Last night we finished digging out our section of the trenches. It was damn hard work and I’m sick with tiredness and hunger. Trenches have to be dug in the dark, you see, so we were up most of the night. I could hear the bullets whistling past me just above our heads. It doesn’t half put you on edge.
The trenches are unbelievably cold and muddy with water up to your shins in many places. The worst part has to be the lice– they never let up. We’ve been turning our shirts inside out to get rid of them, but they always find a way back in. The rats aren’t so bad, providing we can keep rations well hidden. You can hear them scuttling round your feet at night.
Word is that the big Boss has been pouring funds into research with the hope of us getting some new weapons. I can tell you we’d be glad to see some improvements on these machine guns. There have been whispers of an armoured vehicle too, but I suspect we won’t see this unless the Boss continues to finance its development.
They say when you go over the top, the infantry sergeant comes round with a measure of rum, for courage. We’re expecting the Boss to deploy our unit any day now and it’s filling us all with dread. I don’t want you to worry though, I say my prayers every night and hope for the best– no one can do any more than that.
With love to you all,
Notes to editors:
World War One is a historically accurate turn based strategy game from Ascaron Entertainment and AGEOD due for release in November 2008. The new game will allow players to take command of land armies and battleship fleets from one of six Great nations including Britain, Germany and Russia, as they try to ensure victory and restore peace in Europe.
Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment
Release date: November 2008
Genre: Historical Strategy
About Ascaron Entertainment
From Day One in 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has become one of the leading European“boutique” developers and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles including Patrician, Port Royale, DarkStar One and SACRED.
Ascaron maintains development studios in Berlin, Gutersloh and Aachen (Germany), as well as an international department in Birmingham (UK). Ascaron currently markets its products in more than 40 countries and over 15 languages.
Ascaron Entertainment (UK) is an independent office and is highly regarded on a domestic and global scale. With a professional reputation, full-service product management, and a wealth of experience in the games industry, the UK operation manages the international releases of Ascaron's entire catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners. Ascaron Entertainment (UK) continues to be responsible for successfully launching titles into the UK market from developers and publishers worldwide. Titles include the popular UFO, Panzers, Cossacks and Blitzkrieg seriesof games, as well as critically acclaimed hits such as Call of Juarez, Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle and TrackMania United.
AGEOD is an established independent French publishing company, founded in 2005 by a few French games industry veterans (including Philippe THIBAUT, designer of historical strategy award-winning games Europa Universalis™, Pax Romana™ , Great Invasions™, Birth of America™ and American Civil War™), based in Meylan, France (in the French Alps). Voted Developer of the Year by players on the Wargamer website in 2006 for our Birth of America game. Several new projects are under preparation for the coming months, and we expect most to be as successful as our last two titles, Birth of America™ and American Civil War™. AGEOD also offers an outlet for small independent studios and producers that are less fortunate in the marketing of their own games. AGEOD's first emphasis is placed on historical strategy games with original and innovative features. For more information, visit the AGEOD website at www.ageod.com.
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