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9th Jan '17 11:41:08 AM WillKeaton
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* [[[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_land_warfare ''The Law of Land Warfare'' (aka The Geneva Convention)]] explicitly states TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Unlike most other Big Books of War, it tells you only what ''not'' to do if you wish to conduct war like a civilized country and expect other countries to do the same. It's also binding, and is what gives tribunals like the Nuremburg Trials the justification for trying people for war crimes, among other things.

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* [[[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_land_warfare ''The Law of Land Warfare'' (aka The Geneva Convention)]] explicitly states TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Unlike most other Big Books of War, it tells you only what ''not'' to do if you wish to conduct war like a civilized country and expect other countries to do the same. It's also binding, and is what gives tribunals like the Nuremburg Trials the justification for trying people for war crimes, among other things.
9th Jan '17 11:40:56 AM WillKeaton
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* ''The Law of Land Warfare'' (aka The Geneva Convention)[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_land_warfare]] explicitly states TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar; unlike most other Big Books of War, it tells you only what ''not'' to do if you wish to conduct war like a civilized country and expect other countries to do the same. It's also binding, and is what gives tribunals like the Nuremburg Trials the justification for trying people for war crimes, among other things.

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* ''The Law of Land Warfare'' (aka The Geneva Convention)[[http://en.[[[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_land_warfare]] org/wiki/Law_of_land_warfare ''The Law of Land Warfare'' (aka The Geneva Convention)]] explicitly states TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar; unlike TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar. Unlike most other Big Books of War, it tells you only what ''not'' to do if you wish to conduct war like a civilized country and expect other countries to do the same. It's also binding, and is what gives tribunals like the Nuremburg Trials the justification for trying people for war crimes, among other things.
9th Jan '17 11:40:11 AM WillKeaton
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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated,[[note]][[LostTechnology Actually this is true,]] [[HypocriticalHumor but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their equipment.]][[/note]] and inferior to our own."[[note]][[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much.]][[/note]]

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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated,[[note]][[LostTechnology Actually this is true,]] [[HypocriticalHumor but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their equipment.]][[/note]] and inferior to our own."[[note]][[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, This, not so much.]][[/note]]
9th Jan '17 11:39:45 AM WillKeaton
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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated[[note]][[LostTechnology actually this is true,]] [[HypocriticalHumor but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their equipment]][[/note]], and inferior to our own."[[note]][[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much.]][[/note]]

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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated[[note]][[LostTechnology actually antiquated,[[note]][[LostTechnology Actually this is true,]] [[HypocriticalHumor but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their equipment]][[/note]], equipment.]][[/note]] and inferior to our own."[[note]][[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much.]][[/note]]
9th Jan '17 11:38:51 AM WillKeaton
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*** "[[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] are stupid [[note]]long story short, BookDumb is not stupid[[/note]], brittle-boned and feeble [[note]] [[DumbMuscle definitely untrue]][[/note]], and their weapons are extremely crude and prone to misfires [[note]]true, but little consolation when they're hacking you apart in close combat[[/note]]."

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*** "[[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] are stupid [[note]]long stupid,[[note]]Long story short, BookDumb is not stupid[[/note]], stupid,[[/note]] brittle-boned and feeble [[note]] feeble[[note]] [[DumbMuscle definitely untrue]][[/note]], untrue]][[/note]] and their weapons are extremely crude and prone to misfires [[note]]true, misfires."[[note]]True, but little consolation when they're hacking you apart in close combat[[/note]]."combat.[[/note]]



