Album Campaign Reaches $15,000 Milestone!

George Oldziey's campaign to create a second Wing Commander Album had an amazing weekend! After getting a big boost from some generous matching funds, the story was picked up at Slashdot. Altogether, this brought in more than $5,000 in just the last four days, which means the project successfully hit its $15,000 minimum threshold! The funds that people have pledged will be paid out after the campaign concludes this weekend, and George will proceed with his digital reorchestration and Wing Commander jazz album. Additional funds collected will continue to enhance the endeavor, and another live orchestra isn't out of the question! Less than five days remain if you'd like to secure your copy!
We Did IT!!! YOU Did IT!!!

My friends, I can't tell you how happy I am right now. You have made it possible for us to embark on volume 2 of this amazing legacy you have granted me. I am humbled, ecstatic, inspired and energized all at the same time!

SO! We have 5 days to go and we've already met the goal for phase 1. That means we have time during this phase to pursue some of the goals for phase 2. I'd like to start with a goal of funding the conductor, Allan Wilson, for the orchestral recordings. He is one of the premiere conductors in the world (London Symphony, etc.) and conducted our very well received and reviewed volume 1! That goal is $3000. So, if we meet a total goal of $18K by the end of Kickstarter phase 1 that would be covered!

To help with that, I'm creating another 3 seats for the recording session in Austin (looking like early December of this year) at the $300 pledge level!

Again, I am SO humbled by this, and am SO looking forward to bringing you amazing fans more music from the Wing Commander Universe!

Musically yours,

George

Eclipse Glasses Still In Short Supply In 2790

There's a Privateer 2 News Bulletin that's especially timely today! This blurb was a way of conveying that the price of optic nerve commodities was increasing on planet Hephaestus (and it was written as a poem because P2 is weird). Specifically, "magnifiers" had been used to view the planet's eclipse rather than "smoked glass," hence the need for these medical suppliers. And, of course, eclipse-type imagery plays a prominent role in some of the promotional materials for The Darkening...
Tip-top Eclipse Tips Mix-up

Unfortunately, poetry correspondent Toni Cowey reports, as he was the only one there.

Alas! 'Tis a day of woe for the sorry folk of Hephaestus. Suffering has cast its shady hand upon the brow of many, while foul misunderstanding has bereft the common man of sight. The cause? The cause? Bewail the man, bewail the foe, whose fellows he has blighted so. It was the day of the eclipse, an event on men and women's lips, when foul Misfortune did conspire, the TV computers to miswire. And thus, instead of smoked glass, the order now did come to pass, that Magnifiers should be used, an act which retinas abused. Now men are blind and cannot see, and Optic Nerves are of rarity. I thank you.

Happy 19th Birthday, CIC!

Welcome to another CIC Birthday Party! Counting our grand opening event in 1998, this is the 20th time we've gathered to celebrate how the Wing Commander series has brought together this amazing community. It's always a great opportunity to re-energize with our fellow fans and perform some important site refreshes. A number of talented Wingnuts have also contributed towards the exciting posts below to make sure today's extra special. We hope you enjoy what we have to share today!

Happy Birthday Sing Along!

Origin composer George Oldziey recorded this extra special video message to help celebrate the CIC's 19th! Sing along at home with everyone else and join the fun! His campaign to make a second Wing Commander album had a successful matching drive this past week and is now up to $12,500! The project still needs another $2,500 this week, so please help support this Wing Commander endeavor!

Happy 19th From DefianceIndustries!

DefianceIndustries kindly sent along these cool graphics to commemorate the CIC's 19th Birthday. But wait, there's more! People have been asking us about CIC gear for a while, and it's been a long time since we've had anything new. The circular shape of the graphics below is designed to print to a custom drink coaster. We didn't get a chance to find a good place to make these before the party, but we'll set something up in the future so community members can get their drink on and protect their tabletops at the same time!

