GF9 Announces Wise Guys, a new game set in 1920’s Chicago where you compete in rival gangs as rum runners

Gale Force 9 have announced their latest game, Wise Guys. Designed by Phil Yates, Wise Guys has players take on the role of one of four rival gangs as they attempt to strike it rich as rum runners in Chicago during the roaring 20’s. GF9 promises that Wise Guys will be quick to learn, while also providing a strategic and cut throat experience. Check out a short introduction trailer above and read below for more details:

‘You accomplish more with a smile, a handshake, and a gun, than you do with just a smile and a handshake’  – Al ‘Scarface’ Capone…

Gale Force Nine are best known for exploring, well known and beloved IP to bring a deeply thematic experience for players to the tabletop. We are excited to bring the roaring 20’s world of gangsters & prohibition alive in our first original non-licensed release. Wise Guys.

Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20’s as a gang boss in Prohibition-era Chicago. Flappers dance the Charleston at fabulous parties fuelled by the booze YOUR gang distributes.

Schmooze with the politicians as you fund their election campaigns and let the voters know which way to vote, if they know what’s good for them. With enough clout at City Hall, there’s nothing to fear from the law. You can sell booze on the streets and literally get away with murder…

In Wise Guys, players control rival gangs, competing to be the most successful ‘Rum Runners’ in Chicago during the Prohibition era.

Each turn players wheel, deal, talk and fight to control locations where they buy and sell alcohol, help politicians get elected and get help in return or double-cross rival gangs. Negotiate, threaten and ally with rival gangs when it serves your needs, but be wary of the inevitable knife in the back…

Players roll to choose their gang, then set themselves up with a respectable front of neighbourhood business men and their associates, whilst keeping their resources, money, guns & booze hidden from their rivals.

Taking control of real-life gangsters, such as Al ‘Scarface’ Capone, Dean O’Banion, ‘Polack Joe’ Saltis and Ralph Sheldon, players issue orders for their Made Men & Associates to drive to existing or newly revealed locations, exploiting profitable opportunities as they arise.

Outfox rivals by striking deals, bribing and threatening them to keep them on their toes. When words fail, send in your enforcers, hard men like ‘Machine-gun Jack’

The gang with the most cash at the end of the game wins..

Box Contains

1 x Rule Book
4 x Clubhouse Cards
4 x Asset Blinds
24 x Location Tiles
1 x Roaring 20’s Tile
40 x Gang Member Tokens
33 x Order Tokens
189 x Asset Tokens
4 x Clout Tokens
1 x Black Market Card
4 x Dice

RRP: £40 / € 50 Coming February 2022…

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