.

JUSTIN
SHIT!

CHRISTIAN
But I think the guy could still possibly live.

JUSTIN
He has HP 11, so that’s -31

CHRISTIAN
Instant death isn’t until like 5xhp or something.
Jesus, guns are dangerous, dude.

JUSTIN
Sorry 20 HP
Sorry -20 HP

CHRISTIAN
Knockdown?
Major wound?
Stun?
First, did he make his HT roll to avoid instant death?

JUSTIN
He rolled a 6, so yes

CHRISTIAN
I’m curious, because I expect to be making similar rolls in the next round or two.
I guess his shock would be -4 to start with.

JUSTIN
I don’t think he can pass the unconscious roll though.
Since he has to roll below -20

CHRISTIAN
It’s at like -5 for the hit to the vitals alone.
pg 420

JUSTIN
So I’m going to say the Getaway Driver just drops like a sack of potatoes.

CHRISTIAN
Still alive though, right? Just really messed up and unconscious/comatose?

JUSTIN
For now, yes.

CHRISTIAN
Maybe we shouldn’t be shooting this paramedic.

JUSTIN
By the way, everyone around you is screaming.

CHRISTIAN
I don’t suppose he takes my advice to drop it?

JUSTIN
If by “it” you mean his pulse, then yes.

CHRISTIAN
I mean the other guy

JUSTIN
Let me roll for him.

CHRISTIAN
I really don’t want to kill any more NPCs, especially if they’re somehow central to the plot.

JUSTIN
I can always rework the plot. I’m just trying to see if I can avoid killing you.

CHRISTIAN
I’m guessing no. Looking at the overpenetration rules for cover, I think he can shoot through the paramedic.
Maybe not enough to kill me, but enough that I might not make it to drinks at 8.

JUSTIN
I’m going to punt on this one and say that the driver of the ambulance has somehow got out of his car and whacks you over the back of the head with a blackjack.

CHRISTIAN
Doesn’t that mean I get shot in the back of the head and thrown in a ditch?

JUSTIN
Normally yes, but since everyone is freaking out I’m going to rule that they panic and just leave you in the road.
, jump back in the ambulance, and take off.

CHRISTIAN
How about “Dutch police cars are finally fucking approaching”?
Now that lunch is over and they can resume the chase.

JUSTIN
Dutch police cars are finally fucking approaching
To be fair, they weren’t following the ambulance and the other two got away.
I’ve seriously got to end it here though.

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Adventure 1, Session 1
Amsterdam, 1932 (Day 1/2)

JUSTIN
You feel a jolt as your train comes to a slow stop, hearing the hiss of the engine as the brakes are engaged. Outside you see a busy train station in Amsterdam, Holland. There are storm clouds overhead but it doesn’t appear to be raining.

CHRISTIAN
FB messages, Obsidian Portal board?
Why am I in town?

JUSTIN
Make an IQ roll

CHRISTIAN
rolled 11…have 12 in IQ.
Unless there’s a modifier, should be a pass.

JUSTIN
ok, but it was a low pass. You have been sent by Fabian Volkmann to attend an auction in Amsterdam. Something about some African antiquities which he wants you to buy. Your contact is a fellow called Fisher, who is supposed to meet you at the train station.

CHRISTIAN
How am I supposed to recognize him?

JUSTIN
Fabian didn’t say
He contacted you by telegram

CHRISTIAN
Alright, I’ll scan the platform from my compartment as we stop.

JUSTIN
There are several other trains in the station, so there’s a lot of activity. There are several individuals, including baggage handlers, waiting at the platform staring at your train. Some passengers have already started to disembark.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll grab my suitcase and disembark.

JUSTIN
OK. As you disembark a tall man with a receding hairline wearing a pin-stripe suit comes up to you. “Mr. Payne?” he asks.

CHRISTIAN
“Yes?”

JUSTIN
“I’m Stephen Fisher. Our mutual friend told me to meet you here and see that you reach your hotel. Did you have any baggage?”

