Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 10 STR 0 11- Lift 100 kg; 2d6 HTH Damage  13 DEX 6 12- 11 CON 1 11- 18 INT 8 13- PER Roll 13- 13 EGO 3 12- 18 PRE 8 13- PRE Attack: 3 ½d6 4 OCV 5 4 DCV 5 4 OMCV 3 4 DMCV 3 3 SPD 10 Phases: 4, 8, 12 3 PD 1 Total: 3 PD (0 rPD) 3 ED 1 Total: 3 ED (0 rED) 4 REC 0 22 END 1 10 BODY 0 20 STUN 0 Total Characteristics Cost: 55 Movement: Running: 2m/24m Leaping: 4m/8m Swimming: 4m/8m Cost Powers & Skills Perks 1 Positive Reputation: one of the best in the business (other grifters) 14-, +1/+1d6 3 Well-Connected 20 Billie, Eddie Niles, J.J. Singleton, Kid Twist: Contacts with assorted con men and grifters across the United States. Talents 3 Played By Paul Neuman: +1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. all characters) Skills 3 "Sorry I'm Late Guys...": Acting 13- 3 Bribery 13- 3 Charm 13- 3 CK: Chicago, Illinois 13- 2 "The Game Is Straight Poker.": Gambling (Card Games) 13- 3 High Society 13- 3 "We'll Use The Wire.": KS: Classic Cons And Con Games 13- 3 "The Guy In The Black Hat With The Gimp.": KS: The Chicago Underworld 13- 3 "[Luthor] Was The Best Street Worker I Ever Saw.": KS: The Con Man/Grifter World 13- 0 Language: English (idiomatic; literate) 2 "Check The Main Gearing, Will You?": Mechanics 10- 3 Persuasion 13- 3 "Don't Kid Yourself Friend, I Still Know How.": PS: Grifting 13- 7 "Four Jacks.": Sleight Of Hand 14- 3 Streetwise 13- 2 WF: Small Arms Total Powers & Skill Cost: 74 Total Cost: 128 100+ Matching Complications 20 Hunted: the Feds (i.e. the FBI) 8- (Mo Pow; NCI; Harshly Punish) 15 Psychological Complication: "No Sense Being A Grifter If It's The Same As Being A Citizen." (Common; Strong) 10 Social Limitation: Criminal Record (Occasionally; Major) 28 Experience Points Total Complications Points: 128
Background/History: Henry Gondorff is one of the great con men of the early 20th Century. He apparently got his start in Chicago, with “Shea’s mob,” before branching out to try and run cons across the United States. However, a stocks deal with a Senator from Florida went bad on him, and now he’s on the run, trying to avoid the FBI, while running small con here and there. Right now he’s holed up in Chicago, keeping low and taking it easy.
Personality/Motivation: Gondorff runs cons for the challenge and thrill of it. He’s not interested in being a regular citizen, working 9-5, paying taxes, and staying inside the law. He likes the challenge of outwitting others, running scams, and taking people’s money without their realizing it’s been taken.
Quote: “You’ve gotta keep his con even after you take his money. He can’t know you took him.”
Powers/Tactics: Gondorff gets by on his quick wits and ability to adapt to a situation. He also plans ahead, and tries to know all he can about a big mark before moving in on him. He’s also an excellent card player, and can manipulate a deck like few others. He tries to be one step ahead at all times, and is rarely caught flat-footed.
Appearance: Henry Gondorff stands just over 5’9” with intense blue eyes, salt-and-pepper hair and a well-trimmed mustache. He dresses in fashions suitable for his current persona.
Designer's Notes: Henry Gondorff, the experienced grifter from the film The Sting, is based off of a real con man—Fred Gondorff (and/or his brother Charlie), who actually ran a wire scam similar to what’s seen in the film. This character sheet was built using the Grifter template from Dark Champions, spruced up with any skills Gondorff displayed in the film.
(Henry Gondorff created by David S Ward and George Roy Hall, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook.)
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