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Offline deathfun

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And if you've a couple snipers with jetpacks, things really start to get easy
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Damn we're good... even though I missed a shot.
Habeeb it...

 

Offline NGTM-1R

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Seriously, nobody lurking out there want to sign on? I got three empty slots for anybody. We got a Sniper, a Support, and an Assault up for grabs, first come first serve!
"Load sabot. Target Zaku, direct front!"

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I'll maintain my status as Interceptor pilot.  The XCOM project needs a Scotty at the helm of a fighter.

 

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I think I'll hop in and go for the Support. XCOM can always use more medics.

 

Offline NGTM-1R

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Re: HLPX-COM: Enemy Within (Spoonzer 3: Hydraulic Boogaloo)
Okay then, time to move forward again while I'm sick as a dog.

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We have a UFO over Nunavat headed for the US border, scramble Hobbie.

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Central, Hobbie. Target has detected me and is going hypersonic for the US border.


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Central, Hobbie. Minor damage to the bird. Target is down. He went in over downtown Winnipeg. Repeat, the UFO is down in a populated area.


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Remain on-station. Strike is inbound.


Now we have some of the lovingly detailed devastation of an Enemy Within urban map.

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Operation Skynet, Winnipeg, Canada, 11:48pm, September 10th
Deployed: Micheal "Gispy D" Sanderson (MEC-3, mission commander), Admiral "Marauder" Ralwood (MEC-3), Lightning-1 (Spoonzer-3P), Lightning-2 (Spoonzer-3P), Lightning-3 (Spoonzer-3P), Lightning-4 (Spoonzer-3P)


"Skynet? Seriously? Somebody was being cute about this."

"It's the rise of the machines, Ral. Annette said good things about the Goliaths."

EXTERMINATE. EX-TERM-IN-ATE.


"Cloakies. Against us. This is not your day."


You are superior in only one respect! You are better at dy-ing!


"Muton heavies! That's serious!"


Danger, target is escaping!


Muton//animal is deceased.



ASSUME THE POSITION.


Love is shooting alien meatbags in the head at ten meters.


Floaters do not look up for danger. Just like humans.


EX-TERM-IN-ATE!


SON-OF-A-THAL!


"Target down. The SHIVs clean house pretty good."


HURT//MAIM//KILL


Hostile decloaking. De-stroy!



"Sectoids, red ones. Today is still not your day."


My vis-ion is NOT imp-aired!


Suffffffeeeerrrr The basic psionic attack, Mindfray, does damage and reduces Will and Aim. Late in the game the aliens are aware they don't have the moxie to try and mind-control your soldiers straight up and will usually attempt a Mindfray/MC combo.

"Oh come on, Annette hits harder than that when she has nightmares in the next room over!"

"Target down."


"Surprise MEC, sucker."


"Central, Strike. We're done here. I think we can call the Lightning a success."


I wouldn't really say a Lightning is a great replacement for a live soldier, but they're tougher than they look and they do offer flight capabilities in a more resilient package than our Archangel suits. Their plasma cannon are about equal to versions we've developed for soldiers, but aren't as powerful as a P-beam or an Alloy Cannon. Or for that matter a PlasDMR in the right hands.

And I'd rather work with Lightnings than rookies.

The UFO went down real late, so the buildings it hit were empty, but still...that could have been an amazingly ugly mess. As it is, nobody was hurt. Six or seven hours later, and it would have wiped out several companies.
"Load sabot. Target Zaku, direct front!"

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That was an awesome choice for a mission crew

I've never actually used one of those units before
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Yo, Commander?  You mispelled 'Nunavut.'  Just saying...

...no, no, I don't think I need latrine duty.  This is not the psionic you're looking for...

* MP-Ryan runs.
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Offline NGTM-1R

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Yo, Commander?  You mispelled 'Nunavut.'  Just saying...

...no, no, I don't think I need latrine duty.  This is not the psionic you're looking for...

* MP-Ryan runs.

Sadly, I'm not actually a Canadian, and I can't always trust the maps on Wikipedia.
"Load sabot. Target Zaku, direct front!"

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"In the beginning, the Universe was created.  This made a lot of people very angry and has widely been regarded as a bad move."  [Douglas Adams]

 

Offline NGTM-1R

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At this point I'm expecting to never have to deploy to Canada again, too, just to spite us both.
"Load sabot. Target Zaku, direct front!"

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Those are some angsty Tachickomas.
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Operation Skynet, Winnipeg, Canada, 11:48pm, September 10th
Deployed: Micheal "Gispy D" Sanderson (MEC-3, mission commander), Admiral "Marauder" Ralwood (MEC-3), Lightning-1 (Spoonzer-3P), Lightning-2 (Spoonzer-3P), Lightning-3 (Spoonzer-3P), Lightning-4 (Spoonzer-3P)
Skynet? Seriously? Somebody's being cute.

"Skynet? Seriously? Somebody was being cute about this."
HEY, I JUST SAID THAT... ME! :nervous:
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Codethulhu GitHub wgah'nagl fhtagn.

schrödinbug (noun) - a bug that manifests itself in running software after a programmer notices that the code should never have worked in the first place.

When you gaze long into BMPMAN, BMPMAN also gazes into you.