Check Out Flat Universe's Nav System & New Screens

Here's an exciting look at the next iteration of Wing Commander Flat Universe! For starters, there's a peek at the depth of the game's navigation system. The Maslas Brothers have created an entire database out of the Prophecy universe map for pilots to explore. Check out this cool zoom animation (8 MB gif) to see it in action. There's also a brand new batch of screenshots from around the game from the latest build. Enjoy!
What we've done is that we have taken the whole map from Wing Commander Prophecy and we have digitized it in QGIS. This way we have the whole Wing Commander universe not just visually but also in database format which we are implementing in game. As you can see in the animated .gif we can zoom from galaxy view down to system view seamlessly. The information for each system include all the information expected from a Wing Commander game: Jump points, Undiscovered jump points, Nav points, Bases/planets, Hidden bases/planets (e.g pirate bases, retro planets), Asteroid fields, Mine fields, Anomalies (e.g. Scylla), & Many others...

The systems for which we have information (e.g. the ones in Privateer, Sol, Vukar Tag etc.) we will try to recreate them as they were. For all the rest we are preparing a procedural mechanism that will "fill the gaps" based on various parameters like number of jump points, type of Sun, proximity to the sector capital, proximity to military bases and others. We already have one of our friends (and Wing Commander fan) here in Greece implementing a dynamic trade route system that will make the whole thing look alive.

Finally the whole system allows for dynamic changes in game like change of ownership for a system, base or planet and for condition variables like if there is a battle and/or blockade in the system, affecting the world around it. Soon one could make (or attempt at least) a travel from Venture in Argent across the galaxy to Jugara in Vukar Tag or recreate many historical battles in various known locations.

And Then Play Flat Universe Multiplayer!

And you can now register for the open Flat Universe multiplayer alpha! The game will be playable on both 32 & 64 bit versions of Windows, Linux and MacOS! It incorporates numerous improvements from smaller scale tests and is the coolest version yet! The Maslas Brothers are targeting next Saturday, August 26, to go live with the multiplayer server. Sign up and get ready to play!
Get access to the first open multiplayer alpha version of the game!

This early access version includes:

  • Room based online multiplayer game
  • Improvements suggested during the closed alpha period:
  • HUD improvements for better situation awareness
  • Better balancing for the heavies (esp. the Broadsword) plus their turrets now get damaged
  • Black-out and tunnel vision effects due to high g maneuvers (which gets worse if your acceleration absorbers are damaged)
  • Highly improved explosions (the old ones where boring)
  • A couple new soundtrack pieces by Cory Fujimori
  • Updated graphics effects (better anti-aliasing, bloom etc.). The poster image is not a mock-up. It was render through the game engine!
  • Several bug fixes and improvements
  • And most importantly: A brand new launcher/patching system that will allow us to make incremental updates to the game without the need to download/reinstall the whole thing.

Or Play The New Model Upgrade Pack!

DefianceIndustries also has a new release ready to go for the slick Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. This new build revamps several major cap ships and implements the joinable Skate clusters. Grab it here (65 MB exe) and have fun!
It's now available for you to download and test. Go forth, check it out, shoot some skates!

Document Archive Keeps Growing

In our daily updates, we sometimes share fascinating background information related to the development of a Wing Commander product. This could be never before seen storyboards, pictures from the film set, early draft scripts that differ wildly from the final version, or high resolution source files used in the creation of the box art. In 2004, we launched the Document Archive with the purpose of collecting and categorizing these materials so our visitors can more easily research the development history of their favorite titles. For our 19th birthday, we've greatly expanded the collection of documents related to Privateer 2: The Darkening. Below is just a small selection from dozens of new additions. We've also brought the layout in line with CIC Red and Yellow. We hope it's a little easier on the eyes.
  • Scripts: a fairly complete shooting script
  • Design history: storyboards, the post-mortem, a massive customer service manual (238 pages), and various set photographs
  • Manuals: Radically different UK manuals, and a helpful hint sheet
  • Artwork: Pre-release images from early builds, various concept art, logo tryouts, hi-res artwork
  • Advertising: a six page press kit from the 1996 E3, an extensive preview booklet, and a crew jacket

