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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Sep 2011 5:15 p.m. PST

What would be your level of interest in a wargaming campaign based on the Super Fly film of 1972?

On a scale from zero (no interest) to 10 (obsession).

The Beast Rampant29 Sep 2011 5:36 p.m. PST

Twoish? While I can see the attraction of gaming 70's crime drama(pulp blacksploitation?)- mainly because there are some pretty inspirational minis out there- I don't feel compelled to do it myself.

Also, you really need a bit of good scenery to really set things off, and I have to force myself to make trees and hills, so this would be right out.

Redroom29 Sep 2011 5:41 p.m. PST

Would love to paint some figures, but not war game it

essayons729 Sep 2011 6:02 p.m. PST

I'd say 5. I can just imagine the banter amongst players during the game!

That would be worth it alone!

Cosmic Reset29 Sep 2011 6:27 p.m. PST


Wolfprophet29 Sep 2011 6:29 p.m. PST


I'm so uninterested, I can't express my lack of interest.

An RPG in the world of Pulp Fiction could be amusing though.

Agent 1329 Sep 2011 6:36 p.m. PST

Can I say 11? I love the period and game it. I combine it with blacksploitation superhero gaming as well. I also have a large classic funk collection, complete with scratchy 33rpm albums. Ahhh….memories of my misspent youth. BTW Damnation Decade is a great RPG for the era. (And yes I am a White Guy. ;-)

Saginaw29 Sep 2011 6:49 p.m. PST

I'd say somewhere between 7 and 8. When SuperFigs came out with their three packs of civilians a few years back, I was enthusiastic about such a scenario….until I found out that they were 33mm "heroic" scale a bit too big for 28mm gaming. Still, there are a smattering of civilian figures out there to get a '70s-era Blaxploitation game going.

Also, there are also 1/56-1/60 scale vehicles that could be used, either as active elements in a game or simply as "table dressing".

religon29 Sep 2011 10:26 p.m. PST

…a large classic funk collection…memories of my misspent youth.

I would frag a busload of nuns for Parliament band figures in 28mm. On the offhand chance your collection is something other than vinyl, could you share a bit about this funk collection? Getting all funked up is not a waste of time.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2011 3:25 a.m. PST


Goose66630 Sep 2011 3:42 a.m. PST

Never heard of the film.
So not really…

sharps5430 Sep 2011 6:49 a.m. PST

Not Superfly specifically but I do have Geezers! SHUT IT! and you could use those rules and figures.

Stafford, VA

PapaSync30 Sep 2011 6:50 a.m. PST

"…and I have to force myself to make trees and hills, so this would be right out."

Well if you play the movie "Across 110 Street" you could play out the gun fight in Central Park. Or any gun fight there as there were so many as I was growing up there. Saw them make the movie and spent the summers at the city pool and the winters when it was turned into a ice skating rink.

That whole area was my stomping ground. I grew up on 112st Lexington and my Grandmother lived on 106st and Madison. Not to mention numerous other relatives.

And not I'm not a white guy. Just a Latin from Manhattan. who also like Parliament and the Funkadelics. The 70's were just too cool.


mad monkey 130 Sep 2011 7:09 a.m. PST

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5ish. love me some funk.

Saginaw30 Sep 2011 8:33 a.m. PST

Wingnut Games produces the Blaxploitation-era rules 'Solid!', so at least there's already been some attention given to that genre of gaming:

boy wundyr x30 Sep 2011 11:13 a.m. PST

I have Copplestone's Soul Section figures from the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang line primed and waiting their turn for painting, but I think other than Foundry there aren't many figures for portraying the street scene (would be happy to learn of any though!). Reaper's Chronoscopes are too big, from what I've heard.

I was also going to paint one of my Elvises black (RAFM + Hasslefree collections).

So I'd say a solid 6-7 for the overall blaxploitation genre, not sure if Superfly itself had too much tabletop potential. Shaft's Big Score, Truck Turner or the zaniness of the Dolemite series might have more.

religon30 Sep 2011 11:30 a.m. PST

Like the Latin from Manhattan, I find this era fertile with gaming potential, but not this movie. So much of popular culture's urban 70's gangster nostalgia is derivative of this film and similar ones, that it makes for anemic gaming inspiration. I like Blaxploitation flicks, but it needs a fresh twist that has yet to be adopted by broader culture.

My ideas for similar projects…

Chester Himes novels condensed into skirmish games.
Blaxploitation superhero shoot-em-ups.
A theme game featuring Parliment's Motor Booty Affair album.

Grand Duke Natokina30 Sep 2011 1:48 p.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP30 Sep 2011 7:58 p.m. PST

Less than zero.

Lion in the Stars01 Oct 2011 7:47 a.m. PST

I'd certainly game it if someone else set up the scenario. For a beer-and-pretzels night, crank up the LPs and annoy the neighbors!

However, I also have a hard time making terrain, so I really have a low interest in doing a whole lot myself.

and Agent 13, they make USB turntables (or USB pre-amps, if you're that kind of stereo geek), so you can put all your vinyls into the computer and break them into individual tracks. Besides, it lets you listen to them all at least one more time while you are making your backup copy (permissible under fair use).

bsrlee01 Oct 2011 9:42 a.m. PST

Definitely sub-zero, unless they were paying me very well to work on set professionally, and then my actual name would not appear anywhere in the credits.

Scorpio01 Oct 2011 9:46 a.m. PST

Nine or so, for the genre. I already have some figs that I was planning to use in Pulp City.

Can you dig it?!

21eRegt01 Oct 2011 2:52 p.m. PST

Zero. In order to do it properly I believe you would border on racism. Certainly stereotyping.

capncarp19 Oct 2011 9:32 p.m. PST

Undercover Brother, anyone?
I think it could be fun for a game or two. As long as everybody got satired and insulted equally.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2011 5:39 a.m. PST

7 but I'd have to game Shaft as well. The original the remake is like totally Serpico.

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