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  1. A Grand Theft Auto concept and partial wishlist. Part of a revised set of concepts. Part 1: Introduction Overview Part 2: The West Coast Maps, Descriptions, Amenities Part 3: Entertainment Soundtrack, TV Shows Part 4: Vehicles Land, Air and Sea Part 5: Weapons Melee and Guns Part 6: Plot The six acts, missions Part 7: The People & Gangs of SoSA Gang info, allies, characters, strangers Part 8: Gameplay I Mechanics, Wanted Level, Features Part 9: Gameplay II Side Activities, Real Estate, Construction Part 10: Gameplay III Personal Properties, Leisure Activities Information found in the Steam/PS Store/Xbox Marketplace/Rockstar Launcher game description. The title does not require GTA: Borders to play, and can be purchased digitally as a standalone game. $20 million at stake, two tons of heroin all sitting in different places. A Triad group from up north is ready to cut a deal with anyone with enough influence and resources to make up for their time. It’s the mid-90s in the midst of an American real estate boom, and every career criminal in Southern San Andreas wants a piece of the action. Two powerful West Coast crime families, the Zapatas and the Axelrods, are first in line to cut said deal. Two men, newcomers to the West Coast criminal underworld, however, intend to cut that line. Outcasts of a different world, the men are filled with ambition and prospect at the thought of getting the deal through, to finally put their pasts behind them and lead their new lives as respected figures of this world, a goal long denied to them. This is their one chance at the big time, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s now or never. Featuring a tale of two men on the prowl, engage in an six-act action comedy and crime drama story that takes the best of over-the-top action films from the 80s and 90s into one continuous, explosive gaming experience. Featuring a considerably larger familiar urban playground with an emphasis on city life, explore a revised reimagining of 1990s Southern California that encompasses pastiches of Los Angeles, San Diego and even Tijuana across the border, as you slowly build up your criminal empire with time. A staple of the South San Andrean criminal life. Engage in an endless turf war against other prospective street gangs across the region, taking over gang strongholds while cutting yourself a fat slice of the criminal deals in the process! In true Grand Theft Auto spirit, engage in a ballet of anarchy and ultraviolence with a wide variety of exciting side missions to earn yourself some extra cash! Lead the life of a criminal real estate developer during the heyday of a pre-9/11 American economic miracle, making money off property on acquired turf! Invest, buy and sell properties, negotiate contracts, engage in price manipulation and lower or improve real estate prices in the area! Suffer the pain of a bankruptcy and asset liquidation when things go south! Turn your ventures into reality with your very own construction company! Turn empty plots of land into profitable businesses that help spread your reputation across the West Coast. Featuring over 350 licensed music tracks from over five decades, split across 12 different radio stations, experience some of the finest music to grace American and world radio during the mid-90s, while you go out and explore the vast expense of the splendor that is Southern San Andreas. Like Borders, the game takes place in an expanded version of Southern San Andreas, as well as Northern Mexico via a border zone, ‘about two-to-three years after the riots’ during the 1990s United States boom. The map is updated from Borders, featuring a number of new locales for the players to visit, including Isla Castillo (Catalina Island). Three principal cities exist in the map, which are Los Santos, Santo Domingo and Ciudad Vizcaino, and the four present counties are Los Santos County, Red County, Santo Domingo County and the Sierra Municipality. Author note: Yeah, I know LS ,and by extension Southern San Andreas, is a dead horse setting but I can’t help it. I strongly feel that a Southern Californian-Mexico setting is very apt for this sort of gang war-empire building-inspired gameplay. The game also briefly takes place in Vice City during the prologue and fourth act of the storyline, taking place in the southern Ocean Beach area of the city during the first third of the act, complete with its own map and businesses, though this arc of the chapter would strictly be on-foot. Part of a new canon and a separate story from Borders, Chasing The Dragon takes place entirely in its own retconned continuity, making no references to the former concept, and instead forging its own set of characters and storylines to better fit in with the darkly-humorous, albeit mostly-optimistic tone found originally in GTA: San Andreas. A more in-depth view of the map is covered in Part 2, along with potential things to do in the region. Perhaps the most exciting part of this concept as a whole. The expansion pack updates 10 existing stations from GTA: Borders, as well as include two new stations, which are Santo Domingo Roots Radio, a country station, and Mint Jams Radio, a Japanese jazz fusion and city pop station. A new original score by both Thundercat and Kamasi Washington is featured in this expansion, featuring dynamic music done in a style similar to 80s-to-90s jazz fusion. The game also features a number of licensed smooth jazz tracks, used in a variety of scenarios, such as being played as background music in malls and elevators or as incidental music during activities. More on this will be covered in Part 3 and Part 9. The player assumes control of two protagonists, Tarnell “T” Bridges and Javier Madrazo. Both have been underdogged by their former employers and families, and long for that sweet taste of success promised to prospective thugs in the underworld, assuming they don’t get booked in or killed. Like in GTA V, the player is able to switch between the two characters at will, save for certain storyline missions. Tarnell “T” Bridges is an ex-detective from Vice City, formerly of the infamously corrupt Vice Squad. A dirty cop down to a T, everything from planting evidence on suspects to fill quotas to working directly with drug lords, you name it, he’s done it. His mentor, his partner Saul Alvarez, was key in helping T get a leg up in the squad, influencing his philosophy as a criminal. Unfortunately for T, the 80s ran out of gas as soon as he made it big, and one night in 1988, he responds to a call from Alvarez to visit a certain location to arrange a drug deal, only to discover his absence on-location, instead being the site of an IA sting. Busted by a clean NOOSE team, it was said that T ‘paid through the ass’ for his freedom, and was promptly fired from the squad, with the good word of the FIB, not long after the incident. Travelling to the West Coast with little to no pocket, T works odd jobs for various members of the San Andreas underworld before scraping enough to buy a cheap house near Anselmo Beach in Red County, in a neighborhood dominated by illegals and local Mexican-Americans. As of the mid-90s, he works as a bounty hunter for a bail bonds firm in Emerald Lake, Los Santos, rounding up fugitives and troublemakers across the city. The good life had been ripped from him suddenly, and he wants to return to that, badly, and also getting his vengeance on Alvarez. A long wait ensues, and he finally gets another shot at the life when, on a chance meeting on the same job he runs into... Javier Madrazo. Illegitimate son of Angel Madrazo, the now-deceased brother of cartel leader Alejandro Madrazo, and a barmaid, exiled from the Tex-Mex Madrazo Cartel in the late-80s for trying to one-up his cousin, Martin, in becoming leader of the crew, forcing him into the city of Los Santos not long after that, where he, and a group of other disgruntled Madrazo goons loyal to him, work small jobs and protection across the city. His illegitimacy as the heir of the cartel brings him a great deal of shame and insecurity, which he makes up for with a larger-than-life and faux-psychotic personality, making him seem more capable and unhinged than he really is. His plan? If he can’t one-up Marty, he might as well start a crew of his own that blows them out of the water. Get the props he really deserves for his efforts rather than work his fingers to the bone for nothing. The smack deal with the SF Triads, which he quickly hears word about, is the ultimate goal for Javier, which he sees as being the defining moment to finally receive Martin’s respect, and fear. More on the other characters and gangs in Part 7. Contrary to the store description, the story is split into 8 different acts (including the prologue and epilogue), functioning somewhat similar to the chapters seen in games like Bully and Yakuza. Acts 1-3 introduces players to the basic elements of gameplay in Chasing The Dragon, giving them a headstart in side missions and activities such as Real Estate Management, Construction, Strongholds and Gang Wars, while exploring the growth of the partnership between Javier and T. Tonally, this part of the storyline is considerably more comedic, and predominantly takes place in Los Santos, Red County and Santo Domingo. The border, at this point of the storyline, is still closed to Americans due to an ‘ongoing investigation’ involving an unnamed cartel, meaning the Sierra Municipality is inaccessible during this time. Acts 4-6, on the other hand, is much more story-driven, with both protagonists more-or-less becoming established criminal figures in the region, with enough money and influence to make their bones in the underworld. Mexico is unlocked, and more territories and business opportunities are open to the player to expand the Madrazo empire. This second half of the storyline is noticeably darker than the first, involving much more dramatic and less over-the-top elements than before, though the signature Rockstar sort of dark humor can still be found here, along with more light-hearted moments of situational/satirical comedy. More on the plot and missions in Part 6 of this concept. Other than the aforementioned key activities, Chasing The Dragon introduces other new side missions, minigames and activities to do, which are not limited to; Yacht Club, Tank Rampage, Smuggler’s Run, Celebrity Escort, Bounty Hunting and a Lucky & Wild-inspired side mission known as Cassie & Bridges. Many leisure and cosmetic activities are also introduced or improved upon from both Borders and GTA V, which help to bring life into the fresh, expansive in-game world. Atmospheric and life simulation mechanics from RDR 2, as seen in Borders, are also brought over to this expansion, such as sitting, smoking, mugging and eating, though the animations used are noticeably more slick to fit in more with the aesthetic of the GTA world. Rentable properties such as motels still exist here, though they are not as prevalent as in Borders, as players now have a greater opportunity to purchase properties. Combat-wise, Chasing The Dragon plays like somewhat of a mix between GTA V, RDR 2, Max Payne 3 and True Crime: Streets of New York. True to the older GTAs, gunplay is frantic and erratic, and the player is able to duel-wield, for example, and though sliding and rolling are not as intricate as seen in MP3, it exists somewhat as a way to make combat more engaging. Exiting a moving vehicle while at low or decreasing speeds will also result in a special rolling animation that causes minimal to no damage to the player. And much more. More on this in Parts 8 to 10 of this concept.
  2. The game will feature 28 missions, all featuring Franklins adopted son. Its 2018 in Los Santos, and the city is more dangerous than ever. The first mission opens up with Ken (franks son) and Paul (kens friend) walking inide of a store shopping with franklin. Paul picks up a book ( oh yeah, hes a nerdy type). Suddenly, the store collapes,revealing an underground meth lab under the store. You play as ken and you and franklin need to find Paul. After completing the section, franklin ventures into the lab, and tells ken and paul to wait in the car. After this, paul aks Ken "Has your father quit his crime life?' and Ken responds with 'How did you kno-" Franklin comes out with blood on his jacket. Ken tells paul "You know thats none of our business", and they drive away. Ill probably add more soon. Also excuse my trash typing
  3. Rockstar Games presents REMASTERED EDITION Theme Song Concept by Akaviri. Title art by Narcis_Speed6. Big thanks to Jeansowaty for mod integration. Mod content sourced from GTAAll.com. HISTORY For decades, the Irish-Catholics from Liberty City had a reputation as some of the fiercest fighters. Some were blue-collar family men of stalwart character. Others were reckless madmen and strung out animals. In spite of small numbers, they were able to fend off the much larger Commission Families. Tales of kidnappings, armed robberies, and murder turned their mere six blocks of Purgatory into one of the most avoided neighborhoods in Algonquin. Mafia captains soon learned to avoid war with these men - some even hired them as prized muscle and contract killers. Lacking the rigid bureaucracy of the Italians, they eventually folded from internal power struggles. Soon most were dead or in prison, and their influence faded into obscurity. All but one organized outfit remains - the McReary crime family out of Dukes. Established by their ruthless father, the McReary brothers have been the last cascade of great Irish criminals in Liberty City. The alienated Francis McReary has his sights set on becoming the commissioner of the LCPD. Acting gang leader Gerald McReary has designs for a power play through his Alderney mob ties, with the fabled Derrick McReary returning from Ireland after more than a decade in hiding. With young Packie and his crew of heathens loose on the streets, willing to put it all on the line, things may just come together for their defunct clan. GAME INFORMATION Blood On A Four Leaf Clover features Gordon Sargent as a new main character. Gordon is a tough Irish hood and soldier for the remnant McReary mob. These days reduced to a mere stickup crew, their income is traditionally squandered on vices as they recount the glory days of old. Disappointed with the way things are, Gordon has slipped into a bitter lifestyle, with misplaced gambling endeavors about to catch up to him. He will soon be put to the test as he searches for a way out of his dilemmas while maintaining an obligation to the only allies he has ever known. New missions run parallel and cross over with Grand Theft Auto IV, with a gameplay style catering to street brawls, armed robbery, kidnapping, open shootouts, and enough new weapons, vehicles, and mission content to breathe life back into Liberty City. CHARACTERS Gordon Sargent Irish-American outlaw native to Steinway. Came up from a broken family in a tough neighborhood. A formidable brawler, he dropped out of school with the prospect of becoming a professional boxer. This was short-lived after financial difficulties, injuries and broken teeth which cause him to slur words at times. Once Packie introduced him to the fast money and adrenaline of armed robbery, the rest was history. Years were spent in prison, and then out of prison trying to make it on the straight, only to double down on more serious scores and fall deeper into the life. Split between working class pride and disdain for authority, Gordon's refuge as a troublemaker and lawbreaker has inevitably found him ensnared in a degenerative circle of life, where his pastimes include drinking at dives and gambling it all on sports. Since the recent passing of his father, Gordon lives alone in his old family house on Concord Ave, overlooking the Gantry Park in Dukes. Age: 29 Criminal Record: 1998 - Possession Stolen Property 2000 - Petty Larceny 2002 - Possession Gambling Records 2003 - Kidnapping Michael “Saint Michael” Keane A close companion to Gordon and Packie, and the youngest of the three. Together, their dysfunctional trio has managed through the years. His optimistic demeanor and naivete earned him the nickname “Saint Michael”. He defuses many a conflict between Gordon and Packie when they find each other at odds. The two still regularly mock him, but despite their ridicule, Michael has always looked up to them as brothers. Unlike them, he often uses his take from scores to help his family and has been saving what he can to eventually retire to something better. Age: 27 Criminal Record: 2000 - Grand Larceny 2003 - Armed Robbery Patrick McReary Young wild card of the McReary brothers. Packie carries himself as care-free but is deeply under the pressure of his brothers expectations and family trauma which haunts him to this day. In his ignorance of coping, Packie has always lived fast and dangerous, seeing only as far as his next adrenaline rush. He and Gordon grew up alongside each other since the days of high school bullying, enjoying the rack and ruin that follows wherever they go. Once Packie was put on to the family business, he brought Gordon in as muscle with tall promises for the future. Unfortunately, years later it hasn't worked out that way. His brother Gerald rightly sees him as foolish - the constant partying and drug use weakening his stature to lead, but inevitably depends on him as the boots on the ground. Age: 29 Criminal Record: 1997 - Grand Theft Auto 1998 - Grand Larceny 2000 - Hijacking 2005 - Possession Controlled Substance: Cocaine Gerald McReary The active leader of the McReary family, a man in the throes of middle-age, three forsaken marriages, and heavy alcoholism. As a problem child, Gerald was groomed to be the prodigal career criminal by his father, who went to sick lengths to condition and desensitize him. Capable of extreme violence, and standing at a staggering height with a grizzly physique, his very presence instills fear. Gerald took over the family after his father's demise and began working heavily with the Algonquin mafia families as hired muscle. His ultimate aspiration is to exceed the status his father once held, perhaps out of spite. This ideal is frustrated by his disorganized outfit and constant police surveillance. As a result he is compelled to use Packie and third parties as his chess pieces. Gerry is aggressively cynical but calculating and shrewd. Despite endless obstacles, he continues to call the shots and keep work flowing through his current connections in the Alderney mob. Age: 35 Criminal Record: 1986 - Grand Larceny 1990 - Assault 1992 - Armed Robbery and Hijacking 1999 - Conspiracy to Commit Extortion 2005 - Tampering with Sports Contest: Dog Racing Derrick McReary The oldest of the McReary brothers. Idealistic and a romantic for the old country, his symbol of hope against the backdrop of a crooked upbringing in Liberty City. Revered for his time spent in the Provisional Irish Republican Army, he is adorned with a shrine in every nationalist Irish pub in the city. Underneath his reputation, Derrick is a broken man haunted by guilt and addiction. A venerable figure from the 'golden years' of the McReary mob, Derrick and his crew were known as some of the most dangerous stick up men of their time. They robbed everyone in the city, from the banks to the drug dealers all the way to the mafia itself, under the pretense of fighting for something bigger. Derrick frequently found himself at odds with his family, and the world, all because of his sympathies and ideals. The fallout of insurmountable bloodshed led him to heavy drug use to cope. Once his life was in serious danger, he turned informant at the behest of his brother Francis, but ultimately fled the country entirely. In spite of his personal demons, Derrick’s extensive combat experience and knowledge of explosives is unparalleled. After so many years away, he has decided to return to Liberty City to settle big scores, old and new. Age: 51 Criminal Record: 1970 - Disorderly Conduct 1971 - Civil Disobedience 1974 - Resisting Arrest 1978 - Armed Robbery 1980 - Possession Controlled Substance: Cocaine 1985 - Criminal Possession Weapon: Explosives Neil Kelly Irish-American heavy and working class hero. Massive physique; frequents the bar and drinks everyone under the table. Not too sharp, but a simple man of his word with a stand-up attitude. He works as a perpetual plumber's apprentice in Broker. Loves to hunt deer in Upstate Liberty. Self-confessed survivalist and gun nut with an ever-updating collection of illicit hardware. Owns a Bravado Youga - an old work van that doubles as a rolling arsenal-for-sale when the need arises. Age: 30 Criminal Record: 1998 - Assault 2001 - Patronize Prostitute 2003 - Armed Robbery 2006 - Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct Liam Ross Irish-American car thief with a death wish and nine lives. Cunning and risk-taking, but unpredictable at times. Came from a hopeless situation: a drug-addled mother and an absent father, growing up on the streets. A hardcore punk in his youth, Liam used to frequent the now-defunct BGBJ club and developed a heroin addiction. Like Gordon and Packie, chaos follows him. These days, when not strung out, he pays his bills driving a tow truck and planning odd capers. Liam is a passionate car enthusiast and is involved with figures in the street racing scene. Age: 32 Criminal Record: 1999 - Grand Theft Auto 1999 - Speeding Violation 2000 - Hijacking 2002 - Burglary: Illegal Entry with Criminal Intent 2003 - Speeding Violation 2003 - Possession Controlled Substance: Heroin Stevie “the Collector” Johnson Connected businessman and fence for stolen vehicles, distributing parts through several chop shops in Liberty City. Not much is known about Stevie Johnson. Rumors say he's Jewish. Some say he's in deep with the Russians. Stevie keeps a low profile and launders through legitimate business fronts. He has known ties to street racing figures such as Lyle Rivas and Brucie Kibbutz, and he may be involved with more serious, high profile criminals. Age: 36 Criminal Record: 2000 - Tax Evasion Francis McReary LCPD Deputy Commissioner and black sheep of the family. Desperate to redefine himself using a position of high power and moral symbolism. In spite of his efforts to distance himself from his cursed family, he is as bad or worst. To the public, he succeeds in projecting himself as an ambitious and effective police figure. Behind this façade, he is utterly corrupt and ruthless, using desperate tactics to manipulate crime stats in his jurisdiction and silencing anyone who threatens to disparage him. Blackmail, bribery, and assassination are Frankie's tools of the trade. Francis once tried to flip Derrick as a criminal informant, to his ultimate disappointment. Francis and Gerald remain at odds with each another, but have traded enough blackmail over the years to be put at a stalemate. Age: 45 Police Record: 1997: Drinking on duty. Issued warning. 1998: Patronizing prostitute. Allegations; Issued warning. 2000: Use of excessive force. Suspended with pay. 2005: Misfiling evidence. Ruled as accidental; issued warning. Niko Bellic A mysterious foreigner gunning his way through the Liberty City underworld. He is clearly after money, but has an honest way about him. Paired with professional combat expertise, he is a valuable asset to have on any dangerous job. His hasty induction to the McReary outfit is met with skepticism, but his track record speaks for itself over time. Age: 30 Criminal Record: 2008 - Grand Theft Auto Phil Bell Irish-American consigliere to Jimmy Pegorino. A semi-legitimate businessman and a divorced family man, he manages the Honkers strip club and several other interests for the Pegorino Family. His impure heritage acts as a boundary for his advancement within the family, yet he denies this fact and behaves like an Italian in order to fit in. Despite his close friendship with Jimmy, he maintains a questionable relationship with Angie Pegorino. Phil is extremely paranoid ever since an indictment for racketeering three years prior, based on FIB surveillance bugs. Ever since then, he takes extensive precautions whenever discussing business matters. Age: 40 Criminal Record: 1984 - Grand Theft Auto 1988 - Promoting Gambling 1990 - Manslaughter 2005 - Racketeering Sullivan Bristol Known colloquially as "Sully". Bookmaker and shylock based in Dukes and Broker. Involved in sports betting, mainly in the blue-collar bar scene. Notorious for bribing college athletes and amateur boxers to influence matches. Sully is hard-nosed and unscrupulous. He stays busy and is relatively connected. Throws his weight around in his circuit, but he's a big fish in a small pond. He operates under the jurisdiction of Messina capo Mark Volpe, a connection that compromises most of his clout. Age: 45 Criminal Record: 1994 - Loansharking 1998 - Promoting Gambling 2000 - Possession Gambling Records 2002 - Tampering With Sports Contest: Boxing 2004 - Possession Stolen Property Mark Anthony Volpe Feared caporegime of the Messina Family, in charge of their large-scale gambling operations. Became a made man at a mere 19 years old after he gunned down the former boss under orders. Took a ten year sentence before successfully appealing, never breaking his silence. Was promoted to capo a few years after his release. He built a reputation for violence and is fiercely protective of his brother Fredo. He once cut out the tongue of an enforcer to protect his name, an egregious act that would have cost him his life if the bosses hadn't decided to give him a pass. Like a mad dog on a leash, the bosses are always one sit-down away from putting him down over one dispute or another. Mark rules his operation with an iron fist and enjoys gambling himself, but only places bets on rigged games. Age: 45 Criminal Record: 1982 - Murder 1993 - Extortion 1994 - Manslaughter 1995 - Assault 1996 - Manslaughter 1998 - Promoting Gambling 2000 - Promoting Gambling 2005 - Manslaughter Frederico "Fredo" Volpe Messina Family caporegime and younger brother of Mark Volpe. Involved in the life alongside his brother since he was 16 years old, driving the getaway car for his brother's first major hit. Being a minor, he was given a light sentence and later began working for the family while his brother was in prison. During this time he developed drug habits. Mark was made a capo in the years following his release from prison, and Fredo shortly after. He was more-or-less handed the position as a result of his brothers influence. Freddy was last arrested in 1998 after falling asleep in a getaway car high on tranquilizers. He was released shortly after, sparking rumors that he had turned informant. This rumor was quickly retaliated by Mark, who cut out a man’s tongue to set an example. In the years since then, no one dares speak ill of Fredo in spite of his incompetence - even regarding him with special treatment just to stay on Mark's good side. Age: 42 Police Record: 1982 - Accessory to Murder 1983 - Possession Controlled Substance: Heroin 1985 - Armed Robbery 1986 - Armed Robbery 1993 - Extortion 1995 - Grand Larceny 1998 - Possession Controlled Substance: Tranquilizers Harry Hall Consigliere to the Messina Family, half Irish-Catholic and half Italian. He is a rare example to have climbed the ranks in spite of his mixed background. He has led a long, successful career alongside acting boss Harvey Noto. Adamantly charismatic and precautious, with an impeccable criminal record and a masters degree from Vespucci School of Law. Runs profitable rackets out of top-class hotels, namely Opium Nights and The Majestic, where cocaine and high-class escorts make their rounds amongst the wealthy and vetted. Age: 60 Police Record: 1978 - Speeding Violation Harvey Noto Boss of the Messina Family. A name that carries with respect across the Commission. Harvey has always been well-liked for his gentlemanly class, a man of few words carried with high esteem. Harvey has unquestionable trust in his old friend and consigliere Harry, who serves as his exclusive defense in the court of law. In spite of current family rivalries, Harvey is a close friend of Jon Gravelli going back to the old days. He came to power and overturned the former boss back in 1982. His two main capos, the Volpe brothers, were instrumental in his succession to power. Having raised them up in the life from pups, they have since grown into respective mongrels, much to his weariness. Talk of federal indictments on the horizon has everyone suspicious of a rat, and at this point Harvey cannot decide who to trust. Age: 66 Police Record: 1958 - Grand Theft Auto 1960 - Loansharking 1960 - Extortion 1965 - Extortion 1970 - Possession Controlled Substance: Intent to Sell 1982 - Manslaughter MISSIONS Coming soon. NEW WEAPONS Brass Knuckles A pugilist’s friend. Activates special knockout moves. Nightstick Non-lethal baton, reissued due to wrongful death lawsuits. Revolver Stainless six shooter with double-action magnum power. Raffica Pistol Lightning-fast 3 round burst fire. 21-round magazine. Repeater Shotgun Devastating 10-gauge buckshot and lever-action. Packs 5 shells. Heavy Shotgun Fires high-impact slugs, dealing massive damage. 8-round magazine. Combat SMG Zippy fire rate. Accurately hoses targets with 9mm. 36-round magazine. Car Bomb High explosive PE4 charge. Activated by cell phone. NEW VEHICLES Declasse Impaler Old school big-block sedan. Built like a tank. Dewbauchee McQueen Iconic Vinewood hero. 450ci with a 5 speed to boot. Declasse Tampa Supercharged 310ci, stiff handling, and poor brakes. Declasse Vamos Mean little suicide coupe packing a 396ci engine. Declasse Yosemite The stout American farm truck that simply won’t die. Bravado Youga Rolling trouble with a rich-smelling exhaust. Karin Rebel Japanese 4X4 with nimble off-road handling. Vapid Tahoma Low-key and lofty. Long retired from police fleets. Übermacht Evolution XS Bespoke performance coupe. Turbocharged inline-4. BF Club High-revving hatch with snappy maneuvering. Vapid Towtruck Cumbersome and slow as hell, but she can hook alright. HVY Skylift Specialized towing aircraft with magnetic winch. Western Sovereign Heavy touring bike for highway sailing. Pegassi Ruffian Carbon-clad 3-cylinder superbike. Excellent handling. RADIO STATIONS RADIO BROKER 1. Deerhunter - “Lake Somerset” 2. Oneida - “Happy New Year” 3. Liars - “Houseclouds” 4. Zach Hill - “Dark Art” 5. Grinderman - “Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars)” 6. Black Mountain - “Evil Ways” 7. Excepter - “Kill People” 8. The Kills - "M.E.X.I.C.O. 9. Sightings - “Perforated” 10. TV On The Radio - “DLZ” LIBERTY CITY HARDCORE 1. Beastie Boys - “Square Wave In Unison” 2. Gorilla Biscuits - “New Direction” 3. Heart Attack - “You” 4. The Icemen - “No Guts No Glory” 5. Kraut - “Kill For Cash” 6. The Undead - “Evening of Desire” 7. Warzone - “The Sound of Revolution” 8. Dropkick Murphys - “Citizen CIA” 9. Murphy’s Law - “Beer” 10. Mucky Pup - “Hotel Penitentiary” LIBERTY ROCK RADIO 1. Mott the Hoople - “Soft Ground” 2. Rolling Stones - “Fingerprint File” 3. Thin Lizzy - “Suicide” 4. Rory Gallagher - “Big Guns” 5. Nazareth - “Expect No Mercy” 6. Motorhead - “Lawman” 7. Boomtown Rats - “Mary of the 4th Form” 8. Skids - “Into the Valley” 9. Mama’s Boys - “Needle in the Groove” 10. The Waterboys - “The Big Music” SERVICES Gordon’s Cell Phone Backup - Liam/Neil Send for the boys and they will show up ready for war. Guns - Neil Rendezvous at a location for access to Neil’s mobile arsenal. All DLC weapons are available for purchase. Vehicle - Stevie Order a unique ride to be left at a location for you. Stevie’s cars are one-of-a-kind: equipped with nitrous. Cost depends on selection but is generally not cheap. Escort - Opium Nights Arranges a unique mistress for you to enjoy. Go on a date or simply return to a safehouse to close the deal. Harry’s girls are the real deal. Try not to fall in love. Costs $1500. SAFEHOUSE Gordon’s primary safehouse is located in Steinway, Dukes. It is the Sargent family home. Gordon’s late brother and father are displayed in picture frames, shown to be Union Stevedores down at the docks. Strewn about are whiskey bottles, pizza boxes, magazines of muscle cars, smut, and sports alike. There is a television, a laptop, a bed, and a radio playing. A Baseball Bat rests against a wall, Brass Knuckles on the coffee table, and a Medkit on the kitchen counter. Back door leads to a crummy backyard space. Down the front steps is a functional garage for storing a vehicle. Gordon’s wardrobe includes seven outfits. Available headgear: Flat Cap - Ski Mask SIDE MISSIONS Bookie Wars Mark Volpe eventually sends for you as muscle to assist his gambling operations, typically involving debt collection, intimidation, kidnapping, and theft of collateral. Inside information related to gambling or robberies can be acquired. Hotel Management Harry Hall will eventually trust you to run errands for Opium Nights. Chauffeur Harry’s girls around town, protect them and punish unruly customers. Occasionally deal with emergency favors such as picking up packages or disposing of evidence. Full completion is rewarded with a permanent safehouse suite at the hotel. Heists The cellar of Lucky Winkles eventually serves as a planning headquarters for robberies. Akin to GTA V, each heist will involve preparatory steps - surveillance, securing vehicles, and sabotaging equipment. Additional heists can be unlocked via Bookie Wars or the Story Missions. Heists are one time jobs: high-risk and high reward. GAMBLING Arm Wrestling Available at the Steinway Beer Garden. Difficulty scales with payout, ranging from $200-$600. Horse Races The Inside Track in Steinway offers televised races with terminals to place bets up to $5,000. Poker Texas Hold 'Em is playable at several locations, with varying difficulty and stakes. The entry level, small-time game is held at the Discount Hardware in Broker: for gambling addicts and working class. The exclusive high-stakes game is played at the Majestic Hotel: attended by professionals and mobsters. Drag Races Liam can be called to locate a street race. Difficulty and payout will vary accordingly. Five opponents in muscle cars: $250 buy-in = $1500 payout. Five opponents in sports cars: $500 buy-in = $3000 payout. Five opponents in supercars: $1000 buy-in = $6000 payout. Thank you for reading. More to come in the future!
  4. The Notorious MOB

    Grand Theft Auto: Mob Rules

    The Notorious MOB presents: A PERIOD PIECE. Let me welcome you all to Southeastern Liberty and Northern Alderney in the late 1970s. A time of battling borgatas and mind boggling murder rates, drug gangs and destitution and boroughs on the brink of collapse. From the municipalities of the mass metropolises to the microcosms of maligned little miniature mobs trying to get by in a world of outdated outfits. They're all fighting fatiguingly for the same dollar and none are a more shining example of the decline and degeneracy than the inglorious and undignified Irish crew. A rabble rousing band of racketeers who are as debauched as they are desperate. With that being said, it seems only fitting that we should journey through the time period as one of their members, and get a first hand look at a fabled fiefdom in Purgatory, often derided variously as an old Celtic legend or a whole load of crap. This is the story of one man in the middle. Of all the lies, back stabbings and murders that lend themselves to the legend of the so called Lords of Lorimer. A glaringly obvious misnomer. “A fast paced tale of endemic corruption and a criminal enterprise that may not have rivaled the Mafia in wealth or sophistication, but surely surpassed them in their wanton acts of violence and rage.” - The Jade Street Journal AUTHOR'S NOTE The following is a work of pure fiction. None of the events described here are true and none of the characters are real. Any similarities to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental. While much of the contents of this topic may seem like they were taken directly from court transcripts, legal wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping devices, they weren't. They're simply the result of too much downtime and an overactive imagination. It should be noted that when multiple authors try to create stories based around similar subject matter, it may sometimes produce conflicting versions of events. This is inevitable. We're all making it up. However, where such conflicts exist, I have sought to provide a version of events which are, in my opinion, the most plausible. In addition to this, certain scenes will be exaggerated for dramatic effect and in some cases a series of events will be condensed to provide narrative clarity. For further context please check out Greed & Grit and Family Ties, which I will likely be retconning heavily throughout. Thank you. Known locally as “The Easties” (or “The Dukies” depending on who you ask). The Irish are just one of the many mobs who rule over Liberty City. They run small time rackets from Purgatory to Dukes and pockets of just about everywhere in between. Lacking any real organization and pretty much resigned to playing second fiddle, they’re mostly just interested in f*cking sh*t up and sticking it to the law. Lately however, certain younger members have started to become tired of the established order perpetuated by their alcohol addicted and often unpredictable boss. They’ll continue doing his bidding though, if only to make some much needed hay while the sun is out. But it's not going to be all shamrocks and shenanigans that's for sure. The Protagonist – Mickey Burke Burke is one of the aforementioned young bucks of the Irish Mob. Like many of the current members, he was born in Dukes and has earned significant prestige within the gang due to being the son of infamous enforcer Paddy Burke, a long standing member of Algonquin's old guard. His father and Mr. McReary are longtime associates, both being members of a gang led by neighborhood racketeer Mickey Sullivan, who was somewhat of a local legend in his day. Due to his father's position, he was destined to become part of McReary's organization. Many of his family members also encouraged it, despite him being smart enough to establish a legitimate career. Unlike his father “The Baker,” Mickey is somewhat mild mannered and logical, preferring to use his mind over his might. He isn't totally against killing of course, if the money or motivations are right. Jimmy McReary The current head honcho of Liberty City’s Irish Mob. After leading the gang with moderate success for a number of years however, McReary's influence has begun to wane. And some say so has his sanity. He currently finds himself in over his head with local crime families who wish to move in on his territory and consistently relies on the protagonist to dig him out of his hole. Although certainly not averse to pulling the trigger himself, when he points, people shoot… for fear that they may be next in the firing line. Terry McEvoy In Irish mob circles the McEvoys are an institution. Instituted by Terrence “The Truckdriver” McEvoy and propped up by his sons. Terry started off as a struggling teamster and would frequently offload some of his hauls from a swag warehouse on the westside near the docks. With the proliferation of air freight in the ‘60s however and the decline of the western Liberty branch of the ILA, he was left with no choice. Turned the back of his big rig into a Binco. Just another working class stiff doing what he needed to get by. But with the swag came scharole. And with that, came status. Mickey Sullivan used to be his best customer, until word got out that his two thousand dollar suits only cost a couple hundred. He thought Terry squealed and had him held hostage for 15 large and beat him to a bloody pulp. Terry didn’t care - just the cost of doing business. Or so old Mickey thought. McEvoy went to McReary and Sullivan took a couple bullets to the head. Nobody knows quite who pulled the trigger, but the rest is history. He’s currently the oldest member of the Mob on the outside and is therefore the de-facto second in command (and councillor) to his boss Jimmy McReary, whom he serves with ultimate loyalty. At the behest of his other boss (his wife), he also ostensibly works selling theatrical supplies to theaters and studios around the city and is always happy to give a few hours to anybody looking for some ‘on the books’ work. Eddie McEvoy Cool, calm and collected - Eddie is a consummate professional who is idolized by his peers. Despite outward appearances, he's still a Purgatory resident. And his reverence amongst the neighborhood’s population (especially its male youth) means that he can easily recruit young wannabes to clean up his mess or lend Mickey a helping hand in a firefight. His two favored ‘cleaners’ being “Whacker” and “Madso,” two coked out reprobates, the likes of whom will probably end up leading the organization one day. In Eddie’s mind, a bird on the street is worth two in the hand. But when it comes to his vig, he feels exactly the opposite. Teddy McEvoy Ex-Wrestler Teddy McEvoy is the strong arm man that Jimmy desperately needs. Plenty can pump action and pistol whip, but few can hit you so hard that you wish you’d been shot. The last thing many people remember is the gap tooth grin and the vacant stare. Hard to believe he runs a candy store, but his options are kinda limited. Ten years ago he and Eddie pulled a stick up and murdered a bartender, shot two witnesses and stole a car. Eddie had the good sense to split, but Teddy hung around and took the fall. Spent five years in Ting Tong, survived a riot that he helped initiate and got paroled in ‘74. While he was away, his baby brother took that good sense and went ‘legitimate’, started up a tax office. Took the glory of getting away with it and ran with that too. Teddy’s too dumb to be bitter. He met some friends in the can he keeps in touch with. Some more sadistic than he. Derrick McReary Derrick is the eldest of Jimmy's three sons and the only one old enough to hold any sort of position in the organization. However weak that position may be. His father sees him as far too soft and often ridicules him, treating the likes of Mickey Burke and his cohorts more like his sons. Despite his inadequacies, he is desperate to prove to his father his worth and often engages in hare-brained schemes with his buddies “Bucky” Sligo and Aiden O'Malley. The fruits of which are fed back to Mickey through his friend Tommy Nugs. Buck and Aido are into gunrunning and ganja peddling… Del Boy on the other hand is more so into pot smoking, poetry and political upheavals back “home.” He swears he’ll join the fight some day, but when he talks, people tend not to listen, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Tommy Nugent Tommy "Nugs" Nugent is one of Mickey's oldest friends and his most trusted ally. The two of them grew up together and while others in their friend group either drifted away or went to prison, the two of them remained close. Being there for one another in every situation, despite his nuggets of wisdom usually turning those situations bad. Being a little bit younger than Mickey, Tommy has somewhat of a better relationship with Jimmy's son Derrick and his friends. Acting as a link between the rag tag threesome and Burke and giving him access to the fruits of their labor without having them hanging around. The main benefit being his ability to supply our boy with small arms, taped to the back of a toilet cistern. Though their acquisition may prove to be a pain in the arse. Dolan and Lanegan Patsy “Whacker” Dolan and Malachy “Madso” Lanegan are Jimmy and Eddie’s two little Johnnies on the spot. They like to toot and shoot. Whether it be horns or heroin. Cocaine or caustic conversation. Good to have in a firefight but otherwise as useful as a Longford laborer after labor day. They also have a tentative association with The Lost MC. Bobby Brady Bobby’s a bartender. He works at Lucky Winkles but his name’s on the deed. Ex cons can’t hold a liquor license, so he did Jimmy a solid and Jimmy did him one back by letting him earn. Bobby runs a side hustle selling stolen merchandise from under the bar and is happy to give you a decent price for whatever you find. He’s also a compulsive gambler and a compulsive gossip to boot. Anything he hears, he passes on to Jimmy and his crew and takes a finders fee for his trouble. Then he loses it on the track and beats his wife when she questions him. But never in public. Oh jaysus no. Billy Delaney He used to be “Batsh*t Billy Bathwater'' but now they call him “Billy the Beard” or “Billy Brown.” On account of him having the best scag in town. He was born in Carraway Park and now lives in MPW. He keeps company with Pavanos and adores Pat The Baker. He hasn’t got much time for Jimmy, but what he does have is an ongoing beef with the Messinas since he f*cked a noted capo’s comare. He's adored in Algonquin circles but nobody quite knows what he does... especially not the feds. And that’s the way he likes it. The life of luxury he leads means it’s only a matter of time however. And if there’s one thing the feds have, it’s time. Jack & Sean Reilly Jackie and Seanie are cousins to Tommy Nugent and a two-man crime wave in Oakwood and south eastern Decker. Green blood Irishmen from the old country with shady ties to the republican movement. They were forced to emigrate some years earlier and now have their sights set on establishing a new Irish Mob in the expatriate enclaves outside of Algonquin, and more. Fanny Burke Francis “Fanny” Burke is the overbearing mother of the protagonist who spends her days getting drunk and smoking reefer in their East Island home. She sees herself as somewhat of a free spirit and is very into exploring her sexual energy – usually with Mickey's peers. Despite her infidelities, she is still very loyal to her incarcerated husband and constantly tries to steer Mickey more in his footsteps than those of the McRearys et al. While not technically a criminal, she’s most definitely an accessory. Or at the very least, has a lot of them, bought from ill gotten gains. Jimmy McReary keeps his friends around and is ostracized by his enemies. He opportunistically seeks out independent operators, then sinks in his claws and frequently finds a buy-in with established outfits that not many others will do business with, for something petty, or no reason at all. If there's money to be made, then he'll make it, even if it's nickels and dimes. Below is a list of his major affiliates and a rundown of their signature crimes. Lorcan Fitzpatrick The man they call Lucky is the godfather of Derrick and eldest brother to his mother Maureen. The Fitzpatrick's father was a noted union organizer and Lorco had been following in his footsteps. But when Jimmy and Mimi wed, all it took was a hand on the shoulder and a veiled threat to make him invest in a bar. That bar was Lucky Winkles, but it wasn't long before its namesake had been forced out and Jimmy had 'bought' him another one. The second bar is The Hill of Tara on Frankfort and Manganese, but Lucky has opted to leave the day to day running to his daughters to focus full time on taking bets. Those daughters, Amy and Kiera, have turned the dive into a trendy little nightspot and have even brought in Kiki's benign little boyfriend turned bar steward Bernie Fike. Johnny Pegorino Peggy's an Alderney adjudicator turned mob chief looking to stave away the vultures on his putrefactive patch while there's still something to pillage. But Johnny ain't a boss, Joey D'Amato was a boss. Johnny's a former hauler and hod carrier who took a vacant spot at the top out of necessity. He also took his seat on the commission with great pleasure. But suddenly the boys don't seem to hold any meetings no more. He and Jimmy find common ground over mutual deprecation, but are also said to be steadily competing for the affections of Mr. Gravelli - a possible wedge. Larry Gogarty Not so friendly neighborhood arms dealer who supplies various members of the mob with munitions and makeshift bombs. Some say he met Jimmy in Korea, others say he saved Delaney in 'Nam. Derrick says he met Bucky in a brothel and Aido says he's tied to the 'RA. All anybody knows for sure is that he's got knocked off guns at knock down prices, so they'd much rather not even ask. Misko Marinkovic Yugoslav yacht owner who first met McReary during a prison stint in the 1950s. Banged up they bonded over skewed views of Socialism, and as Jimmy was slaving away under Sullivan, Misko the Red was earning a vast fortune and rising to prominence by masterminding a daring million dollar heist from the South Florida estate of Jebediah Stanley. Ever the rolling stone, he can usually be found living large in a handful of haunts, including his luxury apartment, The Purple Puma in Richmond or chilling on his glorious vessel at any one of the area's docks. Gary Pierce Calamitous congressman campaigning for construction projects in Castle Gardens and on the piers in Purgatory. Grandiose ambitions that he hopes will aid his advances in the upcoming gubernatorial race. He’s got familial ties to fuel companies and their fugitive financiers and wants to bring about peace in Northern Ireland by helping motor man Don DeLarge establish a manufacturing plant there for his derided Deluxo. Morris Schulman Schulman's an orthodox Jew frequently found in either a hair salon or a whore house. After moving to Dukes from Alderney, he started a side hustle taking bets from The Bay Bar. Now he's got links to every balding bastard from Beechwood City to Barren County and just about every bookmaker and bar fly in between. He first hooked up with the McReary mob due to their efficiency in enforcement, but due to Jimmy's unpredictability as of late, he's started bargaining with bettors to give time and get information needed for high value holdups instead. Peter O’Leary Petey’s a burned blueprint dealer who lives in a shack in The Riverlands. But aside from that, any and all information on him is gleaned from whispers in the wind. It's almost public record that he was born prematurely and then bundled off to boarding school when he started to kill kittens and ended up in an orphanage when a mysterious house fire, that left him disfigured, killed the rest of his kin. One popular rumor is that he used to cut cartoons for Fred Quincy, but was fired because he edited Bessy Dog into a rape and murder plot. Another is that he killed a crew of cops and drove a school bus full of kids into the Frugal Finance building on Farnsworth Road. For the past number of years, he’s been living off the grid in the wilderness and has been on a seditious bent since Herbert Hickey began building ballparks in his hermitic habitat. Spyro Kardamylios Back in the days, Steinway was a melting pot, much like Purgatory after the war. First it was the Germans and Irish and then the Latinos came, which was when people like Jimmy up and left. The ‘60s brought Greeks upon Greeks like Kardamylios and it wasn't long until this diaspora began to degenerate. Numbers games, gambling dens, loansharking… a wave of new opportunities which brought Spyro and Jimmy together, but quickly floated the former across the river and into an Alderney based shipping company when the Greek mob started to congregate around whatever little rackets there were left. Like any good criminal however, he started to adapt. And when Sino ship jumpers began to swim ashore and disappear into Chinatown, he sent out a trawler and came back with ten keys in a net. But Spyro's no drug dealer, he'll surely tell you that. So like any good criminal, he went down to Diamond Street and quickly sold it back. That single good deed was the start of a fruitful relationship. The only problem is his partner, Lee Wong, is currently in federal custody on a wide ranging racketeering rap. A philosopher once said “There is no black and white, just shades of f*cking grey” and that couldn’t be more evident than in this place and time. The exception to the rule of course being the political system... where black, white (and brown) are pretty much the deciding factors between who holds the power and who plays the patsy. Although some may be rich, white and powerful, none of them are truly clean or righteous or have the desire to bring about any notable change. The worst part about it is - they all think that they are. Jack Connelly Connelly is an Irish-American Detective Sergeant with the LCPD's Gang Homicide Task Force (colloquially known as the “Gangbusters”). And he’s built up a celebrity status from closing high profile cases and frequently appearing in the news. His methods are highly unconventional - by any means necessary, often at the expense of his rivals in the FIB. Past cases include several high profile robberies, serial killings and terrorist acts allegedly committed by the Puerto Rican Liberation Front and Black Power Movements. Actual guilt is irrelevant. He’ll closely follow Mickey's exploits, despite overlooking many of the acts committed by the Irish Mob, with whom he shares a certain level of national pride. Fayad Ali Brother Ali is the charismatic leader of the local sect of the Brotherhood of Muslims (formerly known as the Islamic Nation). He seeks to move away from the efforts of his predecessor Talib Al-Muzzammil to merge the Brotherhood with the mainstream Islamic movement, in order to preserve the original values of his organization. His method of doing this is to portray Muzzammil and his followers as terrorists and enemies of the state. He is very adept at recruiting other young black men to his cause. And also has the secret backing of a certain City Councillor who provides his support under the banner of black empowerment while publicly denouncing his methods in front of his majority Christian electorate. For all his friends however, he has just as many enemies and is rarely seen without his bow-tied bodyguards trailing either side. Jeremiah Johnson “The Good Reverend” Jerry Johnson is a well regarded Civil Rights activist who currently sits on the Liberty City Council as a champion for African American rights. He is a constant voice for the voiceless and oppressed and is staunchly opposed to the policies of City Mayor Herman Stringer and his closest rival Earl Schmidt. He frequently likes to comment on in-game events, making sure to be recorded hollering his disapproval from the heart of the North Holland ghetto with his protege Norman Davis by his side. And there's nothing quite like having a brother in the state capital for getting your voice heard, that's for sure. Julio Ochoa Born in Bohan to a comparatively rich family, Ochoa is less concerned about spreading hope than lining his own pockets. After years of apprenticeship under Deputy Mayor Ramón Delgado, he currently sits on the City Council, having been awarded his position and given assurances that he would be granted his wish of several residential dwellings in Boulevard for “his people" when the crumbling Swingers Stadium was knocked down and moved to a bigger plot. Given these false assurances, he took his seat and endorsed Stringer for Mayor in ‘77. Currently however the Stadium still stands, meaning that he may look towards turning on Stringer soon enough. Artie Giacalone Giacalone is an Alderney transplant who is a big time player in print pr0nography and Algonquin high society. He is the owner and publisher of the highly popular Playhouse Magazine and is currently making inroads into turning art house filth into a Vinewood blockbuster. He is a cut above your average pervert and has garnered widespread acceptance and critical acclaim for passing explicit imagery off as art. Shooting or directing most of the models himself in order to achieve his signature “style.” He also frequently hosts exclusive parties in his penthouse apartment filled with beautiful women and high grade cocaine – supplied to him by his Gambetti affiliates Scott Trillo and his pal Luis Vargas. Just don’t ask him about corruption.. he could write a whole article. In fact he’s made a career out of it. Before funneling that money back into his art. Reggie Polastri A veteran Broker based pr0nographer, formerly known as “Reg Pole.” He got his start posing in salacious snaps for Casper Narwhal before debuting as an onscreen stud under the nefarious Baker Brothers in the early seventies. Glory days behind him, he's turned his horny little hand to directing and has gotten himself firmly stuck between two mob families, now on the brink of war. Facing the prospect of losing his ‘hard' earned fortune, he latches on to Artie Giacalone's vision to bring pr0n into the mainstream in the hopes of finding a way out of his hole. Ray Rosenbaum Rosenbaum is a shady superstar attorney from Bohan with his well greased palms in a lot of criminal pies. Despite gutting several multinational companies through class action lawsuits, he is said to have many friends in big business. Most recently lending his helping hand to young billionaire Lyle Cleethorpes during a spot of bother with the HEC. Other high profile clients include the heads of at least two Mafia Crime Families, the Catholic Archdiocese of Liberty City and fellow Jewish nightclub owner Paulie Stein, who despite not having enough money to pay him, has some kind of valuable hold over him that’d have ‘political scandal’ written all over it, if it broke. Mario Valvona Valvona is a catholic priest, a local hero and a leading proponent of tenant rights reform in the ghettos in and around Liberty City. To his adoring public he is the founder of a community organization established partly with federal funding in order to subsidize the rents of struggling tenants and refurbish the dilapidated project buildings. In reality he is a deeply corrupt, self serving slum lord who wishes to take full credit for the rejuvenation project while building substandard dwellings on the cheap. All while using a mafia controlled labor force with well publicized ties to the Pavano Family, in which his brother Louie is a low ranking capo. Other friends in high places include U.S. supported dictatorships in Central America and the equally corrupt Vatican Bank. He is currently in discussions with Jack McReary to establish a “non profit” organization to buy up vast amounts of run down properties in Purgatory with the help of shady businessman turned borough president Arnie Love. Trudy Milner A left wing activist with an anarchistic streak who acts as a leading member of the Temperature Rising terrorist organization - operating from a townhouse in Westminster. Spawned from a legal family which includes a patriarch with a history of defending soviet spies, she is also the sister of controversial criminal defense attorney Harold “Whitey” Milner. But she seems to have no intention of following in their footsteps, preferring to dole out her own skewed version of justice to the city’s elite. Flexmaster Flash A pioneering disk jockey from Bohan, who, like many others in the area, claims to be the originator of a new style of music known as “hip-hop." He is ridiculed by many in his neighborhood and seen as a joker. But his desire to emancipate himself from his gang banging past will touch Burke enough to bring about a working relationship, whereby Mickey assists him in acquiring a number of rare vinyl records from all over the map. Betty Friedkin Elizabeth Friedkin, also known as “Battleaxe Betty" is the lieutenant to Liberty State governor Greg "The Dreg" Johnson and the current