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Forget about the Beer Wars. With TVAG trying to muscle in and get some of the action, will the Wargames Rules Wars see unprecedented levels of violence. Will the Feds have to step in?

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"WOKEO Game Report"

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After some 15 years, We Only Kill Each Other: Life and Death on the Mean Streets, 1920-1935 (WOKEO) is finally nearing completion, with blind playtesting wrapping up, and arrangements with our printers being made.

If you wish to read a brief-but-detailed account of a recent playtest which will tell you a great deal about the rules themselves, please email, and you will be sent a PDF presented in the style of the classic Police Gazette as shown. It is complete with authentic front page, story, rules footnotes, and two pages of mood-setting photos, all by Gentleman Gamer and retired teacher, Mr. Glen Allison. It's blood-and-thunder crime reporting the way it used to be!

To learn more about We Only Kill Each Other, please read on. It will first be offered by a discounted subscription later in July, for scheduled release by August.

Thoroughly researched with an emphasis on "realism," rather than Hollywood and legend, WOKEO is a fast-playing game model for criminal-on-criminal violence with the sometime involvement of Law Enforcement. Unlike previous forays into the subject, the rules recognize three distinct "theaters" of criminal enterprise that have the common denominator of violence – "Beers Wars" (1920-1933), "Dillinger Days" (1934-35), and "Mafia Wars" (1931-35). Each had distinctive features that made them unique and separate from the others as regards characters and possible game episodes.

WOKEO rules cover

Characters are generated in fine detail by types/classes – Gangsters, Hoodlums, Police, Detectives, FBI, and Treasury Agents, each with the opportunity for skills, areas of special knowledge, and even weaponry by period and subject. Distinguishing Features, including Peculiarities/Personality Quirks/Addictions/Compulsive Behaviors, Speech Impediments, as well as detailed physical attributes and Criminal Records, are just some of the descriptors that will apply.

WOKEO recognizes that criminals are never to be confused with soldiers – they are almost exclusively violent, under-educated, and commonly unintelligent who try to kill by stealth and surprise, rather than seek stand up battles with one another or Law Enforcement. Consequently, "discipline and duty" do not characterize them, while opportunism and fear of retaliation does.

Combat rules are fast and deadly, with a wide variety of basic weapon types available, but not for the players' choice! Tommy Guns and BARs are truly "terror weapons," and far more rare than Hollywood would make them appear. You won't find one everywhere, every time, but when you do, watch out!

Most games will need only fewer than a half-dozen figures to a side, though Police can begin to show up in overwhelming numbers if the crime is not effected quickly and efficiently. And, more than any other game, WOKEO encourages the presence of "Square Johns" civilians who can as easily fall victim to the police as the criminals. Use of "The Third Degree" with interrogations is part of the game, as well as the competition between "G-Men" and local police. It is even possible to "frame" a suspect to get that career-enhancing conviction!

And if you think the "G-Men" were supermen, think again!

Intended for use with any of the fine 28mm castings from manufacturers such as Pulp Figures, Blue Moon, Copplestone, Redoubt, and others, with 1:64/1:56 vehicles from such providers as Ledo's Days Gone range, and street and building models from Old Glory, and TVAG's Mean Streets and Mean Sets, WOKEO works into the games – the realities of the usually urban environment so central to criminal conflicts.

Call boxes, sirens, alarms, police whistles, auto and pedestrian traffic – all are part of the mix when perpetrating or confronting crime in the streets. Tear gas, explosives, body armor, automobile chases, crashes, brawling, "Gun Molls"…

More Police Gazette accounts will be published before the subscription formally begins, to give more evidence of what makes WOKEO unique in its genre.

Any questions about the project are welcomed at

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