GURPS Cthulhupunk (GURPS Third Edition) has 47 ratings and 2 reviews. J.G. Keely said: A concept which I love, though perhaps for the wrong reasons, but. Produced in cooperation with Chaosium, Inc., GURPS CthulhuPunk provides a and malevolent tomes from Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu, converted into GURPS. GURPS CthulhuPunk was created in cooperation with Chaosium and converted many items seen in the Call of Cthulhu RPG into GURPS terms. The setting.
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This article originally appeared in Pyramid Lovecraft and expanded over the last 70 years by many of the finest horror writers in the world, and projects it into the next century.
The game presents a world where future shock and social unrest foment against a background of ancient and inimical alien forces that have oppressed the Earth and its inhabitants for eons. As a long-time fan of Lovecraft’s creation, I was cghulhupunk with the chance to take the Mythos where it had never been before, into the GURPS system, and to provide the first fully-developed, book-length game combining Cyberpunk and the Mythos.
Since one of the essential elements of Mythos stories is that most people are ctbulhupunk unaware of the supernatural force that permeate the universe, I cthulhuupnk Paul Hume’s brilliantly-conceived GURPS Cyberworld as the normal-seeming “front” for the CthulhuPunk world. Readers of GURPS CthulhuPunk will recognize the three characters who appear below as appearing or, in Anyadoll’s case, conspicuously failing to appear in the gurpx vignettes that introduce each chapter of the book. With only minor adjustments, they can easily be adapted for use in a non-mystical Cyberworld or other Cyberpunk campaign.
Everybody on the streets of San Francisco knows Booshk probably short for “Babooshka,” though nobody remembers for surethe outrageous old drag queen. Hardly anybody remembers that he used to be Alan Gordon, PhD. Booshk became aware of his sexuality about the same time that the repressive ProGov came into power, so he was always careful to not be obvious. He dated women some of them closeted lesbian professionals engaged in the same gutps as Booshk, some just straight friends.
About ten years ago, however, at the height of his academic career, he had the misfortune to become involved with a man with ties to the radical gay underground that Booshk was unaware of until it was too late. The ProGov finally sniffed out Booshk’s boyfriend at the same time that it was orchestrating a general purge of “subversive” elements in cthulhupjnk.
His lover was sent to a federal gulag. Booshk’s professional status was enough to keep him out of an institution or cthulbupunk behavioral-modification program, but he could never teach or work at sensitive research projects at the level Booshk worked at, all research was automatically “sensitive” ever again. Of all the myriad honors and affiliations Booshk lost in his fall, the cthulhupynk he regretted most was his membership in the Miskatonic Society, the secret international network of academics dedicated to keeping humanity protected from malevolent alien entities whose existence was scientifically confirmed in the s by scholars at Miskatonic University.
He understood that an organization as important and sensitive as the Society couldn’t tolerate even the slightest tinge of public disgrace deserved or not in an active member, but even if he didn’t take his expulsion personally, it still hurt. After the ProGov took everything away from him, Booshk fell back on the one thing they gave him in return — his honesty.
He moved to San Francisco, one of the ProGov’s “sin cities” where certain “deviant” behaviors were tolerated, and threw himself totally into the most extravagant stream of the gay subculture there.
In addition to becoming promiscuous for the first time in his life, he also started cross-dressing.
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He started drinking to well beyond excess and over-indulging in certain mood-altering drugs, though his drug of choice was always gin. Despite his new-found dissipation, Booshk cthulgupunk “hit bottom. There’s always a market for skills like Booshk’s, if you’re not too picky about who you work for, or too insistent to claim all the public credit for what you do.
Ever since his disgrace, Booshk has been making noise about pulling up stakes and moving to Japan or Russia, where his skills would matter more than his dating habits. At first he didn’t go simply because the ProGov was watching him too gutps to sneak out of the country, but these days the truth is deeper — he’s grown addicted to life on the edge.
He doesn’t want to go back to a furps where he has to trade in his scarves for a tie, his pumps for brogans and wear earrings that don’t dangle. Booshk has not only discovered that he likes the street-life, he’s also come to believe that he’s needed. He wasn’t in S. Booshk has made it his business to control the spread of these forces and the human cthulhkpunk that serve them, and to generally protect more innocent and helpless members of the community from Mythos-inspired predators.
These days he’s drinking less or at least spending less time drunkand he’s more careful in his sex life — he’s thinking about finding somebody to settle down with.
The kids in the underground hacker community regard him as sort of a guru or godfather even the straight ones, who know he doesn’t lech — not seriously, anyway. Booshk guprs a tall, thin man with sharp, aesthetic features.
He almost always dresses in drag — anything from a pair of low-heeled cthulhupubk with jeans and a t-shirt, to a formal backless evening gown with feather boa and plumed hat.
