Yosarian wrote:If they can manage to stalemate Wanda somewhere...keep her tied up for a while...tie her down
I like the way you think.
Tubal-Cain wrote:The rest of the world is getting desperate, but it seems that they are still relying on trying to win with superior military maneuvering rather than consulting other sources.
Maybe it's a problem the Royals have. Parson won by the creative application of magic. Stanley won by (partially) accepting Wanda (a caster)'s advice to try the summoning spell. Charlie has done very well for himself by efficiently utilizing the magic units at his disposal.
On the other side of the coin, Ansom didn't seem to associate casters much, and neither does Vinny. Now we find that Ansom's brother has been popping nothing but infantry for the past 23 turns.
...twelve stacks of eight Pikers and eleven stacks of six Stabbers had now popped since Ansom fell. Given present circumstances, that was surely worth more than seven Gumps
Decorus wrote:Wanda and Jack are both from Faq originally. Its entirely possible that a single side is limited in its casters and the only reason Stanley has more is because he added them from conquered cities.
Just like Stanley left Faq ruined as a back up point in case he was losing.
Stanley's side has Four big problems.
1. Wanda isn't particularly loyal to Stanley and could be a barbarian working for Stanley.
2. Parson is a garrison unit and as such is ill suited to offensive campaigns as well as having no interest in leading troops to thier deaths.
3. Stanley's hatred of Charles gives anyone opposing him an advantage.
4. No allies.
The one thing that can really even this war I think is a link between master class Thinkamancer, Lookamancer and Shockamancer. If the RCC can scare up those three units, they can pretty much rain tactical strikes down on any overmap target and perhaps even targets behind defensive structures. We're talking about the capacity for gamebreaking surgical strikes to wreckthe cohesion of any force that gets too close. Possibly the ultimate defensive siege linkup.
Thinkamancer and any other two is pretty much a major game force, regardless of what those two are. I don't think I can come up with a bad combo.
moose o death wrote:someone brought up the topic of getting the wrong caster.
my theory is you get no real control over which casters pop. the city constructs the casters IT needs. ie gobwin knob was sitting on tonnes of gemstones. unless they have geological survey units it probably came down to when the caster was placed into construction the city needed a dirtamncer for treasury purposes. the remoteness of the city dictated it would need a thinkamncer to conduct communications. the lookamancer evades me for now. but i'll assume they can be used survey a large radius of hexes around their position.
faq popped a warrior heir (i know this is an heir not a caster, i think the city itself controls much of erfworld around it).the foolamancer kept it hidden and the predictamncer made usre the others were protected as well. the predictamncer made sure the heir was popped as you could never hide three cities forever. one day two cities would need veiling. the croakmancer was for defence in an otherwise pacifist colony. they would only need to kill enough to raise an army to fight their attackers off. lack of any real conflict probably left the tenants over confident that they could use this tactic
Lord Kasavin wrote:Anyways, I like this theory more than yours
imgran wrote:You're essentially talking about the Battle of Stalingrad. If it gets to that point, Parson will recognize what's going on in about 2 seconds and will try to convince Wanda to change tactics. It remains to be seen whether he can succeed.
atteSmythe wrote:Yosarian wrote:If they can manage to stalemate Wanda somewhere...keep her tied up for a while...tie her down
I like the way you think.
HandofShadows wrote:atteSmythe wrote:Yosarian wrote:If they can manage to stalemate Wanda somewhere...keep her tied up for a while...tie her down
I like the way you think.
Hey, I though Wanda was the one that did the tieing up in this comic?
JustDoug wrote:Going by what's been outlined in the story, I'm of the opinion that casters pop in a state of non-specific low-level "magic user" and it generally isn't until they're tasked that their specific discipline is determined. It's been stated that casters can cast outside their discipline- Sizemore and Wanda's early discussion and the later demonstration as example- but are disinclined to do so and don't get the same "warm and fuzzy feeling" as when they're operating within their speciality.
Retconjurer wrote:What if they don't take Ansom's decryption the way we're all expecting? That is, as a blasphemous croakamantic abomination.
What if they see it the way that Ansom sees it? As a Titan-Granted new life. Indeed, a new kind of life. A better kind of life. An eternal life. I mean, coming from a Christian culture, the idea of being totally freed from death is pretty dang freaking cool. The decrypted do not hunger or thirst, they are not wearied in their service of the titans. They are restored from the croaked by the intervention of the Titanic.
That'd be pretty anti-climatic if everyone did it. But I mean, what if someone sees the decryption from that angle who isn't on the side of Gobwin Knob? What do you do when the Titanic mandate has switched?
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