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MyGURPS

A resource page for

GURPS Fourth
Edition

Welcome to MyGURPS, a page full of resources and information for the GURPS® Fourth Edition roleplaying game from Steve Jackson Games™.

Herein you'll find some of the house rules that I use (and heartily recommend) for the newest edition of GURPS, various resources and articles that you might find useful, new data files for the GURPS Character Assistant software, and some of the GURPS books (and other Steve Jackson Games products) that I've reviewed on RPGnet. You'll also find resources for other games near the bottom of the page. And if you'd like to know more about me, click here!

To remove or redisplay this introductory text, click on the MyGURPS logo at the very top of the page. To view or hide the content in a given section, just click on its header. Enjoy the site!

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=== House Rules ===
=== Resources ===

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.

=== Articles ===

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.

=== Dungeon Fantasy ===
=== Monster Hunters ===
=== Traveller ===
=== GCA Files ===
=== Reviews ===

I've reviewed several GURPS books, and a few other related products, on RPGnet. They are listed in reverse chronological order.

GURPS Martial Arts

Style: 5 (Excellent!)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)

An enjoyable and comprehensive book, covering everything from unarmed combat to knights dueling on the battlefield. A wealth of advice and history coexists with crunchy rules, which are easily adjusted from gritty realism to outright wuxia.

GURPS Fantasy (PDF)

Style: 4 (Classy & Well Done)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)

An amazingly in-depth toolkit to help any GM create and run a campaign in a fantasy world. Explores all of the tropes that make fantasy fun and translates them into gaming. Recommended even if you don't run GURPS.

GURPS Magic (PDF)

Style: 3 (Average)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)

An electronic version of the GURPS sourcebook which expands the magic system and updates hundreds of spells to Fourth Edition rules, along with a new magic system and expanded rules for alchemy. Packed full of goodies.

GURPS Powers

Style: 4 (Classy & Well Done)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)

A valuable expansion for the Basic Set that adds new modifiers, rules, and concepts to GURPS, along with a hefty dose of advice on running a game with powers. Useful for every fantastic genre, not just supers.

GURPS Banestorm

Style: 4 (Classy & Well Done)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)

A well designed world, lovingly crafted with plot hooks and adventures galore, merging the fantastic with the all too real, Banestorm has something for everyone.

SPANC (a SJG card game)

Style: 5 (Excellent!)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)

What's better than a catgirl? A ninja catgirl! But what's better than that...? How about a card game with a great sense of humor that doesn't sacrifice good gameplay for the laugh? An easy to learn game with plenty of replay value and plenty of Phil Foglio catgirls.

GURPS Casey & Andy

Style: 4 (Classy & Well Done)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)

A faithful and well-done adaptation of the Casey & Andy webcomic. Fans of the strip will find much to like here, as will any gamer that enjoys settings, characters, and adventures with a bizarre sense of humor.

GURPS 4th Edition GM's Screen

Style: 4 (Classy & Well Done)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)

Well designed and laid out, this screen is an indispensable aid for any GM. What makes it a great value, however, is the useful supplemental material that it comes with.

GURPS Dragons

Style: 5 (Excellent!)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)

A very promising preview of things to come with the new GURPS line -- a FULL treatment of the subject packed into a well-crafted, beautiful book.

GURPS WWII: Return to Honor

Style: 2 (Needs Work)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)

An informative and readable sourcebook for the Battle of France, the French Resistance, the Free French, the French Foreign Legion... actually, anything involving France and WWII is covered here. Amazing, considering the small size and price tag...

GURPS WWII: Hand of Steel

Style: 4 (Classy and well done)
Substance: 4 (Meaty)

Well written, well layed-out, packed with everything you need to know to run a commando (special forces) game in a GURPS WWII campaign.

Vigilante (a SJG non-RPG product)

Style: 4 (Classy and well done)
Substance: 1 (I Wasted My Money)

Unique and interesting, but only as a form of artistic expression. Nothing gameable here, I'm afraid.

=== Other Games ===
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