Some Friendly Advice

The Moscow Rules

The Moscow Rules are rules-of-thumb said to have been developed during the Cold War to be used by spies and others working in Moscow; the city developed a reputation as being a particularly harsh locale for clandestine operatives.

In the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., the Moscow Rules are given as:

  • Assume nothing.
  • Never go against your gut.
  • Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
  • Don’t look back; you are never completely alone.
  • Go with the flow, blend in.
  • Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
  • Lull them into a sense of complacency.
  • Don’t harass the opposition.
  • Pick the time and place for action.
  • Keep your options open.

The Bucharest Rules

Of course, for someone as extremely talented and qualified as the PCs, some of the Moscow rules seem a bit staid. Some agents rise above, for them its important to remember the Bucharest Rules.

  • You can win
  • Look to your Drive
  • Use your immense talents
  • When stuck, get more intel
  • Follow the money
  • HUMINT is key
  • Build your own network
  • Keep moving forward
  • Leave room to maneuver
  • Remember, you’re the badass here
  • Alway know where the exit is

Some Friendly Advice

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