Homeworld Mod Improves Skipper Missile Execution Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The latest updates to the Homeworld Remastered Mod are all about the Skipper Missile. Several iterations have been released that update the Skipper's code to properly cloak and decloak as it cruises through space. There have also been AI tweaks to better guide when the computer deploys the missile as well as bug fixes that address an issue with deploying it against large bases. He's also put out a call for suggestions for Confed items that could be seen as a special ability along the same lines. Some good ideas have already been put forth - you can add yours at the CIC Forums!
Question for the attendance: I'm looking for suggestions towards Confederation gimmicks. The Border Worlds have their spammable bombers as well as their modular turret system, the Kilrathi have their cruise missiles, some specialist fighters like the Sorthak or K'ha'haf and now has the Skipper, but the Confederation doesn't really have much more than the Prowler corvette. Sure, there's the Excalibur that kicks all sorts of ass, but it misses that flavour...

Thus a call for ideas. I'll probably hit the Kilrathi with a nerf over the next few weeks, because they are feeling definitely OP now.

New WC Toolbox Release Adds WC2 & Academy Support Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

UnnamedCharacter is back with an awesome upgrade to his WC Toolbox application. The program allows aspiring modders unprecedented ease of access to play around with and tweak some of the core elements of the original Wing Commander games. Previous versions have allowed for ship editing, revision of the in-game text, new copy protection questions and more! Today's update is a sizable rewrite that will enable greater flexibility for future upgrades. It also provides initial support for WC2 and Academy. The screenshots below show how some of the hot spot verbiage can be tweaked. Some of the editing process may be challenging to those with no prior coding experience, so please work with your fellow Wingnuts to learn the ins and outs as necessary. You can grab the program at the CIC Forums here.
Work on the toolbox has continued and this release has substantial changes. There are major API/XML changes, resulting in breaking backward compatibility. The code base has been refactored making it easier and quicker to add support for new file types.

The ability to edit strings in the WC1 executable has finally been added; only a few strings are supported at the moment. For this release I was more concerned with getting the functionality in place and will tackle the tedious work of finding additional string pointers in the future. This release also begins support for WC2 and WCAcademy; only a few file types at the moment: COMM, DIFFLEVL, INTELSHP, PALETTE, SPEECH, WAVEINFO, etc.

This will most likely be the only update for this year; Merry Christmas everyone.

Avoid The Node Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Dark Sentinel still has some of the fearsome capships like the Hydra under construction in his shipyards, but he's let loose a smaller pair of ships this week. This time we get to see the Ray node and its smaller Remora counterparts. When Prophecy was released twenty years ago, this ship was a real oddball. But as drones and autonomous vehicles have proliferated in recent years, such a ship makes a lot more sense and is potentially more realistic than the single use fighters we normally see. Something to think about next time you're out blasting bugs!
...why not finish more bug fighters? Ray Cluster!

I showed a finished Remora... long ago, but now it's actually here.
Ray Node: 171 > 3476 polies and and 256x256 > 1024x1024 texture.
Remora: 38 > 950 polies and now a personal 512x512 texture (though it may very well be an overkill).

And well, a pair of renders to compare old and new. Yes, I know that new bug textures are darker than original. I'm sorta okay with that. Careful, one of Remoras have been upscaled 3x for "posterity needs".

Cyber Monday Discounts Abound For WC Fans Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

If you're still searching for the perfect present after Black Friday, Cyber Monday gives you a great opportunity to give the gift of Wing Commander. GOG currently has the Wing Commander series for 75% off, which brings it down to just $11.92 for all DOS/Windows games (you may need to add them to your cart individually). There's a chance that their winter sale could ratchet the sale down even further, but it's already such a great deal that there's not much reason to wait. If your giftee already has the games, Wing Commander on Blu-ray has become scarce, but the Academy cartoon on DVD is just $7.99 at Amazon, which is another absolute steal. For a slightly more scholarly item, most of the Wing Commander novels are now available as ebooks, and a couple have even been discounted from $6.99 down to $5.38. Last, but not least, several audio albums are available, including George Oldziey's new reorchestration and The Fat Man's Wing One album that recently made the jump to iTunes and Amazon, where it's been discounted to $7.99! All of these digital rereleases have been a great boon to fans who missed out on the originals!

