| A terrified pedestrian backs against a wall as the Flippos arrive in downtown Lancaster
| Two gangs of bitter rivals battle it out on the Mean Streets - the Flippos and the Mohawks
| Our Thursday night group of players start to rumble on my downtown battleground
| The martial arts gang, the Daos, stand their ground as the Santanas approach in their leather jackets
| The Kings, in their black and green gang colors stalk towards the gas station to join the rumble
| A Flippo tries to convince a market stall owner to pay protection money (their gang mission)
| Meanwhile, Ramona of the Santanas sneaks into the service station bay to steal a car
| A late-arriving police officer puts knocks down a Flippo with one blow from his billy club
| Julio, gang boss of the Santanas, and his warchief Cruz catch Kira in the act of tagging their turf
| The other Mohawks come to avenge Kira's knockout, while the Kings decide to join the fray
| The Santanas don't look happy that other gangs have muscled in on their turf - the gas station!
| The Flippos and their creepy clown masks are always a scary sight on the streets
| What's this? A truce between the Santanas and Highlanders to go beat up other gangs??
And speaking of casualties, both games saw the police car arrive on board late game. This time, I told the player the cops are armed with billy clubs but also have their pistol. They could choose whether to shoot the gang member or just try to beat up the punk. Surprisingly, no shots were fired this time around, but the officers did knock out a punk or two! The arrival of the police car always seems to light up the table. Players smile and pull out their cell phones to take pictures. Maybe I should find on that has actual flashing LED lights? Or maybe I should get a police siren sound effect on my phone and play it when the cops arrive? The thing a GM wants is for his or her players to have fun. Anything that adds to the thrill is worth looking into!
| The colorful Mohawks are one of my favorite gangs - most figs are modified from The Assault Group
| In both runnings of the game, a swirling melee broke out in the back alley near the gas station
| The back alley rumble gets bloody as more gang members wade in with chains, clubs, and knives
| Mean Streets cover was drawn by one of my students - pick up a copy if you don't have one already!