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#91248 Hearts of Iron 2 Armageddon

Posted Zombie on 09 October 2009 - 03:09 AM

Right, I downloaded Armageddon the other day and had a chance to look at it just before. Noticed a few changes right off the bat with research teams and such. The biggest is of course the intelligence tab. Lots of new stuff there, which is where most of my questions will deal with. ;)

First up: spies. I understand the theory, but not the mechanics. Why the flock do I (as the United States) have spies in the UK? I suppose anyone who is technologically advanced is just asking to be infiltrated, but still.

Why are my spies so terrible and why is it modeled so unrealistically? I mean, the US starts out with spies having a 22% chance of infiltrating most nations. Shouldn't it be easier to infiltrate a 3rd world nation like, oh, El Salvador than it is to infiltrate Japan or Germany? If you pay the right person enough in those smaller countries you could probably get a tour of their research facilities which includes an "all access" pass to the restricted areas as well. No spies would even be necessary. Now Japan on the other hand should be wary of Westerners and getting a spy to infiltrate them should be more difficult. Not so. (At least, not from what I've seen so far). :oh:

How do my spies get better? I can't risk sending spies somewhere if they will be detected all the time.

Right now there are 33 spies in the US from various countries. I understand that I can send spies to my own country which supposedly protects me from them somewhat. There's also a counter-espionage option. When I tried that with 1 spy in my own country, it failed to locate anyone and my lone spy vanished into thin air. What happened to him? Defected? :) How exactly do spies and counter-espionage work?

I'll have more questions, don't worry. This is just the start. :)

- Zombie

#121215 Can't leave comment on

Posted marko on 01 January 2013 - 02:12 PM

Admin team,
Just letting you know the 'leave a comment' function on the individual Files/Mods description page doesn't work.

For example:

I can't post any comment on the page. I was planning to do so to warn about the bugs on that mod. Tried also on the Silent Storm Add Tool page, same result.
Error message was:
Unable to complete this request due to an error. Error has been logged. Administrator has been notified.

Lost the message I typed too :(

#80415 Ze funny gifs!

Posted Space Voyager on 06 November 2007 - 08:46 AM

Do you have a collection of funny, scary, weird or whatever animated GIFs you would want to share? Go ahead! No smileys though and watch the usual rules...

A start;

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And a SC "homegrown" one (whose avatar was it?) Posted Image

Edit by Zombie: Pinned! :)

#86568 ACM (UFO Aftershock)

Posted Okim on 13 February 2009 - 05:16 PM

Hi everyone.

ACM is a conversion mod that introduces a lot of changes into original UFO AS gameplay.

Main features of ACM:

1. new items:
- pistols: glock 19, usp
- smgs: mac10, ump45, fn p90
- shotguns: sawn-off shotgun, hunting shotgun, saiga, usas (replaces spas-15), striker
- assault rifles: aksu, calico, g36, famas, g3ka4, fn fal, scar-l, scar-h
- sniper rifles: sks, m14, r700, svd (replaces msg), l96
- machineguns: rpk, m249, pkp pecheneg
- launchers: rg6 grenade launcher, m202 missile launcher
- commando-only weapons: dartgun, advanced airgun, mp5sd6, groza, hk g11, vss sniper rifle
- melee weapons: chainsword, powersword
- energy weapons: laser cannon, plasma pistol (replaces plasma shotgun), plasma cannon, sonic rifle (replaces ultrasonic gun), sonic cannon
- new powerful gauss weapons: pistol, rifle, cannon and sniper rifle
- new grenades, mines and missiles: plasma, warp, 40mm flashbang, 40mm poison, 40mm sonic, plasma and warp missiles and mines.
- new cyborg-only weapons: browning h2, 5.56mm chaingun, 7.62mm chaingun gatling laser, hyper plasma cannon, gauss minigun, AGL grenade launcher.
- completely reworked drone weapons: m249, m60, energy cannons, gauss cannon, AGL grenade launcher, m202D launcher, gatling laser, hyperplasma cannon, gauss minigun, pkm.
- cultists hybrid weapons: laser rifle (based on Reticulan weapon), plasma rifle (based on Wargot weapon), warp rifle (based on Reticulan weapon).
- new cultist-wargot weapons that can be used only by cyborgs.
- new wargot weapon: ultrasonic cannon.
- ammo: .44 mag (for desert eagle), .45acp, ammo for new commando weapons.
- darts for airguns: stunning, poison, paralyze
- new items: underbarell scanners, stimulant injector addons.

2. techtree was reworked to increase time which player needs to get basic firearms, grenades and other advanced weapons.
3. replaced models for ALL human weapons. New textures for laputian, local humans and cultist armors.
4. new firing sounds and projectile effects.
5. factions use all new weapons, cultists can be accompanied by drones, their cyborgs use wargot weapons and heavy weapons. Factions squads were increased a bit.
6. reworked experience. Soldiers now gain experience mainly for killing enemies rather than simply participating in mission.
7. militia barracks were reconfigured. You can now use three types of barracks - basic (firearms, gauss), energy (laser, sonic, plasma, warp) and support (snipers, machineguns and launchers). There is also a new type of building - drone hangars. These "train" up to 2 drone as militia.

