I have mentioned before that losing sight of one’s goals in battle is a good way to lose. What does that mean, though? It means having a purpose, and directing effort to accomplishing that purpose. For example, when defending a village from goblin raiders, the goal is not to wipe out every single goblin. When laying siege to a castle, the goal might be conquest, but it is unlikely to be the extermination of the defending force to the last man. Searching the fallen Dwarven kingdom, it is unlikely the group is there with the express purpose of wiping the current occupants out. Rather, the battles are obstacles in reaching the goal – it might be driving the goblins off, conquering the castle, forcing the defenders to give up someone they shelter, or retrieve the long-lost crown of the Dwarven King. And losing sight of that, usually because combat is taken personally, is a good way to expend resources that would be critical to have later. In the example of the goblin raid, the group might seek to challenge and defeat the leader and act to break the goblin’s morale. The siege might be ended quickly by an infiltration – and when searching the mines, it might just be necessary to clear them room by room, if the current residents cannot be reasoned with. Sometimes, there is no winning.;