I played my first campaign consisting of the first 5 missions before I discovered I was playing the encounters incorrectly. I really hadn’t suffered much from enemies, the only one I had trouble with was the one with the shortened time span, which took 3-4 tries. When I realized several rules I was playing wrong (mainly in my favor) I decided to reset my skill bonuses to zero and start over. The biggest mistakes I had been making were not performing the encounter check every turn, allowing my specialists to participate in every combat, and Using my Command Points to help Specialist* Skills. (oops)
Campaign 2 / Mission 1 / Attempt 1 (Cybers)
Short Summary: I had extremely bad luck with non-skill check random numbers. All shortcut doors came up Impassable, and the two caches I visited turned up 1 Intel, and 0 Meds. Two of my encounters were B5 & A6. I visited Lab 3, & 2, then ran out of time in the Security bay outside Lab 1. But I also later realized in my big battle (4 Drones, 1 Guardian) I illegally used a Grenade, when I was in FIRE mode.
Turn(s) / Node / Encounter? / Notes
30-29 / Adv 4 / No
28-27 / Adv 2 / 3 Drones
26-24 / Comp 3 / No / Cache: 1 int.
23-21 / Adv 3 No
20-17 / Rep 2 (terrible draws) / Enc: B5 Illegal use of Grenade got me out without injury.
16-15 / Sec 2 (Lab) / No Enc
14 / BackTrack Rep 2 (Drew a 6 for a free pass)
14 / BT Adv 3
13 / BT Comp 3 (Drew another 6 for a free pass)
13 / Adv 2
12 / Adv 1 / No Enc
11 / Demo 2 / No Enc / Used Intel to pass
10-8 / Science 3 / No Enc
7 / Science 3 / Enc A6 (4 Drones)
6-4 / Science 3 / (It took 6 turns to enter this lab) / Cache: 0
3 / BT Demo 2 (Drew another 6 for a free pass)
3 / Rep 3 / No Enc.
2-1 / Sec 3 / Never cleared this Node before running out of time.