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This is a greatly expanded version of the third-edition GURPS Martial Arts source book, revised to work with the fourth-edition. The GURPS Martial Arts web page is at ed combat styles for each (see Chapter 4 for more information on styles). Fourth Dan: Skill Level GURPS Martial Arts requires the GURPS Basic Set, Fourth Edition. The research on history, fighting arts, and weapons will enhance any game that features.

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Targeted Attacks and Combos, when used too often, become predictable and your opponent gains a bonus to defense, which means you should use them sparingly, when circumstances warrant it. For example, if I attack you with Karate and you successfully parry with Judo, then you might lock me into an arm lock or judo throw me, and thereafter start kicking me in the head.

Find More Posts by Kuroshima. Nobody made straight attacks, because they had customized their fighting styles to support far better tactics, and clever opponents would exploit the weaknesses of a given move with their own tactics, which would lead to rapid exchanges of constantly flowing and evolving tactics.

Ages ago, I posted a thread asking questions about how to run a successful and dynamic martial arts game. I dont suppose I could get a link to your previous post that started this?

Read the Designer’s Notes for free on Medium! A good martial arts game is about turning every character into a ghrps and still seeing plenty of diversity. It really felt like an interesting game every time, even though I was facing the same Ashigaru and the same bandits.


The first time, it was fairly basic. It’s true that GURPS has lots of options, but in my experience up to that pointmost of them boil down to configuring your attack and defense into optimal values and then using those again and again.

He can and should still use Arm Lock, and if you want to remind a player to do that, you simply note down a special armlock “signature move. Psi-Warsa step-by-step exploration of building your own Space Opera setting, inspired by Star Wars.

GURPS actually runs a really great martial arts game. Tags japanmartial artsmartial arts campaignsignature movestrademark moves Thread Grups. Written by Sean Punch and Peter V.

GURPS Martial Arts

Now, this caused problems, but it meant that girps different styles that both had Judo and Karate were distinct, because one had X and Y, and the other had A and B.

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All times are GMT The second time, it was a different game, with spearmen losing arms and getting disarmed left and right. It results in dynamic fights that make the average kung-fu movie look like toddlers duking it out in evition. Originally Posted by Abaddon87 That sounds great! Thanks for the update.

GURPS Martial Arts

I took Toadkiller Dog’s advice about writing down the more complex moves that a fighter might use and giving them swell names. What you currently have is marttial Hard techniques are easier to pull off by default than Average techniques That is, both a Hard technique at -2 and eition Average martil at -3 cost 3 points to max out, but the Hard Technique is paradoxically easier to pull off by default, and less worth your time to study.


What I am basically trying to say is that as a player, the depth of the system, especially with signature moves, can really make you think of original and deadly tactics.

Moreover, having all those techiques listed on one’s sheet encouraged players to try those moves out.

If you want to charge 1 point more for a trick, make it -1 more difficult. Find More Posts by Mailanka.

As I said before, Techniques aren’t the best way to add lots of character to your fighter, because you can only really take so many and eventually you’re better off simply making him a better, all-around fighter. Perks really provide that.

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I efition recommend them, as they make Beats useful for everyone, and it means that you’re taking a calculating risk every time you parry or let someone parry your blade, especially if they’re stronger than you are. I found this made all three moves more interesting, but didn’t unbalance anything in particular.

Even so, I did make some changes. That’s where Perks come in.