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  1. Bandit LOAF

    Language Lesson: Grimalkin (July 3, 2022)

    Embarrassing discovery: “grimalkin” is a real word which means cat, often a witch’s familiar. This means I have been missing a joke in Special Operations 2 for THIRTY YEARS. Paladin renames a captured freighter the Grimalkin for the titular special operation. I always assumed it was just a...
  2. Bandit LOAF

    European WC Classics on Display (June 27, 2022)

    I love these European CD-ROM Classics that came in thick jewel cases. How cool would it be to have a collection of them in all the different languages? Here's a recent photo posted by Stephan: I believe there were three Wing Commanders: -- Original update published on June 27, 2022
  3. Bandit LOAF

    Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About WC Killboards (June 26, 2022)

    Let's look at some chalkboards! The kill board in Wing Commander I is one of those great immsersive touches: instead of scoring points like an arcade, you stay in the game world and compete with the characters you recognize. All the characters' kills increase as the game progresses but they...
  4. Bandit LOAF

    Amazing Variation in WC Ports' TrainSims (June 15, 2022)

    Why play ports? Let's take a quick walk through the TrainSim enemy selection screen in ports of the original Wing Commander! Here's the original from 1990 in EGA and VGA. The Amiga version swapped the line art for rotating ship sprites! Then the CD32 version made them a little smaller...
  5. Bandit LOAF

    How Many Ships Make up the Wing Commander Movie Fleet? (June 7, 2022)

    The Star Wars guys always love doing this so I thought I'd give it a shot. As best I can tell there are four Concordias and two Bengals moored at Pegasus, plus the TCS Vanguard which is exiting before the attack happens. And then the fleet at the end consists of 16 visible Concordias...
  6. Bandit LOAF

    Neat Find for Wingnut Pinheads Out There (June 4, 2022)

    Another neat discovery from AD: the pinball machine (very briefly) seen in the Tiger Claw's rec room is a 1991 Williams Hurricane machine. And you can buy a detailed recreation in Pinball FX3 to simulate playing pinball on a space carrier! -- Original update published on June 4, 2022
  7. Bandit LOAF

    Your Daily Infoburst on Barbara Miles (May 30, 2022)

    Alright it's 1 AM and there's no action on Twitter so you're pretty much stuck with this post about the news mechanic that was from Wing Commander III. That's right, I've got... BARBARA MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP! If you've played Wing Commander III you may remember Barbara Miles from the...
  8. Bandit LOAF

    Taking a Closer Look at SWC/SM Ads (May 21, 2022)

    I woke up to a nice surprise from @XwingGameSeries: scans of ads for Super Wing Commander and Secret Missions SNES! I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a two page SM ad before. There’s some interesting stuff here... Look at the SWC cockpit: it doesn't look anything like any of the five in...
  9. Bandit LOAF

    Missing Fuel Truck Was Right Under Your Nose All Along (May 13, 2022)

    So we all know the story of the little fuel truck that was cut from the Oxford landing screen in Privateer… … but now look at this two-page UK advertisement. What’s that there in the New Constantinople screenshot… IT’S THE TRUCK! Also having now noticed the truck there you will...
  10. Bandit LOAF

    A Comparative Look at the Manuals' SNES Jalthi (May 3, 2022)

    I went back to see how the sprite-less Jalthi was mentioned in the original SNES Wing Commander. You can see it wasn’t mentioned in the US/EU manuals at all! And that as with everything else, the Japanese version is much, much better. The SNES version doesn’t have enough memory for five ships...
  11. Bandit LOAF

    Script Exploration Reveals Early Longbow Name (May 9, 2022)

    I made two fun discoveries mucking about in Wing Commander III documentation! The first is that the Longbow bomber was originally named the IMPERATOR! This scan is actually from the published shooting script... which is fine, since the name never appears in any dialogue! I also found some...
  12. Bandit LOAF

    BRender Unto Caesar (May 5, 2022)

    Two days ago, ETPC reported some interesting news to the WCCIC Discord: prolific retro tech tweeter Foone had successfully lobbied to open source BRender, a licensed 3D game engine used in the making of many titles including Privateer 2: The Darkening. So I have some really cool news:I just...
  13. Bandit LOAF

    One, Two, Three, Four, I Declare a Cat War (May 1, 2022)

    After the Intrepid captures Admiral Tolwyn in Wing Commander IV's Peleus series, Blair tells him that he hasn't defected because the Union of Border Worlds isn't officially at war with the Confederation. Tolwyn replies: "We weren’t ‘officially’ at war with the Kilrathi either, but there were two...
  14. Bandit LOAF

    Super Famicom Manual Includes Special Halcyon Welcome (April 27, 2022)

    Goofing around with image translators I discovered that the Super Famicom Wing Commander manual has a section where Colonel Halcyon welcomes you aboard. Also how crazy is the future? -- Original update published on April 27, 2022
  15. Bandit LOAF

    Jason Bernard's Son Resurfaces Tribute Tweet (April 23, 2022)

    Here is a lovely tweet about and photograph of Jason Bernard, whom many of us loved as Captain Eisen in Wing Commander III and IV. My dad #JasonBernard was a Veteran of the US Army and I was looking for a picture of him that used to sit at my Grandma’s. I found a resume that he typed on a...
  16. Bandit LOAF

    Swoon Over This Spanish Movie Poster (April 21, 2022)

    Look what⁩ AD found, a Spanish Wing Commander poster that I’d never seen before! -- Original update published on April 21, 2022
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    Life Stages of the New Constantinople Concourse (April 18, 2022)

    The New Constantinople concourse gameflow screen from Privateer, from initial storyboard to concept sketch to marketing render (“bullshot”) to final in-game art! -- Original update published on April 18, 2022
  18. Bandit LOAF

    It's What's Inside That Counts (April 16, 2022)

    A common trick 'under the hood' of many games is to make use of something called LODs, or Levels of Detail. LODs are a system where a given 3D model has multiple versions that are called at different times to maximize memory and other resources. For example, each ship in Wing Commander III has a...
  19. Bandit LOAF

    Ship Length Comparison (April 5, 2022)

    Ever wonder just how big Prince Thrakhath's enormous dreadnaught in Wing Commander III would be scaled correctly? To find out, we've put together a collection of Wing Commander III ship length charts which show three different scales: standard capital ships, capital ships and bases and then...
  20. Bandit LOAF

    Visual Guide: The Uniforms of the Wing Commander Movie (March 22, 2022)

    Officer Uniforms Duty Sweaters: Officers seen on the Tiger Claw, Concordia and at Pegasus wear a mix of two different types of knit sweaters, one without a collar and one with a turtleneck. The latter seems to be based on the Royal Navy's World War II-era submariner's sweater. There does not...