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What has happened to Flashy ??????????

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Re: What has happened to Flashy ??????????

Post by Basileus on Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:06 pm

Bizzie is still in the Germania team. A bit out of control, but still hanging on in there for his next adventure........
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Re: What has happened to Flashy ??????????

Post by revvaughan on Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:29 pm

We shall send you some medication other than Opium, beer and sausages for him. Poor fellow must have bumped his head!
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Post by Basileus on Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:33 pm

I tried to role play him a bit. He went totally off the rails after sampling absinthe a few years back in the game when he staying in Paris. He never recovered after that point and it took the German government a few years to realise went wrong!
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Post by revvaughan on Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:39 pm

WE are most pleased that the German Government has come to its senses and there could be some cooperation on the horizon instead of shelling. We like to shell things pretty much, but we much prefer to shell someone and somethings that are less German.
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Post by Basileus on Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:28 pm

Ottonians (Ottomans), Moors and Chinese are all current suitable targets. Revolutionaries as well. Need to ask the Russians what they want shelling as well?
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Post by revvaughan on Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:52 pm

The Royal Navy Gunnery School will be giving lessons within the season to some gentlemen from Peking! Sounds like it will be a smashing evening for them!


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Re: What has happened to Flashy ??????????

Post by Stuart Bailey on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:36 pm

revvaughan wrote:Seems Lord Derby and the good Lord Hardinge are destined to be the good guys that finish last (at least in honor). It would seem that we are last in anything else mind you.

Perhaps our German friends might well take the offer that was transmitted to them this past month. I missed the fact that the good archbishop left, but did take the liberty of sending the Kaiser a kind diplomatic post. We shall see as we certainly don't want the French Republican illness infecting everyone. Good heavens what would happen if the Continent were to surrender without a shot.

On subject of Continent surrendering to French Republicanism without a shot fired......have the Russians run out of Ammo?
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Post by revvaughan on Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:54 pm

Indeed now... We might even send the Russians some ammo as a gift so they can continue to shell!

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:43 pm

July 1859 copy of the Britannic Times is now out and for none Scabble players here are the highlights:

1) Some how the Albion Corporation managed to get on the Prestige list and on a top trade list (For Amerika)!

Some people were starting to think that if you are in "trade" this automatically got you black balled from the best clubs and banned from the prestige list, but it seems that if you are a dodgy opium dealer linked to slum landlords, triads and bank robbers like Lord Farnworth you can buck the trend.

2) Following attacks on British Trade interest's in China Lord Derby has demanded compensation and an apology........this demand is being backed up with threats to seize Chin Shipping & threats against Nanking.

3) The Chin do not seem to have responded to these threats............being too busy with philosophic "musings" and on being out of their heads on Opium.

4) Meanwhile to the North of Chin the Siberian Chief's do not seem very keen on joining a Siberian Cossack Host under the headship of the Czar.........I wonder why not?

5) In the Black Sea that ship of ill Omen for foes of the Czar known as the"Kiev" spotted a Ottoman Invasion (?) fleet but oddly nothing then happened even thought it seems that both the Russians & the Ottomans are now at sea and looking for trouble.

6) In Africa the west wall of Khartoum has fallen down and Bismarck is still a slave and looking for a Tuba.

7) In the America's the Union Army has moved out of Puvurn and for reasons unknown the US Govt seems to be buying Camera's.

Cool Finally in India work has started on the Hanging Gardens of Kashgar and the Bombay Oval is now open. With the Oxford & Cambridge chaps speaking again at least one part of Scabble is spiffing for the chaps.


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Re: What has happened to Flashy ??????????

Post by Jason on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:46 pm

Always enjoy your Scramble updates Smile Perhaps the US Govt is about to set up Hollywood? And I dread to think what Bismarck is going to do with a tuba...

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:22 pm

Jason wrote:Always enjoy your Scramble updates Smile Perhaps the US Govt is about to set up Hollywood? And I dread to think what Bismarck is going to do with a tuba...

My theory is that Bismarck and his Tuba are going to end up in a "Janissary Band" or as Chief of a Harem.

