To: Participating counties of the X-Com council
From: X-Com Headquarters
For millennia, the human race has wondered if we were alone in the universe. Many millions of dollars have been spent in that search; countless hours of our dedicated men and women of research have been spent listening, watching, hoping for the smallest sign of intelligence to present itself.
We received our answer, much to the dismay of some fine, brave men and women in Berlin, Germany. As has been well documented by the media, artifacts of an extraterrestrial nature decended from the sky. Beings of an extraterestrial nature exited from this artifact, and proceeded to murder several civilians and neutralize a German recon team that was sent to investigate. An X-Com quick response team was able to successfuly resolve the situation, but in the process, we lost some significant personnel.
Our scientists have information on hand that suggests that this incursion is only the beginning. The extraterrestrials displayed in Berlin that their technology is far beyond our current levels. Our scientists are hard at work attempting to decifer some of the recovered artifacts, but we fear that time is of the essence.
Members of the X-Com council: We need your help. X-Com requires as much financial and logistical support that can be spared. More importantly, we need your best, your brightest soldiers. We need.... your Gamers with Jobers.
I've never attempted any kind of AAR for any game what-so-ever before, but with the upcoming release of X-Com Enemy Unknown, well....... it sounds like it could be fun to share my experience playing the game for the first time. I never played the original X-Com, and in fact, haven't really played anything like this type of game before. The planets have aligned, however, as the game releases on a Tuesday (which is the "Friday" of my work week), combined with the fact that my family will be out of town that week, giving me carte blanche to overdose on this game for quite a few days.
Will you join X-Com? The planet needs you. If you wish to volunteer your name, you could be the one that saves Earth! More likely, you'll just die because I'm a noob and don't know WTF I'm doing. Anyhow, if you wish to join, just send me a PM on the site with the name you'd like to use in game. Since I believe that a first and last name will be required, I'm thinking that using your real first name and your GWJ handle as your last name would work just fine. I was planning on letting the game assign all the nicknames, but if you'd wish to use a customized nickname (if you live that long), then send that along as well. Once you die in game, I will only recycle your name in the event that I run out of available GWJers. I don't believe that the game allows me to assign a class to a squaddie, but if there is a particular country you wish to originate from, also include that in your PM. I will do my best to accommodate you, but no promises.
This first game is going to be in Iron Man mode, but I'm undecided between Normal and Classic difficulty, so I'm going to leave that up to the community. Place your votes below!