01.02: Golf Club Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)   Posted by Narrator.Group: 0
Narrator
 NPC, 13 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:23
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Security Officer Todd led them to the front lobby, then accessed a door beside the concierge desk.   A small white-washed hallway led them past an empty break-room, an unoccupied office with it's door open, and a washroom.

The hallways turned right.  But, before the turn,  there were two more offices:  Security & Manager placards were on both.  Todd led them into the Manager office.

It was a fairly spartan office--obviously in use by multiple people.  A rich maple desk was devoid of anything but a computer monitor and two cups.  From the aroma in the room, it was safe to assume at least one of them was coffee.  On the wall were two framed photographs: one of the Seattle skyline, taken from the water.  The other of Mount Rainier with the peak showing through the clouds.

Behind the desk sat a black woman in a dark suit.  She  had her hair pulled back and an open collar.  She wore no jewelry and seemed completely relaxed.  The placard on the front of the desk read "Kenna Buchanan".

Opposite Kenna, sitting in a leather office-chair, her knees pulled up to her chest, a young woman--perhaps fifteen or sixteen years old--with shoulder-length black hair hiding most of her face.  She wore all black, tights, a leather-jacket and a well-worn but very clean black top with lace fringe at the hem and neckline.   She had no jewelry, though her nose and ears were pierced.  She had on an enormous amount of eyeshadow and mascara that had been smeared across her cheeks.   She clutched a handful of kleenex tissue, and much of that was also smeared black.  She was also barefoot, but her feet didn't look at all dirty.  In fact, she was immaculately clean.

--
You are certainly able to suggest any scene Aspects, if you wish.   I'm going to offer: SAFE SPACE and CORPORATE OFFICE.

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Narrator
 NPC, 14 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:25
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Kenna.  Todd knocked on the open door.  I found Dr. Ericson.

Both The hotel manager and the young lady looked up.  The young lady's expression went from uncertainty and worry to bright and relieved in an instant.
Kenna
 NPC Hotel Manager, 1 post
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:28
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Doctor Ericson.  Kenna stood up and extended a hand.  I'm terribly sorry to interrupt.  But your daughter said there was a problem...

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Lydia
 NPC, 1 post
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:36
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Dad!  the young lady on the chair leapt out of her chair and practically threw herself into Gordon,

Then, there was a torrent of words.I was so worried!  Someone broke into our home. I thought ...  I mean, I didn't know what to think!  I called Luke, just like you told me, but I only got voicemail.  I knew you were at the reception and I really didn't want to bother you but.   Mr Bedbeddle sent me back.  I had to tell you...  I had to. Please.  Don't go home tonight.
Control
 GM, 265 posts
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 21:44
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Feel free to ask questions, make rolls, create aspects, etc.  In-character or out-of-character.  Let's keep the OOC with the In-character in this thread.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:09, Sun 25 June 2017.

Mona
 Werecat, 25 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Sun 25 Jun 2017
at 22:38
01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
The route was long and boring, and much quieter than the party they'd just left. Mona kept her eyes open and made a mental map of the path, along with all obviously unlocked rooms, branching paths, and potential exits. It wasn't that she didn't trust Gordon or anything, it was just habit by then. Maybe even a helpful habit. No sense letting a perfectly good skill go to waste.

Once in the room, Mona moved to the side until she was needed, standing with her hands together in front of her. While she simply tried to look invisible to Kenna (authority figures were not popular with Mona), she gave the girl an awkward smile. That quickly dropped into an expression of surprise as Gordon started being called "Dad". That was not at all the conversation Mona was expecting to be brought in on. She stayed quiet, and studied the girl carefully, from her clothing to her mannerisms to her speech patterns. For that matter, she kept an eye open for Gordon's reactions, too.

[I've got a thing! Wanna roll Intellect to Create an Advantage. Specifically, looking to reveal one of the girl's aspects (or two, if I can succeed with style and reveal two aspects rather than get two free invokes on one). Kinda wanna know if she's on the level, so to speak. Also kinda wanna know how you'd like to go about this sort of thing in your game.

Should I just make the roll and declare any invokes beforehand? Do I get given a target number and go based on that? Do you roll too? I know every GM does these things differently.]

Control
 GM, 267 posts
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 00:10
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona:
I've got a thing! Wanna roll Intellect to Create an Advantage. Specifically, looking to reveal one of the girl's aspects (or two, if I can succeed with style and reveal two aspects rather than get two free invokes on one). Kinda wanna know if she's on the level, so to speak. Also kinda wanna know how you'd like to go about this sort of thing in your game.

Should I just make the roll and declare any invokes beforehand? Do I get given a target number and go based on that? Do you roll too? I know every GM does these things differently.


