This section is for resources for GURPS GMs or players that I've created or helped with. It's also where you'll find various worked examples of what can be done in GURPS, from sample characters to writeups of super-powers or other abilities.
1. Historical Folks Conversion for GURPS Fourth Edition.
A few years back, Brian C. Smithson released Historical Folks as a free (unofficial) supplement for GURPS Third Edition. MyGURPS is proud to host the Fourth Edition Conversion of this incredibly useful e-book.
2. Revised GM Control Sheet (MS Word).
I've always liked the overall layout of the official GM Control Sheet, but find that it could use space better. This version gives each character two lines of info, keeps all of the attributes together, has a spot to track both HP and FP, gives you two lines each for reaction bonuses and DR, and even has room left over for notes. The lower half of the sheet is basically unchanged. It's all done with tables, so you can fill it in on the computer and print it out. Click here for a snapshot of what the sheet looks like, or click on the title to download the MS Word file.
Update: The GM Control Sheet is now available in PDF format, thanks to Eduardo Alvarez. He has created two different versions -- a standard PDF and one with editable fields so you can still fill it in on the computer if you don't have MS Word.
3. Creating a "Super Archer".
Archers like Green Arrow and Hawkeye have been a part of the supers genre for some time. Using Alternative Attacks, it's remarkably simple to create all of their trick arrows and then some.
4. Diabetes as a Disadvantage.
A brief summary of the effects of Type I and Type II diabetes, followed by how to build each one in GURPS using existing disadvantages. Find out why Dependency (Insulin) is the wrong way to approach this condition.
5. Using "Either/Or" Limitations.
Have you ever needed to build a power that was affected by either one limitation or a different one, but not both at the same time (e.g., an attack that doesn't have its full range except in direct sunlight)? Though it isn't immediately obvious, the rules do officially support such a thing, and it's surprisingly easy to do.
6. Super-Effort for Striking ST.
GURPS Powers added a new Super-Effort enhancement so that bricks and telekinetics could make amazing lifts in high-powered games. Here's a similar enhancement for Striking ST that makes it a more reasonable purchase in games offering Innate Attacks.
7. Cosmic Power for "Super Gadgeteers".
A set of ground rules and a modifier for characters who use their Modular Abilities to build "super gadgets" (like "Density Nullification Rays" and "Teleportation Belts"). Boils everything down to one modifier, one roll, and a few simple rules.
8. Upgrading the Magic System.
A few simple adjustments and optional rules that I've added to the GURPS magic system. Balancing Ritual Magic is a minor tweak to prevent the point-crock abuse that seems to invariably occur when the ritual magic rules are used in a game. Modifying Spells is an easy answer to the question, "How can I make my fireball homing?" Long-Ranged Magic is a worked example of modifying spells, to allow for a world in which mages aren't limited to just a few yards of range.
9. Heavier Weapons for Stronger Characters.
Since every melee weapon has a minimum ST (and thus a maximum ST) rating, it can be useful to know how to raise this value for very strong characters. Here are some simple and fast guidelines. (Also includes a tangent on quickly calculating armor weights and such for humanoids with non-zero Size Modifiers.)
10. Infinity's Table of Organization for Infinite Worlds (PDF).
Infinite Worlds is easily one of my favorite settings, though trying to keep track of how all of the departments interact can be tricky, especially when it comes to remembering exactly where the United Nations fit in. So I've drafted up an "org chart" for Infinity Unlimited, including page references for every group listed. The second page is a brief summary of each group, intended to be printed on the back side -- this makes for an excellent player handout.
11. Absorption Revised.
The current rules for Damage Resistance (Absorption) produce some odd results, such as paying 4 character points for the privilege of being able to temporarily add 1 character point to a single ability when attacked. I've taken it apart and rebuilt it -- though not quite "from the ground up."
12. "Upon Death" Abilities.
I present some guidelines for building abilities which are linked to the death of the user, whether that means, "I can use it, but at the cost of my own life," or, "It triggers automatically when I die." There are a variety of approaches which can be taken, depending on exactly what the effect is, though fortunately they're all pretty straightforward.
13. New Techniques.
A repository of new techniques that I've created, both ex nihilo and using the system in GURPS Martial Arts. A bit sparse at the moment, but I will be adding to it every time I come up with something I feel is universally useful.