The real question is not what job Bismarck ends up with but which of the large collection of North Africa's Mad Sultans, Mad Kings & Mad Madhi he ends up working for?

Ref the US Govt they probably do need Hollywood and a historic re-write on a par with Braveheart to explain away a couple of small points:

1) The growth of the CSA

2) How they lost the Indian Wars

3) Why the Union Jack now flys over Ohio

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Thu May 25, 2017 10:51 pm

The August 1859 Britannic Times has shown up and for forum watchers who do not play scrabble here are the highlights:

1) Perhaps in reply to Lord Farnworth and his Triad chums in the Opium Cartel (AKA the Albion Corp) getting hold of a Gun Boat this month seemed to see quite a lot of macho display by Lord F's Brit rivals. In Liverpool the Black Watch are testing a new Rifle, Hong Kong & in particular the Hong Kong Sewers seem's to be over-run by the fuzz. While the HEIC reply was "I will see your Gun Boat & raise you three Battleships".

In contrast to Brigadier Caine scaring the ***** out of "Red" Liverpool the warm cuddly HEIC - favourite share of retired Clergy & Maiden Aunt Investors - did their best to calm down any scary vibes by putting on pony rides and boat trips and having Indian Tatler drap young Debs like the Hon Emila James (age 17) and the Raini of Pabna (age 16) all over their new Battleships.

2) The Opium Corporation is probably not that bothered by display's of raw fire power but as usual readers of the Britannic Times are left baffled and wondering what the hell is going on in the Opium Trade? And what do all the dead bodies mean in the ongoing power struggle to control the trade in Opium?

This months dead bodies include a half German half Chinese business man stabbed in the back in Berlin. This gentlemen was a supplier of Chemicals..... such as you use to turn Opium into Morphine? Plus Lord Yip the Chinese Governor of Fatshan murdered in a Canton Opium Den with a "Boxer" type message by his body.

3) Apart from the usual side effects of the Opium Trade it was a very peaceful month. Not even the Russians shot anyone! I put this down to the Russian Foreign Policy suffering a crisis and in a state of near paralyis over who it hates more. The Janissary Junta or the regime in Yalu.

4) German's also failed to move directly against the besieged Sultan of the Moors. Rather they seem to be trying to infiltrate his harem using a French one legged ex nun and Bismarck has his Tuba back which has broken tougher men than the Moors.

5) Plenty of diplomacy by the Brits, Global Adventurers, even the Russians but not to any seeming effect. Our Hero the great Flashy is now locked in a deadly diplomatic struggle over cups of tea and angel cake!

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Fri May 26, 2017 10:25 pm

In the Highlights of August 1859 I sadly forgot to mention the latest doing's of Charles Darcy or "My name is Darcy, Charles Darcy" as he is now known.

In the true traditions of "For God King and Country" players our hero showed up in India trying to find out who dumped the straggled body of his dear father in the Street. In a population of 160,000,000 people he has since shown a exceptional ability to bump into and share a friendly G & T with some of the biggest crooks in the game, trip over more dead bodies and has found out that dear dead Daddy Darcy was either a member of the Thuggee Cult and mixed up with murder and jewel theft.... or he and all this kin has been marked down as Demons to be destroyed by the Cult (or pehaps both).

At this point Charles committed the one crime which will almost certainly attract the attention of the HEIC in that he flashed a pistol around in a market disrupted TRADE affraid (actually delaying trains, damage to cricket pitches and locking Flashman up tends to get their attention as well).

Think Charles got out of this one fairly lightly......given the option of a spell of hard labour breaking rocks for the HEIC new breakwater in Kashgar or doing a couple of small jobs. Charles accepted the offered Captains Commission in the Guides and secondment to Army Int Service. Starting to wonder if breaking rocks might not have been the safer option than trying to smash the Thuggee and the Triads as so far:

1) Most people wanting to report to the Regt on the Aral Sea from Delhi would catch a train then a boat. Our hero bought a horse and was all set to ride across the Hindu Kush or through the Afghan Badlands.

2) For trip he has asked for a HEIC pass..........not sure how well this is going to work on Afghans, Triads & Thugee.

