So there are lots of different starting options- weapons, outfits, and where you initially choose to spawn, etc. Playing showstopper through all of the opportunities and challenges, I’ve noticed that I have settled into a pattern that works in a very efficient way for my playstyle. Here’s how I almost always start:
Palace staff outfit in the kitchen- start with fiber wire, silverballer, lethal injection, and my agency pickup is either the remote explosive in the stairwell, or the sniper rifle in the shed.
Once I start, I grab the kitchen knife, run toward the security room, watch the security guy go into the eating area, make a left and grab the palace key on the crate & the rat poison on the shelf. Back track and hang a left into the security room to short circuit the video system (usually just as the roaming security guard leaves the computer terminal and stands with his back to the terminal). I grab the scissors on the way out.
I leave the security room, pick up the wrench in the box in the hallway, and then go into the locker room and grab the crowbar.
Going upstairs, I get my stairwell pickup, and while running toward the bar, I grab a screwdriver from backstage. Then I go into the kitchen prep area behind the bar, grab the 2 boxes of rat poison, and poison the food so when Novikov’s bald guard comes in and eats it, I can follow him into the bathroom and take his suit, gun, and phone (the phone doesn’t always drop from him).
At this point, I’ve accumulated enough of the essentials that I never have to backtrack into the basement for that run.
Do you have a preferred starting routine?