Jan
12
2017
0

Item/Creature seed: Squid-Helmets. [GURPS]

Blame this.

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Squid-Helmets (TL1+2) [10/12 pt]

Squid-Helmets are what you get when somebody figures out during the Bronze Age how to successfully train a tree octopus so that it can be usefully worn on somebody’s head, then the species gets selectively bred accordingly over the next few thousand years. By the time you hit a medieval-equivalent Tech Level you’ll have something that’s simultaneously useful, and not a little bizarre. But not creepy — or at least no creepier than a domestic goat or pig. Squid-Helmets live about thirty years, if properly fed; the species is almost extinct in the wild*.

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Jan
05
2017
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GURPS Infinite Worlds: Titanic-1.

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Titanic-1

 

On this world, the Titanic did not hit an iceberg and sink in the Atlantic, although possibly some of its owners might wish that it had. But that’s a backdrop to the real situation, which is this: there’s a lot of research to be done on Titanic-1 into the nature of timelines and divergence points, but unfortunately there are two broadly incompatible lines of research to be done.  And each line of research has its own bureaucratic partisans. …Really, it’s almost enough to make one wish for Centrum to show up. At least they can be more directly thwarted.

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Dec
28
2016
1

Caf? [TL 12] [0 points] [GURPS]

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Caf? [TL 12] [0 points]

 

It’s not a typo and it’s not a transcription error. Caf? is the morning drink of choice in the Age of Miracles: the ‘?’ is there to establish that the stuff does not precisely fully exist in our dimensions. It tastes marvelous, and not in a mysterious way, either. Imagine a rich, but not overpowering chocolate-vanilla contrast with an aftertaste of banana that somehow is enjoyable whether or not you like those flavors and you’re not too far off. Caf? has clearly been designed with human taste buds in mind.

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Dec
22
2016
1

In the Mail: GURPS Mars Attacks.

Merry Christmas to me
Merry Christmas to me
Merry This and the New GURPS Discworld killed my budget for the mon-th.
Merry Christmas to me.

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Dec
21
2016
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Laser Mines (TL[7+3]) [GURPS]

For this one, blame my wife.  I think.

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Laser Mines (TL[7+3])

Yes, as in ‘big holes in the ground where you dig solid, raw laser light out of the walls.’  Sure, you could make laser beams by collimating light into a focused ray.  If you’re living in the 21st century AD, that is.  But if you’re a clear-eyed citizen of any number of the modern, technologically mature polities of the 23rd Century’s Solar System, you’d rather get your laser beams from a mine on one of Jupiter or Saturn’s moons. And yes, it’s real laser light, somehow.  Still usable, though! …Well, after a certain amount of refining into a crystal form, that is.

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Dec
15
2016
2

Draught of the Wolverine [TL5+1] [GURPS]

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Draught of the Wolverine [TL5+1] [0]

 

This ‘potion’ is actually not supernatural at all: it is instead derived from a carefully cultivated species of arctic fungus that grows in the vicinity of whatever super-material or substance that allows steampunk realities to function.  Once drunk, the Draught of the Wolverine essentially permanently infects the drinker’s body with a stable colony of the fungus.  Regular TL5 science cannot cure the condition, but TL5+1 super-science or a TL8 broad-spectrum antibiotic would be able to successfully clear up the infection.

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Dec
11
2016
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Item seed: Mother Gilman’s Practical Family Grimoire. [GURPS]

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Mother Gilman’s Practical Family Grimoire

This cheerful-looking hardcover book [the title is usually abbreviated to “Mother Gilman’s”] is printed on remarkably stain-and-damage resistant paper; the dust jacket is still crisp and there is no indication of yellowing.  While the publishing information lists a well-known publisher and a publication date of 1964, there is no record of this book or the author in the publisher’s own archives.  Interestingly, the alleged illustrator can be tracked down; she will readily admit that the interior art is done in her early style, but she never drew anything like this and she certainly never got paid for it, either. Needless to say, there is no record of this book existing on the Internet.   (more…)

Nov
29
2016
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Nov
28
2016
1

Last chance to preorder GURPS Discworld and Mars Attacks…

…and get ’em before Christmas! I, myself, am going to have to wait for the new year – I’d feel bad about that, except that I know at least a half-dozen people who are a bit more worried about, say, seeing 2018 right now* – but there’s no reason why all y’all can’t get these two locked down in time for the holiday.  GURPS Discworld and GURPS Mars Attacks are both hotly anticipated titles this year: the first is an update of the excellent 3rd Edition version from – dear God! – 1998; and the second just promises to be good, clean, Atomic Horror B-Movie fun.

So go for it.

Moe Lane

*IHTFY.

Nov
23
2016
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GURPS In Nomine Revisited: Mindy [GURPS IOU / IN NOMINE]

This one really needs GURPS IOU (GURPS In Nomine, too) to make any sense. Then again, if you don’t have GURPS IOU already then you should get it. I mean, geez: Phil Foglio did the artwork!  What do you want, a sign from the heavens?

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Nov
22
2016
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Item: Latvind [GURPS].

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Latvind

This rifle appears on first glance to be a Mauser Gewehr 98 (GURPS Hi-Tech, page 111) in pristine condition and with a TL8 variable-power scope (+3 to Acc) attached.  The stock is ornamented with stylized representations of e wind and breezes; the name ‘Latvind’ is carved into the barrel.  Any sort of esoteric scan of the item will reveal that it is magical.  Disturbingly so; magically or psionically aware people will come away with the accurate impression that Latvind enjoys killing things while at the same time recognizing that murdering people is wrong.  This is actually odd, for anything that might resemble a “Spirit of the Gun.”  Your stereotypical spirit of an item doesn’t consider it immoral to fulfill its purpose.  Latvind does; it simply enjoys being immoral.

As for its powers: aside from being a Very Fine weapon that does not need regular maintenance, Latvind ignores DR and halves HP when calculating cover DR for purposes of overpenetration (GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns, page 408) only. In practical terms, this generally means that a shot fired from Latvind can blast through a person and hit the one behind him while barely slowing down, and can easily shoot through regular wood or light metal barriers. Latvind is thus eagerly sought-after as an assassination weapon.

Interestingly, it never stays in any one person’s hands for long.

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