In the year 2207 a hail of strange meteors strike the Earth, effectively killing an estimated 60% of mankind. Prior to the impact, the nations of the world moved bulks of their populations to space to dodge the coming apocalypse. All but one made this move. Japan decided to ignore the mandate and moved underground, building massive bunkers. Fifty-three years later, mankind returns to the surface, and the struggle for resources of an unprecedented scarcity prompts one of the greatest conflicts in Earth's long history. But will mankind notice the alien passengers that arrived with the meteorites?

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Find out what NKG stands for, who the NKG are, and the basic idea behind the faction's design.

Posted by Sanada_Ujio on Apr 5th, 2010
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The two currently planned factions for Conflict Terra are the PN and the NKG.  But just who and what are the PN and NKG?  Well, I'll let the developer for the PN cover his faction if he desires, but I think I'll explain some things about the NKG, the faction I am designing.

First off, NKG is an acronym for Nihon Kadousei Guntai.  But what does that mean?  It is Japanese (with what I can imagine is inadequate grammar; two years of college Japanese leaves your mind swiftly) for Japanese Mobilized Force.  For those who are interested, the kanji for this is: 日本可動性軍隊。

The idea behind the NKG is that Japan returns to the militaristic nature that it embraced for so many centuries, and combats the majority of the rest of the world, which comprises the PN.  Both sides have giant robots, or mechs, and of course, it was Japan in this fictional alternate universe that first developed the technology.  So why is Japan doing this?

The Dev Team has discussed back story a little, but neither of us are amazing storytellers and we could not decide on anything interesting or unique enough.  Some ideas were thrown around, but for now I'm content with saying we want to focus on gameplay first.

A basic overview of the faction begins with the Oda Class Cruiser, or Flagship.  This is your starting unit, a large, flying airship that is armed with missiles.  The Flagship itself can't actually build anything though, so if you want to get your base going with factories and defenses you'll want to use the Morph function.  The Flagship morphs into a Mobile Headquarters, which serves as a centralized core for your base.  The Mobile Headquarters can build a handful of units to help you get on your way to build up your base.  It is also lightly armed against early attackers, and has short-ranged radar coverage.  The Mobile Headquarters, though, is meant to be indeed "mobile", and so it can morph back into the Flagship, to move to a different location for whatever reason you see fit.

Oda Class Cruiser - Flagship


Engineers can build a wide range of buildings, ranging from economy buildings that give you resources to factories to produce more units to static defenses.  The military units of the NKG are divided into six groups: Mechs, Tanks, Aircraft, Navy, Submarines, and Cruisers.

Mechs


The Mechs are the power units of the NKG, overall moving more swiftly and over more versatile terrain than Tanks, and pack a bigger punch.  The downside is that they are more fragile than Tanks, and take a longer time to build and are more expensive.  They vary from the quick Hojo Combat Mech to the beastly, experimental Izanagi Assault Mech.

Tanks


Tanks are relics of a fading facet of combat in the alternate universe of Conflict Terra, but still play an important role.  Cheaper and easier to build than Mechs, they have hardier designs and thicker armor, and can take more damage.  Their weapons do not size up with those used by most Mechs, though, so they tend to be used to hold lines rather than break them.  They vary from the basic Oukami Type Tank to the large, long ranged Sekai Type Tank.

Aircraft


Aircraft have always been important in combat since their invention, and that holds true in Conflict Terra.  Fighters can patrol the skies to keep out bomber raids, and rocket planes are equipped to attack the ground.  The NKG has even recently developed a fighter armed with new beam weapons, that promise to slice the sky apart.

Navy


The NKG Navy maintains the powerful tradition of past centuries.  Armed with long range guns and capable of missile barrages, the NKG Navy can hold its own.  The Ii Class Battleship remains the staple of the NKG Navy, protecting larger, more expensive ships such as the frighteningly far-reaching Minamoto Class Battleship.

Submarines


The NKG also patrols the seafloor with a small but sufficient selection of submarines.  Torpedoes are able to easily sink most battleships, and some submarines are even equipped with anti-air capabilities, to strike and ambush any aircraft patrols.

Finally, Cruisers make up the final facet of the NKG military.  Large, expensive vehicles of the sky, there are three main classes of cruisers:  the Oda Class Cruiser, which is the Flagship, the Uesugi Class Cruiser which serves the role of Battlecruiser, and the Maeda Class Cruiser which is used to shuttle troops and machines of war through the sky.  Strong and hardy, the Cruisers should not be left out of any NKG battle.

