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Old 09-21-2021, 06:17 AM   #1
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Is there a GURPS title out on organized crime?
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Old 09-21-2021, 07:11 AM   #2
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Surprisingly, no. There are brief mentions of criminal organizations scattered around the GURPS corpus, but no GURPS Cosa Nostra or anything like that.

(Sounds like an opportunity for aspiring GURPS authors. Maybe something for the Boardroom and Curia line?)
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Old 09-21-2021, 08:03 AM   #3
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Surprisingly, no. There are brief mentions of criminal organizations scattered around the GURPS corpus, but no GURPS Cosa Nostra or anything like that.

(Sounds like an opportunity for aspiring GURPS authors. Maybe something for the Boardroom and Curia line?)
Boardroom and Curia does have a textbox on the Chicago "Outfit" from the time of Al Capone. It's pobably counts as one of your "brief mentions" though.
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Old 09-21-2021, 10:39 AM   #4
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Why not do a generic one on secret societies? You could have mundane ones like the Mafia and other criminal groups, political groups, or full out Ancient Conspiracies. You can even have groups that are open about their existence and have no dishonest motives but conceal some of their membership and/or activities, or simply make a fetish out of internal symbology, etc (like a German dueling society, a Chinese surname society, for instance).
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Old 09-21-2021, 11:24 AM   #5
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GURPS does not have a specific "Organized Crime" source Book. However, Greywood Publishing (for D20) does. It includes other source books such as FEDS and CRIME SCENE that you may want to take a peek at for use WITH GURPS. As luck would have it, you could pick up a few "source books" you may find useful at the Drivethrurpg.com location. They run about $8 per PDF. And yes, I've used a couple of them for my own GURPS Games, so if you want, you can always email me on my experience with it. Nothing like using R. Talsorian's Protect and Serve in conjunction with several other source books - all while using GURPS as the main vehicle.

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Also, there are a series of PDF's available at DRIVETHRURPG that you may want to take a peek at. They're all free and there are a few of them you might find useful. The "series" is called Dog Town, which portrays role playing the life of a low life criminal trying to make it big. It is set in the 1970's and could be adapted easily enough for any campaign you may care to run - including a cyberpunk campaign.
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Old 09-21-2021, 12:32 PM   #6
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Surprisingly, no. There are brief mentions of criminal organizations scattered around the GURPS corpus, but no GURPS Cosa Nostra or anything like that.

(Sounds like an opportunity for aspiring GURPS authors. Maybe something for the Boardroom and Curia line?)
There are also GURPS Classic Cops, GURPS Classic Espionage, and a Pyramid #3 issue on the Noir genre. I suspect there is something on organized crime in Shanghai 1938-1941 in GURPS Martial Arts: Fairbairn Close Combat Systems http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/books/fairbairn/ (and Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War was bad, like Iraq since 2011 bad)

It definitely feels like a gap that an author could fill with a few booklets!
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Old 09-21-2021, 06:41 PM   #7
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I really liked the idea of a book covering various criminal organizations, especially the more "classic" ones, like the Italian mafia, the triads, Yakusa and the like, etc. If it was around 3E, I think it would have been a complete book, maybe 120-150 pages long. The World of Darkness has a supplement for this even, called Mafia, which was quite interesting at the time.

For 4E, I don't know if SJGames would be interested in releasing a complete book, but maybe a line of its own could work, with each PDF covering an organization, perhaps, and tips on how to use them, maybe optional rules, templates, etc.
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