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  • 02

    Apr

    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 April 2nd at 8am PT to April 6th 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 Mark

  • 02

    Apr

    Is life feeling futile? Are the days without social connections making you long for a collective? Thanks to the Romulan-led research teams at the Artifact, you no longer have to feel that way. We’re proud to announce that every Captain in Star Trek Online is about to be freely assimilated – uh, we mean, get a free Borg Pack! This pack will be available, once per account, in the Promotions Tab of the Zen Store for two weeks starting April 2nd on PC and April 9th on Xbox One and Playstation 4. It contains the following items: 4 Borg Lock Box Weapon Packs These will give you a choice of a Borg ground or Space Weapon from the Borg Lock Box when opened. A Borg Bridge Officer This pack will give you one faction-appropriate Borg Bridge Officer to add to your crew A Small XP Boost This item will give you bonus XP generated over time as you level! We hope your enjoy your

  • 02

    Apr

    We have exciting news! Captains on PC will be able to enjoy a bonus on purchased ZEN, and save 20% on everything in the Zen Store! Is there a ship in the Zen Store that is tempting you? Now is the perfect opportunity to grab ships, keys, costumes, and whatever else has caught your eye. From April 2nd at 9am PT to April 7th at 9am PT, Captains will earn an extra bonus on purchased ZEN when you charge through Direct Credit Card, PayPal, Skrill, BoaCompra, Xsolla, Paysafecard, or Steam. *Please note that this Charge Bonus offer is ONLY available for the following payment processors: Direct Credit Card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) PayPal Skrill BoaCompra Xsolla Paysafecard Steam .share-footer a { margin: 20px 10px 10px 0; background: url(d7afaaa14e96d0d973f76157ae31ec5b1466398539.png) no-repeat 0 0; opacity: .5; display: inline-block;

  • 02

    Apr

    The Lobi Crystal Consortium is pleased to announce their latest featured sale! From Thursday, April 2nd at 8AM PST til Monday, April 6th, 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. But that’s not all – for the duration of this sale, the Tzenkethi Tzen Tar Dreadnought will become available in the Lobi Store! This powerful, alien cruiser can be yours for a discounted price of 960 Lobi! Read the details on this magnificent ship below, and head to the Lobi Store to claim one for your own! Tzenkethi Tzen-tar Dreadnought Carrier [T6] Tzenkethi war

  • 02

    Apr

    First Contact Day Celebration! Join us for the First Contact Day Celebration starting on PC on April 2nd, 2020 and continuing until April 23rd, 2020. The First Contact Day Event can be accessed through Star Trek Online’s recently released Events Tab. Two ways to earn Event Progress! Compete with four other players to build and launch your very own Phoenix Rocket, or join Seven-of-Nine and travel back to April 4th, 2063, and participate in a brand new patrol surrounding the titular event. Captains that earn 14 or more Daily Progress may then claim Event Grand Prize – a Temporal Vortex Probe (Universal Console). For more information, please visit the “Defend First Contact Day!” blog at: Defend First Contact Day! | Star Trek Online New Event Patrol: One Night in Bozeman Included with the traditional model rocket building First Contact Day TFO, Captains will be able to participate in

  • 02

    Apr

    wingcommander_meme108t.jpgHere at the CIC we're all about spreading the latest Wing Commander news and archiving all WC knowledge, but telling in-jokes is a very close second calling. As such, in light of the current pandemic, the CIC has announced the following measures:

    • All CIC Complete content will be made available for free so that you can have full unblocked access to sections like the Ships Database, Fan Directory and Listicals in this time of need.
    • All outstanding payments due to CIC Finance are suspended for 60 days. This way you can keep plenty of liquid KilrathiKoin handy.
    • All prior episodes ALL WINGS CONSIDERED are now streaming free - over a hundred hours of prime Wingnut video content ready for your eyeballs on demand!
    • Storage and bandwidth caps on fans' Ralph McCloud Drives have all been removed.
    • CIC crowd funding engine WingStarter will be matching donations today to help shore up the backbone of America's
  • 01

    Apr

    Star Trek Online is running a special weekend event where you can earn bonus Dilithium Ore by playing content throughout the game! It’s time to hit the drills, Captains! The Dilithium Ore event runs from 8AM PT Thursday, April 2nd to 10AM PT Monday, April 6th. During the event, bonus Dilithium Ore will be provided for the following content: Vlugta Asteroid Field: 100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions 100% Bonus to all Rich Dilithium Claims Fleet Dilithium Mine: 100% Bonus Dilithium Ore for Daily Mining Missions Everywhere else in the game 50% Bonus Dilithium Ore Dilithium rewards from completing Event Reputation Projects no longer receive a bonus. This excludes Event Reputation Projects Please note: The Dilithium Weekend does not effect rewards from the Endeavor system. We hope you enjoy this special event and we’ll see you in-game!

