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Ys Utopia.net: The Return

Well, this'll be my new home when it's ready. What's the hold up? My limited time, I had a lot of code patching to do in order to get the forum and CMS software to work together, and the fact that I need web design help to come up with an Ys oriented theme. If you can simply do graphical mockups, think of color schemes, come up with an "Ys Utopia.net" logo, etc. lemme know if you're willing to help.

I'm currently running SMF forums which is enhanced by the latest MKPortal CMS. If you're familiar with SMF themes, that'd be even better. But if not, simply doing a mockup of your idea(s) in Paint/Photoshop and/or basic HTML would be fine. I'd take care of implementation afterwards if I like your design, etc.

Anyhow, don't bother to mention this site's existence to anyone just yet if you are here - It won't be ready for months and I'll handle that when the time comes. When it is ready, the announcement and redirects from the http://nick.serveblog.net and http://nightwolve.web.officelive.com/standby.aspx sites will be activated.

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by NightWolve, Feb. 07, 2009, 02:50:16 PM [ Read all ]
Rants
Felghana Patch "Release" Anniversary & "Fan" Appreciation Day!

The facts are in: Ys "fans" are teh greatest! (read: Ys "fans" can suck on deez nutz)

** Thursday January 29, 2009

*cracks knuckles*

Greetings my cheap, stingy, thuggish, spoiled-rotten, free-for-me bottom-feeding, something-for-nothing, warez butt-pirating degenerates a.k.a. "fans" (Gosh Mr. NightWolve, that litany just keeps getting longer & longer... must think you're funny or something, huh?)!  Well, what do you say we have a little heart-to-heart today, huh?? I know, it'll be rather difficult since I'm not very diplomatic and tend to be bombastic for my own personal amusement at times and yesss, yesss, I AM an arrogant, egotistical, GREEDY son-of-a-bitch, it's ALL true, while on the other hand, ~98% of you are INSANELY generous, humble, polite, friendly, show no signs of arrogance in any way, shape or form, basically are all around wonderful little angels, pure as the wind-driven snow that never butt-pirated a damn thing in your otherwise miserable fucking lives, but what the hell...
 
The fact is, you're the REAL Falcom fans, the unsung heroes and I see that now, while I'm just a profiteer, an impostor looking to make a quick buck! As a result, I could never truly love Falcom and Ys the way you fine folks do because I've made money an issue (or lack thereof) while most of you would NEVER dream of doing so (and, haha, 98% of you NEVER did, go figure!)... Thus, I've had you pegged all wrong from the get-go! It is my greed, not your appearance of warezy stinginess that is the problem! It is my attitude, not yours that is the problem! For failing to recognize who really is at fault in all of this, namely me, I am truly sorry! I really hope we can bury the hatchet and ALL UNITE, butt-pirate and Falcom owner alike, under the banner of Ys, cause after all, that's what this is all about, isn't it ? Well, isn't it ?? The unifying power of Ysssssssssss! <Howard Head>Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!</Howard Dean>
 
So right about now you might be wondering what prompted this drive-by rant and why did I deviate back into this subject matter when I was doing just fine dealing with the neo-Marxist Prezident BabyKiller...? Well, do ya know what today is?? Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the Felghana patch leak... Yessssss, that's right! Many of you fucks little darlings remember that day, I'm sure, cause you scored the patch early without having to donate anything for it, right?? January 29, 2007 3:21 PM PT, a day of infamy, when a warez thug decided to create an account named "GF_Alt" on the decidedly uncivilized website union of GayFAQs/GaySpot in order to short-circuit my donate-for-early-access program, pretty much the ONLY technique that ever gets you prickly, freeloading, miserable fucks to open your damn wallets (at least, for those of you outside of the teenage warez crowd that have a wallet)...

The leaker's exact words were, "Enjoy. Here's an alternate link in case he removes that directory. His greedy donation scheme has gone far enough." which show his motivations and in his treachery, he was quite successful as a warez hero since once word spread of the patch's leak, the donation frequency to obtain it from me dropped from 3-4 per day, to 3-4 per week, etc. only to exponentially decline further in the following weeks... I estimate the damages/losses to have been anywhere from $1000-$1500 which certainly isn't easy to forget... It is interesting in some respects how it took only one little degenerate to fuck things up pretty good, a degenerate that to this day continues to remain anonymous/unidentified unfortunately... Oh, I've had theories such as one zmonkey/boilerplate, a raging militant psycho, but I was unable to go forward with a means for 100% identification, thus whoever he is, he continues to remain in my email list of donators, and no doubt he occasionally lurks about to this day, cackling away with a prickly smile on his face at his accomplishment. I figured by now he would've bragged to me directly about it, but he's been completely silent ever since...
 
