Friday, August 21, 2020

GURPS Monster: Shrieking Medusa Head

This might have some spoilers for Carrion Crown. Read on at your own peril. It's probably not too much of a big spoiler, though... especially if you're not even playing Carrion Crown in GURPS...

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Goblin Racial Template

When I was running an orc-based campaign where all the PCs played orcs, there was a great chance that they'd run into goblins, either as enemies or allies (or slaves, more likely), so I made this racial template. I wanted to make goblins a little different from what they were in D&D, but I enjoyed some of the cliches that they had. I mostly wanted the goblins to be more intelligent than they normally are represented, but have some bizarre compulsions. They're actually smarter than the orc template that I had made (although I might revise that in the future).

Friday, June 19, 2020

Alchemical Elixirs: Sight

Infravision Elixir
Gives the target the Infravision advantage.
Duration: 3d×5 minutes.
Form: Ointment only; must be applied directly to the eyes.
Cost: $600/$840
Recipe: $375, 1 week.
Dark Vision Elixir
Gives the target Dark Vision.
Duration: 3d×5 minutes.
Form: Ointment only; must be applied directly to the eyes.
Cost: $990/$1,450
Recipe: $525, 2 weeks.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Animated Object GURPS Metatrait

I've been required to make a few different animated objects since I've been converting the Pathfinder 1e adventure path Carrion Crown to GURPS. In my first conversions (which were mostly, "it'll attack like this and die from this" without too much definition of its actual traits) I began each one independently, so they tended to vary quite a bit. Later into the campaign I realized that I would need a metatrait to handle animated objects. So that's what this post is...

Thursday, May 21, 2020

GURPS Monster: Trollhound

As I'd mentioned, I'd been converting the trollhound that was listed in Trial of the Beast. I did as I'd said in that post: used the Enraged Eggplant's Worg and applied some of the troll's essential aspects. Similar to the troll, I think that the trollhound should have variation as one of its essential qualities, so there should be many different kinds of trollhounds -- especially the troll chieftain's pet.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Troll Racial Template/Monster

When it came to converting the trollhound to GURPS (since my search didn't yield any results), I had the idea that I would just take a formidable canine and apply a troll template on it (and spruce it up with it's fun disease). The first problem was finding which troll template I was going to use. My default as of late is to use the Monster Index of the fabulous Generic Universal Eggplant (sounds delicious), but out of curiosity I checked the Natural Encyclopedia. I had a slight worry about how I wanted to replicate or express the troll's relation to acid and fire in D&D and their regeneration powers. So I looked at quite a few of them and wound up making my own troll. I'm going to space this troll post and the post about the Trollhound fairly close.
The inspiration I got is fairly apparent, since it's mostly a synthesis of the templates I had available to me. The templates that I looked at are: the Enraged Eggplant's Troll, of course; GURPS Dungeon Fantasy's Troll, which was excellent (GURPS Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 1, p.31); the Natural Encyclopedia's Troll (p.73); and finally I glanced at the GURPS Wiki's Troll to help me realize that trolls really are all about wrenching and crushing limbs, necks, and spines.
Something worth mentioning is that trolls can take nearly any shape. They have several essentials, but beyond them trolls have endless variation. In fact, variation should be one of the troll's essential qualities. Most of the trolls that I use, especially those that have names or are plot significant, will be pretty different from this generic template, which should be the starting point. It's also worth noting that trolls could be much weaker than they are depicted here.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Skin Stealer Racial Template/Monster

So here's a racial template for the Skin Stealer. The Skin Stealer appeared first, as far as I can tell, in the Trial of the Beast in Carrion Crown. The concept of it, I believe, is older than that. Working on the morph ability for its skin-stealing proved to be a little difficult, and I think that the limitation is a little larger than it should be. I include my notes on how I worked out the limitations on it.
Art from "Trial of the Beast"
I can't figure out who did the art...

Friday, March 20, 2020

GURPS Monster: Flesh Golem Hound

I've been running the Pathfinder adventure path Carrion Crown in GURPS. Naturally, I've had to adapt and convert the scenarios to GURPS rules from Pathfinder. Importantly, I've been converting by concept rather than by rules. Eventually, I am going to make a post and share all of the conversion notes that I've made so that if anyone else ever wants to do this they can take a look at my conversion notes, see if it works for them, and hopefully save them the trouble.
This post relates to that, so allow me to mention the obvious: this post might have a spoiler or two for Carrion Crown book 2, "Trial of the Beast."

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Dark Creeper & Dark Stalker Racial Templates

Another consequence of running Carrion Crown in GURPS has been making a racial template for Dark Creepers. Dark Creepers are sort of neat. Their original Fiend Folio entry is very fun and illuminating. In Pathfinder, the Dark Creepers and Dark Stalkers have an interesting story in how they came to be. While I was making the Dark Creepers, I decided that it wouldn't be much more difficult to go ahead and make the Dark Stalkers. It felt wrong to make the Dark Creepers and leave the Dark Stalkers unmade. I don't mind not making the other sub-races though. Dark Stalkers and Creepers were made together, so it's only right that I include them both.
I did a mostly faithful conversion of the black smear present in Pathfinder, but I didn't bother converting their light blindness because it's tedious to figure out what that is and it was never mentioned in earlier entries. I followed the Enraged Eggplant's example in separating some of the creature's advantages to highlight them as their special abilities. Making the poison proved to be somewhat difficult for me.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Mongrelfolk Racial Template

I maybe mentioned that I've been running Carrion Crown in GURPS. Well, I've had to make a racial template for mongrelfolk and as far as I could tell there weren't any other GURPS conversions that'd already been made. I decided that I would go ahead with making my own and then share it with everyone since I'm so nice like that. I tried to emulate the prolific Enraged Eggplant in presentation. I don't generally go with boxes or anything, though. I generally stick with humble messes of stats and lines.
Mongrelfolk have an interesting concept, and I think in a campaign down the line I may perhaps introduce them as a PC race in a fantasy campaign.
In addition to what I describe, they are generally a low-tech civilization, so it might be reasonable to assign them TL 1 or 2, perhaps even TL 0.
The Mongrelman as envisioned by a Paizo artist

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Ustalav Map

There are a lot of cool hex maps. Many very cool hex map versions of other cool maps which aren't into the hex thing. For instance -- there are many hex maps of Ustalav or Ytarria (or at least there should be) that one can find in any image search. The problem that I've noticed is that hardly anybody shares the hexographer file (or other file, if you're using another program) for the map so that other referees can modify the map for their own purposes.
For that reason, I'm also going to link the .hxm file of this cool map of Ustalav which I made with Hexographer in preparation for GURPS Carrion Crown. I decided that I might as well share this version of the map before I add too many changes to it to make it fit my wants. I used the Calligraphy icon set, if you're wondering. You should still be able to use your own icon set (or the default set) if you don't have it. Ustalav.hxm
Ustalav, 8-mile hexes

GURPS Monster: Shrieking Medusa Head

This might have some spoilers for Carrion Crown. Read on at your own peril. It's probably not too much of a big spoiler, though... espec...