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Gregory 0:00
You’ve got ego drivers going in for you. There’s not much you can do. But keep running their weird alien tech all runs on terror energy. So they do anything. The big cities tell him

Zoë 0:11
Hi, I’m Zoe, and I’m playing comet, baby, teach sharps. They’ll come

Gregory 0:15
up out of the ground itself and tear you apart before you even know what’s happening. I’m Ben, and I’m playing Jones Johnson. The fourth. Even if you surrender, they’ll kill you in cold blood, if that’s what they’re being paid to do. Hi, I’m Jim Ryan

Jim 0:29
and I am playing Karloff, Carradine

Unknown 0:31
I mean

Gregory 0:32
even if you managed to kill one, I’ve got bad news half the time they don’t even stay dead.

Unknown 0:37
Hi, I’m Lucy and I’m playing Vic,

Gregory 0:40
you got ego drivers gunning for you. There’s only one group of folks that can help

Gregory 0:45
and they might be even worse.

Gregory 1:22
Hello and welcome to tabletop garden and actual play podcast where we collaborate on short, self contained stories about interesting characters. And we do it with an agenda. I’m Gregory Avery, we’re today we continue ego driver, a campaign of post apocalyptic vehicular combat using the big guys small mouth third edition rule set. We didn’t end up doing an out of character discussion for the segment of recording but I do want to take a moment to call out RPG casts. They’re very cool site that collects a whole bunch of role playing actual play podcasts at has a heavy focus on the presence of marginalized voices and on accessibility measures. And they will talk garden has recently been added. And I’ve already seen a spike of traffic. So if you came here through every g casts thanks. And if you’re looking for more actual play podcast to check out, go to RPG casts calm. And now we return to the city of neater Dorf as we continue tabletop garden ego driver

Zoë 2:30
pumps to

Gregory 2:31
I want to give Jones Do you have an idea is for oven yet then the only thing I had figured that was what Jones was going to do, because he actually has, you know, mechanics and electronics and those various things. I figured he was going to either drag back the Wonder car by telling it, so to speak, or gut various parts out of it. Then you arrive at the garage space that’s been set aside for you. And you open up the big cargo container at the back of your vehicle and reveal that you have taken the Wonder car with you. And it’s damaged somewhat, although there are parts of it that seemed to have been repaired and an almost naive way the repairs are made out of metal that looks like it’s been done expertly but by someone who didn’t quite understand what they were doing. And this is these are the places that were fixed by the blue goo when it was kind of broken and spilled all over the car.

Ben 3:39
Jones is going to take some time because we let’s just say did significant structural damage to this vehicle. I’m sure he has connections for how he gets, you know, high tech parts to do repairs on his vehicle. He’s going to kind of do the high level is this still salvageable? Could someone take the time to repair it or her we’ve done so much damage that I should you know, okay, here’s a laser cannon. I know a guy who will buy that. Here’s a force field generator. Let me find a buyer for that I

Gregory 4:10
think you’re initially baffled because this vehicle is in a situation that you’re not used to seeing, which is that this appears to be mostly factory parts. This isn’t a vehicle that someone assembled in the wasteland. All of these parts are meant to go together. Oh, wow, you have this time where you go, oh, where do I figure out where the good parts stop, because, you know, this laser cannon clearly is meant to be swapped out of this mount. But this is the mountain that is meant to go in. There’s no jury rigged weird braces that make it fit in the wrong place of the body panels have the proper brackets and screws to hold them in place. So I think your final diagnosis would be it’s pretty will be more profitable to fix this and get it working than to break it up for parts.

Ben 5:05
Okay, so if it’s if it’s mostly mostly originals, even as a collector’s item, that right there would be, you know, getting it functional and driving, that’s probably what he’ll spend a lot of time doing. And we were describing this is, you know, the Wonder car. So I’m assuming that there is experimental tech, or at least stuff that isn’t normal variety. So that’s probably where he’s going to have to spend a decent amount of time as trying to figure out what this thing was supposed to do to undo some of the damage.

Gregory 5:35
Yeah, so you spend a lot of time trying to figure this out and looking at it. And wherever it comes from, it’s not from around here is one of your final decisions, you can eventually make sense of most of it. But this was some sort of maybe government project or something from some country you’re not familiar with. A lot of the writing on parts is not in a language you recognize and you’re, you’re able to essentially evaluate the damage and get a plan for how to fix it. But you’re left with a very long shopping list of parts that you’re essentially going to have to make up out of whole cloth This is the sort of thing that you’ll probably need someone who’s an expert in using terror engine resources to repair because this is the sort of tech that requires that sort of energy and those sort of production facilities in order to replicate it this is either a sell it to someone who knows how much it’s worth and just kind of bite your tongue on the fact that you’re losing most of the money or set it aside in a safe place and work on it for months

Ben 6:49
he seems like the kind of guy who is more than willing to have a project every now and then that he just tinker’s on to work with so consider this part of the long term going beyond the scale of the campaign is this is the new car in his garage that he’s going to be working on for a while. All right,

Gregory 7:06
is there any further business stuff that y’all want to do in town modifications to your cars checking in with people

Lucy 7:15
I would like to figure out what’s going on with my armor situation and I guess figure out my fashion

Lucy 7:28
I don’t know if they have some sort of you know Stitch Fix like box I can order no we have no sponsorship for

Unknown 7:36
this podcast

Lucy 7:39
I feel like my mummy aesthetic would be

Gregory 7:44
you can once you are properly dressed for going outside you can track down a place in town that will be able to sell you the armored clothing and and other things that you need to replace what was damaged beyond repair are you changing up your look any I mean, I was joking about fashion Vegas way more interested in really the practical work of blocking all sensation.

