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[Let's play a Game] UFO: Extraterrestrials- watch PA'ers die in droves

Phoenix-DPhoenix-D Registered User regular
edited February 2009 in Games and Technology
What the hell is UFO: Extraterrestrials? Its X-Com. In SPPPaaaaaace.

That's the short version. The long one is its an X-Com clone released last year by Chaos Concepts. The game is X-Com with updated graphics, a bigger tech-tree, and a few twists. Among them is the medical system- troopers can't die unless you lose the mission, they just become brains-in-a-can until a new body can be grown.

Fortunately its also highly modable. I use B-Man's mod, which tweaks the game play to make it more balanced, tighter, and closer to the original. No brains in a can here- you bleed out, you're dead.

The setting is also slightly different. This time, the aliens attacked later. Earth had already set up a colony out system.

But when the aliens arrived, X-Com failed. Earth is lost, and they're moving in on the colony. Now? Its up Counter Alien Forces (CAF) to eliminate the threat and re-take Earth.

And who are the CAF's noble recruits?

You..

Welcome to Esperanza.
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This is the globe. Simple enough, eh?

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Time to launch. Similar to X-Com, as usual, but with a few improvements. You can decide which poor bastard gets shoved out the door first, for example.

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A Stun Grenade cloud. It didn't work, so in goes a regular grenade.

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Fire! FIRE! The flamethrower in action.

Nitty gritty:
This is an interactive Let's Play. I run the game, everyone's posts here determine what we research, sometimes what we attack and how the attack goes down, then I'll post a play-by-play of the carnage.

More importantly, every soldier in the game is going to be a PAer. Will Flippy's sniping carry through? Will one of the mods flip out and "ban" you all with a grenade? Which if you will channel Patrick Stewart and come through it all alive?

To get in on it, just post a request. If you want, you can specify a role (sniper, heavy weapons, grenadier, scout, medic, tanker, etc) or even a specific weapon style (like to blow shit up? That flamethrower making you drool?). It'd help if you could Mark those posts though.

When you die (everybody fights, everyone bites it) you'll get dropped to the bottom of the que, and cloned when you come back to the front. Each mission can take about 10-12 soliders along, less if someone decides to use a tank.

I'll post as often as I can, but it might be a bit infrequent at times.

Current roster:
Active: (kills / stuns / deaths / missions) type
WMain00: (3 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifle
Klyka: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) dual pistols

bongi: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifle

Inzigna: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifleman
Mr Ray: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifle / grenades

Jast: (3 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifle
Forar: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifle/shotgun
Steel Angel: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 1 missions) sniper

Erandus: (3 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 2 missions) rifle

Omnicron9999: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) infantry
Jesuits: (5 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) flamethrower
Parkingtigers: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 1 missions) pistols /stun
Flippy_D : (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 1 missions) GUESS.
Igel: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)

Clone List: (kills / stuns / deaths / missions) type
Jean Claude Van Calm: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) sniper
Roshin: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) scout
joshua1: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)
Velmeran: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 1 missions) rifleman
Zandracon: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) explosives
Sunstrand: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)
mrsnackroad: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) expendable rifle
Wheezer: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) rifleman
Khavall: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) sniper
Typhus733: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 1 missions) shotgun
Zone: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) bazkooka
see317: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) rockets / grenades
Apharmd: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) heavy
4rch3nemy: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) maniac
SanderJK : (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)
BlitzAce: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) BOOM
TehSpectre: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) scout / dual pistols
wabbiteh: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) generic
Zen Vulgarity: (0 kills / 2 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) stun rod / shields
MrBlarney: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) medic
Iolo: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)
MoosehatIV: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)
Fish: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) shotgun
KapsLocked: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) grenades
Punch Rockgroin: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)
Rabidrabbit: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 1 missions) shotgun
leaf: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) medic
Occulus: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) grenades
Milquetoast Thug: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) MORE DAKKA
Cinders: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) rocket launcher
Nocren: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 01 deaths / 3 missions) Heavy (no autocannon, but BIG lasers!) Charlene
Carch: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) pistols (hey, I went by the title)
Skutskut: (3 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) rifle
Dignified Pauper: (5 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 3 missions) sniper
1k Dicks: (7 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 4 missions) explosives (full name won't fit)
Behemoth: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 3 missions) shotgun
YerMum: (4 kills / 1 stuns / 1 deaths / 4 missions) rocket launcher
ben0207: (14 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) shotgun
Food: (12 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 3 missions) (Are you TRYING for karmatic death here?)
minigunwielder: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) (rifle/stunprod)
Lampley: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 3 missions) grenades
Raiden333: (6 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 5 missions) Medic
kedinik: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 3 missions) shotgun
MrMonroe: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) prox/stunrod
Blue map: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) grenades
Domhnall: (5 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) flamethrower
Sheepman: (1 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) medic
gunwarrior: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) rifle
Xtarath: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) medic
elliotw2: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) prod/pistol
Maddoc: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) pistols grenades scoutKILL
BronzeDuck: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions) Heavy
DualEdge: (0 kills / 1 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) stunrod / stunrod
SoulGate: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) laser rifle
Dubh: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions) pistols
Core: (4 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 2 missions) shotgun
Antihippy: (9 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 4 missions) grenade

