You say it’s your GURPSDay! It’s my GURPSDay too! You say it’s your GURPSDay, happy GURPSDay to you!

Without further ado, here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 95 blogs. We added two to the rolls: n-Body Politics by kreios, and Daydreams of a Dragon, by Dragondog. We’re still picking up some feed issues with them, but once they’re solved, we’re that much closer to having 100 GURPS blogs.

We still need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Dec 8 – Dec 14, 2017”

James Introcaso asked a simple question.

What is the kindest thing a player can do for a GM? #DnD #RPG

The answers are well worth reading.

A few things spring to mind here, many of which are doubtless repeated in the thread.

Show up on time

If you’re not going to show or are going to be late, let folks know ahead of time. As far ahead of time as possible. A decent GM can plan for almost anything. “The Key Guy” didn’t show up? Not so much.

Play the game, not the rules

Metagame rules discussions are a hoot, and I enjoy talking game mechanics. Everyone that has ever heard me on a podcast or been part of a discussion with me on a forum like Tenkar’s Wedneday night Tavern Chats knows I loves me some game mechanics.

But the rules aren’t the game, any more than a skeleton is the person, or the riverbed the totality of the river. They support the game, give structure and guidance to it. Provide the framework in which amazing journeys can be taken. All that stuff. But the game’s the thing.

The rules set expectations and give the players and the GM guidance to what the result might be when “anything can be attempted.” Depending on genre, some things are sensible (“Wonder Woman lifts the tank over her head!”) where in other genres, that same thing is not just implausible, but stupid (“You give yourself a hernia trying to lift the tank over your head. Seriously, what are you thinking?”).

This can get dicey when you’re playing games with a strong tactical or wargamey feel, such as DnD, GURPS, and many others. Still, by and large, save or table detailed discussion for after the moment. Continue reading “Nice things to do for your TTRPG Group”

So: GURPSDay!

Without further ado, here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 95 blogs. We added two to the rolls: n-Body Politics by kreios, and Daydreams of a Dragon, by Dragondog. We’re still picking up some feed issues with them, but once they’re solved, we’re that much closer to having 100 GURPS blogs.

We still need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Dec 1 – Dec 7, 2017”

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young man in his late teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round table whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword wielding freaking Excalibur carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. He’s still cheery and always trying to make others happy, but has become a shrewd student of human behavior, which he uses for the benefit of the rest of his team. Lorenzo’s recently joined the Boston Fire Department as a volunteer as a means to get access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and like the rest of his brothers is a highly capable combatant.

Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Amos M. Humiston (20): The Linguist and Librarian. He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn; but by the same token, he’s slow and cautious compared to the other Orphans, preferring not to charge forwards until he has the answers that he’s looking for. Those same answers that he more than happily provides the rest of the group when they turns to him about the more esoteric aspects that they’re working with and against. Recently Amos has nearly completed his double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up. He has also learned from others that he hold the potential to be a Sorceror which if unlocked would be able to enhance his already considerable talent with ritualistic magic.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he is tall, strong, and solidly good-looking, but deeply scarred from much combat. He’s missing his lower leg, which he lost fighting zombies. It is capped by a carbon fiber prosthetic that doesn’t seem to interfere much with his activities. A quiet and hard-working man, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He was cursed to carry a magical sword for a while, and gave into its Wrath before it was parted from him magically. He’s since given it up, in exchange for unknown burdens.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

Rob Broadhurst (18) – There was a blurb here the entire time. But it disappears every time you look away from the screen.

There’s a Snake in my Boot

We return to the action with Lorenzo still down 23 HP, and this is not Monster Squad, and the werewolf (that’d be Lorenzo) will not magically pull himself together. Kamali and Myriam were beating the bushes trying to rally other hunters, who have been oddly absent. Last session, Amos and/or Yanay did spell stuff to tap a Ley Line in order to get inside the force shield and muck up the bad guys’ stuff. Amos merged with the Ley Line; kept the stone pile intact, but as soon as he wants to he can do things.

We return to the firehouse to recover. Gabe sets to try and pray over Lorenzo.

We’re pretty messed up, but Lorenzo and Amos and Devin set into the task of checking out the stats on how many vamps are being killed by Kamali’s help – and determine that someone has been unstaking vampire bricks to replenish the supply. Well, crap. Got our work cut out for us.

We know that the final confrontation is going to be in Dogtown – that’s where we’re going to trigger the babel tower. We also know we’ll probably be ambushed there. Now we just need to know what we’ll do about it.

