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Honor vs. Winning

Poster: Betty & David Eyer <Betty_and_David@compuserve.com>

Lyanna writes:

>>It is usually the case that the Midrealm
really doesn't care about who wins or loses.  In the meantime, the East
year round to beat the Midrealm at Pennsic. ..snip...Because of Jafar, the
Midrealm got nationalistic.  This behavior was wrong.  It was wrong for the
Mid this
year and it is wrong for the East every year.  This time, because of Jafar,
the Midrealm took the Eastern gusto to fight and WIN to an extreme.  In
short, the Mid adopted some bad habits practiced in the past by the
East..snip.. The pervasive nationalism..snip... really should have no part
in our game. <<

You are, of course, entitled to your opinion.  I fail to follow you to the
conclusion that preparing for war or feeling a sense of pride in your
kingdom is dishonorable.  The thing, to me, that is fun about battle is
seeing the strategy play out - how well do the leaders develop a plan, and
how well does the army play it out?  This takes preparation - war
practices, small team drills, triad drills, etc.  This preparation leads to
a sense of comaraderie and pride.  This is very honorable, very period and
part of the way of the warrior.  The problem comes when the line is crossed
into cheating and being petty.  An interest in winning is not dishonorable,
a determination to win at all costs is.  Your quote above indicates that
you think the East always fights dishonorably - is that really what you
meant to say?!?

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