At a tabletop, there's room for lots of discussion.   We want a balance between that and streamlining play.  I don't want to take away your right to choose!

You are welcome to approach the scene by taking the roll and declaring contingency invokes, if you want them.  The trade-off for that is that you kinda have to trust me to assign a reasonable threshold after-the-fact.

If you let me know what you want to roll (you did: You want to roll Intellect to create an advantage), I can assign the target.  In this particular case, it's (likely to be) an important NPC, so I want her to have a chance to defend.

I rolled.  I used the dice-roller in secret (cause I don't want you knowing her stats).  However... Lydia rolled poorly. It's not worth spending any fate points on it on my side, so...

Please roll Intellect(-2) to Discover an Aspect (or two) about Lydia.

Mona
 Werecat, 26 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 04:43
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
[21:40, Today: Mona rolled -2 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of -1, -1, -1, 1.  Intellect +2, Create Advantage.

That's a total of +0. Ah. Mm. Rather than spending a Fate Point, could I succeed at a cost? Major or Minor, I don't really mind. Feels like a good time for it. I was thinking some sort of drawing attention to herself, rather than being as invisible as she'd like, but am pretty open. Stress and consequences are the default costs, but I like to save them for last resorts because they're kind of boring.]

Control
 GM, 268 posts
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 06:00
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
I don't see that Stress applies when trying to assess an Aspect.  In fact, Assessing an Aspect isn't detailed in DFA the way it is in DFRPG.

Check out the following:



Still... you rolled:
4dF(-2) + Intellect(+2) == Result(+0)
The target was Target(-2).   You succeeded.
No costs necessary.

quote:
I was thinking some sort of drawing attention to herself, rather than being as invisible as she'd like, but am pretty open.


You want to create a Situation Aspect to draw attention to yourself in an attempt to figure out if Lydia is on the level or not...  Is that right?

So... by putting the focus on the room on Mona, how should Lydia react to get you what you want?

Mona
 Werecat, 27 posts
 Fate Points: 3
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 08:13
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
[Ooh, I just meant to suggest that Mona could attract attention if I needed to pay a cost, not that it was the plan all along. With my success, I really just plan to watch Lydia and Gordon and see what I can figure out about her. One of her character aspects would be ideal. I was looking for a way to do what would be an Empathy roll in Fate Core, and it seemed like Intellect or Focus would be the thing. Just using her powers of insight and observation here.]
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 106 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 19:34
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
In addition to the fact that Gordon does not have a daughter, there was a dozen other reasons to hint that subterfuge was going to be necessary here.  He clamps his defenses down and ramps up his awareness.  After accepting the hug, he pushed her back a bit to get a good look at her (and to make sure nothing disappeared from his pockets), but he did not let go of her.

"Well, thankfully you are ok," he says gently, "I was really worried because I wondered what was going on that would cause you to forget your shoes."

He looks at the two security people.

"Is there a private place we could go to sort all this out?  It sounds like I am in for a long evening and I do not want to interfere with your work."

(12:33, Today: Gordon rolled -1 using 4 Fudge dice with rolls of -1, 0, 1, -1.  Tagging Aspects. +3 Intellect.  Question: Could I also grab Safe Place?  The argument is that if she feels safe her guard may be down or at least not trying to actively hide something.)
Control
 GM, 269 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 10:31
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Mona...

I prefer not to reveal an outright Aspect.  Not in my own words...  But I will definitely give you enough information that you should be able to cleave real close to one or more.   If you cleave close, I'll clarify or adopt your suggestion.

Truth is, I have but a hazy concept for Lydia that will become more solid as she gets played more.   So, hold right.  I'll manifest it during this scene.

This message was last edited by the GM at 10:58, Tue 27 June 2017.

Control
 GM, 271 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 10:58
Re: 01.02: Four Season's Back-of-House (Gordon, Mona)
Gordon rolled 4dF(-1) + Intellect(+3) == Result(+2)
This is a Success with Style vs Target(-2).
Lydia is not difficult to read in this situation!

As a side note:
From what I'm reading on Pg 107, it looks like you don[t get to free-tag an existing situational Aspect, unless you create it via Create an Advantage.  I think the core concept is that you had to do something (take an action) to bring the Aspect into existence.   If it's something we all agree is there, it can be invoked but you'll need to pay the fate-cost for it.

You could certainly grab SAFE SPACE.  But it'll cost you a fate-point you don't need to spend!  Despite a Poor dice-roll, your Approach more than makes up for it, giving you a Fair(+2) success where even a Terrible(-2) one would have worked.

Now...  what were you trying to do with that roll?