14. Veterans of the Weird West.
My conversion guide for playing Deadlands using GURPS Fourth Edition. This is based on a loose combination of original Deadlands, the newer Savage Worlds take on it, and some of my favorite things about how GURPS does things.
15. Beetle - A Sample Wastelander
In our first game of GURPS After the End, I was a player, not the GM. And my PC was "Beetle," a 200-point experienced scavenger "ghost." Check out his character sheet for an idea of the kind of adventurers you can build with GURPS After the End 1: Wastelanders.
16. Splitting IQ from Per/Will in GURPS After the End.
If you plan on using my house rules for divorcing IQ from Per and Will in a GURPS After the End game, use these simple rules to do so.
Here is where my thoughts, ramblings, and pontifications on GURPS end up. Many are of a rules-related nature, but don't really count as house rules, either because they're only guidelines or they focus on examining a rule rather than changing it. Others are just opinions or experiences that I felt were worth sharing. In all cases, I hope you find them useful.
1. Yes, Virginia, You CAN Afflict Yourself.
In an attempt to put an end to the confusion about using Affliction to give yourself an advantage, I got to the bottom of how it's really supposed to work. Read why you can zap yourself with your own shrink ray, but why you may not want to.
2. Innate Attacks, Wuxia, and You.
My thoughts on Martial Arts and allowing Innate Attacks in a cinematic wuxia game, along with some guidelines and limits that work well for preventing such things from harming the flavor of the campaign.
3. Just Say No to Mass Combat Systems.
Mass combat systems have their place -- specifically, when the PCs initiate a huge battle with another sizeable force. But not when the PCs are just soldiers in a larger war. Read on to see why the question of "who wins" is a meaningless one -- and why the battle itself should never take center stage.
4. Nipping Problem Allies in the Bud.
While few people actively set out to abuse the Ally advantage, certain designs can prove quite problematic if the GM isn't prepared for it ahead of time. After sparking a discussion about this with several veteran gamers, I've tried to condense the key issues (and solutions) down to a single article.
5. Preserving the Polarity of Weirdness Magnet.
One of my pet peeves is the persistent meme that Weirdness Magnet is hardly a disadvantage. Both players and GMs often seem to treat it like anything from a minor inconvenience to an actual advantage. For those gamers, this part-rant, part-article attempts to present Weirdness Magnet in a new light.
6. Gun! Versus Pistol.
A short article, based on a playtest email, which addresses the utility of Wildcard skills. Some gamers see each Wildcard skill as restricted to a fixed list, instead of as a cinematic "uber-skill." This is especially prevalent with the Gun! skill, which I address specifically here.
The good Dr. Kromm created the Dungeon Fantasy series to show that GURPS can truly handle any genre -- even the classic dungeon crawl. The combination of a new-school system with old-school gaming worked surprisingly well. I'm honored to have contributed to the series officially, and I'd like to continue contributing in this small section of MyGURPS.
Much of the following is now available in a handy PDF format, along with other rulings and additions posted to the forums. Basically, this is the file that I print out for my own games. Each section is labeled with the Dungeon Fantasy book for which it acts as an addendum.
1. Splitting IQ from Per/Will in Dungeon Fantasy.
One of my most popular house rules (above) is the one separating Will and Per from IQ. It's rather self-explanatory, except when you're trying to use premade templates . . . which is what Dungeon Fantasy is all about. So here are some guidelines for tweaking the templates to preserve point balance while fixing the IQ issue.
2. Alchemy (and Alchemists) in Dungeon Fantasy.
Here I expand the rules for alchemy in Dungeon Fantasy, creating a middle road between "NPCs make real elixirs in town" and "PCs use Gizmo for a potion that must be used immediately." In doing so, it makes a new character type possible: The Alchemist (a lens for the Artificer template).
3. New Template: Seventh Son.
You are the seventh son of a seventh son (or daughter -- the "son" part is just tradition), a blessed wanderer, or a peasant adventurer. You don't have the specialized training that any of the other templates have, but you're quick and clever and the fates are definitely watching out for you. This template is good for those looking to play an "underdog" without actually sacrificing survivability.
This template was created by aesir23, not me. I offered suggestions and feedback and made a few tweaks.
4. Splitting IQ from Per/Will in Action.
Okay, this doesn't exactly belong here, but I know that gamers associate the Action line with the Dungeon Fantasy line closely, due to the very similar design and approach of the two. So here is the Action breakdown of how to split Per and Will from IQ for each template.
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