The NKG is designed to eventually, and hopefully, play as an RTS faction that demands a player use several if not all facets of the army to win.  Units have important roles, and excel in these roles while lacking any strength in their "wrong" roles.  Of course there will be some give in this idea, to accommodate for different playstyles, but I hope I'm able to achieve a fun and powerful faction in the end.

On a final note, yes the NKG is very much influenced by Japanese Mecha overall, the most obvious and powerful influences coming from the Gundam franchise.  I tried, and I believe I succeeded, in giving my units their own unique feel and style, and while I maintained some standards in the genre I also tried to break some.  An example is that none of my mechs have humanoid hands.  Their weapons are directly mounted to their arms or shoulders.  I also delved into different overall designs other than the typical humanoid shape.  While the unit models are all in a somewhat vague and loose scale to each other, they don't represent their "actual" "concept" sizes, but they mechs are intended to be somewhat smaller than your typical, say, Zaku or GM.

I hope you can enjoy my faction, the NKG, as much as I enjoyed coming up with (most) of these guys and that you'll be able to enjoy Conflict Terra overall.

Sanada_Ujio

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Replic_nl
Replic_nl Apr 6 2010, 9:49am says:

Nice graphics, only blockey, is this only a view for the idea? or wil this be so?

But, looks very great~!

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oksnoop2
oksnoop2 Apr 6 2010, 5:31pm replied:

Yeah these are screenshots of actual units in-game. The two mechs you see are earlier models, so they're pretty blocky.

Thanks for the positive attitude!

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Sanada_Ujio
Sanada_Ujio Apr 6 2010, 7:40pm replied:

I guess I should go ahead and say that the units shown here are just a small example of all the completed units. I just took a vague count and the NKG alone has around 100 units.

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Replic_nl
Replic_nl Apr 7 2010, 1:21pm says:

ok, nice, looking forward to see more!;)

Tnx for the awnser;)

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nokanomi
nokanomi Apr 9 2010, 5:16pm says:

100 units sanada? are you sure thats a good idea, especially as once this is a finished project and new people find the spring engine, they may just sortof be a little i dunno, confused possibly? sorry for the attitude but, trust me you should at least in the pre game options be able to choose, begginer, intermediate , or battle hardy (i just used those phrases as examples) and based on which level you choose there will be more or less units. this is just a crude thought but when it really comes down to it, your going to not want to play a game with 100 units if its your first time on the spring engine, after all its pretty complex as it is. and, im just of course curious but, could you post any form of picture on how the cruiser plant or whatever it is that you use to build cruiser, of what it looks like as, we have no way of knowing what it looks like for the nkg. and uh, will there or will there not be land-reconstruction to make the map easier to place buildings on? just wondering

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Sanada_Ujio
Sanada_Ujio Apr 9 2010, 7:10pm replied:

I appreciate your concern, but I just checked and as of version 7.1, Balanced Annihilation has 185 units for Arm, and 182 for core. 100 does sound like a lot, trust me, I don't quite believe it myself, but my faction is actually rather simple compared to some of the other Spring mods. Just as a note, I'm counting buildings as units too, since Spring does as far as population goes ;)

Your suggestion about different starting levels is interesting, and I see your point, and I believe I could implement it but I doubt it'll be implemented. But, one of our goals is intuitiveness, so it may come into play later.

I intended to post a screenshot for the Battlecruiser, but it is actually quite literally back on the drawing board, as it's suffering from some very bad design flaws and doesn't perform as it should. As soon as I get the new one in-game, I'll post a screenshot.

Oksnoop2 wants to implement the terra-forming we see in mods like Complete Annihilation, but we actually haven't done anything on seeing how easy it would be to implement. It is likely it will make it's way in, but as of now it is not present.

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nokanomi
nokanomi Jun 12 2010, 12:40am says:

acutally, i have an idea for the whole japan conquering the world thing, maybe japan didnt initiate the war, maybe they had a meteor hit them, with a very rare and valuable, maluable, toughened material, and the rest of the world's militar wants it, but due to japan's, sheer numbers and the assistance of that metal, they are able to fight back, and the rest of the world tells civilians the childish thing with the big eyes, wobly lip, "he started it" type thing. eh? that or a kid from japan living in canada, stole a piece of candy from a canadian, which then the canadian told his dad, then the dad beat up the japaneze kid's dad, then a canadian and japaneze cop pulled up, then seeing what happened they beat eachother up, then the military came in, and declared war on the japaneze and requested assistance from the rest of the world. sounds real eh? i like the last one because it actually involves canada...

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