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  1. Bob McDob

    Freelancer porting of Wing Commander ships

    A few years ago there was an April Fool's gag that completely replaced the Freelancer universe with that of Privateer 2. IIRC missions were never implemented, but otherwise it was a mini-total conversion, with new factions, ships, equipment, planets and commodities. It might be worth a look if...
  2. Bob McDob

    Original Wing Commander Artist Here.

    Was one of them this one, by any chance?
  3. Bob McDob

    Goodbye, Tony Stockton (May 8, 2013)

    This is absolutely terrible news. The CCN was one of the most ingenious UI designs I've ever seen: it was such a simple idea, but so brilliantly executed, and it lent so much to the character of the game. I've typed up the interview from the Privateer 2 guide which includes Mr. Stockton. It...
  4. Bob McDob

    Just Joined Your Site

    A lot of them are just goofy. I'll always remember Paul Hughses': And Paul Chapman's: While I was digging up the Who's Who, I found the ships used in The Darkening advertisements. It looks like I was wrong - these are clearly more detailed than the in-game ships (which explains why they...
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    Just Joined Your Site

    "Clinical and ruthless in combat, prospective employers should nevertheless be warned of his propensity for quoting obscure Asiatic mystical texts." Were any of these write-ups in-jokes based on the team member or were they assigned randomly?
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    Just Joined Your Site

    Thank you for your response! I remember loading up the models for the first time, opening up the UV maps and, once I realized what I was looking at, thinking "this must have taken superhuman effort to do!" But it was worth it, because it gave the game a level of detail that really was...
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    Just Joined Your Site

    I have quite a few questions, so please forgive me! They still hold up quite well today: Paul Hughes released the game models and some other assets some time ago. I've looked through them, other people have rendered them with modern technology like above, and some people ported them to...
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    Just Joined Your Site

    I'm a tremendous fan of Privateer 2, and it is a great honor and a privilege to have you here, sir. The ships of that game are marvelous. Even after all these years, they have a charismatic charm about them. [Starlancer's, too]. I dimly recall reading that they were modeled in clay first; any...
  9. Bob McDob

    WCPedia Goal Reached!!

    We <strike>Can Do</strike> Did it! Check out https://www.wcnews.com/wcpedia/Main_Page right now! The WCPedia has hit 2,634 entries - that's a startling 400 new articles in just over one and a half months! Primary credit has to go to AD, who's been dumping Movie-related documents like the world...
  10. Bob McDob

    Some models...

    I really love that cruiser. Lovely meshing of forms that still manages to capture the WCIII aesthetic (and a bit of Secret Ops, as well?)
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    It's Absolutely Enormous! (July 19, 2011)

    Which I would think False Colors would corroborate: The holo-image showed a man in a sick bay bed, breathing with considerable difficulty and speaking in a ragged, throaty voice. Zachary Banfeld didn't look much like a ruthless pilot, Bondarevsky thought. More like the frightened survivor of a...
  12. Bob McDob

    The one thing where Wing Commander was far better than most popular Sci-Fi

    Just wait until they bring out THE EVENT.
  13. Bob McDob

    Wing Commander RPG

    Nevertheless, if you're serious about running a game set in the Tri-System, my advice would be to prime yourself by reading the manuals. They're not just a great style guide into the Privateer 2 mentality, but they have all kinds of neat throwaway references and bits you can use (especially the...
  14. Bob McDob

    Wing Commander RPG

    Priv 2 code-ified for your reading convenience: Also, you missed Zakariah Skintight's album, "No butts", 49 creds. And I mean, really? Forgetting Zak? HOW COULD YOU??? You MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Orion, mainly, if memory serves. https://www.wcnews.com/wcpedia/Fusion_Cannon (I just...
  15. Bob McDob

    Last Line of Defence

    I think https://www.wcnews.com/news/3535/.
  16. Bob McDob

    In hindsight, the Wing Commander movie was a masterpiece.

    I always felt that last scene strips the point that Paladin makes right before. "It's not about faith! ... but if you think it is, here's something for good luck." Which wouldn't be so bad, if the jump scene didn't show Blair clutching to his Cross like it was a lifeline.
  17. Bob McDob

    Last Line of Defence

    Does it really matter if there's no up in space?
  18. Bob McDob

    An impossible sighting

    Close, but not quite: http://stargazer2006.online.fr/aircraft/long-ez.htm I remembered where I saw it just now.
  19. Bob McDob

    An impossible sighting

    Aren't there quite a few military industries based in Massachusetts? Raytheon, for one, headquartered in Waltham not far from where he lives (and I used to live). I don't keep abreast of drone news, but it wouldn't surprise me if there were some prototype or trial being carried out for coast...
  20. Bob McDob

    An impossible sighting

    Burt Rutan sold a couple of canard-pusher prop kit designs, though its name escapes me now.
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