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7:00 AM - Monday the 4th of October, 2004 - by dark52
For the first time in a long time, it's time for an update on a Monday. Woo! However this update is of no content and is just a basic bug fixing and corrections correcting update that I thought I might as well do now.

Spyro Fusion
All of the Trading Cards have been optimized in size and format so as to load faster and to reduce the space needed for them. This is all thanks to Mozepy who did all of the work on optimizing the cards (I just changed the page a bit). In a related note, I've also fixed a few errors that were found on said Trading Card page and it now has all 200 Cards rather then 198 as it accidently had prior. Also, after closer inspection of a couple of cards I've decided to not use duplicates for the Castle Riptoc and Ice Riptoc cards anymore, they're all the right card now. Hopefully. Also related, I've optimized the other png images that are used in the Spyro Fusion section too, so now all of the Fusion pages should load just that little faster.
And I've also updated the Party Mode page with some things I originally meant to put it but never got around to.

Enter the Dragonfly
I've finally deleted the unused links from the sidebar so no more confusion about that little problem.

Web Design
I noticed last week that the page wasn't loading correctly in Mozilla Firefox (possibly others too though) as the random image in the top-right kept escaping from its set position. And thanks to a small bit of recoding, it should now work just as it's supposed to. Wahey! Although there are other small problems involving Firefox I currently have no idea about solving them (the main problem being Geocities banners appearing right at the bottom of the page for no reason).
And, if you're lucky and have a browser that lets you see it, I've added a small logo to the side of the site link when you bookmark it. It's not very artistic, but it works on Firefox (hopefully).

Oh, and I've replace Red's picture at the top with a better one.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 2nd of October, 2004 - by dark52
Strangely enough I've found that I had a little extra time on my hands then I usually have and found enough time in that to do some stuff:

Season of Flame
It's been a while now since I first started this guide, and there hasn't been an update since. However today I bring you another level and the finalisation of the first.
Also, I've updated the World Map a little with some info from that very level that I did. Nothing special, just the key and locked chest. I might at a future date add in the locations of all of the things you need to flame, however this is not decided yet.

Character Guide
I've finally gotten a small bit of work done on this, with a couple of dragons from Spyro the Dragon in the guide now. While you still won't be able to view the character guide until I've completed work on at least Spyro the Dragon's characters, I thought that I might remind you about it and the fact that I'm still 'working' on it.

And as per usual, next week's update is sketchy. Whether or not I will have time to do anything is down to several factors. None I will mention here though. I'll just say that there is more of a chance of an update then there was a few weeks ago. I'm starting to get back into this business and I really want to get my Season of Flame guide finished before A Hero's Tail arrives in November (around a month and a half away!).

Oh, and there's very little chance of a new Season of Ice map for a while either, it's just very boring making them. However I'm not abandoning the project altogether, just postponing it until around Christmas (however it is likely that I may not have much time then either, thereby postponing it until either Easter (once again very little chance of time) or the Summer (a lot higher chance of time)) so it will most likely be a long long wait for them. Sorry, but I really can't be bothered with them at the moment.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 25th of September, 2004 - by dark52
Finally this week I got my hands on a demo of Spyro: A Hero's Tail from the Official PlayStation 2 Magazine UK #51, and that's all this update has as I've been unable to do anything else for a while now, sorry about that.

A Hero's Tail
The demo features four seperate levels from the game, two featuring Spyro, one with Hunter and the final one shows off a Sgt. Byrd level. The full review for the demo is found here which features a 'walkthrough' for each of the four levels as well as some extra stuff too.

Web Design
It's not really much, but I've added a Red image to the random pictures you see in the top right corner of the page, it shows him using his Dark Gem sceptre. Not quite up to the standards of all the others as I had to cut him out of a picture unlike the others which were in layered files which made using them perfect with no horrible edges like there are on the Red one.
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7:00 AM - Saturday the 4th of September, 2004 - by dark52
As you might have guessed from the really pointless title to this update, I've finished off the Season of Ice guide, and started the Season of Flame guide. Read on for more in depth info.

Season of Ice
After three horrendous weeks of work non-stop on this guide, I've finally completed it all the way through collecting all 100 fairies. Yes, there is no more to the guide, all is done and it can rest in the archives, except for those two levels I screwed up before, I'll have to go back at a later date to sort that out. Ah well. Also the cheats are now on the site too.
And as usual, I've completed yet another of the maps. Click here to see it along with the other two that I've already completed.

Season of Flame
Finally I have begun work on the second best Spyro game to ever grace the GBA, the best being Adventure. So far I've managed to complete only the first homeworld and nothing else but a tedious intro to the next level Country Farms. So far so good though as with the much better Atlas in-game, I've been able to provide the guide with a bit more colour then any of the others. Check it out so far here.

Downloads
And so with the Season of Ice guide being completed, I now have the full text version of the guide ready for download on the downloads page. I have also removed the .zip files from the site as they are just taking up space and the amount they compress is pretty pointless, plus some people might not trust the site enough to warrant a download of a .zip file, therefore I've removed all doubt and gotten rid of them completely, you'll just have to save the text files as you open them.

