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Windows / Re: Nightly Builds (Full Installer)
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:55:21 am »
Could you clarify what you mean by "Use the update utility in your startmenu to get the latest nightly"? I don't see any option either in the Windows startmenu, the game folder, or the game itself. Is there any way to update? I find myself having to download the full installer.

Discussion / Re: Can't make money/keep nations happy on Easy
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:22:17 am »
I think your error comes with selling that interceptor. In order to keep nations happy you need to shoot down as many UFO:s you can, and take every single mission that comes with preference to landed UFO:s (harvesting, terror, whatever). UFO:s shot down are not going anywhere very soon.

My almost first buy in normal difficulty was another stiletto in order to shoot as many scouts and fighters as I can. Harvesters are too big, those I leave alone until I have much better weaponry and crafts.

Also, build radar towers in strategic positions. Those are cheap and allow you to catch more missions.

I just can't understand why they get so unhappy. I accept every mission and minimize civilian loss. The countries' invaders are getting killed, they're getting alien tech, and their civilians aren't dying. I'm also progressing in my ability to fight them. Why should they care if a few aliens fly over their heads? I definitely didn't have to shoot down so many aliens in the past. And my SAM sites surrounding my two bases I build back in the beginning shoot down a ton as it is.

Discussion / Re: Reaserch
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:00:00 am »
I would prefer something like Civ, where you're required to have something researching at all times (i.e. you can't unpause until you select a tech). Perhaps the research menu pops up and you're prompted to pick something?

I've been noticing this a ton as well. Every time a soldier is wounded, I may be notified several aliens and 30-60 seconds before I see and heard the shot actually fire. Is it just me, or are you guys aware of this?

Discussion / Can't make money/keep nations happy on Easy
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:53:52 am »
So I've been playing this game on and off for four years. I haven't touched it that much since 2.3, but playing a lot over the past week (sure is addicting!), it seems MUCH harder than it used to be. Not as much in the tactical area (though it's definitely harder there as well), but more on the strategic level. This is the fourth Easy campaign I'm on, having lost the previous three due to nation happiness.

Specifically, even on easy mode, countries instantly drop in happiness level. Along with this drops monthly income. Research is slower than ever (back in 2.3 I always ran out of things to research!), so I've compensated by hiring a lot of scientists. In my current campaign I'm in August, and I have 55 scientists in 6 labs, but have way too much I still need to research. I have two bases, the second one with 30 workers. However, in order to build the second base, I have been forced to sell everything, including my one interceptor and all alien tech I obtain, leaving none for research.

In addition, I'm forced to sell every alien ship I capture in order to keep countries from going under and me losing, as well as for monetary needs, preventing me from researching these ships. I would build more bases in other countries in order to shoot down more ships and get more money, but I can't because I don't have enough money. Production no longer makes money either, so I'm out of ways to make cash.

I currently lose 150K a month (as well as spending money on production), which I recoup selling UFO's and alien tech, causing me to break even. I have nothing left to sell in order to build an interceptor. I could fire scientists/workers, but that would make me even more technically backwards.

Is this game getting harder, or has it changed and I'm now playing it wrong?

Discussion / Re: Auto Selling feature
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:34:16 am »
So could someone explain how to use the feature? We're all left wondering. I've been playing this game on and off for four years, so clearly I'm never going to figure it out myself.

Yeah, the pathetic accuracy of your soldiers is incredible. You need lasers to get any sort of accuracy. A thrown grenade goes 8 squares tops and is just as likely to hurt you as the alien. And a grenade launcher fires 2 squares further than a thrown grenade. I simply don't use grenades or launchers anymore. Sniper and assault rifles for the beginning of the game, and then switch to lasers, merely because these are the only weapons that can hit anything at all at range.

Yup, I've been observing this as well. Hopefully it'll get fixed.

Windows / Re: Win32 Development Binary Installer Links
« on: December 25, 2009, 07:49:46 am »

Windows / Re: Win32 Development Binary Installer Links
« on: December 24, 2009, 01:04:14 am »
It works fine with 7zip, just do as Destructavator said; delete the end .zip from each filename, then open 001 with 7zip and extract.

No need to upload it again.

Destructavator, thank you for your time and bandwidth.

Repeat, I have attempted with 7-zip, and redownloaded the files, and it does not work. I'm on Windows 7; is that an issue?

EDIT: To clarify, 7-Zip simply cannot extract the archive, and Windows 7 cannot deal with it either.

Windows / Re: Win32 Development Binary Installer Links
« on: December 24, 2009, 12:04:38 am »
OK, looks like I'll be uploading another large, single-package installer tonight (overnight, ~8 hours).

Ok, sounds good! Appreciate the work you do on this.  8)

Windows / Re: Win32 Development Binary Installer Links
« on: December 23, 2009, 09:54:31 pm »
I use 7-zip and it still did not recognize the files. I'll give it one more try though.

Windows / Re: Win32 Development Binary Installer Links
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:36:15 pm »
I downloaded the four files, and deleted the last .zip extension, but Windows keeps telling me that the compressed folders are invalid. I'm downloading one of them again to give it one try, but maybe there's a problem?

I'm anxious to give the game a try with the latest updates, particularly the officer rank fixes.

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