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!
You may find a few pages on my website broken over the upcoming weeks/months. I am going to be removing a lot of my out dated MMORPG guides and I am going to be sectioning off some of the other ones, like World of Warcraft. I am going to relabel them as classic / emulator guides. Since they are still valid up until WoTLK if Blizzard ever does a progression server like Daybreak, I would like to still have those guides on hand. WoW is a pain in my ass since the game updates so often there's no way I have interest rewritting those.
I am also going to be switching up the layout of my site rather soon. I have 800 retro pages I have made over the last 6 months for Retro games... I have been busy.
I still don't know how I am going to organize my EQ guides but I am going to get rid of the nav bar I have now and I may just use a few index pages for a listing of all my guides. Honestly the only guides really worth carrying over are my EQ ones and my other idea, having a nav icon for each expansion fell short since I can't find any designers to make a picture for each of the expansions that raise the level cap.
Something I would really like anyone who reads this to do, if you could help me out in the future - if you find any page that dead ends on my website (redirects to a page I deleted) please use Disqus at the bottom to comment so I can go back and fix that page. If I want to tidy up my entire website I got a ton of work to do and you guys yelling at me when my shit is broke helps a lot believe it or not =D
I'm going to break my silence here and voice my personal opinion about something. I often read news reports about what's going on in the world and unlike most people I form my own opinions and explore the possibiltiy that I could be wrong. I'm not going to go off on a tangent about how Trump is a terrible president and voice my opinion on that front. I really don't want to get involved in all the political drama that goes on.
I do however want to speak a little about these "Science deniers" they're called and this whole misconception of science. It really pisses me off when people talk about science as a "set of beliefs" as if science is just something you can choose to believe in or not. It isn't. I recently was reading a news article about Bill Nye's new show and I came across this... Click to enlarge it so you can read it - sorry!
You can read the full review over at Washington Post's website. Science and the Scientific Method is used to find the truth. It's a method of thinking that is especially good at figuring out what works and what doesn't. To call "Science" a set of beliefs is just factually incorrect. To even compare it to a set of beliefs is factually incorrect.
To take a quote from Richard Dawkins about scientific evidence...
Science works. It's not a set of beliefs. If you base planes on it they fly - cars drive... computers compute. If you base medicine on science it cures people, if you base rockets on science they reach the moon. It works... bitches. Link to the video here.
If you are a Science denier - you're wrong. You might not realize this today or tomorrow but one day you'll realize how stupid you are for holding that position. Science has gotten us to where we are today as a society. If you don't want to believe it works and it's something you can just choose to believe in then get rid of your phone, car, move out of your house and go find a nice cave to live in. Cause that's where our society would be without science.
I have a few big plans for this summer, one of them being a total website overhaul/new look. If you haven't noticed already I am getting back into writing guides, I have added a lot of new EQ guides and updated old ones and I am currently working on retro gaming projects.. Let me link a few here for google crawler and incase anyone is interested!
Tons more will be added in the future, this is my starting point though. Please, feel free to go through them and leave me any comments.
TOP NEWS: The Everquest guide I am working on is a TLP Farming Guide and I will feel comfortable releasing more on it in a few weeks. Also I am going to be willing to accept donations for early access to the section for those out there who are interested. The guide is only 2/5ths done or so but I am going to work on it a lot more this weekend as I have a lot of free time. Anyone who donates from now until I release the guide probably towards the end of feb or maybe in March will receive a link to it.
I have updated my Donations Page and gave it a complete overhaul. Hopefully this makes the page more appealing as it was really archaic looking. Also, I got another donation recently in the last week or so and I must say, thank you. I really appreciate the donations guys. I am going to touch up my website A LOT this year, in fact in the upcomming months I should have a complete rehaul of my background and I am thinking of changing up the top too.
The buttons are getting a rehaul too, my links + layout - you're going to see a whole new Almar's Guides and I am really excited for this release.
Also I have been working a lot more on my TLP Leveling Guides. I am really happy with the progress so far and the *new* guides I am working on are coming along splendidly as well. I have two sections I am working on, one of them isn't EQ related and I am going to release some of it right now!
