Thursday, November 14, 2013

FATE: Modesty Blaise


FATE: Modesty Blaise


Ex-criminal Superspies versus current criminal depraved supervillains thanks to Peter O'Donnell, Jim Holdaway and Enrique Badia Romero.


Draft 1.0  April 15, 2013 - Blue Tyson



SETTING


Pre-mobile phone modern.  Fancy radio communication is cool.  Sixties to eighties works nicely.  Modesty Blaise is the retired ex-head of the criminal Network organisation, rising from wandering orphan at a very young age.  Blackmailed agreeable into helping out the British Secret Service by Gerald Tarrant she is officially a British citizen. Platonic best friends with Willie Garvin, turning his life around after pulling her out of prison. Previously her second in command the partners are ultra-competent and deadly adversaries, more than capable of taking on greater odds.  Stylish and sophisticated and witty, their adventures are brilliant in prose and comic.  Allies and previously outdone enemies abound throughout the world.



ISSUES


Sir Gerald has a problem.  Again.  The British Secret Service is still useless.
If it doesn't involve a sociopathic, psychopathic or depraved supervillain we'll be disappointed.
Too tough?  Target their friends.
Crime doesn't pay if we disagree with it.






THE PLAYERS



Modesty Blaise


Ex-Crimelord
Retirement is boring
Willie, I Really Need You Now!
Orphan Out of Everywhere
No drugs!
Yes, I've got a place on this continent.


F: Incredible +4  
A: Incredible +4
S: Good +1
E: Remarkable +3
R: Excellent +2
I: Incredible +4
P: Incredible +4


Resources  Incredible (+4)
Popularity  -Remarkable (-3)


Other Skills


Amazing (+5)  Leadership, Linguist, Kongo, Pistol, Quarterstaff, Survival
Incredible (+4)  Alertness, Contacts, Rapport
Remarkable (+3)  Intimidation, Weapons
Excellent (+2)  Burglary, Deceit, Drive, Empathy, Investigation, Lapidary, Pilot, Ride, Stealth
Good  (+1)  Dance
Typical (+0)  Academics, Art


Stunts


Close At Hand, Face the Pain, Money Talks, Preemptive Grace, Quick Draw, Shot On the Run


Acrobat, Big Name, Cold Read, Con Man, Criminal Mind, Death Defiance, I Know A Guy Who Knows A Guy, Inner Strength, Martial Arts, Mental Blueprint, Signature Strike, Tripwire Sensibilities



Willie Garvin


Ex-Crimelord 2IC
Retirement is boring
What the Princess says goes
Don't count the Princess out
A Girl In Every Port
No drugs!
I Do Own a Circus, Actually. Also, a Pub.


F: Incredible +4  
A: Remarkable +3
S: Excellent +2
E: Remarkable +3
R: Excellent +2
I: Amazing +5
P: Remarkable +3


Resources  Remarkable (+3)
Popularity  -Remarkable (-3)


Other Skills


Unearthly (+7)  Knife
Amazing (+5)  Alertness, Rapport, Throw
Incredible (+4) Contacts, Intimidation, Quarterstaff, Rifle, Survival
Remarkable (+3)  Disguise, Empathy, Engineering, Linguist, Ride, Survival, Weapons
Excellent (+2)  Burglary, Deceit, Drive, Gambling, Leadership, Pilot, Ride, Stealth
Good (+1)  Academics, Science
Poor (-1)  Pistol


Stunts


Danger Sense [His Ears Prickle], Everybody's Friend, Good Arm, Headquarters, Scary, Scientific Invention, Uncanny Hunch


Acrobat, Big Name, Cold Read, Con Man, Criminal Mind, Death Defiance, I Know A Guy Who Knows A Guy, Inner Strength, Martial Arts, Mental Blueprint, Signature Strike, Tripwire Sensibilities




Sir Gerald Tarrant


British Secret Service Chief.
I Must Have Modesty Blaise!
What's a bit of blackmail between friends?


