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#1 SupSuper

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Posted 08 October 2003 - 03:45 AM

If a soldier can miss, it will.
If an alien can miss, it won't.
When you need money the most, some of your funders will stop funding you.
As soon as you get a new base online, it will be attacked.
As soon as you get lots of money, the aliens will make you spend it all.
If a soldier can panic, it will.
If an alien can MC you, it will.
If a soldier is unarmed, it will get MCed.
The soldier with the most powerful weapon is surely the one with the worst morale / MC resistance.
If you have a weapon, the aliens have a better one.
If a soldier can hit an alien, it won't.
A soldier has much less survival chances than an alien.

any more u can come up with? ;)

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Posted 08 October 2003 - 07:12 AM

You always need elerium.
The aliens does not need elerium.
They wont give you elerium.
The laws of gravity effect hwps.
The laws of gravity does not effect ufos.
The laws of gravity DOES effect soldiers, Tommy. stop hopping!
You have a max of 8 bases
The aliens have max 8.000 bases
A baseball field have a max of 3 bases
You can only house 1 plane per hanger
The aliens can house infinite ufos in a single hangar.
Area 51 can house all captured ufos in one hangar.
You can have 50 soldiers in 2 5mX5m rooms.
You can house 100 aliens in 1 5mX5m room.
You cannot have more then 10 aliens in one prison at all times, as 11 aliens of same speecies and job will mutate into a 10 feet tall robot that can break out.
Terror sites always appear only at night
Seas always appear below a crashing UFO.

Edited by mikker, 08 October 2003 - 07:14 AM.

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Posted 08 October 2003 - 04:32 PM

Alien commanders will always kill themselves to avoid capture (with their blaster launchers :))
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Posted 08 October 2003 - 05:31 PM

If a civilian sees a fire he will run into it
If a civilian sees an alien he'll move right next to it
If a civilian can block your line of fire to an alien he will do that
If your soldier holds a primed proximity grenade and panics he'll drop it and start running :rolleyes:
If your soldier panics he'll drop his weapon and run next to an alien (he'll even run right out of your skyranger without weapon :blink: )
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Posted 09 October 2003 - 02:53 AM

If a soldier has a rocket launcher, he will get MCed while still in the craft.
If there are cryssalids, you will get at least one zombified soldier.
If a reaper can get stuck, it will :)
If a cyberdisk can explode on one of your men, it will.
You can't open a door unless you're planing on actually going through it.
A Lightning's angular walls can be walked through.
Aircraft can take just as long or longer to repair than it took to build. (or at least it seems that way)

Edited by Zomboy, 09 October 2003 - 03:02 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2003 - 03:09 AM

If a soldier is in a burning corn field he'll never think that the fire could spread to him -_-
Sectoids camp so much they bring their own marshmellows :alienlol:

#7 SupSuper

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Posted 09 October 2003 - 03:14 AM

If an alien passes in front of a soldier, it misses it.
If a soldier passes in front of an alien, it will get killed.
You can't cancel research projects, even if they only have 0 scientists.

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Posted 09 October 2003 - 02:53 PM

um, you CAN cancel projects by reducing scientists to none.... :D
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Posted 09 October 2003 - 03:07 PM

That doesn't cancel them (in my game) that just means that no more progress will be made on them.

If you are at an etherial terrorsite, they will mc you by the second turn.
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Posted 09 October 2003 - 09:11 PM

Holy C r a p these are funny...!!!

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Posted 10 October 2003 - 04:02 AM

You can't open a door unless you're planing on actually going through it.

you can open them in xcom2 (tftd). just turn your soldier in its direction and right-click it.

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Posted 05 November 2003 - 06:11 PM

Aliens have to strip naked to make your damn soldiers to reaction fire... thats for sure...
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Posted 05 November 2003 - 07:23 PM

Civilians block doorways if you run out of time units before you can reach it.
Unconsious aliens with melee attacks wake up when you least expect them to.
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Posted 06 November 2003 - 02:56 PM

cyberdisks MUST be right in front of your Skyranger on your first mission with rifles and T-shirts.

Cryssalids can always cross that huge open field just to feel up your best guy...

If you bring a weapon... your fighting the alien most resistant to it

If you dont bring a weapon... the alien that is weak to is comes on out.

Muttons will survive that grenade attack...

Beserk humans shoot everything but aliens...