Games ($1.49 each)
Movies & TV
Novels ($6.99, except FA & HotT $5.38 at Amazon)
    End Run
  • Baen Ebook
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Apple iBooks
  • B&N Nook
  • Kobo
Audio Albums

Fralthi Fights For Furball Frontier Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The Kilrathi kick continues for the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack with another brown durasteel capship. This time the Fralthi II joins the fray, which actually stars in the beginning of Prophecy. Our pilots encounter it partially destroyed, which is why we're lucky enough to get the artsy damaged version here. DefianceIndustries is nothing if not a completionist however, so he fleshed out the full thing just to be on the safe side too. Let him know what you think at the CIC Forums.
Fun with Fralthi...too? Here are some work in progress shots of the derelict Fralthi II from Prophecy. The pink is the transparency texture color, so those will be textured with broken hull framing, etc. things that will give the destroyed ship some more detail.

Extreme Fun Pak Pushed Gamers To The Edge Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

If you're tied into the Apple ecosystem, then there's a good chance you've encountered a billion ads for discounted iPads and similar products as you navigated the Black Friday holiday salescape this weekend. But if you were to roll back the clock by twenty-one years and put yourselves in the shoes of a Mac customer in 1996, you'd have seen some significantly different products. One of them would have been this official "Apple Quality Bundle" "For Serious Gamers." The Extreme Fun Pak is six different games from the mid '90s. And since it's pretty hard to imagine that Diamonds 3D ever took any hardcore gamers into the realm of intense action, Wing Commander 3 is decidedly the winner of this bunch. It still holds up well today, of course, but we've sure come a long way!
Today I learned Apple published a complication that included Wing Commander 3... with the most 1996 box art ever.
"Extreme Fun Pak." Any of you hard-core gamers up for a challenge? These 6 blockbuster games will take you into the realm of intense action. Just remember to give your kids a chance.
Did anyone get any good Black Friday deals?

Tom Wilson Bouncing Around The Vlogosphere Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

As we first reported last year, actor Tom Wilson is doing a pretty good job of maintaining his YouTube Vlog channel. He doesn't post nearly as often as some of the big stars out there, but his video posts are pretty funny and provide interesting insight into what he's got going on in life. The first video below provides a glimpse into his art show, then he's got a new song, and finally he takes his fans with him on a trip to Australia. If any of the famous Wing Commander actors were to do something like this, I'm glad it's the Maniac whose life we get to see!
On a related note, Ismael Lotz recently conducted a short documentary on Mr. Wilson's life. You can rent it on Vimeo for $1.21 Has anyone checked it out yet? What do you think?

Happy Thanksgiving! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The holiday season is now in full swing, and Wingnuts in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving today! As the story goes, we give thanks for the assistance given the European Pilgrims and the Native Americans who cooperated with them. Although 100% unrelated, this is a fantastic opportunity to remind everyone about the super cool Wing Commander Pilgrim-related item hiding in the CIC archives. After the Wing Commander Movie novel and its sequel, Pilgrim Stars, came out, the third book in the trilogy was never officially published. Fortunately, author Peter Telep has graciously allowed us to host the novel here at the CIC. You can read it online or grab it in .mobi (Kindle) or .epub (iBooks and other) formats.

