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🎨 Creative [NECRO] 101+ Espionage Plot Ideas

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51) An older spy who is in the management level has gone off the reservation. He has been hunting moles. He think he knows the mole is, the mole that has been hiding since the 80s. He has been asked to retire, but instead of that... just kept going. He is actively going after several old time agents that have retired and a few of their protoges. He is breaking into places, assaulting people, and he might of finally crossed the line and killed someone.

Your job is to bring him in. Bring in a top level paranoid spy with decades of experience and who taught the guys who taught you (if not taught the guys who taught your instructors who taught you).

What did you guys do wrong?
 

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52) Chinese authorities are quietly scrutinizing technology products sold in China by US (and other foreign) tech companies, focusing on whether they pose potential security threats to the country and its consumers and opening up a new front in an already tense relationship with Washington over digital security. These companies in recent months have been subjected to reviews that target encryption and the data storage of tech products. Chinese officials require executives or employees of the foreign tech companies to answer questions about the products in person, according to these people. The reviews are run by a committee associated with the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s Internet control bureau, they said. The bureau includes experts and engineers with ties to the country’s military and security agencies.

Note: While other countries, including the United States and Britain, conduct reviews of some tech products, they usually focus on products that will be used by the military or other parts of the government that are concerned with security, and not on products sold to the general public.

The Chinese reviews stand out because they are being applied more broadly, including to American consumer software and gadgets popular in China, the people briefed on the reviews said. And because Chinese officials have not disclosed the nature of the checks, both the United States government and American tech companies fear that the reviews could be used to extract tech knowledge as well as ensure that the United States was not using the products to spy.

Those fears are well founded. Using heavy handed tactics, they were able to threatened and intimidate one group. They seized information that was not supposed to be given (but only there for reference). If it wasn't for a coded text, the company and the government would not of known this was happening right now.

You were on a mission in Hong Kong already. You have been retasked. You and a computer expert, if your group does not have one, needs to get into the conference center where the group is being "held"/"having a prolonged meeting". You need to find the information they have seized. Ideally they want you to plant false information that is "mostly right" in its place and let them transfer that. If you can't do that, you must block the release of that information. If you block, the group may change from detained guests to hostages if not prisoners. You have to ensure that the tech company people get out of the building... and out of China.

You may have to assist their removal anyways, even if they are released by their hosts.

As John Clancy has said, the best plots come straight out of the news.
 

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53) You are supposed to watch for and intercept a transaction happening during the Cannes film festival. Your subject is a shady director/ producer of documentaries that has some dealings with African and South East Asian/Pacifica rebels. There is supposed to be an exchange of intelligence and cash for "future considerations" of weapons and explosives. You need to follow this man through the thick of the glamor, alcohol, and faux reality.

His contact will end up being an Indian Actress with sympathies for Pakistan. She thinks her own country is in the wrong and is willing to provide assistance to them.

The intelligence is about some "grey market" tactical nuclear weapons of Soviet Origin.
 

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54 or 53b) Most of you need to infiltrate the film company of the shady director/ producer. This operation is being used to move information and money around the world. You need to catch him in the act of achieving the data, not delivering it. The Agency needs to find his contacts and network. Your team not only needs to stay in character, you need to make sure that he succeeds to make contacts and transfer product. Thus you will be using your skills, perhaps without him knowing, to get him through all of this.

You will keep in contact via any team member that was not part of the film crew... forwarding information to Control. Once enough information has been obtained, the producer will be shut down.

Or after you kill him, one of you will have to take over the operation.
 

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55) Someone you know who washed out right after the training academy has a bakery cafe in town. (Le Petite Cafe) Besides making great muffins and croissant, a couple of agents have used your friend as drop site.

Because people at the agency or people at the local embassy always order muffins from the bakery cafe, that is the cover from dropping it all off.

Sometimes people order a special off the menu muffin that would be unlikely that anyone would order. This muffin ugly green muffin comes out (food coloring) and somehow they slip what ever the drop is to the person who orders it.

Now you can start the action immediately, with your team in the cafe, or there can be a call from a burner phone to you asking for help. Your friend got some info dropped to them a while ago and have pased it on. But right now, agents are trying to kill your friend.

If you check out the bakery cafe, it ha been turned over by someone searching for something... and they started a fire (that you may or may not bee able to put out) to cover their tracks.

They are hunting your friend and seems to have a lot of resources. Are they agency people?

You can back track the spy who dropped off the evidence. It will burn some favors. It was a follow up on an arms deal, that looks like the deal's backer (who has ties to the Mob and the Unions) had ties to a politician (who may or may not be involved). It was no biggy.

Obviously someone inside doesn't think so.

You can investigate the backer or the politician. This will draw the guys who are hunting your friends to you. They are mercenary types, with one or two freelance agents who normally do industrial work backing them up. (Oh and one super tech guy. Their van guy is awesome and your tech guy hates him... mostly because he is that jealous of him and his skills). Note: One of the freelancers was part of the same academy class, but was cut early on. He may not know that the baker is not an agent.

