Crowded City STreet encounters

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jedion357
February 7, 2010 - 12:40pm
I'm working on a table of encounters for a crowded city street and looking for ideas

so far my table has stuff like proposition criminal, proposition sexual, thugs or street punks looking to cause trouble, push street vender, religious cultist preaching or pushing literature, something wet and or disgusting falls on PC, pick pocket

basically the idea is small throw away encounter designed to slow movement and convey the flavor of a teaming crowded metropolis.

all ideas are appreciated.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!
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Gullwind
February 7, 2010 - 1:31pm
The City Encounter table from Star Frontiersman 3 (pg 13) seems to be what you are looking for. It is a d100 table with all kinds of random encounters like that.
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jedion357
February 7, 2010 - 1:41pm
oops been awhile since I read that one thanks
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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w00t (not verified)
February 7, 2010 - 8:30pm
You can also use Starport Layovers, #5-p8

I'd like to work on a d100 City Encounters with ya!
(We all love d100 tables)
I only had a minute tonight... so here's a few;

Very tall human woman arguing with very small dralasite cop.
Richly dressed vrusk merchant, followed by several yazirian businessmen.
Human is paragliding from tall building. Fire and Police are below shouting.



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Rum Rogue
February 7, 2010 - 9:01pm
Wandering robotic vending machine aproaches.
Options:
  • Normal: leaves when purchase is made or turned down.
  • Takes money, wont dispence product, calls police when threatened.
  • Follows pc until purchase is made.
  • Part of theft ring: takes money, leaves product, but records credit info.
Time flies when your having rum.

Im a government employee, I dont goof-off. I constructively abuse my time.

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w00t (not verified)
February 7, 2010 - 9:49pm
A woman/man of the PC's race walks up and grabs her/his arm and says loudly, "Oh Percivilly I was afraid I got lost." Several rough looking women of various races are following her.

A dralasite with a patch over one eye is performing "The pirates of Piziao" on a street corner. He is dressed like the Dreaded Pirate Red Beard. He is missing the red beard. He motions towards the PC's to join him. If they don't, he joins them and continues performing for 1 or 2 blocks.

Loud whooping is heard from a building nearby whos' doors are open. The sign reads, "Terl O Bar Enterprises First Annual Convention".

A cafe sign suddenly flashes sparks and a larger than life shark jumps out of the top of the building. It's head arches towards the PC's ready to strike. It's nothing more than a flaky holo-field. A technician looks over the top of the roof and says, "Sorry about that. He don't bite." And laughs until he falls off the roof dead.

Dual Verreault wristrockets hang for a nearby tree (or street light). They are directionally following the PC's. When the PC's are in range they will fire 1 round per turn. Each gyrojet is filled with laughing gas. A small dralasite is hiding in the bushes (or behind a garbage can). He has a remote.



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w00t (not verified)
February 7, 2010 - 9:53pm
Human looking robot with clipboard is sneaking behind other robots and placing signs on their "backs". Signs say, "Recycle me."



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Rum Rogue
February 8, 2010 - 9:36am

Crowd that is not moving and making it difficult to move through. they are gathered around:
-Street preformers; after all "The pirates of Piziao" is a local favorite.
-Accident of some sort; i.e. tech that fell off 3d shark sign
-Enraged Yaz beating Wandering Robotic Vending Machine.
-Doing absolutely nothing. Its a a college social experiment of some kind.
-Watching a sidewalk artist at work.
-Watching a couple punks fight; a few more punks work the crowd and take bets or pick pockets.
-One for Valentines Day: a couple having a dramatic break-up spat.

Time flies when your having rum.

Im a government employee, I dont goof-off. I constructively abuse my time.

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Shadow Shack
February 9, 2010 - 5:52am
Long haired human hippy who changes in a holophone booth into a respected and disciplined restaraunteer by day vaults hovercycle over Stellar Tower Hotel fountain. Landing disrupts traffic causing a major pile up. Players are questioned by Star Law as to possible ID of the perp...

w00t wrote:
Human is paragliding from tall building. Fire and Police are below shouting.


