MikeS 2017-09-12 12:11:58
Luc's got some Medic that he's willing to donate.

Also some Surveillance, but I'm fresh out of Conceal.
Gatac 2017-09-12 12:14:19
You can spend and refresh in whatever order is more convenient for you, so if you want to refresh Medic anyway, you can burn down the remaining points to heal Tim. He basically only needs one point of Medic donated to restore his Health. In turn, Tim could Shrink Luc to restore the lost Stability.
skullandscythe 2017-09-12 17:06:45
My refresh is going to Explosive Devices, Infiltration, and Sense Trouble.

I'm fine going in without weapons for now, but I can help set up someone who's less interested going in like that - I've got some Human Terrain and Streetwise points that we can use.
punkey 2017-09-13 00:57:26
Conceal, Preparedness, Sense Trouble, and Mason's ticket in is with the US diplomatic delegation as part of the security detail. Increased danger, don't you know, and he'll be needing that Sig, too. He'll be using Human Terrain to get himself fitted with a very nice armored suit.
Gatac 2017-09-13 11:05:18
Alright, bookkeeping of decisions so far.

Tim spends a point of Shrink to restore Luc's Stability. in exchange, Luc spends a point of Medic to restore Tim's Health.

Everyone refreshes their physical abilities.

Tim refreshes Conceal, Disguise and Surveillance.

For Luc, I'm refreshing Conceal, Filch and Infiltration - not much choice there.

Blake refreshes ED, Infiltration and Sense Trouble.

Mason refreshes Conceal, Preparedness and Sense Trouble. He spends a point of Human Terrain that acquire a snazzy suit that grants 2 Armor versus firearms. The "get through security" cover as part of a diplomat's bodyguard team comes with enough limitations that I'm throwing it in as a benny.

Everyone has been updated to reflect these choices.
skullandscythe 2017-09-14 13:22:43
It sounds like most of us are going as press on this run, so let's talk covers real quick! I think we should go as a group from the same agency - Robert has pretty much said outright to me that going in alone would be suspicious, and more so if the same agency sent other people who we would ostensibly be working with as well.

I'm also assuming that we would want to use newspaper journalism as our cover; TV attracts a little too much attention for our purposes, I think. So the main question is: local or international? This is a relatively high-profile event. Smaller publications probably won't have other teams in place who can blow our covers, but would be harder to justify how they got invites in the first place. Bigger publications won't have that problem, but we might run into 'co-workers' who've never heard of us.

I think I'm leaning towards international, myself, but what do you guys think? After all, I could be missing something obvious.
punkey 2017-09-15 12:47:06
International just because I don't think we all speak Dutch fluently enough to pass as locals.
skullandscythe 2017-09-21 23:37:40
Talking with Robert, sounds like everyone's settled on Canada, which honestly sounds better than either option I had cooking. Did a little research, I think our most promising choices are La Presse, though Le Journal de Montreal's a close second. La Presse does one weekly paper, but has a thriving digital service, so my money's on that one. Le Journal de Montreal's more popular, though, even despite it's tabloid format.

My alias for the mission will be Spencer Freneau.
Gatac 2017-09-30 01:16:22
Tim assigns two points of Network to his Laura Mayer contact and spends one point to get into the hackerspace. Using his Human Terrain (I'm ruling that doesn't require another spend, because Contact spends hurt enough) he finds a couple of hackers eager to let someone field-test their 'sploits.

All hail Tim Barstow, keeper of multiple special phones, watcher of dogs. :)
MikeS 2017-10-22 13:29:29
Luc will go in as press with the others.

Incidentally, might it be better to go as members from several different press teams, so that Fractal or the Chinese aren't immediately able to associate all of us?
Gatac 2017-10-22 15:27:00
The press loophole Tim and Blake are using is explicitly via Fractal. You could of course use your own resources to smuggle yourself in as a different press agency.
Gatac 2017-11-26 12:35:38
To clarify what happened with the XM-430, Blake dumped his two reserved build points into Explosive Devices and used the 1/session auto-success granted by that being his MOS to defuse the bomb without rolling for it.