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  1. IN-CHARACTER THREAD HERE! The year is 2015. Humanity is at war with a coalition of alien races with only one known objective: Destruction. The vanguard of this war effort is the Extraterrestrial Combat Unit: brave men and women from all over the globe fighting to save their species. Wielding the most advanced weaponry every made by human hands, with the best training and funding available, XCOM is humanity's last hope. Whether they realize it or not... 2100 Hours, April 3 XCOM Headquarters, Poland "Peace. Always wondered just what it meant. Everyone I ask always seems to think it just means we're not at war. No, there's something more to it than that. Because, if that's all it meant, why do I not feel at peace? I haven't been in the mud since Desert Storm, just been coasting from desk job to desk job ever since; ordering a drone strike here, a deployment there, a few ops in a country most of my countrymen could barely point out on a map. And yet, still, I feel like I'm at war. I feel like one day I'll wake up with a knife pressed to my throat and a gun to my forehead. Like yesterday, I was-" "Commander," said a voice over my comm line, breaking me from my idle chatter. It was Central Officer Bradford, likely with something to report. I checked the timeline I had displayed on my desk's touch screen interface. It seemed as though the newly recruited troops were due to arrive today. That was a relief. We were down five men in that week alone. The barracks were a practical ghost town, or so I was told. My duties usually kept me locked up in Command. I had to be on call at all times to respond to an alert. Or to approve that research project R&D was just giddy about. Or to greenlight new interceptors for our Asian interceptor base. Or to report to the Council... you get the idea. You'll notice I didn't mention sleeping. "Commander, are you..." "Yes, Central, I am alive," I said "You just interrupted me in the midst of reciting my memoirs is all." "Reciting my memoirs" was, of course, my way of saying "I haven't slept for days and I'm talking to air." "Sorry about that, sir." Central said, knowing well enough not to press further, "The new troops have arrived. I'm forwarding their dossiers to you now." A second after he said that, my screen came to life with a variety of files. Prior histories, physical workups, psychological evaluations- I made sure to give at least a passing glance through each recruit's files. "Are they settled in the barracks yet?" I asked Central. "They should be, sir," was his response. "Tell them to gather in the common room." I said, rising to my feet, "I think I'm going to welcome them personally." The application: Username: Character name: Nickname: Gender: Age: Country of origin: Class: Personality: Appearance: Prior history: You character can be from any country you choose, regardless of whether they are a Council of Nations member in canon. As for "appearance" you can just describe your character or post an image that looks like them (I'd recommend you use a spoiler). Additionally, they can be from one of 4 player classes: Assaults (CQC troopers armed with shotguns and rifles), Supports (medic troopers with smoke grenades and med kits), Heavy Troopers (heavy weapons troopers armed with a LMG and Rocket launcher), and Snipers (long range troopers with a sniper rifle). Word of advice- I may ask to kill off (or just plain kill off at my leisure) your character at a moment's notice (gotta keep to the feel of XCOM, after all), so it may be in your best interest to have a few hundred dozen applications on the back-burner. I, myself, will have a couple of recruits to round out the squad. Pray for these poor souls. I would also like someone to RP Shen and Vahlen (not necessarily Shen and Vahlen, just someone to fill their dynamic in XCOM). Not Bradford, though because: 1. Who the hell wants to play that guy? 2. I really don't want to give someone control over a character who could, potentially, issue orders that I'd then have to belay if I didn't like. Gotta keep some semblance of structure here. For anyone who needs a briefing on Xcom, I'd recommend checking here. With the fun stuff out of the way, let's get down to some rules. 1. Please try to use good grammar and spelling. I know that, for some, English may not be your first language, but I'd really appreciate if you ran your posts by a pal for a spell-check if you know your English might be lacking. 2. No godmodding. No "I jump out in the open and headshot every alien with pinpoint accuracy, then walk off cause I'm a badass." I'll be having none of that and, if it happens, I swear I will kill your character off in the most banal way imaginable, but not before continuing like it never happened and ignoring everything you post from then on. Don't. Godmod. 3. Keep it friendly in the OOC, chaps. This is where we're not our characters. If you and someone else are in the midst of a blood feud In Character, keep all that hatred In Character. Out of Character I expect a level of good conduct on par with AJSA standards. That said: 4. Keep it at least semi-civil in character. A jerk character is fine. One who screams racial slurs mixed with profanity that would make the most hardcore old-timey sailor blush? Straight out. That said, regular ol' profanity is acceptable, just try to keep it to a reasonable limit. This is a special ops unit, not an Xbox Live Party, after all. Now that that's done, let's see if we can't get some fresh recruits... Accepted applications: David Aldman Rank: Sergeant Status: Active Daniel Evans Rank: Corporal Status: Active Ambrosio Henriques Rank: Corporal Status: Active Sylvestre Charron Rank: Sergeant Status: KIA Raven Rank: Private Status: Active Brittany Wilson Rank: Private Status: Active Tsuruo Ito Rank: Private Status: Active Immanuel Sokolof Rank: Corporal Status: KIA Bryson Holt Status: Active Frank Borladi Rank: Private Status: Active Nathan Herk Rank: Corporal Status: Active Benjamin Jacques Rank: Private Status: Active Vanderveel Bei Rank: Private Status: Active Natasha Markov Status: Active Eerp Salmi Status: Active Rank: Private Brandon Brandt Status: Active Rank: Private Vlad Rank: ??? Status: Active XCOM Status: Countries lost: Interceptors: Research progress: Facilities: Available gear listing: Items: Armor: Other: Resources:
  2. Banned for being the opposite of alive.
  3. I have a sinking feeling this might get political. That said, I would like to go at some point. If only to see the memorial and such. Bear in mind, anyone that may want to go see it as well- I know a few people who went to see it a few months back and security was really (and rather understandably) tight. So pack like you're going to the airport. Or the Holocaust museum in DC. It's as haunting a place as you can get without flying over to Auschwitz or Buchenwald. If you've never been, and you're in the DC area, it's definitely worth a visit. Really, though, any monument or museum dedicated to any tragedy is bound to be a somber place.
