Finally got a game of Urban Planescape up and running, we had our first session last night. Thought I'd keep a mini blog of sorts....
To begin with, the players are LAPD vice squad cops, having just scored a massive case, arresting one of the most notorious criminals of the LA underworld. its 1st October 2001, Earth.
Ben Conard - Surperb invesitgator, lost his voice to a bullet last year
Yoshi Okinawa - Squads forensics tech and lab go between, loves extreme sports
Conor Finally - a rough and tumble cop, several conduct charges against him
Ryan Simmons - cyphers and cryptology expert, very OCD with learning
Jason Stone - Ex US army, squads go between with tactical and SWAT
Hector Chico Remario - Sqauds face and undercover specialist, loves parties
October 1st 2001, its 4am, the squad have just dragged Juan Rodrigrez back to the station house. The evidence they got at his mansion will be enough to to send him down for 2 life times, and theres no way his lawyers can get him out of this one. But there was more. The bastard had masses of paperwork, airport layouts, contact numbers, even a couple of god damn traning camp pictures. Seems he was a major player in 9/11, less than a month ago.
A few hours pass and the squad are getting no where with him, even Captain Ferdinand cant break the guy. And now two FBI have just walked in and taken the case. Captain says to go let off some steam, and gives the squad the next mormning off, tellin g them to be at the station house at noon.
The squad deciede to go and celebrate their score. Someone suggests O'Sullavans, so they head there. The place is pretty empty. Ryan quickly becomes drunk, unable to hold is drink, the rest have a good time. Ben walks his superbike back home, too drunk to drive. Chico makes sure Ryan gets home safely is his drunken state.
In the morning, most get to the station just before 12, though Ryan is there by 10am, writing out the case file from memory that the FBI and CIA have taken. Stone gets in about the same time and spends some time at the firing range. At 12, the Captain introduces them to Agent Hislop, of the CIA. He explains to them that their squad is getting a transfer to a forgein city. He doesnt explain much at all, its all classified. They have 3 days to tie up any lose ends before going on a 6 month transfer abaord. Though he wont tell them where exactly, he likens it to chicago weather wise.
The next couple of days, the squad splits up, tieing up lose ends and packing, some lettiong out there own apparentsd, others just putting their gear into storage. they return to the station house at 9am on Thrusday 4th October. Captain Ferdinand has a quick chat with them, wishing them the best, and sorry he cant tell them more. Agent Hislop is waiting out front with two un marked cars. He says he will take them to their departure location. Again, not really giving much away. Driving through LA, they quickly notice they are not heading near any major airport, or the ports. Stone intimidates his driver into telling them just an address. Chico recognizes it as a small no mans land inbetween two rivial gangs in one of the worse areas of LA.
Getting there, they pull up outside a burn out tenament block, a few homelss here and there, a small group of teenage street thugs. Many of the group realise that most are uncover operatives. They make their way into and up the block, to the 9th floor. Behind a locked door is an emntpy old apartment, with just a begger sitting wrapped in a blanket. Msot fo the squad by this time dont beleive what is happening and kepe making remarks about canid camera etc. Saying such to the bum, he says that its his slot on the rotta. Agent Hislop does explain a little, saying that they are to expect the unexpected, gives them new credit cards (from Valor banking) and new moblie phones as their old ones wont work. Asking where they are going, his points to the bathroom. Stone being stone, goes "really", then goes and takes a piss in their beofre coming back out to laughs all round at this point. Hislop then takes out a old spanish coin (1500's) and activates the portal. The entire squad is shocked, but do go through.
They appear in a very nice, upmarket house, maybe from belevery hills? Siutting on one of the nice white leather sofa's is Detective Neil Edos, who they were told would be meeting them when they got to the city. After alot of disbleive and talk of worm holes (they came out of one of the windows), Neil drives them out of the Lays Ward, onto the interward. Its a 45 minute drive to Mid Clerks and Clerks station, whedre their old Captain Peters is waiting for them. edos doesnt explain much, the Captain has told him not too, but he knows the city quite well. Ryan looks over his current case file, but cant read it.
Arriving at Clerks Station, they park in the huge parking garge and take the elevator up to one of the mid levels of the building. When the doors open, Detective McKall is waiting outside. Unfortunately, Chico has a abject fear of Reptiles, and being confronted by a Lizardmen wearing a uite, he snaps and tries to pull his sidearm against the guy, however, stone is quker and manages to disarm the terrefied Chico. The rest of the group claims him down, McKall apoligizes and takes a different elevator. Edos, quickly shuffles them to the Captain Office. Captain Peters, the squads former Captain back in LA 8 months ago is waiting with his office door open. He explains the basic situation to the squad, the very basics of Sigil. He also gets the Whisky out for them. Also briefs them on their new case and gives them a package each, containing apartment keys, and a map of sigil. He gives them 4 days leave to get use to the city and to find their feet.
they deciede that they need a drink. Talking with Edos on the way in, Stone suggests Elans, which the Captain says is a good place, so the squad head down there. Walking out of Cerks Station through the front doors, the sqaud walk past nm uersous other Sigil PD officers, a lot of which arent human. Ryan sees the goblin on the front desk and ask if he can come and talk to him after his shift as he wants to know about goblins (he has a complete lack of social skills). Getting to the bar, Chico orders the strongest drink they have, and is given an Abyssal Screamer. It knocks him on the floor and when he stands up again, he is totally pissed. So he asks for another, but is a one drink maximum of those. Stone tries one too. He gets a surround sound vision of hell, then shrugs and gets another drink,. All have Firewine, which they seems to like. Ben has had a headache since they arrived. Suddenly it goes, and his speaks to Yoshi "Ah thats better" which shes just stares in disblieve aty her mute friend....
.....and thats where we left the first session. not exaclty exiciting stuff, but it was good fun, lots of laughs. Thankfully, the group have all (apart from Yoshi) have plaed planescape before and played up the clueless roel erally well. AS an aside, this game is actually using gurps 4e rules. Next sessino is next wednesday.