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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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Characters are further customized by adding non-career skillssuch as Auto Theft or Photography. Gangbusters, like so many games from this era, is a class-level game. Earning experience points increases a character’s level which is an indicator of social status in the game settingand allows the character’s player to improve the character’s abilities and purchase new gangbsters.

The next type of career is are the Private Professions. This community is dedicated to the discussion specifically surrounding the TSR game “GangBusters” released in GeekGold Bonus for All Supporters at year’s end: The results of actions such as the damage caused by weapons or the amount of money produced by a criminal enterprise may be determined by further dice rolls. Money makes for XP. There are both basic and expert rules for Fist fighting, and plenty of rules about guns.

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Now a supper club owned by Enrico Mancussi, it once again surfaces as the scene of foul play, the scene of death. 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.


The rampant disregard for the alcohol laws began to breed contempt for law in general, as many knew crooked police or Prohibition agents who themselves drank. The game was Gangbusters, and it brought many things that had not yet been tried. Inside each boxed set was usually one or two saddle-stapled books of 32 or 64 pages.

Gangbusters: Core Rules

The horses more your speed? Bootleggers, G-Men, and hard-boiled Private Dicks. Newspaper Reporters are the other type of Private Profession. The Flapper was the icon of these new social conventions, and the dark interiors of Speakeasies introduced white drinkers to black culture in the form of Jazz and Blues bands. Shanty towns Warehouses Garages.

Gangster contains a 50 page rulebook, a 16 page patrol guidebook packed with background material, a cardstock character sheet, and a cardstock reference sheet. When he had married, his father decided he’d make a great heir. It was and the Golden Age of the Boxed Set.

Skill Based buy or gain skills. What kind of standout stuff would be helpful fo Gangbusters campaigns? Where do you go when the mob owns the town and you’re This is the world of the flappers, gangbustdrs gin, and the Charleston.

Rules for being a bookie are present. Rick Krebs’ “Bloody 20’s” Blog. Three packs of Gangbusters miniatures were also produced by TSR. Gangbusters uses a percentile-based gangbusterz for most task resolutions. They gave him a first class education. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Options are given for partnerships, working for large detective agencies and more. Reporters gain XP by scooping the competition, that is, getting a story out before any other news outlet, and also for giving information that leads to the arrest and conviction of criminals and politicians.


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Sell us your stuff? When he was born, his wealthy parents decided he’d make a great son. Creation of a character begins with rolling MuscleAgilityand Observation in order, using the percentage dice. Wizards of the Coast. The one that shows Lakefront City from the book with the number of registered voters is nice but lacks details.

All dice rolls in the game use ten-sided dice. You can be a cub reporter, scooping the competition, or a gangland thug, terrorizing the honest citizens of Lakefront City. Learn More I supported because… “I use this site a lot and am heavily motivated by guilt. Characters are named at this point, then all of these Abilities, scores, and other information are explained along with some of the mechanics that use them.

Can the Judge integrate the special case into whatever the reporter is doing this week? Also like many games of the era, there is a grid to represent line of sight and how to handle obstacles on the map. Newspaper boy Pushcart sellers Showgirls Coat n tail top hat rich Bowler and derbyvwearing office workers A few soldiers Horse police Molk cart. Add a copy gqngbusters your collection. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This kicks into higher gear for the crime careers.

Two editions of the game were published.