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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Woodruff on Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:30 am

Gillipig wrote:Who has the Gnome thief and who has the talking cat? I've only seen /'s mage being posted here.

Edit: I even cleared my foe list to see if there were posts I've missed lol.


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(Heh...I've got the gnome thief, although he's still in development so it could change.)
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Postby macbone on Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:24 am

And MeDeFe has the talking cat. =)

(Now I've got Gaspode from Discworld stuck in my head. (= )
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Gillipig on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:29 am

Eiykur holds a grudge against the Gnome thief! Here's the backstory:

Eiykur's precious ring was stolen while he was at a bar. He was drunk as always and he bumped (at least that's what he thought) into a suspicious looking Gnome on his way to another round of mead.
-Look where you're going he yelled at the Gnome.
It was not until he woke up the day after that he noticed his ring was gone. Eiykur went in his mind through all the possible ways he could've lost his ring, and came to the conclussion that it had to have been stolen. The most likely suspect was the Gnome who was the only one creature he remembers having physical contact with that night (most people steer clear of an grossly obese old dwarf). Eiykur searched through the entire camp without finding the Gnome. And cursed that if he ever found him he'd have his revenge.

I hope this doesn't contradicts something that woodruff has written about his Gnome thief. Note that the story doesn't say anything about if the Gnome actually stole his ring, or if he left the camp. It does say that the Gnome was suspicious looking however. Let me know if that doesn't rime with the character :).
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby macbone on Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:52 am

Cool story, Gilli. =)

A couple of things, though. Make sure you only describe what your character's doing, not another character. Of course, you haven't said that Woodruff's gnome was the thief, and it's plausible that they did bump into each other at a bar before, but you need to be careful that you're not controlling another player.

And second, you guys are going to need to all need to work together. I'd rather you guys weren't planning revenge on each other even before the game gets off the ground. =)

However, Gilli, might I suggest a change in the thief?

Rather than a gnome thief, how about a human of average height and build who bumped into you at a bar a couple of days ago? He was polite and spoke quietly, but you noticed that he was missing a finger on his left hand.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Drakkon on Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:50 am

I only have played D&D 3.5, so I am not sure I will be able to learn an entirely new system. I will keep up with this adventure and maybe I can learn it by seeing it played. If you don't mind people joining later, I may do that. Just too bust at the moment to learn a new system.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Gillipig on Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:20 pm

macbone wrote:Cool story, Gilli. =)

A couple of things, though. Make sure you only describe what your character's doing, not another character. Of course, you haven't said that Woodruff's gnome was the thief, and it's plausible that they did bump into each other at a bar before, but you need to be careful that you're not controlling another player.

And second, you guys are going to need to all need to work together. I'd rather you guys weren't planning revenge on each other even before the game gets off the ground. =)

However, Gilli, might I suggest a change in the thief?

Rather than a gnome thief, how about a human of average height and build who bumped into you at a bar a couple of days ago? He was polite and spoke quietly, but you noticed that he was missing a finger on his left hand.

Hm, doesn't sound like someone we've created yet. Is it a character we will bump into later?
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Postby / on Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:48 pm

Probably the title character?
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You'll be casting Hard spells at 16, Very Hard at 15."
What does this mean, levels? Points? How can I tell the spell difficulty, and how do I increase whatever I need to cast harder spells?
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Woodruff on Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:43 pm

Gillipig wrote:Eiykur holds a grudge against the Gnome thief! Here's the backstory:

Eiykur's precious ring was stolen while he was at a bar. He was drunk as always and he bumped (at least that's what he thought) into a suspicious looking Gnome on his way to another round of mead.
-Look where you're going he yelled at the Gnome.
It was not until he woke up the day after that he noticed his ring was gone. Eiykur went in his mind through all the possible ways he could've lost his ring, and came to the conclussion that it had to have been stolen. The most likely suspect was the Gnome who was the only one creature he remembers having physical contact with that night (most people steer clear of an grossly obese old dwarf). Eiykur searched through the entire camp without finding the Gnome. And cursed that if he ever found him he'd have his revenge.

I hope this doesn't contradicts something that woodruff has written about his Gnome thief. Note that the story doesn't say anything about if the Gnome actually stole his ring, or if he left the camp. It does say that the Gnome was suspicious looking however. Let me know if that doesn't rime with the character :).


