The GANGBUSTERS game is a role-playing game, an advanced form of “make believe.” In a typical game, two to eight players will be seated around a large. When TSR broke up, the rights to Gangbusters remained with Rick Krebs. So as always when playing a RPG everything is up to the players. Guest Writer: Jeffrey Webb. It was and the Golden Age of the Boxed Set. If you were there, it’s just how an RPG should arrive—lest it be.

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InTSR, Inc. Then Arthur gave a cocktail party and one of the guests decided he’d make a great corpse. In an age where leveling up required different tables in most games, in Gangbusters everyone goes to 2 nd Level at 10, R;g.

Players take the roles of criminals, law enforcement professionals, or other characters such as newspaper reporters who investigate or oppose criminals.

It is not covered here since the original boxed set did not contain this information. How about running the numbers racket in your neighborhood? The next type of career is are the Private Professions. Characters are further customized by adding non-career skillssuch as Auto Theft or Photography. This community is dedicated to the discussion specifically surrounding the TSR game “GangBusters” released in When he sought a career, the Symphony Orchestra decided he’d make a great lead cellist.

A role-playing game covering syndicates, police, federal agencies, criminal activities, police technology, criminal skills, weapons of all sorts, police techniques, profitability of crimes, corruption of officials, terrorists, police special units, hostage situations, laws, forensic sciences, the F.

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Relive the events of the era of prohibition. I can be found gzngbusters www. When he was a child, his teachers decided he’d make a great musician. TSR mislabeled the revised edition as 3rd. Gangbusters was inspired by both historical figures such as Al Capone and fictional accounts of the era.


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One-way only, from the precinct to the car. I decided against the map type that comes with the game for now. My plan is to make it a immersive game so trying to give the maps a life like feel something the players can dive into and take the reigns and run with it. In addition to the page rule book, the box contained a page adventure, a game map representing several blocks of Lakefront Citya sheet of cardboard counters representing characters and vehiclesand two dice.

The fascinating thing about the way the game handles the central conflict of law versus scofflaw is to allow players to take either side in the issue, or ride the middle. The gangbustere that shows Lakefront City from the book with the number of registered voters is nice but lacks details. Go to our Sales Site.

What if Gary had made 2nd edition? Want gangvusters be a fence? Bootleggers, G-Men, and hard-boiled Private Dicks. This is important to know, because each type of career earns XP in a completely different way. The rules are very much in line with the percentage-based game designs from TSR in this era. Please select a support frequency. Want to see how much burglary nets?

Prohibition, for those not in the know, was the nearly absolute ban on alcohol that began with the ratification of the 18 th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. These sorts of gangbbusters play into the genre quite well, as fisticuffs and car chases are staples of gangster films and novels.

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Walk in the shoes of a private eye, pound the beat as an honest cop in a dirty world, or enforce the law of the land as a Prohibition Agent. For one thing, it let you play the bad guys. Where do you go when the mob owns the town and you’re Unable to load more. Want to know what the take is from robbing a bank, or mail truck, or store?


This is the world of the flappers, bathtub gin, and the Charleston. Inside each boxed set was usually one or two saddle-stapled books of 32 or 64 pages. Newspaper Reporters are the other type of Private Profession. Translating the inner Barbarian: Now a supper club owned by Enrico Mancussi, it once again surfaces as the scene of foul play, the scene of death.

Dice—many times with a crayon, though this was becoming less common. By fraud and forgery, by bootlegging and bribery, the syndicate has tightened its iron grip on the lives of decent citizens. The Untouchables are a great touchstone of the era—prohibition agents who could not be bought, and worked to bring down perhaps the most notorious gangster of the era.

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Wayne’s Books – Gangbusters. On one hand, this keeps that sort of bookkeeping easy.

Character generation in Gangbusters follows a pattern common in role-playing games of the early s—a player randomly generates his character’s abilities such as Muscle and Luck using dicethen chooses a career character class for the character. In order, they were:. Historical role-playing games TSR company games Role-playing games introduced in Each career includes a unique set of advantages and disadvantages to differentiate it from the others.

Gangbusters, much like Star Frontiers, comes with a large map of a typical city area upon which cardboard chits can be used to illustrate encounters and gun battles. For example, criminals earn experience points based on how profitable their crimes are, while police officers earn experience points for capturing criminals. They gave him one last shot! For a review of the mini-campaign and Lakefront City information, please see the review of GB1: Rules are here for profit and loss of various sized speaks.