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Greetings. Our team is making good progress towards the completion of version 1.85, but there are many small changes or additions during development that occur spontaneously or outside the original schedule. Since we don't want to shoe-horn these miscellaneous additions into the pre-written story updates or disrupt their chronological order, we have recently decided to label such bite-sized showcases as 'Blog Updates', the first of which we are presenting right now. Expect more of these...

Posted by The_Hunter649 on Feb 16th, 2014

Greetings. Our team is making good progress towards the completion of version 1.85, but there are many small changes or additions during development that occur spontaneously or outside the original schedule. Since we don't want to shoe-horn these miscellaneous additions into the pre-written story updates or disrupt their chronological order, we have recently decided to label such bite-sized showcases as 'Blog Updates', the first of which we are presenting right now. Expect more of these irregular updates on our path to 1.85. Before we get to the renders of today's update, we would also like to inform you of a new community feature: Today was the day of our first ROTR livestream hosted by the ever-helpful Hecthor Doomhammer over at Twitch.tv. We will be trying to deliver these streams on a regular basis, with each one including an exclusive peek at our current internal beta as well as commentary and information from The_Hunter himself. You can also check out Hecthor's other streams of popular C&C projects, including Mental Omega, Red Resurrection, Attacque Superior and Twisted Insurrection.

Despite their work being the stuff of legends among GLA sympathisers around the world, the names of the original creators of the Marauder self-propelled assault gun will most likely remain a historical mystery. All that is known is that a group of five Middle Eastern revolutionaries released a viral video on the internet in the late 2010s in which they provided a literal step-by-step 'tutorial' on how to build a crude armoured fighting vehicle using off-the-shelf tools, metal scraps and a truck engine. Most preposterously, the guide suggested that an externally mounted camera connected to a consumer-grade television and a re-wired videogame pad could be used to monitor the vehicle's surroundings and help control its movement. This raw ingenuity did not go unnoticed by the Global Liberation Army, whose followers in Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa soon followed their example and proceeded to build their own 'tanks' to engage Chinese and American forces head-on, with faith, courage and craftiness making up for a lack of modern machinery. Indeed, the life of a GLA tanker has been a dangerous one ever since the start of the Global War On Terror but those who managed to survive throughout the decades have become hardened veterans and their heavily customised Marauder tanks are a testament of this experience. Armed with a powerful 130mm gun howitzer and protected by a variety of armour scraps cobbled together from foreign tanks of various ages and nationalities, the Marauder remains the most lethal ground combat vehicle in the arsenal of Warlord Anwar Sulaymaan and should never be underestimated. By the early 2040s, many Marauder crews had figured out how to equip their vehicles with fully rotating turrets without deminishing their engine power during a forward charge, thus finally turning their Marauders into actual tanks at long last.


Despite being one of the crudest, most no-frills weapons in the GLA's arsenal, the venerable Quad Cannon is also one of the most dangerous. Cheap and simple to manufacture, its four powerful 14.5mm KPV machine guns tear through light vehicles and aircraft hulls alike while making a gory mess out of hapless infantry. Salvage upgrades and armour-piercing ammunition only add to the Quad's raw, rapid fire killing power, which makes it a useful complement to any GLA combat force whether on the offence or defence.


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WulfeeGrey
WulfeeGrey Feb 16 2014, 10:43pm says:

Making a tank from off the shelf tools? Doesn't have much credibility. And such a video making it online without anyone, not even the federal,central investigation or national defense members taking action to immediately 'black' it out? Seems a bit dodgey there

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Railgunner2160
Railgunner2160 Feb 16 2014, 11:02pm replied:

If it was a "True" viral video, as in a video that is transmitted by a virus, it could be quite hard to contain. Also depending on the country of origin and the hosting service it could be quite difficult to remove the content.....

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MARS2588
MARS2588 Feb 17 2014, 2:10am replied:

The description is a reference to those improvised fighting vehicles made by Syrian insurgents or Mexican narco cartels. The notion that these 'tanks' are made by a bunch of guys in a garage with off-the-shelf tools is entirely justifiable, if somewhat exaggerated due to the established tone of the Generals setting with its hypercompetent GLA terrorists. Always keep in mind that necessity and desperation do wonders for people's ability to make creative, unconventional use of ordinary objects. Plus, in this context, it -is- the most sensible explanation for how the GLA managed to get its hands on tanks that clearly don't resemble anything they could have stolen from a proper army; it adds character to the vehicle.

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Nuttah
Nuttah Feb 17 2014, 6:48am replied:

There was another one made in a Warsaw mechanics shop during the uprising. Looked better, if you ask me. :p

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Meldarion
Meldarion Feb 16 2014, 11:30pm replied:

It was the the A-Team!

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attackmike
attackmike Feb 17 2014, 12:40am replied:

the video in 2010 was based off a real life event wasn't it?

I think it was a homemade tank using a playstation remote made by some Syrian rebels lol.

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murauder
murauder Feb 17 2014, 1:17am replied:

Yeah that's it. Or as close as can be guessed.

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SoraZ
SoraZ Feb 17 2014, 10:21am replied:

Youtube.com We are talking about this one.

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arjun31
arjun31 Feb 17 2014, 11:48am says:

Wow, I am really impressed with the new Blog updates!!
Keep it up guyz!!!!

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PurpleGaga27
PurpleGaga27 Feb 17 2014, 1:11pm says:

Another great update for some progress. Lots of new units to play with, but no custom missions to play for.

How about a progress on fixing the major bugs that C&C Generals/Zero Hour originally had such as formation and unit(s) stuck on bridges?

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Neo3602
Neo3602 Feb 17 2014, 3:14pm replied:

I'm pretty sure that some of those are part of the engine and can't be fixed unless EA releases the source code for SAGE

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Nuttah
Nuttah Feb 17 2014, 3:35pm replied:

And that will surely happen.
Especially with EA at the helm!

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Nuttah
Nuttah Feb 17 2014, 3:37pm says:

I approve of the Russian TD inspired magical scaffolding.

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