News Collection: On This Day in WC News
2018.020 (January 20, 2018)
The annual community voting ends tomorrow, so now is the last chance for Wingnuts like you to help choose the Wing Commander Fan Project of the Year for 2017! Here are the nominees one last time. It's hard to choose because there's so many great projects going on, but vote below and help pick the winner!Dark Sentinel had a fantastic year with some of his most exquisite and creepy Nephilim designs ever.
2017.020 (January 20, 2017)
Tom Wilson has been confirmed as a guest for the London Film & Comic Con this July. Wilson will have appearances on all three days of the convention, which is slated for Friday 28 to Sunday 30. Visitors can attend a Back to the Future talk, and there will be various photo and autograph opportunities. A diamond convention pass guarantees the most interaction with the Maniac.
2016.020 (January 20, 2016)
And not every model out there can be a majestic eagle. Dark Sentinel is a super talented artist and one of the best Nephilim creators in the world. But sometimes you're limited by the subject matter, and that's made the bugs' capship missile a challenging project. The blurry original design was passable in 1997, but the new iteration requires a variety of outgrowths and detailed color patterns to hold its own in today's upgraded engines.
2015.020 (January 20, 2015)
M3RcAden's Sins of a Solar Empire mod is making good progress thanks to some new ship assets. The latest images reveal the Hellcat, Excalibur and Thunderbolt additions to complete the famous WC3 lineup. Some of the earlier fighters like the Longbow also have new weapon hardpoints implemented. There's some basic conceptual work being done now to define the role of fighter versus capship in the project, and M3RcAden has started to convert the music over to more familiar tracks.
2014.020 (January 20, 2014)
Here's another look at the Wing Commander Tribute strategy game in the works. These shots show off the improved Tallahassee class cruiser. The colors are more in sync with the standard WC3 palette, and details for elements like engines, intakes and gun emplacements have a sharper look. There's also a look at a much more defined jumpline map.
2013.020 (January 20, 2013)
Hundreds of votes have been cast, and we now have the results! Many many Wing Commander endeavors made their mark on 2012, but only a couple can win the contest. Thanks to all who helped select these few! Without further delay, here are the winners: Pix's Origin Adventures has won in the category of Wing Commander Web Site of the Year!
2012.020 (January 20, 2012)
Freddie Prinze Jr, who portrayed Christopher Blair in Chris Robert's Wing Commander feature film has lent his voice to the highly anticipated Mass Effect 3. Freddie plays a soldier character that coincidentaly bears the name of a classic Wing Commander locale: Jason Vega.He's not the first Wing Commander alumni to transition to the Mass Effect universe. Adam Lazarre-White, who played Lt.
2011.020 (January 20, 2011)
Here's a batch of New Years wallpapers from WC Saga. They show five gritty WC3 Confed fighters flying through a black void. Higher res versions are available in a download pack here.Happy New Year everyone!
2010.020 (January 20, 2010)
Version 2.0 of Wing Commander Invasion is now available! Seven new fighters and nine new capships have been added. Space stations have been beefed up and each side has received a specialized unit - a Confed Pelican repair tug and a Kilrathi command and control ship.
Electronic Arts has announced details on The Cerberus Network, an in-game feature of Mass Effect 2. Time to coincide with the game's launch next week, the network will be a dynamic interface for new updates, missions, vehicles, characters and other items. These bonus features will be seamlessly integrated with the game to allow downloadable content without the need to drop out to a separate XBox Live Arcade or similar front end. It's unlocked by a single-use activation code included with the game or purchased separately, thus making used copies of the game somewhat less appealing.
2009.020 (January 20, 2009)
Ironduke is giving us a first look at the new ship sheets for the Wing Commander themed board/role-playing game he's been working on these past two years. TacOps has a dedicated forum on crius.net where you can discuss this ship sheet or suggest changes to the game rules. The most recent edition of the game's rule book (version 0.
The second WCPedia IRC conference was held in #Wingnut over the weekend. It was another productive discussion that helped the core team working the project to establish a baseline for moving forward. They will now be creating a set of tutorials geared towards helping new users get involved with editing and contributing. Another IRC meeting will be held this coming weekend.
