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Metacampaign 2010: A Steel Battalion Scenario

MaradineMaradine Registered User regular
edited December 2010 in PAX Archive
I promised a long time ago we'd have something superbly epic at Prime to blow away the Steel Battalion setup we had at East. I'm happy to say, this thread delivers.
Spoiler:

You now have two options to enjoy your filthy mecha fun. Similar to the setup at East, there will be 10 dedicated Steel Battalion stations set up as a Boot Camp, where instructors will run you through the basics of shooting your friends and not falling over. This room will run Beginner and Intermediate sessions all show, and once again hold the popular Masters Classes after midnight.

For those of you who crave a bit more meaning in your mayhem, we offer, for the first time ever, a complete and dedicated Metacampaign built in the image of Capcom's long-dead scenario. In effect, this is the first time anyone's played Line of Contact as designed since 2005. The Hai Shi Dao and the Pacific Rim Forces will battle again, on another 10 dedicated stations. Hardline voice comms, NPC briefing agents, a real live Quartemaster - the works.

While there is a dedicated Campaign Staff available to cater to your every mecha need, we encourage player participation. Form vicious wolfpacks, volunteer as a squad leader, even serve as a recruiter for one of the two playable factions.

So - now you have two choices. Come on by for a fight, or stay for the war.

You can find the Metacampaign's Player's Manual here.
Important updates will come via here.
You can learn more than you possibly want to know about the game here.

Good luck, and good hunting.

M


edits:
Updated to v1.1 of Player's Manual
Don't forget about the Oktaeder VTs For Tots Contest

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  • ShervynShervyn Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Woooo! It don't get more awesome!

    A man who could afford $50 had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in 10 yrs' time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a $100 on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet. -Vimes
  • MrWoteMrWote Registered User
    edited August 2010
  • ravemongerravemonger [E] Silicon ValleyRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

  • MatevMatev I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE ALIVE AS I WAS SAYINGRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    wow, this sounds wickedly cool, I might actually have to learn how to play.

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Spoiler:
  • Kwisatz HaderachKwisatz Haderach Registered User
    edited August 2010
    This is one hot straight-to-the-face delivery of 100% Awesome Sauce. Count me in for the war!

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    PSN: Quintonious
  • WedgeWedge Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Having experienced the trial run for this I must say that it is one of the most awesome gaming experiences I've ever had. I can only imagine it in the context of PAX. Epic doesn't seem even remotely sufficient.

    Give a man fire and he has fire for a day, set a man on fire and he has fire for the rest of his life.
  • Steel FireSteel Fire Gunboat Diplomat PAI MarketingRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Definitely going to be spending some serious time on this.

  • MaradineMaradine Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    BTW, guys - if I missed anyone on the thanks section, please let me know! I was working from shipping records and might not have gotten everyone. Thanks!

    M

  • NotoriusBENNotoriusBEN Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Is there a signup for this before PAX or is it first come first serve at the Steelbattalion booth?

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  • MaradineMaradine Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    No signups - walk in and play. We'll do our best to keep people rotating through. The campaign bit's a hair more complicated than that, but you still don't need to sign up for anything ahead of time.

  • NotoriusBENNotoriusBEN Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    sweet.

    i'll be practicing on campaign mode to polish up.
    good news, I remember how to start the damn things up :P

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    This sounds like the most epic game setup ever. I may have to put down my cookie satchel for an hour or so to give this a try. What's the odds that something like this will ever be set up again? (Well, other than at a future PAX of course =) )

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  • MaradineMaradine Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Not fantastically likely, as this hardware is on borrowed time. That said, if something like that were to happen, you'd hear about it here.

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    All the more reason than to take part in it... I'll do my best to treat my mech controls with TLC. ;)

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  • Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
  • The_ReflectionThe_Reflection Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I was not very good at this game at PAX East, but i'll get better just for this. Holy shit, this looks awesome.

    SYSOP wrote: »

    "The_Reflection has a story, that must be told"..."He is already a legend, and he ain't even old"
    "He can drink a river of blood and not burst"..."He can swallow a desert and never thirst"
  • TOGSolidTOGSolid I don my top hat, and adjust my monocle, Like a god damn sir.Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I scored an unopened copy of Steel Battallion of Ebay recently, so I'll be learning the ins and outs of the game before PAX. Count me in on this.

