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8th Apr '16 7:35:27 AM Adept
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* Quite a few BoardGames and CardGames have extensive literature on strategy, of which by far the largest (at least in North America) are TabletopGame/{{Chess}}, {{bridge}}, and {{poker}}.
* Doyle Brunson's ''Super System'' and its sequel are {{Poker}}'s traditional BigBookOfWar. Its advice is typically considered out-of-date these days, leaving the title up for grabs. ''Phil Gordon's Little Green Book'' and Daniel Negreanu's ''Power Hold'Em Strategy'' are two contenders. ''Caro's Book of Poker Tells'' is another classic, if more specialized.

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* Quite a few BoardGames and CardGames have extensive literature on strategy, of which by far the largest (at least in North America) are TabletopGame/{{Chess}}, {{bridge}}, TabletopGame/{{bridge}}, and {{poker}}.
TabletopGame/{{poker}}.
* Doyle Brunson's ''Super System'' and its sequel are {{Poker}}'s Poker's traditional BigBookOfWar. Its advice is typically considered out-of-date these days, leaving the title up for grabs. ''Phil Gordon's Little Green Book'' and Daniel Negreanu's ''Power Hold'Em Strategy'' are two contenders. ''Caro's Book of Poker Tells'' is another classic, if more specialized.
20th Mar '16 4:02:53 PM HereticalShinigami
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** One of Guderian's self-acclaimed foremost influences, Basil Liddell-Hart, has quite the archive on armoured theory, currently in the possession of King's College London. Widely regarded as one of the greatest exponents of mechanisation, he was a driving force in helping to push Britain towards preparing for World War Two.
* Britain's National Archives also retains the military pamphlets of CIGS, the Imperial General Staff, which form their own Little Archive of War, insofar as they cover the stratagems and tactics of handling various military units in the field dating back over a century.
19th Feb '16 1:42:42 PM littlebeeper
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*** "[[TheGreys Tau]] are frightened by fire, water and hairy people [[note]]do you really have to be told you 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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*** "[[TheGreys Tau]] are frightened by fire, water and hairy people [[note]]do you really have to be told you 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]]"
17th Feb '16 5:19:45 AM DaibhidC
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* General Tacticus' memoirs ''Veni Vidi Vici: A Soldier's Life'' in Literature/{{Discworld}}, featuring practical advice such as "When one army is within an impregnable fortress, well-garrisoned and well-stocked with provisions and the other is not - endeavor to be the one on the inside."
** But not for nothing is Tacticus considered history's greatest warlord, and the man who lent his name to the art of large-scale combat. On the same subject, he notes that if you are ''not'' the one inside, then let them ''stay'' there.
** Another anecdote concerns Genua (a city pretty much on the opposite side of the continent from Ankh-Morpork) inviting General Tacticus to become their new king. He accepts, and, upon taking the throne, reviews their stategic situation and decides to promptly declare war on their most dangerous enemy... Ankh-Morpork.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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General Tacticus' memoirs ''Veni Vidi Vici: A Soldier's Life'' in Literature/{{Discworld}}, ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', featuring practical advice such as "When one army is within an impregnable fortress, well-garrisoned and well-stocked with provisions and the other is not - endeavor to be the one on the inside."
** *** But not for nothing is Tacticus considered history's greatest warlord, and the man who lent his name to the art of large-scale combat. On the same subject, he notes that if you are ''not'' the one inside, then let them ''stay'' there.
** *** Another anecdote concerns Genua (a city pretty much on the opposite side of the continent from Ankh-Morpork) inviting General Tacticus to become their new king. He accepts, and, upon taking the throne, reviews their stategic situation and decides to promptly declare war on their most dangerous enemy... Ankh-Morpork.Ankh-Morpork.
** In ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', mention is made of the ''Art of War'', although unlike Roundworld's version, nobody remembers who wrote it. Because all the ruling classes of the Agatean Empire fight according to the Five Rules and Nine Principles, warfare is much more organised and civilised and mostly consists of short periods of excitement followed by long periods of checking the index. (The Silver Horde, on the other hand, don't fight according to any rules at all.)
11th Feb '16 2:05:38 AM Kurogane7
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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated [[note]][[LostTechnology actually this is true, 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, 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]]."
31st Jan '16 5:50:19 AM darrenr
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* Heinz Guderian wrote the book - literally - on combined arms warfare and the most effective use of tanks when he penned ''Achtung-Panzer!'' in 1936. Despite the book being heavily influenced by the writings of British strategists such as Hobart, Fuller and Liddell-Hart, the German Blitzkrieg of 1940 still caught the Allies by surprise.
26th Jan '16 12:47:43 PM margdean56
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** Starfleet's General Orders, which has rules for everything Star Fleet does. Various General Orders were mentioned in the series and films, and many have been compiled together in online list. General Order 1 is, of course, the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]]. General Order 7, for example, is the command to avoid the planet that Captain Pike found in the original pilot, on the basis that the locals were the first God-like aliens that Starfleet had ever encountered.

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** Starfleet's General Orders, which has rules for everything Star Fleet does. Various General Orders were mentioned in the series and films, and many have been compiled together in online list. General Order 1 is, of course, the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]]. General Order 7, for example, is the command to avoid the planet that Captain Pike found in the original pilot, on the basis that the locals were the first God-like godlike aliens that Starfleet had ever encountered.



* In Gilbert & Sullivan's ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', the heroine of Rose Maybud was raised from birth by a "little book of etiquette," the contents of which are never known except that Rose herself is an expert in all matters of propriety as a result.

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* In Gilbert & Sullivan's ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', the heroine of heroine, Rose Maybud Maybud, was raised from birth by a "little book of etiquette," the contents of which are never known (apart from the times when Rose quotes from the book) except that Rose herself is an expert in all matters of propriety as a result.result.
-->Yet here it says in plainest print,\\
"It's most unladylike to hint!"
10th Jan '16 6:16:51 PM avpfreak15
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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated [[note]][[LostTechnology actually this is true, but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their weapons]][[/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, but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their weapons]][[/note]], equipment]][[/note]], and inferior to our own [[note]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much]][[/note]]."
10th Jan '16 6:13:57 PM avpfreak15
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*** "[[SpaceElves Eldar]] are [[TheChessmaster cowardly and cynical]], and their weapons are antiquated [[note]][[LostTechnology actually this is true]][[/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]][[/note]], true, but the Imperium is the last faction to be criticizing someone over the age of their weapons]][[/note]], and inferior to our own [[note]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien this, not so much]][[/note]]."
18th Dec '15 2:40:29 PM eroock
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