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News Archive - July 2004

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.
7:00 AM - Tuesday the 20th of July, 2004 - by dark52
The whole of the Sunrise Spring world is now completely written. Head on over to the section for it. I'm going to start on the Midday Garden world tomorrow so you'll have to wait until then (or the day after) for that one. Nothing else done to the site though so seeya then.
7:00 AM - Monday the 19th of July, 2004 - by dark52
Yeah, real good progress huh? Well it's something at least. So then, 3% of the game all done and dusted now. Simply great. Oh yeah, since I didn't mention it yesterday, I've also done the Introduction page to Year of the Dragon too. Interesting.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 17th of July, 2004 - by dark52
With Glimmer completed, I've started on the Year of the Dragon guide. While there's nothing on the site just yet I thought I might as well tell you. The pages that are under the Year of the Dragon section are all empty at the moment so don't bother visiting them.

I have also added a Records page for Glimmer as well as removing the Character Guide that I had on the site. This is to make it a lot better and more useful then it is so to stop you getting confused by the sheer awfulness of its current state, I've taken it down. I will get it back on the site soon though, so don't be too upset.
7:00 AM - Friday the 16th of July, 2004 - by dark52
I've finally finished off the entire guide. With the whole of Winter Tundra now written up it is done. I have also added content to the Skill Points page, as well as to the Cheats and Codes page. With Glimmer out of the way, I will soon be able to start my guide on Spyro: Year of the Dragon. The first bit of that guide should be here within a few days, or at the most a week.

And after completion of the Year of the Dragon guide? Well the two GBA games that I have yet to do obviously. The only problem there is that I have yet to play either of them so I don't really know how long it'll take to write the guides for them.
7:00 AM - Wednesday the 14th of July, 2004 - by dark52
Uh huh, 28% of it done so far (based on Orb count only) so it'll be a short while before it's fully completed. I am aiming for a completion of the guide by Sunday though, so it should arrive thick and fast over the next few days. Now with Summer Forest completed, there are only two worlds left to go.

I have updated the sidebar as well to include all the links that will be needed for this guide, however as you might expect, all but the introduction and Summer Forest links lead to a blank page with a sigh of 'Coming soon...' on them. This is again to prevent people from thinking that it's a bad link like the ones at the top were (I have now fixed the links that weren't working up at the top) while it's just that I haven't made the page yet. And I have also updated the Downloads section to be both easier to use, and it now has more things, including my Spyro Orange guide and my Spyro the Dragon guide. Make sure to go there too if you want to get all the maps from Attack of the Rhynocs.

And also note that I have altered the address to send e-mails to me. No longer send them to darkspyro@darkspyro.tk as that address doesn't and hasn't worked in a while, now send them to darkgta4@yahoo.co.uk and you should get replied to within a day or two. Any e-mail sent to me at darkspyro@darkspyro.tk will not have gotten through and I won't have been able to read it. Sorry about that, but if you still need help or want to ask me anything, either send me another e-mail or post in the forums.

OK, more updates tomorrow hopefully.
7:00 AM - Wednesday the 14th of July, 2004 - by dark52
Well around that anyway. With all of Summer Forest and Autumn Plains completed (except for the return parts of Autumn Plains) I only have Winter Tundra left to do. There are still 8 levels still to write about so with 21 levels already done, it should be completed very soon people! Maybe even by tomorrow. Not promises though, you'll just have to wait and see how far I get.

Well, however much I manage to do by tomorrow, you are almost certain of an update of some kind. Oh, and just so you know, seeing as this method of making the guide is working better than the method I used for the Spyro the Dragon guide, I'll be using it again for Year of the Dragon when I get round to it.
7:00 AM - Monday the 12th of July, 2004 - by dark52
OK, I've begun working on the guide now, but due to the new way of writing the guide that I'm trying out, no actual content will be available until at least Friday and perhaps later.

While this does mean a longer wait for the initial part of the guide, it will mean that I will be able to complete the whole of the guide much faster. If this method works well then I'll use it for Year of the Dragon as well, if not then I won't. Simple as that.