So... here we are, 2 years and 10,000+ Felghana patch installations later (yeah, that's right, patch version-checking counts your freeloading asses), the donation frequency/ratio stands at just about 2 donators per every 98 freeloaders, or ~2% (+1%), meaning that ~9,800 out of 10,000+ (98%) of you wonderful little angels chose to do the usual, that is, to freeload! Essentially, 2 years more time has changed very little since you've remained VERY impressive freeloaders! Very "conservative" of you, yesss? You dug in and stuck to your "it's supposed to be 100% free" guns, eh? Well, good job cheap, stingy, degenerate fucks my "fans!" Good job!  My hats off to you! Heh, you know, I look at these statistics from over the years and I occasionally just scratch my head wondering, man, how good would somebody have to make a patch for you fucks people to ever consider donating at a respectable rate? What would it take to get that donator ratio up to say 10% at least, I've asked myself? Perhaps my patches must not good enough for you, eh? They come close, but not close enough, yeah? They just don't cross past that line between "I'm not paying shit for this!" versus "Hey, this IS worth paying something for!", right ? Well, apparently so...
 
Seriously though, you are some really amazing fucks "fans..." On one hand, you can be found at various places whining about how the US never gets enough Ys localizations, but on the other, as is now so evident, you ARE NOT willing to put your money where your mouth is when it gets down to it, are you?? Heh. In my case, you've done nearly everything possible, given me so many reasons to quit, I mean, indirectly with your rampant, carefree freeloading, and others, directly with the demonstration of your so very very intimidating "flame master of disaster" skillz... I do wonder what the sales figures were exactly of Konami's Ys VI PS2 port with warez butt-pirating maniacs "fans" like you on the loose... I can't imagine that did very well (as far as what I heard, it didn't). PLEASE BRING US MORE YS GAMES OFFICIALLY BUT KNOW THAT WE AIN'T PAYIN' SHIT FOR 'EM IF WE CAN HELP IT!!!! HEHEHHEHEHEHE!
 
It really does amaze me to this day given that you could lift a masterpiece of a game like Felghana off a torrent network or whatever, saving yourself, goodness, anywhere from $60 to $100 bucks and import taxes in some cases, but yet donating $5+ bucks for my translation project efforts was just SO out of the question for your freeloading degenerate minds... REALLY, WHAT is THAT all about? It fascinates me, it does! You couldn't handle mere chump change, the average cost of a beer, really...?? You were asked essentially to trade ONE of your minimum wage working hours ($5 before the increase to $7) for thousands of my programming hours across several years... Hardly unreasonable by any rational, logical standard... BUT NOOOOOOOOOO, CAN'T FUCKING DO THAT!!! That warez free-for-me mind of yours couldn't process the VERY concept... What was it you told me, hmmm? $5 was "greedy," a "scam," right? And was this before or after you pirated the game? Of course, there's nothing "greedy" about butt-pirating, filling your warez coffers, freeloading, stinginess, cheapness, etc. right?? Man, if I didn't have a sense of humor considering your antics I'd have gone crazy long time ago trying to figure you out....
 
Well, let's elaborate on that attitude further, shall we??? I'm not an expert, but I'd say it goes something like this: "PAY YOU?  HAH!  NEVER!  NEVER, I SAY!  IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FUCKING FREE, DAMMIT!!  DO YOU GET ME???  IF I HAVE TO GIVE YOU MONEY, IT WOULD BE IMMORAL!  I'M SPECIAL!!  I'M SUPPOSED TO GET THE PATCH HANDED TO ME FOR FREE CAUSE THAT'S HOW THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK!!  THAT IS THE ONLY MORAL OUTCOME HERE: I GET THE PATCH, YOU GET THE MIDDLE FINGER, AND NEARLY EVERYBODY'S HAPPY (SAY EXCEPT FOR YOU OBVIOUSLY, BUT WHO GIVES A SHIT!)!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  SERIOUSLY, GET WITH THE PROGRAM MR. NIGHTWOLVE AND STOP YOUR GODDAMN BITCHING, BIOTCH!!!  IT'S GETTING TIRING ALREADY!!!  AND WHEN OH WHEN ARE YOU GONNA FINISH SOMETHING ELSE SO I CAN GET MY GREEDY FREELOADING HANDS ON THAT TOO??????  WHEN, I SAY? MAYBE I'LL THINK ABOUT DONATING THEN....  YOU NEVER KNOW, RIGHT??? HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! YEAH, LET'S GO WITH THAT MR. NIGHTWOLVE... FINISH FELGHANA OR ANOTHER PROJECT LIKE YS ORIGIN AND THEN I'LL THINK ABOUT DONATING!!!!  HONEST, I SWEAR!  I CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE!!!!  HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAA!"
 
