Gemini Sector About to Heat Up Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The long running Gemini Sector RPG is about to kick off a new campaign, so Rear Admiral Tarsus whipped up these spiffy propaganda posters to help drum up interest. The RPG has existed in various forms for nearly a decade, so Iceblade and team are sure to put together some fun events. You can get a little taste at the CIC Forums or head over to the project website for a full rundown. They've also recently added a Discord server for the real Wing Commander action!
Hi all, I've been making some WW2-style recruitment posters to celebrate the start of a new campaign in the Gemini Sector RPG. I just wanted to share them. Oh, and we have a great opportunity to join soon as we catching up may be easier. :)
  • Inspired by the "Victory of the United Nations is certain" poster and Privateer art
  • Inspired by Wing Commander Academy's Kilrathi, Bhurak's helm and the "He's watching you" poster

Unremarkable Package Includes Origin Favorites Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Dennis Mull recently came across a wonderfully nondescript "3 Title Pack" by Philips. Wing Commander games were bundled into dozens of special sets over the years. Most were sci-fi themed, but a small handful were oddball collections like this. These were all certainly... Titles, I suppose. The other two items were "The Software Toolworks World Atlas" and "Time Table of History." WC was decidedly the winner here. Although I can clearly read the product label, this was arguably a 4 Title Pack as the third game was the combo disc with Wing Commander 1 and Ultima VI bundled together. It even came with Claw Marks and an Ultima map! Boy, that shipboard magazine got around!
Mail Day #1: Philips 3 Title Pack which was a bundle with a CD-ROM in the UK. It contains amongst other things Wing Commander from Chris Roberts and Ultima VI from Richard Garriott

WC Movie Added to Digital Redbox Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

LeHah reports that his Roku is now advertising the Wing Commander Movie as a $2.99 Redbox rental. This is an interesting development as new deals appeared frozen after 2016 as the rights reverted from Fox to Chris Roberts. Hard copies of the film went out of print and it got relatively harder to find. Hopefully this means that the wheels of commerce are starting to thaw and we'll see Wing Commander start to pop up in more places again soon!

Roku has informed me the WC movie is now available on Redbox

All Wings Considered - Episode 30 - LIVE! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include:

  • We take the fight to the Kilrathi in the Ariel System
  • Heathen taste... (more) Righteous Fire!
  • Wing Commander Book Club - Heart of the Tiger, Chapters 17-19

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

Hardcore Gaming 101 has produced the third chapter in its in-depth exploration of the Wing Commander series. After diving into the history of WC1&2, this time they're focusing on 1992 when Strike Commander development was in high gear. Author AB Silvera describes Strike as a "missing link" that bridges the gap from WC2 to WC3, which is an interesting take. It pioneered the 3D RealSpace engine, which Heart of the Tiger pushed to the extreme (although Armada used it first!). If you haven't paid much mind to Strike Commander over the years because it wasn't quite a Wing Commander game, this is a good overview. At first I was going to call it a close cousin to the WC games, but a direct sibling is probably more accurate. You can check out the full article here, and if that's got you excited to give the game a go, you can pick it up on GOG.
As mentioned earlier, Chris Roberts’s attention was elsewhere during the development of WCII and its expansion packs. His new permanent position as Director of New Technologies meant he had to pursue projects that pushed the envelope for, well, technology. Strike Commander was that project.

In Strike Commander, you take the role of another nameless pilot who is part of the mercenary Wildcats squadron. Taking place in the then-near-future year of 2011, the more realistic dogfights and fighter jets give texture to a vastly different political landscape. As well as succeeding in missions you’re hired for, you must also keep the books of the squadron balanced, so that weapons can be purchased and maintenance paid for. A failure to keep up with this part of the game can result in a Game Over, which contributes to Strike’s more realistic, present-day setting.

Freelancer Mod Adds Enhanced Customizability Options Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The new playable update has been released for the WC Freelancer port. This version 2.0 beta has the first test economy with the new design model that normalizes each faction's ships in order to keep them relevant throughout the game. It will take quite a bit of balancing to get the feel just right, so feedback from fans at this point is very helpful. L.I.F. is working on coming up with a good deployment of the missile system next, which should make it both useful for the dynamic economy and more of a fit with the Wing Commander universe. You can grab the new beta here (294 meg zip) or here.
OK, so here is the link to the Beta of the new version of the mod with equipment rework. Right now, I do not make ironclad guarantees, but a few tests show that it seems to work as intended, though values for thrust, power, volume, etc., are not set in stone since I did not test all combinations. Therefore, I'd appreciate it if you people could find ways of getting totally broken ships. Also, the thrusters are not working as intended, not producing the kind of thrust/energy consumption I'd want for a final version. For this reason, the current stable version of the mod, with FL vanilla equipment, is still available at the usual link.

