Your Chance To Star/Die In Our XCOM 2 Diary

Supporters! Hello! Love you! I’m going to start writing an XCOM 2 diary in the not-to-distant, which will initially star recreations of the great and good staff of RPS, and also me. I’ll be playing on a relatively high difficulty and in Ironman perma-death mode, so basically Adam, Alice, Graham, John, Pip and I are all doomed to die within the first mission. I’ll need reinforcements pronto.

Would you like to be one of them?

If so, reply below saying you want to be involved. Plan is to use your RPS usernames so other readers might recognise you and have a giggle when you’re throttled to death by a Viper or that one guy we all hate succumbs to an entirely accidental friendly fire incident. You’ll be randomly assigned to a character, which means you might get amazing hair, a cigar or be a lady. It’ll suit you, whatever it ends up being.

Once a few names have rolled in, I’ll start adding them to this here Google spreadsheet so we can see who’s up next, who’s KIA and whatnot. For now, only you special super supporters can throw your name into the hat, but if not enough of you want to be involved then I’ll fling the doors open to everyone. Come on, come and die for me.

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  1. Topperfalkon says:

    Sure. Always wanted to kill some alien scum

  2. Jerricho says:

    Count me in, should be a laugh.

  3. Ridiculous Human says:

    You have my sword. Or gun, if I’m not a ranger, I guess.

  4. ByteRustler says:

    What a great idea, count me in.

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    Qazinsky says:

    Private Qazinsky reporting for duty! Interests involves shiny dingys and running facefirst into deadly alien overwatches.

  6. Xan says:

    I’d love to be onboard.

  7. DrollRemark says:


    Based on brief foray into the Normal bloody difficulty last night (lost the entire team on the first mission. The first! I’m an XCOM veteran dammit), this is going to be a real meat grinder. If I make it to a specialisation, that will be enough for me.

  8. basilisk says:

    Sure, sounds fun.

  9. Antomadness says:

    Yes plz.

  10. Llewyn says:

    Alec, you know I’d die for you. I don’t object to having to become a lady but I draw the line at a cigar, those things are bad for you.

    • Llewyn says:

      PS: Why does Tim appear to be immune to grisly alien death? Not to mention that Marsh Davies, who should be sent out as an advance scout in penance for abandoning you.

      • SpiceTheCat says:

        I think Marsh had PTSD from the horrors of too many visits to the early access Zone, judging by his final report. No need to prod him into the front line right away.

        Also, it’s a little-known fact that Tim /is/ the XCOM Commander.

      • Alec Meer says:

        No-one can truly say what Tim Stone looks like. No-one can truly say if Tim Stone even exists.

        • Llewyn says:

          Nonsense. She’s a cigar-smoking lady with amazing hair.

          (Spice’s explanation makes more sense, and also justifies why you’ll be dying in the first wave rather than remaining unseen to everyone but Bradford.)

  11. RaveTurned says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a cigar-smoking lady with amazing hair.

  12. Gang of one says:

    I’ll fight/die willingly for you commander.

  13. Lars Westergren says:

    Yep. Hopefully my virtual self doesn’t shame me quite ad bad as when Lord Custard Smingleigh played Necronauts. Or as much as I shame myself any regular day.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      The game was called Deadnauts. See? This is exactly the stuff I was talking about.

  14. Garou says:

    I’m in. Do we all get red shirts until proven in battle?

  15. tigerfort says:

    Count me in against the alien/advent hordes!

  16. Godwhacker says:

    Yes please. All good teams need Steely Dan references

  17. Mr. Anderson says:

    Sounds awesome. Count me in.

  18. SpiceTheCat says:

    Yes please, I’ve always wanted to be implausibly named cannon fodder.

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    The Borderer says:

    I’ll be up for this, even if I don’t end up being a lady with amazing hair.

  20. Andy_Panthro says:

    Sign me up!

    Any chance that this character pool could be exported? That way we can all use our fellow RPS folks in our games. (once exported, it stores them in documents/my games/xcom2/xcomgame/characterpool/importable/ if anyone else wants to share characters they’ve made)

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    gritz says:

    Gritz reporting for duty!

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    PocketDC says:

    I’m not afraid; put me in coach!

  23. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Add me please!

  24. llamadave says:

    Count me in! Please take into account that I am very attractive.

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    phuzz says:

    Unfortunately I can’t have amazing hair, as I’ve just cut most of it off, but I suppose I could manage a cigar, even though they make me cough.

  26. jezcentral says:

    *holds up hand*

    Ooh,ooh, me, sir, please sir!

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    Spottswoode says:

    Yes please. I mean, how badly can it go?

  28. I_have_no_nose_but_I_must_sneeze says:

    Do what you must with my fleshy husk. I merely implore you to preserve the sanctity of my mental faculties.

    That’s not going to happen, is it?

  29. Hydrogene says:

    That’s a great idea! If you need cannon fodder, I’m in!

  30. Fitzmogwai says:

    Sign me up. I’ll consider it a bonus if I make it past my first mission.

  31. neoncat says:

    Meeeeeeeeeee! And I must wear neon purplez. (And screenshots of my glorious heroics plz!) :D

  32. amateurviking says:

    …and my axe!

  33. Risingson says:

    I wish my life let me help you with this, so for now, good luck and thanks for counting on your supporters.

  34. yhancik says:

    Oh yes please!
    (more games should allow us to rename characters!)

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    Bluerps says:

    There are already many people here and you probably won’t lose that many soldiers, but sure. Give me a gun and/or sword and point me at the enemy!

    • Llewyn says:

      Haha. Hahahahahahaha. Ha.

      Well, I suppose he might not.

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        Bluerps says:

        I haven’t played yet, but wouldn’t you just lose the game before you had the opportunity to lose more than 30 soldiers?

  36. Skabooga says:

    Today is a good day to die! That is, if the first forty of you bite the dust.

  37. The Sombrero Kid says:

    I am a cool and handsome supporter since day one, if you decide to use me, i have to be Scottish :D

  38. WombatDeath says:

    Yes please, I have always wanted to be slowly strangled by an enormous snake.

  39. zachalam says:

    Sign me up, Commander

  40. Addie says:

    Remember commander. We, will be watching.

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  42. AtlasIsKing says:

    I am ready for a short and useless life. Sign me up.

  43. Overload-J says:

    Another volunteer reporting!

  44. Sunjumper says:

    I will gladly try and fail not to die while atempting to win back earth.

    Count me in.

  45. ForShadow says:

    Sign me up

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    Big Dunc says:

    Reporting for duty, sir!

  47. Lacero says:

    I am too late to be a hero down here but I volunteer. I guess you can lose six rookies in a mission if you really try so it’s possible. More sometimes!

    Also a serious point, my support status ran out and I didn’t know. Does it email you? Can you make it renew automatically?

    Basically I only log in to comment, and I only follow links from twitter and rss so I would’ve missed this and buying support again if this article wasn’t tweeted.

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  49. IaIaFhtagn says:

    I’m in, sounds like a laugh. Always happy to die for the Greater Good!

    *The Greater Goooood*

  50. Hawkseraph says:

    Let me be cannon fodder for driving the aliens back to where they belong, please. Hopefully in style, too.