"I am one of the best FREDders on Earth" -General Battuta

<Aesaar> literary criticism is vladimir putin

<MageKing17> "There's probably a reason the code is the way it is" is a very dangerous line of thought. :P
<MageKing17> Because the "reason" often turns out to be "nobody noticed it was wrong".
(the very next day)
<MageKing17> this ****ing code did it to me again
<MageKing17> "That doesn't really make sense to me, but I'll assume it was being done for a reason."
<MageKing17> **** ME
<MageKing17> THE REASON IS PEOPLE ARE STUPID
<MageKing17> ESPECIALLY ME

<MageKing17> God damn, I do not understand how this is breaking.
<MageKing17> Everything points to "this should work fine", and yet it's clearly not working.
<MjnMixael> 2 hours later... "God damn, how did this ever work at all?!"
(...)
<MageKing17> so
<MageKing17> more than two hours
<MageKing17> but once again we have reached the inevitable conclusion
<MageKing17> How did this code ever work in the first place!?

<@The_E> Welcome to OpenGL, where standards compliance is optional, and error reporting inconsistent

<MageKing17> It was all working perfectly until I actually tried it on an actual mission.

<IronWorks> I am useful for FSO stuff again. This is a red-letter day!
* z64555 erases "Thursday" and rewrites it in red ink

<MageKing17> TIL the entire homing code is held up by shoestrings and duct tape, basically.

 

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You can roll me from an Interceptor into one of the ground-pounders if you like. Ground-pounding seems more glorious anyway. :P
In the arena of logic, I fight unarmed.

 

Offline NGTM-1R

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Because I'm soon going to be retiring them from service I've been checking the Interceptor kill totals.

I'm actually surprised, they've seen a fair bit of action. None of the individual airframes have more than four kills, but every single one of them appears to have shot down a UFO and more likely two.
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There are significantly fewer UFOs in Enemy Unknown/Within than there are in UFO Defense.  Not sure if I like that or not.  I certainly miss my 50+ aerial victories.

 

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I don't think you ever got quite that high.

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Didn't Trash request no more of these?

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Yes...but Star was out for further augmentation when the mission came up.

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Operation Crystal Whisper, Tver, Russia, 6:24pm, September 11th
Deployed: Admiral "Marauder" Ralwood (MEC-3, mission commander), Starslayer "Tiradora" (sniper, psy-ops), MP-Ryan "Spike" (assault, psy-ops), Mongoose "Strobe" (heavy),  Enioch "Chops" (assault), Annette Durand (sniper, psy-ops)
On-Site: Trashman "Walker" (sniper)


"Move! Trash, we're on the ground."


"Good! We've got a lot **** here!"


"Target terminated."


"Missed, damn...there!"



"Nope, that was mine."

"Fine, fine, have the damn kill."

PEW! But no hit. Actually to be honest it wasn't even clear who he fired at here. Could have been Annette or Trash.


"This is why your vest should come up to your neck, genius."


"AND AS FOR YOU!"


"Target is toasty."



"Damn." No playing Pistolero this mission.


"I have him."



"Another! Winged him."


"Target terminated. When will you all learn that you can't cope with the P-beam?"


"Trash, you got one moving across your field of view! DAMN! Missed him!"


"I have it-merde, he's still up!"


"Not anymore."


"And the other one." While a covert operative snipers get to use their normally rifle-only skills like Double Tap. I'm not sure if that's intentional.


"Target is history."


"There! Wait-MP, isn't your gun supposed to be a one-shot?"

"At this distance the sabots don't fly true. I just nicked him."

"Missed."


"Okay, let's try this out...BURN."

"Holy ****, is he bleeding from his-"

"Everything? Oui, Star, he is. Welcome to the combat psyker club."

"Woah! Get the hell down from there!"



"Your turn MP."

"Die."


"Not quite. Still, you did it."

"Central, request permission to field-test the weapon."

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Kind of a crappy target, Mongoose. Permission is granted.

"Firing." Blaster launcher awaaaaaay!



"Uh...where's the body?"

"Forget that, where's the damn car!"

"One left. Firing on the fuel tank."


"Central, Strike, data upload complete?"


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Confirm Strike. Pack up and come on home.
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"Load sabot. Target Zaku, direct front!"

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I am Heavy Weapons Guy, and THIS...is my new weapon.

 

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This was the first time I used my psyker gift offensively...

Prior to this I only dabbled with it frivolously, leveraging my extra awareness during hand to hand sparing sessions with Annette or goofing off with Ryan.  I don't know what I expected, but it was distinctly bizarre torching that Exhalt bastard's cerebrum.  Don't get me wrong, I've run enough covert ops against Exalt to question killing him, but the act itself and what it represents is little scary.    I've already got souped up alien DNA and **** in my body.  I have vision that puts apex predators to shame, can leap tall buildings and disappear like some damn specter from folk tales, but now I can reach out and snuff someone out with my damn mind.  I recognize their is a tremendous amount of capability concentrated in my person and Doc Vahlen believes we are only just starting to unlock the potential of these powers.

Most of the members of our team where culled from military special forces but I was UEI back in the Guardia Civil.  Perhaps because my roots are law enforcement I'm a little more worried about what comes after.  We are leaping blindly into the realms of trans-humanism in order to save humanity, but what happens to humanity after we've won?  Will we be mature enough to handle it?
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I'm reasonably sure that over the course of three (now four) LPs as an interceptor pilot I've got to be getting close to 50. :P