Lucy 8:13
So I mean, yes, probably the look is different just because they spent a different amount of time and energy doing this. So I guess it probably all looks a little cleaner right now.

Gregory 8:23
All right. You probably spend some time berating some poor shop clerks and end up with a functional very sensory swaddling outfit again excellent and before long you all receive a message that Mayor Leopold will see you I’m carrying some papers with me when we go to the mayor’s office you show up at the mayor’s office Karloff is already there looks like he’s been waiting for a while vaporize carrying some papers

Jim 8:56
I did make a trip out to the bar and got a bottle and then came back

Ben 9:02
Jones will probably have a lot of oil caked on top of the earth that he’s usually covered in

Zoë 9:08
comet stopped in a got a corn dog or some tacos or something and it’s coming into the office with like a with a just enough for one person but uh. But a bit of food to eat Oh The smell is incredible oh

Zoë 9:24
yeah I know they smell incredible

Jim 9:27
I’m going to nod and grunted vague when they come in they just sort of the oh you’re not dead type acknowledgement and that’s it

Lucy 9:35
fake will offer a sort of yeah guess not shrug.

Ben 9:41
Unfortunately Jones is going to be much more uncomfortable for vague because Joseph is going to literally come up and give a quick hug and be like good You ain’t dead padding a couple dirty handprints personal space

Zoë 9:57
sorry you want to French fry with that with that make it any better.

Lucy 10:02
We’ve not that you know. No, no, no thank you can I have french fries,

Unknown 10:07
french fries

Gregory 10:08
and the Secretary says the mayor will see you now so you are let into barely a post office again. He is wearing a different suit than he was when you saw him earlier Karloff

Gregory 10:24
and he his office which you got a peek of earlier was a little messier than it is now it’s back to being carefully arranged. And there’s a folder laid out on the table. And there are those those lock boxes of money lined up on the edge of the desk. And he says well done out there. He says Mr. Carradine gave me a very visual demonstration of the good work you did. I appreciate you taking those animals off of our hands and has agreed we’ve paid double for that work. I’d love to be able to give you more time to rest in our idyllic little piece of heaven but

Gregory 11:05
I’m afraid that things seem to be escalating out there and we’d like to have you back out as soon as possible and clean it up more of the mess

Lucy 11:14
yeah that’s fine I’m not cleaning up any Miss somebody else can clean up someone else’s mess

Ben 11:20
left enough of a mess in that backseat

Gregory 11:23
to Lisa keeps our tank in immaculate condition. He kind of looks at you like he doesn’t really understand what you’re talking about doesn’t particularly care but wants to look like he’s paying attention and then he reaches over and grabs the folder from his desk and flips it open and he takes out a piece of paper and offers it to probably two Karloff I have already walked over picked up my box opened it looked in and now carrying it like before the piece of paper is a map of what looks like a city and he says this is the ruin city of yet Nicole off its better days drive. From here we’ve had some recordings of Jacko gang sightings in the area and some anomalous behavior. I have to say. My experts are pretty concerned and I’m concerned as well as well as some of the technology that was in the hands of those Raiders. There’s certain things that are left over from the old world we don’t want in the hands of the people who are going to prey on the good and proper citizens of civilized society. We’d like to find out more about what they’ve got and how they have it.

Zoë 12:35
So Leo,

Jim 12:38
I put a green

Unknown 12:39
Leopold merely

Zoë 12:40
a greasy hand down on this desk and lean over like what what exactly do you mean by anomalous behavior?

Gregory 12:48
Well, folks aren’t really making too much sense they talk about strange lights flashing among the streets strange sounds howling as of monsters who knows what probably local superstition you know how folks out in the wasteland can be when they see something that falls outside of their narrow worldview but stones just

Ben 13:12
kind of coughs and gives them a

Gregory 13:14
book but what we do know is that there’s been a sighting of another one of the Jacko gangs known agents in the area and he takes a paper out of the folder and holds it up and there’s a photograph on it and comment. When you see the photo. You immediately are transported into memory.

Unknown 13:37
Oh, boy.

Gregory 13:38
Oh, I know what this is. You remember being out in the wasteland riding along in the backseat of a car, the hot wind in your hair. You’re very young. And you see this woman’s face looking back at you from the driver seat of the car with a smile and you are looking at a photograph of the same woman from your memories just years older, about the same number of years older that you are old and it’s a kind of a blurry photo. She’s maybe being been caught with a telephoto lens and at the heading at the top of the page reads alias Billie Jean

Zoë 14:31
stop chewing my corn dog for a second and kind of coffee.

Lucy 14:40
Yep, you want me to hold that corn dog for you?

Zoë 14:42
I don’t think you want to hold this corn dog fake.

Unknown 14:45
I’m happy to hold the corn dog for you.

Ben 14:46
So

Ben 14:48
how much of that city is still up right?

Gregory 14:52
Leopold says well the buildings are mostly still standing there’s been some definite structural damage but you should be able to go in and your vehicles I wouldn’t recommend doing much urban exploration in there but it seems like the sort of place that criminals could hide out in and have their activities not be particularly observed there’s a good solid several square blocks of the inner city that are still standing

Lucy 15:26
So what exactly is our mission obviously you don’t want us to actually clean things

Gregory 15:33
no we just want you to investigate want you to take a look if you can find this Billie Jean detain her if you can she’s likely to know things and if you can avoid killing her well another piece of trash off the highways but we prefer that we be able to talk to her about it

Zoë 15:53
Jones Didn’t you were I mean for looking for tech that they’ve got a hold of Jones didn’t you bring back that supercar? Oh,

Ben 16:03
yeah, I figured it’s gonna take some more parts to fix it up, though.

