Differences a True Collector Would Love Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Red-Jackal recently posted a neat 1993 Privateer advertisement from Computer magazine. We've shown it off before, or so I thought, so I almost passed it by. It is a little bit sharper than the one we have in the archive though, so I decided to take a second look. Upon closer inspection, tiny little differences started to emerge. This one is listed as "Circle Reader Service Number 248" instead of Circle Reader Service #94." The text indicating the game was "Available at a software retailer near you" and that it's "A stand alone game made in the USA" were conspicuously missing. One word of the actual ad text is also different: enemies "also want your cargo" rather than "want your cargo too." Last, but not least, the word Privateer is no longer italicized before the awesome quote, "Where deals are made with a handshake and broken by the volley from a Meson cannon." Pretty neat!

All Wings Considered - Episode 1 - LIVE! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The first episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which will feature news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week we're taking on ground missions in Wing Commander IV and talking about the first four chapters of the novel End Run with members of the community. If you're watching live, you can join the End Run book discussion through the voice chat channel of our Discord server here. Missed the stream? The replay will be available below once it has been processed by YouTube. You can subscribe to the AWC channel for future notifications here.

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Streaming Live Thursday! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Our kickoff episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is nearly here! Be sure to tune in on Thursday, February 21st, at 7 PM Eastern (4 PM Pacific) to watch our live streaming Wing Commander show. This works out to Midnight GMT, which we know is late on a school night, so the archived recording will be available later. We'll update this post with the actual YouTube link once we go live, but you can also stop by the CIC Discord Server where the link and associated #Wingnut chatroom will be available. It should be lots of fun!
The first episode of All Wings Considered will also include the first iteration of a Wing Commander book club! This week we will be discussing the first four chapters of Wing Commander: End Run and everyone is welcome to join the live conversation via the WCCIC Discord server. We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Wing Commander Enters the Retro Zone Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Pix recently came across a pretty neat article in the UK magazine PC Zone. I really like it's graphical layout with the Dralthis overflying the slick text. The author is a big fan of the WC series and uses it as an example for awesome '90s games that were outside the realm of his usual fare. I do wonder about the Hobbes blurb a bit, and I think the suggestion in the gray box is just that GOG exists. It's a little odd to not come out and just say that, but this is still a great quote:
Just give me a lantern-jawed, blue-haired hero fighting some big cats in space, and I'm as happy as a porcine covered in excrement.

Homeworld Mod's Prologue Campaign Released Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

There's an exciting update to the Homeworld Remastered Mod, Flag Commander, today. L.I.F. has finished the prologue campaign with an exciting pre-WC3 mission. It follows the Victory in the aftermath of the Battle of Earth as they chase down a rogue Kilrathi fleet. It's pretty cool to interact with these characters on this scale from an RTS perspective! Grab the game at ModDb here.
Here's a new update to the single-player experience of Flag Commander: the final mission of the prologue campaign. Over the development of this campaign, I learned a lot in coding the events and logic of SP missions, which helped making the missions smoother and more reactive, so this update also includes some modifications of the first three missions to add proper backgrounds as well as character icons when someone is speaking.

This campaign is self-contained and follows the Victory soon after the Battle of Earth, in a series of skirmishes to deal with a strong Recon-In-Force Kilrathi raid unit that will allow the player to get familiarized with most of the gameplay features of the mod. Outside possible bug fixes, this should be the final release for this campaign, allowing me to shift to updating the WC 1/2 content to the current standards as well as using the experience to finally get End Run going. You can grab the game at ModDB here.

The prologue's missions are the following:

  • Raiders Sans Frontières: an escort mission where the Victory's air group must protect a convoy from cruise missiles then destroy a small group of capital ships by using the combination of allied ships and fighters.
  • The Great Hunt: a convoy attack mission where the Victory's forces must intercept a convoy and prevent any stragglers from alerting enemy forces beyond a jump point.
  • MineCraft, the McAuliffe's Legacy: the combination of a base defence to protect an InSys starbase and a seek-and-destroy where randomly-placed frigates will try to break through the Victory's blockade of the jump point and bring overwhelming reinforcements. Setting up a minefield in a limited time can turn the tables on an incoming force.
  • To kill a mockingcat: the final push against the heavy carrier that got progressively de-clawed with the destruction of its logistics and most of its escorts, yet still has many tricks up its sleeves. Recon, fleet defence and finally pursuit through a nebula to run down the carrier before it can escape.
I really hope people will enjoy playing it, as I do believe the RTS style can bring a lot to the Wing Commander experience.

CIC Forums Upgraded Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Frequent visitors to the CIC Forums have already noticed that our message boards got a big upgrade this weekend. We first switched over to Xenforo 1.0 back in 2011, and this brings us up to 2.1 (skipping right past 2.0)! There's a long list of basic quality-of-life tweaks that bring the forums in line with modern user interfaces. Graphical elements scale better to high res displays, a variety of post reactions are now available, more types of uploads can be added and the site displays much better on mobile devices. KrisV is still working on several additional features, including a more extended menu of emojis that will be available soon. We're also looking at a handful of neat optional upgrades that could be possible with the new setup - would people be interested in two-factor authentication? Check things out and let us know what you think!
    Xenforo 2.0 highlights
  • Greatly-enhanced mobile-friendly style
  • Alerts in favicon
  • Enhanced message editing
  • Keyboard shortcut system and enhanced keyboard navigation
  • The "what's new" system
  • High-DPI imagery (smilies, avatars)
  • Extended media embedding features
  • Quick thread creation
  • and more...
    Xenforo 2.1 highlights
  • Native push notifications on supported devices/browsers
  • Enhanced editor integration and advanced BB code option syntax
  • BB code and rich text editing for profile posts and comments
  • Last poster avatar on the forum list
  • Better support for smartphone displays with a notch
  • Password strength checking with zxcvbn
  • and more...

Tune in Thursday for ALL WINGS CONSIDERED Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The Combat Information Center team is proud to announce that we will be launching the Wing Commander community's first-ever weekly streaming show. The first episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED will air on YouTube this coming Thursday, February 21st at 7 PM Eastern. All Wings Considered is a live, weekly and informal look at the Wing Commander universe and fandom which includes gameplay, behind the scenes stories, community news and an ever-growing collection of regular segments and features! We've been developing the show for several months now as an outlet for our love of the series and are excited to start sharing with the rest of the world.

The first episode of All Wings Considered will also include the first iteration of a Wing Commander book club! This week we will be discussing the first four chapters of Wing Commander: End Run and everyone is welcome to join the live conversation via the WCCIC Discord server. We'd love to hear your thoughts!

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