One of the fun things about designing a game is you get to put stuff that interests you into it. I’ve had an interest in World War 1 for some time now (my Great-granddad fought in it, but more on that in later posts), so in making a game set in that time period, you can bring in stuff from the war that is of interest.
In games of the paper version of Call of Cthulhu, access to military grade hardware is often a little restricted, as adventures tend to be based in civilian settings. For ‘The Wasted Land’, I was keen to get a feel for some authentic period military kits, and see how it held up in a conflict with the beasts from the Mythos. One of the frist items I wanted was the Lee Enfield rifle. It has been in the design documents for a while and now that Mike (our coder) has added the stats to the game (screenshots will be coming soon) – so meet the nemesis of the evil ones: it’s the Lee Enfield rifle:
This rifle was the mainstay of the British Infantryman in both WW1 and WW2. (This image also shows you the high-res detail to which we are building objects – as our plan is to place the game on other platforms other then iPhone and Android, we need that level of detail to fit it to larger screen and resolution games machines, e.g. iPad).
Here is the rifle in action, showing how in the right hands it could fire at quite a fast rate (20 to 30 aimed rounds in a minute) and was considered one of the fastest fire rifles of this era:
I also found this video while doing research that gives a good overview of the rifle and its history:
More weapons and equipment to follow…