*** "[[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] are mindless [[note]] depends if the HiveMind is [[ItCanThink directing them]][[/note]] creatures who are half-blind and confused by sudden movements."[[note]][[SarcasmMode which explains why they leap out at you from dark crevices]][[/note]]
*** "[[TheGreys Tau]] are frightened by fire, water and hairy people.[[note]]Do you really have to be told this is untrue?[[/note]]They are also derived from bovines and chew cud and have udders.[[note]]That's mostly just FantasticRacism, and besides, how does that help the average Guardsmen?[[/note]] They have terrible eyesight so that their hearing overcompensates [[note]] actually true; compared to humans Tau are farsighted and have bad focusing speeds, which is why they developed advanced targeting systems to make up for it[[/note]], allowing you to scare them off with loud shouting.[[note]]If loud noises scared Tau they'd never fire their [[MagneticWeapons railguns]].[[/note]] And those guns they're carrying require sustained streams to injure a healthy, armoured human."[[note]]The basic pulse rifle of a Tau Fire Warrior is comparable to an automatic .50 calibre sniper rifle, and they're capable of killing Guardsmen ''very'' thoroughly with one shot. [[OverlyLongGag So again: hahahaha, no.]][[/note]]

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*** "[[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] are mindless [[note]] depends mindless[[note]]Depends if the HiveMind is [[ItCanThink directing them]][[/note]] them.]][[/note]] creatures who are half-blind and confused by sudden movements."[[note]][[SarcasmMode which explains why they leap out at you from dark crevices]][[/note]]
*** "[[TheGreys Tau]] are frightened by fire, water and hairy people.[[note]]Do you really have to be told this is untrue?[[/note]]They are also derived from bovines and chew cud and have udders.[[note]]That's mostly just FantasticRacism, and besides, how does that help the average Guardsmen?[[/note]] They have terrible eyesight so that their hearing overcompensates [[note]] actually overcompensates,[[note]]Actually true; compared to humans Tau are farsighted and have bad focusing speeds, which is why they developed advanced targeting systems to make up for it[[/note]], it[[/note]] allowing you to scare them off with loud shouting.[[note]]If loud noises scared Tau they'd never fire their [[MagneticWeapons railguns]].[[/note]] And those guns they're carrying require sustained streams to injure a healthy, armoured human."[[note]]The basic pulse rifle of a Tau Fire Warrior is comparable to an automatic .50 calibre sniper rifle, and they're capable of killing Guardsmen ''very'' thoroughly with one shot. [[OverlyLongGag So again: hahahaha, no.]][[/note]]
9th Jan '17 11:37:15 AM WillKeaton
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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated [[note]][[LostTechnology actually this is true,]] [[HypocriticalHumor but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their equipment]][[/note]], and inferior to our own [[note]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much]][[/note]]."
*** "[[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] are mindless [[note]] depends if the HiveMind is [[ItCanThink directing them]][[/note]] creatures who are half-blind and confused by sudden movements [[note]][[SarcasmMode which explains why they leap out at you from dark crevices]][[/note]]."
*** "[[TheGreys Tau]] are frightened by fire, water and hairy people [[note]]do you really have to be told this is untrue?[[/note]]. They are also derived from bovines and chew cud and have udders [[note]] that's mostly just FantasticRacism, and besides, how does that help the average Guardsmen?[[/note]]. They have terrible eyesight so that their hearing overcompensates [[note]] actually true; compared to humans Tau are farsighted and have bad focusing speeds, which is why they developed advanced targeting systems to make up for it[[/note]], allowing you to scare them off with loud shouting [[note]] if loud noises scared Tau they'd never fire their [[MagneticWeapons railguns]][[/note]]. And those guns they're carrying require sustained streams to injure a healthy, armoured human [[note]] the basic pulse rifle of a Tau Fire Warrior is comparable to an automatic .50 calibre sniper rifle, and they're capable of killing Guardsmen ''very'' thoroughly with one shot. [[OverlyLongGag So again: hahahaha, no.]][[/note]]"