3) Has now loaded up with Pistol ammo, a Tulwar because a British Sabre may give him away (Good thinking) but also requested the latest British Army Rifle. Not sure how a British Sabre will give him away but a very rare British Rifle will not?

So after eating a hearty meal in the mess, putting on Indian Garb and meeting his team and sorting out some equipment our latest Hero is all set to join the "Great Game" with its caste of Afghans, Thuggee, Triads, Nuns, German & Russian Agents, Tigers, Cobra's, Yeti and if he is lucky the odd dancing girl. And Mr Yorke etc thought they had it hard!

Anyone any last words (sorry I mean kind words) for Captain Darcy?

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:55 pm

August 1859 Britannic Times has shown up and for non scabble players here are the highlights:

1) Two really scary bits of news - in New York a employee of the brokers Goldman & Sachs has jumped to her death but left a suicide note speaking of tentacled horrors and a evil shadow over New York while in North Africa Bismarck has sobered up, stopped drinking the green fairy juice and declared that he wants his old job back affraid

2) Bismarck is currently a slave of the ex-nun Rose and is on a mission to save Rose's beloved Eric from Moorish captivity. A mission which seems to have been complicated a German Invasion and siege of Meknes. Currently its unclear in the German Army is on the same mission or is on a mission to stop Bismarck ever getting back to the Fatherland.

3) German's and Russians seem to be in a contest to see who can hold the most pray meetings. Since the Archbishop Schonmuller seems to be mostly speaking to Mohammedans in a language they do not understand the Czar's happy hymn singing cossack hordes seem to be winning this one.

4) On subject of the happy hymn singing cossack horde (Far East Branch) they seem to have gained a ally in Yong and another Russian fleet has made it to the HEIC Port of Bombay. Which leads many to think: a) Things are not looking good for the Queen of Koreva & b) Goldman & Sachs, Russian Hymn Singers, Green tentacled things, Traids, The CSA, The USA........is their no one the Merchants of Britannia are not willing to trade with?????

5) Currently the merchants of Great Britannia mostly seem to be having "Natural Problems".......a) In Kashgar it seems that people have been so busy building Ports, Persian Gardens, etc, etc that someone forgot the bridge or ferry across the Kashgar River b) In Hong Kong someone built a lot of roads which do not seem to actually go anywhere c) Port Victoria in Manipur now finished but a unmarked reef has damaged several ships. d) Part of Khartoum's wall's have fallen into Nile as a result of Coastal Erosion.

6) In contrast the Global Adventurers seem to have a very man made problem in the shape of a Spanish Army & Navy with orders to hunt them down and "clear out nest of bandits" in Cuba. Global is the Trade Company with the highest Prestige but it seems to lack the Government backing and fire power its British Rivals like the Tea Cartel & the HEIC.

7) On subject of HEIC military they seem to be in process of getting new Uniforms issued, while much of the new kit seems to be based on hard campaign experience in high mountain and desert terrain the Number One's of the Poona Light Horse etc seem to be based on the hard won experience of Flashman in Ballrooms and Bordello's around the world corncerning which military fashion will most impresses the ladies.

Cool Unfortunately with HEIC supply Officers etc so busy with new Uniforms no one was around to supply Captain Charles Darcy with a modern British Rifle and he had to buy his own Jezzail and sort out his own orders. Mind you it probably should be said that anyone walking round Delhi with a rifle like a North West Frontier Bad Man is probably going to stand out like a sore thumb. However, if Charles does end up in the Afghan badlands in pursuit of drug smugglers and Thuggee a Jezzail and a Kyber Knife may be more suitable than something like a Lee Enfield India Pattern which tends to scream out to gentlemen who know their rifles "Hon East Indian Company & a follower of the way of wrist spin & the Lee-Enfield".

9) Meanwhile back in Blighty Lord Derby is trying to get people to settle in Canada (Bonika) and has declared a intention to undertake a Grand Tour of Brit Colonies & Interests. Time table is yet to be fixed and Lord Derby's security people probably want to keep things fairly fluid but already the prospect of such a such a tour had caused panic in the female population from Kington to Hong Kong.


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Re: What has happened to Flashy ??????????

