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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #405 on: September 26, 2021, 03:48:55 pm »

Have some votes. I want to shoot Agent Barkley in the face. Aside from that though, we just need some nice, safe money. No need to go crazy.

So, I've gone for a mix of civilian and trusted contacts. Plus ULM, cos I wanna know where the Independent Republic of Anghabar ends up.

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(1) Lossarnach Country Club: Kashyyk
(0) Potter Properties:  **LIKELY UNAVAILABLE**
(0) Anghabar Mining and Refining:
(1) Tyrell Dynamics: Sam
(3) Disney-Fox-Universal-Comcast: Sam, SC777, m1895
(0) Los Tornadoes:
(0) Swearengen's Gentlemen's Club:
(1) Slavic Vor: SC777
(0) Casa Nuova:
(2) Goodhaven Sheriff: Kashyyk, m1895
(0) Harad Marshals:
(0) Flossmore Warden:
(1) Coalition Expeditionary Forces: Sam
(0) Interstellar Red Cross:  **LIKELY UNAVAILABLE**
(0) Amnesty Interstellar:  **LIKELY UNAVAILABLE**
(1) United Labor Movement: Kashyyk
(0) United Green Party:
(3) Interstellar Geographic Society: SC777, Kashyyk, m1895
(3) Palantir Technologies: Sam, SC777, m1895
(4) Agent Charlie Lively: Sam, SC777, Kashyyk, m1895
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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #406 on: September 26, 2021, 05:14:57 pm »

It still doesn't really matter but I'm not sure why you guys think Disney has a job for us.

Quote from: Contacts Vote (pick 5)
(1) Lossarnach Country Club: Kashyyk
(0) Potter Properties:  **LIKELY UNAVAILABLE**
(0) Anghabar Mining and Refining:
(2) Tyrell Dynamics: Sam, Stirk
(3) Disney-Fox-Universal-Comcast: Sam, SC777, m1895
(0) Los Tornadoes:
(0) Swearengen's Gentlemen's Club:
(1) Slavic Vor: SC777
(0) Casa Nuova:
(3) Goodhaven Sheriff: Kashyyk, m1895, Stirk
(1) Harad Marshals: Stirk
(0) Flossmore Warden:
(2) Coalition Expeditionary Forces: Sam, Stirk
(0) Interstellar Red Cross:  **LIKELY UNAVAILABLE**
(0) Amnesty Interstellar:  **LIKELY UNAVAILABLE**
(1) United Labor Movement: Kashyyk
(0) United Green Party:
(3) Interstellar Geographic Society: SC777, Kashyyk, m1895
(4) Palantir Technologies: Sam, SC777, m1895, Stirk
(5) Agent Charlie Lively: Sam, SC777, Kashyyk, m1895, Stirk
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Except the revenge mission. Which we're probably going to spend most of our resources on.
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« Reply #407 on: September 28, 2021, 01:57:33 am »

Contract Phase

Palantir Technologies

"Mr. Thiel founded this company back in the Old World to provide data analytics for counter-terrorism.  These days, they've become his own intelligence agency.  Last month we investigated Cranbrook Academy for them."

-Sam


A star shines on the hour of our meeting.

The aspirations of "Flossmore Resort" ended in a spectacular loss of real estate and other capital.  Yet months later, the perpetrators and their motives are still unknown.  With Warden Rayburn's recent suicide and Assistant Warden Oglivy's continued disappearance, current CoFor management lacks senior decisionmakers to readily question.  Furthermore, much of their record keeping was apparently "off-the-grid," and the site itself is in an austere location beyond usual collection priorities.

We are outsourcing a thorough investigation of the Flossmore Resort Attack.  Contracted investigator(s) will be issued formal officer of the peace badges and the full cooperation of the local CoFor resources.  In addition to fully intelligence cooperation, CoFor will provide housing, transportation, and a personal security detachment as appropriate.  Limited reachback Palantir analytical support from Rivendell will also be provided.  Over the course of the investigation, the contractor should readily pursue leads in the the resort, the prison, the town, and Cooper Point Spaceport.  Overt investigation is authorized, but it is up to the contractor's discretion to employ any clandestine methods.

