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Boostergangs (or "Boosters") are bands of street gangs, typically enhanced with cybernetic technology. They can be benign or outright violent, and in all cases, extremely territorial. They form together out of necessity, due to the dangers of urban living — especially in lawless Combat Zones. Boostergangs come in the following types (some gangs are more than one type), with examples from Night City.

Police Assessments

Gangs

Commonly made up of criminals of various sorts, gangs rule illegally via threats and violence, pushing drugs, firearms, and other controlled materials. Although the gangs war with themselves and others, they disrespect authority and can be hard to fully cleanse.[1] Although there is no standard policy when dealing with gangs, due to their diversity and changing natures with few constants, deadly force is acceptable if gang activity rises to unacceptable levels, due to higher risks to public life and safety if they become out of control. Nevertheless, general standards are to let gangs operate until they become problems, so as to create a steady flow of data for street-level law enforcement, making city life safer to live in.[1]

However, gangs are intricately familiar with the goings-on in their territories and neighborhoods and can be controlled far easier than other criminals, which are more organized or corporate. Gangs are predictable, more visible, and more questionable than other criminals.[1]

Social ramifications are also largely present when gangs are interacted with by law enforcement, relying on pressuring awareness onto the public eye, usually the media, as to how young gang members can be, and especially if or when a cop kills one of them, regardless of the context leading to the fatality.[1]

Gang structure

The headquarters (or Dens) of a gang are closely guarded or heavily defended secrets, as they serve as meeting points seen as safe havens for gangs. Cash, hardware, and resources are stored in large quantities here, watched over by the head of the gang.[1]

Gangs operate in a hierarchy similar to that of organized criminals:

At the top is the Chief, Warlord, or Hardest Man (or whatever the top position is known as in a gang,) whose word is essentially law.[1]

Lieutenants follow suit, named in the same vein as the top position. They carry out the word of the Chief, commanding small detachments of members, and have much more leeway than other members unless the Chief is upset by them.[1]

Hardcore membership comes next, Homeboys and Bloodboys, otherwise known as "full-timers". Specialists and troops come from this sect of the gang.

At the lowest position of the gang are the affiliates, also known as "part-timers". Called in when the gang is in trouble, affiliates perform feats to prove or demonstrate loyalty and is where most who want to join a gang starts off, obtaining higher ranking via personal skills.[1]

Types of Gangs

Boostergangs

Boostergangs are any gang whose members enhanced themselves with cybernetic technology. They are also the most common type of gang. Due to members typically suffering or near the edge of cyberpsychosis, they tend to be the most violent type of gang.[2]

Chromatic Metal Gang

Chromer gangs like centering activities around their favorite rock bands, interpreting song lyrics as orders from their heroes. Most Chromatic rock gangs are into totally senseless, random acts of violence as a means of expression. Some of them (such as the Silver Slash) are benign.

Combat Gang

Combat gangs are centered around a type of "warrior's code". Elaborate combat rituals, ranks, and body armor are all part of the mystique. Combat gangs are dangerous, because once they declare a war on someone, they never give up. Most of them occupy their time fighting each other.

Cult Gang

Made up of youths dedicated to a specific belief or ideology (like aliens saviors, new-age Druids, the coming of John Frum, etc). They will pursue their goals with an extremist's zeal. Symbols and idols are typical trappings with these gangs. Most cult gangs are dangerous (because, well, they're crazy), but not predatory.

Dorph Gangs

While drugs are common with most gang, 'dorpher gangs like to use synthetic endorphins in combat or to cause havoc.

Family Gang

They form an extended family, which protects runaway children. A few older "adults" run the gangs and protect the turf, while the younger members steal and deal for family support. Extended families are territorial and fiercely protective of their members.

Go Gang

Are the urban counterparts to the more nomadic Bōsōzoku ("speed tribe") motorcycle gangs. Unlike Bōsōzoku gangs, Go Gangers are not always Japaneses.

Guardian Gang

Guardian gangs are local vigilantes who from in reaction to the violence of other gangs. For the most part, they are peaceful, and would usually not cause problems, but will act when a local gang gets out of hand.

Hate Gang

Regardless of race, a Hate Gang is made up of young males united around racial supremacy. Uniforms, flags and militaristic slogans are the rule. They will attack anything that they think isn't "right" (read: just like them).

Nihilist Gang

Also called Terrorist Gangs, nihilist gangs go beyond the normal acts of violence and mayhem seen with many gangs and into a campaign of fear and atrocities. Much like a cultie, they are known for being suicidal or self-destructive in their violence, but unlike culties, they have no belief or ideology beyond the belief that life and existence has no meaning.

Party Gang

They party, drink Smash, take (and deal) drugs, and mug people — all as part of a "just because" lifestyle. To these guys, The Party is everything.

Prankster Gang

Prankster Gangs are centered around pranks of one sort or another. This can range for the generally benign and harmless (Philharmonic Vampyres), to the dangerous and sadistic (Bozos).

Posergang

A poser is anyone that tries to emulate someone famous. It could be a movie star, a historical figure, or even fictional characters. There are practical benefits as well. Posers adopt the clone look for protection (they all look like), identification and impact (a score of clones can be a pretty disturbing sight). These gangs center on recreating their own bizarre interpretations of their heroes, which often includes biosculpting to look the part.

Self-Defense Gang

They are an otherwise peaceful group who formed out of the need to defend themselves from a persistent and dangerous threat. They are relatively peaceful, as long as folks stay off their turf, and leave them alone.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 PASS, G. Protect & Serve. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1992. (p.59-61)
  2. PONDSMITH, M. Night City Sourcebook. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1991. (p.42-55)
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