CHRISTIAN
“I’ve got it with me.”

JUSTIN
“Excellent! Did you want to grab a drink or head straight to the hotel?”

CHRISTIAN
“We’ll have a drink in the hotel bar.”

JUSTIN
“All right. Let’s go then.” You walk through the station out front to what appears to be a cab stand. He hails one and you both get in. “Hotel Europa”, he tells the driver.

CHRISTIAN
“So, what’s the news in Amsterdam?”

JUSTIN
“Well, there’s the conference and auction, but you already know about that. The tulips are blossoming, so everyone’s excited. Have you ever been to Amsterdam?”

CHRISTIAN
Have I?
Probably not, I’m guessing.
Or else I’d have the language.
“No, first time.”
“Are you local?”

JUSTIN
“No, I’m actually naval attache over at the American embassy. Fabian and I are old friends. Well, if you’re new here then you must see Rembrandt’s house!”

CHRISTIAN
“Hopefully. What can you tell me about the conference?”

JUSTIN
“Well, the conference is going today and the auction is tomorrow. Van Meer is receiving an award at the Amsterdam Museum for his charitable work over the years.”

CHRISTIAN
“Do you know any of the other parties likely to be bidding at the auction?”

JUSTIN
“They’ll be quite a few museums, private collectors, and of course other antique dealers like yourself I’m assuming.”
Your cab pulls up to the Hotel Europa.
Fisher pays the driver and gets out.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll get out and walk in with him.

JUSTIN
Unless you want to play it out, he books you in to a single room, 537.

CHRISTIAN
Works for me.

JUSTIN
“The conference starts in an hour. It’s at the Amsterdam Museum. I’ll meet you over there.”

CHRISTIAN
While we’re at the desk, I want to quickly glance at the guestbook.
Any recent names I recognize?

JUSTIN
Would that be an IQ roll?

CHRISTIAN
probably PER.

JUSTIN
OK, then make a roll

CHRISTIAN
Same thing for me.
5.
PER is 12.

JUSTIN
Well, you see Dr Vladimir Radichenko from the University of Leningrad on there. Haven’t seen him in a while.
No one else, though.

CHRISTIAN
Where do I know him from?

JUSTIN
IQ roll

CHRISTIAN
6

JUSTIN
Academic circles. You’ve met him a few times but never actually had the chance to work with him.
His specialty is actually Central Asia, so you’ve bonded over that.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, I’ll buy an English language newspaper and head up to the room to drop my things off.

JUSTIN
OK. The bellman shows up you there.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll tip the bellman, toss my suitcase in the room to unpack later, glance at the headlines, and then head down to send off a telegram.

JUSTIN
The only big news you see is the Germans put that fellow Hindenburg in charge.

CHRISTIAN
Okay.
Telegram is to Fabian.

JUSTIN
ok

CHRISTIAN
HERE. AT HOTEL EUROPA. MET FISHER. TALL MAN, RECEDING HAIRLINE?’

JUSTIN
ok, you send it off with no problems.

CHRISTIAN
After that, I’ll hail a cab to the museum if it’s too far to walk.

JUSTIN
All right. Make a perception roll.

CHRISTIAN
Actually, can the concierge provide me with a map?
That would be useful.

JUSTIN
I’m going to say yes, so you should have a +5 bonus navigating the city.

CHRISTIAN
Nice.
PER roll is 12.
Just hit it.

JUSTIN
Hmmm…
OK, just as the concierge is giving you your map, you here the doorman say, “Right this way Mr. Van Meer.”

CHRISTIAN
Do I recognize him?

JUSTIN
Make either an IQ or PER roll

CHRISTIAN
8.

JUSTIN
Yup, it’s him.

CHRISTIAN
who?

JUSTIN
Van Meer

CHRISTIAN
Does he have a first name?

JUSTIN
You think it’s Albert.

CHRISTIAN
“Mr. Van Meer, on your way to receive your award?”

