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Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 11-17-18 05:01 AM CT (US)         


Years ago, an alien invasion threatened the people of Earth. In its defense, the AoKH-XCOM Project was activated. We, the forumers of the Town's Crier, stood to Earth's defense, willing to sacrifice life and limb to save our people from a grisly demise at the hands of the invaders.

I would like to say that we were successful. Unfortunately, the aliens struck our headquarters and forced us to disperse. We never managed to regroup in time, and in the following weeks, all the world's governments fell to the aliens and their Elder masters. That was 20 years ago.

But although we have been in hiding, we never gave up. We have been preparing our resurgence, and now, the Resistance is finally prepared to topple the ADVENT administration that now controls the Earth.

...I cannot do it alone, however. And that is why I need you. Enlist for the XCOM Project today!


So yeah, welcome to Sippycup's Let's Play of XCOM 2, featuring you! I've got the expansion, most of the DLC, and several buttloads of mods installed to make this an interesting experience. All I need now is your preferences. Namely, what do you want your in-game representation to look like? I have a metric ton of customization options, so just make a request and I'll do what I can. Think color schemes, hair, headwear, apparel, camo patterns, etc.

And, most importantly, what do you want to specialize in? We have a number of soldier classes to choose from:

-The Ranger is our close-quarters damage dealer. They typically carry a shotgun and a melee weapon. A ranger can flank enemies from a concealed position, or charge them head-on in do-or-die maneuvers. While more at risk than any other soldier, the ranger is our most reliable (and spectacular!) way of eliminating foes. They usually wear heavy armor when available.

-The Grenadier is our heavy weapons specialist. They carry a heavy-duty machine gun and a grenade launcher. Our enemies will hide behind cover or armor, and the grenadier specializes in tearing down these defenses for our other troops. They can also dish out a lot of pain in short order by targeting groups of enemies at once. Grenadiers carry medium armor.

-The Specialist is our support unit. They have an assault rifle and a versatile GREMLIN drone. Using it, they can either function as our field medic, keeping our team alive and saving critically wounded soldiers, or as a combat hacker, bypassing security for our other soldiers and punishing the ADVENT regime for relying on automated defenses-- perhaps even turning those against their masters. They can wear any armor to suit their needs.

-The Sharpshooter, of course, are our marksmen. As the name implies, they carry a sniper rifle and a revolver pistol. They can specialize in either, hitting choice targets from afar or delivering rapid-fire pain with gunslinger skills. They wear light armor for quick movement if available.

We also have four advanced soldier classes. These will take longer to obtain, and I predict we will never have more than one or two of each, but they can be extremely powerful in the right conditions.

-We hope to eventually train our own Psi Operatives, who can wield the psionic power that many of the aliens command. Unlike every other soldier class, psi operatives do not gain experience in battle, but rather learn new abilities through training in-between missions. The technology to make this possible is beyond us for now, but rest assured that we aim to begin research on this topic as soon as possible.

-A non-XCOM resistance faction known as the Reapers has been making the rounds. While rather edgy, they do display an incredible proficiency in stealth and marksmanship with a rifle. A reaper can stay hidden for as long as needed and move faster than any other soldier, making them ideal battlefield scouts. They can eventually learn to take potshots without losing their concealed position, allowing them to assist other troops without ever being at risk. We might be able to recruit one of theirs if we manage to establish contact.

-Similarly, there is a group of renegade, free-thinking aliens known as the Skirmishers around. They excel at mobility and versatility, using a grapple to quickly move around the battlefield and taking multiple shots at foes in quick succession. In doing so, they are useful in virtually any combat situation. They can also combine their grappling hook with a melee attack to take down even well-defended foes.

-Last but not least, an elusive group known as the Templars has managed to combine psionic powers with melee techniques in a deadly combination. They gain focus as they fight, which can increase their combat proficiency or be expended for powerful abilities. While their strategies often leave them exposed to enemy fire, they possess the ability to summon a psionic shield to deflect attacks that would have struck otherwise, greatly increasing their survival chances.


Past operations:

-Operation Gatecrasher

-Operation Frozen Beast

-Operation Lost and Abandoned, Part I

Operation Lost and Abandoned, Part II

-Operation Lost and Abandoned, Part III

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan

[This message has been edited by Lord Sipia (edited 12-27-2018 @ 07:32 AM).]

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Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 12-04-18 03:12 AM CT (US)     26 / 44       
Sweet AAR, as always.

