@Tyla & Jacky: Baltimore has been on my to do list for years, I've previously drawn up character list 'casting calls', plot points and such but the highest mountain of all is the city; as shown in The Wire, Baltimore is like it's own personality, and for a 20 year old Brit with no passport to try and capture that, I feel as if I couldn't do the city justice.
Pish. I've just voted All In The Game best concept based on the authenticity of the characters and story. You have a flair for certain types of settings I rarely see elsewhere in these forums.
Not bad for a pom without a passport.
Now, Baltimore isn't Liberty City but f*ck me if you aren't the man to pull it off. Get 'er done. You can do it.
I'm thinking I should replace a protagonist in EC79, Kaz to be exact. I have little info on yakuza culture which is not enough for creating a character unless you want it to end up without personality like Franklin. Which is obviously not what I want for EC79. Here's my Q, would a mafia hitman work well instead? Cause I think it would given a 70's NYC setting. Thoughts?
My thoughts are a Mafia hitman could work and could work well, but are Mafia hitmen really personality personified?
They're hard to do without being one and the same. What I like about EC79 is the fact you have really diverse characters, such as Kaz being a member of the Yakuza. It draws me into your topic because rarely am I going to see the Yakuza portrayed elsewhere.
I don't think you need too much information on Yakuza culture. The culture of criminality is universal. Where the dollar is green they're all going to be chasing it. All you need for personality is to give Kaz a hunger for that dollar, a predatory sense of who to work for and who to screw over.
You could change some elements of his story to better reflect this. First of all, why not relocate Kaz to Alderney opposed to Liberty City and involve him in the casinos?
I don't know about the Yakuza actually being involved in casinos in reality but it was their bread and butter in GTA III and LCS.
Atlantic City legalized gambling in the mid-70s. The Italian Mafia were all over casino gambling like a dog with two dicks (Jacky Fiend will back me up on this) - there were the Philadelphia Crime Family (Carcer Crime Family) who were backed up by The Commission, there were the DeCavalcante's (Pegorinos) trying to get a slice. I don't think any of them would take kindly to Yakuza trying to invest in their city so you would need a protagonist with a strong will to fend off the Mafia and stake the Yakuza's claim in the city. That's personality right there.
The Yakuza also like to ship things - knockoff gear, counterfeit goods. Osric covers this really well in his topic The Family Tradition. So you could later have Kaz focus on gaining ground on the Liberty City waterfront (Purgatory, Fishmarket South) while the Five Families are busy fighting each other (there was a huge Mafia War in 1978.) Kaz could very well manipulate the odds in his favor, parallel to the casino theme.
Just food for thought