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    Mars by 2030 target - Obama

    I look at it as a very shrewd political decision with some potential technical benefits. If Newspace is unable to work out, then Orion could be fairly easily modified to take on the task. But yes, it's all politically motivated. Obama wants to look like he's offering a compromise to the...
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    Mars by 2030 target - Obama

    I'm forced to agree. There's too many holes in this plan, and whenever the nearest milestone for space exploration is set more than 8 years away, it is more than likely that it will be delayed when the next President shows up. I'm relieved to see Orion return, albeit as an escape pod. Some of...
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    Consider this a taste... *SPOILERS*

    I'm intrigued, but say no more. I prefer to be surprised. I'm sure there are others, however...
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    Consider this a taste... *SPOILERS*

    Great work, Dundradal. Keep it up. Way back when the Scoreboard was first released, I posted that there were only three ways that Standoff could possibly be better: a mission tree, scoreboards for all the simulator missions, and the release of all the episodes. It appears that the Standoff...
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    Underperforming XBLA titles to be delisted

    After reading through all that, I can't believe this delisting process will ever come to fruition. The reasons against it are just too numerous: - There seems to be a wide disapproval for it among the XBLA community. I think I saw only one positive remark in that whole list of comments...
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    WC: Sins of Solar Empire Conversion

    I haven't played Sins before, so I don't know quite how the tech tree for that game works. It sounds as techs in the "military tree" can open up upgrades in the "upgrade tree". Based on that info, my suggestion would be to make a "phase shielding" sub-branch to the military tree, that would...
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    BREAKING NEWS: EA Announces... Something? (February 21, 2008)

    Hmmm...if this announcement turns out to be another WC game, perhaps Feb. 22 should become a community holiday. Best news I've heard all day. I'm quivering in anticipation.
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    A question & then a proposal:

    Such as, for example, a black hole cropping up in the middle of St. Louis. :D I remember that Sci-Fi movie kind of bummed me out, as I had some family in that area. Oh, well. I'm sure they would have been able to get out of there beforehand.
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    Arena For the PC?

    It sounds like I'm in a similar situation as a lot of people here. Given my financial situation, I can't justify buying an XBox 360. But if they offered Arena on Live for Windows, I'd be one of the first people in line for it. Yes, it was released for Windows, but it appears that it wasn't...
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    Finally! Wing Commander books have arrived!

    I probably read them in a similar order, as I bought them in the order they were published. Still, if I had to do it over again, I would move False Colors before POF, as it discusses Bellasarius and Tolwyn's reassignment to Confed. Going slightly off-topic, I was taking a look through Action...
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    Memory Lane

    I entered the WC community around 1996, just before WCP was released. I had played WC ever since the original came out, but I didn't know about the online community until a fellow fan told me about the Aces Club. I was amazed by all the online dialogue beyond the games themselves, such as the...
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    Privateer, unlikely solution!

    Ah, the torpedo launcher...that was practically the first thing I bought, after getting an armor upgrade. A missile launcher didn't seem to be that helpful until you got a decent radar system. By the time I upped to the Centurion, however, I switched to the missiles. Hmmm...I wonder which...
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    Best First Mission (Main Series)

    I'd have to give it a tie between SM1 and SM2. SM1 is probably more challenging on paper, due to the strike/escort roles that they have you a Hornet, of all ships. On the other hand, I remember the first time in SM2, when I saw those mass drivers on the Dralthi II. I said to myself...
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    So, Who is the traitor?

    Time to dust off Action Stations (AS spoilers galore) I pulled out my copy of Action Stations and took a look. In the passages on Kilrah before the transfer on the Emporium takes place, Jukaga's father makes it clear that he doesn't like the decision to go to war "It is the wrong war, at the...
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    Broken ship computer in Standoff?

    That's hilarious. I didn't expect the computer would have such a...colorful personality. After hearing that, I'm hoping that Standoff includes some sort of "outtakes" sequence when the last chapter comes out.
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    Wing Commander Novel

    A couple of months ago, I was looking for all the WC books (my collection had perished in a basement flooding a few years previously). After trying a few places and looking on the web, I went to a used bookstore down the street. Sure enough, I found all of them - in pretty good condition - in...
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    Favorite Missions

    One WC1-era mission that I haven't seen mentioned is Corsair 6, which I think had the most enemies (29) of any one of those missions. The fighters didn't come in large waves, but there were just so many of them. You really had to manage your AB juice to take them all down. I think for the KS...
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    Asteroids Rock! (December 2, 2007)

    Well, I'm going to have to go with WC3. In that game, some of the asteroids fought back. Although, if I recall, they didn't fight all that well.
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    X-Wing Scale model to be launched on 06/10/07

    I don't think Longbows are designed for atmospheric flight, though. ;) You'll have to go with a Hellcat or Excalibur. My vote's for the latter.
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    You guys gotta get rid of the taunts.

    Ah, yes! Drakhai. Bring 'em on! Episode 4 just keeps getting better and better. Getting back to the subject at hand...personally, I enjoy the taunts. Thinking back through all of WC, there were two taunts that I disliked. "You cannot defeat the Drakhai", because it seemed to be the...