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    Defensive Guide by lonelyguy547

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    Gangsters: Organized Crime
    The Living Guide
    Scattered Comments and Various Tips on Defense
    Version 1.001
    Copyright 2003 Mikell Lowe
    I. Legal
    II. The Living Guide Series
    III. Basic Game Breakdown
    IV. Types of Defensive Hoods
    V. Weapons
    VI. Constitution of New Temperance
    VII. Defensive Tips
    VIII. Things I Need
    IX. Version History
    X. Special Thanks
    XI. About the Author
    I. Legal
    Copyright 2003 Mikell Lowe
    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for
    personal, private use. It may not be placed on any web site without
    advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web site
    or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a
    violation of copyright.
    II. The Living Guide Series
    Notice I have titled this guide 'The Living Guide'. I gave it that
    title for a reason. This guide is truly a living one. It is by no
    means a dead document. It is almost constantly being changed and is
    open to suggestions and questions. Anyone may email me at any time
    with any questions or suggestions they might have. The actual guide
    really isn't in this document, but in the emails you send to me. I
    check my email on average every two days, so getting a response from
    me shouldn't be a problem. Just remember, this guide is a LIVING guide.
    However, it is not for anyone. When you pick up this guide, you are
    already expected to have a basic knowledge of the game's interface.
    III. Basic Game Breakdown
    Gangsters takes place in a giant 3D world comprised of hundreds and
    hundreds of individual characters. The basic point of the game is to
    conquer this world, called New Temperance, through organized crime.
    You must recruit gang members, extort businesses, cheat, steal, kill,
    and lie to make it to the top. In accomplishing this task, you will
    come into contact with the three other gangs who are going for the
    same goal.
    There are actually three different ways you can win. Lets take a look
    at them in order of difficulty.
    1. Going straight
    If you have a lawyer and enough money, you can go straight and leave
    your life of crime behind. If you choose to go straight, you cannot
    own any illegal businesses. Although this is supposed to be the
    'easiest' way to win, inexperienced players will no doubt have trouble
    in achieving its objectives.
    2. Being elected mayor
    To run for mayor, you must have a large sum of money and a lawyer to
    assist you. Being elected mayor is one of the hardest things to
    accomplish because the rival gangs will stop at nothing to humiliate
    you and ruin your election campaign. I personally would not recommend
    trying this, but then again I'm not exactly what you'd call a veteran.
    3. Eliminating the rival gangs
    This method of winning is supposedly the hardest, but inexperienced
    players should try to shoot for this one. In order to eliminate a gang,
    you must assassinate its leader and anyone else who might be able to
    take over. Sometimes when you kill a gang leader, one of his/her
    lieutenants will take over the gang and you will have to eliminate him.
    There are many different types of citizens in the world of Gangsters.
    Lets take a look at a few of them.
    Average Citizen
    These people are just regular people like you and me: weak, employed,
    innocent, and utterly terrified. Although you can't control these
    people directly, you can use money and intimidation to manipulate
    Unattached Gangster
    These people are criminals looking for work. They can be found in gyms,
    pool halls, docks, and labor exchanges, and are able to be recruited.
    Belonging Gangster or "Hood"
    These people are employed criminals belonging to one of the four gangs.
    Police Officer
    A police officer is basically an average citizen with enhanced
    abilities. All police officers are armed and will shoot at you if they
    see you doing something illegal. Officers can be bribed.
    Gang Leader
    There are four of these types in the game: one for each gang, and you
    are one of them. Gang leaders always stay in their office, never
    venturing outside. They do nothing but sit there and give orders,
    but most of them are well guarded.
    FBI Agent
    An FBI agent is basically an elite police officer. Unless you are
    really bad, you will rarely see one of these. FBI agents are
    incorruptible. They cannot be bribed.
    A judge is, well, a judge. These people make a living by sitting in
    the courthouse and ruling on criminal cases. Judges can be bribed.
    These people help you out with legal issues. If you can afford one, I
    would highly recommend picking one up. If you do, make sure he has at
    least four stars in Intelligence. Lawyers can also get your Hoods out
    of legal trouble and bribe police officers and top brass officials.
    Accountants help you out with financial issues. They are not exactly
    essential, but if you run a lot of businesses you should hire one.
    The gameplay of Gangsters is split into two basic sections: the
    Planning Period and the Work Week. You give the majority of your
    orders during the Planning Period and then watch them being carried
    out during the Work Week.
    IV. Types of Defensive Hoods
    I have divided up Hoods into specific defensive categories. I would
    recommend you placing Hoods with the listed skills in their respective
    1. Security Hoods
    Requirements: 3 stars intelligence, 3 stars firearms
    These Hoods are responsible for taking out enemy gangsters that enter
    your territory, but are rare. If possible, they should be formed into
    a separate team.
    2. Streetfighting Hoods
    Requirements: 3 stars intelligence, 3.5 stars fists
    These Hoods are useful in assaulting enemy gangsters on the street.
    If possible, they should be formed into a separate team.
    3. Intimidation Hoods
    Requirements: 3.5 stars intelligence, 3.5 stars intimidation
    These Hoods are responsible for convincing wayward business owners
    that have left you to join your side.
    4. Extortion Hoods
    Requirements: 3 stars intimidation
    These Hoods are responsible for expanding your protection racket.
    5. Assaulting Hoods
    Requirements: 2.5 stars intelligence, 3.5 stars intimidation, 4 stars
    These Hoods are responsible for assaulting wayward business owners that
    have left you.
    6. Business Hoods
    Requirements: 3 stars business, 3 stars organization
    These Hoods are in charge of running your businesses.
