In MDwG gangs generally have a Boss and several members ranging from skilled gunman down to thugs. Each character has several traits that are rated from 2-5 and generally you must roll equal or below this number to succeed. There are also skills assigned to characters, (Two gun kid, Femme Fatale, Brutal Champ,) to add more color. The turn is handled by a deck of regular playing cards with each gang being given a color, 2 players, or a suit. Rules covering cars, scenarios and a campaign are also provided. This is a pretty basic description of the game. The rules are available here.
Now on to the game. Buddy Rich the big boss from Newark is coming in to town to visit his late mothers grave and check up the local mob that's running whiskey for him with a little on the side for themselves. The local G-men got word that something was going on but hadn't a clear idea what and needed to wait to see who showed up. Word also went out to a rival gang who sent in a hit man to take out Rich and gain control of his territory. The law enforcement were spending the day anticipating enjoying some of the local spirits.
As the new comers start off in their car another vehicle pulls up along side them. Before they know it a blast of gunfire hits the car wounding the accountant but the others manage to get out of the car.
The car then explodes in a ball of fire. The accountant falls to the pavement as the others run for cover. The hit men in the car manoeuvre to keep up the gun fire. However they soon hear the whistle of lead as the local mobs Torpedo opens fire on them.
Blazing away with his tommy gun he hits the gas tank and for the second time a car explodes on the bucolic streets of town. The gun battle rages as the rival gangs hit man looks to achieve his goal and the local gang tries to figure out how to work this to their advantage. The cops hear all the noise and decide they need to go and investigate. The G-men start to move also hoping to catch their man. They block off the main road out of town and try to sort out who's who in the gun fight.
The local boys get caught up in the roadblock. This isn't the big score the G-men where looking for but they'll take it. The gun battle is still going on around the train station. Suddenly a keen eyed agent spots Rich creeping around the back of the road block. He grabs another agent and they pursue the gangster through the church yard. Again gunfire erupts in the street. This time the G-men get the target they were after and Buddy Rich falls in a hail of gunfire.
Just yards from his destination Rich utters his last words. I brought you cannolis Ma.
This was a great game with lots of action and a story line severely edited here. I would not have said I was a fan of games with role playing elements but they were integral to this game and made it all the more fun. Originally I saw this as one off games to play for a little variety but now I'm thinking of some linked scenarios to make a mini campaign.
My thanks go to Matt for hosting and Howard with help from Eric for GMing the game.
Here's another AAR with a few more pictures.