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Pyramid 78: Unleash Your Soul, edited by Steven Marsh 02 June 2015

Pyramid is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's religion, particularly of the actively supernatural sort. This isn't something that tends to come up much in my games, so the applicability of this issue is relatively low for me.

Blessed Be (Sean Punch) breaks down the Blessed advantage to give GMs a bit more guidance in constructing variants of it to suit their games. There are also several worked examples. High quality, low applicability.

Clerics of Order and Chaos (Cole M.B. Jenkins) is an extension to the Dungeon Fantasy book on clerics to allow gods, and priests, of pure order and pure chaos. High quality but zero applicability to me.

Eidetic Memory: The Voice of the Moon (David L. Pulver) shows a witch-cult in three eras: in early modern England, in the modern day, and in the near future with robotic lunar mining. Is their sacred relic really a connection to some Elder Thing on the Moon? Or are they merely deluded true believers? High quality, and medium applicability; I could see myself building a linked set of scenarios round this.

Cursed Thou Art (Christopher R. Rice) breaks down the Divine Curse disadvantage in a similar style to Blessed Be, again with suggestions and worked examples – and suggestions for building powers that inflict curses. Again, high quality, low applicability.

Secrets of the Universe! (Steven Marsh) is an example of a new religious movement which gives a surface impression of being meditative but not overtly religious. It's developing psychic powers among its members, and at the GM's option may have distinctly sinister purposes. High quality, medium applicability.

Random Thought Table: Keeping the Faith (Steven Marsh) looks into the implications of reliable miracles: why go on a quest to save someone's life if resurrection is easier? Perhaps healing magic should be limited to adventurers? What happens if miracles are easily forgotten? High quality, high applicability because this is just as appropriate for other supernatural effects.

Pyramid 78 is available from Warehouse 23.

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