bladestorm wrote:The mechanic could be similar to how units get a stack bonus up to eight for the stack, so almost no one ever uses a stack over eight.
On a tangent, I think this needs some clarification. When Parson was describing stack rules, he did say that stacks over eight were rare. He said that eight was a common number. This would be because mathematically it's best for a Side to waste as few bonuses as possible. But that is only a general rule, not necessarilyapplicable to a particular battle or hex. We actually see a lot of examples of stacks larger than eight:
- The doombats used against Stanley's dwagons.
- Caesar's personal stack against Stanley.
- The last two stacks led by warlords against Jillian in the lake battle merged.
- Pikers and infantry in some battles are certainly merged stacks. Consider Haggar's forces. They were presumably trained to fight as both eight-unit stacks and in mass combat. The point of pikes, after all, is to create a wall of stabby.
- Siege towers of the RCC may or may not be examples. Possibly each floor of the tower is a stack.
- Vinne implied that the RCC column consisted of some very large stacks when he noted the enemy that he saw and said, "...we shoulda lost five or six whole stacks before we beat those guys." He was not implying that they should have lost only 40 or 48 Marbits before beating a stack of dwagons and three warlords.
- Artemis had 11 Knights in her stack.
Given what Artemis thinks during her battle about how her Archery special allows her to fire at any target within range, ignoring the "normal" procedure of attacking the same targets as the rest of her stack, and Parson's order to merge stacks to attack Jillian over the lake (wholly unnecessary from a mathematical standpoint), I think a stack tends to be "however many allied units are fighting a particular foe or group of foes."