bronze medal contender in the inevitable race for Mayor in the fall. As a staunchly liberal feminist with a firm following, she’s a quickly emerging favorite, but her radicalized associates may prove to be her downfall as State Secretary Ignazio Iorio stays nipping at her heels. Cherri Goldman A buxom budding starlet from the baddest parts of Bohan hoping to make the move from street walking to skin flicks and hit the dizzying heights of the likes of Miss Floodgate. She’s a borderline nymphomaniac and incredibly needy, but she’s always there to relieve the stress and lend a sympathetic ear when you’re feeling overworked or overwhelmed by the weight of your criminality. Just try to overlook the fact that her pop is a cop. The term “bad” is subjective. Especially in this part of the world... especially in this part of America. But these guys either all have records, or are just a bit f*cked in the head. Howie Fisher Howie “The Fish” is the leader of a seven-man organization known as “The Family” which holds a strong heroin connection through Pavano button man Mario Coletti. Aside from heroin, the gang are involved in various enterprises such as prostitution, cocaine and arms trafficking and the black power movement. Unfortunately for Fisher, he currently lacks enough power or influence to go up against his rivals in Holland, who deem him unworthy of the much coveted seat on Melvin Noble's Council he claims he doesn't want... or need. Lorenzo Brown Lorenzo “Big Daddy” Brown is a Liberty City legend of the African American variety who has recently been released from prison after serving almost ten years on a narcotics charge. Now on the outside, he resides in Broker and seeks to re-establish his criminal empire, using a burgeoning connection within the Messina Family and supply routes that stretch all the way to Los Santos through Lenapia and back again. Unfortunately, they also come with a target on his back as big as the loads that he’s shifting and plenty of young bucks chomping at the bit to take his spot. Silas Robinson "Stranton Silas" is an Alderney attaché for Big Brown, pushing product in The Eden State. He started as a runner doing numbers for the Pegs back when he was known as "Raleigh Robinson" and nudged his way into narcotics when the North Carolinians started to run sh*t. When his previous partners got pinched, he started sending his boys from Stranton to Schottler, bringing heron 'cross the Humboldt and sending coke down Columbus Ave. Emil Argov Argov is a Russian gangster based in Hove Beach. Cattle prod in hand, he controls a lucrative numbers and extortion racket within the local Russian and Jewish communities of South Broker. Rackets which rival similar operations controlled by the Five Families, who he now counts as personal friends. His initial connection to the story comes as part of a human trafficking operation which counts Harry Hall as one of its biggest benefactors. But through sycophantic intermediaries, he will reluctantly also provide Burke with some extra work outside of his usual circles. Eventually making Burke wish he never wandered outside those circles at all. Valencia Rodriguez Cardona DeSalazar Born in Cartagena, later moving to Medellín. Valencia comes from an abusive background and has been involved in criminality (including kidnapping and murder) from an early age. By her preteens, she had resorted to pick pocketing and prostitution, having run away from home. At age 20 she married her first husband and over the next ten years she gave birth to three sons while still working as a prostitute. In 1973 she left her husband and fled with her pimp and children to America, with a pound of coke in her panties and visions of the American Dream in her heart. Five years on, she’s still a hooker, living in Dukes with her abusive pimp/husband Henrique Salazar, who works as a small-time dealer on the side. Fast Ernie When it comes to street legends and stalwarts, few are more interesting than Frankfort Avenue's own "Fast Ernie" Foreman. During a childhood spent in the projects, he grew up grifting and hustling. And after a petty pinch for turnstile jumping, he moved from panhandling to pushing. Purchasing packets of pot by snatching jewellery and selling the stuff. While others have moved into poppies, he's stayed peddling puff. Jorge Borrero Jorge “Mr. Bolita” Borrero is a one time major player in the Cuban revolution now masquerading as an Alderney based businessman and philanthropist, after being granted asylum by the American Government. Being branded a traitor following the disastrous Bay of Pigs, he started his life of crime by establishing one of the most lucrative Bolita lottery rackets in the country, stretching from his home base of Alderney City to East Holland and Bohan. Due to the changing nature of the underworld however, he has since diversified into narcotics, and is currently the main distributor for the Colombian Cartel. Ever wary of wiretapping, he conducts most of his street level business deals through his loyal lieutenant Eduardo Reyes, who also has ties to other Cuban expatriate organizations down south. Abeni Nyongo A college student turned revolutionary, ostensibly rallying the troops in the name of civil rights. She was born Abigail Nelson, and came to prominence as a leading member of the Brother Zebedee supporting Students Opposing Segregation (SOS) movement of the early to mid 70s. After adopting a moniker more in line with her roots, 'Abeni' now acts as the pretty face of CORE - the Collaborative Organization (for) Racial Equality, a front group for the militaristic National Black Vanguard (NVB). She’s currently gathering her troops behind the emancipation of her caged predecessor Angie Lumumba. They call her “The Black Mamba” and for good reason too. If the feds say she’s bad, then she must be. The female of the species is definitely more deadly than the male. Enough said. Vinnie Garone The brutal button pusher with the boxer's physique. Vincent “Big Vinnie” Garone is a feared enforcer for the Ancelotti family and works for “Chubby” Charlie Matteo, who in turn controls a large scale loansharking operation in Alderney and Algonquin for aging capo Joseph Annunziato – now living in semi-retirement in Vice. Garone was originally part of the crew of Broker based mobster “Firefly Freddie” Langella but transferred to the Annunziato/Matteo crew when Langella was murdered in ‘73. Jimmy McReary is heavily indebted to Jewish loan shark “Sonny” Leiberman who works with Vinnie's Ancelotti overlords and the Ancelottis pay lip service to the Pavanos now. It’s all very complicated, especially for the Irish lads. As they'll come to find out quite quickly however, it’s all very, very bad news. Al D'Amico Notorious made man with the Gambettis who’s in "partnership" with the Irish Mob (using them mainly as muscle). He also commands his own crew of disillusioned young killers who are desperate to prove their worth to him and his superiors. He’s getting just as desperate now. In his line of work, desperation means unpredictability. Not Good. He keeps the target off his back by cosying up to Salvatore Mangano - a rapidly rising Gambetti soldier who can usually be found at his construction office or a supper club in Broker. Where he usually holds court for his friends. D'Amico thinks he’s a blowhard. He has the earnings to back it up. In an organization where actions speak a lot louder than words. Robert Szelanski A humble Jewish step-son of an Italian hardware store owner from Dillon Street who caught the fixing bug before being shipped off to fight the wealthy man's war. Back home and afflicted with PTSD, Bobby works in a garage in Algonquin fixing taxi cabs for Tommy “Two Guns” Gianco of the Messina Family. Upon first meeting Burke, he will claim that the two are the same, despite the latter's denial, after which point he will begin tasking him with carrying out vigilante style executions on various wrong doers around the city, which will be reported on by the in-game news. Carmine Rivello From numbers runner to numbers man, gutting fish and getting rich helped Rivello to solidify his position as the number three in the number one organization. And it's a position he plays with pleasure, as he seeks to take possession of a construction project currently controlled by the Irish Mob. To make matters worse, he also claims that Jimmy McReary is in debt to him due to back taxes on a tribute which had traditionally been paid to him by his predecessor. And until that debt is paid, Mickey must work for his ambitious aide-de-camp Mario “Mad Dog” Coletti. Joseph Palmieri Joey Palms is a capo in the Pavano family and the leader of its Alderney Faction. Now aged in his early 60s, he came to power with the retirement of former mentor Gerlando Cammarano thanks to his influential connections to the Teamsters Union (and allegedly organizing the “disappearance” of its secretary treasurer and president). Aside from the former President of the Teamsters, he is also said to have ties to the former President of the United States, who famously gave him a pardon after being convicted “wrongfully” of his crimes in 1971. Outside of Alderney, he is also said to have sway with other crime families all across the country, giving him a level of power more commonly wielded by a family boss. The administration doesn't like him much because he allegedly once attended a sit down wearing flip flops and a palm tree patterned Honolulu shirt. However, his union local attire's a bit more on the formal side. Pat Castagneri Patty Castagneri is a soldier in the Lupisella Family's Alderney crew. Despite his entrepreneurial ineptitude, he has made many contacts in the entertainment industry, mainly thanks to Moe Schwartz. He’s also tied to the Ancelottis in Vinewood – although recent inter family conflicts may threaten this partnership. His immediate family is also filled with trouble makers. Like Vito Accardi, a chemically dependent Lupisella associate, just released from prison for armed robbery, with no intention of changing his ways. Moe Schwartz After beginning his 'connected' career under Lupisella wiseguy 'Nino' Abruzzo, by the mid-1960s Schwartz had moved out on his own. Using his penchant for numbers and manipulation, he shortly found himself balancing the books within Liberty City's rapidly expanding music industry. His knack for veiled extortion and hundred dollar handshakes have made him and his Lupisella connected collaborators millions of dollars in cash and put quite a bit in his own pockets along the way. He is frequently found pandering to sleazy midtown record executives, who in turn remain firmly planted under Vincent Lupisella's control. His latest ‘victim’ being the increasingly difficult Ruby Kleinberg, a man with more than a few problems of his own. Harry Hall Harry’s a half Irish, half Italian mobster currently associated with the Messina family and is a bit of a mover and shaker to say the least. He's a Vietnam war veteran (although he don't like to talk about it) and was previously associated with the rival Lupisella Family, working for revered Irish powerhouse Mickey Costello. On the streets, he’s an accomplished thief who also throws his hand to truck hijacking and drug dealing – anything to make a buck. He's also got a reputation in mob circles for his skills at seducing women. A skill which goes hand in hand with his involvement in the 'private escort' industry. Despite his affiliation to the Messina Family, he still retains close friends within the Lupisellas, and can frequently be found at “The Watering Hole” bar in West Hove. On top of all this, he's currently partnered with sultan of smut Benny Bergman in Heraclitus Hideaway in Algonquin and also acts as a middle man between Burke and his boss Harvey Noto, who is initially somewhat reluctant to deal with outsiders face to face. Joseph Montigliano Joey’s a high ranking Lupisella associate who enters the fray not so fresh off of a four year stint in prison for armed robbery. He is heavily involved in rackets in Francis International Airport and as a result is close to the mobsters outside of the Lupisella family who also operate there. They meet in Joey’s club to discuss ‘business’ together and devise various heists and schemes. He’s close to the Messinas, which gets his family’s backs up, but his connection to the Gambettis is yet again his saving grace. Despite his rock hard exterior, he's also got a softer side - playing surrogate father to his teenage grandson. He's embittered by the fact that the boys in Bohan will never make him but he'll see to it that young "Sammy" some day rises to the top. If he's gotta change his bastardized name, then who cares? He hates it anyway. Sharky Sarno Stefano “Sharky” Sarno is an Ancelotti soldier and a former mentor of Vinnie Garone. He was once a powerful operator in the Broker Docks and conducted business amongst the pool halls of Firefly and Hove, earning his nickname from bashing in the heads of those who dared to beat him at his beloved game. Sarno is reportedly a man of notorious ferocity, once nailing a suspected rat to a table and sodomizing him with a pool cue in order to force a confession that never actually came. He’s apparently good friends with soon-to-be boss Giovanni Ancelotti and also has a connection to just about every family on the commission, but hates Montigliano. Such are the politics of the mob I guess. Anthony Spoleto Spoleto is a recently inducted young soldier who made his bones by executing his former capo as a favor to Sonny Cangelosi. A consummate gambler, he's just returned from exile in Las Venturas with a forward thinking attitude and his sights on co-operation. He’s got a burgeoning interest in newly legalized gambling rackets in Alderney and also has a scheme in mind to take advantage of the ongoing energy crisis. That said, he holds two valuable bargaining chips that may see him rise above the ongoing inter-family conflicts and bring about a period of détente in the name of the almighty dollar. For himself, if not for his cosca. Alfredo Volpe Volpe's an Algonquin born capo for the Messinas with ties to the family's Sicilian Faction. Usually synonymous with the terms “size” and “girth” and not just because of his frame. He’s heavily involved in the adult entertainment business, having partnered with Ancelotti underboss Sammy Spoleto in several big budget blue movies in the early part of the decade. In pursuit of the dirty dollar, he’s started to venture more into the risque, producing reels which contain outlawed material such as bestiality and kid stuff. His main rivals on this front being the D'Amico Crew of the Gambetti Family, who seek to encroach on his redlit territory. Aside from his putrid past times, he's also got an abrasive attitude that's created many enemies, but he has got at least three capos that he's close to. For the time being at least. “Raucous and riveting. A fresh take on fables you thought had been fatally flogged.” - The Los Santos Meteor With the formation of The Commission, the Liberty City Mafia entered a period of prolonged peace in the midst of the depression after a spate of violent and bitter conflicts. While the stock markets were crashing and prohibition pigs were smashing, they teamed up to flood the area with more bottles and barrels of booze than the agents could physically wash down the drain. As the world went to war, the families got rich and managed to maintain the serenity. And during the foreboding late forties, as tensions heated up over rising competition for limited resources, the heads of the five families drew up a clear division of rackets and territories. But by the 1950s, the democracy disintegrated due to gestating jealousy and greed and the various factions began to split their allegiances. Allies and egotistical axes, liberals and conservatives, it was only a matter of time before the bullets started to fly. And fly they did, both figuratively and literally, felling four of five bosses through a mixture of secret set ups and snuffs and audacious assassinations. The following decade was also filled with civil wars and subterfuge, closely mirroring the world at large. And it's now continued on into the '70s. Just as proxy wars rage overseas between the various powers that be, they also continue on between Liberty and Alderney's La Cosa Nostra. Due to early incursions by the Gambetti and Ancelotti families, which eventually slowed down due to cripplings and cancer, the Lupisellas have now started branching outwards from their traditional strongholds in the Eastern boroughs and have most recently begun making inroads into Worcester. This is a move which has mainly been piled on the hunching shoulders of Patty Castagneri, who in turn works for “Bobby The Eagle” DiLeo - a man who earned his nickname due to going almost completely bald in his mid 20s. And whilst they currently still hold a considerable amount of power in the state of Alderney, they also face mounting competition on that side from other families who may look to stymie their ambitions of advance. Over there you've got the Pegs and the Pavanos, perpetually plotting possession over an endless array of gambling games and dock rackets. There was a time when Vinnie The Vegetable was chasing bosses away and tasking the likes of Giorgio Ancelotti with smashing up fruit stands with a baseball bat. Then came the days of Benji The Brush and Joey Palms holding the unions in an ever tightening choke hold. Despite a few little differences, the various families have actually begun to work together in relative harmony and have been able to iron out any problems with either covert acts or co-operation. Perhaps most problematic at the moment however are the Messinas, which isn't really surprising since they haven't quite had their sh*t together since the days of Big Joe. They currently work at the behest of acting boss Carlo Briccone, who commands a massive city wide drug trafficking operation, despite currently sitting as a stand-in for the imprisoned Dominick Pistone. With the help of the family's Zip faction and their cantankerous capo Catanese, he's essentially created a monopoly on all drug profits in the area and cut out the other families as a result. It's no surprise they want him out of there. Problem is, he also commands his own personal hit squad of Sicilian bodyguards who surround him 24/7. In spite of this, there are some within his borgata who may know how to get it done. And if his kiss ass underboss Tony Amoroso needs to go too, they say, then what of it? There's one Beanie Berkowitz special for the both of ‘em coming. And Carlo's three closest aids will be happy to help in any way that they can. The themes and scenes. UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Ironically) In the preamble to the constitution, signed almost 200 years ago, they speak of domestic tranquility. But in the 1970s, especially the latter part of the decade, there is anything but. After Cochrane's resignation, Peck took position and promised the nation that the nightmare would be over. In reality it was just beginning. Even before he sat his ass in the office, the country was in the midst of the worst economic recession since the 1930s, but his biggest concern was pardoning his predecessor. Unsurprisingly, Isabel Heinemann gave him a grilling in Congress and he's seemingly held it against the city of Liberty ever since. "The worst place in America" he said, "Go to Hell", but the Libertonians have already been there and back again. From boom to bust, shining cities to rust and from completely busted to broken. They were far from alone however, because all over the country, plants were closing, businesses were failing and people were packing the unemployment lines. The state of the Union was not good, but Peck wanted us working for free. What the American people really needed at the time was a spiritual redemption. At least, that was, according to a bumpkin bean farmer from the deep south named Barney Callahan. And a strong challenge from failed actor Harold Hogan just wasn't enough. He was just as inept, but seen as just another rubbish Republican. What people really needed was a good old fashioned smile to your face and then stab you in your back lefty lunatic. A crisis of confidence meets a crisis of competence, a quagmire not seen since Quigley and in the shambolic states of Liberty and Alderney, the scenario’s almost eerily the same. There's war on the streets as intense as the middle east and not one of the people in power knows how to pacify it. Truckers are striking and gas prices are spiking, while availability circles the sink hole. Power outages, protesting and picket lines are a permanent fixture. While politicians pick up the pieces and put them back in their people's pockets through widespread gerrymandering and gentrification. Callahan says he wants to build more nuclear reactors, but there's no bigger or more dangerous fission reactor in the country at the minute than this place. Liberty State is governed by Galveston Avenue Gang of Four alumni Greg Johnson. A man who'll likely be best remembered, not for the pyrite laden project buildings that bear his name, but for the abysmal mishandling of Liberty City's economic woes in the middle part of the decade. Coming into office with the city close to bankruptcy and plunging it even further into a fiscal crisis with frivolous spending and four years of tone deafness that has prompted state led investigations into finding out who even elected him. He's boohooed big business when it was needed and bullyragged any proposal that would give the city a boost. He constantly battles against a Mayor he calls "Hymie" in public and hasn't spent a single day in the Capital in well over a year. The malapropism prone mayor who frequently features as his opponent is Herman Stringer, a man known for binding the city together as comptroller in the '60s on a shoestring budget, but can now barely even string a sentence together. After jousting with Johnson out in the open now for several years, he's slashed the city workforce, frozen their salaries and defunded the deeply corrupted police. He wants to do more, he says, but needs more state funds that Governor Greg would much rather spend on Pegassis and pedicures. The foil to his flagrancy however is fighting feminist Betty Friedkin. A litigious lieutenant with exactly the right tools to turn the territory around, but none of the desired "equipment." Given up on the governorship and all but conceded her position to Iggy Iorio, she's instead turned to the perilous proving grounds of the city, where her staunchest opponent is and always has been Earl Schmidt. He cancels his plans on a whim and constantly seeks approval, so he's exactly the pandering puppet the city so desperately needs now. And for lessons in "positive" policy, he need look no further than the many mayors of Alderney, a historically corrupted cadre of cut throats now helmed by infallible governor Herbert Hickey and his sidekick Morty Lang. A West Willmington born warrior on the western front, Hickey took his Cedar Hill education to law school and became an attorney in the highly acclaimed Telberg & Munslow. Then from Council to the Governor, he worked his way up through Wessex County to the top spot, and has gone on to prove that despite tanking in the polls, you can still go on to dazzle people with expanded infrastructure, a reliable sewage system and incremental taxes on the poor. They're not his voter base, so what does he give a sh*t. Plus, he’s got his old room mate and war buddy by his side and The Wrath are playing across the river now. He'll go on to be remembered as the man who couldn't be bought, but has also turned the state into a mafia breathing ground through a mixture of casinos, construction sites, clean up crews, thoroughbred race tracks, towering turnpikes and toxic waste. The last of these could probably also act as a summation, because on the whole, state and city politics here aren't so diverse, they're more desperate. From reprehensible Republicans to dumbfounding Democrats and everyone in between. A toxic waste of funding and resources, which make this part of America probably the worst it's ever been and that's saying something. MUCH MORE TO COME Whatever way you cut it, you’re part of a gang. No matter how loose the affiliations or rules may be. Therefore the advancement of the mob should be your main priority, even if you plan on using it as a platform purely for your own advancement. That’s why this time around, connections are key. More connections mean more opportunities. The choices you make and the people you speak to will also heavily dictate your path. This means that a single linear road to victory doesn’t exist and you can get to certain points in the story at different stages depending on the order of mission strands. For example we know that Delaney is a man with much needed connections, he’s in with the Pavanos, and the Gambettis, from bouncing around from prison to prison he also spent brief periods with the likes of Melvin Noble and members of Al D’Amico’s gang… and in some cases may look to get one over on them. Spending more time with Mario Coletti or Derrick McReary however may also lead you to the same point in the story at differing speeds. Certain characters may also get killed or arrested before you ever have a chance to interact with them. There are also no cellphones, so unless somebody specifically leaves a message for you, then you must go and see them on your own initiative. Once you make a contact, their location will be marked on your map, but that may not necessarily mean that there’s a mission available. If you pop in on them at the wrong time however, you may just catch a random event, completely miss them, find one of their underlings or initiate a friend activity, depending on the circumstances. Phones are still a thing however, so if you manage to find them you can also catch a not so subtle little hint of somebody wanting to see you and where you can find them by making a call. Provided of course that you aren’t down to your last couple of cents. The Irish mob are by and large a group of leeches by nature and they will constantly be in need of something big or small. Some are too lazy to get things and may hit you with a sawbuck to retrieve it for them. Others may owe you favors in return and can pay you back in kind. Jimmy McReary is probably the worst of them all. He’ll send you on collections, whether it be for money, food or drugs, and will always expect you to throw him some of the earnings that you can guarantee somebody will have informed him of. While avoidance is an option, you will get constant prompts to go see people. Whether it’s on screen, in person or on the phone. Certain people may also use whatever influence they have to make sure others don’t deal with you. If you really don't want to work with certain people, you don't have to. But when somebody tells you to go see ‘em, you go. Venturing out on your own can be just as rewarding though. There are tons of chance encounters and a number of notable strangers to come across in the open world. There are also plenty of odd jobs and moonlight money makers to throw your hand at to get some levity or make some extra cash. If you prefer to just hang around bars and apartments all day then have at it. For all of their other inadequacies, the boys sure do know how to have fun. “No time is a good time to die, but the good times are over and the way we’re living is bad.” - Lane Begby as Dicky Dillane in Animals in Dirty Feces. There’s a world outside of Winkle’s and oftentimes an ‘activity’ is just simply getting out into the hustle and bustle and stretching your legs. Much like the majority of players though, Mickey doesn't play golf or tennis or any of that crap. But from Peep Shows to Pool Halls and Dive Bars to Discotheques, there’s plenty of other stuff here to keep you occupied. Whether you’re kicking back with the boys, trying to get some pussy or just acting the loner with a boner or a bong full of bud. There’s also plenty of timeless and topical Television and Theaters full of Blockbusters and two types of Burlesque Shows. VCRs are brand new and everything’s on reels so whether you’re tuning in on your home stereo or turning up the tunes in your car, one thing’s for damn sure... Radio is still the absolute star. “Here in my car, I feel safest of all, I can lock all my doors. It's the only way to live, in cars.” Gary Numan in Cars. Featuring the return of many beloved classics from Akavari & Tyla's Liberty City 1978. Let's face it, you're not just going to walk into a store and buy a weapon that you're going to go and kill somebody with. That's why gun sales in Mob Rules are primarily on the streets. But they're not out in the open. They're in the back alleys, bar rooms and basements. And from rear ends of Rumpos and the trunks of cars. This is the North East, so there's no open carrying. Even before mandatory minimums, despite the Bicklemeyer Bill having already been signed into law. You're going to want to conceal that sh*t. Under a long jacket, in a shoulder holster, or down the back of your pants. You can carry two Handguns at a time, which can be handy in the heat of a firefight and any two-handers (SMGs and Long Guns) can be slung over your back. Gunplay, on the whole, is more visceral. Up close and personal, reliant moreso on small calibers than picking your enemies off from afar. The hi-tec of GTA V is on hiatus here. And instead we get a bleed over of cast offs that the armed forces have deemed unreliable or obsolete. You can pick up just about anything and beat your foes over the head with it, but here are the firearms and explosive projectiles on offer. One for each one of the free counties in the homeland (plus one more for sport): (Listed in order of appearance above) Handguns .38 Snub - Also known as the “Detective Special” and favored by gung-ho dicks and bulls from the various divisions. Police Revolver - Up against the wall and spread ‘em or you’ll have some overzealous pig unloading on you with this six shooter. .32 Pistol - Favored by wiseguys and button men for its effectiveness and concealability. Not as powerful as some and only holds eight, but you can use it and toss it ‘cause the eyeties built a half a million of the f*ckers and there’s no supply drought. Nine Mill - Who’d have thought 9 millimeters in your pants could be this impressive. Common as they come on the streets and erroneously fitted with a 14 round double stack magazine to give the guys on the databases something to whine about. Silenced Pistol - 10 round Assassin's favorite. Chambered in .22 caliber and perfect for getting up close and personal to put more than a whisper of sweet sweet nothings into somebody’s ear. .45 Pistol - Been around since 1911 and still being used decades later. Packs a significant punch compared to the others but can only go for eight rounds before you need to duck into a corner and reload. .357 Revolver - A H&L hawk slayer which acts as the granddaddy of them all. Can blow a chunk out of somebody’s head and won’t take a chunk out of your wallet. Submachine guns Standard SMG - A typical utilitarian European SMG made from sheet metal with a 32 round magazine. Blowback operated with a good rate of fire. All kill no frill. Compact SMG - American engineered with an insane rate of fire. Chambered for a .380 rimless round that’s incompatible with any other weapon in true totalitarian style. Clip can be extended from 16 to 32 and you can also outfit her with a suppressor and a folding stock. Advanced SMG - Improves on the standard with a longer effective range and the ability to fit a silencer. Won’t weigh you down. Silenced SMG - Chambered for .45 ACP with an in-built silencer. The overused grease gun just got a little makeover and it still wins best in class. Shotguns/Rifles Double-barrel Shotgun - An over under variation of the old Sicilian calling card. If you aim it just right, you can empty a guy's stomach and give him a vasectomy one after the other. Pump Shotgun - Shrewsbury six shell with a satisfying pull back. Suitable for hunting the deadliest predator of all. Semi-Auto Shotgun - If your wrist gets worn out from repetitive strain, then why not mess up your fingers by repeatedly pulling on a sticky trigger instead. Bolt Action Rifle - Slow rate of fire with a fierce and fast traveling thump. Fit it with a scope and get behind low cover then aim for the forehead. Semi-Auto Rifle - 15 round magazine tube for a drawn out massacre from the side of an interstate freeway or a grassy knoll. Scope her up, shoot your load in succession and then head back to your hole. Magnum Rifle - Superb effective range and a silly amount of power. This’ll blow the back end off a buck. Automatic Rifles LAR Rifle - The light automatic rifle is an old wartime favorite which has been illegally converted and made its way onto the black market. Can be fitted with an up to 30 round box mag and brought anywhere with ease. SFR Rifle - Can work in either semi or full auto and is chambered for a larger round than the LAR. Hits like a severe hangover, but if accuracy is your thing, then leave it on the dying corpse. Assault Rifle - A Yugoslav version of an old Soviet gem. Magazine can be fully upgraded to a 75 round drum. Army Rifle - Military issued malfunction machine which trumps the Assault Rifle on rate of fire and effective range, but has a lower maximum capacity. Battle Rifle - A Vom Feuer village vacator with a vast array of upgrades and a blow back that could blow you back to the Vietnam war. Machine Gun - 100 rounds of devastation. Perfect if you plan on taking on a whole city or the national guard. Explosives Rocket Launcher - If the army sends out a Chopper, just take aim and shoot. Dreadfully out of place in an urban environment, but the Muslims are taking hostages and we need something that can level an embassy if negotiations go sour. Stick Grenade - Surplus WWII explosive the USMC were stockpiling for Saigon. Thrown underhanded like the Germans would've wanted them. Auf Wiedersehen motherf*ckers. Hand Grenade - The good old fashioned pineapple you can cook in your hand. Molotov Cocktail - The SoBo eviction notice. The micks call this one a "petrol bomb." Just another Limey name that has been picked up and passed around. “Guns don’t kill people. People do. It just so happens that we have more killers here than in your average city. That’s precisely why we need more guns.” - Liberty City Mayor Earl Schmidt.
  5. Hi all, While we are keen to see a brand-new Grand Theft Auto announcement, I thought it would be nice to have some daydreaming, so I would like to share my own fan made concept I have written several years ago. Not diving into programming studies is something I will always regret, because a lot of ideas come to my mind time to time, would be so fantastic to make them real with the knowledge and experience of the real boundaries. Staying in reality, this is an amateur fanfiction. I started it around 2008 and finished in 2018, worked on it with shorter and longer breaks. Of course, I was thrilled to share it with Rockstar Games the time I finished it, even too aggressively in enthusiasm, so no wonder I have never got an answer. Anyway, after all those years I was making notes, at least I am sharing with you now, see what you think, what would you like, what you would not. The game was planned to set in a fictional reiteration of Florida as an island state called Faunida with wide range of both flora and fauna, including Everglades with airboat races and yes, our beloved Vice City with its surrounding neighborhoods, extended with the western islands of the Bahamas. The story was set in two iconic eras of Miami as inspiration: 1988, when authorities could finally get stronger and defeat underworld mafias, and in 2004, when the city started to change its look and grow rapidly from all those bloody drug money they impounded. The key features were meant to be: A whole new approach of game design that is all about variables and modules. I called it ‘reflective gameplay’ as the program should track and learn how the individual gamer is playing the game. Missions would have open modules where the way how enemies are placed and set to move, also the weaponry and accessories they use, the place of explosives barrels, the type of vehicles used, etc. would be calculated and set by the player’s previous progress. In one hand, player could meet with approaches and experiences what he or she likes, but on the other hand, the program could turn it against him/her time to time to make the player evolve, master skills, or try another approach, also granting no new game would be the same after a fresh start over. Finetuning would be a key here. I think there are always lack of on-water activities in GTA games, so I gave a big focus on them. Another area where I feel GTA is needed to evolve is the wanting system. I have written down a concept where it is a more layered thing, where cops were not trying to catch you aggressively from the beginning, but also makes you put more effort in losing them. Instead of simple ‘star levels’, authorities are trying to depict your criminal profile, and player should make changes. For example, when authorities depict the protagonist’s look, he (or she) should change clothes for a time, if they get the car type color, it should be repainted, when the license plate is read, then the plate should be changed at underworld contacts, ability to bribing some cops and more. After GTA V was announced, I have started to play with the idea of mutiple playable characters, and I imagined a different approach. I have found hard to fall in love with three equal characters, I could not engage as deep as in previous GTA games, so I made the story around one main leading protagonist with two additional supporting main characters who are still essential to storytelling, but not leading, furthermore, giving option to control interesting characters for a single mission as some kind of easter eggs, such as beloved characters from previous GTA games, and even the main antagonist of the game. Also used the opportunity to implement characters who were not seen ast protagonists in previous GTA games for the two additional cast: a female protagonist and an undercover cop. I loved to play with the contrary pair of a typical mafia leader and an undercover cop who is forced to team up, both thinking the other is his puppet, while the reality is that they are both depending on each other equally: one could get imprisoned while the other could has his cover blown up anytime, but working together with all the information and capabilities they have is the biggest power in the underworld. It is all about a chess game between this two, and chess game rules were one of the main inspirations for the story concept beside Miami Vice season 5, Game of Thrones and other popular entertainment products, tribe culture motifs and more. The story was about to show differences between the 80’s and later Vice City through an eye of an old tough guy who learns things got changed and the good old ways are not working anymore. Instead of being a team among many in a drug war, he builds an empire that is more about a service: opening a new, decent smuggling route for literally anything, not just drugs, something that everyone in the underworld will depend on not just locally, but up to Liberty City and San Fierro. Please note that most of the ideas are already outdated as I was writing many parts of this concept more than 10 years ago, also my English was much worse, I was originally writing on Hungarian that time and tried to translate it, but I feel it is time to let this dream go, and do not put any more effort to upgrade and rewrite it, just share with you guys here, among many other fantastic and more beaturiful ideas of yours, and just see what you think. Project 'One Blood' (PDF)
  6. A Collaborative Effort by sabitsuki & The Notorious MOB Welcome to London in the long hot summer of 1974, formerly a tourist city filled with famous landmarks such as Big Ben, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, our capital has now been perverted into a flaming hell-on-earth with murder rates comparable to cities like Carcer or Beirut. If you’re all shocked to bits, don’t be. It was only a matter of time before the swinging sixties got worn out. The impetus for the current sad state of London today can be easily traced back to the inter-gang conflict and strifes from the 1940s Post-War period all the way up to the Firm-related conflicts in the 1960s, along with more recent factors such as the rapid immigration from South-Central Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and much of the former Commonwealth as well as the deindustrialization and its resulting mass unemployment and crime spike of various British cities across the islands. Combine this perfect storm of events that befall the UK with the inherent cultural or structural differences between the organisations as well as a far more competitive criminal underworld, and you get one clusterf*ck of a gang war in The Old Smoke. It was also a time of widespread dodgy dealings and corruption which stretched to all facets of life from the “democratically” elected people in power to the broken backed proletariat on the street. So sit back, pour yourself a cup of Rosie and enjoy as we take you through the absolute balls up that was Landon Town in the mid-1970s. This isn’t just the underworld... This is The Underground. Tape’s rolling, mic check, everything crystal? Alright. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the London branch of the SID. If you are seated here in this room today, consider yourselves lucky, because the tasks which appear before you that you will all undertake soon after this meeting will be extremely vital to the inherent national security and peace of Great Britain. My name is Roland MacLellan, Executive Chief of this branch and I shall be your handler for this assignment. I have worked in various police forces for almost two decades, and I can tell you right now, with absolute confidence, that with presently occurring rapid immigration from the Commonwealth, Asia, West Indies and Africa and with the unfortunate economic downturn of our times, you boys are going to have a lot of work to do. Not that it should come as a surprise to all of you, but crime and corruption is currently a huge problem in our country, not to mention the political strife presently afflicting us in Northern Ireland. New groups of people and cultures coming in mean newer, more impenetrable forms of gang activity which you all, as sworn agents of the Queen, will strive to search, break and eventually destroy. We have corroborated our findings with evidence and data that have been collected by other field agents over the course of this joint assignment. These findings are all located on your desks, compiled and sealed in the brown folders before you. These folders, complete with documents, photographs, dossiers and reports, which shall remain classified for as long as you are within the bounds of this agency until further notice, as well as newspaper clippings, posters and excerpts that shall aid in your investigation and give you a better understanding of, and appreciation for the culture and socio-political situation in and around the city. This will no doubt pose a rather massive challenge, but I have complete faith in all 36 of you in this room that, by the end of all this, you shall be the bringers of positive change to this great nation, and that you will do whatever it takes to bring about that change. Many of you aren’t from around here… for good reason too. So I’ve taken the liberty of including a map of the area and giving you a rundown of each of the major districts. I’ve also included some of the local colloquialisms to get you all familiar with your surroundings a little more. Any questions, just ask. Good luck and Godspeed. Report #000293 - PRIME SUSPECTS Det. Constable Curtis Boyd, SID. [Dated 03/06/1974, declassified 09/06/2018] For years this was a mantra pasted on every post box and public house in the city. But times they are a-changin’ so who more fitting to represent the fight between the rozzers and the criminal underworld than one of each. This isn’t just a simple case study though… oh no, All are Connected. And all have a story to tell. In the midst of all the bloody chaos back in ‘74, through the testimonies and dying last words of the many witnesses, victims and suspects and by the absolute grace of God, Palmer and myself were able to boil the search down to three suspected individuals that we believe to have played a major role during the sh*t show in London that year. One of them, we believe, soon went on to be king, or queen, of the London criminal underworld, a role which they have maintained up to this day, even as I am writing this report. These three criminals are to be considered very, very dangerous, so watch your backs out there. We can only speculate who these criminals really are, given the sheer amount of obscurity and red tape which afflicted our investigations in the Greater London area. Thanks to those who shall not be named, the investigation got royally f*cked and the findings became the subject of a D-Notice. So you know what that means… our leads regarding their current whereabouts and illicit activities have amounted to sweet f*ck-all, pardon my French, not to mention that their genders aren’t all that known to us either. You’ve heard that right, lads, we aren’t even certain if these clowns are sporting a pair of jacobs or not. Thankfully, an anonymous source sometime in early ‘74 was able to provide us with vital details regarding the past lives of these reprobates, which are outlined in the next few pages of this report, corroborated with alleged photographs of these individuals, birth details and newspaper clippings of their crimes and misdeeds, though their genders and true first names remain a mystery. Connections to black militia groups, the old style gangster firms and even the Provisional IRA have been made regarding these three individuals, though the details presented remain sketchy, at best, and there’s no way of proving whether or not the anonymous source was even reliable to begin with. Not that that’s stopping us from finding them. Soon enough, we’ll nail these bastards on a wooden cross, like we always do. First name off our list is an individual of mixed Trinidadian-Jamaican descent. Classic example of how things can go in ways you don’t normally expect them to. They’re known simply as Bowen and are believed to have been born in Brixton in 1948, before moving to Bristol as a student at a local university sometime in 1968. They’re also known to have been involved with a Bristol-based Yardie gang led by Desmond Dukes, before joining up with a far-left extremist black civil rights group and later-criminal organisation, The Black Kudus - a group with ties to the Aniston Posse, a London-based Yardie group consisting of mostly Carribean members, as well as the local Nigerian gangsters in Brixton. The Kudus are believed to have ties with other civil rights groups and black gangs across the Atlantic, in American cities such as Los Santos, Liberty City and Carcer City, on top of their British connections. We believe that earlier incarnations of the group have also played a role in the curbing of the violent Carcer City Riots of 1968 together with a local African-American but similarly far-left group known as The Pharaohs at the time, led by the now-deceased civil rights activist and maverick Kevin Jackson III, though this is a story for another day. That said, the Kudus are also known for their less-than-ideal arrangements involving the cannabis trade and illicit gambling operations as a way to continue financing the group’s socio-political activities, which is where the Bristol Yardies come into play. Bowen is believed to have been sent back east by Desmond Dukes, the aforementioned leader of the Bristol Yardies in early 1974 as punishment for the loss of a large shipment of drugs and soon became close to the London-based Posse leaders, father-and-son duo Joshua and Ezekiel “Zeke” Aniston. The Anistons had been sent there by Dukes as well, several years earlier to generate profits for the organisation, as well as to provide a secure base of operations to allow the group to make a smooth transition over from Bristol. But they evidently weren’t pulling their weight. The Anistons are a lairy bunch, often seen poncing about the streets in matching sheepskin coats and ordering around their ostentatious underlings. Aside from Joshua and Zeke, we’ve got Josh’s brother Ishmael (also known as Ish) and their sister Jessica. A third brother, Jeremiah, is currently a guest of her majesty at Pentonville, with an unknown release date. We believe the Kudus and the Aniston posse eventually wound up working together with the Hyut San Triads out of Chinatown in the drug trade, which remains as such to this day, with Bowen believed to be in contact with known translator of the triad, Gregory “Oriental Greg” Lam, possibly as a liaison of some sort. This key arrangement plays a large part in what we believe has kept Bowen and the Aniston Posse’s heads above water in the eyes of Dukes, though as to how long it lasts before going belly up like it usually does, we aren’t sure. Keep your eyes peeled for a blue Jouster Buck driving around the motorways, it very likely belongs to them. The second one on our list reads like the combination of a Shakespearean family tragedy and a twisted coming-of-age story. While many of us here at the force express some form of pity for this individual’s situation, this by no means exonerates them from any of their violent crimes. Rhodes was born in 1950 to former glamour girl Emma Rhodes and her sixth form sweetheart Teddy Rhodes, a former errand boy who made his bones by working for esteemed London gangster Benedict "Bexley Bernie" Kester. Teddy Rhodes, or “Brown Bread Ted” as he was known, was believed to have been exiled from London around 1966 by Bernie himself due to a job gone bad. Taking his family with him to Northern England, he sought to expand the Kester’s criminal enterprises as a way to make up for the failures back home. Things went smooth for a period between 1967 and 1973, and a young Rhodes found themselves getting used to the family’s newfound wealth. That said, despite the cushy upbringing we can conclude that “Ronnie” was by no means unable to fend for themselves. Due to the proficiency of the murders at crime scenes associated with this individual in ‘74, we believe that Rhodes may have received extended firearms and combat training either from Teddy and his gang or from an unknown third party hired on their behalf. In the closing months of 1973 however, the situation in Manchester and Liverpool began to spiral out of control, coinciding with increased homicide and arson rates in the region at the time, thus forcing the Rhodes family back to their original hometown early the following year. Not much is known about the relationship between the elder Rhodes and Kester, but from what we can gather, the feelings expressed aren’t exactly cordial by a long shot. At some point in ‘74, we believe that the younger Rhodes began operating largely independently of the Bexley Firm, by then a small gang which paled in comparison to other firms of its kind and known locally as “The Bexley hunts” (you can work that one out for yourselves). By working freelance in the city and building a name for themselves, we believe they began encountering some internal problems with the gang, possibly relating to financial issues and the soured relationship between Kester and Rhodes. Despite this, we firmly believe that Kester had some role to play in Ronnie’s rise to power in London, though we cannot truly confirm this statement for sure. We believe they're now heading up their own collective known as The Rhodes Syndicate composed of the remnants of other gangs. Either way, you should look out for a red Maxwell Aurelio on this one. The final suspect on our list. Jesus Christ, just how do I begin with this? This rogue is your typical Adam & Eve story, but not exactly a word-for-word retelling of it, if you catch my drift. A former idealist turned sinner who discards all semblance of moral concepts such as honor and loyalty for the high life. Born 1946 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kelly was brought up in a mixed religious household, the spawn of a Catholic mother and a Protestant father. Something must have eaten the family up during that time, because based on all accounts, we believe Kelly eventually wound up with the IRA in their late teens, during the peak of the conflicts in Northern Ireland in the early-to-mid-60s. Insider information suggests that their father had been a major in the British Army and they grew up in various military barracks around the world. He apparently became a supporter and eventually an associate of the Protestant Unionist Party and even ran for election under their banner, organising armed stewards for counter-demonstrations against civil rights marches. It is believed this may be what prompted Kelly to become a militant republican and eventually become associated with Garland “Garry” Riley, a terrorist figure who remains one of Globalpol’s most wanted men. Given Kelly’s mixed religious and racial background, this isn’t all too shocking, and we can only speculate about the discrimination and prejudice they went through in Belfast prior to joining Colm O’Shea’s band of social rejects, a PIRA faction known as the SSU. An infamous crime which the SSU has undertaken was the brutal triple slaying of the family of RUC Chief Enoch Donnelly in 1967, where the man himself, the wife and their 29-year old daughter were executed, St. Valentine’s Day style, at the Ringo Coffee House in Magheradrool, Belfast during Sunday brunch in broad daylight by a group of gunmen wielding military-grade Lexington Freehands stolen from British troops. Increased security in the affected region came as a result of this incident. This came along with numerous small-medium bombings of public venues and assassinations of political figures and dissidents across Ireland, Scotland and Northern England in 1972-3, including Phillips Dorman, a politician of the House of Commons notorious for his pro-violence stance on the Northern Irish troubles, not to mention the infamous bombing of a bus carrying active SAS and RUC personnel along with their families in Castlereagh, Belfast happening that same week, resulting in the deaths of 28 persons including women and children. We believe our suspect to have emigrated to our shores some time prior to this, during the fallout from the forced curfew on the Falls road. This is why, without solid proof, we suspect them to have been responsible. The source implies that Kelly relocated to London along with the rest of their PIRA faction, possibly to conduct business with existing contacts in the city outside of their usual PIRA higher-ups, ranging from Rhodesian arms dealers, politicians and possibly other London-based firms, under assumed names and bogus identities to evade detection from Metro Police. That said, we believe that fringe elements of the faction who don’t see eye-to-eye with Garry might possibly derail this arrangement, so we may still have a chance at having a crack at these bastards. Anyway, be on the lookout for a green Vapid Sangria running 150 across the streets of London with this wally behind the wheel. Often ranked as one of the world's most iconic and prosperous cities and simultaneously one of the worst. London was a city first established by the Romans in the first century and although civilisation has been gradually chipped away with every passing decade, the fight for conquest has become increasingly more intense. A city where the pursuit of the almighty dollar pales in comparison to the quest for the even mightier British pound. Phone boxes are red and often so are the streams which run down the piss washed alleys and into the shores. Contrary to the stereotypes, the people here ain't polite and thanks to the Tories persistence, we’ve just joined the European Communities, but remember, we drive on the left side of the road here… so none of that continental/septic tank funny business, or you'll end up floating in the Thames. To further help on your journey, here's a little run down of some of our boroughs and ends. INNER LONDON Central London Angel, Barbican, City of London, Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Finsbury, St. Luke’s Other than its sleazier older brother, Westminster, its underdog twin Camden and its posher cousin, Hyde Park, Central London is, or was, one of the four tourist-centric boroughs north of the Thames, being the city’s centre of Commerce and Finance, and an upscale residential borough not unlike Hyde Park. It isn’t all steel and glass though, as it is also home to administrative old towns like Clerkenwell and St. Lukes as well as brutalist eyesores in the Barbican area. Either way, expect tons of dirty barristers, CEOs, yank expats and traders from The Exchange in LC and members of the Caine Firm here, either busting heads, looking at running numbers, jumping off the Mies van der Rohe-inspired St. Michael’s Tower or having their morning and afternoon tea at one of the many corporate cafes in the area. Old Bailey, the main courthouse of London, is located in the city. Other than toxic corporate culture, if staring at historical artifacts stolen during the reign of the British Empire is your thing, do visit the Museum of London up in the Barbican. It’s only 10 quid per ticket, and a great place to learn some world history from a Briton’s perspective and enjoy some nice air-conditioning especially during this summer, if you’re not just there to whack it to erotic ukiyo-e paintings in a dark corner, of course. City of Westminster Chinatown, Covent Garden, Marylebone, Mayfair, Paddington, Pimlico, Regent’s Park, Soho, St. James’s, Trafalgar Square, Westminster The Algonquin of London and home of the Buckingham Palace and the Big Ben, the City of Westminster’s a melting pot of culture, nightlife, drinking and crime, and easily the largest borough in the inner city. Soho and Westminster proper are your go-tos for all-things drinking and clubbing, as well as home to factory fashion outlets ranging from the luxury Dingleberry and Didier Sachs, mid-tier brands such as Ben Dover, ProLaps and Forty Love, to more niche, subculture-oriented brands such as SHAG by Annabelle Eastwood and mod and 60s revival haberdashery Brunelli’s in King’s Road or hippie favourite Trip Inside This Shack in Cecil Court and skinhead favourite Doctor Fuchs on Old Compton Street. From the quiet seclusion of the royal Regent’s Park and the tourist-centric Trafalgar Square to noted shopping districts such as Paddington and Covent Garden, the latter which is home to the open air Covent Garden Market as well as the world-renowned Derringham’s multi-storey department store, the city of Westminster has you covered on all shopping and leisurely needs, and if you want some affordable clothes and food on the go. For less-legitimate and cheaper alternatives, go to London’s very own Chinatown, where a knockoff Sherpa overcoat costs just about as much as a hearty serving of dim sum or a blowjob. Westminster is also home to some of the best nightlife from this side of Western Europe. Ranging from northern soul favourites such as