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Old October 9 2012, 10:31 PM   #124
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Re: TP: Brinkmanship by Una McCormack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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And yet the Tzenkethi seemed to be playing them like a fiddle.
Well, that's because they were. Like I said, the Venetans need to understand how everyone else is playing the game before they can be even the slightest bit effective at it themselves. But if they can learn that other cultures aren't doing things the Venetan way, I can see possibilities for them other than "cave in" or "run away".
I don't has any advantage from catching another party off guard only lasts until the other party gets used to it,

Even then how exactly do they get an advantage against another party just by being different than usual?
Seems pretty obvious. Prevent their attempts at face-saving backroom deals from staying in the back room. That's exactly what they did to the Khitomer powers in Brinkmanship, albeit unintentionally.
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