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          Gangsters Strategy Guide
          by  "Madd"  Matt Jedrych
          Version 4.69  - 11/13/99
     What all is in here?
        I. Intro
           a) The Game
           b) What's New?
       II. Getting Started
           a) First Orders
           b) The Hoods
      III. Moving On In The Game
           a) Buying Businesses
           b) Illegal Businesses
           c) Accountants & Lawyers
           d) The Election
       IV. Your Opposition
           a) Other Gangs
           b) Those Damn Cops
        V. Smart Keys
       VI. Frequently Asked Questions
      VII. The Cheats
    I. Intro
       a) The Game
       Gangsters is a game of city wide domination. It varies from giving
       orders, running business, dealing with other gangs and cops, 
       committing crimes, and doing whatever it takes to gain income. It
       may sound hard trying to all this, but it's not... well, it won't be
       if you read this damn strategy guide I wrote up. Mainly, I learned
       these things either by myself, or by flipping through the Gangsters
       manual. Heck, a lot of it was taken from the manual.. but that's
       how I learned how to play the game. Everything else is original,
       nothing was stolen.. hell, to my knowledge, this is the only
       Gangsters FAQ out there.
       Now, for the game specifics...
       Platform: Win95  
       Publisher: Eidos  
       Developer: Hothouse Creations  
       Genre: Strategy  
       Origin: U.K.  
       Max. Number of Players:  4  
       Online Support: YES  
       Minimum Requirements: Pentium 133MHz; 4xCD-ROM; 16 MB RAM; 2 MB SVGA; 
       b) What's New?
       Let's take a look...
       Version .69 - 2/24/99:
       This was the first one I threw together. It had just the basic
       strategy guide alone, nothing special. This was about a month after
       I got the game and at that point, I was very interested in it.
       Version 1.69 - 3/22/99:
       This came out only about a month after the first version and I added
       the hot keys to it as well as a Q & A section. I had been getting
       many, many, many questions, so I decided to answer them. At this
       point, I was still interested in the game, greatly. 
       Version 4.69 - This one:
       Can you see the time difference? This was thrown together 8 months
       after the last one and I'm doing this one for a single reason. To
       answer more questions. Also, folks... I haven't played the game in
       over four months, and EVERYTHING I know is in here. SO, if you're
       question isn't answered here, chances are that I won't know it. Also,
       I added a cheats section.
    II. Getting Started
        a) First Orders
        You first orders should be to extort and recruit. Those two things
        should be all you're doing in the first week. In the second, you 
        should add Money Collection to your priorities. Hence, the main 
        three things to think of at start are: collecting money, getting
        more territory (by extorting) and recruiting new hoods. Protecting
        your area is something you could consider, but it isn't necessary
        since in the first weeks nobody will be starting a war.. not yet.
        b) The Hoods
        Your boys, your gang, your men. You need to use these guys in the
        right way, or your orders will fail time and time again. The gang
        leaders are called Lieutenants, and should always be high in two
        things: intelligence and organization. Along with that should be
        a high rating in the skill needed for his team's task (ex. the
        Lieutenant of an extortion team should have a high intimidation
        At start, you should build four teams. One for protection, 
        extortion, money collection and another for recruiting. The 
        protection is the team that will guard businesses and patrol your
        territory. The hoods in this group should have high rating in 
        firearms (at least four stars), and a good rating in fists would
        help as well. The extortion team will get more territory, and each 
        hood in it should have at least four stars in intimidation. The
        recruiting team should include gangsters with high ratings in 
        intelligence. As for the collectors team, it doesn't really matter
        since anyone can collect cash. 
        Equipping your Lieutenants is important, and you should consider
        whether they actually need guns or vehicles. Give weapons to those
        who really might need it- patrol teams and gangs that are going in
        to commit a crime. Give guns to the people who have a rating in
        firearms of at least four stars- they'll know how to use it best.
        As for vehicles, give them only to the people who you are sending
        far away. Cars don't come cheap- use them wisely.
    III. Moving On In The Game
         a) Buying Businesses
         Once you have some dough, think about buying a business. This 
         brings in legal money. Since the business are legal, the FBI
         won't raid them as they would your illegal businesses. Legal
         cash will hide the amount of illegal money you have, somewhat.
         If you're making too much illegal money, the FBI will get 
         suspicious- not something you want. However, if you have a good
         accountant, you don't have to worry about this- a good accountant
         can cover up the amount of illegal money you pull in.
