GANGBUSTERS Box Set (1982): Old School Sandbox RPG, set in 1920s not-Chicago

Wayne's Books

Old school RPG company TSR could be accused of many things, but being hidebound, coasting on the success of Dungeons & Dragons?

Nope. They were consistently experimenting with other genres, different RPG play styles and settings. Gamma World was different than D&D. And Top Secret and Gangbusters were radically different.

The Gangbusters roleplaying game was set in the real world of the 1920s and 1930s. Think Untouchables, in movie and TV. Or Boardwalk Empire.

“The roaring 20s: the age of gangsters, prohibition, Model Ts and the great depression. Bootleggers and crime syndicates controlled entire cities, while gangs and bank robbers roamed the country. A handful of honest police officers, federal agents and private investigators were dedicated to freeing the public from the crushing grip of crime.”

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The rules lean into this setting. Characters are law officers, Prohibition agents, FBI agents, private investigators, reporters, and criminals. Each…

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