DOWNLOAD Current version is ACM 2.0 (~80mb)

Latest changes:

- reduced loudness of convertional weapon sounds.
- fixed a cybo-drone bug.


- There are still inconviences with glossary text and images for some items.


Archive includes an acmod.vfs file and localization folder. PLEASE backup this folder before installing ACM.
The mod is INCOMPATIBLE with any other mod, sorry for that.
Place both file and folder into your UFO AS folder.

ENJOY. And report any bugs and wierdness you WILL encounter Posted Image

Feeling gratuitous for my work? Willing to express it somehow? Here is the way to do that!
(donations will be used in developing of my board game project).

#113117 Kickstart something.

Posted FullAuto on 29 April 2012 - 12:53 PM

Nope!  That took a bit of a jump!

Conquest and Blindside were already successful, I remember, but I think they deserve to be watched, the games should be good.

#97314 Buying a mobile phone...

Posted Space Voyager on 30 June 2010 - 07:58 PM

View PostFullAuto, on 30th June 2010, 8:23pm, said:

This is a brilliant little feature, but seems to be dying out.  My last phone had a nice bright LED, and I used it a lot.  Very handy.
A lot of phones have a double use for the photo flash, as a flash and as a torchlight. I agree, VERY useful.

#81003 Merry Christmas

Posted Thorondor on 24 December 2007 - 12:24 PM

I hope you wild bunch are all back to base for a little R&R and celebration alongside your loved ones.

"Platooon - dismissed!!"


Have a good one! :oh:

#48543 The Index

Posted FullAuto on 10 July 2005 - 03:34 PM

For other gaming news, go here.

For quick film reviews, there's a thread here.

You want quick game reviews?  Go yonder.

Free ebooks, pilgrim?  Right here.

So it's free games ye be wantin' is it?  Roight here, boyo.

That's yer lot.

#112507 Kickstart something.

Posted Azrael Strife on 17 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

View Postsilencer_pl, on 17 April 2012 - 05:53 PM, said:

There was this interview with head guru in blizzard who stated that games are too cheap.

Well I guess that if Diablo or Starcraft would cost 100 or 200 USD/GBP/EUR number of buyers wouldn't be much lower that at current rate.
Ah, I see, you meant "Blizzard would disagree with you", ok.

#86029 Happy New Year

Posted Bomb Bloke on 31 December 2008 - 01:00 PM

Just ticked over here at GMT+10.  :)

Or whatever I'm at currently... Tasmanian daylight savings is confusing.  ;)

#45946 Music

Posted Solitaire on 23 May 2005 - 10:58 AM

Do you people have a music topic? I can't find one and it seems strange.

Just tell everyone what bands you like, maybe post pictures if you have them.

Personally I'm a big Jrock fan, my favourites being Malice+Mizer, Dir En Grey, Moi Dix Mois, I also like more techno outfits like Schwarz Stein and although lots and lots of Mana fans consider him a bit of traitor (since he went from the whole Gothic Aristocrat look and style, to pop music almost overnight) I can't stop loving Gackt!


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Pretty, isn't he?
Yes it's a man!
A very old picture, he dresses in a very gothic style now, he doesn't always dress like a girl (sadly) though he never looks explicitly male, which i like, he also hadly ever speaks in public and he never sings - he just writes all the music for his group (Moi Dix Mois and Malice+Mizer before that) and plays some of the instruments (usually Guitar, but also Violin, Harp, and a few others)

Well anyway, those are my favourite artists, with Mana being my all time most beloved. i'd like to hear about some of yours.

#38361 Word Association Game III

Posted Ivory on 11 January 2005 - 06:40 PM

seasons (as in: they show the...)

#129995 Happy New Year

Posted silencer_pl on 31 December 2013 - 02:10 PM

Quickly - catch a plane so you can celebrate it every second ;)

#79665 Forum Rules

Posted Zombie on 14 September 2007 - 05:15 PM

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Please don't be put off by these rules. They are in place to ensure the site has a nice and friendly atmosphere. Although some of the rules may sound a little severe, most incidents we've experienced have been simple misunderstandings and have been settled amicably. We're not here to rule with an iron fist, but we will come down hard on anyone blatantly disregarding them.

These rules will be enforced by all site staff. If you have a complaint against a member of staff, please contact either Pete or Slaughter.

StrategyCore Staff:

Pete (Rules the entire site)
Slaughter (Also rules the entire site)
Bomb Bloke (I draw the smiley faces)
Accounting Troll (Forum Administrator and UFO fanatic)
Zombie (Forum Administrator and X-COM fanatic)

FullAuto (Fan Fiction)
The Veteran (Fan Fiction)
NKF (X-Com Games)
DragonHawk (X-Com Simming)
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Thorondor (UFO and News)
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baby arm (News, General Games)

Project Leaders:
Mad-PX (Xenocide)

#38474 Love Nest For Tammy And Co

Posted Accounting Troll on 13 January 2005 - 03:58 PM

*Watches the boys head over to Aftermath fighting each other as they go, and then opens up briefcase*

It's okay Tammy, you can come out now.

