Created By: KZN02 on October 10, 2010 Last Edited By: KZN02 on October 13, 2010
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Weather Of War

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Weather affecting gameplay in Strategy Games. Rain, snow, sandstorms, etc can make a big impact on the outcome of battles.

See also Fog of War.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Nami from One Piece, even before she got her Weather-Control Machine, had such an intuitive understanding of the weather that she could use it offensively, avoiding storms to which others would fall prey.

Real Life
  • The British defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the repelling of the Mongol invasion of Japan.
  • English victory and Angincourt. Due to terrian and the fact that it had rained for a few days before the battle turning the earth soft. More French soldier died of drowning at the battle then from wounds.

Tabletop Games
  • Some military board games have weather rules, such as Avalon Hill's The Russian Campaign, which covers the World War 2 Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. The rules depict the difficulties the German invaders had with "General Winter".

Video Games
  • Rain will limit your movement speed in Fire Emblem.
  • Rain and snow also limits your movement speed in Advance Wars. Drake and Olaf are not affected by those conditions respectively, and their CO Powers are related to them.
  • In the Dune series, a bad sandstorm can seriously damage your base
  • Several weather conditions were introduced in the second generation of Pokémon. Rain and bright sunlight will change the effectiveness of fire and water-typed moves, whereas Hail and Sandstorm will deal damage to all Pokemon on the field every turn unless they're a type that resists it. There are also several weather-dependent abilities as well as other moves that vary in effectiveness depending on the conditions.
    • Coliseum includes Shadow Sky, which damages all non-Shadow Pokemon in battle.
  • Any Total War game; rain and wind effect arrow accuracy. Snow can cause troops from northern acclimated to fight better. Storms at sea can completely wreck an invasion.

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Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • October 10, 2010
    SweetMadness
    We have Geo Effects, but I don't think there's a specific trope for this yet.

    • Rain will limit your movement speed in Fire Emblem. (There might be others, but I don't recall them off the top of my head.)
    • Several of these were introduced in the third generation of Pokemon. Rain and bright sunlight will change the effectiveness of fire and water-typed moves, whereas Hail and Sandstorm will deal damage to all pokemon on the field every turn unless they're a type that resists it. There are also several weather-dependent abilities as well as other moves that vary in effectiveness depending on the conditions.
  • October 11, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    In the Dune series, a bad sandstorm can seriously damage your base
  • October 11, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Some military board games have weather rules, such as Avalon Hill's The Russian Campaign, which covers the World War 2 Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. The rules depict the difficulties the German invaders had with "General Winter".
  • October 13, 2010
    Koveras
    Does cosmetic weather count? Because in World In Conflict dropping too many nukes in one round will change the weather into an unsettling, gloomy storm, but it doesn't affect the gameplay, except maybe making the players tenser.
  • October 13, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    I meant the Dune game series as in Emperor: Battle for Dune - not books.
  • October 13, 2010
    DorianMode
    Real Life: The British defeat of the Spanish Armada, and the repelling of the Mongol invasion of Japan.

    Anime: Nami from One Piece, even before she got her Weather Control Machine, had such an intuitive understanding of the weather that she could use it offensively, avoiding storms to which others would fall prey.
  • October 13, 2010
    stryper
    Real Life: English victory and Angincourt. Due to terrian and the fact that it had rained for a few days before the battle turning the earth soft. More French soldier died of drowning at the battle then from wounds.

    Any Total War game. Rain and wind effect arrow accuracy. Fog obscures vision. Snow can cause troops from northern climated to fight better. Storms at sea can completely wreck an invasion.
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