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The X-Com Files / The X-COM Files (Geoscape Theme 1)
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:49:45 am »

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Playthroughs / The Untold Story of the First Alien War
« on: January 09, 2019, 10:50:18 pm »
Hello, gentlemen. I am back to the written playthroughs, and I thought of going with a different idea. I thought of going with using the news format, this time with multiple real world news broadcasters, and in addition, this playthrough will also be formatted as AARs of X-COM operations, research reports, personal journals, etc. In other words, yes, I am playing "The X-COM Files", and as we begin our journey, I want to you to believe. Here is the Untold Story of the First Alien War.

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Letter of Activation for X-COM: General Investigation Bureau

Konstantin Volikov,

If you are reading this message, it is because the UN Security Council has convened to approve the creation of the X-COM: General Investigation Bureau (GIB), effective on 1 January, 1997 and the letter of recommendation given to UN Secretary General-elect Kofi Annan on your qualifications to lead this new organisation have been accepted. As a result, a Council of Funding Nations has been established to provide the Bureau funding based on your monthly performance. While the UN may yet take the recent reports of monsters and criminal cultist elements seriously, I have every hope that you and the rest of the X-COM: GIB can change their minds.

Good luck...Commander. If these reports are true, you and your organisation may now be Earth's only remaining hope...

Sincerely,
Mikho Mayestewan

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Enjoy! Oh and...I will be updating this as the game progresses in multiple forms, so...

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Open Feedback / Proposal: X-COM: Genesis revival
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:42:10 am »
So, on the Discord, I was thinking of something that was lingering in my head for some time recently and had even begun work on this as a possible concept. That concept being what I want to ask about: is it possible to resurrect X-COM: Genesis as a game or at least make it an OpenXcom mod? Because I read through the plot document and I thought that, although it was interesting, it does leave me wondering: what could they have done with the story instead?

And now, 19 years later, I am wondering if reviving the game's development is possible and even releasing it for free. In fact, I already came up with a revision to the Genesis plot to the point that Apocalypse, Interceptor and Alliance are no longer canon in the Genesis timeline. Either that or the Apocalypse/Interceptor/Alliance timeline is still canon, it is just not the main timeline anymore.

Anyway, without further ado, here is the Prelude to X-COM: Genesis:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/148W3_MTem3uCBLBcuomqlVE8RiH8hScfY_EANd72lAk/edit#

Until I can make the design document, enjoy! :P

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Playthroughs / MegaPrimus TV - MegaPrimus War News Updates
« on: August 26, 2018, 07:52:06 am »
7 March, 2084

Attention, this is MPTV with the latest news updates!

X-COM forces have reportedly raided the Cult of Sirius' Temple of the Apocalypse earlier today as part of the ongoing conflict against the Cultists ever since the mysterious object first appeared over the city. With the Senate already in the middle of an election year, and reports of alien activity taking place all over the city, X-COM is now under pressure to respond to the alien threat, with MegaPol's resources beings stretched thin across the city.

In other news, a MegaPol police vehicle has reportedly crashed with a civilian vehicle by accident near X-COM's base in the city. With the information having just reached our studios here at MPTV, we are still attempting to learn more as this situation unfolds. Stay tuned for further updates!

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NOTE: This is the GNN X-COM Apocalypse playthrough. Sorry if it does not look like it, but I realised that GNN is probably either gone by this point or busy with other news stories. So, MegaPrimus TV will have to do for the moment. Sorry, gentlemen. :(

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Playthroughs / Global News Network - Second Alien War News Updates
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:30:23 pm »
23 January, 2040

Attention, this is GNN with some breaking news!

Following a recent attack on Accra by previously unidentified alien forces, Chairman Qasim Botros Amjad praised rapid response by X-COM forces in a recent meeting of the Egyptian Council, in what he has deemed as "acceptable civilian losses". Regardless, he has pointed out that corporate profits for Pretorius Industries, one of the members of the Cartel, has taken a dip as a result of investor panic following the attack. With another alien war have just begun 40 years after the end of the First Alien War, only time will tell whether X-COM forces will triumph once again.

In other news, a chapter of the Cult of Sirius has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Shanghai last week, proclaiming that "our alien friends have returned, and we will answer their call!". Local authorities in Free China have reportedly already initiated crackdowns on known and suspected Cult of Sirius members as reports of alien activity in the South China Sea begin to skyrocket. Stay tuned for further updates!

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Alright, so...last time, I was unable to see any non-alien related news content or filler before the end of the First Alien War. I am at least expecting some more than in my X-COM: UFO Defense playthrough, but it would be nice if others could help as well.

Anyway, enjoy and welcome to X-COM: Terror from the Deep!

*laughs evilly*

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Playthroughs / Global News Network - First Alien War News Updates
« on: August 15, 2018, 08:57:48 pm »
As you can see, this page is for an X-COM playthrough I am doing, and.....I thought it would be nice to take a different approach. Instead of telling the story through the perspective of X-COM, I think it would be rather apt to take this from the perspective of GNN (Global News Network), which is a stand-in for the mainstream media.

So, yes, these are basically news reports describing the playthrough, which are also on the Discord.

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31 January, 1999.

This is GNN with some breaking news!


.....As the storm clears in Delhi, it is becoming clear that the city remains devastated despite seeing what local officials call “acceptable losses”. As a result, Prime Minister Atal Birahi Vajpayee has called upon the international community to respond to the alien menace that has continually threatened humanity over the past month. In other news, reports from Europe continue to rise about unknown aircraft in the skies, with special forces bearing the mark of no known entity. Similar reports originated from the recent engagement in Delhi earlier today, of unknown special forces responding to the attack similar to the ones witnessed in Europe. We will update you live as the situation unfolds.

