Setting Up Recording

GM: Caine
Players: Caine, Bigman, Shoeshine
Synopsis: A simple job to plant a recording device in an apartment.
Date: 11/24/73

A job has come to Caine from his fixer, and he is going to need a little support for it, especially since Caine isn't able to do it on his own at all. He calls up Bigman, and that dwarf he had worked with on that game thing. He says he will meet them at the private rooms at Chrome.

"Old school," thinks Shoeshine. "A meet at CHROME." This from a guy who's run his own meets in the back room of CHROME. But there's what's hot and what's not, and that is so two-thousand-sixty-late. Yet, a job is a job and maybe it will have to do with rescuing orphans. He'll scope the surrounding territory a bit with his super-senses, then checks his weapons down to pistols at the door and head on in.
CHROME, a home away from home for Biggie. Packing a few things into a duffle bag, and switches out of his uniform that he typically wears and in something less conspicuous. He heads to the bar, and finds a parking spot. Nothing different then another day spent drinking at CHROME. Or at least that's how he plays it off. Checking the bag into the security, he looks towards the back rooms, already knowing where he is needing to be.

Seated in his special chair is Caine, he nods as the two arrive, then focuses on Shoeshine. "I've asked around about you, interesting responses, but they all agree that your pretty talented." He then nods to Bigman, "Happy you could show up." He then raises the screen on his chair and turns it around so you can see it. It shows a three story building, a run down apartment complex. "This is woodleaf apartments in the CAS sector, apartment 327 is occupied by Daryl Goodwin, and my associate needs something planted in this mans room. Its a simple task, but.." he smirks and spreads his hands, "Second story work is not my forte." He then reaches into a pocket and produces a small device, a recorder, audio and visual. "I need this planted somewhere in his apartment. Think you two can handle it? For, say, 10k each?"

Shoeshine examines the device, both to see if it is waterproof, and to see if it conceals something like a hidden gas pellet, explosive, or other manner of trickery. Or if it's just a standard bug, has a tiny watch batter, every so often broadcasts in microbursts to whatever's outside.
Bigman nods "Need to eat, need to work to eat…" he grins and find a chair. "I can run backup it sounds like, but not sure if I can do the B&E part of this all." he turns to the dwarf "You good at it?"

The device is a simple audio/visual recorder, with a focus on battery life over quality of picture. It does have wireless data transmissions to download, but you'd think the range would have to be close.

Shoeshine says "I can do doors, windows, most alarms. But the fact is that matters can be set up such that I'm almost guaranteed to be caught on a camera doing it. Even if I'm disguised. Can you hide me from cameras?"

Caine shakes his head, "I can't, but, thats not going to be necessary. Part of the reason for the pay level, is some of the total is going to a matrix associate to keep the footage of you from ever being seen. So cameras are not an issue, the only problems are the doors and anything the target has in his room. He may have his own system you will have to disable."

Bigman shrugs "We can always cause problems with cameras…usually electronics and heat don't mix. As long as no one is watching them live…"
Shoeshine says "I was hoping for something nondestructive, like invisibility, or some kind of illusion. In any case, if that's part of the job, then standard disguises should do as well as timing. Does Mr. Goodwin live alone? Where does he work and at what times?"

Caine looks to Bigman, "Actually, your job is a pair of eyes and to get him out if things go bad. Its best if we have minimal interference so no one suspects the recording device even exists." He looks to Shoeshine, "Yes, he lives alone, and works from 7 to 7 every weekday. So you'll have to go in just after dusk or in the day, hence why extra eyes are a good idea, maybe even run interference somehow."

Caine says, "I'll be around astrally to alert you if someone is coming up stairs or elevators."

Shoeshine says "have you already astrally gone through his house?"
Shoeshine says "Apartment, sorry."

Caine nods "I have, nothing magical on his floor, second floor has two warded apartments though, but I saw no spirits anywhere."

Caine says, "I can also have a hearth spirit assist you if I get into the building physically."

Shoeshine says "Any time pressures?"

Caine says, "Three days"

Bigman says "I can always file a report with Lonestar…as an official security company it'll give me some leeway to be on the property if the paperwork is in order. It'll take time…probably longer then three days then."
Bigman winces and shrugs "OH well on that side of things"
Shoeshine says "How about we scope it out for a day, then make an attempt on the second day, see how it goes? And if you could draw a map of the solid objects in his home, that would be nice. I know you can't see color, so you can't give me a matching paint swath for me to spackle it into the wall."

