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  2. War time boarding actions became a rarity in the 21st century, with less than two dozen recognisable incidents happening during the wars of 20XX and World War Three.
    A shift in trends happened when various races took to space, resulting in hundreds of boarding actions across the vastness of space.

    Experts previously theorised space warfare was going to consist of both sides shooting at each other until their starships began boiling them alive, after which crews would surrender. What most of those theorists failed to consider was the reality that many crews permitted their vessels to be boarded and then attempted to board the opposing vessels once they were within a short distance.

    Unlike most starship weapons, infantry weapons could be concealed from sensor sweeps, hidden from plain sight, and left undiscovered until heavily armed marines entered the badly damaged warships. Thus, firefights often broke out. The "humanisation" of warfare in space dictated hostile forces had to be captured whenever possible, especially for the dual purpose of questioning and making them decrypt their factions' unique computer setups.

    Even more common were the boarding actions against pirates, which took place plentifully throughout the 21st century and beyond, on land, in the skies and in space itself. Thus infantry became more than occupational garrisoning forces, but were also the first or last call in anti-piracy situations where valuable starships were at stake.

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  4. I forgot to join into the forums. Hello, I'm Gir1010, although recently I go with the nickname "Girchenko". I joined the discord server back in 2018 and acquainted with the SW fellows. So far, I participated in the Deviantart SW campaign "Byarli Ablaze" back in 2019(I believe), playing as Russian Federation. That should be all, I'm glad to have remember to join this forum.
  5. Dhalo? More like diehalo, am I right?

