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Old 07-29-2021, 03:36 AM   #611
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Squares in the Spring: It is just entering the season of Spring in the big city, and the player characters have been tapped to investigate a new serial killer. The murderer's trademark is using some kind of square or rectangular projectile, fired like a bullet, into his victims. The prep has dug out the usual custom projectile after firing it, no doubt to avoid leaving behind traces or tool marks - only the square shape of the shot remains. The killer's victims have thus far been eclectic (no pattern in age, race, gender or appearance) and unrelated to one another. However, one young forensics tech has noticed that the DNA results from each of the victims comes back reporting the same abnormal findings - some weird mutation in the "junk" DNA that no-one in the lab has ever seen before...

Hagiography for Beginners: The player characters find church documents from many hundreds of years ago that supposedly record the miracles of until-now-unknown Saint. The player characters may turn them into the church and get roped into the official investigation of the records. Are they faked? Were the miracles genuine? Just what happened to that Saint all those years ago? And why are mysterious stalkers aggressively coming out of the wood-work to destroy the records and suppress the investigation?

Murder is Meat: A bizarre series of weird murders are plaguing the town - people are suddenly going insane, butchering other people and eating the corpses. At first, the sudden cannibalism was attributed to psychotic breaks, but the incidents kept mounting up. Theories as to what is causing this include the newly unearthed mummy's tomb archaeological dig just outside town unleashing a curse, a new disease caused by that fancy new (and untested) pesticide the local farmers adopted, and psychic commands implanted by alien invaders. The player characters will start by fighting off mad man-eaters and finish the adventure by confronting the source of the insanity.

Ghosting Us: The PCs are all ghosts haunting a big fancy old place rich in necromantic energies. The PC ghosts engage in slice-of-life sitcom antics, ala a ghost version of What We Do in the Shadows. They navigate a web of bumbling necromancers, hammy caretakers as played by Jack Nicholson, rival dead people, darn kids breaking in on a dare, mediums who won't getting possessed by you, true crime and horror podcasters/youtubers looking for content, historians looking over the place for preservation reasons, and the people who actually live here. The ghosts need someone to move parts of their bodies or some other anchor, if they want to leave the haunted place and handle matters outside.
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Old 07-31-2021, 12:07 PM   #612
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The Animal Angle
In a day-after-tomorrow setting, a researcher figures out how to make a fairly good AI by combining high tech circuitry with animal brains. The resulting top secret military program uses raccoons, pigeons, octopuses, snakes, crabs, and who knows what else as covert agents, able to go where humans cannot. The PC's are these experimental cyborg animals, neither truly flesh nor truly machine. So much depends on their performance... including their own fates.
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Old 08-01-2021, 09:40 AM   #613
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The Animal Angle
In a day-after-tomorrow setting, a researcher figures out how to make a fairly good AI by combining high tech circuitry with animal brains. The resulting top secret military program uses raccoons, pigeons, octopuses, snakes, crabs, and who knows what else as covert agents, able to go where humans cannot. The PC's are these experimental cyborg animals, neither truly flesh nor truly machine. So much depends on their performance... including their own fates.
That could go a lot of different ways, but personally I would play it philosophical. Should I strive to become "pure" and what would pure be? Am I an animal enhanced by electronics, or an AI moderated by tissue?
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Old 08-19-2021, 07:55 AM   #614
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Afghanistan has 22 tons of gold in a bank in New York*. There's nine or ten times that much scattered around other locations. Overseas assets are being frozen by various countries, so the Taliban can't access the ten billion or so. You know what that means.

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* It's the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, actually. But then, I wouldn't have needed to call you all together for an easy target. Adjust your BAD accordingly.
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Old 08-19-2021, 02:41 PM   #615
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Look up a map of Antarctica if all the ice melted and use it as a map for your fantasy game. The players will never notice.
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Old 08-20-2021, 06:27 AM   #616
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Afghanistan has 22 tons of gold in a bank in New York*. There's nine or ten times that much scattered around other locations. Overseas assets are being frozen by various countries, so the Taliban can't access the ten billion or so. You know what that means.

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* It's the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, actually. But then, I wouldn't have needed to call you all together for an easy target. Adjust your BAD accordingly.
There's a NYC Bank level in the new Hitman games, rip off that for the scenario, I would suggest.
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Old 08-24-2021, 02:04 PM   #617
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PC x is a hacker with the NSA and PC y is a counterpart in the Chinese cyberwarfare program. Any two rival nations with enough technology to have a cyberwarfare program will do as replacements (Israel/Palestine, India/Pakistan, etc) and even petty warlords can afford one or two pretty good geeks on their private army nowadays. The players should be accepting of the matchup though.

Anyway they are long time opponents. They know all of each other's handles and have been opponents on many clashes in the web. They have yet to see each other's faces and are a mystery to each other.

Somehow they come across evidence that aliens are on Earth with sinister intentions. They team up without the knowledge of their respective agencies to partner against the mutual threat to both countries.

This story can grow bigger until it becomes a whole space opera epic. It might end up with Earth propelled into an intersteller universe as a new kid on the block and a Terran federation having to be formed. More pcs can be added on, and there can be several generations of pcs some children of previous ones.
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Old 08-25-2021, 09:29 AM   #618
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Here's one I got from the book Blood Royal.

The King of a multinational crown just died without issue (this is in a verse where the monarch is head of government as well as head of state). There are several claimants to the throne. The claims of the different ones are various and sundry. The wise men of the realms (the lords spiritual and secular and the most powerful burghers and guildmasters, etc) appoint a joint committee from each constituent nation to choose the successor.

The PCs can play as the committee or it's bodyguards. The later may be more interesting. Likely there will be an assassination plot. Or there could be a unit of loyal knights chosen specifically to make sure the decision was enforced.

By the way this is how Ferdinand of Aragon came to the throne. It was generally conceded that his legal claim was not the best but no one's claim was very good anyway and he was known for being rich (so he could pay out of his own pocket unless he was going to war), and canny on the battlefield thus making the possibility of a functionally useful king. As it turned out according to the wikipedia he apparently was skilled at his job and his reign was a good one.

Another interesting fact was that a future saint served on that committee. The Dominican, Vincent Ferrer, a famous preacher, but apparently also known in political circles.
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Old 08-25-2021, 10:37 AM   #619
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Afghanistan has 22 tons of gold in a bank in New York*. There's nine or ten times that much scattered around other locations. Overseas assets are being frozen by various countries, so the Taliban can't access the ten billion or so. You know what that means.

Heist adventures!

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* It's the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, actually. But then, I wouldn't have needed to call you all together for an easy target. Adjust your BAD accordingly.
And awful twist to this plot is for the GM to 'reveal' that the Afghan gold was rehypothecated decades ago . . .
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Old 08-25-2021, 11:34 AM   #620
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Afghanistan has 22 tons of gold in a bank in New York*. There's nine or ten times that much scattered around other locations. Overseas assets are being frozen by various countries, so the Taliban can't access the ten billion or so. You know what that means.

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* It's the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, actually. But then, I wouldn't have needed to call you all together for an easy target. Adjust your BAD accordingly.
Speaking of that I read a book by a jeweler who has a shop in a sort of bazaar in Hawaii. He goes to Afghanistan to trade and prospect and has a number of contacts including blatantly admitting that he has friends at the CIA. When the Russians came, the Afghan government cut a deal with him to liquify their local treasures in preparation.
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