drachefly wrote:As far as I could tell, that's what Jetstone and GK actually did.
Also, there may be materials requirements. That could be the bottleneck rather than juice.
I've been thinking about that, and wondering - if Golems really are an option for this, why isn't there already a golem-based side taking everything over?
One possible answer is that this strategy requires playing for the long game rather than the short game. You have to make yourself temporarily vulnerable for quite some time before you become a powerhouse. And even afterwards, you have to have pretty extreme patience.
Jetstone and Gobwin Knob both sent their golems out to battle as soon as they could. This makes sense - there are lots of short-term objectives, so why not use golems for them? But this makes it so that they never built up that huge critical mass of zero-upkeep golems. (If that is how the rules work after all.) But to build up lots of golems to defend your cities with zero upkeep, you really have to build them up for a long time without deterioration. A war will deplete golems faster than your casters can make them.
So you have to play really, really safely early on - make sure you don't use golems for anything to build up their numbers. That's hard - sides fight for survival, after all, and it's hard for a ruler to justify not using powerful troops when they're needed.
And even afterwards, you have to play safely - use your huge golem numbers as a *deterrent*, because if you actually start having perpetual wars, even if you win them with your golem army, you'll lose golems faster than you can replenish them. So this requires being a pacifist side with a huge army. You have to watch your friends in neighboring sides die, knowing that you have the army to save them, but that you're unwilling to use. Not easy!
And fundamentally, I think it requires *wanting* to take over the world and structuring your strategy accordingly. Looking back at the comic, most rulers don't seem to want world domination! Olive did, Wanda does, but other than that, do we really see characters plotting to take over the world? I say not really. Sides want to survive, and being big and powerful helps with that, and sometimes they have particular enemies who they want to crush. But we don't see Jetstone or Transylvito plotting a long-term strategy for how to take over each other. So that could be another reason why nobody's taken over the world yet - because it's so rare for sides to actually devote their strategy specifically to a long-term take-over-the-world plan, and because the long-term strategy for world domination does not flow naturally from the short-term strategy of survival and small conquests.