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  • Quote:"Chinese archaeologists have found what could be the tomb of Cao Cao, a skilful general and ruler in the third century who was later depicted in popular folklore as the archetypal cunning politician.
    Archaeological officials say Cao's 8,000 sq ft tomb complex, with a 130ft passage leading to an underground chamber, was found in Xigaoxue, a village near the ancient capital of Anyang in central Henan province.
    Historians say Cao Cao's outstanding military and political talents enabled him to build the strongest and most prosperous state in northern China during the Three Kingdoms period in 208 to 280 AD, when China had three separate rulers."

    // Awesome


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  1. RTK is the greatest computer game of all time. I spent many hours on RTK I (NES), RTK IV (PC) and RTK VII (PS). I want to get RTK XII, this may spur me to do it!

    I even bothered (and it was a bother to get, even in the age of ebay and amazon) to get an english translation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms that came in a 4 volume set. It was incredibly hard to read. A good, modern American re-write, tv series, or movie(s) would be a potential gold mine.

    • Okay, you got me. I have no idea how your comment relates to Cao Cao.

      • My bad – I thought the video game – Romance of the 3 Kingdoms – (or RTK for short) was the only real pop culture exposure to Cao Cao. The video game is based on the Chinese novel of the same name that was written in the 14th century about events in the 3rd century.

        Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game) has given a great deal of credit to the game (not the novel, the GAME!) for influencing his Ender series.

        What makes the game different than most command and conquer civ type games – is that the game largely revolves around people management instead of resources. Who leads your armies is the biggest determinant of success, thus you spend an inordinate amount of time scouting, recruiting, and searching for talented Generals/Advisors/Governors. This stems from the original novel which had hundreds of characters, all of whom were given some description and story. Cao Cao was the classical heel of the era. Liu Bei was the classical good guy of absolute honor, and the Sun Clan … I’m hard pressed to describe them – maybe snake bit?

        And that’s only towards the end of the story. At the beginning you have a popular rebellion that is put down – but at great cost to the emperor. After the rebellion, there are essentially 30-40 weak warlords ruling fragments of China. The Cao, Liu, and Sun clan then consolidate those 30-40 into 3 kingdoms, and that process was also extraordinary both in how and who was defeated along the way – including the greatest and most treacherous warrior of the time – Lu Bu.

  2. This was more proof that I need to stay away from video and computer games, forever.

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