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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 11:04 a.m. PST

Looking for other 1920-1930's style Gangster rules for 28mm figures other than "The Chicago Way", and "Mad Dogs with Guns".

Any suggestions and ideas?


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 11:53 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley for RPG style, and Flying Lead for skirmish type gun battles.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut25 Apr 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

FiveCore would do nicely.

lugal hdan25 Apr 2017 12:26 p.m. PST

Chain Reaction in any version is my favorite "guns & gangs" rules by far.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Apr 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

.45 Adventure (I have a 1st edition on clearance) is fun with an RPG lite feel. After that, Two Hour Wargames is my go-to for games of this scope.

ragsthetiger25 Apr 2017 1:00 p.m. PST

If you want to tell a story in your campaign, Pulp Alley does that better than any system I've used in 30 years of tabletop gaming. And it has a supplement, Vice Alley, devoted to the gangster genre, with a complete campaign included.

rmaker25 Apr 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

There is also the old TSR Gangbusters set, evidently rereleased in PDF


Ed the Two Hour Wargames guy25 Apr 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

Both free.

Gangsters for the flavor.


Chain Reaction for the mechanics.

boy wundyr x25 Apr 2017 2:38 p.m. PST

Just a couple more to add:
- 7TV
- pulp version of GASLIGHT

Pulp Alley or .45 Adventure would probably be my first two picks personally.

nvdoyle25 Apr 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

Can't say enough good things about Pulp Alley. You'll want the whole set of rules, but the QS is a good enough taste.

capncarp25 Apr 2017 9:58 p.m. PST

Nobody has mentioned Pulp Action Library's "Mad Dogs With Guns", which bears the inimitable feel of Howard Whitehouse and Roderick Robertson.

IUsedToBeSomeone26 Apr 2017 1:22 a.m. PST

Erm… they have

OP: "Looking for other 1920-1930's style Gangster rules for 28mm figures other than "The Chicago Way", and "Mad Dogs with Guns".

Any suggestions and ideas? "



surdu200526 Apr 2017 2:50 a.m. PST

I am biased, but you might take a look at To Be Continued… by GASLIGHT. This was originally published as a supplement to GASLIGHT and is not part of The GASLIGHT Compendium. You can take a look at the GASLIGHT Quick Start Guide as a free download from RPG Now or Wargames Vault. The mechanics are pretty straight forward. If you like GASLIGHT, you can not only use it for your Gangster games but also for Victorian Science Fiction and other periods. With the supplements gathered together in the Compendium, you have a skirmish game, battle-sized game, pulp game, a role-playing game, and even a VSF fleet-action game.

Buck Surdu

Gone Fishing26 Apr 2017 5:00 a.m. PST

Great recommendations here. Buck, you're making me feel old, but I think To Be Continued… IS in your excellent compendium. Did you mean 'now?'

bmcfarlane26 Apr 2017 5:59 a.m. PST

We played a Gangster game using Black Ops rules, from Osprey. It was OK – very tactical, with good stealth rules. I still prefer Pulp Alley

capncarp26 Apr 2017 10:01 p.m. PST

To coin a phrase "D'Oh!!" <slinks off in embarrassment to keep the Lounge Salad Bar company>

IUsedToBeSomeone27 Apr 2017 1:32 a.m. PST

Don't worry, I'd have recommended Mad Dogs with Guns as well as its my chosen ruleset.


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART27 Apr 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

I'ved used Chain Reaction with the Gangster supplement to good effect. We ran a bank robbery scenario several times with widely variable results. Lots of replay value there.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART27 Apr 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

Used the '45 rules(free) and characters were being shot stupid and still stumbling on long after their expiration date. I suppose being plugged in the face with 3 .45 hollow points wouldnt deter a manly man but suspension of belief was duly suspended,

TXDave Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2023 11:56 a.m. PST

Anybody tried we only killed each other by the armchair general? Thoughts on those?


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