Does that about your capture your thought process, you miserable, freeloading spoiled fucks? Hmmmmm? How accurate am I? How close am I?

Let's wrap this up and get to what the main purpose of this post was all about... By now, that short-tempered warez mind of yours has no doubt been wondering what's with that newly added download to a Felghana patch...? Is this a trick? What's going on here? What the fuck is he up to this time? Did this @sshole NightWolve finally add the completed Mural images and actually finish the damn thing?? Or, did he stuff a virus in it?? How can the big, bad, evil NightWolve ever be trusted again after what he said he was gonna do? Well, first observe that the link says BETA... Awwwwww, I know how seeing that must've been a huge disappointment for ya... Were you by chance hoping for "change?" Something different, something new after ALL this time? A reward for all your patient waiting (as well as pirating, but I digress)? Heh-heh. I'm afraid that day is NOT today... Sorry, my fabulouso "fans"... I let ya down didn't I ??
 
Alrighty, well, you know where we're going with this... I had decided it'd be rather amusing to commemorate the 2 year anniversary by giving you MORE of the SAME!! That's right!  I've "preserved" the patch 100% FOR YOU, the "fan," (get it, get it? I'm presenting inaction as action) just as it was when GF_Alt decided to get into the patch distribution business and leak it 2 years ago to the day! No need to throw your email address around in posts anymore, lie about owning the game (word of advice: you sorry fucks aren't any good at lying, so just stick to what you ARE good at: pirating), and then expect another fellow warez degenerate to email you the patch in his leisurely.... No no no no no no, that nonsense will no longer be necessary you silly, embarrassing, thieving fucks! As of today, it's official, you can get the VERY SAME patch from the source, right here... And you can trust me cause, yeah, I wouldn't fuck you..... NOT YOU!!!! You've all been so good to me and I have no reason whatsoever to hate/detest you.... Rrrright? You are the overwhelming, near-unanimous majority of my "fans" after all... ;-)  No matter what I do when it comes to the fan translation gig, aside from permanently retiring, I'll always be stuck with you, much like you'll always be stuck on stupid. This is the sad, inescapable reality...
by NightWolve, Feb. 07, 2009, 01:07:15 AM [ Read all ]
Announcements
Bleh, scratch the previous notice.

Looks like I have a few more days after all which might let the transition go smoother. What I need though AND FAST is to come up with a new domain name! HELP! Gimme suggestions! The .serveblog.net domain was a freely provided ready-to-use type and I didn't put a lot thought into choosing it. I was mostly a blog when I chose it having set up a new site using wordpress, but then I switched to this portal software, so I'm not exactly running just a blog anymore. It stopped being applicable.

Anyhow, what is the site now? What speaks to ME? And so what would your suggestion be?? Should "plight of the fan translator" be incorporated into it somehow? DeuceBag suggested "www.thecrankyhacker.com" but I wasn't sold on the idea... THINK FAST!
by NightWolve, Feb. 22, 2008, 01:08:25 PM [ Read all ]
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Site is temporarily back.

Well, I've managed to get the site working again, but not exactly as before... A different server configuration is no longer allowing me to add-on my free NO-IP domain 'nick.serveblog.net' for use in conjunction with the main domain this web space is configured for (arrowsmash.com) - all the result of sharing space from somebody else and not owning it yourself. The only thing I could do was create a subdomain 'nick.arrowsmash.com' and map it to my home directory, then configure the NO-IP domain to at least redirect to that. That's the best I can do in the meantime to keep the site going till the deadline. Note: you'll have to relogin, but most things should still work.

It appears the server owners went ahead and upgraded to a new server, something my friend didn't mention was going to happen so soon after contacting me (I guess it occured on Jan 30th). I'm not sure when it happened exactly though, but after coming back online today, I noticed the site was down. I thought I had until March 1st to do something, so I got a bit worried files may have been removed. Fortunately, the problems were just DNS related, and I got things going again, somewhat at least. Some data after Jan. 29th was lost, but it looks like it was only 3 posts, one of which I was able to restore.