The final report should positively identify the perpetrators of the attack, any facilitators at Flossmore, and any external financing.

Estimated Profit: *CONFLICT OF INTEREST*
Contract Deadline: 1 month

Agent Charlie Lively

"We've encountered this individual a few times now.  He was an active AMR CI/FP Agent, until Agent Barclay offered him as a sacrifice last month.  His name is likely an alias, and he seems to have gone fully native with the insurgency on Anghabar."

-Sam


Great to hear back from you guys.  What if I told you I got a twofer?  One time-sensitive op Rivendell and another on Anghabar?

So my sources have confirmed Palantir is going to audit the shit out of AMR CI/FP any day now.  Corporate is all for this, and is supposedly going to hand over any and all data CI/FP has.  Which is great fraking news, eh?  Everything Barclay did will get found out, and our asses will be saved.  After all, we were just soldiers following order, eh?

Except, here's the rub.  If we can see this coming, so can Barclay, and you can bet he's not retarded enough to just let that happen.  He just shutdown the Black Masks program, issuing orders to sanitize everything related to it.  No doubt he personally has the permissions to even wipe all the cloud-based stuff too.  Sure, it'll look suspicious AF, but Palantir won't find any smoking guns.  Barclay will offer his resignation, but we'll still be on the shit list.

So now you're about to say, "So, Charlie.  How do we unfrak this situation?"

AMR CI/FP has an airgapped archival database on Rivendell.  Supposedly the thing is holed up in the basement of some secure facility.  The procedure is that you burn data to an encrypted thumbdrive, then send some junior agent with courier orders to personally deliver it.  (It's bitch work, but we gotta give the shitbirds something to do, eh?)

Now Barclay can plausibly delete all the data on Anghabar.  Claim the IRA or you guys were about to gank it all.  Scorched earth.  But an airgapped DB in a vault in Rivendell getting overrun?  No offense, but that kind of heist is a bit much for even you guys.

So Barclay is arranging one last run to the database: just another chump with a thumbdrive of vital data that needs to be preserved.  Except the thumbdrive has a custom zero-day virus loaded on it.  Supposedly the whole DB's is going to go up in smoke.  At least we're not the chump who's going to get pinned for arson, eh?

Well the good news is that I've got the travel itinerary of this poor chump.  Tim Webster is booked on the Hank Reardon about two weeks from now.  He'll be boarding the train right from a space port, then travelling a two hours until he reaches Crystal City Station.  Now trying anything in the space port will be suicide;  Anduril Industries hardware will be everywhere, and Crystal City Station should be almost as bad.  But once you get past the security checks at the station, the train itself is very permissive.  Sure, no open carry, but it's not like they go around frisking passengers.  And yeah, the stewards pack sidearms, but they don't screw with you unless you're disorderly.  You guys should be able to pull off some Danny Ocean ninja shit aboard the train to make sure that thumbdrive never makes it to Crystal City Station.

Oh yeah, Tim Webster.  I don't know much about him personally.  He's a rookie and he might be carrying.  I'll send you a picture so you know what he looks like.  The thumbdrive is the objective, but if you need to kill him, so be it.  I never was the micromanaging type.

As far as compensation goes, I have no idea what you guys bill and I'm financing this out of my pocket.  But hey, we're both going down together if Barclay pulls this off, so you'd think that would be worth a discount.

Estimated Profit: 20k
Contract Deadline: 1 month

Speaking of killing, so Anghabar is a full on war zone now.  The IRA is fully mobilized as guerilla army and tangling with anybody who comes at them.  Fun times.

Now the weird thing about Agent Barclay is that he's always been something of a hands-on kinda guy.  It's part control freak, part general paranoia.  Still given how potential fraked he is, I can't blame him for that.  He put orders out to destroy all Black Masks materials, but he knows his subordinates can't/won't do it all.  So he's personally circulating site to site to confirm it.

