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February 11, 2011

pl_extraction: Stage 1 concept, plan and other nonsense

In my last post, I explained the premise behind my TF2 map. It would be like a reverse payload. BLU have fought their way through RED’s defensive fortifications and into their weapons research building, my map starts after they’ve grabbed their intelligence and have to fight their way back to get to the extraction point.

When working on the first stage, I was thinking of a short battle story that could have taken place. The whole map will have a grassy mountain theme, a hidden research base on a mountain plateau. Stage one will the battle from the Research Centre to the Main Defensive Fort. Between these two buildings, there is a vanguard watchtower (used to warn RED of incoming threats and make a last stand against attackers, like what actually happened).

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Of course, there has already been a battle. BLU have already bested the RED defences and overcome the watchtower. Therefore, there’s a story to tell, which assists with creating my map layout.

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February 11, 2011

The Female Tank Pt.II – Mythological female badasses and an honourable mention

Last time we had a look at Boudicca, Zenobia and Joan of Arc, examples of some real life female warriors. If you haven’t been following, I’m designing a new champion for League of Legends. So far, I have decided that it will be a female tank. This is the second part of my research into the stories and aesthetics of history’s female tanks. This time I’ll be taking a look at some depictions female badassery in mythology.

But first, there was one badass I left out last time; Jeanne Hachette. While Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, was invading various towns in France he came across the small town of Beauvais. Of course, Charles wanted to invade that too! With around 300 men, the militia of Beauvais held their ground but were losing the battle. The rest is eloquently explained by BadassOfTheWeek.com;

“Eventually, the champion of the Burgundy army pulled himself on top of the wall, planted the flag of Charles the Bold high above the town, and shouted a bunch of asinine insults about how he was going to have his way with everybody’s mothers.

That was the final straw.  Jeanne wasn’t going just going to stand there and let some jackoff stick his gay-ass flag on the walls of her town.  She got super pissed off, grabbed the closest thing to her – which just so happened to be a gleaming fucking hatchet – sprinted across the wall like a homicidal Olympian and lunged at the stupid asshole.

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