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Old 06-02-2020, 06:55 AM   #31
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Got thru the first part of the adventure, ending with a fight scene in the Alexanderplatz Station. PCs defeated the team of Russian mercenaries and the fallen investigator with the tentacles coming out of the maw in his chest. Relatively light casualties and damage -- surprising for PCs really. But somebody got away with a copy of the Necronomicon (stolen by the Ahnenerbe from the French National Museum in WWII, looted by the Red Army in the fall of Berlin, and sold by a down-on-his-luck Ukranian olegarch). They're not sure where the Lebanese pickpocket and the giant gold coin stolen from the Bode fit in, but they're working on it.

I likely obsessed WAY too much on the station layout, but it gave me a good feeling for what was going on in a messy 4 NPC faction fight.

Next set piece involves a German police station -- Station 51 in Friedrichstain. Any thoughts on how a German station might differ from a US one?
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Old 06-02-2020, 01:00 PM   #32
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Their Website:

https://www.berlin.de/polizei/dienst.../abschnitt-51/

https://www.yelp.de/biz/polizeidirek...tm_source=bing

Ein total abweisender und bürgerunfreundlicher Bau, man muß durch eine Sicherheitsschleuse und sitzt dann in einem zugigen Mini-Warte-Raum (wenn ein Platz frei ist), nahezu jeglicher Kontakt läuft via Mikrofon und Panzerglas. Selbst im eiskalten Winter war der Heizkörper abgestellt. Man fühlt sich, als ob man im Knast wäre. Sehr lange Wartezeiten, bis man dann abgeholt wird und durch noch eine Schleuse muß, um endlich als Bürger Zugang ins große Gebäude zu bekommen. Man darf keinen Meter alleine gehen. Alles ganz anders als im Fernsehen. Niemand war freundlich; man stört anscheinend nur bei der Arbeit. Ich war überrascht, wieviel Beamte es dort gibt (im Kiez sieht man sehr selten Polizisten). Es ist schwierig, eine Anzeige zu stellen, teilweise versuchen die Beamten einem das auszureden, es würde eh alles eingestellt. Ich habe dann erlebt, wie ein Täter nach Monaten doch verurteilt wurde, bei der Anzeige in dieser Wache habe ich über 2 Stunden gegen bis zu 3 Beamte argumentieren müssen, um die Anzeige stellen zu dürfen, dabei wurde ich auch angeschrien und mir wurden viele Fragen gestellt, ich musste mich dafür rechtfertigen, dass nicht alles online gemacht zu haben. Dabei war ich Opfer und nicht Täter! Niemand war dort freundlich. Während meiner Wartezeiten sind einige Bürger frustriert wieder abgedreht, weil die Wartezeiten zu lang waren und man nur via Wechselsprechanlage mit einem uninteressierten Beamten reden konnte. Eigentlich nur ein Stern aber ich gebe nen zweiten, weil mir mal 2 Beamte der Wache geholfen haben, mein eigenes (!) Fahrrad zu knacken. Das war aber nicht in der Wache. Verglichen mit anderen Städten sind die Berliner Wachen wohl eher so kontruiert, dass die Polizei unter sich bleibt und sich der Bürger nicht traut, Anzeigen zu stellen. Dabei soll die Polizei doch so etwas wie ein modernen "Dienstleister" sein und der Bürger bezahlt das Alles. Aber das Ganze senkt natürlich die Verbrechensstatistik.