Enter the Dragonfly
My apologies for not supplying the contet I said I did last week. I never actually got round to writing it and I still haven't. The links remain dead until I do so sometime in the future.

Future Updates
While I will probably be able to get an update to you for next week, the weeks after that may start to become less and less fruitful from a lack of updates as I'm gonna be quite busy from Thursday onwards. Therefore updates might become a lot more scarce and not happen every week. I'll try to do something that's worth updating the site for, but I can't promise it. I might start the character guide and do a bit of that each week just to tide the site over until A Hero's Tail arrives in November when I promise to try to write a full guide for as soon as possible, although obviously only after I complete it for myself. Sheesh. See you next week then, probably.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 28th of August, 2004 - by dark52
Hmph. I managed to do a bit of work for this update. See below for details.

Season of Ice
I managed to complete the whole of the Autumn, Winter and Spring Fairy Homes. So scroll on down and click on the links on the sidebar to get to it if you're in dire need of help on any of them. A couple of the levels I really didn't do very well, so I'll have to update them in the future, but for now they are slightly useful in that they give all the details you need to know how to get the fairies, just not as detailed as any of the other levels (they are both levels in the Spring Fairy Home). Also, I have made a second map for the game, for some reason I made Roman City. Click here to see it. With a total of 15 levels that require a map, I have now completed 13.3% of the maps. Not too long to go eh? One a week and I'll be done by the 27th of November.

Season of Flame
Well, no actual content yet but I've added some filler pages in the meantime.

Adventure
I've removed a few redundant pages that were just cluttering up the sidebar, so no more Hearts or Bonus Items pages to confuse you, they weren't really bonus at all. Sheesh.

Enter the Dragonfly
I've expanded the section on the side to include a few extra things to make it look more like the game actually exists rather then just having a walkthrough and five very poor screenshots. It's just not a good game so there's nothing I can really do for it. Shame really. Although, saying that, I am planning to rewrite the walkthrough so it's more of a walkthrough then a general dragonfly guide with very basic directions, mostly wrong.
Today's the day we get content under every game heading. Finally. And here's a roundup of what's been done over the past week:

Year of the Dragon
Amazingly enough, I finally got round to completing the whole of the Spyro: Year of the Dragon guide. It's now fully completed all the way through, all 150 eggs collect, all 20,000 gems collected. Wahey! I've also completed the Skill Points and Cheats pages now as well, thus completing my work on Year of the Dragon forever.

Spyro: Adventure
Amazingly within all that other work I've done, I managed to create a brand new map system for Spyro: Adventure. Found here you can see the work I did on the 19 in-game maps (yep, I found another one that I'd missed) which now shows you where all of the coloured chests, Sgt. Byrd air vents, Agent 9 air vents, Moneybags vaults and Phoenix Footprints are. Quite useful if I do say so myself. I've even got a link to it on the sidebar now.

Season of Flame
Slightly less useful at the moment, I have made a similar map system for Season of Flame. While it is still incomplete it might be slightly useful for you if you like looking at maps. I do plan on adding things to it in the future such as the locations of the fireflies as well as actually putting the locked chests and keys onto the maps. Found here you should take a quick look.

Season of Ice
And in wake of that, I've gotten ahead and started up my guide to the first GBA Spyro game, Season of Ice. I am also planning to make a map system like the other two games but it will take a bit longer as I will have to make the maps myself from scratch. I've currently only made one so far, click here to see it. While not as cartoony as the ones for the other games, it does give you an overview of the level.

A Hero's Tail
I've taken the time to write up as much info as I know about the game, along with a bit of guesswork, and several images to go with it. Click here to take a look. It introduces the game and several of it's new features.

Character Guide
I said I'd try to work on it, and I've done just that. I have now begun filling it in with all of the characters from the original game. When I get it filled full for that game, I'll release it to the world. That should be done in a couple of weeks, so prepare yourself for that too. However progress has so far been a little slow, as I've only managed to do the pages for Spyro and Sparx at the moment. No matter though. All shall be done one day. Also note that every character to appear in the guide will have a screenshot of them, so no wondering who I'm blabbering on about it the profiles.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 14th of August, 2004 - by dark52
I've organised the news so that it isn't just a big block of nonsense news from now on, there are now categories to it so you can ignore paragraphs that you aren't interested in.

Web Desgin
Well, after a bit of thought I decided to take this look as the new look for the site. While it isn't exactly how I wanted it, this is how it's going to stay until at least next week. It was originally going to have a bit more interactivity to it involving collapsing menus and rollover images, but due to me not really understanding the JavaScript language enough to write my own scripts, it was all scrapped for the version you saw last week.

Year of the Dragon Guide
OK, well I got quite a bit done this week, not yet completed, but it's getting there. Now the guide is complete all the way through Sunrise Spring, Midday Garden and the first several levels of Evening Lake. This just leaves the rest of Evening Lake and the wholeof Midnight Mountain to go. Maybe next week, who knows?

