GURPS Martial Arts brings fighting styles from throughout history to Fourth Edition. GURPS Martial Arts for 4th edition is a mature product that embodies the. GURPS Martial Arts is a source book for the GURPS role-playing game, published by Steve Jackson Games; the most recent edition was scheduled to be . or point your World Wide Web browser to: ~ftp/GURPSnet/www. The GURPS Martial Arts web page is at

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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.

GURPS also has other tricks, as it turns out. Way of the Warrior — A bounty of material of interest to Martial Arts fans, including new styles, rules for Technical Grapplingand more. Perks are where it’s at!

What’s your effective skill between Counter Attack and going after the Vitals?

Tags japanmartial artsmartial arts campaignsignature movestrademark moves Thread Tools. A few maneuvers have lasting consequences, like feints or AoAs, but those tend to last no longer than a single turn, and then everything resets to its original point.

I didn’t mention how often I thought a rule needed to be changed, when it didn’t. Find More Posts by Kuroshima. That’s where Perks come in.

Use Techniques Sparingly I honestly find 4e’s treatment martkal techniques slightly frustrating. You get distinct fighters within arte given style, which means you can get a lot of mileage out of a single style, and that’s great. Technical Grappling — An expansion of Martial Arts that adds lots of options and greatly expanded rules, for those who need detailed possibilities for grappling combat.


I doubt anyone remembers it, but I found many of the suggestions useful.

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I took Toadkiller Dog’s advice about writing down the more complex moves that a fighter might use and giving them swell names. Mailanka put me and another friend of his through the same tactical situation several times. Moreover, having all those techiques listed on one’s sheet encouraged players to try those moves out. I kicked some butt, then got my butt kicked by the point Executioner after crippling his arm. Perks are almost always worth it unlike Techniquesand they tend to encourage specialized tactics.

Some styles were put in information boxes throughout the style section resulting in the list not being entirely alphabetical. I found this made all three moves more interesting, but didn’t unbalance anything in particular. The first time, it was fairly basic.

Find More Posts by Wraithe. Arfs More Posts by Abaddon By giving the player’s signature moves and including signature moves with the NPCs, I found that my fights exploded with details and rich tactical depth.

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GURPS Martial Arts

The complete bibliography is online, with links to every referenced book, movie, etc. 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.


Perks really provide that. Moreover, in 3e, you were required to take every technique in a martial art to “know” that martial art.

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. Thanks for sharing this excellent post. If you have a Judo of 18 and that’s “enough” for Arm Lock, you don’t take the Arm Lock technique, while another fighter might focus almost exclusively on Arm Lock. 4r also allowed players who were evaluating to make rolls against certain skills or IQ to understand something about their opponent.

Recreate the greatest fighters in the world, or create a style to fit a new campaign, Martial Arts has the techniques ggurps guidelines you need. GURPS actually runs a really great martial arts game.

So, I need to make sure that if I attack you, I do so in a way that you can’t defend properly against, which means that I should feint against you, but knowing that I’ll feint, you might evaluate and, if so, I might be better off evaluating first as well.