Member of BlackForest Studios
Co-creator of Silent Evil (4.6) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009 (Most Fave'd Multiplayer Scenario)
and The Seas of Egressa (4.8) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
"Popey just hates everywhere." - Chocolate Jesus, on my fear of Romanian organ-traffickers
"Hooray for Dear Leader-Comrade-Generalissimo-Presidente-Lord Protector Popey!" - Lord Sipia, on my benevolent, iron-fisted rule
"You're not Popeychops; you don't get to physics." - Moff, in response to a clumsy muon simile
Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 12-15-18 12:45 PM CT (US)     27 / 44       
One might wonder where I have been for the past 20 years since the original XCOM's downfall. Wish I could tell you. I was in alien captivity, but I don't remember anything before the moment the Resistance rescued me. The only clue we have...



...is this chip.



Dr. Tygan found it embedded in the back of my skull. (I've been told it was not designed to be removed, and that the procedure was... invasive. There's a reason I keep that hood up.) We weren't sure what its purpose was, so I had the doctor look into it.



From what we can see, it was designed to make my brain process a lot of data and send the results to the ADVENT "peacekeepers" across the globe through a massive neural network. What kind of data, you ask?



Data of encounters between humans and extraterrestrials.



Combat encounters.



Familiar combat encounters.



Highly concerning, to say the least. We're gonna keep looking into this, of course. We'll start by doing some autopsies.



Dr. Tygan is also our head surgeon, but he has no actual prior experience in the field, so I figured you would appreciate that he practices on ADVENT cadavers first.

In the meantime... We're currently negotiating with a potential ally in our war. Let's have a look.



"...Like I told you before: They are not our friends. The Skirmishers are aliens. Aliens are food."



"You're gonna start working with them? After all they've done?"

"Look, we're not exactly having drinks with them yet, but they held up their end of the bargain. What about you?"



"If you trust them, you'll see what happens. The Reapers will cooperate... for now."



"Volk out."



That was Konstantine Volikov, AKA "Volk". He's the leader of the Reapers, a Resistance faction unaffiliated with XCOM. They've been able to elude ADVENT's grasp exceptionally well, and they've been a major thorn in their side. They assisted in breaking me out.



Alongside the rather enigmatic Templars...



...and the Skirmishers, a rogue alien faction who have provided us with valuable intel in the past (including the location where I was held captive), they could be a major boon to us. Provided, of course, that we can manage to work together. And there's the rub: they all despise and distrust each other.



If we can somehow figure out a truce, we could get the ball rolling on connecting a worldwide resistance network. But ending a years-long blood feud won't be easy.



XCOM has been acting as a mediator between the Reapers and the Skirmishers. We've managed to convince both parties to meet face-to-face on neutral ground... But we'll have to be there to escort them and make sure they don't shoot each other on sight.

Instead of the usual squad of four, I'm sending in groups of two to escort each group's representative. I'm facing a bit of a dilemma, though. Anything could happen out there, so I've half a mind to send in our squaddies who've had at least a little combat experience. But on the other hand, I don't think this mission will be very difficult or dangerous compared to fighting toe-to-toe with ADVENT, so it might be a prime opportunity to introduce a few rookies to field work.

...So I've decided to bring it to a vote. Should we send in only our experienced soldiers or include a few fresh rookies? You decide! I'll give you until noon GMT tomorrow to cast your vote, so don't delay.

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan
Lurkur
Squire
(id: OtmShankIiI)
posted 12-15-18 02:11 PM CT (US)     28 / 44       
Send in the fresh meat - they look like they could use a beating or two.

"Seriously, if human stupidity could be used as a source of power wed already be a class-III civilization and our rockets wouldve reached Andromeda by now."
« Cliffs! (4.5) »

["I am the True God, Lua-kuh. Hhsssss. Start the Church of the Talking Lizard. Hssssssss. Build the Neo Temple. Spread the Word. Hssssssssssss. Follow meeeeeeeee... to... the otha... siiiiiiiide..."

And then he started belting out vague poetry about wanting to have sex with his mom." -From the great old Aro, about a dream I had.]
Major Helper
AoKH Survivor, Mr. White Teeth
posted 12-15-18 02:52 PM CT (US)     29 / 44       
Go with rookies early on, use those who have classed up once the going starts to get tougher, I guess

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Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 12-16-18 06:13 AM CT (US)     30 / 44       
Right then, rookies it is. We're moving out!

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan
Uchuu Senkan Yamoffo
Moff
(id: Moff Yittreas)
posted 12-16-18 11:39 AM CT (US)     31 / 44       
Let us slay xeno filth!

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"Moff's anime diatribes/photos are infinitely less annoying than legion's communism, so I don't complain." - Azzie, proving that cute girls driving tanks >> Left-wing ideology
Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 12-18-18 12:08 PM CT (US)     32 / 44       
That... was quite the mission. There's a lot to show, so I'm gonna break it up. The first part of Operation Lost and Abandoned can be viewed here. Stay tuned for the next two parts!

