We've got some interesting results for this (last!) year's annual contest winners. Creative projects driven by a single main developer dominated the polls this season. At the same time, renewed attention to providing status updates helped propel some of the older/larger projects in the web site category rankings for the first time. Although we only award a few winners each year, every project nominated and every dedicated Wing Commander fan has our appreciation for keeping things exciting in 2008. Many of the nominees are on the verge of big releases or major updates in the coming year, so we're looking forward to what's to come in 2009!
We have a new first-time winner for Fan Project of the Year! Privateer Ascii Sector took the top spot in 2008! Frequent updates and tons of new features kept Wing Commander fans entertained all year long, and the solid gameplay wrapped in a unique package made this one appeal to a wide audience outside the CIC to bring new WC fans into the mix. Chris Knudsen's game was the runner up last year.
The 2008 runner up is Flight Commander! The new FC1.6 boasts tons of impressive new upgrades, the new engine updates look fantastic and the game's new mission editor makes it easier than ever for new modders to dig in. Thanks Eddie!
Our newest Solsector site, Paper Commander, took Web Site of the Year this time! This new addition was a spin-off of Paper Inside, which was the runner up last year. It's been a few months since Pericles' last release, but there are many new ship designs in progress.
Standoff & WC Saga have jumped from the Fan Project to the Web Site category this year! No strangers to ties, these two projects are both our runners up. Although neither project had a major release in 2008, both recommitted themselves to providing updates and communicating to their fans via their site news pages.
Thanks again to all of our nominees for contributing to the community throughout the year, and we wish them all good luck in 2009!
Our old one was up a little longer than we'd normally prefer, but it's a new year and time for our traditional January 1 poll. What kind of year will 2009 be for Wing Commander? We'd like to hear your thoughts. With so many of the projects nominated above poised for big things, I can't wait to see how the next twelve months unfold. Hit the voting button to update the tally or the discuss link to comment. We'll be taking suggestions for new poll ideas in 2009 so these get rotated out more frequently.
Our last tally looked at how long fans have been visiting the site. Nearly a quarter have been here since the CIC opened and more than a third have been checking us our since the '90s. That's some crazy loyalty on your part! Thanks to all our long-time visitors, and welcome to all those who are just getting acquainted here. New members are welcome to head over to the Forums or #Wingnut and join in the conversation!