I've managed to get all the in-game shops to sell the goods according to my logic: 33 thousand lines of shop references. I'd be dead without scripting. Experimenting now with flight dynamics, and balance. I'm probably going to buff the storage volume of the fighters to allow more freedom of experimentation as well as carrying acceptable amounts of cargo, but at the moment, it seems kinda nice. If this holds, I'll go with the next step, to change the loadout of the various NPCs. If it works, I'll add some more diversity to the random missions - I want to add capship attack ones. Though I guess it's coming close to a new release.

I'm taking out various gameplay bugs, but it really looks increasingly good now. Combat during the early game is likely to be a tad frustrating and will rely on you making trade rather than killing all pirates within five parsecs (you really, really aren't going to best a flight of Lance with your busted Tarsus and its two civilian-grade laser cannons), but since you get gifted a Tarsus and a pretty decent shield at start... and are already friendly with the Liberty authorities, there's a pretty good base upon which to build - though I might reduce the level of appreciation you get at the beginning for the Liberty Police and Security Force, because the game puts you on an absurdly high relation with them.

International WC Series Unboxings Reveal Fun Regional Differences Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Today we've got a couple of Wing Commander overview videos narrated in both Italian and German. Wing Commander unboxing videos come up from time to time, but it's less common to be able to sample so much of the series in one place at one time like this. You may or may not understand the language, but it's pretty easy to understand what they're saying in context. It's very cool to see them flip through the different language WC manuals and even box inserts. Some of packaging material is different as well. Because people get used to these mundane objects and don't realize they differ from region to region, we don't often get a glimpse at these fascinating differences, so it's wonderful to be able to see them here!

More Info Surfaces on Canceled CCG Box Set Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The image of an unreleased Wing Commander CCG box set has intrigued us for more than two decades, but we've got a slightly better idea of what happened now. Thunder Castle Games was a company that bought CCG developer Mag Force 7 shortly after the WC game was produced, and this boxed set of the series was proposed but never produced. AD reached out to the original artist, Brad Kelly, and he added this background:
I mocked up a number of gift set box designs for TCG including this one for Wing Commander. To my knowledge it never got published. TCG mostly imploded in 1996, hemorrhaging employees, including myself.

I don't recall details of any plans, beyond the obvious expectation of releasing a two-player gift box. I knew at the time that relations soured between TCG and MF7, but didn't know details. TCG had/has a reputation for burning bridges, so it was not unexpected.

I spoke to Margaret Weis years later at a conference, mentioned who I was, and that I had worked on this a bit. Asked in general terms what had happened and she just said that it was a bad experience.

Space Sim First Look: Everspace 2 Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Gunstar One tipped us off about the sequel to Everspace, Everspace 2. Like its predecessor, it's a slick looking single player space sim in an open world universe full of loot. Players upgrade their ship as they explore the sprawling universe and story. This has been a fairly winning combo these last few years, and it's great to see a resurgence of games like this again. From what we can tell, sales have been decent on most recent space sims, but they're by no means guaranteed blockbusters. In fact, this game is in its final weekend on Kickstarter and is currently sitting at about 90% funded. It's got a real good shot at making it, but if this is the kind of game you'd definitely like to see happen, you can head over and back the project here. If you happen to have the Xbox Game Pass, the original title is available to play on PC or Xbox free. If it's green lit, Part 2 is scheduled to come out in about late next year on PC and 2021 for Playstation and Xbox.
EVERSPACE 2 is a fast-paced single-player space shooter with deep exploration, tons of loot, classic RPG elements for PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) and console (PS4 and XB1). Set in a persistent open world, it is driven by a captivating sci-fi story, picking up shortly after the events of the predecessor. An approximately 20-hour-long campaign and various side missions will lead you into the endgame. Prepare yourself to beat the most vicious encounters, and master difficult challenges which will reward you with that juicy epic loot!

Imagine a Hack & Slash Action-RPG with all the bells and whistles: classes, random loot, skills, talents, and more... but in space. Your ship is the hero in this adventure. Expand your private ship collection from a virtually endless supply of vessels composed of three main classes with several sub-classes and optimize your build to perfection. Cleverly combine modules, weapons, devices, and perks to fit your individual playstyle and the current objective.

German Novel Covers in All Their Original Glory Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

At long last: the original sources for all four alternate German Wing Commander novel covers! Baen didn't own the Sam Yeates' cover paintings for Wing Commander III and IV so they couldn't license them to the German publisher directly. So instead they used 'slush' art that they already had the rights to reprint starting with Heart of the Tiger!
The Stars at War is by David Weber and Steve White. No author names on the front though?
I was curious about that too; it turns out its an pen-and-paper game sourcebook based on the novel!
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