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The Combat Badges are now made in 3D. They are still work in progress and some of them still needs more polish – others might change or be redesigned.
For now there are no difference between the Badges for Axis and the Badges for Allies. Instead we chose to make the individual badges quite different from each other to make them more distinct and easier to spot when the Combat Badges are viewed in small size.
The design has changed a bit since the concept sketches to make them feel more like something from the WWII era in look and symbolism.
The Badges Shown are the Bronze Badges and Silver and Gold will follow.
(see all Combat Badges can be found on the wiki: http://wiki.heroesandgenerals.com/wiki/Combat_Badge )
[6:19 AM] The alarm clock tells me it is time to get up. I disagree but get out of bed anyway.
[6:50 AM] My wife leaves for work and before I wake up the kids I quickly check my mails.
[6:55 AM] Time to wake up the kids. The young ones should be easy to get out of bed today as they both have activities at school and kindergarten that they look forward to. Their older brother is struggling but manages to get out of bed too
[7:45 AM] Taking the young ones to school and kindergarten.
[8:10 AM] I find a seat on the train and begin working. Yesterday at work I created some sounds for Reto.Colding’s swimming animations that I am not quite pleased with. I need to find some better sounding source material in my sound library. I should be able to do that within the next half-an-hour that the train ride lasts.
When Reto.Topo and Reto.KenSolo went to GDC, we realized that we had to make some business cards, so Reto.RedBjarne started up his creative engine, and this is what came out of it.
We would like them to look raw with a touch of authentic WWII documents, so we made 2 rubber stamps, one for each faction – Germany and U.S. And one frontpage – ready to be filled with proper well documented personal information.
Once in a while we feature one of the developers from the team and tell you a bit about who they are and what they are working on. This time it’s none other than the first lady of the production of Heroes & Generals: Project Coordinator, Reto.Lusa.
What is your gamertag in Heroes & Generals, and what’s the story behind it?
Reto.Lusa – a combination of the first letters in my surname and the first letters in my first name. This is my first gamertag ever – Not the most inventive one though… Maybe Reto.Hardcoredinator would be better? :)
What is your position at Reto-Moto?
I’m project coordinator, which means that it’s my task to keep everyone informed about new tasks and bugs and do the best to make sure that we make our deadlines. I also do other ad hoc things.
For how long have you been working here?
I started at Reto-Moto February 1st 2012.
What games have you worked on?
This is my first game production ever, but I used to work in advertising and post production, so I’m familiar with some of the terms production-wise.
Which tools do you use for making Heroes & Generals?
Microsoft-Project, Mantis, Post-it, Pen and paper and a lot of talking.
What are your hobbies?
I’m pretty active doing the summer (during the winter I just eat and sleep). I have a nice little bungalow house on the outskirts of Copenhagen with a big garden that needs a lot of work – and I also love bike riding.
What’s the best thing about Heroes & Generals and working at Reto-Moto?
I could go on and on how the game is being designed and all the positive things about the game, but I must admit that I don’t know many games so I find it difficult to compare – but I am deeply impressed about H&G! I do know one thing and that is, this game is going to blow your mind.
I also have to mention all my colleagues who create amazing things to the game everyday. Reto-Moto is a great place to work – with a lot of dedicated, funny, nice and intelligent people.
The first thing you’ll probably noticed while reading this Intelligence Bulletin is a new layout of our website. As we’re getting dangerously close to the “real” Beta-phase we thought that we would pep up ye olde community site with a new skin and layout. This process is not entirely done yet, so there might be occasional broken links, graphics-bits missing and other abnormalities, but rest assured that we’ll fix this in the coming days.
This week we held two exclusive press preview play-sessions where we invited a bunch of games journalists to our “stable” server to play and chat with us. We also hijacked some of you from the “live” server to join and play with us and the press. These sessions went really well, and the journalists who showed up had a fun time playing and seemed impressed by the game and by our community (yup – that’s you!). So a big thanks from all of us to all of you for helping us with these sessions.
Previews of Heroes & Generals are now starting to show around the various gaming media around the Internet, and you can find a list in the “Propaganda” section below.
Our payment system is unfortunately still a bit broken, but we’re doing everything we can to put all the pieces together, so you can buy gold and support the development by buying War Bonds.
Oh, and one last thing – fake Heroes & Generals sites and YouTube videos, offering beta keys has started to pop up (for instance ‘hagbeta [dot] com’). In the coming weeks we will do betakey giveaways with various gaming-media, but all of the media will be proper gaming media or blogs, and not a site claiming to be an official Heroes & Generals site! If you are offered a betakey and you question it’s authenticity, please contact our support.
Propaganda this Week
Hurry up and join the war! We need more soldiers to the battlefields and have just drafted 2300 new Alpha players. Go check your inbox NOW!
It can take up to a few hours for a mail to find it’s way, so remember to check again later today and also check your junk/spam folder. And if you find a mail from us there, please let us know, so we can try to improve on our mail-delivery.
See you on the Battlefield!
In 2011 we went on a company research-and-fun-trip to Munster, Germany, more exactly to the Panzer Museum located in Munster.
After spending some good hours looking at armored vehicles and the likes we went to a local restaurant called “Zur Wassermühle” aka “The watermill”, and what a place it was! An overload of traditional German food and beers – couldn’t have been much better!
Next to the restaurant was a watermill, hence the name, and the reason for me writing this blog post is (besides from telling you all about the Panzer-trip more then a year ago ;), that Reto.Fleck and I (Reto.dave) are designing a new level for the game. Fleck had an idea about a watermill as the main capture point for the level and we remembered the watermill in Munster. So we decided to use that exact watermill as inspiration for our own :)
Please look out for fake Heroes & Generals sites offering Beta-keys. We have already seen one example of a site claiming to be the original Heroes & Generals site (hagbeta [dot] com) offering a Beta-key by filling out a survey.This is a hoax trying to trick you into giving personal information about yourself. There has also been posted YouTube videos promoting the same fake site. If you stumble upon these youtube videos please help us out by flagging them as the scam/frauds they are.
However, we’ll soon do giveaways with other media as well, but none of them will offer keys through fake sites pretending to be the official Heroes & Generals site!