Re: War of Rights

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Field report 36: A Weekly Show & A Musicians Call!

Hello and welcome to the Thirty-Sixth Field Report!

More than a month since the release of our Skirmishes phase, we’d first like to thank everyone for your continued support. It’s been amazing for us seeing the community at its finest during the sometimes intense battles in Skirmishes. Since the release of Skirmishes, we have released 8 patches with numerous bug & visual fixes as well as released two additional skirmish areas. We will continue to work on stability, balance & additional content throughout the alpha phase (more about the sixth one in this field report!).

Today, we’re here to tell you about the upcoming “George’s Corner”, showcasing our cinematic spectating camera and, for the first time, formally announce the inclusion of musicians in War of Rights as a playable class as well as send out an invitation to the real world ones!

Let’s get started!

George's Parlor Show!

We’re pleased to announce a new, weekly show called George’s Corner, which will be recorded on the alpha servers of War of Rights and hosted by Campfire Games Historical Advisor, GeorgeCrecy!

The show will be centered around skirmish matches on the WoR NA 1 Skirmishes server with general social talks as well as tactics discussions on the WoR NA 5 & 6 Union/CSA Drill Camp servers before and after the match. Your host, George, will be using the currently work in progress cinematic spectator camera during the battles to give you the best possible coverage of the action, sprinkled with historical facts, game development talks, and general interesting Civil War tales during the lull of the fighting!

Below is a video of a community event recorded using the spectator camera. If you wish to partake in similar events please visit our Events Page at: http://www.warofrightsforum.com/forumdi ... ?40-Events



As this is very much a new show, the show won’t be livestreamed at the very start. It will instead be uploaded momentarily after its recording to our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WarOfRightsOfficial


The show is going to be recorded every Friday starting the 14th of this month at 3PM EDT / 8PM BST / 9PM CET. We invite everyone with alpha access to jump in and have a chat with George on the drill camp servers & show your superior fighting skills on the skirmish servers!

We’re excited to see where this might go in the future. We hope to be able to bring youtubers as well as community members on as co-hosts at some point should the show do well.

Introducing Musicians

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Being one of the most requested playable classes the past 5 years, we’re now glad to be able to formally announce the inclusion of musicians in War of Rights. The primary job of the musician was to relay orders to the troops in the form of signal calls during the war - this will be their main task in War of Rights as well. That is not to say you won’t be able to play a well known minstrel tune or the like while relaxing at the drill camp however!

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Work on musicians has only recently started and thus we don’t have a whole lot of content to show you yet other than the images showcasing the appearances of some of them. The main reason we have chosen to go out and publically announce them now, is because we’re looking to establish connections with musicians able to do recordings for us. We want to do the musicians right and make sure we have the best possible quality recordings of all the needed signals and tunes. In order to achieve this, we plan on sending out our sound designer, Tom to record experienced musicians playing the: fife, snare drum & bugle.

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We therefore ask you all to please help us by referring us to musicians possibly willing to work with us to ensure the recordings included in the game are of utmost authenticity!

Below is an initial list of signals and tunes we’d like to record. More may very well be added.

Bugler

The Assembly

Forward March

Halt

The Charge

Commence Firing

Cease Fire

Fix Bayonets

Unfix Bayonets

Taps (or instead Tattoo)

Drummer

The Assembly

Forward

Halt

The Charge

Commence Firing

Cease Firing

Troop

Tattoo

Fifer

The Assembly

Forward

Halt

The Charge

Commence Firing

Cease Firing

Troop

Three Cheers

Tattoo

Tunes

(To be played mostly by fifes and drums, with possibility for bugle accompaniment.)

Yankee Doodle

Peas Upon a Trencher

New Tatter Jack

The Downfall of Paris

Minstrel Boy

Old 1812

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Hell on the Wabash

Dixie

Frog in the Well

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Tom is located in the UK so naturally UK based musicians is preferred. Should that not be doable, we are ready to fly him out to a location to record (preferably all three instrument recordings in the same general area).

