Help me enjoy X-Com

A crap. Oh well, I can focus on blowing houses down too then.

Day-um! I must have some good stats! yay me!

I always love my HW guys when I play X-Com. Love the carnage they cause with the Heavy Cannons and AutoCannons with incendiary or high-explosive ammo

Any chance you could do a short round up of each mission, with summary of who got killed, how many kills, etc?

Crap were taking heavy fire

Couple days have gone by. Laser rifles are being manufactured, but none have been completed yet. We detected another small UFO. But before the interceptor caught up with it it landed on the ground. I'm sending the contact team and this will be a night mission. Khoram is still wounded so Edosan will be taking his place for this mission.

- Squad Leader Tamren - Assault
- Nevin - Heavy/Assault
- Pignoli - Heavy
- Davet - Sniper
- Judge - Medic
- Squad Leader Prozac - Sniper
- Grubber - Assault
- Ranger Rick - Assault
- Edosan - Heavy
- Milkman - Medic
- Mr Devil - Tanker

Mission begins. Its pitch dark out. Our landing zone is not favourable at all with the UFO door staring at us from the west and thick orchards to the east. Davet exits and throws a flare. Nevin does the same on the other side. We wait...

New turn. Nothing so far. I am establishing a perimeter of flares while Devil does some scouting. The first flare is thrown east by Tamren. It lands and reveals a barn and some sheds. More than that it hits the ground in front of a window and reveals a sectoid! Judge takes him down through the window. Firing from the ramp with his pistol. More flares. We wait...

New turn. No new contacts. Devil and squad 2 advance east. Squad 1 forms up around the UFO. Were going to bottle them in for now. More flares. We wait...

New turn. Movement in the building! A sectoid attacks out the window but misses. Ranger Rick, who has been sneaking up on the back door, now moves to the windows and gives the alien a double dose of lead. Movement at the UFO! A sectoid emerges and shoots Nevin! Pignoli retaliates with his cannon and the alien is blown to bits. Nevin is badly hurt and bleeding. He doesn't have much time, we have to end this. Tamren breaches the door and the foyer is empty. The rest of squad 1 moves inside... Squad 2 meanwhile is sweeping the west buildings. The barn is clear, so is the sheds. Devil advances the tank south and starts taking fire from the darkness. Grubber throws a flare to reveal a sectoid in the cabbage patch. Ranger Rick has a clear shot, miss. Grubber advances out of cover and hits the sectoid in the chest, clean kill!

New turn. Nevin, with his blood leaking out all over the floor breaches the next inner door. Aliens! They have their backs turned! Nevin cuts one down with a burst, then withdraws to make room for Davin. Davin only has time for a single shot and its a miss. He pulls back for Pignoli. Pignoli also misses, but the splash off his two shots is too much for the Alien and he goes down!

Mission successful! Nevin has been medevacd, and we just recovered an intact ufo! High fives for everyone. Its a good thing I didn't breach with Tamren on the other door, both aliens were looking right at it.

wordsmythe wrote:
Crap were taking heavy fire

:shock:

Whoops, that should have been "was".

I take a licking and keep on ticking!

Awesome updates.

Nevin73 wrote:

Awesome updates.

Speak for yourself... *grumble grumble*

Two medics, and I bleed out on the floor! Sheesh! I call shannanigans! I was supposed to be the one panicking and shooting teammates, not the other way around. Damit!

Night missions? Trying to get your team killed, eh?

MrDeVil909 wrote:

A crap. Oh well, I can focus on blowing houses down too then.

If you can blow up a house with just a crap, well you deserve to be team leader.

So I can count those civvies into my kill tally right? Because that brings me up to 5! Roar. Fear my cannon. Next time it will be the aliens wetting themselves.

Rat Boy wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

A crap. Oh well, I can focus on blowing houses down too then.

If you can blow up a house with just a crap, well you deserve to be team leader.

Being a tanker means rubbling houses. If you can do that with bio-weapons, all the better. I prefer rockets, myself.

Tamren wrote:

Khoram is still wounded so Edosan will be taking his place for this mission.

...and I survived my first mission! Sweet X-Com GI Bill money, here I come!

edosan wrote:
Tamren wrote:

Khoram is still wounded so Edosan will be taking his place for this mission.

...and I survived my first mission! Sweet X-Com GI Bill money, here I come!

If that injury keeps you in bed for another five months you just may have a chance!

One quiet month has passed. The aliens seem to be concentrating their attention on Australia which is outside the radar and interceptor range of our base. Lots of UFO sightings but I can't do much about em. In the meantime I have been researching and upgrading our gear. We have a new tank, with a cannon this time. The rocket provides good support in urban situations but tends to run dry too fast.

