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Old 05-06-2009, 09:30 PM   #1
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Call for Playtesters: GURPS Low-Tech

Tour Guides Wanted!

GURPS Low-Tech will be taking players and GMs on a guided tour of past technology. If you're well informed about tools, weapons, armor, vehicles, and other technologies, in any era from the Stone Age to the Age of Sail, come join the expedition. Help us find our way through the winding paths of technological evolution—and keep us from getting lost.

The playtest will cover GURPS Low-Tech itself as well as three GURPS Low-Tech Companion PDFs to be released on e23. The core book is devoted to equipment lists and game mechanics; the Companion volumes provide cultural and historical context, additional and alternate rules, and construction systems for several types of equipment. Thus, while we'll expect a careful review of game mechanics and historical accuracy, an additional important goal is to check for consistency between these four related works.

Places will be reserved for new playtesters, both to find out how clear the books are to readers with less GURPS experience, and to expand the pool of experienced playtesters for future books. Don't hesitate to apply!

The one-month playtest will depart on May 15.

Playtesters will need access to and familiarity with the GURPS Basic Set, and we'll give extra weight to applicants who are conversant with GURPS High-Tech (for cross-TL comparisons) and/or GURPS Martial Arts (to check weapons, of course!). Familiarity with Bio-Tech, Ultra-Tech, or the Third Edition version of Low-Tech can be an asset, as well. Prospective playtesters will also need to be registered e23 customers who have spent more than $50 at e23 in the past 12 months.

Prospective playtesters should e-mail jwilson@io.com with [LT] (for "Low-Tech") in the subject, and include your preferred e-mail address for the closed playtest mailing list, correct spelling of your name as it may appear in print, your e23 login name, and a few words about your qualifications, experience, and current gaming group(s). Please submit in this format:

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I'm a longtime credited playtester and lead playtester for GURPS 3e and 4e. I have an ongoing fantasy game wherein the PCs routinely craft and use low-tech weapons. I have a PhD in Greek history and do Roman legion reenactments. One of my players is a professional blacksmith who makes swords and mail for Ren Faire. Another is a 20-year SCA member who dyes her own wool.
Thank you for your interest. Adventure awaits!
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
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I just have to ask.

Is Jeff Wilson the only Lead Playtester, or is it just a fluke that he's been the Lead Playtester of a few of the recent books?
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:19 PM   #3
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I just have to ask.

Is Jeff Wilson the only Lead Playtester, or is it just a fluke that he's been the Lead Playtester of a few of the recent books?

I seem to be or have been the most available of the people able and willing to serve, and the more familiar one is with the author and to the presiding editor, the more likely one is to be asked again, and so forth.

You're asking becasue you want to be reassured that I'm doing such a good job that I will never have to be replaced, right?
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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I seem to be or have been the most available of the people able and willing to serve, and the more familiar one is with the author and to the presiding editor, the more likely one is to be asked again, and so forth.

You're asking becasue you want to be reassured that I'm doing such a good job that I will never have to be replaced, right?
I think he's asking because he wants to know if the position is open to applications Rex Nemorensis-style. ;)
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:45 PM   #5
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I think he's asking because he wants to know if the position is open to applications Rex Nemorensis-style.
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:25 PM   #6
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If it is, Jeff had better be waiting with ready sword and wary eyes, for there will be no shortage of those ready to engage in such Scythian practises for the chance to be lead playtester. ;)
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:30 PM   #7
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... engage in such Scythian practices ...
But Žorkell is from Iceland. It's the wrong geographic region!

EDIT: I really wish I could apply for this, but the timing is horrible. I'm graduating next month and still need to finish building an experimental rig to ship to Houston by the end of the month. Curse the fates!
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Old 05-07-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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If it is, Jeff had better be waiting with ready sword and wary eyes, for there will be no shortage of those ready to engage in such Scythian practises for the chance to be lead playtester. ;)
I've seen Jeff at the ready. He can hold his position.

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:46 PM   #9
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You're asking becasue you want to be reassured that I'm doing such a good job that I will never have to be replaced, right?
Well, yeah, kinda.

Though I think your hopes for immortality are optimistic...
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:55 PM   #10
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How will I know if I am accepted into the playtest or not?
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