The first X-COM base in the Outer Rim territories has officially been activated, and what a sorry state it’s in. As with most of our projects, its expenses ran over-budget... *very* over-budget. Of the $50,000,000 I was to be given to operate on, I have only $5,000,000. The base’s stores are likewise in sorry shape- consisting of only 5 recon probes and 10 X-Winder Missiles for our three Lightning II interceptors. Even worse, I only have two pilots competent enough to fly those fighters, leaving one completely useless until I can bring in a replacement.
The previous commander christened this base X-COM Command... at least officially. I heard mention of the name truly being ‘Commander Tommy’s Stand’ from one of the pilots... lets hope we do better then he did. My first action as the new commander has been to order some basic replacement parts, extra missiles, and three new pilots to fill out the first living quarters. For base expansion, construction on two more downlinks has begun to beef up our research capability. To that end, I’ve ordered the download of some advanced research into lasers to give us something better to fight with then 68-year old laser technology. Also, I’ve ordered construction of a second hanger to begin. When or if we’ll have the money to buy more interceptors is in question, but at least the space will be there. Finally, new living quarters and another cargo module are in the process of being constructed.
We are riding herd on three official mining ventures out here, only one of the systems located within our sensor range, and the other two outside it. The only system that really concerns me is Delta Posidentii, which is an hour or two more distant then the other two systems. If the aliens choose to attack in numbers, response could be difficult. To that end, I believe I will dispatch a pair of recon probes beyond that system to provide at least minimal warning of an imminent attack.
And yes, there are aliens out here. So far they haven’t been overly aggressive, but the mining outposts report being buzzed by UFOs that disappear into hyperspace before their defenses can scramble. It’s left everyone jittery, and already our funding is in jeopardy. Why does this sound like a common refrain? Probably ‘cause its the history of X-COM.
Oh, and I plan to take out a fighter every once in a while too.
-Commander Gyrfalcon ‘Katana’ No’Dessu
Edited by Gyrfalcon No'Dessu, 21 April 2004 - 02:27 AM.