And our first mission of the month arrives! Oh goody, its a night terror mission in New Zealand. The good news is our medics actually have medpacks now, and the assaults and snipers are all carrying laser rifles. Since Nevin will be hospitalized for quite some time Mrtomatohead will take his place. We have armour now but no sets have been produced in time for this mission.

- Squad Leader Tamren - Assault
- Mrtomatohead - Assault
- Pignoli - Heavy
- Davet - Sniper
- Judge - Medic
- Squad Leader Prozac - Sniper
- Grubber - Assault
- Ranger Rick - Assault
- Edosan - Heavy (sub)
- Milkman - Medic
- Mr Devil - Tanker

Mission begins. Looks like we landed with our ramp facing the northeast corner. Osh*t. We have a Cyberdisk right behind us! Devil is hit! The tank is toast! This does not bode well... But being the lucky bastard he is, Devil rolls a 6. Well dig him out of the wreckage later. Tomayto head is up front so he moves onto the ramp and... crap sectoid on the other side. A hail of laser blasts takes care of it. Leaving Tamren to deal with the disk, oh goody. 6 shots and 3 hits later the disk explodes, carving out a hole in the nearby house and revealing yet another sectoid. Mrtomayto has just enough time left for a snap shot and... he makes it! Alien down! Davet and Judge are next off the ramp. They throw flares, area clear. There is so much smoke around from the disk explosion that no one can see us. So I pile everyone off the skyranger. Squad 1 is going south into a park. Squad 2 is headed west, between some houses and towards an open street.

New turn. Distant plasma fire and- WAIT GRENADE! *Whump*. Ranger Rick gets a face full of shrapnel! Lucky for him Milkman is right behind him and patches him up. Prozac and Grubber move down the alley and spot an alien across the street. Grubber shoots, misses, tries again and gets the kill. The rest of squad 2 moves up. Squad 1 meanwhile is moving into the park, taking cover behind fences and trees. Judge spots an alien and Mrtomayto fires 3 shots and takes him out.

New turn. A cyberdisk appears at the far end of the park and fires a single shot. It hits the cockpit of the skyranger and no one is hurt. In the distance aliens move down the road and out of sight. A firefight erupts as Squad 1 and most of Squad 2 opens fire on the cyberdisk. Almost everyone scores a hit, but the kill goes to milkman who brings it down with a final shot from his pistol. Beside the disk is a sectoid, but Tamren throws a grenade and it goes down.

New turn. Prozac and Grubber spot an alien across the road. Ranger Rick is above him looking out a second floor window and takes him out. Prozac taking rangers role of Assault moves across the street. Grubber follows and throws a flare. Meanwhile squad 1 is moving south. Tamren throws another flare and reveals a cyberdisk at the far fence. Everyone opens fire, but its not enough. Suddenly the disk returns fire and destroys the tree Judge is using for cover!

New turn. The disk retreats out of the flarelight and does not fire. Judge advances to a new tree, the only nearby cover. He spots the disk again and shoots, 2 hits. Davet from way back in the rear scores a long shot and the disk is no more. Squad 1 now reaches the edge of the map and turns east. Tomayto, on point, advances into the smoke (which by now covers the entire park) and spots a new disk on the road. He shoots, a miss and the disk returns fire, hitting a nearby trash can. Ranger Rick up north fires from a window but only gets one hit. Finally Tamren, who at this time is moving down a fence on the east side of the park takes a shot. Its a hit! The disk explodes and takes out another sectoid.

New turn, plasma fire and a grenade emerge from the south taking out a civ. Squad 2 is moving south beside a house when the front door of the house opens and a sectoid emerges. No one has a clear shot so Prozac throws a grenade. Clean hit, the alien is down. A second alien further south emerges from a smoking building. Prozac and Grubber shoot but miss. Then Edosan fires his heavy cannon and gets the alien dead centre with his second shot.

Mission complete. 9 Aliens bagged. Lost 5 civs, saved 10. Our rocket tank is a total loss but we managed to free Devil from the wreck. Good work!

Tamren wrote:

One quiet month has passed. The aliens seem to be concentrating their attention on Australia which is outside the radar and interceptor range of our base. Lots of UFO sightings but I can't do much about em.

Can't interceptors stay in the air for days? Why not send one down there to pick off some activity?

Oh man! I was just getting attached to the tank. I called her Edna.

Man, I sound like a total badass! Unlike reality.

Tamren wrote:

Bagged 10 aliens, lost 6 civs, saved 8. No casualties.

*grumble, grumble* shenanigans *grumble, grumble*

Until I get into any action, I'll be busy researching those Alien pleasure domes..

MoonDragon wrote:
Tamren wrote:

Bagged 10 aliens, lost 6 civs, saved 8. No casualties.

