gangsters [Updated April 2005]

GSR  5 prizes Beginners Mult Ent Sing Elim Scheduled 
  Demo 21  Rnd1 Heat1  22   Rnd1 Heat2 14
  Demo 22  Rnd1 Heat3  23  Rnd1 Heat4 16    Round 2 19 Semi   Round 3 22 Final

   Ballroom B    Demo Ballroom Foyer, Table 4

Nick Henning, CT

2004 Champion

2nd: Jim Castonguay, PA

3rd: Robert Bucheri, MD

4th: Kevin Brownell, ME

5th: Victor Hogen, CA

6th: Andy Joy, MD
Event History
1992    Debbie Otto      28
1993    John Kilbride      24
1994    Kevin LeRow        8
1995    John Pack      22
1996    Jason Wagner      16
1997    Jason Wagner      49
1998    Stephanie Mayes      40
1999    Pitt Crandelmire     51
2000    Pitt Crandelmire     63
2001    Mark Love     49
2002    John Pack     72
2003    Pitt Crandelmire     68
2004     Nick Henning     76

AREA Ratings

GM: John Pack

The Night Chicago Died ...

Tournament Information, Timetable, Format, History, Hall of Fame & Statistics --

PBEM Tournament Status --

    Mob blood run in your veins? Or does it just run in the streets of Chicago? Gangsters is your chance to find out, to prove your metal, or to catch a slug in the back! Four gangs compete to rule the streets of Chicago in all-out gang warfare. Your racketeers secure the choice joints from which to conduct your affairs. Your vamp seduces the members of rival gangs with the
promises of wealth, power, fame, and success offered by your own operation. Meanwhile, you back it up with thugs and raw muscle. Feel like puttin' the squeeze on local businesses or just puttin' the enemy six feet under? These are yer boys!

    Meanwhile, youse gotta keep da boyz in blue under control with carefully placed bribes and by tippin' 'em off to enemy operations! And if dat weren't enough, youse gotta get da patrons to buy yer moonshine!

Game Mechanics
   Originally thought of as a simple, beer-and-pretzel game (with a squirt gun, for cryin' out loud), Gangsters has evolved as top contenders have analyzed and published strategy into a serious (and seriously fun) competition. Youse can expect ta see names like "The Nose", "The Stephmeister", "Sluggo", and "Sticky Fingers" appear in the finals year after year. (Find out who these guys are by visiting the tournament website!)

    Gangsters is an elegant game of balancing and maximizing odds. As a long-time wargamer (who'd never bothered with multi-player games at the WBC) said after playing several games, "There are no bad die rolls in this game. The low rolls are good, and so are the high ones -- you just gotta be ready!" How many of the possibilities can you turn into good ones?

    For that matter, should you pursue a monopoly? Real estate domination (with ten joints)? Or should you just pile up the cash? When is the right time to use your muscle, to expose yourself to the cops, or sit tight? The decisions aren't trivial nor for the weak-of-heart. But if you're ready, the streets of Chicago await you -- with the best combination of pure fun and strategic competion at the WBC!

The complete and current errata/FAQ for Gangsters is at

 GM      John Pack  [8th Year]  11213 Keota Drive, Parker, CO 80134   (720) 851-2095

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