Oh, the 1940s. Such a colorful part of American history. Having been born in Chicago, I learned a lot about the criminal element in the city through pop culture and various history classes. Now Stormakten Productions is bringing the heyday of American Mob activity to your tabletops with Mobster Metropolis. The game’s up on Kickstarter now.
Players take on the role of heads of the various crime families in the city. Each round, through the eight phases, they will vie for control of various sectors. Gather thugs and control various areas of the city, bribe the cops to look the other way when your “legit places of business” ply their wares, and even engage in open warfare against the other families. The game uses a simultaneous play set of mechanics, where players plan out their strategies in secret and then everyone reveals their intentions at once.
The campaign is up and running now. It’s about 2/5 of the way to funding with still 28 days to go.