Lipkin wrote:No, I mean because no one would be willing to pay him if they thought he would eventually join in anyway when things got bad enough.
The fact that he would join in eventually seems like small comfort if he won't help you now and therefore your side will lose whatever battle you are fighting, probably costing you a major city and an important warlord. It would be even less comfort if losing the battle will be the end of your side. When it comes to a choice between giving your shmuckers to Charlie or letting your enemy claim them from your conquered city, why would anyone choose to let the enemy have them?
Lipkin wrote:And we've seen that the decryption steam roller isn't unstoppable.
If it were unstoppable then there would be no point to fighting it. Instead, it is the biggest threat to the current way of life of every side on Erfworld and therefore the only
thing worth fighting.
Lipkin wrote:If anything, the mechanics of Erf itself will stop Wanda from taking over Erf that way.
What mechanics do you mean? That seems highly unlikely without detailed explanation.
Lipkin wrote:Even if Wanda manages to croak every other living unit on Erf, she has no way to Decrypt them all,
It is called "mass decryption".
Lipkin wrote:and even if she did, new units would continue to pop.
Units don't have to pop in cities that Gobwin Knob controls. There will always be barbarians, but when your side has unlimited resources I doubt that the barbarians will pose any real threat.
Lipkin wrote:These new units would require upkeep, which would be unable to be met, because there are no sides to fight to make smuckers.
Cities produce shmuckers, so if Gobwin Knob rules all the city sites in Erfworld it would have more shmuckers than any side in all history.
Lipkin wrote:And it would never get to that point, because eventually it becomes Erf's first Great War, and every side on Erf becomes involved. GK is a super power, but it's not strong enough to stand up to every other side.
It's taking the other sides a long time to realize the implications what is happening, and the longer it takes, the weaker they will be when they eventually unite to fight the ultimate threat. It's hard to be sure when that will be and how huge Gobwin Knob's advantage will have become by the time it happens. Plus, Gobwin Knob has Parson. It seems right now Charlie is the only one who realizes the danger of that situation.
Lipkin wrote:On top of that, it's a keystone army, and can be stopped with a single assassination.
That's also going to get harder the longer they wait.