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Stack n Deploy Story

Writing for Stack n Deploy I received valuable experience working with an incredible team of game designers. With commanders being an important element of gameplay, I wrote memorable characters with interesting backgrounds that tied with their special abilities in the game. Then, as art director, I worked with artists to make a visual representation of the commanders that were both visually intriguing and loyal to their unique abilities.

    Before writing the commander's stories I created the main plot of the game, which summarized is; in the distant future a foreign threat has entered your(the player's) galaxy with the intent of destroying everything and now different races must put their internal feuds aside and band together or all be eliminated. The player serves the role of a high commander and must gather a strong group of fighters and weapons to defend the galaxy.

    The team agreed with this story since gathering commanders and weapons fits with the idea of collecting new cards and building a stronger deck. It also made the player part of the story which is hardly seen in games today but I feel makes the player more engaged to the game. We were inspired by Magic the Gathering's use of different game play styles, conveyed by the five different colors, and so we decided to have five different alien races with unique playing styles as well. I then created  five unique alien races, including their physical presentation as well as their planet and race history, which made the cards more attractive and unique.

Below are a few examples of commanders in our game with their name, art, in-game ability, and short bios.

General Bonesteel  

(Bonus to attack after each kill)

    A high ranking military official whose significant role in Kaed's recent invasion attempts have earned him a heroic status. He led a vigorous yet unsuccessful last-resort offense against the Vsedoru just before Human Planet's annihilation. As one of few decorated military officials that survived the apocalyptic event, Bonesteel declares it his duty to mankind that he sees the destruction of the beast.

    Having extensive battle experience coupled with unmatched vigor, Bonesteel swiftly escalates in focus and intensity after each opponent destroyed. He is considered one of the best human fighters alive and, despite his age, shows no signs of decreasing in stamina and capacity.

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(Ship gains 2 life every attack)

    Nav'Set is the second eldest child of Rok'Ai, leading commander of the Revenant. Training under his father and older sister, both proven phenomenal warriors, Nav'Set has become one of the most dangerous and feared Revenant in the galaxy. Rok'Ai approves his request of serving as a mercenary, both well aware that many faction commanders are willing to pay outstandingly steep fees in exchange for a master Revenant in such perilous times.

    Nav'Set brings to battle one of the Revenant's most effective weapons; a repair system coupled with special siphon cannons. These cannons absorb energy from target ships with each shot, transmitting the stolen power to a fast-acting repair system on his own ship. Like all high-level Revenant weaponry, Rida'Na, chief Revenant engineer, created this system out of stolen data and resources.

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Frost Corporal Arjen Felds

(Captures resource nodes faster but can't capture draw nodes)

    A dedicated pilot previously on duty for Operation: Deep Frost. Having graduated the academy with high honors, Arjen promptly volunteered for Deep Frost when his scientist fiancé was requested to replace lost personnel on the ice moon Nayok. He is partnered with Chris Saitou who becomes his closest friend, even serving as his best man at his wedding. Together they become the most effective unit in Deep Frost, both ranking up to Frost Corporal just before
the destruction of HumanPlanet. His rich enthusiasm and optimistic persona brings a touch of cheerful color among friends even in the darkest times.

    Despite having a young new wife, he decides to join Chris in search of any groups with the intention of destroying the beast. With seeking skills acutely sharpened from his work during Deep Frost, Arjen is able to scout for resources on nodes at an impressive rate.

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Frost Corporal Chris Saitou

(+4 AP for every node you control)

    A pilot in Operation: Deep Frost who has proven himself highly formidable on Nayok. On duty when HumanPlanet was destroyed, Chris survived mankind's near-annihilation but lost his wife who was on HumanPlanet. Severely outraged, he has since then adopted a bitter, resentful persona from his once carefree self. He immediately began seeking for groups planning to destroy the invading beast, convincing his friend and Frost partner Arjen to join him.
He wears a memento of his wife, a white bandana around his arm, for encouragement and a reminder of why he fights.

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Evelyn Rivers  

(When you kill a ship their base loses health. When your ship dies your own base loses health)

    A spirited and audacious woman, Evelyn serves as one of two leaders aboard a raiding vessel independent of the Revenant, the largest pirate organization in the galaxy. Expelled from Human Planet's military academy for frequent insubordination, she ran into Faris, a female Revenant, who coincidentally found herself in a similar situation among her own kind. Together they formed a skilled crew, calling themselves the Jester's Dance for their witticism and bantering demeanor amongst one another, and became one of the most infamous vigilantes notorious for always managing to escape law enforcers of other major civilizations.

    Their group recently discovered a special virus while pillaging a Geros ship that seemed to have unexplainably drifted off course. While Faris decided it too dangerous to utilize, Evelyn took possession of it hoping to find a good use. The virus causes a wave of damaging agents to be sent towards the base of an enemy, disguising itself amidst the distress call set off when ships are critically damaged. However, due to the precarious nature of the virus, the possibility that the agents may inadvertently be sent towards the virus-carrier's own base is nearly 100%.

    With their vessel finally tracked down a few days after, Evelyn and Faris escaped before their vessel was obliterated by a Geros retaliation. They decided to part ways and Evelyn hid among the new human colonies built after the destruction of HUMANPLANET. She now seeks for any group interested in disregarding her criminal past and hiring her as a mercenary.

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(Adds burning to attacks)

    A fierce and respected fighter, Rem'Ik was captured several years before returning to the Revenant with the desire to serve as a mercenary. Caught by the Scyrul, a zealous race with strong beliefs in justice, Rem'Ik was kept prisoner and tortured for the many raids and atrocities he was known to have lead under the Revenant. Agreeing that he'd paid for his crimes and believing that death is not for them to use as a penalty, the Scyrul released him back to the Revenant. Once having an exuberant, enthusiastic personality, Rem'Ik now showed signs of uncontrollable ferocity and derangement.

    Though exceedingly maniacal, he is still a capable commander with no care for money but simply a great desire for carnage. In battle he always uses powerful incendiary ammunition developed by Rida'Na, lead engineer of the Revenant. Only when torching his enemies and watching them melt in an agonizing blaze does he now find pleasure and amusement.

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