Zoë 16:07
Well, that’s not what I meant. I mean, is there anything we can, you know, get a lead on there just to save us some time. And in town. And by town. I mean code the name of the town that is on the map that I’m currently looking at, but can’t read because I got my corn dogs smudges on it. The mayor

Gregory 16:27
says we’d like to take a look at at what you brought back. But one of the important things is that we want to find out how they’re getting and maintaining so much of it. I mean, what that first car you encountered had was was one thing you recorded some some equipment on that. But this car that Smooth Criminal was in possession of, well, we we want to know more. I mean, it’s possible there

Ben 16:53
was some old facility out in that city that they broke into, and they’re going to be throwing random parts at us for the next 10 years. If we don’t deal with it.

Gregory 17:04
If that’s the case, then we want to know where that facility is and where the keeping whatever they took from it. Any other questions?

Lucy 17:09
I mean, do we already discussed payment was that that I missed? That

Gregory 17:13
was your standard rate. All right.

Lucy 17:15
Well, I’m just pointing out that the only reason I’m still here is because of that bad ass technology. They’ve got running around, and I toss the papers that I’m carrying at Mayor Leopold, without much care to where they land there, the X rays of my chest area that I grabbed from the hospital,

Gregory 17:38
he casually grabs at the papers and winds up managing to grab and one of them kind of crumbled in his hand and he looks at over and he says, this, this is this is something I assume your chest is not supposed to look like this.

Gregory 17:55
And the rest of you can see this picture and it’s an X ray of what you take far too long to realize is a human chest but it looks like it could be you know a humanoid chest because much of this stuff in it has been pushed out of the way by the path of this bullet. It’s like someone reassembled a person who had fallen apart and didn’t quite know what they were doing is they were putting them back together.

Lucy 18:27
Yeah, it’s whatever is par for the course. I’m just saying, I’m raising my rates. medical care is expensive.

Jim 18:35
I just shrug and I nod affirming what they said. He says,

Gregory 18:39
Well, I figure you didn’t originally sign up to be dealing with this level of arguments. So shall we say that we maintain your elevated rate from your last job and just remove the killing mandate?

Zoë 18:58
That sounds pretty good to me. Okay. Yeah, whatever. I know, all right,

Gregory 19:04
then Jones probably, like picks up one of the random x rays and kind of holds it upside down, left, right, trying to figure out the kind of looks over at fake and the X ray and like, ends up just tossing it back on the table for goodness had that whole thing. The mayor says, well, then I wish you well, and we will cut forward, you’ve spent about a day driving down lonely highways from leader Dorf to get Nick off. It’s pretty unlikely that you’ve heard of this place. If you’ve got area knowledge, the skill you might have. It’s kind of inconsequential. It used to be a big city, and now it’s just miles and miles and miles of ruins. With a strangely intact central city in it. Just looking like bunch of skyscrapers poking up out of a bunch of rubble, you can see that there’s a lot of very scrubby vines and stubborn looking trees that are growing in and around the buildings mostly up on their surfaces. in separate places. You can see where the facade of the building sort of slough off and is leaning against the next you’re seeing it from a distance at around sundown. But as you’re approaching it’s it’s well into the task. If you were to guess there might be something somewhat anomalous about how the these buildings are still staying up, right? But it’s not strong enough that you see any notable effect other than just the fact that there’s this isolated, intact several blocks of

Zoë 20:50
urban street on our way here. I’m going to get on the channel and say, Hey, Hey, everybody. Hope you’ve been having a nice drive. I don’t know if you caught this anytime we’ve talked before. But that was my mom. Billie Jean is my mom and

Ben 21:15
Jones’s vehicle just just starts drifting off the side of the road. Slowly stopping.

Zoë 21:22
Yeah, that’s so that’s my mom. And, um, can we not hurt her? Can we just not do that? I mean, I don’t have any. I mean, it’s a complicated relationship. And, I mean, so like, we’ve talked in the past two decades, but I really

Unknown 21:42
I if

Unknown 21:43
I don’t, if, if anything happens,

Zoë 21:48
I just I don’t think that I would be okay with it. And and I

Ben 21:54
yeah, I just wanted to put that out there. Is that going to be a problem for anybody not wanting to harm one’s parental figure seems logical. Jones’s horn starts doing those very short honks that one would one would hear if someone were banging his head on

Ben 22:16
his steering wheel.

Lucy 22:20
Additionally, a search of databases reveals that she was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene. I said, Don’t mind. But what do you mean,

Lucy 22:37
I will trail off.

Unknown 22:39
Oh, my God.

Jim 22:42
I think you hear a hiss of a signal from Karloff radio. And then you just hear from him so long as she does

Zoë 22:51
first. Yeah. Well, I was just thinking about the possibility that she might be like a huge jerk. So I you know what, whatever happens some I mean, if there’s a tense situation, certainly act the way you would, but I at least want to maybe talk to her before. Yeah, I know that. That’s all. That’s all. I’ll just think. Yeah, that’s all. Thanks. Thanks, guys. Yeah,

Lucy 23:22
you are welcome. I am happy to assist you.

Lucy 23:28
And I shut off my radio and perhaps put some music on the loudspeaker briefly before I realized that I meant to put it inside my car instead, even though you turned your radio off, it comes on for a second and Julissa says, Would you like me to tell you a joke?

