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Where the Dealers are always one step ahead of the Narc...
Based on the widespread
cultural phenomenon of the retailing of Marijuana, Trafficking
is a game of confrontation, tact and daring that pits street-wise
Dealers against a dedicated, hard-nosed Narcotics Officer. (For
email: The Underground Games
- 1. OBJECT OF THE GAME
- a) If you are playing the role of one
of the Dealers, you immediately begin wheeling and dealing, scamming
and side-stepping, watching for and avoiding the Narc in the
hope of becoming the "Traffic King" (the winner of
the game). The " Traffic King" is the first Dealer
who can sell a Kilo of marijuana (36 ounces or "Lids")
before being busted by the Narc.
- b) If you are playing the role of the
Narc, you win the game by tracking down and busting all the Dealers
before any of them succeeds in selling a Kilo (36 Lids).
- 2. CONTENTS OF THE GAME
- -1 Trafficking playing board
- 1 pack of 16 "Sour Grapes"
- 1 pack of 16 "Flip Out" cards
- 8 THC Transit Passes
- 1 Trafficking "Scores" card
- 1 marker crayon
- 9 plastic moving pieces
- a cardboard punchout card depicting characters
- 1 pair of dice
- a supply of UNDERGROUND BUCKS in the
$10, $20, $50, $100 & $500.
- 1 instruction leaflet
- 3. PREPARATION
- a) Remove the Narc, and Dealer characters
from the cardboard and insert them into the plastic moving pieces.
- b) Remove the Lid tokens and keep them
handy along with the THC Transit Passes.
- c) As one player must play the role of
the Narc, all players roll both dice with the lowest roller becoming
the Narc. The number rolled by each Dealer is significant and
should be remembered (see items "d" and "g"ii)
- d) The rest of the players then assume
the identities of any one of the eight Dealer characters; high
roller chooses first, second highest chooses second and so on
until each player has a character to portray.
- e) Listed below are the Dealers of the
game and in brackets the "Hang Out" squares for each
Dealer. Each Dealer begins the game on his/her own Hang Out square.
- 1. REEFER T. JOHNSTONE III (Threads Clothing Store)
- 2. JANET PLANET (The
Cosmic Carrot Health Food Store)
- 3. ZEROX ROACHOID (The Don't Fret Guitar Store)
- 4.SONNY SGURD (Sonny's
- 5.BIFF SPLIFF (Spliff
- 6. STEPHIE "Honey Oil" SLICK
(The Neon Palm Tavern)
- 7. D.J. STONER (Q-HIGH
FM Radio Station)
- 8. FAST EDDIE TOKE (Records On Wings Record Store)
- f) After each Dealer has placed his/her
moving piece on the proper starting square, the Narc then places
his piece on any one of the four Cop Shops
- g) One person is appointed the Underground
Banker (traditionally the player sitting to the left of the
Narc) and gives the following to each Dealer:
i) $1,000 - (1X$500, 3X$100, 3X$50, 2X$20.
ii) A quantity of Lids equal to the number
thrown on the dice when rolled to determine who plays the Narc.
h) The Narc is given the Trafficking "Scores"
Card to record all Busts. The Underground Banker must also use
this sheet to register the "Scores" of each of the
i) The Sour Grapes and Flip Out cards are
to be neatly placed anywhere in the center of the board.
j) The Underground Banker controls the
flow of all money and Lid transactions. Unless otherwise stated,
all money for fines, penalties and payments are given or paid
out by the Underground Bank.
- 4. START & MOVEMENT OF PIECES
- a) The player on the right hand side of
the Narc begins the game by rolling one die. Play is continued
in a counter clockwise direction.
- b) All Dealers roll one die and must follow
the direction of the red arrows.
- c) Should a Dealer land on a COP SHOP
square, he has, on his next roll of the die, a choice of two
directions in which to proceed (follow the arrows).
- d) THE NARC rolls one die and may move
in any direction he desires.
- e) THE NARC is immune to all penalties
and fines, ignores all draw cards, does not roll again on any
Roll Again squares, nor does he miss a turn on any Miss A Turn
- f) THE NARC must travel on the St. Semillia
Expressway when landing on either one of the two-Expressway squares.
