†††† Happy New Year!†††

†††† A lot happened this turn.One player was virtually annihilated.Part I of the Bohemian should be posted separately.Only those close to the action know what happened this turn.

†††† We still have players who do not seem to know the rules, and show an unwilling attitude towards learning them.

†††† Read the rules.Please.Iíve said this before, and Iím a bit tired of it.Most of you listen, but there are some who are trying my patience with this game. Iíve been having to spend as much as 2-3 hours trying to process one playerís turn - no more.If it were just one thing, it wouldnít be so bad. Let me give you some examples:

D Diplomat Francis - Head of Embassy in Region (Kingdom of Region)

- Learn size of Kingdom

There are at least 3 players (just this turn) trying to get diplomats who are in embassies to do something.The rules clearly (admittedly after some revision by this GM) show that diplomats in an embassy are considered to be inactive - they have their hands full running an embassy, any orders to them will confuse them, sometimes causing them to shut down an embassy in efforts to accomplish what their leader (the player) wants them to do.Any info (via an embassy) gained will automatically be sent to the player.In the example above (the name of the region was changed to protect the guilty), I had to calculate the percentage that diplomat would close down the embassy, and try to attempt a spying mission. Fully realizing of course that a diplomat is not allowed by the rules to spy.Rule 6.1.13 covers all allowable diplomat actions.

E1DP+15†† or

E Explorer Job - Region - get troops

Only two players guilty of this (this turn). Explorers are not diplomats. Nor are they regular leaders. They purposely try to avoid contact with people as a rule. Rule 6.1.14 covers all allowable explorer actions.The explorer in the above example got confused, and tried to command troops. He got laughed at, and then took an extended vacation (he may desert).

There were at least two players this turn and two different players last turn who tried to move troops out of a region of an economic ally.

†††† The point is, when in doubt, read the rules.Too many players just doing whatever (and whatever may work in other campaigns, but not here).If you donít understand the rules, then ask. I will try to clarify.If there are too many different things wrong in one players turn, then the turn will be left unprocessed.

†††† Merc Pools

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Inf††††††††† Cav†††††††† Sge†††††††† Wrs/Trns

Brittania:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11 ††††††††† -††††††††††††† -††††††††††††† 13/9

West Europe:††††††††††††††††††††† 10 ††††††††† 3†††††††††† 7 ††††††††††† 4/1

Central Europe:†† 8 ††††††††††† 6 ††††††††††† - †††††††††††† 2/3

East Europe:†††††††††††††††††††††† 11 ††††††††† 15 ††††††††† -††††††††††††† 6/6

†††††††††††††† Leader:849 Chaver

Middle East:†††††††††††††††††††††† 12†††††††††† 1†††††††††††† 8 ††††††††††† 3/3

North Africa:††††††††††††††††††††† 5 ††††††††††† 3†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† 7/8

Central Asia:†††††††††††††††††††††† 10†††††††††† 10†††††††††† 5†††††††††††† 5/5

†††† I still need to know from all players which type of word files they can send their turns in on, so if possible we can at some later date move this game to being totally on-line.Currently my system can handle microsoft works (not word), rtf and pdf files.Any other file type gets to me in such a disassociated condition as to be totally unusable.I have received files as long as 700 pages, all electronic gibberish.Iíve asked for this before, but I guess only 4 players (out of 20+) read this letter.

†††† The turn is due as always, the last day of the month, in this case 31 January.CYA!