*grumble, grumble* shenanigans *grumble, grumble*

No it seems all good to me

MoonDragon wrote:
Tamren wrote:

Bagged 10 aliens, lost 6 civs, saved 8. No casualties.

*grumble, grumble* shenanigans *grumble, grumble*

Oops!

This sucks. Were at the end of the month and I still haven't downed another UFO. The problem is none of them have any business in Europe, they just come here to take off into orbit just to taunt us. The one UFO I came closest to catching was chased across the Atlantic and lost over America. Upon sending a skyranger to investigate we detected a large UFO. No... two UFOs, the bigger one is a battleship.

Where have these two ships landed? Washington. Well crap. Alright goodgers its time to bust the party. Were hitting that battleship, and if need be the other ship too. We didn't have any casualties last round so were going in with the same team.

Mission start. We have landed, no aliens in sight. Massive massive UFO to the east. I send Nihilo out to do some scouting. Movement detected in a nearby building, its a floater! Both squads start to pile out of the skyranger.

New turn. Nihilo spots a floater to the south but misses his shot. Davet takes over and bags the floater on his second attempt. Tamren shoots a hole in the side of the building and throws a detpack inside. Everyone else advances on the UFO.

New turn. Nihilo is hit! The plasma fizzes out on the hull armour and he returns fire, taking out the floater. A reaper exits the UFO lift and moves away into the shadows. Slowly we creep forward. Nevin flanks the UFO lift from the north and comes face to face with the reaper! Tomayto and Etosan fire on it from the east. Etosan finally knocking it out with his autocannon. No further targets. Both squads form up to storm the lift...

New turn. We storm the lift! First in is Tamren, and... Osh*t 4 targets! 1 on the ground floor and 3 standing above us! The lower floater dies first in a hail of laser fire. Tamren then fires upward but can't get a hit. Next is Prozac who comes in from the other side, he fires 3 shots and scores a double kill! Tomaytohead takes a big risk and rises to the second level before shooting the last floater at point blank range... Area secure.

New turn. The rest of the troops move in and take up position on each level. Covering each corridor. And we wait...

New turn. Suddenly an alien appears on the third floor and shoots at Prozac! Prozac is unhurt and returns fire, hitting the alien twice. It goes down. At this point any alien left is going to be high ranked, so we are going to make an effort to capture it. Both medics swap out for shock sticks and join Prozac on floor 3. The assaults take up position around the doors on the second floor.

New turn. A floater emerges from a door and misses Grubber by a hair! Grubber returns fire and cuts him down. On the third floor judge rounds a corner and has his eyebrows trimmed by another plasma bolt! Two floaters stare him down, one standing at a far corner, the other at a crossroads. Prozac circles around and shoots the far floater in the back! Milkman then flanks the other floater from the side, shocking him down with a stunrod. The last floater left alive on the UFO panicks and judge tazers him. Mission accomplished!

Woot! 11 Aliens bagged. 3 Live aliens captured. One whole alien battleship salvaged! No casualties.

Unfortunately we were not able to stop the second UFO. The skyranger was low on fuel and had to return to base. As a result the US was withdrawn funding for XCOM. The bastards.

This is how things currently stand. We lost our biggest funding nation. I am currently scrambling to improve our interception capability. Ground has been broken on XCOM Foundry in America. And our first outpost XCOM ITC1 in southeast asia. Plasma cannons are being researched and further outposts are planned for Africa, South America and Australia.

In the meantime I sent our skyranger back oversea to patrol around the US. To my surprise I detected a base. Not in the US, but up in Canada! You yankees have already turned on us. But like hell I'm going to let aliens take over my home! Were going in.

So wait... Am I myself again or I do I still want kill my own squad?

edosan wrote:
Tamren wrote:

Khoram is still wounded so Edosan will be taking his place for this mission.

...and I survived my first mission! Sweet X-Com GI Bill money, here I come!

Sadly, the aliens disintegrated your testicles.

Tamren wrote:

Well I had to rewind the tape, as per the rules. But don't worry if it happens again I'll just have Grubber put you down :P

If you draft me into this, I want to be X-COM's official mercy killer. Mind controlled squad members, civilians standing too close to Cyberdiscs, zombies; if it is or used to be a friendly, I'm your guy.

Tamren wrote:

Nevin flanks the UFO lift from the north and comes face to face with the reaper! Tomayto and Etosan fire on it from the east. Etosan finally knocking it out with his autocannon. No further targets. Both squads form up to storm the lift....

My X-com life is way more badass than my real life. Just spell my name right so my next of kin get the eventual shoebox full of remains, eh?

