History Main / PlanningWithProps

18th Jul '17 9:39:18 PM Argon2
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* Anyone doing any sort of planning will often resort to this. It is most common with members of the military, or people doing military simulation of any kind, to just grab sticks, rocks, anything they can find to create their plan. The military also takes this a step further when creating sand-tables of the battle area by using children's toys (typically plastic army men) to represent everything the soldiers will see in the field, and then use strings or sticks to show directions.

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* Anyone doing any sort of planning will often resort to this. It is most common with members of the military, or people doing military simulation of any kind, to just grab sticks, rocks, or anything they can find to create their plan. The military also takes this a step further when creating sand-tables of the battle area by using children's toys (typically plastic army men) to represent everything the soldiers will see in the field, and then use strings or sticks to show directions.
1st Feb '17 7:40:49 AM DeathsApprentice
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* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Holt, Jake, Rosa, and Bob Annderson, Holt's contact in the FBI, plan the heist with the contents of their pockets, but the only props available are pieces of lint from Jake's pocket. Holt and Annderson are the only ones who can differentiate between their pieces of lint.
-->'''Annderson''': My lint is round. My lint is approximately one centimeter in diamter. My lint is blue.\\
'''Holt''': My lint is oblong. My lint is approximately half a centimeter in length. My lint is also blue.
30th Oct '16 3:31:14 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Winds of Fate'' of the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, Elspeth, Darkwind, Skif, Nyara, and the gryphons plan an elaborate ambush for the BigBad, Mornelithe Falconsbane, using twigs, pinecones, flowers, and other natural items as props. Their plan falls apart when Falconsbane, upon arriving on the scene, [[SherlockScan notices their props and figures it out]].

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* In ''Winds of Fate'' of the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, Elspeth, Darkwind, Skif, Nyara, and the gryphons plan an elaborate ambush for the BigBad, Mornelithe Falconsbane, using twigs, pinecones, flowers, and other natural items as props. Their plan falls apart when Falconsbane, upon arriving on the scene, [[SherlockScan notices their props and figures it out]].
26th Oct '16 10:56:33 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': In "The Jailhouse Job", Nate plans his GreatEscape using a map constructed of a checkerboard, checkers, rulers and other props he could source in prison.
3rd Oct '16 3:48:06 PM SuddenFrost
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* George O Smith's "Calling the Empress", the second story of the ''Venus Equilateral'' series, has a scene where Don Channing starts drawing on a tablecloth in Joe's, the space station's bar and restaurant:
--->"That spot of gravy," explained Don, "is Mars. The jelly is the ''Empress of Kolain.'' Coffee stain is Venus, and up here by this cigarette burn is Venus Equilateral. Get me?"
::: Although the characters never make use of stains on the tablecloths again, drawing on Joe's tablecloths becomes a RunningGag through the rest of the series.
17th Sep '16 11:31:52 PM foxley
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* ''Series/AgathaRaisin'': In "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley", Agatha attempts to map out the relationships between the suspects and the victim using a map and various household objects. It is not helped when she attempts to use her cat to represent one of the suspects, and the cat promptly jumps off the table.
1st Sep '16 12:48:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''WorldInConflict'': In the intro to the final mission, Col. Sawyer briefs his officers inside a small diner, and resorts to using various condiments and a radio to illustrate his battle plans.

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* ''WorldInConflict'': ''VideoGame/WorldInConflict'': In the intro to the final mission, Col. Sawyer briefs his officers inside a small diner, and resorts to using various condiments and a radio to illustrate his battle plans.
12th Aug '16 1:26:40 AM PaulA
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* A variation--in that it's a historical reenactment rather than planning for an upcoming battle--takes place in LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga novel ''The Warrior's Apprentice''.

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* A variation--in that it's a historical reenactment rather than planning for an upcoming battle--takes place in LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's novel ''The Warrior's Apprentice''.''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice''.
8th Jun '16 12:58:07 PM MsChibi
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A character is trying to outline a battle plan, a [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball game plan]] or ASimplePlan. They will always use the first items that come to hand, and these will nearly always be salt and pepper shakers, a bottle of mustard or other condiments, and possibly tableware like spoons and napkins.

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A character is trying to outline a battle plan, a [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball game plan]] or ASimplePlan. [[NoodleImplements They will always use the first items that come to hand, and these will nearly always be salt and pepper shakers, a bottle of mustard or other condiments, and possibly tableware like spoons and napkins.
napkins.]]
30th Mar '16 5:55:38 AM Willbyr
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