Caine nods to Shoeshine. "I'll give you a physical layout of the apartment, just take me a little bit to draw it up."

Bigman says "Scoping out the apartment will give me some time to see about their security process too…see were those pesky cameras may be."

Caine nods "I guess you are in then? If so, I'll let you get to your recon, and I'll draw up the room for you, at least where objects are."

Bigman nods "I'm in…"
Shoeshine gives the data on a burner phone, and then commlink information to the big man. "So you can get me out in case of emergency? Okay, let's scope the place from the outside only. Spot all external cameras, do what we can on walkbys and wall penetration and so forth."
Shoeshine will be disguised for his walkbys and surveiling. Also, he will be checking the surrounding buildings for their camera coverage, and checking the security zone of the location.
«Game» Backup to offline storage commencing. Game may freeze for a bit…

The building is in a C zone, security is pretty lax for the police, but there are the traditional stop light cameras, and the building has some cameras that look about 8 to 10 years old. They likely work, but show that the security here isn't kept in top shape. All the enterances have cameras on them, there are three. One on each side, and the main one in front, each seem to join to the center of the building with a large hallway, the stairs are there in the center of the building and on the two sides. There apparently is no elevators.

Bigman exchanges the information with Shoeshine and slips off his chair "Then we do recon…send the drawing of the building to my pocsec would ya?" he mentions to Caine. He goes and grabs his bag he checked and heads to his bike. He finds the apartment complex, and parks several blocks down. He pulls his commlink out of it's spot and preps it on himself. He puts a pair of sunglasses over his eyes and slings the rest of the bag over his shoulder.
Bigman tunes the commlink to the channel given.
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "Check Check…"

Caine sends the picture after about an hour. He is in the area, in his pickup and on the comm channel given.

Commlink-Dogface> Shoeshine says, "here."
Commlink-Geppetto> Caine says, "Ok, sent the data from the apartment."
Shoeshine plots various courses. Where are the doors, like, into the building? Is there a secretary or doorman or security guard? Do residents just use a passkey to open the doors? Is anyone foolish enough to let other people through? Is there a means by which people buzz other people in? Since we have someone who has flown through his apartment, we know where the apartment is, where are his windows? Are they climbable to by someone with climbing skills, rappelling gear and so forth? Are there fire escapes and does he have one? does he have a balcony, in fact, like many such places have?

The side doors are security keypads, the front is the same. You know the code, you can get in, of course, how often its changed or if its keyed to each apartment is unknown at this time. There are no fire escapes outside, there are just the three inside sets of stairs. The apartment does have two windows, one for the living room and one for the bedroom, and both of them are against the outside front wall, the same side for the street and main door.

Bigman keeps his distance from the building, but with a clear view, perhaps a caf or something ordering some food and drink. He keeps his vision on the meat world for now and uses the electronics in his sunglasses to watch and observe. He pulls his pocsec out and pulls up the information Caine sent, trying to mark where the important things may be.
«Auto-Judge[]» Bigman (#9958) rolls Intelligence:
1 1 1 2 3 14
Shoeshine turns his thermographic + magnified vision on the place from an appropriate distance, seeing if the walls of his residence have any odd heat signatures. On his walk-by he'll be checking for high and low sound frequencies indicating strange or unexpected electronic equipment. He'll hit the place with ultrasound to see if he gets any odd penetrations on the window. All this over the course of hours.

«Auto-Judge[]» Bigman (#9958) rolls Security Procedures:
1 2 3 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Intelligence for "For the many senses - thermo, vision mag, ultrasound, high and low freq hearing, enhanced hearing to penetrate his walls.":
1 3 3 5 7 8
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Disguise for "+4 polymask":
1 3 4 4 5 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Disguise for "+4 polymask kp1":
1 2 3 4 5 19
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics for "to understand what I see":
2 2 2 3 5 15
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Stealth for "to disguise my intent":
1 3 4 5 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Caine (#7926) rolls 1 for "Random Mystery die":

For Bigman: It appears to be pretty lax security overall, hence the lower pay for this job. You really think that if the cameras are being taken care of, you could just watch someone put in a code and copy it for yourself.

