Dino Park is a present-day adventure designed for 4 to 6
100-point characters. Information on this page consists only
of the player background, and may safely be shown to players before
the adventure begins.
Detailed game-master information is available from the following link.
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available to the GM. Players intending to play this adventure should
not look at the GM information.
GM eyes only information.
As you can see from the photo, I recommend running this adventure
with the help of miniature figures and plastic toy dinosaurs! Many
of the inexpensive dinosaurs available from toy shops are about the
right scale for 25mm miniatures.
Dr Jason Thomas first came to notoriety four
and a half years ago, when he announced that he
had successfully cloned a dinosaur from fossil
DNA recovered from a mosquito-like insect
preserved in amber. Over the next few months, Dr
Thomas showed off juveniles of various dinosaur
species to the eager media. His research lab
attracted financial backing and Dr Thomas
announced plans to build a large ``wildlife park'' for
his growing collection of dinosaurs, complete with
visitor facilities. Construction began on a 30,000
hectare (15km by 20km) site not far from Disney
World and the town of Orlando, Florida, just on
three years ago. The facility was christened Dino
In the years since, the public have eagerly
awaited the official opening of Dino Park, which is
now scheduled to take place in two months. Dr
Thomas has increased his stock of animals to
include 31 species, including several not previously
known. The first large species are beginning to
approach adult sizes, and some smaller species
have produced young already. Of course a few
animals have died, especially early on, and their
remains have proved invaluable to dinosaur
research, as have preliminary behavioural studies of
living animals by invited scientists.
Dino Park currently employs 167 permanent
staff, split as follows:
|Animal Care ||26|
Dino Park floated on the stock exchange 14
months ago, and share prices have more than
doubled since. The company now holds US$267
million in assets and posted a US$18 million profit
in the last financial year from marketing alone.
Share prices are predicted to go through the roof
when the public are admitted to the park.
There has been one notable incident at the
park so far. Seven months ago an over-eager
journalist named Richard Saxon attempted to obtain
photos of dinosaurs from a low-flying helicopter
over the park. When park security mobilised to
chase him away, his pilot executed a turn too
quickly and Saxon fell some 10 metres, breaking a
leg and a wrist. Dino Park sued Saxon for
trespassing and look set to win compensation in the
ongoing court case.
All of the above Background Information is public knowledge.
In the past two weeks there have been
disturbing developments involving Dino Park staff.
The story really begins 28 months ago, when
Ryan Dale, an animal handler previously
specialising in capturing alligators, went missing on
his way to work at Dino Park. His wife, Susan,
reported him missing when he failed to come home
on a Friday night. Subsequent interviews with Dino
Park staff revealed he had never shown up for work
in the morning. No trace of Dale, or his car, was
ever found. Local police eventually let the missing
person report stagnate.
In the past two weeks, there have been two
similar incidents. Twelve days ago (Friday before
last) Vicki Johnson, a veterinary scientist, vanished
on her way home from work at Dino Park. Her car
was found abandoned by the road she usually took
home, with no evidence of violence. She had been
driving home late after working to approximately
10pm. Police concluded she stopped to assist
someone by the road and had been abducted. No
clues have surfaced and the police and her husband,
Arnold, hold grave fears for her safety.
Then yesterday (Tuesday) a third
disappearance occurred. Carlos Lopez, a park
maintenance worker, was reported missing by his
wife, Maria, after leaving work at about 4:30pm
and not coming home. No trace of his car or person
has been found and the police have nothing to go
on. They called in the FBI to assist in the
investigation, since it now appears the
disappearances may somehow be linked.
Dr Jason Thomas himself has been assisting
the police to the extent of his capabilities. Other
Dino Park staff, including security chief Dan Beck,
have been cooperative, but there seems little that
anyone can do.
Your team has been assembled to investigate
this mystery and see if there is any connection
between the disappearances. If any suspicion falls
on the activities of Dino Park or its staff, you have
clearance for covert operation and infiltration of the
facility and the homes of its workers.