Eddie’s, reggae and ska hangout The Kingston Beat and the recently-opened discotheque Studio 109, which plays brand new funk and disco hits from across the Atlantic. For those seeking pleasure, the Gold-owned gentlemen’s club and brothel, Bondgirl, is the go-to in town if you want some tail. Hyde Park Chelsea, Earl’s Court, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Shepherd’s Bush Contrary to its name, Hyde Park isn’t merely just a placeholder name for a fancy part of town, but a way of life in itself. The West End of London where posh people live in, and like many other gated and segregated communities around the world similar to it, the borough is shut away from the rest of the plebeians and peasants south, east and southeast of it. Filthy rich and massively inbred, filled with pompous old money types who speak in RP like it's still 1899, you’d be hard-pressed not to find at least a couple of luxury tourers and imports east of the English Channel cruising along the pristine streets of Hyde Park at any given time of the day. Many of the city’s politicians, socialites, royalty, brain surgeons, millionaires, drug barons and arms dealers reside or own property in the countless townhouses and condominiums in the district, congregating mostly in the districts of Chelsea, Kensington and Knightsbridge, and you can bet your arse that a chauffeur of some sort is always going to be there somewhere to ferry them around wherever they see fit. It’s every man for himself in Hyde Park, and don’t expect any of that government-mandated communal tenement nonsense here. If you can’t hack the hustle and bustle of Jehads on Brompton road, the district of Shepherd’s Bush is also known for its expensive department stores, most notably Touissant’s, notorious throughout London not only for its exorbitant rental fees and alleged discriminatory practices for staff and against commuters along racial grounds, but also for allowing only top-quality and artisan brands to open up shop in the building. A neoclassical nightmare invoking some rather unfortunate stylistic cues popularized by a certain country in the 40s, it is truly a sight to behold in Hyde Park. Being the city’s most highly prestigious borough to live in, Hyde Park features among London’s most well-maintained and luxurious gardens and venues of entertainment in the city. Ranging from the labyrinth maze and the exotic flora in the majestic Kensington Gardens to the coffeehouses and state-of-the-art lounges and clubs in Earl’s Court, such as noted Carcer City import and jazz fusion club The Blue Room London which invites guest jazz players from America and South London, there is no shortage of places in Hyde Park to remind yourself of how bottom-of-the-barrel your place in the greater British social hierarchy is. In short, a nice place to visit, if you’re white and carrying loads of money of course. This is also where the Hyde Park Barracks are located. Serving an administrative role to house palace guards, military police and soldiers assigned to CADRe (thanks to the Labour party), many of the military vehicles used in the curbing of civil unrest are parked here. South London Battersea, Bermondsey, Brixton, Camberwell, Deptford, Lambeth, Peckham, Rotherhithe, Southwark, Waterloo The land of wharves and dwarves filled with pimps, pushers and pickaninnies and everything in between. It’s traditionally been a considerably working-class area of London and was once home to the nefarious Parkinson Gang. It’s now also home to a large African/West Indian diaspora consisting of multi-generational locals or fresh-off-the-boat immigrants. How can you be so close to Westminster, yet feel so far away? Its lush but rather unimpressive parklands are often referred to as the commons. And it’s quite fitting really, as a bigger collection of commoners you’ll be hard pressed to find. A stark contrast from the outer boroughs which lie just a few miles away at all angles. The grotesque pimple on an otherwise perfectly formed arse cheek one might say. Said commoners were at one time safely confined to sprawling tenements, but thanks to a series of V-2 bombings 30 years ago, they began to spill out onto the streets. One might think that some of Battersea Dog home’s mutts had escaped, or there had been some sort of accident at the nearby power station, but no, that’s the look of steely faced working-class determination, dead set on taking over the town. Tower Hamlets Bethnal Green, Isle of Dogs, Mile End, Stepney, Whitechapel, Victoria Park The traditional East End of London, and birthplace to the now-dying native Cockney diaspora. Falling victim to the Industrial Revolution, Zeppelin bombings, the Blitz and most recently, gang crime, Tower Hamlets is everything that yanks think of when they hear about modern England, with its sleazy pubs, mom-and-pop stores, rabid football hooligans, underground boxing rings and 100-year old restaurants that serve warm beer, meat pies and pickled eels with mint sauce. A historically poverty-stricken and crime-ridden part of London, Tower Hamlets is better known today as the hometown of the modern-day, harsh Cockney-accented Gangster Firm, with notorious gangs and gangsters such as the Golds, the Crisp Twins, the Colleoni Brothers and the Bexleys all getting their big break in this borough in passing. It is said that even Cockney rhyming slang, itself indigenous to the Hamlets, has roots in crime, with many of its phrases and expressions used as code to disguise nefarious marketplace tactics from the cozzers on patrol. Despite having a diverse history of immigration ranging from Irish weavers, French Protestants, Ashkenazi Jews and most-recently the Bangladeshis, Indians and Pakistanis, Tower Hamlets is ironically one of the most intolerant and racist areas in London, with anti-immigration and nationalist movements typically springing up in this borough. This began in the rougher parts of the Isles of Dogs, where gangs of violent youth and juvenile delinquents would often target South Asian immigrants and businesses, usually just for the hell of it. A little bit later, The National Front, that one political party supported by those bald blokes with the Norse rune and swastika tattoos you see in those white pride rallies on the telly? They have some degree of power in these parts. Being non-white or homosexual in the streets of the Hamlets at night is just asking to be curb-stomped by a posse of psychotic skinheads. My advice? Grab yourself a leng and conceal that bastard until it's time to go guns blazing, they’re real cheap and easy to come by now and it might just save your life from the next goon on one unfortunate night. History and boneheads aside, many of the city’s pawn shops, thrift shops, jewellers and other crooks are located here, along with a boxing club called Paul Weston’s, said to be the birthplace of modern British boxing. Several underground fight clubs are located in the Dogs as well as Bethnal Green, where a fight is, more often than not, a matter of life and death, not to mention collusion, fixings and bets made by some of London’s nastiest criminals and kingpins. Better ante up the health insurance if you’re up for the challenge, lads. Tower Hamlets is also home to noted landmark, the Tower of London, though the castle in actuality is located closer to central London than the East End. Originally used as a locale of torture and execution during Medieval, Victorian and Edwardian times, it is now transformed into a tourist trap that sells tacky snowglobes and fridge magnets and displays models of jesters and replicas of alleged torture devices running the gamut from the Catherine Wheel to the Iron Maiden for tourists to gawk at. There is also a rumour going around that the former crown of King Edward VII is located somewhere in the castle, though I can’t vouch for it. Hackney Estates, Haggerston Park, Hoxton, Shoreditch The birthplace of the humble black London taxi cab. It’s been a hotbed for Jewish immigrants since the 1930s, although it’s unclear if this had anything to do with the fact that it was absolutely devastated during the Blitz. It similarly became a focal point of Algernon Wolseley’s hate marches and racist attacks following the war, despite ironically being an area filled with factory based industries which allowed the country to get back on its feet. The industries have begun declining and white folks have begun leaving en masse but there are plenty of darkies ready and waiting to occupy the greatly discounted housing stock, which means that it could soon be a focal point of more inter-ethnic violence soon enough. As the factories lay abandoned they’ve also begun serving as grotty little hidey holes for dodgy dealings and illegal industries. It was once a stronghold for unsavoury characters such as Harry Gold and ‘Patch’ Adamczak and is currently the site of The Caine Jewels on the Whitechapel Road. So, although the debauchery may have become more shielded in recent times, it’s still an area for the boys in blue to be keeping a close eye on as much as ever before. Camden Bloomsbury, Camden Town, Fitzrovia, Holborn, Kings Cross, St. Pancras, Kentish Town Just north of the Thames, sandwiched between Hyde Park and Westminster lies Camden Town, usually shortened to just Camden by locals, and often lumped together with Westminster. Home to much of London’s alternative scene, Camden is unofficially referred to as the most Northern place in London, and its clubs are said to have popularized the Northern Soul scene down here, introduced by the boys up in Liverpool and Manchester. It is also where the beatnik and hippie subcultures were first brought to England in the 1950s and 60s by college professors and cult leaders from across the Pacific in San Andreas, as well as bourgeois youth back from their ‘enlightening’, psychedelics-fuelled pilgrimage in India. A large terminus, King’s Cross Station, located right here in Camden, has train lines connecting London to the rest of the UK, which might explain the influx of Northerners in this part of town. Camden is also home to several contemporary art galleries, post-industrial and abandoned landmarks and its regionally-renowned markets in Regent’s Canal, serving all manner of unhealthy foods ranging from deep-fried EgoChaser bars, fruity ice pops, bangers and mash, toad-in-the-hole to the classic fish and chips, as well as a wide variety of kitsch craft furniture and carnival games. You might just win the limited edition Mustard Gas or the Delightful Dresden variant of the Brodie Bear teddy if you try hard enough in the shooting gallery! Just don’t take your anger out on any of the booth operators, the rounds are live. Abbey Road is also a popular destination if you want to pay tribute to one of music’s most iconic album covers, or if you like accidentally falling into open manholes to your untimely deaths like some cartoon character while attempting to replicate said album cover, as many tourists did before then. Heathrow Airport Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Hayes For when you’ve had enough of Landon Town, or if you are somehow unfortunate enough to end up on the hit list in some rich tosser’s black book. Heathrow Airport is where you tell the cab driver to drive to if you want to, as the yanks call it, ‘get the f*ck out of Dodge’. Rated as one of the dustiest airports in Europe and the official home of Britain’s very own newly established airline, Bedlam Airways, hundreds of thousands of people transit through the airport every day, typically switching flights between Asia to America, and vice versa, as well as the rest of Europe. Recent renovations beginning in 1962 have taken place around the borough, transforming Heathrow Airport into a modernist glass-and-steel centre complete with functioning moving walkways, coffee stands, souvenir shops, interactive modern art and duty-free liquor stores, with its newest terminal, Terminal 2, completed in 1972. You can buy a hangar in the airport if you want, just talk to the nice lady working the front desk of the VIP Section in the Terminal 2 Lounge. That’s assuming you have the dosh, of course. So what happens when you miss a flight, you say? Fret not, the nearby town of Hayes is there to offer you a place to crash in if you’re unwilling to spend the night sleeping on a bench in Terminal 1. Home to several boutique hotels, it’s an open secret that Hayes plays an important role in establishing modern British music and literature. The hometown of early popular musicians such as William Byrd and whiny dystopian author and anarchist Gerald Askins, Hayes is also the town where the vinyl records of Britain’s most beloved musicians are pressed and delivered to music stores all around the world. It’s a nice little town, if you’re a tourist and looking to get some original overpriced records for your collection back home. OUTER LONDON North Barnet, Enfield, Redbridge, Waltham Forest North end of town, if you’re looking to head over to Essex (which I don’t advise heading to), visit the Lexington factories or if you want to bury a body. Not much to be noted here, other than the fact that Barnet is among the densest outer boroughs of London, with the market town of Chipping Barnet being its most visited area, though it’s certainly no Camden Town. It is also home to some of the city’s most well-preserved green spaces, the Waltham Forest being among the country’s most secluded natural areas, complete with reservoirs, marshes and a town hall that practically does nothing with its only major achievement being that it merely exists. Whether or not this is a good thing is wholly dependent on whether or not you’re an introvert or extrovert, a retiree or a serial killer. Enfield has a reputation for being the home of the legendary Lexington Arms Factory, which crafts arms for Britain’s finest since 1896. The first few batches of the classic MK1 bolt-action rifles were made right here in this factory, delivered straight to wings across the British military right after the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, landing in the hands of conscripted young men and teenagers who would march off directly to their deaths in the trenches of France, not before succumbing to the Spanish Flu if they were lucky enough to make it back home alive. Currently, Lexington is working on a prototype battle rifle called the FLA (short for Fusile Lexington Alpha), configured in a bullpup style. It is slated to replace the Belgian-designed Freehand in active service soon, likely in a decade from now. Most active soldiers, however, aren’t too pleased with the news, and I’m not too much of a gun nut to ask why. South Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Richmond Upon Thames Endless suburbia, just like in those crummy soap operas and sketch comedy TV shows about British life. Home to rustic cottages, vacation homes, a few shopping malls, pubs and nightclubs in the middle of nowhere, with train lines connecting the inner city, the southern outer boroughs of London are just like Inner London, but not as rowdy. What’s there to talk about? You have the smaller, family-oriented malls such as Three Pines Mall in Croydon, an area with the best primary and secondary schools in all of London, Flinders St. in Merton which is sort of a funk club that pales in comparison to the ones found in the inner city and Sutton, a quiet village town area which is widely considered to be among Britain’s best places to raise a family. Sounds boring, I know, there isn’t much to be talked about South of Outer London. It’s the sort of place where cozzer dramas are filmed and where the Witness Protection Program blokes come to die, really. Richmond’s the only one worth talking about I suppose. Home to the Kew Gardens, a large greenhouse that displays exotic plant species from around the world, Twickenham Stadium, a pill-shaped stadium where rugby matches take place in and finally the London Wetlands Reserve, which is, you guessed it, a wetlands reserve, located in London! Just stay inside the city, for Christ’s sake. West Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon, Kingston Upon Thames A slightly more interesting version of South Outer London with a better cultural identity and marketplaces, along with some rather stunning views of the Thames from this side of town, most notably in Kingston Upon Thames, where the large marketplace spans between both sides of the river, with plenty of food stands, carnival games, ginger ale and beer-on-demand for you to spend the day in. The market town claims to be the oldest of its kind running in England today, with its history dating back to the Saxons in the 10th Century. There’s also plenty of rustic, old-school Victorian inns and hotels in the area to spend the night in if you’re too tired to take the tram back to the city, as well as rock n’ roll clubs towards the northeast into Camden if you want to watch some live acts. Plenty of strange Art Deco-style stations, boutique clothing stores (such as Citizen K) and buildings in the area as well if you want some of that 30s-to-50s nostalgia. Brent and Ealing are also boroughs with a pretty strong arts culture, if you’re into that sort of thing, with places like the Kiln Theatre, which showcases stage plays and perverse reimaginings of Shakespeare’s works, Ealing Village, a spa area and holiday getaway for many Inner Londoners, St. Mary’s Church, built by the Benedictine monks in the 17th century and the two-storey brick and mortar residential houses, which are a proud symbol of both communities. It is also a relatively diverse area with a growing affluent immigrant population, with a newly-built Hindu Swaminarayan Temple located in Brent. This side of London is also home to the city’s only military airbase, the RAF Northolt in Hillingdon, which is indisputably the oldest air base in the UK, founded in the early years of the First World War, as a test site for early fighter planes and bombers. Today, it’s a heavily-guarded outpost for the RAF, and many of the country’s newest fighter planes are stored here in the large hangars, which is occasionally taken out during special events and training drills. A small company of the Royal Tank Regiment is also present in the base, occupying a small set of barracks in the northwestern end. Sneaking into the base is tantamount to suicide, so I wouldn’t count on it. East Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Newham Home of the British branch of the Vapid Motor Company and birthplace of the infamous Bexley Firm in London’s East End, Eastern Outer London is the country’s unofficial home of the now-endangered Yob diaspora, don’t ask me what it is. It’s also where people move to if they want to experience the vibe of another county, but don’t want to move out of London for good. Barking and Dagenham are like a poor man’s Essex and Bromley is full of Kents. This is made blatantly obvious by the presence of the famed Kent House Tavern in Penge but the borough is also home to the Crystal Palace racing circuit and a mediocre third division football club who often play second fiddle to the mighty reds. Greenwich is an area steeped in Royal history and accolades of our brutal xenophobic conquest of many a people over the years, which successive governments have tried to replace with reminders of our slightly more noble maritime past. It’s where the Vikings organised the takeover of Canterbury before being spanked by the Saxons… not that the kids of today would know anything about that. In order to get to and from these other places however, you’re more than likely going to have to pass through Newham, which couldn’t be further removed from the other boroughs here if it tried. Even once you get past the stench coming out of the Beckton sewage works, you still have to contend with pockets of scum and villainy such as West Ham, Royal Docks, Stratford and Canning Town. The rest of it basically consists of pockets of council estates and lawless Irish Traveller camps. If only they put in an airport or something so we wouldn’t have to drive all the way to Heathrow in order to get the f*ck out! No Date Given Now hold your horses, lads. Detective Monty Orbinson here. Now before Boyd and Palmer get into the good stuff, you’d have to remember that just because we’re dealing with some of the deadliest bastards this nation has ever seen, doesn’t mean we can’t kick it back a notch and have fun when the time’s right. Us peelers are still human, and we’d love a good game or show or two, either in the theatre or on the telly, and wash it all down with a nice cold pint down at Benzie’s when night encroaches. Thankfully, since all jam buttys in London are equipped with both a regular radio channel and a police dispatch radio channel, we have plenty of access to good music during mundane drives on the way to the informant meetings. Hate rock music? Tune to the reggae station. Hate reggae? Tune to the northern soul station. Can’t stand any music in general? Turn that f*cker off and listen to dispatch run their mouths about some old fart in Bexley caught with a sea mine in their shed. I know I would. Outlined below are the 12 stations currently broadcasting in London, along with what’s currently playing on the radio. I’ve stuck them on cassette for the lads as a gift, I’m gonna swap it for a rasher sarnie. Aside from the tunes, each station is run by a host with a distinct personality, and on top of describing the weather or giving their takes on current affairs and events, the hosts may sometimes mention ongoing sales and special offers on goods and services on behalf of the many businesses in the city, so keep your ears open if you want to know when the next pair of Doc Harton’s are having a discount. There’s also excerpts of this culture magazine that Marty surprisingly subscribes to, Peng magazine, that lists most of the shows and films currently playing in London further down the doc. Can you believe that sh*t? Update (Dated: 06/05/1974) Just did you lot a favor and found the tapes with all the station recordings in them! It's bloody brilliant tunes, I tell ya. If anyone wants a listen at them, just hit up the ol' evidence lockup. Make sure no one sees you, though. Genre: 70s Pop, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Jazz Fusion Host: Richie Henricks Radio 1’s the official "hits" station in Old Smokey, playing what's popular right now in the UK, and abroad, featuring pop music by the yanks, Europeans and Brits alike. Great station to pass the time waiting in traffic, if you're a masochist for folksy, radio-friendly soft rock and pop, of course. Featuring more modern bands and artists such as Stealers Wheel, Todd Rundgren and ABBA, along with other more notable local acts and solo musicians with origins in the British Invasion, the station feels very much like a post-counterculture bad hangover, a sobering, eternal bad trip in the face of hard times, rapid immigration and decolonisation. There are some bangers in there, though, so it can't be all bad. Richie Henricks, a radio jockey employed at the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company for more than 20 odd years, is a veteran in the industry, and it shows. Putting on that annoyingly-cheerful jockey act, a constant stream of passive-aggressiveness and unwilling to take any requests, the man is easily corporate radio manifest, and honestly? It can't get any more quintessentially British than that. Tracklist: Pilot - Magic (1974) ABBA - Honey, Honey (1973) Sutherland Brothers & Quiver - You Got Me Anyway (1972) David Bowie - Changes (1973) Paul McCartney - Every Night (1970) Fanny - Ain’t That Peculiar (1972) Humble Pie - Hot N’ Nasty (1972) Faces - Cindy Incidentally (1973) Python Lee Jackson (feat. Rod Stewart) - In A Broken Dream (1972) Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You (1972) The Kinks - Lola (1970) Robin Trower - Little Bit of Sympathy (1974) James Gang - The Devil Is Singing Our Song (1973) Traffic - Dear Mr. Fantasy (1967) Free - Fire & Water (1970) The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Midnight Moses (1972) *NEW* The Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane (1969) *NEW* The Free Design - Light My Fire (1972) Seals & Crofts - Diamond Girl (1973) Steely Dan - Kings (1972) Todd Rundgren - I Saw The Light (1972) The Who - Baba O’ Riley (1971) Golden Earring - Radar Love (1973) Badfinger - No Matter What (1970) Coven - One Tin Soldier (1971) Shocking Blue - Venus (1969) Looking Glass - Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) (1972) Harry Chapin - W*O*L*D* (1974) Maria Muldaur - Midnight At The Oasis (1973) Al Stewart - Terminal Eyes (1974) Elton John - Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time) (1972) Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes (1972) *NEW* Black Sabbath - Changes (1972) *NEW* Genre: 60s Pop, Garage Rock, British Invasion, Beat, Baroque Pop, Psychedelic Rock Host: Roddy Guinness Feeling nostalgic for the swingin' sixties already? The boys over at RB have you covered. The station prides itself in presenting British music from the era, featuring acts such as The Beatles, The Stones and Small Faces, despite half the playlist containing songs by American bands. Talk about hypocrisy and hubris, easily among our country's most coveted virtues. Anyway, if you're longing for simpler times and the good old days of the Crisp Twins terrorizing the city and extorting protection dosh from just about every mom-and-pop store across London, then this is the station for you. Roddy's an old mate of mine, used to have a pint or two with the man at our favourite nuclear sub back in my beat days. Pretty solid fella, just a little more jaded now ever since the MBC were in talks about buying out the station and changing the format to some geezer ballroom station. Can't say I blame the man, there’s literally billions of stations like that out there nowadays. MBC, if you’re reading this, save that bloody playlist for Christmas Day at Derringham’s, for all our sakes. That kind of music’s even older than I am. Tracklist: Tommy Roe - Dizzy (1969) Small Faces - Tin Soldier (1967) The Who - The Good’s Gone (1966) The Yardbirds - Train Kept A Rollin' (1965) The Beatles - Taxman (1967) The Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running (1965) The Searchers - Love Potion No. 9 (1963) The Kinks - A House In The Country (1966) The Zombies - Sticks and Stones (1965) Spirit - I Got A Line On You (1969) Dusty Springfield - Spooky (1968) The Animals - Inside Looking Out (1966) The Association - Along Comes Mary (1966) Tommy James & The Shondells - Mony Mony (1967) The Monkees - (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone (1967) Paul Revere & The Raiders - Good Thing (1966) The Seeds - Evil Hoodoo (1966) The Rolling Stones - It’s Not Easy (1966) The Blue Magoos - Pipe Dream (1967) The Guess Who - Shakin’ All Over (1965) The Litter - Action Woman (1967) The Standells - Dirty Water (1966) Margo Guryan - Sunday Morning (1968) The Nazz - Open My Eyes (1968) The Electric Prunes - Holy Are You (1968) The 5th Dimension - Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) (1969) *NEW* Genre: Funk, Disco, Soul Host: Cherri Pie With the Black Power movement gaining worldwide momentum right now, it would be odd to not have some funky music to accompany the fight for equal rights during our troubled times. Coining its name from the succinct, high-fidelity production style of many of the tracks, the station plays everything from funk, soul to the new style the yanks like to fashion as "disco"... I hope they don't milk that to death. This is the station I'd recommend you play when you're on the motorway chasing some perp under the influence at 150km/h. About the host, well, she's a yank expat who goes by the pseudonym Cherri Pie, which is definitely not her real name (I hear it's actually a woman from Vice City named Tina Jane). A self-proclaimed fan of Marvin Gaye, Roy Ayers and Curtis Mayfield, she claims to have over a thousand records shelved up in her Camden home, "for future use". She also does the sultry blaxploitation heroine, Pam Grier-esque act that everyone seems to dig these days. I'm personally not a fan of it, but it's safe to say that this is probably why the station's really popular with the young'uns. Just steal your old man’s Pussycat magazines when he’s out drinking with the lads, Jesus. Tracklist: Curtis Mayfield - Get Down (1971) James Brown - My Thang (1974) The Meters - People Say (1974) The Isley Brothers - That Lady Pts. 1 & 2 (1973) The Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can (1973) The Undisputed Truth - Law of The Land (1973) Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting (1974) KC & The Sunshine Band - Sound Your Funky Horn (1974) Rufus & Chaka Khan - You Got The Love (1974) Jean Knight - Mr. Big Stuff (1971) Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady (1969) Marlena Shaw - Women of the Ghetto (1969) Maceo & The Macks - Parrty Pt. 1 (1973) Roy Ayers - Coffy Is The Color (1973) Cymande - The Message (1970) The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It’s Just Begun (1972) The Charmels - As Long As I’ve Got You (1967) Gladys Knight & The Pips - Who Is She (And What Is She To You)? (1973) Eric Burdon & War - Gun (1970) The Soul Searchers - Blow Your Whistle (1974) Congress Alley - Congress Alley (1972) Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man (1972) Margie Joseph - I Been Down (1973) Isaac Hayes - Walk On By (1969) Edwin Starr - Easin’ In (1974) The Honey Drippers - Impeach The President (1973) The Four Tops - Are You Man Enough? (1973) The Winstons - Amen Brother (1969) Genre: Northern Soul, Rare Groove, Beat Host: Tyler “Big Ty” Samuels Back in my patrol days, about six years ago, our first dispatch call of the day would typically come from one of the many northern soul clubs in town; mostly a bunch of young mod kids, hopped up on amphetamines and quaaludes, slugging at each other with poorly-connected kicks and punches, trapped in a world where the party never seems to end. I fondly remember Tainted Love playing loudly in the background on one occasion in ‘68, when we had to pull some bloke, completely butt naked, off a tree outside a club. He thought the tree was his cheating ex. Anyway, yeah, Purple Heart is just fast music, for fast folks, playing rare B-sides from lesser known yank soul artists from the 1960s. And even with disco looming overhead, I doubt northern soul will ever lose its steam. Big Ty, contrary to his name, is a mod revival kid from Manchester whose old man is only a mere 15 years older than him, kind of strange, but not surprising really. Based on all instances of us tuning in to the station, Ty, constantly hyperactive and more energetic than most Olympic-level sprinters, never seems to tire out, even during the wee hours of the morning. His near-schizophrenic ramblings and unintelligible yet overly-excited non-sequiturs make for some quality entertainment, very fitting for a high-tempo station like this. There’s been talks about a SID narcotics raid on The Purple Heart studios in Westminster for suspected illegal storage of amps but it never came through. Better that way, I suppose. Can’t imagine how he would survive without jumping about in our custody. Tracklist: Gloria Jones - Tainted Love (1965) The Salvadors - Stick By Me Baby (1967) Dean Parrish - I’m On My Way (1967) Frankie Valli - You’re Ready Now (1967) The Vel-Vets - I Got To Find Me Somebody (1967) Rose Batiste - Hit And Run (1966) Tony Clarke - Landslide (1965) Archie Bell & The Drells - Here I Go Again (1968) The Coasters - Crazy Baby (1962) The Contours - Baby Hit And Run (1966) Lynne Randell - Stranger In My Arms (1967) Patti & The Emblems - I’m Gonna Love You A Long Time (1968) Mel Britt - She’ll Come Running Back (1969) Just Brothers - Sliced Tomatoes (1972) The Ovations - They Say (1966) Tammi Terrell - I Gotta Find A Way To Get You Back (1967) The MVPs - Turnin’ My Heartbeat Up (1971) The Marvelettes - Too Many Fish In The Sea (1964) Dusty Springfield - Ain’t No Sun Since You’ve Been Gone (1968) Tobi Legend - Time Will Pass You By (1968) *NEW* Jimmy Radcliffe - Long After Tonight is Over (1965) *NEW* The Javells (feat. Nosmo King) - Goodbye Nothing to Say (1974) *NEW* Genre: Glam Rock, Protopunk Host: Janis McQueen Too androgynous for Rockers United and too avant-garde for MBC Radio 1, Sweet FA hits the sweet spot between all that, combining outrageous fashions with equally flamboyant rock music, all in an attempt to “make rock n’ roll dangerous again”, complete with the drugs, booze and groupies. Featuring mostly artists specializing in the glam rock genre, such as T.Rex, Sweet and Thin Lizzy, this is the sort of music that you’d play if you just want something more anarchic to listen to. Some of the songs in this feel a little too fast and violent for my liking, for a lack of any better words, though I can imagine that some of the more prospective bands currently playing live across London might dig it a lot more than I do. Guess it’s just the age playing up, I suppose. Janis McQueen, from what I know, is also the lead singer of a local glam rock band called The Ace Of Spades, on top of being a full-time radio jockey for the station. Contrary to her boisterous and tomboyish personality on-air, I hear that she is actually a sweetheart in real life, currently doing a major in audio engineering at The University Of London. Still though, if her anecdotes are to be believed, she strikes me as a very open-minded and promiscuous lass, not that this is anything new in the realm of rock n’ roll. Tracklist: The Rolling Stones - It’s Only Rock N’ Roll (But I Like It) (1974) Suzi Quatro - The Wild One (1972) David Bowie - Suffragette City (1972) T.Rex - 20th Century Boy (1973) The Stooges - Search And Destroy (Iggy Pop Mix) (1973) Slade - Take Me Bak‘Ome (1973) Lou Reed - I’m So Free (1972) Monks - I Hate You (1966) Alvin Stardust - Red Dress (1974) Sweet - Hell Raiser (1973) Brett Smiley - Va Va Va Voom (1974) Love - Seven and Seven Is (1967) Alice Cooper - Public Animal #9 (1972) *NEW* Roxy Music - Editions Of You (1973) *NEW* Geordie - All Because of You (1972) Status Quo - Down Down (1974) Thin Lizzy - The Rocker (1973) Crushed Butler - Factory Grime (1970) Pink Fairies - Teenage Rebel (1971) Genre: Proto-metal, Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Doom Metal Host: Sidney “Serious Sid” Haynes Nothing more authentically British than a nice pint of lager or whiskey on a rotted and sticky timber top, with the only thing missing being the sound of bluesy, Hendrix-esque rock playing from a busted speaker in the background. Rockers United is your avenue for all-things pub rock, featuring all manner of live acts from more well-known groups like Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to more underground bands like Wicked Lady, The Groundhogs and Sir Lord Baltimore. Needless to say, if you’ve ever stepped in a bathtub anywhere in this town, chances are, you might have unknowingly listened to at least one of these bands listed below live. And what do I make of all this? Nothing, really. I’ll just stick to my Desmond Dekker records, thank you very much. Like Janis before, Serious Sid is a musician himself, fronting pub rock band Rockin’ Jacobs. A little more down-to-earth and conservative than the lass, but a rocker nonetheless. That said, I hear Sid had a fling with Janis once before, and the woman wasn’t too pleased about the size of his walnuts, so to speak. Must be why Serious Sid is awfully calm on live radio. Tracklist: Black Sabbath - War Pigs (1970) Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well (Pt. 1) (1969) UFO - Galactic Love (1970) Derek & The Dominoes - Evil (1969) Deep Purple - Stormbringer (1974) Necromandus - Nightjar (1972) Rush - Working Man (1974) Lucifer’s Friend - Ride The Sky (1970) Montrose - Space Station #5 (1973) Budgie - Guts (1972) Pentagram - Forever My Queen (1973) The Groundhogs - Cherry Red (1971) Sir Lord Baltimore - Hell Hound (1970) Cactus - Long Tall Sally (1972) Bang - The Queen (1972) Chicken Shack - Poor Boy (1972) Stone Axe - Slave of Fear (1971) Wicked Lady - Run The Night (1969) Speed, Glue & Shinki - Stoned Out of My Mind (1971) Frijid Pink - End Of The Line (1970) Stack Waddy - Willie The Pimp (1972) The Gun - Race With The Devil (1968) Blue Oyster Cult - Cities On Flame With Rock and Roll (1972) Led Zeppelin - How Many More Times (1969) Genre: Progressive Rock, Canterbury Prog, Space Rock, Jazz Fusion Host: Marco Rodigan This station is what happens when you let a bunch of classically-trained music theory majors play rock music. Don’t let the logo fool you too much, there’s nothing too psychedelic about all this. Odd time signatures, experimental tunings and an average track length of seven minutes, the 1970s have ushered in what can be called the golden age of Progressive Rock. Featuring acts like Gentle Giant, Focus and Jethro Tull, it’s safe to assume that if Mozart was alive today, this would be the sort of music he would be into if he came to England. Still, strange that they slipped in a Pink Floyd track from ‘67 in there, but it fits in there like a charm. It's one bloody long continuous mix, so do yourselves a favour and grab yourselves a sarnie and a cup of tea while you're at it. Marco Rodigan, hailing from Canterbury, is no stranger to a movement like this. He claims to have been to over a few hundred live shows in his hometown alone, and has also developed a form of narcolepsy thanks to him spending sleepless nights listening to Soft Machine, ELP and King Crimson records. Quite the bloody achievement really. Tracklist: UFO - Flying (1970) Pink Floyd - Interstellar Overdrive (1967) Yes - Ritual (Nous Sommes Du Soleil) (1973) Jethro Tull - Aqualung (1971) Gentle Giant - The Advent of Panurge (1972) Camel - Freefall (1974) Caravan - In The Land of Grey & Pink (1971) Focus - Hocus Pocus (1973) Uriah Heep - Gypsy (1970) Gong - Flying Teapot (1973) The Soft Machine - Drop (1972) *NEW* Mahavishnu Orchestra - One Word (1973) *NEW* Frank Zappa - Echidna's Arf (Of You) (1973) *NEW* Hatfield & The North - Shaving Is Boring (1973) *NEW* Supersister - She Was Naked (1970) *NEW* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Knife-Edge (1970) *NEW* Hawkwind - Seven By Seven (1973) *NEW* King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man (1969) Genre: Roots Reggae, Ska, Rocksteady Host: Danny Hutchinson Ah, my childhood and teenagehood, rolled into one radio station. Can’t fault any of the tracks in the slightest. You’ve got Toots, Desmond Dekker, The Upsetters, Max Romeo and even John Holt in the playlist, what’s there to hate? You know there’s something magical about the sound of Jamaica when there’s an entire subculture kick-started by white people surrounding it and the UK adopts it as part of its heritage. Known Danny since we were lickle kids. Was meant to become a music producer myself, but the old man pressured me into joining the bloody police force, and look at how that turned out. Still, always glad to see a mate living the dream, even if it isn’t me. Speaking of which, I should probably introduce Marty to him once we get the time to meet up, if he isn’t in Brixton doing God knows what. Tracklist: Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston (1972) Toots & The Maytals - 54-46 Was My Number (1969) Desmond Dekker - 007 (Shanty Town) (1967) John Holt - Ali Baba (1973) Derrick Morgan - Moon Hop (1970) I-Roy - Sidewalk Killer (1972) Dandy Livingstone - Rudy, A Message To You (1967) Dave & Ansell Collins - Double Barrel (1971) The Upsetters - Return of Django (1969) The Ethiopians - Reggae Hit The Town (1968) Symarip - Skinhead Moonstomp (1969) Harry J Allstars - Liquidator (1969) Prince Buster - Al Capone (1965) Joya Landis - Angel of the Morning (1968) Freddie Notes & The Rudies - Montego Bay (1970) The Hotshots - Snoopy vs. The Red Baron (1973) Keith & Tex - Stop That Train (1967) Rudy Mills - John Jones (1969) The Untouchables - Tighten Up (1968) Max Romeo - Wet Dream (1968) Tony Tribe - Red Red Wine (1969) Sound Dimension - Real Rock (1968) U-Roy - Way Down South (1972) *NEW* Genre: Ye-ye, Chanson Host: Gene Lapelle Broadcasting live from a freighter on the English channel, 24 hours a day, Lundi through Sunday, this station encapsulates the sound of romantic love, fashion and endless student protests against De Gaulle. The French Connection is London’s teeny-tiny slice of Paris, playing mostly 60s pop made at the time. They call this style “ye-ye”, which, contrary to popular belief, does not refer to the nasty yank slang term for a bad haircut, but rather the expression, “Yeah! Yeah!” (which is even pronounced that way over there). It’s a bit like the beat music we have here in the UK, but sung in French. Artists include famed acts such as Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and Frances Gall, the last of whom actually won the Eurovision contest back in 1965, when she was just 17. Still can’t believe we lost to a collective of frogs that would’ve been speaking German today if it weren’t for us, the Reds and the Americans, but then again, after looking at the staggering number of blacked-out men and women lying outside the pubs in Soho at midnight, can’t say I’m too surprised. Gene Lapelle was once a fashion designer working out of Westminster, designing outfits and clothes for London’s elite. According to him, the station is here to spread more ‘civilized’ French culture to the ‘uncultured’ English people as a way to get them to stop rioting everytime England loses a football match against them. Yeah right, mate. Tell that to the headless corpse of Louis XVI. Tracklist: Brigitte Bardot - Harley Davidson (1967) Francoise Hardy - Voilà (1967) Nino Ferrer - Mirza (1966) Gillian Hills - Zou Bisou Bisou (1960) France Gall - Poupee De Cire, Poupée De Son (1965) Christine Pilzer - Cafe Creme (1967) Liz Brady - Partie De Dames (1966) Johnny Hallyday - Noir C’est Noir (1966) Cleo - Madame La Terre (1967) Jacqueline Taieb - Le Coeur Au Bout Des Doigts (1967) Jacques Dutronc - Les Cactus (1967) Clothilde - Fallait Pas Ecraser La Queue Du Chat (1967) Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg - Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Ria Bartok - Ecoute Mon Coeur (1965) Genre: Lounge, Library, Film Score, Easy Listening, Instrumentals Host: Emiliana Lucio Music from films and libraries. Why does a station like this exist, you ask? Because Vinewood is rich with creative freedom and money and paid us to put in a station like that on the London airwaves, and a daily trip to Derringham’s to get yourselves new suits can’t happen without some background easy-listening music. It’s mostly showtunes from the KPM Library catalogue, really, the kind of tracks you’d normally hear in spy films, crime films and the like, on top of Italian composers, a throwback to the sort of stuff on the radio back in ‘69. Expect tracks from this station to pop up in the elevators, lounges and department stores regularly, so I hope you have a firm tolerance for that sort of thing. Emiliana Lucio’s a former Spaghetti Western star hailing from Naples, recently divorced from her yank hubby, Vinewood actor Walton Winwood. Some crazy sh*t’s happened back in ‘69 in LS involving the two lovebirds, along with Winwood’s stunt double. Apparently, a group of five drug-addled, psychotic hippies from The Desert Family cult trespassed their property in Rockford Hills and tried to kill them, confusing them for some other actor. Things went south for the hippies, and they all ended up dead, violently, with one of the kids burnt to a crisp by Winwood with a prop flamethrower, corpse floating in the swimming pool like a floater in a bowl (Emi claims the pool smelled like a St. Louis barbeque for months after the incident). Truly barbaric stuff, and they got acquitted under claim of self-defence, with the leader of the Desert Family, counterculture figure Samson “Brother Sammy” Welkes, sentenced to life in prison not long after that. Needless to say, marriage fell apart a few years later, like all Vinewood marriages, though based on her tone, it all seems amicable. Emi’s a mirror into the world that was mid-to-late-60s Vinewood, and we should all enjoy it while it lasts. Tracklist: Les Baxter - Tropicando (1970) James Clarke - Girl Of My Dreams (1969) Stelvio Cipriani - Mary’s Theme (1969) Ennio Morricone - Metti Una Sera A Cena (1969) The Roger Webb Sound - Moonbird (1971) John Cameron - Half-Forgotten Daydreams (1974) Piero Umiliani - Nostalgia (Rhythm Version) (1973) David Lindup - Acquital (1974) Piero Piccioni - Playgirl ‘70 (Party Music 5) (1969) Nora Orlandi - Lady Luna (1969) Stefano Torossi - Flying High (1974) Keith Mansfield - Funky Fanfare (1968) Stu Phillips, William Loose & Marvin Elling - Kelly (1968) Alan Hawkshaw - Traffic (1973) Lalo Schifrin - Danube Incident (1969) David McCallum - House of Mirrors (1967) Franco Bixio - A Pugni Nudi (1974) Neil Richardson - The Riviera Affair (1974) Carlo Savina - Down Left (1969) Sven Libaek - Music For Eels (1973) The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Vespucci (1973) *NEW* Genre: Classical Music, Opera Host: Perry Kensworth For all you pompous bastards who can’t stand any of the aforementioned genres, I suppose this section would be a sigh of relief for you. It’s not London without it’s slice of classical fun, so Classically London has you covered. One of the oldest stations in the Old Smoke, you can transform a TV Dinner into a fine dining experience with this station playing in the background. Trust me, I’ve done it numerous times before and the mere experience of shoving a forkful of Chinese into your mouth and downing a bottle of scotch after that with Nocturne No. 2 playing from the stereo was just exquisite and elegant. Notable artists include Strauss, Chopin, Wagner and Verdi, with a hefty number of tracks here also featured in that movie with the talking spaceship and the other movie about those crazy lads that go around beating people up, seems the UK really likes its bombastic scores. Perry Kensworth, out of Knightsbridge, is old money, and it shows. Partaking in the most luxurious of pastimes, such as inbreeding, evicting poor people from their homes and a game of golf or polo at the nearby country club, Perry is living the dream that most working blokes wished they had. He also owns a two-storey parking garage, filled with rare European and Japanese exotic cars, and based on police records, a crashed Torero along the M1 Motorway was believed to be his, though the cozzers were unable to sufficiently prove that he was driving under the influence. Oh well, it’s probably no big deal for him, he could always buy another one, that wanker. Tracklist: Sir Edward Elgar - Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 (1901) Arne - Rule Britannia (1740) Rossini - The Thieving Magpie (1817) Strauss - The Blue Danube Waltz (1866) Strauss - Voices Of Spring Waltz (1882) Bach - Air (1871) Khachaturian - Sabre Dance (1942) Tchaikovsky - Enchanted Lake (1875) Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers (1892) Offenbach - Gaite Parisienne: Barcarolle (1881) Chopin - Nocturne No. 2 in E-Flat Major (1832) Chopin - Waltz No. 6 in D-Flat (1842) Beethoven - Fur Elise (1810) Beethoven - Ode To Joy (1824) *NEW* Mozart - Lacrimosa (1791) Mozart - Turkish March (1783) Verdi - Dies Irae (1874) Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (1851) Delibes - The Flower Duet (1883) Debussy - Claire De Lune (1905) Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (1876) Vivaldi - Violin Concerto in E-Minor (1720) Genre: Conservative Talk Radio What better way to inflame, offend and anger the populace than our very own syndicated, government-sanctioned talk radio broadcasting all over London? Radio 4’s been around longer than when men began to walk on 2s, and jumping to conclusions and stirring the ire of the native population of Britain has always been its bread and butter. Whether it's listening to Stoneheart ramble about the illegals or if it’s hearing Nigel Oakley run his mouth like a sailor on live radio, there is no shortage of talk shows here to get pissed off for no reason about. Breakfast with Brogan Wake up with the sing-song tones of ubiquitous leprechaun Bernard Brogan as he goes off on rambling, esoteric tangents while playing jazz. The only real entertainment comes from Brogan unwittingly reading out letters and fielding calls from pranksters who often assume punning pseudonyms and pose innuendo-laced questions to the aloof Irishman in an attempt to finally have him thrown off air. Whether it be good old Mike Hunt's views on water charges or Suk Mai Kok’s take on immigration policy, you’re sure to get a chuckle outside of Brogan’s boring drones. London’s Burning Contrary to popular belief, this has nothing to do with the gunpowder plot. It’s a politics program which recounts the previous day’s happenings in Westminster as members of both houses shout incessantly at one another about who’s to blame for the state of the country, rather than what can be done about it. This episode features some notable Labour MP and a shrill-voiced Peggy “Stoneheart” Slater whom he brands “hater slater.” From what I gather, she hates children, she hates immigrants. Mandem say she want to take school children’s milk away and turn all the Asians back at the border because ‘there isn’t enough work’ since her party closed down all of the native industries and forced a three day week. Most people won’t hear this though since they’re also rationing electricity and only the rich can even afford a radio, nevermind a car. PMS with Steve Sandcastle The post-midday service is a news and current affairs programme presented by malapropism prone dinosaur Stephen Sandcastle OBE in which he reads directly from The Rag and discusses his outdated views on just about everything, so long as it's not related to what's actually happening on the street. Whether it be talking about who's shagging who in the world of celebrity, what the beloved Queen named her new corgi or who’s killing who in the world of civil wars, you’re sure to go away just as clueless as you were before. Oh, and by the way, there’s only one G in Nigeria Steve... you latently bigoted, incontinent sack of sh*te. The Time Ranger Daytime’s favourite time traveller-cum-tosser, too risque to appear on kiddy radio, and too bonkers to appear on the adult slot of Radio 4. This time, The Time Ranger travels back to 60s London, where he places a bet on a boxing game using illicit gold pieces from his time in medieval France, loses, and unwittingly gets in hock with the Albert Twins, the two most dangerous gangsters in all of England. Meeting up with Rapunzel (yes, THAT Rapunzel), who is now your average doped-up hippy, washed up the moment fairy tales fade into obscurity in the real world, though hair as long as ever. The two attempt to escape the long arm of the Alberts, as our hero wanks his way out of any predicament, rain or shine. Judge’s Jury with Julius Judge The Radio Times describes this one as “A questions and answers session with a panel of notable figures drawn from politics, media and the arts who are asked for their views on current affairs by members of an invited audience assembled in a public venue.” What a load of old tosh. In this episode judgmental Jules goes to a prison in Norfolk to ask convicted murders whether they think the government is doing a good job, before grilling a Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West about what he perceives as “Rivers of Blood” in mass immigration, resulting in him being stoned almost to death by an angry mob in Trafalgar Square. Letters From Liberty with William Lancaster Everybody loves Liberty City… unless you come from Florida or somewhere like that. So what better way to spend your tea break than catching up on what’s happening across the pond. From the Hyperbowl victory of the Wrath’s rivals the Mambas to the resignation of Biff Cochrane and the ongoing energy crisis, you can marvel at it all from the comfort of your own ice cold bedsit in Bermondsey while dreaming of your little summer getaway in the cotswolds come June. It’s all lifted directly from CBN verbatim and Lancaster often forgets to change the name of the original broadcaster, but who gives a monkeys, the Zirconium Building could be five thousand feet tall and be made of sherbet for all you know when you’re on the dole. So sit back and relax and have a naturalised yankee traitor talk down to you for a half an hour. Why Not? Nigel Oakley’s Nightly Chart Experience Now then, now then, how’s about that? This one’s a bit of a mouthful but it’s quite entertaining, especially for a cool young cat like myself who likes to keep on top of the comings and goings of the people in the top 40 and that. And here was me thinking that creepy bastard Nigel Oakley was nothing more than a kids entertainer. I was wrong. He’s an absolute stalwart. And the best part is after the watershed he’s allowed to say f*ck and bugger, drink whiskey and smoke cigars. And it’s only a matter of time before this one gets a cool acronym like his sunday programme Top of The Charts. There’s a lot of talking bollocks from some Australian geezer with a wobble board and that bloke in the shiny jumpsuit who’s name I forgot, but this is also the one where he asks the youngest one out of the Pointer Sisters about the first time she saw a willy and whether she’s ever tried coke. Not sure whether I’d let my daughter keep watching his fixy programme after hearing this, but it’s a bubble nonetheless. The World of Tomorrow, Tonight presented by Geoffrey Daimler An international news roundup focussing on the ongoing cold war and the looming threat of left wing politics with Wolseleyite anti-semitic conspiracy nut Geoffrey Daimler. If you’re working the night shift, love science fiction movies and are overly suspicious of the labour party then he’s your man. Still not quite sure why this isn’t branded as comedy because I think it’s bloody hilarious. Stupid white people talking about stupid white people is just the type of levity I need. Way more funny than those other berks that they have over on Radio 2. Londoners are constantly kept in a perpetual state of anger and anxiety by Fleet Street’s big four. Whether it be dismal dailies like The Rag, the lefty hating Lune, the Marxist Meteor or everyone’s favourite whimsical weekly The Sunday Globe. But if you’ve had enough of reading the headlines and couldn’t give a sh*te about the sport, then you can always flick to the middle pages and have a gawk at what’s going down in the make believe worlds of film and TV. We live in a decade where MBC journalists capture live atrocities on film in Vietnam and syndicated talk shows, trivia games and soap operas from the 1950s still run to this very day. There are altogether three channels currently broadcasting in London, playing programmes and shows 24/7, 365 days a year. Some of the tosh that’s on offer includes the following: Fantastic Flying Squad (FFS) No, this isn’t a documentary series about a traveling trapeze act, it’s a hard hitting police drama about Detective Pete C. Plodd and his team of rambunctious robbery cops as they do just about everything aside from collaring their man. Whether it be knocking seven bells out of a minority or shooting up a China shop from across the bonnet of a Bravado. You’re not likely to get any lessons on best practice from the coppers here, but tickle me pink, it sure is bloody entertaining! GRITS We go from policemen to prisoners in MBC’s latest attempt at comedy starring Stanley Parker as Hairy Harry from Haringey who’s sent to a severely outdated Cat C lock up in Crawley for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. You’ll probably get at least one laugh during the 30 minute run time but you’ll never actually find out whether or not he’s guilty, so save yourself the half an hour if you’ve got something more pressing to do. A Face Only a Muva Could Love Hank is a former chimney sweep stricken down with a congenital defect that has turned his face into something resembling that of the Elephant man and has been forced to inexplicably make ends meet by cleaning “windas” instead. One might think there are only so many times a busty blonde can come out of the shower to see Hank’s gurning disfigured face looking through her bedroom bays before dropping her towel and running away in horror before it loses all humour, but the blokes behind this side splitting situation comedy just keep on inventing more and more hilarious ways for the poor spastic to fall from his ladder and hit various objects on his way down. Despite women’s groups consistently criticising the gratuitous nudity, my only issue is that the title is a bit of misnomer. After all, it’s a well known fact that nothing gets a pair of knickers wetter than a clumsy bastard with a Cockney accent, grotesque looking boat race or not. And predictably, despite their initial revulsion, they take pity and offer to nurse him back to health. Not to mention that cheeky wink from his drooping eye to the camera at the end of each and every episode… it just gets me everytime. Mouldy Old Walls Two birds from up north are renting a flat in Charing Cross and constantly struggle to pay their rent due to low paying jobs at a street corner legal firm, rising rents and mounting student loans. One day their sink stops working so they pick a name out of the paper and call up Marvelous Mickey “no job too big or small” only problem is he ain’t a blooming plumber at all!! I hate to ruin the paper thin plot but it turns out he’s looking for a missus, so when he sees the two of them, he cannot believe his luck. They repeatedly have to fight off his advances but agree to let him stay and help to pay the rent. He keeps them warm in the winter. He fixes their creaky floorboards... but he just can’t seem to sort out their mouldy walls. Have You Got a Bigger Size In This? Blimey, where do you start? Martin and Montague work in a plus sized female clothier and have a fetish for women’s shoes. I don’t like bloody ponses so I never watched past the opening theme, but my guess is the heifers that frequent the place are constantly asking them for a bigger size that they can actually get their fat feet into or something along those lines. If it’s some kind of double entendre about shirt lifters, I don’t want to know. Also kind of gets on my wick that these woofters have the same names as me and my young protege. As if the other coppers haven't got enough reasons to pick on us as it is. The Gentrification Game Each week a group of property developers are tasked with digging into their portfolios to find the most rat infested piss smelling dump in East London and are given a few weeks to turn it into somewhere that their fellow Eton alumni can live. They jack up the prices and force the locals out on the street, replacing generations old businesses with artisan coffee shops so that they never even need to look a single tramp in the eye. Sandpaper & Sons This series chronicles the everyday experiences centred around a hardware shop owned by an abrasive old git named Cyril "Sandpaper" Stevens and his four sons. Danny, the eldest, desperately tries to keep the place in order while the youngest, Zebedee goes out running errands and looking for various items including a long stand, a glass hammer and a bucket of steam. All the while stuttering Cyril stands in the corner and makes sarcastic comments while he counts his coppers and laughs. The Americans tried in vain to copy this, but it wasn't quite the same. Even if the humour was catered more t'wards my kind of people and that. Old Farts, New Starts This one follows a group of aging white fellas who stand around talking sh*te. The Tories cut their old age pension and now they have to go out into their west yorkshire community and start looking for jobs. From getting in over their wellies in horse crap or realising that their wrinkled willies still work unexpectedly while milking a cow and chasing the farmer’s daughter until she clatters them with a rake. And that's only episode one! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this wank fest, it’s that old people can also be the subject of mockery too. So in a way it's about diversity innit, which I'm all for. Although I’d probably think twice about pushing me old nan down the stairs. Not in My Front Garden! Cornelius and Concepta live in Kingston Upon Thames. They sit in their parlour and pass judgement on minorities, until one day they get a letter in the post to say that their probate fell through. They pack up their silk bed sheets and expensive delf and toddle off to a bedsit in Brixton (which is all they can afford). Hilarity ensues as they’re faced with their own bonce spinning bigotry and have to learn how to adjust to their new digs. Gone are the days of caviar and prawn cocktail. Now they must develop a whole new appetite... for Jerk Chicken and Curried Goat. Right to Refuse Continuing the theme of racially centric programming is this whimsical tale inspired by a Jolty Pylon sketch about a racist former Royal Marine who moves from East London to the coast and attempts to run a B&B. Assisted (and often hindered) by his long suffering wife, their daughter and her long haired lover from Liverpool. A Word With The Platoon: An Earnest Look Into The Situation Of The U.S. Marines In Vietnam “What’s there to talk about? All we do in this here camp is beat off, drink, get high and play Hendrix and CCR on the radio all day while waiting for the f*ckin’ gooks to come whenever they’re ready until it’s time for us to go home.” Powerful words from one of those American GIs, struck me so much that I wrote them down on the back of a fag packet. I didn't understand the war before and I don't very much understand it now, but this documentary really gives some much needed context to all of those Dutch London movies, if nothing else. Our government is a right dog's dinner but those Americans are absolutely snookered by comparison. Some of these boys actually reminded me of blokes on the force, although they probably hate the orientals even more, if that's possible. Gentry Does It In this period piece a family of toffee nosed twats called the Turnbuckles live in a stately manor in Victorian England and their servants live below them. Both figuratively and literally. It's Dickensian fare that only MBC can do without being condescending, but I can't help noticing that a lot of the accents are quite clearly put on. None of the servants are black, which I must say is a relief, but it's probably just because they wouldn't give a bruva a job. Terry’s Technicolour Tat Shack When I was a lad, Saturday mornings were dominated by the likes of The Adventures Of Scorpio Boy & Heaterman, Yank comic book animated series’, where more budget is spent on the music than the animation itself. Then about a year ago the slightly menacing Terry Tizz burst onto the scene operating from an MBC back room made up to look like a tattoo parlour (or vice versa) with his crazy competitions and daft little games. It’s mostly just kid’s sh*te but I do get a kick out of the little ones ringing in trying to flog their parents' old antiques for a packet of football cards and Terry’s dirty little sock puppet telling them how much of a little idiot they are. Professor Cognito A science fiction programme dating back to before the days of cosmic conquests and galactic gladiators on expeditions to far reaches of the planet mong. The premise is simple but effective - A facially obscured mad scientist named Justin Cognito builds a time machine in his garage and uses it to travel to all manner of uncharted and unsettling lands whilst pretending to be someone he’s not. The effects are a little bit dated by today’s standards and most of the baddies are clearly walking around with dustbins on their bodies and pots and pans on their heads, but I still really enjoy it for the pure nostalgia of it all and how it reminds me of being a teenager and getting the missus to dress up as a sexually sentient unicorn lady or a gelatinous green blob. Trivia Or Die! This is the sort of game show where everyone who wishes to take part in it has to sign a waiver first. Hosted by Darrell Butcher, the questions asked by the man himself to any of the participants can range from elements of pop culture, political and wartime events and even down to the type of knickers the Queen likes wearing. Failure to answer any of the questions results in the accumulation of demerit points, and the audience gets to decide the fate of the losing contestants. Last I heard, they were subject to a minefield in Burma. It’s like a modern-day version of a gladiator colosseum, complete with the thumbs-up and down thing. All in all, it’s wholesome packaged fun for the whole family. Three words, Cheap Grindhouse Flicks. In no part thanks to 60s counterculture, hard drugs and the dissolution of the Hays Code which clamped down on creative minds from the 30s through the 50s, we are fortunate enough to experience this newfound explosion of edgy and risque films with their titles presently covering the headlines of just about every sleazeball theatre in London. This new wave of ‘exploitation films’ (aptly dubbed New Vinewood Wave by the egghead film journalists in Los Santos and San Fierro) are a sign that the new young minds of this generation have chosen to reject the static, Transatlantic-accented and black-and-white film noirs and westerns of the past for grainy, schlock-filled and overly violent and sexual pictures made on a shoestring budget. Covering topics such as sexuality, psychedelia, cars, gangs and black power, amplified and exaggerated to be made more inflammatory and entertaining for the average viewer. The influx of these sorts of films are living proof that you might never lay hands on a camera in your life and can still have a chance to make it big in Vinewood; just ask the Italians who directed all those revisionist Spaghetti Westerns and giallo flicks. Best of all, these viewings are dirt cheap, with a ticket for a single viewing costing only 3 quid, and a double feature (consisting of two back-to-back films) costing 5. Plenty of grindhouse theatres around London if you know where to look. I personally prefer to visit Ray’s near Camden Town, mostly for their 4-for-1 deal on tickets, and I would usually grab a E.Cola and a bag of fish and chips from Terry’s or the world famous Fanny Batter’s before hopping on a seat to catch the show. Do give these theatres a shot if you're bored out of your minds or are sick of the constant nagging from her indoors. No Honor, No Humanity Just because the war’s over, doesn’t mean that men don’t bring war back home with them… No Honor, No Humanity… A British tale of betrayal, friendship, loyalty and greed... It’s better to see it than never... Loosely based on true events, a platoon of British soldiers from Berlin return to Newcastle only to realize that most of them are out of a job. Meeting up with an old man and gang leader named Reuben Marks, they soon become established gangsters of the Marks Firm in the city, at a cost, of course. A loyal member of the platoon, Laylan Griggs, gets nicked and is locked up for 5 years for the murder of a rival firm leader during the post-war period (which gets reduced to manslaughter due to corruption). The camaraderie that once bonded the men together is now disintegrating to the point of no return and it ends badly for everyone, as a disgruntled member of the Marks Firm and a friend of Griggs, Jerry Scofield, cuts all ties with the gang and starts his own, kickstarting a gang war in Newcastle in the 50s. Laylan is soon released from prison, and soon finds himself pointing the smart end of a gun at his old friends and comrades, as he watches them succumb to power or die in the process, one by one. Honor and personal relationships sure don't exist in this line of work. Claims to be the most brutal Brit crime film of all-time, but I digress. The knife-stabbing scene with the fat lad outside the pub was more funny than shocking. You’ll know it when you see it. That’s all I’m going to say. The Black Hailstorm The Big Boss took everything from him, leaving him for dead, and now he’s back, stronger and smarter than ever before... Hardened by years in ‘Nam, now he’s ready to rain down some good old-fashioned street justice across the streets of Holland, while getting it on with the ladies.... Starring NFA Quarterback Jamie Armstrong as The Black Hailstorm & featuring an all-original score by vibraphonist and singer Fleet Hartwood… Blood will spill across the streets of Liberty City... More militant than the Black Panthers and blacker than the Ace of Spades, suit up for The Black Hailstorm… Cuz you’ll never see this cat coming… A hallmark in the ever-popular blaxploitation film movement in the U.S., with just about everything you could ever imagine about the genre; the large afros, the hypermasculine, promiscuous and unstoppable protagonist, the funky soundtrack, actors directly reading stage directions in-character, mass murder, drug-based backstory, the cheesy Curtis Yang-inspired fight scenes, even down to the pro-Black Power subject matter. Lots of white people getting shot by black people in this film, and also really cool car chases featuring 60s-70s muscles like the Vapid Ellie or the Albany Bayonette. I can imagine that this picture is a favourite among those black power activists in Brixton. Killer Hippies In Los Santos These aren’t your ordinary peace-loving, war-protesting tree-huggers… They will surround you and your friends, and they won’t hesitate to burn you alive… In the hustle and bustle of 1969 Los Santos… They are unassuming, harmless, carefree… Until they need someone to kill, and they will never stop chasing fresh meat… Loosely based on true events, and starring Leonora Johnson as The Starlet… Tonight’s the night when a routine stopover at the Rowan Ranch... It becomes a bloodbath… Killer Hippies In Los Santos… One of the scariest pictures you will ever see... This summer… Leonora Johnson’s face is all over the big screens now, with her most recent starring role being Prohibition-era nostalgia bait, Rum Runner. That said, I hear that B-Movie washout and dying-for-the-art creep Peter Dreyfuss has the hots for Leo. How'd I know about this? Easy, just watch his interview on The Schitt Bagg Show. Bloke's a complete nutter. But before all of that newfound stardom, she was the humble leading lady of controversial 1971 indie slasher film, Killer Hippies In Los Santos, which was loosely based on The Desert Family Slayings in ‘68, as well as the aforementioned Winwood Residence Fiasco in ‘69. Plenty of gore, hallway chases, screaming and folk guitar twanging in this, not to mention the trademark nighttime Los Santos smog and congestion. As for Leo’s character, let’s just say that she almost gets dismembered in this, and it’s a damn shame that she isn’t cast in any more horror flicks to this day. I think she has more potential for her actual acting chops than just being the pretty face of Vinewood and getting relegated to the typical damsel-in-distress roles you’d normally see in summer blockbusters. Sora Mea: An Erotic Horror Picture A modern take and a terrifying and sexy retelling of an old classic… Pussycat Playthings Marlene Starr and Darla Cassavetes star as a pair of buxom vampire ladies, one on the side of good, the other evil, awakened from a long slumber in Romania since the 18th century…But the one thing that puts them both on the same page, is the common taste for human blood, man and woman… They will deceive you, they will enthrall you, they will seduce you and they will kill you... Hide your daughters, hide your wives, and don’t go unzipping your flies, ‘cause the Sapphic Vampires are going to have them for dinner… Sora Mea… An intimate erotic horror picture... I saw a man spanking the monkey to this film at Ray’s, I’m not even joking. It’s a Mallet Monster production, so quality isn’t exactly a mantra you’d want to hear in this. This entire picture is essentially a softcore lesbian sexploitation film disguised as a vampire horror movie. Don’t expect much from this picture as far as the plot goes, just a couple of bad actresses doing painfully bad Central European accents engaging in various girl-on-girl and occasionally girl-on-guy nonsense with other very sexy and scantily-clad extras. The score is pretty good, though. Beat one out to this if you want, you disgusting pervert. The Man From C.U.N.T.S. Britain’s deadliest agent from one of London’s most secretive MI6 units… This time, The man is sent to Paris on a super-secret mission to uncover a traitor in the organisation, killing and shagging everything in his way to get to the bottom of… Actually no… that’s the other secret agent story doing the rounds at the minute. This one’s a syndicated double feature from Richards Majestic Productions in America where they rip off another distinctly British concept and market it as their own. This one follows the exploits of an agent for the Centralized Unit of National and Terrestrial Security (C.U.N.T.S.) and serves as an allegory for the yanks as a constantly interfering band of wannabe world police. Probably why it’s so successful over here ten years after initial broadcast in the states. It stars former B-Movie actor Graham Jones as Agent Forbes. And you can expect loads of fast cars, fast women, cool-looking suits and weird gadgets that somehow serve the role of deus ex machina whenever the plot deems it necessary and stuff. Being a double feature, the first picture is about the Soviets (surprise, surprise) and the sabotage of their nuclear sub program in Sochi (the one in Russia that is). The second covers a potential Cuban mole in C.U.N.T.S. planted by the commie dictatorship, who Forbes takes out in a long-winded fight in a cable car. Either way, Agent Forbes kicks plenty of arse, and sleeps with a lot of women, somehow avoiding the clap along the way. If you’re a fan of rampant yank jingoism and pretty women reciting and broadcasting arbitrary numbers to sleeper cells and double agents, this is essential viewing for you. Three Babes & A Swimming Prodigy Thrills, kills and tits… Three go-go dancers kidnap a rich man’s daughter for ransom, and then all hell breaks loose… Starring Cheyenne Kubrick, Miki Peckinpah, Olivia Fukasaku and Jacinta Jodorowsky… A titillating tale of violence and destruction, of murder and torture... Straight to your nearest cinema… Three Babes & A Swimming Prodigy… These aren’t your friendly neighborhood dames... The exploitation film that popularized future exploitation films. Made in ‘64 by former smut movie director Rudolph Haroldson, it caused quite a polarizing storm at the Oriental Theater back then, with some people dismissing the film as straight-up p*rnographic, and others praising it as an essential feminist film. Needless to say, the entire theater broke out into a fight, and 48 people died in the ensuing chaos. Regardless, it’s a pretty ballsy movie for 1964. Tough girl archetypes and partial nudity weren’t exactly commonplace at the time, let alone running their mouths like sailors on downtime. Sam The Rat A satirical tale by animator Douglas Cohen featuring an all-star voice cast, this rendition of San Fierro is like nothing you’re ever gonna see… Cartoons aren’t just for kids anymore… Sam The Rat… A glimpse into the psyches of a generation… Incredibly trippy adult cartoon that utilizes excessive rotoscoping. It’s like a late-60s throwback all wrapped into an hour-long animation, complete with the knockers, hippies, bikers, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. The protagonist, Sam, an anthropomorphic rat from Liberty City, is an all-round womanizer, drug user and self-proclaimed revolutionary in 60s San Fierro, who causes more harm than good. A future classic that will be studied extensively in animation schools, that’s for sure. I like how all the black people are depicted as cows in this movie, really says a lot about the situation in the U.S.A. back then and right now. Hate to say it, but as much as I dislike living in London as a black man, thank God I wasn’t born there. Outlaws From The Armpit Of Texas Little Rock, Texas… A Thieves’ Paradise of murder and debauchery … It’s up to someone to clean things up… An all new revisionist retelling of the old and tired Western… Director Ennio Trigali presents an exciting picture for the big screens… Starring Clark West as The Stranger, watch as the man goes around, gunning people down with complete impunity, while dodging bullets from posses of brown people… Outlaws From The Armpit Of Texas, a future Spaghetti Western classic… Ennio Trigali’s getting invited as a VIP to the Red Carpet at the Oriental Theater in LS. If that’s not an indication that you’ve truly captured the minds and souls of all the nonces in Vinewood, then nothing will. A Western remake of the 1961 Japanese jidaigeki film, The Great Samurai Onazura, Outlaws is an Italian retelling of the story set in the Old West, featuring three bandito factions and one, very pissed-off yank cowboy. Lots of standoffs, bad lip-syncing and dubbing and The Stranger saying ‘boah’ in this, that’s for sure. While receiving much acclaim for revolutionizing the Western genre in the West, the Japanese were… less than pleased. In fact, I heard the director of the original film, Kinji Kimura and the film’s production company, Tokyo-based entertainment conglomerate Ginza Holdings, are planning to take this to American court for alleged plagiarism. So much for faithfulness to the source material. The Race To Hell Never leave your foot from the gas ‘cause the race to hell is just about to begin… The year is 1973, and the Earth gets invaded by demons from the Seventh Circle… Humble mechanic Frank is the only one left untouched by these perversions of nature… With his trusty ‘68 Bravado parked out front, he boldly challenges Satan to a race to protect humanity… Will the man emerge victorious to save the ones he loves? Find out in The Race To Hell… Not for the religiously zealous… Starring Harold Singer as Frank and Peter Wiener as Satan... What do you know… A road movie with elements of comedy and horror, filmed entirely in the endless desert sprawls of Tierra Robada and Las Venturas, and what it does, it does exceptionally well. Like many other films listed here, watch this just for the epic car races and chases, and try to ignore the awful make-up that Peter Wiener wears to portray the Lord of the Underworld. You’d never see a Vigero or Polaris move this fast in real life, and I heard that, the stunts and all, it’s all the real deal! In fact, there’s talk that three stuntmen actually died in the shooting of the film! That’s some dedication right there! Il Brutto Lavoro 2 men, and 2 women, eyes dead set on a bank owned by the Mafia… Will they make it out alive? Pushed into a tough situation, four local students from the University of Palermo decide to get back at the system which doomed them… Scoping out the Bank of Laverno… Watch as they attempt to pull off the most daring heist of all-time... Meticulous, dangerous, and unassuming… Watch as the Mafia is robbed blind by a quartet of young adults, who could look like your next-door neighbour, or the patron at your nearby cafe, or even someone next to you during Sunday mass… Il Brutto Lavoro… A picture you’d hate to miss… Starring Marcu Bonnaro, Luca Silverstri, Gina Trapani and Claudia Ricci… Il Brutto Lavoro… A giallo picture that’s gaining storm across the pond. There’s word out there that the director, actors, and just about anyone involved in the production of the film are prime targets for the actual Sicilian Mafia in Palermo, for the less-than-ideal portrayal of the organisation in the movie. If that’s true, I suggest they do a f*ckin’ bunk, pronto. These mobsters don’t mess around, from what I’ve heard. Anyway, as for the movie itself, if you’re a fan of schlocky dialogue, those brown Helvetica English subtitles in foreign movies, interesting car chases involving Pegassi or Grotti vehicles, pretty girls with guns, a bunch of uni students killing people and thinly-veiled socio-political preaching, do put Il Brutto Lavoro on your watchlist. Christ, I sound just like the trailer. Jewels, Plane Tickets & Kung Fu A pretty-faced kung fu master and a basketball player take it on in a battle to the death… Off the coast of Hong Kong, a remote island known as Shaolin Island hosts one of the deadliest fighting tournaments in the history of mankind… Hosted by its mysterious chairman, Poon Dong… No one meets the man and makes it off the island to tell the tale... Brought together by fate, they punch, kick and decapitate anyone in their way to get to the top, while enjoying complimentary massage therapy sessions and continental breakfast during down time… Jewels, Plane Tickets & Kung Fu… A kung fu masterpiece... Starring new Vinewood face and martial artist Curtis Yang and USBA player Jameer Jamal… Heads will roll across the island, literally... Title says it all. It’s a film filled with some of the best fight scenes recorded on film in recent memory, starring Vinewood’s newest diva and first mainstream Asian-American face, Curtis Yang. Don’t watch much basketball myself, but Jameer did a decent job of playing the role of a basketball player recently fired from the association and looking to self-improve by beating people up, kinda like in real life. But f*ck it, who really watches this movie for the plot? We just want to see some arse getting kicked, and this film does a damn fine job at giving the audience just that! I hear the next Yang film is going to co-star Leonora Johnson in a kick-arse non-typecast role, a proposed spiritual sequel entitled The Golden Mountain, which will be set in 1870s San Fierro, during the Gold Rush and the advent of the Chinese Exclusion Act, with a scheduled release for the Summer of ‘77. Let’s hope the both of them make it through Vinewood alive.
  7. killdrivetheftvehicle

    Favourite Concept thread

    What are your favourite Concept threads of gtaforums? Name at least one and no more than three. Please insert a link to the concept thread topic(s). (You shouldn't name your own concept thread, because this thread is about finding out the best concept thread and not promoting your own. That you can do in the lounge and your own concept threads.)
  8. Grand Theft Auto III Liberty City Remix A Concept Thread by @Big Fat Paulie Main Theme Song Liberty City, October 2001 You've been betrayed and left for dead and now you find yourself facing certain doom. But Fate has given you a second chance and now you're free to roam the streets, make the right connections and eventually get payback. Alright, here it is. A concept thread that I'm surprised nobody has tried to do earlier. This is a concept for what a full remake of Grand Theft Auto III would look like in my mind. GTA III was one of the most influential video games of all time and it put the GTA franchise on the map but it's also aged the most poorly of all the major GTA games. You play as Claude Speed, a young career criminal who has been betrayed and left for dead as a fall guy by your ex-girlfriend Catalina after a botched bank robbery. As fate would have it, as you were being hauled off to jail, the same police convoy that was transporting you also held a high value target for the infamous Colombian Cartel. They attacked the convoy and took the target as a hostage while killing the cops in the van and leaving you and an associate of yours to your own devices. Now you've made a run for it and are now free to roam in Liberty City. However, this is not merely a step-by-step carbon copy retread of GTA III but a total remake/reimagining of it complete with new gameplay features and a map that is more detailed and expansive in its scope. New vehicles, weapons, side missions, gangs, soundtracks, characters and storylines will appear in addition to all the classic ones that made the original PS2 game into the icon that it is. All of the original cast of characters make their return plus entirely new ones, familiar faces from other games in the series, and two particular characters that make a shocking surprise comeback and play a major role in the game's wider storyline. The 3D Universe's iteration of Liberty City makes its return and retains the gritty. gloomy, and often downright eerie feel that the original game's version of Liberty City had. It is set in October and the autumn weather is in full effect along with the colors of the leaves. Certain buildings and neighborhoods have Halloween decorations and at night you can find some pedestrians roaming the streets in costume, presumably heading to and from Halloween parties The in-game map is divided into four districts with each one roughly corresponding to a different type of area. There is Portland Island (industrial), Staunton Island (commercial), Shoreside Vale (residential) and Upstate Liberty (rural) The next several posts will go into further detail on the gameplay, weapons and vehicles, the in-game radio stations with their licensed music tracks, the characters of the game and the setting itself as a whole. Watch this space.
  9. I have make new concept about a 3d Tv show based on the game Gta 2 with the 3d graphic like the face of Claude Speed and the two others 1. 2. 3. and yes i have one but i think it is the best idea to make this Topic on this because it works better. And now i am including thing that give you more Details about this Concept but all the ideas and answer are up to you guys and i am gonna Started.
  10. slimeball supreme


    THEME Red Triangle - Red Line - Bohemians & Blackjack - I Rode Mine to LS CRIME, COMMUNISM, AND CAPITAL H YET AGAIN IN PRE-9/11 LIBERTY CITY, GOD FORBID THE METROPOLIS THAT GOD FORGOT A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CEBRA AND SLIMEBALL Find yourself in the beaten-down shoes of Derrick McReary and his crew of make-do hitmen and armed robbers - boys killing crooks for a cause. Throughout a multi-year narrative in the height of Liberty City’s 1980’s decay, a setting unexplored in as much nuance and depth, juggle a commitment to criminality alongside counter-cultural politics and a love of the needle. Three inseparable friends. Eldest of the infamous McReary clan, with significant distaste for family affairs. Played high school truant with Bucky Sligo to attend Vietnam protests in the seventies; Derrick picked up a young O’Malley on the way and graduated from activism, to rioting, to robbery. After a Vespucci scholarship fell through, Derrick went to prison, developed a taste for the needle while rotting in the can. May have lost the bars, but he didn’t lose the itch. Now a freelancer for his father and associates: Derrick splits his time and his money between his convictions and his dependencies. Blue-collar Dukes-born communist. A self-taught intellectual who dropped out of school by the tenth grade - fell into Derrick’s crowd of bohemian collegiates and found himself drawn to the ideology more than the free love. Much like Derrick, Buck sees crime as employment; bankroll for his true passions within the militant Marxist left. And he’s willing to do whatever it takes to empower his comrades. Raised in The Settlecots and homeschooled by a Catholic family from Galway: Aiden never lost the accent, nor the faith, nor the pride in his homeland. A move to Steinway brought O’Malley into orbit of the McReary dynasty and introduced him dually to Liberty’s burgeoning underworld and Derrick and Bucky’s world of intellectual respite. Fed up with a confederation of ignorant wiseguys, Aiden has three things left: his crew, his girl, and the cause. JIMMY PEGORINO - Bridge-and-Tunnel mafia brat and pig headed f*cking idiot. Scion of Alderney’s new boss, whose familial connections to the Gambettis and Messinas put him head-first into Irish affairs; now knee-deep in the Sligo-O’Malley stickup crew. A fourth companion playing third wheel, feeling largely out of step thanks to a significant lack in the brains department - though he tries to play it cool. Grows a ponytail in ‘85. JULIA BLEDSOE - Aiden’s longtime girlfriend; he met her a while back at a university club for a university he weren't attending and the sparks flew from there. Largely unknowing of his criminal career if not his criminal past, Julia’s supporting of Aiden’s own delving into activism - even if the protesting ain't always non-violent. To both his and Derrick’s family, Aiden’s love for her is an invitation for scorn, for rather obvious reasons. He loves her all the same. ALISTAIR ‘ALLIE’ O’KEEFFE - Immigrant owner of the infamous Steinway Beer Garden: a close associate of the McReary Crew, longtime friend of the O’Malley family, and significantly connected to the good ol’ IRA. Allie had his tendrils deep in the emigré community peddling petty fraud schemes before being put on the McReary bill; hustling his name onto the deed of a mob bar and sending chunks of cash back home to the Provos on the low. Found his perhaps treasonous activities tacitly endorsed by Big Jack himself - for blood and country, if not for their socialist politics. FERGAL ENRIGHT - Irish-Catholic lawyer and proud director for the Sons of Eriu Defense Trust. Born, raised, and now operating the SEDT between a Fortside brownstone and South Bohan community center; since the Seventies its been Ferg’s mission to get on just about every goddamn soapbox he can find to spread the gospel on Republicanism. Been banned from entry to Britain twice and violated said ban six times. He’s proud, angry. Some would say a blowhard. He would say righteous. OSSIAN ‘OSH’ HOY - Massive scary f*cking guy and pointman for the IRA’s American gun smuggling ring. An old friend of Allie O’Keeffe’s from back in the day now finding himself working closely with the local Irish, taking loans and giving favors in exchange for guns and explosive by the truckload. Working indirectly with the SEDT: a legitimate aid organization, sure, but always happy to spare handouts for the right people. JARLATH ‘JOCK’ MUNRO - Former volunteer IRA working with the Provos in Belfast; Jock killed an SAS man. Got tackled by ten others and charged with murder. What’d the scrawny f*cker do? Scrawny Jock held the prison guard at gunpoint, locked the guy in his own cell, and fled the country on a false passport. Rat-faced little man is now working under the name Milo Selkirk on a no-work job at the SEDT. Ferg was happy to do it. A bloody saint, that fecker is. QISTINA THAWRA - The fierce leader of the North Holland based Abolitionist Revolutionary Cadre, Qistina was born Helen: moved between Dukes and North Carolina for much of her youth before radicalizing in community college. So came the name. Associated with the Holland chapter of the Leopards of Leandros before splitting into her own organization in a disagreement over tactics. f*ck appealing to the white establishment, she told them. Send ‘em to the f*cking sky. Since 1977, she’s been serving a forty-year sentence at a women’s correctional: robbed a bank with a grenade and killed a cop in the getaway. The Cadre’s keen to let her out early. BONIFACE POPE - Acting leader of the ARC in place of Qistina. Sagacious and well-read, Boniface is openly homosexual and openly anarchist; the f*cker’s temerity has earned him respect. Respect he wields, but he’s never been much a field operator. His mind has always been his preferred weapon. Writes his own theory in his spare time - has eight books to his name that around six have read. Self-published. OTHMAN OVYO - Logistics and information: the ARC’s fixer. Proud Maoist muscle in the footsteps of Birchwood’s Leopards, Othman worked in community detox programs and youth centers for much of his twenties before snapping over funding cuts. Split his time between Lenin and Malcolm X after that. Ovyo’s found that reform is an idiot’s goal - that a house can’t be built with the master’s tools - and has been on the front lines since he joined the Cadre. Licensed acupuncturist. REJEANNE COKER - From a long line of anti-racists from the deep south; Rejeanne saw the value of intersectionality early on, trailblazed her way through San Andreas colleges - brought women’s lib into patriarchal leftist orgs, moved to San Fierro to stand in solidarity with the black power movement by the 70s and joined up with the ARC. Didn’t long last as a free woman; she soon after got nabbed on some loose ammo laying around during a traffic stop and got sentenced up the river for a decade. Got furloughed in ‘78 though, death in the family. She’s been underground ever since. VICKIE JOYNER-BASS - A Couira native and bonafide red diaper baby, Vickie was a nascent political organizer in the wake of the ‘71 prison riots - ultimately fell in with the Anti-RIMROD Committee, fell out when it lost its momentum against federal pressure and the cooldown in ‘Nam, fractioned with a trusty sisterhood to found ‘From The Barrel’ alongside Swain, Thawra, et al. It wasn’t long lasted. Before long the bunch’d latched onto a movement with greater immediacy and goals in mind: the ARC. Likes to sue the US government in her free time. DEACON COLQUHOUN & GLADIA SWAIN - Now young parents who first met through NoRIMROD in the early 70s, Colquhoun and Swain complemented one another from the beginning: Colquhoun, the academic, was a political theorist and journalist. Swain preferred direct action. They found a fusion of the two; graduated from NoRIMROD to FTB to ARC alongside their friend Vickie Bass and soon went underground. Deacon cashed out his family’s Israel bonds for funding, Gladia fine-tuned her driving skills. Their love for each other matches that of the cause. JOHN JACK MCREARY - The McReary patriarch. Spends his time between Dukes and his old home in Purgatory; moved to the outer boroughs to raise his boy. Unfortunately, his boy didn’t much care for him. A legend in underworld circles for sheer balls and propensity for trigger-pulling - McReary pulls off hits and muscle-work for two of Liberty’s five families: pro bono work for an admiring Jon Gravelli, and a similar alliance with Sicillian professional Memo Smokes. He trusts neither. MAUREEN MCREARY - Long-struggling housewife and former troublemaker in her youth, Maureen found comfort in the church and married her first flame in her teens: turned a young Mrs. Jack McReary. In a household where bark quickly turns bite, she remains a devout Catholic and Derrick’s anchor to home. May the Lord have mercy. FRANCIS MCREARY - Self-destructive brother of Derrick’s with a clear conscience yet, Frankie is in the process of eschewing the family business in favor of religious education. Now entering the seminary, Frank’s own latent vices won’t stop him from preaching, nor exalting his values upon the weary masses. A boy desperate for meaning: just not in Derrick’s pinko ways, or his father’s criminality. ‘KIT SPOILS’ WHELAN - In the absence of his first born, a father-son relationship formed between one Roderick Whelan and boss Jack McReary. Now Big Jack’s right-hand man, Kit has a surplus in brawn and one f*cked up brain - several trips to a psych ward both in his youth and during prison-time and an insanity plea in the early Seventies. Big Jack trusts him enough as his main enforcer, though necrotic gray matter and a Thorazine prescription leave something to be desired. CRAIG TOLMIE - Professional hitman and clean-up expert: taught Jackie a trick where you cut the bodies up and spread them at different points on the West River shoreline. Sick f*ck. Has a van in his shed called the Meat Wagon used to shuttle bodies, both alive and not-so-alive, from burial ground to burial ground. GRIFF ‘THE BERK’ BISSET - Former altar boy steered away from the church while Big Jack’s second son went and stayed; Griff the Berk serves as an aide-de-camp and lieutenant primarily selling guns and pot for cheap. Despite being a weaker link, Griffin also handles the odd bit of finance, being one of the few Irish entrusted by the Italians to work construction no-shows. KENNY & MERRICK KEIR - Young pair of up-and-comers with a taste for heroin - both for selling and the occasional and not-so-occasional use. Offer Derrick a discount now and then in exchange for an odd job or two: finding themselves rather wary of violence, at least for their profession. DERMOTT ‘DARBY’ MCENIRY - Old muscle with three kids, two of whom want nothing to do with him. Darby is a confidant of Jack’s: comes down for supper with the big man, swaps stories, gives pertinent advice on high profile issues. Always has a couple bucks in his jacket for Patrick and Katey, a couple words of wisdom for Frankie and Derrick. His guidance - let as much blood as possible, and reap the weak for all they have. SIMONE ‘MEMO SMOKES’ TRUNGALE - A demanding, entitled psychopath who got his name for an affinity for tobacco: cigars and cigarettes. Made his bones for the Pavanos killing a dissident from Italy on behalf of Mussolini himself, but skipped for the Messinas when Don Zio became persona non grata. Became Joe ‘the Mess’ Messina’s consigliere, helped settle a squabble in Montreal between the zip family, ensured tons of coke for his fellas in the city. Now acting boss after ‘Tommy Waters’ Bisacquino got sentenced to 30 years in ‘79. He’s intent on becoming official boss. Some don’t like that. Memo don’t care. HARVEY NOTO - The protege of Memo Smokes: a born gangster, moneylender extraordinaire, wise beyond his years in a graduating class of wiseguys who can’t keep their mouths shut. Would’ve been made Gambetti if it weren’t for family ties to Trungale himself, a man he serves dutifully and without hesitation despite Memo’s hostilities. Through his own back-breaking work, even has Trungale’s arch-nemesis Jonnie Gravelli working hand-in-hand with the Messina's now-a-days. Hal Noto never had time for rivalry - just business. HARRISON ‘HARRY THE HAT’ HALL - The right-hand man of Harvey Noto: a talented pimp, pusher, veteran, and degree-holding lawyer who nigh-exclusively manages the Messina Family’s skin businesses. Served years in Vietnam with an honorable discharge and funded his law degree pushing chicks out of hotels. Only ever caught for two crimes: going over the speed limit in ‘78, and lying he was half-Jewish to get into college. Now he lies he’s half-Italian. On it goes. DIODATO ‘MART DIO’ MARTIGNONI - Highly influential caporegime in the Broker wing of the Messinas, loyal only to Tommy Waters. No nonsense; he sees the paths being taken by boss Memo Smokes as detrimental to the family’s already shaky reputation. He’s stockpiling weapons. He’s expecting war. He knows Smokes ain’t one for negotiation. Now the de facto boss of a triumvirate of captains preparing for a coup: alongside his pal Freddy Rigs and a wannabe geep named Dodo Lank. It’s up to Harvey Noto to make sure they don’t pull the trigger. PANCRAZIO ‘CRAZY PANS’ MARTIGNONI - Son of Mart Dio; his nickname may be a bastardization, but the fella’s got a reputation for being f*cking crazy. Brazen hitman under his father’s crew and proudly at his every beck and call, Crazy Pans is being groomed to take over the capo position when his pops (hopefully) gets acting boss from Tommy Waters. Owns a pretty boat. SIGISMONDO ‘JOE MUNDY’ FONTANA - North Broker capo and personal friend of Memo Smokes. One-time cohort of Harvey Noto through blood ties, ditto with Tommy Waters himself before his trip up the river; Joe Mundy’s made his allegiances known all the same. Chummy as they come with new-into-the-fold Sally Boy but significantly less so with Joe Ootz the kick-up bum, Mundy acts primarily intermediary for Memo Smokes himself. The man needs all the insulation he can get - and Joe Mundy’s keen to provide in exchange for the looming spoils of loyalty. EUTIMO ‘JOE OOTZ’ DI NUOVO - Similarly nicknamed soldier of Joe Mundy with reams of personal problems: a drug-addicted son, a tumultuous second marriage, and a severe deficiency in earn despite a mountain of hits to his name. Only one light in the darkness; his protege. A whiny, frugal little man. SALVATORE ‘SALLY BOY’ MANGANO - A Florida-born wiseguy only recently brought into the Messina family fold as the trainee of Joe Ootz. A small-time diamond thief and self-proclaimed expert, Sally’s excited to get made and often lets his stature - 6’2, built like a f*cking ox - do the talking more than the few words he’s willing to say. He’s quiet like that. Earn and brawn. CARLO ‘CARLIE BREEZE’ TORTORA - Taught in the way of the hit by Mart Dio and Crazy Pans, Carlie Breeze is Carlie Breeze for the blocks he ties to ankles of men now sleeping in the Humboldt River. A professional killer who finds joy in his work: Tortora balances a dedication to murder and decapitation with an admiration for the Shaolin - he’s a lover of Byron Fu flicks who spent three years learning kung fu in Hong Kong. There’s rumors he still finds it handy. MELVIN ‘THE SKIV’ SCHIAVONE - Bantonvale capo and common mediator within and outside the family; mostly thanks to the deep, deep roots of his family tree. Fireworks salesman, pigeon coop keeper, many-a cousin to many-a wiseguy - Broker Mel the Wiseguy Broker has aligned himself with the interests of Memo Trungale, but is always looking for a compromise. MARK ANTHONY & ALFREDO VOLPE, JR. - The teenage sons of infamous Dukes capo ‘Freddy Rigs’ Volpe, Sr.; top Bisacquino loyalist and Francis International truck hijacker. The dynamic duo are never too far apart; and always ready to get their hands dirty for the good of their family name. Mark? A lowdown legbreaker always happy to crack skulls. Fredo Junior? Long faced weasel along for the ride. OLIVIERO ‘OLLIE LULU’ GLIUGLIU - The liaison between the Messinas’ Canadian friends: the Cazzini crime family. A serial divorcee and native Quebecois who ostensibly manages a Bohan jeweler and a Montreal pizza parlor. Both are fronts for cocaine and heroin trafficking. Neither sell very good product. JON GRAVELLI - Somehow both flamboyant and quiet, somehow both a modernist and traditionalist, somehow both conservative and liberal in his leadership: ‘Teflon’ Jon Gravelli is the much-revered boss of Liberty’s most powerful mob family. A man with exuberant taste in clothes and cars but a habit of keeping his mouth laced shut. A man with a rolodex of proteges to his name in an ever-revolving list of one young, preeminent killer after another. A pragmatist, a stern but cautious voice, a horny old f*cking bat, a titan. Jon Gravelli today, off the back of his predecessor Sonny’s death in federal penitentiary, has modernized a crime family. Sought to mend broken relations with the long-maligned Messina clan. Placed a firm grasp on the white collar - on construction racketeering and union corruption. But the man, ever specious, keeps one eye open and the other shut with his ban against drug dealing. He has clear favorites. Many aren’t pleased. BART ‘THE CHINK’ CHIARUGI - Long-suffering underboss of the Gambettis; a traditionalist in the wholly-untraditional Gravelli regime. Passed over for the boss position after Sonny Cangelosi’s passing and resentful since his death in ‘78, Chiarugi’s respect among the ranks and own personal, wide-ranging profits in less-than-savory business has seen good enough reason for Gravelli to keep him installed as underboss. He’s emasculated. Chiarugi was mentored by men who killed for less. A spry little gossip, Bart Slopes has seen fit to bend the world to his whim from the shadows: a world of backchat, sh*ttalk, and finger-crossing to the face of his boss. His ‘boss’, oh how he loathes it. Wouldn’t even help bail out his son! Disgrazia, he says. Many listen. PETER REA - One of the most ambitious wiseguys in Liberty’s LCN: Jon Gravelli’s protege in the early Seventies, hijacking whiz on the FIA-to-Zephyr route, loan-enforcer, hitman. A charismatic, cocky son of a bitch finding himself a friend to many and an enemy to many more - he’s arguably Jon Gravelli’s unofficial second underboss; captain of a highly profitable Dukes crew with a team of knuckleheads to his name. It’s said Pete Rea is exempt to any family rules: drug dealing, profit splitting, breaking laws of silence - it’s a blind spot that makes Pete a mafia prince. A blind spot soon to be exploited by an envious Bart Chiarugi. ‘BOBBY BUFFET’ MAISTO - Lennox Island’s own Pete Rea: just sans ambition, charisma, reputation, and most everything else except position. A f*cking idiot goombah like Bobby who can't take a jab at his expense half as good as a fist? He'd have fallen off the bottom rung anywhere else if it weren't for him being such a goddamn suckup. And Bobby Buffet, brutish Lennox Island greaseball, always sucked up big to Bart Chiarugi - got him position number two. Unsurprisingly most despise him - just not to his face. REGGIE ‘THE REDHEAD’ DELLO RUSSO - Psychopath murderer and recently-made member of the Gambetti crime family. Though Reggie answers to one Gino Sbarra; he runs his own crew out of a Broker nightclub used simultaneously as a hangout and a cemetery. An enterprising car-thief and drug dealer, Redhead Reg formed a particular bond with Bart the Chink around the same time Jon befriended Jackie the Mick - his team serving a third purpose as Bart’s personal hit squad. EUGENIO ‘GENIE’ SBARRA - Reggie the Redhead’s babysitter. Longtime confidant, somehow simultaneously, of both Jon Gravelli and Bart the Chink. Broker farm baby who traded military service for a Weir Ridge barbershop when the recruiters told him no, brittle bone disease don’t cut it in the army. Discouraging, sure, he wanted to f*cking kill Krauts, but he settled for killing Italians on behalf of Teflon Jon instead. After a stint as a personal aide to the boss, he’s now a middle-man for both Jon and Bart’s proxy crews. Whichever man he favors may get an upper hand when conflict inevitably knocks at the Gambetti door. ‘JOHNNY CHEESE’ PEGORINO - Together with his brother and underboss ‘Vinny Lumps’, and septuagenarian consigliere Sergio ‘Sergie Goggs’ Serradifalco; Johnny Cheese runs the Pegorino Crew. Crew, family, family, crew - depending on who you ask the family across the West River are either a glorified bunch of hick Tudor farmers; or willing puppets of the Gambetti regime. They’re both. Johnny personally answers to Jon Gravelli and works hand-in-hand with the Dukes-based McReary Gang. His son Jimmy, the dullard, is personal friends of Big Jack’s son Derrick. Big Jack is friends with Jon. Jon is friends with Johnny. Johnny’s an old friend of Jack. On and on it goes. APOLLO ‘CHICK’ POMPA - High school dropout with impulse control disorder - record on paper might not support him but the numbers do. Rare example of a friend of Jon’s just as much personal as business, Chick Pompa’s nevertheless had a hand in nearly every business deal that’s bought the don his kingdom - Messina connects on scag, a paper trail for his social club Stanzino, the works. He’s his number one, no doubt about it. Lowkey business acumen rivals his big f*cking mouth, but the former’s taken precedence of late: more than anything Chick enjoys taking a break from it all, sailing off the Florida coast in his shiny new cabin cruiser. He called her Titania. SEYMOUR ‘ELMER TROUT’ ODIO - Senior capo specializing in the waste management business; Elmer Trout runs contracted dustcarts all over Broker and Lennox Island. Helped the Gambettis run garbage hauling in the city under a common alias for going on three-or-four decades. The man has his loyalties to the family’s older guard through the honorable Bart Chiarugi - seeing both him and his protege Joe ‘the Jew’ lo Giudice take up as some of his most vocal supporters. A modest, grandfatherly figure with a keen eye for surveillance; both against and for the family. ROCCO ‘ROCKY SYKES’ SIACCALONE - Stone cold killer. Another of Gravelli’s greatest confidantes and fiercest loyalists, he’s never been shy to back up his words with the kind of dirty work that makes eager rounds in OC division break rooms. Good personal friend of the don and Chick Pompa alike, he’s never abandoned the bones he made as fixer. When that drunk cop killed Butchie Bove’s kid? Rocky Sykes dealt. Nosy cowboy cops poked their nose where it don’t belong? Rocky Sykes dealt. High profile bodies jammed the grinder? Rocky Sykes dealt. How does he deal? With brass knuckles, blowtorches, and acid. RICKY ‘WITH THE HAIR’ CECCHIN - One of Gravelli’s closest lieutenants and a sycophant to his core; serving as an aide and second advisor when the consigliere isn’t available. Unfortunately, hasn’t got much in the way of advice. A likable toady with a thing for spray tan and the kind of jokes that won’t trigger a crisis of the ego. MAFFEO NICHOLAS ‘MUFFY’ CHIARUGI - The greaseball son of Bart Slopes; got his name from his father’s affinity for leaving historical documentaries on while he worked. Loved the Renaissance stuff, the Venetian doges and the popes and the princes. You’d be lucky to get that sh*t out his son, though. A stunted, slimy little cockroach; a pimp and a drug fiend with an inferiority complex and sh*tty dress sense. His f*ckups never precluded his father’s love. You don’t touch his boy. THURGOOD ‘RED TEDDY’ MOORE - Grew up in Dukes: Lenape father, half-Italian mother. As a result, grew up alongside wiseguys. Entrusted by Jon Gravelli as muscle and Pete Rea as a friend; Teddy’ll never get made and feels estranged as a result, with the immorality of his work weighing fiercely on his mind. Maybe he’ll cash his chips someday soon. Teddy won’t say - the fella don’t say nothing to nobody. SILVIO ‘SIL SQUIBS’ RENZULLI - A man in Carmine Lupisella’s image, now family boss: quiet, smart, sociable. Never took a side in the family’s squabbles between Broker and Bohan; being from East Holland himself, his fair hand has made him a worthy fit for the throne. Has avoided wiretaps and surveillance for years and has few charges to his name - largely by sticking to the inside of his Ocelot when discussing operations. After all, he runs half the unions in the city. Can’t do that for long without being a little shrewd. ‘BENNY JIFF’ GAIONI - Sex pest consigliere from the family’s historically maligned Broker faction. Runs a bar in Bantonvale which has become a de facto headquarters for East Island operations, which are now highly f*cking profitable thanks to a knack for racketeering. Has a Carpenter union under his thumb, traffics heroin, loansharks, runs illicit gambling, extortion and burglary and homicide. Amicable and clever? Sure. But a rapist. Dismemberer. Scum. SANSONE ‘SONNY THE SAINT’ HONORATO - Depraved hitman for the Lupisellas who gained his reputation while working as Don Vincent’s personal cleaner. Did his first murder for the family at 19, plead his fifth murder and third court case down to a short stint in medium security prison. A pervert, psychopath, sadist. Plucks the eyebrows of the bodies he leaves for the cops and brings whores to family functions. The little words he speaks are vile - but the man values the organization above all. The Lupisellas’ most loyal soldier. SEPE THE WRENCH & LEO PULEO - Frick and Frack. Longtime understudies of and collaborators with Benny Jiff; Dominic Sepe finding a place as his personal aide. Leo Puleo - former Ancelotti associate, stubborn fool, psychopath willing to kill for even the smallest slight. Dom ‘the Wrench’ - crafty, ruthless, ladder climbing sociopath also willing to kill for any and everything. Highly capable henchmen destined for greatness, if Gaioni has any say. MARK LUPISELLA - Mark’s lost two father figures: his real father, Carmine Junior, beaten to death after an argument gone wrong. His Uncle Vincent, a guiding hand through adolescence and the accidental killer of Carmine Jr., has been serving a 15-year stretch upstate for conspiracy. Mark’s outlet? The ring. A talented boxer with the sport slowly fading behind him, Mark’s found his calling in the crime family that bears his name. His uncle encourages him the very same from behind the visiting room glass, though with the wordsmithing of men who can’t afford to let the hacks in on their business. GILROY ‘GILL’ DONOVAN - Lupisella associate with ties to Harry Hall. One of a few Irish gangsters from the Broker side of the family who escaped indictment when the feds made a case in 1980. Some would say it was because he never really did anything of note: being a small time junkie hood who only really smuggled cigarettes and helped with prep work for an airport heist - but Gilly would tell you he was just too clever to get caught. Now Hall’s main guy for smack trafficking and sh*t-talking. MOISHE ‘MOE’ SCHWARTZ - Born to a Neapolitan mother and Ukranian Jewish father, Moe from Bohan became a learned financial expert without attending university. Indebted himself to the family peddling books without tax and became the closest thing Vincent Lupisella ever had to consigliere. He’ll never get made, but will always have high status among Bohan and Broker alike as an accountant and intermediary. A devoted zionist and right wing nutcase with no wife or children. LUIGI VALVONA - The hedonistic boss of the Pavano Crime Family: Big Louie made his bones in the textile industry, mentored by the esteemed Eufrasio ‘Don Zio’ Pavano. Met his wife, a former seamstress more than half his age, and took off to managing the family at a distance. Often caught between a rural horse ranch in Upstate Liberty, an upscale home in Vice City’s suburbia, and many-a bath house in Algonquin’s downtown. BALDOVINO ‘VINNIE BALDO’ ULLO - Geriatric Pavano underboss since 1972; Big Vinnie functions as Street Boss while his superior isolates in luxury. Operating out of a Cod Row social club and Louie Valvona’s cafe in Papaver Village, Vinnie Baldo is boss in all but name, and he wields the respect to boot. His name means business. The man has consulted with presidents. VITO ‘DOG MEAT’ MENOTTI - Always kind of a weirdo: Pavano hitman and soldier with a mostly unremarkable record. Until he bought the dog food plant. Oh, that dog food plant. The big machines for grinding and canning and shipping. Legit income? Absolutely. Great for the family books, fraud, merch distribution, taxes. For grinding up bodies? Couldn’t be f*cking better. Makes the work that much easier when you’re throwing away mulch and you aren’t breaking the bones with hammers in the shed. GIOVANNI ‘GIO THE STOAT’ ANCELOTTI - Gio took the reigns of the Ancelotti Family in a state of turmoil in the Seventies: pushed it even further through phony front bosses and open participation in the drug trade, then picked it back up when his Commission seat was at risk. Called him “Johnny the Stoat” ‘cause the guy was a f*cking weasel. A stubborn, flamboyant hoodlum with a knack for unorthodox business arrangements and a willingness to make dough regardless of moral consequence. ‘CHUBBY’ CHARLES MATTEO - Alderney City loanshark, Venturas bookie, Liberty City killer. A man of many skills and one of the Ancelotti Family’s most consistent earners since his early twenties, he’s one of Old Man Gio’s favorite made guys and a distant relative of his through in-laws. After the death of his own fiancee during childbirth he’s become a real sour f*ck: grumpy, greedy, gluttonous, growing into his nickname. As newly minted capo, he’s devoted himself to his don. He hasn’t got much else. ‘TONY BLACK’ SPOLETO - One of two sons to a legendary Ancelotti gangster; now one of Liberty’s premier white collar racketeers. Strongarms and owns a variety of legit businesses: leasing companies, entertainment bookers, video stores. When the Russians kicked him out of Hove after trying to muscle in on their gas bootlegging racket, he got his own guy; a doofus Israeli-Romanian yuppie named Mihai Pokrass who’s both braggadocious and deathly scared of him. The Jew drives a purple Enus. Tony Black’s happy to bankroll. Across several years of wheeling, dealing, and stealing; the criminal economy of the city where all roads lead will be ruled by squabbling, greed, and gossip. A heavily intertwined game of power among gangsters will ensue, impacted by even the most minor of hits to the bottom line, in a world of crime more complex than Balkan politics. There’s always a name, always a face, always a beef, and at the end of the end there’ll always be a gunshot. Derrick McReary is a hired gun alongside his two politically-inclined friends - occasionally alongside the less-inclined James Pegorino. Working partly as a liaison between Italian criminals and his father’s outfit of Dukes-and-Purgatory-based Irish; he and the motley crew split their time between the wiles of gangland power, whom they mostly loathe, and the places their payment goes. Money from jobs are often funneled to the most radical of radicals: Bucky opting for an uptown communist organization with a inkling toward direct action, and Aiden opting for a line to funding the Republican Army (both Provisional and Original) through an associate of the McReary Boys. Derrick will divide himself between robbers, revolutionists, and gear. Enter the state of affairs. Get ready for so many f*cking Italian names your head starts spinning. The Messina clan has always found itself marked by infighting and squabbling, and in that regard times surely haven’t changed. Its current leader, Simone ‘Memo Smokes’ Trungale, is just out of the can after a bid for narcotics trafficking. Leader, sure - but he’s only acting boss. Current official boss is Tomaso ‘Tommy Waters’ Bisacquino: only appointed after family namesake ‘Joe the Mess’ Messina’s retirement, and a role quickly lost when Bisacquino was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 1979. Trungale left the same year; he was appointed to leadership the day Waters went away. Memo Smokes, despite being former Messina number-two, has a reputation: one for being a stubborn Sicilian mutt with a constant grudge and no love lost for compromise. His leadership has marked a quick return to moving scag, largely processed through Quebecois affiliates like Ollie Lulu and Cal Cazzini, many of those orders coming through capo-cum-liasion ‘Joe Mundy’ Fontana. They’re raking it in. Smokes has been jockeying for his temporary leadership to become permanent, arguing Waters probably won’t leave a federal penitentiary before he croaks. A triumvirate of capodecina within the family - helmed by Diodato ‘Mart Dio’ Martignoni, ‘Freddy Rigs’ Volpe, and Edward ‘Dodo Lank’ Salvodelli - have taken the stance that the removal of Memo and his underboss Ugo ‘Hughie’ Nisticò are imperative. Their proposal? Have Mart Dio take over as acting boss, with his son ‘Crazy Pans’ turning Messina underboss. Rumors suggest they’ve already begun stockpiling in case things get bloody - in the form of automatic weapons, and a lot of them. Smokes’ protege, Harvey Noto, has orchestrated his own alliance. Trungale and Jon Gravelli’s rivalry is historic in nature, but they’ve recently buried the hatchet in the name of the almighty dollar - at Noto’s suggestion. Together, using Hal’s right-hand and a-la-carte lawyer ‘Harry the Hat’ Hall, they’ve cultivated