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Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 02:16 pm
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Welcome to the interrogation room. Ask witnesses and suspects, present evidence to the possible perpetartor, get confessions and let the handcuffs click.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 02:12 pm
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Welcome to the morgue. Find out everything that the body of a victim can tell you.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 02:10 pm
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Welcome to the lab. This is the place to identify fingerprints, examine weapons and other objects.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 01:58 pm
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Welcome to the DNA lab. In here you can generate genetic fingerprints and examine samples from any part of living organism, be it human, animal or plant.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 01:55 pm
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Welcome to the toxicology. In here you can examine blood samples, saliva and other body fluids, if they contain toxic substances.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 01:37 pm
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Welcome to the library. In here you can look at the Investigator Files, Case Files and Scientific Essays.

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Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 11:54 am
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Virtual CSI is neither situated in one of the original three cities nor in any other existing US city, because this way every player has the same chances in getting to know the place. To find your way around in Virtual City, we have a map in this post. You can click on it for enlargement.

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You may also click here for a view of the city center.
Virtual City is a typical US city with uptown, downtown, suburbs and city center. It is located somewhere in the US, which literally means it could be anywhere. Therefor no state is given, and as you might see from the highways, this everywhere is nowhere at all. There is no role model for this place, just the typical everyday big city life.

Notable locations
Virtual Gardens and the Virtual Stadium: Virtual Gardens is one of the two major parks of Virtual City [VC]. People come here for recreation of any sorts. The Virtual Stadium has fields for football, soccer and baseball.

Virtual City Central Station: VC Central is a very modern train station with 16 platforms. Naturally, as with most large train stations, minor crimes like dealing drugs and pickpocketing are a daily nuisance.

Virtual Ride Park: The Virtual Ride Park is a quite big amusement park. It's not Disney Land, but with several roller coasters and other rides, an IMAX theater and some restaurants it is good enough for the people of VC, who frequent the park a lot.

Virtual Park: Virtual Park is the other big park in VC. Here you will not only find the Virtual Arena with basketball games and concerts, but also a block of very expensive high class apartments in the Virtual Park Estates, where the top managers and celebrities of VC live.

Virtual Trade Center: Global economics, city politics, money and business, you will find all of that right here, on the banks of Virtual River. The pulsing heart of VC's finance and business world by day, the Virtual Trade Center becomes a dark and lonely place at night. When the bars and restaurants close at around 1 a.m., the streets in the shadows of the skyscrapers are no longer save.

Hotel Virtual: Being a first class hotel and casino, it serves as the dwelling point for visitors from all over the world, be it a diplomat, a corporate exec or a simple tourist.

VCPD Headquarters: The headquarters of the VC Police Department not only holds the offices of divisions like homicide, fraud or vice. It also contains the complete VC CSI with all the labs, libraries and pathology.

Virtual Harbour and Virtual Yacht Pier: Cargo and cruise ships land and leave at the Virtual Harbour, while yachts, motorboats and sailing vessels come and go at the Virtual Yacht Pier. The pier lies a little bit south of the harbor in the VC suburb Diamond Cove, where you will find most of the super rich residents of VC.

Virtual CIty is thought to be a growing city. With every new case, new locations will be added to the map, as hospitals, bars, restaurants and other places come into existence.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 04:25 am
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Virtual CSI is designed in a way that every player may also become a mod of the community. Technically, the game is not really moderated. However, to create the feeling of a real investigation, a game master is needed to take on the roles of the suspects and witnesses. The game master is always the author of a case, which sadly means that he/she may not participate in the investigation of that specific crime.
As said above, every player may become an author. You simply have to scribble down your case idea in a comment below (all comments are screened) and if it has the feel of a CSI episode and is suitable for the game, it will be posted as an individual crime scene.

Your next step would then be to take control of all the non-player characters of your case. That means all witnesses at the crime scene, all suspects and of course the perpetrator. You also have to provide the group of investigators with any information that can be gathered through evidence analysis.

When creating a case for Virtual CSI, you need to have a type of crime. It does not necessarily have to be murder, though this is the most standard case seen in the tv series. Besides the crime, you need of course a victim and a perpetrator. Perhaps some other suspects and some witnesses.
If you need crime scene material or inspiration, just google for crime scene images. There are tons of photos, real and movie, in the internet.

Sun, May. 28th, 2006, 01:50 am
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This is about how to create and improve a character for Virtual CSI. The creation process won't take long, but certain things have to chosen and put down, in order to make your investigator a real specialist. Just follow the steps below, and you will be ready to play in no time...

Step 1: The Basics
As always, you have to start with first things first. What is the name of your character? Where does he or she come from? Who is your investigator? What are his or her good sides? What are the flaws? Is he or she large or small? Be creative, be descriptive...

Step 2: The Extras
It is assumed that your character knows all the basic fieldworks like collecting evidence and securing finger- and foodprints. You can see every investigator in the CSI series do that in each episode. Besides of that, your character starts with two areas of expertise. These are the investigation disciplines, he or she is most familiar with. Simply choose two from the following list:

Audio/Video Evidence
Blood Traces
Computer Forensics
SCUBA Diving

(This list is by no means complete. If you miss a certain discipline, feel free to ask in a comment below.)

Step 3: The Picture
You need to provide a picture of either yourself or an actor that you like and that should be the stand-in for your character. Please be sure to check the Investigator Files, so that you don't choose an actor already in use.
The picture as well as the other data of your character will be put on the following nice ID, that you will have to use as a signature beneath every post you make.
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After this, your character is complete. Please submit him or her in a comment to this post (comments are screened). When he or she is approved, an investigator file will be put into the library.

Improving your character
After successfully solving a case, you can write a short essay about the methods your group used or about one of your areas of expertise. The essay, however, has to be scientific to a certain degree, i.e. you have to show that you actually know something about the disciplines, your character claims to be an expert in. The essay does not have to be very long, a short drabble of 100 to 500 words is perfect. After writing the essay, you post it as a comment into the library.
Once you've written three essays, you may choose another area of expertise or one that your character already has. In the first case, your investigater will then have one more discipline, in the latter case, he or she gets a x2 (x3, x4, etc.) put behind that area to symbolize an advanced degree of knowledge.
After the next three essays, you may choose again, and so on...
Post your improvement choice in a comment below.

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