JUSTIN
Van Meer turns. He’s an elderly fellow with a white handlebar mustache, a black coat, and a top hat.
“Yes, yes. And who are you?” he asks in a heavy accent (you believe it’s Dutch or maybe German).

CHRISTIAN
I’ll tip my hat.
And extend my hand
“Cormac Payne. Of Napolitano and Sons.”
“I was just on my way to the museum.”

JUSTIN
He shakes your hand. “It’s nice to meet you Mr. Payne. Would you like to share a cab?”

CHRISTIAN
“Certainly, it would be a pleasure.”

JUSTIN
The two of you get in and take off.

CHRISTIAN
“This is my first time in Amsterdam, so I’m glad to have the company.”

JUSTIN
“Well, I’m glad you’ve come to our fair city. Have you seen Rembrandt’s house yet?”

CHRISTIAN
“No, I hope to see it after the auction.”

JUSTIN
“Ah, you’re in for a treat. We had a very successful expedition this year.”
He opens his coat, revealing a small black statue.

CHRISTIAN
Is this an appraise antiques check, or is this recent folk art?

JUSTIN
I’d say appraise antiques

CHRISTIAN
or whatever it is…connoisseur (antiques).
11…hit it exactly, so very close.

JUSTIN
http://cdn.obsidianportal.com/assets/42844/Zim-bird.jpg

CHRISTIAN
Makes sense I suppose…what the hell do I know about Africa?

JUSTIN
Well, it’s probably African. Maybe South American.

CHRISTIAN
“Where did it come from exactly?”

JUSTIN
He looks at you and smiles. “Trade secrets, Mr. Payne.”

CHRISTIAN
“Well, can’t blame me for trying.”

JUSTIN
“In all honesty, we found it in the foothills of Algeria, but we don’t think it’s from the area.”

CHRISTIAN
“To me, it almost looks South American, but I’m certainly no Africa scholar.”

JUSTIN
“Yes, primitive artwork does have a certain uniformity to the untrained eye. But I think this will give us our first real breakthrough!”

CHRISTIAN
“Was it located with any artifacts that would date it?”

JUSTIN
Your cab pulls up to the Amsterdam Museum.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll open the door for him

JUSTIN
“Well, it has been a pleasure Mr. Payne. I do hope we have a chance to speak again.”

CHRISTIAN
Any answer to that last question?

JUSTIN
Nope

CHRISTIAN
Oh well. I’ll head in.
After paying the driver.

JUSTIN
That works. There’s a rather heavy crowd inside the museum.
Make a PER roll

CHRISTIAN
14.
No dice.
If there’s a program, I’ll grab one.

JUSTIN
OK. After what is probably just a few minutes, but feels like an eternity, Fisher comes up to you.

CHRISTIAN
“What have I missed?”

JUSTIN
“A lot of pretentious know-it-all’s talking about Africa like they’ve been there.”

CHRISTIAN
“Do you know any of them?”

JUSTIN
“This sort of crowd isn’t really my scene. I’ve found the best approach is to just shut up and nod.”

CHRISTIAN
“What crowd IS your scene then?”

JUSTIN
Make another PER roll

CHRISTIAN
17. Not even close.

JUSTIN
BONK! You feel yourself being roughly pushed out of the way.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, I’ll move out of the way.

JUSTIN
“Excuse moi!” a uniformed Frenchman says as he urgently moves towards the door.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll check my wallet and pockets as I watch him run out.
What uniform is he wearing?

JUSTIN
Make a perception roll and an IQ roll (seperately)

CHRISTIAN
8 and 10.

JUSTIN
So both passed?

CHRISTIAN
yep
They’re both at 12.

JUSTIN
He appears to be in the uniform of the Gendarmerie nationale. And yes, all your stuff is still there.

CHRISTIAN
“Wonder where he’s off to?”

JUSTIN
“Somebody probably told him about a cheese-making brothel.”