I've got solid intel that he's scheduled to visit a Volunteer Army (VA) company base the IRA has thoroughly penetrated at Culloden.  Now if you're not familiar with the VA, a 100 man VA company is a mix of wannabe tough guys and poor bastards too dumb to find a better job.  Until about a month ago, they were literally better than nothing.  But with the Black Mask program shut down, all those personnel are pivoting to the VA now.  I actually know the Agent that just took over command for the VA at Culloden.  Agent Cumberland was a real hard charging dude.

Yeah, I know it's not exactly a soft target, but it's not like all 100 of them are just sitting around the base.  Most of them will be out at checkpoints and whatnot.  So what, a guard force of a dozen, plus a dozen random HQ folk?  And like I said, the IRA has men inside, and are prepared to assist in this op.  The local IRA Commander is ready to provide two crack platoons for this raid.  I'll also be there to advise and assist as well.  Sure, that's not as many bodies as I'd prefer, but between the insiders and you guys, that should be enough to overmatch the VA garrison.

Of course, to get that IRA support, they added some terms to the contract.  They don't know Barclay by name, but they specifically want the local VA Commander, Captain Cumberland, killed or captured.  That shouldn't be too hard, as he's the kind of guy who'll want to go down in a blaze of glory.  They also expect to raise some flags on the base before CoFor shows up.  You know, standard guerrilla army PSYOP shit.

Regarding compensation for this, I did get the IRA to bankroll it.  It's not a lot for something this big.  Then again, this is both business and personal for you guys.  I suppose I don't have to offer you much more incentive to "terminate with extreme prejudice" here.  (I've always wanted to say that.)

Estimated Profit: 30k
Contract Deadline: 1 month

Interstellar Geographic Society

"Ah, Int Geo.  We did some prestige work for them with the smilodons several months ago."

-Sam


Attention explorers, with the winter months on Lossarnach coming to an end, the Interstellar Geographic Society is partnering with Lossarnach Country Club to revive a long lost Old World cultural event, the festival of San Fermin.

To ensure full participation, we are contracting individual performers to demonstrate the spectacles of the festival.  While an unconventional choice, we believe your personnel have the atheticism and derring-do to properly execute the higher risk feats.

For the week long festival, contracted personnel will be directly employed by the festival coordinator, who will schedule them for each day's events as they see fit.  Payment will be adjusted based on the amount of personnel provided.  Naturally, bonuses may also be awarded for superior performance.

Estimated Profit: 20k (per man)
Contract Deadline: 1 month

Goodhaven Sheriff

"Who could forget this frontier police force on Harad we've since supported numerous times?  Not the most lucrative of clients, but relatively low risk.  Plus, we have a great working relationship with Sheriff Nash Wilder."

-Sam


Gorramit, everything is going to shit down here.  The Anghabar trash brought more than one contagious disease with them.  My own Sheriff's Department wants to form a union!

The Mayor is toeing the same line as me here: We cannot sanction this tomfoolery.  Where's their sense of public service?  Did they forget about the Thin Blue Line?

We sure could use a respected offworld professional to lecture some sense into these misguided children.  You'll have my full support to book whatever mandatory training you can put together.

At the end of the month, the Deputies will be voting to form the union, and I expect you to save us from the kind of tyranny that could bring.

Estimated Profit: 10k
Contract Deadline: 1 month

Disney-Fox-Universal-Comcast

"How could we forget the work we've done for them here in this system?  They've been lying low ever since, but it sounds like they're ready to get back in the saddle."

-Sam


Dear loyal SuperFans, a long lost treasure may be on its way home to the Vault.  A copy of "Star Wars: The Next Hope" has been reported right here, in Rivendell.  (Op Chief Note: Holy shit, I saw that garbage in theaters back in the day.  It was a reboot of Star Wars: A New Hope featuring an all non-binary person of color cast.  And that wasn't even the worst part.  The studio suddenly realized overseas audiences weren't on the same page as us Westerners with that kind of stuff, so they stuck in some Bollywood style musical numbers.  A giant honkin' horse-pill of box office poison, it killed off the last of the movie theaters.  I'm not gonna lie though, the cantina number was pretty catchy.)

