Thursday is GURPSDay, and below you can find the blog activity from the last seven days.

Over the last week, there have been about 50 GURPS-Related posts that have popped up on the radar screen, which is a nice chunk of reading material.

Some of the more recent entries are really good – stuff that would have fit well into Pyramid.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line.

Southern Style GURPS (Chris Bower)

Shooting Dice (Hans-Christian Vortisch)

Gaming Ballistic (Douglas Cole)

  • GURPS Day Summary Feb 5 – Feb 11, 2016 (2/11/16)
  • Alternate Defenses for All-Out Attack (2/11/16) – Players rarely select All-Out Attack in the games I’ve played in, because of the loss of defenses. This is true even when using Tactical Shooting with firearms, which serves to divorce the action even more from the more realistic rules in the book. I explore options to make it more attractive without dominating the game.
  • Melee Academy: Opening Moves for my Superhero (2/10/16) – Welcome to Melee Academy, and today’s topic is opening moves. In a recent set of superhero campaigns, I discover that sometimes the best opening move is that which gives you the most tactical information about an unknown foe.
  • Aeon S1E5: More than meets the eye (2/09/16) – In the Aeon GURPS Supers campaign, the team investigates a pattern of exploding transformers. We suspect an electrically-powered super, do our homework, and survive a fight through luck, more luck, and the skin of our teeth.
  • Reloading Press: .45 ACP (2/08/16) – This installment of the reloading press presents the venerable but effective (and some would say winner and still champion) .45ACP pistol cartridge, with stats for GURPS and D&D.
  • Geek & Sundry on GURPS – some praise, some misconceptions (2/05/16) – Geek & Sundry does a nice piece on games that are not Dungeons and Dragons. It mentions GURPS, but does it a disservice by perpetuating some stereotypes that were never wholly true, and with the advent and maturation of Fourth Edition are outdated at best.

Let’s GURPS (Pseudonym)

Ravens N’ Pennies (Christopher R. Rice)

Castalia House (Jeffro Johnson)

The Collaborative Gamer (Joseph Linden)

Armin’s GCA 5 Blog (Armin Sykes)

RPG Jutsu (Merlin Avery)

Northport (Denis McCarthy)

Further Up the Spire (Archon Shiva)

Worlds Beyond Earth (Derrick White)

Mailanka’s Musings (Daniel Dover)

Game Geekery (Warren “Mook” Wilson)

  • GM Convention Tips (2/11/16) – Some quick thoughts on prepping a one-shot convention game.

Dark Paths and Wandered Roads (Jason Woollard)

  • Simple Tricks I (2/11/16) – Episode I of our brand new GURPS:Star Wars campaign! The Crew of the Painted S’kytri mourns the loss of a good friend and find themselves in the middle of an old-fashioned cantina shootout!

Insidious GURPS Planning (Mr. Insidious)

Dungeon Fantastic (Peter Dell’Orto)

Code By Clockwork (Jeff Demers)

Thursday is GURPSDay, and below you can find the blog activity from the last seven days.

Improvements since last time?

MOAR PLAYERS! We’ve increased the number of blogs being polled by about 50%

Only a week at a time – As was originally envisioned, GURPSDay will aggregate all the GURPS-tagged posts from the prior week.

Working on summaries – We’re trying to include a short summary of each post that the author provides. There are some details of the formatting we’re working out, so they don’t all have them.

Random order – to be fair to everyone, we’re randomizing the blog-roll order each time. So scroll through the entire list and see what people are writing about!

Finally – the feed script is looking for the tag/label/category GURPS. If you occasionally blog about GURPS, send me an email at gurpsday@gmail.com and I can ensure that when you DO write, it gets picked up.

With that, here’s this week’s content! This post will be updated around midnight tonight, to try and catch any last-minute updates or additions!

The Collaborative Gamer (Joseph Linden)

Further Up the Spire (Archon Shiva)

Let’s GURPS (Pseudonym)

Code by Clockwork (Jeff Demers)

No School Grognard (Mark Langsdorf)

  • Castle of Horrors Session 17 (2/04/16) : The PCs hunt down the vampire and engage it in a confused melee when they are attacked in turn by the crazy axeman!
  • Castle of Horors Session 16 (1/29/16) The PCs meet the gnomes on the 3rd floor again and discover they’re bound to a vampire! The vampire attacks and is forced to flee, but the PCs still need to find the lair and finish it off.

Southern Style GURPS (Chris Bower)

Dungeon Fantastic (Peter Dell’Orto)

RogerBW’s Blog (Roger Bell-West)

Shooting Dice (Hans-Christian Vortisch)

Gaming Ballistic (Douglas Cole)

  • GURPS Day Summary Jan 28, 2016 – Feb 4, 2016 (2/04/16) – The GURPSDay post list and summaries for the week of Jan 28 through Feb 4.
  • Quick and Dirty Guns Combat (2/04/16) – The rules in GURPS for guns combat stack modifiers more than nearly everything else in the game. It’s possible to speed things up by simplifying things into broad categories, and the post provides worked examples.
  • Aeon S1E4: Breakfast at Epiphanies (2/02/16) – The team takes a trip into Groundhog Day. A figure important to both our past and future is caught in a time loop – but we don’t know that yet. Or do we?
  • Reloading Press: .40 S&W (2/01/16) – The Reloading Press weekly feature writes up the .40S&W pistol cartridge.

Ravens N’ Pennies (Christopher R. Rice)

5 Stone Games (5 Stone Games)

One Yard Hex (Paul Stefko)

Don’t Forget Your Boots (Mitch French)

Insidious GURPS Planning (Mr. Insidious)

Dark Paths and Wandered Roads (Jason Woollard)

  • Sundered Lands 1 (2/04/16)  – The return to our old GURPS Palladium fantasy campaign after quite some time away. The companions meet an old friend and battle some demons!
  • Grand Duchy 75 (2/03/16)  – The Grey Company deals with hazards from above and below. The rain continues falling and they find a giant, angry lizard in a gorge!