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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated [[note]][[LostTechnology antiquated[[note]][[LostTechnology actually this is true,]] [[HypocriticalHumor but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their equipment]][[/note]], and inferior to our own [[note]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien own."[[note]][[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much]][[/note]]."
much.]][[/note]]
*** "[[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] are mindless [[note]] depends if the HiveMind is [[ItCanThink directing them]][[/note]] creatures who are half-blind and confused by sudden movements [[note]][[SarcasmMode movements."[[note]][[SarcasmMode which explains why they leap out at you from dark crevices]][[/note]]."
crevices]][[/note]]
*** "[[TheGreys Tau]] are frightened by fire, water and hairy people [[note]]do people.[[note]]Do you really have to be told this is untrue?[[/note]]. They untrue?[[/note]]They are also derived from bovines and chew cud and have udders [[note]] that's udders.[[note]]That's mostly just FantasticRacism, and besides, how does that help the average Guardsmen?[[/note]]. Guardsmen?[[/note]] They have terrible eyesight so that their hearing overcompensates [[note]] actually true; compared to humans Tau are farsighted and have bad focusing speeds, which is why they developed advanced targeting systems to make up for it[[/note]], allowing you to scare them off with loud shouting [[note]] if shouting.[[note]]If loud noises scared Tau they'd never fire their [[MagneticWeapons railguns]][[/note]]. railguns]].[[/note]] And those guns they're carrying require sustained streams to injure a healthy, armoured human [[note]] the human."[[note]]The basic pulse rifle of a Tau Fire Warrior is comparable to an automatic .50 calibre sniper rifle, and they're capable of killing Guardsmen ''very'' thoroughly with one shot. [[OverlyLongGag So again: hahahaha, no.]][[/note]]"]][[/note]]
8th Jan '17 9:43:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''IronKingdoms'' has (Supreme) Kommandant Irusk's book, ''How to Fully Subjugate Your Enemies''.

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* ''IronKingdoms'' ''TabletopGame/IronKingdoms'' has (Supreme) Kommandant Irusk's book, ''How to Fully Subjugate Your Enemies''.
30th Oct '16 9:26:44 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has the ''Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier''. It is primarily used by the Realm, the major empire of the game setting, and is regarded as an excellent manual of war. Except, now that the empire is in decay due to the disappearance of its leader, [[ModernMajorGeneral politically-appointed officers]] [[SmallNameBigEgo who believe they know better]] [[TooDumbToLive just chuck the thing aside]]. Or abridge it, which is even worse. The latter is especially true because, unlike many examples on this page, the book is actually magical, and prayers to war gods and the Pattern Spiders are actually encoded into the practices described in the book.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has the ''Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier''. It is primarily used by the Realm, the major empire of the game setting, and is regarded as an excellent manual of war. Except, now that the empire is in decay due to the disappearance of its leader, [[ModernMajorGeneral politically-appointed officers]] [[SmallNameBigEgo who believe they know better]] [[TooDumbToLive just chuck the thing aside]]. Or abridge it, which is even worse. The latter is especially true because, unlike many examples on this page, the book is actually magical, and prayers to war gods and the Pattern Spiders are actually encoded into the practices described in the book.



* The ''{{GURPS}}'' International Super Teams universe has ''The Metahuman in Combat,'' a Big Book of superhero combat.
* ''{{Eberron}}'' has Karrn the Conqueror's ''Analects of War''. Think Sun Tzu as a BloodKnight and you'll pretty much have the idea.

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* The ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' International Super Teams universe has ''The Metahuman in Combat,'' a Big Book of superhero combat.
* ''{{Eberron}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' has Karrn the Conqueror's ''Analects of War''. Think Sun Tzu as a BloodKnight and you'll pretty much have the idea.
20th Oct '16 6:59:32 PM Willbyr
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12th Oct '16 7:20:39 PM erforce
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' features a number of references to the Pirates' Code until the physical book is actually trotted out and referred to in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''. While Barbarossa claims that it's more a book of guidelines than rules, the pirate community seems to treat the book itself with quite a bit of reverance. Historically, Caribbean pirate ships, like all ships at the time, tended to have their own set of written rules to establish discipline and resolve disputes, even going as far as to state how many shares of the stolen booty each pirate would receive.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' features a number of references to the Pirates' Code until the physical book is actually trotted out and referred to in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''.''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]''. While Barbarossa claims that it's more a book of guidelines than rules, the pirate community seems to treat the book itself with quite a bit of reverance. Historically, Caribbean pirate ships, like all ships at the time, tended to have their own set of written rules to establish discipline and resolve disputes, even going as far as to state how many shares of the stolen booty each pirate would receive.
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