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Being Disgusting From the Beginning 01 September 2020

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This month, Mike and Roger poke further into Ars Magica, wonder what you should simulate, and try to make school stories enjoyable.

We mentioned:

Warhammer 1e at the Bundle of Holding until 14 September, Harnmaster, the FFG Warhammer 40K games, the Ars Magica campaign area, Hildegard of Bingen, Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain, a thread on simulation, Lyz Kingsley's film review site, Roger's Monster Hunters game, Masks, Stargirl, The Skool Rools, Hellcats & Hockeysticks, Andrew Rilstone's musings on early Spider-Man, and GURPS Social Engineering: Back to School.

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  1. Posted by Phil Masters at 04:29pm on 01 September 2020

    "Synthespian" seems to be a Transhuman Space coinage -- p.114 of the main book.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 04:34pm on 01 September 2020

    Thanks - 2002 I believe. It also turns up in Gibson's Idoru (1996).

  3. Posted by Dave Morris at 06:06pm on 05 September 2020

    Another book worth plundering for ideas is The Lore of the Land by Westwood and Simpson.

  4. Posted by Dave Morris at 02:36pm on 06 September 2020

    There was a trademark application for "synthespian" in the US in 1991: "For computer graphic design services featuring the physical representation of actors and actresses for use in films and videos." (The term seems to have been in use for at least five years before that, according to the Ngram Viewer.)

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