CHRISTIAN
“So, how did you end up in the naval attache racket?”

JUSTIN
Before Fisher can respond you hear a gavel being struck and calls for quiet.
An elderly fellow wearing a tuxedo is at a table near the front of the room.

CHRISTIAN
Van Meer?

JUSTIN
No

CHRISTIAN
If it’s quiet and everyone’s looking at the front of the room, I’ll scan the room and see if I recognize anyone else.

JUSTIN
“If we could have your attention, the conference on African Arts and Antiquities will now begin. Before we start, however, I have some rather sad news. We were going to begin our conference with an award for Professor Albert Van Meer, one of our leading contributors and benefactors. Unfortunately, I just received a telegram saying he will be unable to attend today’s conference, but hopes to see you all tomorrow at the auction.”
(Sorry for the delay on that one)
If you still want to scan, make a perception roll.

CHRISTIAN
(aside to Fisher) “That’s crazy, I rode over with Van Meer”
18…no luck.

JUSTIN
“Maybe something came up at the last minute?”

CHRISTIAN
“Maybe.”

JUSTIN
The conference (in Cliff Notes form) is several speakers talking about African archaeology, specifically how different European countries can pool their resources to create a better understanding of the continent.
Which is about as exciting as it sounds.

CHRISTIAN
“I can’t imagine Europeans pooling their resources would be any better for Africa than it’s been for the Middle East.”

JUSTIN
“Yes, I get the feeling that all we’re witnessing is just another formal conference to decide who gets to steal what.”

CHRISTIAN
“I suspect you’re right. I’m still wondering about Van Meer.”

JUSTIN
Unless you want to do anything specific, the conference runs for several hours, with many MANY MANY speeches about the need to work together, and then adjourns for the day.

CHRISTIAN
That cop you mentioned, was he French or Dutch?

JUSTIN
He looked French, wore a French uniform, and spoke French, but for all I know he was a very well-trained Oriental.

CHRISTIAN
“Seriously, what did you make of the French cop running out? Do you think it’s related to Van Meer’s disappearance?”

JUSTIN
“It might have been, although I can’t say how. I’m not even sure what a French gendarme would be doing here to begin with.”

CHRISTIAN
“Do you have any contacts in the city police that might know anything?”
“Or in diplomatic circles?”
“If there are French police in uniform here, there must be an international agreement of some sort.”

JUSTIN
“I can ask around but it will take some time. It looks like the conference is adjourning for the evening, so I will see what I can find out before tomorrow.”

CHRISTIAN
“Alright, I’ll be at the Hotel.”

JUSTIN
“OK. I will see you tomorrow.”

CHRISTIAN
I’m going to hail a cab back to the hotel.

JUSTIN
Is there anything in particular you planned on doing for the rest of the evening?

CHRISTIAN
Trying to chase down Radichenko, and maybe seeing if there was any scuttlebutt on either Van Meer’s change of plans or the auction.
Also unpacking and getting some info on Rembrandt’s house.
Maybe getting a Dutch phrasebook too.

JUSTIN
OK. You get back to the hotel and find a telegram from Fabian. “GLAD TO SEE TRIP WASN’T TOO HARSH. ASK FISHER WHEN HE WILL JUST GIVE UP AND BUY Toupée.”

CHRISTIAN
Well there’s some good news at least.

JUSTIN
It’s getting rather late by now. The concierge gets you a Dutch phrasebook (+2 on language rolls) and says he will find some information on Rembrand’ts house.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll leave a note for Radichenko, I suppose.
Saying we should have a drink.

JUSTIN
OK
Unless there’s anything else, we’ll just skip to tomorrow?

CHRISTIAN
Sounds good.

JUSTIN
OK, the next day you wake up with pouring rain outside.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll get up and buy an English language newspaper and have breakfast in the hotel restaurant.
What news?

JUSTIN
The big headline on the trial of some German called Otto Wacker for selling fake Van Gogh paintings. You’d think he burned the Vatican to the ground by the way some of these editorials are talking about him.