- g) The Narc cannot grab a Cab ride as
he has no money to pay for the fare nor can he take the THC Subway
as he has no THC Transit Pass.
- h) THE NARC does not roll again on BUDDY
JIM'S (he's not a buddy of Jim's), nor can he enter the Time
Warp on the ROXY square where Dealers get to roll both dice twice
and advance. (DEALER BEWARE - There is a directive on a Sour
Grapes card which allows the Narc to enter the Time Warp.)
- 5. BUSTING (Obtaining Offenses)
- a) Should the Narc land on a square where
a Dealer is situated or should a Dealer land on a square where
the Narc is situated, and the Dealer has in his possession any
quantity of Lids, then that Dealer is charged with an offense.
The only two squares where a Dealer is immune to an offense is
on his own "Hang Out" square (where he can stash
his stuff) and on the Yakk Bluff and Stalum Legal Office's
NO BUSTZONE (where your lawyer, Al Bluff, always beats the
b) On each offense:
i) the Narc confiscates all Lids owned
by the Dealer,
ii) the Narc escorts the Dealer to the
closest en route Cop Shop,
iii) the Dealer must pay the following
legal fees: a quarter of his/her cash on hand for the first offense
(Name In The Book), and half of his/her cash on hand for the
second offense (On Probation) before continuing regular play.
c) ON THE THIRD OFFENSE, the Dealer is
"Busted" and is out of the game. All money and Lids
are turned over to the Underground Bank.
d) With all offenses, the Dealer's playing
piece is moved to the next en route Cop Shop where he resumes
play on his next turn.
- 6. DEALING-THE BUYING AND SELLING OF
- It is in this area of the game in which
Dealers must be masters of negotiation for in order to become
the "Traffick King", Dealers must sell a Kilo (36 Lids).
In order to sell 36 Lids, Dealers must win, buy or barter for
at least that many.
1. Should a Dealer land on any one of the following Dealing squares
he may either BUY (from the square's proprietor), SELL (to a
customer in the establishment) or PASS:
|1. McDoobie's Hamburgers
||5. Vito's Pizza Parlour
|2. Zombieland Video Arcade
||6. Dexy's All Night Donuts
|3. J.C.'s Flower Shoppe
||7. Hashton Arms Hotel
|4. E.Z.'s Smoke Shop
||8. The Rock Hard Cafe
- b) Upon landing on any of the above squares,
Dealers must immediately declare whether they are going
to BUY, SELL or PASS.
- c)Should the Dealer decide to Buy Lids,
he may do so by rolling one die. He then receives a quantity
of Lids equal to the number showing on the die. The Dealer must
then pay $50 for each Lid purchased. Should the Dealer be unable
to afford the number of Lids as shown on the die no deal
can be made and no second chance is given to roll the die.
- d)Should the Dealer decide to Sell Lids,
he may do so by rolling one die. He can then sell any amount
up to the number showing on the die. The Dealer receives
$100 for each Lid sold. Should a Dealer roll a number of more
lids than he has on hand, then he may sell all that he has.
- e) All money and Lids exchanged on these
squares are directed to and from the Underground Bank.
- f) Except for COP SHOP squares and AIRPORT
CUSTOMS, should a Dealer land on a square which is occupied by
another Dealer, the two may negotiate a direct transaction. In
dealing directly, the two Dealers may buy or sell Lids for any
price agreed upon. Absolutely no deals can be made should
Dealers land together on a COP SHOP square or AIRPORT CUSTOMS,
- g) No deals can be made with a Dealer
who is away from his Hang Out square when another Dealer lands
on his Hang Out square.
- h) If no person is playing the role of
a Dealer character, consider that vacant Hang Out square, a Dealing
square. Hang Out squares vacated by Busted Dealers, however,
are not available for dealing. The Busted Dealer is considered
to be in Jail and therefore his/her operation is closed down.
- i) A Dealer is allowed only one buying
or selling transaction when dealing with the Underground Bank
on a Dealing square or when dealing directly with another Dealer.
- j) Should a Dealer land on a Dealing square
which is occupied by a fellow Dealer, that Dealer is allowed
only one transaction; he may make a deal with either the Underground
Bank or his fellow Dealer. In this instance the Dealer already
occupying the Dealing Square has the rare opportunity of making
two deals while on the same square.
