We have some additional news to share about two projects: the Mike Winterbauer art book and the ebook releases of the Wing Commander series! (There is, perhaps, some irony in the fact that we are fighting for physical releases of an ebook AND ebook releases of a physical book!) Mr. Winterbauer was kind enough to reply to my offer of support for a second campaign with some great news for Wing Commander fans:
I am going to re-launch this campaign with a lower goal and some added offers. One of the things I am adding to the offers is a beautiful Wing Commander print. The Wing Commander community has been wonderful, next time we will have more than three days notice.
Meanwhile, Baen has confirmed that the ebook release of Wing Commander: End Run (Book 2) is still in the works. In response to a request for a release date, their representative Tweeted: "Not as yet, thank you for your patience. We are working on it, rest assured." Baen has released their June schedule, which does not include End Run... so cross your fingers for July!
The lack of End Run is especially frustrating because it has long been the rarest of the physical books and because it introduces the 'book characters' who star in Fleet Action, Action Stations and False Colors. Meanwhile, False Colors is set for an April 4th release as an ebook. Preorders are not available yet, but until release it can be purchased as part of the April Baen Bundle. We will update once listings go up for the Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBook stores.
Upper Memory Block Walks Down Memory Lane
The Upper Memory Block podcast has kicked off a fun play-through of Wing Commander 2. Game streaming is a common pastime this days and there are lots of folks out there recording their Wing Commander sessions, so we don't highlight them all. But UMB is a big fan of the Wing Commander series, and they have a lot of similar contemporary interests to Wingnuts. (2018-03-22)
Homeworld Mod Deploys Black Lance
It's a big week for the Homeworld Remastered Mod! Their long-awaited Black Lance upgrade has now been released. Fans can grab it at either the Steam Workshop or ModDB, but users with a current copy will get the update automatically. (2018-03-21)
New WC Toolbox Expands WC2 Campaign Support
The WC Toolbox has gotten smarter with another new update. Version 4.2. (2018-03-20)
Kilrathi Fleet Gets Large Scale LLOD Upgrades
A couple of monster models have made their way into the Last Line of Defense project. Using some newly discovered information, Deathsnake has scaled up his fearsome Rigakh cruiser. Fairly credible stats imply it's even larger than the Confederation class dreadnought! (2018-03-19)
Black Lance Transport Certified For Covert Cargo
After leading the charge with a pair of exotic Black Lance designs earlier this year, DefianceIndustries has circled back around and completed the Evansville class transport that we see in Wing Commander 4. It has a fairly sleek profile for a transport as well as oversized engines, which form a pretty effective combo. There's no better way to sneak clandestine cargo to out-of-the-way places! (2018-03-18)