the use of Gravelli’s Irish muscle - the McRearys - as a potential line of defense. Family capo Mel the Skiv has reached out to Lupisella gangsters like ‘Benny Jiff’ Gaioni through mutual partner Gilroy ‘Gill’ Donovan in an effort to further assert the Trungale faction’s power. It’s truce or an all-out war - and the prospects of either are riding ever even. The McReary Boys find themselves squarely aligned with the interests of their Gambetti paymasters - John Jack’s friendship with Don Gravelli being the only matter of importance in dealing with the Messina clan. The always distant bohemian first-born, Derrick, has found himself as their reluctant emissary to Trungale in between his own endeavors (John Jack preferring the company of his protege Kit Spoils to his wily leftist offspring) as they maintain protection on joint Gambetti-Pavano construction projects and work enforcement alongside the Pegorino Family. A clan of brutal Irish thugs are squared off with Derrick’s hopeful brother Francis - in the makings of becoming a church boy after getting his GED and maintaining a blissful superiority complex in doing so. Derrick supports his brother. As long as he doesn’t become one of them, one of the hooligan Purgatory scumbags, it doesn’t matter if that support is reciprocated. On the political side, the Abolitionist Revolutionary Cadre of North Holland has been bucked into a tailspin after the imprisonment of former leader Qistina Thawra in 1977 - convicted of murder one and two, pig battery, and armed robbery. In her place, anarchist Boniface Pope has begun a fundraising drive in an attempt to finance a breakout - and, while he’s at it, revolutionary activities in Italy, Afghanistan, Germany - the world. Buchanan Sligo, meanwhile, has found himself a primary benefactor; a good personal friend of the organization’s Minister of Information, Othman Ovyo. Derrick and Aiden chip in. It’s all with the same goal in mind. The regime of Jon Gravelli has found itself in a quagmire: his long uncontested rule is beginning to unravel. The Macchiavelian puppet master and chairman of Liberty’s Commission has slowly become the status quo of a growing rivalry between his own underboss: Bart Chiarugi. Bart the Chink was originally one of the top men of 1950’s boss Gus Gambetti: a man replaced by Sonny Cangelosi in a bloody coup, who was later replaced by the man himself, Don Jon. A bubbling resentment has grown since his appointment to the throne in 1978. Gravelli has fashioned himself as an innovator; his underboss a squarely old school kind of psychopath appointed to his role after being passed over for leadership - a choice made by Gravelli as to avoid any internal disputes. So much for that. Bart Chiarugi has formed a clique of conservative Gambetti capos and soldiers in a mirror organization still fundamentally subordinate. Bart has his protege Bobby Buffet, self-righteous shot-caller Alfie Placanica, old school capo ‘Elmer Trout’ Odio, and Odio’s protege ‘Joe the Jew’ on his tab. Alongside them, he has aligned himself with hitman and crew-operator ‘Reggie the Redhead’ of South Broker, a man closely monitored by Gravelli loyalist ‘Genie’ Sbarra. Bart has reportedly found an audience with rival families: gaining the favor of Lupisella boss ‘Sil Squibs’ Renzulli and the passive admiration of Pavano hardhead ‘Bald Vinnie’ Ullo. Together, they and others make up the Algonquin wing of the family. Just the same, Gravelli has his own loyalists: mob brat Cozzie Cangelosi, his aide-de-camp Apollo Pompa, his favorite bootlicker ‘Ricky with the Hair’, capo Butch Bove, Alderney wannabe-boss John Pegorino along with his birdbrained son Jimmy ‘the Peggytail’, and his own understudy Peter Rea. Mirroring Bart’s forays with the semi-independent crew of Reggie the Redhead, Jon Gravelli has found an ally in a very old friendship: the Irish mob ran by John Jack McReary. They're the East Island faction. For now they remain the dominant wing - bolstered by the muscle of the Irish (who also remain closely tied to the currently-neutral Pavano family as a beneficiary of construction rackets). But a passive-aggressive war of gossip and reputation is being fought by Chiarugi. Day by day, the man tries to turn as many men against their boss as possible. At home, Derrick has found himself a caretaker for a withdrawn Francis McReary: now flunked out of the seminary for cheating and petty theft. Through Aiden’s family friend and McReary associate Alistair ‘Allie’ O’Keeffe, the trio have found themselves involved in the Bohan-based Sons of Eriu Defense Trust. Spearheaded by political activist Fergal Enright, the functionally legitimate organization has spread funds to less-than-reputable sources as a result of Enright’s political convictions: giving IRA fugitive Jarlath ‘Jock’ Munro a fake name and no-work job as janitorial staff, alongside allowing Jock to funnel money to Provisional IRA operative ‘Osh’ Hoy. Through Hoy, the trio are intent to smuggle weaponry and explosives from the United States to Dublin - as well as using ill-gotten gains, with John Jack’s blessing, to finance the republican cause. If that confuses you, don’t worry. Nobody knows what the f*ck is going on. These guys hardly say words with more than two f*cking syllables. And to Derrick and the Irish, as long as the guys they’re friends with ain’t getting shot, it’s all the same anyways. Why, you ask - if LC is the worst city in America - do you spend so much time there? Too much Liberty for you? Tough f*cking sh*t. There’s nowhere more vile, more criminal, more obscene in the goddamn country. America’s criminal capital. Racketeers of all legalities. We’ll make a million more concepts set in this sh*thole town before we f*cking stop. You don’t need a welcome. Home turf. The most diverse place in America is at your mercy. On the border of Meadows Park stands the ancestral McReary rowhouse of three stories, perpetually scuffed wax wood floors, and a dining room under renovation since the 1960’s. When John Jack gets his driver Griff to take him cross-town, he’s headed to the O’Keeffe-owned Steinway Beer Garden in the not-so Irish parts of formerly Irish Steinway. That car would head past the Chinese-Latino neighborhood of Cerveza Heights, past the pompous upper-middle suburbia of Meadow Hills, the decaying industry and project towers of East Island City. And the wasteland that is O’Donovan Airport. That’s just eastern-ways. Cross Meadows Park - see the structurally-sound Monoglobe and the carcass of Liberty State Pavilion Towers - and the borough keeps going. The heavily Mandarin neighborhood of Keering where the boys spit dai-lo on the corners. The cold hard streets of Willis. Zephyr Hill’s guidos and pizzerias in the shadow of Francis International. And more identical suburb than you could shake a stick at. Dukes is a borough of a million languages - where the old-school white ethnic neighborhoods of Italians and Irish and Germans and Jews cross paths with the Liberty of the new 20th century: the Latinos, Greeks, Arabs, Asians of a million dialects. And they’re in the same America where President Hogan’s on the TV talking trickle-down right after the Cosmos game at Falstreau Field. Rob all those saps f*cking blind. Broker - like Algonquin in Red Line - gets cut off around the Milden Boulevard border of Outlook Park. Shortest end of the stick throughout the McReary parable. You get most of Broker’s northernmost ghettos and graves this time - the blue collar dockland of East Hook and beyond alongside the neighborhoods Liberty abandoned to the scourge of crack cocaine: Suydam, Far-Sleck, East Liberty. From the top to the bottom are the white-ethnic ports getting run over by gangsters or by the tide of white flight. Traditionally Polish Redcape on the Dukes/EIC border, a Hedgebury of Hasidic and Italian and Latino flavors. The mob-ran streets of Schottler all melt in the great pot that is the Humboldt waterfront. The brownstones and bodegas of Rotterdam and Settler Hill, the urban decay of BOABO mixing artist lofts with the grit of the streets. The Bowels; a muddy, lawless graveyard where men fire shots and nobody comes to see why. No 911 where the outlaws roam. Today’s Broker is a series of leftovers. Artists and trendy developers are already picking up the pieces of a ravaged borough. It’s cobblestones and crack addicts, pretty church steeples and used heroin needles dotting gutters and alleyways. It’s the city’s most populous playground. It’s perfect. Financial, cultural, crime capital of the United States - or so they’d have you think on the latter. In Third Rail, Algonquin is spared its Red Line treatment with the lower borough cutoff - you’ve got free reign to all in 1981. Come in via East Borough Bridge and you’re right in Lancaster, Middle Park East character exemplary of an ethnic exodus in favor of the godforsaken yuppies flocking to the borough so they can take the K/C line right down to The Exchange. Let it ring in your head - The Exchange. Algonquin not as ground zero for the reigning anarchy its 70s-on reputation would have you think, but a honeytrap for all the Barium Street moneyf*ckers in the world. K/C line carries through the neighborhoods running parallel to the Humboldt - Hatton Gardens, Easton, Lancet - skyscrapers and medical centers and embassies and minority flight and not much else for the criminally inclined; unless you wanna nod off, that is, in which case you’ll do alright in the shadows in Grand Easton Terminal or the alleyway arteries surrounding Galahad Palace Arena. But generally your interests lie more inland, southwest - take Nickel Street westbound and you’re cooking with gas: Purgatory; the McReary legacy secured in geography, the old watering hole of Lucky Winkles and the future site of the Blutegel Exhibition Hall just broken ground. Star Junction, meanwhile, still half a vestige of the early 70s with its peep shows and XXX theaters and corner girls yet untouched by the Prinz mandate of - gasp - gentrification. Southern-more, Papaver Village beckons: having long abandoned its identity as hippie ground zero; now a different world with Pavano goombahs reigning over from their little social club on Sheridan Street. Little Italy ever standing the test of time; Chinatown more vibrant than ever, neon on slick streets. But sticking west also guides you north; Rotterdam Tower and the International Center of Exchange won’t leave your shadow between the streets headed up: everpresent city emblems as you zip up Union Drive past the unattainable heights of Middle Park West, now-vacant apartments in Varsity Heights and onward. Highest you got business - the ARC operates out of Holland and you’ll be familiarizing yourself with it more than ever. But remember: gentrification. That’s the keyword. And the time period doesn’t spare you its reach. Of all the boroughs hit hardest by Liberty’s 1970’s bankruptcy; Bohan lies the lowest of the low. Arson, homicide, gang crime, vandalism - the police don’t care, and neither do the politicians. Because Bohan’s Bohan. It’ll always be Bohan. When gentrification lifts a finger and crushes the city without thought, it’ll come for Bohan last. Northern Bohan remains attached to a significantly more preferable poverty to many establishment figures - white ethnic working class. Much needed to maintain the wealth of nearby Pennyford County, a bastion of upstate suburban splendour marked by picket fences and gated communities. Bordered by parkland and headstones is the Irish neighborhood of Sean-Aird; home to the burgeoning Sons of Eriu Defense Trust and dinky little pubs where the stock Celtic music loops. Arch enemies? The Italians: St. Marks and Morgan Avenue the center of Libertonian-Italian pride, of the always-mentioned tinsel banners and pasta eateries, and the unmentioned element of tracksuit-wearing goodfellas. They march on past the Bohan Zoo into Little Bay. The towers loom in East Bohan - the co-ops of Northern Gardens and the golf courses on the coast with an eye toward Dukes. The former industry of Buttress meeting project towers; burned out warehouses and street solicitors in Chase Point. Riding through the scar that is the Northern Expressway sending you into the true melting pot: the world of South Bohan where the ravages of austerity spit on the poor. Projects, projects, projects. The name of the city’s patron saint, Sinclair Ayton, marked on every corner with the sickening sprawl of highway and the ‘concessions’ the unfortunate get. Bohan tries to be presentable westward. Fortside maintains a hub of commerce along Folsom Way where businesses alike congregate in many-a color. Grand Boulevard and the greater hub of neighborhoods under the district label Boulevard - the rowhouses and the park. Oh, and don’t forget Swinger Stadium! Maintained with taxpayer cash instead of public services, it remains the only thing in Bohan Mayor Prinz thinks worthy of city funds. That is, aside from the police. Liberty City loves its boys in blue. Abandon hope all ye who enter here. Cross the Dukes Bay Bridge with knowledge anything could happen. By stepping foot here you’ve committed ten times as much effort than the mayor ever will. This, my friends, is what the poor get in the glorious capital of capitalism. When you’re out dialing Bucky or Aiden, you can obviously go to the university reading club or whatever bullsh*t suits your fancy. Sure. But the real reason you and the buds are out there? It’s scoping a job. The city of Liberty is ripe for the taking when it comes to information on the newest dime or quarter for chasing. In missions, gang hideouts, talking with the bookies and the dealers; ambient leads to chase will be marked all over the city based on intel you gather. Chasing that information can lead you to local haunts or potential robberies that you and the buddies can set up for payday. These are mob social clubs, rackets, independent wire rooms, drug dens, fences, you name it. Even some unique, high-profile robberies with special rewards and significant amounts of liquid cash. You find the dough, you round up the boys - be it Aiden, Bucky, Jimmy Pegorino, and potentially more - then you split the take between yourselves. Alongside heading out with Bucky, Aiden or Jimmy to look for a spot to rob - the next is searching for a man on the street that can sell you gear. Dotted among Liberty’s seedy alleyways are dealers galore: some sell heroin, some don’t. Never for trade, only to buy and use. Searching or going off aforementioned intel can lead you to dealers who offer you a good price on smack, or can send you chasing wild geese. Maybe you could get ripped off, maybe the price is exorbitant, maybe the load is cut so bad you’re injecting more detergent than you are heroin. Oh, right. Heroin. Derrick McReary is addicted to heroin. It’s anything but glitzy, glamorous, or romantic. Among the alleyways and the detritus of Dukes and Broker lie thousands of addicts just like him, propped up against the brownstone and the concrete and burning that spoon black behind a dumpster. Half the heroin addicts in America live in Liberty f*ckin' City. The chase for the dragon never relents. Derrick’s addiction knows no bounds: it doesn’t discriminate between business or leisure, whether you’re on a job or at the pub. It will affect performance. It will affect relationships. You’re not going to put the man on the straight and narrow, that you can be sure of. Resisting temptation isn’t going to do you any favors; even if Derrick wanted to have a go at ditching it cold turkey - which he doesn’t - you’re kidding yourself if you think LC’s got any methadone clinics on offer. At the crossroads of providing for himself, Frankie, and the political causes of Bucky and Aiden, Derrick’s priority is still getting high. Scrounging up the dough to buy between missions and outings is imperative, and if you let it go too long you will suffer for it - withdrawal will affect gunplay, dialogue, basic navigation - and rather than suffer through it at your hands it’ll manifest in a major hit to the wallet when Derrick saunters into the nearest haunt to get his fix regardless of market price. So better you play with the cards you’re dealt: give the man what he wants. Let your misadventures dally around personal finance. Shoot up strategically - do it while crashing at home or in your car and you will fare far better than if Derrick starts getting the shakes in the midst of a shootout and you have to duck down below the bullets to stick the needle between your toes. Do it smart. ‘Cause the man won’t change. After a job and factoring in your own - cough cough - acquired tastes, it’s time to divide the cash you got from your latest independent job. The stuff you do for gangsters or your pops John Jack will only get you so far: and that’ll only fund so many political escapades. The take is the take: no matter the job or the breakdown of your crew, percentages are decided before the action - hallmark of any passably organized stickup gang. Depending on your intel, might be a two-man take - one on the wheel and one on the gun - or something more elaborate: you, the boys, each of you with a plus-one of your own - that’s Jimmy the Peggytail for Derrick, Jock Munro for Aiden, and Othman Ovyo for Buck for a potential total of six to a job. Cuts break down depending on role, and of course the more men on the job the more your share shrinks; but just the same, a five-man heist will reap far bigger spoils than some gas station stickup under the moonlight. Your input comes in the aftermath. Every man gets his cut, every man distributes the funds to his respective cause - Aiden giving back to the cause, Bucky donating a hefty cut of each job to the ARC. You’re left to choose how much and to who - if anyone - you feel like giving a supplementary little taste to. It’s a balancing game with perks only to be gained: everyone’s already happy, you can just make ‘em more happy. Perks come in two prongs: narrative and gameplay. Only catch: curry favor in one direction too long and you get locked out of the other. It’s no biggie, there’s no bad blood - but choose wisely. All the while, don’t forget Derrick’s own allegiances to the needle. The Iconoclast. You hitch your wagon to the Provos and it’ll be reflected in your interactions with Aiden and those boys; kicking up to them every job and you’ll see the yield in their eager friendliness, benefits down the line like bigger profits from their jobs. Aiden’s also got a line, no sh*t, on unique firearms and modifications - more carry space, nifty holsters, hard firepower. The Idealist. Kick back to Buck, on the other hand, and the same applies to the ARC - you’ll be their little poster boy and they’ll make sure you know it, you revolutionary-inclined little thief, you. Bucky’s gameplay perks come in the form of the automobile: fella chops cars with some Pavano-affiliated outsiders in Dukes. His buddies can fit you with mods for your own personal vehicle and getaway cars for future jobs alike; flipping the plates and lifting the suspension for an easier escape on your next escapade. The Keeper. Hoarding your cut doesn’t mean nothing happens, it means Derrick gets the perks in his own right - manifests for you in the form of higher grade scag, means longer periods between shooting up and potentially even for a cheaper price - reach a certain echelon and the Keir Brothers’ll hook you up with smack that’ll have your nose running on sight. Not exactly stoking the insurgent streak in you, that route - but when Derrick gets a load of that horse see if he gives a sh*t. Gats for days. The rules of gunplay are mostly similar to Red Line before it: a couple small arms can be carried on your person, one or two heavy arms in the trunk of your car or under the seats. With Aiden, Bucky, Jimmy the Peg, or more in your company - the number multiplies to match. Be careful placing shots and look after your weapon; use it as a last resort lest it impact the take or put you in hot water with the underworld. And be ready to drop it when the thing is hot. Getting busted with a used gun is not a pretty picture; especially if they can tie it to a prior murder - and you know they probably can. The wild sounds of 70s-cum-80s Liberty City, nothing more and nothing less - the grit and the f*cking grind, sounds not another goddamn city in the world could hope to replicate. Place come into its own, history through melody. Best city in the f*ckin’ world, baby. Harry Nilsson - Jump into the Fire The Clash - Rock the Casbah Mick Jagger - Memo from Turner Stray Dog - Chevrolet The Who - Magic Bus R. Dean Taylor - Indiana Wants Me Faces - Bad ‘n’ Ruin Three Dog Night - One ELO - Don’t Bring Me Down Rare Earth - Get Ready Little Feat - Skin it Back The Rolling Stones - Let It Loose The Misunderstood - Children of the Sun Canned Heat - My Crime The Pogues - Boys from County Hell David Bowie - Rebel Rebel Steely Dan - Dirty Work James Chance and the Contortions - I Can’t Stand Myself DNA - Blonde Red Head Beirut Slump - Staircase Teenage Jesus and the Jerks - The Closet Pill Factory - That’s When Your Heartaches Begin Arto / Neto - Pini Pini Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Theoretical Girls - US Millie Mars - Puerto Rican Ghost Rosa Yemen - Rosa Vertov Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Hard-Boiled Babe The Righteous Flames - There Must Be A Revolution Clancy Eccles - Power For The People Ta-Teasha Love & The Wailers - Oh Jah Come Jacob Miller - City Of The Weak Heart Barrington Levy - Rock And Come In Errol Dunkley - Girl You Lied Yabby You - Conquering Lion King Burnett - I Man Free Scotty - Draw Your Brakes King Tubby & Prince Jammy - Drums of Africa Louis Prima - Angelina & Zooma, Zooma Bobby Darin - Multiplication The Jaynetts - Sally Go Round the Roses Nat King Cole - That Sunday, That Summer Moe Consoli - Liberty City (Heckuva’ Town) The Golddiggers - The Time is Now Tony Bennett - Don’t Get Around Much Anymore Mel Torme - That’s All The Cadillacs - Speedoo Jerry Vale - I Want To Go With You Perry Como - Round and Round Nate Valentine - The Water’s On Fire Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy Howlin’ Wolf - Evil Is Going On Albert King - Killing Floor Sam & Dave - Hold On, I’m Comin’ Taj Mahal - Leaving Trunk Lightnin’ Hopkins - It’s A Sin To Be Rich, It’s A Low-Down Shame To Be Poor The Coasters - Down in Mexico Sonny Boy Williamson - Help Me Nina Simone - Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out B.B. King - How Blue Can You Get? Klein & MBO - Dirty Talk ESG - Moody D Train - Keep On Logg - Something Else Imagination - Burnin’ Up ABBA - Dancing Queen Unlimited Touch - Searching To Find The One BT Express - You Need A Change Of Mind Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol Evelyn King - Love Come Down Peach Boys - Don’t Make Me Wait Umberto Tozzi - Gloria Bernard Parmegiani - Abel Abeth Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Constance Demby - Darkness of Space Vangelis - Creation Du Monde Edgar Froese - Maroubra Bay Klaus Schulze - Some Velvet Phasing Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra Iasos - Cloud Prayer David Behrman - Figure in a Clearing Cluster - 7:42 Jon Hassel - Viva Shona Brian Eno - The Lost Day Throbbing Gristle - United Ike Yard - Half A God Suicide - Che Girls At Our Best - Politics Nervus Rex - Don’t Look Mumps - Scream & Scream Again Time Zone - World Destruction Patti Smith - Piss Factory Richard Hell - Blank Generation The Damned - Jet Boy Jet Girl Model Citizens - Animal Instincts Material - Memory Serves Lounge Lizards - Do The Wrong Thing Laughing Clowns - I Want To Scream Don Cherry - Brown Rice Nucleus - Song For The Bearded Lady Fred Frith - Come Across Arthur Doyle Plus 4 - Ancestor Albert Ayler - Ghosts Joe Henderson - Fire Return To Forever - Vulcan Worlds City might not span all the boroughs and air traffic might be limited, but you’ve still gotta get from Point A to Point B. It’s not fun to write car lists. It just isn’t. It limits space and time better spent elsewhere and compiling them is a really tedious exercise of linking images. We are not going to waste our time with this. If you want to see some f*cking cars, read the missions. There’ll be a lot of cars in those. Or imagine Red Line’s car list (when we get to finishing that within the next decade) and picture those same cars around a decade earlier. Easy! Rest assured, vehicle fans - cars are in the concept. You can drive them. They do car things. They are big, beautiful, and boatlike. Just put in the work to see ‘em, bitch! The Liberty subway system is the most complicated in the United States. It’s also filthy and falling apart at the goddamn seams. As convenient fast travel, especially in Algonquin, just waltz down into the station and take the trains down whatever borough you feel. All you gotta do is scrounge around for subway tokens like loose pennies in the gutter. Too much work? Just watch ‘em. Or fare-skip with the hope the cops don’t care. Or take initiative. City trains get patronage by tough nuts, nut cases, and the tourists nutty enough to take them at all. Pull a gun or bring your friends and pull three: make away with some good dough, or some heroin, or a good story. You time it right, you might even avoid the LCPD subway pigs or the Avenging Angels who think they’re Impotent Rage. Have a ball.
  11. Grand theft auto san andreas HD remake disclaimer: this is not speculation about gta 6. this simply a concept thread where i am sharing an idea of mine. please keep criticism polite and constructive and enjoy. overview: grand theft auto san andreas HD remake is a complete from the ground up rebuild of the game, grand theft auto san andreas. it is an HD universe remake of the original gta san andreas. many characters from the original game will be appearing, though some characters due to this remake taking place in the HD universe of the grand theft auto series, will be replaced with some HD era characters. some of these characters include, salvatore leon, replaced by giovanni ancelotti, johnny sindacco replaced by anthony messina, son of paulie messina, who is don of the messina family. the map consists of HD universe renditions of los santos, san fierro, las venturas, red county, flint county, whetstone county, tierra robada, and bone county. some new locations have also been added and these include, san duarte (based on san diego), rona (based on reno), oakley (based on oakland), San Melendez county (based on san bernadino county). many features from the original such as eating, working out, gang wars, properties, etc will return. some new features will be added as well. several new missions have also been added to the story. the player can take over gang territories in all the citites and fight with many different gangs besides just the ballas and vagos. locations: cities: los santos: where the game starts off and now in it's HD era rendition closer to real life. (based on los angeles) San duarte: a smaller side city where several new missions take place. places such as the naval base can also be found here. (based on san diego) san fierro: now in a more detailed, closer to reality, HD universe rendition(based on san Francisco) Oakley: another small city right across the garver bridge. again, several new story missions take place here. (based on oakland) Rona: a small city where several casinos can be found and interacted with. also kind of a minime of las venturas. (based on reno) las venturas: just like the other major cities is now in a more detailed HD universe rendition. (based on las vegas) towns: sandy shores: a small desert town by the alamo sea that once was a tourist trap but now is a run down trailer park village home to methheads, bikers, and rednecks. several missions take place here as well. (based on desert shores) paleto bay: a quiet coastal town beside mount chiliade. serves as a replacement of angel pine from the original game. (based on morro bay) harmony: just a little town out on the old highway that serves as a rest stop to travelers. grapeseed: a small farming community in blaine county where a mission or two will take place. (based on grapevine) chumash: just a small beach community along the highway to los santos. (based on santa barbara) San melendez: another town near the desert, east of los santos. some story missions will also take place here. (based on san bernadino) Crawstow: another off the grid town in the middle of the desert containing abandon buildings (based on barstow) Santa maria: a coastal town home to a beach and the santa maria boardwalk containing several rides that the player can interact with. (based on santa cruz) Montgomery: a farming community in central san andreas that is also home to the biker culture such as motorcycle rallies. it is also home to several new story missions where Carl Johnson is working with the lost mc. the two major biker gangs also have prominent influence here. (based on hollister CA) Blueberry: another farming community in central san andreas that is also home to a brewery. (based on dixon CA) Pine creek: a former logging town dating back to the 1800's and located up in the redwood forests north of santa maria. (based on boulder creek CA) Bayside: returning from the original game as a town across the bay from san fierro. (based on marin) El quebrados: a small town north of san fierro and bayside. (based on santa rosa) Las barrancas: a town originally built to house workers during the construction of the sherman dam. (based on boulder city NV) Fort carson: a town just south of rona. (based on carson city NV) Las payasadas: a ghost town that had a rich history following the construction of the transcontinental railroad. (based on palisade NV) Tahoe city: a town on the shores of lake whetstone. (based on tahoe city) counties: los santos county (based on Los Angeles county) blaine county: the countryside area north of los santos and where the countryside chapter of the main story begins (based on numerous areas in southern California) San Melendez county (based on San bernadino county) San duarte county (based on San Diego county) red county (based on numerous areas in California's central valley) palomino county (based on Santa Cruz county) flint county (based on sonoma county) whetstone county (based on placer county) tierra robada county (based on several areas in northern Nevada) bone county (based on Clark county) Virgo county (based on Lincoln county Nevada) Sherman county (based on no particular place in Nevada) returning Characters: Carl johnson Big Smoke Sweet Ryder Cesar vialpando kendle catalina the Truth Mike Toreno Wu zi Mu Madd Dogg Eddie pulaski jimmy pulaski Frank tenpenny Zero Jizzy B T-bone mendez Guppy kent paul Maccer ken rosenberg OG loc New Characters: Giovanni ancelotti: replacing Salvatore Leon, Giovanni ancelotti gives Carl Johnson several jobs during the las venturas chapter of the story before Carl Johnson robs his casino with the triads. he immigrated from Naples Italy to liberty city in 1950 where he ran loan shark, fencing, and extortion rackets out of the alderney fruit market. in 1951 he was arrested for being in possession of stolen property and again four years later for loan sharking. in 1960 he was arrested for racketeering. following the death of his uncle he became the don of the ancelotti crime family in 1978. James "bowie" Davidson: born in 1946 in the town of Montgomery San andreas, James Davidson is the president of the San andreas chapter of the lost mc and becomes allies with CJ during the countryside chapter of the game. in 1964 when he was 18 years old he was drafted to fight in the Vietnam war. in 1969 he returned to Montgomery after the war ended and bought his first motorcycle. eventually he fell in the local chapter of the lost mc, became a full patched member at some point and later was promoted to chapter president. soon he meets CJ and then they become allies after Carl helps the lost fight the angels of death mc for control of their territory. Alfonso jimenez: Alfonso is a drug lord and the leader of the Mendoza cartel and an ally of the loco syndicate. the loco syndicate also distribute drugs for the cartel. Gangs: Grove street Families: the protagonist's gang. Ballas: sworn enemies of the families. operate in Los Santos Vagos: Mexican american street gang, enemies of varrios los aztecas. operate in Los Santos. Varrios los aztecas: a Hispanic street gang and enemies of the Los Santos vagos. operate in Los Santos and Blaine county Marabunta grande: an el Salvadorian street gang. operate in Los Santos. The 980's: African american street gang. operate in Oakley. San fierro rifa: Mexican american street gang. operates in Oakley and san fierro. enemies of the 980's. Da nang boys: Vietnamese street gang. operates in san fierro. Triads: Chinese crime syndicate. operates in san fierro. Mendoza cartel: Mexican drug cartel. operates in los santos, san fierro, and san duarte. Russian bratva: Russian criminal organization. operates in Los Santos and san fierro. Mafia: Italian american crime syndicate. operates in las venturas. Lost MC: outlaw motorcycle gang. operates in red and Blaine counties. Angels of death: outlaw motorcycle gang. operates all around san andreas and robada. sworn enemies of the lost mc. Weapons: weapons are customizable in the remake with the ability for the player to add different color schemes, silencers, extended clips, scopes, drum mags, and so on and so forth. Melee: Knife Baseball bat Nightstick Pool cue Golf club Shovel Katana chainsaw pistols: Pistol Desert eagle Python Shotguns: Shotgun Sawnoff shotgun Combat shotgun Submachine guns: Micro smg SMG Tec 9 Assualt rifles: AK47 M4 rifles: Sniper rifle Rifle Combat sniper heavy: RPG Heat seeking rocket launcher Minigun flamethrower Combat MG thrown: Grenade molotovs tear gas Remote explosives other: night vision goggles thermal vision goggles fire extinguisher spray can camera Gang wars: gang wars return from the original. in the remake gang wars have been improved to make them less repetitive than in the original. gang territories can be now be taken over from different gangs in all the cities across the map. to take a territory, instead just looking for gang members to kill, the player can visit a designated hangout of the gang that they are fighting and kill 3 to 4 gang members to start a gang war. once a gang war has been ignited, around three waves of gang members will attack. 1st wave is two carloads of enemy gang members, 2nd is four carloads of enemy gang members, and the 3rd and final wave is six carloads of enemy gang members. after a battle with rival gang members, the player must clear out all the gang's strongholds within that territory. the number of strongholds within a territory ranges from 1 to 4 strongholds. to clear out a stronghold the player must kill all the enemy gang members inside, destroy all the product that the gang is storing in there, and if they want to, the player can loot the strongholds for money and drugs, which brings me to my next point. Drug dealing: unlike the original game, the player can now buy and sell drugs similar to Chinatown wars. though a drug dealing side activity was originally planned to be in the beta version of the original game but was cut during development. to engage in this activity, the player must encounter a drug dealer on the street, usually they can be found in the poor ghetto neighborhoods of the cities. the dealer will offer drugs to the player, the option to decline or accept will appear on screen. if the player chooses accept a menu will appear showing the drugs that are available from the dealer as well as an option to sell any drugs you have in your holdall. drugs that can be bought and sold are, cocaine, meth, crack, weed, ecstasy, heroin, and mushrooms. certain areas around the map will also high demands for certain types of drugs, for example crack is the most highly demanded drug in areas such as south central LS and Oakley. to sell drugs to pedestrians simply stand on a street corner and a pedestrian will approach you if you have the drugs they want. they will then ask you for the drug and then an option to accept or decline will appear on screen. by choosing accept, an animation of Carl taking the drug out of his holdall and handing it to the pedestrian while the pedestrian hands Carl a wad of cash will play. after the animation ends the pedestrian walks away and a good sum of cash is added to the players in game money balance. players can also kill drug dealers and loot them of their drugs and money. players can also receive tip offs to perform special deals with key individuals, to perform a special deal the player must have the type and amount of drugs the key individual wants and then meet up with them in a certain spot. once the player meets up with the buyer, they will ask you for the drugs then you must press a certain button to trigger an animation of Carl handing the buyer the drugs while the buyer hands Carl a wad of cash. after the deal is done the player will have a large sum of money added to their in game balance. occasionally the deals can turn out to be sting operations set up by police or they can be attacked by rival gang members so it is always advised that recruit some grove street families gang members to accompany you on the special deals. Grove street: in the remake grove street acts a lot like the camp in rdr 2. several activities such as street gambling, basketball, and others can be participated in by the player. Emmett can sell Carl weapons and ammo at discount prices. video games can be played on the television in the Johnson safe house. players can also hangout with big smoke, sweet, ryder, and other gang members in sweet's house, similar to the campfire in rdr2. Properties and Assets: many properties can be bought all over san andreas including safehouses and businesses. players can also buy land and have extra assets built. after you buy a plot of land, an office trailer will appear on the land. the player must enter the office trailer and press a certain button to open a menu where they choose what to build. things you can build include, houses, apartment complexes, casinos, and car dealerships. after the player builds houses and apartment complexes, they can either use them as safehouses or rent them out and make income from them. a new feature added in the remake is gang properties which are business properties controlled by different gangs, very similar to vice city stories's feature known as empire building. gang properties that can be taken over include, drug labs, chop shops, fences, protection rackets, gambling dens, and loansharking businesses. after acquiring business properties, the player can do missions to upgrade the business and increase its income. gangs will attack and try to reclaim one of your gang properties after you've taken over a gang property. once a gang property is fully upgraded grove street families gang members wearing more formal clothing such as open gray suit jackets and pants with green dress shirts will be guarding the property with more powerful weapons and can be recruited. income from properties now goes straight to the players in game money balance that way players don't have travel all around the map just to collect some money.
  12. Francesco Bonomo

    Grand Theft Auto: Badfellas

    A E. Revere, Francesco Bonomo, and Doktorpolice collaboration, in synergy with Grand Theft Auto: Cosa Nostra "What was once considered The Best City in America, Liberty City has downgraded to an alarming title of... The Worst City in America." Liberty Tree - 1985 "If I ask you to kill, it's not a question." Salvatore Leone - 1986 "Every dog has his day. Whether you love him or not, you have to put him down." Vittorio "Uncle" Leone - 1985 Theme Song Liberty City in 1985 and 1986 was an American wasteland of vice, temptation, corruption, and greed. In the era where politicians were finally utilizing their power to fight against organized crime and business people were raking in millions using fraudulent methods in Staunton Island, Liberty City is still considered the biggest city in the world that never sleeps but does kill. In the criminal underground, there is unrest. Follow the story of Lucio "Lucky" Goterelli. A seasoned veteran of the Clancio Crime Family in Salvatore Leone's crew. Witness Lucky go through many trails and tribulations as friendships break and betrayal is upon. Many bullets will be fired, a lot of blood will be spilled. "One of favorite places to dump bodies is the Dutch Creek in Christown. Soft soil, easy to dig, plus some nice looking broads in the countryside." Franco "Frankie Spazz" Forelli - 1986 "This city will eat you alive and f*ck your wife. So it's either kill or be killed in this life." Santino "Sonny" Forelli - 1985 Meet Lucky Lucio "Lucky" Goterelli - A seasoned mafioso of The Clancio Crime Family with a long body list and even longer police record. A native of the mobbed up Saint Mark's neighborhood, he grew up in the criminal element. With his father, Gaetano "Gigi" Goterelli being a fully inducted member of the family since the mid-1950's. He also considered Salvatore Leone as his uncle, and learned the way of the streets under him. He vows his loyalty to him and to his father. He owns a one-of-kind 1978 Idaho Ventura Edition. Characters ( In order of appearance ) Salvatore Leone - Clancio - The Mad Man of Saint Mark's. Salvatore is a highly-respected Caporegime of the Clancio Crime Family, operating out of Saint Mark's, Portland. Although, he rose up to Caporegime at a very young age and his Uncle became boss of the family, he ,now, has the need to step out of the box and aim for the stars. Maybe... for Boss of the family. Michael Blundetto - Clancio - The personal chauffer and bodyguard to Salvatore Leone. Loyal to Sal, he has committed many murders under Sal's orders. Feared by many because of his reputation and his build. Standing at 6 feet and 3 inches and weighing 250 pounds, he has beaten men to death once or twice. If he's coming for you, you better hope he's going to shoot you in the head. Vittorio "Uncle" Leone - Clancio - The boss of the Clancio Family. A native of Sicily and a loyal soldier of La Cosa Nostra, he is seen as a Godfather to many of Portlands residences. Loved my many, but feared by the underworld. A soft-speaker who very rarely uses profanity, he has ordered many murders throughout the years. Even the murders of some of his own made men. Massimo "The Ginzo" Torini - Clancio - The family's Underboss. Born and raised in the Province of Palermo, Italy to Antonello Torini, former boss of the Clancio Crime Family. Came to America in the late 1950's and was immediately embedded into the family. Not known for speaking fluent English, but is very savvy and loyal to Don "Uncle" Leone. Santino "Sonny" Forelli - Forelli - Boss of the Forelli Crime Family. Arrogant and brash, by nature. The son of former boss, Alberico Forelli, Sonny was considered a spoiled brat with a temper growing up in Fort Staunton. Came to power in 1971 after the Harwood Massacre. Not known for making friends but he has changed his tune and is looking for a partnership between Liberty City's Commission. Map Badfellas grants access to the upstate towns (Aaronsville, Christown, Adamton), the forgotten borough of Bellevue Island, as well as, the State of New Guernsey. Each with their own unique characteristics that you, the consumer, can enjoy and appreciate. Neighborhoods Liberty City Upstate New Guernsey Missions 0: The Introduction Overview: A grand introduction of many of the main characters of the storyline. Establishing an early look of what's to come in the future and detailing events that occurred up until the beginning of the main story. Reward: None 1: Lucky Overview: Lucky Goterelli goes about his usual routine. It is also Salvatore Leone's birthday. Reward: $200 [Current Value: $488] 2: Salvatore Overview: Salvatore hires Lucky to pick up money from shaky associate, Curly Bob. Reward: $50 [Current Value: $122] 3. Uncle Leone Overview: It's Uncle Leone's Birthday. Salvatore gets Lucky to get his presents for him and delivery them to Uncle's mansion. Reward: $70 [Current Value: $170] 4. Your Luck's Ran Out Overview: After scamming Lorenzo out of $100,000, Lucky is sent to find and kill the scam artist. Reward: $100 [Current Value: $244] 5. Looking to Parlay Overview: After Lucky's incident at Capital Auto's, Uncle Leone is forcing Salvatore to settle the issue with the Forelli Family. Salvatore and Lucky meet with Sonny Forelli. Reward: $150 [Current Value: $363] 6. Lupara Overview: Salvatore is out of town for a while. Uncle provides Lucky a job to kill a member of the family under suspicion that he is a rat. Reward: $300 [Current Value: $726] 7. Two for One Overview: As a result of the Clancio's wanting to partner up with the Forelli's, Lucky has to do Sonny Forelli a favor; clipping a rat. Reward: Cell Phone 8. Pest Control Overview: Lucky is tasked with killing an associate of the Sindacco Family while making it look like the Irish Mob was responsible fir the hit. Reward: $500 [Current Value: $1,215] 9. Rose Overview: Lucky takes his wife, Rose, out on a date. Reward: Mr. Leone Outfit Side-Missions Paramedic - Do jobs to save members of your family or sabotage the life of an enemy. Firefighter - Freelance Arsonists have set fire to Clancio/Leone businesses. Put out the fire. Vigilante - Track down and kill enemies or save fellow mobsters from going to jail. Taxi Driver - Drive fellow mobsters to jobs or save them from situations. Funeral Service - Partake in funeral services of fellow mobsters or sabotage funerals of enemies. Ladies' Man - Collect women from the street to take care of their clients. Import/Export - Fulfill orders made from either in-city or out of state. Midnight Run - Track down targets and deliver them alive to your job provider. Enforcer - Complete jobs for your family. Trafficker - In lucrative methods, sell or buy drugs. Fixer - Be a professional hitman for anonymous contractors. Burglary - Break into businesses or houses at night. Racing - Rule the streets by owning the racing circuit. "See this here Glock, it'll just pepper up your target real good. Now, this Python... this will blow a hole through an elephant if you want it too." Phil Cassidy - 1986 Weapons Thanks to the Free Arms Act of 1975, Ammu-Nation gun shops have been established around the State of Liberty. But, there is a catch. They only sell handguns under the Senate's approval. Heavier weapons such as Shotguns, Semi and Full automatic weapons can be purchased in the black market. There are numerous contacts that provide exactly what you are looking all throughout the city. You just have to find them and make sure you are not followed. Melee Brass Knuckles Baseball Bat Knife Crowbar Chainsaw Machete Katana Pistols Glock 17 Colt 1911 FN Model 1922 .38 Special Smith & Wesson Model 29 Colt Python Submachine Guns TEC-9 MAC-10 Uzi MP5 Thompson M1928 Shotguns Remington 870 Ithaca 37 SPAS-12 Lupara Rifles Kruger AK47 M4 M14 Snipers Remington Model 700 Heckler & Koch SR9T M1903 Springfield Heavy Weapons Flamethrower M60 Minigun RPG Heat-Seeking RPG Thrown Weapons Grenade Tear Gas Molotov Cocktails Satchel Charges with Detonator Criminal Organizations F.B.I. Cosa Nostra Bulletin Clancio Family "A family that spends more time fighting amongst themselves rather than the other families." History: A crime family established in the late 1890's. It gets it's name from Vincenzo "Vinny C." Clancio who came into power in 1922 during Prohibition. The Clancio's have had numerous civil unrest since the family has been established but they still remain as one of the strongest families in Liberty City. Currently headed by Vittorio "Uncle" Leone since 1959, they control Portland with an iron fist. Turf: Mainly Portland. They share Saint Mark's with the Forelli Family but control Harwood, Trenton, Portland View, and the Red Light District. They, also, have a small crew operating in Fort Staunton. Gang Car: Clancio Vincent. Forelli Family "Mafia royalty, a name going back to the 1890's, still going strong... For now." History: A family that started it's criminal career in Fort Staunton in the early 1910's, it wasn't until the 1950's that the Forelli name started to get recognized as seriously as the other families. The current Don is Santino "Sonny" Forelli, the son of Alberico Forelli. Became boss of the family in 1971 after the "Harwood Massacre." There are reports of the Forelli's making moves in Vice City, but they are currently quiet. Turf: They share Saint Mark's with the Clancio's. But the heart of the family lays in Fort Staunton and Torrington. But, they collect money from various businesses throughout Staunton Island. Gang Car: Forelli Sentinel Sindacco Family "From Bellevue Island to Las Venturas, they're the richest family in Liberty City. So they say." History: A family that's relatively young, they were known as The Sorrano Family when they were first established in 1959 by Carlo Sorrano in Bellevue Island. They started gaining recognition in 1961 but were still only seen as a small crew. In 1973, the Sorrano's moved their operation's to Las Venturas and ran the Tropico Casino and Resort, leaving behind only a small crew in Bellevue Island. Their current Don, Paulie Sindacco, rose to power in the late 1970's after Don Carlo Sorrano was sent to prison then deported. He has been living in Las Venturas since 1981. Turf: They control half of Bellevue Island such as, Rotterdam, New Sheffield, and Bellevue Beach. They also run operation's in Fort Staunton as well as gambling and protection in Shoreside Vale. Gang Car: Sindacco Admiral Francari Family "The family from the other side of the river, in the Eden State, New Guernsey. Small-town mob? Farmland mafia? Far from it. They don't take kindly to outsiders, especially outsiders that disrespect New Guernsey." History: The only mafia family based in New Guernsey. With their roots going back to the golden years of prohibition, the Francari's have been the underworld's government for decades. John Francari is now the boss of the family, like his father, Antonio Francari, who gave the family it's name in the early 1920's. They control New Guernsey and profit from the various freight docks and unions in the state. Turf: All of New Guernsey. Even some businesses in Bellevue Island and in Aaronsville. Gang Car: Francari Greenwood The Aaronsville Police Department Crime Report The Dan Schaffer Mob "Our peaceful town didn't have organized crime issues until the Liberty City Jewish Mob made themselves at home here in the early 60's. Now they are nothing but a rag-tag crew of old Jewish men that are, seemingly, harmless." History: The original Jewish Mob that operated in Liberty City up until the 1950's. They were immortalized by Dan Schaffer, real name Dobrev Shaffir, who worked closely with the Italian/Sicilian mafia since the 1920's and formed a gang of professional killers. In 1961, old man Dan Shaffer moved his gang to Aaronsville in Upstate Liberty after an argument gone bad with Uncle Leone. The Schaffer Mob is still active in Upstate Liberty but on a low scale. Dan Schaffer passed away from natural causes in 1980. Harry Ligner now heads the gang. Turf: All of Aaronsville but they collect money from their poker games in Adamton. Gang Car: None. LibertyTree Crime Update The Clovers History: The oldest gang in Liberty City's history, this Irish gang was formed in the mid-1860's and have been operating since then. They are headed by Danny Kelly, a Shoreside Vale native. They have been working closely with the Francari Family from New Guernsey, which resulted in the Clover's running businesses in Steelport, Henson. Turf: Cedar Grove and Pike Creek. As well as, Rockford and some businesses in the Red Light District. Gang Car: Clover Virgo Southside Hoods History: A prominent African-American gang from Wichita Gardens, Shoreside Vale. They first gained recognition after a police bust in 1981, when it was revealed that they were the main Marijuana suppliers of Shoreside Vale and Staunton Island. Their leader is unknown. It is believed that their leader is Oliver Carson A.K.A. Tank, who is serving a 15-year sentence in Midway Island. Turf: Wichita Gardens. Gang Car: Southside Majestic Diablos History: A small gang that consists of mainly Puerto Rican's and Dominican's. They started as only a gang of young latino graffiti artist's. They transitioned into a street after a stranger robbed and killed Benito, a loved resident of Hepburn Heights and member of the Diablo's. Jose Trunchez A.K.A. El Burro declared the Diablo's as a gang and their colors would be red. However, they remain small and poorly armed. Turf: Hepburn Heights. Gang Car: Diablo Stallion. Trench Posse History: A Jamaican gang from Bellevue Island. They were established during the Jamaican influx into Bellevue Island in 1973. Headed by Dexter Cortland A.K.A. King Courtney, they inhabit the projects of Olmstead and Vanderlinde where they spread their Jamaican culture with music and food. Turf: Olmstead and Vanderlinde, Bellevue Island. Gang Car: Trench Voodoo. San Long Triads History: The Chinese Mafia that rule mainland China. However, they only hold a small presence in Portland's Chinatown. But they show ambition to become bigger than what they are now. Their leader is Jan Sun, known to the Chinese locals as "Big Brother Sun." He holds a violent reputation back in China and proves it in Liberty City. Respected by everyone. Turf: Chinatown. Gang Car: San Long Primo Radio Stations Diamond FM is hosted by Spanish Playboy, Raul Hansel and plays Soft Pop, Soft Rock, and Power Ballads. Unleashed FM is hosted by Veronica Blonde and plays Metal music. The Liberty Jam is hosted by Kurtis Blow and plays Hip Hop. East Rock FM is hosted by Brent Davids and plays Glam Rock. Head Radio is hosted by Dani Dany and plays Pop songs. Liberty Soul FM is hosted by Don Suave and plays Soul, Disco, and Funk music. K-Jah Radio is hosted by Zee Duvall and plays Reggae and Dancehall. Jazz Nation Radio is hosted by Frank Sinatra and plays Classic Jazz songs. Golden Years FM is hosted by Dude Kowalski and plays 60's Classics. Double Clef FM is hosted by Luciano Pavarotti and plays Classical and Opera songs. WLLC The Zone FM is hosted by Lazlow Jones until 1986, then gets replaced by Micki Free and plays New Wave music. La Missione FM is hosted by Giorgio Moroder and plays Italo-Disco. Cachamba FM is hosted by Papo Nunez and plays Salsa and Merengue. Radio Elegancia is hosted by Raphael and plays Spanish Ballads. Liberty City Free Radio consists of three segments (The Booth, Real Time, and Liberty Minute). Each segment has their own agenda and charisma. The Booth talks about the Religious people making confessions to Pastor Austin Grant. Real Time is hosted by Former Liberty City Politician, Jonah Bedford, who walks the streets giving live interviews to civilians. Liberty Minute is the Sports segment that quickly reports statistics from every sports team representing Liberty City. Vehicles Sport Cars 4WD/Utility/Vans Two-Door 4-Door Outfits
  13. Alright so hear me out guys, this is something ill try to start once i get a copy of SA, modding tools and a pc that can run the game ill give it the run-around to this idea 3 dudes leave greenglass college in LV, and each had got onto the plane to go to a certain state; (the first guy goes to Vice, the 2nd goes to Liberty, and the 3rd comes back to Los Santos.) but as they get to their places, they all get robbed in a way: (Guy 1 gets robbed in Vice because he was riding a taxi, so some street criminal jacks it and he bails out with his backpack) (guy 2 gets his bus ticket to staunton stolen by a hobo (that might hit a resemblance to a certain someone) (guy 3 gets his taxi ride taken away by some rich prick who shows the taxi driver a wad of cash) They start off by taking a certain vehicle and being taught how to walk/drive (like almost every game) Guy 1 jacks a Light blue Sabre that was left on one of the parking lots. Guy 2 steals a Dark red Sentinel that is parked nearby in the little lots of francis international airport. Guy 3 takes the beige Solair that was in the parking lot in LSX