For Shoeshine: If the cameras are taken out, which should be easy since they aren't the most modern, it should be a breeze getting inside. Its likely they outsource thier security, cause you see no signs of any on-site personel. They probably have alarms and the cameras linked to matrix and feed to some company for security needs. The windows have glass break alarms since none of them open at all, you'd have to disable that and cut it open to go in through a window. There is also the difficulty of getting to the third floor unless someone could make you fly.

Shoeshine uses a criss cross directory and gets the name of the person in the apartment next door to Daryl, then dummies up some delivery packages for his residence. (Assuming he's seen delivery people being buzzed in or some such.) He also makes sure he's seen people happen to let in other residents and such; or if they are religious about shutting the door and not letting anyone else walk in as they go.

The residents do seem to not be letting anyone else in, in fact, the one delivery guy apparently was stopped by one of the people, and told to punch in the daily code he was given, which he replies he wasn't, and the person tells him he needs to call for it.

Bigman hmms to himself, and takes careful notes. Flipping off the electronics in his sunglasses, he changes his perception to the mirrored world, making sure that his masking keeps his dual natured self hidden to non-initiates (at least its something).

Shoeshine eventually figures out that the people in the building don't have authenticating keycards to go with their codes, so he gets the code for the day. And on the next day he'll get it too. He links up with the big man. "So, I'm thinking we set up surveillance at six am or so. Watch Daryl leave. Give it an hour, watch people go in as they come off of late shift so we get a good daily code. I go in with the packages, I scope his door, I undo whatever has to be done to get in. Make the laydown, get out. I have these boxes with some old empty optical chips inside filled with packing popcorn that I'll use to help disguise myself.
Shoeshine says "So the question is, where do you want to be?"

Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "I think we should go in with a cover story…"
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "At least to the building. Once we get inside we can get to the other business…"
Commlink-Dogface> Shoeshine says, "What would your cover be?"
Commlink-Dogface> Shoeshine says, "i think I can pull off this delivery boy disguise."
Commlink-Geppetto> Caine says, "Thats up to you two, I'll only be ther ein the astral"
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman thinks about it for a second "…Yeah…maybe your right…I can post outside."
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "Unless you want me inside with you…"
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "Two of us going in would be better then one…but I don't know how we could get in without some sort of better cover with less attention."

«Game» Backup to offline storage commencing. Game may freeze for a bit…
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "You're more experienced at this then I…take lead, and I can follow…"
Commlink-Dogface> Shoeshine says, "I can disguise you. Would you like to be a plumber and go down the other hallway?"
Commlink-Geppetto> Caine says, "I have a disguise spell if anyone needs it."
Commlink-Dogface> Shoeshine says, "Go look for a door, when you don't find one, start typing messages on your pocsec to get updates from HQ."
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "Alright…"

Sometimes, it's just good to do what your told and let experience take over. So Biggie does just that, and follows Shoeshines instructions.
«Plot» Shoeshine says, "Okay! We have our plan. On the second day we start surveiling at 6 am with vision mag. We get the code. I am disguised as a delivery boy with packages, Bigman is disguised as a plumber/electrician. I will go to the location and if there are people there, I will fiddle with my pocsec and the packages the way delivery people do. Bigman will fiddle with his pocsec like he's getting messages from HQ. I will attempt the break in and placement."
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Disguise for "Shoeshine, +4 polymask and disguise kit":
1 3 3 3 5 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Disguise for "Shoeshine, +4 polymask and disguise kit kp2":
1 4 5 5 5 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Disguise for "bigman, +4 polymask and disguise kit for rest of body":
2 2 4 5 9 10
«Plot» Shoeshine says, "Stand."

The morning comes, and you both are in position to watch things. Caine is around astrally, keeping an eye on living things and possible complications. Time passes, folks leave and a few come in during the morning and finally Daryl leaves at just before seven am.

Shoeshine uses his super-vision to get the codes from people going in, and in general, surveils until a bit after eight just to see if anything weird is going on. Of course he's set with Mr. Caine so the decker must be handling the cameras. Or so he hopes.

You get several codes, two from women and one from a delivery person.

Bigman keeps his electronic sunglasses on, even over the disguise that shoeshine puts on him. He seems content enough and does as he was told. He starts wandering around, looking for a door and fiddling with his pocsec. "Drek…I hate when they do this to me…" he mutters to himself.
Shoeshine , holding the boxes in front of his face, tries the delivery person code first. Did they expire it immediately? Was it a one time use thing? We'll see. That's usually just a recipe for annoyance, but some places do that for sure.
«Plot» Caine says, "The code works, the door clicks and buzzes."
Shoeshine heads in, spends the requisite amount of time looking at door numbers or a directory (actually he's listening with his enhanced hearing) and then ambles towards the doorway with the characteristic speed of the delivery-dwarf. listening for people in the hallways, for people bustling to and fro, will they give him the time he needs to work on the door, is there anyone in Darryl's apartment, and so forth.

