Talking your way out of a situation in Fifth Column

Total Rendition and Fifth Column

The gameplay of Total Rendition and Fifth Column are similar, as are their themes. In short, Total Rendition and Fifth Column are siblings.

Set in an alternate 1960s in which World War II is still ongoing, Nazi Germany has occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. In Fifth Column, this region is disputed between Armenians and Azerbaijanis, as in real-life. In the latter case, the Nazi occupiers threw themselves into the mix. Notice the similarities that both have authoritarian, far-right villains. This is no coincidence, for sadly, I have had a lot of bad experiences with them in real-life.

The Nazi invaders more or less triggered Fifth Column’s Nagorno-Karabakh war, by promoting their ideology of ethnic supremacy. The Nazi German authorities eventually set up a complex arrangement to dissuade the Armenians and Azerbaijanis from fighting one another over Karabakh. This arrangement became known as the Sonderkommissariat of Bergkarabach.

Development of Fifth Column is on hiatus for quite a while, since 2016. Originally not intended for commercial release, I hastily decided Fifth Column should be, eventually. The funds used to finance Fifth Column were running dry. By then, however, it was simply too hard to put the legal framework in place. All in all, Fifth Column provided for much of the lesson to make Total Rendition work.

A prototype of Fifth Column is still freely downloadable from IndieDB.

-Mordechai Gabai