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1 Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:58 am

Campaign INTRO: (Note: This is a modern setting, but not THIS modern setting... some things are different...)

All the living races live either in cities or in rural areas and their day to day, for the most part, consist of mundane labor or other activity. It pleases the Undead secret overlords to 'play with their food', gaining delight from the fear & misery of the living. This is only part of the reason why the Vampire nation a thousand years ago changed the history books and made practice, use, or mention of magic a punishable by death offense for 3 generations of Man. Several centuries later all of the stories of magic and Vampires, while pervasive still, are laregely believed to be only myth.

The Vampire Covens hunt their prey very carefully, getting the requisite invitation for all of them to enter somehow, then jamming phone, internet, & communications for those within. They typically wait until 5 minutes to dawn (the Undead 'witching hour') to feast. They then spend the day inside (with all of the drapes/blinds closed) removing all trace of the previous night's feast within the home waiting for the sun to set again.

In initiative order, once everyone finishes making their PCs,...

You wake hearing commotion from the other room, then screams, then fighting. Your bedroom door opens, and down the hall you see a couple dozen Undead monsters in the other room and can hear more checking the rest of the house as a Vampire stands before you. You for the first time see & believe that Vampires are real, and first hand discover that the lore of their super Human(oid) speed & strength are true.

Fight or flight instincts kick in and you choose fight, but you handily lose, about to loose conciousness when suddenly your assailant poofs into a cloud of dust, and standing before you holding a wooden stake where the Vampire's heart used to be, is a hooded figure of what you think is a tall adult male Deva. Since Devas are well known to be part of the criminal underworld, you've all seen images of them on tv, but have never met one in person.

Before you pass out, he quickly wisks you away, stealthily passed a perimeter of Vampires outside the house, to a subtle vantage point where you safely watch the old life you knew gone in a night. Sometimes hurriedly, sometimes leasurely, you travel with the Deva Giles, across the continent, saving school age youth from the same fate.

Along your travels he trains you and the other youth (PCs) that Vampires are real, magic is real (though can show you none), and that you all are 'Zodiac Slayers', prophesised champions of the end times battle. His race, Devas, have been prosecuted by the Undead for generations for remembering the secrets of the Myocyne prophesies, and pledging to find and help prepare these chosen Slayers.

The beater transportation you all travel in tells you that Giles is not a wealthy man and that a millenia on the run from the law is not a particularly profitable occupation. This is of note because looking around you see that each of you in the car escaped with 1 change of clothes, wallet (w/1d4*$50) and 2 hand carry size items that you were able to grab from your room on your way out. Not much to both start a new life and learn to fight Vampires.

Once Giles picked up the last Slayer, he speeds you all to a fairly new coastal casino. He doesn't go near but drives past into the woods about a mile past. By the time you arrive it is getting dark. He gives each of you a wooden stake and $100 to eat, drink, gamble, relax before your training begins...

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2 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:04 am


Let me know what your PCs want to do. As you enter the casino, you see a large, semi-crowded floor with lots of table games. (think Snoqualmie Casino) You all are easily the youngest in the room, save the serving girls in skimpy cocktail outfits, but this world has no 'underage' drinking/gambling laws, so people notice but don't really care.

Oh, and like casinos in this world, there are no windows for sunlight to enter at all anywhere in the building...



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3 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:04 am


Mick wrote:What time of day are we entering?
Are the main door made of blacked out glass?
Any exterior windows up high?

You arrive just after dusk the day before the Harvest Moon (when a big Vampire ritual is expected). Your watcher, Giles, gave each of you a wooden stake (just in case) and 100gp each to relax & unwind before your training as a Zodiac Slayer begins. You can enter later, or not at all until tomorrow night, if you wish.

The main entry way has 2 sets of doors. Yes both blackened glass. The other entryway are the elevators to the parking garage, so metal. The only other way into the building is a delivery entrance for service personnel only.

The entire building does not have a single window anywhere on it.

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4 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:04 am

The party is outside the casino and it is getting dusk. Think Snoqualmie Casino... it's about 15 miles outside of the main coastal city in a heavily wooded mountain pass. In other words, any combat-ish items you want will likely need to be purchased the following morning in town after the recon mission, unless a gift shop would have it, or you want food/drink (escorts...). There are plenty of gaming tables for you to spend your money on too...

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5 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:24 am

Angel's starting gp...
Dwarmaj carried out 1 launched of one d4 (Image not informed.) :
1
*50+100=200gp

Angle's not a big gambler, but he will put some money (50gp) down on a few sporting games (what ever is in season). He'll also find a nice low limit table where he can watch a game from and play there to pass the time.

As far as items he'll carry with him, Angle will make sure he has a nice dagger.


Question:
Do shurikens have to be stars? Can you have a dart shuriken? Can you have a wooden dart shurken?



