Happy New Year everyone! The last year has been great for us here, and hopefully 2005 is even better. We've seen many new faces and reported on a number of neat things. Visits to our front page jumped from 470,000 to 676,000 compared to 2003, and we served about 9 million pages compared to 6 the previous year. In the last thirty days people have downloaded over a terabyte of data from CIC servers. Our big birthday bash in August showed similar growth, and just a few days ago we posted our 6000th regular news update. The last year was also amazing for fan projects and mods. Flight Commander and Standoff were released, and the Privateer Remake and WC Saga are virtually complete. Each year we also end up with a few surprises, and I'm very excited to see what will happen next.
It's sort of tradition to ask people what kind of year it will be for Wing Commander. With so many fan projects either finished recently or just weeks and months away from release, things are looking up. Our population is growing and we're eagerly awaiting the surprises in store for the new year.
Todd Marshall won our Sidekick poll by a wide margin. Previous polls can be found here.
It's time to announce the winners of our annual Web Site and Fan Project of the Year Awards! Voting is always close, but the winners have been selected. Unfortunately we can't give everyone an award, but we should thank all the nominees for helping our community.
And the winner of Wing Commander Web Site of the Year is.. Fleet Tactics!
One of the youngest nominees proved to be the most popular in 2004. Fleet Tactic's immersive atmosphere and sharp presentation won over the most votes.
The runner up for Wing Commander Web Site of the Year is.. Wedge's Wing Commander Site.
The resourceful depth of Wedge's site was useful to many WC fans once again.
And in the Fan Project of the Year category.. the winner is.. Standoff!
The Standoff team combined a popular era with the most advanced Wing Commander engine to create their project. This new experience received the most votes.
And the runner up should be no surprise.. WC Saga!
Saga's refinement of the Freespace engine was also very popular this year. We expect to be having fun with this one soon.
Honorable Mention: The Privateer Remake also came in a decent third in the Fan Projects category. Congratulations to all the Wing Commander web sites and fan projects for persisting and thriving in 2004!