Ben 23:45
Um,

Gregory 23:45
yeah, actually. Knock knock.

Unknown 23:52
Who’s there? Interrupting cow. interrupted. interrupting.

Unknown 23:58
That’s a good one. Jealous? Hahaha. I think it is funny as well.

Unknown 24:03
I feel a lot better now. Okay, I’m gonna, I’m gonna go now. You are welcome.

Unknown 24:11
Cool deal. Good

Lucy 24:17
deal. This is there for you.

Gregory 24:20
By the time you get to the inner city where these sightings reported. It is dusk, the streets are pretty shadowy. Anyway, a combination of just the buildings, shading them, and the overgrowth and ruination means that not much sun tends to hit the streets between these buildings. The damage to the roads and the debris and so on means that you can probably only go to abreast in the streets.

Ben 24:51
I’m going to turn on some some of the work floodlights now which are basically the the functional equivalent of a white umbrella with a light underneath it so that it produces sort of a soft

Gregory 25:06
area light. Okay, so Jones’s car as well lit, I don’t know how you want to proceed with this exploration. I’ve essentially made a grid of buildings roughly five by five. There are different degrees of of intact in this, but you can generally drive between them as you wish. How do you want to tackle this

Ben 25:27
is actually one question before we would quote unquote, tackle it. Which would be to baby teeth. Does your mom know you? Um, I don’t.

Zoë 25:39
I don’t think so. I mean, we probably look a little bit alike, but I haven’t. I’ve only got a picture of her. I have some memories. But I we haven’t. No, you haven’t seen each other? Since I was a little kid. I barely I’m I mean, I remember enough to know the picture of her when I saw But no, no, we don’t know each other.

Ben 26:04
I don’t know what you guys thought is. But since I have the functional tremor sense, I’ll at least be able to give us a heads up if someone else is driving on the streets. If we want to go dark or hide. But if people are hiding in the buildings and just kind of chilling work for much,

Lucy 26:21
well, vape will at least try climbing up on the roof of the tank and removing their ear plugs, trying to listen to see if there’s anything to be heard.

Gregory 26:38
Right? Are you doing this kind of staying out of the streets out from among the buildings for a bit and listening from outside? I think that’s what I would do it first, each of you give me a mind roll with I don’t know what bonuses, I get

Lucy 26:54
a plus three to sensory because of my heightened senses.

Gregory 26:58
Okay. And then think Jones’s is represented as a special sense.

Ben 27:03
Yeah, I mean, if I do have a specialty and sensors on my electronics,

Gregory 27:07
okay, then then let’s, let’s have you roll that and the rest of us. Just straight up mind. Yeah, I don’t know that the rest of you are going to be able to get all

Jim 27:15
that matters. I can tell you one thing that I’ve been trying to do on the way there. And as we’re here, which is more sort of just old fashioned tracking, where I’m looking for signs of other vehicles, tire marks, things of that nature, discarded food wrappers, things, you know, whatever, someone who would have been driving into this place might have left behind.

Gregory 27:36
Yeah, give me that check. Unfortunately, I don’t have a skill

Jim 27:38
for it. But

Gregory 27:41
then just a straight mind tool will do it.

Jim 27:44
Like kind of bounty hunter doesn’t have a tracking feel the one that I built,

Ben 27:49
it’s usually hard to track people when you’re driving at 100 kilometers an hour.

Lucy 27:53
True. My role is 14 plus three 417 okay

Ben 27:57
by roles. Terrible, so we’re just going to kind of ignore it.

Gregory 28:00
What was the total because

Ben 28:01
that’ll be an 11 he’s just one ranking that

Gregory 28:04
that’s you know, that’s that’s okay. And then comment got a 19 straight I did and Karloff gotten 11. So Carla, you have seen signs of passages you’ve been approaching their folks around the ruins cities are places where people tend to scavenge but for stuff that’s like organized groups like you’re looking for you’ve spotted a few signs of recent activity like it looks like places where people on motorcycles have camped but you’re not able to make enough sense of like where they went you’re not finding like tracks going from camp to camp. So there’s a biker gang somewhere around here you don’t know if it’s the same group or not comment from a distance looking at this collection of tall buildings you’re pretty sure that you haven’t seen any motion in the streets among them but there is you see a place or two you a light up near the tops of the buildings you’re talking about. Like someone lit a cigarette and and didn’t quite shield it well enough or there’s a little bit of reflection of moonlight off of something shiny but it seems likely that there are some people up in high places maybe lookouts who knows that are being pretty chill about where they are and what they’re doing

Zoë 29:22
pretty chill as in they’re not doing much are

Gregory 29:26
pretty Oh as in there trying to be stealthy

Zoë 29:28
gotcha. I convey that information via the radio system. We got we got a company up in the up in the high parts of the buildings enough their snipers are just lookouts

Gregory 29:40
Jones your sonar. It’s a little funky to get working above ground. Yeah, I figured trying to bounce sonar through a building is challenging. It is a whole lot of echoes and bouncing around of the signal. But it’s looking like most of the buildings are either full of rebel or big open voids. There is not much sign you’re seeing of like noise going on in the buildings as you direct your sonar upward and response to comets reports you’re detecting some sort of movement up on the rooftops, but you can’t really place what it would be they’re either not very numerous are not moving very much or both vague. You are listening and you hear carried on the wind and echoing voices. And they’re mostly whispers. So you’re mostly just hearing likes,

Gregory 30:35
but you occasionally you will hear a little bit of voice sound. It seems to be more than just a few people. It’s like there’s a group that’s maybe seen well lit vehicles arriving from a distance and is trying to be quiet.