Streetview:

https://www.google.de/maps/place/Wed...211!4d13.44437

No idea what a US police station is like. A large office building. An airport like security check at the entrance and many offices.
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:07 AM   #33
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Next set piece involves a German police station -- Station 51 in Friedrichstain. Any thoughts on how a German station might differ from a US one?
Interesting things that are immediately evident from Google Maps are:

- the whole block is built around a wide inner courtyard used for parking;
- two sides of the block belong not to the police but to the fire brigade (interesting vehicles, equipment, and diversionary ideas there);
- a corner of the block, however, seems to be made up by an ordinary apartment building, still overlooking the inner courtyard (and I guess it's easier to enter there than in the police or fire stations).
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Old 06-05-2020, 11:44 AM   #34
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Interesting things that are immediately evident from Google Maps are:

- the whole block is built around a wide inner courtyard used for parking;
- two sides of the block belong not to the police but to the fire brigade (interesting vehicles, equipment, and diversionary ideas there);
- a corner of the block, however, seems to be made up by an ordinary apartment building, still overlooking the inner courtyard (and I guess it's easier to enter there than in the police or fire stations).
Could that apartment possibly be a police and/or fire brigade section house, or do those not happen in Germany?
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Old 06-09-2020, 02:57 AM   #35
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Could that apartment possibly be a police and/or fire brigade section house, or do those not happen in Germany?
Sorry, I have no idea. The building's windows look remarkably uniform and nondescript.
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Old 06-10-2020, 01:11 PM   #36
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I believe section houses are pretty much restricted to police academies. I have not heard of section housing fur regular police officers or fire brigades in berlin and didn´t find anything with google.
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Old 06-18-2020, 01:59 PM   #37
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Really basic question-- what is the German equivalent of the Medical Examiner/Coroner's office for Berlin and the local crime lab? Mostly looking for location and scene setting.
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Old 06-18-2020, 04:01 PM   #38
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https://www.berlin.de/germed/

State Institute for Forensic and Social Medicine

it´s under the state department of health and located in the Kriminalgericht Moabit complex, Turmstrasse 21, where DA and criminal courts are concentrated.

https://www.berlin.de/germed/rechtsmedizin/

is the department for pathology

https://www.berlin.de/germed/psychia...d-psychologie/

is the department for forensic psychiatry

https://www.berlin.de/germed/toxikologie/

is the department of toxicology.

We do not really have coroners, their work is mainly done by the Staatsanwaltschaft (DA).

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriminalgericht_Moabit

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/k.../20354390.html

https://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin....ok_nr=09050355

https://www.stadtentwicklung.berlin....ok_nr=09050355
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Old 06-29-2020, 02:17 PM   #39
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Through the next part of the adventure. Our heros are trying to figure out who the factions at the Alexanderplatz fight were and what they want. At the Monster Kabinett, they met the younger version of the corrupted sorcerer they fought and killed on the upper level train platform. (Isn't time travel swell?) They stopped a pack of ghouls from stealing the older version's body from the morgue, apparently with the intent of putting it back together or merging the older sorcerer's brain with his younger self. Before dying the eldest ghoul gave a PC one of the older sorcerer's eyeballs and urged him to "eat eye and see!"

They've found out about a missing bookbinder who created the decoy Necronomicon and is likely to get possessed by a child of Shubniggurath in 2 days time.

They danced diplomatically with a Russian attache. One of the PCs was menaced at the bar by the attache's bodyguard -- the leader of the Russian mercenaries who wants his book back. He believes the PCs when they say they don't have it.

They talked with the young pickpocket and may be trying to help him too. (I stumbled across 4 Blocks on Amazon Prime and am watching Season 1 for some local color.)

Meanwhile, the mastermind has had an uninterrupted day with the Necronomicon. They PCs learned that for quite some time, he's taken a daily ride counterclockwise around the city (timing irregular) on an S-bahn train. Not sure why, yet.

Next, likely a foray into the ghoul-inhabited tunnels under Berlin trying to prevent the bookbinder from being turned and then running amok at a police station.
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:32 AM   #40
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Meanwhile, the mastermind has had an uninterrupted day with the Necronomicon. They PCs learned that for quite some time, he's taken a daily ride counterclockwise around the city (timing irregular) on an S-bahn train. Not sure why, yet.
That's the Ringbahn, counterclockwise it's the S42.
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