If this week's trivia were a character's age in the PC version of Claw Marks, it'd be that of Major Michael "Iceman" Casey. Welcome to Game Three, Week Thirty-One Trivia. We play each week. Every Monday two main questions and one bonus question are posted to
alt.games.wing-commander and listed at the CIC. Please email answers to CReid1701@aol.com or ChrisReid@wcnews.com. Be sure to include a name you would like to be known under for the Scoreboard that will be up soon. Have your answers in before this coming Sunday (June 3, 2001) to ensure your answers are recorded. Answers submitted early may be returned and you may be able to fix incorrect answers, time permitting. Main questions answered correctly are good for 5 points, bonuses good for 3.
Answers to Questions from Week 30 (starting May 21, 2001): Question 59: Who said, "In the words of John Paul Jones, 'I have not yet begun to dogfight'?" Hint: The actual quote may have been "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight." Question 60: Who said, "Colonel, I respectfully request a real mission, not busy-work?" Hint: The colonel being referred to is female. Bonus 30: Who said, "I'm not going to do the Confederation's war effort much good if I'm dead, now am I?"
*****Because of the difficulty and late scoring, if you did not correctly answer Week 30 questions, you now have a short grace period to make another attempt before the answers are posted.
New Questions for Week 31 (starting May 28, 2001): Question 61: What are three fighters that carry exactly three main guns? Question 62: What is a fighter that carries exactly three regular missiles? Bonus 31: What are the distinctions of three different Excalibur variants?
Submissions are due by June 3, 2001.
Please email answers to ChrisReid@wcnews.com and do not post directly to the Newsgroup. Thanks.
So you're Lt. Blair? I hear you're a real hotshot pilot, the best on the Tiger's Claw. Call me Jazz. I'm a combat pilot on the TCS Austin, and a jazz pianist on the side. But what I'd really like is to be transferred to a ship like the Tiger's Claw. I'm already imagining what I could do if I was stationed here. It'd be great. You guys definitely need a piano in your Rec Room, though. Just like we have on the Austin. I usually play there several nights a week. You should come over and listen sometime.
Eldar-colonel, of the HQ Network, reports that the staff of the aforementioned website has done a Privateer flashback article. HQGaming is a pay network -- but you can test it out for free for a limited time, if you're especially interested in what they have to say about Privateer. Find out more here.
Weird theories continue to show up, as you'll see below... Kn'thrak claims to have found a Grikath in an episode of Futurama! Here's what he says... When watching an episode of "Futurama - 3x08 - That's Lobstertainment" I noticed a ship do a fly by of the Space Delivery Building. I put the video into slow motion and noticed it to be a Kilrathi ship from the series Wing Commander - Academy. I made a screenshot and a video cature of the Kilrathi shop.
Video Cature from Futurama Episode
Screenshot from Futurama Episode
Video Capture from WCA
http://users.bigpond.net.au/knthrak/WCA Kilrathi Attack.avi
Screenshot from WCA
http://users.bigpond.net.au/knthrak/WCA - 1x03 - The Most Delicate Instrument - Kilrathi ships screenshot.jpg
Get Episode 1 of Wing Commander Academy here, thanks to Tye. I'm too tired to think of anything interesting to say about Red & Blue -- save that I'm horrified that you haven't downloaded it already. Go!
H.E. Day posted a note to alt.games.wing-commander, looking for programmers to help with a Wing Commander fan project... find out all about the project, titled "Black Widow", here. The site includes some very cool screenshots!
Please remember to have your Week 30 AGWC/CIC Trivia responses in by Sunday night, so we can all see what happens next!
Good day, Maverick. I am Lt. Etienne 'Doomsday' Montclair. Yes, I can see that you're curious. What you see is the markings of a Maori warrior. Let me tell you, Maverick...I have considered our position here in the Firekka System. Even if we were to retreat immediately, I doubt we would survive. This is undoubtably the worst tactical situation I've ever seen. Aboard the Austin, many people laugh about my grim predictions. Despite my certainty that we will eventually be defeated by the Kilrathi--- ---we have survived to succeed thus far. But this time, I am certain there is no escape for us.
