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Space Patrol: Index
The following is an index of all of my posts on campaign notes for GURPS Space Patrol. I will try to keep this post up to date when I add more. Characters These sample characters are designed to fill out the crew of the SPS-2997 Kiran Bedi, a typical Jordan...

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RPG Lexicon: Linear
A linear dice mechanic is one that uses a single die to produce its result. This gives an even chance of each value in the die's range. Such mechanics are linear because if you plot the odds of each result on a graph, you get a straight line. The single d20...

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Knowing vs. Not Knowing
In fiction particularly in cinema, you can get away with not telling your audience what's going on, at least for a while. Withholding information builds suspense. In some genres—horror, in particular—it's essentially required. In gaming, however, I am of th...

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Space Patrol: Lt. Alpha-Blue
Lt. Alpha-Blue is a Elan-model android who served its emergence period as a research assistant at a Federal Science Foundation. After he was released into citizenship, he chose to enter the Patrol as a Science officer. He has served dutifully if unexception...

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System-Neutral Settings: To Hell With Rules
There is a long if narrow history in RPGs of sourcebooks that describe settings or setting elements (cities and the like) without reference to a particular game or rules system. From Flying Buffalo's Citybook series through Green Ronin's Freeport, these boo...

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3 Things To Do When You're Not Quite In Love With Your Campaign
Sometimes, even though you like your group and you enjoy playing well enough, you're just not loving the game you're playing. How do you get more enjoyment from your game without ruining anyone else's fun? Develop Your Character There are many ways you can ...

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This week's Fragment is Cybernetic Recovery in Fate: http://www.nothingventuredgames.com/fragments/Cybernetic-Recovery-in-Fate.html

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Space Patrol: Second Lieutenant Abe Driscoll
Abe Driscoll served as marshall for the Haviland sector for 8 years. It was a lonely, thankless job mediating between ranchers and busting claim jumpers. But it wasn't until a man took a shot at him for doing nothing more than ruling against him in a water ...

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My Top 3 d20 Games
Yes, the d20 boom produced a lot of books that just plain sucked. (I may have produced some of my own that I'm frankly glad have since disappeared.) But there were plenty of games that managed to shine among all the dross. Here are three of my very favorite...

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My Top 3 Fate Games
While it began earlier, the proliferation of Fate games took off following the success of the Fate Core Kickstarter and the release of both that book and the companion Fate Accelerated Edition. Since then, there have been a ton of great Fate games published...
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