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The_Chieftain #1 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 17:31

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Hello everyone. My name is Nicholas (But you can call me "The_Chieftain"), and I’m a tankaholic. This has affected my life. I have been caught looking at what has been termed "tank porn" on the Internet. A co-worker of mine claims that I am willing to “tank dork” on anyone who will listen, and any number of people who will not. Fortunately, Wargaming has provided a more socially acceptable outlet for this affliction.

So who am I, and why am I here? Well, it was decided that it would be suitable for Wargaming to facilitate someone who ‘has the T-shirt’, as it were, and to review the World of Real Tanks. After all, with “World of Tanks” as the flagship product, having a tanker on hand can’t be a bad thing. Working on year fifteen with Army Green in the wardrobe, all of it in cavalry and armor (I currently have the honour of being a Troop Commander), plus spending what little free time I have volunteering at the local tank museum, gave me a good leg up on that score.

More importantly, though, why would you even read my musings? After all, I am not a developer. If you want to know what’s coming down the pipeline for the game, Overlord’s blog is the place to look. Consider this column to be more a way of facilitating discussion and thought, and  a way to evangelicise the Religion of the Tank. Over the coming while, I may opine, review history, examine tanks, interview notable tank-related people, or provide an outlet for ‘guest authors’ amongst other things. You will also occasionally find me on the forum, answering what questions I can, and directing to/finding out some I can’t.

Though in time the discussion will eventually reflect World of Warplanes and World of Battleships (both of which I am well qualified to pontificate upon: I’ve been known to make machine-gun noises whilst flying a Cessna, and I can swimfloat stop myself from sinking too quickly), for now it’s all armor.

So here’s the first thought to ponder:

In a recent conversation when discussing this column, a marketing manager asked me a question which had me utterly stumped. The question was simple: “So why tanks?”

How does one answer that? Is it not completely obvious? How can anyone not like tanks? Those seemingly unstoppable expressions of power, the levels of mechanical skill used to put them together. How can one not watch in fascination the suspension system of a tank as it rolls over rough ground? It’s like watching the rods and drivewheels of a steam locomotive in motion, a beauty born of function. Who doesn’t dream of running over a car in a tank? (I’ve done it, it’s as fun as you think it is). Of course, in the back of your mind, you are always conscious of a tank’s true purpose, but let’s ignore the death and destruction. It’s like watching fighters at an airshow. You’re just in awe at the sheer cool factor and forget everything else. In Iraq, other soldiers would stop what they were doing when we rolled by and pulled out their cameras. We’d get chased to the motor pool to have people pose for photos on them.
As for crewing them, it’s the civilized ground-pounder’s method of going to war. Why carry a weapon when your weapon will carry you? Turn on the heater if it’s cold (if it works). The tank is much less muddy to sleep on than the ground. 30km road marches completed in under an hour. And there’s something comforting about having lots of metal between you and people who don’t like you. Oh yeah. And the Big Gun

Maybe ‘like’ is the wrong word. The amount of tank shows on the TV, the amount of people who make models of tanks, the amount of people who go straight to the tanks at an exposition, and the appeal of "World of Tanks". Face it. We don’t just ‘like’ tanks, we love them.

Unfortunately, my response to the question did not adequately convey this concept. It was more a case of my looking blankly for a few seconds in response to the oddity that the question even needed to be asked in the first place.

I guess some people just don’t understand.

The_Chieftain

snidely206 #2 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:12

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It's good to have someone who knows more than what they read on wikipedia.

_Ruffles_ #3 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:16

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@snidley206 I agree.

@OT Lol, you says you're not a "developer" but it clearly says you are. Looking forward to see of you "articles"!


DexOlesa #4 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:20

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From an ex-soldier, almost tanker. Welcome

Aesir #5 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:20

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Nice.

Shame you're not the new PR guy for new content, Overlord is a bit hit and miss at times.

Crucial_Contribution #6 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:22

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I can't wait to read about your reviews on tanks.  Wikipedia just doesn't cut it.   :lol:

Tyryndyr #7 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:22

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Nicholas (The_Chieftan),

     I am excited to hear that we have an actual 'Nerd Tanker' as an active part of WoT.  Indeed I was present to witness the 'Thunder Runs' our tankers in Iraq were tasked with to display the 'Power and Might' of a tank.  Anything you can contribute to the general knowledge base will be greatly appreciated.

Tyryndyr

teamSG1 #8 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:23

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I can tell its gonna be an awesome future with this guy around.

Thorgall #9 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:23

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I'm looking forward to read more of your articles for the upcoming World of Warships.
(I agree with Ruffles, apparently you're a developer. Maybe not a "programmer" but you're part of the crew who made WoT)

borderrat #10 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:26

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Welcome from an old border scout. Hence the screen name. Cavalry: always capitalized. LOL

Biloxi #11 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:26

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Cool welcome!!!   I am pretty new here myself. I am trying to learn more of the ins and outs of this game but I tend to just go and play in another battle instead of stopping and reading....My Bad

ForcestormX #12 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:28

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Awesome! Welcome! And good to have you on board!

Ka_zu_ki #13 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:36

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I think a love for tanks is mandatory in life! You are absolutely right The_Chieftain. How can you not love tanks?  :lol:


Anyways, can't wait to read your articles. :D

Armored_Ninja #14 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:38

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From an Old Tanker to a Tank-a-holic...........Welcome

Xlucine #15 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:40

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Surely you'd be well qualified to pontificate upon warships and planes? :P
good to have you on board, I look forward to learning more about the steel beasts we all know and love

Ares_GOW #16 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 22:45

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First... Thanks for your service.  Second... Welcome, looking forward to your thoughts and opinions. :)

GotTank #17 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 23:06

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I like your language and qualifications :) Looks forward to some more reading from you.

The_Chieftain #18 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 23:16

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View PostXlucine, on Sep 08 2011 - 22:40, said:

Surely you'd be well qualified to pontificate upon warships and planes? :P

Son of....

So much for my grand, dramatic entrance. Fixed.

Cheapsalsa #19 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 23:27

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Ever since I have been playing this game I have become a mini"The_chieftain" in a way, a tank nerd. Thanks WoT, but take that as a compliment.  :D
I love this game! :Smile-playing:

duff48 #20 Posted Sep 08 2011 - 23:31

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Awesome... Finally, something more reliable than Wikipedia. Tank you!




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