Prophecy Completes Holovids FMV Archive

It's an exciting day for the Holovids section - all of Prophecy's cinematics have been converted and made available for streaming. This means that every single cinematic from the FMV games are now online! Continuing his work from previous years with WC3, WC4, and Privateer 2, AD has taken the DVD-quality cinematics and added them to Holovids for your viewing pleasure. Each clip has been paired with the text from Prophecy's shooting script providing an interesting insight in to the cuts, changes, and ad-libs made during the course of production. You can find the index of Prophecy videos here.

CIC Now With Added Arena

A little under a month ago we were all celebrating the 10th anniversary of Wing Commander Arena's release, so this seemed an appropriate time to revisit our coverage of the game. In doing so, our Background section has now been given a dedicated Arena page, and our original Arena mini-site has been brought in line with the rest of the site. Our dedicated Background page can be found here, and if you missed it don't forget to check out Chris' amazing 10th anniversary coverage!

Download List Gets Birthday Update

Over the years, the CIC has gathered a huge number of files in our archives from all types of places. We've been working on organizing many of those files, 116 gigabytes of them to be exact, in our Downloads section. It's been given a birthday update to cover the things we've posted the last few years.

Wingnuts will find game trailers, official patches, manuals and other documentation, as well as tons of great fan made patches and projects. Be sure to take a look!

Any Questions?

Here at the CIC, we get asked a lot of questions. Sometimes they are even about Wing Commander. But when we noticed that we were no longer getting so many questions about running Prophecy on a 3Dfx card in Windows 95, we decided that it was time to act! As a result, our Contact Us page has been given a bit of a spruce up, and the Frequently Asked Questions are now a little more relevant in 2017. Have we missed any important questions? Contact us and let us know! We'll add the most frequently asked questions to the list. As long as they are about Wing Commander.

New Poll: Still With Us?

The traditional birthday poll is now up with another year added to it. How long have you been coming to the CIC? We get a steady stream of newcomers, but we know a lot of Wingnuts have been with us since even before the very beginning!
The old poll asked about your favorite fixer from Privateer. The ladies of Gemini Sector clearly won with Tayla in first, Taryn Cross a close second and Sandra Goodin in third. Even Lynn Murphy almost beat Admiral Terrell for fourth. Dr. Monkhouse seriously got robbed with just 0.59% of the vote... less than half the tally of the unnamed informant from Righteous Fire!

Thank You!

And that's another year down! The community came through again with some really cool releases, and hopefully you enjoy the updates we've made at the CIC as well. A big thanks to George Oldziey, the Maslas Brothers and DefianceIndustries for their contributions to the event. I'd also like to personally thank the rest of the CIC Staff for pulling together to do a big refresh - much of which was important behind-the-scenes cleanup that really helps the site but isn't as visible. They've gone above and beyond so that LOAF can recover from his recent operation. Next year will be the big 20th Birthday milestone. We're very much looking forward to that, and we hope you join us for the ride!

You Are Cordially Invited...

To the Wing Commander Combat Information Center's 19th birthday celebration! TONIGHT at 7:00 PM Eastern US (4:00 PM Pacific and 11:00 PM GMT) in #Wingnut

Featuring...

  • Some of the best Wingnuts you'll ever meet!
  • New ways to get your game on!
  • A deeper look behind-the-scenes of the series!
  • Prototype coasters!
  • New Hot Items!
  • Trivia - from Anhur to Zoro!
  • Prizes that would be worshipped as gods by Dolosians!
  • Cake... and more!
So point your IRC client to irc.wcnews.com, channel #WingNut! If you need help with IRC check our #Wingnut section, or just use the web interface (even works on mobile devices!).

Last Chance To Grab Matching Funds For Album Campaign!

