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Re: Other stories

Post by hector » 30 Mar 2015, 13:23

I just recently re-watched Ronin (classic heist film with Robert De Nero and Jean Reno, for anyone unfortunate enough to have never seen it - if so, stop reading this (there are spoilers, but it is nearly twenty years old) and go watch it), and I could actually see the overall story of this film working out for a Bastards game - I can see four characters who would probably be player characters - Deirdre, Sam, Vincent and Gregor.

You have Vincent, who's a consummate professional who just wants to get the job done, is loyal to his team mates and hates that he got stabbed in the back. You have Sam, a CIA operative pretending to have left the CIA for unknown reasons, whose mission is to get at Deirdre's boss. You have Deirdre, a member of the IRA who's been given a job by her boss and wants to see it through - but she's certainly not a monster and is clearly angry at her boss when his intervention costs lives. You have Gregor, a man who was hired by the Russians to infiltrate the team and use them to steal the McGuffin - who himself is betrayed by his bosses.

In the set up, Gregor's job is to set up the technical aspects of the mission, Vincent's job is to arrange the equipment, Deirdre is the main point of contact between the team and their employers and Sam's job is to be the cynical son of a bitch who gets as many details as he can in advance because he'd rather not die from lack of information.

On the job, Sam and Vincent are to take part in the main ambush itself, Gregor tracks the target and team on his equipment - biding his time for a chance to betray the team, and Deirdre keeps everything coordinated.

And that is probably about as much as I'd prepare for - anything after that would have to be done on the fly, because it would all change based on the actions of the party. For such a scenario, you'd need players who are prepared to leave in character conflict at the game table (some players would take betrayal by their fellow PCs personally), but I could definitely see something like that working.

Edit: minor change to game name, as I realised I used the wrong one...
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Re: Other stories

Post by Marras » 30 Mar 2015, 15:53

Blades game? ;)

Anyway, Ronin is one of my favorite movies. In fact I began to prep for a two team RPG scenario based on that idea long time ago. The idea didn't fly but it is a great inspiration.
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Re: Other stories

Post by hector » 30 Mar 2015, 16:51

Oops - meant to say Bastards game, obviously ;).
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Post by Agamemnon » 30 Mar 2015, 17:46

hector wrote:Oops - meant to say Bastards game, obviously ;).
Cheating on us, clearly :lol:
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Re: Other stories

Post by higgins » 31 Mar 2015, 04:28

Guess who won a Ronin pullover back when the movie came out? :D

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It was some local television movie program that presented trailers and such before the internet took over in that regard. In the end, they threw out a trivia question you had to answer for a chance to get exclusive movie swag. I think I had to name five movies with Jean Reno in it... which I did... in a heartbeat. :twisted:

Not having email back then, I'm pretty sure I sent the answers in by a post card.

Need to re-watch Ronin now! :)

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Sorry for the wrinkles, it was stashed away. :oops:

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Re: Other stories

Post by Marras » 31 Mar 2015, 14:05

hector wrote:Oops - meant to say Bastards game, obviously ;).
Obviously ;)

Higgins, I envy you for that pullover!
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Re: Other stories

Post by Agamemnon » 02 Apr 2015, 19:23

Now I wonder if Ronin is on netflix. I'll have to check and stream it next time I need an editing break.

If I ever get to take another editing break. Good grief.
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Re: Other stories

Post by hector » 02 Apr 2015, 20:36

It has just been removed from British Netflix; it might still be on the American version though.
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Post by Agamemnon » 03 Apr 2015, 19:33

Shame, I think I missed it.

Sounds like it's rental time.
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