If you think you might know just the right person (or people!) for the job, don’t hesitate to write us at: Contact@warofrights.com

Sixth skirmish area: Hagerstown Turnpike

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The next skirmish area up for release is the continuation of the 5th skirmish area to be released, Union General Hooker’s push down through the cornfield in the morning hours of September, 17th, starting the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg. Upon leaving Miller’s Cornfield, the Union regiments 2nd United States Sharpshooters, and the 6th & 2nd Wisconsin attacked the Confederates (Starke & Taliaferro Brigades, of Jackson’s Division) consisting of Louisiana & Virginia regiments, who were defending the Hagerstown Turnpike, a road running next to the cornfield. Its fenced in sides and the road itself functioned as a clear line between Jackson’s forces located in the West Woods and Hooker’s just south of the cornfield.

The Hagerstown Turnpike skirmish area is an open battle area, fit for line battles. It’s a small area compared to some of our bigger areas and thus should ensure carnage and action from the start of the match until the end. The skirmish area will also mark the last time the Union is to be on the offensive for a while - we look forward to be seeing how well our Union players are at defending in the next skirmish areas to be released!

Community created videos spotlight

The final thing we’d like to highlight in this field report is some of the great content creators of our community. It is always a joy to see new community created content uploaded of War of Rights. We’d like to thank everyone of you who’s been helping us spreading the word of the alpha!

Below are some of the great alpha videos released this past month. We look forward to be seeing more in the future!









Re: War of Rights

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Field Report 37: Pledge Reward Uniforms & Harper's Ferry

Hello and welcome to the Thirty-Seventh Field Report!

Today, we’re here to show you all some sneak peaks of the uniforms available to the different pledge tiers via our crowdfunding campaign, as well as give you a bit of an update regarding the next playable map: Harper’s Ferry!

Before we continue we’d like to remind everyone that, as everything else shown during the alpha, the content shown below is very much subject to change.

Harper’s Ferry

Harper’s Ferry has always been one of our most anticipated battle areas of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 to cover. The towns unique position at the meeting place of the Shenandoah & Potomac rivers; its rich history including that of the US Armory, and John Brown’s failed raid, which became the catalyst of the Civil War according to some; the close to a dozen times it changed hands during the war resulting in the destruction of the armories and several railroad bridges; and finally the starting point of Confederate General A.P. Hill’s Light Division from which he set out on a hard march to Sharpsburg, and whos counteroffensive saved the Army of Northern Virginia from total defeat on September 17th.

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Photograph taken of one of the destroyed railroad bridges during the war.

Last summer, during our battlefield research trip, we spent a few days visiting Harper’s Ferry in order to get a closer look at as many details as possible - anything from the canals to the street lamps to the sidewalk patterns.

Below are a few photographs taken during the trip.

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Two months ago we started partly focusing our efforts and time on getting Harper’s Ferry closer to a level of detail and authenticity required to start releasing playable areas of it to our alpha players in the same way we have distributed sections of our Antietam battlefield in Skirmishes thus far. While a lot of work is still to be done (like the destruction of the armories), we’d like to show you some images of the current status of the map.

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As according the National Park Service, the bridge over the Potomac at Harper’s Ferry was destroyed and rebuilt a total of nine times, four in war and five in floods. This second railroad bridge built by the B&O Railroad after the destruction of the original wood covered one with the Maryland Heights behind it - this as well as a pontoon bridge next to it will provide entry into the town by the CSA forces located on the Maryland heights and banks.

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View of the town and the bridge from the base of the Maryland Heights. Many train operators complained for years about the sharp turn that had to be made to cross at this point until the current bridges were built after the war.

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Images of Shenandoah Street. Notice the Armory’s Engine House (also known as John Brown’s Fort) to the right, in its original position prior to having been disassembled for the Chicago World Fair.

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Courtyard of a house on Shenandoah Street.