It doesn't contradict...I don't believe I have anything that specific. But I'm curious...is the Gnome thief actually my character, or is it a misidentification? (I don't have any problem with either case...I'm just curious for my planning.)
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Woodruff on Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:44 pm

Drakkon wrote:I only have played D&D 3.5, so I am not sure I will be able to learn an entirely new system. I will keep up with this adventure and maybe I can learn it by seeing it played. If you don't mind people joining later, I may do that. Just too bust at the moment to learn a new system.


To be honest, "the new system" is really only "new" as far as creating the character, and macbone has been GREAT about helping me (at least) through that part (I've only played AD&D 3rd Edition previously). Once we start playing, I don't think we'll really see it as a "new system" at all.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Gillipig on Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:19 pm

Woodruff wrote:
Gillipig wrote:Eiykur holds a grudge against the Gnome thief! Here's the backstory:

Eiykur's precious ring was stolen while he was at a bar. He was drunk as always and he bumped (at least that's what he thought) into a suspicious looking Gnome on his way to another round of mead.
-Look where you're going he yelled at the Gnome.
It was not until he woke up the day after that he noticed his ring was gone. Eiykur went in his mind through all the possible ways he could've lost his ring, and came to the conclussion that it had to have been stolen. The most likely suspect was the Gnome who was the only one creature he remembers having physical contact with that night (most people steer clear of an grossly obese old dwarf). Eiykur searched through the entire camp without finding the Gnome. And cursed that if he ever found him he'd have his revenge.

I hope this doesn't contradicts something that woodruff has written about his Gnome thief. Note that the story doesn't say anything about if the Gnome actually stole his ring, or if he left the camp. It does say that the Gnome was suspicious looking however. Let me know if that doesn't rime with the character :).


It doesn't contradict...I don't believe I have anything that specific. But I'm curious...is the Gnome thief actually my character, or is it a misidentification? (I don't have any problem with either case...I'm just curious for my planning.)

I was thinking that would be up to you ;). And if it really was your character he might still not be guilty of the crime. Again this would be up to you. I don't want to put words in your mouth, saying your character did this and that.
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Postby Woodruff on Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:01 am

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Mack is a 52-year old male gnome (OOC...puts him at about 25 years old or so in human years). At 4'7" and 180 pounds, he is rather average for his race (OOC...please tell me if that is not accurate). Mack has slate-colored eyes, with brown hair arranged in a very scraggly bowl cut, as if he can't afford or doesn't care to get it cut very often nor very well, yet has no facial hair. As with most gnomes, he is rather short and stout, with a strong center of gravity. Mack's lone outstanding physical feature is his rather bulbous nose, which looks as though it were built to develop and withstand the heartiest of sneezes. Mack tends to quietness, preferring to remain in the background, and generally only makes strong eye contact with those who he trusts a great deal or whom he may be trying to deceive. Mack doesn't care for his first name, and so he often finds himself saying "Just call me Mack".

Mack tends to "dress down", wearing only ordinary clothes and shoes, but carries a small backpack, pouch and wineskin. Unlike most gnomes, Mack appears to carry only a somewhat large, very fancy-looking and oddly-shaped crossbow, which is slung across his left shoulder (he is right-handed) and which he lovingly calls Johnny Rocket. He has a hip quiver on his right hip containing what appears to be an unnecessarily large number of crossbow bolts.

Mack has had a rough life to this point. Having lost both his father and mother to a wasting disease at around the age of 35, just as he was hitting his adulthood, Mack took up an apprenticeship (out of gratitude and a lack of having anything really better to do) with the druid who had tried desperately to save them, who he called Master Fenrir. He lived with, learned from, and came to greatly respect Master Fenrir over the course of the twelve years he spent with him. Mack truly enjoyed the life of caring for a grove and it's inhabitants. Master Fenrir even helped Mack learn how to use a rapier. The great druid considered the rapier to be the perfect weapon, finely balanced, acutely sharp, and always under control. He always said "Unlike a sword or an axe, the rapier does not control your movements, rather you control the movements of the rapier." They spent countless hours in the distraction and intellectual entertainment of rapier techniques.

