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Episode 239: Mom, He’s Touching My Answer

April 28th, 2017 | Robin

Another all-request episode kicks off in the Gaming Hut, as Stewart Robertson asks how to make a BSM (Big Science McGuffin) integral to a game series.

The History Hut, takes on a yurt-like configuration as Morgan Ellis demands the scoop on the Mad Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg.

Joshua Hillerup convenes an installment of Ask Ken and Robin to wonder how “Gotham” might inspire a series in which a transformational hero becomes an iconic hero.

Which leaves Kevin J. Maroney waiting patiently in the Eliptony Hut for a profile of Roger Babson, the wealthy purveyor of sensible investment advice who set up a foundation to battle man’s enemy number one: gravity.

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6 Responses to “Episode 239: Mom, He’s Touching My Answer”

  1. Cambias says:

    It occurs to me that the mad Baron may have been the inspiration for General Zaroff, the mad Cossack commander who enjoys hunting people, in the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. For one, he’s a Cossack General, secondly he’s homicidally insane, and finally there’s a suggestion that Zaroff’s madness comes from a head injury.

  2. Steve Dempsey says:

    Of course there’s an Octopus Galaxy: http://www.astronomersdoitinthedark.com/index.php?c=121&p=447

  3. Steve Dempsey says:

    In 2016, the Prohibition Party was still going strong. They polled almost 6,000 votes, and their convention was done by conference call.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition_Party

  4. Jan Pospisil says:

    What a coincidence! I’ve been reading Ossendowski’s book recently (“Beast, Men and Gods”) and thought the baron character sounded familiar.
    The book is worth a read as well btw.

  5. Michael Foight says:

    Ken and Robin: consider deconstructing for either the Gaming or the Food Hut the Sandwich Alignment Chart:

    https://flowingdata.com/2017/05/02/sandwich-alignment-chart/

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