Transhuman Space is, to a significant extent, the setting which defined the ideas about future technology which are used in GURPS 4e, so for. GURPS Ultra-Tech is a sourcebook for GURPS. Contents. 1 Contents; 2 Publication history which Steve Jackson Games published in A new GURPS Ultra-Tech () was one of the tech books published for GURPS 4e GURPS Space is a genre toolkit for creating Science Fiction campaigns using the GURPS Those topics will be covered by the forthcoming books GURPS Vehicles (4e) and GURPS Ultra-Tech (4e) respectively. The rationale for this decision.

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Success is awarded if the total of the die roll is equal to or less than a target number, usually a character’s skill level. Of course, AI aides and digital weapon interfaces make selecting from a range of options less hassle in the field. In particular, I don’t see why two Mind Emulations both based on scans of similarly-sized human brains should be radically different in complexity ulltratech therefore size, just because one of the humans was a bit smarter than the other – a ruling which appears in Ultra-Tech.

I really think that there needs to be two separate Ultra-Tech books, or at least have the book separated into two sections, with one for Hard Science and another for Super Science. Total Cyborg Brain Transplants: Devastating personal weapons are developed, while nanomachines can directly imprint consciousness into human brains. With cybernetics and neural interfaces, ultra-tech medical equipment and ultratec uploading, “medical miracles” become everyday occurrences.

Originally Posted by weby And the costs compared to the space ships books are just silly A space fighter is 3 million, a small ton tramp freighter is 26 million, a tilt rotor transport plane is 40 million.

Using GURPS Ultra-Tech 4e in Transhuman Space

The defense could be handled as penalties applied to the attack roll, and the odds ultraetch dealing damage would be the sameā€”but in that case, should your opponent avoid taking damage, you wouldn’t know if it was because you missed entirely, or nearly hit but the defender dodged, or hit too soft to do any damage, or hit hard enough to do damage but your opponent is too much of a badass to notice.

See also Changing Times for 4e versions of the old book’s designs. On the aesthetic side, the fact is that widespread use of lasers and other beam weapons can’t help but give a game more of a space opera feel, whereas TS projectile sidearms, with their sophisticated warheads and intelligent accessories, perhaps have just the right balance of gloss and grit for the setting.


Nuclear fusion reactors are small gyrps to power battle tanks and fighter-sized spacecraft.


Ultratech might be a good candidate for a general revision with Low-Tech as a model. Feel free to use them, modify them, combine them, or create your own.

This might be a decent basis for a heavy combat robot template for TS games, though I’d want to make the armour laminated or electrical, for a start. I’m not sure about it In this case, TS often seems to set prices lower, though it doesn’t, say, automatically include magnification capability in its high-tech optics.

Oh heck, just treat these two things as parallel, distinct technology paths, and see which the players favour. The Ultra-Tech version is more expensive but carries a somewhat bigger swarm for the warhead size; take your pick which to use.

Reflex uses different buzzwords to the old notes on Arachnoweave – the idea of imitating spider silk is de-emphasised in favour of a mention of ultrztech thickening fluid”, a gurs that I don’t think was available when TS was written.

A civilization could reach a particular TL plateau and then freeze or regress due to cataclysmic events or social changes. Programmable Immune Machines, Respirocytes, and Aegis Nanobots can be regarded as some of the bits of TL11 biotechnology which have already appeared in the TS world; I’d probably advise classing them as TL10 in this setting, simply so ordinary doctors can use them without hideous skill penalties – although GMs who want to restrict them a bit could say that they can only be handled by medics who’ve advanced gurpa TL Cybernetics and Uploading 9.

Might be feasible in TS, though I’d imagine it’d need some fine tuning to make it a really hard SF device.

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Why do I keep thinking that a cargo helicopter would be better? GMs who want gritty realism and scary moments can bring such problems right back in. And then made ultratedh usual billion or so rounds and so everyone’s been stuck with it ever since, with too big a market to change One could assume that all TS computers are “Hardened”; that helps bring the prices a bit more into line, and raises the possibility of allowing TS computers a ulttatech option halve cost and weight, -3 to HT rolls to resist magnetic pulses, microwaves, etc.


Assume lots of interface compatibility! In particular, diamondoid material is sometimes used, mostly in spacecraft hulls so far as I can see – though it’s bloody expensive – and a few spacecraft have functioning antimatter drives. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope SASE any time you write us! Sleep Gas, Paralysis Gas: Given that the TS setting is wandering into TL11 in some areas of biotech see the previous discussion of GURPS Bio-Techsome of the more advanced stuff here may be appropriate – though as ever, I’d advise caution with that idea.

On the other hand, the TS setting appears to be retarded in personal weapons technology; basically, it’s still using slug-throwers rather than lasers.

This would be the Laser Sight that TS treats as standard on all ranged weapons.

However, the Wheeled Vehicle Design System in In the Well for example effectively makes the lightest possible fission reactor 4, lbs. Tracking down several grams of stolen antimatter. The blaster cannon is listed as TL These very handy rules are probably worth borrowing even if a campaign is using the standard TS u,tratech types and capabilities; they provide a lot of options.

In fact, Ultra-Tech gives values for 10mm rounds, which the original TS treatment didn’t permit; adopt this or not as you choose. I’d also note that, because weapons tech is somewhat retarded in TS, TL8 weapons aren’t likely to be any more legal, even though they’re two TLs behind the environment.

Just to make it clear and remind people, by the way – TS is a hard SF setting, which means I’m taking it as read that we just skip anything marked as superscience. Written by David L. So around about or so, China or India or the EU or the US finally wore out all the old weapons mostly based on ss calibers and switched to a new range of standard caseless or cased telescoped ammo.