There are as many different types of apartments as there are different types of people. Apartments can have anywhere from a single bedroom to two, three, or more.
The number of bedrooms is largely the determining factor when differentiating between apartments. Most apartments have a kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and living room. More often than not, the dining room and living room or dining room and kitchen or even sometimes all three exist a single area.
Fancier apartments may contain different levels with bedrooms on upper or lower levels than the “living area” (living room, dining room, and kitchen). Some even come with other amenities such as a den, a fireplace, deck or patio, or even more than one living room. Other variations in apartments include multiple bathrooms, the number of closets (usually at lease one per bedroom, but chat sometimes is not the case), and off-street parking. Parking may be within an outdoor lot, a designated spot next to the apartment, or an underground parking garage.
Some apartments come with extra storage areas. While it is nor unheard of for these to be in a separate building, most are either in a basement or parking facility located under the building. Most apartments have a common area (for example, entrances and hallways) used by all tenants. While larger apartments may include hookups for a washer and dryer within them, most apartments have a washer and dryer usable (for a price of 25 cents to a few dollars per load, or a Very Easy Funds roll) by all tenants in a common area or no laundry facility at all.
Two apartment styles of note are the studio apartment and the “flophouse.” A studio apartment is basically an entire apartment within the confines of a single room. The only separated room in a studio is rhe bathroom, with all other “rooms” defined by whatever rhe tenant decides co put between chem. A flophouse apartment is much like a studio except that it has no individual bathroom. The bathroom is in a common area and used by all tenants. A flophouse also has no kitchen. It basically consists of a bed and possibly a table and chairs. Unlike all most other apartments, which are rented either monthly or yearly, a flophouse is often rented by the day or week.
Don’t Miss …
This apartment consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, and bath. The front door of the apartment opens onto a dining room area lit by a ceiling fan hanging from the ceiling’s center. The dining room is filled with a large rectangular wooden table surrounded by four chairs and a bench. Off to one side in a corner stands a bookcase with two shelves on top and doors covering two more below. Pictures and a clock cover the walls.
Directly across from the front door is the kitchen. This tiny area is more hallway than room. It is about three meters in length and two meters in width. A long counter balanced at the ends by a dishwasher and stove dominates the area. A two- basin stainless steel sink sits in the middle of the counter. Cupboards occupy the space above and below it. Off to the left of the room stands a largish refrigerator, which has seen better days.
The dining room runs directly into the living room. Separating the two is a bright yellow chair. Off to the right of the chair sits a red couch flanked by end tables with lamps standing on them. To the right of the couch is a blue loveseat next to a large television on a dilapidated black stand. The stand’s paint is chipped in several places, revealing the wood beneath. A lemon-colored wooden coffee table just large enough to fill the area without impeding movement occupies the living room’s center. A doorway opens off the living room into a small room that was obviously intended as a bedroom, but it is now being used as a makeshift office. Several bookcases line the walls and a computer sits on an old desk, its CPU and monitor taking up the majority of the surface.
Leading from the living and dining rooms’ other side is a hallway down to the apartment’s other bedrooms and sole bathroom. The bathroom is a simple affair with toilet, sink, and shower. A ripped, mildew covered shower curtain hangs from several rings on a pole above the bathtub, its bottom stuck to the tub’s surface in several places.
The first bedroom is larger than the makeshift office and contains a closet, though with a single dresser and queen-size bed, it’s quite full.
The final room is evidently being used as a bedroom for children. Bunk beds dominate one wall and toys are strewn about the floor. Colorful posters bedeck all the walls and a table with wooden trains on it sits underneath the one window. The room also contains two closets, one filled with extra clothes and toys, and the other being used for storage.
Things to See
+ Scruffy or fluffy stuffed animals
+ Colorful or worn throw pillows
+ Glass or plastic dishes
+ Glass or plastic drinking cups
+ Metal eating utensils
+ Kitchen knives of all sizes and sharpnesses
+ Cloth or paper towels
+ Cleaning supplies (chemicals in plastic bottles, broom, dust- pan, mop, bucket, sponge)
+ Paperback and hardcover books
+ Cotton- blend blankets in colorful patterns
+ Floor or table lamps with shades in muted colors
+ For additional ideas, see the “House” entry
People to Meet
The single mother living here has 2D in each attribute. She has some pips in a Knowledge-skill based around college courses she is undertaking and a pip in driving. Use the “child” game characteristics for her two children, both boys.
Child: Reflexes 1D, climbing 1D+2, jumping 1D+2, melee combat: baseball 1D+2, sneak 1D+1, Coordination 1D, throwing 1D+2, Physique 1D, running 1D+2, swimming 1D+1, Knowledge 1D, scholar: school subjects 1D+1, tech: computers 1D+2, Perception 1D, Presence 1D, charm 1D+2. Move: 10. Strength Damage: 1D. Body Points: 61 Wound levels: 1. Disadvantage: Age: Young (R2).
Things to Do
+ The players’ characters have been given an apartment address by an informant as a place where they may find some clues that they seek. The single mother opening the door at their knock surprises them as the informant said the information could be gotten from Tony.
The person they are actually looking for lives next door. The woman is quite pleasant. She men- tions that her neighbor keeps strange hours and she just worries about keeping her children quiet and not bothering anyone.
A Difficult search roll from listening at the door reveals that Tony has heard them and is trying to escape by way of the balcony. Anyone watching from the outside can see him do this.