XCOM 2 - The QT3 Game

Following in the tradition of @Guap 's QT3 games, I feel like running one of these. Let me know if you’d like to participate.

I’m doing XCOM2 WoTC, Commander difficulty, Ironman mode. But I doubled the Avatar timer and the Mission timer, because fuck that noise. I’m skipping the DLC story missions. I completed the intro mission where you blow up a statue, and it went well, only half the squad died. Haha, just kidding, only half the squad got wounded.

Copied from Guap’s 2018 post -

Sign up an me know a few things about your character, detailed below.

  1. First name, “Nickname”, Last Name
  2. Nationality
  3. Colors or color scheme.
  4. Gender

You can chose random for any of these. Let me know if you’d prefer a spec, including Reaper / Templar / Skirmisher, and I’ll try to give it to you. No guarantees.

Good luck to us all!

Status after mission 4 (approximately) -

First Last Nick Nationality Rank Role Status
Frank Zappa Halloween USA Sergeant Sharpshooter active
Tom Chick PalinRox USA Grenadier active
Bob Kosc MVP2019 n/a Templar active
Craig Miller Paradox Germany active
Alan Au Itsatrap n/a Sergeant Skirmisher active
Hot Freak Freakchaud n/a Reaper active
Rothda Truculent Moonshot USA Ranger active
Scott Lufkin Butchie USA Sergeant Specialist active
Alexis Chapman Chappers UK Grenadier active
Dan Theman Dafuq USA active
Harvey Bernstein tgb Israel Sniper active
Jeffie Russell easytarget Australia Specialist active

Frank ‘Halloween’ Zappa
Orange and black

Sniper if possible.

  1. Tom “PalinRox” Chick
  2. USA! USA! USA!
  3. Hmm, I’ll go purple in honor of Agents of Mayhem.
  4. Dude.

I’m cool with whatever spec the team needs. Looking forward to this, @Balasarius!


  • Bob “MVP2019” Kosc
  • Austria
  • Teal
  • Gentleman

Templar if possible. Hopefully I don’t die to friendly fire.

Craig “Paradox” Miller
Blue and Red

Let fate decide the rest.

Haha, sure, I’ll sign up. We get hazard pay, right?

  • Alan “Itsatrap” Au
  • USA
  • I’m partial to the color blue. And maybe some fun decorative patterns. XCOM2 is a fashion simulator, right?
  • Gentleman

My class preferences are generally somewhere between ambusher and medic. But given my handle, I’ll probably opt for Skirmisher.

Please Reaper me.

Hot “Freakchaud” Freak
French or French Canadian or Cajun or Haitian
nothing gauche for color scheme, understated yet sexxy in the way that evil is sexxy (with lots of x)
boy, young man, man or non-binary

Please Reaper me.

p.s. understood if you can’t reaper me. :) looking forward to it!

How many people are needed? To get it started at least?

8ish, I suppose. 12 would be better.

  • Rothda “Moonshot” Truculent
  • USA
  • Black is good, light and subdued purples can also be nice
  • Brutalman

Put me on the front lines, I’m eager to do my dooty for my planet.

  • Scott “Butchie” Lufkin
  • USA
  • White as paper
  • Blue/Grey
  • Male

Well, depending upon when you want to start, we could double up. Let’s see what happens.

Alex “Chappers” Chapman
Navy blue/white

  • Dan “Dafuq” Theman
  • USA
  • Earth tones; greens, browns
  • male

Harvey “tgb” Bernstein
Tan and olive green

Jeff “easytarget” Russell
all black or black and grey
battle medic

Ok, here we go!

Hack the Hidden Resistance Computer. If you succeed you’ll win an Engineer!

Team Members -
Rookie Truculent
Rookie Chick
Squaddie Zappa - Sniper
Squaddie Au - Skirmisher

The first pod is a Sectoid and a ADVENT trooper. The squad goes into overwatch while Zappa lines up the sniper shot on the Sectoid and … HITS! The rest of the squad manages to finish off the pod with their overwatch!

Second pod is an ADVENT Officer and a Trooper. And Zappa takes out the Trooper like its nobody’s business. Skirmisher Au uses his grapple to get a flanking position on the Officer, takes aim with a ridiculously high chance to hit… and misses. Truculent tosses a grenade to wound the Officer and remove his cover. Chick takes aim with a ridiculously high chance to hit… and misses. But on the next turn Chick is able to flank the Officer and take him out!

Third pod is another Sectoid and Trooper… activated at a bad time. Truculent manages to wound the Sectoid in overwatch, but the Sectoid Mind Controls Au. Meanwhile the trooper wounds Zappa. Zappa moves up and is able to toss his grenade to take out the Sectoid and free Au. He has full cover against the Trooper. Chick wounds the trooper, can’t take him out, takes some fire, but finishes him on his next turn. Victory!