  14. GRAND THEFT AUTO: THE INNER CIRCLE The 3rd concept by DownInTheHole. Note: I plan on redoing this concept soon. I don't like the state of it at present. (Theme Song) Michael Gray (feat. Shelley Poole) - Borderline Other concepts by me: Grand Theft Auto: Borders Grand Theft Auto: Carcer City ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About 20 miles west of Carcer City, Musketoon lies its sister city Ellis (also known as EL ILL), located in the state of Illinois. A city with an unsurmountable love for all things sports, alcohol, and house music, is marred by a dark past, ranging from the Prohibition-era gangster slayings in the 20s and 30s, Civil Rights clashes with the police in the 60s and 70s and the Rust Belt period in the 80s and 90s. Based on the actual city of Chicago, Illinois, Ellis today in the early 21st century looks to be a shining example of how a city can rise from its ashes and triumph over its problems, even building a new stadium, known as the Hope Stadium, in commemoration of its struggle. And yet, with the advent of a new opportunities and a growing interest in yet another dubious war initiated by foreign policy, a wave of political ambition and greed looms over Ellis, and many cities like it, as members of the elite clamor at the prospect of becoming mayor during the city’s big election year. Taking advantage of the city’s high crime and murder rate, prospective candidates manipulate and spin the volatile climate of the city to their favors, performing all manners of vice, each more depraved than the last to get to the top; spreading misinformation, hiring gangs to destroy campaign materials and blackmail their rivals, throwing lavish soirees and parties to curry favor the big dogs and even going as far as to hold an opponent’s family hostage. Two big political factions in the city exist, the Populists and the Traditionalists. The Populists, signified by the color yellow, are known for their progressive politics and Laissez-faire economic policies that are supported mostly by the city’s lower class, whereas the Traditionalists, signified by the color blue, have a more conservative approach towards the city, being staunchly anti-globalist and are firm believers of trickle-down economics, popular among the city’s elite and big business. That said, the two factions will stop at nothing to climb over one another this election, even if it means taking the lives, and/or destroying the livelihoods of innocent people. A local band of hitmen and assassins, known as The Inner Circle, with roots to the gang wars in the 1930s, are among those criminal elements to have their services called in, taking jobs from the highest bidder. These jobs become progressively inhumane as the elections continue, and members within the organization find themselves at loggerheads with each other, taking jobs from opposing clients. This grows into an internal struggle, as members clash with one another to either protect or kill a target, as the definition of what an assassin is becomes increasingly muddied as they find themselves caught up in a relentless game of violent chess between the elite. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The city of Ellis is split into 9 districts and 1 outskirt town, each having a distinct flavor and atmosphere, occupied by different groups of people of varying socio-economic and racial backgrounds. There is a saying that goes in the city of Ellis, “If you want to lose your life, head south, if you want to lose your humanity, head north.” Serviced by the local bus depot and the El, a colloquial term for the rapid train line, much of the city can be traversed with public transport in a matter of minutes, considered to be one of the more complex and efficient systems in the United States, after Liberty City, though automobiles are still very much the preferred mode of transport for most Ellisians. The overhead Interstate freeway I-13 serves as the main connection between the districts, which also connects to other Midwestern cities such as Carcer City, which is unseen in-game, though the scenic Lakeside Driveway, which runs through Aubrey, Sligo, East Ellis, Holliwock and Basquiat, is also used. THE DISTRICTS AUBREY CHANDELIER HEIGHTS, HURLEY BOULEVARD, BRUNSWICK, PIERRE DRIVE, OUTLOOK LANE The northwestern suburban district of Ellis, and one of the most affluent. Old money runs the district of Aubrey, with gated communities, private security and boutique restaurants and shops. A local country club known as the Chandelier Country Club rules the neighborhood with an iron fist, keeping the real estate prices up and driving off the poor, heavily implied to be financed by one of the city’s most influential gangs, The Armagh Syndicate, among others. Many of the city’s elite politicians and aldermen reside in Aubrey, where they cautiously tread outside to other neighborhoods to gather votes. BARCLAY GARCIAN AVENUE, BLACKBURN, ULMEYDA PARK, GREEKTOWN, LITTLE ODESSA A small district which shares some of its turf with the neighboring Sligo, and is home to the Greek and Polish/Ukrainian diaspora in Ellis. Often called the Hove Beach of Ellis, many of the city's Eastern European and Southern European immigrants can be found in Barclay, running restaurants, flower shops and car dealerships. A local subset of the Greek Mafia can be found here, hanging around Tomasi's Gyros in Greektown. A newly-formed gang in the city, the Greek Mafia, also known as the Loukanis Crime Family, are making moves in the shipping business, and worke closely with Vito Cattaneo's clan of Mafioso. SLIGO MASTERSON, REVY AVENUE, LITTLE ARMAGH, FAIRBANKS, LAKE MUSKETOON PIER, ELLIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The city’s northeastern district with a large Irish-American diaspora, overlooking the iconic Ellis River to the west, that flows towards central. Famous for its taverns and nightclubs that blast French House, UK Garage and Trance, Sligo is also famous for its picturesque scenery of Lake Musketoon, which its pier overlooks, visited by thousands of tourists from all around, the Ellis River flowing perpendicular to it. That said, the area also has a notable Armagh Syndicate presence, acting as muscle for the various nightclubs in the area, as well as running protection and fraud rackets in the area. The city’s flagship airport, Ellis International, is also located here, which is one of the busiest airports in the Midwest, along with Warrington Airport in Carcer City. The runway runs between the north and north eastern areas of the furthest ends of the map, cutting off directly before the lake shore. WEST ELLIS CLONAKITTY, HARLOW PARK, VENICE, BARLEIGH MARKET, GALLIVANTER BOULEVARD, PARSONS FIELDS A part residential, part commercial district of the city of Ellis, where rows of middle-class suburbs are interspersed with layers of small-to-mid-sized apartment blocks and some malls. A large Italian-American diaspora resides in West Ellis, having been around since the early 20th century. The district is also known for being the site of an infamous massacre in 1932, where 10 mobsters from the local Ellis Crime Family were brutally slain in cold blood in the private room of a nightclub by a group of armed assassins, possibly hired by the Irish Mob. The nightclub has since been turned into a bar named Walton’s, which capitalizes on this chunk of mob history to attract new customers. The district is also home to a local chapter of the Delta Chargers MC, an outlaw motorcycle gang with an affinity for Japanese import motorcycles and old-school hot rods, which was founded in Ellis in the mid-80s. CENTRAL FOLSOM SQUARE, BALISTER FINANCIAL DISTRICT, BELTRAN PARK, JACKSON POINT, SAINTS BOULEVARD, NEW CENTER The commercial district of Ellis, Illinois, and a place where business is conducted, and the largest district in Ellis. Colloquially known as the Ellis Loop, many of the city’s famed landmarks and skyscrapers are located here, built in various architecture styles ranging from the Steel Renaissance and Art Deco of the early 20th Century, to the more Brutalist-inspired modernist styles in the 1950s and onwards. A famed landmark, The Rosetta Stone, affectionately known as the Ellis Polished Turd, is very popular among tourists to Ellis, with its reflective surface used as the basis for many vacation photobombs. Additionally, many companies and corporations are based in this district, mostly congregating at the Balister Financial District. The Ellis River runs through the center of the district, which is dyed green during St. Patrick’s Day in spring. EAST ELLIS ATHENIA, BOYLE HEIGHTS, HELSINKI, STADIUM DRIVE, HOCKEY PARK, SLYBOROUGH A district where all the big stadiums and trendy bars in town are, facing the majestic Lake Musketoon, such as the Cavalier Stadium and the Hope Stadium, currently under construction. It is also home to Ellis’s small slice of Greek culture, the neighborhood of Athenia, also home to a large casino called Capone’s Chips, offering games such as roulette, craps and baccarat to out-of-town executives and tourists. BROCKWELL CARVER, PRYZBYLEWSKI DRIVE, STANFIELD ALLEY, FREAMON, BROCKWELL WOODS The most dangerous district in Ellis, located in the south-west, facing inland Illinois, surrounded by the woods. Brockwell is notorious for being home to some of the most infamous housing projects in the Midwest, The Cipriani Homes, where homicides are commonplace and shootings are widely considered to be daily occurrences. A powerful gang founded in the projects, known by the local name, The Killa Mob, appears to rule the projects and most of the district, and also appear to dabble in politics as well, judging by their uncanny ability to influence black and Hispanic voters living in the district. That said, not all hope is lost in Brockwell, and there are attempts by the local community to pen up a truce between the gangs in the district, though this has yet to reach fruition. DARWIN QUAZAR HEIGHTS, CHINATOWN, NOLAN ALLEY, OCHOA, SHERRINGTON The south-central district of Ellis, noticeably more well off than either Brockwell or Holliwock, in part due to its closer proximity to Central. Houses the city’s Chinese-American population, complete with its own Chinatown, peddling all manners of food and goods. Some of the city’s most renowned fine-dining restaurants are located in Darwin. A Triad organization exists in the district, though it is not as influential as the other Chinese syndicates in the east and west coasts, being mostly confined to counterfeiting and money laundering gangs that operate on behalf of their more powerful compatriots. HOLLIWOCK CANTON COURTS, LAKESIDE CUTOFF, HARLING, BRICETON, EDMUNDVILLE The south-eastern, mostly-industrial district of Ellis, and considered to be the most second-most dangerous district in the city, though crime is mostly confined to the housing projects in the area, not unlike Brockwell, and partly due to the district facing the city’s Interstate freeway, the I-13, and as such is often policed by the EPD. Crime aside, the district is known to house some of the biggest ball courts in the city, as well as being home to some of the best soul food places in the Midwest, owing to African-American immigration from the South in the 1950s and 1960s. BASQUIAT, ILLINOIS HUNTSWORTH, PLEMMONS, EAST POINT A smaller, yet considerably more run-down industrial city located southeast of Ellis, formerly an automobile powerhouse not unlike Carcer City a few miles away, loosely based on Gary, Indiana. The effects of the Rust Belt have not been kind on Basquiat, as the city struggles with a high crime and corruption rate, underfunded and understaffed public services and police, rows of abandoned factories and housing and a diminishing population. That said, despite its decrepit nature and not being incorporated into the Ellis metropolitan area, Basquiat is still considered to be heavily active in the Ellis mayoral elections, composing a medium-large cast of the African-American vote. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Inspired by games and movies such as Killer7, Black Lagoon, The Wire and Bad Times At The El Royale, the game’s prologue begins with members of The Inner Circle at odds with one another in early 2005, during the inauguration of the new mayor, before going back to the start of 2004 and beginning with the storyline, with each protagonist having their own arc (With the name of each arc being that of their names). These arcs briefly explore their respective histories and backstories, as well as how they joined the crew, before going through the events which lead up to the events of the prologue and the epilogue, from their individual perspectives. Finishing all the arcs leads to the epilogue, where the story ties the actions of all the characters together, and a majority of the protagonists are killed canonically during this arc. That said, all the characters will still be playable once the game is complete, and can be switched, GTA V-style. As Ellis features four seasons, much like Chicago in real life, there is a gradual progression of seasons with each arc, as the game shifts from 2004 to 2005. PROLOGUE CHEYENNE MICHA ORLANDO JEROME KELLOCK EPILOGUE ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PROTAGONISTS Given the nature of The Inner Circle, there exists five playable protagonists in the game, each with their own skillset and personality and also having their own respective motivations and loyalties to explain their backstories. Cheyenne “Che” Ricci “Seems like no matter I go, there's always gonna be some asshole with a paper crown that's gonna kick me down.” Skillset Driving: **** Fighting: *** Stamina: **** Marksmanship: ***** Charisma: ** The de facto protagonist of the game. A 26-year old Italian-American novice assassin and former US Army sniper who served two tours in Afghanistan, and the illegitimate daughter of late Ellis Crime Family enforcer, Antonio “The Electrician” Ricci. She is the newest member of The Inner Circle, having only joined in late-2003, not long after returning home from Kabul, where she sustained an injury which also lead her to be briefly captured by the insurgency. She joins the circle in part due to the turbulent economy cities like Ellis were experiencing at the time post-9/11, as well as to not let her military experience go to waste. Prior to her service, Che has only heard stories of her biological father, most of which ended grisly with the victims involved. Growing up in foster care and in relative poverty, she only learns of her mafia past after her foster mother, Josephine Salinas, reveals this before she enlists in the military. Returning to Ellis, she attempts to hook up with the don of the Ellis Mafia, Vito Cattaneo, whose organization is currently growing obsolete in the new century and having problems with informants and the law, and is harboring intentions of going straight. Despite this, Vito, whose son was killed by the EPD in 2002, embraces Che with open arms, expressing regret for not adopting her himself. They form somewhat of an odd father-daughter bond, though Che is generally hesitant of this, believing the man to be crooked and having ulterior motives. She also meets a mysterious figure named Emika Dharan later in her arc, who appears to front a large, shadowy company named Greytex Holdings, which intends to profit from the elections, and its ensuing collateral damage. She claims to know of Che and her past, and tells her that the EPD are trying to crack down on the Ellis Mafia. With this bargaining chip, she asks Che to do wet work in exchange for Vito’s freedom. With the two parties breathing down her necks, and proving her worth to The Inner Circle, and attempting to survive the inner conflict in the squad after that, Che continually hones her craft over the course of the storyline, and learns who her true friends and family are, in a city that damns loyalty. She drives a silver 2004 Dundreary Greenbelt, which is normally tuned to WROC: Ellis Rock Radio, Ellis Pirate Radio and WATH: Ellis After Dark. Micha Lin “Ain’t no use fightin’ the inevitable. This life of lyin’ and cheatin’ is the life you chose, if I may be so inclined as to say some final words on your behalf, least you could do is accept this with dignity.” Skillset Driving: **** Fighting: *** Stamina: ***** Marksmanship: **** Charisma: **** A 36-year old Chinese-American assassin born and bred in the Mississippi Delta, and a former mistress and hitwoman for the Algonquin Triads in Liberty City during the early-90s, who speaks with a thick Southern twang that surprises most people unfamiliar with her. The third-oldest member in The Inner Circle, she joins the hit squad in 1996 out of necessity due to the Triad war east side as well as a passion for contract-killing, after two years of laying low in the city. A sadistic yet honorable killer, Micha is the first member that Che meets in the circle, they quickly form a close bond together, which lasts throughout the storyline. Growing up, Micha ran and dealt with the local moonshine runners in the Mississippi area, where she honed her shooting skills learning from the men in the business. After killing an important member of a rival Triad and unwittingly starting a civil war in Liberty City, she leaves the city immediately and heads to Ellis, where she meets her handler Gemini, of The Inner Circle. She also gets acquainted with the local Chinese-American diaspora in the city, including a man named Eric Teng, a garage owner, JDM mechanic and gambling addict who is in hock with Ellis Triad boss Johnny Wang as well as Greytex Holdings, and a man who has provided Micha cash, a job and a place to stay after her exile from Liberty City. As much as Micha would want to kill Johnny and save Eric the trouble, the man has connections to the Triads back in the East Coast, who would not take a liking to that sort of thing. She eventually crosses paths with Emika Dharan of Greytex Holdings, who is coincidentally acquainted with Che Ricci. Both women do wet work for her under The Inner Circle name, and likewise gets tangled up in the political mess. With Greytex Holdings, Johnny Wang and later other members of The Inner Circle holding knifes at their throats, it is only a matter of time before Micha's luck runs out, unless of course, she reaches a solution, even if that means piling the Ellis River with bodies. She drives a red 2004 Declasse Sundancer, which is normally tuned to WNMD: The New Mode 101.3FM and WWPT: The Sound of the Future. Orlando Rojas “Y’know, Alderney’s paradise compared to this sh*thole, at least over there the suits act like they know they’re dickheads.” Skillset Driving: *** Fighting: **** Stamina: **** Marksmanship: **** Charisma: ** A 29-year old Cuban-American assassin originally from Alderney City, formally working as a hired gun and hitman for the various street gangs and criminal organizations since his teens. He is the second-newest member of the Inner Circle, having only joined in 2000. A boastful contract killer, proud of his kills and achievements, underneath all that hubris lies a deep-seeded sense of insecurity and a moral conflict, and in reality, is only in the business to make money for his parents back home. He is mentored by Kellock Wilkes on his first contract from The Inner Circle, where they express similar thoughts regarding views on mortality and the act of killing. From that experience, they form a friendship not unlike that of Micha and Che, though it appears to be manipulative in nature, at least from Kellock’s end. This relationship begins to rock towards the end of 2004, when the violence brought about by the mayoral elections in Ellis takes form. Both men begin to take part in violent contracts against rival members of political factions, some against people who have nothing to do with the violence to begin with. He grows disturbed of this, and secretly moves over to Jerome to ask for help. With his moral dilemma at full swing, Orlando has to eventually decide what kind of a hitman he wants to be in the city. He drives a black 2004 Schyster PMP GT, which is normally tuned to WMTL: Metallish FM and WULF: Unleaded Fury 94.8FM. Jerome Hills “Real troopers know when to stay quiet when they need to.” Skillset Driving: **** Fighting: **** Stamina: **** Marksmanship: ***** Charisma: **** A 56-year old African-American veteran assassin and a native Ellisian who grew up in the infamous Brockwell district, working as a hired killer for the street gangs between the 1970s-to-early-1980s, prior to the existence of the infamous Killa Mob. He is the oldest member of The Inner Circle, having met Gemini around 1982, and was part of an earlier incarnation of the circle. He has learned much from the experience, and still keeps in contact with the surviving members of the old crew. The voice of reason for the entire crew and a close friend to Gemini, he attempts to use his influence as a veteran criminal to stop the political turmoil in Ellis from getting worse, choosing only to assassinate individuals he deems disruptive to the greater peace of the city. Disliked by both Micha and Kellock for being too conservative and with Che and Orlando uneasy around him due to his stoic yet deadly demeanor and feared reputation, the only solace and friends he can look out to are Gemini, his old partner and former Inner Circle hitwoman Jackie Solange and local Brockwell businessman and childhood friend, Logan Parnell, who is running for the 2004 Ellis mayoral elections. With the 2004 Elections becoming progressively violent and corrupt, and being the lone wolf in The Inner Circle, Jerome goes independent, choosing only to take contracts that matter to him and his community, and to do whatever he can to protect Logan from becoming another number in the campaign killings. He drives a 2004 silver Bravado Recoil, which is normally tuned to WUND: The Underground 100.1FM, WCRK: Wile Out Radio and WRNB: The Fire 104.2FM. Kellock Wilkes “So, an Italian, a Chinese, a Cuban, a Colored man and an Irishman walk into a bar. The bartender sees this and makes a mental note. He tells ‘em to wait, walks to the back room and pulls out a 12-gauge from the armory before headin’ out again and blastin’ ‘em all to hell.” Skillset Driving: *** Fighting: ***** Stamina: **** Marksmanship: *** Charisma: ***** A 45-year old Irish-American assassin and former enforcer for a local sect of the Armagh Syndicate, known as The O’Haras. A thoroughly violent and sadistic killer with a nihilistic and hedonistic streak who takes pleasure in destruction and murder, he joins the Inner Circle around 1990, due to a falling out between him and the higher-ups of the syndicate. Unsatisfied with the progressively bureaucratic and legitimate direction that the Armagh Syndicate is taking, as well as the arrest, and later life imprisonment, of one of the only leaders he respects, Floyd O’Hara, Kellock gets into a fight with the other leaders of The O’Haras, which ends with the man blinding another enforcer, Daryl Moran, in the right eye. Daryl, now the de facto leader of the Armagh Syndicate, continues to harbor hatred towards Kellock to this day. He leaves the gang, and soon joins The Inner Circle through a chance meet-up with Jerome Hills, who happened to be in the same bar together that night. Fortunately for Kellock, the circle was hiring, and soon he was taking contracts all over town. Fast-forward to 2003, and he becomes one of the most feared contract killers in the city. This captures the attention of Traditionalist mayoral candidate Alderman Barry McCarthy, who offers him several contracts against Populist candidates, including his rival, businessman Max Burrows, in an attempt to discredit him and his campaign. He shifts away from the workings of The Inner Circle, and for a time with his partner, Orlando, who unknowingly tags along, he continually takes part in the chaos of the city with absolute compliance, while evading, and trying to get back at Daryl and his crew when he has the chance. He drives a 2004 Albany Palatine, which is normally tuned to WCHL: Pure Sound and WCLS: Ellis’s Neo-Classical. MAJOR CHARACTERS Characters that play a big role in shaping the narrative and gameplay of the storyline. Gemini The handler of The Inner Circle. A seemingly harmless old man with a wealth of knowledge on Ellis’s history and politics, he is the go-to for many of the circle’s contracts, having been in the business since (allegedly) the mid-1930s. Continuing where founder Thomas Ringer left off, Gemini’s past remains a mystery, with many, even the longtime member Jerome Hills, not knowing his real name. He anticipates the violence that wrecks the city during the tumultuous mayoral elections of 2004, as well as the internal conflict affecting The Inner Circle during this time. That said, he is a man a few words who takes his duty as a job-giver seriously, believing that the circle is able to resolve their issues independently, and that he is only there to give advice when needed. That said, the closest to a friend he has in the circle is none other than Jerome himself, owing to their long history together. Emika Dharan The shadowy CEO of an international brokerage known as Greytex Holdings, with ties to several corporations, firearms and security details as well as the American elite. Recently coming to the city of Ellis, Illinois on business, she uses the political situation in the area to her advantage, supporting the campaign violence in the districts and forging a temporary business relationship with leading Populist candidate, Max Burrows, a local millionaire and businessman with ties to the Ratchet Mob, as well as the other gangs in the city's projects. Her motives remain a mystery, but it is likely that she intends to profit from the fallout of the decimation of the city. Manipulating people like Che, Micha, and Max, the city of Ellis, to an opportunist like Emika, is her chessboard, and sees the people that work for her and her crew as nothing more than disposable pawns. When she appears in that dark grey 2004 Grotti Vanguard of hers, expect her heavily armed security detail to not be too far away. That said, she can hold up on a fight on her own as well, having the ability to wield dual Helsings; the only character in the game to do so. Maximilian "Max" Burrows An African-American businessman, record label executive and investor who is currently running for mayor as part of the Populist party. Growing up in poverty in the ghettos of nearby Carcer City, Max moves to Ellis in the early 60s as a young teenager, and quickly rises through the ranks in the local street gangs. An intelligent and cunning man, he leaves the hood and makes it big, forming his own hedge fund and record label in the 1980s, and soon becomes among the city’s richest men. He even marries a former model with the maiden name Pauline Temple, who was at one point, the Miss USA of 1994. Max continues to use his gang connections to his advantage, paying the Ratchet Mob to go after his opponents during the 2004 elections, and even forges a relationship with Emika Dharan. Maintaining a progressive and liberal image for the voters, he continues to fight his way up the political ladder, with the mask that hides his corruption slipping over the course of the storyline. Alderman Barrington "Barry" McCarthy The top contender for the Traditionalist party and their leading mayoral candidate. Popular among the city’s whiter and richer populace, and a strict conformer to family values. A former DA before going to City Council, Barry knows the workings of the justice and political system inside and out, though he is not afraid of using the gangs in his city to his advantage, as his relationship with current Armagh Syndicate leader Daryl Moran, as well as former member and contract killer Kellock Wilkes, proves. A vicious and opportunistic man not unlike his rival Max, sculpting a family man image for himself, along with an aggressive electoral campaign to gather as many votes as he can, though unlike his competitor, he is blunt and offensive with his public remarks, choosing to feign ignorance and stupidity and sew outrage when the situation calls for it. That said, Barry puts his family first before everything else, with a wife of nearly 20 years and two daughters in middle school. This proves to be his Achille’s heel, as the safety of his family becomes threatened over the course of 2004, when things go out of hand in the midst of all the political chaos and misinformation. Logan Parnell A community businessman and the owner of several fine dining restaurants and soul kitchens across Ellis, most notably in Holliwock, and a man who is running for mayor as part of the Populist party. A painfully inept, yet humble man, his campaign staff consists of only two secretaries, one sociologist, three campaigners and one statistician, though he continues to garner a modest following in the southern districts of Ellis as well as in the nearby city of Basquiet. Childhood friends with Inner Circle hitman Jerome Hills, the last thing Logan wants is to be corrupted by the system he wishes to be part of, though over the course of the storyline, this proves almost impossible to do, and the man often finds himself getting into life-threatening situations where he needs the killer’s help. Frequenting Poppy’s, one of the most famous soul kitchen joints in the Midwest, where his wife, Joanna Parnell, is a head chef, he continues to use the back room of the restaurant as an office for his campaign in an attempt to remain true to his community, as he continues to face obstacles and dangers over the course of 2004. Alfie A woman dressed in an Ellis Cubs mascot suit who happens to be a notorious arms dealer in the city. Working on an exclusive contract for The Inner Circle, Alfie offers her services to all members of the crew, driving a gun van, a light blue 2004 Imponte Olmec, on-location to sell her guns to these individuals, as a result of a nationwide ban on military-grade firearms. Never seen outside of her suit so as to maintain her anonymity, Alfie can sometimes be found frequenting the many bars in the city of Ellis at night, where she gets maudlin after a couple of pints or is observed to exhibit hooligan-like behavior watching the game on the mounted bar television, sometimes getting into fights with the other patrons in the bar. BOSSES Antagonistic characters, excluding certain protagonists and major characters, that play a major role as boss characters during the gun duels at the end of each arc. Kenneth "Poncho Ken" Wesson The leader of the Killa Mob in Brockwell, and an Afghanistan War veteran not unlike Che. A volatile and violent leader with no regard for authority, he dislikes Max and his campaign crew for manipulating the good people of Brockwell, and as such, he and Emika want him out of the picture and replaced with a more malleable and obedient puppet. On behalf of Max, Emika sends Che out to the projects to kill him, in exchange for allowing Vito Cattaneo to walk the streets, unmolested by the law. Johnny Wang The local boss of the Ellis Triads, with connections with other Chinese organizations in the east coast. Proficient in firearms, Johnny thinks he is untouchable due to his prowess and connections, and uses this as leverage against Micha, who has other reasons for disliking him. Jason "Ironman" Welder One of Emika Dharan's top security personnel, who works as her personal enforcer, among others. Actively working against the Traditionalists on behalf of Max, Jason performs due diligence on the electoral campaigns and rallies across the city, before determining the best course of action for Emika to take. He gets his name from his durability, where he is able to soak up plenty of bullets without going down. Daryl Moran Former enforcer and current leader of the Armagh Syndicate, distinguishable by an eyepatch that covers his right eye. He used to work with Kellock Wilkes when they were part of The O'Haras back in the late-70s and 80s, until their falling out in '89, when the latter gouges one of his eyes out in a fight. SUPPORTING CHARACTERS Characters that play a major role in a character-specific arc, or to another major character. Vito Cattaneo The current don of the Ellis Crime Family, or what's left of it. With the Armagh Syndicate running the game, he confines himself to West Ellis and bits of Central, where he runs small-to-medium rackets and underground casinos that make enough to keep the gang, a far cry from their golden years in the 20s and 30s, afloat. Eric Teng A mechanic and owner of the Ellis Midnight Club Tuners modding garage in Quazar Heights, Darwin, and a close friend of Micha's. He has a terrible gambling addiction, and finds himself in the debt of Johnny Wang and even big companies like Greytex. Jackie Solange A retired assassin and old friend of Jerome's, who was formerly a member of The Inner Circle, as part of its second generation. Pauline Temple-Burrows The trophy wife of mayoral candidate Max Burrows, who uses her influence as a media personality and model to help her husband fight against their Traditionalist rivals. Sarah McCarthy The beloved wife of leading Traditionalist mayoral candidate Barry McCarthy, and the mother of two children, Yvonne and Talia. Joanna Parnell The faithful wife of Populist underdog, Logan Parnell, and head chef at the renowned soul food restaurant, Poppy's. Henry Erickson The current mayor of Ellis as of 2004. A Traditionalist party member, he intends to use vitriol between the factions as a fodder to support his radical policies in an attempt to look good in front of the folks at DC, and has dreams of becoming a Senator himself. He has a business relationship with current Traditionalist candidate, Barry McCarthy, and by extent, assassins Kellock Wilkes and Orlando Rojas, as well as Daryl Moran, the leader of the Armagh Syndicate. The Broker Real name unknown. A powerful, mysterious man who is only seen at the very end of the game, implied to be a close business partner to Emika Dharan, as well as having a hand in world affairs and politics. He offers Che the chance to move to Southeast Asia with a job as an arms dealer, after the mess in Ellis in 2004-5. UNSEEN CHARACTERS Unseen characters that play an important role in the game. Thomas Ringer The now-deceased founder of The Inner Circle, who was once a member of the Irish Mob during Ellis's infamous mob rule in the 1920s, before becoming an assassin himself once The Great Depression hit. Albert Cattaneo The late son of Vito Cattaneo, who was murdered at a cathouse storing the Mafia's counterfeit money by the police in New Center, Central in 2002. Josephine Salinas Che's foster mother, who the assassin keeps in close contact with. At the time of the game, she no longer lives in Ellis. Instead, the correspondence between the two women is exchanged via email. Floyd O'Hara The leader of The O'Haras, a local subset of The Armagh Syndicate that used to rule much of the neighborhood of Masterson in Sligo. Implied to have been set up by his underlings, Floyd is arrested sometime in 1990, and was sent to life in prison for numerous felonies, some which were false charges against him. He dies in prison sometime before 2004, and was among the only people Kellock respects.
  15. Welcome to Jefferson State: located between the State of Cascadia & The Great Northern country of Canada. The Home of the City of Rainier in Luther County. Rainier is home to many Historical Landmarks; from the Galaxy Needle, to Lake Jefferson, Rainier has Everything you're Looking for. As for the Criminal Underworld, well... That's another story. Grand Theft Auto: Jefferson takes place in the Autumn of 2017 (After the Events of GTA 5) & centers around our 3 Protagonists: Alice, Adrien & John Their Stories play out Seperately (Similarly to GTA IV & EFLC's protagonists) until their paths eventually cross together. The Rainier Riot of Winter 2013 plays part of the story for both Alice, John & Adrien. I would like to thank (Ambient) for giving me permission to make my own alternative version of the project set in the same state, If you like the ideas: i recommend you go check their Original work. I also would like to thank my friends on the forums & discord for always supporting me. Thank You. Protagonists: Adrien Black Age: 21 Hometown: Rainier, Jefferson Family: None that he knows of Friends: Jacob, Craig, Barry Backstory: Adrien grew up in an Orphanage in the Poor parts of Rainier after his parents died in an accident. There he grew up with Jacob, Craig & Barry, together in their teenage years they got into trouble with the law: from graffiti & vandalism, to car-jackings & fights. Eventually they formed a plan to try to get out of town, but doing so would require getting some solid cash to escape with. They decide on a plan: Rob a small Fleeca branch in the winter of 2013 & get out of town. Will it work out though? Alice Burton Age: 20 Hometown: Rainier, Jefferson Family: John (Father), Sheryl (Deceased Mother) Friends: Carline, Jane, Backstory: Alice grew up in Rainier with her friends Carline & Jane in the suburbs, while her father was just a beat cop & her mother was making ends meet with an office job. She was always a good student at Shattuck High School, until the events of the winter riot of 2013. Her mother was killed by a Rioter at the mall & alice was almost next. What happend? John Burton Age: 48 Hometown: Rainier, Jefferson Family: Alice (Daughter), Sheryl (Deceased Wife) Occupation: Rainier Police Officer Friends: Officer Larry Wilson (Rainier Police Dept.), Chief Brian Carson (Rainier Police Dept.) Backstory: John Burton lived in Rainier all his life, even settled down & got married to Sheryl: The love of his life. Sheryl always helped John in his toughest times, even when things were tough for her too. Eventually they had their only child, Alice & moved into the suburbs. There he met Larry Wilson, they became friends & they both went to the Rainier Police Academy, where they passed with flying colors. All seemed like it was going well... Until the 2013 Riots happend. Deuteragonists & Main Characters: Side Characters: Antagonists: More Characters to be inroduced in future updates These are the Weapons that the player can get their hands on in Grand Theft Auto: Jefferson Melee Weapons: Baseball Bat Crowbar Fist Flashlight Golf Club Hammer Hatchet Hockey Stick Knife Machete Nightstick Pipe Wrench Pool Cue Shovel Switchblade Handguns: Pistol (Beretta 92FS) Combat Pistol (S&W 5906) Heavy Pistol (1911A1) Ceramic Pistol (Glock 22) Pistol .50 (Desert Eagle) SNS Pistol (AMT Backup) Double-Action Revolver (S&W Model 10) Combat Revolver (S&W Model 19) Heavy Revolver (Taurus Raging Bull) Flare Gun (Orion 12 gauge Flare Gun) Stun Gun (Tazer) Shotguns: Pump Shotgun (Remington 870 Police Folding Stock) Highwayman Shotgun (Mossberg 500 Cruiser) Sawed-Off Shotgun (Sawn Off Double-Barrel Shotgun) Assault Shotgun (AA12) Bullpup Shotgun (Kel-Tec KSG) Sweeper Shotgun (Street Sweeper Shotgun) Submachine Guns & LMGs Micro SMG (Micro UZI) SMG (H&K MP5) Mini-SMG (Scorpion) Machine Pistol (Tec-9) Gusenberg Sweeper (M1928A1 Tommy Gun) Heavy MG (M60) Assault Rifles: Assault Rifle (AK-47/Type 56) Carbine Rifle (AR-15) Compact Rifle (Compact AK-47/Type 56) Marksman Carbine (Ruger AC 556-F) Special Carbine (FN Scar-L) Sniper Rifles: Hunting Rifle (Remington 700) Heavy Sniper (Barrett M82) Marksman Rifle (Ruger Mini-14) Sniper Rifle (AW-F) Heavy Weapons: Compact Grenade Launcher (M79 Grenade Launcher) Firework Launcher (Home-made Fireworks Launcher) Grenade Launcher (Milkor MGL) Rocket Launcher (RPG-7) Thrown Weapons: Grenade Jerry Can Molotov Cocktail Pipe Bomb Snow Ball (Avaliable Only during Prologue) Sticky Bomb These are the Many vehicles you can get your hands on in the State of Jefferson Motorcycles: Compacts: Coupes: Sedans: Sports: Sports Classics: Supers: Muscles: Off-Roads: SUVs: Vans: Industrial: Commercial: Utility: Military: Emergency: Services: Cycles: Planes: Helicopters: Boats: Expect more on this page sometime tomorrow, until then... Good night & stay safe.
  16. BY SLIMEBALL SUPREME & THE NOTORIOUS MOB You might think of Vice City when you think of the eighties; cocaine-riddled splendor and neon sports cars. That’s not what awaits. Up the coast, in the twin cities of Carcer and Lenapia, riding from the casinos of Empire City to Liberty City’s outer suburban counties, a very different tale of crime will be told. Cash and crime still rule: but in one of the quickest-crumbling urban areas in the United States of America. In Greed & Grit, you play as three different protagonists, each from varying backgrounds. The character-switching feature from V returns, with all three displaying vastly different experiences and perspectives. A cop, a cubano crook and a corner boy, all trying to make their way in a world falling apart. Each with a cast of shady associates to help them on their way. It's a gritty, violent, dangerous world. But it's the only one they know. A 32 year old Alderney native, currently working as a Narcotics detective in the city of Stranton. Suffering from a bad case of career fatigue and currently spending his days shacked up in an apartment with his current squeeze in nearby Peterborough. He's growing increasingly disillusioned by departmental bureaucracy and the ever changing nature of his chosen career. Could a move to Liberty City as part of an experimental new unit be just the change he's been looking for? Jerry Sandowski – A long serving Detective Sergeant in the Narcotics Division of Stranton's Police Department, Sandowski cut his teeth cracking large scale heroin schemes during the disco era. He's a consummate people pleaser with a soft spot for Dwyer, who is constantly pushing his blind eye for indiscretions to absolute breaking point. In a feeble attempt to keep Tommy on the straight and narrow he pairs our boy with long time rival Evan Jackowitz – A pompous do-gooder who'll do anything to get ahead.. even if it means throwing others under the bus. Jackie Palumbo – The undisputed ring leader of Liberty City's newly established Narcotics and Organized Belligerents Squad. Giacomo Palumbo (as he's known to his mother) has a long and checkered history in the Organized Crime Division which has furnished him with more connections than a Liberty City Subway line. Mickey Gonzalez – Miguel "Mickey" Gonzalez is a seasoned detective from the Homicide Division in Dukes who has caught more misconduct citations than actual killers. In an era where the murder rate has never been higher he was one of the first to be transferred to the equally work heavy Organized Belligerents Squad, despite having no intention of actually doing any real police work. Malcolm Jones – The only member of the NOBS aside from Tommy who actually has any experience in the field of Narcotics – whether it be trying to prevent their spread around the city or otherwise. Although his intentions may be passably good, he'll sink quickly to the levels of his coworkers, honor be damned. Frank McReary - Rookie cop with stars in his eyes, Frankie wants success, and he’ll do anything to get it. A former altar boy from the infamous McReary family, Frank already has an upward slope ahead of him; but his inclusion in the budding investigative operation could throw a spanner in the works, so to speak. Linda Galione – Tommy's landlord and one of his many old flames. She's the type of woman you hear about in country music and procedural dramas on TV. She's a feisty young AUSA by day and an overworked desk sleeper by night. She has an uncanny eye for criminality.. except for when it's going on right under her nose. Angelo Valerio - A flashy Dukes based drug dealer with connections, Angelo is a member of the old school Valerio clan; the brothers five spread out all over town with a hand on the pulse of the LC coke market. Cruising around Cerveza in flashy hoopties, Angie isn’t quite as notorious as his elders yet; but the tides of change are ever fickle. Dominic Sepe - Conniving South Broker pretty boy turned mob chieftain; Sepe, nicknamed ‘The Wrench’, has been operating as a close aide to up and coming capo Nino Abruzzo for years. With a good head for business and a reputation for turning situations bloody if he has to, The Wrench has been reaching out to new, highly profitable areas in an attempt to secure some more dough. His newest source? Defrauding the Federal Government out of gasoline taxes, leaving more than a few bodies in his wake. Emil Argov - South Broker's little don, an expatriate from the Leningrad underworld with a love of green, black and blue. The man known as 'Cattle Prod' for his signature weapon has dominated the growing neighborhood of Hove Beach; bolstered by his would-do consigliere Lazar Saravaisky, Lazar's protege Kuzma "Kenny" Petrovich, and infamous ex-athlete bodyguards, the Roitman Brothers (Gennady and German). If there's one value the man holds above all, it's not honor, but fear - which may come to be his very undoing. Moe Schwartz – Once the Lupisella Family’s cunning and quiet accountant, in recent years Schwartz has been exercising his connections to the anti-communist movement by reaching out to Russian exiles fleeing the USSR following the Jackson-Vanik amendment. But while moving emigrés into apartments and setting them up with work visas - Schwartz has noticed a pattern, and with a pattern like this comes many opportunities. Max Goldstein – The self styled Maximilian Goldstein is a wealthy entrepreneur and club owner expanding his vast fortunes by catering to the sleazy bridge and tunnel club goers too rough to cut it in Algonquin. His mobbed up partner Tony Spoleto is the yin to his yang – a career opportunist with his fingers just deep enough in Ancelotti operations to offer Goldstein protection. Together however their ever growing interests in gasoline bootlegging have made their already strained relationship with the Lupisella Family and their affiliates a lot more tenuous, which can only end in tears. Agent Delacruz - Past his prime and with permanent bags under his eyes, FIB special agent Felipe “Phil” Delacruz is a shadow of his once-productive self. On his ass at the bureau, old Phil has noticed some potential weak links within the recently founded Nob Squad… and he plans to take advantage. A 28 year old Cuban expatriate who moved to America at just five years old. After finishing up a nickle bid for armed robbery, he's keen to get back in the saddle and resume a life of crime that's all he's really ever known. Reconnecting with old associates, he embarks on a journey to try and finally make something of himself as he once again begins his ascent of the underworld whilst simultaneously battling with the ghosts of his past. Vito Accardi – Danny's former prison mate and a stagnating star in the Lupisella crime family. He has recently been sent down south and tasked with expanding the family's interests into hotly contested territory. Struggling with sobriety and the pressure of bringing in the dough, he has his cigarette stained fingers in so many pies, it's only a matter of time before he gets burned. Seymour Scarpetti – An abominable parole officer who works at the behest of the Lupisellas, pulling strings for their associates to make their reintroduction to society as cushy and unproductive as financially possible. He assigns Danny to work under Walter Gomez – A reformed convict attempting to rebuild a community crumbling under the weight of ongoing gang activity. He opens his community centre to Danny and gladly offers him bed and board, knowing all too well the struggles of rehabilitation. Buddy Earle – The current reigning President of Lenapia's own Goblin's MC. Oft mistaken for a quiet and reclusive old man, his aging exterior is the outer armour of an all American Outlaw. A veteran of countless wars with a body count as high as his blood pressure, he must fight hard to stave off the advances of other one percenters from neighbouring territories, if only to save face in the eyes of his underlings. Stan Vlochos – Vlochos is a Lenapia based emissary for Liberty City's Volikakis Crime family. He is trying to establish a foothold in the burgeoning Methamphetamine market but has thus far been unsuccessful due to an unhinged personality and some ongoing tensions with the resident Greek Mob. Johnny Morello – A young mafia soldier caught right in the middle of an ongoing power struggle in the Lenapia crime family. His loyalties are fickle and he is willing to take his orders, without question, from whoever sits on the throne. Constantly tasked with maintaining the family's equally fragile alliances with other local outfits, he heads up a posse of young tough guys who just as blindly follow his lead. Ritchie & Ralph – Ricardo “Ritchie Del” Delmonte & Ralphie “The Raven” Roccaforte are two seasoned hitmen for the Lenapia Mob. They're desperate to become legitimate, conducting most of their business from a humble rowhouse-cum-restaurant in South Lenny that always seems to have traces of spilled tomato sauce on the kitchen floor. Now both in their early 40s they're becoming increasingly anxious about getting their button, especially in the company of a new hired gun. Eduardo Reyes – The loyal second in command of the Alderney based Cuban Mafia, he passes on the orders of his rarely seen boss. Conducting most of his operations from a humble coffee shop in Leftwood, he uses his son Eduardo Jnr. (aka "Lalo") as a buffer between him and the streets. His decades old relationship with Danny means that he affords him a certain level of intimacy, but past indiscretions have left him distrustful – for the time being at least. Pawal Orlowski - A seemingly friendly face within Lenapia's striving Polish community, Paulie O’ serves fresh kielbasa out of his butcher shop – Kabanos Korner on Virginia Street. But few, including the city police department, know what happens behind the scenes; or inside the basement. While Orlowski runs a few rackets here and there, he runs a pretty tight operation… the real magic happens downstairs. Joseph Roviri – A businessman so shady he could block out the sun. He made his initial fortune in the mob backed vending machine industry and has since expanded into the garbage hauling and trucking industries, seizing effective control over various related unions in the process. All accusations against him are yet to be proven however. This affords him the unenviable responsibility of managing the various mob families' shared interests in ventures such as their faltering Casino in Westdyke. Caine Devlin – A legendary Irish tough guy criminal who now acts as the string puller of the Lenapia based B&D Gang. His ever expanding influence is well known to be far reaching and more than a few prolific gangsters have fallen under his might. Now working in partnership with the equally powerful Roviri, he seeks to watch everyone crumble so he can build himself up. Jimmy Pegorino – The crown prince of the lowly regarded Pegorino crime family of Alderney. He too is struggling to make a name for himself in crowded territory under the ever judgmental eye of his pugnacious father Johnny Boy. With a long list of hair brained schemes and no shortage of idiots to do his bidding, he is eager to move upwards with as little effort as possible. Although he would surely say otherwise. David Forster & Lou Rollins – The smug face of the DOA's Lenapia field office and his long suffering subordinate. Forster is a constant hunter of glory who has tracked smugglers from Liberty City to Colombia and back again, throughout his rather short and often illustrious career. He isn't afraid to bend the rules or steal someone's thunder, especially if it leads to another promotion. Rollins, meanwhile, has been with the Agency since its establishment. In spite of many high profile arrests however he has been held back from promotion by what he deems to be institutional racism. Often dismissed as a blow hard and a crack pot conspiracy theorist.. perhaps he knows more than he should. Emilio Hernandez – The Liberty City based point man for the ever powerful Colombian Cartel. “Milo” frivolously spends his vast fortune and holds a similar disregard for his personal relationships. Away from the watchful eye of his superiors he looks to turn bubbling inter-factional hostilities into an all out war for domination. A 23 year old native of South Bohan, Marcus has always tried to stay away from a life of crime that has constantly surrounded him. Working a dead end job until being unwittingly pulled into a position of power following a violent altercation with a rival street gang, he must juggle his desire to stay on the straight and narrow with the overpowering allure of the drug game. He will soon find out however that the game in question comes with a variety of other players. Most of them conspiring to bring about his fall. Antoine Forge – A lifelong friend to Marcus who also moonlights as an aspiring kingpin, running with like minded individuals in Upper Algonquin where he crashes with his aunt and her two kids. With dreams as big as his balls, he hopes to one day buy his way out of the ghetto and wants to take Marcus along for the ride. Kelvin Mitcham – Kelvin is a scrappy teenager who hangs around Marcus and Antoine almost every minute of the day. He tries to be just like the latter, no matter how much virtually everybody tries to dissuade him from doing so. Equal parts little brother and protege, he's constantly torn between two opposing forces with differing ideas of where he and their three man enterprise should go. Lenny Williams – A brutish crack cocaine based entrepreneur from the hellish surroundings of East Island's West Wampum neighborhood. Leonard “Big Dogg” Williams joins the gang fresh off a bid for possession with intent to sell.. and has zero intent on giving up his day job anytime soon. Artie Caparole - Fortside born and bred; good old Mr. C has been serving the community since the 1960’s, a taste of Italy from his parlor on the colorful roadbend of Drop Street. But as the community changes, as new folk move in and old folk move out, Caparole is having a hard time coming to terms with the people now calling Fortside home. Raul Lopez – The Leader of a South Bohan hispanic gang known as “The Bohan Kings”, he and Marcus's ilk share more than a friendly rivalry. In a predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood, he may have the numbers but Marcus and his peers will do everything in their power to make sure he doesn't play the advantage. Carolina Garcia – A ghetto fashionista and self professed “gangsta bitch” from around the way. She's been crushing on Marcus since highschool.. or at least she would have been if she ever attended. Despite outward appearances this SoBo native is equal parts dangerous and cute. Don't underestimate her or you may just end up with a gun in your face. Felix Aguero – A flamboyant Cuban cocaine peddler based in East Holland. "Fe-Fe" Aguero's got connections to both the Downtown club scene and the big boys in Alderney, the perfect dichotomy for a young go-getter like Marcus who is trying to break into the competitive drug scene – whatever it takes. Ernie Elardo - The introverted, money minded young capo of the Pavano’s East Holland crew; Emidio Elardo has fingers deep within the upper echelons and has always been on the shortlist for acting boss. His responsibilities now lie in caretaking: whether that’s looking after the Pavano’s heroin interests or babysitting loopy Bohan button man Robert Ferraro. James Dillard - A bonafide legend among the hustlers of East Broker, Dillard is known as ‘Dr. J’ to his disciples and ‘public enemy number 1’ to the local precinct. A crack rock pioneer with his Hinterlands deep into the local drug scene, Doc J is more than just a baller; he’s a street idol. And boy, does he know it. Paulie Stein – A past-his-prime club impresario forced into reluctant reclusion by a misunderstanding with the IRS and an as-of yet not fully understood illness. His legacy on the line, he’s thrown a new sheen of paint on the prestigious Studio 69 with the help of long-suffering co-owner Steve Schneider, rebranding it as "Elephant". All in an attempt to get the upper hand in his ongoing rivalry with James St-Pierre, a playboy of mixed French-Canadian ancestry who now has his 'sight set' on becoming Liberty City's new king of nightlife with his flash new club "Platinum", operating just a few blocks from Elephant and the legendary Bahama Club. Isaiah Jenkins - What is the drug game, but an extension of the free market? To Isaiah Jenkins, former member of Howie Fisher’s drug crew, they’re one in the same… and he wants none of it. Reformed and proud, Isiah's now living out his life in North Holland as an Islamic preacher for the ever growing Brotherhood of Muslims. Never the less he still keeps his finger on the pulse of current happenings in the underworld. He partners Marcus up with Esmail Edwards - the devout former leader of the Lenapia-based Black Mafia currently locked up on a robbery-murder rap from the seventies. Esmail knows that in order to keep things moving, you need some new talent and given his current predicament, he’s always happy for them to come knocking. Cokey Robinson – Just as his nickname suggests Lester “Cokey” Robinson runs a downtown empire based on the finest marching powder Star Junction's money can buy. Despite his flashy exterior he's been unable to move out of the run down projects in President's City and recently his locally based competition have been looking to give him a push. Sylvester Ganzfried - A trained orthodox rabbi who's never taken the pulpit: Ganzfried has done just about every job you can think of. Presidential liaison, Liberty State Police Chaplain, bank director, and now professional mob fixer, dividing his time between Russians and Italians. The rabbi's connections stretch far, from Mossad, to The Exchange, to foreign governments, and now one of his more lucrative connections - the Cleethorpes real estate dynasty, through their eccentric heir Lyle IV and his equally eccentric lawyer Ray Rosenbaum. Eloise Brown – A Los Santos native who moved to Lenapia in the late 1970s to be with her now deceased husband. After his death she inevitably inherited his assets - a multi million dollar piece of the drug market previously held by the Black Mafia. Her ability to turn a ten kilo a month industry into a coast to coast empire shows that if ever there were an example of gender equality on the streets there's none more shining than “Auntie E”. Thanks in no small part of course to loyal foot soldiers like Elmont “E-Money” Washington or the two men she refers to as her “Capital City Connection”. The Tri-State Area takes the stage as the game space of Greed & Grit - the world’s biggest, worst city in Liberty. The ancient, aging rust-belt town of Lenapia. And widespread, mobbed up suburbs throughout Alderney and East Island. Liberty State is a state of contrasts. No, it’s not just the city. Though it might as well be. Look eastward and see the suburbs where mobsters and spooks alike set up picket fences and let the kids play little league. Look past Bohan and see the mansions and horse tracks where the affluent make their home. Look upstate and, well… we don’t talk about Upstate. LIBERTY CITY Liberty City is The Worst Place in America. Ask former President Sherwin Peck who first said the quote during a speech in 1975, a quote that’s haunted the city in the years since. The crown jewel of American capitalism, the face of an empire, and the quickly crumbling de-facto capital of the United States. Five boroughs: the studded skyscrapers of Algonquin belying filth on both northern and southern ends. The brownstones of Broker where crime syndicates alike have claimed their footing. The projects of Bohan red-lined from top to bottom, the streets lined with dealers and drug addicts. The forgotten borough of Richmond Island that might as well be ‘Derney, and the suburb and parkland of Dukes. What a f*cking town. It’s the place where smoke comes out the manhole covers and where everyone is batsh*t f*cking crazy. Way before the naked cowboys playing guitars in the city’s hot spot of sin in Star Junction and stage show glitz on Burlesque, it was ladies of the night playing on pervy heartstrings and amateur skin flicks being shot on crackling VHS tapes in abandoned theaters. The city houses just about every ethnicity in the world - from commies to compatrioti, Jews in flight and Colombians and Dominicans arriving en masse. Shrinking enclaves taken over - Fortside and Schottler turning darker by the day, South Broker slowly being dominated by Russians. Koreans and Albanians in Little Bay, Greeks and Moroccans in Steinway. The tides of change. Risk salmonella from street meat, get robbed in an alley by a bum in a diaper, see the beautiful Statue of Happiness decomposing in the river and giving every immigrant the finger. Enjoy the mud before the rain. EAST ISLAND If Richmond Island is Alderney, then East Island is… well, it’s something. Traditionally more New Hanover than New Rotterdam. There exists no better example on earth of the contrast between the haves and the have nots. A two hour drive along the Sunset Highway equates to an ascent of the property ladder, all the way to the top. It's no wonder the borough of Dukes legislated to offload some of its worst sections onto a county that has a median income ten times its own. Two story houses and tract mansions and some of the goofiest amateur architectural work only a way-too-rich wiseguy could commission. That’s some of it, anyway. Look on the Dukes border and you’ll see the ethnic enclaves - a second Chinatown in Keering, a Jamaican hotspot in Wampum, Italians in a Meso Park that’s just about middle class. Keep going, though. The Carraway Peninsula slopes down Broker where beachside whites make their home - Near and Far Carraway, Hadaway, Carraway Point. A beautiful view of Wampum Bay swampland where you can see low-flying aircraft doing runs in the night, picturesque views or cement-shoed corpses washing up on the beach. Head into central East Island and it’s suburb, suburb, suburb: baroque Bloomingdale, the Hempwoods of West and East, Hunter Bay hamlets and East Beach coastlines. But the richest of Liberty’s rich live in the very east. South and East Carraway, The Carraways, the megamansions and socialites and wine parties and typical aristocracy gossip. Tuxedo dos and secrets galore. The scenic summer home of Jon Gravelli. Coastal Moheague with Lovecraftian fog and the lone lighthouse shining out onto the ocean. The perfect honeymoon. Mobsters, blue blood dynasties, a supposedly inactive military base where white vans supposedly drive in and out on the regular. When people think Liberty, they don’t usually think East Island. And that’s probably for good reason too. WORCESTER COUNTY A long-time reputation as the city’s gilded lily can deceive: among the idyllic suburbs and elegant homes the most scummy