#151771 SotS Prime HD

Posted Space Voyager on 26 April 2016 - 06:28 PM

Kerberos is thinking about releasing an HD version of SotS Prime. They are also asking us fans what would such a hypothetical release mean to us, what would our expectations be and so forth.

#143626 Zombie's TFTD Giveaway!

Posted Zombie on 25 June 2015 - 04:18 PM

Hi everyone! Some of you might know that Terror From the Deep celebrates it's 20th birthday this year. So in observance of this momentous occasion, I decided to do something special: giveaway 10 free Steam keys for the game. That's right, I said FREE. No contests, no hoops to jump through, no facebook popularity scams, just an old-fashioned giveaway!

Even though this isn't a contest, there has to be some ground rules to make it fair for everyone:
  • Be (or become) a member of StrategyCore. This is mandatory as I have to contact the winners through PM.
  • Do not already own a copy of TFTD. I prefer people who haven't played the game yet (if you've played UFO:EU before, that's ok), but I'll give a copy to those who do not have it in their Steam library already.
  • Have a Steam account. You can't get the key to work without an account there.
  • Be willing to let us use your forum name for the winner's list.
  • Use the game for yourself. I'm not against re-gifting a key to someone else if you deem necessary, but if they are able to enter themselves it's better.
There are two little points I hope everyone can adhere to if you win:
  • Do not resell the game.
  • Do not trade it for something else.

I can't enforce these, so please act responsibly.

So now you are all wondering how to enter the giveaway, right? It's simple, start a post in this topic with the words "I'm in!". Only one entry will be counted. If you want to make a case for why you want a key, go ahead, but your chances will not increase. :P Guest posts are not eligible to enter and will be ignored. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received, but in my experience you'll have a pretty good opportunity to walk away with a copy. This giveaway will probably remain open for 1 month to give everyone time to enter and will close at or around midnight CST July 31 2015. Winners will be announced here in this topic and I will also send them a PM. Unclaimed prizes (I'll give you a couple weeks to reply to my PM) will be sent to the next eligible applicant. Winners will be chosen at random with a random number generator.

A big thanks to Thorondor for helping me with the funds to acquire some of the steam keys!

Finally, please "Like" this post if you thought this was a good idea. I want to get an idea how popular a giveaway like this is with everyone. Maybe I'll do another in the future with a different game! :)

- Zombie

#121075 Name That Strategy Game

Posted Thorondor on 27 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

Name That Strategy Game, a worldwide StrategyCore Forum Games™ debut! Posted Image

- Someone draws a small image in MS Paint
- People take guesses (one guess per post)
- The quicker people guess the more points the 'artist' earns (each 'artist' starts with 10 points, each failed guess deducts one point from that, also counts as minus one to the guesser's initial score of zero)
- The first to guess right will earn 10 points and shall draw the next strategy game image
- If nobody guesses correctly or if 10 failed guesses occur the first person who tried to guess shall be the next "artist"

Scores will be kept in this starting post, here:

===[[ Artist Scoreboard ]]===
Thorondor: 90 points
FullAuto: 10 points
Sunflash: 59 points
Bomb Bloke: 40 points
NKF: 28 points
Space Voyager: 47 points
Azrael Strife: 19 points
silencer_pl: 52 points
Ecthel013: 22 points
NoXTheRoXStaR: 20 points

===[[ Guesser Scoreboard ]]===
FullAuto: 9 points
Sunflash: 50 points
Bomb Bloke: 39 points
Thorondor: 78 points
NKF: 30 points
Space Voyager: 37 points
Azrael Strife: 19 points
NoXTheRoXStaR: 37 points
silencer_pl: 55 points
Ecthel013: 30 points


I'll go first below to get the ball rolling.


p.s.: click to enlarge the image.

#118205 Firaxis remaking XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Posted Pete on 06 October 2012 - 08:36 AM

Well I was supposed to find out on Wednesday, then Friday but never heard a peep.

At this rate we might get it by the 9th if we're lucky, but that's when the flood of US sites (and players) will all be writing their own reviews too.


You help to promote the series for over a decade and this is the thanks you get - yes, if anyone from 2K/Firaxis is reading it really is bugging a lot of us here that every man and his dog has had a preview copy and by now a review copy and we've not had even the faintest whiff of either by this point, despite asking through the proper channels Posted Image What do I have to do? Fly to America, get down on my knees and beg to Jake? Posted Image

EDIT: I know we're a speck on the radar (probably a crumb from the pizza of the radar operator) in comparison to the larger sites out there, but at least we know how to play a strategy game. Have you seen some of the previews out there? The only response to some of them is this:


Log in and "Like" this post if you agree, just so I know I'm not ranting, foaming at the mouth to myself.

#45643 Other gaming news

Posted Slaughter on 16 May 2005 - 11:45 PM

Even though this site is dedicated to strategy games, most of us like other genres as well. This is a thread where you can post about any other game you find interesting regardless of genre. E3 is coming, so there should be no shortage of news :cool: