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Old 10-03-2014, 05:48 PM   #11
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These look like a good collection of characters, ...
Thank you Phil. Coming from you, I take that as a high complement, based on your many memorable collections of characters.

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... but I'll note that they are highly unlikely to all come in at the same point value. Which may not matter much for a one-off demo game, of course.
Yes, good point. I'm going to try to keep "core" skills similar, and then let the unique character skills vary all over the map.

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I'd also note that some of them are rather more cerebral than others - in a detective story in a fairly well-monitored space. Do make sure that they've all got something to do (or at least plenty of roleplaying hooks).
Yes, advice on this would be appreciated.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:48 PM   #12
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I like your character collection. Very colorful group.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:58 PM   #13
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In a brainstorming mode, I came up with some motives, means, escape plans, and secrets for each of the PCs (other than Taggart and CHAN).

Thoughts, additions, modifications, etc are welcome.

The motives:
a. None (i.e., Taggart)
b. Personal (family of a victim of Victim’s crimes),
c. Personal (friends of a victim of Victim’s crimes),
d. Personal (former victim of Victim’s crimes),
e. Professional (Chinese government assassin),
f. Professional (hired Maple Syndicate assassin)
g. Professional (hired Martian Triad assassin)
h. Professional (hired Red Duncanite assassin)
i. Professional (Israeli government Mosad agent/assassin),

Means (to access Victim)
a. None (i.e. CHAN, who wasn't there)
b. Disable AI with a Worm program uploaded from implant/wearable
c. Means to circumvent the suite door security

Weapon
a. Hand-to-Hand
b. Gun
c. Bomb
d. micro swarms
e. Means to suborn a cybershell to do the killing
f. Means to suborn a Bioroid to do the killing

Escape Plans:
a. No plan, wanted to take credit
b. Ship to pick you off of the elevator
c. Elevator maintenance car (not in Penthouse)
d. Was going to go skydiving when closer
e. Were going to download

Secrets to protect:
a. None
b. Any connection to the Victim
c. Location of weapons
d. Location of escape plan items

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Old 10-03-2014, 09:34 PM   #14
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I appreciate the attempt to keep the list of characters orderly, but assigning them numbers *and* letters of the alphabet seems counter productive. Typically, the closer you stay to the name of the person *as introduced to the audience/players* the better, as long as it is clearly distinct from the others, and alphabetical order helps with so many.

Also, can you mention here where each person's eponym is taken from, and how they are different from the original (other than being a catgirl or a robot)? I only recognize about half.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:05 AM   #15
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14. Dr Endeavour Morse, Alpha Series Upgrade; age 76; EU (UK) Citizen; Business traveler; Occupation: Ghost Writer.
Not really important, but Morse is about 50% too old to be an Alpha, since the design dates to 2050. And Rebus is about as old as he can be.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:07 PM   #16
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I appreciate the attempt to keep the list of characters orderly, but assigning them numbers *and* letters of the alphabet seems counter productive. Typically, the closer you stay to the name of the person *as introduced to the audience/players* the better, as long as it is clearly distinct from the others, and alphabetical order helps with so many.
Letters and numbers? Actually, the motive/means/weapon/escape plans/secrets haven't been assigned yet. That was just the order I came up with them brainstorming.

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Also, can you mention here where each person's eponym is taken from, and how they are different from the original (other than being a catgirl or a robot)? I only recognize about half.
Were you meaning something like:
Alpha Series Upgrade - p. TS115 / p. TS:CT48
Metanoia Series Upgrade - p. TS116/ p. TS:CT48
Siduri Upgrade - p. TS116 / p. TS:CT48
Tennin Parahuman - p. TS117/ p. TS:CT49
Ziusudra Parahuman - p. TS118/ p. TS:CT49
Eros Bioroid p.BIO72
Felicia Bioroid - p. TS116/ p. TS:CT48/p.BIO73
Spartan Bioroid p.BIO74
Tianyi Bioroid - p. TS117/ p. TS:CT49
K-10A Postcanine p.TS118/p.TS:CT50
SAI p. TS120 /p.TS:CT52
Ghost Mind Emulation p.120 /p.TS:CT53
Tech-Spider (p. TS125/p.TS:CT58)
Infiltration Android (p. TS122/p.TS:CT55)

Or were you thinking of the actual short descriptions from the sources to include in the listings?
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:39 PM   #17
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Or were you thinking of the actual short descriptions from the sources to include in the listings?

By eponym, I mean the character they were named after.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #18
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Not really important, but Morse is about 50% too old to be an Alpha, since the design dates to 2050. And Rebus is about as old as he can be.
Oops. Good catch on Morse, should be 46 not 76.

Rebus is first wave of main model, or a last wave of beta.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:42 PM   #19
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By eponym, I mean the character they were named after.
No, the names were just going to be left as Easter Eggs.

I was going to put a few items in (the K10A Magnum was going to have Danger Sense), but most were just going to be names.

Google should get them all. Googling "List of Famous Fictional Detectives" will get all but one.

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