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Forum: GURPS Today, 05:30 AM
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Posted By Polydamas
Re: Black powder Cannon Ballistics in the Age of Sail

Hal, are you sure you can't find the muzzle velocity somewhere? I would think that the Philip j. Haythornthwaite or Bert S. Hall kind of book listed them for Napoleonic cannon and carronades.
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Forum: GURPS 10-13-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 557
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Stating Jack Parsons

It is not a detail I have heard in several recent interviews with Parsons' biographers, but I can't afford any of the actual books.
Forum: GURPS 10-08-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,113
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Hiding the Bodies

Yes, GURPS assumes adventurers who are by definition people with weak taboos and great flexibility (there is a reason why the term "adventurer" can describe merchants, sex workers, and professional...
Forum: GURPS 10-08-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,113
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Hiding the Bodies

Also, hiding the bodies is a harder problem than ensuring that the police don't finger the characters as people of interest. If three or four gangsters "known to police" turn up dead from gunshot...
Forum: GURPS 10-08-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,113
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Hiding the Bodies

It also depends on genre. In many urban fantasy or detective stories, the area where the story is set has a murder rate similar to parts of Mexico while otherwise looking like a rich country today. ...
Forum: GURPS 10-05-2018, 01:57 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,120
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Things players say to me

Yes, there are other optional rules to make kicking the face harder and stamping a foot easier.


You might think so in theory, but not in practice.
Forum: GURPS 10-04-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,120
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Things players say to me

yes, GURPS' random hit location table and hit location penalties are an old part of the system, before good sources were available, and they lump together projectiles, thrusts, blows, and kicks into...
Forum: GURPS 09-27-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,231
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Conversation Rate of G$ To Real World Dollars

Also, we have talked about taxes, but benefits like pensions and health insurance are another can of worms which an economic model (versus a quick rule to get back to the adventure). Just because...
Forum: GURPS 09-27-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,231
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Conversation Rate of G$ To Real World Dollars

Someone who owns revenue-producing property like a house probably has Independent Income in GURPS (it generates the rent you don't pay, or could get by renting it out) ... but definitely, the...
Forum: GURPS 09-18-2018, 05:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 809
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Body Armor level DR

See Low Tech page 101 "Harsh Realism- Armor Gaps." High-tech armour has just the same limitations, just like with low-tech armour it is up to the GM how many fiddly details to represent.
Forum: GURPS 09-13-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,280
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Kindly Necromancers

There is also the Nekromanteion at Thesprotia in western Greece, and Mesopotamian rituals to appease the restless dead (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbuZGCYDpQU).

You could also play up the...
Forum: GURPS 09-11-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,145
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Passive cover bonus from shield and cloak?

Do you mean "have a cloak wrapped around your arm (Ready)"? If you do, it counts as a shield, if you have it but it is not Ready it provides no protection except any inherent DR.


It takes one...
Forum: Roleplaying in General 09-07-2018, 01:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,345
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Deed of Paksenarrion conversion?

I think I read that from her. It helps that she is Christian, so she has opinions on how a saintly warrior should behave.

She also said that the military science is a mix of de bello gallico and...
Forum: GURPS 09-04-2018, 01:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,606
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Cost of Living and Governance

Sixteenth-century ... I think it was one of the Hapsburg reforms which everyone copied.
Forum: GURPS 08-30-2018, 05:53 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,026
Posted By Polydamas
Re: social classes at TL1

Also, just a tidbit to think about ... one reason this is hard is because creating such a model requires the same violent simplifications which James C. Scott...
Forum: GURPS 08-27-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,129
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Understanding Starting Wealth - Espionage Setting

The Pyramid #3-44 with rules for "wealth rolls" can be a good choice for modern campaigns with day jobs and credit cards. (Someone in the 1st century CE can probably list everything they own,...
Forum: GURPS 08-25-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,198
Posted By Polydamas
Re: Pricing Unlimited Strength But The Oil Tanker Collapses In On Itself

Yes, that is a key point. I would only think in terms of "secondary powers" in a game which was otherwise fierce about checking things against real-world physics. In a four-colour setting, the...
Forum: GURPS 08-23-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,146
Posted By Polydamas
Re: QQ 8-12 fo

Also, high Intelligence makes characters very versatile. It is the talent for too many skills to bother listing. And most anthropomorphic gods and godesses are not versatile: they have intense and...
Forum: GURPS 08-22-2018, 02:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,343
Posted By Polydamas
Re: musket ball costs?

Yeah "is this pound/cubit/penny the same as that pound/cubit/penny" is one reason that using historical prices is a lot of work.

I considered reworking the price lists for my Bronze Age...
Forum: GURPS 08-21-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,343
Posted By Polydamas
Re: musket ball costs?

Well, the cost per shot and weight per shot in GURPS books include everything you need, so you have to compare like with like (and for a matchlock, you need coarse powder and priming powder and lead...
Forum: GURPS 08-21-2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,343
Posted By Polydamas
Re: musket ball costs?

Well, of the 0.15 lb for a round of Musket ammunition in GURPS Low Tech, about 0.10 to 0.12 lb is the shot and the rest powder (1/3 the weight of the shot in powder and 1/2 the weight of the shot in...
Forum: GURPS 08-20-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,319
Posted By Polydamas
Re: How long does it take to make a crossbow

Yeah, Tod's prices suggest that his one-man shop can make a steel-bowed crossbow with no decoration in a couple of days today. It would take more days in a low-tech setting, maybe seven work-days? ...
Forum: GURPS 08-19-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,026
Posted By Polydamas
Re: social classes at TL1

It was widely known in antiquity that Athens imported most of its ship-timber from places like Macedonia (see Thucydides and some of the orators from the 4th century BCE). I have never seen anyone...
Forum: GURPS 08-19-2018, 04:45 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,026
Posted By Polydamas
Re: social classes at TL1

Well, yes, obviously. But all large cities depend on trade, and there were plenty of other classical cities the size of the one in the OP, like Thebes, Argos, or Corinth, which were not so dependent...
Forum: GURPS 08-18-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,343
Posted By Polydamas
Re: musket ball costs?

Yeah, in the end GURPS prices are never going to be completely consistent, or right for any one setting, because they have been pulled from all kinds of sources (including wild guesses!) by dozens of...
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