Usenet was before my time. Well I was just about using the net then occasionally via a modem line at my old man's workshop
(30 now), spending more time back then with my chemistry and mycology hobbies and learning from..books, old fashioned things, never the likes of wikipedia like we spoiled bastards have today.
Still, been at this since the game came out, always been one of my favourites. Beaten UFO a good few times, but never beaten TFTD. Certainly not on this difficulty level either. Putting up a pretty good fight though, and its probably a good sign that the bugs are getting mightily pissed off. Scouting around for bases again after one of their last battlecruiser/dreadnought onslaughts actually got a craft past the barrage of pulse wave torpedoes that were sent up their backsides (btw-does being pounded by base defenses reduce the number of enemy that get through?)
Green troops., a garrison that had just been installed, after losing my first of any bases (and only, so far). One guy did get shredded into the next best (worst) thing to cat food by a calcinite, and no psyops troops to deal with the bastards. But did have one edge, in the form of a pair of sonic tanks and a tracked gauss cannon which got shipped over there with just the one round, for each, in order to take advantage of the free ammo, when the gauss tanks were retired from front line duty and posted off to the home guard. Still, they did their bit when they could cut loose freely, and played their part in mowing down a marauding calcinite headed for a couple of snipers in training, I.e everybody, given the circumstances and no armor, with lighter sonic weapons, a couple of the heavy cannons and raining down HE gas cannon fire for accuracy training given the splash damage, gibbing what bugs they could. Aquatoids, for the most part of course, and the HE shells are decent enough for training purposes especially when launched in barrages against several little green horrors close together. Mmm...wonder what was served for rations that day after the invasion was sent back to the bottom of the ocean........