Gurps Swashbucklers: Roleplaying in the World of Pirates and Musketeers

Gurps Swashbucklers: Roleplaying in the World of Pirates and Musketeers

by Steffan O'Sullivan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556343940
Publisher: Jackson, Steve Games, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/1999
Series: Gurps Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 10.92(h) x 2.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
About GURPS3
Page References3
1.Characters4
Character Types5
Swashbuckling Women9
Advantages10
New Advantages12
Disadvantages12
Skills14
New Skill14
Languages15
Wealth and Status15
Jobs and Income15
Job Table16
Money17
2.Combat18
Maneuvers19
Fencing Skills19
Realistic Maneuvers20
Optional Rule: Weapon Weight and Speed20
How Long Is My Sword?22
Optional Rule: Primacy of the Point23
Optional Rule: Closing the Gap23
Raygun and Cutlass24
Il Botte Segrette24
Cinematic Maneuvers26
Fast and Furious26
Cinematic Athletics?26
Unarmed Techniques27
Styles28
Styles of Europe28
Academic Fencing28
Basket Hilts29
When a Saber Isn't a Saber29
Basic Set Weapons30
Additional Styles31
Masters31
Improved Armor and Shields31
Locating a Master31
Beyond the Sword32
Weapons35
Melee Weapons Table35
Thrown Weapons Table36
Firearms Table37
Equipment39
3.The Paris Campaign40
Parisian Districts41
The Paris Underground41
Bygone Paris41
Paris, 163042
The Three Musketeers43
Summary of Dumas' Novel43
How to Be French43
Parisian Adventurers44
Musketeers44
The Cardinal's Guards45
The Hotel45
Social Life of a Musketeer or Guard46
Major Personalities of the Era46
Status46
Lackeys47
Sample NPCs48
Commedia Dell'Arte48
The Paris Opera50
Combat as Entertainment50
Prostitution52
Taverns53
Duelling54
The Gentleman's Code54
Severity of Duels54
Duel au Mouchoir54
Duelling and Reputation54
The Particulars of the Duel55
Mass Combat56
Army Organization56
Weapons of the Duel56
Troop Strengths57
Distances within Europe57
4.The Pirate Campaign58
The Golden Age of Piracy: A Brief History59
The Caribbean59
Letters of Marque59
Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers60
The Brethren of the Coast61
The Pirates' Caribbean61
The Red Sea and the Indian Ocean62
The Pirates' Africa62
The Barbary Pirates63
Pirate Society63
An Excerpt from Blackbeard's Journal63
Sample Articles of Agreement63
Leadership64
Bartholomew Roberts' Articles of Agreement64
Articles of Agreement65
In Port65
The Pirates' Duelling Code65
Pirate Cruelty66
Pirates and Religion66
Centers of Piracy67
Pirates in the American Colonies67
Sample Seafarers68
Marooning69
Places in the Caribbean69
Pirate Glossary70
Historical Pirates71
Blackbeard71
Mary Read72
Long John Silver72
Francois L'Ollonois73
Sir Henry Morgan73
Bartholomew Roberts73
Captain Peter Blood73
Times and Distances by Ship74
The Order of the Holy Trinity and the Redemption of Prisoners74
Trade Routes75
Distances and Average Sailing Times75
5.Background76
Historical Overview of the Era: 1559-181577
European Powers: 1559-162077
History and Fiction77
Jesuits78
Swashbucklers' Europe78
Highwaymen80
European Powers: 1620-165081
Captain James Hind, Highwayman81
European Powers: 1650-172582
Poland82
The Ottoman Empire83
The Holy Roman Empire84
European Powers: 1725-181585
Italy85
Chartered Merchant Companies86
The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)87
The Celtic Lands88
Clans and Social Standing88
Rebels89
Sweden90
Religion92
Reformation92
Russia92
Counter-Reformation93
Alliances93
Witch Hunts93
Non-Christians93
Everyday Life94
Colonial Life94
Men's Fashion (1550-1600)94
Fashion95
Women's Fashion (1550-1600)95
Chronologies96
Social History, 1559-172096
Rulers, 1559-181597
Major Personalities97
6.Sailing Ships98
Creating Ships99
Function99
How Many Masts Does It Have?99
The Battle of Cape St. Vincent99
Size100
Careening, Maintenance, and Repairs100
Draft and Freeboard101
Speed and Cost101
Sharks101
Maneuverability102
Pilots102
Getting Out of Trouble102
Tonnage103
Firepower103
Crew104
Heaving the Lead104
Hurricanes104
Cross Section of an 18th-Century Frigate105
Layout of Ships106
The Ill-Fated Voyage of 1622106
Shipboard Life107
Food107
Scurvy107
Passing the Time108
The Abstract Naval Combat System108
Fever108
Detection and Engagement109
Factors Affecting the Battle109
Nautical Terms109
Player Character Glory111
Individual Cannon Shots111
Resolving the Contest of Tactics112
Intensity of the Battle112
Assessing Damage112
Nautical Commands112
Ship Damage Tables for Round Shot113
The Weather Gage, the Lee Gage113
Boats114
Ship Damage Tables for Chain Shot115
Action on Board115
Ending the Round/Breaking Off Engagement116
Starting a New Round116
GURPS Vehicles Conversions116
Rigging116
Player Character Survival117
Mutiny!117
Deck Plan of a Spanish Galleon118
Boarding119
Boarding a Ship from a Boat119
Boarding Action120
Firing from Ships120
Repelling Boarders120
7.Adyentures121
Campaign Styles122
Realistic122
Cinematic122
Silly122
Adventures122
The King's Secret122
Fantasy and Swashbucklers122
Space Swashbucklers122
Caribbean Caper123
The Masked Avenger123
Campaign Crossovers124
The Smuggler Campaign125
Bibliography126
Index128

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