GURPS Swashbucklers

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GURPS Swashbucklers
Publisher(s) Steve Jackson Games
System(s) GURPS

GURPS Swashbucklers is a sourcebook for GURPS.


GURPS Swashbucklers is a GURPS supplement of rules for musketeer and pirate campaigns. The book includes a historical overview of the era 1559-1815, rules for sailing ship design, travel, combat, and info on famous pirates and musketeers.[1]

Publication history[edit]

GURPS Swashbucklers was written by Steffan O'Sullivan, with a cover by Jean Elizabeth Martin and illustrations by Donna Barr, and was published by Steve Jackson Games in 1988 as a 96-page book.[1] GURPS Swashbucklers was published in 1990.[2]:319

GURPS Swashbucklers was one of the smaller subgenre books published after the first broad genre GURPS books.[2]:107


Jim Bambra reviewed GURPS Swashbucklers for Dragon magazine #152 (December 1989).[3] Bambra said: "Extensive background notes define the historical setting, but they fall short of really bringing the fictional worlds of pirates and Musketeers to life. As a basis for establishing swashbuckling campaigns it does a good job, but more detailed development of the individual settings is really needed to bring out the true potential of the genre."[3]

Lawrence Schick notes that the book includes "such helpful sections as 'How to be French.'".[1]


  1. ^ a b c Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 392. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ a b Bambra, Jim (December 1989). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (#152): 35.