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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Gangbusters (role-playing game) – Wikipedia

One of my favorite 20’s era gangsters! It is advisable to set up character requirements before play begins and limit the PCs to all one side of the law or the other, give or take PIs and reporters. It remained in effect until its repeal on 5 December That is to say that each PC has a class that represents their profession, and a level of experience which in this case runs from one to about ten.

Background info is given on being a specialist—like a safe cracker or cat burglar. Gangsters and crime syndicates keep whole cities under their control while notorious bank robbers spread terror across the country. InTSR, Inc. When he had married, his father decided he’d make a great heir. The first edition of the game was published in Gangbusters 3rd Edition cover.

Other discussions related to the setting and time-period and comparisons and contrasts with other similar game systems are welcome!

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. Newspaper Reporters are the other type of Private Profession.


Compatible with Champions and all Hero Systems games. He gave him a fortune.

Gangbusters: Core Rules

gahgbusters Want to run a speakeasy? All dice rolls in the game use ten-sided dice. It was a fine game and deserved more attention than it received. One interesting thing is the use of an Observation roll to determine if a group is surprised, and if so, for how long.

The second half of the book is a complete lost world campaign set in the alternate universe of Zorandar complete with player-characters, cave-people, Neanderthals, lost Romans, and dinosaurs. Please note, there was never a 2nd edition of this product.

Criminals earn XP for profit, plain and simple. Newspaper boy Pushcart sellers Showgirls Coat n tail top hat rich Bowler and derbyvwearing office workers A few soldiers Horse police Molk cart. Notify me of new posts by email. Set in twentieth century America, the player characters are lawmen or criminals.

An emphasis is placed on the violent growth of organized crime during Prohibition.

Inside each boxed set was usually one or two saddle-stapled books of 32 or 64 pages. Rick Krebs’ “Bloody 20’s” Blog. For the first gangubsters games, the party should all be able to get along with one another to make things easier on both the players and GM, but the idea of a competitive campaign is certainly an interesting one, if the logistics can be managed.

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For example, criminals earn experience points based on how profitable their crimes are, while police officers earn experience points for capturing criminals.

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The 3 rd Edition book has a lot of information about Lakefront City that is absent in the original boxed set. They gave him a job.

In the years during which Prohibition was the law of the land, the United States saw the rise of organized crime in the form of bootlegging and illicit drinking establishments—Speakeasies—and epitomized a post-war culture exploring its limits in many social areas. Except for minor edits, the 3rd Edition Gangbusters game mechanics are indistinguishable from those of the original edition.

Material has been separated for use by the players and the judges, and source material has been added for you to find more background information for your games.

You can be a cub reporter, gangbudters the competition, or a gangland thug, terrorizing the honest citizens of Lakefront City. 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.

Use a call box. The next section of Gangbusters covers the rules of the game. He was at least a Hood The available careers are broken up by the alignment of the career with law and order. One-way only, from the precinct to the car. In addition to the rule book, the boxed set contains counters, ganfbusters of Lakefront City, and a module, Mad Dog Johnny Drake, which includes pre-generated characters.

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