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Call for Playtesters: GURPS Biremes and Triremes
« on: July 30, 2021, 08:33:06 PM »

We are seeking playtesters for GURPS Vehicles: Biremes and Triremes, by Carolyn Stein and Stephen Kenneth Stein. This 30- to 35-page sourcebook takes an in-depth look at classical and medieval galleys. Contents include historical context, naval terminology, details on crewmembers, and of course vehicle stats.

On the real-world side, we are looking for applicants knowledgeable about classical antiquity, medieval antiquity, and/or the warships of those eras. On the GURPS side, we are seeking gamers conversant with GURPS Low-Tech, the GURPS Low-Tech Companion series (1, 2, and 3), and the stats system used for vehicles in these and other works, starting with the GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns. Familiarity with the GURPS Hot Spots volumes covering Mediterranean city-states would be a plus. That said, it's always good to get a fresh perspective – if you think you have something to contribute, then by all means apply!

The playtest is currently scheduled to run for about three weeks, from August 13, 2021 to September 3, 2021. Please submit your application ASAP.

Preferential playtest slots will be given to those who have spent at least $50 on PDFs from Warehouse 23 in the past calendar year, though this is not a requirement. For more, see the general playtest information page.

Prospective playtesters should email Roger Burton West at with [playtest] in the subject. Include your preferred email address for the closed playtest mailing list, your name as you wish it to appear in the published supplement, your Warehouse 23 login name, and a few words on why we should pick you: qualifications, experience, current gaming group(s), etc. Please use this format:

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John East

I've been a GURPS fan since 1995, and mainly run historically themed campaigns set in Europe. I was a playtester of GURPS Vehicles and both editions of GURPS Low-Tech, and I own all of the GURPS books you listed. I also do naval reenactments, and have served as crew on a replica Venetian galley.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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Re: Call for Playtesters: GURPS Biremes and Triremes
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2021, 10:24:37 AM »
Ah, I totally missed this somehow. It looks quite interesting: I'm not that familiar with GURPS (played a campaign of it once). It seems like boat combat is one of those very unsolved problems in TTRPG-land in that everyone seems to have a different plan for how to bolt it on to every other system.
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