Rules of Engagement
The Order of Battle
5.3.2003 - by Jasmine

Here are some rules of engagement in the battlefield of love. May I suggest familiarizing yourself with these so as not to wound yourself critically:

Do keep your promises! Show that you care about the other person, relationship, everything. Do what you say. Say what you mean. And then one thing leads to another (yeah, yeah).

Don't rush anything! Good things happen to those who wait. A successful relationship is based on 90% timing. Maybe one of you isn't ready, in one way or another, just be considerate of each other and respect one another.

Do call! If you are truly interested in someone and you want to really date him/her, please have the common decency to call at least 24 hours in advance. Nothing says "Booty Call" more than calling that person and asking what they are doing that night. Remember, to make her feel special, you must be considerate of her feelings.

Don't pressure! It's the same type of concept as the previously mentioned. But most importantly, you do not want to give the impression that you are desperate. Desperation is NOT attractive. Trust me, I have encountered plenty of desperate men in my life, and it did nothing for me, except scare me away even more.

Do be thoughtful! Remember that the other person has feelings too! He/she may be just as nervous, scared, excited, whatever, just as much as you.

Don't Imply! Implications of further dates, relationship issues and the like can be detrimental to a blossoming relationship. Again, please reference the previously mentioned rules.

Do listen! You can learn a lot from and about someone, just by closing your mouth and opening your ears and eyes. You can pick up on a lot of clues on how someone is feeling. If that person doesn't call you back, is too busy to get together with you, break plans, chances are, he/she is not attracted to you. Take a hint and run with it. So get your ass on the clue train and head back home.

This is my old project, THROWDOWN.

A group of friends and I put together this little project in 2003 as an outlet of out collective rage and anger about the subjects that each of us cared about. I was the editor-and-chief and games writer back then.

It was a blast to do and it to be involved in a great collaborative effort using the strengths of my friends was simply amazing. I hope you have fun reading our work as much as we had in creating it.
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