Episode 30 – Blake’s Seven RPG

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INTRO: This time we are looking at Blake’s 7 and its influence on our gaming.

GROGGLEBOX: Eddy joins us in a noisy Port Street Beer House in Manchester to discuss ‘Project Avalon’

ACTUAL PLAY: Thanks to Andrew Cousins of lending me his copy of the rules to play. Blythy as Avon, Doc Con Cowie as Blake, Andrew Cousins as Vila, The Welsh Wizard Michael Hobbs as Jenner, and Mark Kitching as Cally.

FIRST, LAST and EVERYTHING: Guy Milner of Burn After Running blog.

THE GM SCREEN: Just how much of a fan is Blythy?

OUTRO: News about the GROGZINE 20

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#6
I reckon a B7 MiniSix setting would work well, you could probably adapt the game's own Star Wars knock-off without too much difficulty.
 
#8
Already run this regularly using my Code of the Spacelanes Rules. Soolin is the archetypical Glass Cannon.

Orac, Zen, Servelan and (Series 2) Travis are great to play as NPCs (“Blake!”)
 

Guvnor

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#10
Not sure why Netflix haven't greenlit a reboot of B7, probably a rights thing.
Maybe they also don't see UK culture as distinct from USA as they do with German, French, Spanish, etc
Obvs it's a Traveller game for me, but FAE, D6, and so on work.
I do suggest, however, that it should not be *too* heroic.
 
#11
The B7 rights were owned by a company called B7 Enterprises. They were leasing the rights to BSkyB.

Edit: it's now B7 Media and not B7 Enterprises and the license is with Big Finish.
 
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Guvnor

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The B7 rights were owned by a company called B7 Enterprises. They were leasing the rights to BSkyB.

Edit: it's now B7 Media and not B7 Enterprises and the license is with Big Finish.
I tell you, pitch it to Netflix as the next Expanse..
 

Vile

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#14
The US would make an awful mess of it, like they do with every British series (The Office, Black Mirror, etc.).

The RPG is fun, a bit 80s-heartbreaker but not really all that far off BRP. It even has a stress system similar to sanity loss, which we found fun (and it nicely emulated the mental strain suffered by the TV crew). If I run it again I'd probably trim it back a bit, but not by that much. B7 is a character-driven setting so it doesn't need a huge amount of crunch - although there's a lot of "gear" the gear, more often than not, is also a character.

My book has a grey cover, not a red one (the Technical Manual has a blue one). Is Andrew Cousins in the Tavern?
 
#15
Travis are great to play as NPCs (“Blake!”)
Always liked Brian Croucher as an actor (he's great as Tom Bell's put upon mate in "Out") but thought he was miscast as Travis. To me, the character just came across as a petulant buffoon a lot of the time. I'd like to have seen Blake and Co given a new nemesis - someone like Paul Shelley's Major Provine, now he was as hard as nails.
 
#18
About 12/13 years ago Dave Sharrock and myself met with representatives of B7 Media with a view to putting out the official B7 RPG. Discussions went well and we had some good feedback, but in the end it wasn't to be. We had started to develop the rpg though and the initial draft is here on the Beyond Belief Games website for free download. I've played it a bit and since made changes to the system and I would certainly rewrite major chunks of it, but it is a start and would undoubtedly have been the best officially licensed B7 rpg available. Oh well, it was quite exciting for a while.
 

Guvnor

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#20
About 12/13 years ago Dave Sharrock and myself met with representatives of B7 Media with a view to putting out the official B7 RPG. Discussions went well and we had some good feedback, but in the end it wasn't to be. We had started to develop the rpg though and the initial draft is here on the Beyond Belief Games website for free download. I've played it a bit and since made changes to the system and I would certainly rewrite major chunks of it, but it is a start and would undoubtedly have been the best officially licensed B7 rpg available. Oh well, it was quite exciting for a while.
On first skim I like the words, seem to be capturing the essence well.
 
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