After selling all the artifacts recovered from the base XCOM is up a nifty 4 million dollars. This is mostly going towards new scientists, but over half is earmarked for new interceptors. XCOM ITC2 has been founded in South America, it will be operational in a month. More troops have been drafted and are on the way. Research on the plasma cannon has finished. Production will begin once our stocks of body armour are back to normal.

While this is going on I had our skyranger sweeping over Australia, the first significant location of alien interest. Turns out Australia was clean, but an alien base was detected in Fiji. With many of our soldiers heavily wounded I will have to put this off until new recruits arrive.

And thats enough XCOM for today.

Well I had to rewind the tape, as per the rules. But don't worry if it happens again I'll just have Grubber put you down

EDIT: Oh I see what you mean now. Edited that sentence to be more clear.

Alright last mission for today. As soon as the last 3 sets of armour are complete we are attacking a base. This means a lot of tight corridors. For that reason we will be leaving Devil and Nihilo at home. Squad sizes have been increased to 7 with an extra assault and heavy per. Khoram is back on his feet so he will be rejoining squad 2 along with Ranger Rick. To fill in the gaps I have drafted Mudbunny and Yonder. I am up-gunning all medics to laser rifles and some of the heavies will now be using heavy plasma.

- Squad Leader Tamren - Assault
- Mrtomatohead - Assault
- Mudbunny - Assault
- Pignoli - Heavy
- Yonder - Heavy
- Davet - Sniper
- Judge - Medic
- Squad Leader Prozac - Sniper
- Grubber - Assault
- Nevin - Heavy/Assault
-Ranger Rick - Assault
- Khoram - Heavy
- Edosan - Heavy
- Milkman - Medic

Mission starts. And I can already tell this is going to be a disaster because this is Alien Base-2. I have everyone pile off of the grav lifts and take up defensive positions. We are scattered pretty badly, so squads will not group up in this mission.

New turn. Floater! Ranger Rick is hit bad! Pignoli returns fire with heavy plasma and the floater is toast. We spread out a bit more, watching all angles. No further sightings.

New turn. A floater comes around a corner, and Edosan is hit! No damage, lucky bastard. The floater is chased back around the corner by laser blasts. But by hitting the far wall Edosan takes him out with splash damage. Still no contact for the south team.

New turn. Floaters everywhere! One of them appears around a corner, Prozac Yonder and Rick all try to take him out but miss. Tamren moves up but notices a new one and shoots him past Ricks head. Down south a couple floaters emerge and are fired upon, but still no hits. Khoram turns to move down a corridor only to be blocked by a reaper! One hit from his heavy plasma is enough to down it. This is going a bit too well...

New turn. Nothing to report up north. Down south tomaytohead rounds a corner and finds a floater with his back turned. *PEW PEW* dead. Judge moves to join him but suddenly gets caught in a crossfire. Another floater in a side tunnel! He fires, but misses, the floater shoots back. Judge is down! Nevin tries to engage the floater but misses as well. Davin is far away and only succeeds in hitting Nevin in the back!

New turn. Nevin is caught in the open under fire from two floaters! Nevin is hit! Grubber on one side and Tomayto head on the other both flank from the side and down his attackers. Nevin is badly wounded, but he salvages Judge's medkit and moves on. The base seems to be clear, everyone now converges on the command center.

New turn. Yonder, Rick, Pignoli and Tamren move up on the command center with Milkman bringing up the rear. Whoever is inside we really need to capture them alive at all costs. Tamren breaches the door and comes face to face with a floater! *ZAP*. Floater incapped. Tamren takes cover behind a tank of liquid. Rick does the same on the other side. Everyone else moves in place to breach. Yonder throws a smoke grenade. Pignoli is up first. He sees a target up above and fires 3 shots. 2 hits! No effect! Milkman joins him, 2 more hits and the target falls! Both withdraw.

New turn. We have to get up the lift... Rick is already wounded, so he gets the job. Sorry bud. He steps onto the near corner of the lift. Nothing in sight. Rises. sh*t! Two floaters, one looking right at him! Rick fires! Its not enough! The floater shoots back! Rick is down! Pignoli charges up the lift and gets shot point blank with a heavy plasma! Still steaming Pignoli attacks with his own heavy plasma and the floater is obliterated! The only target left has his back turned. Good thing too because he holds a blaster launcher in his hands. This must be the commander. Milkman bringing up the rear rises up and *ZAP*. We win.

Holy crap. Pignoli ended the mission with 3 fatal wounds and 3 health left. Slimmest of margins. Sorry Rick, thanks for being a trooper

Total stats: 11 aliens down. 2 live captures. 2 casualties :(, total score +1004

Tamren wrote:

*BLAM!* Redwing is down! Didn't even see it coming, poor guy.

Aaand there it is, I knew I wouldn't last long.

Tamren wrote:

Sorry Rick, thanks for being a trooper :D

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