  4. Banned because of the C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!
  5. Wait, shouldn't it be the Emperor running? Or is he too busy campaigning for 2016 here in the States? I know where my vote's going! I mean, why vote for the lesser evil? This guy, at least, knows how to get things done in politics! And everyone talks about the destruction of Alderaan- they had it coming! They were harboring rebels! *insert clever WMDs crack here*
  6. Banned because wait, there's a topic to be off?
  7. Banned because at least Mr. Mime doesn't look like some kind of creepy pedophile like Hypno does.
  8. Plague Inc's kinda fun. Create a disease, infect humanity, kill everything. It's good for those days when you've had to deal with too many idiots and just want to watch the world burn. Or as I like to call them: "Any day that ends in 'Y'."
  9. Banned because goddamn, what is this, Ninja'd Fest 2014?
  10. Banned because that's preposterous! Not David Cage is clearly Martin Scorsese.
  11. Banned because WHAT THE FUCK, I didn't even start this level yet!
  12. Neither do I, and I do apologize if at any point it seemed like I was being a little harsh on the fanservice (though, if anything, I felt I mostly ignored it outside of the first spoiler). Frankly, when you have a scene where you have a girl's jiggling breasts going all Neo on a high caliber round, you've moved past the point where the fanservice has any potential to offend me and moved into "in awe of the audacity of the act" territory. Though the requisite bath scene was still extremely blatant. But, again, not as bad as some that I've seen (not including straight-up porn, mind). As for the characters, really only Kohta (the gun-nut otaku kid) has stuck with me in terms of name and traits, and that's mostly because he's named and modeled after Hellsing's mangaka (and also because we share a tendency to nerdgasm over weapons). Outside of that... I don't know, didn't the girl with the sword kill a guy in self defense and like the feeling it gave her, or something? I seem to remember the brown-haired protagonist guy being kind of generic, so I guess that puts him leagues ahead of everyone else in the cast in terms of what I remember about them. But, hey, I guess some things stick more easily for some people than others (I can barely remember most of everything I learned in math class, but ask me to do a Monty Python skit? Shit, let's just hope the ceiling's high enough!). I don't know, I almost kind of want to rewatch it to see what I remember. Then again, with the new Civ coming up, I doubt I'll have the time before I'm declared legally dead and they cut off the internet. But speaking of fanservicey shows-
  13. Surprisingly enough, no. And you know what? I think I can handle this one.
  14. Oh my god... This game... The main character looks like Nathan Explosion if he went off the deep end, sounds like every emo "badass" main character EVER, the script reads like something you'd hear from a parody game commercial on a TV show, the gameplay trying so hard to be brutal and shocking that it just comes off as adorable on the dev's part, and lest we forget the title art looks to be aping Doom, of all things... Oh, and the name. Was "Lack of Creative Wit" taken? I've not laughed this hard at someone seriously trying to make me shocked in far, far too long.
  15. Ensemble. Oh, the things I'd do for a proper Age of Empires 4 from them. Hell, I'd settle for Halo Wars 2.
  16. Hey, you seem oddly familiar. Almost like I've seen you somewhere before... WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE! I KNOW WHO YOU ARE NOW! You're John Carpenter, acclaimed director of the Thing and Halloween! Wow, I am a huge fan, Mr. Carpenter!
  17. Banned because I see there's an insect loose in my station.
  18. This is what I love about this time of year. Gory, obscene pranks that scare the shit out of people. I salute these fine masters of the art!
  19. Accept no substitutes.
  20. Banned because your dissenting opinion has been noted. An reprogramming agent has been dispatched, and will be with you shortly. Have a pleasant day.
  21. "If someone says it's wrong to hope, I will tell them that they're wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times!" -Madoka Kaname
  22. In complete fairness to the Rambo game (oh Madoka, did I really just- DOC I NEED MORE PILLS!) at least that reminds me of how good the original movies were. This game, meanwhile, only reminds me of my seething contempt for reality TV. So, point to Rambo: The Videogame, I guess. What's that make it, a -12? I lost count after the umpteenth repetition of "He's a man, not a god!"
  23. Oh hell, not this game again. *rolls for SAN damage* 20. MOTHERF- I HAVE SEEN ETERNITY AND IT LIES BEYOND THE START SCREEN! *whimpers* fuck the pain away fuck the pain away fuck the pain away fuck the pain awy fuckthepainawayfuckthepainawayfuckthepai *one trip to the asylum and far too many pills later* Okay, now that I'm back in my right mind. here's my more reasoned response: This game looks bad. Why would anyone in their right mind buy this? Oh well, back to shooting things into space.
  24. Well, Roll 20 IS an online service (a free one, for the record), so...