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World of Tanks Poetry Contest Winners!

The poetry contest over at World of Tanks was, apparently, not an April Fools as they have announced the winners.

The number one pick, in the sonnet form, was from Dustbiter:

The zenith of ancient Ares’ art,
Chelonian death on insectoid track.
A metal Moses; seas of men to part,
Who is there, who doth not fear your attack?
Proof ‘gainst the best pike and shell and shot.
Riding iron shod, unimpeded ‘cross the field.
To you, great metal lord man must yield
Or else, yield his life if he will not.
War’s not won by guile, strategy or plans,
Victory goes to he whose strength is great,
Can bear your reins in his calloused hands
And who cares not for the whims of fate.
Man alone will never hold the day,
‘Til the iron’s rust and tank has worn away.

Deep stuff that.  My own level of appreciation is perhaps better represented by this entry:

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright,
In the forests of the night.
What most fearful shell or mine
Has left thou burning by the Rhine?

Now that I can digest!

And my own level of creation?

Well, I started with, “There once was a panzer from Hersbruck…” and it went downhill from there.

World of Tanks Poetry Contest?

World of Tanks announced today on their site that they are having a poetry contest.

Tank Poetry Contest

For all bookworms among you as well as those who believe there’s a Robert Burns buried somewhere deep inside their personality, we are announcing a new contest that begins straight away!

We are offering you to compose a poetic text dedicated to your favorite armored vehicle presented in the World of Tanks. It doesn’t matter if you come up with a Shakespeare-style sonnet, use Dante’s “Divine Comedy” tercet style, or even practise in blank verse. What matters most is that your poetic dedication should be captivating and emotional. And it might be funny as well! In a word, we are looking for something really outstanding.

Please leave your masterpieces in comments to this article on our Forum.

The contest will last till 9 April 2010. At 1 p.m. GMT the topic will be closed, and the winners will be announced on 12 April 2010.

The winner will get two WoT T-shirts and five invites to the closed beta testing.

The runner-up will be awarded with one T-shirt and three invites.

Finally, one T-shirt and one invite will go to the third place.

Best of luck to all the contestants! May the muse be with you!

Just because it is April 1st doesn’t mean it has to be a joke, right?

They also have a new teaser trailer out.  I’m not sure what to make of it.

The American Tank Tree

World of Tanks has released the American tank tree for their game.

The American Tank Tree

The American tank tree illustrates quite clearly the US position on tank development, which were largely influenced by General McNair, that the US Army didn’t need anything better than the Sherman, which should be used for infantry support and which should leave the enemy tanks to the tank destroyer units.

Because of this position, I thought perhaps they would combine the US and UK tank trees, but I guess not.

Joseph Stalin Sitting in a Tree…

I have at least one more tree headline to go I think.

Over at World of Tanks they have put out their Soviet tank tree to show the progression through the armored vehicles of the Red Army.  You can compare this with the German Tank tree.

Soviet Tank Tree Available

If you feel like going for the Red Army’s steel panzers, take a look at the Soviet tank tree. The tree will feature the vehicles that took part in epic WWII battles as well as prototype machines that never left factory gates in large numbers, such as the heavy IS-7.

The Soviet tank tree for World of Tanks

The Josef Stalin tanks (labeled “IS” because there is no “J” in Russian, so it should be “Iosef Stalin”) are there at the bottom of the heavy tank tree.

I’m surprised there is no KV-2 in the lineup.  That would have made an interesting entry in the self-propelled gun line up.

How Do You Hide an “Elefant” in a Tree?

More news from World of Tanks.

While I have obstinately refused to learn anything about the game not obvious from the front page of their site, I did sign up for their newsletter since my first post about the game and have already received two updates, both of which were short and to the point.  (Take note Funcom.)

First, they gave an interview at the site MMOGRPITALIA (not as amusing as POWERGENITALIA, but oh well), which is available in an English translation here. (The forum post I linked seems okay to read, but DO NOT visit their main site, it is spyware/trojan central.)

Then, in the second newsletter, they announced the advancement tree through which you will have to work to be able to drive the German panzer of your choice.  From the page indicated in the newsletter:

German Tank Tree Available in Gallery

Our Art gallery now contains the German tank tree that will guide you through all the development branches you’ll have to follow to reach for your desired steel giant.

