Oh, well that addresses everything I've brought up. /sarcasm
I believe those stipulations are there/not there for a reason, gentlemanly agreements and tournament rulings for whatever reason aside.
Play it whatever way you and your pal like, but Oz the One Liner there hasn't actually addressed any of the things I brought up. My gaming group unanimously agreed with me (even the other Guard players) so debating it online isn't even something I'm interested in any more. Have fun with Pask