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Offline CottbusFiles

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Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:26:06 PM »
Greetings fellow travelers....

In a lot of despritions of DF towns i have seen bars/restaurants/pups as neutral grounds. On close seconds there are book stores i think?

Do you have any ideas for other Neutral Grounds? A Fight Club boxing arena maybe for Duells mostly? (can there be accoreded duels on accored ground?). For the Vienna game i will possibly never run i thought about a diagon alley type market next to a famous market of the town.

What other ideas for neutral grounds may there be? Parks? Schools?


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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 04:46:29 PM »
Residents of a particular location might want to get major landmarks declared neutral, to prevent out-of-towners from messing them up.

A secure hall where parties can meet more privately than a restaurant, and avoid eavesdroppers.

A medical clinic.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 08:48:23 PM »
A library.

A bookstore with a private reading room.

Whatever it is, it has to be some kind of meeting place that isn't inherently offensive or awkward to be around.  (By that I mean no strip clubs but also no children's play parks or other places where the average accord member would stand out.)  There should be a "backroom" or other semi-private place where people (and things) can talk without freaking the mundanes.  And it should be indoors or otherwise equipped to deal with inclement weather

Bars, coffee shops, tea shops, small galleries - places like those top most lists because those are the types of places that people meet.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 09:03:13 PM »
We had a game running where we were trying to build a school for mortal talents. We were trying to get accorded neutral status.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2011, 05:52:39 AM »
I can't see any "faction's" home base getting Neutral Grounds status.  That is, the White Court's (or Red Court's) brothel wouldn't get Neutral Grounds status - so that a school that's its own faction isn't up there on the list of things that I see as "neutral".

Then there's the question of whether the school offers adult education.  If not then, well, it's not really suitable as a meeting place.  I mean, can you imagine what would have happened if Harry headed to an elementary, middle, or even high school in Storm Front? A sketchy type like him would have had a parent calling the cops...
Murphy (using a puzzled voice): "Harry, I didn't know that you had a child..."
Harry: "Um, I don't.  I just like hanging around schools..."
Murphy: "You have the right to remain silent you SOB and if you give up that right I'll be only too happy pound you into silence..."

No, it's a good thing that he headed to a bar.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2011, 06:45:01 AM »
I've toyed around with the idea of a supernatural information broker, facilitator, and all-around middleman who has managed to get his premises declared neutral grounds.  The man in charge is absolutely strict in not taking sides or betraying the confidence of his employers, and has sought protection under the accords so that otherwise warring factions may be forced to peacefully wait their turn in the lobby, so to speak.  It's been lightly incorporated into on of the games I'm playing. 

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2011, 02:04:18 PM »
In my game one of the local Burger Kings is a Neutral Ground

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2011, 03:31:33 PM »
Maybe this is my years playing Vampire: the Masquerade speaking, but I'm pretty fond of after-hours museums for such things. In particular, I'm very fond of some ancient supernatural beings standing by particular exhibits and laughing at their inaccuracies.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2011, 10:15:10 PM »
How about Disneyland? Walt certainly wouldn't want the place all busted up.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2011, 01:48:18 PM »
Not a problem. Walt was an Outsider. The place is protected.

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2011, 08:20:18 AM »
libraries, parks, gentlemen's clubs, saunas...

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2011, 07:02:52 PM »
I use a Chinese Tea Room as our ANG. For Accorded Summits, they can use one of the banquet rooms.
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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2011, 08:28:42 PM »
I've been toying with making the miami metrozoo (http://www.miamimetrozoo.com/) ANG. It's pretty unusual for a zoo & & would work nicely

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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2011, 08:31:39 PM »
Am I mistaken in assuming that any ANG would have to be a somewhat obscure location? Are folks generally alright with laying ANG status on fairly public places that tend to attract crowds?
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Re: Neutral Grounds other than Bars?
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2011, 10:28:39 PM »
I don't think anyone has specified that ANG couldn't be a highly public place - but really an obscure location is probably better, because not everything that hangs out there is human, and if they're going to meet there it might be best if they didn't have to veil themselves to do so.

What about a local hobby/gaming shop? Sorta a different take on the book store tho.

An old style theater could work, or perhaps a person's house/mansion?

I think it also depends on what you want out of your ANG. If you want a "local hang out for the supernatural" then you're really pidgin-holing yourself into a place people can get food/drink.

If you just want a place to meet for formal meetings and Accord neutral business, any place could work really - a rental hall, all the rooms in a hotel on the 13th floor, or even an upscale, members only roller/ice skating rink.

Personally, I think I like the idea of a Jamba Juice that is ANG. :D