    Totally not stolen from Len. 😛

  6. The Combine dissolved families and friend groups by regularly transferring citizens to different cities. If a mistake in paperwork results in relatives or loved ones being placed on the same train, there is a risk of one of them being removed by Overwatch and likely executed. The other individual may be executed or sent someplace remote. This is because spending time with family and friends reminds someone of what they are fighting for and creates humanised resistance instead of allowing humanity to die quietly. Consider that in Half Life 2, humanity is not allowed to reproduce, either. "Humanity dying quietly" is an appropriate statement. A Youtuber named Leadhead made the video where I'm getting this from and labels the tactic "Civil Confusion". I'm considering the Corvolt Imperium may have behaved similarly since it takes massive influences from the Combine. Earth is, in our Earth-centric and human view point, a gem in space. The world offers various artifacts, phenomena and resources. A hefty portion of the Milky Way Galaxy which surrounds it does not contain the capacity to support terrestrial life. There are other planets, yes, with various differences in makeup, and the inhabited ones tend to have considerably different species as occupants. For spacefaring human or near-human conquerors, Earth presents a new colony to populate with their version of humanity. It might be that, aside from a few loyal hangers-on, the Earth-based humans are meant to slowly die out or experience gene-therapy to become more like the Corvolt. Meanwhile, the undesirables -non-humans included- are steadily exterminated. Mobians, Lylatians, Lyvek, Gurhaans, hybrids, a significant portion of disabled people, and anyone who has either spoken out against the Corvolt Imperium or practises a way of life which the Corvolts don't like. The Corvolt Imperium's plan is perhaps worse than we initially realised. Maybe instead of just dominating Earth and killing off non-humans, -WHICH IS HORRIFIC ENOUGH!- and using Earth as a staging point to conquer more of the Milky Way... ...Maybe the Corvolt's plan is to corrupt Earth until they are basically the only sentient life on it, with Earth's humanity being a dwindling slave force, aside from the small number of those converted to be more like the Corvolt, their descendants bringing genetic diversity that the Corvolt bloodlines need to stay alive. Earth's resources, gradually sucked out to fuel experiments and war machines and a new colony for the Corvolt. Ancient powers and artifacts awoken, toyed with, pacts formed, things gained or destroyed. The mind wonders. ADDITION: Drones detect a miscount - an extra person has entered a populated area. The response - everyone inside must die if they do not place themselves on the floor and identify themselves. Members of Civil Protection who kill dangerous individuals are rewarded with preserved family cohesion. Cohesion means life. If a member of a Protection Team dies, they are non-cohesive. That means members of Overwatch who fail, lose their families. Civil Protectors receive anti-fatigue stimulants in milligrams to allow for continued movement, otherwise they are barely conscious. They are slightly less malnourished than civilians. Personnel whom apply for memory replacement embark on the first step to becoming Overwatch soldiers. The Overwatch soldiers have their minds scrubbed of memories, emotion, sympathy and empathy. SECOND ADDITION: A difference between the two factions! The Combine is a combination, it's leadership views itself as a single whole. Everything brought under it's thrall becomes part of that whole, and any resisters are malignant, and treated like a virus to be amputated from the larger body of the Combine. Gordon Freeman deviates from this because it views him as a highly dangerous individual. It's the Combine vs Freeman. The Combine is a planet-sucking parasite that treats dissenters as cancers. The Corvolt appear to have Commanding Officers (COs) whom act with some degree of free will, and the Corvolt Imperium has a human command structure. If they are secretly ran by aliens, said aliens either view themselves as individual, or have yet to instill their beliefs on the Corvolt humans, or allow the Corvolt to remain individuals to serve the purpose of the greater alien organism. THIRD ADDITION: How does Corvolt Imperium architecture function? The Combine in Half Life functions as a parasite architecturally, choosing to integrate human buildings and civilisation with it's technology instead of simply destroying and rebuilding cities. Of note, Sprite Wars possesses multiple factions which have integrated science fiction technology into pre-existing tech. The Terran Command -a villainous, humaneocentrist faction whose leader was in actuality a Worldbuilder out to dominate humanity- had some similar designs to the Combine, with boards, panels and notices integrated into human architecture. This trend does not always point to a hivemind or collective alien identity such as the Combine, then.
  7. Dreamt a disturbing dream last night. The dream started with a series of commercials, where city and maybe provincial spokespersons were delivering messages to people. Sometimes in the middle of the commercial or at the end, they stuck their heads off screen or underwater, sometimes briefly and sometimes for the duration of the commercials. It was spring or summer time. Fast forward to winter and there is a cargo ship docked at port. The bodies of two crewmen were present, one slumped over and another laying on the ground, torn up, throats possibly slit, parts of their bodies slightly mutated. A pair of gelatinous, bipedal humanoids showed themselves, and both infiltrated the dead bodies and caused them to rise again. One or both of the creatures then exploded and died due to instability. Meanwhile, I was visiting a house and spending time with some people, eating ice cream. Between one and three men rushed inside and attacked us with firearms. We fought back and I somehow got myself a handgun. One of the hostile men grabbed our host and held him hostage. I fired three bullets: the first hit the enemy, the second one grazed the host's side, the third hit the enemy in the shoulder. He went down, area was secured, we won. Next I was at home. A city bus went down our street, and people-creatures began attacking. These were mostly resurrected bodies which were inhabited by a virus. The virus originated from fast food chicken and spread easily via public transport. It greened the fast food chicken a bit, but was not potent at all until the gelatinous things took over some dead bodies. With this new... Evolution...? the virus was able to resurrect corpses, mildly greening their faces and other body parts, and turning them into either zombies or mutant tribals with their own language. Using city buses to transport their armies, they moved across my city, attacking any survivors with the spears they somehow acquired. They were somehow mentally incapable of using the buses to crash into houses, and could not really bring the city buses off the roads when they drove them. My dog's face had some flesh revealed around the cheeks, and she was shaking a little bit. I wanted to pet her so badly. Dad stated with authority that she was going to fight it off. It made sense to me: the virus did not take over the living, merely possessed the corpses of the dead. Using knives and over objects, my family repelled a zombie-mutant assault on our front door. When a city bus pulled up, my mother gave them a plate of chicken. They grabbed it and started cheering in their own language like she was going to join her, then immediately turned hostile when she went back inside the house, and so we fought them once more. At one point the street went quiet, then a large number of city buses went up the street. My ears picked up the sounds of what were possibly some of our neighbours being attacked. I know not if they survived. Thinking about the city and provincial officials in the commercial, I ponder if they willingly injected themselves with the virus. The virus did not normally infect or take over living things, those who were infected seemed to receive minor issues prior to recovering. But if the officials injected it into their veins, it might have transformed them into willing carries who covered up the virus's existence via well-created adverts as their faces slowly greened. It might be the tribals we saw were live humans who became infected, but I do not think so. They were either resurrected dead bodies or possessed by the gelatinous humanoids. As a dream it was strange, violent, and not something I want to repeat. Funnily enough, members of my family watched the movie Charming during the day, and in one scene, Prince Charming had to charm a group of monsters so they did not eat him or his friend. The next movie involved a shuttle bus. I had headphones on or speakers turned up during all of this and did not notice ANY of those plot points, but she remarked how those were similar to some of the plot points in the dream.
  8. Yeah, not even the framerate drag on this computer dissuaded me from playing it.
  9. This game was an absolute hit, and mod support lets you add more soldiers or use fewer. There's enough modifications out there to convert it into a Star Wars or Warhammer 40k game, for fluffs' sake. And now we're onto the Chimaera Squad spin-off and 3 is supposedly in the works. XCOM's got some big pixel art inspiration for me, and I enjoy watching my friends stream the game!
  10. Hi Solidus! I know it's four years later, but I just wanted to let you know I saw this and am watch-listening to your gameplay. Rings bell. Cheers! EDIT: You're fun to listen to and so is Metal Gear Solid 2. So I'll keep watching and listening. Your sound quality needs improvement, sounds like there's some kind of NREEEEAOWWWW noise and it's a little annoying. Thanks! EDIT EDIT: There's minor EDITING in this baby! I like when there's a little bit of editing for fun's sake.
  11. Perhaps. I miss the wild discussions we had in Discord VC.
  12. Just skimmed this through, looks like it could be fun, music & scenery's nice and it's kinda compelling. Sprite Wars movie night, perhaps? I'll ask the others soon.
  13. Watch while you can, this probably isn't legal. I once saw the climax referred to as "the best shootout scene in modern cinema".
  14. Working on that comic series...