of criminals can be found. Gangsters, gangbangers, bankers and fools. All can be found in the city of Decker. But plenty of degeneracy and squalor can also be found in many of the county's other neighborhoods and towns. If it's fun you're looking for, why not take a ride on the roller coaster at Joyland Park or grab a Blarneys at one of the 50 Irish bars straddling Kavanagh and McCluskey. Shop 'til you drop at the Oakwood mall just off the expressway and then top it all off with a spot of golf over in Welham bay. Be on your best behavior or you might just end up doing a stretch at Whittington Correctional. It's stood since the 19th century but still houses more animals than the Worcester zoo. While not technically a state, it's the only city in New Sylvania that actually matters. It’s no wonder why Lenapia is called the city of independence. It is after all the place where the United States was created in 1776. They massacred all the natives but the name still stuck. Aside from being of great historical importance it’s also a city that offers its visitors lots to see and do. Whether it’s visiting the world famous Pendencia Hall, or eating your weight in cheese steak before attempting to run up the steps at the LAME without puking, the place is full of sights that’ll keep you wanting more. And plenty of others that’ll make you wish you never came. The city is chock full of ethnic enclaves. From tracksuit wearing Italians in the South to brotherly loving brothers in the West and a whole melting pot of Hispanics, Irish, Koreans, Russians and Polish in the Northeast. So you’re sure to find a fight wherever you go. If you’re not looking for trouble, then it’s best to stick to Middle City, where you can enjoy traditional eateries and markets, with virtually none of the danger. The almost 100 year old Depository Market is a source for fresh scrapple, seafood, meats and cheese. Or you can venture further south to the Italian Market off Assunpink Avenue and travel back to a time long before the advent of supermarkets, good manners or proper sanitation. If it’s calorific junk you’re looking for, then why not grab a world famous Lenny cheesesteak from the equally famous Big Miz or Philly Gee’s and become embroiled in a feud that’s been going on for almost 30 years now. Just don’t let either proprietor see you entering the other, or you may just end up being added to the menu! Prepare to lose yourself in the Eden State. The contorted backbone of the playable area, that, true to its name, is awash with temptation at every hand’s turn (and plenty of snakes to go with it). The serpentine appearance should be a dead giveaway but don’t be put off, as fun and adventure awaits in an area that’s so much more than a place where “people from Liberty City go to dump their trash”. Across the area’s Nine Counties there’s mountain hiking, waterfalls, nature reserves, airfields, casinos and (of course) plenty of gangs. It’s no wonder when its major cities consistently rank tops among the worst places in America. Geographically, the state is split into North and South, with some mess in the middle that nobody talks about. Thanks to a vast highway and turnpike system you’ll thankfully never have to go there, so let’s move along. BARREN COUNTY Aside from Bobby Baker’s Imaginarium and the Planetarium, it's all lakes and wineries. All things available elsewhere in the state. But there’s something strange going on in the southern skylands, miles from the incestual Appalachians in the rolling hills of the Piccaninnies. Some would say a bit of excitement for a county best known for vast wilderness and cricket sounds since the decline of the manufacturing industry. But the presses haven’t stopped churning out sensationalist diatribes for months. Co-ed cadavers found floating in Camp Craven in the mountain township of No Hope (colloquially No Hope, Craven Lakes). Sporadic sounds of chainsaws in the uninhabited woodlands beside McNeil’s Diner and the Pet Sematary in the pale moonlight. Haddonfield and Woodbury townships have long been on high alert over reports of a crazed slasher. Lumped on top of prom night whisperings in Sawyerville of somebody going postal with a pickaxe in the one time mining village of Strode. Until now the biggest worry had been a pack of hungry wolves straying from Del Lobos Preserve and disrupting a picnic at Myers Creek, but the ghostly goings on have now made Barren County a far less desirable place to live than it was before. If only there were somebody they could call… GUERNSEY COUNTY Ah, good old Guernsey County, The Gateway. Where people start on spray tans and end up with a new face, silicone titties and boxes and boxes of hair products. And that’s just the “men.” It also serves as the Gateway for things moving west. Whether that be Liberty’s trash, their outcasts or their contraband. The commercial hubs of Berchem, Acter and Alderney City and the tip of the chemical coast. It’s also home to the north east’s busiest sea port in Tudor and a plethora of gangs. You’re probably familiar with all of it by now but, given the difference in time period, things are a little different now. Before the Cuban emigres moved up and out of the neighborhood, Leftwood was where they liked to call home. The Korean influence in Alderney City is also all but non-existent and the waterfront is mostly composed of railyards and factories as opposed to the skyscrapers which appear ten or twenty years on. Some things never change though. It still also acts as the stronghold for the Lost MC and the Pegorino crime family. In fact, even more so. HANSEN COUNTY Serving as a stark contrast to Guernsey and Wessex Counties to the south and the absolute antithesis of much of Liberty to the east, Hansen County is one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. That’s not to say that it doesn’t house some very bad people though. From “big earners” in the mob to the migrating ethnic scourge, this is the place that people go when they want to deal with the scum but don’t want to live with them. Demographically the county, to say the least, is fairly diverse and has for years borne the weight of urban swell from surrounding areas. From Latinos at odds with the Italians in Ridgepeck to African Americans in Thurrock and growing concentrations of Asians up and down The Plateau. The north is all residential but the southern part of the county hosts several attractions that bring in people in droves from just about everywhere within a hundred mile radius. And, thanks to the Peterborough Airport, it’s also never been easier to come from beyond. From private jets chartered by cross country celebrities to coke filled jetliners chartered by intercontinental drug traffickers, many notable vessels have been known to land. The hangar space comes at a price but what’s a couple hundred G’s compared to the hassle of immigration checks. It’s no wonder the safety standards are so abysmal. A plane crash is such a badass way to die anyway right? And if you’re lucky there’s always a chance you might land in a river. They’re everywhere! Another big draw is the Riverlands Sports Complex, where you can watch the Olympians get pounded by the Wrath again and then watch the Mambas get pounded by the Olympians.. or the Pounders get pounded by the Wrath. While you’re down there, why not bet that second mortgage on a couple of ponies down at the track. There are also a number of options if you fancy a round of golf. HIGHLAND COUNTY Just outside Hansen County lies Highland. A county almost entirely made up of a collection of mediocre mountains and two massively sprawling state parks. It’s also the absolute furthest many Alderneyites and Libertonians are willing to go, under the illusions of “roughing it” for a vacation in the woods. Roll through in August for the Annual Dog and Pony Show or come see the freak show any other day of the year by wandering into one of the county’s many nondescript unincorporated communities. Go fishing, shoot a deer, shoot a rabbit if you want to. Take a boat out on one of the many lakes and bring it back when you realize the water smells like sewage and you don’t know how to drive. If you’re feeling really adventurous, go for a hike and spend the rest of your weekend getaway trying to find your way back where you should have stayed. If you feel like being a pussy there’s some wildlife management areas and a sunflower maze. Get lost for a couple of hours there instead and take a picture beside a kodiak bear safely trapped behind an electrified fence. Ignore the signs and feed him a burger and tell your wife how he growled at you in front of the fire with a bottle of locally sourced wine as you try in vain to get it up. Then struggle through three hours of the little ones asking “are we there yet?” as you make your way back to your desk job at The Exchange. If you can actually hit a barn door with a bayonet rifle then the area is also an exceptional hunting ground. The bald eagles are “protected” but why not hit up the Willie Stroker State Forest by the Dover River Gap and bag yourself a possum, a raccoon or a fox. If you’re quick on the draw you might even fell a coyote or a bobcat. And if you’re really lucky you might even get you some beaver out there. LIBEL has the whole area dammed up so they can’t swim away. Failing that, just throw some rocks at a bog turtle and tell your friends you bow hunted a white tail and met a real life cowboy at Deldo’s City and then shot him in the ass. WESSEX COUNTY Just east of Barren County, sitting on the murky banks of the Puritan River is Wessex. And in this particular instance we’ve saved the worst ‘til last. There aren't many saving graces when your crown jewel is the rundown city of Stranton. A sh*thole personified by missed opportunities that’s frequently been shunned by the big BAWSAQ companies in favor of Alderney City. And a four term reigning mayor who seems determined to run it into the ground. Downtown has some promise but wander into any other area and you may not wander back out. It’s a city as segregated as any - Blacks to the West, Hispanics to the East, Jews in the South beside the airport and Italians now being relegated to the North. Outside the county’s largest city, the prospects don’t get much brighter, as the runner up Peterborough is like puking your guts up when you’ve been suffering from violent diarrhea all through the night. And what happens when you flush the chain? It washes out in East Willmington and somebody tries to bottle it up and smoke it or inject it through their veins. It’s also home to Alderney’s academic acropolis. Sitting beside a cloud of perpetual smog. Separated from Richmond Island to the east by the Overkill River. If you venture further west things do start looking up, but the once prosperous communities have now been overrun by yuppies and the college going cancerous curse. A bedroom community for insomniac hordes who make the daily commute to surrounding areas and return only to give the local sheriff’s department something to do. The long time residents have their own afflictions, from prescription drug habits to crippling gambling debts that are sure to keep the resident mobsters in polyester suits for years to come. It also has the Willmington Wetlands and the Turtlehead Zoo. Ménage à Trois - A typical day on the East Coast, played out through the actions of our three protagonists. For two it's just the same old stuff - for the other, a chance at a new beginning. Stay Tuned. Gameplay is actually a bit of a misnomer. It's all hypothetical. What follows is basically the wordplay section. Read away and imagine. The economy, the underworld, the overall zeitgeist of the era. Before most of us were born. It might as well be Jupiter, but it's earth. In a fan fiction about a computer game. Set in a make believe world, almost 40 years ago. But stick with with it. You won't regret it. Well maybe you will but you'll need to read and find out. So suspend your disbelief and read on. This took us a while and we'd appreciate it. Welcome to the days of Hoganomics, where the rich get richer and the poor get more creative. Where every bodega is selling a little more than groceries and nearly every establishment is a simple facade, operating purely to mask the illegal activities in the back. Whether you’re an enterprising criminal or simply on the take, there’s always a little extra money to be made. And plenty of ways to spend it all too. Racket Robberies Why be content with simply robbing a store or walking away with a free pack of cigarettes? Why not do a little investigating and see what that simple store owner really has to hide. Call up some of your boys or go in guns blazing and take them for everything they’ve got. If mass murder isn’t your forte, sometimes all it takes is a little persuasion. Maybe you can push the guy around a little and talk him into giving you a hefty fee to leave the place intact. Drug Smuggling Dope selling is a dope’s game. Join in on the fun. Buy or sell a variety of narcotics across the three states as a way of making money - no matter how risky. Choose any number of narcotics swimming around on the streets (or the ocean) including Coke, Heroin, Weed and Methamphetamines. Drug smuggling in Greed & Grit takes a uniquely three pronged approach. Depending on the drug, you can use either Marcus or Danny to get it straight from the source. Then when it makes its way successfully to the open market you can use Tommy to pilfer the dealers and put it back on the streets. Coke and Methamphetamines are both Danny's forte but if it's Weed or Heroin you're looking to distribute, then Marcus is your man. Since coke is undoubtedly king, it'll require the most heavy lifting. Once the suppliers make their drop off, you go and collect it. When it's on dry land, the other protagonist takes over and transports it to various lock ups. After this it becomes open season for all manner of stick up men and alphabet agencies. You can let it be seized by one of the other dick swingers, to the detriment of the other guys' bank accounts, or you can lift it yourself and make the moral choice between selling it on through your partners or turning it in as evidence. Gambling The numbers racket is an underworld business, at least in the big cities. In Liberty State, Lenapia, or much of Northern Alderney - your number one spots for hedging your bets are mobbed up bookies. Take a punt and pick your poison: blackjack, poker, horse races… two cockroaches crawling up a wall. If you need it, take a loan out - go big or go home (with broken kneecaps of course). You can do everything off track at a betting parlor, or you can make your way to one of many real life tracks in locations such as: East Island, Decker, Freeload, Lenapia and Apple Hill. If you want to go really big then why not take a trip down the shore to Empire City. At least if you lose it all you won't have to wander far in order to jump off the pier. The water's so polluted that you'll probably be dead before you know it. And what happens in EC, stays there forever right? Just try to avoid the other saps when you're smuggling in your drugs. Market Manipulation & Gun Running It’s a bull market, baby. The stock game is a hell of a ride. Among the coke-tipped noses of bankers on the Exchange are opportunities to make a little money on the side by spiking the football and screwing with the competition. If you want to make the big figures or sink a whole company on a coin toss then future club fed alumnus Herbert Meinster will be happy to help. Provided he takes his exorbitant cut. Story characters’ll also introduce you to a mechanic where you personally help with the sale of illegal firearms. If you prefer less of a risk (financially speaking) then Biker ‘Buddy’ Earle can help you fulfil your patriotic duty with a sideline to former marines with bucket loads of guns in and out of the Middle East. Even if you lose, America wins. And that's all that matters. Executive Car Service There are a million and one yellow cabs on the streets and quite a few independents trying to crack the market as well. In the days when Zurst is just a figment of the imagination, there exists a certain clientele that need to get where they’re going in style. Who gives a f*ck if the driver has a record, half of these people do too. Whether it be trips from the airport, a low profile getaway or coked up number crunchers making a mad dash from one brokerage firm to another, ferrying the area’s more exclusive commuters can be a great little earner. Not to mention the fact that the majority of these services are controlled by the mob, so you don’t need to worry about anybody skipping out on the fare. Professional Car Theft Translation: some people who don’t want to register a car might want a car by… other means. Light fingered connections like Kelvin Mitcham and Mickey Bardi Jnr. can steal a car on request and bring it right to you and there’s certainly no shortage of seized vehicles available from impound on Tommy’s end. But what if you want to have a crack at liberating a few vehicles from their owners yourself? In East Hook, Liberty City, you might find a man by the name of "Jack the Polack" Palansky with a variety of cars that need finding across town. Kevin McCarthy of Lenapia’s B&D Crew has the inside track on any number of rides in the city and down South ‘Derney. They’re open to any takers; just find the right whip and take it. With or without obstacles or undue stress. Stay in the game long enough and you'll work your way up to a mysterious man named Kaczynski, the one issuing lists across the whole tri-state area from a warehouse in the Tudor docks. Debt Collection & Bounty Hunting Loans and bail bonds - easy money for any entrepreneur willing to get their hands a little dirty. All three protagonists have a man that has an extra-long logbook of people who need paying: Vito Accardi for Danny, Matt Lupo for Marcus, and good ol’ Mickey Gonzalez for Tommy Dwyer, despite being in the hole to various loan sharks himself. How the debts get paid? You be the judge. If they don’t have hard cash, asset forfeiture might be required: a ring, a car, some neat tech from within the debtor’s house. They should’ve known who they were lending from. Alternatively, there's a pretty-much-legal way of making money from the downtrodden trying their hand at an extortionate criminal justice system i.e. catching criminals and felons trying to escape a charge. In Alderney’s flag-waving suburbs, a man named Hester will show you the way. In Alderney’s more rural areas, the sisterly duo of Trixie and Dixie are happy to hire. The choice is yours. Private Security LC is second only to the glamor of Vinewood when it comes to the power of celebrity - and like any John Lennon, you’ll always have plenty of Mark David Chapmans. Pick up work at just about any nightclub or nightlife hotspot or take jobs from a variety of high-profile entertainment agents. Whether that’s skin-industry mogul and Gambetti affiliate Enzo ‘E.Z’ Zaccaro; eccentric talent-taker Oggie Greenblatt or flamboyant fashion queen Kim Manx. You’ll be out on the street with stars and celebutantes, just watching out for those who might cause harm. The routes to being a bodyguard are slightly different for each protagonist: Marcus will become involved through Steve Schneider (who also offers him a series of exclusive celebrity-centric side missions). But the pathways for Herrera and Dwyer will be a little different. Despite Danny being a convict, security firms are more than happy to offer work to anybody who’s able to keep their cool when faced with a shank wielding psycho. Tommy’s got a badge, which in the private protection business is gold dust. Special allowances from the LCPD also mean that he’s entitled to an extra bonus for doing so. Fashion & Accessories It’s the 80’s, and the pure coke-fueled bump of Hogan-era consumerism is being injected deep into the collective American subconscious. Buy buy buy, buy it in pretty fluorescent colors and always American; unless the Japanese alternative is a little cheaper instead. Purchase either straight from the source or from a variety of department stores like Liberty’s flagship Spender’s outlet in the Triangle, Fuhrberger's in Alderney or Wankstein & Co. in Lenapia’s Middle City. There are also many options to give your character that signature look. Whether it be moderately priced sportswear from labels like Lézard, Biella, Drongo and LS Beans or signature couture from branded stores across the tri-state area such as Didier Sachs, Santo Capra and BULL EMIC. Why not mix and match and get yourself a velour tracksuit designed by Sebastian Dix. A nifty device? The Sumo Beatboy. Buy cassette tapes and listen to music on the go, tune out to the dreariness of the collapsing rust belt city you live in. Want to do some on-the-go photography or play pretend Steve Scott? Buy a photo-camera straight from Genic or a Criterion camcorder. If you prefer to stay at home, you can deck out your pad with an idiot box from the likes of Panoramic or Kakagawa and watch mind melting tosh. Hook up the latest gaming systems from AKEDO and Kaihatsu or some outdated offerings from the likes of Pixtro, Electro and Kakari and fiddle away with pixelated squares until you go square in the eyes. More on this later. You can buy nifty tech, or just about anything else, from the Wallace, Deering and Company catalog, which offers a variety of mailable nick-knacks for the avarist on the go. It also contains ads for third party services such as Warstock Cache & Carry and Pegasus Lifestyle Management, with whom you can set up a line of credit linked directly into your Limit card or any number of offshore accounts. Items bought in stores and catalogues can also be given as gifts. Getting tired of banging hookers and spot a potential girlfriend? Then why not impress her with a pair of Zach Rebleux's or bottle of Chien No. 2. Her like percentage will go up, and hopefully she'll go down. Then you can go back to running the streets without her constantly blowing up your pager. Asset Management Buying a piece of any business - nightclubs, bars, car dealerships, scrap yards - are good for two things. A little bit of legitimate income, and a great lot of money laundering. To keep the charade up, however, you need to make sure a business is actually a business; which means doing the on-the-books owner a favor from time to time to keep things smooth. Troublemakers at the bar? Several troublemakers at the bar? A late delivery or a promotional detail or many-or-any tasks that need-a doing? There’s only one guy at the spot with that particular skill set, and that man is you. On top of your traditional weekly pick up you can also maximize your profits by setting up a little side racket in the back. From good old fashioned staples such as Drinking and Dancing to a range of fast paced adrenaline inducing sports, there are plenty of ways to flit away the boredom across the three varying states. Whether it be enclosed ball games suitable for the urban environment or open air pursuits, you’re sure to find everything you’re looking for and more. Below is a list of activities for you to partake in on your off days.. when you’re not too busy breaking the law. If you want to partake in anything that’s not listed here then you can. But honestly you’re probably better off just playing GTA IV you boring sod. Basketball Making its triumphant return from San Andreas is the game of B-Ball. Like a certain entertainer, who can’t be named for legal reasons, you’ve waited for 16 long years to shoot your shot and here it is. While not exactly on the level of the Holton Hoops or the Penetrators, if you can find a special friend willing to let you dribble and dunk on them you can play a little one on one. And there’s no shortage of wannabe Holland Vagabonds hanging around in the hood for you to challenge either. In fact why not see if they’re looking to get a little action and stick some money down. Then when one of you takes a pounding, ask to go double or nothing. An eviction notice ain’t got nothing on losing that pride. Batting Cages Swing batter batter swiiiinngg. Baseball bats aren't just for home invasion robberies no more. So take one to the cages and have some balls shot at you quicker than you can say Alsaltacuntas. Whilst you try desperately to hit them and knock them as far as you can. Extra points if you can get them into the parking lot. Even more if you can hit some poor schmuck on the sidewalk eating a hot dog. Just don't throw your shoulder out.. you're going to need it to carry all that swag from your home invasion robberies. Golf Ah, the gentlemen’s game. Nowadays there’s so much money floating around that it's hard to tell the criminals from the conscientious. There are a staggering amount of golf courses positioned over the map ranging from public to private. But the basic mechanics are always the same. Take your time to hit it just right and perfect your stroke so that you get your hole every time. The irony being that most of your fellow golfers are men too old to even find the necessary wood. Here’s a tip - it’s the one with the big round head and the longer shaft. Some say it’s not the size of the club but the ball you’re swinging it at. Those people need to up their game of course. Hunting & Fishing So you’ve gotten out of the city, you’ve thrown the leisure suit away, you’ve bought a rifle, a fishing rod, a six pack of beers and a can of worms… Now what do you do? You go and murder some animals of course. Or at the very least take them out of their natural habitat. A man needs to eat! And none of that store bought specially prepared stuff will quite cut the mustard. Even if you’re not hungry, why not do it for sport? Gone are the days when this was a way of life but if you look around you can still turn a profit. Seek out with somebody with lax standards and you might just break even from the meat. This kielbasa is Kosher right? Suuuure. Just make sure that fish still has all its fins and scales. Looking for halal? As-salamu alaykum my friend. Make some connections in the fashion industry and you can also sell on that fur. Or hook up with a taxidermist and score a few trinkets to hang in your pad. You're hardly just going to leave that carcass there to rot now are you? Mountain Biking Everybody loves a good pedal and crank. So crank up those gears and pedal ‘til your heart gives out across some of the most treacherous terrain east of Blaine County. There are also other bikes made for urban cycling but who wants to be caught dead riding one of those? Why not dig deep into your pockets and buy an 18 speed, skinny wheeled slope slayer that costs just as much as a second hand family car. Throw on some lycra and take to the hills, where nobody can see just how stupid you look. And the best part is there’s no Snapmatic so you’ll have to bring a several hundred dollar camera that you’ll probably drop, ride back down and find somewhere to develop the film before you can blow and boast about it. Simpler times. Parachuting & Skydiving There’s nothing more exciting than jumping from a couple of thousand feet and hoping your parachute actually opens when you pull the chord. From helicopters, buildings, mountains, cliffs and bridges there are plenty of places from which to throw yourself. From none of which a person was ever meant to be thrown. The world is depressing so why not get a little bit of excitement, who cares. And if you don’t make it out.. the world is depressing.. who cares. Tennis What’s more exhilarating than two people opposite one another smacking a ball over a net with a glorified snowshoe? Well, quite a lot actually, including most of the above. If you’re that way inclined however, there are plenty of courts dotted around for you to have a go at perfecting your backswing. You probably won’t be playing in Meadows Park anytime soon professionally but there’s no reason why you can’t head over there and challenge some schmuck who thinks he ought to be, right? Watersports No.. not that kind. Although you might want to head down to Star Junction and ask for a price list. We’re talking kayaking, white water rafting, boat racing and jet skiing. Get yourself kitted out and do a spot of scuba diving if you’d like. Whether it be for your own amusement or just trying to impress some guidos down at the shore, the many rivers and oceans that surround and entangle the playable area provide the perfect environment for taking things off shore. To enjoy most of what they have to offer all you need to do is acquire a boat by whatever means, or swim if you’ve got the energy. Alternatively you can make your way to any number of boathouses and activity centres and they’ll help you on your way. Then you can steal the equipment and go exploring. Rules are for sissies, and you’re a man of the seas! Volleyball Beaches are everywhere, so get your fisting hands flexing for those bouncing balls as you dive face first into the sand. Play with yourself or play with a friend and pretend your in Chumash, rather than chest deep in dumpster surrounded by elitist scum suffering from Locust Valley Lockjaw. It's also a sure fire way to get to see women in bikinis up close and personal. So drop your trousers, check your doors, set your controller to vibrate and relive those Dead or Alive fantasies from 2003. In the days before the assault weapons ban, all forms of firearms are fairly easy to acquire all across the Tri-State area. Ammu-Nation is open for business all over the map and at the prices they charge their employees will easily disregard the need for a permit. In the interest of profit margins however they don't stock any imports or heavy artillery. Lucky for you there are a litany of unlicensed dealers operating all over, provided you know where to look. Whether it be potential enemies of the state within the various Chinatowns or ex soldiers offloading their national army's surplus stock, you're sure to find whatever your murderous heart desires including: It's a great time for music. As disco falls out of fashion, derivative genres such as post-disco, New Wave, Electro and Synth-pop are becoming even more popular, while the diverse and ever present genres of Smooth Jazz and Rock music are also on the up. If your skin tone's a little darker (even if it's in your own imagination) then R&B, Funk and Soul are still king but the quiet storm of Hip Hop is bubbling under and it's just about to make a grab for the crown. Music not your thing? There's plenty to talk about and boy does the radio like to let people talk about it. Even if you haven't got a word of English, there's something there for everybody. Unless you don't speak a word of Spanish either.. then you're sh*t out of luck. Afrika Bambaataa & Cosmic Force - Zulu Nation Throwdown Disco Daddy & Captain Rapp - Gigolo Rapp Disco Four - Do It, Do It Doug E. Fresh - Just Having Fun Eddie Cheba - Lookin' Good (Shake Your Body) Fat Boys - Jailhouse Rap Funky 4+1 - Rappin And Rocking The House Gary Byrd and the GB Experience - The Crown Grandmaster Flash - The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel Joe Bataan - Rap-O Clap-O Kurtis Blow - 8 Million Stories Lady D - Lady D MC Rock - Jazzy 4 MC's Paulett & Tanya Winley - Rhymin' and Rappin' Rhythm Talk - Jocko Rockmaster Scott - The Roof is On Fire RUN-D.M.C. - 30 Days Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous 3 - The New Rap Language Sugarhill Gang - Apache (Jump On It) Sweet G - A Heartbeat Rap The Fatback Band - King Tim III The Fearless Four - It's Magic The Mean Machine - Disco Dream Treacherous Three - Body Rock Trouble Funk - Drop The Bomb Whodini - Big Mouth Adam & The Ants - Stand And Deliver Alphaville - Forever Young Billy Idol - Rebel Yell Blondie - Call Me Bon Jovi - Runaway David Bowie - Let's Dance Devo - Whip It Don Henley - Boys of Summer Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf Eddie Money - Shakin' Eurythmics - Who's That Girl Kim Wilde - Cambodia M - Pop Muzik Nik Kershaw - The Riddle Pat Benetar - Heart Breaker Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall OMD - Enola Gay Siouxsie And The Banshees - Happy House Supertramp - Breakfast In America Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place The Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays The Clash - Rock the Casbah The Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed The Knack - My Sharona The Police - Every Breath You Take Tubeway Army - Are "Friends" Electric? Van Halen - Jump Visage - Fade To Grey Brick - Dazz Central Line - (You Know) You Can Do It Ebonee Webb - Something About You Eighties Ladies - Turned On To You Freedom - Get Up And Dance Goldie Alexander - Show You My Love Greg Henderson - Dreamin Gwen McCrae - All This Love That I'm Giving Houseband - Funk It Up Leon Haywood - Don't Push It Don't Force It Linx - You're Lying Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly - Running Away Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You Odyssey - Inside Out Rose Rice - Love Don't Live Here Anymore The Brothers Johnson - Stomp! The Keith Diamond Band - The Dip The New Jersey Connection - Love Don't Come Easy The Sequence - Funk You Up (Long Version) Young & Company - I Like What You're Doing to Me Buddy Rich - Bugle Call Rag (Big Swing Face) Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Charles Mingus - Open Letter to Duke Charlie Parker - Bebop John Coltrane - Summertime Louis Armstrong - West End Blues Miles Davis - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes Oscar Peterson - How About You Roy Haynes - Full Moon Sun Ra - When There is No Sun Thelonious Monk - Bye-Ya/Monk's Dream Tubby Hayes Quartet - What's New Althea and Donna - Uptown Top Ranking Barrington Levy – Murderer Barry Brown - Truth And Right Black Uhuru - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner Cornell Campbell - Boxing Around David Isaacs - Place In The Sun Early B - Righteous Rasta Eek A Mouse - Terrorists In The City Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse Half Pint - One Big Ghetto Leroy Sibbles - Life In the Ghetto Michigan & Smiley – Diseases Mighty Diamonds - Pass The Kouchie Peter Tosh - Legalize It Rita Marley – One Draw Super Cat - Jah Paradise Triston Palmer - Innocent Man Yellowman - Mr. Chin ABC - The Look Of Love Angela Bofill - Too Tough Bananarama - Cruel Summer Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) Cheryl Lynn - Encore Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough Evelyn 'Champagne' King - Back To Love Hall & Oates - I Can't Go for That (No Can Do) Heatwave - Gangsters of the Groove Jackson Five - Can You Feel It Lionel Richie - Running With The Night Madonna - Holiday Melba Moore - Underlove Men Without Hats - Safety Dance Michael Jackson - Beat It Raw Silk - Just in Time Shakatak - Down On The Street Shalamar - I Can Make You Feel Good Soft Cell - Tainted Love Starpoint - It's All Yours Sybil Thomas - Rescue Me Wham! - Everything She Wants Adrenalin O.D. - Going To A Funeral Agnostic Front - Power Bad Brains - Supertouch Damage - Sins of our Fathers Dead Boys - Flame Thrower Love Heart Attack - Society Kraut - Unemployed Minor Threat - Seeing Red Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy Reagan Youth - New Aryans The Dictators - Stay With Me The Icemen - Shadow Out Of Time The Stimulators - Loud Fast Rules! The Young and the Useless - Rise And Shine Undead - Acid Punk Urban Waste - Public Opinion Amanda Miguel - Así No Te Amará Jamás Basilio - Tanto Tanto Amor Celia Cruz & Willie Colón - Usted Abusó Daniela Romo - Mentiras El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico - Vagabundo Hector Lavoe - El Cantante Joe Arroyo - La Rumbera Jose Luis Perales - Y Te Vas Julio Iglesias - "Hey" Miguel Gallardo - Hoy Tengo Ganas De Ti Oscar D'Leon - Lloraras Poncho Sanchez - Morning Roberto Carlos - Amigo Rocío Dúrcal - Amor Eterno Ruben Blades - Decisiones Willie Colon & Ruben Blades - Pedro Navaja Billy Paul - Me And Mrs. Jones Blue Magic - Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely Diana & Marvin - You're My Everything Hall & Oates - Rich Girl Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine Major Harris - Love Won't Let Me Wait McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now MFSB - TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) Philadelphia All Stars - Let's Clean Up The Ghetto Teddy Pendergrass - Close The Door The Delfonics - Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) The Jacksons - Enjoy Yourself The Jones Girls - You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else The O'Jays - Darlin' Darlin' Baby The Spinners - Rubberband Man The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again The Trammps - Hold Back the Night Thelma Houston - Don't Leave Me This Way Alton Edwards - I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You) Advance - Take Me To The Top Brandi Wells - Watch Out Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mama Jama Change - Hold Tight Chemise - She Can't Love You Debarge - I Like It Evelyn 'Champagne' King - If You Want My Lovin George Benson - Give Me The Night Howard Johnson - So Fine Junior - Mama Used To Say Kashif - Stone Love Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night Melba Moore - Love's Comin' At Ya! Midnight Star - Curious Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots Shalamar - Don't Try To Change Me SOS Band - Groovin' (That's What We're Doin') Sylvia Striplin - You Can't Turn Me Away Teena Marie - I Need Your Lovin The O'Jays - Put Our Heads Together The Whispers - It's a Love Thing Toney Lee - Reach Up Vicky D - This Beat is Mine Accept - Princess of the Dawn AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long Aerosmith - Three Mile Smile Autograph - Turn Up the Radio Billy Squier - The Stroke Black Sabbath - Paranoid Blue Oyster Cult - Dr. Music Budgie - Breadfan Def Leppard - Photograph Dokken - Into The Fire Foreigner - Head Games Judas Priest - Breaking The Law Led Zeppelin - Kashmir Motörhead - No Class Queen - Stone Cold Crazy Red Rider - Lunatic Fringe Riot - Road Racin' Rolling Stones - Start Me Up Rush - Tom Sawyer Saxon - Princess of the Night Scorpions - No One Like You Triumph - Lay It on the Line The Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the Moonlight Van Halen - Somebody Get Me A Doctor ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man B Beat Girls ‎– For The Same Man (Nasty Version) Davy DMX - The DMX Will Rock Dominatrix - The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight Extra T’s - E.T. Boogie Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock Hashim - We’re Rocking The Planet Herbie Hancock - Autodrive Jamie Jupitor - Computer Power Planet Patrol - Play At Your Own Risk Pretty Tony - Jam The Box Project Future - Ray Gun Omics Quadrant Six - Body Mechanic Richie Scotti - Breaker Seduction - Video Games (Instrumental) Rodney Stepp - Break-Out The Egyptian Lover - Killin’ It Twilight 22 - Siberian Nights Two Sisters - High Noon Unknown DJ & Three-D - Beatronic Willesden Dodgers - Jive Rhythm The Daily Doskie with Cheryl Bowsky - In the days before mansplaining was a crime punishable by death, our wholesome host 'Cherry' Bowsky attempts to stir up a roundtable discussion about ideology and politics with Democratic City Mayor Earl Schmidt, Liberal leaning Governor Iggy Iorio and Republican Worcester County Executive Aengus O'Donnell. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is everything. After being left in the lurch by longtime co-host Johnny Freeloader, Bowsky finds herself severely out of depth due to a lack of knowledge about the subject matter and her inability to mediate between three fierce rivals who engage in a game of petty mud slinging and one upmanship. After several feeble attempts to take hold of the conversation, she simply lets them have at it while she knits a sweater and bakes them some pecan pie. The Open Mike with Mike Riley - Professional talkist and national treasure Michael Riley hosts a special pow wow with a focus on Religion and Morality including Eshel Schochet, Fayad Ali, Pastor Richards and a young Cris Formage. Riley also takes calls from the general public, who by and large seem to be in fear for their lives due to scaremongering and doomsday prophecies perpetuated by the panel of guests. Could Cavern of Sorrow really have sinister undertones? The women from WACOS seem to think so. One particular caller claiming to represent the Mothers of Prevention also seems overly concerned about the damage being done to her kids by the music industry but Riley cuts her off before she has a chance to articulate. Something about advisory stickers.. who cares. The industry will never go for it anyway and none of these people will ever be heard from again. Bar good old Mike of course. Clay and Knight with Clay Kohler and Marianne Knight - Station bosses have teamed vitriolic veteran Clay Kohler with lysergic lefty Marianne Knight in a last ditch effort to keep him on the straight and narrow before showing him the door. Together they host a 'balanced' debate show focused on Law and Order featuring LCPD Commissioner Herbert Winters, District Attorney Rudy Kastrov, Criminal Defense Lawyer Zurial Orzoff and Avenging Angels' founder Jesus Sentenz. Kohler blames the blacks, Knight blames the school system, while the others try in vain to downplay the amount of crime in the city and the adverse effects of readily available firearms. Why not just arm the school children and get it over with eh? Breakfast with Billy Borscht - Playful pandemonium with the eponymous Billy Borscht - a southern born sketch comedian with a penchant for taking cream pies to the face. He's got a supporting cast of puppets that the kids will love including: Dirty Dog, Happy Hippo, Lethargic Lion and Felicia O' Fox. Little do they realise that all of the above is a thinly veiled cover for Billy's problematic drug use and deviant sexuality. When these issues come to light, Borscht will be replaced by Martin Serious but the powers that be will soon realise that simulated sex acts perform by stuffed animals are just a drop in the ocean when faced with the sea of complaints resulting from Marty's debauchery and he will eventually be fired as well. The Dick & Flo Show with Dr. Dick and Aunt Flo - Late Night Advice from clinical psychologist Richard Oppenheimer and Florence D'Angelo Michaels. Dr. Dick constantly takes a no nonsense approach to callers, trying to zero in on a problem without getting caught up in their long stories or digressions before relating it back to some deep seated issue with their mother or father (usually with sexual overtones). Michaels acts as his foil, in that she's a down to earth suburban housewife from East Island who approaches callers problems with common sense and frequently relates them back to her own sex life with her husband (who also happens to be a producer on the show). In a strange twist of fate, it's revealed towards the end of the show that Oppenheimer is not a clinical psychologist at all, but veteran south Alderney broadcaster Eddie Amadeus in disguise, having apparently lost his memory in a plane crash and deeply repressed all remnants of his former self. Amadeus secures a book deal based on his 'experience' and Michaels gets her own syndicated talk show on national TV. Everyone's a winner, save for the Liberty City public, who are left to deal with the consequences of acting on the duo's tawdry advice. Lunchtime with Lazarus - Previously known as Lazarus in the Morning before a forcible name change necessitated by host Johnny Lazarus's ironic inability to get out of bed before midday. Just a few months into his new tenure and standards have already started to slip. The producers probably should have read the warning signs when Lazarus grew his hair long and started sporting a Stetson, after killing off his old persona in '71 and moving East from Los Santos. The signs became a little clearer when he started to actually drink from the bottle live on air. They thought it was all part of the gimmick I guess. Offensive impressions and politically incorrect observations are all part of the act now too. It's only a matter of time before everyone realises he's just an absolute bastard who should never have been allowed on the air in the first place. Until that day comes however, just sit back, listen and prepare to be made to feel very uncomfortable. Somebody said his son is interning at a rock station in Vice City. Hopefully it's just a rumor, otherwise we're all screwed. The Richard Bernstein Show - Before national syndication and a narcissistic name change, we join the patriotic powerhouse and his gaggle of like minded buddies including Jack Howitzer and Lyle Cleethorpes for a series of pre-recorded right sided rants interrupted intermittently by public backlash in order to allow the show to meet the requirements of the fairness doctrine. The longer these guys give President Hogan the reach around, the shorter they'll have to wait before it all blows over. Perhaps they'll even get their own station... or maybe their own network. Now that would be something. Nattering with Chattering - Condescending claptrap with nepotistic nincompoop William Chattering III. Laugh along with Willy boy as he talks down to the public at large while simultaneously lambasting a host of celebrity guests - including satanic rocker turned talent agent Barry "Stillborn" Mickelthwaite and disgraced middleweight boxer "Hurricane" Hercule Robinson who prepares to compete for the world title fresh off a bid for allegedly murdering his wife. Tales of lizard people, the occult and pederastic orgies abound. It's all in Barry's memoir. But what happened to Herc's wife? Chattering's on a mission and he's determined to find out. Even if it means a broken jaw. Talkin' Balls! with Derrick Thackery - Vague sporting talk with Footballing legend BJ Smith and Jorge Asaltacunas of The Birchwood Brawns, in association with the Liberty Sports Network. On the cusp of his career, Jorge just had a baby not too long ago with his teenage girlfriend and wants him to one day follow in his footsteps. BJ discusses his illustrious career and the pitfalls of the industry as well as hinting at what's next. They're eventually joined by up and coming dribbler Tyrone Hancock from the Liberty Penetrators as they discuss the trappings of new found super stardom including readily available women and drugs. The ballers can relate, and they sure do love to talk about it! Our pal Derrick? Not so much. He seems preoccupied with talk of players throwing games and keeps asking about the names and addresses of referees. He also seems to be in some sort of financial trouble. Wonder what's happening. He says he's flying to San Andreas soon so maybe he'll forget about it. We're sure we'll forget about him. The Last Word with Vernon Vapid - Minority Talk Show aimed primarily at Blacks and Gays, ironically hosted by an old white guy. Featuring token black Congressman Jeremiah Johnson, Henry Pidgeon of the Lenapia Biweekly Gay Tribune and aging Yippie turned conspiracy theorist Monie Flowers. Whether it be engineered viruses aimed at the most marginalised in our society or black helicopters in the sky, this paranoiac trio want to make sure we all become woke to the government agenda, even if poor old Vernon can barely manage to keep his eyes open. Bless his cotton socks. But what do you expect from an old fart who named himself after a car. And speaking of which... Oil prices are low, dirty money is in abundance and the US is now home to the Japanese answer to The Big Three. So simmer down and buckle up in some of the finest vehicles from all over the world. It's never been easier. And thanks to less than advantageous right-to-work laws they've never been cheaper to produce. Get them while they're hot because it's only a matter of time before a wave of mergers and acquisitions and you'll be back to riding around in the gas guzzling shells produced by the terrible three once again. To find out what's for the taking, why not take a look through our comprehensive catalogue of everything on offer. (FULL LIST AVAILABLE HERE)
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  18. Who would be your character (background, personality etc.)? What city/town would it be based in (i.e. Liberty City is based on New York City)? And what would be the storylines? What gangs would you have featured? And what cars would be in the game? Again, although I registered on here last year, I'm still pretty new to the site and only occasionally log in from time to time so please hold your daggers and teeth before you attack me as I don't sit there all day long reading every single thread that ever was written, it'd take me a whole damn year! If there's already a thread like this that exists, just ask a moderator to move my thread into the original one instead of trying to create a cyber war, OK? Cool! So please, do share your answers with me as I'd like to see what everyone's ideal GTA would be like.
  19. How would you feel if every GTA kept this original box art style like GTA 2 and 3 had. It looked almost as if Rockstar was shaping their box covers into a theme with the cross hair over a car jacking but then not long after scrapped the whole idea and changed it to the traditional box art we have now.
  20. GRAND THEFT AUTO: BORDERS The 2nd concept by sabitsuki (1994 Theme) Jamiroquai - Emergency On Planet Earth (2020 Theme) Hante. - The Storm Other concepts by me: Grand Theft Auto: Carcer City Grand Theft Auto: The Inner Circle ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TAGLINE “On the Mexican-American frontier in the west coast during the early-90s, a group of men capitalize off the drug trade along the borders, as an increasingly-violent rivalry brews between cartels, with each organization struggling to reach the top of the food chain. All hell soon breaks loose, and the second generation become victims to the fallout of the events that unfold. Desperate for answers of their plight, the two descendants of these men attempt to reach the root of this multi-generational conflict, which all so suddenly took their normal lives away from them.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OVERVIEW (TWO DIFFERENT ERAS) The game is set both in 1994 and 2020, and features four playable protagonists, with two in each era. The story covers the foundation of cartels in 1994, and the present-day cartel wars in 2020, all set around the Southern San Andrean Mexican-American Border, featuring three different cities and many smaller towns. There are many different changes in the map between the eras. For example, buildings such as the Mile High Club and the Diamond Casino & Resort in Los Santos and the Vizcaino Arch in Ciudad Vizcaino are not present in 1994, with either parking spaces or a series of residential or commercial housing in place of it prior to their construction. Borders are generally easier to cross in 1994 and infrastructure and roads in all three cities are less developed compared to 2020. In contrast, certain buildings are demolished or incorporated into newer buildings by 2020, such as the absence of the Bullitt Recreational Center and Blob Music in Los Santos from 1994, now replaced by buildings or parking spaces, or the incorporation of a few buildings to form the Arcadius Center in 2020, through the building of a public square. Many areas in all three cities, such as Davis and Mirror Park in Los Santos and Mercado Cerrito in Ciudad Vizcaino, are gentrified in 2020, and thus experience a lot less crime with a much greater police presence. The way the game is filtered depends on the era as well. 1994 is generally filtered blue and yellow, reflecting the optimism and the economic boom of this time, as well as Los Santos’s recovery from the riots in 1992, along with a slight grain to emulate 35mm film. 2020, on the other hand, is filtered red and purple, reflecting the political strife and cynicism of the late-2010s, and takes on a cleaner, digital look reminiscent of film and TV made during this time. Era-switching is only available once the main storyline is completed, and the eras can be revisited either by washing your face in a safehouse or by visiting a landmark, such as a gravestone or an area of interest. Themes of the game include multi-generational conflict and the pursuit of truth, and depending on how things unfold in 1994, it can potentially affect the events that occur in 2020, such as the fates of the protagonists from 1994. The protagonists in 2020 are tasked with uncovering the truth of the events in 1994 during the tumultuous cartel wars of the former, and depending on how things go, they can either get the actual truth, a false account of the events during that time, or somewhere in between. Many different endings can stem from these findings. These range from the best ending, where the truth behind the events in 1994 is revealed, the antagonist of the game is defeated and both 1994 protagonists live, to the worst ending, where a false account of the events are shown to the current protagonists, the antagonist gets away with everything, and both protagonists from 1994 are killed. Certain stranger missions are also affected by this, and depending on how things go in 1994, it can affect the outcome in 2020, once the new protagonist meets with the same stranger. If a stranger mission has not been completed in 1994 and the story progresses to 2020, the follow-up mission will not be available in the current era, and the player has to complete the storyline in order to switch eras to finish the stranger mission. Technology is different between 1994 and 2020, with the protagonists relying on a primitive cellular phone and notepad to keep tabs, and owning a vinyl player at their personal safehouses for any purchasable music in 1994 which shuffles a maximum of 10 discs at a time, while smartphones are used in 2020, with Bluetooth-style wireless speakers used in safehouses which the player can use by accessing the Fruit Music streaming app on their phones, where they can make custom playlists with a maximum of 50 songs. Drones are also controllable in 2020, with them being used for certain missions in the storyline. Music is drastically different between the eras, with 1994 being much more AOR, funk and acid jazz-heavy, and 2020 leaning towards hip hop, darkwave and R&B. Certain stations are exclusive to certain years, and a number of tracks from 1994 are brought forward to 2020, where they are featured in throwback stations. Some stations which exist in both eras, also experience genre changes between the years. That said, all music from both eras are available on Fruit Music in 2020, should the player long for the good old days. LANGUAGE As the game is set in the Mexican-American border, two main languages, Mexican Spanish and English, are used in equal amounts throughout the game and story. In many scenes involving Mexicans or Hispanic-Americans, Spanish is used as a spoken language as opposed to English for authenticity, similar to shows such as Narcos. Therefore, it is advisable that monolingual players turn on the subtitles, at least for foreign languages. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SETTING Once again set in Southern San Andreas, three main cities are featured in Borders, along with several small towns and enclaves. Blaine County is not present in this rendition of Southern S.A., and the map cuts off just right after Fort Zancudo and the Tataviam Mountains, with Route 1 (Grand Ocean Highway) curving around the mountains and forming a cliffside freeway towards Crawford. Two American counties and one Mexican municipality are present in Borders, which are Los Santos County, Santa Domingo County and Sierra Municipality. Beach towns play a relatively large role in the game, being home to many of the game’s hotels as well as areas where business is conducted. A complete map with icons will be presented in the near-future. LOCATIONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PLOT (WIP) The story in GTA: Borders is told in different acts, with the prologue being an act of its own. There are four acts in 1994 and four acts in 2020, giving the storyline a total of nine acts. 1990 PROLOGUE 1994 ACT I 1994 ACT II 1994 ACT III 1994 ACT IV 2020 ACT I ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHARACTERS (WIP) Featuring a vast set of characters, GTA: Borders is a multi-generational tragedy that affects the lives of people throughout the decades. PROTAGONISTS PRIMARY CHARACTERS SECONDARY CHARACTERS MINOR CHARACTERS STRANGERS & FREAKS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TO BE CONTINUED... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  21. After a long absence, I'm finally back with what is probably my biggest dream project to date: COLORS The year is 2022. Richard Herczog, a 19 year old man who lives with his parents in the quiet town of Greensboro is about to face the biggest, most depressing turn of events he's had in his life: his mother leaving him and his father for another man. What happens upon this discovery is a downturn spiral, wherein Richard gets involved in everything corrupt and criminal, from police work to the mafia, all so his remaining parent can keep a happy life. But will this be enough to grant HIM a happy life? As the saying goes, crime does not pay... Overview: COLORS is a 2022 open world crime-oriented tactical shooter released by HYDRUX GAMES. The game is similar to Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series in that it features a wide open sandbox, where players can perform many legal and not-so-legal actions in the world. Taking place in a parody of Hungary's Pest Megye ("Capital County"), the game features two big cities: Greensboro (Pilisvörösvár), its surrounding villages, and Capital City (Budapest). The game also naturally includes fake versions of European vehicles, such as the Scout ExtraD (Skoda Superb) or the Einheitkutchse Süßig (Volkswagen Caddy). CONTENT: Vehicles: Valiant (Volvo), Scout (Skoda), Einheitkutchse (Volkswagen), Rump (Ford), Majestic (Mercedes Benz), Runner (Renault), Braco (Iveco), FAG (DAF), Swift (Scania), CHIQ (MAN), GFN (BMW), Trundl (Rolls Royce), Rubisento (Suzuki), Davenport (SEAT), Pygmy (Mini), Bronco (Porsche), Throb (Smart), Felis (Peugeot), Bolt (Opel), Prosy (FIAT), Romero (Alfa Romeo), Malkin (Jaguar), RULE (Audi) Weapons: Pistol (Danuvia VD-01), .50 (Desert Eagle), Knife, Baseball Bat, Chainsaw, Machine Pistol (MP9), SMG (MP5), Pump Shotgun (Remington Model 887), Combat Shotgun (Akdal MKA 1919), Assault Rifle (AK-63), Heavy Rifle (MCIWS), Sniper Rifle (Tikka T3), RPG, Grenade, Molotv Cocktail, Programmable AR (Mk 47 Striker) Characters: Richard Herczog: The player character. Richard is a 19 year old college dropout who lived with his parents in Greensboro. He has severe mood swings, and thus got an addiction to alcohol. A punk at heart, Richard usually dresses in dark leather clothing. While he's an overall negative person and hates most things, he has a soft spot for animals, and works part-time at a dog shelter. John Herczog: An army veteran, John is the father of Richard and was the husband of Melinda. His strenght and tatoos hide a kind heart. Melinda Herczog: The mother of Richard and the former wife of John, Melinda is a hot headed, violent women. She always carries around her shotgun, and doesn't hesitate to use it if anyone angers her. She no longer lives with her family, instead is with her new husband, Márton. Her betrayal of Richard and John is the driving point of the plot. CONTINUING SOON!