Character Guide
Unfortunately due to the time I've spent attempting to make the site look better, I had to ignore the Character Guide for yet another week, however I am proud to say that the basic guide is now fully completed and now just needs a lot of data and screenshots to make it work. I won't be able to do any of this data gathering until after I have completed all of the guides for this site as well as for darkgta.tk so it may be a while before you actually get to see it.

A Hero's Tail Images
I've added a larger picture of the box cover for A Hero's Tail in the screenshots page. Just click on the small image to get to the larger version, which is the original full drawing for the cover which was found on the website of the person who drew it.

Other
As an added note, I forgot to use the system I mentioned last week this week so some pages and items may not have been updated correctly, however as far as I can tell it is all just as it should be. As usual I'll give the site the once over before retiring to work on next weeks update.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 7th of August, 2004 - by dark52
I have now sorted out my updates so that anything I do to the site will be uploaded to the server as before I usually either forgot to upload something or just uploaded every page again just incase I had missed something. I may also resort to a weekly update, but knowing me it won't last long before I start randomly updating the site. The day that I will most definately update is every Saturday from now on (unless I forget), well, until I have nothing left to do to the site anyway, but there may be updates during the week occasionally if I'm every motivated to do so.

As far as updates this week go, I've reformatted the guide for Spyro: Adventure (Attack of the Rhynocs) so that it looks a lot better then it was before. I have also redone the bars at the side of the pages so that they match the top of the page as well as making the names of the games all their European versions rather then a mixture of different regions. Also, I have added a slight bit to the Spyro Fusion guide for the party mode with a tiny bit more info.

Well, I finally got back to work on the Year of the Dragon guide today, and I've written another 10% of it. All the way through to completing the whole of Sunrise Spring including Crawdad Farm in the Sparx World as well as Sgt. Byrd's Base in Midday Gardens. Expect a lot more next week as I expect to have completed all of it by then although no promises. I also hope to have started my Season of Ice guide too, but only if the Year of the Dragon is complete.

The Character Guide that I used to have on the site is being upgraded and altered to be a more efficient and better laid out guide to everything in the world of Spyro, but it is still nowhere near complete enough for launch on the site. I hope to get it fully completed soon though so maybe by next week you might be able to try out the first installment of it but I'm not making any promises and it is unlikely to happen that quickly unless I have a lot of spare time on my hands.

I have also taken the time to redo the Old News section so that it is easier to browse if you for some reason wish to go back and see what pointless stuff I wrote previously. Now there are links to the different months on seperate pages instead of it all crammed into one page as before.

Oh, and I've also merged the Card Pictures and Card Locations pages together in the Spyro Fusion section so that you can both see and find all of the cards on one page.

Well, I have also started work on a new look for the site, and as usual I have a couple of ideas as for what to do. One such one is viewable <a>here</a> so tell me what you think in the forums. I should have a second new look by next week so I'll start the vote then if I can't decide by myself. Either way the new look will be here the week after. Oh, and there's another one <a>here</a> as well, it's not quite finished yet as the buttons at the top will eventuallybe rollovers and change to orange when you move your mouse over them as well as being links. Oh, and at the moment it might seem a bit more complicated to navigate, but I will be making the indiviual pages use a more personal sidebar just for that game or section.
7:00 AM - Tuesday the 27th of July, 2004 - by dark52
While I haven't got enough spare time to work on the Year of the Dragon guide, I can and have done a bit of work on some other pages on the site.

For the Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy guide I have now completed work on the Party Mode page as well as the Cheats and Codes page which both now have some content. I also redid the sidebar for this game and removed the need for a seperate page with the links to the individual pages of the walkthrough on.

I believe that's all I've managed to do, but I may have done some more here and there. Anyway, I'm hoping to get back to work on the Year of the Dragon guide in a few days so hold on tight for that.
7:00 AM - Thursday the 22nd of July, 2004 - by dark52
Hmm, well it had to happen really. I haven't yet had the chance to play either of the games through the whole way and because of that I am unsure as to whether or not I will actually be able to write a useful guide for them. Hopefully I will be able to, but until I get 100% (or however much percent you can get) in either game there won't be a guide for them at all.

In Year of the Dragon news, I have done a slight bit more of it, now going through the Midday Garden Home. Very slow progress at the moment as I've been working a bit too hard on the guides really. I may take a day or two off in order to be able to get back on track afterwards rather then going really slow for a long time. Therefore any prediction for completion of the guide is going to be most likely incorrect and I don't expect the guide completed this week. However, just so you know, the guide is currently about 20% completed at the moment.

Oh yeah, and as you might have noticed, I've altered the top of the site a little bit. It's no longer black, but rather a nice purple colour. I have also added several different characters from the Spyro games over on the right instead of the Hero's Tail logo. I did this as I was a bit bored. Hopefully it should make the site look a little better then it did previously. And as before the title bar still fits into the 800x600 size window so that shouldn't be a problem for anyone using that setting.
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