Of course, some misguided individuals don't believe in artists retaining their creations.  This individual plans to give away Star Wars: The Next Hope online.  We at Disney-Fox-Universal-Comcast firmly believe our fans deserve a proper remaster of the Old World's last billion dollar movie production.

Upon acceptance of this contract, you will be provided the name and whereabouts in Rivendell of the individual claiming to possess the lost film.  The individual considers themself a 'hacktivist' and will likely share a sneak-peek readily.  Upon conveying any clips of the flim back to us, our Imagineers will compare that media against archived keyframes to determine its authenticity.

Should the film prove authentic, Disney-Fox-Universal-Comcast is prepared to offer this individual a sizeable settlement to return all copies to their rightful home, and place the individual under NDA.  Should the individual prove unreasonable, you are the contracted BATNA option.  (Sam Note: "Best Alternative To Negotiated Agreement." It's a business term for Plan B if a deal falls through at the negotiating table.)  Accordingly, your fee will become contingent on the recovery of the media, and preventing its premature release.

A bonus may be provided for cost-savings.

Estimated Profit: 40k
Contract Deadline: 1 month

"Mrs. Ocean, obviously we cannot perform the Palantir contract in good faith, so I am withdrawing that as an available contract.  Though with Agent Lively providing two contracts, that still leaves us at five contracts.  Conveniently, we have four able-bodied operators available, with a fifth on light duty.  Now I know-"

*THUD* *THUD* *THUD*

From outside your office, Ops Chief Neil MacCauley pounds on your locked door, "Ma'am, we got a medical emergency in the barracks.  Vega just OD'd."

***

Returning from the TI Clinic, Neil sits down with you and Sam in the conference room.  He explains that Salt found Vega passed out in a puddle of vomit in the barracks.  She managed to fling herself out of her wheelchair just in time to administer the narcan kit.  Now hospitalized, Vega should live and the prognosis is good for a full recovery.

"I should've seen this coming, Ma'am.  He's been on and off pain meds since that first injury at Red River.  I just had Templar inventory Vega's op gear, and  sure enough, his PFASK is restocked and overloaded with a different brand of Fentanyl."

Sam silently shakes his head.

"I mean we did give him a lot of those things for his solo undercover op at Flossmore.  I thought we could trust our guys with 'big boy' rules, but this proves otherwise, Ma'am."

Sam silently takes notes on his tablet.

"The good news Ma'am is that he's due for new body soon.  That'll wipe any physical dependence completely.  Of course, the TI Mod will preserve the psychological addiction, so I'm taking him off duty for a comprehensive inpatient narcotics rehab program that includes intensive psychotherapy.  If the rehab works out, he'll be back to full duty next month."

Sam gives a cold and dismissive shrug, "Then there were four."

***

"Mrs. Ocean, we presently have four operators available.  It is strongly in our interest to sign both of Agent Lively's contracts.  Conveniently though, all the other contracts could be performed by a solo operator.  Three contracts should be attainable this month."

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"Dear Agent Lively,
Looks like our interest coincide greatly here.  We will send one close target reconaissance specialist to tail and take down the mark on the Hank Reardon.  Two experienced paramilitary operators will meet you on Anghabar to command the raid at Culloden."

"Dear Disney-Fox-Universal-Comcast,

It is a genuine tragedy that some still have no respect for our priceless cultural treasures.  We can provide a chamelon-like operative to make contact with this so-called hacktivist.  Should the media prove genuine, they will stop at nothing to recover it and ensure you retain its exclusive rights."

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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #408 on: September 28, 2021, 07:47:06 pm »

I see you've presented us with a Trolley Problem. Do we save ourselves, or do we save the rest of the Galaxy from a new starwars movie?