Annual Call For Award Nominations Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Another busy year is flying by, and before we know it, 2017 will be coming to a close. To start to get things in order, we're now thinking about nominees for our traditional Web Site & Fan Project of the Year Awards. There are so many fans doing great things out there, so this is our chance to acknowledge some of their fantastic efforts. Send your nominations in to news@wcnews.com, and while you mull your options over, here's a peek at some of the great winners from past years!
  Fan Projects of the Year Runners Up
2016 Flat Universe Homeworld Remastered / Secret Ops MUP / Enhanced Soundtracks
2015 Homeworld Remastered Mod Flat Universe / Secret Ops MUP / Klavs' Model Archive
2014 Flat Universe Klavs' Models / Prophecy Fan Movie
2013 Collected Works of HCl / Klavs' Models Defiant Few
2012 WC Saga Klavs' Models
2011 OpenGL Patch for WCP & Secret Ops TacOps Online & Standoff
2010 Astro Commander's Mini Models DirectDrawHack
2009 Standoff Gemini Gold
2008 Ascii Sector Flight Commander
2007 Standoff & WC Saga Ascii Sector
2006 WC4 Homeworld 2 Mod Das Erwachen
2005 Standoff Privateer Gemini Gold
2004 Standoff WC Saga
2003 Standoff & WC Saga Holding the Line & Vega Strike
2002 Unknown Enemy Kilrathi Empire & WC Saga BS
2001 Unknown Enemy Holding the Line & Vega Strike

  Web Sites of the Year Runners Up
2016 WCSaga.org Daedalus Station
2015 Daedalus Station WCSaga.org
2014 Daedalus Station Wing Commander RPG Wiki
2013 Concordia Hangar Daedalus Station
2012 Pix's Origin Adventures Wing Commander RPG Wiki
2011 Shotglass' WC Saga
2010 Paper Commander Prelude to Darkness
2009 WC Saga Standoff & Paper Commander
2008 Paper Commander Standoff & WC Saga
2007 HCl's Wing Commander Editing Site Pericles' Paper Inside
2006 HCl's Wing Commander Editing Site Wedge's Wing Commander
2005 WC Saga Fleet Tactics
2004 Fleet Tactics Wedge's Wing Commander
2003 Wing Commander in Russia WC3D & Wedge's Wing Commander
2002 Wing Commander in Russia BlackLance HQ & WingCenter
2001 Wing Commander in Russia Acenet Central
2000 Acenet Central Wing Commander in Russia
1999 Wing Commander in Russia Acenet Central & HCl's WC Editing Site

Zappenduster Those Kindred! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

LOAF found a really cool Privateer 2 article from the German magazine PC Player. It dates back to August 1995 during the early development phases of the game, and the feature includes some cool behind-the-scenes set photos from the game. Check out the nose art on that Kalrechi too! Although you might not be able to read the text, the pics are neat! And if any German WC fans wouldn't mind transcribing or summarizing the article, please hit the Comment link!

Get Your WC4 DVD On With Lazy Game Reviews Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

It's turning out to be a great week for classic game channels on YouTube! Lazy Game Reviews has posted a very in-depth profile of the Creative Labs Encore DXR2 DVD-ROM kit. He does a great job setting the stage for just how cool this was in 1997 and covers every inch of the box and its contents. It's remarkably satisfying to see him go through the hardware and software installation process. He tries out Claw and then finally the highly coveted DVD version of Wing Commander 4. If you make it all the way to the WC4 intro cinematic, part way through there's a special surprise in store. Enjoy! Thanks to Andy Aldrich and Megan Sumner for the heads up!
Installing a Creative Encore DVD-ROM! Back in 1997 DVD tech was an huge step up from CDs. And the setup was a bit more involved than just plopping in a drive -- you needed an MPEG-2 card like the DXR2!
Of course, now you can enjoy the high quality video of this edition of WC4 for just $5.99 at GOG, but back in the day, this was an expensive and exclusive game. LOAF had this to add:
That sure brings back memories. I remember working all summer that year at the Maryland School for the Blind's summer camp... and saving every dollar that was supposed to be for food and necessities so I could buy that DXr2 kit when I got home. Most expensive computer upgrade I'd ever bought myself at the time!

