• GULLIVER rules expansion for GURPS

    Many a GURPS newcomer (and some experienced players too) ask: Can GURPS handle huge and tiny creatures? You bet! And it does so well, too. But even in GURPS 4e, the built-in tools are lacking in spots. A little added clarification and exposition fills in the gaps, giving you all you need to unleash beings of any size in your game. What is it? The original GULLIVER for 3e is an old, nut-made fan-crafted expansion for the GURPS 3e roleplaying game. It explores many topics, mostly dealing with character/creature design and physical performance. (It does so thoroughly, and is renowned for its volume.) The newer GULLIVER Mini for 4e is…

  • Star Frontiers to GURPS 4e Conversion Notes

    History v1.0: Created 1997. It’s the oldest thing on the GURPS Diner! v2.0: 2006.11.23. Updated for new site and for GURPS 4e. v2.1: 2009.07.30. Some clean-up. Credits: Dralasite notes enhanced with comments by Art Wendorf. Note: Also see More Star Frontiers goodness for additional resources, including links to altermate character conversion ideas.   Star Patrol wants YOU! Got a Star Frontiers game you’d like to bring over to GURPS? (Okay, so that proposition made more sense in 1997. But do please play along.) Here are some notes to help those characters make the jump. First, a bit of intro It’s hard for me to say what I liked so much about…

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    “Anti-talents” in GURPS

    Below is a recent post to the GURPSnet mailing list, on the topic of “Anti-talents” that reverse the effects of Talents.  I have home-brewed “group competences” that are pretty much the same as the Talents that 4e later brought. (4e picks a much better name; I’ll steal “Talent” for the rest of this discussion.) They all have accompanying “Group Incompetences”, that reverse the bonuses into penalties. The latter make for amusing character concepts (and sometimes amusing trait names), and work as you suggest, but with one big difference: I only award -1 per Group Incompetence, far less than the advantage value of the reverse Talent! http://www.gamesdiner.com/gurps/GULLIVER/BXouttakes.htm#SkillBonusTraits For what it’s worth,…

  • Notes on natural encumbrance (GULLIVER)

    Forum poster P, in reference to GULLIVER’s natural encumbrance rules, included the word “messy” among other (much nicer!) comments. Of course, I had to ask what’s “messy” with them, and P was kind enough to oblige with a response. The below may or may not change anyone’s mind about the rules, but it did lead to the introspection below that natural encumbrance fans may find of interest. (And it’s a shame not to recycle such a long post into all-too-scarce blog content…) Here’s the forum text:  Thank you for the kind words, P. Permit me an initial clarification: And, as I said above, I agree that your general approach was…