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jedion357
February 9, 2010 - 9:57am
kids toss a smoke grenade into the middle of the crowd as a prank with all the negative side effects including -10 to all ability checks for 1d10 turns due to coughing and blurred vision.

Group of kids lighting the fuses on holo flares and launching them at each other, some hitting passers by and vehicles doing some damage.

A holoflare is a small, solid, ball shaped device. When lit, the flare rockets about 200 meters into the air and hovers there for 10 minutes. The flare will illuminate an area 1 km across with a dim light.

Cost: 5 Cr, Wgt.: 1 kg

I would treat them as an improvised rocket doing ballistic damage of 1d10 with a -15 to aim.

These sort of activities would likely bring out a strong police response.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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iggy
February 9, 2010 - 10:31am
Players are stopped and questioned by the authorities, "Have you seen this (insert race here)".
1. Moments later someone matching the photo approaches them, sees the officers in the distance and does a abrupt about face.
2. Moments later someone matching the photo approaches them and ask them to hide him.
3. Around the corner two more "authorities" matching the first photo(s), show you picture(s) of the other "authorities" asking, Have you seen this (insert race here)".
4. It's one of the characters not with you at the moment.
5. It's your new employer that you just took the up front money from ten minutes ago.
6. It's the guy from two systems ago who beat the snot out of you but you slipped away.  He shouldn't be here.
7. It's the robot you just picked up cheap at the bazaar.  The beat up thing is tooling along behind you at half speed about a block back.
8. It's the guy working the dock where you parked you shuttle yesterday.
9. The picture is of nobody in particular.  This is just a distraction so the pick pocket can do his work.
10. He's your mark, and these guys are definitely NOT the authorities.

-iggy
-iggy

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Sam
February 9, 2010 - 11:24am
Vendors hawking their wares from various booths and carts ....

1) authentic Lacosian mud baths (straight from the steaming mud pools at the foot of the equatorial volcanos)
2) imatation Human horn (its legal and almost as good as the real thing)
3) Martian Snovi (if anyone can tell me what that item from GW 1st edition was I'd appreciate it)
4) Olympian Nutribars (you can even taste the bayrl yellow and soylent green)
5) authentic crystals from the Leng Plateau on the outermost world of the Zebulon system - a cold dead world with strange geological formations (just don't make any mirrors or lenses out of the crystals, whatever you do).

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jedion357
February 9, 2010 - 12:18pm
PC's halted by female member from the local chapter of BAG (Ban All Guns)

The BAG woman wants them to sign a petition againt PGC's listing of Tornadium D19 and variable timers in the Miscellaneous Equipment section of their "The Pan Galactic Direct Order Catalog" (catalog is the AD equipment list) on the premise that children looking through the miscellaneous equipment section of the catalog would see Tornadium D19 and variable timers and be tempted to order them. Which is odd in that just a few pages over is the secton of the catalog for Beam weapon, gyrojet weapons, projectile weapons, grenades, etc.

apparently she wants these items listed under Ammo By Type, for the safety of the children.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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TerlObar
February 9, 2010 - 3:56pm
jedion357 wrote:
PC's halted by female member from the local chapter of BAG (Ban All Guns)

The BAG woman wants them to sign a petition againt PGC's listing of Tornadium D19 and variable timers in the Miscellaneous Equipment section of their "The Pan Galactic Direct Order Catalog" (catalog is the AD equipment list) on the premise that children looking through the miscellaneous equipment section of the catalog would see Tornadium D19 and variable timers and be tempted to order them. Which is odd in that just a few pages over is the secton of the catalog for Beam weapon, gyrojet weapons, projectile weapons, grenades, etc.

apparently she wants these items listed under Ammo By Type, for the safety of the children.


