This is itthe key that unlocks the riches of GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) and gives you a wealth of information on how to create your character and fine-tune your play. Produced in partnership with Steve Jackson Games, the game's creator, GURPS For Dummies is the ideal companion to GURPS Basic Set, 4th Edition that explains the rules. It gives you insight into the choices youll make in everything from creating a fun, dynamic character using the allotted number of points, to playing in an adventure, to becoming a GM. Whether you want to be an Amazon princess or a stalwart warrior, an old-fashioned swashbuckler or a modern investigator, a tough cop or a cat burglar, a sorcerer casting spells or a cosmic ranger, fighting lawlessness in the asteroids, this guide will help you: Determine your characters basic attributes: IQ, DX (dexterity), ST (strength) and HT (health)Figure out your characters secondary characteristicsChoose advantages (including powers and perks) and disadvantages (including quirks and disadvantages with a self-control roll modifier)Optimize your points by using talentsSelect your skills based on functional area or the campaign settingEnhance your character with spells, magic items, magic staves, and powerstonesStrategically purchase equipment for different characters, tech levels, and campaign typesCreate and manage a character sheet, write a character background, keep a character log, and moreall with samplesChoose good combat techniques and play with your characterIf you want to become a GM, this guide gets you going with advice on creating the adventure, managing the character creation process, managing combat, and interpreting the rules. Theres even a handy Cheat Sheet tear-out GM screen in the front of the book. There are tips throughout, plus advice on how to:Create your very own GURPS universe for your campaign, whether its dungeon-crawl, high-adventure, combat-focused, puzzle-focused, or masquerade-typeProvide a basic write-up of the world for your players, including technology level, supernatural and supernormal abilities and powers, races, setting, character templates, cultural and social information, and limitationsCreate an electronic combat grid, a battle log, a tactical map, and morewith samplesDo mapping, planning, and plottingCreate memorable NPC (nonplayer characters), both good guys and bad guysGURPS For Dummies helps you create more detailed, exciting, and interesting characters and take your game to the next level. Thats important whether youre saving a princess or saving the planetsearching for hidden treasure or for secrets to eliminate disease fighting crime or combating armies of evil robotscasting spells in medieval castles or destroying terrorist cells in modern day milieus. With GURPS, the only limitation is your imagination.