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  • 01

    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:

    • SPOOKY special Halloween treats! Terrifying spaceships, bloody murders and more.
    • LOAF, Dundradal and Patterned take the Gauntlet Challenge!
    • Wing Commander 3 - Blackmane System - 3DO Version

    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.

  • 31

    Oct

    The agronomic treatment recently developed by the Interstellar Association for Agriculture has proven effective against the devastating crop blight.
    The treatment was distributed as part of an initiative focusing on the Diso and Orerve systems. Planetside farming communities in both systems are beginning to recover from severe crop damage.
    Dr Genevieve Kane of the Interstellar Association for Agriculture gave this statement to the media:
    "Thanks to the heroic efforts of the galactic community, we can confirm that the agronomic treatment performs superbly on infected farmland. The counteragent eliminated the mutated blight pathogen within hours, facilitating the recovery of living crops."
    "Therefore, the IAA can confidently state that the immediate threat of food shortages has been alleviated, with food deliveries replenishing lost stocks. Mass production of the agronomic treatment has already

  • 31

    Oct

    It looks like fans of older games may have a lot to look forward to from EA next year. The company recently released its prepared remarks for investors following the release of its quarterly financial results, some of which held some hints at what fans can expect from 2020 and beyond. Some of these upcoming offerings will be new IPs, while others will apparently be “fan favorite” remasters.

    EA’s Blake Jorgensen spoke at length about what can be expected from the company next year, revealing that the plan is to “add at least one more sports title to our annual slate” and that it has “two new unannounced EA Partners titles coming from third-party developers.” Jorgensen also revealed that the plan is to “deliver some exciting remasters of fan favorites, including the Command and Conquer game we’ve already disclosed.”

    EA has for the most part been hesitant to delve into remaster territory, which makes

  • 31

    Oct

    Good news, Captains! We're extending the R&D Promotion for one extra day - until November 1st at 10am PT. You still have a final chance to purchase and open R&D Packs for the chance at any of our Infinity R&D Ships, including the Discovery Constitution and D7, the original T6 Consitution, and the brand new U.S.S. Franklin! But that's not all - during these last 24 hours, we're putting R&D packs on sale for 30% off! It's the best possible time to take command of the ship of your dreams. .share-footer a { margin: 20px 10px 10px 0; background: url(d7afaaa14e96d0d973f76157ae31ec5b1466398539.png) no-repeat 0 0; opacity: .5; display: inline-block; height: 60px; width: 60px; padding: 0; border: 1px solid transparent; -webkit-transition: opacity .3s; transition: opacity .3s; } .share-footer .TI { background-position: 0 20%; } .share-footer .YT {

  • 31

    Oct

    Content: Resolved an issue that could prevent completion of the mission “Frozen” based on certain choices made during the mission. Systems: Jem'Hadar Vanguard Heavy Destroyer [T6]: Resolved an issue that was causing the Vanguard Wingmen to not be present on while flying this ship Resolved an issue that prevented the Admiralty Ships from being usable by Klingon-aligned Jem’Hadar. Resolved an issue that prevented the ship’s stats from scaling with Structural Integrity, Shield Capacity, and Impulse Expertise boosts. Resolved an issue that caused Hangar Pets to have worse stats while at two stars than at one star. Resolved an issue that prevented the Polaron Beam Turret kit module from making sound when firing.

  • 31

    Oct

    L.I.F. has continued to make great strides in his mission to rework the WC Freelancer port's economy to support a more balanced progression system. Ships will have different powerplants that will have to spread resources between engines, shields and weapon systems. The weapons have multiple levels of complexity based around their type, grade and quality. Development of this system is an interesting deep dive into game design that you can read about at the CIC Forums here. If all that sounds pretty complicated, and you'd rather wait for the team to smooth out all the details, you can upgrade your copy of Freelancer with Wing Commander ships now with the mod here (320 meg zip) or here.

