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    I got more ST advice question than something truly related to Chronicles of Darkness as game. I'm preparing totally mortal antagonist NPC that moved in to PCs small town. He need a reason to move there - totally, everyday stuff. He is forign business investor - so he looks for oportunities to earn money.

    Question is simple - WHAT investors in small town can support or buy ( as company or instalation )?

    I never lived in any and I do not know what kind of business investors look for in them.
    Last edited by wyrdhamster; 10-24-2018, 05:54 AM.


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  • #2
    Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
    Question is simple - WHAT investors in small town can support or buy ( as company or instalation )?
    Well, if the investor already has their own company, then it'd be reasonable to purchase a facility for the company to do whatever they do.

    How much money are we talking?


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    • #3
      Is it an agricultural town? He could be buying up lots of farm land around the town, especially if the foreign investor is from a country which imports food.

      Also: He could be buying land to setup a data center. (Microsoft did that in Iowa, for instance.)

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      • #4
        Any natural resources or positional advantage in the area? If there is gold/oil/X to be found in the area, buying up land for extraction (or just to sell at inflated value to whoever does want to do the extraction) is an option. If they are ecological, maybe they want to buy things up to set up a preserve. For Positional, maybe they know a major transit line is going to go through the area, or another hotspot is going to open up soon, and they want the property while it is cheap.
        Last edited by Vent0; 10-24-2018, 09:14 AM.


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        • #5
          Power or communications, both have facilities in small town areas that support a much larger population nearby making them worth big money.
          If your investor is very successful, especially if they are older, then maybe they move to this small town as an escape from the hustle and bustle of big city business. They might hold peace and quiet to be valuable enough.

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          • #6
            Don't forget general manufacturing. Many small towns got started or expanded because of X industry(The General Motors Plant, The Saw Mill, The Nuclear Power Plant, etc)

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            • #7
              This particular town is seaside fisher / resort (?) old England settlement. You know, typical English 'small community', near the sea.

              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              How much money are we talking?
              All you can want. Well, maybe he is not as rich as oil kingdom prince, but anything until multimillionaire level is fair enough.

              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              Well, if the investor already has their own company, then it'd be reasonable to purchase a facility for the company to do whatever they do.
              Do not have idea for his company itself, beyond that he likes to invest around the world.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
                This particular town is seaside fisher / resort (?) old England settlement. You know, typical English 'small community', near the sea.
                Those tend to be kinda polarised. They're either very expensive OR they're more or less falling into the sea. Resorts became a lot less popular after cheap air travel to Southern Europe was introduced. As a result a lot of the inexpensive ones went into very hard decline and haven't really recovered.

                The other side, I gather, is that because these resorts still have a huge amount of empty hotel space, it's quite common for local councils in the rest of the country to move anyone they don't really want to them to get them out of the way. That means people made homeless, refugees, etc.

                Do not have idea for his company itself, beyond that he likes to invest around the world.
                If you want it grim; buying up lots of very cheap squalid small hotels and then selling rooms to councils to take in dependants.

                Hell, if you want it really grim, there are certainly lots of additional criminal activities available. You have a pretty large group of people, a lot of whom will probably not be missed.


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                • #9
                  Are we talking about permanent residency or only temporary until he gets his investment going?
                  Does he have young children or is he single, living for the deal?
                  How old is he, still chasing his future or looking for a nice legacy?

                  If the bay is deep enough he could be looking to set up a private company dock where his ships can pick up and off load cargo without having to compete for space at a larger port.
                  Perhaps he is setting up a sight seeing charter boat service and needs a home port.
                  If there is a large enough local population, especially one with fishermen who no longer have enough fish to catch, he could be looking for a source of cheap labor in an area that will bend over backwards for employment opportunities.
                  Maybe he thinks this could become an actual resort town, the kind with five star hotels for people who claim they have read and even liked Moby Dick.
                  He may be building an Amazon distribution site and this is a good central location.
                  The voices told him to move here.

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                  • #10
                    It really might depend on the town, and laws around that town.

                    In America, businesses can be a source of jobs and driving economy, so if someone comes in looking to start a business that looks like it will last, like a factory, sometimes the town will offer them things in return. Sometimes they'll screw over the town with their demands, of course.



                    In other countries, you don't have labor laws, so if you go into a small town without much oversight, especially in a country where authorities can be paid to look the other way, you can get away with setting up what, in other countries, might be consider immoral or illegal practices. Child or slave labor. Look at Burma's rubies or sapphire trade, or Africa's blood diamonds.

                    So a small town offers things you won't get in a big city. People may need the jobs or money more, and you don't have as many eyes on things as you would in a more populous place.

                    It's not all evil, of course. It can just be cheaper to setup in a small town, depending on how much infrastructure you need.
                    Last edited by nofather; 10-25-2018, 10:42 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Do not really want very grim in idea - it's for the Beast game already, and investor tries to be bright element in this scenario.

                      Originally posted by Michael View Post
                      Those tend to be kinda polarised. They're either very expensive OR they're more or less falling into the sea. Resorts became a lot less popular after cheap air travel to Southern Europe was introduced. As a result a lot of the inexpensive ones went into very hard decline and haven't really recovered.

                      The other side, I gather, is that because these resorts still have a huge amount of empty hotel space, it's quite common for local councils in the rest of the country to move anyone they don't really want to them to get them out of the way. That means people made homeless, refugees, etc.
                      (...)
                      If you want it grim; buying up lots of very cheap squalid small hotels and then selling rooms to councils to take in dependants.
                      Without going into dark tones - Maybe NPC just renovate previous resorts as 'bright holidays vacations plans' for Scandinavian people? For Northmen, Britain's towns must seems as 'bright and colorful' places.


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                      • #12
                        Perhaps it would be best to come at this by asking yourself what resources you want your future hero to have access to. Decide what you want him to be able to throw at your characters and then pick an investment that would provide access to it.
                        Someone investing in a large construction project will have access to heavy equipment and maybe even explosive material.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
                          Do not really want very grim in idea - it's for the Beast game already, and investor tries to be bright element in this scenario.
                          The Music Man offers a light grey medium. Con artist goes there to make some cash and skip town but ends up liking the town and doing them right.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by wyrdhamster View Post
                            Without going into dark tones - Maybe NPC just renovate previous resorts as 'bright holidays vacations plans' for Scandinavian people? For Northmen, Britain's towns must seems as 'bright and colorful' places.
                            You've clearly never been to one Wet and grey is more the standard.

                            I mean, I guess the guy's plans don't have to be particularly good? People make bad investments all the time. Hell, if you're wanting him to become some kind of Hero, that'd be a good point of conflict. "It's not my fault that my scheme isn't working, it's the Beasts".


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                            • #15
                              Maybe he is looking to make a movie or TV show, he might think this town or area would be a good filming location. He could even be focused on a nearby island easily reached from this port.
                              Again the question of how long term he intends to live there comes up.

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