GURPS War Against the Chtorr (Steve Jackson Games) [C. J. Carella] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What do the Worms Eat? Bushes. fully understood. Below there are the stats for a Chtorr of 2 tons They are the main villains of the book “War against the Chtorr” By Gerrold. User Summary: GURPS War Against the Chtorr is a GURPS Third Edition setting based on David Gerrold’s War Against the Chtorr novel series, pitting humanity.
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If you enjoy a different kind of Alien Invasion series then I suggest trying them out. The series starts with A Matter for Men that was published in and since it is 30 years old can be found chttorr in many used books stores and to borrow in local libraries.
Review: War Against the Chtorr
This review will contain some spoilers. Alien invasions are a common theme in much science fiction. Usually ships come from outer space and Earth is at war. Rarely is there a different kind of invasion but that is what one gets in the War Against the Chtorr series by David Gerrold. Gerrold is not a household name among science fiction writers but many more people are familiar with his work then they realize.
In he wrote A Matter for Men the first book in the series. There are now four books in this uncompleted series but they still make agwinst some very good reads. The blog post though is not a review of an incomplete series.
It is about gaming and thankfully GURPs put out a book called War Against the Chtorr allowing gamers to experience this alien invasion.
I am not a fan of the GURPS system but I still own fifty or so of their sourcebooks because they are so easy to use in other systems and many times are more informative then other gaming books ghe the same topic.
The Alien Invasion wxr subtle. They did not arrive with ships or by dropping asteroids on the planet or even by transporting huge monsters to us through an undersea rift. The characters in the books believe agajnst is started with billions of microscopic particles that came from deep space and arrive on Earth.
There it slowly reproduced and started to create small pockets of an alien ecology.
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The first evidence was massively deadly pandemics. They hit one after another after another and by the time some scientist againxt figuring things out the population and infrastructure was in serious jeopardy. The creatures there evolved and changed and produced more different kinds of aliens. They are not a united front and they do prey on each other.
War Against the Chtorr is one of the easier licensed projects to have a campaign in that mimics the books it is based on. It againat work best if the players are not familiar with the books.
Then you just have ear PCs make discoveries and learn more and more about what is going on just like in the books. The aliens are really alien and different than what we usually see in science fiction. It is more than just killing them but trying to understand what is going on and how it all works.
The GURPS book has twenty pages on how to do a campaign with great ideas and ways to make it all work. The book has forty alien plants and animals for the PCs to discover.
Even by the forth book of the series the characters are discovering new types of aliens and understanding older aliens they thought they had figured out.
Pacing of information might be one of the more challenging aspects of this campaign. Technology in the books is advanced in some ways and others not. Near future science fiction has always had these types of problems.
Pyramid: Designer’s Notes: GURPS War Against the Chtorr
The GURPs book does a good job of mapping out the technology from the hctorr. One aspect that makes it much different from other alien invasion stories is the lack of a command structure for the invaders.
In the names of the three final books were announced and I had hoped that we would have a new book released by now but since it has been almost 20 years since the release of book four, A Season for Slaughter, I fear we will never get a completed series. My current campaign is mini d6 and we are using that for a modern chtprr conspiracy investigative game. I was also an judge for the Gen Con awards ENnies six times.
Jeff, the owner of this blog, is one of my players and a good friend.