Announcing 2014 Winners!

Hundreds of votes have been cast, and we finally have the winners of the annual CIC contests! It's hard to cast just one vote in each category when every project or site has made a major contribution to the community over the past year, but we appreciate this opportunity to recognize a few of the endeavors that had some of the largest impact. Here's who came out on top:


The winner for 2014 Fan Project of the Year is Wing Commander Flat Universe. They made a big splash when first announced in 2013, but progress accelerated last year with regular status updates, art previews and playable test releases. Their responses to initial player feedback has also helped earn a dedicated following.



Sometimes votes are close and there are more than just a single winner or runner up who've made a significant impact, and in cases like this we'll give out two awards.

The first runner up for 2014 Fan Project of the Year is Klavs' Model Archive. Fans have enjoyed seeing Klavs' models in exquisite renders, make surprise appearances in other fan projects and even physically interact with them as 3D prints. In 2014, other aspiring modders got a big boost when Klavs' digital fleet was posted for download to jump start the creation of even more projects.



The second runner up for 2014 Fan Project of the Year is the Prophecy Fan Movie! Although Beckmen kept a relatively low profile leading up to its release, the project was clearly very time consuming and was in the works for quite a while. The final product allows fans to recap and experience the game again in a compact format that doesn't require any PC tweaking or relearning controls. But it's captivating enough that some pilots end up digging out their joysticks again after watching!



The winner for 2014 Website of the Year is Daedalus Station! We don't always allow multiple nominees from a single person or group into the contest, but the Maslas Brothers have earned their top honors in both categories this time around. The Flat Universe game is its own distinct experience, and its website has distinguished itself as another premiere entity with a flashy WC-style interface, useful information and its own in-universe magazine. Either one could stand out on their own, but fans have come to appreciate both for what they've done over the past year!



Finally, the runner up for 2014 Website of the Year is capi's Wing Commander RPG Wiki. Its wealth of encyclopedia-style information, frequent status updates as well as the RPG game itself have been a winning combination on the web. capi's creativity is nowhere near being tapped out, so we look forward to even more ahead!



While we congratulate the latest winners, we also appreciate the contributions of all of the other nominees and dedicated Wingnuts everywhere. We're always surprised and impressed by the different things that wind up in the news each year. Let's make 2015 great together!


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Cube 3: Cubanate
2017-05-22 -- As part of my ongoing quest for industrial music tangentially connected to Wing Commander Prophecy, I happened across an interesting description of a CD from a group called Cubanate: "The group has also tried their hand at writing music for video games, the album track "Airport Bar" will appear on the home vid Wing Commander 5 -- Prophecy." Further research indicated that this was part of the album's 'iMuze' description, which has over the years fed it to thousands of eBay auctions, electronic storefronts and other databases.But what was Cubanate and how was it connected to Wing Commander Prophecy?

Video Games Reviews Wing Commander
2017-05-21 -- Let’s close out the week with two more vintage reviews. These are from the difficult-to-Google VideoGames magazine, which covered console gaming in the 1990s. The November 1993 issue (pictured with cover) gave a positive review to Wing Commander: The Secret Missions for the SNES, while the July 1995 issue praised Wing Commander III for the 3DO.

Lazy Game Reviews Covers Wing Commander
2017-05-20 -- Noted YouTube retrogamer Lazy Game Reviews (LGR) has just tackled our favorite: the original Wing Commander! Lazy Game Reviews produces excellent reviews of classic gaming and tech subjects… and this one is no exception. If you need to explain Wing Commander to someone unfamiliar with the series, this is a great way to start.

Kilrathi Warrior Busts Some Skulls
2017-05-19 -- The April 1994 issue of Electronic Entertainment has a short-but-interesting preview of Wing Commander III! It's fascinating to see an article that isn't especially focused on the addition of live action cutscenes... but this scan is most exciting because it includes two early concept sketches for the game: an Excalibur fighter and an initial, somewhat terrifying sketch of a Kilrathi!

End Run Still Coming
2017-05-18 -- Good news for patient Wing Commander eBook readers: the ebook re-release of Wing Commander: End Run (Book #2) is still in the works. In response to an inquiry, Baen replied via Twitter:It's in process, but I don't have a date as yet. We have to work it into the schedule, but keep checking the bundles!

Hakaga to Scale
2017-05-17 -- NinjaLA is BACK... with a herd of cats! Ninja recently tried his hand at drawing a Kilrathi Hakaga-class carrier in the same style as Claw Marks.

