Lord Kasavin wrote:5. I must say I disagree strongly with Parson's analysis. If Charlie is gaming them, the more time he has to play the game the stronger his position becomes. Put together a stack of doom (Dwagons, Archons, Knights, Warlords, etc.), and go curb stomp Charlie is the correct course of action.
It might be a bit of a "I know that you know that I know etc" situation though. Charlie knows about Parson's bracer, knows Stanley etc - if he is the mastermind behind the mysterious Marbit conundrum he'd have to know that chances are the other side might catch on (not what he is doing, just he might be involved). And that Stanley's natural response might be "ok, lets get him". He'd be prepared for a dwagon rush (granted though forewarned isn't always... well)
And that is a problem - Charlie knows more about GK and what they are doing then GK seems to know about Charlie and what he might be able to do. If he is involved in the Gobwin/Marbit situation he is managing to influence things right near their capital, while GK can't do the same near his base. What is his force composition, what are his defenses etc. And sending a stack of doom strong enough to ensure Charlie goes down might put them out of the game for a while while they move. And if Charlie got wind of it he might have time to prepare while they are on their way.
So I'd agree with Parson - at the moment bide time, work things out, and if necessary deal with the situation with enough intelligence to avoid mistakes.
6. However, how could it be worth anybody's time to cut off GK from its natural allies? They are a sideshow at this point.
It is curious. Perhaps he and his allies are planning something underground, and they don't want GK to have a large force of tunnelers available.
Or he does know thinkamancy... maybe he is trying to put pressure on Stanley the old fashion way, ramp up his paranoia and drive a wedge between Stan and Wanda. Stanley is already uncomfortable with Wanda's forces, it might play on his mind if she is out their expanding while he struggles to boost his non-decrypted because their are no Gobwins to be had, and a high Marbit population GK has to keep under control, lest they become a (minor) second front right on their doorstep.
Or Yosarian's idea - goad Stanley into foolish attack.
Yosarian wrote:I suspect Charlie is not the kind of guy who only has allies and enemies; I suspect there's a lot of shades of gray in his book.
An enemy is just an ally who hasn't seen the value of working together yet. For a reasonable price of course.
dirocyn wrote:We can assume from Charlie's request for overflight and his threats about sticking things in his battlespace--that Charlie is close to Unaroyal.
I don't know if we can assume that, since it was likely Charlie was just trying to spy on GK. He might have just sent some high move scounts to the area. I always got the impression Charlie was held up in some remote, hard to reach place.
yay wrote:on free will, i think back to bogroll, in comparision to the troll in the update (zhopa? something with a Z). some units are unique, like jaclyn, and therefore exhibit greater free will than your average unit.
If only Jaclyn hadn't died (although she wouldn't be decrypted either). But Parson seemed to think Zhopa could develop since he said they'd talk. Maybe personality, and the strength of it, isn't just linked to class (caster, royal etc), but also how long it has been since they popped and experience. Is a newly popped twoll going to have the same "something" as Bogroll who had been alive for a while and had benefited from spending time in Parson's company?
Of course I don't doubt that it might just be some characters are uniquely predisposed towards intelligence/personality like Jaclyn and Bogroll.
Simons Mith wrote:Who ever heard of an evil side with a Guy in Charge as staggeringly stupid as Stanley the Tool?
The Space Balls? (Ninja'd I know). I'm pretty sure there is a trope out there that describes in fiction bad guys led by fools/incompetents (though sometimes aided by competent minions and henchies, just like Stanley is).
And so my time with the Tardy Elves draws to a close, and I am let to ponder how the experience will... eh, I'll finish later. No need to rush.