|Image from Geek&Sundry Article. Pretty cool, actually.|
Interestingly enough, Ms. Fisher notes that she got her start playing GURPS, which probably places her in a veritable 1% class of gamers that didn't have their first RPG experience playing the market-powerhouse that is Dungeons and Dragons.
Actually, that's an interesting topic by itself - what was everyone's gateway into gaming, and what game was it? How old were you? For me, it was easy: Advanced D&D with Howard when I was maybe 10. I either bought or at least looked at Gamma World after that, but it was only when I got into high school that I really branched out. Ken and Mark and Carl were the primary GMs, and we played Twilight:2000, Champions, Robot Warriors, Bushido, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, GURPS, MERP, and Ringworld, just to name a few.In any case, here's her summary from the piece itself:
Do you want to build anything? I mean anything. G.U.R.P.S. is the Generic Universal RolePlaying System created by Steve Jackson Games in 1986. It is a point based system, so instead of rolling to see what your character is like, you get an amount of points with which to buy traits. The basic rule books give you everything you need to build anything from a superhero to a space marine, or a swashbuckler to your basic every day Joe. Considering there are hundreds of supplements, reference guides, and fan created pages, you can really delve deep into creating your characters, worlds, weapons, and more. You can spend hours upon hours carefully spending points in order to create your perfect build, and that’s where the game either succeeds or fails. If you love number crunching, then G.U.R.P.S. is a great system, but if you don’t want to have a calculator on hand at all times while gaming, you might want to check out a more free-flowing system.So, on the one hand, it's great that GURPS is getting a shout-out, and for that, Ms. Fisher must be given some thanks. That being said, I think that the portrait she paints of GURPS reflects an impression of the system which is outdated and uncharitable, and does not reflect the current state of the game.