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  • 21

    Jan

    General: Picard Bundle: The Picard bundle no longer directly unlocks the bridge. When you buy the bundle, you will get a version of the bridge unlocked in the promotions tab. Claiming will unlock the bridge. Resolved an issue that was preventing purchase of the Picard Bundle, if the player already owned the Replica Thompson Submachine Gun.

  • 21

    Jan

    As Star Trek Online approaches a full decade of expanding on the Star Trek universe, we are thrilled to once again roll out the party patrol for our Anniversary Celebration starting on PC on January 28th, 2020 and continuing until February 27th, 2020. (Console dates will be announced at a later date.) Now that the Anniversary Event is migrating into our recently-released Events Tab, participation will be slightly changed from previous years. The primary change players will see is that all of the usual activities will contribute toward your Daily Progress in the Event, eventually earning your way toward the Grand Prize – a Tier 6 Ship! Keep reading to reveal what activities and prizes await those who join us to celebrate “Anniversary X.” Event Grand Prize – Alliance Battlecruiser (T6) As the first ship of its kind, the Khitomer-class Alliance Battlecruiser represents the culmination of

  • 21

    Jan

    Destiny's Way is back! DsW is the in-universe magazine of the Wing Commander Flat Universe project. It's the first issue since 2016, and it's actually a retro edition that turns the clock back from 2681 to 2654. The cover and lead article involve a fascinating story about a captured Jalthi. There'a also some immersive propaganda and a discussion on tactics. Grab the full issue here (3 meg PDF) and find back issues at Daedalus Station.

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    Time to wipe out some dust... Go and grab a copy WingNuts!

    Have Fun! ;)

  • 20

    Jan

    During Star Trek Online’s 10th Anniversary event, you will be able to unlock the all new Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser [T6] for all characters on your account! Once this starship is obtained by any character on your account, all of the characters on your account will be able to claim the Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser [T6] from the Account Claim tab within the Event Store (in the Event Tab of the Mission Journal). We are also excited to announce that this starship will be available January 28th on PC, and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on a later date! Here are the complete ship details related to this exciting new starship! Khitomer Alliance Battlecruiser [T6] The Allied Cooperative Starship Development Board (ACSDB) is excited to announce their first vessel with unified design philosophies. While the ACSDB has been involved in the later design states of many new starship designs, this

  • 20

    Jan

    A familiar favorite is still out on patrol. Klavs is plugging away at his Hornet when he has time, and it looks better than ever. This relatively recent iteration moves away from his previous unibody design in favor of a space frame that's a bit more skewed towards the original model. Since we last saw it, this version has more realistically textured hull plating and great little accents like warning labels and the Confed logo. It's a real joy to look at!

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    Slowly picking away at the details on this thing!
  • 19

    Jan

    JAYCE’S NAVY INTERSTELLAR SPECIAL BULLETIN STARDATE 87971.0 KHITOMER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW COMBINED SERVICE Today, the Secretary for the Federation Starfleet, the Grand Dahar Master of the Klingon Imperial Fleet, and the Admiral of the Romulan Republic Fleet jointly announced the formation of a new ‘Allied Fleet Service .’ This combined service formalizes the strides made in cross-naval cooperation since the end of the Iconian War. An impossible dream just years ago, the AFS hopes to harness the best personnel and technologies from all corners of the Khitomer Alliance to build an organization dedicated to the mutual defense of its member states. Building a new navy from a combination of such diverse cultural traditions has been a complex challenge for the admiralties of each nation, but a variety of exchange programs, inter-fleet exercises, and external challenges has motivated a

  • 19

    Jan

    Here's a clip from the 1987 movie, The Hidden. A synopsis: "An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, committing dozens of murders and robberies. In pursuit of the extraterrestrial criminal is an FBI agent, and the local officer investigating the rash of violence. As they close in on the vicious intruder, the city faces a brutal threat like no other it has ever encountered." Wing Commander 4's Chris Mulkey stars as one such possessed individual, and Kyle MacLachlan of Dune fame is the main character. I'd just like to think that after going on this crime spree, Hawk decided to lay low in the Border Worlds for a while...

