ANST - Gulf War Clarification
keandbc at ix.netcom.com
Fri Mar 20 11:23:18 PST 1998
>Yuk! How unwonderfully PC.
>Wars are fought to win, so they should be setup that way.
>Besides...Having a winner would inspire the losing army to field
>a larger and better trained army the next year.
>Having a tie, is just so blah-zay (sp) and uninteresting.
>There should be NO tie in any area. If it comes down to a close
>call in an area (like art/sci this year), have a tie-breaker
>round. No fence-straddling...we get enough wishy-washy decisions
>from the president nowadays anyhow.
>hmmm..."nowadays anyhow", wonder if that's grammatically correct,
>oh well, I'm just typing along with my thoughts...
>Back to the point at hand...
>Actually the win-win scenario is for everyone to have a good time
>AND there be a clear winner.
> Motto: If you don't want to get your toes hurt when they get stepped
> on, wear sabatons.
Gulf War has always been a tie and I hope it always will be. This
started with the first war when Trimaris came in small numbers and a
wise Ansteorran King decided not to gloat or be a sore winner. At Gulf
Wars V and VI our karma was repaid when the Trimarans beat us up pretty
badly. This year, for the first time, was a true tie. Down to a single
judges' point in the A&S.
It has been my experience that the individuals in any particular point
know whether they have won their point or not. There were only four
points out of ten that concerned heavy weapons. If you want the feeling
of winning or losing, then stand behind that castle wall as the hordes
of Trimaris and Meridies pour over them. That will be your taste of
crushing defeat. Or stand and watch while the champions on both the
chivalric and the rapier fields defeated opponent after opponent. That
will be your taste of overwhelming victory. Or charge the banner in the
last of the battle and TAKE IT, only to have the enemy rally and take
it back in the last few moments of the battle. That will be your taste
of narrow defeat against long odds. Or stand in the field against the
many enemies thinking that your are the last, only to see our glorious
allies appear behind your foes. That will be your taste of narrow
Our two kingdoms are highly competitive. With our established tradition
of a tie at every war, then neither side need worry about the other
gloating or being a sore winner, or a sore loser for that matter.
The Trimarans are the most noble enemies I have ever faced. If We are
lucky and skilled enough to defeat them one year, I know that they will
simply come back harder and more skilled the next. The winning is in
the competition. The journey is more important than the destination.
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