Braunstein 4 - The world's almost first RPG AKA "Piedras Morenas" AKA "Republica Banannia 1", Player handouts for Gencon08 Copyright (C) 2008 David A. Wesely -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
The original game had rules for communication that proved to be completely impossible, so I did not even try to use them in the 2008 game. Players were supposed to write down all their phone calls and let me decide who to let read them. Too slow! Instead, in 2008, I told the Min of Information and Head of the Secret Police that they could walk up to anyone who was having a conversation and listen in, as all phones are tapped by both of them! Players wanting to hold a private conversation without a listener, would have to write orders to get together face-to face in a space on the map. I would then give hem a quiet corner they could talk in, and keep the Min of Information and Head of the Secret Police away from them. Of course, agreeing to a sit-down somewhere next turn is possibly asking to get killed if the other player shows up with a few squads of soldiers... Military orders are all secure (in the original game I said "unless there is an Agent in the Army, Navy or Air Force HQ", but doing this was too messy, so I just read them out (when appropriate) after everyone had handed them in, in 2008. The Peasants are in town for the day, and have no phones, so they can only be called down to the plaza for a rally by either scheduling one in advance (at the start of the game) for a particular turn or by the PWU Leader going to wherever they are and leading them down to the plaza. The same can be done for Workers (strike), Crowd (gather), Revolutionaries (protest) or Marxists (the latter can turn a strike, gathering or protest into a riot, or they can go somewhere to do an attack or sabotage or assassination attempt, but need to have those orders in advance). As we did not have players for roles that run the Peasants, Workers, Crowd, Revolutionaries, or Marxists, I just moved them all around randomly, to help cover for the movements of the Secrret Police agents. I also randomly set the turns in which they were going to Rally, Strike, Gather, Protest or do an attack/sabotage/assassination. As it happened, none of these prescheduled events took place, partly because the smallpox scare (good work on that one, Min of Info!) dispersed the Peasants and Workers, and partly because the game ended before some were scheduled to happen. The Radio Station can also be used to call for the peasants, workers, crowd, etc to go to the plaza, factory etc, if one has one of their people planted there to send out the call (presumably coded: "John Has a Long Moustache" - much quicker than moving around to gather up your scattered followers In the original BS 4, Dale Nelson blew up the radio station before anyone used it. In 2008 it ewas secured by the Marines, and Secret Police, and they and the Factory OWner, and Min of Info all used it to put out confusing news bulletins BS4 - 2008 was a very cooperative game, where few shots were fired, no buildings were destroyed and none of the players was scheduled to be arrested and hanged by the winners. Still, we all seemed to have a good time.
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