Talk:Open Questions

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Geoscape alien mission abortion??? Never heard of that... Can anyone shed a light on this? --Volutar 00:40, 3 October 2011 (EDT)

That's my fault. I was just restating "run away" as "abort mission". But actually I don't have any evidence that a UFO that runs from air combat, also aborts its mission. I can't remember if they attempt to return to the mission, or what they do. But UFOs will definitely attempt to break off air combat some of the time - as you found in your code dig I guess. (Good work by the way!). Spike 07:15, 3 October 2011 (EDT)
Okay then. So it's just an intercepted UFO escape action. This "open questions" list should be renewed, and all new things inserted where they need to be. Also there are another sections in ufopaedia with "unanswered" things, shouldn't they be in one place? I want to clarify all "unknown" things. --Volutar 07:31, 3 October 2011 (EDT)
Agreed - done. Spike 21:22, 4 October 2011 (EDT)

X-Com The Novel

In response to the open questions on the novel, I do have a copy, which I should probably take some time to re-read. From what I remember, indeed the scale of how the X-Com bases and troops were moved was quite enormous toward the end.

The novel itself was just a small snippet in the life of a commander being assigned to set up a new base, finding it was built practically on top of an alien base, and finally dealing with it (this is where we get hundreds of troops). Not really an epic start to end story, and it jumps right in the middle of things with Lightnings, Power Suits, Heavy Lasers, Heavy Plasmas, etc.

It would be standard fare for the casual sci-fi reader who might get puzzled by the technology thrown about in it. For a fan, perhaps slightly disappointing because it's not true to form.

There was one sore point I have with it where what seemed to be building up to be an epic mission with the male lead (or now that I reflect on it, just a support character) was simply skipped.

The best part of it was the opening chapter, which is coincidentally the teaser chapter that was published on-line for all to read.

There were other teaser novellas put out for TFTD too. Would be nice if we could gather them all here. -NKF 02:05, 5 October 2011 (EDT)

Can you lose Russia to the aliens?--Ditto51 04:24, 8 July 2012 (EDT)

I haven't personally verified this, but losing Russia to the aliens appears to be possible only in 1.0; it has never been seen in (thus thought impossible for) 1.2, 1.4, and Collectors Edition. -- Zaimoni 04:48, 8 July 2012 (CDT)

The first Research Mission

This is mentioned in here and my experience is the same, HOWEVER this seems not to stand true if your first base is in the south atlantic! As pointed out here it is possible to build a base in that area. Initial tests of mine showed that the research mission is not started anywhere on the globe (quickly built bases everywhere and hex-edited some decoders into them). Could this mean that alien missions within the south atlantic region are per se impossible? And if that is so, does that also mean that any base located there is immune to alien retaliation?