Lucy 30:47
I’ll go run over and hop into baby teeth

Unknown 30:51
car. Okay, but

Unknown 30:52
what’s up? Hey,

Lucy 30:54
I’m hearing a lot of voices sounds like there’s a lot of them. But I think they’re cool. I like how they talk real soft,

Zoë 31:00
probably probably because they don’t want us to hear them because they’re going to ambitious, so

Lucy 31:05
really courteous of them. Really. When you think about it. I appreciate the hell out of it. I’m glad

Zoë 31:11
that you can. You got you got greater years. You could hear it. That’s That’s awesome. So yeah, we should be prepared for attack then. Yeah,

Lucy 31:20
I’m 100% on your side. I definitely don’t think we should harm such kind and courteous

Zoë 31:27
well so so better if they were just not talking at all. Hey, baby teeth.

Ben 31:32
Yeah, you You said you saw like little fires or something right?

Zoë 31:36
Yeah, just a very faint lights like somebody was lighting a cigarette or something. And you can you let

Ben 31:42
me know which one give me give me like a building like three four to the right or north or whichever direction you want to use?

Zoë 31:50
It’s it’s building three, four to north to the right, that’s the one

Ben 31:55
just just looking at that one. Right from the sonar is that that one that’s mostly voided or is that one that’s that’s filled with Rebel on the inside it’s

Gregory 32:05
patchwork I’d say it does seem to be more stable towards the top

Ben 32:09
well I’m not concerned as much about the stability at the top as I am about the stability at the ground level if you’re asking what I think you’re asking that’s what I’m asking Greg

Gregory 32:19
if you dug a hole through it it would probably collapse

Ben 32:22
because I think I want to do that because that sounds

Gregory 32:24
like fun alright so what is the formation that y’all are in while there is a major urban demolition going on

Zoë 32:31
I over armored and hit pointed myself so I’m happy to be pretty close to the action I don’t I don’t think I’ll a lot of damage

Lucy 32:38
I in character do not understand I have not been given sufficient cues that there is going to be any demolition so I’m currently in my current position

Jim 32:50
okay I’m wondering if we want to grab one of them for more information or not now I think this is this will be fine

Gregory 32:59
I’ll mention I think that the building that comet saw people on is this one near the perimeter where we were yeah one of the ones that’s got a good view of the surrounding territory

Jim 33:09
really the only question that I think I would have with respect to my role in this is Do you want a distraction first? If not, then I will hang back and wait to pull in if so then I have a thing I will do how high can you jump

Ben 33:23
Oh quite high if they were to to jump to a different building I can jump real high because the rats may just leave the nest this may not shake them out of the tree

Lucy 33:33
I’m not gonna have anything to do with rat sorry you’ll need a different player on the board

Ben 33:41
Karloff you you know what I’m talking about right repeat please can you jump high enough to get a shot at the roof should be able to hear

Lucy 33:52
okay well rats carry a lot of diseases Be careful

Ben 33:56
yeah and then turn on the I don’t know if this is going to be drilling office will be placing some dynamite probably drill

Gregory 34:05
it I think both will do the job yeah let me I’m checking jumping again

Jim 34:11
of jumping three

Gregory 34:12
and Lucy what fakes jumping that is five okay vague you think that you can jump to the top of one of these buildings?

Lucy 34:21
Nice. Oh, yeah. I thought that without any kind of data

Gregory 34:26
so Karloff, you can get a decent amount of height you’re not going to end up at top of the building. Oh no. I

Jim 34:32
my plan isn’t to get on the building. My plan is to get a good vantage from which to get a shot at the people on top of the building.

Gregory 34:41
You can definitely do that. So I currently have you spread out comment near where Jones is going to be approaching a building and then they can Karloff on parallel streets. Is that how you want to be?

Lucy 34:54
That seems fine. I’d actually like my tank to be close to baby teats location because that is where I physically am currently.

Gregory 35:04
Okay. Vegas with comet in the street beside the building that Jones is planning to take down. Sounds good. Okay. And then Karloff is on the next street over in a slightly more secure position. Okay, so give me initiatives.

Zoë 35:19
If there’s anybody you need to shoot on top of a building. I’ve got a swanky machine gun that will reach

Ben 35:28
is a comically low initiative. I think the minimum I can roll is a 16. So getting a 17 on my initiative. It’s just sad.

Lucy 35:36
Oh, I thought you were talking about mine. I was like, well, no need to be mean about it

Gregory 35:44
from mine. Okay. So it’s going to be Jones first. Yes. So you approached this dark city and comment and bake are driving next to each other down a street with Karloff little ways out, Joan turns off slightly from the group and just turns on the drill and starts plowing into this building.

Ben 36:07
So cool. I never knew I wanted to take down a building with this character. But I kind of do now.

Gregory 36:12
Is it noisy? I think the drill itself is noisy. And I think that you probably have this 10 seconds or so after you realize what is going to happen when you know that it’s going to be very, very loud. 10 seconds.

Lucy 36:25
That’s probably fast enough for me to hop out of this vehicle and run over into the tank.

Gregory 36:30
You leap into your tank just as Jones makes contact with this building. Give me I guess. Do you have a demolition skill?

Ben 36:40
Yeah, I have it. It’s a three. So what stat

Gregory 36:44
I’m gonna say mind here. I think that knowing what to aim for, as far more important than like, getting the ankle perfectly right. So

Ben 36:50
13 plus three is 16.

Gregory 36:53
All right. So with a 16 that is a quite good role. You find a structural pillar on this building that still standing and aim for a spot that your sonar says you’ll be able to not just get caught up in a bunch of loose rebel and there’s an enormous bang and crack as your drill head and makes contact with the reinforced concrete of this building. And shards of rock and metal are getting tossed everywhere. The the structure of buildings means that this is actually throwing up a lot more debris than just going through solid rock as you have previously does. And you you quickly disappear into the building. And after that initial noise. It’s actually pretty quiet other than a low rumble coming from within the structure. The rest of you here are had the opportunity here in Vegas case, motorcycle engines start at the top of that building and rev and room and then A moment later, there’s an enormous crack from within the building and it starts to collapse downward sending clouds and clouds of dust out from it. Jones you emerge from the other side is this building starts to collapse and vague. Give me a drive check. Please. Also, comment, give me a drive check.

Lucy 38:20
And also Julissa wants to come on the radio and say we have detected motorcycle engines from the top of the building. This is a notification

Zoë 38:34
thanks to Alyssa. We could hear him. That’s cool. You are welcome. Did you say to do a drive check? Greg? Yes,

Unknown 38:41
please.

Lucy 38:42
calculating a new route to avoid collapsing.

Gregory 38:46
Alright, so comment got a 20 and they got a 17 both with specialties. That means that you’re able to presumably pull forward further into the city and out of the black zone for this collapsing building. Yep, forward to the next block. Still vacant comet still riding pretty much side by side and this road and you’re having to navigate from side to side a bit around debris that’s already in the road. So you’re not able to go at top speed by any means. Carla, you have heard this enormous bang and ensuing rumble as this building starts coming down. What are you doing? Excellent

Jim 39:28
for me to be able to see the top of that building, I’m probably gonna have to come around the block. I’m guessing is that would that be an accurate statement?

Gregory 39:38
Yeah, if you take your next right, you’ll be able to be heading toward that collapsing building and kind of see whatever is on its roof as it comes.

Jim 39:46
Yeah, I think that as rebel is going to be coming down and I plan to be in the air jumping over the rebel at the time that it hits the ground. Okay, that’ll be hopefully taking care of that. So yes, I’m planning to sort of come up leap through the air as this is coming in. My objective here really is more than anything to put the fear of me into them, really. So I’m really only going to target one of them. Okay,

Gregory 40:12
give me a drive check. First to see how your jump dies, I got an 18. So you turn that corner and engage your boosters and launch up into the air and a graceful arc over this collapsing building. You see it small glimpse of Jones emerging from the building below you before this, this wave of rubble blocks him from your view, again, beneath you. And you see above you as this building is going down to motorcycles leaping from the roof of the collapsing building over to the next building over, they don’t seem to have any like rocket boosters on them there must have hit a ramp or something in order to get over.

Jim 40:55
Okay, so here’s what I’m planning to do. I would like to harpoon one of the writers and I’m going through and drag him along. Behind my vehicle is this black Humvee with death imagery painted on it comes hurtling through the air toward them.

Gregory 41:10
All right, give me your attack. Excellent to meet team they rolled a 13 and are you aiming primarily for the motorcycle or for the

Jim 41:21
writing for the rider? This is going to be absolutely horrible it’s going to look terrible. The point is to be really an example to the other writer.

Gregory 41:29
Okay, so you see this motorcycle thats painted a blood red, Leaping through the air above, you take aim in the middle of your jump, and that harpoon goes straight through the writer pulling them off the bike. The bike continues in its arc, and you hear a scraping noise as it hits the roof of the building and then eventually allowed thump as it falls to the street on the other side, but you also hear the scream of the writer as there and payload your weapon and yanked in an arc through the air and I imagine are you reading them in very fast are you letting them swing?

Jim 42:09
Yeah, I’m letting them swing.

Gregory 42:13
Okay, so as you’re rocketing forward, they’re pulled in a great arc and just slammed into that rebel and the screen is cut short and your harpoon pulls out of the rubble bloody, but without a body on it anymore.

Jim 42:27
That’s good. I think that’s good enough. Make an example of him.

Gregory 42:32
That’s an example comment. You’ve driven ahead of this rebel, unfortunately, probably didn’t have a way to get a good view of what just happened. But you do hear an awful scream that is cut short immediately. I will look behind just to see if I see anything. Do I see another, any other bikers. You can hear those engines rumbling and echoing through these buildings, but it’s very hard to figure out where they’re coming from. You don’t have a good sight line on any gotcha

Zoë 43:03
I will do approximately nothing. I’m just going to keep driving and use up my time to look around and see if I see more people just recognize her

Gregory 43:18
Okay, you’re not seeing anyone presumably they’re all up in the buildings and and on the buildings but you’re not seeing anyone easily visible they haven’t had a turn yet so that might change

Zoë 43:31
Yeah, just hang out then

Gregory 43:33
there’s a noise it’s very hard to describe it’s got a low base to it as just like a single tone that echoes through the streets and an orange glow shines almost golden glow shines from some side streets of ahead of comet and vague and it’s shining across so these are these are cross streets so you’re kind of seeing it shine from the book the left and the right hub ahead but it’s not immediately obvious what’s happening they’re fake

Lucy 44:04
okay but we can’t tell what it is we just know there’s orange light coming in from those directions

Gregory 44:09
yeah it’s it’s pretty bright it’s like someone turned on some golden colored headlights from each of those side streets