Mike and Yannay drop by; Amos had contacted us. They arrive at about 10pm, to the scent of delicious breakfast foods. And wet manticore hair. The ghost dog takes a liking to Mike, who finds himself covered in Ectoplasm. As Gabe and Mike look at each other they can sense they’re both paragons of a virtue. We give each other a Holy Fist Bump.

We note that the best way in is a particular highway in. We think about how to channel them.

Yannay reports that the Conclave is going to come back when the alignment stops.

Amos, not the most stable these days, silently starts collecting ectoplasm off of Mike’s pants.

Mike Bastian asks “is that necessary”

Amos Humiston responds, “. . . no?”

Mike Bastian “ok, be my guest anyway”

Amos Humiston continues to scrape Mike’s pants

Amos Humiston calls over to Devin, “Yo, you want in on this?”

Devin Broadhurst says, “Yeah, I can take this back to my workshop, see if I can figure any of it out. Or… did you mean the pants?”

Mike Bastian laughs, “sorry, it tickles a little.”

Amos Humiston “Sorry. I’d suggest taking them off but there’s women here.” Gestures at Imogen.

Mike Bastian asks “Hey, Yanay, do you mind turning around?”

Yanay Servantes “I don’t mind, no. If I want to? Hm.”

Mike Bastian replies “That would make this faster, thanks”

Amos Humiston “Nope! I’m done. Got enough vials.” backs away rapidly.

Our group has a case of the odds tonight. Big time.

We also get a package from a magical house: 10 vials of Silver Shield, which imparts magical resistance to many types of magical transformations.

Library Run

We divide up into two vehicles, and spend a lot of time deciding on which person goes into which car. We head over to the shop, and Amos finds a grimoire of the Krazy Lord Elmer. He finds what he needs – something that will bind together that which was torn asunder. Also works on divorcees.

We search the store, and find a secret stash with a ridiculous store of firearms in it. Hunters need guns too, apparently. Kamali’s looking for magically enhanced weapons – silver ammo (makes guns work), a M249 SAW, and about 100 lbs (14 200-round boxes) of ammo.

As we pull away from the store, we see folks on motorcycles coming close to us. They open fire and shoot out the passenger side tires on Lorenzo’s car. Also, a giant pit opens up in the ground, and a definitely-demonic hand belonging to about a 12-foot-tall creature comes out of the pit. We screech to a halt, and the demon is emerging from a pit of fire. The motorcycle guys are driving with one hand on their bikes, the other hand on their MP5Ks.

Gabe takes a Ready to open the car door and come out. The demon comes forward and smashes into the SUV, hitting the engine. We decide that since insurance doesn’t cover force majeure, and there’s little that’s more majeure than a demon. It does 27 points of damage and stops the car.

Kamali braces his M16 on the car door, and unloads a full magazine at three bikers. One gets tagged three times, the other two dive for cover a bit panicked. Mike, another holy warrior, invokes Righteous Fury (4 to HT and DX; 2 to ST). Lorenzo slams forward with the car to give Gabe some more cover. Devin powers up his force shield.

One biker empties more bullets at the cars, but if they hit anything important, no one notices.

Yannay tries a stun spell, and crit fails. We mostly all fail our HT/Will rolls, as we’re rolling at -4. All of us are stunned, and can roll each round to snap out of it. It’s roll vs mental or physical, whichever is worse.

To the day she dies, she will claim the demon reflected the magic back at us. She was stunned too, totally surprised; that’s her story and she’s stickin’ to it. The abbatoir demon will attack the car – nope, mike runs up first. Swings at the creature, who dodges. Demon attacks him, and misses. Kamali wakes up, but that’s his whole turn. Same with Gabe. Lorenzo crits, so he gets to act. Another demon appears to our south. Amos readies the Sling of David.

Mike unloads with four attacks – three rapid strikes – against the demon. He hits twice after the dodging and parrying. Gabe invokes Righteous Fury (+4 ST; +5 DX; +2 HT). Kamali misses an aim roll. Demon flips the SUV on its side. Lorenzo detects that four more vehicles are inbound from “map North”, lets us know, and aims a spear to cast.

Devin whips together a gizmo (in one second) in order to make an EMP grenade of some sort to toss at the incoming SUVs. Amos whips two sling bullets into the demon’s head. One hits the eye (no brain, though, alas), the other . . . hits the other eye (crit success on one, crit fail on defense on the other). Demon’s not dead, but can’t be doing well.

Yannay makes her DX roll to stand up after the car was flipped. Mike goes full cuisinart again. He attacks five times, but crit fails on the second one.

“Just hope you dont’ throw your sword into hell,” says a player. He does.

Gabe attacks three times, one critical success. Two hits, good damage, but the thing is still up.

