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    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2011
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    It looks like they're trying to put more emphasis on strategy and tactics this season as opposed to pure firepower, which is nice. The "x-factors" discussed just before the final payoff is interesting, as is the fact that they're running 5000 simulations now.

    I'm uncertain about the Joan of Arc episode, because my understanding is that she wasn't really much of a soldier, but more of an inspirational figure instead.
    • CommentAuthorPow
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2011
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    Everything with the elephant this week was awesome. Next week Saddam vs Pol Pot, which might be a step too far.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2011 edited
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    It was cool to see the elephant stomp on a head and gel torso. It was stupid to see the thing in the actual simulation. But that's really nothing new. Especially in the pre-20th century battles, they've tended to throw in weapons that are absurd for small unit fighting. A war elephant would be an awesome, terrifying thing during ancient mass combat because it's guaranteed to be stomping and squishing its way through packed soldiers that can't get out of the way fast enough. With a five on five confrontation the Mongols will just shoot the elephant a couple of times and otherwise easily get out of its way.

    The same thing goes for cannons, catapults and anything else that isn't single-man portable and single-man usable. Yes, it's kind of cool to see a cannon shooting through castle walls or a gel-torso getting squished by catapult-tossed rocks, but it's absurd for the final fight that will occur in the simulation later. Let these warriors can the weapons that they would reasonably carry to fight the type of battle that they're actually going to fight.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2011
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    Time to resurrect this thread! Yeah, pun intended.

    The finale runs tonight, featuring Steve Niles and Max Brooks. It's Zombies vs Vampires, what fun! Who's watching? Thoughts?
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    Only caught the tail end (TWICE!) as laptop was being re-motherboarded.
    But it did look fun. Definately going to download this for octoberish enjoyment. :)
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    The deadliest warrior is....man