Dec 21, 2017
Verdun - bramlegolas
The Christmas Truce of 1914 is going to be reenacted in Verdun once again this Winter, from December 21 to January 4! As in previous years, you’ll be able to get a taste of this unusual moment of peace and reflection in the midst of the enormous devastation of the First World War.

https://youtu.be/oPj5-J_6mQY
Between every few normal matches, players will experience the Christmas Truce event on a special map featuring football, snowball fights and Christmas cards which can be sent from the trenches by email or social media. Everyone who sends postcards to their loved ones has a chance of winning some WW1 Game Series swag, from Verdun / Tannenberg keys to a trench whistle or thermos. We’ll announce three winners everyday on this thread.

There will also be a Christmas Truce DLC to allow players to easily donate to War Child UK for €1.99 / $1.99 / £1.69. All players who pay for the DLC get a unique Christmas Truce 2017 medal, and will be able to access the Christmas Truce whenever they like for as long as they like until January 4.

War Child is a charity working to help support children affected by war or living in conflict zones.



FAQ
Do I need to buy the DLC to play on the Christmas Truce map?
No, everyone will be able to experience the Christmas Truce between every few regular matches. However, if you do get the DLC and donate to War Child UK you’ll get an exclusive Christmas Truce War Child medal and be able to join the Christmas Truce whenever you like, as long as you like until January 4. This includes joining existing Christmas Truce games in progress, or starting your own.

What is War Child?
They are a charity working to protect and support children in conflict zones or affected by war.
You can read more about them on https://www.warchild.org.uk/what-we-do.

How can I win prizes by sending postcards?
It’s easy! Every day, we will randomly pick three winners from those who sent postcards that day. Winners will be announced in this thread, and could win a key for Verdun or Tannenberg, a trench whistle, or a Verdun thermos!

Is the Christmas Truce also happening on consoles?
The Christmas Truce is for PC only.

If I buy the DLC, can I access the Christmas Truce after the event ends?
No, but as well as sending money to War Child, buying the DLC will unlock the ‘Christmas Truce War Child’ medal and allow you to access the Christmas Truce event whenever you like for as long as you like until January 4.

Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy the snow if you have some, otherwise come enjoy it in Verdun :)
Verdun

The 1914 Christmas Truce is once again returning to the First World War multiplayer Verdun in the form of time-limited DLC that will raise funds for War Child's Armistice, "an annual event that encourages peaceful gameplay to support children affected by conflict across the world." The DLC will reenact the events of the famous, tragically brief truce that saw French, German, and British soldiers come together to exchange gifts, take part in joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, and even play a little soccer. 

The Verdun Christmas Truce will include the famous soccer matches, plus snowball fights, a bonfire for the troops, a burial scene ceremony, a record player playing old Christmas carols, a handshaking soldier animation, and the ability to send Christmas cards from the trenches. Players who purchase it will be awarded a War Child Christmas medal have unlimited access to the Christmas Truce map. 

The DLC will sell for £2/€2 (US pricing wasn't given but should be around $3) on Steam, and will be available from December 21 to January 4. Last year's campaign raised more than £17,000 ($22,600). A trailer from the 2016 Christmas Truce DLC (which, to be honest, probably hasn't changed much) is below.

Verdun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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This week’s Premature Evaluation sees our early access conscript, Fraser, flung into the nightmarish Eastern Front of World War I in multiplayer FPS Tannenberg. It’s a companion game to Verdun, but the weather is worse and and there are a lot more angry men with guns. >

A man sprints out of the woods just in front of my hiding spot, screaming as he jumps over fallen trees. Before I can even figure out if he’s friend or foe, there s a flash and a scream as he’s sent hurtling through the air, the latest victim of the enemy s mortar. He lands in the mud right next to me, where he moans and gurgles as the life slowly seeps out of him. It s a noise I ve become very familiar with in Tannenberg.

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Verdun - legolas
The Steam Autumn sale is here, and Verdun is 50% off until November 28! Don’t forget that anyone who owns Verdun can also get 20% off Tannenberg until December 1.

OpNoobs Tournament - Signup for Third Qualifiers
The second round of qualifiers in the OpNoobs Verdun World Championship have been played and the results are in. Read about the outcome of each match, or you can watch the games with commentary on the OpNoobs YouTube channel:


And even if you didn’t take part in the first two qualifying rounds, there’s still time to make it into the tournament! You can already sign up for the next qualifiers which start on January 6 2018.

Improvements to Verdun
The launch of Tannenberg has gone very well and we’re pleased to see a lot of people enjoying the game. So which of the improvements from Tannenberg will we also see coming to Verdun? As we’re working with the same engine, performance upgrades are on the way as well as new weapon and ambient sounds, an improved user interface and an in-game switch between the Western and Eastern Fronts for those playing both games. Not all of these features have seen the light of day in Tannenberg yet, so don’t expect them in Verdun right away. First we want to make sure it’s all running smoothly before integrating it into Verdun. We’ll keep you posted!
Verdun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

World War 2 is all the rage again but for those who favour classic conflicts, not their ‘bigger and deadlier than ever’ sequels, World War 1 games are still kicking. The creators of WW1 Western Front FPS Verdun today launched the Eastern Front standalone expansion Tannenberg into early access. Tannenberg focuses on ‘realistic’ action and ramps it up with a new 64-player mode (Verdun caps out at 40 players). Here, have a peek in the early access launch trailer: (more…)

Verdun - Blazy013
We did it, and not without your support! Thanks to all of you we have been given the opportunity to work on the standalone expansion Tannenberg! The game just released into open beta on Steam Early Access – which has been great for Verdun in the past.

https://youtu.be/IR6k2MagQbs

You can get Tannenberg for $17.99, with a 20% loyalty discount for those owning Verdun until December 1 2017. It's content complete, and we're going to use the open beta period for improving the balance, sounds and performance, plus implementing a new user interface.