Metal Jesus Rocks The Whole Wing Commander Series! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Metal Jesus of MetalJesusRocks is back with another Wing Commander video, and this time he's here to do a rather comprehensive overview of the entire series. Anyone can cover WC1-4 and Prophecy on YouTube, but MJR goes further with coverage of expansion packs, Academy & Armada, the Privateers, Super Wing Commander and Kilrathi Saga. He even has both the regular and Premiere Edition of WC3, SNES & Sega CD ports of WC1, and both standard and Gold Prophecies. Last, but not least, Arena and the Movie get nods at the end. He's been at this for nearly a dozen years and has half a million YouTube subscribers, so it's really great to see such a prominent internet celebrity professing his love of Wing Commander in front of such a vast audience. Check out the new video below, and you can find his WC4 review here.
For many gamers, the Wing Commander series was our Star Wars for the 1990s...Its mix of space combat sim, sweeping intergalactic stories and Hollywood imagination was a treat for fans like me. It took a while to build up this game collection, but it's a part of my collection that I'm very proud of. So many great memories playing these games! Here is a look at my complete Wing Commander collection.

We've Got This Sector Bottled Tight, Friend... Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We've got a new poll out today that asks which of the the galactic sectors in Wing Commander is your favorite. This obviously isn't an exhaustive list, and there are some omissions like the Landreich or Hari Sectors that have quite a mystique about them, but we went with eight mainline areas that are particularly noteworthy. Sometimes sectors are short-hand named after the stars and quadrants within them, so if you're looking for Antares or Deneb, you can find them within the larger Epsilon cluster. After you select your favorite, hit the comment link and let us know why you picked that one!
The previous poll asked how long you've been coming to the CIC. More than a quarter of you have been around since the our grand opening in 1998 - or earlier - and another quarter have been with us since the turn of the century. There's quite a few old timers still in the mix! However, about one in eight visitors have just discovered wcnews.com in the past year, which is pretty impressive. Welcome aboard to the new faces out there too!

I Like This A Hole Lot Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

LOAF was poking around in Wing Commander 2's background files and discovered a hilarious easter egg that would ordinarily never be seen by the player. The game frequently uses a red and green communications interface for dialogue sequences between a fighter and larger carrier or base. A small rectangle on the right features a graph intended to depict signal strength or something like that. However in the base art file, the talking head is blank and the graph spot has a button labeled "DONUT TOUCH." Origin definitely had a sense of humor back in the day!

Taste That Synthi Meat Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The Wing Commander series has had quite a few large and elaborate print advertisements over the years, but even by the franchise's often lofty standards, this one's a whopper. This ad is spread across six full pages and follows a "five senses" theme with a late '90s vibe. Sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are all emphasized along with a smattering of FMV screenshots, gameplay scenes and a handful of commodities. Then everything is wrapped up with the box art and tag line. Pretty cool stuff! Thanks to Anatoly Shashkin for finding this one - follow his DOSNostalgic feed for more neat stuff like this.
Why should innocent animals and plants suffer just so humans can eat? Synthi meat, created from 100% pure non-organic minerals, is the universe's most efficient food. And many find its gravel-seasoned-saddle-leather taste surprisingly easy to get used to.

A Localization Interrogation Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Most Wingnuts are familiar with all of the cool contents of a basic Wing Commander Prophecy box... but this one's a little different. Can you spot everything that makes this setup unique? Thanks to Andi Green for posting this!
Standard Origin

Upgraded Corvette Ready For Vision Engine Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Version 0.32B of the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack was just released, but work continues at a rapid pace. The Kilrathi are the next focus, and they're led by the fearsome Corvette. I don't mean that to be facetious - that thing is a tough nut to crack with scary effective gun placement - and DefianceIndustries agrees! We're looking forward to see it looking better than ever in the project's next release.
No rest for the weary! The team is starting on the next batch of assets - Alpha 4 is shaping up to include the rest of the Kilrathi assets (Not-Kamrani corvette, Destroyed Fralthi, Kilrathi Debris field assets), The long-overdue TCS Midway, and Confed space stations. We will likely have a few more Nephilim models as well. We are working to lock down what is realistic for the next release.

To start us off however, here is the new Kilrathi Corvette, the most lethal anti-fighter platform in the game for some reason...

Catch Up On Strike Commander's History Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The DOS Game Club is a really cool place dedicated to gaming highlights of the '80s and '90s. Their community selects a game each month, and then they jointly play it together and discuss in their regular podcast. A recently selection was Origin's Strike Commander, and our own Bandit (LOAF) was able to participate in their episode on it. They had a super fun time! Download or stream the show here. And how much do you love DGC's website? Everything is done up in ASCII text with DOS GUI menus - fantastic!
In episode 5 of the DOS Game Club Podcast, Martijn (“Tijn”) and Florian (“rnlf”) discussed Origin System’s Strike Commander with the excellent Ben Lesnick.

