Thursday is GURPS Day! Here are the collected posts from most of January (Through Jan 27 about noon), just to start off with a bang. Further posts will cover only a week at a time.

Starting next week, I’ll run the posts Thursday night, probably around 10pm CST. That will catch all of the GURPS Day posts when they’re fresh.

GURPS Day has been an amusing thing for me for years now, but I’m vastly excited that it’s become something more, with encouragement from Steve Jackson Games themselves. 

I’ve already seen things start to snowball, in a good way, with posts being written based on posts from this community.

And I know it’ll keep growing, because there are definitely dozens more GURPS blogs out there, or gaming blogs that mention GURPS. Since I ask that the RSS feeds we scrape are self-filtered (see the instructions), so long as posts are tagged with GURPS and have a good RSS2.0 feed, a blogger can just write as she likes, and the script will put up a link when GURPS is a topic, and not when not.

Want to be included in the round-up? Follow these instructions.

Complete list is behind the break . . .

Precis – List of GURPS-related posts from 18 blogs from Jan 1, 2016 through noon-ish Jan 28, 2016.


RogerBW’s Blog (Roger Bell-West)

Southern Style GURPS (Chris Bower)

Celti’s Chatter (Patrick Burroughs)

Gaming Ballistic (Douglas Cole)

Dungeon Fantastic (Peter Dell’Orto)

Mailanka’s Musings (Daniel Dover)

Insidious GURPS Planning (Mr. Insidious)

No School Grognard (Mark Langsdorf)

The Collaborative Gamer (Joseph Linden)

Northport (Denis McCarthy)

Let’s GURPS (Pseudonym)

Ravens N’ Pennies (Christopher R. Rice)

One Yard Hex (Paul Stefko)

Fragments of the Last War (Bryan Timms)

Shooting Dice (Hans-Christian Vortisch)

Game Geekery (Warren “Mook” Wilson)

Dark Paths and Wandered Roads (Jason Woollard)

Code By Clockwork (Jeff Demers)

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.

 

Thursday is GURPS Day

Well knock me over with a feather. Something I started doing on a lark almost three full years ago, but kept up pretty steadily, was to declare that Thursday was GURPS Day (‘it must be true, because it rhymes’).

Here in the Daily Illuminator is the awesome and flattering (to me) announcement in The Daily Illuminator.

GURPS fans know that Thursday is new-release day at Warehouse 23. We don’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. Since then, many other bloggers have started reserving Thursday — a.k.a. “GURPS-day,” “GURPSDay,” “GURPS Thursday,” and “Thurpsday” — for GURPS content, including (alphabetically!):

You can keep up with these and other blogs by watching this sticky thread in the Steve Jackson Games Forums. Heck, why not join in and add your blog to the roll? Oh, and keep an eye on Gaming Ballistic, too, because Doug is making plans to aggregate links to new blog content.
Here’s a big “Thank you!” to Doug and to all the stalwart GURPS bloggers!

Content Aggregation

So, here’s the trick: if you blog about GURPS, and it doesn’t have to be on Thursday, drop me an email at GURPSDay@gmail.com and include the following information in the body of the email.

Your Blog’s Name

Just 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.

What the email looks like

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

That’s it.

Some other forms you might see for RSS feeds:

Blogger

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

WordPress

http://jeffro.wordpress.com//category/GURPS/feed


In a double-whammy of cool, an article I started working on years and years ago finally made it into print! You’ve seen outtakes from this one in The Cutting Edge, back in February two years ago. And I’d been working on the project even before then. But The Broken Blade concepts have worked – and worked well – in play for all that time.

The overall concept was born from a bit of thought that it should be more than weapon weight that mattered, given the arbitrary sizing and strength of GURPS characters.
This article got a lot of “what would Peter do?” treatment, in that I always tried to look for new ways to cut things down to even fewer rules. I didn’t always succeed, and given two years evolution in writing and rules-design thought I might have gone further doing it now.
But as always, this sort of thing started with a pretty massive background of calculation. As it turns out, the cube root of weapon weight (the HP of the weapon) with all sorts of fiddle in it wound up almost always equal to the weapon’s ST statistic, and was hardly ever more than a point off even when it was wrong. So boom – simplification.
This little system should provide a nice, rare but not unheardof stream of replacement swords if people wander around beating their weapons against armor, thick, scaly hide, or walls and doors. That sort of stuff damages weapons in real life, after all.
Anyway, I never could make the stuff in the Cutting Edge (which was the original subject matter of the article) be anything other than a nightmare – I didn’t even have to playtest it to realize that. But the stuff that remained? Solid. 

The Past Is Back, Better Than Ever!

Olden times come to life with new gaming goodness! This month’s Pyramid — the PDF magazine for roleplayers — once again revisits the past, with fresh opportunities to discover intriguing treasures to enliven your pre-modern gaming. This month’s timeless tome contains:

  • “The Broken Blade,” an optional look at weapon quality in GURPS. Douglas H. Cole — author of GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling — shows you how to ramp up the table’s tension with the threat of a shattered sword . . . and the possibility of repairing it.
  • “Purveyors of the Priceless,” a set of new possibilities that let you explore life as a low-tech trader in GURPS. Now you can barter for some loose gems, use new perks to help you flex your mercantile might, and even have a full-time job as a trader.
  • “Medieval Sea Trade,” this month’s Eidetic Memory offering from GURPS Fourth Editionco-author David Pulver. Sail the oceans in search of cargo and passengers, with a system adapted from GURPS Spaceships 2: Traders, Liners, and Transports.
  • “Knowledge Is Power,” a look at those who kept the Chinese bureaucracy working. Your guide, Matt Riggsby — co-author of GURPS Low-Tech — shows what’s required to enter the halls of power . . . including how to cheat your way in!
  • “The Music Maker,” a primer on the master artisan known as Stradivarius. Discover the history of this unparalleled craftsman (with GURPS stats), revel in the insight about his legendary violins, and unleash the included story possibilities on your heroes.
  • “Tempered Punks,” presenting some ideas for keeping would-be inventors from being tooinnovative in bygone days, from GURPS Crusades co-author Graeme Davis. 

This issue also unveils a vignette by Pyramid Editor Steven Marsh set in the new Car Warsuniverse, and a Random Thought Table that gives you permission to break reality. This month’sPyramid shines such an inspiring candle on times gone by, you just might say this is anilluminated manuscript! 

Written by Douglas H. Cole / Matt Riggsby / David L. Pulver / Christopher R. Rice / Graeme Davis / Jon Black / Steven Marsh

I’ll review the entire thing coming Real Soon Now.
Happy GURPS Day!