- k) Each Lid sold by a Dealer should be
marked off on the official Trafficking "Scores" card
by the Underground Banker.
1) Should a Dealer not wish to make
a deal when landing on anyone of the Dealing squares, simply
state "Pass" and play continues.
- 7. MARCUS M. MARK (The Rich Kid)
- a) Dealers landing on this square may
sell Lids to Marcus @ $150 X the roll of one die. E.g. If
a 6 is rolled, 6 Lids are sold for $750.
- b) Should a Dealer roll a number of more
Lids that he has on hand to sell, he may sell all that he has.
- c) All money and Lids exchanged on this
square are directed to and from the Underground Bank.
- 8. THE PUSHER (You don't really want
to meet with this person).
- a) Dealers landing on this square MUST
buy Lids from The Pusher @ $100 X the roll of one die. e.g. If
a 6 is rolled, 6 Lids must be purchased for $600.
b) If a Dealer is unable to pay for the
number of Lids which he is required to purchase, he then turns
over all of his possessions to the Underground Bank and is out
of the game.
c) All money and Lids exchanged on this
square are directed to and from the Underground Bank.
- 9. COP SHOPS AND GRAFT TAX PAYMENTS
- a) Should a Dealer land on any one of
the four Cop Shop squares and has in his possession any quantity
of Lids, he must pay a Graft Tax to the Underground Bank. The
Graft Tax payment structure is as follows:
NAME IN THE BOOK-$100
- b) A Dealer does not lose his Lids should
he land on this square, except of course, if the Narc is occupying
the square. If this occurs, no Graft Tax is paid.
- c) When on a Cop Shop square, the dealer
has, on his next roll of the die, a choice of two directions
in which to proceed (follow the arrows).
- 10. THC SUBWAY STATIONS AND THC TRANSIT
- *Suggestion: Get one early; it'll come
a) In order to ride on the THC Transit
System, Dealers must first purchase a THC Transit Pass for $50.
THC Transit Passes can only be purchased from the authorized
THC Agent -The 11-7 Inconvenience Stores.
b) Dealers can only purchase a THC Transit
Pass when landing on an 11-7 Inconvenience Store.
c) All money paid out for THC Transit Passes
is directed to the Underground Bank.
d) When landing on a THC Subway Station,
Dealers holding a THC Subway Pass may immediately take a subway
ride to any THC subway station on the board ... or may stay put
and continue regular play on the next roll of the die.
e) Dealers not holding a THC Subway Pass
must stay put and may only continue regular play on the next
roll of the die.
f) As previously explained, the Narc is
not allowed to use the THC Subway as he does not have a THC Transit
- 11. THE 11-7 INCONVENIENCE STORES (Lid
- When landing on any one of the four
11- 7 Stores, Dealers have the option of picking up 1 Lid or
- a) SHOULD A DEALER WISH TO PICK UP A LID,
he may do so by rolling both dice. Should an 11 or 7 be thrown,
the Dealer receives a free Lid from the 11-7 Shopkeeper. However,
should any other number be thrown, the dealer must then buy l
Lid from the ll-7 Shopkeeper at the cost of $10 X the number
shown on the dice.
- b) SHOULD A DEALER BE UNABLE TO PAY FOR
A LID, he turns over all of his possessions to the Underground
Bank and is out of the game.
- c) SHOULD A DEALER NOT WISH TO RISK PICKING
UP A LID, simply state "Pass" and regular play continues.
- d) The 11-7 Inconvenience Stores are also
the official authorized agent for distributing THC Transit Passes.
Dealers, when landing on any 11-7 Store, may purchase a THC Transit
Pass for $50.
e) All money and Lids exchanged on these
squares are directed to and from the Underground Bank.
- 12. CAB STANDS (The Blitz Taxi Cab
- a) Should a Dealer land on a cab stand
square, he may immediately take a Blitz Cab and move for $10
a square (following the directions of the arrows) to any square
on the board.
- b) The cab fare is paid to the Underground
- c) THE NARC, as previously stated, cannot
take a cab as he has no money.
- 13. ST. SEMILLIA EXPRESSWAY
- a) All players, including the Narc, when
landing on either of these two squares MUST immediately take
the expressway connecting these two squares.
b) Regular play continues on the next roll
of the die.