This section will be a work in progress for years. Right now it only covers about 7 or so games that I played in the last month or so. The section will get a lot of TLC this year and it is going to be one of my primary sections in the years to come. I am really interested to see what type of hits it gets.
Test.... an update from the future!!
Happy New Years everyone! I have pretty big plans for this year including a complete return of me writing guides. I have been working for the entire last month on different guides and I don't want to do staggered releases, I want to do one giant release for everything. That said, sorry EQ fans, not ALL the guides are EQ related. Some of them are for Retro games. As mentioned in my other update I wanted to write more than just guides for Everquest, older games that catch my attention are also going to get love.
That doesn't mean I am not working on EQ guides though! In fact, I have a guide under way that I get bugged for a whole lot. It's going to really make a lot of TLP players happy when I release this guide. Also if you'd like to see my progress now on some of my EQ work, just check out the TLP Leveling Section! I have been working on this the past few days and it has gotten a lot of touch ups. A lot more detailed for each area and there is even more to come.
I would like to thank those who have donated to me in the recent months again as well. You two are part of the reason I am doing such a come back. Apparently I am as cheap as a whore because I got like 80$ in donations and I am writing guides again. One of my donators will be really happy the next giant guide I am releasing is going to be fulfilling their request. No spoilers yet though, sorry, it's still under construction! I can give you a hint though, it's going to use the same layout as my leveling guides that I just linked!
Host has been changed.
So, I have been thinking more about the future of Almar's Guides and what I plan to do with it recently. Let me come out and say this right now, this isn't a goodbye so lets get that out of the way right now =P
I just switched hosts and invested a lot into the website, upgrading things here and there and going with better packages, you know, boring shit like that. Point is, these guides will probably be up/around forever. Or at least until I die, then you'll have to go to google webarchives for them and well, that won't be the least of my problems I guess!
As I have said in the past, this website was never really good as an actual job. As most anyone can tell you who runs a website like this, they're usually not in it for the money, they're in it because they enjoy it/like what they do. Previously when I was all in this for the cash, I covered a lot of games and I really didn't like the job too much. I felt like I had to rush through the games to go back and redo the content to write a guide for it before anyone else put any guides out. It made the whole gaming experience really unenjoyable for me.
So, I have come to the conclusion that I am going to really narrow down what games I cover. Primarily, Everquest is going to be the only MMORPG I cover. To make this more prominent on my website I am curious if anyone out there would be interested in assisting me with making new buttons for my website and/or recommendations for a new background. I don't care about anything fancy smancy, same dimensions as my old one though which is 2985 x 2500. That way it flows well with the same size. If you are interested in this and helping me out I would be very appreciative of it. I suck with making pictures of stuff and I honestly could not even make something half decent, which is why I have used the MoP WoW background for like 4 friggen years.
I want to make changes and say "Hey, I am alive, and Everquest is my game" - also I think I may start writing more guides and/or reviewing retro games. I may create a retro section depending on how things go. It's a hobby I enjoy and I may put together a section for it and see how well it does with hits.
Things that are defintiely out in the future:
Me going back to WoW - ever
Me writing guides for any other MMORPG but Everquest.
If you're able to assist me in making a background for my website and/or new buttons that are primarily Everquest oriented please contact me at Rynox@verizon.net .. Or if you wanna cheer me on for the retro gaming section and are interested too, I actually wouldn't mind hearing your thoughts. I don't know how many emails I will get so I may not answer everyone but if I see interest in a retro gaming section it may be something I do in say 4 weeks from now versus 3 - 4 months from now.
I am putting here so google caches them sooner rather than later. They are my super nintendo guides. You're more than welcome to check them out too if you'd like!
Dragon Quest 1 & 2
Fighter's History 2
Final Fantasy 2
Final Fantasy 4
Final Fantasy 5
Final Fantasy 6
Fire Emblem 3
Fire Emblem 4
Fire Power 2000
Fun and Games