Naturally we choose ourselves. All our resources should focus on the two missions undermining our enemy forces (so we can actually get to the next month by the end of the year)

Two man team of Trinity and Blackbagger for the train. Both have thieving experience so it basically comes down to one distracting him while the other takes his bag. If either screws up they can just shoot him and throw the bag off the train. Altogether easy job that we just want to make double sure they won't screw up.

Two man team of Greybrush and Zero Cool for the second mission since they both have a personal beef with the guy. Lively expects this to be a raid, but really we're better off treating it as an assassination mission. We only really want two of them dead after-all. We'll plot it out like with the Prison kidnapping and either get our insiders to plant a bomb in a good place our have our guys whack them old-school style. All-guns blazing is more of a backup here.

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Dear Agent Lively,
Your intel is invaluable. Leave the rest to us. I'm sending two men to secure the drive and another two to take care of Barklay and his friend. We tend to do things a bit more quiet then your boys in the IRA, but I can grantee you'll get the two bodies you want in the ground.

And to help out with the assasinations;

Weapon suggestions: Modified M44 "HAG"
The CIA's design for a Heart Attack Gun is well known in conspiracy circles, but the design itself is rather impractical. The KGB's design firing a crushed cyanide capsule to the face is a bit more practical to the point that it has seen actual use. What is less well known is that this design is remarkably similar to M44 "Cyanide Bomb" pest control traps that are regularly available on the civilian market. With some-to-significant modification we can turn civilian equipment into something resembling the KGB's weapon.

Essentially the gun is a tube with a spring. When the trigger is pulled (by a coyote in the civilian design, by our operator in the modified version) the spring is released sending a piston into a sodium cyanide capsule and launching it at its target. If this dusted capsule gets into the targets mouth or nose it reacts with the water inside their bodies to create hydrogen cyanide gas, leading to collapse and death within 5 minutes. This will appear to anyone surrounding the target as a heart attack or seizure rather than a violent death, though any competent autopsy if performed will easily list cyanide poisoning as the cause of death. Alternative HAG designs could include an aerosol spray of hydrogen cyanide gas, a colorless gas that is lighter than air and thus disperses relatively quickly. This can be detected by the distinct smell of almonds and potentially proves more risky to the operator, but is a silent weapon that will go undetected if you can somehow subtly spray it in their face. A cyanide antidote kit should be included and used before and after such assassinations in any case.

This probably violates any laws on chemical weapons so if anyone asks we're using it for future camping trips. 
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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #409 on: October 04, 2021, 02:15:05 pm »

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"Dear Agent Lively,
Looks like our interest coincide greatly here.  We will send two close target reconaissance specialists to tail and take down the mark on the Hank Reardon.  Two experienced paramilitary operators will meet you on Anghabar to command the raid at Culloden. We are open to also subversive and assassniation attempts, as well as bringing suitable equipment, on the inside if your inside operatives are capable.

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« Reply #410 on: October 06, 2021, 02:35:13 pm »

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"Agent Lively,
Looks like our interest coincide greatly here.  Your intel is invaluable.  Leave the rest to us.  I'm sending two close target reconaissance specialists to secure the drive and take down the mark on the Hank Reardon.  Anghabar-side, two experienced paramilitary operators will meet you to command the raid at Culloden.  We are open to also subversive and assassniation attempts, as well as bringing suitable equipment, if your inside operatives are capable.  Either way, I can guarantee you'll get the two bodies you want in the ground."

"Heads up about the Hank Reardon op, I don't know how Agent Webster will be carrying the drive.  I doubt he'll be dumb enough to keep it in his luggage though.  It's a little red thumb drive, so it'll probably be on his person.  Whether he's using a lanyard, coat-pocket, pant-pocket, inner-pocket, or straight up 'prison wallet,' is anyone's guess.  Just make sure you find it if you plan to leave a body.  Defeats the whole point of the opreation if an emergency services company sends it on to AMR with the rest of him.

