Posted 01 December 2016 - 10:06 PM
That was one nasty mission. No casualties, at least, no X-com casualties that would not, after an extended period in sickbay feeling mighty sorry for themselves, be able to go and take it out on the aliens, with interest. Damned 4-tile terror units are proving impossible to recover, from either floor of the mission though which is a bitch, since I never SEE triscene or xarquid anywhere else!
Had to take an extended break myself, actually, which is why I've not been posting. after sustaining a severe burn to one of my eyeballs, courtesy of superheated steam laden with a mixture of corrosive highly alkaline wastes after a tragic accident. Was until just recently, unable to look at the monitor due to all the UV coming off it, and the fact that I am still VERY photosensitive (I was to begin with, being autistic kicks arse, but there are one or two minor downsides. But not anything like THAT photosensitive. Now, with an eyepatch, with folded up (un-used!) loo roll behind it to block out the light, and wearing a pair of welding goggles over that, with all the lights switched off and occasional use of local anaesthetic eye drops, alongside a hefty increase in the opioid painkillers I usually take for my squirrely-ass joints (NOT to be confused with squirrely ass-joints, the position of that all-important hyphen makes all the difference:P), I can look at the computer screen again.
Although still, not without some...side effects. Last time I got on, I was at the computer all day, but actually using it for all of ten minutes, after the amount of oxy and morphine my doc now has me on for the time being sent me straight to sleep. Went to fire up TFTD and then woke up at about 10PM wondering where the hell the day just went.
Anyway, combat-capable and effective enough, it seems . Just had lobstermen show up for the first time, packing sonic rifle and gas cannon, plus a torpedo launcher that only got fired the once, using a rocket tank as spotter and having my sniper teams take the oversized prawns out from beyond visual, aside from one close moment when one was spotted right up close, hiding out in a building just to the NE of the landing site. Blew out most of its cover with a pulse grenade, then kept hammering it with incendiary rounds, before lastly putting a couple of bursts from a pair of riflemen equipped with sonic rifles into the thing, finishing it before it ever got a shot off. Indeed, not one of the lobstermen EVER managed to get a single round off other than at the tank. Got a team positioned at long range and blew the side wall of the USO in with demo charges before roasting them in the shell with GC-IC rounds plus a few sonic shots. Even managed to take three of the buggers alive, nicely cutting down the research time needed to finish up on the heavy sonic ammo, finished the cannon research already, not bad timing too seeing as lobbies just started to show themselves, going to be needing those methinks.
Damned eye still hurts like a total complete and utter shit, even with the local anaesthetic eyedrops and enough opiates to floor some sort of african megafauna, but am told that I should regain my sight in that eye. Its a nuisance though, even if it didn't hurt, because my distance vision in the other eye is lousy, after a childhood accident (at least three of them actually, but end result is much the same:P)