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24 March, 1999.

This is GNN with some breaking news!

We are receiving reports from Perth of unknown special forces having reportedly stopped an alien attack on the city today, with eyewitnesses reporting the use of some type of directed energy weapons by these unknown special forces. Prime Minister John Howard has already announced an immediate evacuation for the city, despite the support of these unknown special forces and few civilian losses.

In other news, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has been confirmed to have returned to the city of Berlin two weeks following the attacks by alien forces earlier this month, and has recently called for “a united front against the alien threat that must be swift and resilient.”

Stay tuned for further updates!

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26 April, 1999.

This is GNN with some breaking news!

Following another attack in Perth earlier today, Prime Minister Howard has effectively declared a state of emergency in Western Australia, as riot police and Australian Army forces have been stationed over the pockets of the city that are still intact. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has referred to the situation in the city and in Western Australia as a “humanitarian crisis”.

As the aliens continue their rampage across the world, one thing is becoming increasingly clear at this point: the world is at war. Stay tuned for further updates.

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3 June, 1999.

Attention! This is GNN with some breaking news!

After a month of reduced activity across the world, Lagos has become the latest target in a streak of alien attacks that have been reported around the world. In the latest attack, eyewitnesses report the appearance of so-called “zombies” being spawned by one of the alien creatures reported in this engagement. As this unknown special forces unit continues to respond to alien attacks around the world, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has praised local authorities for a “rapid response” to the alien attacks, and has joined an increasingly vocal group of nations that have reported similar attacks over the past year in their calls for “an international defence force capable of protecting humanity from the alien attacks”.

In other news, last month’s food riots continue in Perth, as local police and army units stationed there attempt to maintain order in the face of a slow response from the Australian government. Stay tuned for further updates!

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15 June, 1999,

Attention, this is GNN with some breaking news!

Following a series of explosions that were reported just outside of León in Spain, possibly indicating a shift the aliens’ tactics as their invasion continues to progress. Across the world, various incidents have been reported with unknown special forces continuing to battle the alien threat at every turn.

In other news, rumours have begun to abound of alien infiltrators within the German and British governments, as reports of ever larger alien spacecraft are seen in the night skies above both nations, especially as the UN Security Council prepares to meet in New York City for an emergency session later this week. Stay turned for further updates!

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1 July, 1999

Attention, this is GNN with some breaking news!

Gridlock at the UN Security Council has begun to be shown, as the UK has decided to veto a UN resolution that would have resulted in the creation of a global defence force, with Prime Minister Tony Blair stating that “the very nature of this organisation would threaten the national sovereignty of the UK and all Commonwealth nations.” With the international community stunned by the inaction of the UN Security Council, fears have abounded that alien infiltrators may have taken control of the British government.

As a result, thousands of protesters all over the UK have taken to the streets, calling for Prime Minister Blair’s resignation. Riot police have already been deployed to various major cities across Britain, with investor panic already crippling the nation.

In other news, the Hungarian government has declared martial law following the Budapest attack by alien forces just a few days ago. With the recent wave of panic and fear of infiltrators in the UK, it is suspected that governments around the world may be launching investigations to root out possible infiltrators. Stay tuned for further updates!

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6 July, 1999.

Attention, this is GNN with some breaking news!

An explosion similar to the one in León earlier last month was reported near the Russo-Kazakh border earlier today, with reports that infiltration attempts similar to the one executed in the UK becoming more commonplace. Russian President Boris Yeltsin has been unable to comment so far, though local authorities are already investigating the source of the explosion.

In other news, the protests in the UK have effectively devolved into violent clashes over the past week, with rioting being reported in Manchester, London and Edinburgh, with British Army divisions having reportedly opened fire on the protesters. Stay tuned for further updates as the situation unfolds!

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1 August, 1999.

Attention, this is GNN with some breaking news!

As the dust clears on Novosibirsk, President Boris Yeltsin has already ordered a complete lockdown of the city following another alien terror attack, which was successfully repelled by unknown special forces. Eyewitnesses report special forces operatives turning on themselves, likely suffering from some kind of hallucinatory trauma, or as some speculate, some type of mind control. As a result, the entire city is under martial law, and curfews have been implemented to hunt down anyone that appears to have been mind-controlled by the aliens.

In other news, Western Australian insurgents in the ruins of Perth have recently ambushed an Australian Army convoy carrying medical supplies and humanitarian aid meant to be sent towards the surviving pockets of civilians in the city, alongside what was reported to be a cache of laser weapons. Stay tuned for further updates!

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16 August, 1999.

Attention, this is GNN with some breaking news!

An explosion in Xinjiang Province was reported by Chinese state-owned media earlier today as an industrial accident, though eyewitnesses report explosions deep underground, similar to those found in Spain and Russia. Chinese President Jiang Zemin commented that “an investigation is ongoing at the explosion site” and has reported suspicions of “Uyghur terrorists, likely supported by the aliens”. A result, local authorities have already started rounding up suspected alien infiltrators and sympathisers, though many of them claim to have been wrongly accused of being as such.

In other news, the Nigerian government has joined many former Commonwealth nations in protesting Britain’s surrender to the aliens, effectively withdrawing from the organisation. Analysts are beginning to fear that the Commonwealth has begun to disintegrate, exacerbated by continued violence back in Britain. Stay tuned for further updates!

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Sorry about the sheer amount of news reports on this first post. Turns out I should have posted this earlier. Oh well. Too late now. Anyway, enjoy these news reports and feel free to join in and maybe help out with the news reports! I will put in any news updates regarding the aliens, especially major events and the rest of you can post non-alien related news content from this time period.

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