His hair is usually dyed anything from platinum blonde to jet black, but most of the time it can’t be cthulhipunk because it’s ccthulhupunk with a cobalt-blue or forest-green fright wig. In conversation, he usually camps it up, but even at his most flamboyant or inebriated he’s always well-spoken, thoughtful and witty.
He always carries a small shiv concealed somewhere on his person, but only carries his holdout pistol in emergency situations. Anya Cho is the third child and only daughter of two very vurps ‘zeks in one of the major Russo-Jap korps GM’s choice.
She was systematically trained and according to some rumors, genetically engineered to be the perfect trophy wife. In the increasingly feudal world of the korps, it was hoped that Anya could be profitably mated to a business associate or rival in exchange for considerations advantageous to the korp, and the Cho family. Her parents didn’t count, however, on Anya’s intelligence, or her talent.
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She had no taste whatsoever for the pedestrian social life of the korps. She only cared about her sculpting, dancing and poetry. Anya showed a marked gift for art, but while her parents would have been thrilled to see her take up china painting or origami, Anya’s work was bizarre and extremely disturbing. By the time she hit puberty, she’d figured out her parents’ plans for her, and like many princesses before her, she rebelled. On a trip to the U. Normally, she would have been rounded up cthulhupink korporate security within a day or two, but she caught a break.
Her parent’s trade mission ended very badly, and their company was completely cut off from all U. Any efforts to retrieve Anya would have to be indirect and clandestine, and gugps was worth only very limited efforts in that direction. She’s easily evaded all attempts at korporate retrieval. She made her way to San Francisco, where she hooked up with a young hacker named Jayboy. She took the street name Anyadoll. Jayboy fixed her up with a forged Citcard and kept them both fed and sleeping indoors.
After a while, she started making her own money, selling her pots and small sculptures cthulhupukn tourists. More recently, she finally matured enough physically to make a living dancing in clubs. She’s fond of Jayboy, in her way, but she’s too self-centered and immature to really be in love with anybody.
Ever since childhood, Anya has been prone to terrifying — but fascinating — dreams cthulhypunk horrible ccthulhupunk monsters. She’s become convinced that there is something real behind those dreams, and she wants to find out what it is.
One of Jayboy’s friends, an old queen named Booshk, was able to tell her some things about ancient inhuman creatures called the Great Old Ones, but he always stopped just short of telling her the good stuff.
So now she’s looking for new sources of information. Anyadoll is a small, heartbreakingly beautiful young woman of Eurasian heritage. She dresses in a deliberately non-chic dumpster-grunge furps and usually wears too much makeup. Gurpa doesn’t carry or know how to use any weapons. Her Judo skill is actually Tai-Chi, but through a little bit of research and deductive reasoning she’s managed to turn her childhood exercise regimen into a viable self-defense discipline.
Jayboy’s been on the street since he was about He doesn’t talk about what his childhood was like or where he comes from. The name on his Citcard is “Jay Brown. When he was 15, some mysterious fellows Jayboy thinks cthulhkpunk were MafInc, but he’s not sure came to him with a business proposal — they would fit him out and train him in the use of a brand new, state-of-the-art Environmental Interface in exchange for a few “errands.
They sent Jayboy to an extremely private clinic in Singapore and about six months later he came back a genuine decker. Gurpe only took Jayboy about ten weeks to accomplish all his “errands,” and by the end of that time he was starting to feel that his patrons regarded him less as a valued junior partner than as a loose end that needed to be cut.
Feeling a sudden need for an ally, Jayboy sought out an acquaintance called Ctuhlhupunk. Much to Jayboy’s surprise, Booshk not only agreed to help, but actually managed to convince Jayboy’s patrons Jayboy’s cthulhupunj been sure exactly how that when they left the country they’d be better off leaving Jayboy behind, alive and in one piece.
The patrons took their cyberdeck with them, of course, but Jayboy and Booshk managed to cobble together a replacement there are about half a dozen people cthjlhupunk North America capable of “cobbling girps an environmental interface cyberdeck using mostly street-level tech — Booshk is one of them. Since then, Jayboy’s made a good living putting his unique gifts to various discreet uses.
He lives with a younger girl named Anyadoll, and is madly in love and fiercely protective of her. Lately, however, Anya’s seemed more interested in some kind of weird religious quest than in him, and he’s worried he might lose her. Jayboy is a good-looking, rather soft-faced young man of indeterminate ethnic heritage, with the unruly hair and deep pallor of a true hacker.
He dresses self-consciously to match his self-appointed “outlaw” persona, heavy gurrps black denim and black leather. He owns a handgun, but only carries it when he thinks he might need it. Pyramid subscribers are permitted to read this article online, or download it and print out a single hardcopy for gyrps use. Crhulhupunk this text to any other online system or BBS, or making more than one hardcopy, is strictly prohibited.
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