My chop (the Chinese ideograms in the blue rectangular box at the top) was made for me in Vancouver's Chinatown in 1978. It supposedly consists of the syllables of my last name converted into the ideograms representing the closest Chinese sounds. But I have recently been advised that first, there are more than two syllables in my chop, and second, these translate very loosely into a writer of status with a light touch. Perhaps, after all, it simply says: "Made in China". It could be worse.
It may be getting worse: "I don't know who advised you on your chop but as a Hong Kong Chinese, I can safely tell you that your chop is perfectly fine. First, the chop consists of the correct number of syllables of your last name. Second, the translation of the chop means 'Stretch High'. This meaning is very good and very cool in my opinion. For example, when the stock market is low, and somebody comes into the market and buys all the good stuff at low prices, the prices will then go up. That somebody is pushing up the prices, and thus stretching the prices up. Use your chop well and often. It can bring you luck and wealth." [LH]
All I can say at this point is this: I suspect that my luck may have already been used up, as I am 6'-5", or 195.5 cm, stretched high. So all I have to look forward to now is wealth. As I've said before, it could be worse.
two games available in Issue 31 are Petrograd
1917 and Petrograd Lite. These are
card-based simulations of the Russian Revolution and Bolshevik Coup
d'Etat of 1917, for 2 to 6 (Petrograd 1917) or 2 to
5 (Petrograd Lite) players. Petrograd 1917
is the more detailed simulation, in which each player creates and
controls one of the political organizations in Russia at the time. He
must attempt to gain influence over or control Army units, Militia
units and Factories, and by doing so, gain influence over the potential
voters. All components are in full colour. Petrograd Lite
is a simpler version, using slightly modified Dvorak Deck rules, and
with all components in greyscale.
available in Issue 33 is Red Peter for 2
to 5 players.
It's a card game based on Petrograd 1917, but much
faster-playing. It's mechanics are based on Brian Train's Caudillo
Stay tuned to
this space for the availability of Mightier
Than The Sword: A Chronology of the Development of the Board Wargame
From Its Earliest Antecedents
to the Present Moment. It's about 286 8½"x11" pages in full
The intent of the book is twofold: to demonstrate how the board wargame as we now know it evolved to its present state; and to investigate the relationship between playability and historical realism.
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