- Dr Jason Thomas
- Aged 43, born in Oakland, California.
Educated at Harvard University, graduated with
honours in biochemistry, minoring in physics. Held
an R&D job at Genexis until fired for spending too
much time on personal research. Drifted around a
few other genetic engineering labs until announcing
his dinosaur cloning breakthrough and setting up
Dino Park. Currently President and CEO of Dino
Park, and now worth an estimated US$8 million.
Never married, no dependents.
- Dan Beck
- Aged 39, born in Cleveland, Ohio. Dropped
out after two years studying under a football
scholarship at a local college. Worked bank
security for several years before starting his own
small private security firm. Was approached by Dr
Thomas when construction on Dino Park began.
Beck disbanded his company and accepted the post
of Security Chief, his former employees also
accepting Dino Park jobs. Divorced, one daughter
aged 13 in custody of mother.
- Ryan Dale
- Aged 34, born in Tallahassee, Florida. Raised
on his father's alligator farm and grew into the job
of 'gator-handling and capturing. Took formal
training course in wild animal handling and studied
reptile physiology and behaviour at night school.
Recruited by Dino Park soon after Dr Thomas'
cloning breakthrough. Married to Susan, two sons
aged 10 and 7.
- Dr Vicki Johnson (nee Harris)
- Aged 28, born in Toronto, Canada. Studied
veterinary science at UCLA, graduating top of her
class. Employed by Dino Park straight out of
university. Married to Arnold, no dependents.
- Carlos Lopez
- Aged 27, born Havana, Cuba. Immigrated to
the USA with his family when 15 years old. No
formal education beyond early high school. Worked
several building maintenance/construction jobs
before being employed by Dino Park two years ago.
One conviction for petty theft at the age of 19.
Married to Maria, two daughters aged 6 and 5, one
son aged 2.
- Dr Michael Penrose
- Aged 48, born in New York, New York. Head
of animal care at Dino Park. Graduated in
veterinary science from Cornell University.
Worked in the Bronx Zoo for several years before
transferring to a wild animal park in Kansas, from
where he was recruited for Dino Park.
- Sarah Blevin
- Aged 36, born in Savannah, Georgia. Head of
administration and promotions at Dino Park.
Graduated in business administration and
advertising from Savannah Community College.
Worked several office jobs before landing a
position at Dino Park.
- Tom Thackery
- Aged 28, born in Los Angeles, California.
Head of computing at Dino Park. Majored in
computer science at Stanford University, working
part time as a systems engineer for IBM. Spent two
years developing systems full time before being
hired by Dino Park.
- Dr Louise Jones
- Aged 40, born in London, England. Head of
Dino Park's small medical team, consisting of
herself and two nurses. Degrees in medicine and
surgery from Cambridge University. Migrated to
the USA to take up a post in a Boston Hospital.
Fired for alcoholism, joined AA soon after. Out of
work until hired by Dino Park three years ago.
Dino Park requires a group of 4 to 6 100-point
2 PCs will be FBI agents. These PCs must
take the following advantages and disadvantages:
Additionally, the FBI agents must have skill levels
of at least 16 in Guns (Pistol) and at least one
unarmed combat skill. Agents may not have any
statistic below 10, nor any physical or mental
disadvantage inappropriate for a field agent. Agents
should have decent levels in Driving (Cars) and
Swimming. Each agent is issued with a Glock 17
model 9mm pistol with two magazines of
ammunition (17 shots each) as standard equipment.
The Duty counts as part of the 40-point limit for
- Legal Enforcement Powers (10 points).
- Reputation (10 points) - worth +2 on reactions.
- Patron (FBI) (20 points).
- Duty to FBI (-15 points).
Other character types required for this
adventure are a paleontologist with high skill in
Paleontology (Dinosaurs), and a doctor with some
background in medical research. Additional
character types might include an animal-handler/game hunter and eager young
paleontological assistant. Any character with some
skill in veterinary science, genetics, and/or physics
might come in handy.
Starting wealth is US$15,000.
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