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Message from Colonel Aubrey "SwiftHeart" Chen, aboard the TCS-40 Victory:
Welcome aboard, comrade!
"Wing Commander, first released in 1990 by Origin Systems, is a simulation-style action game interwoven with a cinematic storyline set in the 27th century. It does not attempt to model real-world physics with a completely accurate simulation of space flight, but concentrates instead on providing a fun, intense, first-person space dogfighting experience. Several things distinguished it from other games upon its initial release: the graphics, music, and sound were all revolutionary, surpassing most (if not all) other competing products in the industry at the time. The storyline, of which a short segment unraveled after each mission the player flew, had many plot devices rarely used before in a computer game of its type: character development, interpersonal conflict, ethics, and more. To date, the series has sold a total of over 3 million units worldwide." -- excerpt from WC3 FAQ, by James Hogan
Chris Roberts is the mastermind behind the WC series. After the release of Wing Commander IV, Roberts left Origin to start his own company Digital Anvil. Although all future WC titles will still be produced and distributed by Origin/EA, Roberts will continue to work closely with the Origin team to ensure they adhere to his original vision. In fact, the recent WC movie was directed by Roberts.
It has been a long time since I last did anything for the WC universe (other than buying and playing them as fast as they are released by Origin ;). So guilty do I feel that a tiny voice inside me recently started to bug me it is time I returned to work on the tiny tribute to one of my favourite computer game series of all time. And it just so happens that I have a topic in mind. You see, I was going through all my WC novels the other day, and when I got to the fourth novel, The Heart of the Tiger, I was "inspired" (once again) to create a timeline inconsistency list for it. Why? you ask. Because it was THAT bad. ;) In any case, here it is. Feel free to e-mail me any inconsistencies you find and I will add it to the list and give you credit.
Below are the documents and programs I have written for WC:
- Wing Commander III Walkthrough, co-authored with Col. Allen "Ninja" Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Col. Klaus "Gremlin" Weidner (email@example.com)
- Wing Commander III Mission Tree
- Wing Commander III Savegame Library (lost?)
- Wing Commander III Savegame Editor (lost?)
Here are some of the WC websites I had the pleasure of visiting on my spare time:
- Introspection's Wing Commander Home Sector
One of the slickest-looking WC pages on the web, hit that jump button and prove me right!
- Origin's Home Page
Origin: Home of the WC games. Take a stroll down Origin's Home Page and see what those brilliant designers are up to!
- Phoenix Chronicles' Wing Commander Page
Not only is this site a great stop for WC info, it also contains a lot of personalized work by the author that cannot be found anywhere else!
- Stephen Karafiath's WC4 Page
A good site to visit if you are fishing for information on WC4. :)
- TCN Calisto Intranews
Ever wondered what it would be like to actually live on a Confed carrier? Well, wonder no longer, comrade Colonel! Come aboard and we will show you how it's done.
- The Terran Confederation
The official home page for the Terran Confederation club. Although still under heavy construction, it already offers a lot of potential. Excellent futuristic graphics and lots of links to its members. Welcome aboard, Colonel!
- Terran Confederation Underground
If you are a die-hard WC fan, check this out! It's choke-full of WC news, info and files! This is THE site for WC enthusiasts!
- The Wing Commander Aces Page
Are you a WC ace looking for new friends? Or perhaps you are seeking someone to challenge your skills in battle? Whatever the reason, WCA is the place to be.
- The Wing Commander Alliance Home Page
Whoa, you do not want to miss this site! Features an on-line WC RPG!