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I'm not going to link to the thread at TBP nor will I quote it. It's the one where Phil Masters (of Steve Jackson Games) got a ban for explaining what the disadvantage "slave mentality" means in Gurps.

In that thread, he basically says there will not be a 5th edition for Gurps, unless the RPG market drastically changes, and the popularity for Gurps increases. It's not really a surprise, but hearing it from Phil makes it real.

What I find hard to believe is why they won't Kickstart it. The diehard fans alone would fund it, assuming it did not have an astronomical funding goal. Throw in a bunch of 4th Edition PDFs as stretch goals and it would skyrocket. The Dungeon Fantasy KS made $176,450 over a $100,000 goal, which isn't a spectacular success but it's a success nonetheless.

As a start, they could simply make a new Gurps Lite, which is something we've wanted since the beginning. Something that could appeal to D&D players who are looking for more realism or grittiness. There's definitely a market there, as evidenced by OSR games that try to do exactly that.

Imho, what they need is to take the engine and publish focused games, start with whatever they think it does best, and make a full game, in a single book, They already have lots of source books, but they won't get new players if they have to learn a brick with all it's fiddly bits and own also several other bricks and understand how to put them together to play X.

It's the same issue Hero System has, they stoped making full games and instead publish two massive bricks plus source books. I'm not buying all that shit, and then I would need to understand it enough to put it together.

Why would they need a 5th edition? To simplify things? I doubt it. Full games IMHO.
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I'm not going to link to the thread at TBP nor will I quote it. It's the one where Phil Masters (of Steve Jackson Games) got a ban for explaining what the disadvantage "slave mentality" means in Gurps.

In that thread, he basically says there will not be a 5th edition for Gurps, unless the RPG market drastically changes, and the popularity for Gurps increases. It's not really a surprise, but hearing it from Phil makes it real.

What I find hard to believe is why they won't Kickstart it. The diehard fans alone would fund it, assuming it did not have an astronomical funding goal. Throw in a bunch of 4th Edition PDFs as stretch goals and it would skyrocket. The Dungeon Fantasy KS made $176,450 over a $100,000 goal, which isn't a spectacular success but it's a success nonetheless.

As a start, they could simply make a new Gurps Lite, which is something we've wanted since the beginning. Something that could appeal to D&D players who are looking for more realism or grittiness. There's definitely a market there, as evidenced by OSR games that try to do exactly that.

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Can you tell us who? And any details about the original idea?

Michael Surbrook. I spoke to him at a Q&A on Discord.

He didn't give details of what the original idea would be. And I didn't press the matter,

He said the HERO System is dead to him now. And I just wished him good luck.

My guess was either Surbrook or Heimforth, with Steve Long as a distant 3rd. Definitely a loss for DOJ but also a loss for the Hero community.



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Taking it back to the topic, they just gave Phil Masters a week ban for daring to suggest there's nothing wrong with the disadvantage "Slave Mentality."

I saw that and I was like, "Phil Masters?! Phil Masters?! Oh, RPG.net, what hast thou become?"

Though strictly speaking, it wasn't that Phil claimed there was nothing wrong with the disadvantage -- indeed, he explained at least twice that it was meant exclusively as an NPC construction element and wasn't suitable for PCs -- it was that he dared to suggest, even if only implicitly, that the feelings of those who found the name of the disadvantage upsetting were neither acute enough nor common enough to take seriously.

Daring to imply that someone else's feelings aren't your problem is verboten over there now.
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Bad call on the cops part they had no legal obligation to intervene and not like they woulda made any money out of it.

Yep. I don't blame any white cops if they want to wait until a situation is over and then just show up to take a report.
That could be a part of the reason why the numbers of homicides are up by roughly 3,000. The number of police involved homicides is down by about 300.

Not every one of those 300 fewer police caused homicides would have been bad shoots either. I’d call losing 3,000 more people to murder so that we have a few hundred less politically fraught homicides a net loss. I agree there are some police are bad, and there can be improvements (there’s always the potential to improve since nothing on Earth is perfect), but turning the police as a whole into villains is a detriment to society. That is if one was worried about overall society. If you’re a Marxist/Anarchist revolutionary then those excess murders are just some broken eggs needed to bring about that utopian “omelette” that’s always promised yet never delivered.

what utopia, it just maximizes more harm. This is fine
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Bad call on the cops part they had no legal obligation to intervene and not like they woulda made any money out of it.

Yep. I don't blame any white cops if they want to wait until a situation is over and then just show up to take a report.

white black whatever, if there's no dogs to shoot and assets to seize then what's the point. maybe OT I guess
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Bad call on the cops part they had no legal obligation to intervene and not like they woulda made any money out of it.

Yep. I don't blame any white cops if they want to wait until a situation is over and then just show up to take a report.
That could be a part of the reason why the numbers of homicides are up by roughly 3,000. The number of police involved homicides is down by about 300.

Not every one of those 300 fewer police caused homicides would have been bad shoots either. I’d call losing 3,000 more people to murder so that we have a few hundred less politically fraught homicides a net loss. I agree there are some police are bad, and there can be improvements (there’s always the potential to improve since nothing on Earth is perfect), but turning the police as a whole into villains is a detriment to society. That is if one was worried about overall society. If you’re a Marxist/Anarchist revolutionary then those excess murders are just some broken eggs needed to bring about that utopian “omelette” that’s always promised yet never delivered.
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No man, that's you doing your typical "I deny what you say, show me evidence even though I will present no counter evidence" schtick you do. I then provide evidence, and you just repeat "That's not enough, show me more, even though I will never show you any counter evidence." We've played this game before. It's you being an asshole. It's not OK. This is a back and forth. You don't get to demand evidence, and then group it all with a single sentence response, and act like you just "proved me wrong." We ALL know what you just did, and it sure as fuck isn't that.

Veritas was caught red handed attempting to manufacture fake news. Just outright, unquestionably they we're attempting to create a fake story from whole cloth. If the NYT or CNN had tried to do what they tried to do, you'd be screaming bloody murder. But because you like Veritas, you will spin it however you need to, to make yourself more comfortable with the idea you support a lying piece of shit source. See for example.

The Guardian....OK
But check the link you provided:
" The Washington Post turned the spotlight that O’Keefe had tried to put on the newspaper back on him by disclosing a plot to dupe its reporters into publishing an entirely false story.

The fake account was peddled by a woman named Jaime Phillips who claimed to have had an abortion when she was 15 after sexual encounters with the Republican senatorial candidate in Alabama, Roy Moore. Post reporters did their due diligence, grew suspicious of her narrative, and later watched her walking into the Project Veritas offices in New York.

They also discovered a GoFundMe page under the name of Jaime Phillips in which she said she had accepted a job in New York “to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceit of the liberal MSM”. When these matters were put to O’Keefe in a filmed encounter, he refused to answer questions about the apparent attempt to plant a fake story on the Post presumably intended to undermine the paper’s earlier exposé of Moore’s alleged molestation of underage girls as young as 14."


That is......a paper thin story at best.
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Bad call on the cops part they had no legal obligation to intervene and not like they woulda made any money out of it.

Yep. I don't blame any white cops if they want to wait until a situation is over and then just show up to take a report.
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