Personally, I’m very excited to see how this 1940s dieselpunk is going to evolve, because as you might have read March of War is a living world. This means that we have created this cool alternate history for you, but once you start playing the game you are the one who’s going to determine how the story continues! – Well you’ll have to strife for power with the other players in your faction.
Now you’re wondering – how do I get an invite for this closed beta? Starting next week you can apply for an invite on <a href="http://marchofwar.isotx.com/">the March of War website</a>. We have limited space though, so it’s first come, first served. I will let you know when you can start applying!
<a href="http://www.isotx.com/?p=5420">The snow hoppers</a> (you know those annoying rabbits hiding on your airship) have hidden eggs throughout your ship! Don’t be mad, they just want to wish you a happy Easter weekend.
An airship with thirty passengers, including five children, crashed outside of Anchorpoint. None of the passengers survived the crash. Witnesses claim to have heard a loud noise and saw balls of fire falling from the sky. It is uncertain if anyone else was injured during the crash. Debris of the airship can be found across the mountains.
City officials are questioning the safety of airships around the city. Detective Scott Reichard: “There is not a bone in my body that doubts that this crash was not an accident. We have ceded much of our streets to the marauders and now they terrorize our skies as well.” Concerned citizens have started a petition to urge local Barons around Anchorpoint into action.
While the populace may believe this crash to be an act of terrorism, the cause remains unknown. Airships, especially blimps and zeppelins, are notorious for their devastating accidents. Professor Heidelberg of the Mercos Institute of Technology explains that the danger of these balloon airships is the hydrogen used to levitate the ship: “this is an extremely explosive substance.” The gold value of damage caused by hydrogen and steam powered aircrafts counts into the millions. “As airship innovation is increasingly incorporating iron plating onto the ships, accidents will become more severe.”
Yet the question remains, if hydrogen is such a dangerous substance, why do we continue to use it? “The crux of the matter is that hydrogen is much cheaper and easier to produce than helium, the only other known substance that can lift our airships from solid ground. Even if our scientists are working on more powerful engines to propel the ships, we have yet to find alternatives for getting the ship into the air,” Professor Heidelberg.
<em>The article was published in The Marauder Herald</em>
Comrade, after the education about the glories of the Soviet Union you received last week, it is time to show some of tool with which we spread the joy of communism. The Sickle is the pride of the Red Army. Wait, have I seen you before? Where are you from, Comrade? I cannot place your accent.
Let me tell you a story about a note from an Alliance spy I found:
<em>I hope this message will find you at some point. When it does, I’m probably dead. The Soviets are developing a monstrous gunship. I trust the pencil drawings I made have arrived safely at the bridge over the river. </em>
<em>The cell I’m in is too dark to give you a detailed drawing. Before I was caught I overheard a couple of engineers discussing the chopper. I think they work for the Don Polytechnical Institute in Novocherkassk. They have fitted so many weapons on this behemoth of an aircraft, they are having difficulty getting it up the air. But they won’t stop until this Sickle is airborne and reaping our troops like its namesake reaps grain.
We must not let this beast lose in the skies, we must sabotage it at all costs or we will all regret it. My location is, or rather was, since I’ve no idea where they’ve brought me, nine and five quarters in the mountains. I don’t know if they’ve moved on, but it seems a good place to start.
Perhaps it’s the endless and gruesome torture I’ve been submitted to, but the gunship won’t leave me alone. It haunts my dreams, and in my waking hours I can only imagine what the Hammer must look like.
You do not need to worry about him anymore. The NKVD has dealt with the matter swiftly. We need to be very careful with anti-revolutionaries and spies – but you are a true revolutionary, aren’t you Comrade?
Hope the United Republic is making you excited about the prospect of getting your hands on our new strategy game! Last week we introduced the first unit of the European Alliance – the Siege Tank. Now you’re all curious about the firepower of the United Republic, I reckon.
Being the last faction to enter the global conflict, The United Republic’s economy thrived as the world spun into a devastating war. It should therefore come as no surprise that the United Republic’s army is the best money can buy.
The Republic Howitzer in particular strikes fear into the hearts of the men the United Republic claims to be liberating. Its long range, highly destructive blasts are infamous for annihilating masses of enemies who have no way of seeing the attack coming. When the United Republic attempted to drive forces sympathetic to the Soviets out of the South American jungles, this bad boy was responsible for the majority of enemy casualties, as well as the destruction of large parts of the rainforest, leaving the Red Threat nowhere to hide.
Nicknamed Uncle Sam, the Republic Howitzer is the epitome of 20th century mobile artillery cannons. Research funded by some of the wealthiest people in the world has resulted in a mass producible cannon without equal. And with highly trained soldiers to operate this machine who would dare stand in the way of the Republic’s quest to spread freedom?
The world is at war and the last bastion of peace and freedom, the United Republic, enters the battlefield armed with slick chrome air planes and war machines funded by the corporate world of banks and industry. This second faction of our new turn-based strategy game fights for freedom and has nearly unlimited monetary resources to fund its armies.
