News: Vietnam '65 To Feature On Operation Supply Drop's Twitch Stream

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 19 April 2016
Updated: 28 April 2016
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On Wednesday US military charity Operation Supply Drop with be featuring a South African developed war-simulation game in its weekly video-games-focussed live stream. A few lucky viewers will also stand a chance of winning codes for the game.

News: Vietnam '65 To Feature On Operation Supply Drop's Twitch Stream

Update: The video is now archived on Twitch so I have embedded it below. It features live gameplay as well as an interview with the developer.

Tomorrow Vietnam '65, a turn based military strategy and simulation game by South African indie developer Johan Nagel of Every Single Soldier, will be featured on Operation Supply Drop's weekly two-hour-long Warrior Wednesday Twitch stream from 18:00 EST (which is technically 02:00 on Thursday in South Africa but if you're a gamer late nights are nothing new to you).

Operation Supply Drop is a registered charitable organisation that sends video-game care packages to deployed US and allied veterans, as well as those in hospital, under its mission to "bring fun where there is none". The packages comprise games, apparel, and related gaming products to lift the veterans' spirits and remind them that their efforts are being appreciated by friends and family back home. Its intention is to help to combat depression, suicide, homelessness, and unemployment.

News: Vietnam '65 To Feature On Operation Supply Drop's Twitch Stream

Operation Supply Drop has previously given away codes for Vietnam '65, courtesy of its publisher Slitherine, to US war veterans and it will be giving away more codes during the stream tomorrow. Vietnam '65, which is set in 1965 in the middle of the Vietnam war, has garnered praise for its "hearts and minds" game mechanic, in which players have to win over the local population by eradicating Vietcong insurgents who are intent on destabilising the area with aggressive, deadly tactics and intimidation, while working on the main campaign to stop the North Vietnamese Army from taking control of la Drang valley.

Every Single Solider, meanwhile, is hard at work on two new war-themed games, with the help of independent game-development studio RetroEpic Software in Cape Town, with which it partnered last year. Afghanistan '11, which is close to being ready for alpha testing, is a direct sequel to Vietnam '65 that will feature a similar "hearts and minds" mechanic to the original game. This time players will have to assist with nation building and UN relief efforts while still searching for insurgents and facing the Taliban and warlords.

Carrier Deck, which is still in the early stages of development (I saw a prototype a few months ago), is the other game that the two teams are collaborating on. This is a simulation game that requires you to manage the aircraft on a supercarrier by supervising takeoffs and landings, as well as operations in the hangar below deck.

You can follow the development of both games in the developer diaries posted on the Every Single Soldier blog or the RetroEpic blog. Vietnam '65 was released last year and is available on iOS via the iTunes app store (R199.99/$9.99) and Windows via Steam (R109) (see the links below).

News: Vietnam '65 To Feature On Operation Supply Drop's Twitch Stream

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