  22. GRAND THEFT AUTO: CARCER CITY Loading Theme: Portishead - Sheared Times Written by sabitsuki Loosely based on ObsydianRaven's 2011 concept. Other concepts by me: Grand Theft Auto: Borders Grand Theft Auto: The Inner Circle -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PART I: TAGLINE OVERVIEW SETTING PLOT OUTLINE CHARACTERS GANGS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TAGLINE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The year is 1996. The turn of the century looms over the horizon as civilization embraces a new era, marked by breakthroughs in technology and global communication on a scale never before seen in human history. Optimism prevails as a period of prosperity and seemingly never-ending economic growth engulfs America's coastal cities, while the ghosts of the Rust Belt are left to their own devices. Fresh out of the state pen, a man, born and bred in a city that thrives in violence and vice at the brink of a massive gang war, journeys across his hometown, coming to terms with his past, a quest of vengeance and a changing time." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OVERVIEW -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GTA: Carcer City, as its name implies, takes place in Carcer City, in the fictional Midwestern state of Musketoon (loosely based on Indiana and Michigan, with elements of Pennsylvania and Illinois), near the Canadian border. Mostly based on Detroit, the city also takes influences from other Rust Belt cities such as Flint, Gary and Pittsburgh. A dangerous city long past its prime, it is surrounded by suburban areas, both rich and poor, forests, two relatively large lakes and connecting rivers, a mountain with a waterfall and a significantly safer, yet smaller city based on Ann Arbor west to it. Set between 1996 and 1997, and briefly during the 1970s and 1989, there is a consistent grunge/industrial tone to the game, with the default color grading for the game being that of a rusted sepia filter, which can be changed in-game through the filters menu. Returning to the roots of the series, as well as the gritty atmosphere of The Lost And Damned, GTA: Carcer City features one main protagonist, although the player briefly takes control of a few other characters momentarily over the course of the storyline. The story, split into 7 Chapters with a Prologue in the style of RDR2, with each chapter taking place in a different season. A morality system exists in-game, and can determine the fate of certain primary characters in the storyline, with a dialogue wheel system similar to Mass Effect being present in the game. There are three endings in the game, an honorable criminal ending, a neutral criminal ending and a dishonorable criminal ending, all three which involve Ricky leaving the city behind him. Beginning in the winter of 1989, there is a time skip of seven years to springtime of 1996, which coincides with Chapter 1, and ending in the warm summer of 1997, coinciding with Chapter 7. Other than main storyline missions, the player can engage in other side activities, both action-based and ambient. Borrowing from the first Saints Row, many in-game stores have opening and closing times, with some exceptions such as 24-hour convenience stores, and sales for discounted goods are advertised through the game's radio. Many activities from previous GTAs are featured in GTA: Carcer City, such as, but not limited to, Drug Dealing, Racing (Illegal and Legal), Rampages, Gambling, Vigilante, Taxi Driver, Valet and Clubbing (in this case, Raving), along with new activities including Loan Sharking, Rave Bounties, Cage Fights, Blackmail, Devil's Night, Bar Brawls, Rooftop Assassinations, Protection Money Collection, Bet Fixing, Small Town Nightwatch and a much more improved Store Holdup system that functions much like a cross between Saints Row 1 and RDR2. Ambient activities include Drinking (many accessible bars and pubs), Strip Clubs, Fishing, Eating, Consumption of certain Drugs, Hunting, Pool, Basketball, Photography, working at an Auto Shop and Random Encounters. An early form of the internet can also be used in-game, with an early email used to communicate with characters, drug pushers and weapon dealers in-game as well as a leisure-based web-hosting service based on Yahoo! Geocities which explores the more humorous and satirical elements of the game. TV shows are back and greater than ever, with a larger number of mocap-based TV shows that contrast with the predominantly cartoon-based programs in GTA V, with many shows that parody cheesy 80s-90s action shows, sitcoms and soap operas, as well as an MTV pastiche that plays a mixture of trippy animations and certain licensed music videos from the era. Safehouses can be bought around the map, and hotels and motels can be rented temporarily as a single save point. Cores return from RDR2, though they are slightly more dumbed down and less realistic for gameplay purposes, being limited to Health, Stamina and Strength cores. With the presence of changing seasons, much like in RDR2, wearing inappropriate clothing for certain seasons (especially during the winter) can result in an adverse impact on your cores. The protagonist communicates through both a 2-way Pager and a Cellphone based on the Nokia 8110, the former mostly used to know about special drug or weapons deals around the city which acts as a companion device to the in-game email. There are a total of 16 radio stations in-game, 2 of which are talk show stations. Playing a wide variety of music, ranging from rock, metal, techno and hip-hop from the mid-90s to more somber and relaxed jazz and soul tracks from the 50s to 80s, the game attempts to encompass the musical tastes and origins of Detroit, as well as the ethos of Generation X, along with the themes featured in the storyline, in order to create a unique musical experience. Music on the stations can also be purchased in music stores around the map, and are listenable through the Panoramic Strutter, an MP3 Player modelled after the South Korean MPMan. Many of the features, and others, will be elaborated on in greater detail either in this post or in future posts. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SETTING -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MAP To be added soon... CARCER CITY BUS ROUTES To be added soon... ANTIGONE FALLS BUS ROUTES To be added soon... MUSKETOON STATE DASHOUND BUS ROUTE To be added soon... Set in the fictional Weldon County, Musketoon (based on Wayne County, Michigan), the in-game map comprises of several locales, with a main city (Carcer City), a smaller lakeside city (Antigone Falls), three smaller townships/suburban areas (Carlton, Fleming and Boulder), two lakes (McMillan Lake and Parrish Lake), a natural preserve/forest (Musketoon State Nature Trail), a mountain hiking/road trail (Rusty Valley) with a bumpy waterfall (Humphrey Rapids), all connected by two interstate freeways (I-11 and I-13). The complete map for this concept will be added in in the near future. CITIES Carcer City Antigone Falls CARCER CITY, MUSKETOON Population: 1,500,000 Served by: Carcer City Police Department (CCPD) Carcer City Tram Authority The El Carcer Buses ANTIGONE FALLS, MUSKETOON Population: 89,000 Served by: Antigone Falls Police Department (AFPD) Antigone Falls Trams (AFT) A.F. Bus Depot SMALL TOWNS Carlton Fleming Boulder Served by: Hard-As Interstate Bus Travel Musketoon State Troopers NATURAL LANDMARKS McMillan Lake Parrish Lake Humphrey Rapids Musketoon State Nature Trail Rusty Valley Serviced by: Musketoon Park Rangers Musketoon State Troopers Weldon County Fire Department -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MISSION OUTLINE (WIP) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Borrowing the narrative style from RDR2 and Bully as well as the character arcs seen in films such as Pulp Fiction and games such as Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, albeit restricted only to specific missions, GTA: Carcer City is split into 7 Chapters, with each chapter taking place in varying seasons. The prologue begins in 1989, chapters 1-4 in 1996 and chapters 5-7 in 1997, along with flashback sequences back to either the mid-to-late 1970s or back to 1989. Our main protagonist, Richard "Ricky" Youngblood, will be the leading man in this story, though other characters, such as Corey Walker, Jacob "Jake" Rodchenko, Tina Rochester, Tommy Youngblood, Agent Alan Hendricks and Marvin "8-Bit" Haroldson are briefly playable in certain missions. The list of missions are as follows (usually in chronological order), followed by a brief description of the missions. There are altogether __ missions in GTA: Carcer City. PROLOGUE: THE BEGINNING Year: Winter, 1989. CHAPTER 1: ERA Year: Spring, 1996. CHAPTER 2: TRIBES Year: Summer, 1996. CHAPTER 3: TEMPEST Year: Fall-Winter, 1996. CHAPTER 4: VENGEANCE Year: Winter, 1996. Winter, early 1997. CHAPTER 5: BREATHER Year: Spring, 1997. CHAPTER 6: REALIZATION Year: Spring-Summer, 1997. CHAPTER 7: NADIR Year: Summer, 1997. FINAL MISSION 1 Year: Summer, 1997. FINAL MISSION 2 Year: Summer, 1997. EPILOGUE: WHAT LIES AHEAD Year: Summer-Fall, 1997. STRANGER MISSIONS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHARACTERS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The cast of characters featured in GTA: Carcer City, with each character having different motivations and reasons for doing what they do. Many characters do not make it by the end of the storyline. PROTAGONIST The playable character of the storyline. PRIMARY CHARACTERS The most important characters in the storyline. SECONDARY CHARACTERS The second most important characters in the storyline. MINOR CHARACTERS Characters that are not seen that much, but are still important to the storyline. STRANGERS & FREAKS Some are comedic, some are serious. Either way, they're people that Ricky run into on the street, and they all have different stories to tell. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- GANGS (WIP) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One of the most dangerous cities in America, there is bound to be an abundance of gang presence in Carcer City, and its surrounding areas. With over 20 gangs claiming turf in the city, there is no shortage of debauchery between them, with skirmishes, shootings, taggings and fights happening on a daily basis. THE MOTOR UNION THE PHARAOHS PAVANO CRIME FAMILY MIDTOWN HOODS THE DESERT KINGS WARLORD NATION DA CLUBS DA ACES DEADLOCKS MC THE SKINZ THE INNOCENTZ THE JURY DA NORTHSIDE CLICK THE WILD BOYZ THE SPANISH LORDS THE WARSAW POSSE THE FLUSHES THE HAMPTON SHOOTAZ DELTA CHARGERS MC THE ANGELS OF DEATH MC STREETWANNABES HELL'S BELLES PERELLO CRIME FAMILY THE SERAPHS OF CARCER
  23. Grand theft auto: stories of the underworld note: this is a remake of another concept thread i created that got locked due to some confusion. to avoid confusion, let me make this very clear that this is NOT a gta 6 speculation or a fake gta 6 leak thread. this is a concept thread i made from what my ideal gta game would be. sorry for making another post for the concept, im not trying to upset anyone here. this concept is not done and will be constantly updated. First things first where is the game set? grand theft auto vi is set on a map based on the united states of america featuring all cities from previous grand theft auto titles as well as lenapia(based on Philadelphia) cottonmouth(based on new Orleans) Franklin D.C.(based on Washington D.C.) bison(based on buffalo NY) atlas city(based on Atlantic city) carcer city(based on Detroit) and Cocachi(based on Chicago) pike city(based on Denver). obviously not all real life us cities could be added due to certain limitations. the map is divided into 12 states, san andreas(based on California), robada(based on Nevada), north yankton(based on north Dakota), south yankton(based on Colorado), Louisiana(based on Louisiana), Florida(based on Florida), reginia(based on Virginia), new slyvania(based on Pennsylvania), alderney(based on new jersey), liberty(based on New York), merigan(based on Ohio and Michigan), venteux(based on Illinois), When is the game set? grand theft auto VI will be set in the year 2017. the reason why is because it will make for a great modern satire. there will be a expansion pack or two that is set in older time periods. Main characters grand theft auto stories of the underworld features four playable characters, giving the player the ability to explore grand theft auto's criminal underworld from every possible angle. Jason Tyrell is an African american male from carcer city. at the age of 15, he was arrested after being caught with 6 grams of cocaine in his backpack. after being released from prison in 2012, Jason joined a gang called the 7th street rollerz. in 2013 he was again charged for possession of controlled substance: marijuana. he was sentenced to 4 years in prison. upon his release, he decides to return to drug dealing and gang life yet again unable to learn from his past mistakes. the second protagonist is terry Johnson, an acting vice president of the san andreas chapter of the angels of death. he was born in 1978 in San fierro. in 1993, terry was arrested for attempting to steal a bike when he was 15. terry committed several other crimes and served a year in juvenile hall before he joined the angels of death. in 1999 he was arrested for murder when he was 21. he was released from prison in 2008. he worked his way from a prospect to vice president of the chapter. the third protagonist is 31 year old Armando Ramirez, a recent Mexican immigrant to the us, Armando lives with dreams of wealth,power and respect. he was born in a small poor village of mexico that is close to the us border in 1986. after coming to the us, Armando enters the criminal underworld under the wings of his uncle who is an important associate of the Mexican cartel. and the fourth protagonist is 40 year old Italian american carlo genovese who after jimmy pegorino was killed in 2008 became the new acting head of the pegorino crime family. growing up Carlo was surrounded by mobsters, thieves, and drug dealers in his community but he always tried hard not to fall too deep into the criminal underworld. however Carlo's financial situation got particularly dyer and the money he was getting for the odd jobs was barely enough to keep the asbestos filled roof over his head. for him it was a case of desperate times calling for desperate measures and when his childhood friend ray boccino inadvertently offered him a chance to work for the pegorino crime family. the offer just seemed a little too lucrative to refuse. he worked his way up the ranks from a lowly associate to full fledged capo in the pegorino family. but after his friend ray and his boss jimmy were killed in 2008, carlo became the new boss and has gotten the family full control over alderney. business each protagonist has their own way of expanding their criminal empires and can also set up legitimate businesses as a way of making extra income. biker business biker businesses are terry's way of building an empire. to start a biker business terry can go on the AOD computer in the clubhouse and access the open road website. all biker businesses that can be bought are located in las venturas, san fierro, and los santos as well as all the rural areas in between the three cities. the biker businesses work very much like gta online but are more fun and less tedious. biker businesses can now be stolen from other gangs as well. there are a total of 60 biker businesses available. gang territory gang territories are jason's way of building an empire. gang territories can only be controlled in liberty city, cottonmouth, carcer city, cocachi, and los santos. to take over a territory from another gang the player must go to that gang's designated hangout within that territory and kill the gang members there. then that is the gang war will begin and two carloads of rival gang members show up whom the must kill. afterwords the gang's stronghold for that territory is marked on the map and player must attack it and either steal or destroy the drugs the gang has stored in the stronghold. after all is said and done, the 7th street rollerz now have full influence over that territory but the gang you took the territory from may try to retaliate and take it back. there are a total of 120 gang territories around the map. Mafia fronts mafia fronts are Carlo's way of building an empire. mafia management is very similar to the empire building aspect of gta vice city stories. mafia fronts can only be acquired and operated in liberty city, vice city, atlas city, lenapia, cocachi, las venturas, and los santos. the player can buy a mafia front or steal it from another mob family or gang. after you acquire a mafia front you choose what type of business you want it to be. there are over 6 mafia front businesses to choose from and these include protection, loansharking, prostitution, gunrunning, drugs, gambling. after you choose the business type, you then choose the business venture. small time businesses are guarded by weak goons with pistols and baseball bats and cost $10,000 to set up, medium venture businesses are guarded by goons with submachine guns and cost $15,000 to set up, high roller businesses are guarded by strong goons with assault rifles and cost $50,000 to set up. the player can also edit the fronts at any time and change the type of business and the business size. there are a total of 150 mafia fronts available around the map. Drug dens drug dens are armando's way of building an empire. drug dens can be purchased or conquered from other gangs. once a drug den has been acquired, the player then chooses what type of drug they want to it manufacture and sell, these include methamphetamine, cocaine, weed, heroin, and ecstasy. once you've chosen the drug type you choose the business venture, small time drug dens are guarded by weak goons with pistols and bats and cost $10,000 to set up. medium venture drug dens are guarded by goons with submachine guns and cost $15,000 to set up. high roller drug dens are guarded by strong goons with assault rifles and cost $50,000 to set up. the player can edit the drug manufacture type and business venture at any time. legitimate business the player can also earn legitimate income in a number of ways. the player can purchase businesses, rent out houses/apartments, or start businesses. bars/nightclubs your conventional nightclub or bar. this establishment will gain revenue through the sale of alcoholic beverages. construction at some point in the game, the player will be able to purchase a construction company and name it whatever they want. it can operate wherever the player wants. with the company, the player can purchase plots of land and develop casinos, apartment complexes, hotels, housing subdivisions, stadiums, factories, and houses. what you can develop depends on the size of the land you purchased. casinos can only be developed in the states of robada and alderney where gambling is legal. car dealerships car dealerships can be purchased. car dealerships tend to generate large sums of money, although not as much as construction. the player can not gain a wanted level from stealing a car from their own dealership. dealerships also act as extra space to store or modify cars. cab depots cab depots can be purchased. the player can name the cab company whatever they want. taxi missions are also unlocked once the player opens a cab depot. to start taxi missions, the player must go to their cab depot and enter one of their cabs. a dispatcher on the radio will announce there is a job avalible and the must press a button to take the job. once you took the job, you just have to pick up the customer, take them to their destination, and earn your tip. you can also choose the car your cab company uses and customize it to make it your cab company's trademark. Weapons there are four types of stores to buy weapons. ammunation (AM) is a gun shop that sells street legal guns. bunch of tools (BT) is a shop where you can buy tools. jock sports(JS) is a shop where you can buy sports equipment. underground shops (UN) allow you to buy illegal guns such as machine guns, explosives, etc. weapons on the list that aren't labeled with any of the store icons are not available to purchase and can only be obtained through stealing it from a military base or off soldiers melee brass knuckles(UN) screwdriver(BT) kitchen knife(BT) stiletto(UN) butterfly knife(UN) combat knife(AM) meat cleaver(BT) machete(JS) katana(JS) baseball bat(JS) pool cue(JS) golf club(JS) shovel(BT) chainsaw(BT) spray can(BT) fire extinguisher(BT) cane() hammer(BT) sledge hammer(BT) circular saw(BT) wooden baseball bat(JS) axe(BT) crowbar(BT) hocky stick(JS) pistols S&W M36(AM) colt python(AM) S&W M29(AM) glock 17(AM) colt M1911(AM) beretta 92(AM) magnum .44 automag(UN) desert eagle(UN) CZ 75(UN) browning pistol(AM) S&W 645(AM) Shotguns lupara(AM) sawn off shotgun(UN) remington 870(AM) remington 1100 TAC 4(AM) ithaca 37 stakeout(UN) spas 12(UN) armsel striker(UN) AA-12(UN) SMG tec-9(UN) scorpion(UN) mac 10(UN) micro uzi(UN) uzi(UN) mp5(UN) SW MP-10(UN) FN p-90(UN) mp5k(UN) Assualt rugar mini 30(AM) AK-47(UN) HK G36(UN) M4(UN) M-249(UN) M16(UN) Sniper M40A1(AM) PSG-1(UN) DSR-1(UN) 50. cal Thrown molotovs(UN) pipe bombs(UN) sticky bombs(UN) MK 2 grenades(UN) satchel charges(UN) proximity mines Heavy HK-69 grenade launcher(UN) RPG-7(UN) Hawk MM-1 revolver grenade launcher FIM 92 stinger missile launcher M134 Minigun M2A1-7 flamethrower Other dart gun(JS) knocks npcs out for 2 minutes. duct tape(BT) can be used to hogtie npcs similar to red dead redemption. crossbow(AM) works very similar to the bow and arrow in rdr2. can also be modified to shoot explosive arrows. throwing knives(UN) very great in stealth situations. toy pistol(JS) your typical toy gun that shoots foam darts. will not kill npcs. BB Gun(JS) your classic lever action bb gun. may knock npcs over but will not kill them. Vehicles vehicles can be bought at car dealerships or on the internet. super cars 811 Autarch Adder banshee 900R bullet cheetah Cyclone Deveste Eight Emerus Entity XF Entity XXR ETR1 FMJ GP1 Infernus Itali GTB Tezeract thrax Turismo R Tyrant Tyrus Vacca Vagner Visione Voltic X80 proto XA-21 Zentorno Zorrusso Krieger nero Osiris penetrator sultan RS T20 Tempesta Sports 8F drafter 9F Alpha Banshee Bestia GTS blista compact buffalo Carbonizzare Comet Coquette Futo Hotring sabre kuruma kuruma (armored) Paragon R Paragon R (armored) Penumbra raiden revolter Schafter Sports classics 190z Ardent Casco cheetah classic Deluxo Dynasty Fagaloa Infernus classic JB 700 Manana Nebula turbo peyote roosevelt stromberg tornado tornado rat rod Sedans Asea Asterope cognoscenti cognoscenti(armored) Emperor fugitive glendale ingot intruder Premier primo regina Romero schafter (armored) stafford stanier stretch super diamond surge Tailgater Turreted limo washington admiral chavos DF8-90 esperanto hakumai lokus marbelle merit PMP 600 presidente schafter vincent willard Muscle blade Buccaneer Chino Clique Coquette blackfin Duke o death Ellie Faction Gauntlet classic hermes Hotknife Hustler impaler lurcher moonbeam picador rat loader rat truck ruiner ruiner 2000 sabre turbo slamvan stallion tampa vamos vigero virgo voodoo yosemite Coupes F620 Felon GT Jackal oracle oracle xs sentinel Compacts Dillettante Issi Issi classic panto Prairie Rhapsody SUVs ballar ballar(armored) Beejay XL Cavalcade Contender Dubsta Granger landstalker mesa patriot patriot stretch radius Rocoto seminole XLS XLS(armored) Motorcycles Akuma Bagger Bati 801 Carbon RS Chimera cliffhanger Daemon Defiler double T Faggio Faggio sport hexer nightblade sanchez Sovereign rat bike wolfsbane zombie lycan wayfarer diabolus Emergancy Ambulance FIB buffalo FIB granger fire truck lifeguard park ranger police bike police cruiser police buffalo prison bus police riot police transporter RCV sheriff cruiser sheriff SUV unmarked cruiser Offroad bifta blazer bodhi caracara dune buggy dune loader hellion insurgent kalahari kamacho menacer nightshark marshell rancher XL rancher rebel sandking the liberator Commercial Benson Biff Hauler mule packer phantom pounder stockade Industrial cutter dock handler dozer dump flatbed mixer tipper crane truck excavator Service airport bus bus dashound tourbus taxi trashmaster Vans bison bobcat boxville burrito gang burrito camper journey minivan pony rumpo speedo surfer taco van utility airtug caddy docktug fieldmaster tractor combine forklift mower ripley sadler scrap truck towtruck utility truck cycles BMX cruiser endurex racing bike fixter scorcher tri cycles racing bike whippet racing bike military anti aircraft trailer APC barracks crusader rhino tank thruster boats dinghy jetmax marquis police predator speeder squalo suntrap toro tropic submersible tug cargo ship cruise ship ferry boat yacht seashark Helicopters annihilator buzzard buzzard attack chopper cargobob FH-1 hunter frogger maverick police maverick air ambulance sea sparrow skylift swift Planes atomic blimp blimp bersa cargo plane cuban 800 dodo duster howard NX-25 hydra jet luxor mammatus miljet mogul P-45 P-996 lazer rogue titan velum ultralight more coming soon
  24. slimeball supreme

    Grand Theft Auto: Red Line

    WINNER OF BEST CONCEPT 2019 SLIMEBALL SUPREME & CEBRA theme. companion piece. special thanks to Money Over Bullsh*t Markyevansy The Deadite On the streets of the country’s worst city lie many a body. Crack in its heyday, corpses lining the streets in Hove Beach, wiseguys on the wrong foot for the first time in the mafia’s history as indictments sweep. What is it? In Red Line, you play as two protagonists from two burgeoning sides of the underworld, under threat from all angles as the walls close in. Liberty City is expanded: only featuring the two-and-a-half boroughs of Broker, Lennox Island, and Mid-to-South Algonquin. Felix Godovsky immigrated to the US five years ago after a youth on the streets of Odessa boosting cars and breaking skulls. A short stint working as a textile cutter lead him into the open arms of local drug dealers - now a leading enforcer for a gang referring to itself as the People’s Court. In America, there are winners and losers. Felix doesn’t intend to lose. Residing in a red-brick in the heart of Hove Beach, Felix drives an ‘87 Karin Gogetter and has around $1500 under his mattress. Originally from Italian Bantonvale, Adrian Tessa moved to Lennox Island with his nonna after falling in with the wrong crowd. Didn’t work. Crossing the bridge up to Broker on a regular basis, ‘Age’ dropped out in the 10th grade to work closely with up-and-comer Roy Zito and his Gambetti-associated clique of small time thugs. They intend to go big. Living upstairs in a two-family house, Adrian commutes from Cairndow to Bantonvale by subway or his grandmother’s ‘81 Vulcar Motrock, holding $120 in pocket money at the game’s beginning. - NADYA GODOVSKAYA It was her idea to come over here: friends and opportunity. The Bronshteins went in the 80’s, sent postcards back painted technicolor. They came. Nadya hasn't found a great job yet, Felix has - he knows America may not be the best for the legitimate, but for those willing to bend the rules, many-a buck awaits. - IZYA BRONSHTEIN An old friend of Felix's from Odessa, settled down Hove years back before his arrival. A dreamer ever hopeful, ever optimistic of an American Dream gone and let him down, let his wife and his little girl down. Trust: his most fatal, fatal flaw. - GENNADY & GERMAN ROITMAN The Roitman Brothers were Belarusian wrestlers, steroid salesmen given new life as chief enforcers of the People's Court. German the mad mute and Gennady the brains, relatively speaking: extortionists and usurers now extending meaty fists to the heroin market. - KUZMA 'KENNY' PETROVICH In the upstairs of Gulag Garden, Hove Beach's king resides. A gifted speaker, he hosts the People's Court; an adjudication body where disagreements of his constituents are debated and settled. He'll take a piece of the action, sure, but as feudal lords come he's mighty benevolent. - LAZAR SARAVAISKY Kenny's right hand, always open, always thinking. In the 80's considered the obvious successor to the iron fist of Emil Agrov, yet ceded power to his protege when the man passed away. Lazar was never one for the spotlight, preferred to smoke benzos and whisper in the shade. - LEV GEFTER As ostentatious as ostentatious comes, invited Kenny and a few Pavanos to a party in Vice City last summer: yachts, blow, President masks. The on-the-books manager of Gulag Garden is more businessman than triggerman, a bad draw when the barbarians bang at the gates. - SYLVESTER GANZFRIED The man with a million jobs - Jewish outreach advisor to President Biff Cochrane, police chaplain, top dog lawyer and rabbi without a pulpit. Least notably, government stoolie and mob fixer. The IAA, Mossad; they love the f*cker to death, and they'll let him do whatever if they get a piece of the pie. - DOLPH BECKLER The insurmountable Sgt. Dolph Beckler - bridge and tunnel Kraut and veteran crimefighter with connections to some of the city's finest: from Purgatory Sergeant Francis McReary to mayoral candidate Faraldo himself, Beckler commands his own eponymous team of rogue cops from the 70th Precinct. He'll tell you: Beechwood is Broker's stomach. The Beckler Boys are its antacid. - MORI GREEN In District Park you'll find Ol' Mori - fence, jeweler, kosher wiseguy. Made friends with Bohan Moe in the 70's and met Ganzfried a while later, now buddy-buddy with half the dagos in Broker. Mori puts up with them. Recommends jobbers for the right jobs, guns for the right hits. No matter how brash the client. - MATVEY 'MOTYA' SHVEDIK Motya is a man with a philosophy. You have a warm spot. You keep your warm spot. You kill those that try to take it. His warm spot is being Hove Beach's number one killer, number one heroin dealer, number one gangster with ties overseas. Many people will try to take it. Many will die. - KITAYCHIK Yaroslav Pogodin is a showman and a sinner, bare-knuckle boxer called 'Chinaman' for squinty eyes. The name stuck. Sent by the men back in Moscow to take Hove Beach, remove a testy old guard of Jews and the Americanized. He will do so with obscurity: intentions unknown, diplomacy damned. - MARKI ASHVILLI Looks are deceiving. You think 'art-collector' and 'entrepreneur' and you think Doug Hatchet, turtlenecks and trimmed facial hair. He acts the part as best he can, despite habit and ever-closed doors. Marki plays Kitaychik's point man, money launderer and extortionist with ties to many-a professional hockey player. Perhaps he'll own a team one day. - VIKENTIY RABINOVICH The boss of all bosses? They call him Smartass, exiled to a fortress in Budapest with guards and anti-aircraft guns. He is, by all means, Europe's kingpin. He wants more. He wants the oceans and the skies and the clothes off every man's back, and no. He doesn't take well to denial. - GRIMWALDO WINOGRODZKI Where the f*ck is this guy from? Don't ask. Says he's Polish, says he's Italian, says he's Swiss. Only thing for sure... he has blow. Blow, heroin, TV sets, gourmet chocolates; if there's one thing the DOA and AFT don't expect, it's Thai dope on a Polish airliner. - YERALDIN ‘YIYO’ MONSALVE Flashy, confident, ruthless: the Cázar Cartel's stateside boss doubles as Liberty's cocaine kingpin. And he knows it. Dials up Winogrodzki at 2 AM for coca-powered conversations about sports, plays golf with Kenny Petrovich in chore coats and sweatpants. But above all, a passion... the malparido loves submarines. - RAMI YALON Lupisellas usually hire in the family, longtime hitman Sonny 'the Saint' Honorato dutifully doing hits since the 50's. But he's Bohan. Dom don't like Bohan. In his place comes 'the Yid’, former Mossad and consummate professional. High fees and low tolerance for guido bullsh*t - maybe that's why he clicks with Kuzma so much. - THE COOPERATIVE When you do business in Liberty, you cut the Families in. Or else. A committee of three who collect, discuss, and intimidate the gangsters of Hove Beach; wearily meeting at the Piazza Plaza Restaurant in Rotterdam Hill. Lupisella consigliere Gene Pittaluga, ad hoc boss of a teetotal clique. Says little for a confidant, you can see why Puleo sees more blood than silver. Pavano captain Giosuè 'Joshie' Gervasi, assisted by geezer aide-de-camp Juliano 'Julie Schnozz’ Ciommo. Greedy fool. Talks big game, often without playing. Gambetti capo Sal 'Salvo' Salzano of Lennox Island. Peacekeeper. Line straight to big man Gravelli - eager for Russian cash despite disdain for their methods. - MOE SCHWARTZ Moe never took a side in the whole Broker-Bohan thing, maybe on account of his mixed heritage he thought himself exempt. The Lupisellas' numbers guy, the guy who first came across the Russians on account of campaigning for ZAP with Eshel Schochet, the go-to guy for Ganzfried or the Pavanos or God himself. Consigliere by any other name. - LEO PULEO There's a problem brewing in the Lupisella family. Huge Henry Rotondi, guy couldn't fit in the goddamn FIB plane, starts talking about ratting on every boss on the Commission. Not good. Puleo, on the run out of state, gets busted in Pennsylvania at a shopping mall. Double not good. Half the family on trial: a mess and a half to clean up. Only one man to do it. - DOMINIC 'THE WRENCH' SEPE They call him The Wrench for many-a reason, he's the wrench in the works, Mr. Fixit. Or perhaps he'll smash the sh*t out of you with one. Acting boss with big man Puleo in the joint, getting info from the bigger man and organizing a breakout on his behalf. His thirst for blood now justified, vindication on his mind and tongue. - NONNA TESSA A crossroads: a grandson with a junkie father and a nowhere mother. What do you do? You take them out of Broker, try get them work, raise them like a son. Son drops out of school, starts acting a ruckus with neighborhood boys, police visit the house and then you're visiting the station. All you can do is pray. - ROY ZITO Roy and the Bantonvale Boys - hooligans and thugs wreaking havoc north, south and upwards. All over, the sixth family; no liquor store unrobbed and car unstolen, pretty boy in charge with sharp edges and a sharp tongue. The blunt force option, latent inadequacies and all. - ERIC LO IACONO Eraclide to his mother, to his friends the name dips. Clyde, Ricky, Eric - the North Lennox terror got no respect for his elders. Went down at 15 for Assault and plead "f*ck yourself" on the stand, spat in the public defender's face at the consequence. Still got it down to second degree. A zero sum game. - JON 'JUNIOR' GRAVELLI Junior clocked Roy years back when Roy still stole cars, two clicked instantly over blow and bad movies. Jon, rich kid from Meadow Hills never got his hands dirty. Roy, poor kid from Bantonvale never knew nothing but getting his hands dirty. Best friends ever since. - ROGER 'BUTCHIE' BOVE Butch lost his son a couple years back; an ill-fated drive and a broken neck. Roy did him a favor and killed the guy who did it. It's a bond holding harder than kevlar, scruffy Bantonvale capo with a thin neck known for sending thick wads on payday. A man after Jon's own heart: one willing to take chances on youngsters. - PETE REA Jon Gravelli picked Peter off the streets of Broker in the early Seventies: hard-scrabble braggart with a cross around the neck, hijacker and former boxer. He saw the potential right away. Today he's underboss; a loud underboss who swears at the judge and laughs at the reporters, the most surveilled gangster in the country bar his one superior. - ZURIEL ORZOFF The man likens himself to Martin Luther, ingenious orator and a diplomat like no other. Unlike King, however? A liar who represents the worst men in the country, bigots and racketeers and killers. His latest challenge is Pete Rea - an open and shut case and probable lifetime sentence. Zurry won't let that be. - JON GRAVELLI The man behind the Gambetti family has gone sixty-nine years with about two in prison: an excellent record that could very well be tarnished. A racketeering case that's gone far too long getting another crack with obstruction charges, a couple goons running up names on the jury. Doesn't look good. Coming down from the Carraway mansion is one thing, getting pricey cars and priceless art repossessed is a whole 'nother. - SAMMY 'SONNY' BOTTINO Shrewd, calculating; Sonny made a career out of sniffing out a deal and got drafted to the family by Gravelli himself. The next protege on the chopping block. Neck deep in Florida making movies or working with celebrities or something, vague on the detail and never quite willing to pay respects to a boss he never asked for. - MARLON FARALDO Former US Attorney; resigned and ran for mayor in '89, lost and hasn't gotten over it. Ambitious as can be and back on the campaign trail early, a lover of broken windows and loather of the poor. And while it's hot on the presses? The number one campaigner for the arrest of Jon Gravelli. - HARVEY NOTO They say he'd have been Gambetti if things went the right way: met Jon Gravelli sharking in Zephyr Hill and made pals ever since. A manslaughter charge gone awry, he's back on the streets - new Messina boss, friendships to the wind and eyes on the prize. - CALOGERO CAZZINI Son of Amerigo, scion of Sicilian bootleggers sending barley brew down the St. Lawrence. He's kingpin now. These days, they're saying, the Cazzinis are more a family than the Ancelottis - manpower and muscle, coke and cash. Messinas don’t think so. Big Cal does. Constantly shadowed by bodyguard Hugues Ouellette-du-Tranchemontagne, inexplicably letting the dumb f*cker talk in his favor. - OLLIE 'LULU' GLIUGLIU They call him Canuck, and for good reason - zip f*cker's in Quebec more than milk bags and inbreeding. Give the guy credit, he's got charisma, married six women going on seven now arraigning the marriage between Messina and Cazzini. It's not going well. - MELVIN SCHIAVONE He's a people guy; races pigeons with Dom Sepe and Tony Black, shoots the breeze with Wayne Coco. Never let a rivalry get in the way of good business. Six ways to Sunday and family ties to near every family on the Commission and more, if you want a deal brokered you go to Broker Mel. Just pray that don't go to his head. - MARK & FREDO VOLPE Fresh out the joint is Mark Anthony: off 10 years for manslaughter and back in business with flesh-and-blood Alfredo. After doing a favor for Hal Noto in '82, both brothers got their button - working the extortion patch in Dukes and North Broker, tears and broken glass. - OSWALDO QUIROGA If you've had a chick in AC, that chick was Ozzie's girl. Pimp, scag dealer, man of fine clothes and fine cigars. An empire spanning half a state and half a city, and a new connection in the ever-enterprising Roy Zito's web of friendly hoodlums. - JAYVON SIMSON Small timer this close to the big leagues - JJ knows people. Met Joey Corolla, 13 going on 30 with a cigarette and a forty ounce, mob kid with a crew. Met Dwayne Forge, Holland empresario neck-deep in the crack game, 'entertainment' magnate of dubious origin. Sparks fly in his head. The web extends. - JOE COROLLA Joe ‘the Cowboy’ was always a street kid, growing up in East Holland hung with gangbangers alike; Latino and Black. A neighborhood taboo. You don't talk to the eggplants. Late teens with a fire in his belly, the attention of the men in the social clubs, a mean streak with no end. Easy pickings for a player to play. - MARIA VALVONA When Louie Valvona 'mysteriously' died, the bosses came to an agreement: "Let the freak do how she pleases". The ostensible front boss of the Pavano crime family is possibly the Commission's longest long con: switching boss after boss after boss at the cost of respect but eyes on the wrong person. Eyes on the Oddmother, on wind chimes and vague prophecy. - ARTHUR ZAPULLA Not many people go to school at Ivy League, fewer mobsters: but that's what awaits the man who killed Louie Valvona. An open secret, the rat-faced kid with greasy hair, the kid all over Mary like butter on toast, groping and cloying and purring in her ear. It's a wonder charges haven't been made, for a variety of reasons. - VITO MENOTTI Veets bought a Lennox Island dog food cannery in the seventies, went from nothing to barely something. Barely something's enough. Enough to wash money and grind bones and kinda freak people out at the poker games. He knows what the little men don't, who really calls the shots and gives the kill orders. And they won't tolerate recent disrespect. Liberty is expanded in Red Line: denser, more square mileage. Only two-and-a-half boroughs are accessible in normal gameplay - the International Center of Exchange gleaming from the skyline. The boroughs: Liberty’s second city gets a bad rap; churches, art types, gangsters. It’s more than that. Not much more than that, but more than that. UPTOWN Redcape - Traditionally Polish, home of longshoremen and factory workers before they all moved to Alderney. Home to the Redcape Incinerator, the biggest, hottest dioxin and lead polluter in the borough. Hedgebury - Jews and Latinos, sure. But evil afoot. Bohemians. Yuppies in Algonquin have rent at gunpoint, now gentrifying the borders of borough number two. It’ll get worse. Schottler - The Messinas and Gambettis still run this part of town but not by much, modern day hotspot for Dominicans and Puerto Ricans. East Liberty & Suydam - They call it the killing fields. Formerly back in the heyday, the mob’s primary graveyard. They stopped demolishing houses on the Dukes border because they kept finding bodies, wasn’t worth the press. Today, the battles are fought not by wiseguys, but street hustlers and crack kingpins. The Bowels - Technically East Liberty, but worth a mention; a sunken little neighborhood on the Dukes border best traversed on horseback, ‘less you want your car flooded. Trust me: you don’t want that here. Vestiges of the Wild West run amok. WATERFRONT BOABO - Older residents still call it Feldspar Crossing, the developers… not so much. Ground Zero for a new wave of gentrification. East Hook & Navy Yard - Parts of town reckoning with obsolescence as the port moves to Tudor and the boat traffic slows to a crawl. Rotterdam Hill - A lot of churches, a lot of brownstones, a lot of social clubs. Gristmill - The Gristmill Canal is still plays a pivotal role in the waterfront’s ecosystem: a pathway for the movement of barges, and a great place for the mob to tie cement to a dead guy’s foot. Sunrise Park - Formerly dockland central, stevedore Swedes pushed out yonks ago in favour of Latinos and Cantonese. Now Broker’s Chinatown. CENTRAL South Slopes - Still recovering from the ‘91 riots, West Indian folks and Hasidic residents cross the street to avoid one another, dirty glares and confrontation. Fights still ensue, instigated regularly by neighborhood Shomrim. Cork Villa - The land of the stroller. Gentrification personified in brownstone and wrought iron, young families and the odd yuppie priced out of Algonquin hanging their gold-embroidered address plaques while the working class scatters. Outlook Park - Broker’s very own Middle Park, subject to millions upon millions in funds allocated to revitalizing its image since the decade’s turn. The carousel’s back, art deco horses and all. We’ll get there yet. Beechwood & Beechwood City - Mostly West Indian, low-income projects and baseheads copping copper wire. Junkyards, former factories, decades of history… now ground zero for Broker’s crack epidemic. Farnham-Slechtenhorst - ‘Far Sleck’: picturesque Victorians perched behind tree-lined streets mask a history of unfettered racial tensions and blockbusting - Gerry Quigley left in his wake a restoration project that saw itself through the 70s and 80s, the gangs and the cops doing their part to tear it asunder. District Park - Home of the Hasidim. Good delis, lots of hats - get used to wearing one and pick up on some Yiddish while you’re at it. Vlackwood & Fulham - Boring suburb. Houses, 8 by 8 grass patches masquerading as a yard, the occasional pink flamingo. Thrilling. Pierrepont Cemetery - Block after block after block of gravestones. Where Broker’s dead are buried. Before Outlook, this was Broker’s park. SWAMPLAND Maschapi - Italians and Blacks on the shore of Wampum Bay, with the former overtaking the latter in spades. Lupisella turf, the Broker crew holding on tight despite obvious disdain. Hansen Basin - Laugh in the face of the historians so adamant that the area was once a rural bastion for oyster fishing: tell it to the 8-figure mansions built by the dozen and the private roads twice as maintained as its thoroughfares. Stoothoff - Old. Old buildings, old people, old smells. Twenty years behind the urban planning curve leaves Stoothoff a little piece of antiquity for the cultured fellow yearning for the rural abandonment you’d typically only find in Lennox. Thalassus Meadow - Despite Outlook’s fame, Broker’s largest park is on the shores of the Wampum. Salt marshes used by the indigenous for crab fishing, now a makeshift landfill with trash, burnt out cars, and the occasional corpse. Mayor Llewelyn ‘Lewie’ Laster leads the charge for its cleanup. Byrd Aerodrome - Mixed use airfield now in the process of conversion into a state park. Nobody really cares. Barren, quiet; it’s local hearsay that unmarked air travel still lands and leaves. According to the government, those rumors are unfounded. Crownover Bay - Quaint, disconnected from public transport, nobody knows why the neighborhood always smells like rain. Has a beach that nobody goes to. Algonquin Beach - Must’ve forgot what borough they were in. Former resort town, the area’s become a second wave enclave to the higher-end Russian Jews from Hove. It’s earned its name again by attitude. SOUTH Hove Beach - Little Odessa. Introductions unnecessary. Firefly Island - Boardwalk attractions galore; the kind that peaked pre-World War II. Subjected time and again to development hell and rezoning court cases since the boom, Firefly Boardwalk is spotted with equal part shuttered, never-opened storefronts and amusement parks - but you’ll never find it empty. Kids and octogenarians love it, and that’s what counts. Goatherd - Former fishing town: home of yacht clubs, piers, bad seafood, aged stucco beach houses way too far away from the beach. Mostly Jewish but transitory: from Russians to Uzbekis, Greeks to Turks. Dartford - Developed in parallel with Firefly but overshadowed by a factor of about a dozen, Dartford has fallen into relative obscurity in the time since - your run of the mill working class neighborhood, dead-end streets, housing projects, the occasional bout of violence. Bantonvale - The city’s hotspot for Italian Americans, second only to Little Italy. Restaurants, social clubs, tracksuits, pudgy old men with itchy trigger fingers. Weir Ridge - Bantonvale’s little sister: the added bonus of beachfront property. Used to be a lot of Norwegians, but the mob probably forced them out like the real estate developers’ll do in a decade. Anger Bay - The local story is the place was called ‘Angler Bay’, devolved because of Dutch incompetence (like so much else). Working class, a lot of Italians, Albanians and Russians butting heads in the shadow of the golf course. Fort Harris - An installation for the US Army in the shadow of the Vespucci-Passage Bridge. Originally built for the Civil War, still holds a few cute toys. The forgotten borough. They purposefully leave it out of tourist advertisements, blur it out on the TV like guns in a music video. Suburban hellscape - might as well be ‘Derney. LIST UNDER CONSTRUCTION EAST SHORE Austral Bank - Seaside sand with a contradictory name making up most of Lennox’s eastern border. Has a boardwalk, the lethargic younger sister of Firefly Island. Cairndow - One of the many Italian neighborhoods sprinkling East Shore, home to protagonist Adrian and Gambetti capo Salvo Salzano’s ‘vending machine servicing company’ - or so he says. Verward Hill - Cute little Italian enclave on the east shore, site of a perpetual territory war with Holle Hill thanks to ill-defined boundaries. Both have hills. Wallonstop - It’s Dutch, nobody who lives here knows what the name means either. Griggstowne - Hit by a rather small tornado last year. Otherwise, nothing of interest. Hope it happens again. Kust Stadt - Italian capital of Eastern Lennox, prime territory for the Ancelotti crime family. Home to ancient mob social club ‘The Scrapes’ - owned by Gio Ancelotti himself. When you think Liberty, you think Liberty - skyscrapers, Statue of Happiness, pizza, number grid streets, rats. The urban jungle. Only part of the borough is available, terminating at Hematite Street, beyond that the screen fading to static and relocating you to a random switch scene nearby hours later. LIST UNDER CONSTRUCTION An Ancient Art - Adrian robs a poker game. Cliche. Loud. Status Quo - Felix makes a delivery to a prospective client, and enjoys a bagel. The Butcher of Bantonvale - The boys assist a store owner on behalf of Mr. Bove. Bathing in Filth - Felix delivers a package to Motya Shvedik as a way of solving a longtime dispute. A Great Big Pussy - Movie night at Bobby’s house turns into a visit to a local stash-house. Neither Down, Nor Feather - Felix discusses failure, is told to help the Colombians, and visits the carnival. Compromise Be Damned - With little information, the Bantonvale Boys visit a man with a distinctive face. Order - Kuzma Petrovich holds court with Motya Shvedik and his organizatsiya. A Web of Friendly Hoodlums - Doing a favor for a celebrity; Roy introduces you to some business partners. As you do missions for Butchie and the Gambettis, Adrian will occasionally be called over for a favor or two; resolving petty neighborhood squabbles. Monotony. The true face of the mafia. Human Resources - A dissatisfied customer of a Gambetti garbage contractor files a phone call. Adrian is tasked with returning his trash. Parent-Teacher Interview - A kid or two helps out at the Butch’s butcher. Didn’t get a great report. Roger’d really appreciate putting the screws to their principal. Art of War - Cousin’s landscaping company took a hit, now Weir Ridge terraces are being handled by some Ancelotti nephew’s numbskulls. Teach some gardeners a few lessons in pest control. Deconstructive Criticism - Whiny associate, Clarkie Contina, just made soldier. Won’t pay his dues to the capo but happy to flaunt a new house and a new Lampadati. Wreck the car. Do donuts in his pretty garden. Clean as a Whistle - Building contract, looks great. One problem: asbestos. Too expensive to dispose of legally… or at least, more expensive than they’d care to pay. Take the truck and dump it out in Wampum Bay. Pollution for a pretty penny. Owe Me a Couple - Foreman cut a few contracts and put a lot of no-shows out of work. Pay him a visit and convince him to rethink his decision. Weirdos, nobodies, egotists, degenerates. The best the city has to offer. - DB-P & P.G. Jackson Adrian’ll meet them through good ol’ Ozzie Quiroga: hip hop legend and head of Big Joox Records, DB-P, alongside his omnipresent protege Clayton. In halfway feuds with half the country’s rap scene, from Bohan’s Q-Whispers to Madd Dogg on the West Coast - sometimes brutality needs a little outsourcing. - Ephraim Pendergambit Investigative journalist; in deep sh*t, needs an underworld contact, willing to pay in cash. Felix finds him scoping out a Russian connected cafe in deep cover, decides to steer him in a different direction. - Toby de Vivo Guido dork from Adrian’s neighborhood, rap sheet full of petty assault and birdbrained B&Es and desperate to get in with the mafia. Piggybacking off Age’s connections, pulling him into a variety of rackets lacking in any kind of forethought or planning. - Helen Kafengauz Little old widower who sits outside the stoop with the other women in the neighborhood, gossiping with tanning reflectors. Taking a new kind of diet pill, Helen requests lifts to increasingly confusing locations, and Felix begins to question her sanity. - Gad & Tad Dierkes A pair of yokel Midwestern con artists, shaking down tourists and Floridians in bars and at pool games. Adrian accidentally gets thrown into a scheme, decides to tag along as they start screwing with the wrong people. - Officer Regis Frumpley Encountered via newspaper classified or simply hiding on street corner in Beechwood, the perpetually down-on-his-luck cop Frumpley puts the player in a series of harebrained, moronic schemes and obviously fake street crimes to boost his reputation. - Darcy Pembroke Absent-minded Australian tourist bumbling around Algonquin looking for the ‘real Liberty City’. If that means going into the ghetto and having his shoes stolen and camera smashed, so be it, and you bet he’ll be doing it with a smile on his face, mate. - Chester LaSala Mediocre stand-up comic and raging anti-semite with a poor sense of fashion and overactive sweat glands. Bombing at comedy clubs, he has a much quicker path to fame in mind - succeeding Casey Edwards as host of Late Night. By any means necessary. - Shane Tovar Itchy skinhead who did a few tours in the Gulf and Panama. Loopy as a racetrack, dull eyed and bored, he’s found himself a new hobby. Urban hunting; scouring ghettos for stray dogs and big game. - Taras the Fool Russian stick-up man, crack-addict, and lover of World War II memorabilia with questionable political views. Looking for accomplished thieves to help an accomplished thief rob accomplished thieves: bikers, gangsters, drug dealers. A lack of forethought and passion for his craft will find him in more trouble than expected.
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