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"The Sport of Kings, and Liars"
Now that his elixir-selling business has gone belly up, Nigel West Dickens has been forced to seek other means of earning the money he'll need to prepare for getting you into Fort Mercer.
John, of course, gets roped into helping. This time by running a horse race.
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Warming Up Before the Big Race
This time, however, he takes off without you. You'll have to hop on your own horse and follow him there.
Mount up and head for the yellow waypoint on your map. You can either stay with Mr. Dickens and listen to his latest tirade or ride ahead to the fork. Either way, the mission won't continue until you arrive.
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And They're Off!
Like before, the course is marked by smoking campfires. You can also see the waypoints on your mini map, so use it to plan the best possible route.
You've got to come in first to complete the mission, so make sure you keep your horse's stamina in the blue and stick to the road to go as fast as possible. You aren't allowed to shoot either the other riders or their horses, so you'll have to win this one fair and square, just like the chariot race.
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Course Conditions Vary
During the course of the race, you'll come across the familiar town of Tumbleweed. Be careful once you get there, as you'll be required to negotiate a narrow cliff path before you head back out of town. The course will also take you across the rickety old wooden bridge nearby, so be careful as you cross it.
The course will split in a few places, but just keep your eye on the next waypoint and you should be able to continue in the right direction. A few tight corners offer you the opportunity to cut across and gain an advantage and you'll want to do so whenever possible, just don't stay off the road for too long.
Get out in front early and stay there and you should have little problem coming in first in this race. The finish line is back at Rathskeller Fork, under the wooden gate that marks the entrance to the settlement.
Nigel is extremely pleased with himself when you win. John is pleased as well, as Nigel finally has enough funds to fulfill his part of their agreement. Now you just need to complete the tasks for Seth and Irish and you're ready to take on Williamson and his gang at Fort Mercer.
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Mr. West Dickens is a colorful character. Not entirely honest but in possession of skills you'll need to get inside Fort Mercer, you're pretty much forced to help him peddle his wares before he'll help you. Check out full walkthroughs for each of his missions.