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Another year, another Extra Life stream

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!

Sadly I had to miss last year’s, but this year I’m gonna try and make up for it by going for a full 24h. That’s right, twenty-four hours of me playing old PC games and probably being really bad at them! You can’t miss it!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Stream starts at Nov 3rd 12pm GMT and ends at Nov 4th 12pm GMT (hopefully).
  • Subscribe to the Twitch channel to be notified when it goes live.
  • Send your generous dollars to the donations page and spread the word!
  • Join the Discord if you wanna be a co-commentator, otherwise just hang around in chat.
  • This FAQ is still handy.

Do use the (new) Mod Portal

Sorry about the recent silence, we’ve been working hard on restoring the status quo. Case in point, we now have a shiny new mod portal hosted by the fine folks at mod.io. Click below to check it out and spread the word to your fellow modders to upload their work there:

It’s by the same people that have been running Mod DB all these years, so hopefully it should be more reliable than the last one. šŸ˜‰ I heartily recommend it to any other indie / open-source games looking for a mod platform that doesn’t tie them down to a storefront.

Don’t use the Mod Portal

Due to the recurrent technical issues with the third-party mod portal, we no longer condone using it and instead recommend using the Released Mods forum until an alternative is available. Even if you manage to access the site, there’s no guarantee the content will still be maintained by modders, while the forums will always have the latest version. Despite the domain, the mod portal is entirely unaffiliated with OpenXcom and its status has no bearing on the official website and game. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Also, we’re opening up translations for popular mods. Help bring your favorites to your native language by following this link. Instructions for modders will follow soon in the forums.

Official Discord server

Technology marches on. Apparently kids no longer hang around the ICQ and the BBS, and instead use this new-fangled device called Discord. So now we have one of those too. Drop on by to get a lifetime opportunity to ask SupSuper when 2.0 is coming out!

Don’t worry, IRC isn’t going anywhere, for those that prefer staying old-skool.

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?Ā Better get some popcorn.

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

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 RockPaperShotgunĀ (thanks for the article btw!), so you may have troubleĀ reaching your favorite mods. But don’t fret! You can also checkĀ theĀ mod forums, all the popular ones will likely have mirrors.

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