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September 12, 2009: Well, Hello Kromm, Where You Been?

GURPS High-Tech cover

You might fondly recall GURPS Low-Tech for GURPS Third Edition. Well, now we're hard at work on GURPS Low-Tech for GURPS Fourth Edition, by Peter Dell'Orto, Dan Howard, Matt Riggsby, and Bill Stoddard. This will leave the gate with three supporting PDFs on e23: GURPS Low-Tech Companion 1: Philosophers and Kings (Riggsby & Stoddard), on "soft technologies" of the world of the mind; GURPS Low-Tech Companion 2: Weapons and Warriors (Dell'Orto, Howard, & Stoddard), with extra detail on customization, maintenance, and breakage for arms and armor; and GURPS Low-Tech Companion 3: Daily Life, Tools, and Trade (Riggsby & Stoddard), covering technology important to folk who aren't heroes, kings, or priests. All told, this comes to as many words as are in the Fourth Edition incarnation of GURPS High-Tech.

Which brings me to my silly title (and apologies to Captain Sensible for that). High-Tech was on my desk for editing from October 2006 to May 2007. Those were busy times during which I was often slow to answer e-mail, late with the GURPS News, and nearly invisible on our forums. I suspect nay, I know  that Low-Tech will be at least that much work, with a similar impact on my availability to GURPS authors and players.

What this means is that if you have questions about proposals or rules, and you don't get a quick answer from me, you shouldn't panic! Nothing bad has happened. It's just that I'm hard at work on one of the most anticipated GURPS Fourth Edition books. Fortunately, you might not have to wait. In case you missed the announcement, I have an assistant: Jason "PK" Levine. PK would be happy to address your queries if I'm being too slow, and he knows what's important enough to merit pestering me through back channels.

Now back to work . . .

-- Sean Punch

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