Edit - Left to right is Zappa, Truculent, Chick, and Au

Chick is promoted to a grenadier, Truculent to a ranger, and Zappa to Corporal but Gravely Wounded. Zappa and Au form a soldier bond. Aww, how cute. #nohomo Or maybe #homo, whatever.

Go Team!

Though I admit to being a little miffed that I spent so long on my Guile-hair and didn’t get a soldier bond. I feel like the good-hair portion of the team deserved that as much as the no-hair portion of the team. :D

Edit: Oh and best wishes for Zappa’s speedy recovery.

Gather Survivors from Abandoned City. Rewards are a scientist, some intel, and two squaddies.

Team Members -
Squaddie Truculent - Ranger
Squaddie Chick - Grenadier
Rookie Lufkin
Squaddie Au - Skirmisher

This is a Lost mission. Our first Lost mission, so there should be no ADVENT. Chick takes out the first Lost pair with ease. Oh look, seems Commander Balasarius was wrong… Squaddie Au walks right by a pod with a Sectoid and a Trooper. Truculent runs up the Sectoid to melee it, but it isn’t enough. Now he’s exposed. Lufkin flanks and takes out the Trooper. Au manages to finish off the Sectoid before it can move!

The second pod, also a Sectoid and Trooper, walks into range. Truculent one-shots the Sectoid with shotgun blast to the face! Chick flanks the Trooper and chainguns him down! Lufkin headshots a couple of Lost. Au hits a Lost but can’t finish it off. The Lost close in and wound Truculent. But now Truculent has them right where he wants them. Surrounded by 100% to-hit Lost, he clears out all six in the immediate vicinity.

Chick rescues a random Squaddie on the map. There are no visible enemies so the team starts to make for the extraction zone. We spot a lone Lost, but no one has a clean shot for it, so two team members have to go into overwatch and hope for the best. The lone Lost moves in, Au takes the shot… MISSES! But hits the explosive tank behind the Lost, killing it, and the new random Squaddie we found. The noise brings the Lost to bear. The team sucessfully evacs after rescuing the Scientist, suspiciously named… @Papageno. heh

So one of the squaddies we were supposed to rescue died and I didn’t find the other one. Alas.

(From left to right)
Lufkin is promoted to Squaddie (Specialist), Au is promoted to Corporal, Truculent is promoted to Corporal (and has Genius level intelligence!), and Chick, showing off dat ass, is promoted to Corporal.

Our first Retaliation mission! Aww shit, here we go again…

Team Members -
Corporal Truculent - Ranger
Corporal Zappa - Sniper
Squaddie Lufkin - Specialist
Corporal Au - Skirmisher

Our first pod is a Sectoid and a Trooper. Zappa takes out the Trooper with ease. Aaand our first Chosen has arrived. The Hunter. At least one of his weaknesses is Skirmishers!

Lufkin wounds the Sectoid while in overwatch and Truculent moves in for the melee kill. Truculent activates the second pod, an ADVENT Priest and a Trooper… and he’s exposed. He has to fall back. Zappa one-shots the Trooper. He’s getting rather good at this. The Priest puts Truculent in Stasis.

A faceless appears, and Au grapples up high to get a good vantage. He shoots it twice, but is unable to drop it, due to his lackluster weaponry. The Hunter prepares to snipe Zappa with Tracking Shot so he’s gotta move, which means he can’t return fire this turn. Lufkin manages to finish off the Faceless. Zappa CRITS and one-shots the Priest! I think (hope) that just leaves the Hunter and his 20HP.

Au get close to the Hunter to toss a grenade at it, and he’s got the ability that adds +2 DAM to grenades, so the Hunter takes 6 damage. The grenade also lowers the Hunters cover, and Lufkin is able to capitalize and hit him for another 4 damage! But the Hunter summons a Trooper and then grapples behind us… fortunately his shot is wide. Au plays the same game and grapples above the Hunter, then shoots him for another 4 damage. Unfortunately he can’t make a second shot this time, as he must reload. Truculent walks over and melees the Trooper to death and collects its loot. Two items! Thanks Hunter! Zappa flanks the Hunter and pistols it for 3. The Hunter has 3 HP left… and only Lufkin is left to move. If he moves to flank the Hunter he’ll be completely exposed. Can he hit it and finish it off?! His life may depend on it. Aaand… he does it! The Hunter is down, the mission is won. No casualties.

Lufkin - Truculent - Zappa - Au

Zappa is promoted to Sergeant and Lufkin is promoted to Corporal.