BoMB – Band of Maniacal Brothers
July 25, 2019

WOW.

EA (booo, hissss) has finally done something right, and is bringing members of the original Command & Conquer team back together to remaster the original Command & Conquer game (a.k.a. C&C 1995 or Tiberian Dawn) as well as C&C: Red Alert and C&C 2: Tiberian Sun!!!

They got the rights to the original source code, they got back a number of the original designers and programmers (now working at Petroglyph Games), and they even got back Frank Klepacki to do the music! The one constant throughout the entire series, Joe Kucan (the actor for Kane), has also confirmed his involvement!

This is epic news. EPIC, I SAY.

FlameHeart

FlameHeart and NeMustang faced down in this gargantuan Direct Strike 1v1 battle for the record books. Instead of just hundreds of thousands, these scores hit the millions for mineral value killed and lost.

Of note is that this match was the third of three 1v1 matches (one for each race, in mirror match-ups of Zerg-vs-Zerg, Protoss-vs-Protoss, and finally, Terran-vs-Terran), in which FlameHeart came out victorious each time, crowning himself as the best Direct Strike player of the Band of Maniacal Brothers. Huzzah!

Oh man. This game lasted for 44 minutes and 23 seconds, and was a total whopper of a game. Cortana (AlmightyPush), fishbord and I started as triple Terran and tried to cheese our way to victory with fast Battlecruisers and Thors, but it didn’t work out very well, so we had to transition to a normal strategy where we just played the long game. The game lasted so long and started lagging so slowly that one of the opposing team, Swarm, left the game. SHADOW and <NACA> DBO stuck around until the end, and we didn’t get to bed until after 5 am… I’m dead X_X.

This may be one for the record books. I haven’t had a game lag this slowly since I used to play the old legacy version of Desert Strike back in 2011, back on the original arcade in the first release of Wings of Liberty.

The BoMB & Friends Spring LAN was a great success!

Over the weekend of April 27-28, 2018, the Band of Maniacal Brothers gaming clan hosted the BoMB & Friends Spring LAN 2018, and in this photo album, the results of the event can be seen! The proof is in the pudding (or in this case, screenshots of the score calculation spreadsheets)!

The original C&C in 1995 was the single game that got me into gaming. I was singularly obsessed with it. Now, decades later… after having run a gaming clan for 15+ years and having played just about every game you can think of… I was so sad to see the video The Rise and Fall of Command & Conquer.

Thanks very much to GVMERS for making it, but it brings a tear to my eye knowing just how many cancellations happened, and I really wish the developers (many studios that they were) had gotten the chance to work on a truly GREAT game until completion. I think my favorites from the series were the original C&C and Red Alert 2…

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