Avacar has coded a number of new features into WC TacOps Online that make it easier and harder to blow up bad guys. On the offensive side, anti-matter guns, the phase transit cannon and flak blasts have all be implemented, which gives capships a hefty boost in battle. For those on the defense, "line of site" has been introduced which allows ships to hide behind asteroids and large objects. The project is getting very close to completing all the rules from Ironduke's tabletop game!
Continuing with my roll-out of new features, I am happy to announce that line-of-sight has now been coded. I haven't had a chance to do any testing whatsoever of this algorithm, but at least it isn't giving any immediate run-time errors.
Obviously, putting in the line-of-sight code has ramifications for all gun target acquisition and ranging. In this up-coming combat phase, if any of you feel like you should be able to target someone and cannot anymore, point this out immediately and do not submit your order. Also, as it is currently coded, there is nothing actually telling you that you're blocked by line-of-sight, you simply won't have the target listed as an option on your drop down in the command window.
I should mention that we're 'getting close'. Flak fire is the 2nd last game rule/feature yet to be coded. After that, only friendly fire remains before we have a 'game rule-complete' version of WCTOO.
When that happens, I'm going to kick us into Phase 6. This is a redefinition of all the timelines out there, and I'll publish updates to the appropriate threads when we get closer. Phase 6 will focus on a lot of the user interface requests/suggestions, as well as start work on the much-needed administrator tools (leading up to the eventual map editor).
Annual Community Vote Begins!
With 2018 now well in the rear view mirror and 2019 well on its way, it's time for us to jump into our annual fan project contest. We took nominations over the last couple months and have come up with this list of noteworthy endeavors to recognize. Of course, the standard disclaimer applies: this is by no means an exhaustive list of super cool things that Wingnuts have been up to lately. (2019-01-20)
Denis Loubet Remembers Aaron Allston
Former Origin artist Denis Loubet has completed another portrait. This one is a tribute to his friend and fellow Wing Commander veteran Aaron Allston. Sadly, Mr. (2019-01-19)
Chinese Secret Missions Now a Little Less Secret
Christian Klein posted these neat pics of the Secret Missions made for China/Taiwan. We've previously posted about a number of Chinese ports in the past, including WC1, SM2, WC2 and the Special Operations, but it's possible that I've not seen the SM1 before. It's nice to close the loop on that! (2019-01-18)
Wing Commander Jazz Album Discs Ready to Ship!
There's good news on George Oldziey's live Wing Commander jazz album. The production copies have finally come back, so George is ready to ship discs out to project backers. Very coolalbum art was created by SabreAce, which you can see below. (2019-01-17)
The Story of Raylight Games - Straight from the Source!
Massimiliano Di Monda, the co-founder and CEO of Raylight Games, has posted a neat article on the history of Wing Commander Prophecy for the Gameboy Advance. The company was founded in 2000, and the GBA port of WCP was a big deal in their initial portfolio. Thanks to their success in these early days, they are still active today and just recently announced several Nintendo Switch titles, among other products. (2019-01-16)