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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid System, 3 July 2009
This review is from: GURPS Basic Set: Characters (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System) (Hardcover)
I bought this, along with the Gurps Basic Set: Campaigns (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System) source book because I was tired of the other RPG systems I was playing.

The GURPS system is fairly realistic, but can be tailored to be as cinematic as you like. The rules are very flexible and allow you to do almost anything you wish. An imaginative GM will be able to utilise the GURPS system to make any sort of adventure or campaign he wishes.

The book is laid out in an easy-to-read format. Each chapter is colour-coded, so you automatically know where you are in the book when you flip it open to look for something.

Tables and charts are easy to find; the index is very useful; everything has been laid out so that it's easy to read. The illustrations are also of good quality. I would have liked to have seen more artwork, but then the book is big and heavy enough as it is!

This book gives you virtually everything you would need to play a very basic game; to do more than a simplistic hack-and-slash (or shoot-and-loot) run of it, you really need the Campaigns book. Game Masters will find the Campaigns book invaluable, while some Players might even like to flip through it (especially the sections/chapters on detailed and tactical combat, skill usage, templates, and racial templates).

I would definitely recommend this to a friend if they were looking for a good system. It's a solid, well-laid out book, and I've yet to be disappointed by its contents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As much game as you can imagine., 29 Dec 2009
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This review is from: GURPS Basic Set: Characters (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System) (Hardcover)
Excellent book, logically laid out with nice illustrations and the material itself is well thought out and engaging.

The game takes a bit of time to get the hang of. As a person starting out with no previous experience I started by only using the most necessary rules, I found it intuitive after a few practice plays. Reading the books gives you the theory but only in playing it do you realise how it all fits together.

As it's a universal system, the game is only limited by your imagination; though, if your imagination sometimes needs a kick-start (as mine does), you can find a lot of what are called 'source books' that describe numerous genres like fantasy, space and horror.

I think it's one of those games that grows with the player; the more time you invest in it, the more rewarding it becomes.

For those that are unsure, do a web search for GURPS-lite - this is a free, minimal overview of the game and the rules in PDF format - it should allow you to assess if the game is for you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong starter, 19 Feb 2005
This review is from: GURPS Basic Set: Characters (GURPS: Generic Universal Role Playing System) (Hardcover)
The new GURPS Basic (4th edition) Characters is a very good starting point for most roleplay games. If you have a germ of an idea of what type of character you want, whatever genre, it provides the tools you need to make it - easily.
I bought it (and the accompanying Campaigns book, for GMs/Storytellers) as a present to myself for Christmas, and wasn't disappointed!
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