Translation of "Review: Boardrooms and Curia"

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Review: Boardrooms and Curia

GURPSDay post! I bought a bunch of GURPS books at once, and so I'm reviewing them all at once! Boardrooms and Curia seems a bit similar to City Stats, but it focuses on things at a different scale. I would almost say smaller, but that would be wrong. This is for organizations of all sizes, which can include international fortune 500 companies, or a small church. This book left me fulfilled in ways that City Stats didn't. It feels a bit like an expansion to Pulling Rank without being out and out an expansion. Let's take a closer look.

Overview

Boardrooms and Curia is about making organizations manageable for a GURPS GM. It devotes 11 pages to describing how to define an organization, 6 pages to describing interaction with them, and then 10 pages to 7 different example organizations. The book is organized very well, explaining things in an order that makes sense. It makes a lot of references to other supplements, probably Social Engineering and Pulling Rank are the most important. This book is great for campaigns where players want to join or run an organization, and helpful in campaigns where interacting with complex organizations is common.

Organization Stats

This chapter describes the metrics of an organization. There are three broad categories (Capabilities, Costs and Values, and Social Attributes) which are broken down into 18 different stats. These 18 stats are exactly the type of things that are likely to matter to a player character, such as how helpful the organization is when giving aid or how large of a disadvantage it would be to have them as an enemy. There is a lot of information, and it is not especially easy to get through it all. It is definitely more time consuming than defining a city using City Stats, but it is definitely that much more informative as well. The numbers have pretty good cohesion and trace-ability, and by that I mean different values are the products of functions of earlier values meaning that the information taken as a whole is more likely to have a semblance of holistic verisimilitude.

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