The thing blows a fart at us. Everyone is mildly impacted, but Lorenzo is nauseated for a full minute; -5 to basically everything and he can’t concentrate anymore. We just got stanked.

Kamali gets aim due to Gunslinger, and mows down another biker. Lorenzo chucks his spear at the demon. The spear sticks into it, and the fires of hell start licking across the head and shaft.

That didn’t come out as poetical as I meant.

Devin moves up searching for incoming SUVs . . . finds them. Chucks the grenade at the truck. The truck suddenly loses power and control, and swerves to the pit of hell. Bad day.

Yannay goes to town with a moonbeam, crits at least one, maybe twice, and obliterates the demon.

She danced with the Devil by the pale moon light. Jack Nicholson would be proud.

Mike is allowed to Fast-Draw (Spear from demon), and then immediately attacks five times against Skill-13. “Make it sew,” we decide. He’s a Singer. The demon gets hit four timed (due to blindness). He kills it. Now we only have to deal with the SUV. We see a flash of magic as the spear absorbs some of the hellfire.

Gabe walks up to the SUV, seeking to make them yield, when he realizes that the critters in the van are vampires. Well, then. SMITE. Three vampires burst into flame, two humans catch fire, and so does the car.

That’s a cleansing fire!

Amos flings a pepperball slingshot at the guy barfing into his helmet. He nails it in the visor, and so now he’s unconscious, incapcitated, and very messy.

Fight’s over. We decide to push all the evidence into the still-open Pits of Hell. Then we pray to the Lord to close the pits; we succeed. We have moved the gear and whatnot into Lorenzo’s car, roll it back on its wheels, and move thing so as to simulate an accident. We pile back in Lorenzo’s SUV, we grab the MP5s (full-auto!), the unconscious guy and vomit dude are bound and piled in the back (we decide we pile into the car, hang out of the windows, shouting RedSox, Red Sox, this year it’s gonna happen!” as a ruse.)

We decide we’ll drop these guys at the firehouse, then beat feat to Dogtown.

Then we end.

*************

Commentary by Doug

We had a lot more players (which was fine) but a lot more cross-talk and tangency, which was not fine. It was hard to get words in edgewise, and it’s really important when in such a crowd that that not happen.

We also had a lot of stuff happen in one second that strained the bounds of time, but since everyone else does it, I need to do it too. Was kinda crazy, plus we had at least one API problem and my headset cut out in the middle of the game (was able to restore it, but grar!).

So this game we went back to the firehouse, healed up (good), went to the bookstore (necessary), and got jumped by two demons and some thugs. Gabe got in a few chops on the demons, where I thought that he’d actually have a lot of fun with Mike going mano-a-mano successfully. Instead, our magic user (Yannay) vaporized one, and I think most of the other were sling-balls to the face. Hard to say; the rest of us did get in some pokes and slashes. I did smite some vampires, which ended that part of the confrontation quickly. I guess I’m the mook-slayer. Well, it’s a job.

I think Gabe is going to have to start doing some crazy stuff to end the season, taking some big risks. See if I can impact the game more.

So: GURPSDay! This week overlaps big news in GURPSdom, which is that SJG has decided to release GURPS PDFs by DriveThruRPG, which includes a ton of associated digital publishers. I’ve had customer numbers for my own Dungeon Grappling which indicate that there are over 1.4 million folks who have come through those doors; Robert Conley has done some digging and shown similar large (and growing) numbers. This is a good step for GURPS (and hopefully a good step for GURPS authors, as well, since those of us with multiple outlets for our works can see knock-on effects. Looking up Douglas H. Cole or Peter Dell’Orto now shows work for multiple systems, which is fantastic.

I wonder if they’ll offer up individual issues of Pyramid one day? In any case, big news, and good. Without further ado, here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 95 blogs. We added two to the rolls: n-Body Politics by kreios, and Daydreams of a Dragon, by Dragondog. We’re still picking up some feed issues with them, but once they’re solved, we’re that much closer to having 100 GURPS blogs.

We still need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Nov 24 – Nov 30, 2017”

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young man in his late teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round table whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword wielding freaking Excalibur carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. He’s still cheery and always trying to make others happy, but has become a shrewd student of human behavior, which he uses for the benefit of the rest of his team. Lorenzo’s recently joined the Boston Fire Department as a volunteer as a means to get access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and like the rest of his brothers is a highly capable combatant.

Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Amos M. Humiston (20): The Linguist and Librarian. He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn; but by the same token, he’s slow and cautious compared to the other Orphans, preferring not to charge forwards until he has the answers that he’s looking for. Those same answers that he more than happily provides the rest of the group when they turns to him about the more esoteric aspects that they’re working with and against. Recently Amos has nearly completed his double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up. He has also learned from others that he hold the potential to be a Sorceror which if unlocked would be able to enhance his already considerable talent with ritualistic magic.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he is tall, strong, and solidly good-looking, but deeply scarred from much combat. He’s missing his lower leg, which he lost fighting zombies. It is capped by a carbon fiber prosthetic that doesn’t seem to interfere much with his activities. A quiet and hard-working man, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He was cursed to carry a magical sword for a while, and gave into its Wrath before it was parted from him magically. He’s since given it up, in exchange for unknown burdens.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

Hunting Hunters

We pick up in media res. We’ve been preparing for our assault on the final Babel stone location. Kamali went off in a direction after getting a hold of a little black book from Myriam – containing names of other hunters. Because where are they? This is a big question.

Gabe, Lorenzo, and Devin have about 8 hours to kill; Devin is going to try and help Amos tap into the ley lines more effectively and spend most of that time in his workshop. Gabe decides to try and lay some false trail, pointing a few allies and friends at what we know is the wrong spot. We’re basically trying to cause enough havoc to get folks to think we’re going there. We’ve been underestimated all along, and we use that to our advantage. We lure some of the bad guys into an ambush, with some seelie allies taking out about 40 vamps and some unseelie knights. They bought the ruse hook, line, and sinker, and that helps us quite a bit.

Around 7pm rolls around, Kamali lets us know that he’s found a few other hunters, who have been working but quiet. Amos comes back at the same time with a friend.

Friendly Sorceress

Christopher ix-nays Annia’s plan to ride into the scene on a pet Nemean lion. We are all disappointed by this, but we get over it.

Amos wants to give a powerpoint. He introduces Yannay one of the folks he was translating the books for, about 2 days ago. She helped him take care of one of the piles of Babel stones – we all read the map while he was gone, right? – and took care of the ones down in Duxbury. The ones in Nadick, however, will still be quite nasty. There were all these cute dogs, and the mist just ate them. Continue reading “Ceteri S1E10: Why did it have to be snake?”

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young man in his late teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round table whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword wielding freaking Excalibur carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. He’s still cheery and always trying to make others happy, but has become a shrewd student of human behavior, which he uses for the benefit of the rest of his team. Lorenzo’s recently joined the Boston Fire Department as a volunteer as a means to get access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and like the rest of his brothers is a highly capable combatant.

Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Amos M. Humiston (20): The Linguist and Librarian. He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn; but by the same token, he’s slow and cautious compared to the other Orphans, preferring not to charge forwards until he has the answers that he’s looking for. Those same answers that he more than happily provides the rest of the group when they turns to him about the more esoteric aspects that they’re working with and against. Recently Amos has nearly completed his double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up. He has also learned from others that he hold the potential to be a Sorceror which if unlocked would be able to enhance his already considerable talent with ritualistic magic.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he is tall, strong, and solidly good-looking, but deeply scarred from much combat. He’s missing his lower leg, which he lost fighting zombies. It is capped by a carbon fiber prosthetic that doesn’t seem to interfere much with his activities. A quiet and hard-working man, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He was cursed to carry a magical sword for a while, and gave into its Wrath before it was parted from him magically. He’s since given it up, in exchange for unknown burdens.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

To the Firehouse

The group heads back to the firehouse with Amos screaming across the sky wondering why he thought it was a good idea to ride the Manticore back to the firehouse. The boys finally get some rest and wake up to the smell of food but not enough for the manticore to share. Moving immediately towards collating the information that has accumulated. Blood on the map has managed to wander around the map showing where vampires have congregated. Continue reading “Ceteri Campaign S1E9: Pulling Strings”

So: GURPSDay! This week overlaps big news in GURPSdom, which is that SJG has decided to release GURPS PDFs by DriveThruRPG, which includes a ton of associated digital publishers. I’ve had customer numbers for my own Dungeon Grappling which indicate that there are over 1.4 million folks who have come through those doors; Robert Conley has done some digging and shown similar large (and growing) numbers. This is a good step for GURPS (and hopefully a good step for GURPS authors, as well, since those of us with multiple outlets for our works can see knock-on effects. Looking up Douglas H. Cole or Peter Dell’Orto now shows work for multiple systems, which is fantastic.

I wonder if they’ll offer up individual issues of Pyramid one day? In any case, big news, and good. Without further ado, here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 94 blogs. We added two to the rolls: n-Body Politics by kreios, and Daydreams of a Dragon, by Dragondog. We’re still picking up some feed issues with them, but once they’re solved, we’re that much closer to having 100 GURPS blogs.

