Dec
12
2017
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Survival Cucumber [TL 11] [GURPS 4E]

Survival Cucumber [TL 11]

[GURPS 4E]

Cucumis sativus machinatum

It remains, primarily, a cucumber: you can still eat them. However, should one find themselves trapped on a hostile planet that chews up machine technology and spits it out, then the Survival Cucumber is invaluable.

To begin with, it’s hyper-nutritious; one standard cucumber will support a human for two days. If the ends are cut off, it becomes an almost perfect water filtration device.  A Survival Cucumber used as a filter can last about a man-week before it wears out; fortunately, Survival Cucumber vines can grow pretty much anywhere, and start providing new Cucumbers three days after planting.  The vines are bioengineered to limit their own population growth, so no need to worry about runaway colonization.

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Dec
05
2017
1

The Seima Families [GURPS]

Seima Families – Google Docs

The Seima Families

Once upon a time, in the long-ago era known as the Eighties, there was a group that had all sorts of quirky, bizarre adventures that regularly placed them in mortal, yet easily resolved peril. What times they had! Exotic physics, secret conspiracies, ancient mysteries, and at least one Christmas-themed crisis (that one took twice as long to resolve as the others). But it all worked out in the end, at least for everyone who was good.

However, in the course of one of these wacky adventures our group of heroes came across a time warp (that bit about ‘exotic physics’ wasn’t a joke) that had spit out a real life ‘caveman!’ But they fixed things; the caveman (they called him ‘Lou’) amazingly picked up English pretty quickly, Lou and the group had a bunch of humorous misunderstandings, and the group eventually got Lou back to his own time.  The group was sad, but really, it was all for the best.  After all, Lou’s tribe was back there. Surely he’d be happier among his own ki… ah, friends and family, right?

Well, perhaps not.  You see, five minutes after the group left the area to go have another wacky adventure, Lou was back.  With his family (read: ‘tribe’). It was a bit of a strain for Lou to hold the time warp open for that long with his mind, but he decided that it was probably all for the best.

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Dec
03
2017
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Werspeer [GURPS]

Werspeer – Google Docs

Werspeer [19/23]

This martial art first appeared in medieval combat instruction manuals; and it disappeared there, too.  Many scholars think that Werspeer was an elaborate practical joke; rather more think that it’s a 17th Century forgery. Certainly it’s not currently practiced, except for the inevitable hobbyists.

Werspeer purported to be a martial style primarily to be used against werewolves — the pamphlet illustrations are remarkably forthright about that — and assumed a group of shield-carrying fighters armed with specialized spears and crossbows. The basic technique was to immobilize the ‘werewolf’ with their spears, allowing a crossbowman to shoot the target safely.  Werspeer fighters were, according to the books, expected to extensively train and fight together. (more…)

Dec
03
2017
2

Werespear [GURPS]

Werespear – Google Docs

Werespear

These specialized polearms are clearly derived from bear-spears: a Werespear is a six-foot spear with a metal stabbing spear tip and a crossbar, to prevent the quarry from impaling itself further, in exchange for getting within striking range of the spear-holder.  However, this is a spear designed for fighting werewolves (and other shapechangers). The wood is reinforced rowan, and is usually smeared with various anti-werewolf herbs and unguents. The crossbar is also much longer, made of silver-coated steel, and features two additional spikes (also silver-coated steel) designed to also pierce the werewolf’s flesh.  Finally, the area below the crossbar is likewise covered with silver, just where a werewolves hands might try to grab the spear and leverage it out of the wielder’s hands. Note that the spearhead itself is not made of silver, as silver does not keep an edge well.

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Nov
13
2017
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Steve Jackson Games puts GURPS 4E on DriveThruRPG…

…at least, it looks like just GURPS 4e here on DriveThruRPG.  Specifically, it looks like the GURPS 4e titles I’d put on if I was getting ready to offer them as a Bundle of Holding; at first glance, the only items missing from DriveThruRPG are the ones that involve licensed properties. Which probably means no In Nomine any time soon, dammit. Still: keep watching the skies.

Nov
07
2017
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Hypezokos, Impudite of Fate [GURPS IN NOMINE]

Ah, I remember this one. To explain the joke: the Archangel of Flowers for In Nomine is called Novalis, and she is a happy-shiny, sweet, hippie kind of Archangel. Her angels, are in fact, required to avoid committing any acts of unnecessary violence.

But there are so many complexities inherent in the term ‘unnecessary.’ I regret that the line effectively stopped being supported before it was her turn for a full write up; I had such plans for that Archangel.  Especially the part where I wrote up Novalis to be the most avowedly anti-Communist Archangel in Heaven. It would have been a glorious battle in playtest.

Alas.

