Hrm. GURPSDay.

Haven’t done much with GURPS lately, either – I cut my teeth on 3e  – but maybe I need an incentive. Only problem there is catching up with the state of the art. I bought the hardcover 4e books as they came out, but I am behind on the digital stuff, big time. Maybe this GURPSDay thing is what I need while I’m in the process of resetting my work habits?


So, I had to make an Electronics Repair/TL8 (Computers) roll. (GURPS 4E Real Life)

-2 for lack of schematics[*]; normally it’d be -5 for improvised equipment, but the Universal GM took pity on me and ruled that the job mostly just required a screwdriver, which I had. Normally Electronics Repair defaults to IQ-5, which would have meant that I had to roll 9 or better on 3d6 to pop the power button back up;  but Electronics Repair (Computers) defaults at -5 to Computer Operations/TL8, and I have that at IQ+1 (15-)**, which meant that my effective skill roll was 10-.

Didn’t see the dice roll, of course, but the damned thing popped back up, so I must have made it on the nose.  I even made a tricky Will check to keep from snapping at my kids when they started yelling in my ear. So, really, not in fact all that bad a bad morning.

Moe Lane

PS: It’s a GURPS thing: it’s not that you wouldn’t understand. It’s more like: you either understand, or you don’t.

[*Let me add: which was offset by the fact that it was a reasonably easy (+2) task to accomplish.]

**That may be the most obscure brag you see all day.

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This is my third copy of GURPS Witch World, and the first that I’ve ever seen.

It’s the weirdest thing.


GURPS Witch World has been something of a Holy Grail for me; it was one of the few books that I didn’t have from the Third Edition*.  Needless to say, Amazon makes collecting this stuff easy, right? (more…)


Not being an initiate of Gygax does have its advantages.

Heh.  Something like this happened to me: to wit, like Tycho of Penny Arcade, in my house, growing up, AD&D was specifically banned.

… my mom gave me an incredible gift here that almost certainly informed my life.  I think a lot of people go right to D&D, and that’s it.  You can play Dungeons & Dragons your whole life, I’m not gonna tell you that would be bad.  It is at least as good and probably better than a lot of the shit you get up to.  But she didn’t let me start with it, and the reason doesn’t matter now.  I was made to cast a wide net, and I hauled up treasure.

But, like Tycho… my mom just banned AD&DMERP/Rolemaster?  No problem.  Car Wars?  OK. GURPS? Sure, no worries.  …Paranoia?  Fine, although Orcbusters pushed my mom’s buttons.  I suspect that a lot of gamers have that history; and the members of the gaming industry that aren’t working for Wizards of the Coast should be, frankly, properly grateful about it.

Moe Lane


Speaking of OGRE…

…I’m finding it surprisingly hard to find a source for Mark III and V minis.  I mean, yes, they’re out of stock. So I’m not going to find find them hither and yon and at stock price. But I ain’t seeing them, period.


Moe Lane

PS: I’ll have what I need for the game, mind you. Got a basic command post/defenders setup for one side and will have an Ogrethulhu for the other, if nothing else. Actually, I’ll end up with two of those. But the lead, man. The lead calls to you…


A great imbalance in my gaming shelf is redressed.

…Gaming shelf. Heh.  Try gaming bookcases: between my gaming books and my wife’s, the living room is a homage to the 20′ by 20′ room with an orc and a chest.

Anyway, just got my copy of GURPS Low-Tech, thus bringing me fully up to date on the actual print runs of 4th ed.  Really, at some point I should run a game in this system (the problem is that I can think in 3rd ed, but not quite in 4th ed)…


Book of the Week: The Difference Engine.

The Difference Engine was one of the first alt-history/steampunk books that I ever read; and it pretty much gave me a permanent taste for both.  I suspect that the maps help: I love alternate history maps.

And so adieu, GURPS Basic Set: Characters, Fourth Edition.  I have not forgotten why I was thinking about you, never fear.


Book of the Week: GURPS Basic Set: Characters, Fourth Edition

GURPS Basic Set: Characters, Fourth Edition seems a bit of an… odd choice; but, yeah, I may need a couple of these in a few months.  Which is why it’s now also on my Wish List.

And thus, so long to America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag


Just for the record…

I’ll be happy when November hits and I don’t feel quite the same urgency about political blogging, either.  Alas, this is the busy season for that sort of thing; although I actually had a GURPS thought for the first time in months the other day*…

Moe Lane



GURPS Bloody Vorkosigan Saga. *Finally.*

How long has the GURPS community waited for GURPS Vorkosigan Saga? Let me put it this way: the editor started off his acknowledgment by apologizing for the delay. This roleplaying game sourcebook was in production for five years.  There were probably bets made on when, if ever, this book would ever see the light of day.  The only reason why all of this didn’t end in a frontal assault on Steve Jackson Games is that Bujold fans tend to be kind-hearted souls without access to kinetic energy weapons.

…I kid.  This book was a bit of a Jonah; everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, and after a certain point you have to accept that sometimes that just happens.  And it’s nice to have a copy in hand.  But man, was this a wait.

Moe Lane


OK, this is kind of funny, if you’re a gamer.

There are apparently two R. Borgstroms in the gaming world: there’s Rebecca Borgstrom, who wrote Nobilis*…

…$150?  Excuse me while I get my copy out of the reach of children and into an inert nitrogen atmosphere.

…and then there’s Rolfe Borgstrom, who got mentioned in this article about gaming out Land of the Lost.  The main site (Transitive Property of Gaming) looks interesting, too.  As for the article… true enough, as far as it goes; but you should also try GURPS Dinosaurs & Cadillacs & Dinosaurs: there was also one involving an alien planet, dinosaurs, and cowboys, but the title has slipped my mind.

What? No, actually, I know plenty of women who game. My wife’s a GM, in fact. Why do you ask?

Moe Lane

*Which I personally feel would be just crying out for a d20 version, if only I had any morally justifiable reason to be that nihilistic and cruel.

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