In the Mail: GURPS HORROR: THE MADNESS DOSSIER.

Purchased by accident, honestly: I forgot it was in the cart. I already had GURPS HORROR: THE MADNESS DOSSIER in digital form, and while I wanted a print copy… well, my family’s weekly grocery bill has gone up by thirty to fifty percent in the last year. One has to be mindful.

Still, it’s a fun concept for a horror game, full of ancient Sumerian gods, brain hacking, and secret conspiracies to keep reality itself from being rewritten. I definitely can recommend it as a sourcebook. Then again, I could have just said, ‘written by Ken Hite,’ and that would have been sufficient.

The GURPS HORROR Bundle of Holding.

Lot of good stuff in this Bundle of Holding, up to and including GURPS Horror (Fourth edition) itself. Steve Jackson Games has gone four editions of that particular sourcebook, and every single one of them was actually justified: the Third Edition in particular had a very interesting campaign setting that had to be cut to make way for stuff in the Fourth edition. Fortunately, they expanded the setting and turned it into GURPS Horror: The Madness Dossier, which is also available in this Bundle of Holding and well worth your time to peruse.

Also, the bibliographies you’ll find in each edition of GURPS Horror are invaluable, particularly if you’re trying to build a library. The only reason I’d argue against buying these in PDFs is because the ones that also have print versions are worth picking up that way.

#commissionearned

Berghold, Baron Crossguard [300 pt] [GURPS]

Baron Berghold Crossguard [300 pt]

Attributes [120]: ST 10, DX 12 [40], IQ 14 [80], HT 10

HP 10, Will 14, Per 14, FP 10

Social Background: 

TL: 3 [0], Cultural Familiarities: Western (Native) [0], Languages: Anglish (Native) [0]; Arabic (Native) [6]; Latin (Native) [6]

Advantages [152]: Charisma (2) [10], Independent Income (10) [10], Legal Enforcement Powers [5], Magery (3) [30], Magery 0 [5], Sage (2) [20], Smooth Operator (1) [15], Status (+4) [15]*, Wealth (Very Wealthy) [30]

*includes: +1 from ‘Wealth’

Disadvantages [-75]: Code of Honor (Professional) [-5], Curious (6 or less) [-10], Duty (Nobleman) (15 or less (almost always)) (Nonhazardous) [-10], Enemy (Latest rogue necromancer under sanction) (Equal in power to the PC) (9 or less) [-10], Honesty (12 or less) [-10], Pacifism (Cannot Harm Innocents) [-10], Sense of Duty (Empire) (Large Group) [-10], Truthfulness (12 or less) [-5], Vow (Uphold the Laws of Magic) [-5]

Quirks [-5]: Attentive [-1], Dislikes ‘Sloppy’ necromancy [-1], Dislikes delays in magical trials [-1], Habit (Hums when casting spells) [-1], Imaginative [-1]

Packages [0]: Scholar (Fantasy) [0] (modified)

Skills [54]: Administration IQ/A – IQ+0 14 [2], Broadsword DX/A – DX+0 12 [2], Diplomacy IQ/H – IQ+0 14 [2]**, Expert Skill (Political Science) IQ/H – IQ+0 14 [1]***, Heraldry IQ/A – IQ+1 15 [1]***, History (Magical) IQ/H – IQ+0 14 [1]***, Innate Attack (Projectile) DX/E – DX+0 12 [1], Law (Magical) IQ/H – IQ+4 18 [12]***, Literature IQ/H – IQ+0 14 [1]***,Occultism IQ/A – IQ+1 15 [1]***, Philosophy (Western) IQ/H – IQ+0 14 [1]***, Public Speaking IQ/A – IQ+2 16 [1]**/****, Research/TL3 IQ/A – IQ+2 16 [2]***, Riding (Equines) DX/A – DX+0 12 [2], Savoir-Faire (High Society) IQ/E – IQ+2 16 [2]**, Scrounging Per/E – Per+0 14 [1], Shield (Shield) DX/E – DX+0 12 [1], Staff DX/A – DX+0 12 [2], Thaumatology IQ/VH – IQ+5 19 [16]*****, Theology (Christian) IQ/H – IQ+0 14 [1]***, Writing IQ/A – IQ-1 13 [1]

**includes: +1 from ‘Smooth Operator’

***includes: +2 from ‘Sage’

****includes: +2 from ‘Charisma’

*****includes: +3 from ‘Magery’

Spells [54]: Affect Spirits IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Animation IQ/VH – IQ+1 15 [2], Astral Block IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Astral Vision IQ/VH – IQ+1 15 [2], Banish IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Clumsiness IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Colors IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Command Spirit (Specters) IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Continual Light IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Control Zombie IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Create Fire IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Dark Vision IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Death Vision IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Enchant IQ/VH – IQ+1 15 [2], Fear IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Final Rest IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Fireball IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Glow IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Grace IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Ignite Fire IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Infravision IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Itch IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Lend Energy IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Lend Vitality IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Light IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Light Jet IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Mass Zombie IQ/VH – IQ+1 15 [2], Materialize IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Minor Healing IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Purify Air IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Purify Water IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Recover Energy IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Repel Spirits IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], See Invisible IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Seek Earth IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Seek Water IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Sense Emotion IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Sense Foes IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Sense Life IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Sense Spirit IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Shape Fire IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Simple Illusion IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Solidify IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Spasm IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Summon Spirit IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Test Food IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Turn Spirit IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Turn Zombie IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Zombie IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1], Zombie Summoning IQ/H – IQ+1 15 [1]

Stats [120] Ads [152] Disads [-75] Quirks [-5] Skills [54] Spells [54] = Total [300]

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Scuttle [GURPS 4e]

Scuttle

This martial art is most suitable for those game worlds where every group has their own fighting style.  Pirates in particular would be almost forced to develop something that could counter the inscrutable ways of the ninja; after all, the alternative would be to die in a hail of throwing stars.  That’s hardly profitable!

The primary weapons of Scuttle are a cutlass in the dominant hand, and a knife in the other.  Nets are also used, typically against ninja: the style encourages both dodges and trickery. Also note that a pirate with a hook hand who had been trained in Scuttle can and will use both Aggressive Parry and Hook fairly safely.  These particular techniques are even taught to pirates who still have two hands, on the principle that it saves time later.

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