The president of the United Republic made a famous speech when the war reached Republican soil:
<em>For sixteen years our nation has been inflicted by a see nothing, hear nothing, and do nothing government. Our United Republic has become rich as the worldwide war deprived men of freedom. All men are created equal, so it is our mission to liberate men to pursue their own happiness and dreams. Sixteen years it took our country to realize that we need to oppose the enemies of freedom and the enemies of peace. Will it take sixteen more before we fight back?
No. It is time to take a stand against our enemy in the west that so brutally attacked Pearl Harbour in a selfish conquest to expand their nation. It is time to stand up to the Red Threat, and to stop them spreading their deluded ideas. It is time to bring freedom to the world.
We saw nothing, we heard nothing and we did nothing. But now, you, my fellow Republicans, can make a difference. Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. Ask how you can help in the fight for freedom!
Men, I want you to join the Republican Air Force. I want you to take up arms in the name of liberty. I want you to strike fear into the hearts of all those who oppose the freedom of men. </em>
The voting has come to an end and you want to play with ALL the toys! Therefore, I arranged the Lock, Stock & Barrel Tournament. This is your chance to scare your enemies with all our units at your fingertips. <a href="http://igmarauders.isotx.com/game.php?/tournament" target="_blank">You can enter the tournament here</a>.
<span style="color: #cccccc;"><strong>The Rules</strong></span> - All players level 6 or above can enter - Round time is 5 minutes - Entrance fee is 5 gems - You get a pool with one of each unit in the game - The tournament starts on March 19th
<span style="color: #cccccc;"><strong>Prizes</strong></span> 1st Lock, Stock & Barrel pack 2nd Tournament Triplex 3rd 100,000 Iron 4th 100,000 Gold
We hope you all enjoyed reading about the European Alliance – the first revealed faction from our brand new turn-based strategy! You know their story; you know what they are fighting for. Now it’s time to show you why the European armies should be rightfully feared! Mix Dieselpunk, European armies and superior engineering and what do you end up with? – The pride of the European tank armies!
When the Soviet Union invaded Europe, the European armies were hard pressed to respond to the threat of communism. The notion of war as a gentlemanly business evaporated in the first months of the conflict. This was a new type of war – a dieselpunk war!
The European generals and officers were desperate need of a weapon that, upon its introduction to the battlefield, could bring immense firepower and turn the tide of battle unconditionally in favor of the European armies. The brightest scientific minds that Europe had to offer gathered in the French military academy, L’École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, to engineer the weapon that would change the war. The massive foundries of Krupp Stahl industries manufactured what would become the ultimate extension of European diplomacy – the Siege Tank! The tests were carried out in Switzerland by Dutch and British crews and the revolutionary weapon passed with flying colors.
When it was manufactured and shipped to the front lines, its impact was felt immediately. Entire Soviet armored divisions were reduced to burning scrap metal and European armies managed to push the red tide back. The Soviets referred to the Siege Tank as the “Earth Shaker”; whenever a shell from the Siege Tank would hit their positions, the earth would shake.
The Siege Tank is the defining image of European armies as perceived by the rest of the world – superior, heavily armored, mechanized forces that use tanks and heavy weaponry to pound their enemies into submission.
Sir! Are you ready to crush your enemies under the Siege Tank’s iron tracks?
The moment has come for us to give you something you can really sink your teeth into! As you already know, our new game is taking place in an alternative 1940s dieselpunk setting. You align yourself with one of the unique factions and set out on a path of world domination. Now it’s time for us to reveal our first faction – The European Alliance!
"My lord, you alone can carry forth the beacon of civilization and reclaim that which is ours by birthright” - The nameless soldier
The European Alliance sees itself as a beacon of light and civilization in the world. The Europeans believe themselves to be bringers of culture, technology and order to the less-fortunate in the far-flung corners of their colonial empires. They credit themselves with uplifting the world from the dark ages and bringing it to the lights of industry, unity and power.
However, their supreme arrogance and the belief that the world is theirs alone, has earned the European Alliance many enemies. To the east, a monster of their own creation, the Soviet Union, is zealous in its pursuit of spreading the glory of socialism. The fanatical socialists invaded Europe in 1895, sparking the Great European War. The European nations were forced to unite as one to fight the common enemy. In the struggle to protect their own countries, the Europeans had no choice but to abandon their colonies and this shattered their empires.
Thus the European Alliance was born out of desperation and distress. Make no mistake, the Europeans might not have an empire anymore, but the belief in their own superiority is still ingrained in their bones. The legacy of Nelson, Napoleon, Bismarck and other hallowed names is still alive and united to a single purpose – restoring the Alliance to its rightful ruling position in the world and to exact vengeance on all those who threatened and abandoned them in their time of greatest peril.
The commander of a European army will face many enemies and fight on many fronts. He can be confident that the martial prowess and superior technology of the European military will prevail, and the rightful supremacy of European civilization will be restored to former glory!