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan
Uchuu Senkan Yamoffo
Moff
(id: Moff Yittreas)
posted 12-18-18 01:55 PM CT (US)     33 / 44       
Our first duo is led by Moff. I've paired him up with Oliver, whom I've given a medikit and a sidearm just in case.
Is it because Oribaru-senpai is the only one who understands Moffgou-chan? >_>
MOFF: "If I've got these coordinates correct, then the meeting point is due north of here. We'll be able to reach it on foot, but we'll need to move through this block first. Oliver, stay close to me and keep an eye out."
OLIVER: "Roger."
No, "Moff."
OLIVER: "Look, in the building! They must've heard us!"
OUTRIDER: "As I feared: The Lost are upon us!"
MOFF: "The what, now?"
YOU COULDN'T HAVE MENTIONED THIS EARLIER?
CENTRAL: "I don't wanna scare you, but we're detecting a lot of heat signatures in your area! Brace yourselves!"
OUTRIDER: "These are the Lost. We warned people to stay away from those radiation devices. They were desperate and did not listen. Alien technology has turned them into... something much worse than even ADVENT."
MOFF: "Ah, so they're Husks is what you're saying."
OUTRIDER: "What?"
MOFF: "Never mind."
100% accurate Moff dialog.
MOFF: "Ratatatatat! Come at me, then!"
*"BAAAAAAAAAAAAANINGGUUUU RAAAAAAAAAAAABUUU!"
MOFF: "...Oh, k***a. I need to reload."
Also 100% accurate Moff dialog.

It makes up for the previous one.
MOFF: "I've had enough of this. Good thing I brought just the tool for the job!"
...While ordinarily, Moff is all about dispensing the high explosive love, y u gib me idiot ball?

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Lord Sipia: "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIPPY IS EXCLUDED! EVERYBODY LOSES THEIR SANITY" | Also Lord Sipia: "...Of course. Prepare the butter."
"Moff's anime diatribes/photos are infinitely less annoying than legion's communism, so I don't complain." - Azzie, proving that cute girls driving tanks >> Left-wing ideology

[This message has been edited by Kousoku Senkan Moffgou (edited 12-18-2018 @ 01:55 PM).]

Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 12-18-18 02:41 PM CT (US)     34 / 44       
No, "Moff."
"I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
YOU COULDN'T HAVE MENTIONED THIS EARLIER?
Hey, no sense scaring you with something that might not happen. Best way to get by is to keep quiet and not draw the Lost's attention.
...While ordinarily, Moff is all about dispensing the high explosive love, y u gib me idiot ball?
In your defense, you weren't warned that firing a grenade would create more problems than it solves.

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan
Uchuu Senkan Yamoffo
Moff
(id: Moff Yittreas)
posted 12-18-18 04:19 PM CT (US)     35 / 44       
I mean, I was when I watched Jingles and Scott Manley play this.

But the character wasn't, so... I let it go. <_<

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Lord Sipia: "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIPPY IS EXCLUDED! EVERYBODY LOSES THEIR SANITY" | Also Lord Sipia: "...Of course. Prepare the butter."
"Moff's anime diatribes/photos are infinitely less annoying than legion's communism, so I don't complain." - Azzie, proving that cute girls driving tanks >> Left-wing ideology
Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 12-20-18 01:12 PM CT (US)     36 / 44       
Operation Lost and Abandoned continues as the second squad meets with the Skirmisher representative!

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan
Uchuu Senkan Yamoffo
Moff
(id: Moff Yittreas)
posted 12-20-18 02:50 PM CT (US)     37 / 44       
Worf is such a potty-mouth.

And then you singed Major. I know he's Finnish and therefore eternally cold, but...




Getadelt wird wer Schmerzen kennt
Vom Feuer das die Haut verbrennt
Ich werfe ein Licht
In mein Gesicht
Mein heißer Schrei
FEUER FREI


And then Mox does the BANG BANG part.

WILL CHUD AND HELPER MAKE IT?

TL Note (via Google Translate):
Whoever knows pain is blamed
From the fire that burns the skin
I throw a light
In my face
My hot scream
fire-free

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Lord Sipia: "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIPPY IS EXCLUDED! EVERYBODY LOSES THEIR SANITY" | Also Lord Sipia: "...Of course. Prepare the butter."
"Moff's anime diatribes/photos are infinitely less annoying than legion's communism, so I don't complain." - Azzie, proving that cute girls driving tanks >> Left-wing ideology
Major Helper
AoKH Survivor, Mr. White Teeth
posted 12-27-18 04:19 AM CT (US)     38 / 44       
I have finally appeared! Now where's that load button...

