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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But now the Senate Subcommittee is in town and a showdown is in the works 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. The 3 rd Edition book was printed with the Lakefront City map attached inside the back cover, but copies with this map intact are becoming more difficult to find.

How long can the PI pursue their special case while the rest of the players sit and wait? Boxed sets in pristine condition will include a pair of sided gangbusrers.

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

Gangbusters: Core Rules – Multiverse

Learn More I supported because… “I use this site a lot and am heavily motivated by ganbusters. When he was born, his wealthy parents decided he’d make a great son. Between andTSR published five adventure modules for Gangbusters. Background info is given on being a specialist—like a safe cracker or cat burglar.

GangBusters – Wayne’s Books RPG Reference

A basic description of the city is included in the Gangbusters rules, and expanded upon in the five adventures published for the game. All that remains is to purchase equipment, which immediately follows the skills. Safe for now, rg where will you turn next? This is the age of gangsters, Prohibition, and the Model T. He gave him a fortune.


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.

This is a map I created for Gangbusters, but can be used for any type of Gangster game. Modern readers might not be aware that FBI agents could not actually make arrests untilthat the Browning Automatic Rifle was commonly in use by Law Enforcement, or that crime labs were almost unheard of until the establishment of the FBI headquarters lab. Instead of simply rolling dice and moving pieces around a board, players adopt the personalities and goals of clever police detectives, legendary F.

For a review of the mini-campaign and Lakefront City information, please see the review of GB1: What started as a simple job has turned into a nightmare, with a dead man in your apartment and Nicky McCallister’s goons breathing down your neck.

Wayne’s Books – Gangbusters. Surprisingly, the advancement table is unified. The available careers are broken up by the alignment of the career with law and order. Both versions offer advice to the Judge for running campaigns where the PCs might be in competition—some cops, come crooks, some in between. Rules are here for profit and loss of various sized speaks.

The next type of career is are the Private Professions. It was incorrectly labeled as 3rd Edition. Wizards of the Coast. You fling away the empty, useless gun and hear the mobsters charging down the street behind you.

The sinister figure known only as the Gaangbusters has forced the closure of half of Whitley Mining through death threats and “unfortunate accidents. Okumarts Games David Okum: Quite a bit of background is given about what a reporter gahgbusters do with their stories, and how stories can be leveraged and slanted. Drag photos anywhere to start a new post. I’m planning a few Pulp era sets. Want to be a fence? Relive the events of the era of prohibition. The default location for Gangbusters campaigns is Lakefront Citya fictional metropolis located in an unspecified state on the western shore of Lake Michiganprobably Chicago.


Characters are further customized by adding non-career skillssuch as Auto Theft or Photography. Some detail is given to the qualifications, procedures, resources, and pay of each type of Law Enforcement character.

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. Criminals earn XP for profit, plain and simple. When he had married, his father decided he’d make a great heir.

Gangbusters 3rd Edition cover. 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.

Looking around, you see a window off the fire escape. Looks like you’ve reached the end.

Gangbusters: Core Rules

Add a copy to your collection. When he sought a career, the Symphony Orchestra decided he’d make a great lead cellist. Finally, Hit Points and Driving score are calculated and a Punching score is created by referencing Muscle on a table. Characters are improved by earning experience points. The horses more your speed? Skill gabgbusters follow, with examples on how they would be used by PCs.