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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Prior RPG history===
 
===Prior RPG history===
Prior to ''GURPS'', [[role-playing game]]s (RPGs) of the 1970s and early 1980s were developed especially for certain gaming environments, and they were largely incompatible with one another. Each of these games was set with its own self-contained rules system, and the rules for playing each game differed greatly from one game to the next. For example, [[TSR]] published its ''[[Dungeons & Dragons]]'' game specifically for a [[fantasy]] environment. Another game from the same company, ''[[Star Frontiers]]'', was developed for [[science-fiction]]-based role-playing. Attempts were made in ''Advanced Dungeons and Dragons'' to allow cross-genre games using ''Gamma World'' and ''Boot Hill'' rules, but the obscure rules went largely unused. Though it was preceded by the lesser-known ''[[Supergame]]'' (DAG Productions, 1980), ''GURPS'' was the first commercially successful attempt to create an all-encompassing, [[Generic role-playing game |"universal" role-playing system]] that allowed players to role-play in any environment they please while still using the same core set of rules.
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Prior to ''GURPS'', [[role-playing game]]s (RPGs) of the 1970s and early 1980s were developed especially for certain gaming environments, and they were largely incompatible with one another. For example, [[TSR]] published its ''[[Dungeons & Dragons]]'' game specifically for a [[fantasy]] environment. Another game from the same company, ''[[Star Frontiers]]'', was developed for [[science-fiction]]-based role-playing. TSR produced other games for other environments, such as ''[[Gamma World]]'', ''[[Top Secret]]'', ''[[Gangbusters]]'', ''[[Boot Hill]]'', and more. Each of these games was set with its own self-contained rules system, and the rules for playing each game differed greatly from one game to the next. Attempts were made in ''Advanced Dungeons and Dragons'' to allow cross-genre games using ''Gamma World'' and ''Boot Hill'' rules, but the obscure rules went largely unused. Though it was preceded by the lesser-known ''[[Supergame]]'' (DAG Productions, 1980), ''GURPS'' was the first commercially successful attempt to create an all-encompassing, [[Generic role-playing game |"universal" role-playing system]] that allowed players to role-play in any environment they please while still using the same set of core rules.
   
 
===The GURPS concept===
 
===The GURPS concept===
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