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    You can see above the successful implementation of the new equipment ingame. Right now, I've only finished the process for the engines, the guns, shields and powerplants still having to be added over the next few
  • 31

    Oct

    Last month we posted about Rear Admiral Tarsus' new tablet and the impressionistic Wing Commander sketches he was teaching himself to create. Fast forward to today and he's been busy! He's continued to pump out stylized WC-inspired drawings to accompany the fan fiction associated with his role in Iceblade's WC RPG. There are even simple briefings and intermission videos using these elements. I've often said that fan project content doesn't need to be advanced if the creators are clever about what they're doing. This seems like a fun way to spice up an otherwise old school text RPG. You can read up on the role playing game at the CIC Forums.

    I bought a graphics tablet a month ago, been drawing many #wingcommander drawing. I've been progressing well I think. This is after drawing for like 2 weeks. ;)

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  • 30

    Oct

    Sometimes exploration of new ideas and new technologies leads to dark places. In Star Trek, we’ve seen many a cautionary tale about omniscient supercomputers, time travel, genetic manipulation, and telepathic oppression. The pursuit of knowledge isn’t always safe or pretty. Hearts and Minds is a mini-mission that explores the consequences of some unconventional research gone awry. This mission is a “story in one act,” so you can easily finish it in a quick play session, and it’s easy to complete it with any additional characters that you may have on your account – which is handy, because the mission offers a special reward. Since Hearts and Minds is a horror story, it will only be around for Friday the 13th, whenever that may fall on the calendar – and perhaps another sufficiently horrifying day that we might choose! Fortunately for the squeamish, Hearts and Minds is creepy, but not

  • 30

    Oct

  • 30

    Oct

    Joe Garrity shared this awesome picture from Washington, D.C. today. Wing Commander fans don't really need a reason to dress up like they're about to take the fight to the Kilrathi, but in order to boost vigilance in his workplace's IT security, Joe donned his authentic WC4 flight suit. The extra attention helped promote two causes (info sec and WC fandom) at once!

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    "The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance."

    To help promote IT Security in the Federal Government (where I work), I took advantage of the Origin Museum's collections. This is one of the actual uniforms from Wing Commander IV. Thanks to the staff at Origin Systems, the legacy of Wing Commander lives on.

  • 29

    Oct

    Last summer at Star Trek Las Vegas, we revealed the exciting announcement that Hero Collector, the company that produces the Star Trek Starships Collection, would be producing a line of ships from Star Trek Online. Last weekend, at Destination Star Trek, we took the stage with Hero Collector to announce the first two ships of that line! Now, you can get your first look at the Gagarin-Class Federation Battlecruiser, and the Cimera-Class Federation Heavy Destroyer, coming soon! Star Trek Online players may remember the Chimera-Class Federation Heavy Destroyer from Victory is Life, the game’s exploration into Deep Space Nine. This massive Federation starship was commanded by Nog, Starfleet’s very first Ferengi captain. The ship will be released as a loving tribute to the actor who brought this character to life in the show and within the game, Aron Eisenberg. The Gagarin-Class Federation Battlecruiser

  • 29

    Oct

    throughthemoongate6t.jpgThe final design for Origin veteran Denis Loubet's nifty Wing Commander bookmark has been revealed! Mr. Loubet explains how the Kilrathi is a blending of Thrakhath and the Emperor, which I think makes for a pretty provocative 'Young Emperor' look. The Confed pilot is similarly inspired by Bluehair. There were several different color combos cooked up, and the slightly sepia toned version is what was picked. If you missed the recently successful Kickstarter where this awesome goodie was offered, there's still another way to secure one for yourself. Although they're not making the bookmarks available later as a standalone (we asked!), it's still possible to pledge for the hard cover version of the book at a supplemental IndieGoGo page here.

