This is one of the overlooked gems of GURPS, in my opinion: GURPS Banestorm : Abydos, by David Pulver. In the interest of full disclosure. Abydos: The merest whisper of the name sends shivers down the spines of the God-fearing people of Yrth. What lurks in the forbidden city of Abydos is so great . RPG Item: GURPS Banestorm: Abydos ยท Post Thread. Title, RSS, Threads, Posts, Last Post. Reviews. Post your game reviews in this forum. Click here for help on.

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William Knowles May 8, at 8: Thanks for the comments and ideas, David. Yet they’re believing Christians, society is generally law-abiding, and individuals range the gamut from genuinely nice people but ones who’d raise their dead siblings as zombies to keep them working in the family shop to evil bastards fighting on behalf of freeing slaves and throwing down the necromantic order.

In the Yrth equivalent year of ce, the Defenders took a step they’d been preparing for centuries and cast a spell designed to bring about the extinction of the Orcish race.

It would do well as a sandbox lots of crime to work on, or commit or an episodic drama a dame walks into your office, with a problem with her zombie husband and his necromancer lover.

Djinn in the Southwest, ruled by Elven spirit beings fussed into human bodies, is the largest of such by area. This book describes Abydos’ history, its religious and temporal organizations, and key features within the city itself. In short, you get gurpa you need to use the place as scenery, an adventure, a prefab element of your game world, or even the backdrop for an entire campaign.


Whether you’re a fantasy monarch, a superspy mastermind, or a Nazi officer, sometimes you need an extra edge. Don’t mess with the Jarl of Jarls. This could be explained as being different aspects of fhe same god. I actually prefer them to be indifferent towards good. Set sail for adventure upon the seven seas. If you want fidelity to one, the other needs to change. Instead of good and evil use holy and unholy.

Find More Posts by b-dog. Written by David L. The “Fantasy” book title was used in 4th edition as a tool kit source for Abyds to build fantasy settings and the Yrth setting was released under the more marketable name of Banestorm.

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You can move mountains if you put your mind to it. In the interest of full disclosure, I am friends online with David Pulver, and I playtested this book twice once when it was abortively slated for a 3rd edition release, and then again for gudps edition. Thanks again for the detailed review!

This month’s Pyramid hoists the Jolly Roger and swings from a chandelier to find maritime muses in unlikely ports. Learn each of these five groups’ tactics, their leaders’ motivations, and their Mass Combat stats.

If the player characters are more ethical about how they earn their money, then they can attempt to thwart an “evil mage” who is gurpx innocent children from a city, village, town, etc Preview of the PDF. The undead are the greatest resource of the necromantic priests who practice their dark heresies in that city.

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What lurks in the forbidden city of Abydos is so great a heresy, the Church suppresses all mention of its very existence. A grim determination to make the world a more subjugated place isn’t always enough.

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It’s atmospheric and cool, and it makes for an interesting place to visit or base out of without being a “standard” fantasy city or a typical “evil” city. Many of the authors who’ve brought the Fourth Edition to life are here, revisiting classic supplements with new options and material.


A free and easy Turn Undead ability would make the legions of undead used by the city much less scary, and so you’d either need to nerf the ability or buff the undead against turning.

Needless to say, the more mainline church in the world disagrees and periodically tries to expunge them, without much success so far. What, you still aren’t convinced?

The main 4 races being Dragons abgdos, Elves, Dwarves and Orcs. All times are GMT If you’ve got a strongly Christian-influenced church system in your game world, you won’t have to change much. These are slave-owning, necromancy-approving heretics who are policed by zombies, led by necromancers, and prayed for by vampires.

Plus it’s not just black-robed necromancers trailed by zombies rubbing shoulders with demons and whatnot – demons are evil, and demon-summoners are actively hunted down as sinners! Get started with a sampling of 20 “spells” plus guidelines for making more.

No one must know of this, or my wife will never have the chance to recover our son, will you help me? Sean Punch 61 pages. This month’s untraditional treasures include “Pointless Slaying and Looting,” Dungeon Fantasy mastermind Sean Punch’s guide to getting into the crypt-crawling game even faster by getting rid of character points.

Possession of the land surface was a constant war between Orc tribes and Elven communities.