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  • 11

    Nov

    Dennis Mull recently came across a wonderfully nondescript "3 Title Pack" by Philips. Wing Commander games were bundled into dozens of special sets over the years. Most were sci-fi themed, but a small handful were oddball collections like this. These were all certainly... Titles, I suppose. The other two items were "The Software Toolworks World Atlas" and "Time Table of History." WC was decidedly the winner here. Although I can clearly read the product label, this was arguably a 4 Title Pack as the third game was the combo disc with Wing Commander 1 and Ultima VI bundled together. It even came with Claw Marks and an Ultima map! Boy, that shipboard magazine got around!

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    Mail Day #1: Philips 3 Title Pack which was a bundle with a CD-ROM in the UK. It contains amongst other things Wing Commander from Chris Roberts and Ultima VI from Richard Garriott
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    Nov

    Delta Patrols Update Now that you’ve had a chance to experience the new updated patrol system, we’re bringing three more patrols on-line! We’ve reworked three of the Delta Quadrant patrols and added them to the new UI. As part of this treatment, they also gain the bonus experience, updated rewards, and improved functionality of the system. In addition, we’ve modified the patrols to make sure that they’re fast and straightforward, with the occasional twist to keep you on your toes. New UI treatments and objective markers make them even easier to understand, too. For this round we’ve updated the following: “Tempting Targets” (Kinbar system patrol): The Hierarchy has a trade outpost in orbit over a resource-rich planet in the Kinbar system, and various Delta Quadrant groups come there to trade. Of course, bolstered trade draws in smugglers, pirates, and brigands, with nobody to

  • 08

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    Nov

    Hardcore Gaming 101 has produced the third chapter in its in-depth exploration of the Wing Commander series. After diving into the history of WC1&2, this time they're focusing on 1992 when Strike Commander development was in high gear. Author AB Silvera describes Strike as a "missing link" that bridges the gap from WC2 to WC3, which is an interesting take. It pioneered the 3D RealSpace engine, which Heart of the Tiger pushed to the extreme (although Armada used it first!). If you haven't paid much mind to Strike Commander over the years because it wasn't quite a Wing Commander game, this is a good overview. At first I was going to call it a close cousin to the WC games, but a direct sibling is probably more accurate. You can check out the full article here, and if that's got you excited to give the game a go, you can pick it up on GOG.

    As mentioned earlier, Chris Roberts’s attention was
  • 08

    Nov

    The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include:

    • We take the fight to the Kilrathi in the Ariel System
    • Heathen taste... (more) Righteous Fire!
    • Wing Commander Book Club - Heart of the Tiger, Chapters 17-19

    Missed the stream? The replay will be available below once it has been processed by YouTube. You can subscribe to the AWC channel for future notifications here.

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    Nov

  • 06

    Nov

    Nenid opened her eyes, only to see the worried face of Centurion D’mev staring down at her. “Status report,” she said hoarsely, having taken in a lungful of smoke during the last exchange of fire. Coughing, she got to her feet with the junior officer’s assistance and took a seat in the command chair. “Preferably before the Tholians manage to find and destroy us, if you please, Centurion. “ D’mev blanched before speaking. “Commander, we are under cloak, per your orders. A Tholian fleet is massing within the Azure Nebula; it seems we encountered their vanguard during our investigation of the temporal anomalies there.” Nenid nodded as she called up tactical data to the main viewscreen. And in a moment, a mission of science becomes a mission of war, she thought silently. “Engineering,” she said as she activated her command channel. “What’s our situation? That volley from the Tholians nearly

  • 06

    Nov

    freelancer_port62t.jpgThe new playable update has been released for the WC Freelancer port. This version 2.0 beta has the first test economy with the new design model that normalizes each faction's ships in order to keep them relevant throughout the game. It will take quite a bit of balancing to get the feel just right, so feedback from fans at this point is very helpful. L.I.F. is working on coming up with a good deployment of the missile system next, which should make it both useful for the dynamic economy and more of a fit with the Wing Commander universe. You can grab the new beta here (294 meg zip) or here.