Bear in mind, the tree represents all the armored vehicles that will be available by the release date. It does not contain such machines as Jagdtiger, Panther II, or the famous E Series prototypes, all of which will be added to the German fleet of tanks soon after the final version of World of Tanks goes online.

To see the German tree, go to the Art gallery.

The actual tree is available as a graphic.

you can spec for "Panther" or "Tiger" but not both

The Elefant in question is in fact hidden in the tree under its other name, Ferdinand.

So it looks like we’ll have to start out in a Panzer I and work our way up.  That should be a joy, playing against armored vehicles in a tank with only 2 machine guns, for players who start after day one.

Still, I can’t wait to see the British and Soviet trees.

It’s a World… a World of Tanks

No, not WoW-type tanks.  Real tanks.  Armored fighting vehicles.

Well, virtual armored fighting vehicles.  Darren has the trailer posted over at his site.

I am talking about a free-to-play online game which is all about tanks called World of Tanks.

All tanks and nothing but tanks, or so it seems.

And WWII tanks no less. Everybody’s favorite!

From the site:

World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 150 armored vehicles from America, Germany, and the Soviet Union, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

A flexible system of authentic vehicle upgrade and development allows you to try any of the vehicles and weapons in the game. Whether you prefer to exhaust your foes with fast and maneuverable light tanks, make deep breaches in enemy lines with all-purpose medium tanks, use the force of giant tanks to eliminate opposing armored forces, or become a heavy sniper with long-range howitzers, each unit type has its own advantages and can be extremely effective when operated by a true tank ace.

Part of me really likes the sound of this.  There is a visceral element to a clash of tanks.

On the other hand, the wargaming purist in me finds that their information raises more questions than it answers.  The imbalance of the real world of armored warfare, especially the see-saw game of superiority that took place during WWII, at least on the Eastern Front, makes me wonder how balance issues are going to work out.

150 different tanks sounds great, but why would I go with anything besides a late 1944 Panther (the one with the mantlet that fixed the shot trap problem) if I had the choice?  Or maybe a Jagdpanther if I wanted to just lay back in kill stuff.

A game screen shot featuring a Panther

You’ll note that that screen shot actually shows the late 1944 mantlet upgrade.  It is that lip on the bottom of the rounded gun mounting.  The older, fully rounded mantlet had a habit of deflecting shots down into the thin upper armor of the Panther, which is bad for business.

But then there is that flexible system of upgrades, which I presume is there to make other AFVs competitive with the few late-war choices most knowing players would otherwise make.

Your armored steed isn’t just a tin can on tracks – it’s a living, evolving mechanism that should be treated accordingly. Research your available upgrades and modifications to enhance its performance on the battlefield.

That does seem to contradict the whole “carefully detailed with historical accuracy” part of the equation though.  I don’t recall a lot of living, evolving mechanisms in the annuls of WWII armored warfare.  Design changes, field modifications, and updated tactical doctrines, sure, but evolution?

If they’re talking upgrades that will keep, say, a Panzer 38(t) competitive in a late-war scenario, they better mean converting it into a Hetzer.  (A Hetzer might make my list as well.)

And then there is the whole “world” aspect of World of Tanks.

Intense battles with up to 60 combat vehicles unfold on enormous and detailed battlefields featuring a variety of terrain from open fields with hills and forests to deserts and industrial zones. The terrain offers a wide scope for tactical decisions from aggressive fast-paced thrusts to elaborate flanking operations and diversionary attacks.

That doesn’t sound like it is going to be a virtual world.  That sounds more akin to the Battlefield series of games rather than your typical MMORPG.

Still, nitpicking aside, it is tanks.  Tanks shooting at other tanks.  No messy infantry support or nasty panzerfaust wielding bad guys hiding where you least expect them.  Just tanks.  That should have something going for it.

The game will be free-to-play, so I’m sure I’ll give it a try.

I can go play Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin if I want historical accuracy and pazerfaust wielding grenadiers.  In fact, I think I will.

Of course, since this will be a free-to-play game, that implies there will be some sort of cash shop mechanism. I can hardly wait to see what they will offer.  You want APDS rounds for your main gun?  That will cost you.

More on World of Tanks as it develops.