Oh, and as you might have noticed, I got bored of writing the character/creature guide for the most part, but I am still working on it and it will next get updated soon with everything in a better order and a more accessible way of reading it then a huge long jumbled up list of random things. I will also try to add all the things from Spyro 2 as well, but obviously only after I have finished it for Spyro 1.
7:00 AM - Sunday the 11th of July, 2004 - by dark52
Hurray! I've finally done the whole of the guide for the game. Just a few tweaks here and there as well as a new page for the cheats, and I'm done with Spyro the Dragon and can move on to Spyro 2: Gateway to Glimmer soon (or as you might know it, Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage).

While I won't get started on that till tomorrow, it should start arriving pretty quickly since it's very nearly summer now.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 10th of July, 2004 - by dark52
Bang on schedule, I have completed the Magic Crafters world and the Beast Makers world. I'm well ahead of schedule and I am about to begin work on the Dream Weavers world. Hopefully I will be able to complete this world today as well, but perhaps not. Anyway, while I'm ahead of schedule I can safely say that the guide will most definately be complete by next Friday at the latest, and tomorrow at the earliest.

I have also added a filler page for where the Gnasty's World info will go, this is to prevent people from clicking on the link and just reaching an error page.
7:00 AM - Friday the 9th of July, 2004 - by dark52
I have now done all the way to the end of the Peace Keeper's world and got halfway through the Magic Crafters. Hopefully this will help some of you, but I still have a long way to go before it's anywhere near complete. Currently it stands at 42% completion. While I won't be able to write too much more until next weekend, I will try to write a bit.

Once it is next weekend though, then the guide should speed up and near completion by the 21st of July, hopefully begginning on Spyro 2 the same day. If I get ahead of schedule (as I hope I will) I will obviously not take so long to get everything completed. Amazing huh?
7:00 AM - Sunday the 4th of July, 2004 - by dark52
I took most of Saturday and today off from writing the Spyro the Dragon guide, in favour of messing around with the code of the site. I'm currently in the middle of moving all the content into a better and more well rounded coding which is slightly smaller than previously.

This is due to the fact that I have decided not to use FrontPage any more as it was really hindering my progress with writing things. I only used it before as it saved me some time when writing stuff out, but I'd rather have less hassle by writing all the code myself.

While I have attempted to make each and every page into the new coding, there are probably a few pages which managed to avoid the change. If you come across a page that seems to be acting strange (i.e. no title and sidebar, just the main content) then tell me about it in the forums. Post it into the Suggestions for darkspyro.tk, remember there is no need to actually register for the forums so just post anyway. All help is greatly appreciated.

While I have now transplanted all the old content into a .9K smaller version, I still have a lot of work to do on reformatting all the pages to a better standard so that they take up less space. I hope you'll bear with me as I attempt to sort out any problems that are encountered.

UPDATE: Well, it had to happen sometime. I managed to screw up the boards permanently. Therefore the link at the top should take you to the new one. Please re-register if you had done so before as I am unable to move the accounts.
7:00 AM - Saturday the 3rd of July, 2004 - by dark52
Yep, I've done the whole of the guide for the Artisans now. Read it here and enjoy. I am currently working on the Peace Keepers world so stay tuned to darkspyro.tk for that soon.

Again, nothing else to talk about really. Oh yeah, I have started to write a full account of every character in the Spyro universe. I have currently covered the whole of the Artisans world. Strange coincidence eh? Anyway, the disorganised list and descriptions are now available to the left, just under my unofficial view on the Spyro story.
7:00 AM - Thursday the 1st of July, 2004 - by dark52
After abandoning the EtD re-write a few days ago due to excessive annoyingness, I started up with a brand new guide for the original Spyro game, Spyro the Dragon on the PlayStation (PSone). That very guide has been partially uploaded this very day, and covers all the way through the magnificent first Dragon Realm of The Artisans. Read it all in the Walkthrough of the Spyro the Dragon section on the sidebar.

And in other news, not much has happened. Kthxbye.
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