Hiai wrote:Okay, let me 'splain...
No, there is no time, let me sum up...
1. There is no schmucker cost for making Slately's regalia at this time- Slately's treasury is empty, he has no schmuckers. It's merely that Ace has been crafting a ton of crap on the side for ages. Any possible schmucker cost would have been in the past when it was originally crafted, not now when it's being adapted on the fly.
2. Top units DO have magical items, fairly often. They are obviously not mass-produced for low level units.
3. Therefore, x amount of juice for 1 seige unit is lower than x amount of juice required for multiple low-level crafted magic items. Otherwise, city production would be on Seige Unit, with Dollamancers set to crafting items. Instead of how it is- multiple low level units on city production while Seige is being created by Dollamancer juice.
No need to argue upkeep, item loss attrition, etc. The fact that low level units do not have magic items is proof in and of itself that it's less efficient to outfit units with items than it is to create Seige. Is there really an argument here about it not having occurrred to anyone? I don't believe so...it was a posit by someone who was warning that they'd be disappointed if that were the argument made...no one actually tried to hold forth such a ridiculous notion. You're all batting at phantoms here.
And for you Negative Nellies that insist on pointing out "how little action" is going on, or the plot moving, or whatever.... take a few months off the comic. Heck, take a couple years. Go read it in book format where all the pages are together at one time, and I guarantee that you won't consider it "slow exposition" at all. The fact of the matter is, you are reading a book for free, and the only drawback is that it takes a long time to collect the pages. Go buy the Wheel of Time series or something and then come back to the comic later, I'm sure you will find it a much better value for your entertainment dollar than you seem to think it is now.
If you decide, like I, to continue checking for updates as they come, instead, then please do us all a favor and quit griping about the same damn thing every single thread. Believe me, your frustration with the "slowness" of everything pales in comparison with the frustration of having someone hang around whining all the time. Try having a two year old, sometime, to understand the sensation.
Please don't take following highly negative response as an insult or sleight against you. In fact, I only take time to criticize the posts of posters that I expect good things from... much like I only take the time to criticize webcomics I care very deeply about.
Hmm, to the degree I follow your logic, it is wrong... both in your assumptions and the trajectory from there to conclusion land. Please consult earlier forum discussion.
The idea that Erfworlders are not doing things optimally for their own side's benefit is a central premise of this comic
Keep in mind also that Ace believes his talents are better used for items, and it was only Holly's love of cloth golems that has him pigeon-holed into his current siege-making job.
x is lower than x? x>x?
The suggestion that those of us that express negative reactions on the reactions thread go find something better to do is almost as trite as it is unhelpful. The argument carries as much weight as me suggesting that if you don't like what you read on the reactions thread, then perhaps you
should go read the xkcd forums. Or less even, since I didn't set up a thread for people to post reactions to my posts.
The suggestion that we go read Wheel of Time if we don't like the story's pacing is especially poignant when one considers that Robert Jordan, whose writing was often criticised for incorporating too much extraneous material, died before he could finish his own series.
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