Gurps Mysteries

Author: Lisa J. Steele
Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
ISBN: 9781556348174
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A Dame Walks Into Your Office . . . A dead body, no witnesses, and a room full of suspects with perfect alibis. Can you find the killer and bring him to justice? Learn the secrets of mystery fiction - and what will, and will not, work in RPG mysteries. Become a better investigator. Discover the problems you are likely to encounter in a low-tech, magic, super-tech, or horror mystery. GURPS Mysteries covers: Creating mysteries as stand-alone adventures, as part of an existing campaign, or as campaigns in their own right, with specific discussions of the low-tech, modern-tech, future, magic, and horror settings. Setting the crime scene, including detailed forensic information on causes of death, investigation methods, and a forensics timeline. Bringing interesting villains to life, and matching their disadvantages to their motives and means of carrying out a crime. A template-based character-generation system for iconic investigators, including the genius detective, the hardboiled shamus, police detectives, investigating magicians, even "that darn kid." Sample detective and investigative agencies to hire or bedevil characters. Expanded rules for questioning and interacting with NPCs. GURPS Mysteries, by the author of GURPS Cops, is designed both for the GM who wants to create and run mystery adventures and for players who want to become investigators in any setting.

Gurps For Dummies

Author: Adam Griffith
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470043615
Size: 66.52 MB
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This is it—the key that unlocks the riches of GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) and gives you a wealth of information on how to create your character and fine-tune your play. Produced in partnership with Steve Jackson Games, the game's creator, GURPS For Dummies is the ideal companion to GURPS Basic Set, 4th Edition that explains the rules. It gives you insight into the choices you’ll make in everything from creating a fun, dynamic character using the allotted number of points, to playing in an adventure, to becoming a GM. Whether you want to be an Amazon princess or a stalwart warrior, an old-fashioned swashbuckler or a modern investigator, a tough cop or a cat burglar, a sorcerer casting spells or a cosmic ranger, fighting lawlessness in the asteroids, this guide will help you: Determine your character’s basic attributes: IQ, DX (dexterity), ST (strength) and HT (health) Figure out your character’s secondary characteristics Choose advantages (including powers and perks) and disadvantages (including quirks and disadvantages with a self-control roll modifier) Optimize your points by using talents Select your skills based on functional area or the campaign setting Enhance your character with spells, magic items, magic staves, and powerstones Strategically purchase equipment for different characters, tech levels, and campaign types Create and manage a character sheet, write a character background, keep a character log, and more—all with samples Choose good combat techniques and play with your character If you want to become a GM, this guide gets you going with advice on creating the adventure, managing the character creation process, managing combat, and interpreting the rules. There’s even a handy Cheat Sheet tear-out GM screen in the front of the book. There are tips throughout, plus advice on how to: Create your very own GURPS universe for your campaign, whether it’s dungeon-crawl, high-adventure, combat-focused, puzzle-focused, or masquerade-type Provide a basic write-up of the world for your players, including technology level, supernatural and supernormal abilities and powers, races, setting, character templates, cultural and social information, and limitations Create an electronic combat grid, a battle log, a tactical map, and more—with samples Do mapping, planning, and plotting Create memorable NPC (nonplayer characters), both good guys and bad guys GURPS For Dummies helps you create more detailed, exciting, and interesting characters and take your game to the next level. That’s important whether you’re saving a princess or saving the planet...searching for hidden treasure or for secrets to eliminate disease... fighting crime or combating armies of evil robots...casting spells in medieval castles or destroying terrorist cells in modern day milieus. With GURPS, the only limitation is your imagination.

