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1  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: El-Hazard Saturn to PC port on: June 22, 2014, 03:24:04 PM
(Late, late reply)

The old PC port of the El-Hazard game fell out of maintenance and had a lot of issues. It was also pretty poorly "translated" (by which I mean I just filled in dialog off the cuff based on an outline) and it really wasn't up to par with the quality it should have been.

I pretty much keep looking for someone who wants to do a proper script for it and then I'd consider updating the code and making it work smoothly again. However to date no one has taken up this challenge.
2  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: Hello from 2014 on: June 22, 2014, 03:20:03 PM
In a very, very late reply, yeah, this age-old forum (and really the whole website) has been propped up over time. It was born somewhere around May 2002, and actually had quite a bit of activity at its peak an era ago. A lot of good times, a lot of friends met. ou can think Icey there for keeping the dream alive. He really did the major legwork to rebuild the site into its current infrastructure. When I was in charge, it was a real early-2000s Internet site, built of raw HTML, some dynamic content by Perl, and a forum driven by a text file database. :)

El-Hazard seems to have only continued to age and I figured mostly be forgotten, but now these Blu Rays have appeared, which is interesting.

My Internet name has changed over time, Captain Southbird is the current permutation.

Randomly, happened to notice Ray posted in the old "Pic of the Moment" forum and the image was broken. I updated the links in all the legacy PoTM's so they should work now. The original PoTM was actually a separate engine (not built into the forum) that would grab one of the episode screenshots and present it periodically. IIRC someone (administrator class) had to manually go in and hit a random button until something that looked usable would show up. Then for a while my brother decided to make it interesting by Photoshopping together situations that didn't occur from the show. And then it just sort of died after that, along with the rest of the community. I believe I based it on something else I had seen on another El-Hazard forum years ago.

Ah, well. Memories of a bygone era. Just glad to even get the trickle-in of passersby.
3  Games / Pic of the Moment / Pic of the Moment Rules and History on: October 23, 2010, 03:35:35 PM


With the lack of activity in this forum, I don't expect anyone to really pick this up, but it should now be possible thanks to the fact that it's now technically just another part of the forum.  So on that note, any Admin/mod will still enforce rules:

  • First post must contain only a single image using the forum attachment system* and must feature El-Hazard characters; it can be a reposted screenshot from the show or something more creative.  NSFW worse than what was on the show is most likely inappropriate.
  • Don't post an actual reference to the screenshot (that's not funny!) and don't post general commentary (at least not without attempting to "play")

* The reason for using the forum attachment system is control -- this game is based on one I had found years ago on another defunct El-Hazard forum, but in that case the images posted by users were on a variety of hosts and many of the images were missing, which of course ruins the humor!

Note that this forum section, unlike the others, is currently set to show these posts in date order.  That means new replies do not bump a thread to the top.  I'm kind of on the fence about this because it means new replies will generally go unnoticed (except the RSS feed?) but it does preserve the original ordering of the PoTMs.


"Pic of the Moment" was a "game" that existed on later versions of the El-Hazard site where we'd post a screenshot (and later image collages to keep it interesting) out of context and see what people could come up with.  Originally, much like the rest of the site before it was Wiki-fied, this was powered by a custom, in-house set of Perl-CGI scripts.  When the rest of the site was brought online as a Wiki, PoTM was still being rendered using the archaic site-side scripts.  (And, until last night, was a gateway backward into the old content, which was interesting to say the least.)  Furthermore, while the old Perl-CGI website integrated a user login with the former YaBB forum, the shift to the current SMF forum broke that old system and I saw no need to fix it, making replies to PoTMs impossible.

Having both the Wiki and old site content essentially meant that we were holding two versions of the website, one dormant.  (And that's an understatement because various pieces of previous incarnations of the website actually still existed in the old labyrinth of directories!)  Since nothing else from the old site was going to be used anymore, and that reverse gateway would just be confusing to new visitors, I finally got the nerve to delete all remains of the pre-Wiki version of the website, and wrote a Perl script to import all of the old "Pic of the Moment" images and posts into the forum here.  Granted it's not a perfect transition, and also explains why all threads are posted by the imaginary "PoTM" user and all replies have the same date as the original posting due to lack of per-reply date tracking in the old system.

This strange "Pic of the Moment" PoTM is incidentally a screenshot of how it used to look!  (What were we thinking by posting that one though?)
4  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: Objection! on: April 08, 2004, 12:21:00 AM
McCoy: Mr. Groucho, did you or did you not change the DNS records so as to hide this site during the defendant Mr. Jinnai's illicit activity?

Ifurita: Yoohoo, your honor, I objeeeect!  Mr. Law and Order guy isn't being faaair!

