Lamech wrote:The dish doesn't let Charlie fight the whole world.
Offensively? Perhaps not. But defensively? I think so.
Lamech wrote:The whole world gathered together would almost certainly put an end to him. His archons would wither without upkeep, and his traps exhausted eventually. The arkenpliers on the other hand let someone break the very important upkeep problem. Set up relays to ferry corpses to your capital and hunt units in the wilderness and one can become exponential too. More importantly Charlie cannot "win" Erfworld. At least not with creating mind controlled dummy corps. Even if he wipes out every other side in one fell swoop then what? He can't settle every city, so his forces dwindle. His forces dwindle and he can't watch everything. He can't watch everything and new units pop. Erfworld starts anew. The arkenpliers DO have the ability to rewrite the paradigm of Erfworld.
Once Charlie knows that he's not going to be getting any more contracts from his attackers, he goes into the city razing business to keep his archons upkeep paid. No side will be able to both project force by joining an attacking alliance and protect all
of its cities from a well balanced group of archons with a mission to infiltrate behind enemy lines and take out "supply lines" i.e. capture and raze any weakly garrisoned city. And remember that they don't even need to fight all the units in any given target city. Just the garrison. Then the city is theirs to raze, and this can keep his archon's upkeep paid. And with each city taken and razed, that's more pressure upon any given attacking side to pull back for defense or even sue for peace.
Archons are also well suited to the "destroy the siege and withdraw" tactics which Parson used to effectively against the RCC. And they can veil while hiding to reduce any chance of enemy fliers attacking them.
Settle captured cities? He's never wanted to settle other cities, that's why he is still just a one city side. The only need he'd ever have to settle would be if he was going to lose his capitol and needed a bolt hole. Which he could do a lot more efficiently than Stanley. As long as the 'dish is portable, which if it has the same resizing capabilities of the 'hammer and 'pliers it should be, Carlie and a flock of archons waves goodbye to the golems and other dolls posted as guards and sets up shop in another city. Leaving behind one archon to raze his ex-capitol for a nice cash boost to help set up the new city.
And who knows what happens if he "wipes out every other side in one fell swoop"? That might be the end of the 'game.' And even were it not, why do you say he couldn't settle every captured city? In the absence of any opposition nothing is capable of stopping him in this case, right?
effataigus wrote:I've heard more than one person mockingly link facebook and myspace that way... and my Mom even once used the phrase unironically. The odd formatting stresses that something is meant to be read into, IMO.
I prefer Conan's joke about the merger of Youtube, Twitter, and Myspace. Called "YouTwitFace"