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GURPS books I rate include, in order:

 

Suppressed Transmission 1&2 (dunno if these count)

Illuminati

Time Travel

Reign of Steel

Warehouse 23

Middle Ages

Ultra-Tech 1

 

Bio-tech wasn't so good, kinda dull. Lots of stuff about catmen, birdmen, fishmen, etc. I can easily imagine catmen myself - I'm loking for something a bit more unusual. Alternate Earths disappointed me too. What if the Romans conquered the world? The Japanese? The Russians? Their just empires with different hats.

 

Illuminati University was one of my least favourite things ever. I spit upon it.

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Re: Book of New Sun and Horseclans

 

Originally posted by allen

I had heard/read that GURPS had sourcebooks for Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun and Rober Adams' Horseclans. Does anyone have these, and if so, any thoughts/impressions?

 

I have a copy of GURPS New Sun that I was given it by a friend who was on the playtesting panel.

 

I have read the books a long time ago, but I'm not familiar enough with the series to be able to tell how accurate it is. It looks pretty good from the little I remember.

 

The main chapter headings are:

(1) The Posthistory of Urth

* the Age of Myth

* the Age of the Monarch

* the Age of the Autarch

 

(2) The New Sun

* Precis of the books

 

(3) Urth in the Age of the Autarch

* The Commonwealth

* Commonwealth Geography

* Ascia

 

(4) Nessus, the Eternal City

 

(5) Urth religion

* The Church of the Conciliator

* Yesod, the Higher Universe

 

(6) Space and Time

* The Universe

* The Starship Tzadkiel

* Local Stars

* Time Dilation

* Time

 

(7) Commonwealth Characters

* Tech levels etc.

* Advantages, Disadvantages and Skills

* Character and Racial templates

 

(8) The Arsenal of the Autarch

* Weapons and Equipment

 

(9) Thaumaturgy

 

(10) Urth Bestiary

 

(11) Campaigns

* Balancing the Epic Setting

* Exploring Urth

* Campaigning in Different Eras

* Mass Combat

 

(12) Appendices

* The Urth Cycle

* The Incas

* Onomastics: the Study of Names

* Commonwealth Glossary

* English/Commonwealth Glossary

 

(13) Index

 

The layout and graphics are adequate to the task, though not particularly inspiring (features which seems to be common to most GURPS sourcebooks). In places graphics appear to be used for no purpose except to fill up space, and some graphics are repeated elesewhere through the book. Maps, where they are used, appear to be Campaign Cartographer generated.

 

If I were interested in running a game in the New Sun setting, I'd say the book would be very useful. There's enough information given about the milieu that it's not strictly necessary to have read the original books to be able run an effective campaign, though of course it would be a good idea to do so if only to get some of the ambience which tends to be lacking from sourcebooks like this.

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I find that the Historical GURPS books are extremely useful. GURPS Japan and Arabian Knights are the two that I have used most but I have also used Rome, Russia etc.

 

What I like most about these is that they present a lot of detail in a form that naturally leads to adventure ideas. The sidebars are especially useful in this respect.

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Originally posted by keithcurtis

I forgot about GURPS IST. Great sourcebook, though I would place it second to Strike Force.

 

Keith "Allston fan" Curtis

Ooh, does anyone have the characters from Strike Force converted to 5E? BTW, if you like GURPS:IST, you might like IST:Kingston also. It was not from SJG, but I cannot remember the publisher of the top of my head.

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1930's

 

In another thread, I asked about resources that would be useful in a 1930's Europe game (somewhere in the netherrealms between realistic, pulp, and horror). This seems like a good place to ask about any GURPS books that might help me. High-Tech has been slightly useful to me. In it, there is a reference to a 1900-1930 price list in GURPS Horror. Has anyone seen this? How extensive is the list? Does it (or anything else in GURPS Horror) give much information about the kinds of everyday technology available in this era. I'm curious about nitty-gritty things like "when were lighters first commonly available?". Are there other GURPS books I should check out?

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Check out Gurps Cliffhangers for someof this info.

 

Also check out Call of Chtulu source books. Keeper companion comes to mind, but there are others.

 

Justice Inc is a great Hero game thats long out of print but shows up on Ebay every now and then.

 

Also check your local libaray for time year books and Sears Catalog reprints.

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G.U.R.P.S. Horror

 

Originally posted by Just Joe

In another thread, I asked about resources that would be useful in a 1930's Europe game (somewhere in the netherrealms between realistic, pulp, and horror). This seems like a good place to ask about any GURPS books that might help me. High-Tech has been slightly useful to me. In it, there is a reference to a 1900-1930 price list in GURPS Horror. Has anyone seen this? How extensive is the list?

 

G.U.R.P.S. Horror second addition has about 11 pages devoted to 'The Roaring Twenties'. It covers America in the 1920s, Politics and Government, Social Class and Daily Life and Horror in the Roaring 20's. The equipment list is about half a page not including weapons listed elsewhere with only a Tech Level giving indication when the particular weapon will be available.

 

Llama does not think G.U.R.P.S. Horror will be particularly useful as a reference for the time period you are looking for. Llama agrees that G.U.R.P.S. Cliffhanger is probably a better resource, although llama does not have it and can not make a better judgement.