    This video of Hawk shooting up a bank and driving like a maniac gave me a laugh.
  • 19

    Jan

    Here's some random Rigakh knowledge to help kickstart your weekend.These are the hand written design notes working out the ships for Wing Commander II... including the cut-for-space Rigakh carrier! It was the Kilrathi flagship, which appears only in cutscenes.

    rigakh_notes1t.jpgrigakh_notes2t.jpgHere's the Rigakh 3D model. It was originally to be part of the final mission alongside K'Tithrak Mang (which is why you are given so many torpedoes!) After being cut from WC2, it was written in as the final boss in the first mission disk... and was then cut again!

    rigakh_notes3t.jpgA lot of folks assume the Kilrathi flagship is a Ralatha destroyer; they look very similar, but the Rigakh has six nacelles instead of five (and a flight deck in the front.) The similarity may be why it was such an easy cut.

    rigakh_notes4t.jpgrigakh_notes5t.jpgYou can see 'out' from inside the front of the flight deck in cutscenes where Thrakhath and Khasra are talking.

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  • 18

    Jan

    Captains! We're happy to announce that you'll be able to enjoy 20% off all Duty Officer Packs! Captains can select from the following Duty Officer Packs for 20% until Monday, January 20th at 10am PT. Gamma Quadrant Duty Officer Cadre Reinforcements Duty Officer Pack Fleet Support Duty Officer Pack Romulan Survivor Duty Officer Pack Delta Alliance Duty Officer Pack Delta Pack Federation Pack Klingon Pack In addition to this sale, purchasing and opening any of the above packs (except the Fedeation and Klingon Packs) during this promotion will provide an extra bonus prize, on top of all the Duty Officer packs’ existing contents! Opening any of them will be guaranteed to provide either 10 Lobi Crystals or a Special Requisition Choice Pack, which contains one of the Tier 6 Starships featured in previous similar promotions. The Special Requisition Choice Pack will be bound-to-character

  • 18

    Jan

    Here's another fantastic piece of Wing Commander art by HandofManos. This one is a "master systems display" style cutout for the Southampton class destroyer. I always used to love these for Star Trek designs, so it's wonderful to see one imagined for a Wing Commander ship. He actually made this quite a while back, so it's unlikely that there's another forthcoming any time soon, but we would love to see more! Thanks to Klavs for the tip.

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    An older MSD which someone asked my to upload. It is a design seen in Wing Commander 3 and 4 and is the mainstay Terran Confederation destroyer.
  • 17

    Jan

  • 17

    Jan

    After many years of admiring from afar, I finally added a copy of the Australian Wing Commander Kilrathi Saga to my collection. It's essentially the same game as the North American edition, but there are some nice cosmetic differences. I knew it had a spiral bound 'yearbook' manual, but I didn't expect the paper to be different. It has a softer and almost newsprint feel compared to more common glossy pages. Speaking of being soft, instead of five hard separate jewel cases, the disc holder is also a faux leather plastic inside of a glossy sleeve. The game also has a sticker from the Office of Film and Literature classification that gives it a "General 8 Years & Over" rating due to a low level of violence. For comparison, the ESRB gives Kilrathi Saga a Mature 17+ designation based on "mild language and realistic violence" (primarily from the WC3 cutscenes). I guess they have a pretty high

  • 16

    Jan

    To Hell With Honor

    Chancellor J’mpok watched as the last Klingon shuffled out of the High Council Chamber. He waited three heart beats before moving to the throne and slumping heavily unto it, his fingers curled and he wrapped a knuckle against his furrowed brow. Lies. The council chamber still echoed with them. He could almost smell the betrayal hanging in the air like the stink of a wet targ. Betrayal that the phantom, J’Ula, had roused from the hearts of cowards that hid among the council. Cowards that could very well splinter the empire, or split it in half. The chamber guards shifted minutely, but audibly, alerting J’mpok to the arrival of someone in the council chambers. He stood, eyes peering into the darkness to make out the face of an old friend. “Kortaj.” “Chancellor. J’mpok. My old friend. I bring news and glory.” Friends, what did that word even mean these days? Could anyone be trusted

  • 16

    Jan

    General: Resolved an issue that was preventing Admiralty XP from being awarded. Content: Resolved an issue during “Into the Hive” TFO, which could sometimes cause the Borg Queen to fall off of the platform. Ships: The model for the Constellation Class Heavy Cruiser has been rebuilt. This revamped skin replaces the existing skin for the Constellation Heavy Cruiser Variant. All Heavy Cruiser variants may now use TOS, NX, NX Refit, Type 8 and Type 8b Materials, as well as Type 0, Type 5 and Type 6 windows. Systems: Extended the end date of the Borg Resurgence Event on PC by 1 additional day. Resolved an issue that could allow Lorca Maneuver to be used while you're held stationary for a briefing. Resolved an issue related to the C-MOD weaponry that prevented Bridge Officers from using their Cyclic Modulation ability.