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    The book is ostensibly about Richard Garriott, Origin, and Ultima, but if you're talking about Origin, you're talking about Wing Commander! :)

    For this

  • 28

    Oct

  • 28

    Oct

    Our new poll asks about some of the most underappreciated games in the series. The "A-games" are all considered secondary titles, but each one fills a significant niche. We pulled Privateer from the list since it routinely gets plenty of accolades, but Privateer 2 has its own pros and cons that affect its popularity. There are also quite a few much lesser known ports that are remarkable in their own way. Prophecy Advance took a modern 3D accelerated game and managed to fit it on a tiny 2003 vintage handheld cart. Sega CD's version of WC1 includes full speech, Super Wing Commander is a complete revamp of the original and the 3DO port of WC3 has a slew of new missions, weapons and gameplay dynamics to suit the console. We think every game on this list deserves more credit, but you can just pick one this time around!

    wcpgba10th_12t.jpgswc_cockpit3t.jpgsegacd_wc4t.gif3DOShip-Longbowt.jpgThe old birthday poll asked when fans first arrived at the CIC. Once again, the

  • 26

    Oct

  • 26

    Oct

    Wing Commander Academy displays a little spinning ship on the selection screen. But take a look at the Crossbow bomber! Well, it's... er... it’s green.

    academy_crossbow1t.jpgThe actual bomber sprites in Special Operations 1 are blue and white which is also how it looks if you fly it in Academy. The game uses different sprites for the spinning ship in the menu! But where did the change come from?

    academy_crossbow2t.jpgacademy_crossbow3t.jpgTurns out the mesh was originally built for Wing Commander II to be a human corvette also called the Crossbow. It was cut to save space and the Special Operations team retextured it to look smaller. Here are the specs from a work-in-progress Wing Commander II doc:

    academy_crossbow4t.jpgacademy_crossbow5t.jpgTurns out the SO1 artists didn’t back up the new textures though... so when the Academy team went to render the turnaround a year later they had the corvette instead! Here’s what the source model looks like, you can see it’s intended to be much larger than a bomber:

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  • 26

    Oct

    ZenOasis has put together a groovy folder icon based on the Wing Commander Movie promo art. I didn't even realize this was a thing! Hit the thumbnail below for a full size icon with transparency that you can use for any directory where you might need to keep Wing Commander film material. Here's instructions on how to set this up in both Mac OS or Windows. Folder icons are definitely ZenOasis' jam - you can find thousands more here.

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    Wing Commander movie folder icon based on the early 90s game Wing Commander by Chris Roberts
  • 25

    Oct

    Pedro reports that work steadily continues on the WC4 Fan Remake project. Although he claims that all of the various technical hurdles they're facing aren't news, I would argue that this provides important context to just how complex managing a modern fan project can be. A great many projects hit a wall and fail to progress beyond this point when the excitement of a flashy launch fades and the technical foundation work grinds on, so it's wonderful to see that the team is facing these challenges head on. What they've already accomplished is pretty neat too! Check out the trailer below for a sample.

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    Wing IV is fighting a lot of unexciting battles on multiple fronts - loading gameplay scripts to in order to load FMVs you've already seen, which requires loading subtitles, and branching options - which you've already seen but need to be implemented anyway. And then there are tasks like updating the
  • 24

    Oct

  • 24

    Oct

    The Lobi Crystal Consortium is pleased to announce their latest featured sale! From Thursday, October 24th at 8AM PST til Monday, October 28th at 10AM PST, shrewd Captains will be able to choose from their wide selection of wares, just by visiting the in-game Lobi store. All items in the Lobi Store will be 20% off for this entire sale! Now’s the best time to take command of a Kelvin Timeline Intel Dreadnought Cruiser, or get your hands on a Boolean Heavy Assault Cannon, or fly the stars in a Vaadwaur Astika Heavy Battlecruiser. Enjoy, Captains! .share-footer a { margin: 20px 10px 10px 0; background: url(d7afaaa14e96d0d973f76157ae31ec5b1466398539.png) no-repeat 0 0; opacity: .5; display: inline-block; height: 60px; width: 60px; padding: 0; border: 1px solid transparent; -webkit-transition: opacity .3s; transition: opacity .3s; } .share-footer .TI {