Steve Jackson Games GURPS – Generic Universal RolePlaying System

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1. About this FAQ

Distribution Frequency:     Quarterly
Current distribution:       12 June 2004 (Ver. 5.4)
Next distribution date:     Unknown, since the move to 4th ed is about to take place.
Last distribution date:     1 September 2002 (Ver. 5.3)

1.1 Availability

The GURPS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list will be updated as needed and posted to the Usenet newsgroups and (Note: Follow-ups should go to It is also available on the Web at

1.2 Contributors

1.3 Comments, Corrections, and Suggestions

If you have any suggestions for new questions or corrections, or if you feel some additional info would be useful, please compose your question, correction or clarification and send it to Stephane Theriault.

1.4 Abbreviations

HTML = Hypertext Mark-up Language
URL  = Universal Resource Locator
WWW  = World-Wide Web (a.k.a. "the Web")

GURPS books are abbreviated "p. AAAnnn," where AAA is a one- to three-letter abbreviation of the title and nnn is the page number. An up-to-date guide to GURPS book codes can be found at Some of the more common abbreviations are:

B     Basic Set, Third Edition (Revised)
BIO   Bio-Tech
CI    Compendium I: Character Creation
CII   Compendium II: Combat and Campaigns
CY    Cyberpunk
DL    Deadlands: Weird West
G     Grimoire
GT    Traveller
H     Horror
I     Illuminati
IN    In Nomine
LI    Lite
LT    Low-Tech
M     Magic, Second Edition
MA    Martial Arts, Second Edition
ME    Mecha
P     Psionics
R     Religion
RO    Robots
S     Space
SO    Special Ops
SPI   Spirits
STM   Steampunk
SU    Supers, Second Edition
SW    Swashbuckler
T     Technomancer
TS    Transhuman Space
UN    Undead
UT    Ultra-Tech, Second Edition, Revised
VE    Vehicles, Second Edition
W     Word War II

1.5 Other sources of information on GURPS rules on the net

The excellent krommnotes, maintained by Peter Dell'Orto, is the net's biggest "unofficial" GURPS FAQ for specific answers to fussy rules points by GURPS Line Editor Sean "Dr. Kromm" Punch.

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