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Hayes Wauford Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 10:11 a.m. PST


I am new to the Pulp period having just purchased a painted collection of 28mm figures- adventurers, gangsters, etc. etc.

Can you all point me to a ruleset? I am an experienced gamer but would like to entice my friends to play who have backgrounds in D&D, Fantasy Flight games, and Euro games.

Thank you!

BorisTheSpider14 Aug 2019 10:35 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley

wakenney14 Aug 2019 10:50 a.m. PST

7TV pulp just came out. Great rule set and great layout to the rules.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 11:07 a.m. PST

Definitely Pulp Alley.

Hayes Wauford Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2019 11:30 a.m. PST

Thanks! Pulp Alley ordered!

surdu200515 Aug 2019 1:29 a.m. PST

You might also consider GASLIGHT. While best known for Victorian Science Fiction, it works really well for Pulp games.

bogdanwaz15 Aug 2019 3:48 a.m. PST

Astounding Tales by Howard Whitehouse, available for $5 USD: link

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Aug 2019 12:05 p.m. PST

For the "Gangster" niche, take a look at "We Only Kill Each Other" at this link

And if you're looking for some authentic Gangsters, try link

Good Luck!

Dr Argent15 Aug 2019 12:37 p.m. PST

Sounds like you have miniatures, Pulp Alley ordered and experienced role players. I have found newbies to pulp genre love classic stereotypes or archetypes. Indiana Jones, The Shadow, Tarzan, early Wonder Woman,Rocketeer, Elliot Ness, all and more are easily represented with Pulp Alley rules. Also, new players love the Lost World setting, so just grab some plastic dinosaurs and start rolling dice.

TamsinP17 Aug 2019 3:32 a.m. PST

Also worth considering are:

.45 Adventure
Mad Dogs With Guns (from Osprey)
The Chicago Way (from Great Escape Games)
Bootleggers (from Steve Barber Models)

If you're after a RPG for your games, there is "Mobsters" from Burger Games. PDF link

There was also one from Games Workshop way back when.

pvi99th21 Aug 2019 12:24 p.m. PST

Pulp Alley is a really great set of rules. Before finding Pulp Alley, I tried other sets, including GASLIGHT and Astounding Tales. Just found them to not be what I was looking for.

Pulp Alley offers an almost unlimited set of rules that you can pretty much use for any time period or type of game. People do everything from straight pulp, to horror, gothic horror, historical, science fiction, and a whole lot more, with the one set of rules.

It also offers a solo system. That can be really challenging and I have lost to it more than once.

If you use Facebook there are several Pulp Alley groups that are quite active. There is also a Pulp Alley forum page. I think the Facebook groups get more posts now, but people do still post on the forum.

Also, I have posted various reviews of games at: link if interested.

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