Rookies: How do you treat them?


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#61 Alkaline

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Posted 28 April 2003 - 06:31 PM

My Favourite Tactic is to use 4 or 5 teams of two, with each team having a rookie/squaddie and officer or N-C-O. Glancing at the stats of each team, and the mission requirements, I decide the equipment - if I need an AntiArmour Team, I give an officer the rocket launcher, with a pistol and rocket in his backpack. His assigned rookie gets a rifle, and backpack full of rockets, and support items like med kits and smoke grenades. A Scout team would have a rifle rookie, and a pistol wielding, motion scanning officer(even though switching their weapons would make more sense..). Occasionally, I might just kit out a team of 4 rookies, with rifles to lead the main offensive - not using them as cannon fodder, but as non specialized troops...

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Posted 19 May 2003 - 05:18 PM

Cannon Fodder. After they've survived a few missions I evaluate them, see what their skills are, give them a unique name and start being more protective of them.

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Posted 20 May 2003 - 07:59 AM

My rookies are treated as one of the guys; they don't have the same "load privileges" though. A killed commander gets an instant exit-and-load, rookies don't most of the time. Unless it's a small UFO, I can't stand losing units to a small UFO. Oh and in hard times they're the last to get armour of course :tank:.
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Posted 22 May 2003 - 02:13 AM

Out on a limb:
Sargents (usually at front anyway) go out first and neal at skyranger's wheels, then the rookies go out and storm the UFO. More casualties this way but the rookies that survive end up with better training (three guys live but get 2+ kills each).
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Posted 22 May 2003 - 11:06 AM

I actaully use my rookies as the snipers until there accuracy gets as high as everone else's.(But of course then everyone is used as a sniper)
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Posted 23 June 2003 - 12:10 AM

Well, after I have evolved my core of elite soldiers, then I like to hire alot of rookies and send out teams of rookies to investigate crashsites, under the command of an officer and a sergeant both in the best armour available. I find that if the rookies are just treated the same as everyone else then they usually die before they can improve very much as all the others bag the kills. When they are in rookie squads they can improve at the same rate as the squad. The officers are just there to ensure things don't get out of control.

Of course, I wouldn't take rookies along to dangerous missions as that would be too much for them.

And eventually some of the rookies become pretty good soldiers, which really does make you glow when they go on to supervise other rookies on other bases :*)

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Posted 16 July 2003 - 10:21 AM

I just realised. Bomberman is a great way to enter UFOs. A replacable bomberman rookie with no mission experience can load itself with primed high-explosives and grenades and a gun. When he enters a UFO (with those small sized ones the danger is that 3 aliens may be waiting with reaction points, so smaller UFOs may be more dangerous for veterans than terrorships and supplyships) and he gets a good shot at the aliens before they can shoot at him, let him shoot. But if he gets hit the moment he enters the UFO, the primed explosives and grenades fall to the ground, killing or wounding the aliens around the door and creating a smoke shield so the next soldiers can enter more easily.

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Posted 16 July 2003 - 04:39 PM

You can flush the aliens out of the UFO, turning the tables a bit.  Just throw a grenade on the other side of the UFO, opposite the door, and the aliens come out, scared.  Set up reaction teams and it'll be a kill fest.
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Posted 16 July 2003 - 08:20 PM

That also works if you throw it on the outside of the UFO on the far side.The explosion kinda gets through the wall I think. Really effective with Sectiods and Floaters. Can also use a prox. nade to soften'em up as they exit.
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Posted 17 July 2003 - 12:15 PM

I usualy team up a rookie with a more experienced soldier. The rookie always takes the first shot to gain experience but if he misses then the more experienced soldier takes the alien down.

All my soldiers are armed with the same equipment except for the highest ranking soldier I have in the battle who has a blaster launcher.
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Posted 17 July 2003 - 03:08 PM

Really? So if I toss a grenade on the wall of a UFO directly opposite the door, regardless of whether a hole is there or not, the explosion scares aliens out of the UFO? Cool! This is going to make recovery of large and medium scouts more easy. The biggest problem I had with taking medium scouts (I think they are the small one room ones with a power source in the center) was that there may be 3 aliens waiting to blow apart any X-Com troops that venture through. Looks like I won't have to try bomberman tactics no more.

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Posted 18 July 2003 - 11:09 PM

You needn't waste any grenades at all. If you just wait, they'll all file out of the ship anyway. However certain ships have one alien that gets spawned inside the UFO that doesn't move at all.

In particular, the Large Scout, the Abducter and the Supply ships have one of these. You normally have to send someone in to take care of them. And since they do not move, they have a distinct advantage against you for reaction fire precedence.

Still, for the larger ships, the high explosive shells to the ceiling trick with the the cannons tend to deal with them just nicely. Or there's always the two blaster bombs to the command room trick everyone seems to favour. :(

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Posted 19 July 2003 - 05:02 AM

To prevent the  alien that is waiting near the doorway (The one that's supposed to take a shot on reaction fire) from shooting at me. I just send in a mind controlled alien to do the job for me. (Or take the bullets). Although this doesn't work if you don't have psi yet...
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