'Radio Commander' Is an Intimate Look at War from an Uncomfortable Distance

Kovacs is on the radio in a panic. He says he’s being overrun by Vietcong, he has men down, and needs emergency evacuation. I’ve got the helicopters to get him out of there: Green Flight is only a kilometer away, but they’re medevacking wounded from another company that was engaged in some earlier fighting. Kovacs and his Alpha Platoon were sent there to bolster the perimeter to cover the evacuation. If I pull them out, the northwest perimeter is wide open.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wjw9nb/radio-commander-review

I can’t help but be reminded of “Us and Them”:

Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
The General sat, as the lines on the map
Moved from side to side


I really like the idea of revitalizing the RTS by adding layers of indirection to your command-issuing. A text-parser RTS like Duskers with infantry squads instead of drones would be great.