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SEQUENCE OF PROCESSING

Turn events occur in this order.

1. Your orders are processed in the order you write them.
2. New 'cruits acquired during the turn are inducted into the gang.
3. Block income is determined and added to your gang's wealth.
4. Gang expenses are determined and subtracted from your gang's wealth.
5. Gang members are promoted.

BOSS LEVEL

If your gang is very successful, your gang leader may become a mob boss. You can then get into prostitution, big-time drug dealing, bookmaking, fencing stolen goods and laundering money. You will employ enforcers and may even hire an out-of-town hitman to do your dirtiest deeds.

The Boss Level will begin around the middle of game week 21. Gangs who form Crime Families will receive a Boss rulebook, results sheet, and an update of their gang. Only 10 or so gangs form Crime Families. To be considered, your gang must be the toughest in your section of the city and have at least 30 blocks, 13 pros, $5000, 5 sub-guns, and 400 Notoriety. The more you exceed these minima, the greater your chance of forming a Crime Family.

PLAYING NOTES

You now know quite a bit about It's A Crime! Still, there is much more to the game than what you have just read because this rulebook contains only the information we want you to know at the start of the game. You will learn much more about the game through playing. Discovering how things work, deducing the parameters which affect the success of your actions, determining whether or not to participate in special deals, etc., is all a part of the learning process.

We used common sense in designing the possible results for each order type. Every order type, as you will discover, has a wide range of possible results but none are purely random. They depend on important factors such as the number and quality of your gang members and block defence levels.

A FEW HINTS

You will occasionally receive hints picked up on the street. Here are a few to start you off: on your first couple of turns you should attempt to capture at least two blocks each turn. It is quite important to establish a good-sized turf early in the game. Always use 100% of your gang every turn. Do not use an E order if your turf is smaller than 6 blocks - do a C order instead (you'll get more guys taking over a block than trying to recruit from a small turf). Don't use the A order for a while. Buy and push drugs to make some quick dough. Do not worry if you have low notoriety early on - it is more important to build up a strong gang and sizeable turf than get lots of notoriety.

PROCESSING PERIODS

Each game of It's A Crime! has its own game #. Your start up results sheet does not state a game #, but don't worry - your next results sheet will contain this information.

A processing period (also called game week) will usually last 7 days. You may have one turn processed each game week. The dates of the next processing period for your game appear at the top of your results sheet.

1. If your turn card arrives at KJC Games early, it will be processed on the first day of the next period. However, your turn is processed right away if you are eligible for a make-up turn. See below for more information about make-up turns.

2. If your turn card arrives on time, it is processed immediately.

3. If your turn card arrives late, it is processed immediately. You have missed one or more periods - but you can make them up later.

WARNING

Your results sheet is current when it is printed, but things may have changed by the time your next turn card is processed. You will have to anticipate these changes (such as enemy gangs capturing your blocks). It is a skill you must develop to succeed in It's A Crime!.

The exact letters and numbers that were input for each order are shown on your results sheet. They may not match exactly what you wrote on your turn card if you wrote an incorrect order (and we corrected it) or we made an input error. Our processing method results in very few input errors.

You cannot specify the order for turn cards of different gangs.

RESULTS SHEET LATE?

KJC Games is always fair and prompt. If you don't receive your results sheet when you expect it, wait a few days (as the post office may have sent your turn via Timbuktu). Then telephone us and ask if we mailed your results sheet. Have your game #, gang #, and acct # ready. We will resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

MAKE-UP TURNS

For whatever reason, there may be times when you fail to have a turn processed during a particular game week. You can make up every missed turn at the rate of one every 3 game weeks. The top of your results sheet will inform you when you can submit a make-up turn. You do not need to note anything special on your turn card - the computer will recognise a make-up turn automatically.

A make-up turn is defined as the second turn processed for a gang in a single game week.

The best way to make up turns is to send in turns as quickly as possible until you catch up, however you should not submit a turn before you get back the results of your last turn.

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