  • 15

    Jan

    We’re pleased to announce that, with the launch of our 10th Anniversary Update, two Task Force Operations will be entering the regular rotation, with their own advanced and elite versions! Both Battle at the Binary Stars and The Mycelial Realm are coming to test your mettle in space and on the ground. In Battle at the Binary Stars, experience one of the darkest moments in Federation history, as a bloody war was kicked off with the Klingons. You’ll enter a holodeck simulation of this historical event, and your ship will take on the holo-image of an era appropriate Federation craft. You may not be able to prevent the war, but perhaps with your ingenuity and cunning, you can save more lives than the Captains of history. In The Mycelial Realm, Ju’la and her forces are attempting to harvest the power of the Mycelial Network. You can only put a stop to it by venturing inside the network yourself.

  • 15

    Jan

    Wing Commander fans have made a wide range of truly amazing patches over the years, and one of the most technically impressive is the suite of upgrades that enables modern high quality graphics, multiplayer and enhanced DVD movies in Wing Commander Prophecy. This is mostly accomplished by applying HCl's Enhancement Package as well as the OpenGL Patch by Pedro, PopsiclePete and team. However, time marches on, computer hardware gets better and operating systems change. This has increased the chance that some particular setup configurations aren't compatible with all of the aforementioned tweaks. Pedro is trying to gauge how many fellow Wingnuts are affected by this in order to help prioritize future work between upgrading these patches or working on his various fan projects. Answering the poll question below will provide valuable feedback - and feel free to follow up with more detail at the CIC

  • 14

    Jan

    Universal Cartographics has updated the names of fifteen systems in the Witch Head enclave.
    Cynthia Sideris, chair of Universal Cartographics, elaborated on the development:
    "Last year's colonisation efforts resulted in a number of new settlements in the region, and providing systems with less unwieldy appellations is of great benefit to explorers. For example, 'the Wisanye system' rolls off the tongue much more agreeably than 'the Witch Head Sector FB-X c1-7 system'."
    "We are confident that these more personable memorable terms will be welcomed by the Witch Head community."
    The Witch Head enclave is currently experiencing a number of Thargoid incursions, prompting local factions to call for assistance.

  • 13

    Jan

    A series of Thargoid incursions into human-occupied Witch Head systems has alarmed the region's colonists. Multiple casualties have been reported, with pilots caught off-guard by the sudden increase in Thargoid ships.
    The Thargoids had largely withdrawn from the Witch Head enclave following a heavy defeat in July 3305. Following a significant increase in Thargoid activity, Professor Alba Tesreau of Aegis Research offered the following comments to Vox Galactica:
    "Regrettably, the Thargoids were unlikely to surrender this area of space after a single defeat. Humanity may have established the Witch Head enclave, but the Thargoids are clearly still intent on driving us out – particularly with so many barnacle sites in the region."
    With starports at considerable risk of assault, local authorities are hopeful that a defence force can be organised soon. A number of independent pilots have already

  • 13

    Jan

    For seven years, Captain Jean-Luc Picard commanded the U.S.S. Enterprise on our television screens, bringing to life some of the greatest stories in Trek canon. Now, later this month, Patrick Stewart returns to the role he made famous, in the brand new series, Star Trek: Picard. To celebrate this amazing moment in Trek fandom, we’re releasing a brand new bundle for Star Trek Online, coming on January 16th for 12000 Zen! Buying this bundle together gets you a deep discount on some items that were very important in Picard’s life, and includes a ship that’s never been offered for direct purchase before! Here’s the full breakdown of everything in the bundle: T6 Ship: Miradorn Raider T5 Ship: Galaxy Exploration Cruiser Retrofit T3 Ship: Constellation Class Heavy Cruiser Bridge Environment: Galaxy Class Ship Interior 1 T5 Ship Upgrade Token Ground Weapon: Replica Thompson Submachine