It's been a productive 24 hours for George Oldziey's mission to make a second Wing Commander album. The project is well past $10,000 now, but there's still some room to go if fans would like to take advantage of a generous Wingnut's matching pledge. Overall, about $4,000 needs to be contributed in the next week for the project to get the green light. That's very doable, but it's not a sure thing. If you have any friends who might be interested, now's the time to share! Listen to some samples from the first album below
Matching Dollar Pledge Ends [Today]!

Thank you again to everyone who has pledged so generously! I just wanted to send out a reminder that a very generous, and anonymous WC fan is anxious to match all new pledges, and pledge increases dollar for dollar up to $1000! But this only lasts until [Friday] at noon CDT. So tell your friends and families, acquaintances, total strangers!

I will have another "quiz" and prize announcement out soon, so keep your eyes and ears open!

Musically yours,

George

High Caliber Plunkett Cruises Into Upgrade Pack

Here's a peek at the latest addition to the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack. DefianceIndustries has finished texturing Dark Sentinel's Plunkett and getting it to function in the Vision Engine. This powerful cruiser now has some high quality detailing to match its imposing stature. While it's known for having four large triple heavy particle/plasma turrets, it's also covered with twenty-two dual laser turrets as well! We can't wait to see all its guns in action!
I should've gone to sleep hours ago, but converting capships is time consuming work - placing hard points sucks...but the results, ah so beautiful. We now have a fully functional Plunkett in the MUP.

Flat Universe Shares Fantastic Music Sample

There hasn't been a whole lot of Flat Universe info in the news lately, but that's about the change. Here's a very cool audio sample that gives fans a taste of what to expect next. The clip is from project musician Cory Fujimori and fuses some of the best elements of WC1/2 audio into an exciting patrol track. There's everything from the flight deck scramble to a high pressure torpedo run music as well as successful and calming victory notes for the trip home. Listen below (or download 7.6 MB mp3) and stay tuned in the days ahead for more!

Flat Universe: Full Mission

Most of the time, we brag about the visual quality of our project. This morning Cory Fujimori managed to give us another reason to be proud of.

What you are about to hear is how a typical diamond patrol would sound on Flat Universe. Although Cory warned us that this is not finished and that it still needs ironing we'd like to share our morning experience with you.

Just close your eyes...

the MaslasBros

WC Album Bar Music Explained - Plus Matching Bonus!

Wing Commander composer George Oldziey has posted a really cool video update that talks about the inspiration for the TCS Victory's bar music that will be featured in his new Wing Commander music album. A surprising amount of skill and improvisation were required, and there's some interesting linkage to non-WC music as well.

Additionally, there's some very exciting news on the actual crowdfunding front. An anonymous fan has committed to donate matching funds up to $1,000 for all pledges between now and Friday! So if you've been waiting, now's your chance to help make the new album a success! The project has hit $10,000, so there's less than $5,000 to go to make it a reality, but that amount has to be pledged soon. You can add your contribution and order your copy here.

Wonderful news! A VERY generous Wing Commander fan (who prefers to remain anonymous) has offered to match all pledges DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR up to a total of $1000 between now and 12 noon CDT this Friday, August 18th! That means each dollar you pledge between now and then will be doubled until the pledges reach $1000 during that time span. This is a GREAT opportunity to help kickstart (no pun intended) our campaign again, and will really help to position us as we head into the final week.

SO, please get the word out to all your friends! And if you have already pledged and have the means to contribute more your money will go twice as far!

Musically yours,

George

Fan Makes Epic Remaster Of WC Theme

Utho Riley put together an interesting 'orchestral rescore' of the main Wing Commander theme. The instruments are certain embellished and there's a pretty major choral element. It's accompanied by an overlay largely comprised of Origin concept art and fan renders, which is fun to watch. Utho dedicated this to LOAF, who's doing better but still in recovery mode. Give the track a listen and let us know what you think!
This is fan-music dedicated to my favorite person EVER! Ben Lesnick!
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