There is always an alien hiding in that last closet in the Battle ship that you forgot to check.

If you can see Eurelium (sp :-P) the aliens will shoot it

Your T-shirt rookie will take those 6 auto fire heavy plasma bolts at close range, but your commander in a flying suit will drop like a fly to a single plasma pistol shot.

IF you opened a door and turned left, the aliens are all on the right

That alien commander thats killed 5 rookies trying to stun him will always try to grenade the last one that comes really close and kills himself.
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Posted 06 November 2003 - 02:57 PM

One more:

If you have just rounded a corner, your out of TUs >.<
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Posted 06 November 2003 - 03:45 PM

People forget to talk about xcom 2 :(
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Posted 06 November 2003 - 04:59 PM

If you are in an alien colony, there will be a tentaculat waiting for you above the dimly lit corridors.
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Posted 16 November 2003 - 11:06 AM

If one of your men has crappy front/back/under etc armour, he'll get shot from that direction.
HWPs can panic. (Yeah, that's right).
If you've got a rocket launcher guy in the middle of group of your best men, he'll get berserked.
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#19 mikker

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Posted 16 November 2003 - 01:59 PM

if you steal, you end your life in jail.
if you murder, you end your life in H e l l.
if you are an alien, you end your life in the alien containment.

Edited by mikker, 18 November 2003 - 06:26 AM.

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#20 Deathskull

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Posted 17 November 2003 - 09:54 PM

you mean life not lift
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Posted 18 November 2003 - 03:49 AM

if you have just spotted an alien right next to you, you're out of TUs.
if an alien has just spotted you right next to him, you're out of luck.

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Posted 18 November 2003 - 06:27 AM

you mean life not lift

yes i know, i have writen it :)

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Posted 18 November 2003 - 07:00 PM

There will always be one alian that will avoid you
if something can go wrong it will
When you think it couldn't get worse it will
Alians do not die from fatal wounds
soldiers do die from fatal wounds
It is not Death that you fear,
it is how you could die that scares you.

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Posted 24 November 2003 - 02:59 PM

LOL! here's a few more...
The first country to drop funding always gave the most money.
X-COM bases are always attacked when the squads are out.
Your first unit out is always shot down.
Your first unit out is always your commander.
Crashed UFO's never have elerium.
Landed UFO's take off before you can get to them.
UFO's will always arrive after your Skyranger is refueling from a two day patrol.
An Avenger's angular wall can be walked through.
Sectopods always do reaction fire.

And a small revision on Zomboy's law...
Any craft that took a week to build will take a month to repair.
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Posted 23 January 2004 - 09:53 PM

Alians do not die from fatal wounds

Oh really?

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Posted 08 February 2004 - 09:16 PM

:wave: Yes i found that out over the holidays. i was responding to a ship attack with a nice range of aliens.
I counted : 2 Triscenes
lots of Tasoth
12 deep one
8 Biodrones
the biggest group of aquatoids i have ever seen!
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 12:23 AM

Nice! I don't remember having more than one race in one shiproute. :huh?: Could be I just remember wrong.
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 03:39 PM

Yeah I know. I didn't have a clue what was going on. and they didn't shoot at each other. (I always hoped that the aliens were hostle to other alien races). It was like one big alien party and I lost my key Recon team (it was only three people but still!) I still had the other seven which were split into two teams though and i came out with 2 live triscenes, 1 biodrone, 4 Tasoth all sqaudleaders, 2 Deep Ones and 5 aquatoids. All of that in one Alien containment.
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Posted 11 February 2004 - 08:51 AM

plz stay on-topic... or i'll huff... and i'll puff... and i'll push a button that will make the off-topicness disappear :P

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Posted 11 February 2004 - 10:08 AM

Never tick off the aliens, or they might kill you. They do it anyway though, but its just not polite to tick someone off

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 07:52 AM

If you heal a wounded and unconscious lobster man to save his life, he will wake up and still try to kill you.

Quoting every x-com laws


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Posted 13 February 2004 - 09:09 AM

if you have forgotten to save the game for at least 3 missions, the game will crash.

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Posted 13 February 2004 - 09:12 AM

Alians do not die from fatal wounds

Oh really?

yeah, you can name your soldiers that, so, meh ;P

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Posted 14 February 2004 - 11:46 PM

Brainsuckers never attack civilians
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Posted 15 February 2004 - 02:28 AM

cryssalids ALWAYS attack civilians.