  • RelativioxRelativiox Halo Nerd Forerunner shield world OnyxRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Looking forward to seeing you all there. :)

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  • MatevMatev I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE ALIVE AS I WAS SAYINGRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Ok, watched a couple tutorial videos. I almost want to make Banzai headbands for fellow Hai Shi Dao recruits... >>;;

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Spoiler:
  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    You know, I go blundering around these forums declaring that I am made of 'Awesome and Win' without a whiff of irony when something like this somes along to shatter my illusions. For indeed this endeavour reeks of awesome and win. I salute those who made it possible.

  • MelesMelesMelesMeles Registered User
    edited August 2010
    I will totally be there for this. I promise no competence or skill, only a spectacular self-inflicted doom.

  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That's okay! I will follow in said doom. However, as my mech inevitably bursts into a fiery heap of twisted metal, I will know that I died in vain for my small Communist break-off state. Viva la Revolucion!

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  • NotoriusBENNotoriusBEN Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Protip:

    keep the little plastic cover on your eject button uncovered.
    You will die if your fiddleing with the stupid cap instead of punching the button.

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  • MaradineMaradine Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That's okay! I will follow in said doom. However, as my mech inevitably bursts into a fiery heap of twisted metal, I will know that I died in vain for my small Communist break-off state. Viva la Revolucion!

    Our propaganda artist agrees.

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I love that! Hai Shi Dao for life!

    DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

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  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Oh I see, VThornheart is a pinko commie. I better see him selling copies of the Socialist Worker at PAX or I'll be very suspicous of his self confessed love of all things written in Das Kapital.

  • NotoriusBENNotoriusBEN Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    all we gotta do now, VThorn, is survive Hellweek

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Kropotkin, don't fight for the Imperialist forces! Join us in our march to freedom! Just think of it, comrade... standing side by side as we face wave after wave of metal-clad invader, our resolve strengthened by the knowledge of the freedom for which we fight. The charred, smoldering wreckage of our defeated foes at our feet, the ground tinted red with the blood of our enemies: and the flag, that beautiful flag of our victory from Capitalist tyranny, waving boldly in the air as those who would trample our liberty flee in fear and cowardice. Join us, Kropotkin: stand by me as we fight for the cause of every man!

    Red, the blood of angry men
    Black, the dark of ages past
    Red, the world about to dawn
    Black, the night that ends at last!

    ... speaking of which, can our mechs pipe out Communist propaganda during the battle? I think Hai Shi Dao mech control stations should come with large speaker sets and an MP3 player jack so that you can play inspirational battle songs and pre-recorded propaganda messages and thus disturb and demoralize the Imperialist pigs. Can that be arranged? =)

    This is going to be a blast! I'm pumped! Now I just have to figure out how to aim and shoot. And eject, yes... eject will likely be something I will need quickly.

    EDIT: Oh, man... wouldn't that be a neat feature? Okay, so say each team had a "propaganda station" where they could indeed do what I was mentioning above... but instead of the speakers just blasting everywhere, they were specifically on in the control stations of the opposing team, so they were always hearing whatever racket the opposing team decided to play through their connected MP3 device. In game terms, one of the mechs would be "holding" the "mobile propaganda station", so if they were destroyed in battle their team's propaganda and music would be cut off for the remainder of the battle. It would give a non-victory condition reason to seek out and destroy a particular mech. ;)

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  • MaradineMaradine Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Working copy, but wanted to make sure it's not all socialist dogma around here while we finish up . . .

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Pay no heed to the forces of Imperialism! Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

    (this message brought to you by the Hai Shi Dao Proletariat Liberation Front)

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  • Shoot-ManShoot-Man Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Oh. My. God. This will be the most awesome thing to ever happen ever. I haven't played Steel Battalion since my control console broke, and I've been having mecha combat cravings ever since. I will definitely try to get as much pilot time as I can.

    There are men who shoot, and then there is Shoot-Man!

