Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
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Sometimes winning isn’t enough. Sometimes 50 of the largest unit in the game, the Czar, is not enough. Those times, 51 Czars will generally do it.
Death beams are cool, but Czars are so huge that they can do even more damage by just falling on you. And you can manually suicide them to make that happen.
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McDanger: My heart just skipped a beat over the beauty of a Czar graveyard.
Moni: I haven't played SupCom, but I have played the second game. Am I missing out on stuff like this, or am I just playing SupCom 2 wrong?
PleasingFungus: You're missing out, Moni!
The funny thing about SC1's SP campaign is that the later missions encouraged this sort of nonsense. I remember my brother launching squadrons of Czars at the foe in one Aeon mission...
I can see those wrecks forming whole civilizations around them. I would play a game set in that graveyard, I think.
Now that's scale.
Davie: See, this is why unit caps are no fun. Dawn of War, for example, made me very sad when I could no longer roll over the opponent in five Baneblades.
Tom Francis: Moni - I did something similar in SupCom 2, but the scale is certainly a different order of magnitude.
SupCom 1's unit cap is interesting - it has one, it's just very high, you can increase it, and all units only count as '1'. In other words, it doesn't try to make maxed-out armies balanced, and it's actually part of the late-game tactics to figure out what low-tech stuff you can now suicide in order to free up cap for higher value units.
So I could have made 499 Czars, or even 1,499, if I was that obsessive about it.
Rei Onryou: I love you Tom! You take great screenshots, you figure out interesting ways to play games, you describe them brilliantly. You're the Valve of games journalism! =D
You may now have all my monies.
Tom Francis: Ha, thanks! Forwarding bank details.
Chris: I like the GG on that screenshot. If I were some supreme commander dude and I saw that coming towards me I think I'd say something similar.
Entropy: The Czar graveyard is my new desktop background.
Korolev: ........should've been all tsars.
Jason L: My God, it's full of Tsars.