Ben has been a Wing Commander fan for a long time and somewhat of an “Origin historian”, who has gotten to know many of the people involved with the development of the Wing Commander games, as well as Strike Commander and other games by Chris Roberts and Origin Systems. He helps to run the Wing Commander CIC fan site over at wcnews.com and is currently working with Chris Roberts on Star Citizen.

Wing Commander Composer David Arnold Interviewed Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Modern Vinyl has posted an interesting interview with David Arnold, the composer behind the Wing Commander Movie's famous Overture theme. Much of the article focuses on the recent vinyl release of his work on Hot Fuzz, but it also notes his wide ranging involvement with films from James Bond to Stargate. Check out the full article here. On a totally coincidental note, interviewer Brock Wilbur goes by the handle The Pilgrim's Regress on Twitter. It's also still possible to find the movie soundtrack on disc relatively easily, and the album is available for both digital download and streaming at Amazon or iTunes.
You’ve also written music for video games, like “Wing Commander,” that often involves someone else arranging the final songs and so forth. Is that a strange situation?

Arnold: It’s the hardest job in the world to score, unless it isn’t. Writing something and handing it off for arrangement is probably the easiest version of this. When I approach a film, the toughest thing is coming up with the key music solution to a film: the main theme. It dictates to everyone else what the film will be and you don’t have restrictions of making it fit a thing. And sure, not every film needs a theme, but when one does I write it away from the film. I’ll watch some of what was shot or read the script and hopefully come up with something. To link this back, Wing Commander had an air about it, so writing a theme came quickly and handing that off to Kevin [Kiner] was quite easy. He’s extraordinarily talented and he knows the style. He’d also send me pieces of what he was making as he worked along. Soundtracking is about being in love with coming up with solutions. I like coming up with solutions.

Homeworld Mod Removes Bugs & Fixes AI Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

There's another new update to the Homeworld Remastered mod, Flag Commander. L.I.F. recently rolled out a special module to add Wing Commander 1&2 ships to the mix, and that's been the focus on his recent work. Improvements in the new update fix torpedos, tweak which ships have jump ability and adjust the landing pattern around the Kilrathi dreadnought. There's also been a big AI fix for that gets the computer properly acquiring resources for their competitive conquest! Grab the latest update here.

OldiesGames Does Vengeance Of The Kilrathi Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We've been following the OldiesGamesTV series of Wing Commander reviews for a number of years, and now they've completed their three-part profile of Wing Commander 2. The videos are in French, but even if you can't speak the language, seeing all of the minor differences in the game are really cool if you originally played in another language. And where you understand their words or not, it's clear that they're big Wing Commander fans that we're happy to support!

Wing Commander Album Track List Complete! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

George Oldziey is back with another update on the progress of the second Wing Commander album. He's been quiet for a little bit, but there has been tons of progress on the orchestration front. The basic track list is complete and PDF scores will even be sent out soon. Plans are in work for the live WC jazz recording to take place early next year, which will allow the album to be wrapped up. George is still dedicated to eventually crowdfunding enough to get everything remade with a live orchestra in the future, but it's great to see that work on the digital remaster is well on its way!
Greetings all! My sincere apologies for taking so long to send a new update. I've had my head buried in orchestrating the music for the eventual orchestral recording. The big news is I'm finished! See the list at the bottom of this update. Thanks to those that submitted their thoughts!

So the next steps are having my team finish formatting the scores so as to send the PDFs to those that contributed at that level. I'll also be reaching out those who pledged at the level which will enable them to attend the recording of the WC bar music in my studio in Austin, TX. The recording will most likely occur late January or early February so as to not conflict with holiday travels. Once that is completed I'll create the CD which will feature the MIDI mockups of all these pieces below as well as the live recording of the bar music.