Jinnai: Duurrh!  "Law and Order guy?"  These people need to watch more NBC.

Groucho: *Is this a library?  Someone said it was a library.*
5  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: Blue Screen of Death in all of its... Blue-i-ness on: March 31, 2004, 02:47:00 AM
Jinnai: Heheh.  Little does that fool "ladypeorth" realize that I have swapped the "DEL" of ALT+CTRL+DEL to read "RESET".  I'm so clever...
6  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: At the Haunted House on: March 27, 2004, 12:31:00 AM
... All these horrors and more at the El-Hazard Haaauauntted Hooouuusee.

Jinnai sez: Send Makoto suffocated in a birthday cake and get in for half price!
7  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: Up on Grandview Avenue on: February 17, 2004, 11:37:00 PM
Nanami: Wow, so THIS is the city where the guy who made this site was born!

Shayla: Boy, isn't he a total geek for placing his favorite fictional characters in his home town?

Ifurita: What time is it?  If we catch the next 41E and get off at South Hills Junction, we should be able to take a 41A straight to his house!
8  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: "NOW what is happening?!" on: August 25, 2003, 07:10:00 PM
Jinnai: Where's that doctor?!  These babies aren't gonna deliver themselves!
9  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: One pissed off Quawool grabs Parnasse in her rage on: July 27, 2003, 04:41:00 AM
Quawool: I told you to come up with a title for this picture, but that was REALLY half-assed!
10  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: Lookit! on: June 20, 2003, 01:19:00 PM
Makoto: Wow, look, there's people on the other side of the screen.

Nanami: I wonder how long they've been watching us?
11  Games / Pic of the Moment / Re: Walk In on: July 21, 2003, 12:37:00 AM
IFURITA: It looks like other master has a keystaff too.  Only not as big as yours.
12  General / Non-El-Hazard Topical Discussions / Re: Hello, I am new in the forum on: July 11, 2010, 01:29:05 AM
Yeah I'm starting to wonder if there's any point to upholding my old distribution rule on the main forum since the series is at risk to falling into abandonment...
13  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Major site overhaul for El-Hazard's 15th anniversary on: June 03, 2010, 05:35:49 PM
The doujin section is also fairly out of date. I probably have a complete collection of anything you can find online, although I can't tell just how many you're lacking since I can't view it anymore (I guess due to logins being temporarily out?). There were even a couple translated, which is kind of remarkable.

Actually it's just a section not done yet.  Site-based logins are a thing of the past (there's only a couple Wiki accounts and no public registration.)  FYI, your forum login is only good for just that.  I suppose that makes the site not really live up to the full spirit of a Wiki, but it was more to allow a closed circle few people access to the site without complications of giving out webhost administration.  And of course run on something modern and upgradeable as opposed to my old CGI custom scripts.

Anyway, Icy said he'd get some of that missing stuff up starting around the 10th.  I'll probably be doing some updates as I have time as well.

And, the fanart section is probably out of date, but that may be nitpicking since it's already pretty big.

That one was admittedly a little bit of a throw-together.  It would probably only REALLY be best served by some kind of public gallery, but I don't think we're getting into anything that complicated right now.  :P  There's undoubtedly millions of bits of fanart out there -- ranging from the very poor to the very best -- and I doubt we'd ever have a COMPLETE collection.  I figure just showcasing some of the better stuff will suffice.  (And yeah, that probably means it ought to be sorted and some removed, but whatever.  :))

I'd at least like to see the life-sized Ifurita they had at the Tokyo Anime Fair 2008 added somewhere, although I haven't been able to find many pictures of it. Might be a hair too big for a figurine though.

I doubt anyone would really nitpick the size limit of figurines..
14  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: How do I 'log in' at main site? on: May 31, 2010, 09:55:55 AM
Yeah, sorry.  That will probably be a little confusing for a while.  Wonder if the Wiki's log-in page can be worded to be very specific saying that a forum user and a Wiki user is not the same thing?
15  General / El-Hazard Online / Re: Major site overhaul for El-Hazard's 15th anniversary on: May 30, 2010, 02:49:09 PM
And if you're going to be overhauling the site, I might have some content ideas if you want them. But if you're just planning to merge content from The Wanderers' Guide to El-Hazard: The Magnificent World, that's fine too.

Uh, it IS overhauled.  :)  If you're still seeing the old page, then you need to fix your bookmarks.  (The old page will be removed entirely in the near future, save a bit of legacy, although ultimately it should be removed.)  It is now in a Wiki format (although there's no public registration simply to keep things sane around here, so new accounts must be created internally.)  And it already has the merged Wanderers' Guide content!  Finally, no one said new content would be disallowed around here.  :)
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