  • 01

    Apr

    It’s a time of peace and understanding throughout the galaxy, where, thanks to the Khitomer Alliance, sharing of culture is at an all time high. Which is why it makes the most sense, right this minute, to bring a normally very small cultural festival to every corner of the galaxy! That’s right, music fans, the Klingon Concertina is going big time! We’ve sent concertinas to all of the major players in the Alliance, and they’ve been practicing for months for their big performance today. Experience the honor of traditional Klingon music wherever you go, starting at 9am PT today! We’ve also received word that Kurland himself is back on the promenade of Deep Space Nine, and he will have a very special item, today only! .share-footer a { margin: 20px 10px 10px 0; background: url(d7afaaa14e96d0d973f76157ae31ec5b1466398539.png) no-repeat 0 0; opacity: .5; display: inline-block;

  • 01

    Apr

    Shot97 has uncovered a fantastic preview of early '90s Origin plans. It dates back to the April 1991 issue of The One in the UK. This puts it very early in the development of Wing Commander 2, and as such, a lot changes between this point and release. You can see right at the head of the article is the Confederation corvette design which actually the Sabre model! It's painted up in green capship colors prior to being deemed a fighter (a similar process occurred with the Crossbow). They also talk about a mid 1991 release for WC2 and 1992 for WC3, which were a ways off from that. Speaking of delays, Strike Commander is also heavily mentioned, but it's called Ground Commander at this point. There's also mention of ports for the Genesis are arcades, whew!

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    Mar

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    Mar

    The Infinity Lock Box, containing prizes from nearly all previously-retired Lock Boxes, will be available again for an appearance on PC. During this time, enemies defeated on both Ground and Space maps will have a small chance of dropping one of these prize-filled packages. This run of the Infinity Lock Box will feature the addition of the Ferengi Quark Marauder [T6] and the Kelvin Divergence Lockbox contents! Continue reading further on for the full details on these new offerings. Updated Prize Lists! Along with the Ferengi Quark Marauder and all of the prizes offered in previous appearances of the Infinity Lock Box, additional prizes originally seen in the Kelvin Divergence Lock Box have been added to the rewards! They now include all of the following: Kelvin Heavy Destroyer [T6] (FED only) Kelvin Timeline D7 Heavy Destroyer [T6] (KDF only) Console - Universal - Hull Image

  • 31

    Mar

    Here's another interesting chapter in the tragically funky series of EA advertisements for the 3DO. We've previously reported on the prints that used a dead fish, cubic lard and fancy pastries to sell Super Wing Commander and Wing Commander 3. RetroDetect has recently posted pics of a whole EA Lard booklet that includes promos for both WC games, among other offerings for the console. There's no telling if the system would have been more of a success if the marketing firm here would have gone with slightly less disgusting subject matter, but at least the games were awesome! You can find the other pages here.

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    #3doThursday is cool & its fun.... But dont ever try to put a #3do up your bum! Instead, lets take a look at this product booklet featuring some Electronic Arts Lard!
  • 30

    Mar

    Star Trek Online is pleased to once again invite you to join us for the First Contact Day Celebration starting on PC on April 2nd, 2020 and continuing until April 23rd, 2020. This Event will also run on console platforms delayed by only one week. Join the celebration there, starting on April 9th, 2020 and running until April 30th, 2020. Just as we did for the Anniversary Event, the First Contact Day Celebration has migrated over to the Events Tab. The usual activity of competing with four other players to build and launch your very own Phoenix Rocket will contribute toward your Daily Progress in the Event, but alongside it is the opportunity to travel back to April 4th, 2063, and participate in a brand new patrol surrounding the titular event. Participating in either of these two activities each day will earn you progress toward the Grand Prize – a Temporal Vortex Probe (Universal

  • 29

    Mar

    We're all living together in these uncertain times, and we've got a new poll up today that reflects this new reality. While we are all charged with needing to socially distance as much as possible today, people in the Wing Commander universe are also frequently required to go long stretches far apart from most others. Which one seems like the best way to avoid a pandemic to you? These are all challenging circumstances, and we are more successfully when we stick together (virtually). Hit the discuss link below and let everyone know how you're getting through this. Or visit us on Discord and chat with fellow Wingnuts in real time!


