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 Gangbusters 3rd Edition cover. This is the world of the flappers, bathtub gin, and the Charleston.

Between andTSR published five adventure modules for Gangbusters. Instead of simply rolling dice and moving pieces around a board, players adopt the personalities and goals of clever police detectives, legendary FJi. Gangbusters uses only ten-sided dice, often used to generate percentages.

The rampant disregard for the alcohol laws began to breed contempt for law in gangbuster, as many knew crooked police or Prohibition agents who themselves drank. Gangbusters 3rd Edition cover. That way I can add the newer cities and towns plus my own at some point.

Both versions offer advice to the Judge for running campaigns where the PCs might be in competition—some cops, come crooks, some in between.

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The next type of career is are the Private Professions. When he sought a career, the Symphony Orchestra decided he’d make a great lead cellist. Gangbusters was a gangbusterx roleplaying game designed by Rick Krebs based on his original game called “Bloody 20’s” with Mark Acres assisting in its development.

In addition to the rule book, the boxed set contains counters, maps of Lakefront City, and a module, Mad Dog Johnny Drake, which includes pre-generated characters. Experience points are awarded by the gamemastercalled the Judge in Gangbusters based on a character’s success in his career. For example, criminals earn experience points based on how profitable their crimes are, while police officers earn experience points for capturing criminals.

Political corruption is also a recurring theme. I figure with a little update to the rules it’d make a great Gangbusters Campaign.

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Want to run a speakeasy? This is important to know, because each type of career earns XP in a completely different way. This page was last edited on 2 Novemberat Characters are further customized by adding non-career rppgsuch as Auto Theft or Photography. Gangbusters was inspired by both historical figures such as Al Capone and fictional accounts of the era. What does this have to do gangvusters the legend of the lost gold mine or the mysterious pale men seen late at night?

The available careers are broken up by gnagbusters alignment of the career with law and order. Special Cases are what happen at the game table, and the rewards and rules for these are presented next. It remained in effect until its repeal on 5 December Characters are named at gangbustsrs point, then all of these Abilities, scores, and other information are explained along with some of the mechanics that use them. 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.


Use a call box. Wait while more posts are being loaded. Gaangbusters info is given on being a specialist—like a safe cracker or cat burglar. This is where the two versions of Gangbusters vary greatly.

Gangbusters: Core Rules

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. The basic chances of a character succeeding at an action are equal to the character’s score rpgg a relevant ability or skill, subject to modifiers assigned by the Judge. Films were an especially strong influence; the game’s bibliography lists gpg of movies for inspiration, ranging from The Big House to The Untouchables.