F: Typical +0  
A: Good +1
S: Typical +0
E: Good +1
R: Excellent +2
I: Excellent +2
P: Remarkable +3


Resources  Incredible (+4) [In government capacity, otherwise Excellent (+2)]
Popularity  Excellent (+2)


Other Skills


Incredible (+4)  Bureaucracy, Contacts, Espionage
Remarkable (+3)  Deceit, Intimidation, Investigation
Good (+1)  Guns, Stealth


Stunts


Center of the Web, Expert Staff



Weng


Houseboy
Reformed druggie
Quite happy in this job, thanks very much


F: Typical +0  
A: Typical +0
S: Typical +0
E: Good +1
R: Good +1
I: Good +1
P: Good +1


Resources  Good (+1)
Popularity  Typical (0)


Other Skills


Excellent (+2)  Administration, Drive



John Dall


Billionaire businessman
Occasional boyfriend of Blaise


F: Good +1  
A: Good +1
S: Good +1
E: Good +1
R: Excellent +2
I: Good +1
P: Excellent +2


Resources  Amazing (+5)
Popularity  Remarkable (+2)


Other Skills


Incredible (+4)  Bureaucracy
Excellent (+2) Guns, Leadership
Good (+1) Ride, Pilot


Stunts


Center of the Web, Fantastically Rich




Steve Collier


Retired mathematician and textbook author
Psychic Investigator
Ex-Lover of Blaise
Husband of Dinah


F: Typical (+0)  
A: Typical (+0)
S: Typical (+0)
E: Typical (+0)
R: Good (+1)
I: Good +1
P: Typical +0


Resources  Typical +0
Popularity  Typical +0


Other Skills


Excellent (+2)  Academics, Mathematics, Mysteries
Good  (+1)



Dinah Pilgrim


Blind Diviner
Ex-Lover of Garvin
Wife of Steve


F: Poor (-1)  
A: Poor (-1)
S: Typical (+0)
E: Typical (+0)
R: Typical (+1)
I: Excellent +2
P: Good +1


Resources  Typical +0
Popularity  Typical +0


Other Skills


Mysteries (+2)


Stunts


Fortuneteller, Secrets of the Arcane



Doctor Giles Pennyfeather


Adverse Conditions Medical Genius
Bumbling Goofball


F: Poor (-1)  
A: Typical 0
S: Typical +0
E: Typical +1
R: Typical +0
I: Good +1
P: Typical +0


Resources  Poor (-1)
Popularity  Typical (+0)


Other Skills


Excellent (+2)  Medicine
Good (+1)  Science


Stunts


Doctor, Medic, Surgeon




ADVENTURING


Most definitely a Spirit of the Century via Shadows of the Century style game.


TWO PLAYERS


A perfect two player scenario team, Blaise and Garvin can be easily Compelled into whatever outlandishly led super spy or crime scenario Tarrant can come up with for them to solve.  The most likely abduction victims in their oeuvre are detailed above, for added spice.  Others include Tarrant's 2IC and Maude, an operative they have worked with in the field before.


ONE PLAYER


The 'needs the other' Aspects can be used in there is only one PC.  Got to get to the other.


THREE PLAYERS


Or if three players, an abduction victim attempting to use their brains to survive until Blaise and Garvin can get there.  Then surviving to escape with them.


MORE PLAYERS


A possibility is a support team for the two heroes, particularly competent local talent, ex-Network members or others provided by Tarrant to assist in a particular caper that could be on the level of a standard FATE Core beginning character.  Which the players could design and based on what they come up with, the actual scenario can then be designed aorund them.





THE LADDER


Being a big Marvel Super Heroes fan from way back, this is how I like to think:


Value    Adjective


+13 Cosmic 5 (Class 5000)
+12 Cosmic 3 (Class 3000)
+11 Cosmic 1 (Class 1000)
+10 Legendary Z (Shift Z)
+9  Legendary Y (Shift Y)
+8    Legendary X (Shift X)
+7    Unearthly (Epic)
+6    Monstrous (Fantastic)
+5    Amazing (Superb)
+4    Incredible (Great)
+3    Remarkable (Good)
+2    Excellent (Fair)
+1    Good (Average)
+0    Typical (Mediocre)
-1    Poor
-2    Feeble (Terrible)
-3    Awful 0 (Shift 0)
-4    Abysmal



FASERIP - basic human attributes


Physique is split compared to Core, into a Strength component and an Endurance component, the latter of which should be used for the Stress track.  Reason is native intelligence.


Fighting (Fight)
Agility (Athletics)
Strength
Endurance
Reason
Intuition (Notice)
Psyche (Will)


secondary


Popularity is a measure of charisma, reputation and public influence. If you like, bad people can have a negative popularity ladder equivalent.  Supervillains, mass murderers, ruthless thugs in The Ball, etc.


Popularity
Resources




REFERENCES


Modesty Blaise: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modesty_Blaise
The Complete Modesty Blaise Dossier - http://www3.sympatico.ca/jim.pattison/modesty/



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