Extra Life 2016

Time sure flies when you’re having fun… coding? Anyways it’s almost time for Extra Life again! This will be our fourth year participating, every year we have a blast, so I don’t see why stop now.

For those new, Extra Life is a charity that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. We promote it by playing games live, you donate to help sick kids, everyone wins!

I’ll be doing what comes naturally, making an embarrassment out of myself streaming various DOS games (including X-COM) for as close to 24h as possible, starting on November 5th 3pm GMT (that’s this Saturday). Tune in, spread the word, and enjoy the mayhem! I hear Twitch has finally ditched Flash so hopefully that’ll make it more accessible.

  • Subscribe to the Twitch channel to be notified when it goes live.
  • Send your generous dollars to the donations page.
  • Last year’s FAQ is still applicable.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to OpenXcom

Ivan makes a brief comeback to teach you everything you could ever want to know about installing OpenXcom. Nightlies! Mods! ZIPs! Even more mods! That’s right, did you know there are mods other than X-Piratez? Better get some popcorn.

You can jump to a specific section by click the topics on the side.

Installer added to the nightlies

By popular request, the Windows nightlies now include an installer version as well. Now you no longer have to deal with boring old manually copying files, and get to beta-test an extra piece of software as well! I realize this might make some documentation obsolete, but not like you were reading it anyways.

Also my legal council would like me to remind you to not install a nightly on top of 1.0. The consequences to the universe might be catastrophic. Just uninstall 1.0 if you’re going that route, you’re likely not going back to it.

The NineX.info Server Team is once again in need of your help.

The server is currently hosting Two projects: “UFO: Alien Invasion,” and “OpenXcom.”
To continue providing hosting services we will need to raise funds for the coming year, to pay for both the service and possibly some new hardware, or a new server computer altogether, especially if such services are to be provided free of advertisements on the project websites.

In addition to the two projects mentioned, we also host additional programming and development tools for the community, including a snapshot autobuilder for OpenXcom, and a buildbot for UFO: Alien Invasion.
We also welcome new projects that are freely available and preferably open-source in nature, and hope to continue to provide tools for the community to grow, but we will need your help and support to do so.

Please consider a donation for our cause, which you can give via the following link:

For European Users (EUR):

For USA Users (USD):

We sincerely thank you for any support you provide.

PSA: XPiratez and you

openxcom.org is the official OpenXcom website. We run it. It’s where you are, right now!

openxcom.com is the unofficial mod site. We have no control over it. We realize this must be very confusing, sorry!

Anyways, the mod site is currently suffering difficulties due to a huge surge of traffic from RockPaperShotgun (thanks for the article btw!), so you may have trouble reaching your favorite mods. But don’t fret! You can also check the mod forums, all the popular ones will likely have mirrors.

Also, hi new confused people! XPiratez is over there. Wiki is that way. Enjoy your stay!

X-COM now on GOG.com

“Why is X-COM only available on Steam? Why do I have to get Steam to get X-COM? Why are these two things intrinsically linked? Why oh why must my life be filled with obstacles and peril?” you’ve told us for years.

Well, now you can also get it on GOG.com. Which is not Steam. In fact, it’s nothing like Steam. So, rejoice!