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A Gaslamp Fantasy – With Adventure, Romance, and Mad Science!

The Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game brings the world of Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius comics and graphic novels to your gaming table. Its contents – lavishly illustrated in color, by none other than the Foglios! – include:

  • A detailed description of the setting and its history, drawing upon all available sources . . . and compiled with input from the creators themselves, so these pages reveal some secrets for the first time!
  • A complete roleplaying game covering character creation, equipment, combat, and dramatic situations and tasks – including inventing, of course! To play, just add paper, pencils, and six-sided dice.
  • Biographies and character stats for all the major characters and many minor ones, plus notes on supporting cast.
  • Game stats for a wide range of clanks, constructs, and other creatures unique to Girl Genius.
  • Tons of helpful advice on establishing mood, accurately emulating the comics, and running and playing the game.
  • An all-new eight-page Girl Genius comic!

The Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game is a complete, stand-alone game Powered by GURPS. While compatible with GURPS Fourth Edition, that game is not required.

This is now the final version of the PDF – it is the same as the book now at print, and includes the eight-page comic and PDF bookmarking.

Girl Genius Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game is copyright © 2021, 2022 by Steve Jackson Games Incorporated. Girl Genius is © Studio Foglio. All Girl Genius characters are copyright © 2002-2022 by Studio Foglio. Girl Genius and the Girl Genius logos are trademarks of Studio Foglio, used under license. All rights reserved.

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Arthur R September 20, 2021 2:04 am UTC
I don’t see an updated PDF, so I’m wondering when the publishers will get around to optimizing this file? I’m accustomed to SJG digital publications loading and rendering quickly, with clickable TOC to navigate to main sections of the book. This file is nearly unusable.
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Arthur R September 03, 2021 9:10 pm UTC
Could you please optimize this PDF/compress it? It navigates awful slow on my 2 year old gaming machine. Lack of bookmarks is a serious ding on quality too.
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Thomas M September 02, 2021 5:15 pm UTC
Give me the Kickstarter hardcover+pdf combo and we are in business.
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Emmett B August 27, 2021 3:03 pm UTC
Oh??? It's finally here! Is there a timeframe for this Kickstarter? (I can't really justify a 30$ PDF right now, but here's my credentials for absolutely being down to back a KS campaign for a hardcover: Owns the entire comic print run, the novelizations, am pledged for a physical copy of the upcoming game on Switch, possesses an Agatha cosplay, and am turning into a bit of a tabletop gaming fiend)
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Mark W August 27, 2021 12:48 am UTC
I'd be pretty likely to back the Kickstarter (I've bought virtually everything else ever published of GG), but paying $30 for a PDF, without any guarantee that that money would be applied towards the hardcover, comes across as pretty sketchy...
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Scot M August 26, 2021 6:35 pm UTC
Well I wold be interest in backing the Kickstarter
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Nathan H August 26, 2021 2:46 pm UTC
$30 for a pdf of a playtest rulebook?
This is just one of the many ways that SJG isn't keeping up with the times.
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Philip R August 26, 2021 3:25 pm UTC
This is not a playtest. This is prerelease before we go to Kickstarter to find out if there's enough interest for a hardcover.
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Nathan H August 27, 2021 10:05 pm UTC
Tomayto, tomahto.
You now how you find out if there's interest for a hardcover version on Kickstarter?
You launch the Kickstarter.
Then when the Kickstarter goes belly-up because your rpg design has stagnated for decades, you release the pdf or print on demand copy of the game.
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Franko F August 28, 2021 12:42 am UTC
I'm sitting here holding off pressing the buy button for similar reasons. I definitely want this; but I'm thinking I'd prefer a pdf+hardcover combo. And without knowing anything about the kickstarter, I'm just going to wait till I see what's happening :)
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Eric B August 29, 2021 2:34 am UTC
I'm in the same boat as Franko F, I'd be happy to buy a hardcover book with a pdf add-on. Not as interested in going the other way. I've purchased every Girl Genius book through Kickstarters and quite a few SJG items the same way. I know it's not the same as handing you money up front but this is my expression of interest in the project.
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This title was added to our catalog on August 25, 2021.
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