Friday, June 19, 2009

1978 Foreword: B20s

" As America entered the 1920s, historians described her as "a fairyland", a "fantasy world". The "Great War" was behind her, a "return to normalcy" was at hand, and every American saw prosperity ahead. The decade that followed saw the emergence of Jazz, the widespread availability of the automobile, Babe Ruth and Prohibition. From 1920 to 1933, the 18th Amendment to the Constituion of the United States and its enablement, the Volstead Act stated "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act". During this period, it became a popular pastime for every citizen to circumvent the law. This activity literally bankrolled the entire underground world for thirteen years, at the end of which, organized crime was a part of American life."

" It was the era of John Dillinger, "Baron" Herman K. Lamm, "Scarface" Al Capone, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, "Baby Face" Nelson, "Ma" Barker, and Bonnie & Clyde. It was also the time of Eliot Ness and the "Untouchables", Melvin Purvis, J. Edgar Hoover, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and a host of others, real and imaginary, who fought crime and injustice wherever they found it."

" Above all, the Bloody Twenties was designed to be a fun experience. Remember to treat it as such, and have fun and enjoy it."

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 20th is Free RPG Day at your friendly neighborhood game store/shop/shoppe. As a former game store owner, I strongly encourage you to visit your favorite game store and participate in the day's activities. List of participating Game Stores .

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