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Did you see that last night? What where those flashed you have seen? There shoudn't be anything there so what was that? After you got up this morning you asked around with a couple off people if they haven't seen anything, but none knows something about this. But you where sure, there should have been someone else who has seen this? Let's start looking around...

Okay, this is the play thread for our first game of Cryptocracy. I welcome my three players, Leonie, Brian and Brian and let's get it started.

You guys make up you're two characters, select the one which will be you're original character and post them here.

I was thinking about going with a modern day game, but if one of you have another idea, give a shout.

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Pursuit: 8
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Knowledge:
- Sarah Janeway 9 (wounded)
- Pravin Ramanathan 7 (wounded) KILLED! / Marla Lodge 4
- Willie Paddock 8
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Starting leads:


1. There is an array of large smooth lozenge shaped structures in a remote compound kept hidden from view by restricted airspace.
2. The director of ChemStar Labs disappeared four days ago.
3. At work an inhabitant had a strange story. About people disappearing for no apparent reason, never to be seen again. He had evidence he said, but would not show it.
4. The US Department of Energy National Laboratory system has been infiltrated at many levels by a shadowy organization and cannot be trusted.
5. Electronic devices near the area with the lozenges act unpredictably or do not work at all. This includes the instruments on aircraft.


New leads:

6. The license plate on the civilian car had a State Department Foreign Affairs endorsement, the foreign service is involved in this somehow.
7. Only the Department of Defense uses that kind. They must be involved, too.
8. Did you see his eyes? He had an awkward glare, like his body was here but his mind was not. Someone or something controlling him...
9. ChemStar Labs has developed a mind-control serum that is being tested on unwitting subjects.
10. The man who was driving the truck had odd scars on each side of his neck, and underneath his glands looks swollen. It was almost as if something had been been put in there...
11. The missing director is being held at a secret hide-out.
12. This hide-out is located somewhere on the premises of the factory where we just have escaped out of.

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Thanks for running this!

I'd prefer modern day. I'll have my character info up in a few hours.
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Modern day is fine with me as well. I'll have my main character for you in at most half an hour from now. (I hope whistle )
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Sarah Janeway, 28 years old, single, social worker . An innocent character type.

Physical 2
Mental 2+1
Luck 3+1
Knowledge 1

Want any more info? And the 2nd character already?
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well you can keep the second one for later.
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Pravin Ramanathan
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Mental 4
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Willie Paddock
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Mental 2
Luck 4 (3+1)
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Willie thinks he leads the good life, though he doesn't make much. He trains new pilots and helps the old-timers keep their skills up to snuff. When he isn't in the air he's answering phones, helping work the line or just jawing in the lounge. At least that was how things went before that flight with the odd fellow who took them into restricted airspace while he was distracted. Now his ticket's under review and he can't shake the memory of those rows of what appeared to be large aluminum lozenges on the ground.
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Okay, who wants to start this off?
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Well, I'm glad to start it off, but it might be good to get at least a hint of background from the other players. In particular, I think it would be interesting to establish a few more facts based on their knowledge scores. So far I've suggested the only one I get.

1. There is an array of large smooth lozenge shaped structures in a remote compound kept hidden from view by restricted airspace.
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Yep, that part is up to you guys. I'm just the bad guy, you guys are discovering my evil plots
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I'm still working on my background. As an insider, mine will be fairly dependent on what secrets we come up with but I'm definitely going for a guy who has always had suspicions about who he's really working for but has only recently run up against something he can't ignore.

Here's my first:

The director of ChemStar Labs disappeared four days ago.



We should also figure out how we know each other.

Social worker, flight instructor, and scientist. Hm...

Maybe Dr. Ramanathan is taking flying lessons? Or he chartered a plane at some point?
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You can have 3 facts Pravin, you know that?
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Barad_the_dwarf wrote:
You can have 3 facts Pravin, you know that?


I do. I didn't want to put my last two out there until I see what Sarah Janeway's is.
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I was thinking that, but I just wanted to make sure.
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Sarah talks a lot during her work. People have so much to tell, so much to be listened to.

