Take on all obstacles in any setting and any genre!
When GURPS (Generic Universal Roleplaying System) was released in 1986, its setting-agnostic approach was relatively novel. The game is now in its fourth version and is notable not just for its longevity, but for the vast array of sourcebooks and worldbooks covering everything from SEALs in Vietnam to Thaumatology: Ritual Path Magic.
Here’s how publisher Steve Jackson Games describes GURPS:
It starts with simple rules and builds up to as much optional detail as you like. It’s designed to accommodate any background: realistic or larger-than-life; past, present, or future. The possibilities are endless!
What Fans Love About GURPS
- Adjustable Crunch – Whether you want to recreate Constantinople during the height of the Byzantine empire or build out a highly detailed near-future cyberpunk environment, you can dial in as much or as little crunch as you like.
- Point Buy Characters – Every aspect of a character can be fine-tuned during character creation, including advantages and disadvantages.
- Straightforward Mechanics – Six-sided (d6) dice are used, with a “roll under” for success.
- “GURPS is a toolbox, and you can pick and choose tools when you want them and need them. You can drill down to extreme details in a critical one-on-one duel or fuzz out the details for fast resolution of a big fight.” — Peter V. Dell’Orto, Dungeon Fantastic*
- “GURPS is definitely not a game for everyone: I think it has the most appeal to people who want complete freedom in their characters and games, whilst not minding the complexity.” — Ellisthion, Dice of Doom*
See GURPS in Action
- Steve Jackson Games maintains an active GURPS forum and provides further resources on the GURPS home page
- Find GURPS fans on Reddit
- Get answers to your GURPS questions on RPG StackExchange
- Download GURPS Lite, a free 32-page PDF from Steve Jackson Games. This is a slimmed-down version to get you familiar with the basics of the system.
- Buy the basic set (two books) or PDFs (two books) from Steve Jackson Games.