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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Feb 2020 10:15 p.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

Have you ever used a historical battle or campaign as the outline or source material for a sci-fi game or campaign?

52% said "yes"
33% said "no"

Covert Walrus04 Feb 2020 2:37 a.m. PST

"History does tend to repeat . . . I'm no Toynbean, Doctor, by any means but it should be obvious that while human psychology remains about the same, similar circumstances will result in similar repsonse by humans. Thus the repetitive nature of history" – H Beam Piper, "The Edge Of The Knife."

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2020 8:29 a.m. PST

Good call, Covert! Remember the bit in "A Slave is a Slave" where none of the missiles are actually functional, but there's a huge paper trail showing how it's someone else's fault? The Ensign is shocked, but not the Admiral. "Some things never change."

Covert Walrus05 Feb 2020 1:32 p.m. PST

Robert, yes, the "Non-firing non-missile base" was just one of the clever little details in that story. It also contains a rather pointed dig at Asimov's "Foundation" stories as well.

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