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Gangsters (GSR) Links Email GM Updated June 8, 2023
Class B: Beginning Players Welcome You may play if you have read the rules, played previously, or participated in a scheduled demo. Be on time for the scheduled demonstration. The GM will remain for only 15 minutes if no one is present.
Schedule GM: John Pack (20th Year)
Round Day Start Time Duration Location
Demo 1/1Mo181Exhibit Hall Annex #4
Heat 1/4FSa173Grand Ballroom
Heat 2/4Mo193Alpine
Heat 3/4Th213Grand Ballroom
Heat 4/4Sa173Grand Ballroom
2023 Tournament Format  Heats Winners Only

Mob blood run in your veins? Or does it just run in the streets of Chicago?

Gangsters is your chance to find out, to prove your metal, or to catch a slug in the back! Four gangs compete to rule the streets of Chicago in all-out gang warfare. Your racketeers secure the choice joints from which to conduct your affairs. Your vamp seduces the members of rival gangs with promises of wealth, power, fame, and success. Meanwhile, thugs give your gang the raw muscle to make your plans a reality. Feel like puttin' the squeeze on local businesses or just puttin' the enemy six feet under? These are yer boys! Meanwhile, youse gotta keep da boyz in blue under control with carefully placed bribes and by tippin' 'em off to rival operations! And if dat wuzn't enough, youse gotta get da easy marks tah buys lots o' yer moonshine!

Game Mechanics

Originally thought of as a simple, beer-and-pretzel game (with a squirt gun, for cryin' out loud), Gangsters has evolved as top contenders have analyzed and published strategy into a serious (and seriously fun) competition. Youse can expect tah see names like "Dusk", "The Head", "Slumord", and "Sticky Fingers" appear. Gangsters is an elegant game of balancing and maximizing odds. "There are no bad die rolls in this game - youse just gotta be ready!"

When is the right time to use your muscle, to risk the cops, or sit tight?

The decisions are not trivial nor for the faint-of-heart. But if you are ready, the streets of Chicago await you-with the best combination of pure fun, strategic competition, and squirt guns anywhere! Youse can learn what you need to know to begin your life of crime at any demo (or by watching the 22-minute training video at

Squirt Guns

Please help us keep our singular exception to the BPA Weapons & Uniforms policy by using only squirt guns with neon colors and only at those Gangsters' tables designated for squirt gun use. Please follow all squirt gun etiquette. Thank you!

Format & Prizes

Each heat is a brand-new competition. Win once during any of the four heats to advance to the single-elimination Semifinal. Those who have played zero or one times before are eligible for the Junior Godfather award. The player who takes the most hits in a single game wins the Roadkill award. The player who gets seduced most often in a single game wins the "I think She likes Me!" Award. Cement Overshoes and a trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan reward good sportsmanship.

Complete Format, Rules Video, Tie-Breakers, Strategy Articles, Squirt Gun Etiquette & Statistics:

Bonus Prizes:

Complete Errata/FAQ: