#WingNut Chat Room


The #Wingnut chatroom was originally founded on July 13, 1997 as the irc channel of the alt.games.wing-commander newsgroup. It was used for the Grand Opening of the Wing Commander CIC on August 10, 1998 and has been used continuously ever since. In additional to lively Wing Commander talk, there is everything from off-topic conversation to detailed modding discussion. Our next big event will be the CIC 22nd Birthday Party, which will probably be held on or about August 8 or 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT).


The channel is open 24/7 on Discord. Visit us there via this invite.

There is a legacy IRC server at irc.wcnews.com, which currently only exists as a backup. You can also reach the old room through the #Wingnut Web Interface.


Other than the standard no spamming/flaming, no specific rules are enforced. Topics are definitely not limited to Wing Commander. Just act friendly and you'll be fine. The general CIC Forums Rules also make good guidelines for #Wingnut.

Major Event Logs

  • August 10, 1998 - CIC Grand Opening
    After months of anticipation, the brand new CIC finally opened and revolutionizes the world of Wing Commander news. Who here remembers the original splash filler page and digital countdown timer?
  • October 24, 1998 - CIC Secret Ops Contest Spectacular
    WC Patches, Autographed Games, and Authentic WC Flight Suits/Bomber Jackets worn by the cast of Prophecy were up for grabs in our giant Secret Ops contest.
  • August 10, 1999 - CIC First Birthday (Short Version)
    The first of many anniversaries. CIC Green made its debut at our first birthday and LOAF baked a cake!
  • August 10, 2000 - CIC Second Birthday (Short Version)
    After the cancellation of Privateer Online, Wing Commander fanatics came out in force to show their support of the WC community. The first completed WC fan projects went online in 2000!
  • August 10, 2001 - CIC Third Birthday (Short Version)
    A record number of WC fans joined us to see CIC Teal go online, along with a new chat zone and The Book of LOAF. In 2001 we announced that wcnews.com was paid off until 2010!
  • August 10, 2002 - CIC Fourth Birthday
    Despite a few network hiccups, we had a great time celebrating another major milestone.
  • August 10, 2003 - CIC Fifth Birthday (Short Version)
    We celebrated our milestone fifth birthday, and all had a great time. We also unveiled the first part of our biggest project to date - the Encyclopedia!
  • August 10, 2004 - CIC Sixth Birthday (Short Version)
    Our sixth birthday went off without a hitch, lots of great prizes were given, and among other things LOAF's amazing document archive was revealed. We once again had a record number of fans drop by to celebrate.
  • August 10, 2005 - CIC Seventh Birthday (Short Version)
    The seventh birthday was tons of fun. The atmosphere was really great, and there were a variety of neat random drawings, trivia contests and scavenger hunts that netted Wing Commander fans some great prizes. Some CIC sections got a big refresh, Standoff Episode 2 was released and everyone enthusiastically celebrated being a Wing Commander fan.
  • August 10, 2006 - CIC Eighth Birthday (Short Version)
    The eighth birthday was a huge success. Scores of fans came and went throughout the night. The CIC featured a huge Privateer 2 extravaganza to celebrate that game's 10th anniversary year. CIC Yellow (Holovids) was created to share all the video that has been collected, and a variety of new clips were added for this debut. The new Tech Support section went online to help fans play classic WC titles, and HCl even released a test preview of his WCP Multiplayer Patch. Everyone had tons of fun, and we're all looking forward to the ninth birthday in 2007!
  • August 10, 2007 - CIC Ninth Birthday
  • January 26, 2008 - Wing Commander Arena Tournament
  • August 10, 2008 - CIC Tenth Birthday
  • August 10, 2009 - CIC Eleventh Birthday
  • August 10, 2010 - CIC Twelfth Birthday
  • August 10, 2011 - CIC Thirteenth Birthday - Our biggest birthday yet! Hosted live out of Austin, Texas!
  • August 10, 2012 - CIC Fourteenth Birthday - Special guest Chris Roberts showed up to talk with fans!
  • August 10, 2013 - CIC Fifteenth Birthday - Another major milestone: fifteen years at WCNews.com!
  • August 16, 2014 - CIC Sixteenth Birthday - Once again the CIC unveiled never-before-seen artifacts while celebrating with friends!
  • August 15, 2015 - CIC Seventeenth Birthday - Lots of glorious fan project releases were on deck for the CIC's 17th!
  • August 13, 2016 - CIC Eighteenth Birthday - Another fantastic year with never-been-seen artifacts and fabulous fan projects!
  • August 19, 2017 - CIC Nineteenth Birthday - A musical birthday wish, awesome fan project updates and another great year with fellow fans!
  • August 18, 2018 - CIC Twentieth Birthday - Our first birthday party held on Discord!
  • August 17, 2019 - CIC Twenty-first Birthday - One of our biggest parties ever - the first Birthday with a full fledged accompanying livestream!

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