Happy GURPSDay to all and sundry! I hope you have been enjoying some wonderful GURPS gamin’ out there!
Some time ago, a friend at work asked if I could run a first-time ever RPG for him and his family, an opportunity I gleefully pounced on. That should happen in the next few weeks. It will be just a couple of hours long (his daughters are 9 and 11), but it should be a good time.
The “adventure” exists only in my head still, but the pre-gens are available if anyone’s curious. This is literally about the simplest I could go with GURPS and have it still be GURPS!
The party consists of an unarmed fighter, an Elven ranger, a swashbuckler, a Dwarven warrior, and a wizard.
Fantasy Party Pre-Gens | Downloads: 278 | Size: 244.1 KB
I used the rules tweaks mentioned previously (reposted here) along with a few more tweaks I’ll note.
Active Defenses have all been folded into a single Defend score (with a -1/turn cumulative penalty), as noted on the sheet. This is simply the highest of the character’s Dodge, Parry, and Block.
Attributes work as always, but since a new player has no context for what a numerical score “means,” they have been paired with adjectives (a la Fudge and Fate). Note that this doesn’t actually change how attribute scores work, only how that information is presented to the player. Also, the same levels can function for skills, if you want to just go nuts.
9 or less Poor (mostly because “Mediocre” takes up too much room)
In terms of character creation guidelines, I used the same basic framework across all PCs:
The goal here was a simple, fun implementation of GURPS and easy-to-read character sheet that even complete non-gamers can follow along with. I just want to get in, have a great team, and get out. If they dig it and get bitten by the RPG bug, that’s when we start unpacking character creation and designing brand-new custom PCs. But for the first taste, it’s all about giving them a fun ride and seeing if it’s something they enjoy.
Hope to have the adventure in a printable form and downloadable in the near future, and of course I will post after the game to let you all know how it went.
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