If you get very far in your investigation, the enemy will sanitize him and his living situation (fire is so tidy for destroying evidence).

The one your team does not start investigating was the one behind this. He is protecting his ass....assets and burning the trail back to him. If you are fast enough, you can catch him...if not, the agency now knows they need to be watching that one.


This game will allow you a lot of flash backs into the agent's early days. Character building.
 

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This is getting so tough for me. Normally my espionage games have a degree of paranormal or occult or x-filesk conspiracy. Alternately, they are straight super agents, right out of Shield, Spectrum, or so on. Writing vanilla espionage and making it interesting is really stretching my skills and inspiration. It is hard to find good inspiration that does not require specific characters and situation (or world war II or the Pre-Wall cold war).

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Sometimes people order a special off the menu muffin that would be unlikely that anyone would order. This muffin ugly green muffin comes out (food coloring) and somehow they slip what ever the drop is to the person who orders it.
Hipsters. Hipsters star ordering the shitty muffin because it is exclusive and nasty. Then all hell breaks loose.
 

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56) Older Dreams and Fantasies
Professor Jason Cartwright is the septuagenarian author of Spiral of Light, a children's fantasy novel. He lives in a secluded cliff-top mansion with his second wife Suzanne, his 18-year-old daughter Chrystal and Mr South, his butler and personal secretary. Your control wants you to investigate the man, as some old intel connects him with some espionage activity.

The old man obviously has some marxist leanings, you can tell it by his academic papers or by the approach in Spiral of Light. Examining the family shows both Cartwright and South are creatures of habit and a bit eccentric. South has an odd pattern of going through the local shops.

If pressed him and he is alone, Cartwright will spill that he was once an agent for the soviets. Cartwright reveals to Daniel that he was drawn to the communist fervor at Cambridge as a means of escaping the rigidities of his traditional upper-class English background. However, he found himself tainted by that association with Sovietism. Still he rebelled. If pressed a bit farther, he will confess to a number of actions, the most notable of which is that he murdered two operatives in operations to free some soviet spies thirty plus years ago. He will then take you down to the beach house below, where his memoirs are... implicating himself and Mr South, as well as several high profile MPs, as Soviet sympathizers. He will put up a token protest if you want the memoirs/ papers.

Of course South was an agent, and a more serious agent. So all of a sudden the slightly pudgy butler into a marksman assassin. He may have to kill his old friend, but it will keep him out of the courts and prison. He will try to kill himself before he can be taken, but Cartwright first.

Tearing through South's room will come up with some drop points - locations and times/days of week. It seems south has been been picking up dead drops and passing information along.

South's and Cartwright's old handler (John Smith, originally one Sergi Vladamar) is still in business. He is using local recruits, who want to improve the world, as his network. He is selling intel to various organizations who might improve the world by tearing down The West (or at least that is how he sells it to his agents). Recently information passed through him as found its way to Anonymous and some of their more destructive hacks in recent memory.

If anyone checks out the rest of the house, they will notice Chrystal has a sweet computing rig. Strangely enough, she is a member of Anonymous, so the information has flowed both ways.

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57) You are in a drop spot and pick up your drop. All of a sudden a bunch of people start chasing you. You lose them easily enough. When you can you find out that you have money for a kidnapping ransom. It seems your dead drop was used for a kidnapping drop. Your drop was gone. Since they picked up your drop, they have some coded papers and gear you requisitioned.

Now you have to find the kidnappers and trade them the money for your stuff (or just kill them, take your stuff back and free the kid (who may or may not of seen too much. Note: The Kidnappers are pretty slick. They have various strategies and contingencies in place. They have not let the child see their faces and will probably return the kid once paid. However, this weird near miss will throw them off.


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Here's an old Top Secret! mission module (seems like it would be one session only)

58) http://www.amazon.com/Operation-Rapidstrike-espionage-roleplaying-Mission/dp/0935696571
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Doctor Felix Fendelmann has disappeared from his laboratory/retreat in Switzerland. Genevieve Larreau - known to have contacts in the underworld, and suspected to have been involved in the industrial espionage of the Texacron Chemical Corporation - was sighted in the same area of Switzerland shortly before the disappearance of Dr. Fendelmann. Mademoiselle Larreau is reported to have developed a new and potentially dangerous "mind-expanding" drug. Dr. Fendelmann's Nobel Prize was for his research on chemicals and their effects on the mind. Mission: Neutralise Larreau and her operation at all costs!
The mission is to infiltrate the island lair - basically, get in / get out / destroy everything mission. and get the scientist if you can. After 45 minutes a helicopter arrives to pick up the agents - if they miss it, they're pretty much on their own (although it does drop an inflatable boat on the beach).

You can probably find some other Top Secret! mission modules, if you look around the web, although you'll have to update them for the 21st century, I imagine.
 
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