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General Slade
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When I was very young I once played an American Civil War game against a guy I didn’t know very well or like very much (he was the son of friends of my parents and they were staying for the weekend so we had to attempt to get along). I don’t remember what rules we were using but they required you to write orders for every unit at the beginning of each turn (back then I liked writing orders – it made it all seem very realistic and grown up).

Anyway, despite never having played a wargame before, my opponent totally outmanoeuvred me.   Everything I did he seemed to have second guessed.  He won easily and then proceeded to gloat about ‘beating me at my own game’.  Once the weekend was over and I was clearing the troops and terrain away I found his order sheet.  Next to each unit he had neatly printed his orders for every turn.  And every order was exactly the same:

DO WHAT YOU LIKE

DO WHAT YOU LIKE

DO WHAT YOU LIKE

DO WHAT YOU LIKE …