Lucy 44:17
okay I am going to pop back out of the tank grab my pole and do something very acrobatic that will jettison me all the way up the side of the building on top of the building that we are right beside the one that still has a motorcycle potentially on top of it

Gregory 44:39
okay give me an acrobatics lease or whatever we decided it was

Unknown 44:43
it’s acrobatics

Lucy 44:45
wow I rolled Sam

Lucy 44:47
poorly know I rolled pretty good

Gregory 44:50
Yeah, you roll the 24 which is very very very good. You launch out of that aperture on your tank like someone launched from a cannon do a an actual chromatic pure wet in midair, do a flip at the top of your arc and land just definitely not even not even like a three point landing. But like a like a gymnast landing from a spinning jump. And you’re up on the top of this building. And you see you see a motorcycle or they’re rubbing his engine and he’s facing into a glowing golden hole in midair. And you can see three other holes scattered on the rooftops around you.

Lucy 45:34
Hey, golden, glowing whole

Gregory 45:37
Yes. So it’s it’s maybe three meters across in diameter. It’s this ring of glowing golden light. And on the other side of it, you see, like, if you look through the ring, you see the street level.

Lucy 45:49
So I guess he didn’t see my amazing Cirque du Soleil shit. He seems

Gregory 45:54
focused on like gunning and getting ready to go through that whole.

Lucy 45:58
No, that’s cool. If I need any other appreciation I have Julissa It was a 9.9 landing.

Lucy 46:07
Am I able to make an attack on this? Turner? Does that? Oh, yeah.

Gregory 46:11
Yeah, you can convert that landing directly into a sprint and and attack if you like.

Lucy 46:15
Okay, well, I will go ahead and roll for that. Can I use my leaping attack?

Unknown 46:22
Yeah, why not? So I’m attacking with a 14,

Lucy 46:26
they rolled a 13 you do the leap, and they seem to kind of hear something and look around and look up just in time to see your pole swinging down at them. My goal will really be to knock them off of the motorcycle if possible, or mess up their motorcycles situation.

Gregory 46:46
You hit them, they’re protected a little bit by the small wind screen and a trauma that’s on their bike. This is more of a crotch rocket Style Bike than like a laid back Harley Davidson in style bike. But you can tell that it would be pretty easy to aim around that they have partial armor, so it’s reduced penalty, but in this case, you dealt a decent amount of damage anyway, so they’ve taken 21 damage. And they’re definitely knocked off of balance enough that they’re one foot down on the ground with their motorcycle now, so they’d have to they’re, they’re engaged with you. Are you landing right extra them?

Lucy 47:27
Yeah. And I’m going to say, Hey, listen, I really like how quiet you’ve been. So I don’t really care to work or to hurt you anymore. If you just want to kind of keep it at this level. I think you’re doing great.

Gregory 47:43
He says, Are you not the extermination team from Dieter Dorf?

Lucy 47:47
Oh, no, definitely not. I hear people talking about rats. But believe me, I don’t want anything to do

Jim 47:53
with them.

Lucy 47:57
Now, as far as I’m concerned, you’re cool.

Gregory 47:59
He called out.

Unknown 48:01
Hey, boss.

Lucy 48:02
No, no, no, no, no.

Gregory 48:08
As you’re having this conversation the other motorcycles on different rooftops gun their engines and there’s a loud roaring of bikes and three motorcycles emerge from those side streets.

Lucy 48:24
Julissa will come on to the radio for all of you and say they seem to have some sort of device allowing them transportation between rooftops and street level

Lucy 48:36
for your information. Like portals.

Lucy 48:38
Like portals.

Gregory 48:40
Yes. What a good synonym these three bikes emerge from from these portals. One of them is going to take a drive by at Carla. They’re firing some sort of automatic, like machine pistol or Uzi or something like that. But there’s a weird golden flash with each shot and tracer glow to them. That makes you think that these are not normal firearms. Damn I can never remember so you tied each got 11 which ties code to the attacker the bullet successfully make contact and your armor is less than 40 right? Yeah, so these things punch straight through the armor of your car and deal 35 damage to you. Okay, that tells us things that is paying they leave little glowing red holes bullet holes behind

Jim 49:36
35 me I assume we were at full before we came here because there was like diamond yes

Gregory 49:41
yeah you are all healed up and repair it and so on the other two

Gregory 49:47
I guess one of them is going to fire it comments car one of those going to fire at Vegas car I don’t think that they have made the connection between vague in the car and the whole situation yet. I don’t think there’s been enough time so this is the attack on comet is my armor. Okay, I’m rolling de CV,

Zoë 50:09
I don’t have to worry about my armor.

Gregory 50:12
They rolled a 14 year old a 17 so you’re able to careen from side to side of this rebel filled urban street as they’re firing down at you from zooming across this intersection up ahead and then they’re gone. The bike that’s going the opposite direction from them is opening fire on Vegas car

Lucy 50:35
do I roll the same DC v whether I’m in it or

Unknown 50:37
not.

Gregory 50:38
Yeah, I think so does Julissa have stats for this? I think we said that Julissa would just use your defense stats for simplicity sake. Okay, alright, so they hit you. We’re not tracking your vehicles damage separately? Should we just apply it to your health and just kind of abstract it? Or how do we want to do this? Since you’re separate?

Lucy 51:01
I mean, I don’t I’m not sure whatever you think would be the easiest, most logical way. I mean, I do have armor still.

