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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:37 am

Seems I keep making the front-page (albeit always in a suitably Richard-distorted form). Currently I might almost be inheriting the pickle left behind by another Swashbuckler?? (or just Richard's fertile imagination). Threats and opportunities... (but still without a coat).

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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:33 pm

jimbotten wrote:Seems I keep making the front-page (albeit always in a suitably Richard-distorted form).  Currently I might almost be inheriting the pickle left behind by another Swashbuckler?? (or just Richard's fertile imagination).  Threats and opportunities... (but still without a coat).
Look on the bright side..........with a desperate Jacobite Government using Irish Thugs to throw the great & good into prison.........if Tom does end up in jail he could end up shareing a cell with a possible Patron like the Mayor of Plymouth or the Lord Mayor of York.

When the Williamite forces sweep back into the country and free the Mayors etc Tom can get out of jail in their wake and walk off with a coat in all fuss & bother.

As an alternative if he signs on one the the Royal Africa's Company slave ships he will not need a coat in West Africa.
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Jason on Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:23 pm

You mean you've taken up a new career as a dodgy estate agent? Wink

Maybe you could find a foreign ambassador in London willing to employ you for some nice safe job?
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:47 am

Perceptive, o King.... but Duke Stuart makes a good point about not needing a coat in warmer climes. Have we started exporting our convicts yet?
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Jason on Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:08 pm

I think we started doing that in the early 1600s, sending them to the American colonies...
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Tue Dec 10, 2013 5:46 pm

Another month and deeper in the doodah... Why aren't npcs susceptible to rational persuasion? (I know, the usual answer - Richard.) wasn't helped by me having an attack of gambling-mania at a very inappropriate moment...
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:38 pm

Two months on, and - at last - some pleasant and (potentially) helpful npcs in view. (It maybe helps I spotted some loaded dice that was emptying their pockets. "Gambling" has more than one positive use.)
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Kingmaker on Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:43 pm

nice....  Razz 


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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:02 pm

OKayyyy.... Someone's being helpful now, but it's the kind of Richard-type help that leaves you feeling you're standing at a crossroads with different sorts of traps down three of the roads and nothing very inviting down the fourth, and you've been blindfolded and spun round...

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:39 pm

jimbotten wrote:Perceptive, o King....  but Duke Stuart makes a good point about not needing a coat in warmer climes.  Have we started exporting our convicts yet?

After the Monmouth Revolt of the 1680's most of the people convicted of taking part were sentanced to be transported to Jamacia and other Island's in the West Indies. Think Yellow Fever etc made the sentance harder than it sounds.

We also sent convict's to the 13 colonies as bonded labour.

However as a Catholic I am not sure the America's is a healthy place for you with Protestant revolts in New York.

Mind you with the Dutch landing in the Humber is England much better?
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:26 am

I note that Thomas' continuing coatlessness is thought a fit subject for humour amongst the cognoscenti elsewhere amidst these threads. Oh well, at least he's achieved that much...

I can't say a lot about his latest situation (he'd have to kill me if I did), but I can say that at last he is rubbing shoulders with someone of more noble blood.
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Fri May 09, 2014 2:29 pm

Things have move on rapidly in London (as might be guessed from the Press) - and Tom is now faced with probably the biggest moral dilemma of his short but eventful life. (And still without a jacket to his name.)
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:46 am

Life gets complicated. Richard can be depended on for that, and now an outside force has given things a stir. Which is all to the good, for this player at least, though not necessarily for Poor Tom. Still struggling a bit with the way an hour's activity "on the ground" can take a month to accomplish, but an elastic imagination is helpful. There is even a possibility that a jacket may be acquired soon!

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:33 pm

jimbotten wrote:Life gets complicated.  Richard can be depended on for that, and now an outside force has given things a stir.  Which is all to the good, for this player at least, though not necessarily for Poor Tom.  Still struggling a bit with the way an hour's activity "on the ground" can take a month to accomplish, but an elastic imagination is helpful.  There is even a possibility that a jacket may be acquired soon!

But what colour Jacket?

I understand that the Dutch do a nice blue one, the English & Scots favour Red and the Bourbons favour a white which can look worrying alike to Hapsburg Austrian.

Have you considered asking your taylor for one which is Red on one side and Blue on the other Very Happy 
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Deacon on Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:09 pm


May I suggest a red coat, and some lovely yellow and brown pants? That way no matter what happens in battle, you're always fashionably attired!

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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Stuart Bailey on Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:30 pm

Deacon wrote:
May I suggest a red coat, and some lovely yellow and brown pants?  That way no matter what happens in battle, you're always fashionably attired!

According to my book on colonial forces in the America's one of the Hispaniola Regiment's had just the uniform you recommend. Joining the rank and file may be a bit hard for Tom as they were recruited from the free Black population. But a commission for a Black Colonial Regiment should be fairly cheap.

How much cash/credit does Tom have on him?

Of course joining a Hapsburg Regiment and then walking around London with the uniform at the Taylors could result in Tom being shot as a spy. But I agree its a very nice uniform even if it does look a bit hot for the West Indies.
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:26 am

Brown in the pants might be functional, but - alas- choosing colours is an option far beyond Tom's current purse. The coat in offing (which remains still tantalising) would be (have been) an "inherited" one...
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Thu Jun 19, 2014 11:51 am

Erk, I seem to be the centre of a spreading contagion of coatlessness... I'd fondly assumed that taking "Gambling" as a skill would mean that you were good at making winning rolls, but maybe not. Anyway, I seem now to have gambled away the coat of a good friend as well as my own. And to be making an un-intended long journey...
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:28 am

...and due to financial and environmental constraints I am still in no position to write a letter this month...
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Basileus on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:48 pm

It seems the only thing to do is offer you a commission in the Imperial Army which means I will then have to bring it to London, the army that is, not just an Imperial uniform. And thus a new war starts just to give a begger a coat. (No offence intended on the begger thing, which I am sure you are not really.)
So in game 7 we will have to have the "War of the Beggers Coat". As good a reason as any to go to war.
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Kingmaker on Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:10 am

Seems suffice by reason to kick off....  


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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:53 am

Basileus wrote:It seems the only thing to do is offer you a commission in the Imperial Army which means I will then have to bring it to London, the army that is, not just an Imperial uniform. And thus a new war starts just to give a begger a coat. (No offence intended on the begger thing, which I am sure you are not really.)
So in game 7 we will have to have the "War of the Beggers Coat". As good a reason as any to go to war.


Could you make that an invasion of America instead..?

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Post by Stuart Bailey on Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:07 pm

jimbotten wrote:
Basileus wrote:It seems the only thing to do is offer you a commission in the Imperial Army which means I will then have to bring it to London, the army that is, not just an Imperial uniform. And thus a new war starts just to give a begger a coat. (No offence intended on the begger thing, which I am sure you are not really.)
So in game 7 we will have to have the "War of the Beggers Coat". As good a reason as any to go to war.


Could you make that an invasion of America instead..?


I refer you to the bloody great double headed eagle flying over the America's (well Mexico City).

Some may say it is a nice friendly bird which brings rain, fertility and coats to the coatless.

Other's may say it looks very much like the Imperial Battle Flag.
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by The Real Louis on Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:54 pm

Hmm, down Mexico way...
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Re: Thomas Blakeney

Post by Basileus on Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:25 am

Sorry Jim but I fail to see how an invasion of America by the Holy Roman Empire will help you to get a coat in London?

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