Shipments Confirmed & Community Business

I hope a little bit of our excitement is reaching you through this as we celebrate the launch of a new Wing Commander product. Having played Prophecy years ago, we didn't expect to be quite as hyper as we all are today. The launch of Prophecy Gold in 1998 was a big event for us, and now the ability to play the game on the slick GBA (with new multiplayer modes!) is even better. We have confirmed the earlier Amazon reports. UPS has the game in transit so advance Amazon orders should arrive this week (2-Day mail on Friday & Overnight in a matter of hours). We'll be updating around the clock over the next few days with exciting developments and fun things for you to check out. It's been a little while since we've needed to update in that fashion, and it's loads of fun. Feel free to let us know if you spot the game locally. Send us a picture if you spot a neat Prophecy display in a store (or make an impromptu one yourself). Because of how some retailers ship Game Boy games, different locations will be receiving the game at different intervals over the next week beginning Thursday and Friday. Some of you contacted us about the server outage wcnews.com experienced this afternoon. Things should be back to normal now. In the event that something else pops up, give the forums at Crius.net a look and we'll utilize that for breaking news.

Since the game has shipped much closer to the summer than we originally anticipated, it appears that we'll be combining the original Prophecy Launch Party with the CIC Birthday Party on August 10. If you'd like to come by and chat about anything in the mean time, please visit us in #Wingnut (currently on irc.craplink.net). I'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce the CIC Fifth Birthday. For a while now we've been putting together some big plans to celebrate five years at wcnews.com. We're working hard to ensure this is our most impressive showing yet. For the cash strapped Wing Commander fans, the Game Boy Advance systems and Prophecy game packs we originally intended to give away at Launch will make an appearance on August 10. Mark your calendars! As usual, we'll have some other neat birthday presents to give away to party attendees as well.

And in closing.. here's a little bit of the email that had me jumping for joy in the computer lab. Thanks for sharing this exciting time with us.

Subj: Your Amazon.com order has shipped (#103-8013097-6208615)
Date: 5/28/2003 2:34:27 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: ship-confirm@amazon.com
To: creid1701@aol.com

We thought you'd like to know that we shipped your items today, and that this completes your order. Thanks for shopping at Amazon.com, and we hope to see you again soon.

The following items were included in this shipment:
Qty, Item, Price, Shipped, Subtotal
8, Wing Commander: Prophecy, $19.99, 8, $159.92
Shipping & Handling: $22.91
Sales Tax: $16.08
Total: $198.91

Thank you for shopping with us.

YAY!

BREAKING NEWS: Prophecy Ships!

I've just recieved my ship notice from Amazon.com -- Wing Commander Prophecy Advance is on its way! As long as overnight shipping actually means overnight shipping, I'll have first impressions posted Thursday afternoon! This is a great day for Wing Commander fans.

If You've Got the Money, Honey, They've Got the Cats

The Prop Store of London, a website which frequently offers up screen-used Wing Commander movie outfits and props, has produced an interesting piece of Wing Commander merchandise. They've used the original moldings to produce a run of 28" tall "Limited Edition Kilrathi Marquettes". They're pretty neat looking -- but they're pricey... they cost a whopping $320 each, and the run is limited to only five pieces. Still, worth it if you loved the look of the Kilrathi in the movie (you know who you are, Bob Johnson of Bloomington, IN). (You can see the original model here on the left, in a picture from Digital Anvil's old offices. The larger costume can be found here.)

Brute Force Ships Today

Those following XBox games are likely to already know that Brute Force by Digital Anvil is coming out today. Digital Anvil is the company founded by Chris Roberts to create the CGI for the WC movie and has made such games as Starlancer and Freelancer. You might recall WC references were sprinkled liberally throughout those games (and video from the WC movie even reused in Starlancer), so perhaps we'll get a few easter eggs in Brute Force as well. For starters, the "good guys" are known as Confed once again. From early indications, this will definitely be DA's best selling game to date.

WCPolaroids: Zero (3/11)

Mister 45-degree strikes again. Well, lets take a look at Zero's insignias. The two gold squares over his left breast pocket are his rank and service -- signifying, in this case, that he is a 1st Lt in the Space Forces. The trapezoid pin on his right breast pocket are his wings, earned for having passed through Advanced Flight School. Anyone have any theories as to what the triangle pins on his collar are?


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Vega Super Star Back In Action
2018-01-15 -- DefianceIndustries is back from a well deserved holiday break with a slick new wallpaper image. It features a cool new Rapier model first teased last October. This is the variant featured in Super Wing Commander and Arena, so it's a bit more flat and round than DOS or GOG players might be familiar with.

Rapier Research Leads To New Sighting
2018-01-14 -- Lilja saw our post a while back about one of the Lightning fighters that became a Wing Commander Movie Rapier at Pinewood Studios and decided to do some digging of his own. Finding where they've all ended up over the years has been an interesting endeavor, and through some clever investigation, he managed to track down some new information on the afterlife of these exotics birds. Immediately after the film's debut in 1999, fans spotted one Rapier at a Planet Hollywood in Ohio, and then a couple showed up for auction/rental/sale in the early 2000s.

Lego Darket Built Out Of Digital Bricks
2018-01-13 -- Lego Digital Designers Club has posted a neat virtual Darket made with Lego brand activity bricks. The color could probably go a bit more brown, but otherwise it's a pretty good design. All of the crazy Star Wars Legos out there sure make me wish we got these for real!

Annual Awards Voting In Full Swing
2018-01-12 -- Our annual community voting is now in progress, and Wingnuts like you are helping choose the Wing Commander Fan Project of the Year for 2017! Here are the nominees one more time. It's hard to choose because there's so many great projects going on, but vote below and help pick the winner!

