I can officially say that I’ve never experienced anything quite like this. A few days ago, I received a packet in the mail from Trion Worlds. Now, they were kind enough to send me an End of Nations T-Shirt a couple weeks ago (still need to get a photo of this though), so I had reason to believe that more goodies were in store for me.
Instead, I received this cryptical packet of documents. First, I received a “For Official Eyes Only” letter, instructing me to read and disseminate this information to the discerning and wary. Then, I received a one-page document (pictured above, left) instructing me to share this info on Facebook, twitter, and, were I so inclined, YouTube. It also gave me some code words to look out for as the launch neared, and asked me to keep a log of the internet communications I intercepted that contained those code words.
Lastly, the central document to the whole packet was nothing less than a 1970 US Army Combat Flame Operations manual, apparently not generated by Trion or Petroglyph. It appears to be the real deal. I’ve been instructed, further, to pay special attention to section 4-1 through 4-9. I’ll be sharing some photos from this section below.
First, as a promotional tactic, this is something I can really get behind. Why are they sending 1970’s US Army documents to bloggers? What is the significance of the called-out sections? It’s all very mysterious, and should give End of Nations fans something to speculate on while the dev team is working on the actual game. I am pleasantly frustrated with the whole thing. Pleasant, because, as I said, it’s a really neat idea. Frustrated, because I’m likely too dense to make any sense of this whole thing. That’s, hopefully, where you all come in: hopefully, the Internet At Large can help decipher Trion’s little puzzle.
Secondly, and whether or not they realized it, this was perhaps the perfect document to send me. In RTS games, I tend to favor close-ranged weapons with a wide area of effect, and I’ve always liked the idea of a Flame Tank. In fact, in Command and Conquer games, I always thought the Nod flame tank was much cooler than the GDI Sonic Tank, et cetera. So, Trion/Petroglyph, thanks for giving me the Flame Operations Manual instead of something else!
So, let’s now take some time to look at the actual document. Below, you can see the table of contents. As you can see, the bit I’ve been asked to pay special attention to is Section 1: Characteristics, and Section 2: Employment in the Offense and Defense.
Skipping right to the good stuff, here’s an image gallery of the vehicles that show up in the document:
Lastly, here’s a brief overview of the contents of sections 4-1 through 4-9, along with some Baseless Speculation, and some Hopeful Wishing. Also, if you’re interested in learning about 1970’s flame ordnance, read on!
Now, we come to Section 2, with subsections 4-8 through 4-13. This covers Employment in the Offense and Defense. Should be interesting, let’s read on.
This section is somewhat more interesting (at least to the author) than the previous one. It deals with the tactical offensive and defensive applications of these vehicles. Whether or not this will translate into the game, remains to be seen. But, at least it’s a good read.
Is this perhaps a primer for effective play as the Support class (if it still exists?) or even a hint as to how artillery might be used in-game to synergize with flame weapons? I certainly hope so!
There’s a bunch more, but I think this is good for now. I’ll follow up with more speculation and further images at a later time.