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w00t (not verified)
February 9, 2010 - 4:16pm
Middle-aged man walks around waving his hand at passersby and mumbling. If PC's ask for his ID it will read;

jedion357

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iggy
February 9, 2010 - 5:32pm
Food Vendors

Dralasites selling soups and puddings.
Vrusk calling out dried vegetables and syrup drinks.
Yazerians with meat on a stick and some crawling critter (live).
Ifshnit selling fruit, fruit, and more fruit.
Humma offering some meat and vegetable mash (it stinks).
Osakar singing the delights of their sweets.
And.....
Humans selling hot dogs with the works.

-iggy
-iggy

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Belaris
December 18, 2010 - 1:43pm
A serious looking mercenary walks briskly and menacingly towards the PCs from where he was guarding a secret entrance to whatever.  He thinks the PCs are trying to find it but they are completely unaware of its existence.  Could be a plot hook, the start of a shootout if tempers get out of hand, or an excuse to have a mercenary covered in battle scars blush from embarassment(?).

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Will the Stampede
December 18, 2010 - 3:40pm
jedion357 wrote:
PC's halted by female member from the local chapter of BAG (Ban All Guns)

The BAG woman wants them to sign a petition againt PGC's listing of Tornadium D19 and variable timers in the Miscellaneous Equipment section of their "The Pan Galactic Direct Order Catalog" (catalog is the AD equipment list) on the premise that children looking through the miscellaneous equipment section of the catalog would see Tornadium D19 and variable timers and be tempted to order them. Which is odd in that just a few pages over is the secton of the catalog for Beam weapon, gyrojet weapons, projectile weapons, grenades, etc.

apparently she wants these items listed under Ammo By Type, for the safety of the children.

To which I would reply:

"Uh, ma'am, where would children get the money to order TD-19 and other destructive goodies in the first place?'

"Well, their parents might let them have access to their Pan-Galactic Gold Cards."

"So, what you're really saying is that we shouldn't ban guns. We should just ban credit cards."

"No, no,no, no, n—"

"Or, maybe, we should have a waiting period for beings who want to have children. Yeah, that sounds go—hey, lady, where are you going?"
" 'Beware the Beast, Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, for lust, for greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."

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Deryn_Rys
December 18, 2010 - 4:10pm
Star law patrol car blocking the streets while several Star Law agents rush into a small non didscript building.

Star law Patrol car blocking street while several star Law officers are approaching a hover car, hands on the handgrip of their weapons.

Several Star Law men are trying to calm a frantic looking Dralasite

A very attractive young woman approaches (looking very worried) the characters and asks them if they've seen:
1) her robot valet
2) her pet Rastie
3) Her little brother or sister
4) a young punk who stole her identicard
5) her silver sports hover car that she parked nearby and has gone missing.

The characters are bumped by an ancient looking human who is dressed in soiled and tattered clothes, and smells foul. They notice that he or she is coughing into his blue splotched hands.

A very intoxicated Dralasite latches onto the party singing an off key rendition of "My buddy."

A humma is arguing in the middle of the street with two Ifsnits, while several Star Law officers seem reluctant to approach the group.

"Hey guys I wonder what this does"-Famous last words
"Hey guys, I think it's friendly." -Famous last words
"You go on ahead, I'll catch up." -Famous last words
"Did you here that?" -Famous last words

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rattraveller
December 18, 2010 - 6:17pm
Party is walking down the street after a night of "looking for contracts" at local establishments. They pass a store front and notice the door is ajar and there is a light gray misty smoke coming from inside.

GMs add complications as you see fit. Personally I think it should involve snakes and bunny rabbits.
Sounds like a great job but where did you say we had to go?

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Ascent
December 20, 2010 - 3:24pm
How about bunnys with long sharp fangs like this and claws out to here! That would rip your throat out as soon as look at ye.
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jedion357
December 20, 2010 - 5:56pm
Ascent wrote:
How about bunnys with long sharp fangs like this and claws out to here! That would rip your throat out as soon as look at ye.

Yes, but they are easily countered with the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch....
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jacobsar
December 21, 2010 - 6:57pm
one...two...five...
three sir!
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