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August 1, 2011: Get By With A Little Help From Your Friends

Monster Hunters 4 Sidekicks

Nearly all of us have friends we trust to help us deal with the little problems in our lives. However, what if those problems are big? What if those problems threaten to be overwhelming? What if those problems have been slaking their thirst for human blood and leaving a haphazard trail of corpses behind? Well, that's when you need really good friends.

GURPS Monster Hunters 4: Sidekicks covers the down-to-earth side of the fight against the forces of darkness. It features 10 templates built on 200 points, suitable as Allies for powerful heroes or as competent champions on their own. It also has two 100-point templates, so even the sidekicks can have sidekicks!

In addition, this supplement comes with six 200-point lenses, perfect for "upgrading" sidekicks to full champion status, providing variation to inhuman heroes, or opening up new gaming possibilities -- with this supplement, you can run flashback games where mighty modern-day monster hunters "remember" their formative years! Plus it has plenty of information on how to best use sidekicks in a Monster Hunters campaign, including insights about mixed-power-level games. (Since sidekicks often rely on having tricks up their sleeves, I think it's prudent not to mention the quick-and-dirty charm creation rules.)

Whether you're looking for a way to power up your heroes with allies, mix up the campaign with different outlooks, or open up new preternatural-punishing possibilities, GURPS Monster Hunters 4: Sidekicks has you covered. Tell your friends!

-- Steven Marsh

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