|Not your standard gumshoe|
Using the NPC generation process, it turns out the employer is an Engineer. As the victim of the crime is an engineer and this chap is his boss, it is a simple matter to decide he must me a senior engineer at the factory.
|Yes, this is an engineer. Mainly as he is one of the few unarmed Star Wars figures I own...|
The initial meeting is always set up as a "Chillin'" encounter, often used in 5150 if your characters are looking to recruit others, or just gong about their business. Other encounters usually focus on a raid or other hostile action, so it makes sense. Each area has a Law Level and a number of possible NPC encounters depending on the time of day. In this area in the morning, there is a good level of security (4) and not many people around (1 potential contact). The Law Level is used to determine if additional PEFs (Potential Enemy Forces) appear. You need to roll a double higher than this level at the start of the turn for this to happen, so there is not a great chance of unexpected activity in this game.
|The PEF is between me and my objective, so I will almost certainly encounter it|
Almost anything can happen in games from THW and they specialise in the unexpected, a real boon for solo gamers. But it looks like this scenario will be a quiet one, something I am pleased about as I only want to meet my employer, not get into any tussles.
A couple of turns in, and I come into line of sight of the PEF, which has moved towards me. NHCPI contains comprehensive PEF resolution tables, so being in different areas will result in meeting different people.
|I see it, but what is it?|
Luckily, I roll for PEF resolution and get a 'Something's out there' result. So this time it was nothing, but future rolls have a higher chance of being something. For fun, I decide it was a group of Jawas and place them on the table.
|Jawas seem to be everywhere these days!|
|Yeah, my sets are a bit 'wonky'|
After this, I see what kind of interaction I have with him. This can have a range of outcomes depending on an opposed 'People' skill roll and the type of person you are interacting with. Interaction with criminals can get a bit nasty if you are not lucky. Fortunately he is happy to ignore me. This is fine with me, but I file his stats away for future use in case I need to find myself a hacker at some point. There is also a chance of meeting previously encountered characters again, so our paths might cross in future.
|A pair of big guns doesn't impress everyone, it seems...|
So, an uneventful game in many ways. But it could have gone another way quite easily and, if it wasn't for making notes and taking pictures, it would have taken no more than 10-15 minutes, so really I'd be looking to play several of these encounters during a single session. Of course, more PEFs, a different location, the time of day and the Law Level all have an impact. This was a relatively 'safe' encounter.
This does of course barely scratch the surface of what the game offers and my next write up will be of a more eventful scenario!