         Buying a legal business it pretty simple, and you don't need to
         worry about sending someone to run it- it's automatically done
         for you.
         b) Illegal Businesses
         Once you feel like it, set up some of these. However, as with
         normal businesses, you have to place them correctly (ex. a casino
         would go in a wealthy area, prizefights go in poor areas). Want
         to know more? Hell, I'm a nice guy...
            Card Games: put these only in the poor areas. Best location for
    	card games is a pool hall or a book store.
            Counterfeit: these won't bring in any profit, but will be 
            spread out throughout your legal businesses. The best location
            for this is the Printer, however the Bank is fine as well.
    	Casinos: put these in wealthy areas and you'll get tons of 
    	cash. The Main Bank is the best location.
            Gambling Den: let's just call this "the casino for the poor."
            The best location is the pool hall.
            Dice Games: these go in the real poor areas of town. The best
            location is either a pool hall or a hotel. 
            Insider Trading: these belong in the commercial centre. Good
            locations are finance companies, banks and real estate.
            Loan Sharks: these can be anywhere in the city, but do best
            in banks, real estate and finance companies. 
    	Grifters: also known as pickpockets. They belong in the poor
    	areas of the city, and the best locations are poll halls.
            Moonshine Stills: no profit comes from these, but they are
            essential for your speakeasies. Best places to put them are 
            drug stores.
            Speakeasy: probably the best illegal businesses. It gets
            its liquor either from the moonshine stills, or you can steal
            it from other places. These can be easily hid in breakfast 
            bars, cafes, milk bars and restaurants. 
            Teamsters: can only be set up behind the Union Building. This
            will let you control the strike of the industrial area and
            can also call on the block vote during an election.
            Prizefights: boxing and gambling make a good couple. Doesn't
            matter what part of town they go in, as long as they are 
            located in a gym or pool hall.
            Numbers Racket: the lottery with one catch- it's fixed so that
            nobody ever wins. They do best in poorer areas and should be
            located in general stores, cafes or printers. 
            Whorehouses: these can go anywhere in the city, since everyone
            wants to get laid =) Good locations are dance studios, massage 
            parlors and hotels.
    	Offices: no profit here, but they are important. Your hoods 
    	will depart for their jobs from the local office, so having
    	more then one can improve your gang efficiency. 
         c) Accountants and Lawyers
         You should get both of these early in the game. The accountant
         covers up your illegal money, preventing an FBI raid. The more
         stars an accountant has, the better he is at this.
         A good lawyer is also a necessity. He helps keep your men out of
         prison and bribe officials.
         d) The Election
         If you decide to enter an election once it comes around, you'll
         need three things: an excellent lawyer, lots of cash and lots of
         land. Something to try is reducing the protection money, which
         will make the people happy and get more votes for you. As said 
         before, the Teamster building helps you in the election. It will 
         automatically give you at most 10% of the votes.
    IV. Your Opposition
        a) Other Gangs
        If they're bothering you, you'll have to take care of them- at one
        point or another. First off, try locating their office. Explore,
        and do it often. Try exploring areas in which you often see the
        opposing hoods, and sends a lot of people at once. Kidnapping
        is another way of finding the enemy base. To do this, you must
        find a building in which you often see the opposing hoods. Pulling
        this off will require a group of hoods that have high ratings in
        intelligence, intimidation, stealth, firearms, and organization.
        Succeed, and you will gain a list of businesses owned by the enemy.
        Investigate these buildings.
        Once you find the office, decide what you really want to do. You
        can try to get the leader arrested. Destroying that gang's legal 
        business will increase the suspicion of the police towards that 
        gang. If the suspicion gets real high, the leader will get 
        arrested. You can also take the hard way to it- kill the leader. 
        If you decide to do just that, make sure you send a lot of hoods,
        make sure they have vehicles and guns, and make sure you have a lot
        of cash to get new hoods since many of yours will get killed. Send
        every hood that you can, and hit 'em with all you got.
        b) Those Damn Cops
        There's no way around this- the cops will be after you. They patrol
        the city every week looking for crimes, or those who are accused
        of it.
        Watch out for FBI agents near your businesses. If you see a group
        of them, you better get ready 'cause they're about to raid your
        illegal business. You can either attack them, or let them go forth
        with their actions if you have enough money to bribe the Judge to
        get yourself out of trouble. If you see an agent who is solo, it 
        means that the FBI has some suspicion towards you. Either kill him,
        or close down the illegal business.
