Gurps Y2k: The Countdown to Armageddon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556344060
  • Publisher: Jackson, Steve Games, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Gurps Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 10.85 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Fourteen Years of GURPS 4
About GURPS 4
Using This Book 5
GURPS Trivia 5
About the Authors 6
1. Why 2K? 7
Millennialism 8
When Does the Millennium End? 8
The Y2K Bug 9
The Millennium in the Media 9
The Chain Reaction 10
Compliance 10
Cults 10
So What Could Happen? 11
Recovery Time 12
Government Preparations 12
Party Time 12
Magic Numbers 13
Fail-Safe 14
Y1K 14
Industrial-Strength Idiocy 15
The Population Bomb 15
Y to K 15
Y10K 15
Pollution 16
The Ozone Hole 16
Early Warning 16
Global Warming 17
Who Benefits? 17
Deforestation and Extinction 18
Tests That Failed 18
Things Man Was Not Meant to Grow 19
Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases 19
Biological Weapons 19
No More Taxes? 19
And Nature Makes It Worse 19
Out of This World 19
Frankenfood 20
Nuclear Nightmares 20
The Y2K War 21
Y2K Web Pages 21
The Merry Pranksters 21
2. Murphy's Law 22
The Trigger Effect 23
People Are Dumb 25
The Butterfly Effect 25
GIGO 27
The Computer Is Your Friend 28
Computers Are Dumber 29
Silly Disaster Movie Cliches 30
Recommended Viewing 30
Disaster-Movie Campaigns 31
3. Built-In Obsolescence: The Y2Konspiracy 33
One World, No Waiting 34
Other Illuminati 34
Setting the Scene 35
Emergency Management 35
If This Had Been a Real Emergency 35
PROMIS Keepers 36
ARPA and the Network Control Protocol 36
Nothing to Worry About, Friend 36
Birth of the New World Order 37
11111010000: Program Complete 37
The COBOL Cabal 37
Uncle Bill 37
Tracing the Network 38
The Antikythera Device 37
Binaries 39
Conspiratorial Computing: The First 4,900 Years 39
Building Babbage Machines 40
When Time Shall Be No More 41
Alchemical Engineering 41
Singin' in the Brain 41
Shades of Grey 42
Majestic 12, Earth 0 42
Six Degrees of SPECTRE 42
Through a Monitor, Darkly 42
Timeline Suboptimal: Abort, Retry, Fail? 44
Reboot/One 44
Reboot/Two 44
Reboot/Three 44
Green Day 44
Alternate Aliens 44
4. A World With a Byte Out of It 45
The First World 46
Alternate Dating Systems 46
"The Battleship Just Crashed, Sir!" 48
The YES Corps 49
366-Day Meltdown 49
Russian Missiles 50
A Wing and a Bug 51
"Your Luggage Is in the 19th Century, Sir" 52
Satellites 53
The Second World 54
Making a Date on the Date Line 54
The Y2K Exploding Computer Scam 56
Power to the People! 57
The Third World 58
Cheap Clocks 58
Categorizing Catastrophe 59
5. The Survivors 60
Getting Organized 61
Just Me and My Woman 61
Family and Friends 61
Politics and Philosophy 61
The Ranch Club 62
Barter 62
Ranch Hospitality 63
Personal Basics For 1999 63
The Springville Militia 64
A 3-Day Emergency Cache 64
Toys and Conveniences 65
Retreat Locations 66
Stocking Up 66
Water 66
The Survivalist Library 66
Food 67
Groups That Will Hold Together 67
Medicine 68
Luxuries and Trade Goods 69
Money 69
Long-Term Supplies 69
Other Necessities 69
Equipment 70
Self-Defense 70
The Top 10 Professions In Demand After Y2K 70
Surviving the Madness 71
Keeping Your Head Down 71
Home Defense 72
Low-Priority Preparations 72
Wrist Slingshot 72
New Beginnings 73
Adventure Seed: The Best-Laid Plans 73
Cinema vs. Realism 73
Campaign Seeds 74
Realistic 74
Cross-Genre 74
Cinematic Campaign Seeds 74
6. Smash and Grab 75
Ready or Not 76
Gangs and Tribes 76
Street Gangs 76
Gang Life 76
Initiations 77
Biker Gangs 78
Car Gangs 79
"Spiky-Haired Mutant Cannibals" 79
Campaign Seed: The House of the New Day 80
Minivan Gangs 80
Squirrels: City Holdouts 80
NeoLuddites 81
7. That Was Now, This Is Then 82
Parallel Millennia 83
Deep-Fried Chips 83
What's Gone 83
Blame It on Society 84
What's Left Over? 84
The World of Tomorrow -- I Mean, Yesterday 85
Trip Planning for Time Travelers 86
Worlds of Yesterday 86
The Metaworld: Brave New Burgs 86
Flops 86
Chrome City 87
Who's Playing? 87
Regilded Age 88
What's Wrong? 88
Not With a Bang 88
The Age of Really Stupid Weapons 89
Steel Courtesies 90
What's Gonna Kill You 90
Heavy Iron 91
Lavatory Analysis 92
Campaign Seed: Route '00 93
"Magic? Ick!" 93
8. Paranoia Plus: New Fears from the Machine Millennium 94
Biological Nightmares 95
Frankenfood Revisited 95
Is Frankenfood Safe? 96
Biohazards: What Leaked? 98
Transgenic Terrors 98
Is This Stuff Real? 98
Who You Gonna Call? 99
Bad Chemistry 100
Plastics Ate My Baby's WHAT? 100
Telemedicine Trauma: New Fears for the One-and-Twenty 100
EMP-ty Threats 102
Low-Tech EMP Guns (TL7-8) 102
9. IST-2000 104
The Coming End of Time 105
Ralph 1-2-4C-4U+, Inc 105
Discovering the Danger 105
The Wall 106
Saviors of Humanity 106
Preventing the Big Crash 106
Preventative Powers 106
Supertech 108
Survival and Recovery 109
Talents for Recovery and Reconstruction 109
Reconstruction 110
Adventure Seeds 110
Personality Alteration 111
Metahuman Morality 112
Survival of the Fittest 112
Four-Color Morality 113
Only Now Do You Understand! 113
Realism Rears Its Ugly Head 114
Complications 114
Y2K Origin Stories 114
10. Judgment Day 115
A Disaster of Biblical Proportions: The Apocalyptic Campaign 116
The Seven Seals 116
Good Taste (And We Don't Mean Brains) 116
The Seven Trumps 117
Apocalypse How? 117
Character Types 118
The Fall of Babylon 119
The Seven Vials 119
Armageddon 120
Final Judgment 120
Yetzirah 2K 120
A Brief History of Cabbalism 120
Locusts of the Fifth Trump 120
Computer Cabbalism 121
Horses of the Sixth Trump 121
Millennial Magic 122
Thinking Bad Thoughts 122
The Harrowed 122
Lucky 7? 122
A Campaign of Biblical Proportions 123
Mutant Radioactive Zombies from the Year 2000 124
Collateral Damage 124
Demons & Daemons 124
Is My Tombstone Y2K Compliant? 124
Who's Watching the Reactor? 125
Bring on the Zombies! 125
Bug or Bugaboo? 125
Index 127
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