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Old 06-25-2015, 12:39 AM   #31
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The Viking Era ended in 1066 at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Roman Empire ended in 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Turks. How exactly is this book possible?
But Rome fell in 410.
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:50 AM   #32
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I am convinced that a near infinite set could be generated simply on the variances in interpretation of 'orc/ork'. They are as varied, numerous, and subtle as their elven counterparts.

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An entire book on Orc-kind, similar to Zombies or Dragons, would be awesome.

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Old 06-25-2015, 01:45 AM   #33
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The Viking Era ended in 1066 at the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Roman Empire ended in 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Turks. How exactly is this book possible?
A swing and a miss on the Pedantry table. No one mentioned the fall of the roman EMPIRE, only Rome.
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:43 AM   #34
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A swing and a miss on the Pedantry table. No one mentioned the fall of the roman EMPIRE, only Rome.
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In 476 no one thought anything unusual had happened. The Ostrogoth king didn't name another powerless figurehead "emperor" after he forced the previous one to step down. Life went on. No one thought anything special had happened.

Justinian I reclaimed Rome in 540 (by Belisarius using trickery and angering Justinian's wife who distrusted the general) and a few years later after Justinian's Plague Rome was overtaken by Germanic warlords yet again. Life went on. No one thought anything special had happened.

The Fall of Rome wasn't anything special until the Renaissance and people in Italy (largely descendants of those Germans, mind you) thought it must have been a major event and created the myth of the "Fall of Rome" and relabeled the Eastern Roman Empire (i.e the Roman Empire) the "Byzantine Empire" to make it an even bigger deal. (Let's not get into the Holy Roman Empire which was neither "holy" nor "Roman" and was solidly German and largely secular.)
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:50 AM   #35
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I would love to see updates of the 3e books Wizards, Warriors, and Rogues. Books stuffed with templates.

In fact, I think more catalog books of any type would be great. Animals, monsters, vehicles, NPCs, templates, etc.

Yes, yes, I know the standard answer is "but you can do that yourself [with these 4 books and 6 hours a day of free time]." But an issue I encounter numerous times in introducing others to the game is the inability to play it out of the box. Why does GURPS need to limit its audience like that? It can be the most flexible system on the planet AND be friendly to those who don't have the time to develop 99% of the content.

Provide a multitude of examples in a series of books portraying prefab samples of various subjects. Not only does this help the time-strapped GM get to the table faster, but it provides valuable benchmarks when the user becomes more advanced and wants to develop his own material. There's an urge to think of this as damaging the openness of GURPS, but it could more appropriately be seen as helping people get started *before* they start to customize their own stuff.
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Old 06-25-2015, 03:03 AM   #36
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This is simple to set, you just need a situation where the pirates have a high chance of intercepting merchantmen (Say just on the point where you exit hyperspace from a worlds biggest trade partner) but there's low chance of the pirates being intercepted in turn by the police.
That's no small feat, being able to both create chokepoints and prevent chokepoints from being patrolled.
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Old 06-25-2015, 05:34 AM   #37
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Bribes, vicky, bribes to keep the authorities look the other way. You may even get the merchants to bribe you which will mean you're well on your way to becoming a respected government.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:15 AM   #38
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Anders has the right off it. Most drive systems will create the chokepoints, at least between a world and it's biggest trade partner(s). But the chance of there being a ship in position to stop pirates has more to do with politics then anything else. A single world polity may find better uses to spend money then maintaining that heavy a DSP. For reference a RENEGADE-CLASS CORSAIR cost $67.5M while a PROSPERITY-CLASS HEAVY STAR FREIGHTER costs $1,310.45M, so a single catch may make up for multiple lost raiders.

And on a related note that I forgot before, I've got a pyramid article in the works that can explain the classic tramp freighter, with good odds of it being published if I finish it, this stuff should have been in space.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:56 AM   #39
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OK I'd like Guns/weapons of WW2 and Cold war/modern guns (I admit it I like GURPS gun books)



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In 476 no one thought anything unusual had happened. The Ostrogoth king didn't name another powerless figurehead "emperor" after he forced the previous one to step down. Life went on. No one thought anything special had happened....
By that argument neither did the Viking age end at Stanford brook in 1066

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Old 06-25-2015, 07:16 AM   #40
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That's no small feat, being able to both create chokepoints and prevent chokepoints from being patrolled.
In most piracy settings, you will also tend to have weak law enforcement and the potential for pirates to be able to (at least temporarily) outgun local naval forces. Possibly complicated by the pirates being at least part-time naval forces themselves (as per the Caribbean in the "Golden Age" of Piracy).
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