Right OK, time to begin. believe it or not I actually started this once before last week, I had a forum post all prepared for the pre-prep stage, then I played my first tactical mission. Turns out the game was on superhuman (I swear I picked 3, not 5) and I lost everyone, to floaters, its actually rather embarrassing, I underestimated just home much harder superhuman is, its surprising how much more difficult just a little bit more alien armour makes the early missions. But that's an alternate reality that no longer exists, we now begin again.
In the end I decided that this game will be played on 3> Veteran, To make it easier for me this is going to be done in two ways, The geoscape logs of XCOM high commander fudge dragon. These will involve pictures and text and will be written as I play, tactical missions will simply be listed using the report that you get at the end of them. However for those that want more detail, I will record the action of a tactical mission as I play it as a tactical log, which I will release after the main log. This just makes things easier and also fun for me in tactical. You just get too many critical screen shot worthy moments in tactical for me to get em all, and remember what is going on. I did intend to subtitle this with dialog from the characters but I cant find a free way of subtitleing a movie. So you're gonna have to make do with a bit of banter before and after the mission.
Anyway, let us begin.
Log of XCOM High Commander Fudge Dragon, 01.01.1999 12:00PM GMT
Today has been hectic to say the least. When normally I would be home in the UK with my family I have found myself sat in a cold damp poorly maintained base in the Alps.
Let me tell you how that came to be. Midnight new years morning a black car pulls up outside my house and a pair of men looking just like the men in black tell be to get in the car, and hand me a folder bearing the seal of the council of nations. They told me it would explain everything. And in a way it did.
It explained that the nations of the world had been engaged in a silent and top secret effort to make contact with or stop aliens that had been visiting our planet and making abductions and cattle mutilations for some time. However due to each countries radar coverage and national borders on the off chance that a UFO was encountered there was nothing that they could do about it. After failing so completely apart they have decided to come together and fund the XCOM project. Apparently my time in the British army as a lieutenant was noticed as the UK put my name forward for project leader. Something about my psych profile showing appropriate tendencies. The other nations agreed and now I'm XCOM high commander. We still have all the same technical limitations as the individual nations, in fact we have less overall coverage as we currently only have one base. Our only advantage is that the nations of the world, even those not directly funding the XCOM project have agreed to let us pass unhindered over national borders, even Russia is abord.
This brings us back to the present. Although not funding the project Switzerland provided the base, its a perfect location of a secret paramilitary organisation, high in the Alps but the layout is less than idea.
I did some tactical projections and if the base was ever attacked we would be crushed from three different directions. So to rectify this I set about ordering the groundwork that would allow us to reconfigure the base, within our budget of course. I've also given the order to insulated the base and install air-con.
Next I decided to tour the facilities.
First I visited the lab in the base, the council has provided us with ten scientists but will will soon need more. Still after talking with the boffins I was told their were three projects they could potentially work on.
The adaptation of lasers for military use, The development of a compact motion sensor perfect for the battlefield or the combination of various medical tools and drugs into one hand-held device that can be used by anyone. I told them to concentrate on lasers, these aliens are ahead of us technologically, I want to close the gap.
Next I visited the hangers, we had two Interceptors armed a Stingray short ranged air to air missile and light automatic cannon each. I ordered the cannon on interceptor one swapped out with a Avalance long range heavy air to air missile launcher that I found in storage. We also have one 14 man Skyranger heavy transport craft.
Next I visited the barracks to meet our recruits.
Firstly here is my report from the base physicians.
And now here is everyone else's.
'N' Is a bit of an enigma, he has combat experience as a grenadier from somewhere, but all his background checks wont tell us were.
Next we have Harkov, Once again no background given and heavy weapons experience.
Eledhel, No former combat experience, no background.
Next we Jenny, again no listed combat experience, with my skills a bit rusty the first operation is looking like trial by fire.
Finally, I was beginning to think that there was a fault with the database, Scrogdog. Nationality American, former combat experience in the Delta-force counter terrorism team. He served as a demoliton expert with rifle training. Discharged on grounds of bloodlust following loss of family during Stoneham indecent. There was a footnote on his file stating that it is suspected that the Stoneham indecent was aliens and their is a fair chance that he's worked that out. The way I see it he has the possibility of being a liability, but in the event of alien infiltration he's a man we know we can trust.
Finally we have one last person, Zombie, born of a German\American union. Apparently he's a bit of a night person, and also a pyrotechnic. With a tendency to prank people. All I'll note is this could be interesting.
Finally I received word that two more soldiers were en-route to our base, they'd been delayed due to unforeseen weather patterns. I know their names are SmaSh and Bucket-san but I wont know more until they arrive and we run the background check.
As my last act of the morning I set about drafting a list of equipment for a 10 man squad using the roles I planned to assign people. I also made a point of hiring another 20 scientists to boost the brains in the lab slightly. I couldn't quite buy everything as we ran out of space in stores, this will be rectified shortly.
Now we wait for any radar contact with our uninvited... 'Guests' so we can deliver our... 'Hospitality'
Log of XCOM High Commander Fudge Dragon, 01.01.1999 8:56PM GMT
Earlier something appeared on our radar.
But it got away before Interceptor one could reach it.
Well I'm gonna have to split this into two posts, I appear to have passed the image limit->
Edited by fudgedragon, 12 August 2009 - 01:43 PM.