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  • 18

    Oct

    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:

    • Wing Commander 3 - Blackmane System - let's save and/or take apart a starbase!
    • Book Club Mini - Heart of the Tiger Chapter 16 - Kevin Tolwyn comes to town
    • Learn how the Wing Commander Academy Gauntlet works!
    • McHale's Navy - cruise missiles throughout history

    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.

  • 17

    Oct

    This week, we’re unveiling some brand new Starter and Faction Packs, available today on PC, and coming later this year to Xbox One and Playstation 4. These Packs bundle together some of the best options available for starting Captains, helping you put your best foot forward into the Final Frontier, whether it’s your first character or your hundredth. Here’s what’s inside them: Found in the Starter Pack Tab for 2000 Zen Each: Federation Elite Starter Pack T6 Reliant Class - Advanced Light Cruiser(Scales as you level!) 12 Inventory Slot 12 Bank Slots 2 Bridge Officer Slots 1 Borg Bridge Officer 13 Mark II Very Rare Space Gear 7 Mark II Very Rare Ground Gear Starfleet Academy Uniform Klingon Defense Force Elite Starter Pack T6 Kor Bird-of-Prey(Scales as you level!) 12 Inventory Slots 12 Bank Slots 2 Bridge Officer Slots 1 Borg Bridge Officer 13 Mark II Very Rare Space

  • 17

    Oct

    Rule of Acquisition # 74: Knowledge equals profit. Any wise Captain knows that when a sale this good comes your way, it’s best to take advantage of it. We’re pleased to announce that Ferengi Merchants are putting a 15% sale on Keys from October 17th at 8am PT to October 21st at 10am PT. Now is the best time for Captains to load up on your Keys and grab those ships you’ve been eyeing. Remember Captains, Rule of Acquisition # 22: A wise man can hear profit in the wind. Now is the time to act. For a limited time only starting today, players will be able to purchase the Key Ring Bundle! This special pack includes 20x Master Keys (used to open any Lock Box) for the price of 2250 Zen. As an additional special promotional offer when purchasing this bundle, every pack also includes a single Ultimate Tech Upgrade. Applying this item to any upgradeable piece of equipment will instantly set both its

  • 17

    Oct

    Event Campaign: Event Campaigns are a new system where players can participate in a series of upcoming events in order earn a Zen Store coupon for a Tier-6 Starship of their choice! To kick things off, the Kobayashi Maru Featured Task Force Operation will be the first of a series of events to contribute towards Event Campaigns. Players may earn 50 Event Campaign Progress for each day they participate in an eligible event. Additional Event Campaign Progress can be earned by participating in Bonus Days, after the Grand Prize of an eligible event is claimed. Updates include: There is an entire tab in the Events UI now dedicated to explaining and celebrating this ongoing activity, as it spans multiple Events that will come and go. The amount of Event Campaign Progress required to claim the prize has been reduced to 2100, compared to the previous requirement of 3000. Buying out an eligible

  • 17

    Oct

    JasonBernportaitt.jpgToday marks 23 years since the actor Jason Bernard passed away. Sadly, we've lost a number of friends and familiar faces over the years, but this one still looms large in my mind after more than two decades. 1996 was an intense year for Wing Commander fans. The year started with the launch of Wing Commander 4 and new ports of WC3 were still being released through the spring. The CCG came out in August, Academy television show in September and Kilrathi Saga launched October 15. As evidenced by the current CIC poll, a large number of Wingnuts were coming online for the first time in 1996... and then the news of Mr. Bernard's passing hit like a ton of bricks. Fortunately, this nascent community of mostly invincible-feeling teenagers and 20-somethings were able to come together and collectively share their grief as fans. One such gathering place was the Worlds of Origin memorial, which is archived

  • 16

    Oct

  • 16

    Oct

    L.I.F. continues to run troubleshooting interference on the Freelancer port and zap any glitches that pop up along the way. He's grabbed some additional screenshots here while going through the campaign, and they look great. The Excalibur and Bearcat are especially awesome. It's still pretty wild to see familiar WC craft parked on the flight deck with Freelancer characters walking around. If you have a copy of FL, download version 1.0 of the mod here (320 meg zip) or here and let everyone know what you think!

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    The Sabre is a pretty reliable fighter for you right now as you're waiting for Junko to find information on Sinclair. You need to find a Concordia-class carrier, they're sold onboard and will last you all the way till Kusari, where the first planet in which you land sells the Thunderbolt. Also, I'll set things up so that you can buy the Bearcat in your first visit to Rheinland. Then you'll
  • 16

    Oct

    throughthemoongate5t.jpgIt's the final stretch for Andrea Contato's second book on the history of Origin, Through the Moongate, from Wing Commander and Ultima VII to Portalarium. The project is nearing its €40,000 stretch goal, which adds an appendix full of personal interviews and anecdotes. Jumping into the €50 (plus ~€25 for tracked shipping to North America) hardcover tier will also be the only way to get Denis Loubet's cool Wing Commander bookmark, so factor that into whether you would like to consider funding the book. It might be the most expensive piece of paper you buy this week, but that just makes it taste better.