Vehicle Pilots: (kills / stuns / deaths / missions)
RogueKnight: (2 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions)
Athenor: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 1 deaths / 1 missions)
Lawinator: (0 kills / 0 stuns / 0 deaths / 0 missions)

If you want to chose a specific weapon, here's the starting equipment list:
Pistol
Rifle
Shotgun
Rocket Launcher (explosive and Stun rockets)
Grenade
Stimpack (heals non-bleed damage only)
Desert Spirit (light tank) - takes up four slots, so you'll only get the tank if we're short on soldiers
Stun Rod
PRoximity Grenade
Personal Energy Shield- this fun little toy absorbs 3 points of damage, then disappears. Its EXPENSIVE and HEAVY though.

And the Bman's settings we'll be using (this does contain some spoilers if you haven't played the game)
all not listed are mod default, most of these have been set to speed the game up a bit
Wounded Speed: 4x Faster
Prod. Mulitplier: 25% (Faster)
Crew Variety: Rare
Commander Frequency: Uncommon
UFOs travel in packs: Off
Boss Frequency: Rare
Soldier COst: 20k
Delay: 2 days
Mission XP Bonus: 3 XP
Solider Mortality: Fears Death (also anyone out for more than a month will be replaced by a fresh clone)
Crashed UFO damage: Random
Bounty: 50k
AI: Vicious
Soldier Placement: Manual

And last but not least, a few game differences, for the X-Com vets in the crowd:
-No Blaster Bombs.
-PSI is weaker and we don't get it at all. Most of the time a solider will just freeze in place
-Same for morale in general- lots more freezing and missing, less freakouts
-Flamethrowers and shotguns added
-More Rocket types
-No auto/heavy cannon.
-The research tree is quite a bit longer
-No real alternate bases. All bases except the main one are strictly radar/interceptors only. If the main base falls, GAME OVER. If a secondary falls, you get ten days to get it back.
-No flares or most other light effects. There is still night, though. Mommy.
-You assign solider skill-ups manually when they gain a rank
-soldiers stay equipped after each mission
-"Boss" monsters (mod feature)
-UFO Swarms (mod feature)- huge packs of UFOs that have a bounty to bring down
-Interceptors have a cannon slot and a missile slot- no double-missile setups

Phoenix-D on
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Posts

  • FoodFood Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I've never played x-com but I still want to see myself get killed by aliens really badly.

  • Omnicron9999Omnicron9999 Registered User
    edited September 2008
    This sounds like it could be amazingly entertaining.

    Count me in, make me whatever is useful. I've only played Xcom a little.

  • Flippy_DFlippy_D Digital Conquistador LondonRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Uh, Zen Vulgarity wants in with the Stun Rod and the Energy Shield, or something.

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  • JesuitsJesuits Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I call dibs on the flamethrower!

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  • TheOne(AndOnly)TheOne(AndOnly) Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Put me in as Lampley, and I want to be a grenadier.

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  • KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Snipers are always the heroes of my X-com teams so.

    Sniper, all the way.

  • Typhus733Typhus733 Yip! Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Oh please let me stab things with buckshot (shotgun please)

  • ZoneZone Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Totally in on this can you sign me up for the bazooka please:)

    Thanks a bunch

  • One Thousand CablesOne Thousand Cables Mission Status: SICK Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I want to blow shit up plz

    I love these things. It's like watching a horror movie--you never know who's going to bite it next

  • mrsnackroadmrsnackroad Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I want to be a stupid expendable rifleman

    Also, I like how the environments and such are updated, but the Floater in the pic looks like a cleaner version of the original sprite. Will we get the opportunity to crap ourselves at high-res Chrysallids?

  • VelmeranVelmeran Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I too wish to be a rifleman!

    Grenades are a riflemans best friends too!

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  • WheezerWheezer Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I'm in, and I'll take a rifle and a granade or two.
    Or actually anything you consider the basic load for your grunts.

    Is this the mod where classic X-COM aliens are brought to the game, so you'll be facing Chryssalids and friends?

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  • NocrenNocren Lt Futz, Back in Action North CarolinaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I wanna be the (Heavy) guy!

    Hmmm.... no autocannon? Ok then, Medic/Scout.

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  • ben0207ben0207 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Typhus733 wrote: »
    Oh please let me stab things with buckshot (shotgun please)
    Yes, put me in for some 8-guage fury to.