I'm super excited, as well as super thankful to all of you for your faith! I promise to deliver to you all a great CD and downloads, as well as the future orchestra recording once phase 2 is complete. I'll keep you posted!

Musically yours,

George

    WC Volume 2 Orchestral Pieces
  • Wing Commander 3 - Cutscenes: Destruction of Kilrah, Kilrathi Surrender (these two will be spliced together)
  • WC3 - Gameplay Music: Mission 3, Combat 8
  • WC4 - Cutscenes: Tolwyn's Betrayal/Blair Escapes, Vagabond Dies, Blair Lands on Telemon
  • WC4 -Gameplay Music: Mission 2, Mission 5, Mission 7, Combat 7, Intense Combat Medley 2
  • WC Prophecy - Cutscenes: Prophecy Intro, Blair’s Abduction
  • WC Prophecy - Gameplay Music: Combat 4, Mission 1
  • Bonus Track: Action Music from “Silverheart” (an EA/Origin game that never got released!)

Secret Ops Is All About Squashing Bugs! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Fans have been running the new Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack through its paces hard since the latest version was released last week. As intended, the test managed to tease out a few bugs, and the team quickly responded. DefianceIndustries and PopsiclePete have already managed to put out a new version that resolves the issues identified so far. Of particular note is an installer glitch and a bug where missiles launched from outside the ship. While that produced a pretty cool looking effect, it was not quite how the game was meant to be played! Grab the new 0.32b version here (75 meg exe).
Good news all - the latest release of .32b is up and has fixes for the reported bugs. If you have the previous version (.32a) please download the new build HERE and install on top of your existing version

Three Cheers For WC2 Manuals Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Wing Commander games can come in all shapes and sizes, and today we have a look at the different colored manuals of Wing Commander 2. WC2 was one of the most ubiquitous titles of the early '90s thanks to several factors: the popularity of WC1 was key, but it also was a major showcase for in-game speech and eventually mass-produced for inclusion in a large number of different OEM and budget CD-ROM releases. The red manual below was quite common and the black lesser so. The nifty blue edition was a particularly rare release included with a Reveal Computer Products bundle. It was even reformatted slightly!
Did you know: the Wing Commander II Deluxe manual was available in several delicious flavors. Pictured: licorice, cherry and blueberry.

Shapely New Wing Commander 3D Prints Available Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Carter3D is a cool Shapeways outfit with a whole bunch of neat ships. There are quite a few Star Wars designs, but there are also about a dozen detailed Wing Commander models available to 3D print. Carter seems to be a Prophecy fan, but there are also a handful of ships from WC3&4 mixed in as well. They're not colored or textured, but both white and frost material is available to facilitate your own artistic painting. The WC craft are linked below, but there's also one interesting mislabel. The Wing Commander Missile Destroyer is actually a Macross ARMD carrier, which then bears quite a bit of resemblance to the Academy television show's Achilles. It may very well have been the inspiration for the WCA design. You can find all the designs here. Thanks to Whistler for the tip!

Wing Commander 3 Play-Through Remade At Nightmare Difficulty! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

It's been more than ten years since the legendary Queeg released his consolidated Wing Commander 3 movie. The original film set download records at the CIC and garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Now he's back with a brand new take on The Heart of the Tiger - this time he's completed the entire game on Nightmare difficulty! On top of the amped up difficulty, Queeg also played through with the mouse, did not let any wingmen die, destroyed every capship (including optional kills) and used the default Rachel loadout in all but the first Loki System mission. That's some serious piloting skill! Grab the entire 9.1 gigabyte monster here (.mp4) or catch the ~9 hour epic on YouTube below!
Hi guys, it's been years since I've posted anything here. However, I've recently got back into WC3 and enjoying it more than ever.

I saw on youtube someone had uploaded a video with a full playthrough of the PC game. I thought, that's awesome so I watched some of it. However, the guy playing looked like it was his first time, it seemed like he was playing on a rookie setting and wasn't too familiar with the game.