Amazing happenstance or freakishly pointless prank? Read the below message from TecoFlager , and then MAKE THE CALL. For three years I have had this...problem..with my privater game. It seems that this only happens to me, not quite sure why, but I have done this with two priv CDs. When I meet sandovol for the first time on New Detroit and finish speeking to him is where things become odd. Now If I click on sandovol a second time, he goes thru his speech about get to it..blah..blah your mission is ..blah ..blah.. For your soul! In a different voice none the less. I made the recording on a minitape recorder I got last summer. I stoped playing privater for a year the first time I heard this thing....
The June 2001 issue of Next Gen magazine talks about Wing Commander in their 'Retroview' section -- located on page 94. Here's the rub: "Wing Commander established Chris Roberts as an elite game designer, a status he enjoys to this day." Wing Commander was the June 1990 coverstory for Next Gen.
It's a great big crazy world -- and large portions are just chock-full of Europeans... realizing this, FOX has finally released a Region 2 DVD of Wing Commander -- which, presumably, is twice as good as a Region 1 DVD (and 32,427 times as good as the DIVX version). Read all about it (in German) here.
You're Maverick, right? They call me Hunter, mate. G'day. Spirit 'ere was tellin' me about your tumble with the hairballs. Sounds like you really mixed it up out there. 'At's the way, isn't it, mate? Just you and some hairball, twistin' about, tryin' t'get a missile lock... Formations, uniforms, medals, wingmen ... that's all sheepdip. All a bruce can count on out there is 'imself and 'is missiles.
And in related news, I've ordered a package of Monkeys in a Tube, thanks to Frosty. Will they live up to the hype? Only time will tell -- so we'll follow this story as it develops, bringing you up-to-the minute coverage of Monkeys in a Tube. (Not pictured: a tube).
A belated Happy Birthday to Death, who is as much of a CIC staff member as I am... my only regret is that this update has to be posted next to the one about monkeys in a tube. Anyway, wish him a happy birthday, people...
RoboDan's previously mentioned Wing Commander teaser trailer is available -- the prelude to his full trailer! Think that sounds confusing? It sure as heck is -- but put it out of your mind and head over to his site ( here) to download the video -- a 1:18 minute short (8.12 MB) which requires Windows Media 8. It's very well done!
Sit down, Maverick. They call me Bossman. I've been watching you. You look good for a rookie. You handle yourself well in a dogfight... ...but we're going to be facing some bigger ships soon. A lot of young pilots get excited when they see their first destroyer... ...they lose their heads and go straight in for the battleship. Then a light fighter they forgot about blasts them from behind. Big ships move slow and turn like pigs. Thing to do is clean up the fighter cover first... ...then go in for the battleship.
Wing Commander is mentioned in a not-too-flaterring comment as part of an article over at CNN (about Harry Potter, no less) -- any publicity you can walk away from...
Hey, Maverick. I'm Maniac. Glad to meetcha. Bossman says we're gonna see some action against some battleships soon. I can't wait... Dodging flak and fighter cover to make a missile run at a destroyer... Man, that'll be a rush. Get in there quick, waste the mama cat... ...then pick the kittens off one by one. That's the way to do it.
Happy third birthday to A Talent for War -- the biggest, best and probably only Space Sim news site! Keep up the great work, guys...
Dralthi5 noticed an interesting Wing Commander mention -- Monday's edition of Jeopardy! had a catagory called "Sch"wing"", which included the following answer: "A rank in the Royal Air Force or a space combat video game." Neat...
GameKult has posted an interview with Erin Roberts -- who's still with Digital Anvil, and apparently working on FreeLancer. It's in French, so here's my translation... Thanks to LancersReactor! Unfortunately, we could only see the combat portion of Freelancer, perhaps because this is the domain of Erin Roberts -- whereas the adventure portion is the work of his brother Chris. We have been able to confirm that the gameplay will be the same quality as Privateer, with a main plot and a mass of other missions. The player will actually be able to choice his methof od play (merchant, mercenary or pirate?). Although the main plot will lack the persistant online mode, Erin Roberts confirmed that new missions will regularly be added, and that it is probable that the offline game will profit from updates of this type. But lets return to the fighting: fast, furious and superb, with ships that are destroyed based on localized damage in the style of StarLancer and Wing Commander. The interface is simpler, and the entire vessel can be controlled by the mouse (movement, choice of weapons, targets, etc). The purists, however, will prefer the joystick.
