Final 'Moongate' Rewards Delivered Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

At long last, the final rewards for most all of the Through the Moongate, from Wing Commander and Ultima VII to Portalarium project have been delivered. It's hard to believe, but this effort kicked off way back in September 2019. Author Andrea Contato and team persevered through the pandemic to bring together this historical tome on Origin's heyday and develop some really cool bonus items to match. Denis Loubet's WC1-themed bookmarks are exquisite, and Manda's cloth art is top notch. If you missed the original campaign, a small number of leftover items are still available if you act fast!
Hello backers, we are nearing the end of this Kickstarter. All books have been shipped except a dozen that are on hold for various problems. The last big shipment of books for USA is being delivered. Most of you are going to get their reward this or next week, some of you already received the book yesterday.

If you liked Through the Moongate, please consider sharing pictures of the books on your preferred social media, with your friends and consider leaving a review on Amazon. I have few leftover for both KS and I'm willing to clear the store room of my wife's shop (she won't allow me to occupy it forever :P) so, if you know someone who missed the KS, tell them to check the official website www.andreacontato.com

Again, if you liked Through the Moongate, please consider to check my next project. It's a book I'm writing with Enrico Ricciardi, that will feature lots of interviews and informations about the very first wave of computer games from 1977 to 1980 and, of course, a huge photo gallery of the most rare and precious findings of Enrico. LOAD and PLAY will be kickstarted on Q1 2022, so be sure to subscribe to be notified on launch!

New Wallpaper Recreates Classic End Run Scene Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Mac is back with a gorgeous new wallpaper image inspired by the End Run cover art. He's using Klavs' models to beautifully recreate the scene where an escort carrier is being assaulted by Dralthi. We included the title-free version of the novel painting in the upper right here so you can compare. The explosions are amped up a bit so you really get a sense that there's some serious fighting going on!
I've been meaning to post this Wing Commander thing for awhile now. Models, as always by Hangar_B

New Flight Commander 2 Demo Released! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

eddieb is reporting in with a new update on Flight Commander 2, the sequel to his modable WC-style space flight engine. The latest version has a new AI implemented to do simple combat maneuvers, and the visuals are a generational leap over the earlier days of fan projects. If you've never played around with this before, make sure to at least check out the video below. It has game flow portions to simulate walking around the carrier and its flight engine is very reminiscent of Prophecy. Try it for yourself here (40 meg zip)!
A new Flight Commander 2 demo to release. Features include AI for firing guns, weapons, decoys, and moving around a bit. Missiles can seek a target. Other new features too.

Vintage Preview Highlights Amiga WC1 Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

FrankyFiggs14 has posted a neat French throwback preview of Wing Commander on the Amiga. The original WC1 spent several years being ported to a variety of platforms, and this comes from the October 1992 issue of Tilt. Below LOAF notes how unfortunate it is that the Sivar features so prominently, since The Secret Missions were ultimate not made for the platform. The game still reached a huge number of fans and is fondly remembered my many Amiga Wingnuts! You can follow Franky's gaming adventures on Twitter and Twitch.
It's interesting that the earliest screenshots of Wing Commander's Amiga port show the Sivar dreadnaught... they never released Amiga versions of the mission disks!

Like the PC version the original Amiga release includes an option to start the Secret Missions campaign… but it never materialized (and the button is dropped for the CD32 port).

RPG Activity Booms in Gemini Sector Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Today we'd like to share a couple of the newest mission briefings that Rear Admiral Tarsus has put together for the Gemini Sector RPG. These folks have come a very long way since the MUD/MUSH era! Cool animations like this help spice up the live Discord role play sessions that they hold most weekends. Visit their site or hop on the Discord if you'd like to learn more and jump in yourself. If you're read all this and are still interested, check out some of EmuMusicFan's fiction inspired by the RPG. The team is also crowdsourcing NPC character creation to further round out the universe.
I finished the briefing for the next mission in the rpg. Mark your calendars.
The pilots will attempt a daring rescue of two destroyers and the true aces of the majestic. Will things go according to plan, or will a sneaky enemy ace ruin their day?
The intrepid team of pilots will go on an intell mission to find out more about this new tactical carrier that has been spotted in the Nitir system.

All About Pulsars Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Spacedock has produced another slick sci-fi lore video, and Wing Commander gets some nice mentions this time out. Rather than focus on one specific ship or element, the subject here is the broad concept of pulsars across franchises. The Wing Commander Movie's pulsar jumps are mentioned as is the pulsar-focused plot in WC Academy's episode Expendable. Pulsars are also seen in places like the Wing Commander collectible card game as well as the losing Blackmane series of WC3, although they're not mentioned in this clip. Thanks to FekLeyrTarg for spotting this one first!

Last Week for WC Challenge Coin Kickstarter Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We're now entering the final stretch for ZOmegaZ's mission to create a set of Wing Commander challenge coins. Clocking in at over $20,000 so far, the project's crowdfunding campaign is at nearly quadruple the minimum order size, so there should be no concerns about it successfully concluding. There are a handful of other sci-fi universes being included here as well, so head on over to the effort's Kickstarter page if you want to get in on the action. You have until early Saturday morning!
We only have a week left on this, and it's gone amazingly well! Out of the nine designs, seven have surpassed the minimum order quantity, five of those have more than doubled the MOQ, and three (B5, Firefly, and Star Trek) have quadrupled it! Frasier and TSO are bringing up the rear, with 33 and 27 each, but the other designs have been so successful that's not any problem. Those were my personal favorite designs anyway, and I'm happy to have some spares!

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving (or, for those of you outside the United States, a good Thursday). This kind of project is great for creating some neat widgets, and thereby making the world a slightly cooler place. But even more, knowing there are others out there that share our niche interests can make us feel just a little less alone.

I'm already planning my next Kickstarter! (Number four!) I can't start the next one until I receive and ship all the coins from this one, which probably means February at the earliest. I'll notify everyone when it's up. Next time I'll just do 30 days instead of 60, so we can keep things moving faster.

Thanks to all your great suggestions, I have over 80 potential new coin ideas! Once this Kickstarter closes, I'll send out a poll with every single coin idea on my list, and see which ones are most popular. No promises about which designs I'll make, but it'll definitely guide my priorities!

Malcolm McDowell Autographs Added to Official Store Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

LeHah spotted a wonderful addition to Malcolm McDowell's official online store. They now list an autographed Wing Commander 3 print for $65. That may not be casual spending money for most folks, but it's actually relatively competitive compared to going rates for professional autographs. The artwork available is also pretty nice - it's a Playstation-oriented sheet with some fun PSX screenshots. Unfortunately, no customization is available. You can order yours here!

Get a Good Look at South Korean WC4 Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Christian Klein has added another phenomenal set to his collection this week. All of the Wing Commander games localized for South Korea come in really cool box shapes and sizes. WC4 has an especially tall and narrow package, and it manages to fit most all of the marketing copy into the smaller space by squeezing everything in. Everything down to the install guide and discs gets the Korean text overhaul. These are wonderful to see! Here it is next to a more typical Wing Commander 4.

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