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#1 Judge_Deadd

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 09:27 AM

When are we going to write the briefings?
What should they look like?
Shouldn't we make images for those briefings?
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 06:55 PM

Sounds good, and little work for the CTD dept.

Quite a lot for everyone else, but hey, they need something to do :D

Seriously though, I thought this was standard, as it was on the original
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 10:19 PM

It'll be a case of getting a moody pic to go with the text. The music is gonna be the tough one for them.

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 06:52 AM

It'll be a case of getting a moody pic to go with the text. The music is gonna be the tough one for them.


Hmmm, I don't think that would be a problem ^_^

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Posted 05 March 2004 - 12:24 AM

How about its a text briefing (like Call of Duty) that tells you about what mission it is (UFO Assault, Terror Mission, Special Mission), what terrain (and 1 tip for the terrain type, the tip cycles through a bunch) type, and what type of UFO (and information and tip if you've researched the UFO). Then a click to start, instead of an automatic start.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 01:28 PM

that shouldn't be too complicated. Maybe diffrent for each type UFO?

"XC-1 have successfully breached the alien defence systems and have entered the alien base. The soldiers have now cleaned the upper levels, and must now find the command center in the base and destroy it to prevent future activity from the base. Enviroment and lighting is very diffrent then from above ground, and also because of the ammount of aliens, extreme caution is required"

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 01:55 PM

"Your interceptors have downed an <size goes here> alien craft. Aliens will likely be milling around the crash site, attempting to defend and repair their ship. X-Corps agents must move in an neutralize all alien forces. Extreme caution is advised throughout the entire mission area. Good luck."
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Posted 17 March 2004 - 01:57 PM

There shouldn't be any hints about a ufo, as it's unknown what's inside. If the ufo could be figured out after several missions and the inside is always the same, then the player can figure that out IMO.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 02:00 PM

There shouldn't be any hints about a ufo, as it's unknown what's inside. If the ufo could be figured out after several missions and the inside is always the same, then the player can figure that out IMO.

well, the text might deflect the size of it. I mean, "take down a massive sized alien ufo" wouldn't go right into a scout.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 05:39 PM

I say, moderator? :wave: Can you move this to the CT area and split it into different threads for each breifing? Then we can get to work. ^_^

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 06:00 PM

<date> <time>
<ground conditions?> <light level?>
Incoming Message from X-com Command:

Commander,
your Hawks have been successful in downing an <aproximate size> alien vessel over <country>. We must now follow through with a decisive ground operation that will maximise our current strategic advantage. Your mission is to lead a combat squad of X-corp operatives into the region to investigate the crash site. Expect <terrain> terrain. Satalites and flyovers have detected a number of life forms in the imeadiate area of the craft. It is unknown how many may be inside the vessel itself. Your objectives are as follows:

- The dis-incentivisation of all aliens in the vicinity.
- The capture of all alien technology found in the vicinity.
- The retreval of the vessel itself and everything within.
- The minimisation of X-corp casualties and losses.

Good luck,

Command out.

Edited by MagicAndy, 17 March 2004 - 06:01 PM.


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Posted 17 March 2004 - 06:06 PM

Hawks have been successful in downing an <aproximate size> alien vessel over <country>.

How do we know it was a hawk interceptor that shot it down? It could be a starfire, eclipse or a nova! :)
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Posted 17 March 2004 - 06:09 PM

picky picky picky :rolleyes:

one or more <craft> have been successful in downing an <aproximate size> alien vessel over <country>.

or even:


one or more craft have been successful in downing an <aproximate size> alien vessel over <country>.

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Posted 22 March 2004 - 12:49 AM

Oh, and no music. It just slows down the load time.

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Posted 22 March 2004 - 09:30 AM

If its a small repeating atmosphere piece it won't be noticed, but it will add lots of prebattle atmosphere.

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Posted 23 March 2004 - 11:42 PM

so is someone going to split this into seperate breifing threads then?

curerently we have material for a crashed UFO and Alien Base Assault thread

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 11:28 AM

Some missions could have a time limit.

"The craft has detected a surge building up in there reactors. The self-destruct sequence has been initiated, you have between 25 and 35 turns to finish the mission or to pull out."

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Posted 31 March 2004 - 02:57 AM

*Atishoo.. atishoo..*
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP
"Oops.. I set off the self destruct device.. damn.."
Last words of Sergant Leia Evans before being blown to bits by the alien self destruct mechanism.
*Atishoo.. atishoo..*
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP
"Oops.. I set off the self destruct device.. damn.."
Last words of Sergant Leia Evans before being blown to bits by the alien self destruct mechanism.

"Hey, look, roasted Greys!"
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Posted 31 March 2004 - 03:01 AM

But really, would the aliens be stupid enough to blow up their own ship and get stranded in the middle of France or Finland, get their little alien butts frozen off in the Antarctic, or make roast Grey for some hungry X-CORPS operatives in the Sahara?
Inspiration.. just love that feeling.
*Atishoo.. atishoo..*
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"Oops.. I set off the self destruct device.. damn.."
Last words of Sergant Leia Evans before being blown to bits by the alien self destruct mechanism.

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Posted 01 April 2004 - 10:41 AM

But really, would the aliens be stupid enough to blow up their own ship and get stranded in the middle of France or Finland, get their little alien butts frozen off in the Antarctic, or make roast Grey for some hungry X-CORPS operatives in the Sahara?
Inspiration.. just love that feeling.


I think so!! Because they rather die than let you take there technology.

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 09:31 AM

If they are dead without destroying all of their tech then you could just pick it up anyway. And if they can't destroy everything they use, and would rather die than let you have it, you can't shoot down vessels for recovery missions.
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Posted 05 April 2004 - 09:40 AM

If they are dead without destroying all of their tech then you could just pick it up anyway.  And if they can't destroy everything they use, and would rather die than let you have it, you can't shoot down vessels for recovery missions.

they might not always do it (reaction time, they-wont-get-it-if-we-defend-etc.), and might only do it later in game, and more often on harder levels.

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 03:01 PM

I always thought that as soon as it was shot down they did destroy it and then waited for extraction. In the original if you go to a UFO thats literally just been downed it will be, on average, more intact than one you have left for a while. The longer you leave it, the more destroyed it is when you get there.

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 03:23 PM

i thought we used the "repair and protect" theory for crash sites. as in, the aliens attempted to repair the ufo and while that was done they protected the ufo from any hostile forces as to not let them get their technology. thus why the crash site eventually disappeared when the ufo was fully repaired.
another theory (still allowing crash sites to exist) would be for the aliens of the crashed ufo to wait for extraction and until then stop any hostile forces from taking possession of their technology. when a craft arrived to extract them, they (or the craft) would destroy the remains of the crash site and be extracted.

too bad, now you will never know the ancient secrets of supsupers long gone avatar ;)

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