So, with everybody's character made, a bit of scenario-tinkering done, and a quick side chat with Shelly about Mr. Tripp's background, we were ready to get started.
After a quick CGI zoom from space, the camera settled on Angelo's Pizza in Cleveland, where Sally and Rick were just closing up for the night. On their way to the car, they heard glass breaking in the vintage record store across the street. While they discussed whether they should call the police, investigate for themselves, or some combination of the two, Alan Tripp came dashing out of the store, followed by two clockwork robots disguised as parking attendants. Sally screamed (Jack had been itching for the chance ever since he saw that "screamer" was a useful trait) and they all ran away while the robots were looking around baffled.
Once they got a couple of blocks away and there was no sign that the robots had followed them (Sally and Rick having made a point of following Alan). Alan asked if this was Cardiff and Rick said, "Is that in Pennsylvania?" Alan introduced himself as "Mr. Tripp" and explained that he was pursuing a fugitive named Harkness but some kind of feedback had damaged his vortex manipulator and dumped him in the room with two hostile robots. The readings suggested that a zygma beam device had been activated here, but he had never heard of such a device actually being used. In response to his query about possible temporal anomalies (apart from the robots) in the area, Sally said, "Well, the record shop does sell vinyl."
Rick wished Alan luck and was eager to get home, but Sally, already swooning, insisted that they couldn't just abandon this poor, time-lost peace officer, who didn't even have a place to stay.
Since they had to pass the record store on the way to Sally's car, and everything appeared to be calm again, Alan decided to check it out, suggesting that Sally and Rick stay clear. Of course, they went with him anyway. It was immediately clear that the robots were still inside, dragging a fancy oriental wardrobe with some kind of intricate device, possibly a lock, in the middle. A frosty-haired guy who looks like Simon Pegg was supervising.
Despite their attempt to be stealthy, he saw our heroes right away (Sally's a bit clumsy and has no points in subterfuge). "Ah," he said, smiling, "They told me I wouldn't have any help from the Agency until the cabinet was secured. Well, what are you skulking around for? Let's get to it."
"Yes, well," Alan said, "Mister Tripp, Time Agent, very pleased to meet you." (wink)
The stranger frowned but took Alan's hand, "You already know who I am. I'm the Editor, last of the Time Lords, and I'm here for the same reason you are."
And it was getting late, so we stopped it there. I'd love to explain all this, but my players read the blog sometimes, so you'll just have to find out when they do.