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Question about conventional infantry

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:04 pm
by attackowl
Okay, I want to know how regular infantry plays a role. In the game's lore, there is no mention of infantry. But, in my opinion, infantry would pose the greatest threat to the frames. When new technology is first deployed, infantrymen have no choice but to adapt. A good example of this is the tank. When tanks were first deployed in World War One, they were virtually unstoppable. There was no way to counter them. But in World War Two, the advent of the rocket launcher made tanks vulnerable. So isn't it natural, then, for there to be some sort of anti-frame ordnance that infantry can deploy and use?

Re: Question about conventional infantry

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:37 pm
by Atavism
The purpose of infantry is to do things frames can't, like go into buildings and police civilians without causing a war-crime. Sure, squads could tote around anti-frame heavy weapons and such if you want, and players have in fact made infantry units to supplement their companies.

Part of the reason against doing so is that at this scale the frames are meant to be big armored infantry. A frame is only as tall as three or four people, or maybe two Shaqs, and combine the speed and armor of a tank with the maneuverability and vision of an infantryman. While infantry could do high-powered ordinance ambushes on frames, it is much more difficult because a frame can see better and actively take cover or dodge in ways that tanks can't (and for that matter, a frame can do a similar ambush on another frame, only with a giant gun instead of some single-shot rocket). Also, frame tech is so ubiquitous there's little reason not to field them over conventional infantry- especially if you are paying to teleport their mass around with the transit gate system.

The other part of it is that frames are awesome! Close your eyes and accept that frames are awesome! You must believe this all makes sense because every time you say otherwise a faerie dies!

Re: Question about conventional infantry

PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:06 pm
by Shades_Corvid
If you want to build infantry like some others had for your army, do it! Have fun! Within the Solar Calendar lore though, as Atavism pretty much said, Frames are the infantry.