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X-Com Saves The Children! Lets stream the X-com series next stream 9/11 at 8PM EST

heenatoheenato Alice LeywindRegistered User regular
edited September 2017 in Games and Technology
Due to the generosity and goodwill of the steam thread here on PA, we raised a lot of money for Child's play. As a donation incentive, and poor life choices I offered to play through all of the X-com games on stream and well, here we are!

The format
I will be playing through X-Com: UFO Defense, X-Com: Terror from the deep, XCOM: Enemy unknown, and XCOM2. Due to the aformentioned generosity, UFO defense and Terror from the deep on SUPERHUMAN difficulty. The hardest there is. This is gonna hurt.

how it's gonna work
I'll try to stream at least once a week, for at least an hour. I will continue the game until I either beat it or get the full game over. Because of this goal, I will not be doing an ironman run of any of the games. I will, however be doing what some call a bronzeman run. There will be no resets during a mission. And and all outcomes of missions will be kept except for the event of a full squad wipe.

Where you at?!
The streams will be conducted live at Twitch.tv/heenato while archived once twitch uploads them at "https://www.youtube.com/user/Heenato" Stream times will be announced with as much forwarning as I can.

(this OP will get updated to look nicer and be better once I get a chance)

Stream Archive

THE INCIDENT
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
episode 5
episode 6
episode 7

Redeption-com
episode 1

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    HyphyKezzyHyphyKezzy The Best On MarsRegistered User regular
    edited July 2017
    Heads up, the link to your Twitch channel goes to this thread. Looking forward to this, these oughta be a fun watch.

    Edit: Youtube link does the same.

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    ZxerolZxerol for the smaller pieces, my shovel wouldn't do so i took off my boot and used my shoeRegistered User regular
    Yo what about Apocalypse?

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Links have been fixed. Vanilla really wanted the HTTP.

    As for apoc, well. It's going to be a long enough series of streams. I had to draw the line somewhere so I wouldn't be doing this for like two years, and Apoc was the one to cut.

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    TeeManTeeMan BrainSpoon Registered User regular
    If you're open to enlistment, I'd like to be first on the frontline sir! I've got an enormous amount of experience commanding the XCOM forces from the fairly recent @Fanda UFO playthrough, and the only key to the storage locker containing the entire worlds supply of muscle butter. If you're playing on Superhuman difficulty, you're going to need all the butter you can get

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    edited July 2017
    Hah. I haven't quite decided about naming people yet. I'll have a lot of time and a lot of names to go through.

    Just a heads up, Twitch is having a time today, and I cannot connect in any way. So if it's not fixed by go-time, I might have to postpone.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Twitch has fixed itself, so will be beginning in 10 minutes.

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    IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    Woo! So you haven't decided yet if you are taking singups?

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    I wanted to make sure everything was down pat first (Realized afterwards that I need to boost the game sound quite a bit) But yes. If you want to die, shoot me a message!

    Incidentally, the first video will probably be up on youtube sometime tommorow. If you want to know how I imagine most of this run is going to go, I took a highlight.

    https://twitch.tv/videos/159742343

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    Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    You're going to be playing TFTD on Superhuman? Daaaaamn...

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    I mean, I cant guarantee I'll BEAT TFTD on superhuman. But I'll try.

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    BurnageBurnage Registered User regular
    If you beat the first month of TFTD on Superhuman I'd honestly chalk that up as a win.

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    Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    edited July 2017
    Nah, I've tried it myself and the first month isn't a problem. The problem is that TFTD auto-adjusts the alien's mission schedule according to how well you're doing, and it does it a lot more dramatically on the harder difficulties. So for example your January will probably be fine, the aliens will just have a lot better stats than usual and there will be more of them. But if you're doing even modestly well by the end of January, there's a good chance you'll be facing a base invasion in February.

    And so ended my first and only attempt at TFTD Superhuman ironman.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Hm. Noted. I'll probably have to beeline blasta-rifles in month 1 for terror, and equip as many as possible.

    Not the laser tier weapons. Those are useless. If I get those quick enough, a month 2 base raid might not be so bad. It'd usually still be aquatoids and such at that point.

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    Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    edited July 2017
    Yes, it will be Aquatoids, but the Commander mind-controlling everything was what really fucked me up. The nice thing about the schedule AI is that if you do have a bad month but aren't wiped out completely, the game will take pity on you and go easy on you for a bit. So its quite possible to come back from a few bad missions, provided you aren't wiped out completely by that base invasion!

    An alternative "pro-strat" I've seen is to deliberately keep your score under a certain threshold to avoid the base raid, but that's a bit too gamey for me.

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    IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    @heenato. I'm always up for death in service of my planet - signup!

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    The first archive is up. The balance isn't quite right, so the game is a bit too quiet. This will be fixed for the next time. There's a bit of faffing about at the start as I figure out settings and such.

