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Reverse X-Com


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Am I the only one who'd like to see game that is essentially reverse X-Com?

Let's say it starts in 1947, after Roswell. You play a handful of aliens stuck in a small flying saucer. You came to investigate Earth and your interstellar craft crashed in Roswell, maybe shot down. You have a few ways to win - build a new interstellar ship and leave, take over the stupid primate planet or something else, X.

In the beginning, all you have is a handful of non-combat aliens and a small atmospheric craft. You need to investigate the locals, build a base and set up improvised infrastructure. When you have cloning tanks you can start churning out more troops, scientists etc. Perhaps improve them by splicing local DNA - here they come, the proud alligator men! All the while, you need to keep your actions as stealthy as possible. There are a lot of those nasty primates on this planet.

Maintaining secrecy is the most important thing; you can't leave witnesses or at least any reliable recording of your missions. You go around abducting specimens, replacing individuals with infiltrators loyal to your cause, sabotaging research that might reveal you and so forth. While you have scientific advantage, you suffer from a bad resource shortage. There is still need for research, as the theoretical knowledge you have must be applied to local resources and conditions. Imagine trying to build a modern computer with stone age technology; not very easy.

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Sounds pretty awesome. An early game phase where stealth is the most important thing, as you're easily killed if discovered, followed by a ramp-up phase, and finally a phase where you can openly attack because you have gained enough resources and replicated your own technology. Could be a great game.

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Ha ha I've found that all you need is an imagination and the willingness to put in some effort.

If anyone does want to help it can be anything from mission ideas, map crafting, gameplay features, testing, and so and so forth. There are so many things that people can help out with, and so long as people are willing to keep putting in a bit of time every now and then it will slowly take form =]

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