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You — along with other people, all around you — awake on the banks of a river.

GURPS Riverworld

You have the body of a year-old, free from any physical defects you may have had in your Earth life. Welcome to the Riverworld, the scene of Philip Jose’ Farmer’s epic series about humanity’s second chance. Farmer began the series as a short story in ; it has grown to five novels and a novella. Its premise is both simple and incredibly vast: Everyone who has ever lived is resurrected on the banks of a million-mile-long river which riverworls around the surface of its planet.


GURPS Riverworld article

Most people are resurrected in groups of their own language and culture. But this is not always the case! This world is a mystery. After all, no one’s religion or theories of the afterlife predicted this! So most player characters may want to try to riferworld the mysteries of the Riverworld — such as, Why am I here?

GURPS Riverworld: Roleplaying in Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld

But first they will want to answer such questions as, What am I going to eat? What’s this big metal cylinder strapped to my wrist?

Time travel of a sort is possible! Gufps a character wants to interview Louis XIV to find out who the man in the iron mask was, or to get Karl Marx’s views on Soviet-style communism, or to see if Pierre Fermat really did have a proof for his rverworld Last Theorem, he can.

All he has to do is find his subject among the billions of people who have lived on Earth. Riverworld allows the players an unequalled op-portunity to play themselves!

Or rather, an idealized version of themselves, free from many of the physical limitations of Earth life, with all of the skills they have attained or hope to someday attain. Physical Disadvantages, such as Blind and One Riverwold, disappear. Of course, so do quite a few Advantages, such as Wealth, Status and Patron — at least at first.


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The characters will be able to participate in the building of a society. On the Riverworld, everyone starts out on an equal footing.

The nations and class distinctions of Earth are gone — the Valleydwellers only need to keep those portions of their Earth cultures they think are turps as they rebuild society.

Some groups will turn to anarchy both the violent and value-for-value types ; most will band together for mutual defense and, in some cases, for conquest and glory. Caparula, will be out in November.

Some of the things it will contain are:. Suffice it to say that, in a world where you can meet anyone who has ever lived on Earth, the possibilities for adventure are enormous. Back to Roleplayer 16 Table of Contents.

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