Explore Gemini Through An Orion Pilot's Eyes

Last month we noted how rare thorough video reviews are for Privateer, and then we stumbled across a massive playlist by Necroscope. He's covered the game in fifteen installments that range from about 30-60 minutes each. That's a lot of Gemini Sector action! It starts out covering the basics and then explores the story. The player flies through the game in an Orion, which is a somewhat uncommon choice, so it's nice to see that cockpit on screen for a change. Having such a comprehensive play through at your fingertips is also great if you want to quickly refresh great memories like running the blockade at Palan or exploring the derelict in Delta Prime. Episode 1 is below, and you can check out the entire series here.

Exotic Kilrathi Heavy Fighter Gives Excalibur A Run For Its Money

Klavs has made some great Excalibur wallpapers over the years, but it's always fun to see what other talented artists can do when they don't need to build all of the art assets from scratch and can instead just focus on setting up a scene. Chris Kroznuski made this wallpaper with a simple background, but it pairs the Excal with the terrifying Hhriss in a match-up I don't think we've ever seen before. Although it appears the Kilrathi heavy fighter has the upper hand, there are very few dogfights the Excalibur can't win. The title is "Hairless Ape Escape," so even if the Confed pilot has been forced to turn back, it can easily outrun its Kat counterpart!

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239 years ago, the 13 American colonies declared themselves a nation, independent of the British Empire. Many of our visitors and staff are out enjoying a weekend filled with family gatherings, barbecues, carnivals and fireworks. To our international visitors, have a great weekend wherever you are!

Sharp Kilrathi Pencil Drawing Surfaces

A few years ago, we did a brief rundown of the wealth of Wing Commander inspired imagery that can be found on the DeviantArt website. AD's come across a new pencil sketch of a Kilrathi, created by AirenWoodmoon. Like most Kilrathi drawings on DeviantArt, this one seems to draw mainly from their Wing Commander 3 appearance.
I’m so stupidly proud of this one. :3 I haven’t drawn Kilrathi in years, not since high school really, and so I’m thrilled with how he came out.

Bearcat's Back Again For More Action

It's a good week for Bearcats! ScoobyDoo has added to the fun with a new take on the cult classic postwar heavy fighter. The shape is solid, and it's covered in Scooby's trademark hull details. He's working on importing the ship into the Unreal 4 engine to get the craft animated and show it off in its fully textured glory. You can see how this progresses at the CIC Forums here.
Been slowly reworking the Bearcat yet again (think this is about the 4th or 5th time so far). Getting all these little standardize components mapped is a PITA...

Opposing Fleets Line Up With Top Warships

Line art is a bit of a lost art these days, but Red has used the technique to put together two pairs of capships from the Wing Commander Movie for Wolf's Shipyard. The Confed fleet gets both a Bengal carrier and a Concordia supercruiser. The Kilrathi get a Sivar and Snakeir. All of the thumbnails are a bit squished down to keep your page widths in check, but be sure to blow up the images to full size to see all of their fine detail!

Classic WC MUSH Transitions To New Forums RPG

Iceblade is in the process of kicking off a really cool new forums-based RPG. He's taken the setting and storyline from the old WC Gemini Sector MUSH and transitioned it to a message board style that's more forgiving on people's schedules. It'll continue to retain some of the combat action and other elements from a MUSH while being merged with a more traditional text role play. Interested players can learn more and sign up at the Phoenix Roleplaying Forums.
The year is 2659. War between the Terran Confederation and the felinoid aliens known as the Kilrathi has raged for twenty years, with no end in sight. Seeking to break the stalemate, the Kilrathi have launched a surprise offensive through the edge of Terran-controlled space in Gemini Sector. A tenacious counteroffensive has pushed back the first wave of the Kilrathi assault, but a second wave has washed over Confed's forces and placed the Majestic deep behind the frontline. For the pilots and crew of the Majestic, survival is not the only goal as the current circumstances offer them a prime opportunity to cut the Kilrathi offensive off at the knees.

That's is where the old Wing Commander Gemini Sector MUSH storyline halted. I am now attempting to reactivate this MUSH as a Forum Role Play Sim over at the Phoenix RP forums. While the story will continue from where Gemini Sector left off, the sim will be easy to jump into for new players/characters. This sim will bridge the forum RP model with certain MUSH style elements by providing an easy to use and understand combat system heavily influenced by the Wing Commander games and a fully detailed layout of the environments you will roleplay in. Unlike the original MUSH, character creation is much simpler and significantly faster; and there isn't a lengthy set of commands you must know in order to contribute. In addition, while MUSH roleplaying events would generally require a single several hour period when all players can meet, this sim allows players to contribute at times more convenient for them with roleplaying sessions lasting several weeks. As of right now, we are looking for a few good men and women to join up and post there interest in the sim proposal thread. These Kilrathi have been waiting too long. Let's wake up the Majestic and kick their furry buts out of Gemini!

Starship Tactics Checks In With Demo Video

Arraen is back to share the first gameplay video of his Wing Commander strategy mod, Starship Tactics. The clip shows off some Dorkir convoy raiding by a Confed corvette. This is actually a major role that the Ventures would have played during the war, although we so rarely get to see them engage in activity like this in the series. Corvette fans would do well to read up on Wing Commander Freedom Flight for more on the inner workings of these tight little capships.
Well, after loooooooong delay I'm coming back with update. Here is first video which contains gameplay. As you can see, I've started to use models from Klavs81's pack and the first one is Kilrathi Dorkier transport. Unfortunately these models are not very well imported into Unity but still I'm trying to bring them alive.

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