Friday, 20 October 2017
That was the last communiqué the operatives of the Razor Cell acquisitions team received before all channels went silent. No more information would or could reach them, but that was to be expected. The Shadow Syndicate works so well and evades the long arm of the law precisely because everyone works in the dark.
Going in with poor intel wasn't unusual. It was in the job description.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
|Me, returning to my blog.|
The Internet, 1983 (colourised).
The main reason for this was that the players for the game I had been planning (and getting really excited about) fell through, and it really bummed me out. It killed my desire to keep planning and scheming GURPS stuff, so I just sort of forgot about this blog and my goals of two posts a week died a quiet death. In truth, I struggled to meet that target almost every single week, so going forward I'm probably going to stick to once a week.
But there's some good news: after a while in limbo, the game has been resurrected! The three players have good ideas of what they want to play, I've started scheming horrible things that will happen to them and we've arranged both a Session 0 (for character creation) and a Session -1.
Session -1 will consist of me handing the players pre-generated characters and thrusting them into a situation with little context, designed for them to fail and die in a plot-relevant way, much like the False Protagonist trope often used in TV series. It serves the purpose of letting us get right into how the game works in play without having to explain it during character creation, allows me to tightly shepherd a scenario designed to display a variety of possible gameplay situations, and lets the players feel out how lethal GURPS combat can be without putting their precious homemade characters at risk. The more I sharpen my knives for this session, the better an idea it seems!
I have plenty of half-finished posts from back when I was actively working on things, so those will be resurrected too, polished up and make up new content. I will be doing some after-action reports on my sessions (providing the players consent) but I'm aware of the fact that they tend to not be very popular content. I know that I almost always skim over AARs on other blogs in the gurps-o-sphere, so I might instead do something like highlights or character descriptions. I'm going to play this one by ear!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
|Does this count as stealth?|
The second season's introductory two-parter involved an assault on an unregistered rotating space station, with an ex-Martian gunship and a cobbled-together Belter transport matched up against a single advanced stealth frigate. One character, Detective Miller, decided to join the assault teams, meaning he has to be on one of the breaching pods that will be launched towards the station. Before we see them on-screen, one character describes them as "a beer can taped to a rocket".
As you can see from the gif, he's not wrong.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
It took about five years for someone to figure out a solution to the problem: the gravity highway.
Monday, 27 February 2017
|What a diametric drive looks like, according to Google|
The standard approach to using gravitic propulsion in GURPS is to just slap reactionless drives on your spacecraft and call it a day. But this misses out on some cool opportunities! So let's take a deeper look at how gravitic propulsion might work.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
|Glowing means it goes fast!|
Below are a two new takes on reactionless thrusters, using "real" science (depending on how you define both "real" and "science"), as well as a new superscience reaction drive and two options for antimatter rockets.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Until now! In preparation for my upcoming game, I bought hard copies of GURPS Basic Set Characters, GURPS Basic Set Campaigns and GURPS Ultra-Tech, the main books I'll need at the table. I bought them from Amazon UK and the copy of Ultra-Tech seems to have been print-on-demand, so I'll do a quick review of it!
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
|Ludicrous speed... engage!|
This isn't the end of it – there are plenty of ways to make this kind of timescale work in your setting. But if you want to use more conventional plots and timescales, you need a way for people to travel fast inside a solar system, and that means FTL. But this takes all the fun out of reaction drives! If all they're used for is getting to and from orbit, then they cease to be interesting.
So what if FTL travel requires deltaV too?
Thursday, 9 February 2017
I started my blog on the 9th February 2016, after learning about GURPSday from Gaming Ballistic and taking a look at the mess of textfiles on my harddrive containing hastily-typed notes on homebrew content. By coincidence, the one-year anniversary of the blog falls on a GURPSday! Nice. As a celebration, I'll look at the past year and look ahead at what I want to do in the next, along with giving two of my top fives: my five most-viewed posts and my five favourite posts.