Created By: TBeholder on July 4, 2010 Last Edited By: TBeholder on July 5, 2010

HAD To Be Sharp

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If you have too few resources, you have to show resourcefulness. One can do better... if not allowed to take easy ways.

  • Training from Hell
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong

  • Benefactors by Rudyard Kipling.
  • Ernest Rutherford: "We don't have the money, so we have to think."
  • Girl Genius:
    Dimo: Haff all dose guys vit de baron gone soft over de years -- or haff ve become... sharper because ve leave de group und haff to tink better?
  • The Witcher:
    For decades they said about Kovir that its only riches are sand and seawater. This joke was remembered when Kovir de-facto monopolized the world market of glass and salt.
  • Proverbs. "Necessity is the mother of invention". Or a Russian variant, "the need will force you to eat buns" [instead of plain rye bread, that is].

Community Feedback Replies: 6
  • June 12, 2010
    • Scrooge Mc Duck is made of this trope.
  • June 13, 2010
    • Spelljammer got Scro. Orcs and other goblinoids were cornered into barren Death World by elves, but when they finally emerged... uh oh. They see common orcs as backward louts for a reason.
    • Underdark may count. Spelljammers' wider access to the magical utilities is understandable because they got more connections and, by necessity, wizards -- but the Underdark is about being cool just because the Death World requires this. Drow may prefer cheapskate solutions, but they are still packed with magic to the eartips. Swirfnevlin are just barely comparable with surface gnomes (except tinkers, but they are just that crazy).

  • June 17, 2010
    • Regional Feats introduced in Forgotten Realms 3 ed. involved this. Those who live in the jungles learn to survive in the wild, people raised in The Magocracy tend to know how to talk their way around problems and have an eye for magic stuff, and so on.
  • July 4, 2010
    • Napoleon Bonaparte. When he haven't all that great power, he was a brilliant tactician and formidable strategist. But when he got half of the Europe? He quickly slipped into the "Bigger Stick" strategy. And after extolling the importance of logistics pulled himself into the biggest logistical catastrophe of his age.

    So, launch it?
  • July 4, 2010
    Real Life: There's the expression "What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger." Which is often subverted in both real life and fiction.
  • July 5, 2010
    @ Bisected8: wasn't it Nietzsche?