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Posted 15 February 2004 - 05:43 AM

As soon as you get better armor, the aliens get better weapons


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Posted 15 February 2004 - 08:09 AM

Civilians always walk through fires if they see them
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Posted 15 February 2004 - 12:05 PM

If you absoluteley can not lose a soldier in the current mission, he will die as soon as he steps off the ramp of the Avenger/lightning/interceptor/firestorm/avenger

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 12:12 PM

steps off the ramp of the Avenger/lightning/interceptor/firestorm/avenger

two Avengers :D
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Posted 16 February 2004 - 12:20 PM

If the alien is above you, and therefore can't be hurt by explosives, then they will always drop a grenade.

Chryssalids will always try to sneak into your transport

Civilians will always run next to prox grenades.
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Posted 16 February 2004 - 02:33 PM

Why do we always have to be so negative about or favorite game?
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Posted 16 February 2004 - 02:43 PM

If you can't find the last alien alien, you will find him 1,000 turns later (happend to me)
You will only mis-click if a soldier has a 100% chance of dying if he/she moved where the mis-click is


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Posted 16 February 2004 - 04:16 PM

Why do we always have to be so negative about or favorite game?

We humans (and you etherials too!) define ourselves through suffering and the hardships we face.
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Posted 16 February 2004 - 07:48 PM

But im an orc
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Posted 16 February 2004 - 07:49 PM

Then you define yourself based on what you kill.
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Posted 16 February 2004 - 09:32 PM

So i have to define myself as human because i kill humans. And because I am defining myself as a human I must define myself by what humans define themselfs with. Therefor I define my self through suffering and the hardships i face
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Posted 17 February 2004 - 09:29 AM

Nooo. "You are what you eat". This means that I'm a big ham sandwich.
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Posted 29 February 2004 - 09:12 PM

I found this a few minutes ago

Murphy's Rules of Combat

(A comprehensive list obtained from various sources)
1If the enemy is in range, so are you.
2If you can see the enemy, they can see you.
3Incoming fire has the right of way.
4Friendly fire isn't.
5The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.
6Don't look conspicuous: it draws fire. This is why aircraft carriers are called bomb 7magnets.
8There is always a way.
9The easy way is always mined.
10Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.
11Professionals are predictable, it's the amateurs that are dangerous.
12The enemy only attacks on one of two occasions: When you're ready for them, and when you're not ready for them.
13Teamwork is essential; it gives the enemy someone else to shoot at.
14If you can't remember, the claymore is pointed at you.
15If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.
16The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.
17Don't draw fire, it irritates the people around you.
18When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
19If it's stupid but works, then it isn't stupid.
20When in doubt empty the magazine.
21Never share a fox hole with anyone braver than you.
22Anything you do can get you shot. Including doing nothing.
23Make it too tough for the enemy to get in and you can't get out.
24Mines are equal opportunity weapons.
25A Purple Heart just proves that were you smart enough to think of a plan, stupid enough to try it, and lucky enough to survive.
26Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last and don't ever volunteer to do anything.
27The quartermaster has only two sizes: too large and too small.
28Five second fuses only last three seconds.
29It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.
30A "sucking chest wound" is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
31If you're short of everything but the enemy, you're in a combat zone.
32When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the enemy.
33Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.
34You are not a superman.
35No plan survives the first contact intact.
36If you are forward of your position the artillery will always fall short.
37The important things are always simple.
38The simple things are always hard.
39No combat ready unit ever passed inspection.
50Beer math: two beers times 37 men equal 49 cases.
51Body count math: two guerillas plus one portable plus two pigs equals 37 enemy KIA.
52Things that must be together to work usually can't be shipped together.
53Radios will fail as soon as you desperately need fire support.
54Tracers work both ways.
55If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will have more than your fair share of objectives to take.
56When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose, they are both right.
57If it moves, shoot it.
58If it doesn't move, poke it with your gun barrel and then shoot it.
59Overkill works.
60Murphy was a grunt.

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Posted 12 March 2004 - 03:49 PM

the guards never show up when aliens attack a building, only when you do
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Posted 13 March 2004 - 12:25 AM

The aliens will attack your base when you have not sold off/transferred enough heavy sonic disruptors to allow you to be equipped with ammunition also