“The Thin Red Line”

Fire is a beast that wants to consume you and everything in its path.  Open a window or the door, stand up, or make a wrong turn and find yourself out of air and burning alive.  Issue the proper commands, use the right tools, and tame the beast; hopefully, you and everyone gets out alive.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were approximately 1,160,450 local firefighters in the U.S. in 2015 (source: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/the-fire-service/administration/us-fire-department-profile) Of that total, 30% were career and 70% were volunteers.

Firefighters are the first line of defense in aiding their communities when it comes to fire.   In 2015 there were 1,345,500 fires reported that resulted in the death of 3,280 civilians, injuries to 15,700 civilians, and $14.3 billion in property damage (source: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us).

"The Thin Red Line" application for the HoloLens teaches users fire safety and the skills necessary to handle fire-based emergencies effectively.  Through it you will learn about fire extinguishers, fire alarms, dealing with hazards, how to fight fires, and more.

In the test screenshot you can see the virtual tutorial center that walks users through various bits of information related to fire safety.  At the end of the tutorial, you take a test to see how well you learned the topic.  In other areas of the application you get to test your knowledge in full fire simulations!


Design Principle – Fortifications

To defend yourself and your friends from the random hordes and other players, you can build fortifications in AEO.  Not only can you build the typical walls players have come to expect in survival elemented games, but you can also build defenses such as automated turrets, many types of traps, and even hire NPC guards to defend your area when you are offline.

You can also expect to gain skill and experience from building defenses.  While many games only reward those on offense, in AEO, you gain rewards from building and maintaining a successful defense as well.

Design Principle – Roaming Hordes

Unlike typical MMORPGs, in AEO you will be attacked by hordes of creatures.  The world has evolved, which means new and exotic insects, animals, mutants, and hybrids exist within it.  They will not sit idly by, waiting for you to enter their "aggro" zone.  They will seek you out, attack your base, and possibly even overtake settled areas if you let them.

Design Principle – Attunement

There is no magic per se in Armageddon Earth Online, but nanotechnology and powers of the human mind have evolved to the point that it is impossible to distinguish fact from fiction.

In AEO, each person is attuned to a certain degree to either the psychic arts or nanotech.  From this attunement, further classification of the player evolves as they grow their powers in the world.  For example, a nanotech attuned player may use the nano powers to extend their combat strengths.  Another may use nanotech to alter the very elements of the Earth.

There are no classes in AEO, instead, the actions of players determine their lot in life.  Some may stay grounded in the traditional laws of physics while others may seek an elevated alignment with quantum mechanics.