GURPS101: Dungeon Fantasy Sharpshooters

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The crossbow is quite a deadly weapon that appears in a great many fantasy works. Dungeon Fantasy leaves few templates that incorporate heavy use of the crossbow. The sharpshooter not only makes heavy use of the crossbow, it is the focus of the template.

Sharpshooter combat entails firing at range with one or two-handed crossbows and rapidly drawing melee weapons or carrying one in the off-hand as needed. Sharpshooters also enjoy the ability to move around combat without receiving a penalty from bulk to move and attack with crossbows. Quick Reload will allow a reduce the time to reload a crossbow by half per level. With No Friendly Fire, the Sharpshooter can fire into combat without fear of injuring allies, though all other penalties apply. Enhanced tracking will allow sharpshooters to aim at multiple targets and fire at any of them.
For more details see GURPS Gun-Fu.

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250 Points

You have mastered the art of ranged warfare. You are able to rain down bolts from your crossbow in rapid succession. While the scout (Dungeon Fantasy 1 p. 10) relies upon speed and the environment, you prefer to the heat of battle and fight alongside the warriors.

Attributes: ST 14 [40]; DX 14 [80]; IQ 10 [0]; HT 13 [30].
Secondary Characteristics: Damage 1d/2d; BL 39 lbs.; HP 14 [0]; Will 10 [0]; Per 12 [10]; FP 13 [0]; Basic Speed 6.00 [-15]; Basic Move 6 [0].
Advantages: Combat Reflexes [15]; Heroic Crossbowman [20]. • A further 35 points chosen from among ST +1 to +3 [10/level], DX +1 [20], HT +1 to +3 [10/level], Per +1 to +4 [5/level], Basic Speed +1 [20 points], Alcohol Tolerance [1], Enhanced Dodge 1 [15], Enhanced Tracking 1 or 2 [5/level], Fit [5] or Very Fit [15],Gizmos 1 to 4 [5/level], Hard to Kill [2/level], Hard to Subdue [2/level], Luck [15], Rapid Healing [5], Recovery [10], Signature Gear [Varies], Telescopic Vision 1 to 4 [5/level] or Weapon Bond [1]. • Choose fourfrom these perks (Found in GURPS Gun-Fu): Akimbo, Area Defense, Bank Shot, Dual Ready, No Friendly Fire, Off-Hand Weapon Training (Arrow), Quick Reload, Quick Sheathe, Quick Swap, Rope Shooter, Trick Shooter [1/perk].
Disadvantages: -20 points chosen from among Bad Temper [-10*], Bloodlust [-10*], Code of Honor (Pirate’s or Soldier’s) [-5 or -15], Sense of Duty (Nation) [-10], Stubbornness [-5], or Wounded [-5]. • Another -15 points chosen from among those traits or Bully [-10*], Compulsive Carousing [-5*], Greed [-15*], Honesty [-10*], Lecherousness [-15*], Overconfidence [-5*], or Sense of Duty (Adventuring companions) [-5].
Primary Skills: Crossbow DX+5 [20]-19. • Fast-Draw (Ammo) (E) DX+2 [2]-16†. • Fast-Draw (Pistol or Long Arm) (E) DX+2 [2]-16†. • Fast-Draw (Knife or Sword) (E) DX+2 [2]-16†. • One of Broadsword (A) DX+2 [8]-16, Knife (E) DX+3 [8]-17 or Shortsword (A) DX+2 [8]-16.
Secondary Skills: Acrobatics (H) DX [4]-14. • One of Brawling (E) DX+1 [2]-15; Boxing (A) DX [2]-14; or Wrestling (A) DX [2]-14. • Five of Carousing (E) HT+1 [2]-14; Climbing (A) DX [2]-14; Hiking (A) HT [2]-13; Leadership (A) IQ [2]-10; Riding (Horse) (A) DX [2]-14; Savoir-Faire (High Society) (E) IQ+1 [2]-11; Tactics (H) IQ-1 [2]-9; or Throwing (A) DX [2]-14. • Observation (A) Per+1 [4]-13. • Traps (A) IQ+1 [4]-11;
Background Skills: Eight of Camouflage (E) IQ [1]-10; Engineering (Combat Engineer) (H) IQ-2 [1]-8; First Aid (E) IQ [1]-10; Gambling (A) IQ [1]-9; Intimidation (A) Will [1]-9; Jumping (E) DX [1]-14; Running (A) HT-1 [1]-12; Stealth (A) DX-1 [1]-13; Swimming (E) HT [1]-13; Streetwise (A) IQ [1]-9; Scrounging (E) Per [1]-12; Survival (any) (A) Per-1 [1]-11; or Seamanship (A) IQ-1 [1]-9.
* Multiplied for self-control number; see p. B120.
† Includes +1 for Combat Reflexes.

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  1. This is really nice! Would be very fun to play. So would a longbow archer version (while still maintaining more Sharpshooter focus than the DF Scout).

    If you took this, added in some specialized gear, and maybe even any special rules from Tactical Shooting that might apply, it'd be a fine Pyramid article…

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