I'm excited to see what you got planned here on Culloden.  I've also just confirmed that Agent Barclay will be visiting for about two or three hours on a midday, before moving on.  Is it embarrassing for a CI/FP agent to say he didn't think about fully exploiting a Green on Blue Insider attack?  It could have potential.  We'd still need a follow on assault though, as the IRA wants to properly overrun the compound.  I'll have to see what the insider is down for.  Definitely will need some kind of signal scheme though (unless he's down to die in the cross-fire)."

Hardware Phase

"Ma'am, looks like we got some spooky work booked for Rivendell.  In terms of hardware, Ooen carry is frowned upon in most places, and certain properties have their own restrictions on firearms.  I just double-checked, and the Transcontinental John Galt Line website states that sidearms must be unloaded and stowed in overhead bins.  Longarms that do not fit in overhead bins must be checked as baggage.  Still, it's not like any of the rent-a-cop outfits are running around frisking folks.  Unfortunately, we don't seem to have good concealed carry options.

Of course Ma'am, concealed carry weapons are pretty easy to find.  Any kid could save up enough lunch money to pick up a shitty .22 cal Saturday Night Special these days.  Finding a good handgun is the tricky part: something reliable, in a caliber with real stopping power, in a form factor that won't snag or print under clothes.  I've prepared a list of firearms-"

You interrupt him, "-Chief, I think I got this.  I already have one device in mind."

Chief almost seems disappointed.  Perhaps the old Green Beret really wanted to talk about guns?

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« Reply #411 on: October 07, 2021, 12:28:04 am »

P229 DA/SA Compact Pistol +Accessories
The P229 is a compact pistol series chambered in 9mm Parabellum, as well as some other calibers that don't matter to us. the specific model will likely be the Nitron with the SRT kit unless Nick gets a really good deal on a SAS or legions without all the extra gubbins (sorry Vic, but you really don't need a challenge coin.)
The Suppressor poses more of a problem given we require one that is both compact and worth a damn. our best bet in that field is something like the Gemtech Aurora-II, a 21st century modernization of an old wet suppressor given out as part of US pilots' E&E kit. The Aurora-II itself only came in at around $400 so that leaves a good bit of room to buy more modern designs based on the same concept, possibly using more advanced materials than uh, vaseline or maybe an extra wipe. Plus without the glowies fucking everything up we don't need to send them back to the factory to replace the wipes, which should put costs down by a good bit.a
ammunition is obviously going to need to be FMJ subsonic when used with the suppressor, though we may get some gold dot JHP for usage without it.

still possibly WIP.
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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #412 on: October 07, 2021, 03:29:32 pm »

Pepperball Tactical Compact (HA)Pistol (TM)
While we have a great respect for the historical use of the heart attack gun, Ms.Ocean kept asking herself questions like "but what if I want to murder someone across the room but also don't want to get out of my chair?" and fortunately the science of throwing chemicals at people's faces continues to make advances in the field of non-lethal weapons! The Pepperball TCP is a .68 caliber airgun that fires up to a 2.5g payload creating a cloud of non-lethal irritant upon impact with the target's torso sending the payload into their face. By replacing this non-lethal formula with a lethal cyanide payload, we create a weapon with reduced noise and increased lethality compared to a traditional pistol at the cost of being a war crime. The death should occur within five minutes on a direct hit, and while it is likely to leave a small cloud and some residue said residue will easily be removed by the addition of water (creating lethal gas. So be careful.) the body will appear to have died by natural causes to any casual inspection including watching said person die. The weapon is comparably concealable to a handgun, and as a non-lethal weapon can be openly checked without causing undue suspicion (so long as nobody who knows what they're doing inspects the extra spicy pepperballs). Said weapon should be available on the civilian market and lightly regulated giving us an easy excuse as to why we're buying it. It advertises itself as being able to hit up to 50 yards away with a 6 round capacity, and with lethal ammunition should be able to saturate areas allowing for firing without LOS (though this will likely reduce the dosage and lead to a longer death). As a safety precaution all operators should take a cyanide antidote before and after use to prevent their own untimely deaths.

