Gentlemen Volunteers

by Wholesome Rage | 14 June 2019

The Napoleonic era was an interesting period of warfare, to say the least.

A lot of the drilling revolved around morale. In line warfare, soldiers would line up in front of each other shoulder-to-shoulder, no more than 100 paces from each other, and fire. Maybe one in 200 shots would actually hit anything, because they weren’t trained in aiming. Just in reloading as fast as possible, and operating in synchronicity with allies.

Everything was designed to make sure nobody would run away, stick together. Battles were mostly won and lost on whose morale broke first - which is saying a lot. Facing a firing squad, cannons and cavalry is terrifying.

This is why gentleman volunteers are such a weird concept. They were noblemen, the landed aristocracy, who paid their own way to a battlefield, and bought dinner for a general where they asked him very nicely for command of a unit. Then, he’d probably assign them one.

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Playing in the Sandbox

by Wholesome Rage | 7 June 2019

This could be considered a spiritual sequel to the Hazardous Materials, in a way.

If some ideas are unstable explosives to work with, others are like sand and water. Easy to work with to the point of not needing to pay them any mind at all.

Let’s talk about sandbox stories.

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Life Expectancy of an American Zoomer

by Wholesome Rage | 24 May 2019

You were only 16 when the market crashed just before 2021. Everyone saw it coming, but the only people with the power to do anything about it had just made massive bets on it. A few banks went under, but their assets were just bought and consolidated into larger banks.

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