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. 31 Jan 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. 14 Nov 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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On one hand, this keeps that sort of bookkeeping easy. The possibilities for criminal professions are wider and more detailed than any of the other careers. Surprisingly, the advancement table is unified. It’s all up to you, and it doesn’t interfere with the game the way, say, a party of evil destructive PCs killing each other might.

GangBusters – Wayne’s Books RPG Reference

Though characters had “careers,” which gave them access to certain limited powers and abilities such as a police officer’s power to arrest, for exampleability scores and skills — both of which were percentile — played a much bigger role.

Steven May 21, at 3: I always found it immensely amusing that nowhere in the entire list was any consideration for the defendant’s guilt or innocence. Great, incredible game faithful to I would have much rather seen overviews of several different American cities from the era, with brief discussions of how campaigns set in each would have different flavors.

The first edition of the game was published in While I don’t think his game systems are as elegant as those of Greg Gorden, he has some wonderfully inspirational material. On the other hand, if one is to believe historical accounts, the violent nature of those who opposed the amendment is something most might find hard to convincingly role play.


I think Rick’s comment confirms what I had suspected on first reading James’ post: It can draw on historical examples, but gangbsters doesn’t need to be faithful, just fun. Posted by Needles at 1: The player characters can take the roles of law enforcement, criminals, and other types of gangbudters.

With eGG and BB eager to have a background in their childhood city if you thought Gary’s gangbsuters on ancient weapons was exacting, so was his interest in unions and the Chicago ward systemTSR’s marketing research leaned toward the original fictional approach.

Gangbusters: Core Rules – Multiverse

Players must face the problems and dangers of a life-and-death struggle against crime. After figuring out how our heroes and anti-heroes? Cops get awarded for making high profile busts. Both versions offer advice to the Judge for running campaigns where the PCs might be in competition—some cops, come crooks, some in between.

Gangbusters: Core Rules

The Hotness Games People Company. You get a bit of everything you might need from central locations, NPC’s, and a whole lot more. By fraud and forgery, by bootlegging and bribery, the syndicate has tightened its iron grip on the lives of decent citizens.

You fling away the empty, useless gun and hear the mobsters charging down the street behind you. One interesting thing is the use of an Observation roll to determine if a group is surprised, and if so, for how long.

Each career includes a unique set of advantages and disadvantages to differentiate it from the others. Its well written with some solid NPC’s and room for expansion in at gangbsters two directions.

The story of the publishing of Gangbusters is a foreshadowing of the attitudes and events that led to the end of TSR. Steven May 20, at Efforts to achieve accuracy in a historical RPG setting threatens to be a ‘fun drain’, and these efforts can rph the result of a GM with a perfectionist streak, or worse, gangbustrrs by players who know ‘too much’ – ‘no, no, no, the US legal system didn’t work that way in the s’, ‘no, that wasn’t how a newspaper printing press would be organised back then’, etc.


Use a call box. When he was a child, his teachers decided he’d make a great musician.

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Trouble Brewing and a bit from GB3: You don’t have to cooperate if you don’t want to. John May 19, at Rangers of Shadow Deep: AlinCT May 19, at The choice of Lakefront City over Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, or any other city with a major mob presence had nothing to do with marketing conservatism or gxngbusters of backlash from offended dockworkers.

It didn’t occur to me that everyone could be the same character class or that you could disallow criminal characters or that you could have a “crooked cops” game where corruption was the order of the day or a “robin hood” game with heart-of-gold criminals.

Gangbusters uses only ten-sided dice, often used gangbustefs generate percentages.

Gangbusters is one of them. The Temple of Elemental Evil. The list of Skills comes later, and what a list of skills it ggangbusters. We settled the possibility of everyone being on different sides by.