There all problems solved forever.
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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #413 on: October 08, 2021, 05:15:05 am »

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I was also wondering if it'd be worth RUSHing this, and also picking up some low-profile Ballistic vests like the ones we had to sell back in month 0. A quick Google suggests they're not more than 500 a pop (not that I know if those ones I found are any good), so we could get enough to make standard issue at the reduced rush budget I think.

Both our targets are going to be carrying, so having al title extra insurance against a screw up would be useful.
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« Reply #414 on: October 11, 2021, 08:10:22 am »

Hm, for the train job you'll want something more concealable, but the target is probably packing a smaller gun, so the reduced protection isn't an issue.  And yeah, $500 sounds about right from the last time I google searched it.

For the Base infiltration/assassination, its best to go in disguised as the soldiers, which means wearing whatever body armor is standard issue.  Might even be able to save a few bucks and steal it when you get there.

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« Reply #415 on: October 13, 2021, 11:04:59 pm »

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« Reply #416 on: October 23, 2021, 12:44:00 am »

"Excellent choice Ma'am.  The P229 was on my shortlist.  Good taste in suppressors as well."

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P229 DA/SA Compact Pistol + Accessories
The P229 is a compact pistol series chambered in 9mm Parabellum, as well as some other calibers that don't matter to us. the specific model will likely be the Nitron with the SRT kit unless Neil gets a really good deal on a SAS or legions without all the extra gubbins (sorry Vic, but you really don't need a challenge coin.)
The Suppressor poses more of a problem given we require one that is both compact and worth a damn. our best bet in that field is something like the Gemtech Aurora-II, a 21st century modernization of an old wet suppressor given out as part of US pilots' E&E kit.  The Aurora-II itself only came in at around $400 so that leaves a good bit of room to buy more modern designs based on the same concept, possibly using more advanced materials than uh, vaseline or maybe an extra wipe.  Plus without the glowies fucking everything up we don't need to send them back to the factory to replace the wipes, which should put costs down by a good bit.  Ammunition is obviously going to need to be FMJ subsonic when used with the suppressor, though we may get some gold dot JHP for usage without it.

In the late 1977, the US Department of Defense decided to replace the aging .38 Special revolvers and .45 ACP M1911's in their arsenal with a single modern sidearm.  ...7 years later, two pistols crossed the finish line, the Beretta 92FS and the SIG Sauer P226.  With about a quarter billion dollars worth of pistols to be sold in the initial 5-year buy (figure adjusted for inflation), Beretta figured the smart thing to do would be to lowball the unit price on such a massive bulk sale that would surely have follow-up orders decades onward.  Expecting the SIG importer to make the same calculus, they dropped their final price by a full 18 percent.  However, the SIG importer had already made their best offer, and did not lower their price.  Ultimately, Beretta's last minute haggling beat SIG by a cool 7 million (adjusted for inflation), and the Beretta 92FS was formally adopted as the M9 pistol.  (Within a year of this epic business fail, SIG fired their importer and created their SIGARMS Inc. subsidiary in Washington D.C. to handle U.S. imports.)

Of course this was controversial.  Many, especially SOF operators, argued the Beretta wasn't the best gun, and it only was adopted because Beretta were better salesmen.  The first thing most people notice when handling an M9 is just how big it is.  A "full-size" pistol, it kept the 8.5 in length of the M1911, despite the SIG and every other contemporary pistol managing shorter.  The slide-mounted safey on the Beretta was also hated by SOF operators who preferred the SIG's frame-mounted decocker.  Finally, when a batch of early prototype 92FS were informally tested by SOF operators, at least one unit fractured, hitting a Navy SEAL in the face.  (As it supposedly wasn't a formal test, this failure didn't count, and Beretta was provided ample opportunity to fix the fault before the next formal test.)

Despite DoD formally adopting the M9, many SOF operators fought to keep customized M1911, especially Marine Force Recon and US Army Special Forces.  The SEALs, on the other hand, argued that the M9's open slide was problematic for amphibious ops, went and procured water resistant SIG P226's for themselves.

