Mod Features:

Resource Management:

The resource management in The Great Trench War will be considerably different from the vanilla BFMEII. With the objective of making the process as realistic as possible without disturbing the smooth play of BFME, mines and tree harvesting will be replaced with railroads whereby the player captures railway stations. Trains are then dispatched at regular intervals to supply the goods required for construction and unit training.

As a secondary resource, players must capture flags in key strategic locations; this will encourage their commanders to provide more resources.


The gameplay in The Great Trench War will be vastly different from BFMEII in a variety of ways. Trench warfare will be simulated, and there is a strong emphasis on realism. Conversely, however, the speed and fun factor of BFMEII will be maintained where possible.

One important difference encountered in the mod is the removal of rushing tactics. Early defences are cheap and relatively quick to build ( if not pre-built ), and soldiers cause minimal damage to buildings. This prevents a player being eliminated from the game within a matter of minutes, and also allows the creation of an impasse that the player must break. However, with all trenches being crossable by units, they are not in themselves a way of preventing a determined enemy. They can use technology that comes available later in the game, including tanks and planes, to enable their decisive breakthrough. With games lasting longer, the player is given more time to think of more cunning strategies to smash an opponent.

Weapons are also more realistic; infantry are able to kill infantry in one or two shots, yet do little damage to tanks. Unit accuracy has been tweaked and tailored for all units, meaning that, as in real warfare, there is a certain element of luck in each battle.

Game Types:

The Great Trench War will feature some new game types for Skirmish / multiplayer, such as “endurance”. In this mode, one or two players must defend their bases from destruction from several players for a certain time on specified maps, similar to King of the Hill.

Standard skirmish is available, where certain maps are designed for teamplay with teams of varying sizes. Should a human opponent be unavailable, the AI will be designed with the very different gameplay of The Great Trench War in mind.

Eventually, we also intend to release a handful single player campaigns over various time periods and in various theatres of war.

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1 comment by AntiSocialKindaGuy on Aug 11th, 2006

The recon aircraft requests have come through, General; we were able to acquire an Albatros to scout out the enemy positions as promised, and it has tracked down their positions and found large numbers of French Schneider 155mm C MLE Howitzers:

Additionally, several waves of French Poilus have been advancing all over this sector in their attempts to break a hole in the line, and have brought in some Hotchkiss machinegunners and Chauchats as heavy support. As if this were not enough, a batallion of French Chasseurs have been spotted on the main road to the battlefield, and will arrive within the day.

When all the forces have arrived and regrouped, there are rumours of another strong push in the next few days; an intercepted transmission revealed the likelood of a combined arms attack.

But fear not, General, for we have weapons of our own. The Big Bertha artillery battery has finally arrived, and is directing their fire on the enemy positions. The battery it is larger and greater than we thought; it was reinforced by a second battery en route to allow for some truly colossal barrages!

Yet even with this formidable artillery, General, we must transport more reinforcements into this sector. It is clear that if the french break through here, the third division to the west will be exposed to attacks from the flank; we cannot allow this to happen.

Note: All these screenshots are taken in Command & Conquer: Generals Zero-Hour, and there are many more at our site; this is a condensed version of several weeks of news posts. Battle For Middle Earth II code production is set to begin in a fortnight.

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[ladnet]brad Aug 12 2005 says:

I've always found WW1 more interesting than WW2. Used to play the Close Combat WW1 mods.

Going to included armoured snipers? :)

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VerdunLeo Jun 12 2005 says:

One thing is sure, we are the king of the WW1 RTS mods :p

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AntiSocialKindaGuy Jun 12 2005 says:

Kind words, let's hope so :D

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SplicerXp Jun 11 2005 says:


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AntiSocialKindaGuy Jun 10 2005 says:

It is indeed a World War 1 mod; and before you ask where the trenches are, they are in-game just not screenshotted yet :P

I'll be honest and say I don't really know the problem with the factory skin. The textures are quite gritty, which is the style we are aiming for ( as opposed to stylised ), and tbh I don't they they do blend apart from the odd shot in the shadow where the it happens a bit because both colours are dark.

But hey, that's just my personal preference. :)

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UnknownTarget Jun 10 2005 says:

The Great Trench it a WWI mod?

And just a comment on that big construction building: try to break up the textures a bit more. Yea, they're different in the texture, but in game the roof and the building itself just sort of blend with one another and are unpleasent to the eye, imo.

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AntiSocialKindaGuy May 23 2005 says:

Woo some news - and I've even updated the backlog of screenshots on the site that haven't been put here.

I think it's time we got a fanbase for this thing ... so if you like what you see, pop down the forums and say hewwo. Then, there's a chance I might not sob.

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cpuwhiz11 Creator
cpuwhiz11 Feb 6 2005 says:

Attention for once and for all you will be able to build trenches and you will be able to garrison them.

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THRRRPT Jan 8 2005 says:

Will you be able to build trenches and garrison them?

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cpuwhiz11 Creator
cpuwhiz11 Dec 13 2004 says:

There will be Trenches I just don't have any pics of one

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