What monstrosity lumbers forth? The ST Monster Table for GURPS! Why has it risen? None can say – or perhaps none dare. Born of a mad notion that the Damage Table and the Basic Lift and Encumbrance Table could be fused into a single heaving entity, this Qabalic construct reveals even damage scores expunged from the Damage Table. For while summoning new tables for STROLL of late, it was discerned that the stars are aligned and the portals are open; now is the time. The time for what? To create that hybrid beast of a table – and to cram it full of everything!
What lies within? Madness, that’s what! Damage, Basic Lift, encumbrance levels, key weights for strength-based feats of lifting and moving stuff, and one non-official, homemade thing: ST Roll, the score you really want to use in Contests and other ST-related rolls. (Read about that here.)
What feeds its massive bulk? Spreadsheets! When technology puts such power within man’s grasp, the only ethical sin is to not delve too deeply! The numbers mystically fill themselves in – except those damage scores. (I had to extrapolate scores that the Damage Table skips; I can’t find official published numbers.)
Thank your cowering gods that the Table stops at ST 80. At ST 70, “add 1d to both thrust and swing damage per full 10 points of ST” kicks in on the Damage Table. With the progression revealed, GMs can freely extend the Table from ST 80 on up. (Again, I’m filling in missing numbers; if some resource shows how 1d is supposed to be split up over 10 levels of ST, tell me where it lies buried.)
What is humankind to do with this abomination? I don’t know! Print it life-size, to paper over secret lair exits. Wrap (dire) fish. Line your owlbear cage. Transcribe it onto parchment of unhallowed leather and bury it under eldritch wards in the restricted collections at Miskatonic University. Flash it at non-GURPS gamers to scare them off the system – forever!
Or maybe even use it in games. It’s handy if you want a one-stop look-up for a bunch of ST-derived stats. The power-hungry may even be tempted to add character sheet spaces to hold those lifting-related numbers.
Dare we feed it more? Did I leave out any Table-ready feats of strength or key ST-derived stats? Could we – and should we – further sate the creature? Will the lurching advance of such mad GURPS science prove our savior? Or do we risk birthing a table so large it will destroy us all?