wow, that's a ton of deaths, I hope x-com survives this or we are all doomed.
We already got in five replacements and they've run a mission, where three of them got kills. I'm not going to detail that one, since nobody died and nothing of interest happened aside from a Sectoid shooting at The E from two tiles away and missing him. (Fired straight into the ground instead.)The All-Time X-COM Soldier List
The difference between a Rookie and a Squaddie is usually stated as "making a kill and surviving to get your status to change" but it's actually simply hitting a live target, making a reaction shot, making a psi attack, or taking a bravery check and keeping it under control. Basically, anything combative aside from throwing a grenade.
Making Sergeant means there are a minimum of 5 soldiers and through a rather arcane process (check here for the gory details
) the game decides who has the most experience and makes them a Sergeant. We haven't got enough soldiers enlisted yet for any of the higher ranks.Deceased
Goober5000, Sergeant (blew himself up with a heavy cannon HE round at point-blank, Mission 5)
Zacam, Rookie; made a kill but did not survive the mission (deceased by plasma rifle shot, then blown up by friendly grenade, Mission 1)
Karajorma, Rookie (deceased by plasma pistol shot, Mission 1)
Mongoose, Rookie; made two kills but did not survive the mission (deceased by plasma rifle and then heavy plasma shot, Mission 3)
Swantz, Squaddie (shot with plasma pistol, deceased by alien grenade, Mission 5)
Jeff Vader, Squaddie (deceased by alien grenade, Mission 5)
Redsniper, Rookie (deceased by alien grenade, Mission 5)
Polpolion, Squaddie (deceased by plasma pistol shot, Mission 5)Active
The E, Sergeant
Col. Fishguts, Squaddie
Headdie, RookieIn Transit To Base
Those in transit won't be participating in the next mission unfortunately. Interceptors 1 and 2 were both launched to engage a Large UFO (by comparison we haven't encountered one yet outside the "small" category) and shot it down, though both ran out of weapons to accomplish it and Interceptor 1 sustained a hit from the alien ship's weapons, which nearly totaled the plane. We'll deal with that mission tomorrow, or maybe I'll just forget to sleep tonight.