Gregory 51:08
Yeah, let’s let’s track the damage to your car. And if it if it ends up mattering, we can figure it out. So your car’s armor is 60. So it ignores 40 of that. So your car will take 15 I’m writing it down. So those cars emerged from those side streets and you hear the roaring of their other engines. And then shortly after they cross the intersection that they popped out from the roar of their engines changes weirdly and presumably going back through those portals. Again, Jones you’re probably seeing all sorts of strange echoes on your sonar. You’re definitely seeing the movements of the motorcycles I’m not sure that you can get much that’s near the rebel just because it’s so loud that this building that still coming down right by behind you,

Ben 52:00
right. I of course, did not hear the conversation between vague and the the rider at the top. So I presume they are discriminating rats. So I don’t want to tear down that building. So first off, I’m going to turn off my lights because I guess I don’t need them on all this glowing going on. And I’m going to kind of cut not the actual corner but more through where it’s not structural on the building.

Gregory 52:30
Okay, so you’re going to see that drive through the lobby of this building?

Ben 52:33
Yeah, because I’m I’m pretty sure I can’t make that kind of a cut real quick. I’d have to make some kind of drive check to turn that hard in the middle of a collapsing building.

Gregory 52:42
Yeah, so just kind of steer for the empty parts of the building and hope for the best. And Carla you see outside your driver side window down a street for a moment, the nose of Jones’s giant mining rig, poke out as he does a very wide turned

Ben 52:59
Yeah, I’m trying to figure out where these guys are, where they going and where they’re coming from. But I’m pretty sure sonar is not helping me much. So I’m trying to get back into normal terrain. So I can actually pick up some visuals. So I’m pretty sure if these are actual, like spatial riffs. sonar is going to get really confusing.

Gregory 53:20
Yeah, the echoes that were already pretty bad are real rough. So you can see the glow from these holes reflected so you can get a general idea of where they’re sitting.

Ben 53:31
And I don’t think I can get to get a view or even to consider trying to drive into one of them at this point.

Gregory 53:38
Yeah, I think making your way through the building probably takes around. Yeah, so you’re not able to get to one this round. okay with that? So are you doing any other actions or just

Ben 53:49
I’m probably just repositioning myself because I don’t really have any useful targets. And I don’t wish to damage this building. Because I know vague is there.

Gregory 53:59
So Carla, you have landed in an intersection you’ve gotten riddled with bullets. You’ve taken out one of these bikers, you have a hint that Vegas outside out of their car. Although you don’t have line of sight on them, you can see the glow of these portals and you do have enough maneuvering that you could get to one of them is

Jim 54:21
good because now that I’ve seen them somehow using weapons that penetrate the car. Like it’s better, I think that I’m going to have to take this fight to them as quickly as possible because this needs to be stopped. We’ve got to figure out where they’re coming from. And so that is what I am going to do, I presume I can’t actually see them otherwise. And that I can kind of Intuit that I saw them come sort of from like this area or something along those lines.

Gregory 54:52
Yeah, and you can still see the glow from that portal coming out from that side street if you’re heading in that direction.

Jim 54:58
They drove out and then turned around and drove back is that what happened

Gregory 55:03
they drove straight on and you’re seeing glows from both sides so it’s Dave drove out of one portal and heading for it so you head down this street careening from side to side dodging plants and rebel and turn the corner and there is this perfect hole in space this ring of glowing light and through it you can see mostly stars but also the the bottom of the rooftop so you drive down the street through this portal are you going through

Jim 55:35
yes I am going through

Gregory 55:36
and you emerge on a rooftop beside you looking not surprised but as if this was the worst scenario is one of those bikers

Jim 55:48
excellent.

Jim 55:50
Now would be an excellent time to make use of of weaponry against said biker,

Gregory 55:56
okay,

Jim 55:57
actually, from here where I am. Can I also kind of see where some of the others are? Yeah,

Unknown 56:01
one sec,

Jim 56:03
that I’ll be able to communicate it very eloquently to everyone, but

Gregory 56:07
their

Lucy 56:11
eloquence is overrated.

Gregory 56:14
They’re scattered around on various rooftops, some of them have portals next to them, some of them don’t.

Jim 56:20
Yeah, I think I’m going to try and harpoon this guy right, right next to

Jim 56:25
bring him along.

Gregory 56:27
He looks at you and sees that harpoon start to turn and his eyes open wide and any like puts up both hands and waves them as to say, No, no, no, don’t do it. Don’t do and doing it.

Zoë 56:40
Pretty good roll.

Gregory 56:43
All right, you get a 19 he gets a 13. you aim that harpoon and it punches straight through the side panel of the motorcycle, pinning his leg to it and then step straight through him and he screams awfully and you can kind of yank him dragging both him and the motorcycle off balance he is out of the fight

Jim 57:06
excellent and you’re now on a rooftop I’m gonna start communicating over the radio very briefly we had a map of this place right

Gregory 57:14
it looks like the map you had is like what police would use if there was a police helicopter that had to indicate what building a criminals in that’s the sort of map you have.

Jim 57:23
Okay, good. And so I’m going to very briefly because I know how my radio sounds I mean very briefly tried to break through

Unknown 57:33
B to D to

Unknown 57:36
A three

Gregory 57:38
next on tabletop garden you can drive

Gregory 57:43
she’s moving as if ice skating on the surface of the building you stay

Ben 57:48
down I ain’t gonna come back

Lucy 57:50
don’t see how that’s relevant to the moment at hand we’re in the midst of an intense family situation here

Unknown 57:57
it’s me

Zoë 58:00
We haven’t seen each other in a while you’re gonna

Jim 58:03
hear crackling over the radio see three then it’s just

Gregory 58:08
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