Gurps Who's Who 1: 52 of History's Most Interesting Characters

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Only a few individuals really stand out in all of history. People who ruled the known world. People who changed the known. People you would like to have known. People you'd pray to avoid.

GURPS Who's Who 1 makes it easy to introduce dozens of these stand-outs into your campaign. Match tactics with Julius Caesar, cross blades with Harald Hardradi, or share dance moves with Mata Hari. This collection of descriptions and statistics for 52 of history's most intriguing people allows ...

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Overview

Only a few individuals really stand out in all of history. People who ruled the known world. People who changed the known. People you would like to have known. People you'd pray to avoid.

GURPS Who's Who 1 makes it easy to introduce dozens of these stand-outs into your campaign. Match tactics with Julius Caesar, cross blades with Harald Hardradi, or share dance moves with Mata Hari. This collection of descriptions and statistics for 52 of history's most intriguing people allows players to benchmark their characters against the best the real world had to offer.

It also provides a cornucopia of adventure seeds that are stranger than fiction. From the real Dread Pirate Roberts to a roistering aristocratic astronomer sporting a silver nose, from a doctor so brilliant that his foes ran him out of town to a king with 1,200 wives but no heir -- every writeup offers enough inspiration to launch its own campaign. Each one also offers alternative "What If?" scenarios for time-traveling or fantastic settings.

Drawn from every continent and 3,500 years of history, the figures in GURPS Who's Who 1 offer something for every area of interest. You also get notes on using historical figures in games, and on converting your own research into a GURPS character sheet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556343674
  • Publisher: Jackson, Steve Games, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
About the Compiler 3
About GURPS 3
1. Birth, Luck, and Genius 4
Kings, Saints, Generals, and Poets 5
Historical Impact 5
Selection Criteria 5
Great Men as NPCs 6
104 Most Important People in History 6
Great Men as PCs 7
Playing Variations: Changing History 9
Assassination 9
Malleability Rating and the Great 9
Great Men or Irresistible Forces 10
Saving Lives and Extending Lifespans 10
Diversions and Distractions 10
Dropping Hints 11
2. The Ancient World and Dark Ages 12
Who Might Have Been? 13
Akhenaten (c.1388 B.C.-1362 B.C.) Heretic pharaoh, dedicated monotheist 14
David ben-Jesse (c.1040 B.C.-968 B.C.) Shepherd, warrior, bandit, king, and psalmist 16
Cyrus the Great (6th century B.C.) Founder of Persia, dedicated unifier 18
Xenophon (431 B.C.-c.351 B.C.) Soldier, writer, and leader of the Ten Thousand 20
Aristotle (384 B.C.-322 B.C.) "The master of those who know" 22
Alexander the Great (356 B.C.-323 B.C.) Empire-builder and greatest of generals 24
Ch'in Shih Huang Ti (259 B.C.-210 B.C.) Paranoid book-burner, and unifier of China 26
Julius Caesar (102 B.C.-44 B.C.) First of the Caesars, conqueror and politician 28
Boudica (c. A.D. 25-60) Warrior-queen, leader of the British revolt against Rome 30
Constantine the Great (c.274-337) First Christian Roman Emperor 32
Justinian I (482-565) Law-giving emperor, shaper of Byzantium 34
Theodora (497-548) Actress risen to empress, and Justinian's formidable wife 36
3. The Middle Ages 38
Who Might Have Been? 39
Sei Shonagon (966-1013) Courtly Japanese writer of exquisite sensitivity 40
Leif Eriksson (970-1020) "Leif the Lucky," Norse discoverer of America 42
Harald Hardradi (1015-1066) Mercenary, wanderer, poet, king, the last Viking 44
Alexius I (1056-1118) The Byzantine emperor who started the Crusades 46
William Marshal (1144-1219) Knight, tournament champion, regent of England 48
Ibn Battuta (1304-1368) 75,000 miles traveled in the Middle Ages 50
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1342-1400) Courtier, poet, and observer of his world 52
Joan of Arc (1412-1431) The teen-age saint and martyr 54
Vlad Tepes (1431-1476) The original Dracula more terrifying than any vampire 56
4. The High Renaissance 58
Who Might Have Been? 59
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) Renaissance genius 60
Hernan Cortes (1485-1547) Conqueror of Mexico 62
Paracelsus (1493-1541) Doctor, alchemist, and larger-than-life 64
Catherine di Medici (1519-1589) Consummate politician and power behind the French throne 66
John Dee (1527-1608) Scholar, Magus, Con-Man, Victim 68
Elizabeth I (1533-1603) The Queen who gave England greatness 70
Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616) Unifier of Japan 72
Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) Genius astronomer, noble, and eccentric 74
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) The greatest playwright in history? 76
Cardinal Richelieu (1585-1642) The ultimate manipulator, true ruler of France 78
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) Puritan revolutionary, Lord Protector of England 80
Peter the Great (1672-1725) The unstoppable Tsar who turned Russia westwards 82
Bartholomew Roberts (c.1682-1722) The real Dread Pirate Roberts 84
5. From Enlightenment to Modernity 86
Who Might Have Been? 87
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Scientist, writer, and emissary of the American Revolution 88
Robert Clive (Clive of India) (1725-1774) Founder of British ascendancy in India 90
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Possibly the greatest composer in history 92
Aaron Burr, Jr. (1756-1836) Politician, duelist - and plotter 94
Shaka Zulu (c.1787-1828) Conquering Zulu king 96
Lord Byron (1788-1824) A poet, dangerous but irresistible to know 98
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Brilliant naturalist and Theorist of Evolution 100
Emperor Norton (1818-1880) The first and last Emperor of the United States 102
Lola Montez (1820-1861) Dancer, courtesan, and professional celebrity 104
Harriet Tubman (c.1820-1913) "Moses of her people," slave, slave-rescuer, and spy 106
Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) Traveler, linguist, soldier, spy, writer 108
Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) Inventor-scientist with his own unique vision 110
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) The voice of the British Empire 112
Alberto Santos Dumont (1873-1932) A pioneer aviator from Brazil 114
Mata Hari (1876-1917) Lived by her looks, died as a spy, left her name to the world 116
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) The famed father of relativity 118
"Two-Gun" Cohen (1887-1970) London street-kid turned bodyguard-fixer in China 120
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) Visionary teller of Weird Tales 122
Appendices 124
A Other Significant Figures 124
B Games Mechanics & the Great 125
Attributes and Aptitudes 125
Other Features 125
Index 128
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