However, I really liked the idea of a full playthrough. So having recently completed the game on nightmare (took a while, it really is seriously difficult). I figured it would be cool to have a full playthrough of the game but entirely on nightmare. I've ripped the videos from the playstation version to get the best quality. I've recorded the missions using fraps which has come out quite nicely.

Hopefully someone hasn't already beaten me to the punch. Although, I'm not a hard core gamer myself. I imagine there's others who can play the game much better then me, and I feel we should encourage people to do the same and showcase their skills.

I did put together a WC3 movie a few years back, but I was younger and impatient back then. It came out a bit sloppy and looking back I wish I had spend more time on it. This, however, should be much better. It will be a lot longer too, I have 7 hours with the movie scenes and missions together already.

Let me know your thoughts guys. Hopefully there will be people here who will be interested.

GalCiv 3 Mod Continues To Expand Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Hellakazoo has posted some additional screenshots of his Galactic Civilizations 3 WC mod that highlight some of his latest additions, such as the Tarsus and Clarkson jammer. There's also a neat screenshot of one of the game's menus that feature the character portraits. Some of the recent CIC Forums discussion has been about what to add next. The larger Confed carriers are likely, and then there may be some interest in adding ships from other factions such as the Border Worlds. You can hit the Comment link below to share what you'd like to see or find more information on the mod at the Steam Workshop.
I still need the Confederation to finish out WC2 (WC1 is done) but that ship will likely take up as much if not more time than the Bengal did (few weeks of fiddling) so I feel like it's a toss up between Vesuvius and Concordia ATM.

I've also begun putting together factions for Union of Border worlds and Free Republic of the Landreich. Since they share some ships with Confed the ship sets are actually more than halfway there for both already.

Wing Commander Scores Lucky #7 Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Here's a throwback to a twenty-one year old issue of Computer Gaming World. Back in November 1996, when we all were just getting into the Wingnut scene online, CGW posted a comprehensive "best 150" games feature. Wing Commander came in as the 7th best title of all time, just behind other famous contemporaries like Sid Meier's Civilization, Ultima IV, Doom & Sim City. Crusader: No Remorse also came in at 3 and Wing Commander III 54. Mid 1996... what a time to be alive as a WC fan. Chatting with fellow Wingnuts on the nascent internet of the day, WC4 had just made a big splash, secondary items like the CCG, Academy television show and novels were being released, and we were just months away from Privateer 2. Articles like this one were dropping left and right, so it was no surprise to see WC up there in the rankings. Thousands of games have come and gone in the intervening years, but WC is still on top as long as we're all still here to share awesome memories like this one! Thanks to Now is Not Good for the tip. You can check out the entire CGW issue here.

New Prophecy, Secret Ops Update Adds Ships & More! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The newest version of the Prophecy and Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack has been released! It includes a whole pile of exciting ships that have been gracing the news over the last few months. There are additional bug fixes as well as some new features to smooth in-game graphical loading. And if you dare, there's a tantalizing new option called 'ultraNightmare'... Grab the new update here! (75 meg exe)
It's MUP Release day! Version .32a is packaged and ready for you to try! Changes in .32a:

New Models:

  • Barracuda Corvette
  • Orca Destroyer
  • Plunkett Artillery Cruiser
  • Squid Interceptor
  • Stingray & Stingray Cluster
  • Vaktoth Heavy Fighter
  • Howard Day's TB-81 Shrike
  • Excalibur 2.0
Other Enhancements:

WCP Unlimited now includes new features for pre-loading materials and bitmaps. The intent is to correct the "pause" that occurs in-game when ships are dynamically generated (ie. second waves, ships that jump in, etc.) This will minimally increase load times at the start of missions, but will provide a smoother and more stable in-game experience. If this causes instability you may disable pre-caching by adding the following lines to your WCPUNL.cfg file:

preloadMaterials=0
preloadBitmaps=0

For those pilots who think they have the sand for it, try adding the following setting:

ultraNightmare = 1

Bug Fixes:

  • Corrected reported issue with Tigershark rocket pods
  • Corrected Tigershark mesh - added fuselage mounted mass-drivers
  • recolored WCP tigershark texture to make it more like FMV model
What are you waiting for cadet?

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