CHRISTIAN
Hmm.
If there’s no word from Fisher, I’ll head over to the museum early since I’ve never been there before the conference.

JUSTIN
The waiter also brings you a note from the front desk from Radichenko.

CHRISTIAN
Oh?

JUSTIN
Yes

CHRISTIAN
Is that the text of the note, or is there more?

JUSTIN
“Полюбите вашу идею. Препятствуйте нам встретить вверх для сегодни вечером пить.”
So it’s pretty cut-and-dry.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll leave him another note.

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
“Согласен. 8 в отеле?”
And then head to the museum.

JUSTIN
(Isn’t Babelfish awesome!?!?)

CHRISTIAN
I’m using Google Translate
But yeah, it does help with this character.

JUSTIN
Either way… OK, you arrive at the museum to find a large crowd in front. Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
7

JUSTIN
You see Fisher at the top of the stairs leading into the museum.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll walk up to him
“What’s going on?”
“This crowd can’t just be the auction.”

JUSTIN
You’re temporarily blinded by a photographer taking your picture.

CHRISTIAN
Once my vision clears, can I make out the photographer’s face?

JUSTIN
Yes

CHRISTIAN
Do I recognize him? Is it some random asshole?

JUSTIN
Just some random asshole with the press
He’s taking pictures of everyone.
“The crowd isn’t here for the auction. They’re here for Van Meer’s lecture on Zanj.”

CHRISTIAN
What the hell’s Zanj?"

JUSTIN
Make an IQ roll

CHRISTIAN
15.
“What the hell’s Zanj?”

JUSTIN
“Wait, so you came all this way and have no idea what Zanj is?”

CHRISTIAN
“It’s not ours to reason why, Stephen.”

JUSTIN
“Fair enough. Zanj is one of those legendary ‘lost cities’ you keep hearing about. Van Meer’s been searching for it for the past few years. I personally think it’s a load of bunk, and he’s just trying to drum up sales for some local bones he got from a witch doctor somewhere.”
“Speaking of which…”
Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
6

JUSTIN
Pass?

CHRISTIAN
Yep.
PER is 12

JUSTIN
You see Van Meer getting out of a car and walking up to the museum.

CHRISTIAN
Okay.

JUSTIN
Fisher turns to you and says, “I’ve actually got to be going. I’d rather saw off my arm than spend another day listening to this drivel. I’ll send someone around to fetch you after the auction is over.”

CHRISTIAN
“Before you go, any word back from whoever you talked to last night?”
“I’m still wondering about that French cop.”

JUSTIN
“Not yet, but I’ll hopefully have something by this evening.”

CHRISTIAN
“Alright, I’ll see you later.”
Well, I should probably go sit in on this lecture.

JUSTIN
Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
12.
Pass, but just barely.

JUSTIN
There’s some type of commotion going on.

CHRISTIAN
I’ll go take a look.

JUSTIN
Van Meer is slumped on the steps.

CHRISTIAN
Anyone shouting anything in particular?

JUSTIN
Some policemen are running up and people are starting to scream. Make another perception roll.

CHRISTIAN
9

JUSTIN
You see the photographer from earlier sliding off to the side. It looks like he’s slipping a pistol back in his pocket.

CHRISTIAN
“Murderer!” Running tackle

JUSTIN
OK. Do we have to roll for initiative?

CHRISTIAN
No, should go off stats

JUSTIN
Photographer’s PER is 10

CHRISTIAN
Not PER, DX etc.
Let me open to that section.

JUSTIN
Oh. His DEX is 11.

CHRISTIAN
What’s his speed?

JUSTIN
5.5

CHRISTIAN
Mine’s 5.75.

JUSTIN
OK then. You go first.

CHRISTIAN
Free action is yelling “Murderer!”
I’m going to move and attack.

JUSTIN
All right.
He’s two moves away.

CHRISTIAN
So it will take me two turns to get to him?

