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LogicalDash
07-29-2010, 08:23 AM
Your master told you she'd just be away until the city's air filtration system was fixed. She bought enough new programs for you before she left that you'd have something productive to do for the next six months or so. They were good months. The programs let you see the whole city, meet other robots that you'd never have met otherwise. Your master was such a nice person.

She never came back. The programs terminated, leaving you to maintain the house and garden, and spend the rest of your days playing her sizable collection of dreamgames. It's not an unusual existence for a robot of your standing, and you're comfortable enough, but you can't help but feel that this isn't what she meant for you.

They never came back. The city is empty. Yet the air filtration system was fixed quite a while ago.

Where have they gone? Who will command you now?

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GURPS Lonely Service Droids is a roleplaying campaign run using the rules from the GURPS Basic Set and GURPS Ultra-Tech, published by Steve Jackson Games. A simple interpretation of GURPS will be used. It is not necessary for you to own the books; the freely available, 32-page GURPS Lite (http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG31-0004) provides enough information to get started, and the game master will supply any additional rules as they are needed. Previous roleplaying experience is not required. Combat will be rare, quick, and deadly, as befits a high-tech setting, so the real challenge comes from being prepared.

The character creation process is adapted from Engine Heart (http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Engine_Heart). All the character traits in that game are available in this one. In addition, a number of robot classes and shapes are provided.

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You can apply for the game by emailing the GM (LogicalDash@gmail.com). Though not required, it would be helpful if you were to attach a character sheet. To do this:

Download the player character template (http://www.sendspace.com/file/qegi1f). Open it in GCS (http://gurpscharactersheet.com/). Use it to build a droid worth 200 points or less. The disadvantage limit is -130, and the GM will be fairly liberal about it. The difficulties involved in being a robot are an important part of the theme of this campaign. A library of suggested traits is available in the form of this library (http://www.sendspace.com/file/3cgon8) of Engine Heart traits converted to GURPS.

In the notes, write a backstory for your character. Details to consider:


What use were you built for?
What were you actually used for?
What was your master like?
What was their house like?
What other robots did you work with?
What are your opinions of them?
What have you done with yourself since the humans left?


Email it to the GM. (LogicalDash@gmail.com)

If he thinks you're a good fit for this campaign, he'll help you optimize your character, and then invite you to the first game session.

You might have to change your droid's function if someone else has already taken a similar droid. The GM will help you with that, too. Feel free to send mail before you begin character creation if you want to find out what sorts of characters have already been made.

The first session is tentatively scheduled for August 19, 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time (New York).

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Software used:
The Gametable Project (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gametable/)
GURPS Character Sheet (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gcs-java/)

---------- Post added at 09:23 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:23 AM ----------

I started a new thread because the old one had the game's information spread out over multiple posts. I thought that would be confusing to interested players.