The target apartment is on the third floor, so you will have to go up the stairs to get there first. The main stairwell is straight ahead from the enterance.

Shoeshine goes verily, up up up the steps. It gives him bonus trundle-time.
Bigman waits a bit until Shoeshine is inside. He flips his pocsec up and talks into it, even though there is no line connected.
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "Awesome…send me the code, I can get in and do my job…" he speaks to his pocsec "It's about time""

It seems pretty quiet, no one is going up and down the hall or the stairs at the moment. Maybe you are getting lucky, then again, something could happen any second.

Shoeshine does in fact subvocalize the code for Biggie. The address on his big, light boxes is right next to the target, so he has a good reason to be there and to go that way.

Shoeshine is making the third floor as Bigman is at the door. The third floor is clear of traffic at the moment.

Bigman pretends to hang up the pocsec, he slips it back into a pocket, and heads to the front door. He uses the same code that Shoeshine used.

Shoeshine is checking for security as he goes… and then he puts down the boxes at Daryl's door. He takes out his toolkit and his pocsec at the same time, engaging scanning functions for electrical connections on the door with the toolkit while he makes a show of taking the scanning picture of his packages like a deliveryperson would do. He similarly uses his senses and skills, to determine how the door is secured, if there is additional security on it, and if he can defeat it with his tools and skills.
«Auto-Judge[]» Caine (#7926) rolls 1 for "Random chance person comes out. 1-3 Person, 4+ Nobody!":
Bigman makes his way up the stair case, keeping an eye out for any cameras as he does. He reaches the floor where the targets apartment is and stays in the door way to the stairs. Keeping it open, he scouts the hallway and watches as the dwarf does what he needs to.

Apparently either folks are sleeping in, or everyones already gone to work, cause its like a ghost apartment building. No ones anywhere, you can't even hear any televisions going in the rooms.

«Plot» Caine says, "Roll Electronics for checking for alarms. Then you can start on the lock with Elec B/R and Elec"
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics for "Checking for alarms":
2 2 2 3 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics for "Checking for alarms kp3":
3 3 4 4 4 14
«Plot» Caine says, "You detect no alarms on this door."
«Plot» Caine says, "Lock Case TN 6, Lock Guts TN 4"
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics B/R vs TN 6 for "To remove the case":
1 4 4 4 5 15 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics B/R - 1 vs TN 6 for "To remove the case kp 4":
1 1 1 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics B/R - 1 vs TN 6 for "To remove the case kp 6":
2 3 5 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Plot» Shoeshine says, "Stand."
«Plot» Caine says, "Case takes 1 minute."

«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics vs TN 4 for "Lock guts":
3 3 4 5 5 14 = 4 Successes
«Plot» Shoeshine says, "Stnad."
«Plot» Caine says, "Guts take 15 seconds. Door clicks open. Case is not replaced yet."
Shoeshine trusts that the door opens from the inside without difficulty, and replaces the case now.
Bigman is keeping a sharp eye, ear, and hell even taste out for anything that may cause problems. Flipping between his natural vision and the astral perception.
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics B/R vs TN 6 for "durn good case":
2 4 4 5 9 11 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Electronics B/R - 2 vs TN 6 for "durn good case kp7":
2 2 3 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Bigman (#9958) rolls Intelligence for "Just making sure…":
2 2 5 5 10 19
«Plot» Shoeshine says, "Stand."

Its eerily quiet, perhaps its a good sign, perhaps someone is waiting for an FRT team to show up. The door is now unlocked, and easily opens into the apartment you have a detailed object map for.

Shoeshine slips in, closing the door behind him, looking for security cameras, ultrasound alarms, stuff he might have where you walk in and you have 30 seconds to hit the code. He scents the air to see if there's someone laying in wait. And if all is clear, he looks for a good hiding spot to set up the little guy where it's unlikely to be spotted - something out of easy line of sight, like on the lowest shelf behind the books on that shelf. (Yes, dwarf, hiding it low, no, not climbing the walls to hide it on top of the highest shelf.)

