Major Website Updates and More!
Posted on July 30th 2017
Salutations everyone! As you can see I am trying a new layout for my front page as well as a new layout for the rest of my website! I still have to work out some of the kinks. However I think I am going to try to change the front page to this layout from now on.
Moving on to what this update was actually about... I am massively updating a huge amount of guides on my website. The two main ones gettings updates right now are my Everquest guides and my Super Nintendo Guides. The main EQ guides getting revamped are the Leveling Guides (Classic - PoP) and Tradeskill Guides for all future expansions post SoD.
To get started let's take a look at some of the Everquest Guides!
If you view some of those guides you can see they also link back to previous expansions that I have finished guides for. For example Pottery recommends you take a different route if Chronal Resonance Dust is cheaper on your server than Planar Energy Shards. All of the other Tradeskill guides do the same and as time goes on I will only increase the possible different routes to follow.
Those of you who use my TLP leveling guides may have noticed recently too that I made each location clickable all the way up until Luclin. It links to a page that has a map for the location and I go into some detail about what you can find there and what you can hunt there for XP.
Take a look at my Classic Leveling Guide and click on a location yourself for an example! It's important everyone update their bookmarks and find the new guides/updated versions through my navigation bar at the top of the website. A lot of the older guides are going to be made out of date in the upcoming months and I am unsure if I should remove them that way people only use the new ones... Or what.
Anyway before I talk about my Super Nintendo updates I would like to take a minute or two and talk about how you guys can help me out. I hate asking for money but I strongly feel that the future of websites like these is in viewer support... not in advertising. I have considered doing a patreon or kickstarter thing but I really have nothing I can offer - that I can think of anyway.
I gave early access to my Everquest guides as a perk for donating last time and I don't think that something I would always want to do. A premium service like Allakhazam or EQresource has crossed my mind - but I really suck at figuring out what should be charged for and what shouldn't be! Those of you who don't wanna spend any cash or can't - you could always help me out by liking/bumping my posts on the EQ forums for advertising! Post 1 - Post 2
As it stands right now, I wouldn't be able to keep the lights on for my website if I ran just on donations alone. The few donations I do get.. Man you guys are the best. Especially a few of you, I see some reoccuring names and it's always a pleasure - I am glad to have helped you out enough in returning to Everquest that you thought of me!
My point is that I would like to find a way to make Almar's Guides more financially sustainable in the future. I may experiment with some different methods, like the ideas I listed above, or I may start a Bi-monthly video series covering EQ content or Retro content and see if people donate more from more interaction.
Moving on, for those of you only interested in EQ can stop reading here, don't worry - there will be many... MANY EQ guides to come in the future. I've been having a lot of fun on the TLPs reliving the PoP era. I only expect to play even more as time goes on!!
As for my Super Nintendo updates... Let's take a look at what I have been up to! The screenshot on the left is the before picture of Biker Mice from Mars (weird game name, right?). The picture on the right is the after! As you can see from the pictures I am adding in pictures to help with the SNES guides I have and to spruce them up a bit.
There's a few more games that got a complete make over like that one. Zelda A link to the past is getting a complete facial and I am even adding in some of my own hand written guides for that game since it's getting good views. I am going to go through each SNES game I got and take a few pictures to make things look better than they do now.
I mean just look at the screen shot below! Marvelous! At least I feel that way - compared to the absolute crap they looked like before!! A friend best described their look as "A notepad document with navigation buttons" and sadly it was true. Hopefully though from here on I can provide both semi-ok looking guides and guides filled with the best information!!
I've come through on my end of the deal and revamped Almar's Guides into primarily an EQ website!
I would very strongly like to hear any and all feedback towards my new layout! I worked about 3 months on/off on the layout figuring out exactly what I wanted it to look like as well as the color scheme. I also had to plan the layout of the Nav bar pages and things like that. This layout is the result of many days pondering and tweaking my old one.
Moving forward I am going to be reorganizing my EQ guides based on Expansion and ripping apart my old sections. I won't damage the pages as they are now for anyone who has bookmarks to them... But I very likely will be rewriting a majority of my EQ guides that haven't been updated in years.
The Everquest revamps will be sporadic and small over the course of the year. I have been putting most of my time and effort into retro guides primarily because I need this website to at least be able to pay for itself. The retro section has brought in a lot of new blood and it's been a blast for me to write those guides and to experience those old memories, much like it is playing EQ.
If you are a big fan of my EQ work, please consider donating to help keep Almar's Guides alive and to help me pay for all of my accounts on the TLPs - if you can't afford to donate, turn off your ad blocker! That's honestly even better than donating!!!
I would also accept Krono donations for anyone ingame who would like to help pay for my accounts. One of the biggest things holding me back from writing more guides on the TLPs is the fact that half my month is spent farming Kronos to afford my box team. If I had more time to experiment in locations/do what I want to do - you'd get more guides!!
For Krono donations please parcel them to
Almar on Firionia Vie or
Almar on Lockjaw
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!!!
Just realized I was using 2016 as the date for all these entries. Jeeze thanks for telling me guys.
I don't have much to say here but I want to link to some of the newer Retro guides I have written/am in the process of writing. Mainly so google picks them up but also because usually I get a few viewers that click through my new content. Which actually helps more than you'd think it does when it comes to google caching things. So, if you're one of those viewers, you dah man!
Dark Cloud 2 Walkthrough (Ps2) - not yet finished, about 80% done it mostly needs formatting.
Kingdom Hearts Walkthrough (Ps2) - Finished but it's a text based guide entirely. I actually hated Kingdom Hearts this time playing it which is surprising since I loved it so much as a kid.
I don't know what game(s) I will be doing next but I am currently playing Grandia II. It doesn't seem like there are many guides I can write for that game though. I mostly write guides for games with a lot of sidequests or side activites as far as retro goes.
I think I will be doing some EQ guides soon too for TLPs covering quests. I'll also push another round of updates to the leveling/farming guides since I have been learning locations over the last month or two. Should be an interesting Summer!