Maverick, right? I'm Knight. Welcome to the Blue Devils. Ever flown Scimitars before? I think you're going to like them. A Scimitar isn't quite as fast or nimble as a Hornet... ...but she's got twice the armor, as well as heavier guns. And she handles like a Centaurian mud pig. Iceman here'll try to tell you speed and handling'll save your butt... ...but I'll take an extra three centimeters of durasteel plating any day.
Remember that new design for a carrier WC Wraith made? Well, remember it, it's dead... wait, no -- now you can download the 3D model! It was created by Derrin Proctor, based on an original design by WC Wraith. Download it here (200k)...
Can't tell a Pirate Talon from your left arm? You're not alone -- no one won the GOLD STAR (not, however, for lack of trying)! Well, here are the answers. Drum-roll please...
1) Unknown Ship (Privateer 2) 2) Gratha (Super Wing Commander) 3) Talon (Privateer, Church of Man) 4) Talon (Privateer, Militia) 5) Talon (Privateer, Pirate)
Another Crius.Net milestone: 60,000 posts. That's a lot of people arguing whether it's a Dragon or a Lance...
Dan Choina is embarking on a Wing Commander movie project that certainly interests me! He says it best... we'll let you know when he posts more! Hi there,
Name's Dan Choina. Or more well known online as RoboDan!
I want to say that I'm very pleased with the way that the CIC has been operating. I've been a WC fan for many a year, and I greatly appreciate all the work you guys put into the site!
I just wanted you guys to know that I'm currently working on a fan made trailer and TV spot for Wing Commander. Yes, even though many WC fans didn't like the film, I did. And I always wanted to show my respect by making a trailer for it. Hopefully I'll have it done sometime this week, in which I'll send you a confirmation email. I'll host it up on my site, which currently has some other fanmade trailers on there.
If you'd like to take a look, you can find it at
Thanks for your time. And thanks for aiding us WC fans out there!
The guys over at WCRPG have posted teaser movie #2 for their upcoming 3D Movie, The Long Cold Winter. You can download it here (8 mb).
Maverick. They call me Iceman. Don't let Knight fool you. The Scimm's a gun-heavy slug. Forget finesse ... just head straight in, guns blaring. Give me a ship that takes skill... A Raptor, even a Hornet... ...or one of those new Rapiers... If half of what they say is true, the Rapier's a true artist's ship.
An important follow-up to yesterday's report on Unknown Enemy: the Ralari model was made by Wildcat and is being converted to Prophecy by KillerWave and TigerShark. Credit where credit is due...
Can you properly match each Talon(?) to its faction? Send the answers to me if you want to win a GOLD STAR... answers posted on tuesday!
Couldn't load those Wing Commander Lego pictures before? Well, you can now! Bob McDob's updated his site with proper links... find them here.
Sadic has posted another one of his wonderful renderings to the Chat Zone -- this time, it's the Kilrathi KF-402 Krant class medium fighter! Check it out... he's just finished work on the WC2 Confederation starbase model!
Eder's Wing Commander mod, now titled "Standoff", has a web page! Find out all about it at http://stallions.hypermart.net/wingcommander/!
It's no WCMC, but I've accidentally created the first Wing Commander FPS game! I altered a Darkening saved game to allow you to play as one of the games laser-welding space-men... and you can journey the Tri-System with your single laser and jetpack. It's remarkably fun, for something that has a top speed of 80 kps. Just put this file in your /dark directory -- it'll replace your first saved game. Load it up and... take on the universe!
