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I noticed a detail I’d never picked up on in Action Stations! The book is a prequel about the start of the Kilrathi war that’s strongly based on Pearl Harbor (and At Dawn We Slept in particular).

The Kilrathi are preparing to attack Confed’s major base at McAuliffe. Earth dispatches orders to Vega to go on a war footing, but a series of random occurrences delay them from getting there until the battle is joined. The first of these is that the officer delivering the pouch to the courier ship misses the hand off as he’s trying to appease his angry date, Nancy. Chapters and more delays later the pouch finally arrives with Admiral Long at McAuliffe… who ignores it because his wife is furious over gossip regarding her friend… Nancy! So who is this woman who inadvertently doomed trillions to slavery and death? I have my suspicions. (For the record my mom is also named Nancy and she would betray Earth to help cats in a minute.)
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Take a Swim With the Sharks Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

SHARK MOUTHS! Although most famously applied to the Flying Tigers' Warhawks, pilots started painting fierce faces on their aircraft during the first World War... and it continues to this day! So today let's see how that tradition continues through the 27th (and 28th) Century...

Wing Commander's very first shark mouth isn't even human: Prince Thrakhath's Bloodfang fighter has one in both the Wing Commander II demo and when redesigned for Wing Commander II itself. The first human shark mouth we see is the Arrow in Wing Commander Armada which soon after appeared with a similar livery in Wing Commander III... Wing Commander IV drops them entirely but they return in Wing Commander Arena! All three Arrow types (Scout, Eclipse, Guardian) have them, which is some attention to detail given you can't really see them in a top down game. Wing Commander III also gives us the Thunderbolt VII. We see an ensharkened Thunderbolt in the CCG, too! Wolfpack Squadron on the Midway puts their shark mouths in a unique place, on their Vampires' rotating engines! Civilians like them, too! Privateer's Centurion breaks the Gemini system's unspoken very gray ship rule to sneak in an appropriate shark mouth. In the Tri-System, the Kiowa pirate clan paints faces on their ships. Here's the Leighat and the Vector sporting them. And I suppose the Skull also technically counts! Unless those teeth are just a coincidence. Finally, honorable mention to this Kalrechi scheme seen in previews for Privateer 2. which has... uh... the Joker? A vampire? on its nose? Can you think of any others?
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Krant and Firekkan Fighters Reintroduced to Wing Leader Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We've got two Wing Leader ships today for the price of one! Howard Day has made major refinements to both his Krant and Firekkan 'Valtar' design. Both have extremely spiffy new cockpit art for display in the project's rolling demo. Pay close attention to the Kilrathi fighter and you'll see specially designed kat claws and articulated legs, not to mention cockpit damage. There's now a very nice lineup of alien ships in the game!
Got the Kilrathi Wingleader cockpits with legs and dual joysticks hooked up! Looks pretty cool, IMHO. Enjoy!

Spanish WC RPG Under Construction Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Narrarrol is looking at making a Spanish language Wing Commander game in the M-Space RPG. There's not a ton of information available yet, but the base game looks like a pretty flexible framework that would allow for moddability with WC assets. There's also historically not been very many non-English role playing games out there, so we'd love to see some fans get together and figure this out! If this sounds like something up your alley, let Narrarrol know on Twitter.
Investing night hours in a space hunting card game with classic inspiration. KF-227 Salthi of the Kilrah Empire (or Kilrathi Empire) still under construction. #juegosderol #rol #ttrpg #mspace #wingcommander

Mac's Excal Excels Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Mac is celebrating a new version of Blender with a fancy new render. He's taken Klavs' fantastic Excalibur model and infused it with some very complimentary lighting effects. It's even a good proxy for the Temblor strike aftermath!
Blender 4.2 is out! You know what means? New Eevee Rendering! Which means new ways for me to light stuff without having to go into Cycles! Yay!
Eevee? Autocorrect mishap or pet name for his favorite fighter? I'll leave that for you to decide!

Prime Day Top Pick: Wing Commander Academy Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

There's a lot of things on sale today at Amazon.com, but our pick of the day is the Wing Commander Academy television show on DVD. It's $10.99, which isn't a special sale price just for today, but it does match the lowest it's been at for the past year. Academy is a spectacular story that follows our favorite pilots across thirteen episodes at the academy and aboard the Tiger's Claw. Since it was delisted from Peacock last year, the DVD remains the top way to pick it up today. And for folks looking for the absolute best deal, Academy is on sale at Deep Discount as well. It starts at $9.62 and then coupon code "SUMMER" knocks it down to an impressive $8.18. However, shipping adds a couple bucks back and takes a bit longer than Amazon, so pick the best option for your situation!

Wing Leader's Salthi Swoops In Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Howard Day has finished fully implementing a new ship into Wing Leader. Formerly available as an adversary, the game's first person rolling demo now has the ability to load a Salthi and play from the Kilrathi fighter's point of view. This even includes extensive cockpit damage! Catch a new video of it in action below.
Got the Wing Leader Salthi Cockpit all hooked up! Looking pretty awesome, very happy with the results. It's very much a glass cannon speedster. It came together quick, future Kilrathi cockpits should be as fast or faster. :) Enjoy!

Countdown Warning: Two Weeks Before Arena Delisting Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Time marches ever forward and that means Wing Commander Arena's delisting from the Xbox Marketplace store is fast approaching. Some 200 digital-only games for the Xbox 360 will no longer be available for purchase after July 29. This will leave the demo on the November 2007 OXM cover disc as the only circulating version out there. The good news is that Microsoft has slashed the price to just 99 cents in the game's final days. As it will continue to remain playable the Xbox 360 (not Xbox One or Series S/X) for the foreseeable future, there's no reason not to pick up a copy. Some people have reported hangups with the legacy website. The best workarounds we've seen are to first buy $1-2 worth of Xbox Gift Card currency or try to make a purchase directly from an Xbox 360 console. On the bright side, it is nice to see an uptick in people streaming games like Arena as we approach the cutoff. Check out the transition FAQ for more info!

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