Conspiracy Theories

Author: Mark Fenster
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816632421
Size: 34.15 MB
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JFK, Karl Marx, the Pope, Aristotle Onassis, Queen Elizabeth II, Howard Hughes, Fox Mulder, Bill Clinton -- all have been linked to vastly complicated global (or even galactic) intrigues. In this enlightening tour of conspiracy theories, Mark Fenster guides readers through this shadowy world and analyzes its complex role in American culture and politics. Fenster argues that conspiracy theories are a form of popular political interpretation and contends that understanding how they circulate through mass culture helps us better understand our society as a whole. To that end, he discusses Richard Hofstadter's The Paranoid Style in American Politics, the militia movement, The X-Files, popular Christian apocalyptic thought, and such artifacts of suspicion as The Turner Diaries, the Illuminatus! trilogy, and the novels of Richard Condon. Fenster analyzes the "conspiracy community" of radio shows, magazine and book publishers, Internet resources, and role-playing games that promote these theories. In this world, the very denial of a conspiracy's existence becomes proof that it exists, and the truth is always "out there." He believes conspiracy theory has become a thrill for a bored subculture, one characterized by its members' reinterpretation of "accepted" history, their deep cynicism about contemporary politics, and their longing for a utopian future. Fenster's progressive critique of conspiracy theories both recognizes the secrecy and inequities of power in contemporary politics and economics and works toward effective political engagement. Probing conspiracy theory's tendencies toward scapegoating, racism, and fascism, as well as Hofstadter's centrist acceptance of a postwar American"consensus, " he advocates what conspiracy theory wants but cannot articulate: a more inclusive, engaging political culture.

Bleeding Hearts

Author: Susan Wittig Albert
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101565950
Size: 12.67 MB
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When local football coach and hero Tim Duffy is accused of improper behavior, lawyer-turned-herbalist China Bayles investigates, following a trail of obsession and murder that may lead to her own doorstep.

Gurps Illuminati

Author: Nigel D. Findley
Publisher: Steve Jackson Games Incorporated
ISBN: 9781556348617
Size: 25.20 MB
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The Secret Masters have denied all knowledge of the various conspiracy theories put forth in GURPS Illuminati. "To begin with, we don't even exist," said a spokesman. "The Illuminati are a myth." He went on to deny specifically that: Everything you read in the tabloids is true! Aliens regularly visit Earth, and are in contact with high government officials. The Men in Black are everywhere, and will snatch you from your home if you ask too many questions or just see something you shouldn't see. Orbital Mind Control satellites cruise the skies, influencing international politics and deciding the fates of billions. The Gnomes of Zurich control the world's monetary supply, and manipulate it to fit their own sinister plans. The world is such a complex web of secrets, mysteries and conspiracies that nobody really knows what is happening. But everyone in power lies . . . all the time. The only real way to protect yourself is to join the conspiracy. But even then, you'll never know who is pulling your strings. Everything you know is a lie. Everything you suspect is true. The world is a very strange place. Hail Eris! All Hail Discordia! The publishers of GURPS Illuminati, Steve Jackson Games, admitted that it was a work of fiction, but added, "It's all true anyway! Just look at the book. It's closer than you think."

City Magick

Author: Christopher Penczak
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9781609255480
Size: 45.11 MB
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Today’s urban witch needs to know how to communicate with the electric gods of the city, find the high-rise temples of power, and uncover the magical symbols in everyday graffiti. This new edition of City Magick, with a new foreword by Judika Illes, author of Pure Magic, offers a modern look at an earth-based religion that has taken root in the concrete jungle. Christopher Penczak shows how to create and live a magical life in the city. Learn how to:Interpret the symbols of graffiti with a magical eyePerform rituals at nightclubsUse everyday items in your home or office to create magickal incense, oils, talismans, and charmsCreate powerful sigils using street signs, graffiti, and city mapsDiscover metropolitan spirits and totems, including spiders, cockroaches, crows, pigeons, and doves. For the urban witch, this is the ultimate book on making high magic among the skyscrapers and the streets.

Net Guide

Author: Peter Rutten
Publisher: New York : Random House Electronic Publishing
ISBN:
Size: 74.55 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Twenty million people are currently online--and this book will be their TV Guide. Lively, easy-access format with helpful grapohics--and a unique rating system--enables users to save time and money by prescreening their options. Covers 60,000 bulletin boards, 9,000 networks, 500 libraries, and all commercial services.