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"That's the worst of girls," said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. "They never can carry a map in their heads."

--CS Lewis, Prince Caspian


Absolute Direction is a mental, physical, and mundane advantage, described in Basic Set, p. 34. It has two named levels, Absolute Direction and 3D Spatial Sense. It has the optional limitation Requires Signal. This advantage is also referenced in GURPS Fantasy, p. 128, on its use underground; GURPS Magic, p. 135, in the description of the Disorient spell; and GURPS Space, p. 219, on its applicability in hyperspace.

Character TemplatesEdit

Absolute Direction or 3D Spatial Sense appears in the following character templates:

  • Astronaut, in Space, p. 226
  • Colonist, in Space, p. 227
  • Explorer, in Space, p. 230
  • Hunter, in After the End 1 - Wastelander, p. 8
  • Nomad, in After the End 1 - Wastelander, p. 9
  • Trader, in After the End 1 - Wastelander, p. 14
  • Scholar, in Dungeon Fantasy 4 Sages, p. 8
  • Assassin, in Fantasy, p. 115
  • Battle Wizard, in Fantasy, p. 118
  • Merchant, in Fantasy, p. 122
  • Thief, in Fantasy, p. 124
  • Village Sage, in Fantasy, p. 125
  • Engineer, in Fantasy, p. 215
  • Legionary, in Fantasy, p. 216
  • Infiltrator, in Action 1 Heroes, p. 11
  • Wheel Man, in Action 1 Heroes, p. 15
  • Barbarian, in Dungeon Fantasy 1 - Adventurers, p. 4
  • Scout, in Dungeon Fantasy - Adventurers, p. 10
  • Kinetic, in Supers, p. 47
  • Phantom, in Supers, p. 50
  • Archer, in Dungeon Fantasy 15 - Henchmen, p. 8
  • Brute, in Dungeon Fantasy 15 - Henchmen, p. 9
  • Sage, in Dungeon Fantasy 15 - Henchmen, p. 15
  • Native Guide, in Dungeon Fantasy 16 - Wilderness Adventures, p. 11
  • Explorer, in Horror, p. 38
  • The Ripper, in Horror, p. 70
  • Herlechine Horse, in Infinite Worlds - Collegio Januari, p. 11

Racial TemplatesEdit

Absolute Direction or 3D Spatial Sense appears in the following racial templates:

  • Dolphins, in Banestorms, p. 189
  • Minotaurs, in Banestorms, p. 196
  • Minotaur, in Dungeon Fantasy 3 - The Next Level, p. 14
  • Ranger, in Biotech, p. 74
  • Devilfish, in Fantasy, p. 107
  • Unseelie, in Horror, p. 83

Bestiary Entry Edit

Absolute Direction or 3D Spatial Sense appears in the following bestiary entries:

  • Watcher at the Edge of Time, in Dungeon Fantasy Monsters 1, p. 34
  • TASE, in After the End 2 The New World, p. 27
  • Stealth Golem, in Creatures of the Night Volume 5, p. 14
  • Kriegsmachinenmensch (Combat Android), in Infinite Worlds - Worlds of Horror, p. 16

Kromm QuotesEdit

Sean Punch has commented on Absolute Direction in the following posts on the SJG GURPS Forums:

  • On identifying Absolute Direction versus 3D Spatial Sense by name [1]
  • On whether 3D Spatial Sense is realistic for humans [2]
  • On its inclusion in the Minotaur template [3]

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