Sep
29
2016
4

GURPS Martial Art: Umbrella-Fighting [GURPS 4E]

Umbrella-Fighting (7pt)

This style is not really suited for realistic campaigns, but it should work fine in urban magical or steampunk ones.  It need hardly be said that anyone planning to use this style should invest in a specially-reinforced umbrella (or a weapon that simply looks like an umbrella).  Still, as a fighting weapon the classic unfolding umbrella has its charms.  Adepts typically use a long, heavy umbrella (Staff) with a pointy ferrule (Rapier) and a curved handle (Axe/Mace); sudden switches and reversals of grip and stance are practiced until they become second nature. Note that the umbrella must be reversed in order to use it as a mace.

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Sep
29
2016
0

Pouch of Wind [GURPS 4e]

Pouch of Wind  (Regular)

This spell pushes air into an inverted container with enough force to cause it to take flight. The exact angle of the thrust can be altered at will by the spellcaster, allowing for directed flight.  Lifted objects have a Move of 3; add 1 Move for every point of mana spent above the base cost.  This spell explicitly can be used on a parachute, parasail, or umbrella.

This spell is part of the Air College, not Movement.

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Sep
29
2016
0

Umbrella-chute [GURPS 4E]

You ever have one of those days where you just had three ideas at once?  Today mine was on umbrellas.  Happy GURPS Day!

 

Umbrella-chute   (DX/Easy)

Defaults: DX-4, Parachuting -2

This is the ability to maneuver and land while using an umbrella as an improvised parachute.  This skill does absolutely nothing to reduce velocity; use an appropriate spell or power for that.  What it can do is allow the user to aim for a precise landing zone on the ground, and to avoid injuries from a bad controlled landing.

Sep
27
2016
4

New Martial Art: Full-Contact Wellness Care [GURPS 4e]

Full-Contact Wellness Care (17pt)

This is absolutely, explicitly, and without a doubt a cinematic style. Full-Contact Wellness Care was invented by an eccentric martial arts master who also happened to be a physician: it takes pressure point and chi flow theories to their logical conclusion by seeking to manipulate a patient’s health via the use of precise applications of kinetic energy. The style is a jumbled mishmash of various esoteric and mundane theories on physiology, but you can use it to kick kidney stones out of a patient’s body without lasting harm and/or permanent pain, so who cares?

Note that all legitimate practitioners of Full-Contact Wellness Care swear to follow the Hippocratic Oath. In the original Greek.  Illegitimate practitioners typically buy a few points in Poison and don’t bother holding back on their attacks.

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Sep
22
2016
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GURPS Advantage/Package: Shoggie-Ridden [GURPS 4e]

Shoggie-Ridden [12 pt]

This particular… affliction? Condition? Situation? …is one for the xenobiology books. There is a particular planet in human space where the dominant sentient species (called ‘Shoggies,’ for reasons known only to its discoverer) is a protoplasmic pile of protean goo with an unique life cycle. Shoggies reproduce by injecting reproductive material into the living bodies of large – say, human sized – animals. The injected material then permeates the host body, fortifying its blood, repurposing its vital organs, and… does nothing else for the remainder of the host’s natural life, beyond helping to keep it alive. Once the host dies (for whatever reason), the material consumes the rest of the host body within 12 hours, transforming it into a baby Shoggie. Most adult Shoggies have a reasonable analogue to human nurturing instincts; the ‘infant’ typically has no problem with finding ‘parents’ to raise it. (more…)

Sep
17
2016
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GURPS Discworld [4E] and Mars Attacks! now on pre-order.

The GURPS Discworld Roleplaying Game and GURPS Mars Attacks, to be precise. They’re doing pre-orders this month and counting all the sales as counting towards the GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Kickstarter stretch goals, which means if you buy the books now I may eventually get free shipping.  That’s reasonable all around, I think: I’m not likely to do another pledge drive this year, but if you’re going to buy the books anyway you might as well pre-order them, right? (more…)

Sep
17
2016
7

GURPS Martial Art: Python Strike Thesis Defense Kung Fu [GURPS 4E]

Blame this.

Python Strike Thesis Defense Kung Fu [8/11 pt]

In that room, in that place, it is either you, or it is the snake.  The snake knows its purpose. Do you? – Pat Whittaker, PhD. (Botany)

It was perhaps inevitable that the venerable Western practice of requiring PhD. candidates to wrestle a snake as part of their doctoral thesis defense would eventually spawn its own martial art. Python Strike Thesis Defense Kung Fu is a fairly brutal discipline, in its way: much like graduate school, it is uncompromising about – and uncaring of – weakness.  Adepts in the art obviously prefer to train on snakes, but the hard truth of the matter is that snakes are expensive.  Anonymous brawling in campus bars and illegal tournaments in the steam tunnels are typically cheaper… or, at least the costs don’t come out of department budgets, which is really the important thing.

There is a rumored cinematic version that is supposedly used to endure the legendary Actinic Marriage of Pain ritual (and thus obtain tenure), but few hard details exist.

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Sep
17
2016
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Sep
15
2016
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The Problematic Jerry Moore. [GURPS 4E]

I may have written this guy up in the past – I know that I referenced him in at least one Infinity thumbnail – but I wanted to get this out of my head and onto the screen anyway. (more…)

Sep
13
2016
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GURPS disease/package: Garish Tattoo. [GURPS 4E]

I dunno why.

Garish Tattoo [0]

This particular disease crops up on a number of timelines; it’s pretty obviously a bioengineered one, but nobody’s sure who is creating it, and how they’re spreading it.  It’s communicable, but not very: symptoms include extreme lassitude and a mild fever for several days, a brightly glowing rash that turns into a brightly glowing scar, and the permanent acquisition of both a psionic talent, and minor psionic abilities/perks.  Garish Tattoo is never fatal on its own, but somebody with a compromised immune system might not survive the experience.  There are seven recognized strains of Garish Tattoo: contracting one form of the disease immunizes you from the others.

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Sep
12
2016
1

Tweet of the Day, GURPS Mars Attacks Coming Soon! edition

‘Soon’ being defined as ‘December.’ …Well, that’s about eighty to ninety days from now, so I guess that actually counts as ‘soon’ in RPG terms. I mean, shoot, September’s half over already. Anyway, be sure to nag your Friendly Local Gaming Stores:

I liked the Tim Burton Mars Attacks!, almost in spite of itself. It entertained, even though most of the characters in it were kind of horrible and/or broken. But it didn’t certainly didn’t lack for chutzpah

Sep
08
2016
3

Lagoon-2 (Quantum 6) #gurpsday

There are bizarre timelines, and then there’s Lagoon-2.  On this world, fish-men rose out of the sea in 1954… just in time to help keep humanity from being slaughtered by an incursion of warped Ant-Men from inland.  Today, humanity more or less is safe whenever they’re within ten miles of saltwater.  Go past that, and things get… Weird… very, very quickly.

Infinity finds this place alarming, but profitable: the culture has frozen worldwide into a somewhat demented perpetual rockabilly extravaganza.  Turns out that there are two things that Ant-Men can’t stand: salt water, and rock-and-roll.  Which is one reason why Elvis Presley just got re-elected President, and why most remaining countries are almost literally ruled by their Top 40 lists. It’s not really a place for disaster tourism, but lots of people want to go to Lagoon-2 and try it anyway.

Lagoon-2, 1973

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