Archive for June, 2017

Expansion for XCOM 2

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

An expansion for XCOM 2 has been announced to be released end of August 2017. I’m looking forward to that since XCOM is one of my favourite games.

Personnaly I liked the scenario of XCOM much better than that of XCOM 2. XCOM 2 is too dark with the player taking the role of an underground organization on alien occupied Earth. I rather played the international defense forces protecting the planet against that invasion. I also missed the air combat in XCOM 2 (I know a lot of people didn’t like that part of the first game).

Anyhow gameplay-wise XCOM 2 is better than it’s predecessor, so the expansion will hopefully be great…


Monday, June 5th, 2017

Finally managed to visit the Hermannsdenkmal in the Teutoburg Forest.

This commemorates the Varusschlacht (Battle of Teutoburg Forest) which took place 2000 years ago and was a significant defeat to the Roman Empire. Modern archeology tells us that the actual site of the battle was probably 100 km further north. 

The 19th century inscription translates the latin Arminius to German Armin. While due to lack of other sources the original name of the prince of the Cherusks will remain a mystery, I prefer Armin over Hermann.

Close by are the Externsteine, which were apparently an occult ritual site. Not hard to imagine given their impressive size and odd shape.