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X-COM now on

“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 Which is not Steam. In fact, it’s nothing like Steam. So, rejoice!

Scheduled website maintenance

NineX will be performing a server upgrade on 15th January 23h – 4h CET, during which the OpenXcom website and forums may be unavailable (as well as other hosted projects). The Windows Git Builder may suffer a longer period of downtime.

Third-party websites like the Mod Portal are not affected. If you need support you can reach us through the Contact icons on the sidebar.

Soldier Diaries are here!

Possibly one of the longest-running OpenXcom code mods is Soldier Diaries / Commendations, which keeps detailed stats of all your missions, allowing you to revisit your successes and failures anytime you want. Mostly failures.

However, being a separate branch meant it always trailed behind the official version, leading to many old bugs, compatibility problems and installation difficulties keeping players from trying it out. But no longer! Soldier Diaries has now been integrated into the official version, so now everyone can crack open the spreadsheets and write fanfics about their soldiers.

New installation FAQ

Given our current in-between releases, there’s been a lot of questions regarding nightlies and mods and what goes where and etc, so hopefully this will help you out:

It’s intentionally dumbed down and not meant to be exhaustive documentation covering every single possible setup and platform (that’s what the rest of the wiki is for).

Extra Life 2015

Stream’s over: Part 1 | Part 2 | Fanart
We reached the goal but you can still donate if you want, Extra Life lasts all year.

  • You can donate at any time before/during/after the stream.
  • I’ll be streaming all day and there’ll be a recording afterwards, so don’t worry about missing out.
  • You don’t need to have a Twitch account to watch the stream, but you do need one to be able to get notifications and join in the chat.
  • I can only name soldiers if I can see your names, I won’t be following comments here.
  • Don’t like the site? Pop out the player! Pop out the chat! Rearrange everything how you see fit!
  • Don’t like the chat? Connect through IRC!
  • Feel free to ask and request anything, have fun, and help sick kids!

The OpenXcom News Network

So what’s been going on in the frontier? Well, now that TFTD is getting nice and stable, we’re taking the time to look at all the feature requests and improvements we had to put off because we were too busy with TFTD. 😛 This particular request has been in hibernation for over a year:

Can’t wait? Try the nightlies!

In addition, I’ve been playing underling for a change, and helping out the fine folks at OpenApoc. Check out the latest progress report. I contributed a whole 3 seconds of footage in there!

Like what you see? Then you should join the project! They could use all the help they can get.

Finally, Extra Life is coming this weekend! The yearly event where people stream games to raise money for charity, and we’ll be joining in as usual. I’ll be streaming this Saturday, 6th November, so subscribe to watch me be terrible at videogames (mostly X-COM) or to ask us anything, including “what’s the deal with aiming? are you really a robot? why isn’t TFTD out yet?”.
I’ll also be attending Lisboa Games Week the next day (I know you portuguese are out there!) if I don’t die of games overload first.