@Prof C - Right, well it sounds like Jess and Padrick are in different spheres of the art world (although ... she works at a high-end gallery but is more indie herself, in terms of her own artistic output). Lets say they know each other through the club, and discovered that each other were artists, but haven't really hung out beyond that...? (Perhaps discovered cross-overs in mutual friends, or bumped into one another in the arts scene, but not really spent a lot of time together outside the club)
Re: Ellen and Jess rock climbing - Great! I don't think it counts out other climbing partners, and we ladies have to stick together.
(And looking at your char sheet, she is approximately 100x better at it than Jess is, too...)
Re: Podcast - Well, Jess is not exactly a mover-and-shaker in the arts scene. Nor is she an up-and-coming star; so I'm not sure why she would be on the podcast (though she might listen to it after she found out that you had one).
Re: overdoing connections - Sure, but I feel like, if something makes sense & isn't over the top,
why not suggest it?
|(for example: what just happened w/ Prof C - I suggested one avenue, he came back with some information, and I threw out a very casual background / connection) |
As long as we are open to falling back on the club as our only connection, it should be fine.
I suppose it's a question for our fearless leader, but does the club have more people than just the PCs?
In my mind, it would make sense that some of those who go together to the disaster zone might be friends above and beyond the club; others might be going purely out of a sense of social duty / right, and not as a collective endeavor. (Thinking of church groups doing Habitat for Humanity or other charity work - some would do it on their own in any case; some might feel the call to help, but in the end only do it because a group they're connected with is doing it.) Collective decision-making is a powerful force.
Also, perhaps I am misinterpreting the intro, but isn't the Cascades trip the beginning of the game? That would remove it from being a source of shared background...