Feb
20
2018
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Curlomancy (Divination) [GURPS]

OK. So maybe two Olympics posts. Mr. T is down with curling, so I have a totally legitimate excuse. Having Mr. T approve of what you’re doing instantly validates your life choices.

Curlomancy – Google Docs

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Feb
19
2018
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Moss (TL13) [GURPS 4e]

Moss (TL13) – Google Docs

Moss (TL13)

 

It came as a shock to Terran scientists when they discovered moss on every Earth-compatible planet with a viable biosphere.  It terrified them when they realized that they were all a recognizable variant of Terran moss.  Finding out that all moss, everywhere, are Precursor artifacts ended up sending some of those researchers out for psychological restabilization.  But then, how were humans supposed to realize that the Precursors were all around them all along?  They grew up around moss, after all.

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Feb
13
2018
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Blood Royale [GURPS 4e]

Blood Royale [GURPS] – Google Docs

Blood Royale [50, plus 5 per dose]

 

There are a lot of people who are quietly grateful that the legendary ‘healing power of the King’s hands’ was actually due to the byproducts of a particular bacteria that happens to have a very specific diet; the sweat of people with some extremely rare genetic markers. That gratitude starts with the people who have those genetic markers; biologists found it relatively simple to replicate the conditions under which the bacteria grew, which meant that there would be no need to come up with more, ah, strenuous methods of securing the byproducts. And, yes, the methods could very well have been strenuous, given that the byproducts can be refined into drugs that have cut cancer rates in half.

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Feb
10
2018
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Fuzz [TL9-10] [GURPS 4e]

Fuzz [TL9-10] – Google Docs

Fuzz [TL9-10]

 

$1,000/dose. LC varies.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Case in point: when it became clear that government and corporate entities had access to technology that could track you via your DNA — or, worse, create diseases specifically keyed to it — there soon came effective countermeasures. Which then spawned counter- countermeasures, and so forth; but, honestly, anything that keeps grey- or black-market genetic engineers busy chasing their own tails is probably going to be worth it, from society’s point of view.

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Feb
10
2018
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GURPS Martial Art: Cheer [GURPS 4e]

Cheer – Google Docs

Cheer [15/21]

 

This underground martial art is practiced by the most hardcore of American cheerleading squads.  It’s an almost merciless discipline to learn: initiates start tough, and are ruthlessly taught to push their bodies to the maximum.  Those who stick it out become tricky and unpredictable opponents in a fight; those who don’t still keep the squad’s secrets.

 

Factoid: 85% of American corporate ninja have at least basic proficiency in Cheer, and 42% of them list Cheer as their primary martial art.

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Feb
03
2018
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Neurological Tick [0/10/25] [GURPS 4e]

Neurological Tick – Google Docs

Neurological Tick [0/10/25]

 

These alien symbiotes spread along with interstellar travel, and can be found on a plethora of worlds.  While neurological Ticks are small, brightly colored bloodsucking insects that can successfully feed off of a remarkable range of lifeforms, it is however incorrect to call them ‘parasites.’ They’re genuine symbionts: Neurological Ticks provide their hosts with a suspiciously-significant neurological boost, allowing the hosts to function at up to human levels of reasoning and understanding.

 

A Neurological Tick, once implanted, will usually live as long as its host; in the wild, they typically last on their own for about a year or so (they can live on most animal wastes, but only if there are no hosts available).  Implanting these symbionts on fully-sentient creatures not only has no effect; the Tick will refuse to bite in the first place.  There’s just something about people that they find unappetizing.  

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Feb
01
2018
3

Martial Art: Batter [GURPS 4e]

Batter is, by the way, different from Batter-Up.  The former is snickering at how easy it is for the present to get the past wrong; the latter practically worships at the altar of Fallout 4. Although Moe Cronin might find Batter entertaining enough, if remarkably free of blood.

Batter [15pt]

 

This is the modern reconstruction of the ancient martial art first practiced by wandering players during the Early Middle Period of the First American Republic.  These men (fragments from the sagas suggest that women players were exceedingly rare)  were inveterate wanderers who thought nothing of spending up to half the year going from town to town as part of their ritual practices. Sober legend has them as being ascetic, dedicated athletes with a strong ethical and civic code; what popular tales survive from this time period suggest that players had a decidedly earthier style when not on the Field of Play.  

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Jan
27
2018
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Dietrich & Howard Consulting [GURPS].

I came up with this concept when I was sick.

Dietrich & Howard Consulting – Google Docs

Dietrich & Howard Consulting

 

The up-and-coming consulting firm of Dietrich and Howard has two distinctive features: its partners (and virtually sole employees) Claudia Dietrich and Brian Howard.  The two are absurdly young — 24 and fresh out of engineering school and university — but they already are developing a reputation for being remarkably well-suited for getting problematical field operations back on track. Claudia specializes in the ‘field’ part of ‘field operations,’ while Brian handles ‘operations.’  Ten years from now, these two will have a legendary reputation for their ability to work as a team; for right now, they just come across as being mildly pleasant-scary to the existing experts in their field.  What sets Dietrich & Howard apart is their apparent familiarity with just about everything; and the better the crew they have, the better the two shine.

 

And, well, there’s a reason for that.

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Jan
18
2018
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Prismatic Pistol [TL4+4], [GURPS 4e].

Prismatic Pistol [TL4+4] – Google Docs

Prismatic Pistol [TL4+4]

 

Description: A wood and chrome, pistol-like object with a faintly-glowing crystal replacing the muzzle.  The decorations on a Prismatic Pistol are typically garish, intensely overwrought, and purely cosmetic. There is usually an iron sight, but it’s equally cosmetic.

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Jan
11
2018
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Mejnowoita [100pt] [GURPS 4e].

Mejnowoita [100pt] – Google Docs

Mejnowoita [100pt]

 

Well, that’s what the artifact (which looks pretty much like what it is: an elk mask, carved from an elk skull) calls itself, anyway. Maybe. Probably.  None of the superheroes who have worn it in the past can speak whatever language it is that Mejnowoita speaks, although they all quickly learned that Stawo! meant ‘Stop!’ and Eimi! meant ‘Go!’  The artifact isn’t much of a conversationalist otherwise.

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