Game Geekery (Warren “Mook” Wilson)

RPG Jutsu (Merlin Avery)

Mailanka’s Musings (Daniel Dover)

Celti’s Chatter (Patrick Burroughs)

  • Holistic Technology (1/29/16) – In which the author takes cyber-physical systems in Altered States to extremes.

GURPS Day Preparation!

With some help from +Jeffro Johnson – lots of help – I now have a PERL script that will look at the RSS feeds for blogs and pull out the GURPS posts, and spit ’em out formatted all nice and proper.

If you hear that in Nathan Fillion’s voice, well, you’re not wrong about that.

How will it do this? It will look for the GURPS tag that you will put on GURPS-related posts.
If you want to make my life easier, and ensure inclusion in GURPS Day posts:
1. Send me an email at gurpsday@gmail.com
This will get you on my GURPSDay mailing list, which I will use sparingly to contact people with questions or requests or ‘hey, this doesn’t work anymore’
2. Give me your critical information
In order to get you on our list, you need to provide me with:

Your Blog’s NameJust paste in the title of your blog, as you want it to appear.Your Blog’s Landing/Home Page URL

This is just to ensure that we get it right

The name by which you want to be credited

Either a name or pseudonym, but keep it classy. If I can’t read your pseudonym to my daughter (she’s 6), it won’t go on the list.

A validated RSS feed that filters on a tag for GURPS

This is important, because it’s how we’ll scrape your blog for keyed posts. That means that you do have to tag your posts GURPS. It also means you probably have to figure out how to enable RSS in Blogger, WordPress, or whatever you use. You will need to know if you’re using RSS or Atom, but we can figure that out if it doesn’t work – that’s why the email to gurpsday@gmail.com is so important.

A list of tags, labels, or categories that will let us screen for content


The categories may be case-sensitive, so if you use gurps instead of GURPS, or GuRPs for some unknown reason, that needs to be included.

What the email looks like

Hi, I'd like to be included in the GURPSDay summaries:
Gaming Ballistic
http://gamingballistic.blotspot.com/
Douglas Cole
http://gamingballistic.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/GURPS?alt=rss

That’s it.

If you’re on blogger, your RSS feed will be something like

Blogger

Atom 1.0: http://www.gamingballistic.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/GURPSRSS 2.0: http://www.gamingballistic.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/GURPS?alt=rss

WordPress

The following two strings have worked well, but you’ll need to try both to see which one works for you

http://www.YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com/tag/GURPS/feed http://www.YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com/category/GURPS/feed

Tumblr

http://YOURBLOGNAME.tumblr.com/rss

LiveJournal

http://YOURBLOGNAME.livejournal.com/data/rss?tag=gurps

If you use your own thing, you’ll have to find me a working RSS feed. If you are doing your own thing, presumably you know how to get it! And again: tags, labels, categories are may be, case-sensitive, so please be sure your RSS link has the right case for your blog.

3. Tag all your posts with GURPS

Use your blog editor’s tag or category feature to label your posts with the GURPS tag. Both Blogger and WordPress allow you to retroactively tag batches of posts with a new label/tag/category with a few mouse clicks.And for the last time: case sensitive!

4. If you’re feeling bold add a summary statement to your post.
This must be formatted in one of the following two waysBest Way


Go into your post’s HTML formatted code. That will be using the HTML window in Blogger (as opposed to the Compose button).At the very end, put in the following:<!--Precis - One to three sentences summarizing your post. Second sentence. Third one is the last one.-->
The key bits are the <!–Precis in the beginning and the –> at the end.
That puts in a “hidden” summary that our script will extract.The Second-Best Way


Include in your actual post the following line somewhere.

Precis - One to three sentences summarizing your post. Second sentence. Third one is the last one.

Think Twitter brevity level. The script will look for everything from the bolded Precis (but if you use PRECIS or PrEciS it won’t care) to the first carriage return. Here’s sample HTML

<b>Precis</b> - This is a test post I'm using to try out a scripting method for GURPS Day <br />

If you can do 1-3, your posts will appear easily in the output, formatted the way I need them to be. If you also do 4, the post will contain a short summary so people can know what you’re writing about.The LiveJournal Way


LiveJournal seems to strip HTML out of the text of posts, so embedding the Precis using the Best Way above won’t work. PK Levine figured out how to do it, though:

  • Anyone using LiveJournal* can insert a Precis summary that’s completely invisible to the user, by inserting this code:

<span style=”display:none”><b>Precis</b> – TWO TO THREE SENTENCE SUMMARY.<br /></span>

  • * Or anything else, actually, but the “<!–” version is easier, and seems to work everywhere except LJ.

 

Precis – This is a test post I’m using to try out a scripting method for GURPS Day

Thursday is GURPS Day

GURPS fans know that Thursday is new-release day at Warehouse 23. SJG doesn’t release a new digital supplement or Pyramid issue every week — but when we do, it’s on Thursday. That has been a tradition for . . . well, my records show we were doing it in 2009, which means it’s older than that.


But there’s another tradition that GURPS fans might not know as much about.Douglas Cole has been blogging about RPGs on Gaming Ballistic since December 26, 2012, and he started setting aside Thursday as “GURPS-day” on February 7, 2013.
On January 21, 2016, SJG joined the party for real, and noted that, as we see, Thursday is GURPS Day.
Each week, GURPS content from blogs all over the world are aggregated here, in this post. 

Weekly Content Roundup
 Without further ado, here are the posts:

Campaigns and Worldbuilding

Characters

Mechanics and Rules