• Matt [in Middletown]

    Machine Song, learn it or fly.

  • T.R.

    Seems like Kostya should be using his middle finger and looking straight at the Deathbot. I wonder if SOPKA would understand that gesture?

  • Thomas Dimensor

    I mean, it is clear that these deathbots far outclass humans in regards to strength, toughness, and firepower. So in a situation like this, it would be best to cooperate, regardless of wether or not you agree with it.

  • Honza Prchal

    Will the odds of beating the Smrtbots improve or degrade over time?
    Also, Smrtbot wants a functioning dam. If the humans all leave, will it have resources to spare to punish them after killing the first few? Would that be logical?

    • T.R.

      Oooh, game theory. I love game theory! :)

      The town (i.e. meatlings) not fixing the dam is leverage over SOPKA, but fixing the dam is also in the town’s interest, so it’s not a great negotiating tactic.

      Leaving would present a huge cost to the town (lost shelter and other resources – and put them in competition with other nearby groups), so it would be an extreme step. I only see that happening once they determine that they can’t beat the deatbots *and* that staying as SOPKA’s minions seems too onerous.
      As long as the dam is safe in the medium term, if the town left then SOPKA could find new minions. (It’s a pretty sweet setup, since the town has stayed there since the Collapse, and having SOPKA as a patron would probably help the town grow – though at a cost of liberty)

      The assault on Vitaly was probably a calculated move by SOPKA to demonstrate that there will be consequences to disobedience. (not sure how much injury was considered acceptable, but the town will now think carefully before disobeying them) Kostya certainly sees some value in publicly toeing the line. I expect SOPKA will want a Chinese Communist style of authoritarianism: if you get your work done, they play and grumble all you want. But no organizing a resistance to the bosses. (yeah, that’s an oversimplification of a large and complex nation, can we just roll with that for now?)

      I think the town will need time to absorb important details from Kostya about SOPKA and the deathbots. And then they’ll make their decision. But SOPKA may cement its control of the situation by then…

      SOPKA’s objectives are unclear, so projecting it’s behavior is harder. Short term, it will want the town to repair the dam. Once that ‘s done, I’m not sure how important the town is to its plans. It *sounds* like it sees them as an asset, but how much would the loss of the town’s meatlings impact it’s capabilities?

  • Matt [in Middletown]

    Seb is currently feeling unwell as per his Twitter, so if you could it would be nice if you could wish him a speedy recovery either here or at his Twitter.

  • Van Tuz

    Not anyone can survive the mosh pit at the Party of Damnation. Much less enjoy it.