GURPS Sluggy Freelance

Back in 2000, when I was still a regular reader of Sluggy Freelance and a regular player of GURPS Third Edition, I produced this unofficial RPG adaptation of the webcomic. My gaming pages have gone through a couple of migrations to new hosts since then, and GURPS Sluggy Freelance only survived online thanks to the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. I have copied those pages here so that I would have a copy to share on my own site again. I have only edited these pages enough to fix or remove broken links. 

Since I originally created these pages, both Sluggy Freelance and GURPS have gone through significant changes. Pete has continued to produce more chapters of his comic, and plans to end the story on or about its 20th anniversary (August 2017). (See the news posts on the comic's website for details.) I limited GURPS Sluggy Freelance to just the first three print books (for reasons explained in the original introduction below), and have no plans to expand this project to cover the rest of the comic's history. 

In addition, GURPS Fourth Edition was released in 2004. I own the new edition, but have not played it, so will not be attempting to update these pages to 4E. If I ever do return to this project, I expect that I will choose a different rules set entirely. I loved the GURPS system for its flexibility and the simplicity of its base mechanics, but the amount of detail and crunch required for certain subsystems (notably vehicles, robots, and other technology) was a stumbling block to my original adaptation. If I ever return to this project, I will most likely choose another, less crunchy system, possibly Big Eyes Small MouthFate, or Cinematic Unisystem (Buffy/Angel/Army of Darkness).

I know that many fans of Sluggy Freelance and GURPS (including their respective creators, Pete Abrams and Steve Jackson) enjoyed seeing this material when it first appeared, so I am pleased to make it available again. Enjoy! And fear the bunny!

Tim Emrick, June 2017


GURPS Sluggy Freelance--Fear the Bunny!


I decided to combine two of my great obsessions--GURPS and Sluggy Freelance--by devising GURPS stats for some of the more important Sluggy characters. This page is by no means comprehensive, but I've tried to create a starting point for later efforts. To find out more about GURPS and Sluggy Freelance, follow the links below:

A few important notes:

  1. I have arbitrarily limited the scope of these pages to the three Sluggy Freelance collections that were in print when I started this project. My reasons include:
    1. A finite span was much easier to cover while writing the initial "worldbook".
    2. I was able to do more of my research offline.
    3. I didn't want to spoil too much about the more recent stories for new Sluggites who haven't read that far.
    4. I didn't feel I had enough experience with the modern-day/SF GURPS books to do Oasis justice.
  2. Even with those limits, there are still several areas that require further work. (Some of these gaps are marked "working on it!" and some are not.)
  3. I have not yet playtested any of the material found on these pages, and I am not sure whether I will have the opportunity to do so. I offer these pages for my own amusement and for that of my fellow Sluggites.
  4. I've started notes for an addendum to cover Books 4-5, but that update has been put on hold while I work on a Sluggy LARP. See the Updates & News page for progress reports on both those projects.

The Sluggy Files

The contents of the GURPS Sluggy Freelance pages are as follows:

Rules

Characters

  • "Hey, Don't I Know You?": The Main Characters (Bun-bun, Riff, Torg, Zoe, etc.)
  • "You Dated That?": Supporting Cast (Dr. Lorna, Lysinda, Valerie, etc.)
  • "Maybe These Guys Can Help Us...": Other Characters (a list of characters not given detailed stats on these pages)
  • "Where'd He Come From, Anyway?": Crossover Stories (crossovers and cameos involving other comics)

Non-human "Races" & Characters

Appendix


Special Thank-Yous

Thanks to my wife Erika, for putting up with me having my nose in Sluggy for a few weeks straight while I put together the initial version of these pages. And thanks to my Sluggite gamer friends for putting up with me babbling about the game mechanics for talking animals and the like during that time (and since).

Woo-hoo! GURPS Sluggy Freelance has earned a mention on the Sluggy Freelance "Official Neat Thingy" page (5/28/2000). Thanks, Pete!

Woo-hoo (Number Two)! Steve Jackson himself liked GSF enough to put a link on the SJ Games Daily Illuminator (6/4/2000). Thanks, Evil Stevie!

Thanks to Anne Cross for telling me about the Illuminator entry, and--more importantly--for posting the link to Sluggy that got me hooked in the first place (back in March 1999). Bad Anne!

I had many questions and requests for Pete and Tom at VeriCon (1/26/2001-1/28/2001), and they were very gracious and generous with their time and attention. Thanks yet again!

Thanks to Dave Allen of Plan Nine Publishing for providing me with some additional data for the crossovers page, and--more importantly--for publishing Sluggy in book form.


The material presented here is my original creation, based on Sluggy Freelance, which is copyright 1997-2001 by Pete Abrams. No infringement of that copyright is intended.

This material is intended for use with the GURPS system from Steve Jackson Games. This material is not official and is not endorsed by Steve Jackson Games. GURPS is a registered trademark of Steve Jackson Games. All rights are reserved by SJ Games. This material is used here in accordance with the SJ Games online policy.


This page last revised 8/29/2001 by Timothy E. Emrick. | Copyright 2000-2001 Timothy E. Emrick.