This is a greatly expanded version of the third-edition GURPS Martial Arts source book, revised to work with the fourth-edition. The GURPS Martial Arts web page is at ed combat styles for each (see Chapter 4 for more information on styles). Fourth Dan: Skill Level GURPS Martial Arts requires the GURPS Basic Set, Fourth Edition. The research on history, fighting arts, and weapons will enhance any game that features.

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Originally Posted by Abaddon87 That sounds great! Not all combat options map to techniques and styles, however. Find More Posts by Wraithe. GURPS actually runs a really great martial arts game.

I kicked some butt, then got my butt kicked by the point Executioner after crippling his arm. Warehouse 23 offers worldbooks, supplements, and adventures, in physical and digital formats, for GURPS — as well as many of our other game lines. Find More Posts by Abaddon It really felt like an interesting game every time, even though I was facing the same Ashigaru and the same bandits.

The first time, it was fairly basic.

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I dont suppose I could get a link to your previous post that started this? What I am basically trying to say is that as a player, the depth of the system, especially with signature moves, can really make you think of original and deadly tactics. Ugrps finally finished my playtesting and actually run the damn game, and I thought I would share my experience.


Moreover, in 3e, you were required to take every technique in a martial art to “know” that martial art. I did eventually modify Evaluate some. Chinese Elemental Powers — An extensive and flavorful example of using powers to represent Chinese-inspired magical arts.

Gladiators — Visit the world of the Roman gladiator, and bring his fighting styles, weapons, and way of life to your campaign.

GURPS Martial Arts

What’s your effective skill gurpz Counter Attack and going after the Vitals? If you want to support me, check out my Patreon! As a Taekwondo instructor, I’m always interested in how game systems handle Martial Arts. GURPS also has other tricks, as mqrtial turns out. Thanks for the update. I highly recommend them, as they make Beats useful for everyone, and it means that you’re taking a calculating risk every time you parry or let someone parry your blade, especially if they’re stronger than you are.

Read the Designer’s Notes arte free on Medium! Psi-Warsa step-by-step exploration of building your own Space Opera setting, inspired by Star Wars. Originally Posted by Abaddon Nobody’s going to think of that move in the middle of a fight, and there are numerous things that you need to calculate can you take a -5 to your defense with a riposte?

GURPS Martial Arts

Find More Posts by Kuroshima. The second time, it was a different game, with spearmen losing arms and getting disarmed left and right. Dell’Orto Edited by Sean Punch. The time now is I found this made all three moves more interesting, but didn’t unbalance anything in particular.

Sean Punch black-and-white pages, softcover. I doubt anyone remembers it, but I found many of the suggestions useful. I took Toadkiller Dog’s advice about writing down the more complex moves that a fighter might use and giving them swell names.


The whole point of things like 4ty is that they teach you to use very complex tactics that you’d never think of in the middle of a harried fight. You get distinct fighters within a given style, which means you can get a lot of mileage out of a single style, and that’s great.

Thanks for sharing this excellent post. Nobody made straight attacks, because they had customized their fighting styles to support far better tactics, and clever opponents would exploit the weaknesses of a given move with their own tactics, which would lead to rapid exchanges of constantly flowing and evolving tactics.

Made all the difference in the world. Find More Posts by Joseph Paul. 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. Surf our site for the files you want.

Mailanka put me and another friend of his through the same tactical situation several times. 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.