If this week's trivia were a strength in centimeters of durasteel of a battleship, it might be the port or starboard armor of a Concordia class SuperCruiser. Welcome to Game Three, Week Thirty Trivia. We play each week. Every Monday two main questions and one bonus question are posted to
alt.games.wing-commander and listed at the CIC. Please email answers to CReid1701@aol.com or ChrisReid@wcnews.com. Be sure to include a name you would like to be known under for the Scoreboard that will be up soon. Have your answers in before this coming Sunday (May 27, 2001) to ensure your answers are recorded. Answers submitted early may be returned and you may be able to fix incorrect answers, time permitting. Main questions answered correctly are good for 5 points, bonuses good for 3.
Answers to Questions for Week 29 (starting May 14, 2001): Question 57: What was a heavy fighter that was commonly known to stock half a dozen torpedoes for special situations? Answers Include: Sabre Question 58: What was a light fighter that was commonly known to carry a Scatter Gun as a special weapon? Answers Included: Banshee Bonus 29: What was a light fighter that was commonly known to carry a Mark II Stormfire as a special weapon? Answers Included: Piranha
New Questions for Week 30 (starting May 21, 2001): Question 59: Who said, "In the words of John Paul Jones, 'I have not yet begun to dogfight'?" Hint: The actual quote may have been "Sir, I have not yet begun to fight." Question 60: Who said, "Colonel, I respectfully request a real mission,not busy-work?" Hint: The colonel being referred to is female. Bonus 30: Who said, "I'm not going to do the Confederation's war effort much good if I'm dead, now am I?"
At this time we're not planning to end Game Three at Week 30.
Submissions are due by May 27, 2001.
Please email answers to ChrisReid@wcnews.com and do not post directly to the Newsgroup. Thanks.
I say Blair, you say Armstrong, lets call the whole thing off!
The Unknown Enemy team is busy with exams right now -- but the development marches on! They hope to release the first half of the game (Episode 1) in the near future... and Pedro is making significant progress in creating Prophecy capital ships. And here's their Ralari!
Tye has posted Episode 13 of Wing Commander Academy for download. The episode, titled "Glory of Sivar", was the second portion of two-part series finale... grab it here (67618 k).
Week 30 of agwc/CIC trivia starts Monday morning -- so have your Week 29 answers in to Chris today! New questions and scores will be posted in the morning...
It's Colonel Peter Halcyon, commander of the 88th Fighter Wing and (during Operation Thor's Hammer) Captain of the Tiger's Claw... and he's never looked more like Colonel McQueen from Space: Above and Beyond!
Can't find the Invasion Beta and Music? That's because it's been moved here and here respectively, to allow Netscape users to download it.
She flew straight into that space station, like destroying it was more important than her life. All of her torpedoes exploded on impact... And I couldn't do anything to save her. I'll never forget the last words she said to me... 'Tengoku de omachishi te imasu'...I will wait for you in Heaven.
Jumpgate has a publisher -- and it's 3DO! The game publisher, known to most viewers as the company that produced a Wing Commander supported platform years ago, will release the Privateer-esque MMP game in the United States. You can read all about it at this article at Planet Jumpgate. (As reported by Death himself).
Tom Wilson -- Maniac in Wing Commander 3, 4 and Prophecy -- will be appearing at the Shreveport Hollywood Expo and Toy Show on June 30th-July 1st. He'll be signing autographs at the BTTF.com booth! You can find out more at www.hollywoodexpo.com. Thanks goes to Stephen Clark of BTTF.com for letting us know about this!
Belly on up, friend, and take a load off. You must be Maverick. I'm Shotglass. Welcome aboard the Claw. Used to be a pilot myself... ...till the fleabags shot me up so bad I couldn't fly. I guess I flew with most every pilot on the Claw. So if you want to know how one pilot or another flies... ...old Shotglass is the guy to ask. Stop by when you're off duty and we'll talk more.
It's also worth pointing out that today is alt.games.wing-commander's sixth birthday -- the venerable newsgroup turns six years old. Which is, of course, about as many posts it gets a month now...
Here's a very important update we missed -- it's CIC staff member Kris "KrisV" Vanhecke's 20th birthday! We couldn't do it without you, Kris... we love you, man. (Morning updates will be delayed so y'all will see this and know to wish him a happy birthday...).