  15. Dhalo

    Halo

    Uploaded to Majhost in 2014, http://www.majhost.com/gallery/MA-Devilfinch/Halo/white_drone.bmp this picture was used in a conversation regarding Drones on the Halo wiki. It's possible it was used to argue the existence of Drones with the rank of "they have white armour and they're supposed to be tougher" Ultra.
  16. Welcome to Sprite Wars, Werewolf!

  17. Hey everybody, Reputation was a feature where members could give or subtract points from each other. This was great for... Well, I'm uncertain if that golden age lasted for forty-one millenniums or forty-five seconds. It got removed. Guess what? IT'S BACK! (Kinda.) Posting quality content, discussion, tips, tricks, insight and critique will raise your rep'! So post those drawings, sprites and artwork, talk about the campaigns, throw around ideas, comment on each other's work, and increase your infamy on the block! *Offer only lasts until Deltahalo's life expires, or the heat-death of the universe. *no refunds! *not even a little bit!
  18. War scenes, interactive comic, mech! More to come.

  19. Thanks to ShogunTrooper's upload on the Discord, we aren't suffering badly from the Majhost collapse. There's a significant amount of history in there including a scene featuring the actual infamous SNOWMEN ARMY. Hello! I am visiting the angry dome because I have the ANGREH. My goal is to post more sprite comics, get more stuff done, and I've been updating my sprite topic and the free use chat, along with creating a sprite comic topic for myself and updating the interactive comic I started in 2017. Our discord is alive, thrives daily, we get new members every week or month it seems, but... *sigh* It gets kinda lonely in here, on the forums. In The War That Never Ends, there are several fronts to fight on, and I'll pick the Forum. All's quiet, but maybe if I shake it up a bit... EDIT: It's been 20 days since. I'll keep holding on & hoping. C'mon! Check out the comics! Check out the war scenes! I dare you!
  20. Most people who frequent SW and see the old comics will see backgrounds like this used here & there: This is one of the backgrounds from Front Mission: Gun Hazard. It is one of the very few you can find on The Spriters-Resource today. Seeing only destroyed city blocks (and a village in the countryside) made me wonder: where are the backgrounds for complete cityscapes in Front Mission: GH? So I got to work on a little sprite kit. And there was another one available on TSR: Maybe someone will make a sprite comic about a crew robbing a wrecked bank in a war zone or a post-apocalyptic setting. Even so, I set to work. Restored! This one was also part of the background. ^ Major props to Arima for ripping this stuff, I wouldn't be anywhere near this far along without the fact he worked hard and ripped the backgrounds which are already available. There! A nearly usable bridge. Set the building upright, added doors and window-ish thingies, ect. Thanks to Lucasodelta for helping me shade the original windows! I'm also working on fixing up this building. ALL OF THIS IS FREE USE!!!
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