        If one of your men gets arrested, bribe the judge. OR, you can 
        bribe the District Attorney. By doing this, you'll get the names 
        of the witnesses and jurors. You can either bribe them, or 
        intimidate them... and if they don't work with you, you can kill 
    V. Smart Keys
       It's a lot easier sometimes to use your keyboard as a shortcut to
       perform several actions, rather then having to do them using your
       mouse. The following list comes straight from the Gangsters readme
       text file.
    	Help						?
    	Lieutenant Section				F1
    	Accountant Section				F2
    	Lawyer Section					F3
    	Diplomacy Section				F4
    	Newspaper					F5
    	Graphs						F6
    	City Maps					F7
    	Game Options					F8
    	Toggle City Plan / Rooftop view			Space
    	Lieutenant 1					1
    	Lieutenant 2					2
    	Lieutenant 3					3
    	Lieutenant 4					4
    	Lieutenant 5					5
    	Lieutenant 6					6
    	Lieutenant 7					7
    	Lieutenant 8					8
    	Open Clipboard					C
    	Hoods Section					H
    	Vehicles Section				V
    	Weapons Section					W
    	Confirm						Return / Enter
    	Reject						Escape
    	Load Game					CTRL+L
    	Save Game					CTRL+S
    	Messages. (Multiplayer only)			F9 to F12
    	Close Chat Window (Multiplayer only)		Tab
    	Quit						CTRL+Q
    	Help						?
    	Pause						P
    	City Plan					Insert
    	Rooftop View					Home
    	Street View					Page Up
    	Toggle Street View / Rooftop View		Space Bar
    	Cycle gangsters from team 1			1
    	Cycle gangsters from team 2			2
    	Cycle gangsters from team 3			3
    	Cycle gangsters from team 4			4
    	Cycle gangsters from team 5			5
    	Cycle gangsters from team 6			6
    	Cycle gangsters from team 7			7
    	Cycle gangsters from team 8			8
    	Accelerate time by one step			>
    	Decelerate time by one step			<
    	Remove / Replace buildings			B
    	Kill Street Order				F1
    	Assault Street Order				F2
    	Tail Street Order				F3
    	Go to Street Order				F4
    	Cancel Street Order				Escape
    	View Combat Messages				F5
    	View Gangsters and Police Messages		F6
    	View Failed Orders Messages			F7
    	View Waiting / Priority Messages		F8
    	Messages. (Multiplayer only)			F9 to F12
    	Close Chat Window (Multiplayer only)		Tab
    	Quit 						CTRL+Q
    VI. Frequently Asked Questions
        Since putting out this FAQ, I've gotten quite a few questions. I've
        decided to answer them through here as a future referance for any
        others who may need my assistance.
       Q: I want to know that how can i recruit accountant and lawyer???
       A: Quite simple... just order your hoods to recruit. Then, to the 
          left of the map (on the bottom) you should see three icons. Each 
          one is for hoods, lawyers and accountants. Take your choice, and
          you're set. 
       Q: (a) How can I do illegal business???
          (b) I was Wondering how to setup an illegal business, my icon for 
              setup business wound show up.      
       A: To set up an illegal business, you'll need a front (or a legal 
          business) and an empty lot in the center of a block on which the
          business is located. Pretty simple. Then, and ONLY then will
          the icon become clickable.
       Q: How do I make my hoods to be teamsters, speakeasy, moonshine 
       A: The things listed are illegal business. Hoods can't "become" 
          them. Info on how to set up illegal businesses is above this Q.
       Q: Are there any cheats in Gangsters?
       A: Not that I'm aware of, and I've been searching hard.
       Q: Are you interested in playing on-line against me?
       A: No, I don't even play this game anymore.
       Q: (a) I just bought gangsters few days ago. I tried playing but 
          every time i start a new game or scenario, all of my hoods are 
          behind bars, i cant use any of them. I tried waiting a few turns,
          but then i get killed. Some of the scenarios, i can get hoods, 
          but then after 1 week (the first week), they are all arrested.
          (b) I've just started out a new game...and all the hood I've got 
          have got bars in front of their faces and I can't make them do 
          anything...please help out...
          (c) Why the &%(@ are all my hoods in JAIL?! I just started a new
          game and they're all locked up!! WHAT THE %&@( IS GOING ON?!
