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Old 03-24-2023, 08:40 AM   #1
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I don't so much steal
As take very long-term loans
Without interest
— Skeeve "Charming" Golddieb
The problem with thieves is that they have to be capable in so many different areas. Warriors can get away with being either very strong or very skilled at hacking and stabbing; having both is nice, but not required. Spellcasters need smarts; magical talent is essential, of course, but it's mostly about the brains. Thieves, however, have to be charming, cunning, nimble-fingered, quick, and up to date on all the latest security technology.

The solution is GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Denizens: Thieves. It offers all kinds of ways to really shine, whether your preferred approach is to specialize in just one of retail burglary, wholesale heists, backstabbing, or good old fashioned highway robbery, or to cheat the system in ways that let you be that much better at all of the above. It also provides power-ups and gear to help you make guildmaster in record time.

And at $9.00 – yes, I'm going to say it – it's a steal.


Store Link: https://warehouse23.com/products/gur...izens-thieves/
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Old 03-24-2023, 10:01 AM   #2
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Yassss. I've been waiting to see this for over a year now. So happy it's out.
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Old 03-24-2023, 10:30 AM   #3
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First impression: Looks good, although I wonder what was cut (a cleric-thief follower of the god of Rogues, perhaps). The extra traits and equipment will certainly come in handy. Especially grateful for the box on Perfect Balance - it always seemed to me that thieves would benefit more from Luck than Perfect Balance from the get-go.
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Old 03-24-2023, 12:20 PM   #4
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First impression: Looks good, although I wonder what was cut (a cleric-thief follower of the god of Rogues, perhaps). The extra traits and equipment will certainly come in handy. Especially grateful for the box on Perfect Balance - it always seemed to me that thieves would benefit more from Luck than Perfect Balance from the get-go.
Perfect Balance seems like a great choice for anyone expecting to spend much time on narrow ledges, etc. Also, even if you're only planning on high Acrobatics and Climb levels (i.e. no Piloting), the effective cost is only 7 points. For a footpad or other rogue-type Luck's probably better. For a second-story type, or someone who does a lot of roof-top parkour, Perfect Balance is probably a better first purchase.
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Old 03-24-2023, 12:44 PM   #5
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Downloaded (eventually, after a vigorous fight with the new store), read, and enjoyed. I'm not sure it's able to successfully answer the question of "how can the thief class pull its weight in a subgenre that minimizes noncombat encounters when a large portion of its point budget is tied up in noncombat abilities", but it's a great buy for those who prefer running dungeon delving as a heist than as a smash-and-grab, and it gives both thieves and non-thieves some cool new toys to play with in any campaign.
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Old 03-24-2023, 03:12 PM   #6
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I love the sidebar section on Tactics (p. 10). Practical ideas for how to make the skill useful in every encounter. I’m eager to try out a mastermind build to see how it feels.
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Old 03-24-2023, 03:30 PM   #7
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I'm not an expert on applying GURPS rules by a longshot, but I thought there was an almost universal princple that, in most campaigns, the most basic level of Luck was practically mandatory for all characters. In How to be a GURPS GM, Kromm almost seemed to imply it was necessary for everyone due to the nature of GURPS rules.
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Old 03-24-2023, 03:52 PM   #8
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Luck is an automatic part of Action and Monster Hunters templates but not Dungeon Fantasy templates.
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Old 03-24-2023, 04:48 PM   #9
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Downloaded (eventually, after a vigorous fight with the new store), read, and enjoyed. I'm not sure it's able to successfully answer the question of "how can the thief class pull its weight in a subgenre that minimizes noncombat encounters when a large portion of its point budget is tied up in noncombat abilities", but it's a great buy for those who prefer running dungeon delving as a heist than as a smash-and-grab, and it gives both thieves and non-thieves some cool new toys to play with in any campaign.
That was never a question it was supposed to answer. That question is it's on book "How to be a GURPS GM: Dungeon Fantasy". DF is about killing monsters and taking their stuff. Other modes of play would require guides on how to do them since that's not really DF basic assumption.
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Old 03-24-2023, 05:38 PM   #10
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I wonder what was cut
Essentially nothing. We let it be big and complete.

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I'm not sure it's able to successfully answer the question of "how can the thief class pull its weight in a subgenre that minimizes noncombat encounters when a large portion of its point budget is tied up in noncombat abilities"
The number of deadly, synergistic combat power-ups suggests that you can be very good at fighting if the GM permits.

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Luck is an automatic part of Action and Monster Hunters templates but not Dungeon Fantasy templates.
But note that even before this release, thieves had access to more impressive levels of Luck . . .
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