    When we started the last poll in January, the coronavirus was still far from most of our minds. We asked about everyone's favorite communications options. "Break and Attack" was far and away the most popular choice with almost half the vote. About a sixth of people

  • 28

    Mar

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    Mar

    Li Huang of Improbable Cadence has a musical treat for us today. He's put together a digital fan reorchestration of the original Wing Commander theme by Dave Govett/Team Fat. It uses the Roland MT-32 MIDI as a source of inspiration. The track's a faithful reproduction that really amps up the tone throughout! Listen below or grab the high quality mp3 here (5 megs).

    I recently finished a rendition of the WC1 theme.
  • 28

    Mar

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    Here's an interesting German podcast that covers things like film and video games. The Wing Commander Movie is naturally an intersection of both, so it's no surprise they got around to the Wing Commander movie. The podcast features a discussion - in English - with the screenwriter of the film's first draft: Kevin Droney. The German site is here and you can find an English autotranslation here. Any German speaking fans out there want to take a shot at a summary or translation of the German parts?

    The Droney portions of the conversation are actually part of a longer interview that covers his work on both Mortal Kombat and Wing Commander. The Wing Commander segment starts around the 43 minute mark. You can also find it on Apple Podcasts here.

    In our interview, Kevin discusses how he created the story for MORTAL KOMBAT, a game that didn't really have a plot, and how he focused on the mythological aspects
  • 26

    Mar

    Captains, we’re all feeling the crush of being at home right now. We want to accomplish something – something big, and meaningful, but it’s hard while you’re inside. While we can’t help you write that novel or change the world, we can help you complete those reputations you’ve been staring longingly at. So we’re starting a special event right now! For the next three weeks, starting Thursday, March 26th at 8AM PT to Thursday, April 16th at 10AM PT, we are running a special event where Captains can earn bonus Marks by playing content throughout the game! During the event, content that provides Marks (Fleet or Reputation) will reward a 50% (1.5x) bonus above normal amounts – this bonus is available for all content that rewards Marks, including the three new reputations that came to Console with Agents of Yesterday. Start building your Fleet projects and reputations! We hope you enjoy

  • 26

    Mar

    General: Reduced the price of existing T1-T5 Starships that cost Dilithium: Tier 1: Reduced from 5,000 to 1,000 Tier 2: Reduced from 10,000 to 2,500 Tier 3: Reduced from 20,000 to 5,000 Tier 4: Reduced from 40,000 to 10,000 Tier 5: Reduced from 80,000 to 20,000 Removed most Tier 1 thru Tier 4 Starships from the Zen Store. Ships previously purchased with Zen will remain available Account-Wide for Reclaim via Ship Requisition Stores. The following T1-T4 ships are not being altered with these changes: Walker-class Prototype Light Exploration Cruiser (Scaling)

  • 26

    Mar

    The WC Toolbox has been enhanced once again with more extraction support for Wing Commander 3. UnnamedCharacter has been able to pull out images for things like characters that overlay on top of the background scenes, but he's also found some interesting composite sets. What this means is that certain rooms were made in one pass, and then the game adds much of the interior look over that. Check out the images below to see the bar and crew quarters without all the tables, chairs and lockers! You can read all about the new update and how to use it at the CIC Forums. Grab the latest tools here.

    wc_toolbox41t.jpgwc_toolbox42t.jpgwc_toolbox43t.jpgwc_toolbox44t.jpgHere's a few shots that show how the color palette changes based on the game's built in gamma correction.

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    Added more extraction support for WC3; this time something we can actually see. This update includes support for extracting an image representation of a palette; this is actually a little trickier than it