    "I am compelled to shoot!"
  • MoirneMoirne Registered User
    edited August 2010
    While I'm slightly disappointed I will miss a large chunk of the early campaign due to schedule conflict(Of Dice and Men shows Friday night as a full production, woo)...

    ...I absolutely cannot friggin' wait to see this campaign rolling. Kudos to Maradine and his entire insane crew of robot-mad Enforcers - you guys are doing glorious work :)

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • Aidan_Aidan_ Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Yesssss...Gonna hit that beginner's room. I've never played Steel Battalion before, always wanted to, and I'm so glad that the first PAX I'm going to will allow me the opportunity. :D

    Do what now?

    "I aim to misbehave."
    - Capt. Mal Reynolds
  • MatevMatev I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE ALIVE AS I WAS SAYINGRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Yup, while I love playing the good guys, I have a soft spot for Communists...

    For the Revolution!

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Spoiler:
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I guess the real question, Matev, is... who's the good guys? A small nation longing for independence from tyranny, or the Imperialist forces that feel like they know what is best for the masses who long to be free?

    This is the question we all must ask now, in this time of war and struggle via 20' tall mechanical robots.

    It is time for us all to decide who we are:
    do we fight for the right to a night at the Opera now?
    Have you asked of yourself what's the price you might pay?
    Is this simply a game for rich young boys to play?
    The color of the world is changing, day by day!
    Spoiler:

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  • MazeMaze Registered User
    edited August 2010
    I'd received intelligence that Hai Shi Dao sympathizers were openly commiserating in this forum but I'd have never imagined it to be this brazen! HSD supporters will be shown no leniency when this pacification operation and national reunification is complete, so choose your alliances carefully. The spreading of communist propaganda is severely frowned upon by your impending regime! I encourage you to publicly reject their insidious nonsense if you value your freedom.

    If the HSD continue this absurd resistance, we shall be forced to restore this glorious nation by the noble efforts of our brave VT pilots. We are all watching with a heavy heart as the HSD tear this empire asunder in their futile and selfish attempt to escape the realities of modern imperial responsibility. Two years of provisional governance wasted! I assure you that this reunification process, though it may adversely affect the health of HSD sympathizers, is far more painful and disappointing for us here at PRF Strategic Command. When we soon stand upon Lo Gui Beach once more it will be with sadness, but not remorse.

    "Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories!" - A. Lincoln
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    The beaches will run red with the blood of those who would stamp out our freedom! People of East Asia, arise and claim your birthright! Hai Shi Dao will be free, and you can be as well! Join our resistance, and fight for the workers who have so long been crushed under the foot of the PRF Bourgeois!

    If the PRF is grieved by our struggle for freedom, it is only out of a desire to keep an iron grip on their populace: keeping us in a state of permanent underclass, laboring to death for their benefit and leisure. Is this what our lives will come to mean? Never, I say! Death before enslavement, I say!

    Come, comrades! Come forth, ye restless many! The prosperous few tremble at our inevitable victory!

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  • WhacktoseWhacktose Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    workers who have so long been crushed under the foot of the PRF Proletariat!

    Speaking as a member of the propaganda ministry, it would be helpful if the rebels used the correct pinko jargon to describe their benevolent overlords. (Trans: Wrong use of "proletariat.")

  • MatevMatev I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE ALIVE AS I WAS SAYINGRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Whacktose wrote: »
    workers who have so long been crushed under the foot of the PRF Proletariat!

    Speaking as a member of the propaganda ministry, it would be helpful if the rebels used the correct pinko jargon to describe their benevolent overlords. (Trans: Wrong use of "proletariat.")

    Agreed "Capitalist running dog" is the appropriate term in this case. "bourgeois" is also acceptable.

    "Go down, kick ass, and set yourselves up as gods, that's our Prime Directive!"
    Spoiler:
  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Whacktose wrote: »
    workers who have so long been crushed under the foot of the PRF Proletariat!

    Speaking as a member of the propaganda ministry, it would be helpful if the rebels used the correct pinko jargon to describe their benevolent overlords. (Trans: Wrong use of "proletariat.")

    (oops! I'm not used to spouting Communist propaganda, can you tell? =) lol! )

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