JUSTIN
Yes

CHRISTIAN
Then I’m just going to make a move.
I’m going to sprint.

JUSTIN
OK. You’re on slippery steps in a rainstorm.
So that’s DEX?

CHRISTIAN
hang on, checking rules.
Guess so.
Unless you see any rules on it.

JUSTIN
OK, roll.

CHRISTIAN
4
Nice.
But think it’s at -2.
Oh, that’s just move+attack.

JUSTIN
Yeah, you’re good so far. Screaming “Murderer!” you launch yourself down the steps at the man.

CHRISTIAN
I guess every round I sprint increases my speed by like 20%.

JUSTIN
Nice.

CHRISTIAN
But after 15 rounds it starts bleeding Fatigue Points.

JUSTIN
The man turns to look at you, then dives into the crowd.

CHRISTIAN
I don’t get a surprise round on him?
And why isn’t the crowd backing the hell away from him?

JUSTIN
Negative. It’s not like he was going to just hang out and go see the auction afterwards.
Isn’t each round a second? And aren’t you just one voice in a whole screaming crowd?

CHRISTIAN
I can roll to drown out the rest of them.

JUSTIN
OK. Just FYI I had him Move + Stealth and he passed

CHRISTIAN
Okay okay.

JUSTIN
If he had failed the crowd would have backed away or something.

CHRISTIAN
So my turn was a sprint, and his was move+stealth?

JUSTIN
Yes. Your turn again.

CHRISTIAN
Does he still have his camera with him?

JUSTIN
He had it when he jumped into the crowd.

CHRISTIAN
Free action “it’s the photographer!”

JUSTIN
OK

CHRISTIAN
I’m going to leap from the steps into the crowd to try to grab him.

JUSTIN
OK. Just FYI the steps we’re talking about are like at the Capitol or the Supreme Court, not a narrow staircase.

CHRISTIAN
Yeah, but the crowd’s lower on the steps than me, right?
How far away is he, roughly?

JUSTIN
The crowd extends all the way up to the door, but the man is lower than you right now. I’d say he’s about several yards away but you can’t see him at the moment.

CHRISTIAN
Hmm.

JUSTIN
It’s not like he can hide in there all day.

CHRISTIAN
PER to spot him then I guess.

JUSTIN
OK. You’re rolling against his Stealth roll, which was a 7.

CHRISTIAN
POW! 3.
Is there a crit confirmation, or is that a crit?

JUSTIN
That is a crit. You see him all right. He may be hidden from view, but you see all the people he’s bumping out of the way.
He’s moving down towards the street.

CHRISTIAN
Free action “He’s heading toward the street!”
I’m going to sprint around the crowd to try to head him off.

JUSTIN
OK. He’s currently one move ahead of you so just make one roll to get you down to the street.

CHRISTIAN
9.
Am I rolling against DX with that?

JUSTIN
Yes, DX

CHRISTIAN
Nice.

JUSTIN
So you should pass. You make it down to the street easily to find the man already in the middle of it. Two policemen are also approaching. There are several trolleys in the road.

CHRISTIAN
It’s going to suck when he’s some kind of Assassin’s Creed death machine.

JUSTIN
Or ancient Babylonian god. You haven’t ruled them out yet.

CHRISTIAN
Move and attack.
The attack’s going to be a slam.

JUSTIN
He’s got his pistol out and the policemen are drawing on him too.
Make your attack roll.

CHRISTIAN
In that case, I’m going to try for a grapple on the arm that has the pistol.
Let me figure out what I’m rolling.
grapple at -2 for specific location (arm).
Let me see if moving gives me any other penalties.

JUSTIN
DX
Books says -4 for hand, but I’ll go with arm being -2

CHRISTIAN
I was just going for the arm. That alone gives him -4 to DX with that arm, which will probably jack up his shooting long enough to get those cops in on the grapple.

