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Old 03-27-2021, 09:52 AM   #1331
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Very heartening to see that the company made it through the pandemic intact. Hopefully the surge in RPG popularity will make GURPS more profitable as well, and it's nice to see GURPS called out as a priority.
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Old 03-27-2021, 01:20 PM   #1332
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TTRPGs also peaked in interest for my gaming group, as the pandemic diverted more people to virtual tabletops.

My group had cautiously tried playing Gloomhaven and found ourselves turned off by the strange combination of low-detail mechanics, limited player choice, inflexible character progression, and steep learning curve. After disassembling and plundering the GH box for everything remotely usable for a TTRPG, we then decided to try DFRPG with the leftovers.

Then the pandemic hit, and face to face became impossible.

We went with Tabletop Simulator, I bought four copies of DFRPG dead-tree version boxed set as gifts to my players, and we're now a few sessions into a heavily-modified "You All Meet At An Inn". I see myself running through plenty of Pyramid adventures before trying my own... the possibilities of this now feel endless after making the jump to virtual. I can well imagine if we never go back to FTF again even post-pandemic.

This does have somewhat dubious connotations to other SJG titles, though, which to my knowledge do not have any workarounds virtually. Munchkin, Chez Geek, and Revolution! were three of my favorite non-GURPS titles and I'm not sure we'll be able to do much of that in future unless we meet in person.

I'm glad to see SJG's evergreen lineup is keeping steady, staying afloat, and staying the course in its trade (unlike Evergreen Suez perhaps). At this point, I'm eagerly buying up or Kickstarter backing every GURPS thing they do.

Edit: I also just re-read the report's sad news about Monica Stephens. I am sorry for this loss - both for SJGames as an organization and for Steve himself.

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Old 03-28-2021, 03:36 AM   #1333
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Originally Posted by Steve Jackson View Post
I see fewer comments here than in previous years. Does that mean . . .

- you're not interested?

- all your questions have been answered?

- the Martians are eating your forum posts?

- or what?
I didn't think anyone needed to hear another rant about GURPS Vehicles?

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Old 04-02-2021, 07:29 AM   #1334
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I'm happy to see Gurps listed as a priority this year!
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Old 04-02-2021, 11:03 AM   #1335
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Seeing a couple of Chinese GURPS players introduce themselves is heartening for me. It would be very cool if GURPS could develop a strong international audience, including in China. Combined with SJG's statement that GURPS is a priority this year, that's a lot of good things on the horizon for GURPS. :)
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Old 04-02-2021, 01:47 PM   #1336
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I always read the report, and have only commented once or twice.

Very glad Car Wars comes back this year! Hopefully it gets a large enough reception to get a motorcycle expansion in the future.
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