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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.