The CIC's birthday is more than just an excuse to give our visitors lots of prizes. It is also when we unveil brand new site content which have consumed many, many hours of our time. This year is no exception. On previous birthdays we have given you CIC Red, CIC Green, CIC Teal, and last year CIC Blue. This year we have a brand new CIC color for you, and while it'd spoil the surprise if I told you what it is, I can tell you that it contains nearly 500MB of files. Of course that's not all - we'll also be updating a number of our existing sections.
Everyone can get involved in the birthday celebrations - each year we get several submissions from fans. Just look at what was sent in last year. We already have a few things from fans, but if you have something you'd like to contribute let us know!
If you want to be among the first to get your hands on the birthday treats, join us on IRC for the birthday countdown. We officially start the party on August 10 at 7:00 pm Eastern US time (4:00 pm Pacific and 11:00 pm GMT). This year's online birthday will be on a Tuesday evening in North/South America and early Wednesday for those in Eastern Europe to Australia. If this is a new event for you, our annual birthday parties are held online on IRC in #Wingnut. Details on joining can be found in our irc section here.
Clive Owen (Lev Arris in Privateer 2) trades his BMW for a horse in the new King Arthur movie. Owen portrays Artorius, the Roman commander in Britain, who must defend the northern border of the Empire from the invading Saxons. The Saxons were a large and brutal people who I can only assume to be the 5th century ancestors of present day English football fans.
King Arthur will be in movie theatres around the world from July and August. The release date for your country can be found here.
It seems that Tolwyn has decided that people have been kept in suspense long enough over how the WC Saga campaign is going to play out, so he has released a whole lot of details over on the forums.
People are wondering how the Saga campaign is going to act. Well, here it is without giving much away.
The post is too long to quote here, so you can read it in its entirety in this thread.
The demo/prologue is 5 missions. It's 50% instruction training and 50% combat related to the main plot. The reason why it's not a full-blown fight campaign (unlike the excellent Prologue ideas made by our friends in the Standoff team) is because while everyone here is assumed to be used to flying in the SO/WCP engine (and thus familiar with the keyboard controls and all of that), many people will not be familiar with the FS2 controls. That's why this prologue's main purpose is to get everyone up to speed.
There's not much we can do in terms of branching due to the set FS2 engine programming. You either are on the main campaign path, or you are down the path of no-return. As for the main path, let's just say you aren't always winning. And for the path of no-return, it's when you try to defend Proxima and Earth (and lose in the process).