Not too concerned with staying in the style. I defaulted to pale as a catch-all reference. And upon Furthur tinkering, my math says I am WAY over on IBUs, at least where I thought I wanted to be. And yeah, I meant steeping, not mashing.
I am aiming at a lighter color than C-60 will allow, methinks. The goal is to allow a fairly wide range of people to enjoy said beer and not be turned off by a "dark beer" or a hop-bomb, though if I wound up with and Imperial India Stout, I would totally still drink it!
Thanks for the initial feedback, any more is truly appreciated!