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Old 09-19-2014, 05:18 PM   #1
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To mark the release of my latest book tomorrow, I thought that I'd stat up the subject in GURPS terms:

Sinbad the Sailor (288 points)

ST 11 [10]; DX 11 [20]; IQ 12 [40]; HT 15 [50].
Damage 1d-1/1d+1; BL 24*lb; HP 11 [0]; Will 14 [10]; Per 12 [0]; FP 15 [0].
Basic Speed 6.50 [0]; Basic Move 6 [0]; Dodge 9.
5'9"; 155 lbs..

Social Background
TL: 3 [0].
CF: Islamic (Native) [0].
Languages: Arabic (Native) [0].

Advantages
Appearance (Attractive) [4]; Charisma 1 [5]; Extraordinary Luck [30]; Serendipity 2 [30]; Status +3* [5]; Wealth (Multimillionaire 1) [75].
Perks: Deep Sleeper. [1]

Disadvantages
Curious (15) [-2]; Unluckiness [-10]; Weirdness Magnet [-15].
Quirks: Conventionally devout Muslim; Suffers growing wanderlust whenever he's at home. [-2]

Skills
Carousing (E) HT [1]-15; Knot-Tying (E) DX+1 [2]-12; Leatherworking (E) DX+1 [2]-12; Merchant (A) IQ+2 [8]-14; Public Speaking (Storytelling) (E) IQ+1 [1]-13; Riding (Equines) (A) DX-1 [1]-10; Savoir-Faire (High Society) (E) IQ+2 [4]-14; Seamanship/TL3 (E) IQ [1]-12; Stealth (A) DX+1 [4]-12; Survival (Island/Beach) (A) Per+3 [12]-15; Swimming (E) HT [1]-15.

* Includes +2 from 'Wealth'.
Includes +1 from 'Charisma'.
Conditional +1 from 'Charisma' when making Influence rolls.

Notes

This is Sinbad around the time of his later voyages, but before he finally buys off the quirk that keeps dragging him off to sea to little good purpose. His Wealth level for game purposes is doubtless debatable; by the time he retires, he's clearly very rich indeed, with perhaps enough Independent Income from investments and passive business concerns to keep him in luxury indefinitely (with high Status). While on his voyages, he frequently finds himself stranded in foreign lands without a dirham - but he never seems to find much difficulty in restoring his fortune, often to very high levels locally.

Likewise, his Appearance and Charisma are extrapolations, but he's described as "distinguished" even in later years, and something keeps making him popular with and trusted by local merchants and rulers all over the Indian Ocean. Going by the alternate narrative of his seventh voyage, a point or two in Bow skill might also be appropriate.
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:43 PM   #2
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Is there a reason he is not qualified to serve as the captain of a ship?

I thought that by the later tales, Sinbad was in charge of the ship and had Navigation, Leadership, Tactics (Naval) and Shiphandling...

I mean, the Caliph trusts him to deliver expensive gifts over the terrible, terrible oceans of this reality.

Why would he trust this to someone who can't even navigate, gather a crew or command a ship? And who only has Seamanship (to default from) at the lowest possible level for a professional sailor?

Also, isn't the character like a legendary teller of tales, who at this point in his life ? Wouldn't it make sense for his Public-Speaking (Storytelling) to be his primary skill, not something he spent 1 point on?

What skills to you use to build a raft?

And I'm sure he needs Scrounging.
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Old 09-20-2014, 04:14 AM   #3
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Is there a reason he is not qualified to serve as the captain of a ship?
Yes; he never did. Even when it was his own ship (on just one voyage), he hired in those skills.

One of the translations calls him "Es-Sindibad of the Sea" rather than "...the Sailor", and I almost wish I could have done the same.

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I thought that by the later tales, Sinbad was in charge of the ship and had Navigation, Leadership, Tactics (Naval) and Shiphandling...
Not in any of the translations I found. They're full of professional captains suddenly discovering that the ship has gone astray (and no naval combat at all).

Some time, I may do a character sheet for Hollywood Sinbad, who has Sailor! at 15+. But that's not this guy.

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Imean, the Caliph trusts him to deliver expensive gifts over the terrible, terrible oceans of this reality.
In the alternate version of the Seventh Voyage, but yes.

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Why would he trust this to someone who can't even navigate, gather a crew or command a ship? And who only has Seamanship (to default from) at the lowest possible level for a professional sailor?
Savoir-Faire, Charisma, and even more importantly, insane levels of Luck and Serendipity. They're much more important under the relevant assumptions and narrative conventions. Manual and technical work is stuff for the hirelings.

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Also, isn't the character like a legendary teller of tales, who at this point in his life ?
Habitual, perhaps, and he gets some use from that (very respectable) 13 in the stories, but he only becomes a legend after he tells his stories to Sinbad the Porter and his other guests - at which point, he's got the advantage of amazingly good material.

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What skills to you use to build a raft?
Survival (Island/Beach), plus Knot-Tying.

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And I'm sure he needs Scrounging.
I take that as "acquiring stuff for free in human society" - and Sinbad rarely or never does that. (He makes friends and trades stuff.) When he needs to get hold of raw materials, it's always in some kind of wilderness; that's Survival.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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ST 11 [10]; DX 11 [20]; IQ 12 [40]; HT 15 [50].
Is there any reason his ST, DX and IQ are at stat normalizer levels but his HT is very impressive indeed?
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Is there any reason his ST, DX and IQ are at stat normalizer levels but his HT is very impressive indeed?
The sheer number of times he's cast away on an island, or left clinging to wreckage when his ship sinks. Usually there are several survivors initially, but they all die of exposure and/or starvation, except for him.
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Exactly. Not dying when everybody else does is pretty much his schtick.
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Is there any reason his ST, DX and IQ are at stat normalizer levels but his HT is very impressive indeed?
Do you have any specific evidence to suggest that the listed ST, DX, and IQ have been lowered from what is suggested by the canon (taking into account marvelous HT, Luck, and Serendipity), or does the sight of attributes at mere above-average 11s and 12s in a very cinematic genre just bother you a little?
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Extraordinary Luck [30]
I'm being serious: this seems low.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:59 AM   #9
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Do you have any specific evidence to suggest that the listed ST, DX, and IQ have been lowered from what is suggested by the canon (taking into account marvelous HT, Luck, and Serendipity), or does the sight of attributes at mere above-average 11s and 12s in a very cinematic genre just bother you a little?
Phil is working from original Arabic sources. Precious little swashbuckling be it
Acrobatics or Swordplay in them. This Sinbad resembles no one named Fairbanks at all.

Actually, he could be a perfectly average guy with a Destiny (Kismet) to survive fantastic adventures and tell the tales. Arabic folklore is very big on inescapable destiny and sometimes appears passive or at least fatalistic to most Western traditions of storytelling.
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Anybody done Odysseus yet? I was a little disappointed when I figured out that I couldn't use Achilles' Heel to make Achilles.
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