Sylvan wrote:I'm kind of in the camp that thinks this battle might be heading in a bad way for Gobwin Knob.
Atomic wrote:I disagree with Wanda's decision. It's almost certainly going to go wrong from a military-view, a literary-view and a plot-view... She's gonna mess stuff up. I can just feel it.
You two are right. For the wrong reasons
I'm thinking that this battle will go not-as-good-as-expected for GK, but less because Wanda made a bad decision. Her plan is sound. However she, and Parson, and their allies, are not the only ones with two brain cells to rub together and a vested interest in the outcome. Something will happen ....
Atomic wrote:Splitting your forces over any distance is rarely a good idea from a strategic standpoint, especially considering the long distance they'll be separated by
Eh, well, maneuvering your forces generally means separating them over distances comparable to what Wanda is doing. It's not like they are telling each other "yo, I'm gonna attack Washington, you go for Moscow. Ready? Roll dice." They are just allocating what they have to where it would be most useful. Standard tactics, really.
Atomic wrote:One of the first rules I learned about fictional/creative writing was that, when creating a story, everything needs to progress the plot/character development in some way or another. Rob is obviously a talented writer, so from a meta-perspective, I can't imagine him making an error in Parson's wording at the end of Page 52
Several things to say here. The fact that the plot needs to move is not an argument for Wanda making a mistake is the most relevant. Another is that rules are guidelines, not laws with sanctions attached. A great many good writers do in fact spend long passages NOT advancing the plot, nor developping character, not even laying story-background, but rather writing in loving detail about the history of the Jesus-owned-his-own-clothes debate. Finally, never, ever, assume someone is mistake proof.
Atomic wrote:simply wouldn't have had Jack speak those words if it wasn't going to have an impact on the story...to some degree or another, Jack's suggestion is gonna have an effect on the battle. I just get this really foreboding feeling; intensified by the fact things seem to be going well for Gobwin Knob the last few pages. Tie that into my first point about the military implications, and I'm betting we're gonna look at a major player in the battle dying. Soon.
This is a possibility, of course. It always is.
Atomic wrote:The thing is, did Wanda *really* have to split the force up like she just did? Even if the dwagons can't waltz into the Portal Room/dungeon, who's to say they can't be just as effective on the other side of the tower?
I'm not sure they can get there unless they punch through another set of walls anyway.
Atomic wrote:Additionally, if they *had* to split the forces up, wouldn't it be a better idea to leave behind the unit with the highest bonus? I mean, as far as we can tell, Sylvia has the highest leadership of any Warlord...But wouldn't Wanda's Arkentool-bonus be the greater than that, as far as benefiting the newly decrypted Dwagons? If her bonus is the greatest and she's going with the tunnel-capable units, wouldn't that make the Portal-Room-party the most important group? But if getting to the Portal Room is more important than destroying the tower, why even focus on destroying the tower? But if burning the tower is so important, why are they--- Ugh.
Prioritize, prioritize. You don't send everything you have to take just one objective, and not all objectives are equally important etc. Planning is not a trivial matter of "we'll hit here with all they've got!".
Atomic wrote:Someone (who deserves credit for their theory) postulated in another thread that Jetstone would cede control of the city right as Sizemore (or was it just Parson?) walked into the portal, landing him (them) in Jetstone's original capitol site, instead of in Spacerock the City... Maybe when the dwagons destroy the tower Tramennis/Slately will realize that all hope is lost and designate their former capitol before Parson makes it through? Imagine the 'lulz'...
Come on, that WOULD be funny.
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.