GURPS Tales of the Solar Patrol is based on the films, stories, comic books, and radio shows of the s to the s. It starts with Buck Rogers () and. After the terrifying war with the Overlord of Jupiter, the Solar Patrol was commissioned to police the interplanetary space lanes, protecting traffic from pirates and. The guardians of law and justice in the Solar System, the Patrol encompasses many functions, from civil engineering surveys to front-line naval.

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The 21st century is a dangerous place, and every-one must be tsles to defend his life, land, or planet with vigor — and with guns. The general design is that of gunpowder weapons, with a few high-lights of chrome and crystal. Traditionally, ship functions are assigned to different decks. The Space Marines, despite their name, are primarily man-to-man combatants.

This is surprisingly common for arch-villains. I know the whole line. Non-humans with such disadvantages are discussed under Templates. MacAdam turned and looked back at Cadet Waverly. Most craft have the following decks.

Space pirates love their Venusian Rum, and many characters smoke tobacco. Accept an honorable surrender.

They are larger, louder, cruder, and more prone to flaws like Bad Temper or Bloodlust. Barring a specific reason for personal animosity, a Patrolman can expect some limited aid and shelter from another. Did you work out what happens when one of them is hit with the force of an atomic gun? Stunningly common in genre.

Cramped, narrow, filled with exposed wires, dripping chemicals, and radiation leaks, the maintenance corridors are not good places for claustrophobes. The grip has a variety of controls placed aptrol it, all easily manipulated when holding the gun in a standard combat stance. Thus on Barsoom you have princesses and sword-wielding heroes with a chivalrous code of honour, along with taled atmosphere plant that generates oxygen to keep the planet liveable. Accelerene addicts are commonly found in the Belt; most are washouts from the Earth Navy.


If Star Wars took place on a single planet, Luke Skywalker was from Kansas, and the Force was a fraud which he unmasked, then that would be pretty much sword and planet.

Occasionally, a civilian specialist in a field not normally needed by the Patrol — such as an anthropologist guros a historian — is assigned to work with a crew. To simulate this, soalr the following table. Never abandon a comrade unless the mission demands it. Regardless of the setting, each discharge consumes a full charge. Others with high levels of Social Regard include war heroes, explorers, and Earth League politicians.

Treat a skilled opponent with respect. All supernatural and exotic advantages are not permitted, with the exception of those granted by racial templates. Heroes and villains frequently have this. They come in a vari-ety of standard grps, though individuals who are Very Fat might ot to squeeze a bit to get in one. This does not mean Patrolmen are inherently arrogant, obnoxious, or condescending though many find it hard to hide their pride in their position.

A million parts — gears, tubes, pumps, coils, and switches — must be kept in perfect working order, or they will fail, turning a spaceship into nothing but a metal coffin, drifting forever in blackness. Atles be a member of the Solar Patrol is to be one of the best — and to know it. A project of JetStyle.

Let no insult go unavenged. In any case, this is an enjoyable example of a type of story that, these days, is more often seen in films or TV than books. Ian Harac succeeds in his stated aim.

GURPS Tales of the Solar Patrol – 4. EQUIPMENT

Their job begins when the pirates board, or when the great hatches cycle open and they race out into the frozen forests of Callisto, or when the enraged Krik warriors have smashed down the last barricade and are flooding into the gups human city. Strange vistas, odd civilizations, lost secrets, brightly colored princesses!


zolar Well, I think I shall keep that my secret for now! A few ships are assigned to the Marine Corps as training or transport vessels, but Marines are not the primary crews of most warships. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take some time and do a new edition?

GURPS Tales of the Solar Patrol

Most characters strive to be on their best behavior around members of the clergy, even if they are not especially devout otherwise. All rights are reserved soalr SJ Games. A project of JetStyle. The nega-barrier is equivalent to a light, adjustable TL12 force screen.

It does mean they are coolly confident in their abilities — and they expect other people to be, too. These use the Electro-Mechanical Computers design switch. This does not mean the Space Marines employ raving psychotics. Besides, the Jovian emperor pays good bounties on Patrol ships that mysteriously disappear.

Many ships with large crews have dedicated gunners; smaller ships make do, grudgingly, with infomat-guided weapons fired from a central panel. Thin walls of alloy and plastic are all that stand between a man and swift, certain death. While many characters may have a religious faith, no divine presence exists that will affect the mechanics of game play in this setting.

Audie Murphy–Class Patrol Ship (Tales of the Solar Patrol)

A good advantage for leaders, who are often known for being a bit more practical and sensible than their overeager colleagues. Electron drives are equivalent to TL11 hot reactionless engines.

Within the context of the genre, no supernatural powers of either good or evil exist.

Twenty-first century suits are light, flexible, and tough, with a minimum of complicated equipment to get in the way.