Help me enjoy X-Com

The rounded pixel thing has to do with what scaler mode you use. I like to use the tv2x scaler, because it's kind of scanliney without lots of black emptiness. (The colors bleed a bit to simulate a CRT.)

Tamren wrote:

I'm sad

I dug up my collectors edition CD and tried to get UFO to work with Xcomutil. Everything seems to work fine until its time to enter combat, then the game simply CTDs instantly.

Did any of you guys try to get XcomUtil working with the Steam version? It looks like I will have to buy it again.

EDIT: Wait! Success! See the problem was I installed it before running tactical combat for the first time. The utility had a hernia and borked itself for all subsequent tries. Deleting and reinstalling everything fixed it up just fine.

The only problem is the game runs fullscreen and as a result all of the pixels are rounded and blurred, instead of sharp and square. Not a huge problem, I can just lean back in my chair, but does this happen with the steam version too?

EDIT, EDIT: Okay now I'm pissed. It worked right the very first time, but every since tactical combat fails to load. The only difference now is that it doesn't CTD. PC gaming for the lose.

I was reading earlier that you can run xcomutil on the steam version. It requires some minor editing of dosbox config file. Try http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=722880.

edit:
Not a loss, just overtime

Got the game working without Xcomutil. I have to use my nvidia control panel to force scaling with the proper aspect ratio. No idea what mode it uses though.

Well, I did some poking around on Silent Storm. The Jowood site points to this Amazon listing, which is outrageously overpriced... even the used ones are $55.

If you lurk on EBay you might be able to find one more reasonably.

I've decided that it's time for me to kill off Maxox.

As the only Goodjer to have met me face to face he can't be allowed to live. Anyway, he's been married long enough, He'll happily "step in front" of some plasma for me

An epiphany I only had today after over 10 years of playing.

The whole point of the flying suit is to let you take on Chryssalids without fear.

I hate, HATE, Cyberdisks

Prozac wrote:

I've decided that it's time for me to kill off Maxox.

As the only Goodjer to have met me face to face he can't be allowed to live. Anyway, he's been married long enough, He'll happily "step in front" of some plasma for me :D

I survived quicksand, big sharks, swine flu, and seedy caravan park bathrooms only to be a sacrificial lamb? At least load me up with lemon squash&vodka and some cans of ginger beer&Jim Beam then let me drink drive the Skyranger before sending me to die.

maxox wrote:
Prozac wrote:

I've decided that it's time for me to kill off Maxox.

As the only Goodjer to have met me face to face he can't be allowed to live. Anyway, he's been married long enough, He'll happily "step in front" of some plasma for me :D

I survived quicksand, big sharks, swine flu, and seedy caravan park bathrooms only to be a sacrificial lamb? At least load me up with lemon squash&vodka and some cans of ginger beer&Jim Beam then let me drink drive the Skyranger before sending me to die.

Done!

Had to abort a terror mission. Why? Take a guess. Let's just say after a grenade took out my colonel and with all the screaming and growling happening off screen, I figured the citizens of Santiago wouldn't be better off if my team got wiped out trying to save one or two of them.

I had a terror mission in Bangkok that had 4 cyberdiscs and 3 sectoids all in view of the skyranger. There were 2 casualties. Lock and Load, and... I think the other was BogHippa (maybe Kier)

at the end of the month I sacked 100 scientists (haven't got much to research at the moment) and that saved me $3mil. So I have a nice surplus with many member nations increasing support. We just lost South Africa though. The sweatshop in the Antarctic is building my first Avenger, but I'll need to capture a few intact craft I have very little Elerium (lots of flying suits though).

There were 2 casualties. Lock and Load, and... I think the other was BogHippa (maybe Kier)

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LockAndLoad wrote:
There were 2 casualties. Lock and Load, and... I think the other was BogHippa (maybe Kier)

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well everyone in here has been drafted into the Apocalypse GWJ army. So far, Tamren has died, and he was the first one I name.
Highest ranking officer is not me, but Certis.
I will say for a while there, everyone was pretty much living in the medical bay and coming out for missions to only come back more hurt. I think I've kicked that habit. I'll report on who's what rank when I have more time and the wife isn't waiting to play LEGO Star Wars.

I knew it!

mrtomaytohead wrote:

Well everyone in here has been drafted into the Apocalypse GWJ army. So far, Tamren has died, and he was the first one I name.
Highest ranking officer is not me, but Certis.
I will say for a while there, everyone was pretty much living in the medical bay and coming out for missions to only come back more hurt. I think I've kicked that habit. I'll report on who's what rank when I have more time and the wife isn't waiting to play LEGO Star Wars.

Well done, well done indeed.

You know, I've never played much Apocalypse. Reviews at the time totally scared me off, has it aged well?

I just lost 5 hours to a 15 year old game today. This probably is one of the best games ever made. The interface is atrocious though, but still worth working through.

I don't know who this BogHippa guy is, but I'm glad I'm still alive.

This was a triumph...

Damn you all, you filthy enablers.

So I finally get my new gaming rig up and running today. This thing is so powerful I'm afraid that it will take over the toaster and kill me in my sleep.

So what's the first game I install on it? Crysis? Bioshock? Dragon Age? Hell no! Thanks to this thread, I install X-Com; a game that is older than my teenage nephew who thinks that the best game ever made is MW2 (poor ignorant kid).