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You, you... Finnish Barstool! - Enraged Popeychops
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Lord Sipia
Knight
posted 12-27-18 07:26 AM CT (US)     39 / 44       
Now, for the conclusion of Operation Lost and Abandoned!

"You can't open up the story of my life and just go to page 738 and think you know me."
--Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson (on judging people by their Google search history)

"It's hard to have an existential crisis when everything is so pretty."
--Dan "Danny Sexbang" Avidan
Major Helper
AoKH Survivor, Mr. White Teeth
posted 12-27-18 08:56 AM CT (US)     40 / 44       
MAJOR: "Oof, good thing I bought those exercise weights...!"
*chortle*

Good going

_,.-'~'-.,__,.-'~'-.,__,.-'~'-.,__,.-'~'-.,__,.-'~'-.,_
You, you... Finnish Barstool! - Enraged Popeychops
Major Helper: Helping AoE3H Housewives since 2008 - As_Saffah
I spent 3 months trying to convince a door that I was an intelligent life form and gave up. - TLM
Winner of "Nicest" (2012-2016), "Most Helpful" (2014) and "Best Moderator" (2015-2016) Forummer Awards
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Uchuu Senkan Yamoffo
Moff
(id: Moff Yittreas)
posted 12-27-18 10:03 AM CT (US)     41 / 44       
Moff has been put in the infirmary for the coming weeks.
At least Moff lives... plus, now I can do more anime reviews from my sickbed!

Surely Crunchyroll exists in the dystopian future?
Chud has been visiting him regularly. It seems the shared experience of being a squad leader has created a sense of camaraderie between the two...
Mouuu, Teitokuuuu... ufufu you know my ears are ticklish!

New RPG Coming Soon | Purveyor of the Poi | Weeaboo Brony Conserative - The Ultimate Foe to the Internet
Lord Sipia: "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIPPY IS EXCLUDED! EVERYBODY LOSES THEIR SANITY" | Also Lord Sipia: "...Of course. Prepare the butter."
"Moff's anime diatribes/photos are infinitely less annoying than legion's communism, so I don't complain." - Azzie, proving that cute girls driving tanks >> Left-wing ideology

[This message has been edited by Kousoku Senkan Moffgou (edited 12-28-2018 @ 01:32 PM).]

Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 12-28-18 07:59 AM CT (US)     42 / 44       
No Popey no party

Member of BlackForest Studios
Co-creator of Silent Evil (4.6) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009 (Most Fave'd Multiplayer Scenario)
and The Seas of Egressa (4.8) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
"Popey just hates everywhere." - Chocolate Jesus, on my fear of Romanian organ-traffickers
"Hooray for Dear Leader-Comrade-Generalissimo-Presidente-Lord Protector Popey!" - Lord Sipia, on my benevolent, iron-fisted rule
"You're not Popeychops; you don't get to physics." - Moff, in response to a clumsy muon simile
Lurkur
Squire
(id: OtmShankIiI)
posted 12-28-18 11:54 AM CT (US)     43 / 44       
the blood on lurkurs sword is almost dry

Don't actually portray me like that

"Seriously, if human stupidity could be used as a source of power wed already be a class-III civilization and our rockets wouldve reached Andromeda by now."
« Cliffs! (4.5) »

["I am the True God, Lua-kuh. Hhsssss. Start the Church of the Talking Lizard. Hssssssss. Build the Neo Temple. Spread the Word. Hssssssssssss. Follow meeeeeeeee... to... the otha... siiiiiiiide..."

And then he started belting out vague poetry about wanting to have sex with his mom." -From the great old Aro, about a dream I had.]

[This message has been edited by Lurkur (edited 12-28-2018 @ 11:54 AM).]

Popeychops
"Cool" Huskarl
posted 12-28-18 01:13 PM CT (US)     44 / 44       
La Hire's sword is not bloody enough

Member of BlackForest Studios
Co-creator of Silent Evil (4.6) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2009 (Most Fave'd Multiplayer Scenario)
and The Seas of Egressa (4.8) Voted Best Multiplayer Scenario of 2010
"Popey just hates everywhere." - Chocolate Jesus, on my fear of Romanian organ-traffickers
"Hooray for Dear Leader-Comrade-Generalissimo-Presidente-Lord Protector Popey!" - Lord Sipia, on my benevolent, iron-fisted rule
"You're not Popeychops; you don't get to physics." - Moff, in response to a clumsy muon simile
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