At work an inhabitant had a strange story. About people disappearing for no apparent reason, never to be seen again. He had evidence he said, but would not show it.

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Because Willie has suddenly lost his flight privileges due to allowing a student to fly into restricted airspace, his stream of income suddenly dried up. As he never had much socked away, he quickly was forced to seek some public assistance for food purchases. That's how he met Ms. Greenway.

When the client in front of him left the office raving about people disappearing, Willie happened to comment. "That's right in the area where I let the airplane wander." Their eyes met, and they realized there might be something bigger happening.
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So far, we've got:

1. There is an array of large smooth lozenge shaped structures in a remote compound kept hidden from view by restricted airspace.
2. The director of ChemStar Labs disappeared four days ago.
3. At Sarah's work, an inhabitant had a strange story. About people disappearing for no apparent reason, never to be seen again. He had evidence he said, but would not show it.


And my last two:

4. The US Department of Energy National Laboratory system has been infiltrated at many levels by a shadowy organization and cannot be trusted.
5. Electronic devices near the area with the lozenges act unpredictably or do not work at all. This includes the instruments on aircraft.


Pravin is still technically the director of research at one of the national labs. We can determine which later, if it becomes important. However, he discovered something that has him scared so he's going to run into one or both of the other PCs.

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Okay thanks Brian. I will keep all of the information you guys find out in the first post so it will be easier for you to check something. There I will keep track of the pursuit track. And you're knowlegde tracks.

So let gets on the road.
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I'll start by rolling 3 dice and then edit this response to make a selection.

1d6 = (6) = 6
1d6 = (3) = 3
1d6 = (6) = 6

Whew! Well, only two choices here. And Willie isn't a shy one. So here's what I propose:

Disappearing people is too much. Willie was never one to sit around waiting for trouble to come to him, and now he has Sarah and Pravin to back him up. Plus, his new pal Pravin suggests that the experiments taking place below may have been affecting his instruments, if so, he wants to prove it to be legal to fly again.

So, he cajoles his new companions to hop in his old beat up jeep, "borrows" a gps and handheld radio from his employer, and heads out to the compound he saw from the air. He knows the main road is gated, but people come and go as well. The next time he sees a civilian car drive out, he pulls the jeep in front of it, blocking the road as best he can...

So we are doing 6 - Confront!
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Straight into the tiger's mouth! Woo!


To quote the rules:

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3. Each character gains 1 knowledge and makes a Mental test. On a success they gain an additional knowledge. If all characters fail increase the pursuit track by one.


So, that's 3 knowledge points total. Does that mean that each of us comes up with a new fact?

And here's my mental test: Mental Test: 1d6 = (2) = 2

Two is less than four so Pravin's Knowledge is now +2, yes?
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Hold your horses! We'll need to get by 6 hazards cards first...
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PghArch wrote:
Hold your horses! We'll need to get by 6 hazards cards first...


Up to 6!



Sorry about that. I didn't mean to jump the gun. I misread the lead rules.
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(draws 3 cards)

As Willie pulls his jeep in front of the civilian car and blocks it the driver has to perform an emergency break, the car can just stop fast enough and the car stops with his bumper almost against the jeep. A man in a black suit and dark sunglasses steps out of the passenger seat. He heads over to the jeep. 'What is you're problem?'.
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An OOC comment first. I'm assuming due to the structure of the game, we are all in the jeep, so everyone should feel free to jump into the narrative.

Willie tips his hat and peers the man up and down. "Was just going to ask you that, rushing down this dirt road so fast. Sorry if I startled you. I'm just looking for a pal of mine and thought he might have come this way. Last I heard of him he was on his cell phone to me complaining that his compass was spinning. I thought that was unusual out in the woods, and then I saw a big nice car like that, " he nods towards the vehicle "and I thought that looked out of place as well."

"Anyhow, I'm rambling. So, I'll get to the point. Any idea what might have happened to my friend? He's usually a pretty good navigator."
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How should I know what have happened to you're friend? No listen you hillbilly, just get out of the way. I'm late as it is. The man replies, you see that he is getting annoyed.
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