 

Llama HTH.

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Re: Book of New Sun and Horseclans

 

Originally posted by allen

I had heard/read that GURPS had sourcebooks for Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun and Rober Adams' Horseclans. Does anyone have these, and if so, any thoughts/impressions?

 

I used to have the Horseclans book. I want to believe I still have it hidden someplace, but I fear I may have lost it between houses. That would be a real shame. It was neat, you could play a Horse or a Cat.

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Re: G.U.R.P.S. Horror

 

Originally posted by CourtFool

Llama does not think G.U.R.P.S. Horror will be particularly useful as a reference for the time period you are looking for. Llama agrees that G.U.R.P.S. Cliffhanger is probably a better resource, although llama does not have it and can not make a better judgement.

 

Mr. Vimes agrees with Llama, Mr. Vimes thinks... er... ahem... *I* think that Cliffhanger is the perfect resources for this sort of thing. If you can lay your hands on the old Call of Cthulhu boxed set, there is a really nice timeline/price list/sourcebook for the 20's and 30's...

 

Llamas... they get me every time!:D

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Re: Re: Book of New Sun and Horseclans

 

Originally posted by Fitz

If I were interested in running a game in the New Sun setting, I'd say the book would be very useful. There's enough information given about the milieu that it's not strictly necessary to have read the original books to be able run an effective campaign, though of course it would be a good idea to do so if only to get some of the ambience which tends to be lacking from sourcebooks like this.

 

Which books would these be? I've never heard of them and I call my world Urth (coincidence).

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Originally posted by NuSoardGraphite

Heck yeah!

 

I've found the GURPS Space Atlas books to be of invaluable help in creating my Space Opera campaign setting....over 140 planets spread over 4 books....thats 140+ planets that I don't have to write up myself!

 

Another good CHEAP resource is old FGU Space Opera atlases...

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Re: Re: Re: Book of New Sun and Horseclans

 

Originally posted by Shadowpup

Which books would these be? I've never heard of them and I call my world Urth (coincidence).

 

The Books of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe.

Shadow of the Torturer/Claw of the Conciliator

and

The Sword of the Lictor/Citadel of the Autarch

 

They are very detailed an rich story of a world so far in the future that it no longer resembles Earth. This review says it all:

 

This is the first-person narrative of Severian, a lowly apprentice torturer blessed and cursed with a photographic memory, whose travels lead him through the marvels of far-future Urth, and who--as revealed near the beginning--eventually becomes his land's sole ruler or Autarch. On the surface it's a colorful story with all the classic ingredients: growing up, adventure, sex, betrayal, murder, exile, battle, monsters, and mysteries to be solved. (Only well into book 2 do we realize what saved Severian's life in chapter 1.) For lovers of literary allusions, they are plenty here: a Dickensian cemetery scene, a torture-engine from Kafka, a wonderful library out of Borges, and familiar fables changed by eons of retelling. Wolfe evokes a chilly sense of time's vastness, with an age-old, much-restored painting of a golden-visored "knight," really an astronaut standing on the moon, and an ancient citadel of metal towers, actually grounded spacecraft. Even the sun is senile and dying, and so Urth needs a new sun.

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Originally posted by Peregrine

I'll second that one. FGU's Space Opera was chock-full of ideas, but lacked consistency - lots of depth in some areas, very little in others. And nigh-unplayable game mechanics.

 

The MEMORIES!!!

 

 

Tried to run Space Opera - ONCE!

 

:eek:

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Originally posted by AGLAR

The MEMORIES!!!

 

 

Tried to run Space Opera - ONCE!

 

:eek:

 

I wrote a BASIC program to generate characters. Sheesh, in order to buy the ability to pilot a starship, you needed 60+ points worth of pre-req.s. And they weren't listed! You had to look up each individual pre-req to find its pre-req and so forth. I repeat: Sheesh!

 

Keith "Not to mention the entire page of rules devoted to throwing an object from one character to another" Curtis

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older game background material

 

There are dozens of older games (and heck modern ones) that have difficult game mechanics or are just nearly obsolete. We played a number of them using hero 4th edition, a few of them will adapt nicely to 5th edition.

 

Star Trek (Fasa)

Blue Planet (Modern, but the 2nd edition mechanics suck)

Lace and Steel (so we did not have to use the cards)

Cidri (Fantasy Trip's, GURPs precursor, game world)

and the list goes on....

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Re: older game background material

 

Originally posted by MoonHunter

There are dozens of older games (and heck modern ones) that have difficult game mechanics or are just nearly obsolete. We played a number of them using hero 4th edition, a few of them will adapt nicely to 5th edition.

 

Star Trek (Fasa)

Blue Planet (Modern, but the 2nd edition mechanics suck)

Lace and Steel (so we did not have to use the cards)

Cidri (Fantasy Trip's, GURPs precursor, game world)

and the list goes on....

 

Ah... FASA Trek. Remains to this day my favorite incarnation of the Star Trek universe. FASA gave FGU a run for its money in the 'great setting/crappy mechanics' league. (Shadowrun, anyone?)

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