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Episode 545: B-52s are Just Very Large Horses

April 28th, 2023 | Robin

Get your spreadsheets and notebooks out because in the Gaming Hut we’re talking bluebook-heavy games.

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2 Responses to “Episode 545: B-52s are Just Very Large Horses”

  1. Phil Masters says:

    Historical footnote I thought that some pedant ought to throw in: the term “bluebooking” was of course invented by the late Aaron Allston and his group in the ’90s Champions campaign that became the basis for the “Strike Force” supplement. And no, their bluebooking wasn’t about complex Hero System character design; it was side-channel communication and character background development (using blue school exercise books).

    Which makes perfect sense given that Champions and this campaign were very much based on ’70s/’80s superhero comics, where the non-combat character stuff tends inevitably to the condition of soap opera, and bluebooking serves well to support character-driven melodrama and character background refinement – the very stuff of such soap opera.

  2. Phil Masters says:

    (Correction; ’80s, not ’90s.)

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