«Plot» Caine says, "Perception and Stealth both."
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Intelligence:
1 3 3 4 5 7
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Intelligence for "oh heck, kp 8":
1 1 1 1 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Intelligence for "oh heck, kp 10":
2 2 3 5 5 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Stealth for "well that was dumb":
1 1 3 4 7
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Stealth for "well that was dumb kp11":
1 1 2 2 20
«Plot» Shoeshine says, "Stand."
Shoeshine maybe pretends that he's looking for something to rob when he sleight-of-hands the device into place, just in case there's a camera he hasn't seen. In any case, unless he's attacked, it's time to head out. Listening along the way.

You take a quick moment to scout the room, nothing shows up as a hazard for you. You do think you have a way to hide it though, the classic air duct would be alright, but you've noticed the kitchen has a spot that should work and gives a view of the main room.

Shoeshine does this thing, all the while being careful not to leave fingerprints. When the job is done, it's listen for the way out, then hit the bricks - using standard door locking techniques for a person going out the door to lock it behind him.

«Auto-Judge[]» Caine (#7926) rolls 1 for "Random die of mystery":
Bigman lets Shoeshine leave and then follows in his footsteps "Wasn't much to do…" he chuckles to himself.

Things seem to be going good, until just after you shut the door the door across the hall opens. A rather tall and bulky fellow peers at you both. "Hey." He kinda watches you a moment though, noting you have packages.

«Auto-Judge[]» Caine (#7926) rolls 1 for "If I roll a 1, yes, same door":
«Game» Backup to offline storage commencing. Game may freeze for a bit…
Shoeshine gives the guy a similarly quizzical look as he double-checks the correct door, and sets the boxes down there. And takes pictures of the packing slips with his pocsec. Obviously an app of some sort. And heads to the steps, unless accosted.

«Plot» Caine says, "Give me an etiquette roll to act casual :)"
«Auto-Judge[]» Shoeshine (#844) rolls Etiquette:
1 1 1 3 7 9
«Auto-Judge[]» Caine (#7926) rolls 3 vs TN 9 for "Does the guy realize shoe is suspicsous?":
2 4 13 = 1 Success
Bigman checks for cameras one last time as this guy comes out of his apartment. Thinking before acting…
«Auto-Judge[]» Bigman (#9958) rolls Intelligence for "Anything to spot him?":
1 2 3 3 3 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Bigman (#9958) rolls Intelligence for "Anything to spot him? 1kp":
2 3 4 4 4 11

The man looks at Shoe as you start to leave, then calls out ot him. "Hey, who's that for?" He points to the packages.

Shoeshine looks as nonplussed as you might expect for being accosted, and then looks at his pocsec and says, "Delivery for Shane Nelson," the name of the guy he looked up to put on the package who's supposed to live there. he pauses for a moment, like a delivery person would pause in case he's about to be told that the guy just died or moved out or something. Of course he doesn't magically remember the guy's name without looking at his pocsec, because he delivers a million packages a day. Really. A million.

«Auto-Judge[]» Caine (#7926) rolls 3 vs TN 9 for "Guy maybe relaxing or not.":
1 5 5 = 0 Successes

The guy grunts after a moment, "Shane's never home, you'll likely never catch him." Then the guy starts heading for the stairs.

Shoeshine gives the guy 'the nod' and leaves the packages there by the door. Because some low-value packages, you do that. And these are them. He ambles down the stairs.

There are no further interuptions, you actually make it outside with no more problems.

Bigman sits at the stairs, and grabs his pocsec as he was answering "I haven't found the apartment yet.." he shakes his head as he pretends to talk to someone else "Drek heads…"

Bigman finds his way downstairs as well. Another job done?
Shoeshine heads past, and heads the several blocks to his car. "Tick tick," he says over the comm to Biggie as they fade into the all-concealing shadows.
Commlink-Geppetto> Caine says, "You guys got lucky, no one seemed to be doing anything in that place. I flew threw some of the nearby apartments and they were all empty except for the one the guy actually came out. Sorry for not getting that one, I was on the second floor and came up to see him in the hall."
Commlink-Geppetto> Caine says, "I've got your pay, meet me at the Red Rock diner."
Commlink-Dogface> Shoeshine says, "Understood. Now a good time for me to lay low for a while. Charlie Brown from Outta Town."
Commlink-Biggie> Bigman says, "Sounds good…see ya there"


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