Unfortunately, that life would come to a sudden end, as Mack made what he considers the greatest mistake he could have made. Mack was on a simple herb-picking errand, gathering rodion, foxglove and luscious mudpuppy berries when he happened across what appeared to be a family of dead squirrels, eight of them. They were all lying there in what seemed to be a rictus state. Recognizing their death and wanting to honor them, Mack found an appropriate burial site, not once wondering why all eight of them might have died so suddenly and in the same place. He built a small cairn as a marker over the grave, and then continued on his errand. As Mack returned to Master Fenrir, he found him to be exceptionally angry that someone had killed eight squirrels by suffocating them, not realizing apparently that Mack was involved. Even Mack, at first, did not put the two situations together in his mind, not noting the coincidence of the same number and same type of animal. So the great druid left to investigate the situation, leaving Mack there to tend to the grove. When Master Fenrir returned, he was no longer as angry as he had been previously, but he was certainly not pleased...and directly displeased with Mack, as it turns out. His investigation had revealed to him that Mack had buried the squirrels alive, effectively suffocating them. He was not at all interested in the explanation that Mack attempted to give him about how they were dead, not alive. The druid banished Mack from the grove. To this day, Mack does not understand what caused the squirrels' "false death", nor does he forgive himself for having killed them. He even has nightmares about the situation (which of course are always far worse than what actually happened), and occasionally a situation will even cause a waking flashback for him. He has been very unhappy since, and this had unfortunately caused him to fall into desperation for a way to survive.

Wanting to avoid nature and the guilty memories it brought back to him, Mack wandered to the nearest city. Unable to find work, as he had no real skills at that time, he fell to running with a group of individuals who could best be described as despicable, under the iron-fisted guidance of the fearsome Viper Overlord and his "Army of God" street rats. Yet they accepted him more than he accepted himself, and so he began to learn their life, finding the distraction from memories to be the only way he could stand to live with himself. Under the care of the "Army of God", he learned how to use a basic shortsword. Though he longed to be able to use a rapier again, he certainly could not afford such an expensive weapon. Amazingly, Mack found that he had a real talent for the things they did, as he quickly gained skills that he would previously have considered to be unworthy. And along the way, he also discovered that he loved to tinker with things...loved to figure out how things worked. At first, it had simply started out as a way to figure out locks and traps, but it developed into almost an obsession, as his natural curiousity and bit of a compulsive nature drove him to go far beyond those simple devices. The intellectual challenge and distraction from memories that technical things seemed to provide him was something that he found it very difficult to turn away from. Thus, his interest in and development of his personal crossbow came about.

Eventually, Mack decided to leave the "Army of God" behind, not being satisfied with the Viper Overlord's ends nor their methods, and strike out on his own again...now much more comfortable with his personal skills and interests. Of course, not having any real or steady employment, he finds himself wandering a great deal, and always with a glance over his shoulder to see if the Viper Overlord or his minions might be lurking there.
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Postby tkr4lf on Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:41 am

I'm not going to be participating, as I don't really have the time. But I will be paying close attention to this...I'd like to see how it turns out. If it goes well and you guys end up doing another one, I will try to participate in that one.

A question for Woodruff:

I thought Druids couldn't use pointed weapons. Or is that just D&D? I know in D&D they're restricted to blunt weapons only. I was just wondering if that's the case with GURPS as well, since your Druid instructing you in Rapier usage wouldn't make sense if so.

Also, I find it hilarious that you used CC names in your character background.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Woodruff on Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:40 pm

tkr4lf wrote:I'm not going to be participating, as I don't really have the time. But I will be paying close attention to this...I'd like to see how it turns out. If it goes well and you guys end up doing another one, I will try to participate in that one.

A question for Woodruff:

I thought Druids couldn't use pointed weapons. Or is that just D&D? I know in D&D they're restricted to blunt weapons only. I was just wondering if that's the case with GURPS as well, since your Druid instructing you in Rapier usage wouldn't make sense if so.


That is absolutely true of a "typical druid" in AD&D (although "slashing" is much worse than "pointed", as "slashing" does more damage to plants). I wanted my character to be nature-oriented, but I also wanted him to be able to use a rapier, so I had to work it in somehow. That was why I included the comments about "perfect balance" and "you control it, it doesn't control you" (which are very important concepts to druids).

tkr4lf wrote:Also, I find it hilarious that you used CC names in your character background.


