GURPS

GURPS United Federation of Planets Emblem
GURPS Prime Directive

A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.–"Role-playing game", Wikipedia, 21 May 2013.

Captain Joy's Star Trek role-playing games is played using GURPS. If you're familiar with GURPS, then you can go ahead and skip to "Recommended Resources". If you're familiar with role-playing games (RPGs) but not GURPS, then you should skip to "Learning GURPS". If you're new to RPGs, then this entire page will be of use to you.

In Captain Joy's Star Trek game, you will play the role of a Starfleet Academy graduate on your first tour. All that is necessary to play is a love of Star Trek, learning GURPS is of secondary importance. If your natural impulse upon being confronted with minor/significant/overwhelming danger is to whip out your tricorder/phaser/communicator, you'll do fine. It's okay if your favorite incarnation of Star Trek isn't the original series (the setting for this game), just don't let on to Captain Joy. ☺

Learning GURPS

GURPS is a set of rules for playing role-playing games, published by Steve Jackson Games. It is an acronym for "Generic Universal RolePlaying System". A few links to help you learn GURPS are provided.

Character Creation Worksheet will walk you through.

Introductory information about GURPS from Steve Jackson Games.

One Page GURPS.pdfOne-Page GURPS: a fan-created rules distillation. With this single page of rules, you can play GURPS.

GURPS Lite.jpgGURPS Lite: official rules from Steve Jackson Games. With these rules, you will know enough to build GURPS characters. Even though these rules are free, you will have to jump through a few hoops to get them. After following the link at left:
  1. Click "add to crate".
  2. Click "check out".
  3. Enter an email address. (Steve Jackson Games uses your email address to send you notices about files you have downloaded, generally to let you know if they've been updated.)

GURPS Basic Set: Characters, 4th edition: the actual rulebook, primarily for players. With this book, you will game with confidence. It is not cheap. Physical and electronic versions are available.

Main Console
GCS PROGRAM
House Rules