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Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Oct 2022 11:01 p.m. PST

Any recommendations for skirmish style pulp adventure game rules. Games would be set 1920 to 1939.

Porthos10 Oct 2022 12:24 a.m. PST

Years ago I bought the book "Policing Shanghai" by Frederic Wakeman jr.

"Prewar Shanghai: casinos, brothels, Green Gang racketeers, narcotics syndicates, gun-runners, underground Communist assassins, Comitern secret agents. Frederic Wakeman's masterful study of the most colorful and corrupt city in the world at the time provides a panoramic view of the confrontation and collaboration between the Nationalist secret police and the Shanghai underworld."

Since Shanghai in this period was divided into three jurisdictions (French Concession, International Settlement and Chinese) it was – as one comment on this book says "Golden years of crime". If I remember correctly the head of police was a gangster (and I mean he first was a gangster and after that head of police). I have used Shanghai for decennia (;-)) using G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. rules.

Have fun ! (And thank you for all those marvellous SYW and recently Sudan posts).

Norrins10 Oct 2022 1:16 a.m. PST

Have you looked at Pulp Alley?

Kuznetsov10 Oct 2022 3:49 a.m. PST

Osprey has one coming out in December:


bogdanwaz10 Oct 2022 4:34 a.m. PST

Astounding Tales:


Wackmole910 Oct 2022 5:56 a.m. PST

2nd Pulp Alley

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 6:15 a.m. PST

"Rugged Adventures" from Pulp Miniatures. link


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 7:47 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley and Fistful of Lead will both suit your needs.

mghFond10 Oct 2022 8:51 a.m. PST

My suggestion is a bit more centered on gangster skirmish rules but Howard Whitehouse has Mad Dogs with Guns that our group uses. A lot of fun and easy to learn.

Published by Osprey.

fredavner Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 8:51 a.m. PST

Doc Savage novels

Mirosav10 Oct 2022 9:21 a.m. PST

Pulp Alley or 7TV Pulp.

HMS Exeter10 Oct 2022 11:10 a.m. PST

I have had nothing to do with it, but "A Very British Civil War" looks intriguing.

Additionally, there is an entire company devoted to this, "Pulp Figures," with their own rules and an extensive figure line.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 11:52 a.m. PST

My go to set of rules for everything skirmish is Fist Full of Lead and its variants. Best damn set of skirmish rules I ever played, especially for this ancient brain of mine.

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2022 3:42 p.m. PST

"Babyface and Me" by Ed Teixeria. An intro to Two Hour Wargames dated Feb 2009 (my computer file says when I downloaded them). IIRC, they were a free download at the time. If so, wouldn't hurt to chase them down.

Chuckaroobob11 Oct 2022 3:42 a.m. PST

.45 Adventure

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