    7. Clean Cut Hoods
    Requirements: 3 stars intelligence, 3.5 stars knives
    These Hoods are useful in killing people using hand-to-hand combat
    instead of guns. This method of killing is quiet and won't attract
    much attention.
    8. Collection Hoods
    Requirements: Any skills
    Save your most worthless Hoods for this job. These Hoods are
    responsible for collecting protection money each week,
    which takes no skill. These Hoods should be formed into a separate
    team, if possible.
    V. Weapons
    Lets take a look at the different kinds of weapons that you will find
    in New Temperance.
    1. Pistol
    Price: $100
    The pistol is weak and has limited range, but is easy to conceal.
    2. Shotgun
    Price: $750
    The shotgun is extremely powerful close up but has the same maximum
    range as the pistol. I would not recommend using this weapon alone.
    3. Rifle
    Price: $750
    The Rifle has a very long range and is also the most accurate.
    This gun is my favorite. I would strongly recommend using it.
    4. Tommy Gun
    Price: $2000
    I don't know much about this gun because I haven't really used it,
    but Tommy Guns aren't all they are cracked up to be. While powerful,
    they are wildly inaccurate and should only be given to 4 star shooters.
    5. Twin Pack Pistols
    Price: $3000
    I know nothing of this weapon. I've only used it once, and its
    supposed to be good.
    Try arming your Hoods in Shotgun-Rifle pairs. This combination is
    VI. Constitution of New Temperance
    The justice system of New Temperance is quite unique. It is essential
    that you know the rules.
    Shooting people without reasonable cause is illegal. You may only
    shoot someone if you have been shot at first. Killing police officers
    or FBI agents is illegal, under any circumstances.
    Assaulting people on the street, however, is okay. You just can't
    assault police officers or FBI agents.
    Running an illegal business is, obviously, illegal.
    If one of your Hoods becomes wanted, police officers will shoot at
    him on sight. You can tell if your hood is wanted by looking at his
    or her name. If there is a weird-looking symbol next to hit, he is
    Bombing and arson are also illegal.
    VII. Defensive Tips
    If you want to take over New Temperance, your territory must be secure.
    It is important that you have every block in your territory covered
    by a patrolman. These patrolmen should be Security Hoods (Hoods who
    have at least 3 stars of intelligence and 3 stars of firearms). All of
    your patrolmen should be armed. Unless you're in an alliance you
    should eliminate all enemy Hoods that enter your territory.
    How you arm your Security Hoods is very important. Simple pistols are
    enough to get by at first, but you will have trouble later in the game. What you
    really need are rifles and shotguns. Seriously, a Security Hood armed
    with a rifle is almost unstoppable. Once I equipped a guy who had 4
    stars intelligence and 3 stars firearms with a rifle and he was taking
    out guys in one shot! As soon as you can, start purchasing rifles for
    your Security Team. At the very least, you should have one rifleman.
    Believe me, it's worth it.
    There will come a time, however, when the police will become suddenly
    interested in your activities. You will notice officers appearing more
    and more often in your territory. With all of this police action going
    on, it will be hard to keep the bad guys out without getting your Hoods
    arrested. So what do you do?
    You will have to resort to hand-to-hand combat, which is quieter.
    Pick up a few Hoods who are proficient with knives and set them loose.
    If you are in Aggression with another gang, it is important to always
    have a guard at your office. He or she should be a Security Hood.
    Try to arm your guards with shotguns.
    Sometimes a business owner in your protection racket will transfer over to
    another gang. This is a serious problem because they are very hard to
    get back. Here is a list of steps to take if this happens.
    1. Intimidation
    Send an Intimidation Hood (see section IV) to try to convince the
    owner to rejoin your side.
    2. Assault
    If Intimidation doesn't work, try sending an Assault Hood to beat 'em
    up. This Hood should have a low knives skill.
    3. Smash Up
    If Assault doesn't work, try sending someone over to smash up the
    business. I'm not exactly sure what skills are required for this
    4. Bombing/Torching/Killing
    If Smashing Up doesn't work, extreme measures are required. Send a
    Hood with high intelligence, explosives, and stealth skills to bomb
    the place. Or, send a Hood with high intelligence, stealth, and arson
    skills to torch it. Or, just send a Clean Cut Hood to kill the
    business owner once and for all.
    VIII. Things I Need
    This guide is by no means complete. There are still many things that
    I don't know about this game. Below is a list of things I need more
    info on. People who help out will receive special recognition in the
    Special Thanks section.
    1. Info on weapons
    I need more information on the Tommy Gun and the Twin Pack Pistols.
    Also, I would like to know your favorite weapon so I can post it here
    for the sake of interest. I also need more info on the advantages and
    disadvantages of the shotgun.
    2. Info on the New Temperance justice system
    I need info on what's illegal and what's not. More specifically, I need
    to know whether killing people hand-to-hand is legal or not.
    3. Defensive Tips and Discipline
    I could always use more tips on defense and how to get business owners
    back in line.
    4. Anything Else
    More than anything I need your opinions and suggestions.
    My Email Address: mikelllowe@yahoo.com
    IX. Version History
    January 7, 2004
    First Version completed and edited
    January 7, 2004
    Version 1.001 completed with fixed formatting and spellcheck
    X. Special Thanks
    -Prima for making the Gangsters strategy guide
    -The people who made this game
    XI. About the Author
    I am a teenager living in Washington State. The message boards I post
    on are the Goldeneye 64 Board, the Gangsters Board, and sometimes the
    Star Wars Board. My message board name is lonelyguy547.