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Do the Impossible . . . Scientifically!

Fire up your Jacob's ladder, tune your theremin, and tell the world that it is they who are mad! This month's issue of Pyramid -- the PDF magazine for roleplayers -- is devoted to weird science! Our senses-shattering symposium includes:

  • "The Power of Weird Science" -- Describes how GURPS Powers can form the basis for your weird gizmos. Written by GURPS Line Editor (and Powers co-author) Sean Punch!
  • "Dangerous Concoctions" -- A look at some truly "potent potables" from GURPS Assistant Line Editor Jason "PK" Levine.
  • "Red Science" -- This month's Eidetic Memory offering from GURPS Fourth Edition co-author David Pulver. This real-world-inspired Russian armory (complete with GURPS stats) builds off the unbelievable science of "red mercury."
  • "Metatronic Generators" -- A GURPS gear-creation system that will let you design all matter of oddness. It unleashes eight impossible items, including the mind-control staff and the ricocheting discus.
  • "Fantasy-Tech 2000" -- A more-modern expansion of the oddball ideas from GURPS Fantasy-Tech 1: The Edge of Reality, written by that supplement's author, Matt Riggsby.
  • "The Daughter of Necessity" -- Another alternate-invention system that ramps up the power of the core GURPS character-creation options (with eight super-science samples), written by Reign of Steel: Will to Live author Roger Burton West.
  • "What Is Weird Science?" -- An examination of the foundations of this brand of innovation . . . including real-world ideas to get you pointed in a weird direction!
  • "Appendix Z: Super Costumes" -- An expansion of GURPS clothing options for those who dress to excess.

This issue also features some Odds and Ends that didn't make it out of the lab -- including a scary (or not) Murphy's Rules -- plus a Random Thought Table that looks at how to keep the weirdness under control. With this month's Pyramid, you'll put the "NO!" back in "innovate"!

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Like obscenity, weird science has a certain quality of “I know it when I see it.”

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The Power of Weird Science
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Many people see weird science as being chiefly about creating remarkable artifacts.

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Dangerous Concoctions
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Scientists, doctors, and their equivalents have always dreamed big. Surely there exists a drug that can make a man

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Eidetic Memory: Red Science
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The Soviet Union and Russia Federation are known more for reliable mass-produced technology than weird

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Metatronic Generators
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Superheroes, gadgeteers, evil geniuses bent on world domination, and scientific lab rats often have access to

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Fantasy-Tech 2000
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GURPS Fantasy-Tech 1: The Edge of Reality dealt with a wide range of bad science and failed technology from the

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The Daughter of Necessity
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This system is intended to work with the invention and gadgeteering rules to help players come up with stats for

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What Is Weird Science?
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GURPS Fourth Edition defines Weird Science as a skill that enables the character to devise “crackpot

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Random Thought Table: Out Standing in My Field, All Alone
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A hundred years ago, “I want to replace one of your heart valves with a pig’s” is a sentence

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Odds and Ends
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Additional or optional material from previous articles.

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Murphy's Rules
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Comic entertainment.

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Appendix Z: Super Costumes
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