    Hyphen-com-1

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    HyphyKezzyHyphyKezzy The Best On MarsRegistered User regular
    @heenato I'm down for the cause - signup!

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    Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    And it should go without saying that I'd like to sign up to die horribly!

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    Sign me up to be horribly murdered in defense of our planet.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    The next stream will be Friday, 7/28 at 8PM EST

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    MvrckMvrck Dwarven MountainhomeRegistered User regular
    @heenato Life is too short to waste on living. Sign me up for the meat grinder!

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    I'm going to be starting in just a few moments at the usual place. Twitch.tv/heenato

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    So. that went as poorly as I could expect Aaaand I have game overed.

    So what does this mean? Well. I COULD just skip to terror from the deep and lose in a single session. Or call superhuman a wash. This is a bit of a cop out, but honestly, so there isn't just like 3 videos of old-com I'm adopting a stance of playing superhuman until loss, then lowering the difificulty to something managable. So while the superhuman run has ended for UFO defense, it will be back for terror from the deep.

    Honestly, in the battlescape it wasn't that bad. There were some clown cars of enemies, but nothing unmanagable.

    The airgame however got extraordinarily bad. To the point where I don't even think it was fun to watch. The UFOs were far and away faster than my interceptors, even the baby scout ships, and could just shrug off avalanche missiles. That's really what killed me. I ended up doing nothing but terror missions, and shot nothing down, so my score was abysmal each time.

    While I was enjoying the battles a whole lot, the geoscape just got so much worse. I'm going to try and think of something to at least attempt to keep that superhuman promise but also make it watchable.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Archive of last stream has gone up. Archive 2

    I've done a bit of testing, and I THINK I have something that'll let me continue on superhuman. Just a few tweaks to make the start on the geoscape a bit easier. So next stream we'll give superhuman one more try.

    I have turned on a few quality of life/better start things to help mitigate the issues. Interceptors will now actually try to intercept UFOS instead of chasing, The starting base has been upgraded slightly (It's still a terrible configuration because that's more entertaining) and now sports a large radar instead of small, comes with an alien containment, and a full crew of scientists and engineers. The interceptors just start with 2 avalanche launchers each now as well.

    All these things might seem a bit against the spirit of X-com, but at the same time, I think it's just the edge I need to be able to continue.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    I kinda hate to quadpost, but the next stream will be Friday August 4th at 6PM EST.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    edited August 2017
    I'm getting started over at Twitch.tv/heenato

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Archive is up X-com 3

    I'm gonna be doing a birthday stream on monday, august 7th, and I'll be doin' a bit of Com as part of that. Probably around 9 EST.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    While other plans may fall through, Com is eternal. The children WILL be saved. I'm going to start in a moment or two.

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    IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    The tweaked superhuman start certainly could have gone worse on those first few missions. By XCOM standards, that's a rousing success!

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    very much so. We're actually getting more funding. Though things are about to get a lot more interesting.

    Archive for stream 4 is up here X-com 4

    Next time, we do a base raid. I hope it isn't snakemen.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    next stream is gonna be sunday august 13th at 8PM EST.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    edited August 2017
    gonna be starting momentarily at the usual place Twitch.tv/heenato

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    The archive for last night's stream is up X-com 5

    I also have a pretty good highlight from last night.

    Incidentally, I think I've caused the progression curve to just eat itself, as I'm half a month away from the avenger, and have yet to see snakemen.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    next stream is gonna be friday August 25th at around 8PM. I'm a bit busy this week, so it's a little late this time around

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    edited August 2017
    Gonna be going live in about fiteen minutes. You know the place.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    finished for the night. it's starting to get kinda draining because I just cannot make any forward progress now. dwindling elerium, there are currently two alien bases in the US, cannot capture either a commander or even a fuckin' navigator.

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    AkilaeAkilae Registered User regular
    You're doing this for good reasons, but this is also supposed to be, you know, fun. Drop the difficulty or play something fun, like X-Com Apocalypse :D .

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    well, I'm gonna go till I either win or get another game over, though if there's another stream of just zero progress, I'll probably call it.

    I can tell you right now, I will not be spending long on terror from the deep. It'll probably just be a stream or two of "Look at this bullshit. what even is this"

    It'll be a lot better once I get to newcom. at least 1, since I'm very familiar with those games. and newcom 2 might be interesting for some people to watch because I despise that game with my entire being.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    the previous stream is up. Hyphencom 6

    Next stream will be thursday 8/31 at 8PM. I'll see if I can power through this roadblock and continue. if not, I'll probably start moving on.

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    heenatoheenato Alice Leywind Registered User regular
    Gonna be starting in just a few minutes at the usual place https://www.twitch.tv/heenato

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