We still need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list! With the advent of the Dungeon Fantasy RPG, Powered by GURPS, there’s even more reason to write.

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
Continue reading “GURPSDay Summary Nov 17 – Nov 26, 2017”

What is GURPSDay?

GURPSDay is something that started as a bit of a lark in February 2013. I somewhat off-the-cuff decided that Thursday is “GURPSDay” and from there, started ensuring every Thursday, I had a GURPSy post going on.

Other folks got in on the act (or were already posting lots more than me about GURPS, but joined in on the Thursday thing).

Later – much later – Phil Reed apparently got wind of the GURPSDay thing, and wondered out loud about it. That resulted in this Daily Illuminator post (and to be fair, Sean and I are long-time friends, and since he was one of the first interviews I did on Gaming Ballistic’s Firing Squad, he knew about the blog and my Thursday thing).

Then Jeffro Johnson helped me out, and wrote a PERL script that trolled RSS feeds and pulled in and formatted different posts, including a nifty Precis feature that allows commentary to be embedded in the post. Merlin Avery then improved the script in ways that are beyond my ken, but made it much more likely to successfully import RSS feeds from various platforms. He is a ridiculously accomplished code Jedi.

In any case, that’s where GURPSDay really took off, since the import and formatting of the content was automatic. To date, I now have 92 blogs on the roll, and we pick up one every few weeks.

Everyone Can Play

GURPSDay includes some real ringers. Christopher R. Rice (Ghostdancer on the GURPS Forums) effectively owns Pyramid magazine, he’s published there so much (deposit a thousand dollars, and the bank owns you; deposit a billion dollars and you own the bank). Peter Dell’Orto, ToadKillerDog and the author of GURPS Martial Arts and winner of the Dungeon Fantastic prize for elucidating the Principle of Conservation of Ninjitsu is there too. Lots of other GURPS authors – such as the inimitable Hans-Christian Vortisch (High-Tech, Tactical Shooting, Gun Fu) are on there.

Some aren’t (or aren’t yet) GURPS authors, but post amazing content nearly every day. Some post less frequently . . . but the script doesn’t care. If you post that week, it gets scooped up.

How do you get on the list? Just email me and ask. The note in every GURPSDay post says:

If you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.

That is sincerely meant. If you write about GURPS, or want to, start up a blog and have at it. Or contact me or one of the others known to host Guest Posts until you’re comfortable doing it on your own.

Is all I need is your blog name, the name you want to be credited under (some, like myself, use their real names; others use pseudonyms), the RSS feed for your blog, and the blog address.

The two most common blog platforms are Blogger (a bit more editing-friendly) and WordPress (less WYSIWYG, but can more easily be turned into your own domain and can host eCommerce natively). The script likes both of them pretty well.

Write Here, Write Now

GURPS is resurgent these days. From the Dungeon Fantasy RPG boxed set to now being available to millions of customers on DriveThruRPG and other affiliates, there has never been a better time to investigate and play the system.

The community is vibrant if occasionally fractious . . . pretty much like every internet community everywhere. There are some truly helpful folks on there, who if approached with any reasonable degree of civility will bend over backwards to help you out.

Oh, did I mention those people include the Line Editor, Sean “Dr Kromm” Punch, and his plucky sidekick Jason “PK” Levine, the Assistant Line Editor? That some of the most prolific authors will engage in nearly any constructive conversation on powers, world-building, how to run a “rules-light” GURPS game, or how to prune away the monstrous amount of material that could be used into just the right amount of material that you need?

It’s a great group of folks, for the most part. And if you have something to say about GURPS on any sort of regular and constructive basis . . . I want to include you in the blog roll.

And to the existing 92 bloggers: WRITE MORE. 

So: GURPSDay!

Welcome to the second year of GURPSDay, and here’s the pull for this week.

We’re currently drawing content from 92 blogs. We added GURPS Mega Dungeon, by John Morrison to our rolls today! As always, the new blogs are listed first. Only 8 more to go until we’re pulling from 100! But we’ll need your help. And if you just started a GURPS blog – and I know that some of you have – email me and get on the list!

How? Two action items: post more, recruit more. It’s really that simple. More posters is more posts, and more interest in GURPS.

Below you can find the blog activity for the last week. There’s a whole lotta awesome GURPS going on. Read all the posts.

Not every blog posts about GURPS every week, but some are ridiculously prolific! The list is randomized, so different bloggers will be highlighted at the top of the post each week.

As always, if you’re interested in having your blog consolidated here, navigate over to The Instructions Page and drop me a line. Take special note of the RSS Settings Fix if you’re on WordPress.
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