    1) We lowered shipping cost from Part 1 for many countries. Canada and the US benefited the most from this as we managed to lower the shipping cost by 25-45%. With the introduction of Love tier (i.e. untracked shipping), we have hit rock bottom for shipping prices without subsidizing shipping out of
  • 15

    Oct

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Star Trek Online is teaming up with Groupees to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to help win the fight against Breast Cancer. You can head to the Groupees site right now and purchase an exclusive Star Trek Online Bundle on PC - with 100% of proceeds* going to the Foundation. These bundles will include a brand new item, the Genetically-Altered Safe Tribble, which grants you additional Health Regeneration and Maximum Health! And finally, we will be giving away 8 large Genetically-Altered Safe Tribbles from our partners at Tribble Toys! Check out the promotion for further details on how to win! Here’s how the bundles break down: Bundle 1: Rewards: Pink Genetically-Altered Safe Tribble Pink Risian Lunarian Caracal Pink Vanity Shield Pink Ribbon Badge Bundle

  • 15

    Oct

    There's been a lot in the news lately about the Hong Kong protests and how various companies are reacting to those that support them, so it was only a matter of time until this story intersected with Wing Commander. Blizzard has been under fire this past week for their punishment of a Hearthstone player who spoke out in support of Hong Kong. The accusation is that they were overly harsh in their response in order to placate China. That whole discussion is far beyond where we're going to go, but the details surrounding Blizzard's response caught our eye. The president of Blizzard is none other than J. Allen Brack, of Wing Commander fame. He was hired in 1994 to help with quality assurance on Wing Commander 3 and continued on through WC4, Privateer 2, Prophecy and Secret Ops. The TCS Brack was one of the first Confed ships to encounter the Nephilim as told in the ICIS Manual. We've followed Mr.

  • 14

    Oct

  • 14

    Oct

    Kobayashi Maru Returns! Beginning on October 17th, 2019, until November 7th, 2019, captains will again be challenged to face the harsh simulation of the “Kobayashi Maru” when it returns as our next Featured Task Force Operation. While this TFO is available, Captains may participate daily to earn progress towards a brand new Featured-TFO reward, as well as earning Event Campaign Progress toward a Tier-6 Starship Coupon. Continue reading for full details! Event Campaign – Part 1 The Kobayashi Maru Featured TFO will be the first of a series of upcoming Events that will participate in a multi-event system that we’re calling “Event Campaigns,” which will allow players to eventually earn a Z-Store Coupon that offered 100% Off on a Tier-6 Starship of their choice. Established players will recognize this system as an updated and re-named version of the previous progression that allowed

  • 14

    Oct

    I dug this up after seeing Limited Run Games' extremely cool System Shock re-release: a doc from Wing Commander I's development that lists possible trinkets! I would've loved to see any of these... but miniature ships would've been amazing.

    wc1_proposed_trinketst.jpgOf course the set of blueprints they decided to go with are hard to beat!

    wc1hornetblueprintt.gifwc1scimitarblueprintt.gifwc1rapierblueprintt.gifwc1raptorblueprintt.gifAnd the Japanese FM Towns port of Wing Commander did include a map poster!

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  • 13

    Oct

    The Turkish VHS has been added to our international cavalcade of Wing Commander home video releases!

    turkish_wcm_vhst.jpgTurkey also got the film on VCD!

    It's always great to come across odd localizations of the Wing Commander film that we missed in the past. On display today we present 'Cesaret Kanatları', as the film is known in Turkey. Roughly this title translates to "Wings of Courage," which I think has a nice ring to it! The Turkish distributor of the Wing Commander movie was Ozen Film, which also distributed the Chris Roberts produced Outlander in that country.
  • 12

    Oct

    Roberts Space Industries is celebrating the seventh anniversary of Star Citizen's launch today as Cloud Imperium continues to grind away on a number of difference fronts. A playable alpha is up to version 3.6 with a handful of playable first person, space combat and racing arenas. The SC community continues to stay highly engaged with frequent global 'bar citizen' get togethers and their annual Citizen Con, which will take place next month in Manchester, England. Their well known crowdfunding machine continues to take in surprisingly steady revenue. The project took 6 years and 1 month to amass its first $200 million in contributions, and they've managed to generate nearly $37 million more in just the past 11 months. That's a slight uptick compared to the average in prior years, which is kind of amazing. Last year they released a flashy Squadron 42 trailer, but the news there is slightly more

  • 11

    Oct

  • 11

    Oct

    As evidenced by the volume of updates in recent days, the Freelancer port has been zooming and is ready to release version 1.0 of the mod! L.I.F. actually soft launched to the CIC Forums last week, and he's been working with a handful of eager playtesters to already stamp out a handful of bugs and minor issues. The current iteration of the game replaces Freelancer's original fighters and capships with familiar counterparts from the Wing Commander universe. This even includes some of the interior areas. For example, check out the in-game movie sequence below on a Confed flight deck. It looks super cool! You can grab the package and try it out for yourself at the CIC mirror here (320 meg zip). For the very latest bug fix build, a live copy is also available here. As of this writing, the two are identical, so hit up the first link to minimize the hit to L.I.F.'s personal Dropbox.

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    And it's done!
  • 10

    Oct

  • 10

    Oct

    For a limited time, Research and Development packs will be available to Captains for 20% off! From Thursday, October 10th at 8AM PT to Monday, October 14th at 10AM PT, both Research and Development packs as well as bundles will be discounted. Research and Development Pack – Normally 300 Zen, Now 240 ZEN This pack includes: 15 Common, Uncommon, Rare or Very Rare R&D Materials 15 Uncommon, Rare or Very Rare R&D Materials 6 Rare or Very Rare R&D Materials 4 Very Rare R&D Materials 3 Mk 2 or Better R&D Components 3 Mk 6 or Better R&D Components 2 Mk 10 or Better R&D Components 3 Random R&D Catalysts 4 Random Upgrade Accelerators Research and Development Pack Bundle – Normally 1000 Zen, Now 800 ZEN This pack includes: 4 Research and Development Packs (You will receive 4 separate packs when making this one purchase, NOT 1 pack that unpacks 4)

  • 10

    Oct