Meanwhile, SOF weren't the only folks in DoD who hated the M9.  Air Force CI/HUMINT agents and detectives needed a "compact combat pistol."  Not only did they did they need concealable firearms, but female agents and detectives needed a smaller pistol that better fit female hands.  After two years of demonstrations where they exceeded all expectations in performance and reliability, the first batch of P228/P229 compact pistols were issued as the "M11 compact pistol" in Spring of 1992.  However, as a niche weapon system, they never reached the full popularity of the M9 (only 25,000 M11 purchased vs. several million M9).

Ops Chief Neil McCauley mutters the SIG motto to himself as he cracks open the shipping crate, "Never Settle..."

Even in the New Worlds, SIG P229's were a quality compact pistol, common among well-off civilians as an everyday carry weapon.  Sure, the P320 was the more modern version, but most carriers don't care about the modular features or simply like still having a hammer spur on their pistol.  Neil had a hard time finding enough for all your operators, but after overnighting them from a seller on Rivendell, here they were right in front of him.

His jaw drops as he lifts a Sig Sauer Airsoft training pistol out of the crate.

"Those motherfrakers!"

Five figures down the drain, Neil tries to keep his cool.  His men needed those guns.  With resignation, he switches on his terminal, "And so it has come to this..."

Hi-Point YC9 9mm Compact Pistol (Quantity: standard issue)
A 9mm compact pistol, its molded black plastic form vaguely resembles a toy.  It doesn't help that the slide prominently states "Yeet Cannon G1" in white stenciled lettering.  A special edition of the Hi-Point C9, named by an internet poll, it turned the C9 into even more of a cheap novelty than before.  The internals are made out of powderized zinc, certain parts rattle and the brand isn't known for durability or performance.  (Sadly for you, Hi-Point isn't around to honor their lifetime-no-questions-asked warranty.)  Despite these shortcomings, the Yeet Cannon G1 is still a 21st century engineered striker-fired compact pistol in 9mm.  Slightly larger than a Makarov or Walther PPK, the YCG1 is just under 7 in long, yet still packs 8 + 1 rounds in 9mm parabellum.  A threaded barrel for a suppressor or compensator included, but otherwise no accessory rails for reflex sights, lasers, or tac lights.  9mm rounds are provided in FMJ and JHP.

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Specialist Phase

"Well Ma'am, our men deserve better than that.  Hopefully those hunks of plastic will stay concealed, right?"

"Putting that behind us, we still need to ramp up our urban ops capabilities.  There are a few ways to get that thumb drive off the train, but its going to take some skills.  For example, a pickpocket-"

You interrupt him, "-Chief, I think I got this one too."

"Oh."

(OOC Rule Reminder!  You've now read plenty about your individual operators and should have a decent understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses.  Operator personality and prior training will be factored into the difficulty of the Specialist Design.)

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"Also Ma'am, let me know when you have the five prospects ready to go.  Sooner we can get that rolling, the better."

(OOC Still need that prospect list.  Also any specific questions to ask on the first round interviews.)

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Re: Space Cowboys for Hire [Month 7] (New Blood Welcome)
« Reply #417 on: October 23, 2021, 11:57:11 am »

Human Ice Technician/(AKA Assassin)

Various private and government forces have wanted to kill people they don't like and get away with it since Cain whacked Able. Ice Tech was a Danny slang for this position, he always said it sounded more friendly than "murder expert". Our H.I.T will be taught classical techniques like how to avoid surveillance and guards, how to hide evidence, and most importantly how to eliminate his target using techniques ranging from "shooting them in the back" to knifing to car bombs and poison.

Ice Tech is a difficult job requiring someone of strong moral and personal fiber, so we should pick Erik Heller for this position.
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« Reply #418 on: November 14, 2021, 02:44:58 pm »

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« Reply #419 on: November 14, 2021, 05:52:44 pm »

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