New Driver's A Great Excuse To Play Armada Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

akula65 was digging around the Gravis FTP and found an old file from 1994 that originally bounced between the Origin and Gravis BBSes. Gusgm.drv is designed to work with Gravis UltraSound cards. Adding the -mu switch when loading Armada enables the "Miles Driver." It's neat how files like this are still in circulation, and it's not every day that we add a (semi)official Wing Commander patch to our Files section. The very tiny driver probably has equally small practical use today. DOSBox simulates both the SoundBlasters and Gravis UltraSound boards, so I can see a couple DOS junkies playing around with the alternate music routines. If anything, it'd be great just to see more people playing Armada. The Wing Commander series' original multiplayer game can be played online against other fans, and its strategic mode is a unique WC experience. While fans eagerly await multiplayer in Prophecy, Armada is a great game to practice with.
Miles driver for GUS for use in Wing Armada. Use -mu option when running armada. Be sure to have the ULTRAMID.EXE loaded.

Famous Sci-Fi Publisher Suffers Stroke Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

Death noticed a post at the Baen Bar Forum that reported an unfortunate story from earlier this week. Jim Baen, the founder of famous science fiction/fantasy publishing company Baen Books, had a stroke on Monday. He is famous for his interaction with readers online and was a strong proponent of innovative technologies such as the Baen Free Library. The first seven Wing Commander novels were published by Baen Books, and many WC fans should be familiar with quite a few other items from the publisher. Hopefully Mr. Baen has a successful recovery.
I'm sorry to have to announce that Jim Baen suffered a stroke on Monday, and has been in the hospital ever since. His condition is serious, but it's too early for any prognosis as to how he'll fare from here on in.

His family has arrived in NC, and are with him in the hospital. I've been to see him, as have other members of Baen's staff and his friend David Drake. In the meantime, so far as Baen Books is concerned, our plans continue on schedule.

The business is fine, we're all simply very concerned about Jim.

Toni Weisskopf
Chief editor, Baen Books


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