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6 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:26 am

Questions:
Do the service personnel have uniforms that are nondescript such as a white uniform with a small logo or is the uniform in the "casino" style such as the entire uniform is basically a logo? What sorts of service personnel go through? Bus boys, chefs, hotel staff, band members, waitresses, etc? How frequently? What would we approximate the size of the personnel in this casino to be so we might be able to get in inconspicuously.

Do we have a safe house or storage place where we can store money/items? I don't particularly want to walk into a casino with all the cash that he has. If I can store some I will only bring in 40GP. As a side note how badly are the casino's/gambling games fixed in this universe?

This is just a recon mission correct?

While we are watching does anyone go into the casino with sunglasses on? drive up in a limo? Have bodyguards or a definite entourage? Obvious hardware (guns, knives, etc)? Stand out from the crowd such as wearing a tux or 500gp suit while most people are suburbanites?

Before we head in can we alter our recognizable features any? Casino's have cameras everywhere and while we are not on their radar yet we will be soon. I would rather they not have us on file yet. For sure if this is a recon mission I will not be wearing my shield, sword, or motorcycle outfit as those are all easily identifiable.

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7 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:55 am

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I will leave my weapons with Giles and just bring the stake , hidden in my leather jacket. I will go directly to the gift shop and buy some bad ass sunglasses. Then go play some craps. Will spend stop if I lose $100 or earn $100.


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8 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:03 am

Dwarmaj wrote:
Question:
Do shurikens have to be stars? Can you have a dart shuriken? Can you have a wooden dart shurken?

I don't know if this is a GM decision or if the books spell this out. Help anybody?

Krystoff wrote:Questions:
Do the service personnel have uniforms that are nondescript.

Yes, the bouncers at the door, the cocktail waitresses, and the dealers are all in uniforms. The waitress' are particularly skimpy. All of them say "Mr. Mui's Casino" with an image of a weird symbol.

Krystoff wrote:
How frequently? What would we approximate the size of the personnel in this casino to be so we might be able to get in inconspicuously.

For now, you are just entering, so don't know how frequently they change shifts. Ken just sent me a fancier map, but I'm having some trouble downloading it, but we were looking for the biggest floor area we could find online. We'll get a map up soon. Two bouncers each by the main entrance & the elevators, one dealer per table, 2-5 players per table, 2 pit bosses on the floor, and a lot of eye candy serving drinks.

Krystoff wrote:
Do we have a safe house or storage place where we can store money/items?

You have the car about a mile away where Giles (& Stu & possibly Ibuki's PCs) are waiting for you.

Krystoff wrote:
This is just a recon mission correct?

Ostensibly, tonight is a 'night off' for the PCs, but yes, your Watcher tells you all that tomorrow night a Vampire ritual is going to happen there that you have to stop, so some recon would be good...

Krystoff wrote:
While we are watching does anyone go into the casino with sunglasses on? drive up in a limo? Have bodyguards or a definite entourage? Obvious hardware (guns, knives, etc)? Stand out from the crowd such as wearing a tux or 500gp suit while most people are suburbanites??

Not THIS night, and no one is allowed in with obvious hardware. The bouncers have pistols holstered.

Krystoff wrote:
Before we head in can we alter our recognizable features any? Casino's have cameras everywhere and while we are not on their radar yet we will be soon. I would rather they not have us on file.

Nice! Of course there are cameras everywhere... Altering features would be a disguise check (bluff)

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9 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 11:06 am

Ross wrote:I will leave my weapons with Giles and just bring the stake , hidden in my leather jacket. I will go directly to the gift shop and buy some bad ass sunglasses. Then go play some craps. Will spend stop if I lose $100 or earn $100.

Got it! We'll wait until all the other PCs post their intended actions then post what happens.

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10 Starting GP roll on Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:26 pm

Mick carried out 1 launched of one d4 (Image not informed.) :
1

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11 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:01 pm

Looks like Ember is only starting with 50GP+100GP

She will enter without her cinder wand, cane staff or the wooden stake.

She'll go to the gift stores and buy a hot short skirt dress and a pair 2" high heels with 100GP
Other acessaries (handy wipes, nail polish, hair bands, and perfume for 20 GP
Spend 10 GP on a good meal and a fruity drink.

After that, she will go around and case the casino out.
From the outside she should be able to get an idea of how many floors the building has.

Check out the elevator: is it for public use or privite use? One buncer there?

Check the service enterance: look in if there are windows. if not, wait for someone to go in or out.
What do I see. Note how the door work: swing in & out? door handles? locking mechanism?

Check out money collection: GP taken at the tables and later picked up by armed guards?
It wmay be a good chance to collect some funds for our use.



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12 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:33 pm

Is 1Gp the same as $1? Seems like a GP would be worth more.

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13 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:53 pm

That's was my assumption for now.

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14 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:54 pm

Alright, Ember is broke, but looking smoking hot. We'll say you still have 4gp, as after making an effort to get dolled up, there are a few male patrons willing to buy you all the drinks you want.