Post by Stuart Bailey on Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:28 pm


The Sept 1859 Britannic Times has shown up and for non scabble players here are the highlights:

1) Players and non players will be aware that this game has seen a long struggle between the:

DARK SIDE - Opium, Global Corp, Nuns, Triads, Green Fairy, Albian Corporation, Thugee, The King of Siam, Mad Vodoo Priests, French Republicans, Afghans, Large Green Things with tentacles, Reds, Mad Mullahs & Mad Scientist types etc, etc

& THE LIGHT - Tea esp black with a dash of milk, the HEIC, The gentile sound of cricket balls on willow, Railways, The Tea Cartel, Brits & chaps with stiff upper lips and solid morals such as Queen Victoria & her Noble subjects like Lord Derby, The Royal Navy & India Special Branch.

Too date the stuggle has mostly been in India, China the Orient and in the back streets of Europe. Generally speaking the DARK SIDE has done best in China, worst in India were its curses and terror tactics has run into the Light Lords of the Way (The way of Wrist Spin and the Lee Enfield). The Orient being a bit of a mess mostly due to the involvment of the Forces of the Gray like the Afrika Corp and the Russians.

On the GRAY its fair to say that the Hymn Singing Hordes of the Czar seem fairly sound on Tea Drinking, Reds & Railways. But at the end of the day they do not play Cricket, & are just not Pukka C of E.

2) As of Sept 1859 the Geographic Area of the Dark moved sharply West with the drowning in a Washington DC street of the President of the USA and the ritual slaughter of Goldman & Sach's Brokers in New York. No one knows why the forces of Darkness has moved to the New World but possible theories include an attempt to block the development of British Canada & worry the the Far East may be about to get too active for hidden dirty deeds.

3) Aside from the Brit declaration of War on the Chin for treaty violation a couple of months back.....another issue which may be about to bath the Eastern Map in the light of High Explosive is that Queen Min of Koreva has just of lead a Army of Invasion into the province of Yong. Shortly after the Prince of Yong (viewed as a rebel by Koreva) signed a treaty of Alliance with the Khan of Khans & Supreme Hetman.....better known as the Czar of all the Russia's.

To date the the invaders have not really run into much opposition and the defenders of Yong would seem to have fallen back to the great coastal fortress of Wei-hi-tang. The world now wonders if Queen Min will be able to storm the sea girt Fort of the Eagles on its rocky headland before the wind brings the first faint sounds of Hymn Singing Cossacks.

In other more mundane news:

4) British settlers are heading out to Canada were they have been given land grants in Bonika. Some nay sayers in Liverpool are saying its too late in the year......but the Settlers are showing true British pluk and faith in the good ship Titanic and laughing at Ice Bergs in Ungava Bay.

5) Field Marshal Model continues to besiege the Muur's Sultan in Meknes but has had three bits of bad news:

a) The Muurs fortress gunners are outshooting his artillery
b) The Muurs have taken the province of El Oued behind his back
c) In perhaps the worst news of all Bismarck is back and trying to cheer his troops up! To be fair Bismarck now seems off the Green Fairy and sober but the Afrika Corp were feeling in fine fettle. Or at least they were before Bismarck started to talk about going mad in the sun, and sand in their shoes.

6) British Diplomats and explorers have made it to Dayton and a small ramshackle west coast settlement known Seattle.

7) Dispite a fire on the good ship Defero a telegraph cable has been laid between Calcutta the mighty industrial heart of British India and Hong Kong. Not sure what a certain "Western Educated Gentleman in Peking" famous for writing his "musings" in the Britannic Times will make of this or the news that the British Merchant Fleet is growing at a rate of Knotts.

Cool Back in India the HEIC continues to play railway rivals with itself and dish out the cash on Princes, Landowners and School Kids who share its love of Steam Trains and Cricket. Clearly this mix of bribery and brain washing of young minds is having some effect as the Prestige list now read's:

- Czar of Russia,
- Opium dealer
- Even bigger British Opium dealer
- Opium dealer
- Hon East India Company

9) Meanwhile Charles Darcy spent month hanging round Temples and did not cause a riot........probably because he was not carrying a rifle and had some Professional help.

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