  • CarcharodontosaurusCarcharodontosaurus Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Pistols are good weapons, right?

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  • KapsLockedKapsLocked Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Sounds like fun.

    Make me a Crazy Ivan. (All types of grenades... with a pistol as backup)

  • Raiden333Raiden333 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'll play as a Medic

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  • mrsnackroadmrsnackroad Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Raiden333 wrote: »
    I'll play as a Medic

    See now, this guy just guaranteed he lasts to two missions.

  • Rogueknight-Rogueknight- Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'll call Skyranger/Interceptor Pilot - Or if that is unavailable I will be Ammo Mule carrying grenades and extra clips/equipment for everyone

    Or I could do both. I'll wait on the craft until one of two things happen

    1) You run out of ammo, at which point i'll happily come running. (Or i'll throw unprimed grenades and clips at you from the ramp, depending how dangerous it is outside :))

    or more likely

    2) You all start running and screaming like little girls, at which point I fire up the Skyranger and save the CAF some money!

  • kedinikkedinik Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Count me in. Give me a shotgun, here's hoping for many heroic room-clearings before my inevitable, repeated demise.

  • wabbitehwabbiteh Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I have never played an X-Com game. However, I would like to giggle at my own death.

    So give me any role that's available.

  • BehemothBehemoth Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    This sounds interesting. Count me in!

    I'll be a shotgunner.

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  • WMain00WMain00 Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Worth a shot. Hand me over one of those Rifles.

  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I'd like to get in as a rifleman too.

    Or if dual wielding pistols is possible, that.

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  • CarcharodontosaurusCarcharodontosaurus Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Klyka wrote: »
    I'd like to get in as a rifleman too.

    Or if dual wielding pistols is possible, that.

    Sir, a true man shoots with one pistol, firing arm fully extended, other arm neatly folded behind the back. If we are to fight, let us at least fight like gentlemen.

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  • MrBlarneyMrBlarney Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The scientific and medical arts call out to me... I will bravely enlist in those capacities.

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  • DomhnallDomhnall Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hudda hudda hudda! Flamethrower, please!

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  • YerMumYerMum Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Sign me up, rocket launcher please!

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  • FishFish Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I want in, hand me a shotgun please!

  • KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Klyka wrote: »
    I'd like to get in as a rifleman too.

    Or if dual wielding pistols is possible, that.

    Sir, a true man shoots with one pistol, firing arm fully extended, other arm neatly folded behind the back. If we are to fight, let us at least fight like gentlemen.

    Sir,I come from a world round as a ring where the firing of two pistols both held firmly in one's grasp has been invented. A superior method for a brighter future, compared to your old fashioned traditionalism.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Sign me up as grenade, for there is better way to kill than flying shrapnel.

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  • CarcharodontosaurusCarcharodontosaurus Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Klyka wrote: »
    Klyka wrote: »
    I'd like to get in as a rifleman too.

    Or if dual wielding pistols is possible, that.

    Sir, a true man shoots with one pistol, firing arm fully extended, other arm neatly folded behind the back. If we are to fight, let us at least fight like gentlemen.

    Sir,I come from a world round as a ring where the firing of two pistols both held firmly in one's grasp has been invented. A superior method for a brighter future, compared to your old fashioned traditionalism.

    Then it shall be decided upon the field of battle. Your modern foolery shall pale in comparison to the noble ways you call old fashioned. I shall see to it personally.
    Man, I hope I die so spectacularly. Everyone else is using rocket launchers and there I'll be, plinking away with the worst weapon in the game. :lol:

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  • Dignified PauperDignified Pauper Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I will gladly be a sniper rifleman. I like to take the "safe" way out, and not be involved in these messy and barbaric grenade fights. Also, bonus to me for shooting civilians... accidentally!

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  • CindersCinders Whose sails were black when it was windy Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Sign me up. I'll take a rocket launcher.

  • RabidrabbitRabidrabbit Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Uh! This sounds like fun. Can a newbie to the forums sign up?

    If I can join I want a shotgun :D

  • SkutSkutSkutSkut Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    SkutSkut demands a pistol char. Same name as forum of course :P

    Was gonna say shotgun but like, 8 people have said that. :lol:

  • edited September 2008
    bongi want to play :<

    i want just a normal rifle

  • MaddocMaddoc I'm Bobbin Threadbare, are you my mother? Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Sign me up as a take-no-prisoners, pistol and grenades maverick with a devil may care attitude and more than likely a terribly short life-expectancy.

    So most likely playing the role of scout.

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  • VeritasVRVeritasVR Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Not quite an X-COM clone. I got bored with it when everything was just an stat upgrade of the old stuff and there was a lot more limitations in logic (even with BMan's mod). Lacked the feeling of the original in every sense.

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    Let 'em eat fucking pineapples!
  • InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Inzigna signing up as a rifleman.

    Pew pew.

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