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Samson Burke, Born Zombie Killer

Note: This character is designed for the Ultimate Zombie-Fighters setting in GURPS Zombies: Day One. He is built using the Shooter template from GURPS Action 1: Heroes plus the Born Zombie Killer and Combat Monster lenses from GURPS Zombies. For this hypothetical campaign, I replace the Luck advantage with Impulse Points from GURPS Power-Ups 5: Impulse Buys and use the rules for wildcard points from that same volume.

Samson Burke, Former SWAT Officer

350 points
ST 12 [20]; DX 16 [120]; IQ 11 [20]; HT 12 [20].
Damage 1d-1/1d+2; BL 29 lbs.; HP 12 [0]; Will 11 [0]; Per 12 [5]; FP 12 [0].
Basic Speed 7.00 [0]; Basic Move 7 [0]; Dodge 12; Parry 12 (Wrestling), 11 (Tonfa).

Social Background

TL: 8.
CF: Western.
Languages: English (Native) [0].


Combat Reflexes [15]; Daredevil [15]; Enhanced Dodge 1 [15]; Extra Attack 1 [25]; Fit [5]; Gunslinger [25]; Higher Purpose (Kill Zombies) [5]; High Pain Threshold [10]; Immunity to Zombie Plague [5]; Impulse Points 3 [15].
Perks: Akimbo (Shooter!); Off-Hand Weapon Training (Shooter!); SOP (Check the Bodies). [3]


Bad Temper (9) [-15]; Impulsiveness (9) [-15]; On the Edge (12) [-15]; Sense of Duty (Team) [-5].
Quirks: Alcohol Intolerance; Dull; Habit (Counts kills); Smokes cigars, but only in a safe house; Uncongenial. [-5]

Wildcard Skills

Shooter! (WC) DX+1 [36]-17 [3 Wildcard points]
Techniques: Dual-Weapon Attack (Shooter!) Skill [5]-17; Headshot (Shooter!) Skill-2 [4]-15.


Animal Handling (Dog) (A) IQ+1 [4]-12; Armoury (Small Arms) (A) IQ+1 [4]-12; Computer Operation (E) IQ [1]-11; Driving (Automobile) (A) DX-1 [1]-15; First Aid (E) IQ+1 [2]-12; Holdout (A) IQ+1 [4]-12; Law (Police) (H) IQ [4]-11; Observation (A) Per [2]-12; Running (A) HT [2]-12; Search (A) Per [2]-12; Stealth (A) DX-1 [1]-15; Tonfa (A) DX [2]-16; Wrestling (A) DX+21 [8]-18.


2x Glock 18 (5.2 lbs); 5x spare Glock 18 magazines (5.5 lbs.); 187 rounds of 9x19mm; Parabellum ammunition; Fine Ithaca Model 37 Featherlight (7 lbs.); 20 rounds 12G 2.75” ammunition (2.08 lbs.); 2x belt holster (1 lb.); tonfa (1.5 lbs.); Ballistic vest (2 lbs.); Small backpack (4 lbs.); Personal basics (1 lb.); 3/4” robe, 20 yards (10 lbs.); Heavy flashlight (1 lb.); Sleeping bag (15 lbs.); Canteen (1 lb., 3 lbs. filled with water); Hand radio (1 lb.); 10 batteries; Web gear (2 lbs.); Handcuffs (0.5 lb.); Cigarette lighter; First aid kit (2 lbs.).


Before the dead rose, Samson Burke was a member of the city’s elite SWAT unit as well as the canine unit. With the coming of the plague, Samson watched his brother and nephew fall to the teeth of the damned zombies. Now he doesn’t much care if he survives, but he’s going to get as many people as he can to the relief camps.

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