Broadhead Journal #2: "Why is everyone calling me 'new fish'? Do I look like a Pisces? It wasn’t just Thom, practically everyone I met said that. Anyway, tomorrow I'll ship out and try to make my fortune. The odds aren't good, but what have I got to lose? Even if I have to stay here a while, I guess it's not all bad. There's a cute receptionist at the office, even if she acts uninterested."
We're exploring Gateway because I don't need to meet Thom at the bar until later. I go north from the central intersection to find the dropshaft, which confirms that I started on Level Dog. Up leads to Level Babe, which nothing has mentioned yet, so I'll leave that for later, and go back down past Level Dog to Level Tanya. I can't help thinking there must be a whole lot of unimportant levels in between Dog and Tanya, because otherwise, those names are awfully random if they aren't more memorable names for sequentially letter-coded levels.
|That's got to be a Chekhov's gun...|
I'm still half an hour early for the class, so I wander around the level a little more. West of the dropshaft is the classroom, decorated in green, south of the dropshaft is a corridor next to another (blue) meeting room, and south of there is the hangar. I don't have a badge yet, so I can't go on a ship without being trained first. Wise of them, I'm sure.
|The odds aren't really better...they're just less bad.|
It also occurred to me later that maybe it would work even better to actually share the list of codes that have been visited, so that each prospector can make a fully-informed decision about where to go. But this is a corporation. Share information? Nah, too easy.
I could go to the hangar right away and go on a mission now, but it seems awfully rash to go without even meeting the proctor, and we haven't explored the whole station, either. There are several other places known to be on Level Dog that we haven't seen yet, and nothing else on Level Tanya, so I return up the dropshaft.
|If Chinese food is expensive on the station, surely roses would be worse. Food can be freeze-dried.|
|I'm sure I'm going to need this later too...|
|The Pedroza Lounge, with fake books and cheap artwork.|
|The casino, with classic gambling games.|
I go back to the bar and wait until Thom shows up and orders us both drinks. This conversation isn't a cut-scene, so I can ask him about things in between paragraphs of his little lecture. At one point I show him the DataMan and he laughs and sort of apologizes for his little joke on me. After he finishes his drink, he looks at me expectantly. If I do nothing but wait at this point, he won't say anything more and will eventually just leave. So I buy us a round, per convention, and then he starts talking again, this time about the difference between the "suicide squad" and the green badges.
|Did Thom give the receptionist the original rose that's now dead?|
If I buy Thom another drink, he relaxes and starts telling me some rumors floating around that there might be something important still hidden on the station somewhere despite all the searching that went on when the place was still discovered. Does it seem odd that such a large station would be practically empty except for the hangar full of ships?
|Nubar Kamalian and his medallion.|
He takes me over to the casino and plays the trivia machine, earning 7 points. Good thing I played it earlier. I easily beat that score. He tosses me the medallion , then pulls another one out of his pocket. The Corporation didn't take them away from him since they thought them practically worthless. I think it's going to be important, but now I sort of wonder if there's any other way to get one if you don't buy Thom and Nubar drinks to trigger this exchange.
|Wanting to join the Orion Program is an effective way to get a girl's number on Gateway.|
And that's it for the first day. I'll go sleep in my quarters and then next time we'll actually go on a mission! I still spent $50 on drinks, but three of those were for Thom and Nubar. I think if you're already holding a drink, you don't order another one for yourself, or I could maybe just order one drink at a time if I’d specified that, but the money doesn’t matter.
Score: 87 of 1600
Status: Flight Crew (blue badge)
Session Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
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