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post Jan 11 2004, 05:03 AM
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It's cold...it's wet...and you're on a roof. Why, the frag, is anyone parked on a roof in Seattle when a drone could the same bloody thing and not bitch about getting wet?

Your spook is on the roof, maintaining a tight surveillance on target.

He's got a high end digital telescope hooked to a recording module. Also hooked to the recording module is a listening book: laser/shotgun mic to provide audio to the recorded video.

The plan -- to download the recorded video and analyze the show, frame by frame with the best analyzing package your decker could muster.

The adept is wired to the sensor suite with a trode rig to monitor the feed.

He's outfitted with a thermal damper cloak and water-resistant tights and a transceiver to growl over.

What else would you schlump along and why?

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post Jan 11 2004, 05:06 AM
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Ruthenium, a Sandwich, something silent to do while waiting, a bottle to whizz into.
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:11 AM
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A pair of HUD glasses, a battery for them, and a nice collection of DVDs. As well as some burned optidisks of music.
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:14 AM
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Water bottle, Snickers bar, cushion (stakeouts are long and hungry).

Radio and cell phone taps?

A pair of street clothes in case you need to disappear.

A backup camera to take pictures of license plates (or whatever) without needing to take your camera off the 'main event'.

Van Eck device (to read what on the monitor/TV/etc).

Plan of the room/building you are watching, so you know how people are going to move around the apartment/house/wahtever.

If you can manage it, running some mikes into the plumbing of the building to help increase your chances of catching what it being said while to toilet is flushed (via sound subtraction). (at least, it sounds good)

Linguasofts in likely languages.

Local flight schedule (jumbo jets make windows rattle, reduces sound pickup).

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post Jan 11 2004, 05:15 AM
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an AOD tracker on the adept, with the tracking system linked into an orientation system (cyber or non, as you prefer). this allows you to help the adept keep track of the situation, and the tracker doubles as a backup means of locating the adept in case of Bad Things Happening.
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:17 AM
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A datajack, a transducer, and a music player.

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post Jan 11 2004, 05:18 AM
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A Great Dragon ATGM or too, if things get really out of hand (are they still conceal 4?, or did they fix that) :rotfl:
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:19 AM
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@ Bob: Dang, you're better at this than I am...

@ Kagetenshi: Never thought of using a transducer with a CD player. ;) Rock on.

@ Bob again: ROFLMFAO!!! :rotfl:
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:32 AM
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i thought a Van Eck's device depends on reading the field changes on a CRT?

ie: not LCDs or LEDs or any derivative technology... and what if it's a weird LE-Polymer display or something?

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a panicbutton for when your energy emitting Laser Mic get's detected on the las-aware glass the paranoid fragger installed? (if it's good for the auto, it's good for the home, omae.) ok, actual suggestion, a "quick exit" plan. even if it's "run like frag-all."

just in case Mr Targét gets wise.
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:42 AM
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I say a sniper rifle in that option, Kenji. :cyber:
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:51 AM
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How do you guys get past the fact that using a person on a roof is impossible to keep magically invisible and is about as innocuous as a sign that says "We're Watching You?" If the opposition is even remotely competent, you will detected rather easily. Which is one of many reasons astral perception is one of the worst things to ever happen to the game.
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post Jan 11 2004, 05:54 AM
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..................................*facepalm*

Dammit, you're right! :rotfl:
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post Jan 11 2004, 06:09 AM
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By putting the person inside the building somewhere, or by having the person on the roof be good at hiding (even astral perception won't spot someone if they have a small enough profile).

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post Jan 11 2004, 06:24 AM
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Caffeine and nicotine! Don't leave your squat without 'em. :D
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post Jan 11 2004, 06:26 AM
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Aye!...'cept in my case no nicotine. <.<
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post Jan 11 2004, 06:28 AM
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Desperately trying to avoid the "grassy knoll" jokes, couldn't a character use plant matter as an astral cover?

Although that would probably draw more attention than simply hunkering down and minimizing an existing profile.

Although living things do end up on rooftops from time to time -- teenagers drinking and making out if nothing else.

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post Jan 11 2004, 07:02 AM
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Easy then, bring a teammate to make out with. Solve both your 'what are you doing there?' and 'how are you going to pass the boring hours of the stakeout?' at the same time! :grinbig:

...and if aforementioned teammate is an attractive troll in a catholic schoolgirl outfit, even better! :rotfl:
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post Jan 11 2004, 07:04 AM
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Best part of the CD player/transducer combo is that since there's no actual sound vibrating your eardrums, you ought to be able to hear your surroundings just fine.
Though making out with a partner is more fun, usually :D

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post Jan 11 2004, 07:30 AM
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well, you're still distracted by the 'sounds' in your head.
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post Jan 11 2004, 07:37 AM
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Oh yes, of course, but IMO it beats A) having headphones or B) zoning out from boredom.

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post Jan 11 2004, 07:37 AM
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QUOTE (Crusher Bob)
...and if aforementioned teammate is an attractive troll in a catholic schoolgirl outfit, even better!


I'd still hit it!

You might want to take a chemical toilet if you think you'll be there for a while. Maybe a Playboy, or somethig, if you think you're going to be there for a loooong while. Food is a definate must. As is drugs. Mmm, lots of yummy drugs. Like Long Haul if you get sleepy.
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post Jan 11 2004, 07:37 AM
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QUOTE (mfb)
well, you're still distracted by the 'sounds' in your head.

Speak for yourself. ;)
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post Jan 11 2004, 07:45 AM
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I'd bring my skateboard, the ultimate surveillance tool!

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post Jan 11 2004, 07:46 AM
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Until it gets out from under you on a failed kickflip, and sails into your target's window. Oh man that would rule.
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post Jan 11 2004, 08:54 AM
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I'd just as soon my overwatcher wasn't listening to "Darwin's Bastards" (or whatever) on the CD when he's supposed to be spying/watchin' my ass. Headsets were always a major no-no whenever I pulled sec-watch for my Uncle Sam. I never had a problem with it cuz it made sense. Whoever's coverin' me better be sober and attentive.
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