I can't take real credit, as I stole the idea from Gillipig's dragon's name (which I loved).
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Postby Gillipig on Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:57 am

Master Fenrir sounds like a real b*tch! What sort of a animal is he? I pictured Viper as a large overfed snake (jabba the hutt inspired).
Nice story, will be interesting to see how how he gets along with Eiykur lol. How did Mack meet the talking cat?? Or hasn't he met him yet?
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Postby Woodruff on Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:05 am

Gillipig wrote:Master Fenrir sounds like a real b*tch! What sort of a animal is he?


I'm not sure I ever knew...I assumed human. And while his reaction is unreasonable, it's not a particularly surprising one, given how druids feel about taking care of nature.

Gillipig wrote:I pictured Viper as a large overfed snake (jabba the hutt inspired).


Heh...that is just the name he goes by. Human as human could be. Just mean. MEEEEEEN.

Gillipig wrote:Nice story, will be interesting to see how how he gets along with Eiykur lol. How did Mack meet the talking cat?? Or hasn't he met him yet?


Hasn't really happened yet.
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Postby tkr4lf on Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:23 am

Woodruff wrote:
tkr4lf wrote:I'm not going to be participating, as I don't really have the time. But I will be paying close attention to this...I'd like to see how it turns out. If it goes well and you guys end up doing another one, I will try to participate in that one.

A question for Woodruff:

I thought Druids couldn't use pointed weapons. Or is that just D&D? I know in D&D they're restricted to blunt weapons only. I was just wondering if that's the case with GURPS as well, since your Druid instructing you in Rapier usage wouldn't make sense if so.


That is absolutely true of a "typical druid" in AD&D (although "slashing" is much worse than "pointed", as "slashing" does more damage to plants). I wanted my character to be nature-oriented, but I also wanted him to be able to use a rapier, so I had to work it in somehow. That was why I included the comments about "perfect balance" and "you control it, it doesn't control you" (which are very important concepts to druids).

tkr4lf wrote:Also, I find it hilarious that you used CC names in your character background.


I can't take real credit, as I stole the idea from Gillipig's dragon's name (which I loved).

Cool, fair enough. I was just curious about it.
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Postby / on Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:40 pm

Nevermind my last questions, I think I got it, sent a revised sheet.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby macbone on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:54 am

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@ Gilli - You might possibly bump into this character again. =)

@ / - "Skill level" is whatever number you have for your skill, and usually starts at a default number. For instance, most spells are IQ/Very Hard, so they start out at a level equal to your IQ-3. Each level of Magery increases this level by 1 and is a cheap way to get better at all your spells. If you know Light at Skill 16, for instance, you roll three six-sided dice and try to make or beat a 16. The higher, the better, although an 18 is always a critical failure, no matter what you roll. Range is a factor, too - if you're trying to shoot someone with a crossbow or a Sunbeam spell, there's generally a penalty for distance, so having a higher skill level can help mitigate those penalties.

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OK, I'm looking at character sheets now. We have one more player who's interested in playing, but after everything's finalized, we can begin play.

Gilli, Woodruff, are you ok with the thief in the story being either Woodruff's character or a similar gnome thief? If Woodruff's ok with it, I'm ok, too.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Woodruff on Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:51 am

macbone wrote:Gilli, Woodruff, are you ok with the thief in the story being either Woodruff's character or a similar gnome thief? If Woodruff's ok with it, I'm ok, too.


[OOC]Personally, I favor it not being my character for two reasons:

1. I love the foreshadowing idea of using what appears to be the titular character.
2. Like macbone mentioned earlier, we don't need reasons to be at each others back from the beginning. I've actually been in games where two characters came to severely dislike one another to the point of even trying to sort of take each other out (without it being obvious).
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby macbone on Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:23 am

Languages

Each character starts with one native language for free. Literacy is common in Yrth; illiteracy is a -3 point disadvantage.

Additional languages can be bought at Broken proficiency for 2 pts, Accented for 4, and Native for 6. In addition, characters may choose to buy Spoken or Written Only for half points. Or you may mix and match - a character may have Accented spoken [2] and Broken written [1] Dwarven for 3 points total.