Certis wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

Well everyone in here has been drafted into the Apocalypse GWJ army. So far, Tamren has died, and he was the first one I name.
Highest ranking officer is not me, but Certis.
I will say for a while there, everyone was pretty much living in the medical bay and coming out for missions to only come back more hurt. I think I've kicked that habit. I'll report on who's what rank when I have more time and the wife isn't waiting to play LEGO Star Wars.

Well done, well done indeed.

You know, I've never played much Apocalypse. Reviews at the time totally scared me off, has it aged well?

No... No it has not. I actually upgraded my system all those years ago just to run this game because of the love I had for X-Com, and it was quite good at teh time, but I can't go back to it the same way I go back to UFO or TFTD.

bighoppa wrote:

I don't know who this BogHippa guy is, but I'm glad I'm still alive.

This was a triumph...

The funny part is I proofread my post before submitting, noticed I'd spelled it BogHoppa, and went back to fix it, somehow I changed the wrong o

Prozac wrote:
Certis wrote:
mrtomaytohead wrote:

Well everyone in here has been drafted into the Apocalypse GWJ army. So far, Tamren has died, and he was the first one I name.
Highest ranking officer is not me, but Certis.
I will say for a while there, everyone was pretty much living in the medical bay and coming out for missions to only come back more hurt. I think I've kicked that habit. I'll report on who's what rank when I have more time and the wife isn't waiting to play LEGO Star Wars.

Well done, well done indeed.

You know, I've never played much Apocalypse. Reviews at the time totally scared me off, has it aged well?

No... No it has not. I actually upgraded my system all those years ago just to run this game because of the love I had for X-Com, and it was quite good at teh time, but I can't go back to it the same way I go back to UFO or TFTD.

While it's true it's hasn't aged nearly as well as it's counterparts, it's still done a whole lot better than most games. I find it still enjoyable, once you get it running. . Every online tutorial to get it running I've seen so far is convoluted or incomplete, although the xcomufo site will direct you around what to do best. You need to download 3 things and do a few quick edits to things. If anyone is interested I can try and zip everything up and type out what I did. It includes installing, edit config.sys, unzip a couple files to the game directory, install vdmsound, edit .bat file, set compatibility mode, setup sound and possibly one or 2 more steps.

Sadly, I'm running off of a .bat file so I can't get it to launch from Steam and the game effectively crashes when I alt-tab out, and trying to get back in just locks up the computer on a black screen. Other than that, it's only had one unstable moment in about 5hrs of play.

Nevin73 wrote:

Thanks to this thread, I install X-Com; a game that is older than my teenage nephew who thinks that the best game ever made is MW2 (poor ignorant kid).

I still get confused every time I see MW2. I thought to myself "Mech Warrior 2 is a pretty sweet game, his nephew has good taste, why is he so hard on him?"

Then I realized that you meant Modern Warfare 2 and understood.

Got the game. Started it. I have no idea what I'm doing. I randomly selected a few places for bases. When a UFO showed up I sent ships out. I lost two UFOs and I killed another. I have no idea what I'm doing.

demonbox wrote:

Got the game. Started it. I have no idea what I'm doing. I randomly selected a few places for bases. When a UFO showed up I sent ships out. I lost two UFOs and I killed another. I have no idea what I'm doing.

If you got it from Steam, you can read the manual on the game's Steam page. Although most stuff can be figured out through trial-and-error (such as deciphering the hieroglyphics in the interface), the manual does cover some of the finer points of the game.

I picked up Apocalypse years ago at a flea market. This thread might just get me to finally install it.

I would just get the steam version. Getting old timey DOS Apocalypse to run on Xp is a nightmare.

I also like to point out the Direct 2 Drive $15 bundle comes with all the X-Com games with DOSBox configured and no DRM.

Just had something Awesome happen. moving out of the skyranger as usual, I got Clemenstation to autofire with his laser rifle into hte walls of the building right next to the transport, first shot takes out the wall, second shot takes out a sectoid that no one knew was there

Clemenstation is my MVP for this battle.

I just had a large influx of Goodjers, so we just had 6 promotions to Sergeant and one to captain.

Captain NathanialG
Sergeants:
Falchion
RatBoy
Mayfield
TheWanderer
MyBrainHz

And... MoonDragon Welcome to the Non-Comissioned Officer's ranks.

demonbox wrote:

Got the game. Started it. I have no idea what I'm doing. I randomly selected a few places for bases. When a UFO showed up I sent ships out. I lost two UFOs and I killed another. I have no idea what I'm doing.

Try watching the lets play stuff, it gives you an idea of what to do

Tamren wrote:

I would just get the steam version. Getting old timey DOS Apocalypse to run on Xp is a nightmare.

Yeah it's a pain, but since I've gone through the trouble before I was familiar with what I was doing this time.

Like I said, I can post all the steps I took and direct any one interested to all the files needed. That said, yes it's much easier just to pay more $$ and get the D2D or Steam versions. But I'm cheap and don't like paying for stuff I already have.

Oh and Tamren, you were the first loss in my army. Lock and Load was the other one so far. Looks like Goodjers are resilient meat shields.

I knew there was a reason this thread blew up the way it did XCom's another one I had a huge amount of interest in when I was younger, but couldn't wrap my head around. Still can't, so I'll sit back like Podunk and enjoy it vicariously.

Oh, and Meatshield reporting for duty.