Speak Easy
1920s America...where the gin joints were underground, the liquor was fine, women enjoyed life, and organized crime was born.
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Danielle Thamasa

This is your standard RPG.

1. Please make realistic characters. This is not a Fantasy/Supernatural RPG. I'm a fan of magic myself, but it does not work in this realm. Your character can believe in magic but it cannot actually be used.

2. If your character gets in a fight, don't say the outcome of the attack. That is for the person being attacked to determine. Please also be fair with this; if your character is extremely drunk s/he may not be able to dodge a punch.

3. Don't control another person's character (ie. making them move, speaking for them). The only time you may do this is if the character is a NPC (non-player character).

4. Try to have your character behave in a manner that is consistent with 1920s America as much as possible.

5. All Fictionpress rules apply.

6. Considering the nature and time period of this RPG, cussing is allowed. Please be forewarned that cursing may be used.

Feel free to add any information about the 1920s in America, especially if it pertains to speakeasies, fashion, music, dancing, or law enforcement. Just make sure your information is credible.

12/14/2007 . Edited 9/19/2011 #1
Danielle Thamasa
Speakeasies are "underground" saloons. In 1920 the 18th Amendment of the Constitution came into affect. The 18th Amendment basically stated that the trafficking and/or selling, buying, or consuming of alcoholic substances was illegal. Of course, if a beverage had 1.5% alcohol or less it was still legal.

Speakeasies were often times in basements, attics, upper floors, or disguised as other businesses such as cafes, soda shops, and entertainment venues. They were given their name for the need to whisper or speak easy so as to not get caught. If a person were caught for alcohol consumption/buying/selling they could be sentenced up to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

In previous years people usually only drank beer or wine. During the Prohibition Age people began to drink liquor in abundance. It became extremely popular to flout the Prohibition laws and to wear a hip flask as a sign of rebellion.

Prostitition and Gambling also flourished in speakeasies. Drugs were new to the market and became a new element to speakeasy patrons. Narcotics, hash, and marijuana were used in large quantities.

As every speakeasy needed funding to back them up, they required an organization. From this, organized crime (aka mobs) were born in America. Not every speakeasy was backed by a mob but the large majority were established and controlled by organized crime.

Raids became a federal past time though they couldn't keep up with the growing number of speakeasies. When they were successful in targeting a speakeasy, the owner usually disguised the true nature of their business due to elaborate alarms and hidden drop-shelves for the illegal contraband. Some establishments didn't even bother to hide the alcohol as they paid off the cops.

Bootleggers and illegal alcohol traffickers were also common. Bootleggers found many ways to transport and hide liquor. It was hidden under produce, in crates that were labeled with other products, in coconut shells, and in garden hoses.

On an individual scale, people hid liquor in hip flasks, hot water bottles, hollowed out canes, and false books.

12/14/2007 . Edited 2/27/2008 #2
Danielle Thamasa
While most of the breweries shut down their operations, others continued to produce what became known as "near-beer," which held an alcohol content of less than 1.5%, which was still legal.

California grape growers were even more creative, as many stopped making wine and began to produce a grape juice product called Vine-Glo. The literature that was provided with the juice carefully warned its buyers of what they shouldn't do with the juice, because if they did, it would turn into wine within a couple months.

12/14/2007 #3
Danielle Thamasa
Fashion of the 1920s

In speakeasies, men were usually found in dress attire. Suits, dress shirts, and ties were extremely common.

The attire of women is what changed dramatically. Prior to the 1920s women had long hair and wore long dresses. In the 1920s a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper.

The skirt of their dresses went to knee length or just an inch below the knee. These dresses were flashy and often revealed the girls' knee and upper leg when she walked. They wrapped their chest with strips of fabric to flatten it. The waists of flapper clothes dropped down to the hipline. Stockings made of rayon were often worn rolled over a garter belt.

The haircut of the 1920s was a short haircut called the "bob." Another haircut became popular as well; it was even shorter than the bob and was known as the "shingle" or "Eton" cut. The shingle cut was slicked down and had a curl on each side of the face that covered the woman's ears. The ensemble was often finished with a felt, bell-shaped hat called a cloche.

Make-up, something that had previously only been used by loose women, became popular. Rouge, powder, eye-liner and lipstick being used the most.

Flappers weren't as modest as the Gibson girl. Flapper attitude was characterized by stark truthfulness, fast living, and sexual behavior. Flappers seemed to cling to youth as if it were to leave them at any moment. They took risks and were reckless.

12/14/2007 #4
Danielle Thamasa
Music/Dancing of the 1920s

It's the Jazz Age.

Dances such as the Charleston, Black Bottom, and the Shimmy were popular. These dances were considered wild by older generations.

12/14/2007 #5
Danielle Thamasa
ONE MORE RULE

If your characters have sex, please use common sense. Close the curtain when the bra comes off or the pants. If your foreplay gets too erotic it will be edited or deleted. Think of the possible young people reading this stuff and don't get too extremely kinky.

12/29/2007 #6
Danielle Thamasa

Just an FYI...I have added in different categories for all of the threads. On the top right of the main forum page there should be a little box and if you click on the arrow you can choose between the various categories, which could make it easier to find your way through all the threads.

The categories are: Business (obviously places of business: hospital, detective agencies, jazz club, etc), Homes (homes of everyone but the actual mob family homes), Hollywood (any location in Hollywood), Mobs (meaning the homes of the various mob families), Morgans (so anything to do with the Morgan home/speakeasy), Outside (park, in the city, streets), and Out of Country (Italy, Ireland, etc.)

2/16/2010 #7
Danielle Thamasa

Okay...if my calculations are correct, the forum is now around April 1925.

12/27/2010 #8
Danielle Thamasa

Okay, we are now around May 1925.

Also, an edit when it comes to sex on the forum. You can still use the ((Fade Out)) ((Fade In)) and allow everything to happen behind the curtain (so to speak), or you can continue through the experience. However, if you choose to write through the sex scene, I would ask that you don't get too graphic with it. Writing the emotions and some of the sensations experienced can help to build on the feelings and relationships of the characters.

Again, I will mention that if things get too graphic either Phoebes or myself will delete the posts.

9/19/2011 #9
Lee's ghost re-born

Well then..lol

9/19/2011 #10
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