Star Wars Excitement Spills Over Into Wing Commander
2018-01-11 -- Mark Hamill's return to the Star Wars series and starring role in The Last Jedi has also sparked a wave of interest in his work between epic film projects. The gaming press has largely already done this thanks to Mr. Hamill's role in Star Citizen, but now it's spreading to a more mainstream audience.

Catch Up On Everything Wing Commander Amiga
2018-01-10 -- Shot97 has put together an absolutely massive review of Wing Commander for Amiga systems. He covers every inch from top to bottom. Shot goes over what the game meant to him and then proceeds to cover the backstory, the impact of the characters, the depth of the manual, the significance of the Kilrathi, and that's just getting started.

Casper Van Dien On Wing Commander 4, Starship Troopers & Much More
2018-01-09 -- GeekScape has posted a podcast episode with Starship Troopers star Casper Van Dien. The actor is well known for his sci-fi acting, but he's also a director with a diverse variety of projects under his belt. He also had a brief cameo in Wing Commander 4, which is mentioned in the show.

Privateer Model Exploration Continues
2018-01-08 -- A lot of people have done some pretty nifty things with the Privateer 3D model archive over the years, but it can still be a slightly daunting task to dig into if you're an artistic novice. This is where fans come into play, and Wingnuts have continued to help their fellow Wingnuts learn how to navigate these waters. bai recently got some assistance unpacking some of the texture files and finding out how to convert and read them.

WC1&2 Audio Sound Comparison Presented In Easy Playlist Form
2018-01-07 -- pcuser1541 has put together a number of videos that showcase the wide variety of audio setups supported by the original Wing Commander games. SoundBlaster was the most common card of the day, but the Roland MT-32 was highly sought after early on and new variants continued to be released through numerous ports over nearly half a dozen years. There are examples from the Microsoft GS, FM Towns, Amiga, Macintosh, Super Nintendo and Sega CD.

GPD Win Is Latest Handheld To Showcase Wing Commander Emulation
2018-01-06 -- Alien Gray has posted a nifty video of the GPD Win playing the 3DO version of Super Wing Commander. This device actually runs Windows 10, but it's using the Project Phoenix emulator to get the game running. This is just the latest in a fascinating string of modern handheld devices that have managed to get various WC games running.

IMDB Takes Video Games To The Movies
2018-01-05 -- The Internet Movie Database has posted a photo gallery collage to highlight the history of video games crossing over to movies. There are 96 examples highlighted (a significant fraction of which are Resident Evil films), which is surprising in itself. Even more so, Wing Commander is chronologically listed in the first fifteen movies, so the genre has really exploded in recent years.

Childhood Adventures Explored On YouTube
2018-01-04 -- Claude Blair has put together an interesting video that reviews a large pile of Wing Commander documentation. After some initial introduction, he spends more than a half hour lovingly detailing the material on every page of Claw Marks. Obviously most of you are quite familiar with what's in the WC1 manual, but it's always fun to hear the perspective of someone who's so excited about it.

Happy New Year From George Oldziey
2018-01-03 -- George Oldziey is back with a New Year's message and Wing Commander album status update. He's anxiously preparing for the Wing Commander bar music recording happening next month as well as planning out the next steps for the orchestral portions of the album. He's also dug up a vintage interview that was published in the January 1999 edition of Film Score Monthly.

Kick Off 2018 With Some Slick Sketches
2018-01-02 -- Arne from Android Arts is currently putting together some awesome Wing Commander sketches. He started with an Exeter and has drawn a contemporary flotilla around it. There's also a gun mockup and fighter concept art, plus a really cute 'Dralthi Commander' diskette.

Happy New Year!
2018-01-01 -- The confetti is starting to settle, and those of us who had time off for the holidays are getting ready to go back to work now. We're all inspired by the last two days' worth of 2017 recaps. When it's all summed up like that, it's really astounding, and these are just the condensed highlights.

A Look Back At 2017
2017-12-31 -- The year 2017 is on the way out as I write this, so it's time to review what a wonderful year it's been. We got a taste of the action in yesterday's Fan Project of the Year roundup. There were lots projects that released some great things for the community over the past twelve months, including many playable adventures and multiplayer games.

Annual Community Vote Begins!
2017-12-30 -- It's almost 2018, so that means it's time for our annual contest tradition! One tweak this year is that we're combining the Fan Project and Web Site of the Year categories into one. While there were some great Wing Commander updates on the web, we didn't get enough nominations to make that standalone grouping competitive.

TomVlog34 Travels East To West & Beyond
2017-12-29 -- Tom Wilson has posted a couple new chapters in his ongoing YouTube vlog series. The first clip starts out with some insight into his daily life. He briefly conducts an interview for a documentary on his time acting in Freaks & Geeks, and he touches on a subject that would be familiar to fans of his Wing Commander work: while he loved his time working on the series, he's nowhere as well versed in the subject material as the actual fans.

El Simulador de Combat Espacial en 3-D: "¡Lo que ves es lo que juegas!"
2017-12-28 -- Christian Klein, the Pixel Engineer, has added another rare version of Wing Commander 1 to his collection. This one has been localized for Spain by DROsoft. It has some pretty cool black and white play manuals as well as an unusual slip cover for the box.

A Little Birdie Told Me...
2017-12-27 -- The world of creative development has changed dramatically over the past couple decades, and it's absolutely routine for games or movies today to have a easy transparent access to the stars who make them. It was quite a treat to witness a rare IRC visit or newsgroup post from an Origin programmer in 1997, but consumers today have an endless feed of livestreams and tweets to look forward to. To provide a tiny glimpse into what we might have missed, Freddie Prinze Jr responded to this in a thread about the nifty SpaceX cloud last week.

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