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More Random Backstories
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Feb 16, 2016 @ 9:15pm
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More Random Backstories

(edit 7-18-18) Ok people. It's clear that my muse has long given up the ghost for this. As such, I am flat out saying it's not getting updated. This isn't a bad thing, I've seen that other people added their own mods expanding this list, and that it still works with the current expansion. Thank you all for your support, and hopefully I'll get in the spirit to do modding again someday.

You ever notice that so many of your troops from the Random Pool share the same background? Well of course you have, there were only 9 ones included in the core game.
This mod changes that. Oh wow, does it ever change that...

So far I have added 64 new soldier backstories and 5 new ones for both engineer and scientist bio pools. These include the ones from Aug's discontinued mod.
In addition, I now support Configurable Birthdates by thegrimsqueaker72 ( http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=681764334 ). I strongly recommend that you get this.
There's still a few wrinkles in the code, but it's well done.

My mod is incompatible with any mod that changes the [Engineer X2CharacterTemplate], [Scientist X2CharacterTemplate], or [Soldier X2CharacterTemplate] inside of XComGame.int. Otherwise there should be no compatibility problems at all. If you have any other mod that changes those tables, you can manually input them in using a text editor.

From what I have discovered, you can only see an Engineer or Scientist's backstory when you first hire them from the black market. I am not sure if they are viewable anywhere else. But the changes are there.

If you find any errors, please let me know! If you have any new backgrounds you'd like to see in here, let me know. :) I have threads up on the project page to use, I’m always happy for feedback.
Popular Discussions View All (3)
Sep 14, 2017 @ 6:54pm
Do you have any ideas for backgrounds? Share them here!
Gaming Geek
May 28, 2016 @ 12:23pm
Grammar and typo thread
Gaming Geek
May 23, 2016 @ 10:22am
Compatibility with "Better Birthdates" by thegrimsqueaker72
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「死の火」 Yamino Takamaru Jul 8, 2018 @ 12:43pm 
@The banana box: On non-WotC, I can confirm it still works. Should work mid-campaign on newly generated soldiers.
The Banana Box Jul 8, 2018 @ 10:38am 
Two questions: Does this still work, and does it work if I enable it mid-campaign?
Safiye May 21, 2018 @ 7:09am 
I LOVE this mod, but some stories are hard to understnad. Maybe you forgot XCOM 2 is TWENTY years after than XCOM: Enemy Within...?
The Clangsiah Jan 30, 2018 @ 6:59pm 
long war 2 compatability?
Gaming Geek  [author] Sep 16, 2017 @ 1:39pm 
Wow. Sorry about this, I completely forgot about this mod.

I've not gotten the new expansion, but the backgrounds should still load as normal. I'm going to try and catch up on all the posts and questions shortly.
Cato Heresy Sep 14, 2017 @ 6:52pm 
New WOTC mod is up! I have greatly expanded on this excellent mod and now we have 231 total new backstories.

Cato Heresy Sep 12, 2017 @ 6:34am 
Oh that's cool. In which case yes I would feel comfortable publishing a new mod with so much new content. Might take a few days, I will add you for testing.
Dragon32 Sep 11, 2017 @ 11:33am 
Hey Cato, if you're interested here's a pastebin link to my copy of this mod's XComGame.int - https://pastebin.com/8WNAUefL

212 soldier backgrounds. Pulled ideas from various character pools and the like, credited in the file. A couple more scientists and engineers too. Any mistakes and grammatical oopsies are all mine.

I've an XComBirthdays.ini too, let me know if you're interested. No idea if Configurable Birthdates works with WoTC. I haven't got round to testing it yet.
grand30 Sep 10, 2017 @ 9:07pm 
@Cato I say go for it! I already miss not having it for my new troopers, as minor as it seems it really helps flesh out the troops!
Cato Heresy Sep 10, 2017 @ 3:34pm 
This should be a simple mod to republish as it's just edits to the XComGame.int file. Are the makers still active?

Seeing as this mod has been dead for 16 months I may rebuild and republish with credit if we don't hear anything within a few weeks?