- 14. JACK POT
- This square is where an eccentric old
hippie lives - Jack Pot! Any Dealer
landing on the Jack Pot square is rewarded with some of Jack
Pot's Grade "A" homegrown.
- a) Whatever number the Dealer rolled to
land on the Jack Pot square is the number of free Lids Jack Pot
gives you .e.g. if you rolled a "4" to land on the
Jack Pot square, you receive 4 free Lids.
- b) All gift Lids from Jack Pot are collected
from the Underground Bank.
- c) As there is no die thrown when on a
cab ride, no free Lids can be collected from cab riders
- d) The NARC, of course, ignores this square
with regard to collecting free Lids.
- 15. NEPALESE DOWNS RACETRACK
- Dealers landing on this square may take
a chance and try to win some money. This is done by correctly
predicting what your next roll of the die will be.
- a) Should a Dealer not wish to take
a chance, simply state "Pass" and regular play
- b) Should a Dealer decide to take a
chance he must:
- i) Declare the amount of money he is willing
- ii) Announce which of the two gambles
(or both if so desired) he is going to take:
- 1. EXACT NUMBER-Pay-off at odds 5-1.
2. EVENS OR ODDS-Pay-off at Even Money
iii) Announce his prediction.
c) On his next roll of the die, the Dealer
then rolls to see if he is a winner or loser.
EXAMPLE 1. The Dealer announces, "EXACT
NUMBER BET-NUMBER "4" FOR $100." Should a "4"
be rolled, the Dealer at odds of 5-1, wins $500 as well as recovering
the $100 risked.
EXAMPLE 2. The Dealer announces, "EVENS/ODDS
BET-EVENS FOR $50." Should a 2,4, or 6 be rolled, the Dealer,
at even money, wins $50 as well as recovering the $50 risked.
d) Naturally, should a number be rolled
other than that predicted by the Dealer, the money risked by
the Dealer is lost.
e) All winnings and losings are directed
to and from the Underground Bank.
- 16. AIRPORT CUSTOMS
- Dealers landing on this square must "clear
customs" with the Customs Officer (played by THE NARC).
This is done by having the Dealer secretly put all his Lid
tokens in one hand and then offering both hands to the Narc.
THE NARC must then choose a hand.
- a) Should the Narc choose the empty
hand, the Dealer has successfully
cleared Customs and is free to continue regular play on his next
- b) Should the Narc choose the hand
with the Lids, then the Dealer
is charged with an offense (see Section 5-Busting).
- c) Should a Dealer not have any Lids
in his possession when landing
on Airport Customs, play continues without an interrogation.
- d) When called upon to play the role of
the Customs Officer, the NARC does not leave the square which
he is on. However, should the Narc successfully bust a Dealer,
the NARC must still escort that Dealer to the closest en route
Cop Shop (i.e. The West End Cop Shop).
- 17. SOUR GRAPES AND FLIP OUT CARDS
- Should a Dealer land on either a Sour
Grapes square of a Flip Out square, he must pick-up the card
from the appropriate stack, follow the card's instructions and
then return the card face-down to the bottom of the stack (unless
otherwise stated). As previously stated, the NARC ignores all
- 18. FINES AND PENALTIES
- a) Should a Dealer be unable to pay
for a fine or penalty, he is automatically
out of the game. All money and Lids are turned over to the Underground
- b) Absolutely no borrowing or lending
of money is allowed in the game
of TRAFFICKING. However, should all players agree to allow the
lending of money before the game begins, toss this rule out.
- a) Remember that in attempting to win
at the game of TRAFFICKING, THE NARC is not your sole opponent.
Your fellow Dealers are out to win as well. So in negotiating
your deals, be careful that you don't give up too much for
too little-you could be helping someone win the game
ahead of yourself.
- b) Although TRAFFICKING is more a game
of status then greed, keep an eye on your cash flow. You don't
start out with a lot so make sure you spend your bucks wisely.
Don't forget that you could also lose the game through bankruptcy.
- 20. ADDITIONAL NOTES
- a) When you finish playing TRAFFICKING,
simply wipe the TRAFFICKING "Scores" card clean with
a dry or, if necessary, damp cloth and you're ready for the next
- b) Questions? Criticisms? Compliments
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