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Letters From America

One of the more bizarre features of the forthcoming turn-based strategy game "Squad Leader" is that the men in your squad sometimes get letters from home. In an interview with Strategy Gaming Online, producer Andy Mazurek explains that "the letters from home represent a life-altering event for the soldier - it could be a letter informing him of his parents' death or a letter telling the soldier that he is about to be a father".

"The letter will trigger emotions in the soldier. Once the soldier gets into the combat environment, he may react differently then before. The soldier may blame the enemy for his parents' death and go berserk, or he may just sit there and do nothing. In any event, the player will need to watch the soldier more carefully."