    OK, so here is the link to the Beta of the new version of the mod with equipment rework. Right now, I do not make ironclad guarantees, but a few tests show that it seems to work as intended, though values for thrust, power, volume, etc., are not set in stone since I did not test all combinations. Therefore, I'd
  • 05

    Nov

  • 05

    Nov

    When I learned that our Away Team would go to Destination Star Trek in Birmingham, I had no idea what would await me there, and that it would turn out to be the best experience ever as a Community Manager. Of course, there was a lot of work to do. The perfect opportunity to turn that thrill of anticipation into announcements, teasers, games, and of course, to prepare the Universal Translator for Europe's biggest Star Trek party. Thanks to our Communicators, the members of our Away Team were in constant contact, and getting there from different regions of the planet went almost without incident. I say almost, because Ambassador Kael did steal someone's luggage, but luckily, that was solved quickly, so we could proceed to our first personal meeting over fish & chips and some amusing anecdotes. If you've worked at a Star Trek Convention before, you will know how it feels to be there on the first

  • 05

    Nov

    Today we've got a couple of Wing Commander overview videos narrated in both Italian and German. Wing Commander unboxing videos come up from time to time, but it's less common to be able to sample so much of the series in one place at one time like this. You may or may not understand the language, but it's pretty easy to understand what they're saying in context. It's very cool to see them flip through the different language WC manuals and even box inserts. Some of packaging material is different as well. Because people get used to these mundane objects and don't realize they differ from region to region, we don't often get a glimpse at these fascinating differences, so it's wonderful to be able to see them here!

  • 04

    Nov

    Paul Stamets stepped through the automatic doors and into the dimly lit Corridor Seven, a bar with a reputation of being raucous, free-wheeling, and loud enough to allow for a nice, private conversation in a public place. He dodged to one side as a young Starfleet ensign, complete with casually undone collar, stumbled toward the exit. Of all the Academy-adjacent bars in San Francisco, his new friend had chosen to meet in this one. Paul nervously adjusted the mobile emitter on his shoulder and searched the room for the man he’d come to see. He found the atmosphere, the clothing, the people in this place distracting. In his time, things were… different. His world was more low key and practical. Uniforms came in shades of bronze, silver, and gold. Klingons wouldn’t be caught dead celebrating with Tellarites in a shady bar on Earth. It was a lot to process, and he was still working through the

  • 04

    Nov

    Gunstar One tipped us off about the sequel to Everspace, Everspace 2. Like its predecessor, it's a slick looking single player space sim in an open world universe full of loot. Players upgrade their ship as they explore the sprawling universe and story. This has been a fairly winning combo these last few years, and it's great to see a resurgence of games like this again. From what we can tell, sales have been decent on most recent space sims, but they're by no means guaranteed blockbusters. In fact, this game is in its final weekend on Kickstarter and is currently sitting at about 90% funded. It's got a real good shot at making it, but if this is the kind of game you'd definitely like to see happen, you can head over and back the project here. If you happen to have the Xbox Game Pass, the original title is available to play on PC or Xbox free. If it's green lit, Part 2 is scheduled to come out

  • 04

    Nov

    The image of an unreleased Wing Commander CCG box set has intrigued us for more than two decades, but we've got a slightly better idea of what happened now. Thunder Castle Games was a company that bought CCG developer Mag Force 7 shortly after the WC game was produced, and this boxed set of the series was proposed but never produced. AD reached out to the original artist, Brad Kelly, and he added this background:

    I mocked up a number of gift set box designs for TCG including this one for Wing Commander. To my knowledge it never got published. TCG mostly imploded in 1996, hemorrhaging employees, including myself.

    I don't recall details of any plans, beyond the obvious expectation of releasing a two-player gift box. I knew at the time that relations soured between TCG and MF7, but didn't know details. TCG had/has a reputation for burning bridges, so it was not unexpected.

    I spoke to Margaret Weis

  • 03

    Nov

    At long last: the original sources for all four alternate German Wing Commander novel covers! Baen didn't own the Sam Yeates' cover paintings for Wing Commander III and IV so they couldn't license them to the German publisher directly. So instead they used 'slush' art that they already had the rights to reprint starting with Heart of the Tiger!

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    The Stars at War is by David Weber and Steve White. No author names on the front though?

    I was curious about that too; it turns out its an pen-and-paper game sourcebook based on the novel!

  • 02

    Nov