          (d) When the game starts, all of the gangsters in the pool are 
          behind bars, how do i get them out? I can't give them orders or 
          upgrade them when they're like that.
       A: This is what happens if you have an illegal copy of the game, you
          damn poor bastards. Get some cash and buy the full copy!
       Q: the other gangsters keep moving in on my territory...why is this? 
          what is the best way to stop this from happening short of killing
          the bastards? I'm looking for their bases so I can do just that 
          but there must be some other way to stop them in the meantime.
       A: There's no way to stop other gangs from moving onto your 
          territory. Everyone wants to explore and find new buildings to
          extort. The best thing to do at first is just to leave them the
          hell alone. There's no need to start a war just because one 
          or two hoods are cruising around your land. However, if it
          pisses you off... then KILL 'EM ALL. In this game, it's all about
          the survival of the quickest.
       Q: I have a question that i don't think I found in the page. I have 
          problems with stubborn store owners who don't pay their freakin' 
          collection. I have hard times finding out who's not up to the 
          offer. I tried looking in the clipboard, then under storeowners.
          I see the empty icon that says "Won't pay protection." How come 
          its empty when I know someone isn't paying? Do I have to bribe 
          someone to get the list or something?
       A: Simply go back to the previous week's order, and flip through
          the cards. Whenever there is someone who didn't pay their 
          collection, it will be specified. A name IS given, so write that
          name down, or remember it, and where that person is located. Then
          you can kill, intimidate, bomb, or whatever you want to do to 
          them. If their building isn't available for a crime (and I do
          not know why that happens sometimes), simply try getting your
          collection again.
       Q: what does raiding do? does it help you, or hurt you?
       A: Raiding is simply put- a robbery. You can get a great deal of
          money through this, but obviously only if you rob places that
          you know make a lot of money. Places like this would be the large
          banks and hotels.
       Q: It seems that the FBI are only very suspicious about me, and not 
          the other gangs. After week 2 I mostly land up in jail! Do you 
          know what I do wrong?
       A: If you're extorting a LOT and pulling in tons of illegal cash 
          right away, the FBI is bound to have high suspicion towards you.
          Try to set up some legal businesses or get a good accountant to
          cover up the illegal money. As for you ending up in jail already
          by week 2... eeh.. I have no clue why you'd get sent to jail so
          quickly, unless you're committing crimes right from the start.
       Q: Hi, Can u explain how I take my hoods out of jail?
       A: If one of your men gets arrested, bribe the judge... blah, blah,
          blah. Grrr... I explained that already. Look under section IV, 
          part B. Try reading the FAQ before asking a question.
       Q: What if I have even more questions?
       A: If it hasn't been answered here, I most likely don't know the
          answer. To be honest, I haven't touched this game in about four
          months... but if you must, than send your questions to me at
       Q: Hey, can you send me Gangsters?
       A: Well... maybe if... NO!
    VII. Cheats
         Here they are, hooray (thanks to GameSages)!
    	-> Easy $50,000
    	   Go to the Liutenant screen, than after hitting the CAPS LOCK
    	   key, type in I LOVE HANSON. Than, if you're current amount
    	   of cash it under $50,000, than that's how much you'll get.
    	-> Easy $3,000
    	   Once again, go the the Liutenant screen. Once there, press
    	   D + A + R + T and voila!
    	-> Money & Hoods Cheat
    	   Go to 'Run' in the Windows 98 Start Menu and type regedit. 
    	   Now click through the following folders... 
    	   1. hkey_local_machine 
    	   2. Software 
    	   3. Hothouse 
    	   4. Gangsters 
    	   At 'Default Money,' change 2710 to 207101FF for about 
    	    544,000,000 bucks!!
     	   At 'Default Hoods,' change A to FF to start with 255 hoods!! 
    >>> E-mail me... SimFreak@aol.com <<<
    If you copy this strategy guide and try to take credit for it, I will
    rip your heart out, and feed it to a mad goat who will then proceed to
    wildly rape you. Got it? Good. 
    If you're interested in using this little FAQ of mine on your website, 
    simply e-mail me and ask. I won't bite... most likely. Redistribution
    of it, especially for profit is forbidden, and will not be tolerated. 
    If you chose to do so, I will personally wipe out your entire family.
    Copyright 1999 Mathew Jedrych

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