Be wary of the power-up question marks. Yes, they can
be neat, but they often hide a land mine that can take
out a trooper or an alien in one burst.
Rockets and blaster bolts affect not only what they
hit, but also everything in adjacent squares. So although
a rocket launcher's range is six tiles, it can damage
seven tiles (six tiles plus a one-tile fragmentation range).
Use the Move and Fire order to duck out of a door, snap
off a shot, and then duck back inside. This hides your
soldier from return fire during your opponent's turn.
Use the Etherals' psionic power on the most powerful
enemy target visible. Although the attack does little
damage, the psionically controlled target may fire at its
fellow troopers (or at itself for that matter).
You want that friendly fire to hurt.