Major human languages:

Anglish - a language evolved from medieval English with heavy outside influences, particularly Norman-French.

Northland - a language related to Anglish with Germanic features.

Aralaise - a heavily accented version of Anglish spoken by inhabitants of Araterre (a region of people brought from France by the Banestorm in the 16th century).

Old Aralaise - a distinct language resembling 16th-century French.

Some Asian langauges are spoken in outlying island villages, such as Balinese.

Arabic - Because of devout Koranic study, written Arabic is nearly identical to Earth Arabic, although the spoken tongue has drifted.

Latin - medieval church Latin spoken by Christian scholars, clergymen, and some Megalan nobles.

Ladino - a language closely related to Spanish but written in Hebrew characters and spoken by Jews, who also use biblical Hebrew as a liturgical tongue. Both languages were carefully preserved after being brought through the Banestorm.

Border regions have developed simple pidgins. The city of Tredroy, for instance, has a patois that is a mixture of Anglish, Arabic, and various old Earth words. Tredroy is the second-largest city in Ytarria after Megalos and is located where the kingdoms of al-Wazif, al-Haz, and Cardiel meet (each kingdom controls its own region of Tredroy).

Learning other languages

Many languages in Yrth have drifted significantly. Anglish, Northland, and Aralaise are too remote from either modern or medieval Earth languages, although some of the roots and structures can be recognized.

However, a modern French speaker gets Old Aralaise at Broken (spoken and written) for free. Anyone versed in writing Classical Arabic has the same level of literacy in Ytarrian Arabic; anyone with knowledge of spoken Earth Arabic (classical or modern) can speak the Yrth language at one less level of competence for free.

Native-level Anglish or Arailaise gives familiarity with the other language at accented levels.

Anglish or Northland at native levels translates to the other at Broken.

Nonhuman Speech

Only kobolds and orcs lack a written script, although reptile men rarely write anything down. There do exist transcribed written versions of the kobold and orc tongue in Anglish and Arabic scripts.

There is one written form of the elven language, but there are dozens of spoken dialects - these translate to other elven dialects at one lower level. The language humans call "Elvish" is a formal trade/diplomatic language, which most elves themselves only speak at accented levels.

Dwarves speak a single language, but there are regional accents.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Gillipig on Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:27 am

Woodruff wrote:
macbone wrote:Gilli, Woodruff, are you ok with the thief in the story being either Woodruff's character or a similar gnome thief? If Woodruff's ok with it, I'm ok, too.


[OOC]Personally, I favor it not being my character for two reasons:

1. I love the foreshadowing idea of using what appears to be the titular character.
2. Like macbone mentioned earlier, we don't need reasons to be at each others back from the beginning. I've actually been in games where two characters came to severely dislike one another to the point of even trying to sort of take each other out (without it being obvious).

Consider it scratched then. I'll rewrite it so it's a mysterious human stranger I bump into instead, like macbone suggested. Eiykur has nothing against Gnomes at the outset.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby MeDeFe on Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:54 am

macbone wrote:Anglish - a language evolved from medieval English with heavy outside influences, particularly Norman-French.

Northland - a language related to Anglish with Germanic features.

The linguist in me just has to speak up about this: Medieval English consists of nothing but Germanic features. If you took a person from England and a person from central Germany from 1000 years ago, they would have been able to communicate. Not perfectly, mind, but passably, each in their own native language. German today has more in common with medieval English than modern English has in common with its ancestral language.

And the description of Anglish fits exactly if you ever want to describe modern English.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby / on Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:47 pm

Ok, I got rid of some redundant points after some research, changed a few things around, and made the thing easier to read, does everything look to be in order?

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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby macbone on Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:26 am

Yeah, I remember the professor who taught Beowulf letting people take the class if they'd either had Old English or German.

/, I was operating off of an older version of your sheet. Let me take a look at the new version. Still, take a look at my PM - it has some important recommended changes.

OK, I have four character sheets that are mostly finished (Gillipig, I still need to set your equipment). I've had a couple more people interested, so there's still time to work up characters, but once these four are ready, we can go ahead and start playing.
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Re: Mordag's Little Finger, a GURPS RPG - Game Info/OOC

Postby Gillipig on Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:56 pm

So when can we get the ball rolling? I'm aching of anticipation over here!!
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