Elevators from the parking garage are for guests, as is the main entrance. The service entrance is a metal 2x door opening out with a buzzer that says "deliveries" (not for guests) from the parking level on the far side from the guest elevators.

There is still not a single window anywhere at all on the entire building.

Beside the parking levels, the bottom floor is where you think is the kitchen is (the guest elevators do not stop on this floor), the middle floor is the main gaming floor, and the top floor you think are offices or something, but is off limits to public.

There are a pair of armed Goliath bouncers at both the elevators and the main entrances.

Being nighttime, you don't see any deliveries, as you might expect. As far as cash collection schedule, we'll wait until everyone posts their starting actions before I start posting what happens after you've been there a while.

The casino is built on the slope of a wooded mountain, so the main entrance & parking garage are both at 'ground level' and if it did have a window (which it doesn't), it would be a great view...

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15 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:56 pm

I still have 20 gp

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16 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:56 pm

Mick wrote:That's was my assumption for now.

Mine too. Since it's a modern setting, that seems easiest. Thoughts, objections to that?

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17 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 1:59 pm

Mick wrote:I still have 20 gp

Okay, make it 24gp, since you didn't have to buy any drinks (if you accept them...)

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18 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:15 pm

Is the parking garage separate or is it underground parking?

Does it seem like there are more vehicles than people in the casino? Just trying to find out if there are more people in the casino in areas we don't have access to. (ie if there are vehicles for 1000 people, but we only see a couple hundred then something doesn't add up).

Does Giles tell us where the vampire ritual will be?
Does Glies give us any information for us to be able to detect a vampire? (In 1E, vampire were repelled by garlic, are there any garlic items on the dinner menu?)

Are there any stairs that we can take to go up or down? Are the stairs guarded like the elevator?

Are the employees from a particular racial group besides the bouncers? (Trying to find out how hard it would be to impersonate one.)

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19 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:18 pm

So there parking levels below, then the kitchen level, then the casino level and then an office level above.

Go into the elevator for a ride. Is there a button going up to the office level above? Any stairs going up to that level?

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20 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:36 pm

Adding to what the others have asked; Do the bouncers or other staff have ID security cards? The kind that can be read to get through doors?

How late are the restaurants open? Figure an hour after that for support staff (bus boys, dish washers, etc) to finish up and leave the building.

Ashe will have his 40GP and play small ante games of either blackjack or craps. If he is winning more than $100 he will slow down on the games/sit out some rolls so that he doesn't become watched more than normal.

Ashe will also try to disguise himself slightly to make recognition much harder.

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21 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:45 pm

Dwarmaj wrote:Is the parking garage separate or is it underground parking?

-Because of the slope of the mountain, it is below the building, but not underground.

Does it seem like there are more vehicles than people in the casino?

-Nice! Yes, there seems to be either a few extra cars or absolutely no one carpooled. It's fairly close though.

Does Giles tell us where the vampire ritual will be?
Does Glies give us any information for us to be able to detect a vampire?

-He tells you in the casino but tells you we'll get into how to recognize them & many other things tomorrow when your training starts in full.

Are there any stairs that we can take to go up or down? Are the stairs guarded like the elevator?

-From the inside, yes. It isn't gaurded, but is behind the bar where all the serving girls are back & forth from.

Are the employees from a particular racial group besides the bouncers? (Trying to find out how hard it would be to impersonate one.)

-No, the rest are a mix, but the dealers tend to be high dex races, pit bosses high perception races, and the serving girls are all hotties with a little bit for everyone (lots of races)

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22 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:47 pm

Mick wrote:Is there a button going up to the office level above? Any stairs going up to that level?

Yes, the elevators go to the top floor, but you need a key to hit that button. The main gaming floor has stairs going up & down behind the bar.

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23 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 2:54 pm

Krystoff wrote:Adding to what the others have asked; Do the bouncers or other staff have ID security cards? The kind that can be read to get through doors?

How late are the restaurants open?

The bouncers have a bunch of keys off their gunbelt, the serving girls & dealers all have nametags, but otherwise no security ID (that you can tell).

The restaurant does not close. It, the bar, and the casino are 24-hours. Note: This world does not have a 'last call' time where public drinking is prohibited... you can drink at any age or any time of day legaly.

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24 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:24 pm

bradly wrote:
-Nice! Yes, there seems to be either a few extra cars or absolutely no one carpooled. It's fairly close though.

Trying to figure out if more people are coming to the casino than are leaving...

May have to watch the place over time, which Giles may have already done.


Any reason Giles is staying in the car? Does he mention why he's not coming in?

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25 Re: Buffy Verse - Casino on Fri Nov 19, 2010 3:38 pm

More questions...

Is there a hotel connected to the casino?
Are there more buttons on the elevator panel than we think there are floors?
Does it look like the casino is hiring?

Angel will try to see if any of the waitresses look/act new. If I find one I'll try chatting her up to get info.

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