Oberon wrote:Please... Parson's "gambit" in TBfGK could have been foiled with a single sentence from an Archon:
"Ansom, that is a veiled Twoll, and not Parson at all."
Don't try to position this as some kind of mechanical brilliance when said brilliance could be countered by a single spoken sentence.
And don't tell me that Parson knew that the RCC wasn't paying for spell security, either... That is totally unsupported.
Yes. But the reason it worked was because Bogroll could move from Tower to airspace. That can't happen here.
Yes, anticipated actions. Which lead to unanticipated results. Tram knows that this is the kind of results that someone who beat 25:1 odds is capable of, he knows that looking closer should be mandatory this time. He is instead holding the idiot ball, by expecting the expected and refusing to anticipate anything but the possible.
There is a limit. Expect the impossible and you have to ask yourself...where to stop? As it is, Parson uncroaked a Volcano. Fine Unorthodox tactics...he created a multi hex dirtamancy trap - but still within the rules. WHat he did there WASN'T impossible....just difficult and requiring the right set of circumstances.
What Parson is doing in JS is something considered impossible by its denizens...off turn movement.
GK was creative use of gameplay mechanics. JS is exploiting a loophole in the rules.
I'll remind you that Fort Knox is no longer just a protector of bullion. And also that bullion is no longer a direct backing for the US dollar. You are making the same mistake as Tram, and are granting a lot more credibility to the supposed impregnability of "the fort" AND to the supposed consequences of any hypothetical raid on the resources there than may be warranted.
So...the anti-teleporter defences are something you think should be fitted.
Regardless of your overly literal reading, I think the point stands. You can plan to be as flexible as possible if the unexpected happens, but you cannot plan beforehand for what is literally impossible.
You are saying Tram is dumb because he isn't expecting Parson to whisk the moon from its orbit and smash it into the city; he's dumb because he isn't preparing for the assault where Parson sinks the land beneath the waves. You say he should be preparing for the impossible....when he can't. Noone can. All that you can do is hope that if the unexpected occurs, that you react well enough to deal with it. This isn't even a case where Tram could be preparing for an unlikely but potentially devastating assault. You would have him act smart by preparing for an assault that is considered literally impossible.
Right now, Tram is acting smart. Hes making the correct responses to Parsons moves. He wants to parley, he wants info, he wants a deal...and all for very good reasons. He has a vested interest in NOT blowing GKs forces to pieces. He would win the battle, but he is still looking forward to a long disastrous war which he doesn't know he'll win.
So - he can anticipate that Parson may try something unexpected and how he reacts to it over the NEXT few pages will determine whether hes seen as smart or dumb. Right now...hes acting smart. He isn't mindlessly blowing the dwagons up because he wants a parley. He's prevented the yellows bombing the tower. Hes evacuated the atrium to preserve his ground forces.
What else can he do?
Given his priorities....not a thing. He COULD blow GK away...but he wants, even needs, that parley. That need that would save their
future is what is going to damn their present.
But a simple question....what would you do to prepare for Parson?