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You're pretty much correct there. A hit to the hand is a combat ender, and there isn't a lot you can do about that. However, there are a few things that you can do to help mitigate this, to some degree. One thing to remember, though, is that GURPS combat can pretty easily become a game of rocket tag. At higher point totals, most builds have one or two ...


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Aiming at a hand that has a weapon, held item, or otherwise makes no difference to the penalties to hit that hand. The only exception to this are shields, which incur an additional -4.(B399) The best way to avoid combat ending too abruptly is to use Parry/Block/Dodge and retreat as needed to avoid being hit all together. If needed, couple this with a ...


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You would use both, but potentially a modified Size Modifier. While Kromm does say that they had intended for SM to apply to melee combat but basically left it out of a number of places making it confusing, the best answer to this may be from this subsequent addendum in the GURPS 4e FAQ (similar to the GULLIVER approach): 3.4.2.23 How do I apply Size ...


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This can only be done with an unarmed attack (which may mean an off hand if you're doing this while otherwise armed), by grabbing the weapon directly and attempting to wrench it away from them. The procedure is short and detailed on B370 under "Grabbing": a called shot that, if successful, is followed by a ST contest. The defender defends normally, for which ...


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You can use it on all of those. "Earth" isn't a technical term in GURPS, so it has the English meaning. "Earth" means anything that makes up soil. Soil is composed of rock particles varying in size, from clay and sand up through gravel and small stones. It is often, but not always, mixed with humus—decayed organic matter. So based on the modern ...


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It seems like no, an unwilling subject can't resist an Illusion Disguise spell. Pages 13–14 describe Resisted Spells, but unlike some spells that have a target (e.g., mind control spells), Illusion Disguise does not have a Resistance note. That said, if you're the GM and your world's magic works in such a way that you think the target should be able ...


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It sounds as though you might be interested in GULLIVER, a fan-made expansion for GURPS. The original was a hefty tome with a significant amount of material regarding creatures of any scale - from fleas and mice to giants and beyond. The current edition, for 4e, is a lightweight 2 pages but still addresses issues of size. Specifically regarding your ...


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There's no additional rule either in Basic set or in Martial Arts. As B391 suggests, you can defend against any attack from a known enemy at -2, except for situations when the defending character doesn't know from where (and when? This is not so clear) the attack is coming. A character with the Peripheral Vision advantage can defend at -2 even if approached ...


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If you really want to get crazy in GURPS 4e with this, I'm going to toot my own horn a tetch: GURPS Martial Arts: Technical Grappling has you covered, mostly starting on p. 13. You can grab the foe, by stepping into Close Combat with him and attacking the weapon hand at -4, or his arm at -2 (I'll have to reread my own rules to figure out why this grab ...


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B370 details how to attempt to take a weapon, but here are a few extra options to help fill that answer out. "Disarming" is a hard technique on MA70 which allows you to use your underlying skill (in this case, unarmed.) Many of the disarming martial arts in this book have disarming paired with Judo. "Hand Clap Parry" is a hard technique that allows you to ...


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I agree with Pavel. Note that if you are somewhat aware of the attack (enough to actually get a defense, which happens in a runaround situation), you can do a Retreat. (which adds +3 to your Dodge). This allows you to turn one hex, which means the attacker is no longer behind you for subsequent attacks. If you are using the martial arts rules, you can do a ...


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I have experience with similar but somewhat different approaches and situations in GURPS. First, as others mentioned, the system as described is not balanced, unless the progression continued beyond the point where the characters reached equal value... unless there is more to it, such as: some other effects of the choice a major shift planned part-way ...


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For a very high-level overview that ignores many of the minor books and PDFs, Wikipedia has a good list of GURPS books. The impression that it gives is that 4th edition has a much reduced set of supplements, with much material that was in disparate books of various types in 3rd edition being amalgamated into single-topic books in 4th edition. There are also ...


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It does matter in a few ways: First, if the target is armed, and the attacker is not, there are some risks and penalties which can be assessed by GM's wanting the optional realistic rules, to be found in the Basic Set, and in GURPS Marital Arts. Second, some weapons may have special effects. The main types that come to mind are shields (which increase the ...


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If the warrior is using a melee weapon, size modifiers don't apply and you just use the Hit Location modifier. For ranged attacks, use the size modifier of the dragon (which will be a bonus) together with the penalty for targeting a specific body part. If the dragon is so huge that its head is the size of a person, the total modifier should still be a ...


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Narrative advantages like Luck, Serendipity, Destiny, or Higher Purpose provide a useful way to balance out characters with less in character capability. Their role in the story is as important as the other characters important because that's the way the story goes rather than because of their innate ability (Physical or mental advantages) or their ...


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One other oft-overlooked source for monsters of many types is GURPS: Horror. Each type of fear has one or more monsters statted up for it, which makes this wonderfully written book by Ken Hite (though that's nearly redundant) a Bestiary by itself.


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Pyramid #3/61: The Way of the Warrior features a dedicated critical hit and miss table for grappling attacks. That might be a decent proxy for attacks by wolves (bites are mostly grapples for animals, rather than strikes, though the wolf's trademark hamstring attack probably comes closest to a pure strike), but not ON wolves.


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This is a great question, and seems to me that many non-combat activities could be more fleshed out into more detailed game-able events. Usually things are left up to the GM, who sometimes might not be up to the task and think of everything as a flat skill roll. However there are some rules for various activities, or at least some guideline difficulty ...



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