Acronym Party: VG&CE on WC2
2017-05-16 -- Video Games & Computer Entertainment was the first outlet to cover the 'making of' a Wing Commander game, with a cover story on the making of the original game (available here.) Today, we're looking at their articles for the second game in the series, Vengeance of the Kilrathi. The first two pages are from the January 1991 issue which reviewed Wing Commander II.

Armada II Mod Returns
2017-05-15 -- It's not uncommon for mods to disappear... so it's also a nice surprise when they come back! Back in 2012, Janos Miklos worked to convert the Star Trek Armada Wing Commander TC to the newer Star Trek Armada II platform.

PC Format on Wing Commander II
2017-05-14 -- PC Format, a UK-based gaming magazine that would go on to have a close relationship with Origin Systems, published their first issue in 1991. Of interest to us, however, is issue 2: the November, 1991 edition of the magazine was absolutely chock full of Wing Commander II. As you can see, Wing Commander II gets a four page review, a picture on the cover and even a letter in their 'Q&A' section.

Here Come the Books!
2017-05-13 -- Surprise: the printed Classic Game Cover Art books the Wing Commander community helped Mike Winterbauer create through his Kickstarter are already printed! Mr. Winterbauer has received the print run and is beginning to ship them out to supporters now.

GOG Weekend Sale Runs the Series
2017-05-12 -- Still holding out on picking up digital copies of the greatest games ever made? It seems unlikely, as you're visiting the Wing Commander community hub in 2017 AD... but just in case, GOG are having another weekly sale that covers the entire Wing Commander series!

Back to The Awakening
2017-05-11 -- Last month, we reported about the history of one of the 'inspired by' tracks on the Wing Commander Prophecy Original Soundtrack. Specifically, that the song 'The Awakening' by German electronic group Das Ich was an English-language 'Wing Commander' adaptation of one of their earlier songs. At the time, we noted the English version had only ever been available on the Prophecy soundtrack.

Chasing Saturn
2017-05-10 -- The year is 1995 and it is the height of a pitched battle between console manufacturers. These are Thunderdome rules: five systems enter, one system leaves. The stakes are much greater than just the current generation of console hardware; what happens here will set a course for decades of game development.

EGM: Previews & Cheats
2017-05-09 -- Several weeks ago, we posted a collection of Wing Commander reviews from the heydey of Electronic Games Monthly. Today, we're following that with another two selections of Wing Commander articles. The first is an assortment of previews, which cover Wing Commander and The Secret Missions for the SNES and then Wing Commander 3 for the 3DO and Playstation.

Wing Commander Prophecy Demo Updated
2017-05-08 -- PopsiclePete has a slightly crazy update for us today: he has released a new version of the 1997 Wing Commander Prophecy Demo which fixes a small graphical error. The original demo displayed a small line next to each ship VDU... and with this update, that has been fixed!

RSI Museum Brings the A Games
2017-05-07 -- I was recently honored to appear on another episode of RSI Museum, the Cloud Imperium Games’ livestream that talks about the history of games that influenced Star Citizen. This time, we talked about (and took a look at) Wing Comander’s Academy, Armada and Arena. Enjoy!

A Whisper of Games That Weren't
2017-05-06 -- Here's a sad reminder of two games that weren't, straight from the pages of issue 12 of the United Kingdom's official 3DO Magazine. This issue follows a disappointing 1996 E3 presentation in which the 3DO company did not show any progress on their long-promised M2 console... the writing on the wall already being clear to everyone (except possibly the editors of the official 3DO magazine) that Sony's PlayStation had vanquished all competitors.

But Wait, There's More Ribbons!
2017-05-05 -- Yesterday's great Claw Marks coloring project reminded us that the Wing Commander I ribbons have actually been colorized twice before: in Japanese manuals for console ports of the game! First, the Super Famicom (Super Nintendo) version offers a pretty but ultimately bizarre colorized chart in which none of the ribbons even match the designs in the game. Later, the Mega CD (Sega CD) version included a proper chart that identifies the medals correctly!

Ribbons Get Color Correction
2017-05-04 -- Here's a cool surprise: marcomads has updated Claw Marks to feature the correct 'ribbon' colors! Wing Commander I awarded 'ribbons' for various achievements which were displayed on your character's uniform in the locker (and during medal ceremonies.) Ribbons were issued each time you flew a new fighter or when you completed a certain number of missions or kills.

Johnny Get Your Gun Platform
2017-05-03 -- Think you've seen every ship in Wing Commander III? The 3DO version of the game actually includes two models not present in the PC release! The first of these, shared in this post, is the Kilrathi Gun Platform.

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