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Is your TU actual size?

Last night I showed my mother the second episode of Firefly ("Train Job", the broadcast pilot) with the audio commentary track by Jos Whedon and Tim Minnear. I am generally pretty impressed with the insight and conscious art with which Whedon constructs his scripts and produces his episodes, and one particular comment stood out. Among the changes that the Network insisted on was to make Mal Reynolds and the rest of his crew larger than life, when the original intention had been that the ought to be "actual size". Firefly was supposed to be "actual size" sci-fi, showing the struggles of people who had to live with things the way they were in a sci-fi setting.

I like SF done that way. Which is one of the reasons that I thought Jos Whedon's thing for teenaged girls with superpowers got out of hand with the "River Tamm the combat cuisinart" climax of Serenity. My SF games don't feature PCs who save the universe or overthrow the Evil Empire. They are about actual-size people who have to live with things the way they are, and are lucky to be able to makes a difference to a few hundred or a few thousand people, except by constant and diligent effort over a long term. One of the thing that appeals to me about Traveller is that it is set up to support actual size adventuring. But of course I know a lot of sci-fi fans like things larger than life, and PCs doing things that Really Matter.

How about you? Is your TU actual size? Or is it larger than life? Or do you run it sometimes one way and sometimes another, and how does that work out?
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