When I was young lad I first saw the movie musical Cabaret starring Liza Minelli, Michael York and Joel Grey (as the Emcee). Minnelli won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part. Set in the last days of the Weimar Republic the movie is about the relationship between a Kit Kat Club singer Sally Bowles (Minnelli) and a young academic (York). The growing popularity of the Nazi movement in Germany is nowhere better portrayed than the scene in a beer garden when a young German sings “Tomorrow Belongs to Me”. This scene had an impact on me as a youth – it put me off being a follower of anything.
Of course I would be lying if I said anything other than the biggest impact of the movie on a young wargamer was Liza Minnelli herself. God she was hot when she was 25. Of course, it may have been the stockings and boots.
The movie being set in 1930s Germany – there are plenty of pulp type figures for gaming in this period. There are Artizan Designs “Thrilling Tales” Range, the wonderful Pulp Figures Range by Bob Murch, Blue Moon’s Pulp Range (also available from Old Glory) and others.
I enjoy roleplaying this period as well – and there are some classics from FGU’s “Daredevil” to Hero Games “Pulp Hero”. I have recently started using Savage Worlds for Pulp Gaming. Great set of rules. Topic of another blog post I think.