Verdun will not be left behind, and the game will benefit from the visual and performance improvements in Tannenberg. Updates are planned for the game in these upcoming months including an easy in-game way to switch between the two fronts.


Sneak peak of the new UI

There's a special in-game medal for everyone who joins the Tannenberg open beta, and if you keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Steam Hub, you can join in some launch celebration events where a lucky few will be able to win Tannenberg keys!

If you have comments or feedback (and we hope you will!) you can post them in the Tannenberg Steam hub, or on our Discord channel. A huge thank you to all our Tannenberg alpha and closed beta testers, as well as the Verdun players who have already been submitting issues there!

Wrap up warm and keep your sabre sharp ;)

Cheers, M2H & Blackmill Games

Interesting links:
Verdun - Blazy013
Armistice Day and War Child
Tomorrow, 99 years ago, the Armistice was signed and fighting finally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It would be prolonged three times before peace was ratified in January 1920.



We have an in-game remembrance event tomorrow - if you spend two minutes in reflection as the poppy turns red, you will unlock a medal. Verdun is also on sale in the War Child UK’s - Armistice bundle. 50% of the net revenue from this sale will be gifted to the charity for children affected by conflict.



Tannenberg is coming...
It won’t be long until Tannenberg is available for purchase! The closed beta has been going well and we’re eagerly looking forward to getting more feedback. Interested in seeing some first impressions? Check out this thread with several YouTuber preview videos: http://steamcommunity.com/app/633460/discussions/0/1483235412200762893/

Don’t forget to add Tannenberg to your wishlist now - Verdun players will receive a loyalty discount at release!



Cheers!
Verdun

War Child's Armistice, a program that debuted last year to encourage "peaceful gameplay in support of children affected by conflict," has launched a new effort for the 2017 holiday season that includes sales, special events, and unique DLC on games including World of Tanks, Verdun, This War of Mine, and Styx: Shards of Darkness. 

"We are thrilled to be working with some amazing studios for a second year and are really excited to be uniting new developers across mobile and console in what has now become an annual fundraiser for War Child UK," gaming development manager Wayne Emanuel said. "Together, we want to give players access to new content in their favorite games and for them to join us in raising vital funds and awareness of some of the challenges faced by the world’s most disadvantaged children." 

This year's Armistice campaign will see the return of the Christmas Truce DLC for the First World War online FPS Verdun, which raised more than $22,000 for the campaign last year. BlackMill Games and M2H will also be holding a two-minute silence in Verdun on November 11, "giving players the opportunity to take part in a ceasefire to mark their respect for the millions of people who have been impacted by war." 

World of Tanks will bring back its "peace emblems" for the event, which players can purchase and use to adorn their tanks. More than 22,000 emblems were downloaded last year, raising nearly $90,000. Nexon will also hold a one-minute silence in its DomiNations mobile game, and offer a "Peace Bundle," with a number of non-violent in-game items, to raise funds for the War Child charity.

There's also the nigh-obligatory Steam bundle up for grabs until November 13, which includes Verdun, Democracy 3, This War of Mine, Styx: Master of Shadows, and its sequel, Styx: Shards of Darkness. They're also on sale individually: 30 percent of proceeds raised by sales of the Styx games, 50 percent of This War of Mine and Verdun, and 100 percent of Democracy 3 sales during the duration of the bundle will be donated to War Child. 

The 2016 War Child's Armistice raised more than $130,000 to support the protection, education, and rights of children in conflict zones. More information about the program, and the War Child UK charity, can be had at warchildarmistice.com

Oct 31, 2017
Verdun - legolas
Keep an eye out in the game for our little Halloween trick. Maybe this GIF will offer a clue...



And if you didn't see it already, we had a Twitter post showing off some nice costumes from 1916:



Also don't forget that Verdun is on a 50% discount until tomorrow in the Steam Halloween sale. Watch out for rats, Happy Halloween!
Verdun - Blazy013
Small update
As you may have noticed a small update went live this week (see changelog). We’ve adjusted the spectator menu, added a small grace time window (of 25ms) where tradekills are allowed and fixed some cases of ‘shots not registering’.

Tannenberg Alpha Testing at full steam!
With the Early Access release drawing nearer we are still hard work testing the current builds, for which we still need more help. We have already been getting a lot of new testers on board. Recently another group of 1,400 soldiers has been released into Tannenberg so we are picking up speed. But we have more room so if you haven’t already, you can join Tannenberg Alpha Testing using the link below. We do ask you to have at least 20 hours of Verdun playtime. We need experienced soldiers!

Join the Tannenberg Alpha: http://steamcommunity.com/app/633460/discussions/0/2217311444342949200/



Q&A in the Tannenberg Hub!
And finally, we also have a new Frontline News in the Tannenberg Hub that is well worth checking out, since we have a Q&A with Lead Artist Jim ‘Volcol’ Chilton with some interesting information on the design process.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/tannenberg/announcements/detail/1446078264113815728


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