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Looking down Potomac Street and part of the armory walls. The first white building will soon be the location of the infamous White Hall Tavern where many of the Armory workers went for a drink after their shifts, soon to be replaced with a better representation of the original.

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Alleyway from Potomac Street to High Street.

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St. Peter’s Church. Work began in 1830, and was completed in 1833, replacing an ad hoc parish house built in the 1820s which was then promptly destroyed by flooding. This was one of the first not built on government land, and shared a parish with the five other churches, built before and after, including St. John’s Episcopal Church just above it. Both were used as hospitals during the siege and aftermath.

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High Street.

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Overview of Harper’s Ferry from the Maryland Heights.

That’s all the images of Harper’s you’re getting for now. We look forward to be bringing you the first skirmish areas (in the town itself or its surrounding areas such as the Bolivar Heights) on the Harper’s Ferry map soon. Antietam still has a few to offer first though!

Reward Uniforms Showcase!

Here’s a sneak peak or two of yet another thing that isn’t quite ready to be added to the alpha yet (sorry!). We’re happy to show you the first glimpse of the special backer uniforms given as part of the rewards of the different pledge tiers offered via our crowdfunding campaign at: https://warofrights.com/Crowdfunding

Columbus Guards

The Columbus Guards, also known as Company G of the 2nd Georgia, were a unit first organized in 1835, and served in many conflicts all the way to the end of the first World War. They organized under Captain Paul Semmes before being absorbed together with other units into the 2nd Georgia, but they were renowned for having furnished the most of any company organized in Muscogee County. However, on their surrender at Appomattox, only 2 officers and 11 men were still present to answer for their roll call.



This reward uniform is part of the Sergeant pledge tier.

Baker Guard Zouaves (69th PA)

An Irish unit from Philadelphia, described as bearing men that were “robust and of fine physique,” two companies of the 69th Pennsylvania shared the name of the Baker Guards, after the commander of their brigade Colonel Edward D. Baker. Unfortunately, their namesake would fall soon after their enlistment at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in October of 1861. But the men of Companies K and I of the 69th would, along with the rest of their regiment, prove as hard fighters in the Army of the Potomac through all the rest of the Civil War.



This reward uniform is part of the 1st Lieutenant pledge tier.

79th New York

The people of New York had quite the population base to supply fresh troops to the Union cause, and of many different creeds and backgrounds. Those of the 79th New York came from the sizeable Scottish-American population, and was originally of the same kind of social club-like militias that were popular to be part of prior to the Civil War. Originally formed in 1858, they joined others heading for the war in April of 1861 and were led by Lt. Col. Samuel Mackenzie Elliot. They were arguably one of the most prominent regiments to have fought in the Army of the Potomac, taking a large role in every engagement throughout the war.



This reward uniform is part of the Lieutenant-Colonel pledge tier.

11th Mississippi

People of all ages were incensed to take part in the Civil War, and the story of Johnny Clem was not an isolated incident. The young students of the University of Mississippi and sons of local planters and merchants banded together to form the “Lamar Rifles,” being named after a popular congressman of Lafayette County, and also had an average age of 21 years old. They participated in most every combat under Lee throughout the war, but paid heavily for their involvement, suffering a 72% casualty rate.



This reward uniform is part of the Brigadier General pledge.

That’s all for now - we look forward to be seeing you in the pretty cool and distinctive uniforms and to fight with you at Harper’s Ferry in the near future.

Until next time, have a good one!

Re: War of Rights

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cry-nic wrote:Really impressive, guys! It's fantastic how much the map resembles the real place, here.


Thanks! :)

It's been (and continues to be) an interesting challenge as the town changed hands 11 times during the war and many of its features were altered during the war as well (destruction of 4 bridges in the same spot, destruction of armories, etc) - we believe we've got it pretty well locked down to how it was in September 1862.

Here are a few more screenshots. :)

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Looking across the Potomac from the base of Maryland Heights.

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High Street.

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B&O Railroad bridge over the Potomac.

- Trusty

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