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Excerpt from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Chapter 38

Huang Zu was a naval commander who served under Liu Biao in Jing Zhou. He administrated Jiang Xia, which sat on the west border of Wu. It was therefore not surprising that battles broke out between Huang Zu and the Sun family as each tried to consolidate and expand their territories.

The first attempt was led by Sun Jian, which was not successful. More unfortunately, Sun Jian was killed in an ambush by an errant arrow. His son, Sun Ce, led another campaign against Huang Zu. It ended with mixed results and only a token increase in Wu's territory.

Sun Quan succeeded Sun Ce after the latter's assassination and led another invasion of Jiang Xia. This became known as the Battle of Xia Kou. Sun Quan's vanguard, Ling Cao, made swift progress and broke into Huang Zu's lines. Just as Huang Zu's lines were starting to disintegrate, one of his subordinates, Gan Ning, fired an arrow that struck and killed Ling Cao. Sun Quan retreated shortly after.

Gan Ning was a highly skilled and capable general who had served Huang Zu for a number of years. Despite his loyal service, he was not given recognition and not assigned to any important tasks or posts. The straw that broke the camel's back came after the Battle of Xia Kou. Instead of rewarding Gan Ning for his timely intervention, Huang Zu continued treating Gan Ning with disdain, even placing part of the blame of the near battle loss on Gan Ning.

Crestfallen, Gan Ning sought and heeded the advice of a colleague, Su Fei, to defect to Sun Quan. Any fears of rejection were dispelled as Sun Quan recognised his qualities. Gan Ning went on to become a core member of Sun Quan's military team, serving Wu until his death.


S and J are good friends with whom we board game with regularly. We recently found out that J has been treated unfairly at work and was subsequently put under substantial stress. After much thought, he chose to leave. From past conversations, we know he has been with the company for about 7 years and has been happy with his work. We can only imagine his distress now, though there isn't much we can do to help him, except to offer him some emotional support.

We hope he will walk out of his emotional rut quickly and find a new job soon. We also look forward to board gaming with them very soon.

S and J are also playtesters of Three Kingdoms Redux. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both of them again.

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