MarbitChow wrote:The biggest problem with the "How I Would Use Decrypted" theories are that they all assume Wanda is the Overlord.
Stanley still is. Stanley's units are the dwagons, so those are the units that are going to be used most carefully.
Decrypted are loyal to Wanda, while regular units are loyal to Stanley.
Actually, for my post? I was assuming nothing more than "if I, Sean / Pax, were the Chief Warlord - and didn't have an idiot like Stanley in the Overlord slot".
If you were playing a game where you had access to decrypted units, but the decrypted were controlled by a single unit, and that unit could in theory turn against you or disobey you, turning the entire army against you, would you build your whole strategy around them?
I might. It'd be a gamble - but a gamble against only the one unit, rather than the usual gamble against the whole WORLD.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Pax, yes that's a solid plan* but still a bit "inside the box", so to speak. You still want to control and use territory. I'd like to point out that a purely decrypted side could dispense with this. Nomadic, targetting power centers, razeing them to prevent them being used at full capacity to quickly; killing everyone else or at least keeping them down.
Your nomadic force would be stronger in the short term: every single newly-decrypted unit woudl immediately aggregate to the Doom-Ball. Still, the weakness is this: your ball-of-doom can only be in one place at one time. I can only do so much in a single turn.
My territorial force would be stronger in the LONG term: every city the doom-ball ran over, would KEEP producing units; while garrisoning them with decrypted units would slow the doom-ball's EARLY growth, eventually the growth rate woudl escalate - because more and more cities would be forwardin units to the doom-ball, as more and more of them were able to meet their garrison needs with purely-Decrypted units. And those garrisons would in turn become more and more impossible for the enemy to defeat, too.
Which plan is better depends on the world size and the players in it, I guess. Intuitively, it makes sense that the safest way to deny territory to your enemies is to hold it ... but then again not being constrained to defend has its own liberating effects ...
True on both points, but I was looking at holding territory not for the sake of denying it to the enemy, but for the purpose of being able to exploit it for resources / growth.
*: again, we're just discussing a hypothetical decrypted-only side, or at least a side where the overlord commands such units almost exclusively. This is not the case for Stanley.
Absolutely true. In Stanley's case, I'd make sure that the strength of any Garrison remained solidly at LEAST 60% non-Decrypted, and that ALL Warlords on Garrison duty were non-Decrypted, period. I'd also insist on rotating my non-decrypted warlords into the front lines for some solid levelling, as well.
BLANDCorporatio wrote:Lamech, I think that what Pax is getting at is that you can get one reverso-death in battle if you keep your regular units long enough to be sent to battle. Croak-n-Decrypt them as soon as they pop, and when they are killed in battle they get dusted. If they were still living when you sent them though, they get one extra life. Whether it's worth it or just a complication depends on how fast-and-usefully you can get them killed off.
In my later suggestion, yes, exactly this.
Also, consider the sort of loyalty you can get out of your living troops, if they KNOW that they WILL be restored to perfect, breathing-thinking-and-NOT-decaying "life". You coudl literally strap explosives to a thousand pikers, light the fuses, and yell "CHARGE!!" ... and never even incur a loyalty check. Or if you did, have a stupendously-large bonus to the check.
Most of the time it really would make sense to just pop units on the executioner's block as you suggest.
If you're just making garrisons, and your Decrypt-capable unit(s) have the mobility to reach enough production sites, yes.
Now there's a thought. How does Croakamancy work, if the Crokamancer themself is Decrypted?