Well I am a touch surpised at the language used by Dave. I adopted a policy of passivity, helpfulness, openness and honesty with regard to dealing with all factions. I was involved in hostilities with a single faction.. Dave's Chinese Chaing Kai Shek? forces whom I openly declared war on in turn 1. Aside from a murderous attack by Roland(Rat) the amoral Czech (more on him later) my doings were 100% cooperative. I worked hand in hand with the Japanese of Toggy Bob(who clearly had not yet developed their Pearl Harbor tendencies), the rather easy to deal with Americans of Steve Rimmer, the Pinko Chinese of Bob Lauder who although displaying many of the suspicions of outsiders characteristic of that race, seemed extremely relieved to find I was a man of my word throughout. The unfathomable Baluchi? and Army of God factions were not difficult to deal with just rather difficult to understand what they were actually doing for 2 days as it appeared to be not much. The White Russians who allegedly murdered the Czar and their buddies who spent the weekend hunting around amongst obelisks where surprisingly easy customers, er I mean friends to work with and I took immense pleasure from our mutually beneficial financial transactions. I found the British Empire rather aloof, withdrawn and suspicious. I heard rumours of their cruelty to animals and general distrust of Johnny Foreigner. My dealings with them were extremely limited. The Turks I found rather decadent, concentrating on food, s e x and dubious maritime insurance fraud. I would characterise the Hollywood adventurers as drug adled ner'do'wells of whom I have scant knowledge and suspect their activities were some kind of world p o r n o g r a p h y quest on behalf of an underground film making concern. As for rumours of my repeated complicity in moving the Mad Monk Rasputin from location to location across western Russia, these are totally false. He was always where I said he was and why various Russian factions both White and Red should have thought otherwise I have no idea. Kai Shek's Chinese can be summed up in 2 words... Stubborn and Silly. They saw conspiracy around every corner, serially failed to recognize a good commercial chance when placed under their nose and made the fatal mistake of letting emotion get in the way of a straight financial opportunity. That is NO way to fight a war.
I leave the last word for a man who has truly plummed the depths of dark depravity. He has become a parody of himself. Trawling around Asia on a gaudily painted train and rolling into each town like a 3rd rate circus act. Despite spending an entire weekend stabbing people in the back, breaking deals and murdering innocents, he ended up destitute, friendless, humiliated and stranded in the arse end of the world without a paddle for the canoe which he had just bought from someone who didn't own it and had sunk before his disbelieving eyes. That someone could have been smarter and more cunning than he had never crossed his mind! As ye sow, shall ye reap
As for any rumours of... inaccurate promisary notes, murder of monks, double payments from the bank, espionage regarding secret government papers held by other players, false clues, rumours of non existent attacks and alliances, clandenstine coffee meetings in the kitchen of the Guide Hall, robbery of cash, falsification of documentation, misplacing of information, hooky card shuffling and generally non gentlemanly behaviour, I take extreme exception to such and will demand satisfaction from anyone peddling such filth at the first opportunity.
To all my friends across the world may I say, it was a pleasure to have done you.