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Offline Roni

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Lord of the Flies
« on: 12 Mar 2005, 10:44:13 »
How about a mission set on a divided island (Cyprus ?) during a nuclear war ?  It's 1984 and the Big One has hit.  No one knows who started it because somebody went and set off a 5 megatonne bomb 120,000 m over the Alps and fried every radio set and power source from Iceland to Israel.

You are a simple civvie on the island.  Like everyone else, you don't know whether or not war really has broken out or if it has then whether or not it's still going.  In addition to taking out all communications the bomb also took out most of the islands transport - all of the islands fishing smacks are useless and all of the big ships have left for the mainland.

The only people who still have functioning radios are the military and they aren't talking to anyone.  The few reserves on the island didn't have any hardened gear so they're no use either.

The civilian authorities are calling for calm but the hotheads on both sides are starting to gear up for a fight.  No one wants to be the first to break the peace but no one wants to be the last to raid the armouries either.

Just to add to the confusion there might be some UN forces on the island too.  Again, they're in the same boat - radios useless and unable to raise anyone on the mainland.  Should they continue to enforce the peace ?  Is there a peace left to enforce ?  Just who should the Danish and Sierra Leonian troops support if push came to shove - everyone, no one, themsleves ?

You could start the mission (campaign) with melee weapons and an assortment of sidearms (GIM tossers and pistols), then work your way up to shotguns, hunting rifles and eventully the military stuff.

And of course the island isn't completely bereft of talent - local HAM and CB radio operators quckly manage to get some old valve radios up and running and start working on getting some vehicles back on the road.  Who will be the first to get a tank moving again ?  Should you even bother or try to get a couple of 5 tonne lorries running first ?

Of course this is all happening when no one knows whether or not they should be planning for war or the next nuclear strike.  It could all just be a mistake - solar flares, an interspace n-test that produced a much larger effect than anticipated (Castle Bravo ?), aliens (!) . . .

There could be heaps of opportunities for play - anything from petty crime through to gang wars, vigilante actions, guerilla war and finally full blown military conflict (Which side manages to get to the island from the mainland first ?).

Lots of possibilities !



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Re:Lord of the Flies
« Reply #1 on: 12 Mar 2005, 11:29:04 »
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Lots of possibilities !

Here Here! :cheers:


...is that how they spell that? hear hear? i hear you and i think your right.. or here here.. you have support here. could be either. I'm guessing the one I didn't pick  ::)

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Re:Lord of the Flies
« Reply #2 on: 13 Mar 2005, 00:00:33 »
Sounds a great idea. You could have some really nasty endings as well ... ever seen a sixties cold war thriller called 'Fail Safe'?

I always use 'Hear Hear', but could it be 'Hear Here'? I hear what you're saying and you have support here? Making us both wrong? I'm confused now  ???

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Re:Lord of the Flies
« Reply #3 on: 15 Mar 2005, 17:38:55 »
Sounds like a greate idea! Make a design document, gather a team, and get BIZZAY!! (sorry.)

Also.

I'm pretty sure it's "hear hear", as I know the danish translation. (In danish the words 'here' and 'hear' are not phonetically equivalent, and so helps determine the actual words spoken).

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Re:Lord of the Flies
« Reply #4 on: 15 Mar 2005, 18:33:45 »
Hair, Hair!     ...no wait!


Sounds like a great idea (idair :P) to me. How about the military leaves straight away for the mainland, leaving just the two civilian factions and the UN from just after the intro missions onwards. As well as building up a decent armoury the player could affect who the UN sides with, Through a combination of their overall actions and some negotiation based missions!

If you wanted a sequel (or part 2) it could start with the player arriving on the mainland, and finding it deserted (like in various zombie movies, only more realistic). Part 2 could have rival factions settung up societies in a post apocalypse empty world (i.e. Civilisation II to Alpha Centauri transition)

Multiplayer would be good too: 16v16 finding resources and broken down vehicles. First to leave the island wins.

Would a 5MT nuke really EMP somewhere as far as iceland though? That's hundreds of miles!

If you get this thing off the ground, count me in Roni. I can do a bit of everything. Look! You got me all entusiastic ;D

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Re:Lord of the Flies
« Reply #5 on: 15 Mar 2005, 22:37:39 »
Would a 5MT nuke really EMP somewhere as far as iceland though? That's hundreds of miles!

For everything that you ever wanted to know about nukes and a whole bunch of stuff you didn't (and didn't want anyone else to know either !), check out this site -

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/


One of the last set of air burst tests carried out by the US before the N-ban treaty came in to effect was called the Dominic series.  Check out the photos and stats for each test here -

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/Dominic.html


Check out the first of the ultra high altitude airbursts - Dominic Starfish.  Apparently, the aurora and light display was visible up to 1600 miles away and blew circuit breakers and knocked out power in Hawaii, 800 miles away.  And that was only a 1.5 megatonne device !

Apparently, the US nuclear war plans included a wave of high altitude airburts of around 5 megatonnes based over the centre of the Soviet Union to blind their air defences.

Interesting side note - when the US managed to obtain a fully intact Mig 25 from a defecting Soviet pilot back in the 70's they scoffed that it was still using valves for its electronics.  Then they realised that the Mig 25 was originally designed to fire air to air nukes at incoming US bombers, and that valves are generally unaffected by EMP.

The Soviets weren't so dumb after all !   ;D



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