JUSTIN
ok

CHRISTIAN
The attack’s at -4, but my posture is all out attack, and I’m going to make this a determined attack, which is +4.
So it should be at a net -2.
And my skill still drops to 9, because my adjusted skill can’t be higher than that for this attack.

JUSTIN
Go for it.

CHRISTIAN
Brawling at 9 or less then.
Actually, shit, one moment.
Oh, nm. I thought I might as well go for the hand itself if I’m losing points to drop to 9, but that would have cut me down even further, to 8.

JUSTIN
ok

CHRISTIAN
8…guess I should have gone for the hand…oh well, at least I’ve got his arm.

JUSTIN
So does he grapple to break free or how does this work?

CHRISTIAN
And all that really means is that he’s at -4 to shoot me, which is nothing if he pulls that same all-out attack trick.
Depends on whether he’s fighting to the death or just trying to get the hell away.
Let me check the actions on being grappled section.
It’s a ST contest to break free, but I have +5 against him since I’m using both hands. He’d have to do that to move anywhere.
He can still attack or all out attack.

JUSTIN
OK. He’s going to all-out attack. You see a flash of steel as he pulls out a knife with his free hand.

CHRISTIAN
But he’s limited to unarmed attacks or very close range melee weapons (daggers, etc.)
And, hey hey, it says he can’t attack with his grappled limb, so I’m not going to get shot in the stomach today!
So there’s that
So he’s readying a weapon?

JUSTIN
He’s going to quick-draw his knife and stab.

CHRISTIAN
You can ready a weapon in a grapple, but you need to make a DX roll to avoid dropping the weapon.

JUSTIN
Trying to figure out what the neg modifiers are.

CHRISTIAN
And then the quickdraw roll.

JUSTIN
This is with his other hand

CHRISTIAN
No, just talking about readying a weapon in a grapple.

JUSTIN
OK.

CHRISTIAN
Not using a grappled arm to do it.

JUSTIN
He rolled an 11 with a DX of 11.

CHRISTIAN
So DX roll to draw at whatever difficulty you call, then a quickdraw roll at whatever difficulty.
Then an attack.

JUSTIN
Both of his skills (quick-draw and knife) are at 12. He rolled a 10 and a 6.
Are you able to defend?

CHRISTIAN
Nope, all out attack.

JUSTIN
OK, so he stabs you. What do we roll?

CHRISTIAN
Let me check.

JUSTIN
Just saw that he should have had -4 for off-hand attack, but that was balanced by +4 all-out attack.

CHRISTIAN
Fair enough. At least I’ll have an easy time hitting him if I don’t die.
okay, found it
small knife, right?

JUSTIN
yeah, nothing fancy

CHRISTIAN
this was a stab, right?

JUSTIN
Yup

CHRISTIAN
thr-1 impaling
what’s his ST?

JUSTIN
DAMN! 5
It was thr 1d-1 and he rolled a 6.
This GURPS Character Assistant is pretty cool. Already had the calcs for me.

CHRISTIAN
So his ST is 13 or 14?

JUSTIN
It’s 11

CHRISTIAN
then it’s (1d-1)-1

JUSTIN
Where you seeing that?

CHRISTIAN
ST 11 thrust is 1d-1 and damage is thr-1.
So there should be two -1 modifiers

JUSTIN
OK, I’ll go with that. So 4.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, HP is now 7.
Where are those cops?
Whose lives I saved by immobilizing this asshole’s pistol?

JUSTIN
They’ve got their pistols drawn and are shouting at you.

CHRISTIAN
Oh, no problem, I’ll just take out my phrasebook and figure out what they’re saying.
That’s a free action, right?

JUSTIN
Unless your phrasebook was made by MCIA, I doubt it will help.

CHRISTIAN
Okay, let me look at what I can do here.

JUSTIN
Make a PER roll.

CHRISTIAN
10

JUSTIN
You hear a loud clanging sound and in your peripheral vision see a trolley bearing down on both of you.

CHRISTIAN
Nice

JUSTIN
And that’s all the time we have for tonight.

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