2008.020 (January 20, 2008)
Before building a variety of cool Lego renders, Death Angel started with a physical model. He says insufficient bricks kept him from properly completing the design, but this looks super! The design of the physical Hornet fighter went on to form the basis of his first 3D model, and all three of his virtual ships should be buildable as long as the builder has the proper Lego pieces.
Here's a more detailed look at the 'lost station' map. It was replaced 'in game' with the TCS Port Broughton map... you can see how it would have worked here, complete with bordering shield emitters to contain the action.This is part of a series of beautiful Wing Commander Arena concept images graciously provided by Gaia Industries.
2007.020 (January 20, 2007)
Wing Commander's longest running fan fiction experience marches on, with another chapter of Holding the Line already available! Here's Raptor's introduction:HTL continues with a new story called Check And Mate II, jointly written by Joe "Wraith" Guida and myself. As you may recall, in the original Check And Mate, the TCS Yorktown detected the two surviving Nephilim carriers coming in from Ymir. The carriers along with their escorts, were making a break for the inner system, the region around Avernus system.
Are you enjoying the Wing Commander Saga prologue? Good -- but now it's time to do your part! The Saga team is looking for artists, mission designers, voice actors and modelers to help make their next release even better! Candidates have to be able to work well with other people and be able to keep a secret.
2006.020 (January 20, 2006)
The Lego Brickshelf has added another amazing Wing Commander design: the Black Lance Heavy Fighter by Staruss. This Dragon representation has a small cargo area and wings that fold down to engage a pair of Fission Cannons. A dark suited pilot takes the controls in front of the glowing red fuel intakes. The only thing missing is a tiny hatch to drop the mine.
The Wing Commander Against All Odds RPG is growing again. AAO puts players in the role of fictional capital ship and task force commanders in the middle of the Kilrathi War. You can see what the excitement's all about at their message boards. Here's Sylvester with more information on their latest expansion.
2005.020 (January 20, 2005)
Marc got a lot of feedback on his original Bengal/Ranger hybrid, so he decided to implement a bunch of the suggestions. The changes to the design are fairly minor such as adding a texture to the sides of the flight deck but it all adds to the overall effect.I pretty mutch agreed with most of the comments and followed their suggestions, minor stuff really.The one thing I didn't really agree with was Edfilho's suggestion of putting wings on it.
Our traditional New Years poll asks what kind of year you think it will be for Wing Commander. This year, more people than ever before voted Good or Great, beating Poor by a sizeable margin. 2004 saw Flight Commander and Standoff released, while WC Saga, Privateer Remake and The Reckoning continue to make progress. We thought now would be a good time to ask what setting you would prefer for any future project.
2004.020 (January 20, 2004)
I'll let Wedge make the announcement himself.After more than year's work (thanks to interruptions from life, no doubt), I've finally finished my collection of scripts for the whole Wing Commander series (barring Privateer 2 - the only WC game I don't have). I have made some changes with regard to spelling (translating to English), grammar (some of the casual spoken language was a bit too painful for me to leave), and bad language (say whatever you want about that) - but in the end, no changes were made to the actual meaning of the dialogue. I know there are the scripts for WC3 and WC4 in the CIC's files section, but there are many substantial changes between those scripts and the actual dialogue in the FMV.
Matt Schmitt noticed that Operation Flashpoint CZ has begun working on a Wing Commander mod. Yeah, even I'm surprised at this one. You might recall that this was a popular moderm military FPS from a couple years back, but the game did support the use of vehicles and apparently it is easy to work with. Maybe you know the piece of game history called Wing Commander.
2002.020 (January 20, 2002)
Got a few minutes on your hands? Check out Chapter 118 of the Holding the Line PBM. Here's Raptor's introduction:Hey all, Raptor hereHTL continues with the first part of Scraps of Honour 10. While the Border Worlds carriers continue setting the trap for the enemy fleet in Loki, and the rest of the Combined Fleet closes in for the kill, we're going to take a break from the fighting for a while.
WildFire reports that the Wing Commander movie DVD is just $9.99 at Circuit City. Why is this? FOX has significantly lowered its MSRP -- down from $35 to $14.