Hypezokos (Impudite of Fate) – Google Docs

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Oct
28
2017
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Largh the Lost [GURPS 4e]

Largh the Lost – Google Docs

 

Largh the Lost [600pt]

Description: Largh is about five feet tall, weighs 250 pounds of solid muscle, and is a vaguely humanoid nightmare of poison-dripping ichor, sickly red-purple skin, and razor sharp tentacle claws. It wears a heavily-modified human-made TL8 tactical vest with plates at the absolute slightest excuse, including ‘it’s been too long since the last attack.’ In fact, Largh only takes it off when it wants to hide. (more…)

Oct
19
2017
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Gun Ho Lee [GURPS 4e].

Gun Ho Lee [600 pt] – Google Docs

Gun Ho Lee [600 pt]
Race: Korean monster

Attributes [278]: ST 15 [50], DX 15 [100], IQ 12 [40], HT 14 [40], HP 16 [2], FP 16 [6], Basic Speed 9.25 [40]

Social Background
TL: 8 [0]

Cultural Familiarities: Western [1].
Languages: English (Native) [6].

Advantages [314]: Alternate Form (Human) (Cosmetic) [8], Business Acumen (3) [30], Charisma (1) [5], Claws (Sharp Claws) [5], Combat Reflexes [15], Damage Resistance (8) [40], Recovery [10], Regeneration (Fast: 1HP/Min) [50], Regrowth [40], Resistant (Metabolic Hazards) (Very Common) (Immunity) [30], Status (+3) [10]*, Teeth (Sharp Teeth) [1], Unaging (Age Control) [18], Very Fit [15], Wealth (Very Wealthy) [30]

*Includes: +1 from ‘Wealth.’ (more…)

Oct
12
2017
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Catalog (Quantum 5) [GURPS 4e]

Catalog (Quantum 5) – Google Docs

 

Catalog (Quantum 5)

 

The year is 1975.  Elvis Presley is in the middle of a European tour, and he sounds fantastic. So do the Doors, although Jim Morrison’s marriage is reportedly on the rocks again; his off-again, on-again affair with Janis Joplin is a favorite subject for the tabloids. Jimi Hendrix isn’t touring this year, but his latest album is poised to go platinum. Rumors abound that Cass Elliot is seriously talking about doing a reunion album with her old band, but that rumor’s been perennial since 1970.  

 

But the news isn’t all great: J.P. Richardson’s just been diagnosed with the cancer, poor fellow.  It’s sparked plans for a huge charity concert for cancer awareness, though, and all the big names will be there: Ed Cochrane, Patsy Cline, Otis Redding, and of course Rich Valens and Buddy Holley.  They’re calling it ‘Life-Aid,’ and construction of a special stadium and facility — oddly, at the otherwise unremarkable town of Woodstock, NY — has already begun.

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Oct
09
2017
2

US Army Field Manual 6-66 (Post-Mortem Incantations). [GURPS 4E]

US Army Field Manual 6-66 (Post-Mortem Incantations) – Google Docs

 

US Army Field Manual 6-66 (Post-Mortem Incantations) [GURPS 4E]

 

This volume has been indifferently bound in cheap cardboard: the original pages have holes compatible with a standard three-ring binder.  This copy of the US Army Field Manual 6-66 (Post-Mortem Incantations) is dated 1968 AD and consists of 340 pages of small-type text and diagrams.  The text is, pardon the pun, deathly dull — but quite accurate; anyone with a knowledge of practical magic will immediately recognize it as being a true grimoire.

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Oct
04
2017
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In Nomine Revisited: Basic Celestial conversion (GURPS In Nomine) (4E).

Basic Celestial (GURPS 4E) – Google Docs

I ran across this while looking for something else: back in the day, I went ahead and converted the basic stats for celestials (angels and demons, basically) in GURPS In Nomine from 3rd to 4th edition.  I also converted a bunch of Servitor Attunements and whatnot; I should collate them and put them up, too.  Something to work on.

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Sep
18
2017
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Mole Nose Doom [GURPS 4E]

Mole Nose Doom – Google Docs

Mole Nose Doom [0]

 

This is, strictly speaking, a curse: the victim’s nose is replaced with a horrible wriggling appendage (much like a mole’s nose) that both horrifies and disgusts most people who see it.  It’s almost impossible to hide the curse, either. Between the wriggling and the smell of burned earth, Mole Nose Doom is very hard to miss.  

 

However: the victim can now shoot waves of seismic force out of his nose. At the earliest stage of the curse (the sufferer can put more points into Innate Attack, but may not buy off Hideous or Unnatural Features), this isn’t enough to kill anyone — but it can be a nasty surprise to an unarmored enemy, and the psychological effect can be pretty alarming. Some people are willing to accept looking like a monster in exchange. And rather more rulers are willing to enlist the services of somebody suffering from Mole Nose Doom.  Not to mention, encourage them to train up in its use…

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