Anyhow, this is all related to the March 1st deadline. As my previous post requests, if you have any hosting suggestions/ideas, let me know as soon as possible! I'll try to search for hosting options myself, but if I don't find any by March, I'll likely stay offline until further notice. I can't devote that much time to it.
by NightWolve, Feb. 04, 2008, 01:51:07 AM [ Read all ]
Announcements
Gonna need new webspace or have to shutdown for a while + Anniversary.

My friend who has been providing me great free web space for the past couple of years has informed me that he was asked if he could be moved off the current server by March 1st... He was in the process of moving to his own web space and this left me in a sort of limbo (he was letting me share web space meant solely for him, basically), but there is now confirmation that I'll have to move also or face a shutdown for a while.

To the point, if someone can help me get new web space, you must contact me immediately to work something out! The web server must run on apache and have mysql, php, & perl runtime presence. I need at least 300 MB disk space as well. That about covers it, so lemme know if you can help. If not, well, taking a further break won't be so bad. None of my time will go towards the maintenance of this site and that's objectively a good thing since I still have a lot of more important issues to handle. But yeah, if it does come to that, know that it wasn't an intentional shutdown and that it doesn't have anything to do with the events that transpired this past year.

On a different, yet always present subject, yesterday marked the one year anniversary of an unfortunate incident. Yesss, indeed, it was on that day, Jan 29, 2007 at 3:21 pm PT when an individual created a temporary account named 'GF_Alt' on GameFaqs/Gamespot in order to leak my Felghana BETA patch, thus permanently altering the future of my work here...

I never did confirm the true identity of whoever was behind the 'GF_Alt' leak account, but if I was a guessing man, I would say it was a deranged degenerate by the name of zmonkey (http://www.gamespot.com/pages/profile/index.php?user=zmonkey). He had a big chip on his shoulder as you would able to tell had you read his commentary following the leak; you would think I skull-fucked his mom, burned his house down, killed his dog, that sort of thing. I was struck by this very peculiar sort of rage on display, unique only to him, which stood out from most of the other degenerates that took part in the leak thread, although I'm certain I've never exchanged any words with him before. Just the type of man to have done it in my estimation.

I'd say the way it worked is after creating the GF_Alt account, he played off of the leak action with his real account to create the impression he wasn't responsible (supposed to be clever, I guess). The thread was eventually completely deleted, but not before plenty of damage was done with the spreading of the patch, needless to say.

Anyway, I wish this issue could've long been resolved, but I guess it won't be. I lack certainty, time and motivation to deal with it - If I had to pinpoint when my window of opportunity really closed, it would be around April of 2007 when I realized I could not finish the patch proper to deal with this because of time constraints and that my investigation into the leak yielded little results.

Too bad, isn't it ? What a fantastic Falcom masterpiece and an English patch to go along with it to have been scarred/ruined in such a way. For a long time, it was very difficult to accept that my greatest work went down the tubes by a band of utterly worthless, cackling, mentally unstable, low-IQ warez degenerates... Alas, it's a reality that had to be accepted as that's exactly what happened. Well, we'll see where we go from here.
by NightWolve, Jan. 30, 2008, 02:03:21 PM [ Read all ]
Falcom Specials
Ys I & II Complete Downloadable Trials

Falcom recently made it known via their newsletter that both Ys I & II Complete were made available for download! The yahoo hosted executables will install the full game (the 22 Khz wave version though, not 44 khz) but with some kind of trial protection apparently.

http://download.games.yahoo.co.jp/detail.php?gameID=296217

http://download.games.yahoo.co.jp/detail.php?gameID=300560
by NightWolve, Dec. 15, 2007, 03:08:39 AM [ Read all ]
Announcements
I hath returned.

BOO! Why, I almost forgot about this place if you can believe that... Good to be back... or, at least, I think so. Anyway, I'll be around in my usual limited capacity. Just checking in for the most part.
by NightWolve, Oct. 04, 2007, 05:54:56 PM [ Read all ]
Announcements
Going offline. See ya next month or so...

I'm gonna be completely unavailable this month after the 8th with zero Internet access, not even for minimal lurking (as I've been doing from time to time the last few months), so if you need to reach me, it'll have to wait till ~October. I took care of a few new donators in my inbox as of today, but anyone else will have to wait till I return.

Well, enjoy your last ~3 weeks of summer. Hasta luego for now.
by NightWolve, Sep. 03, 2007, 06:41:55 PM [ Read all ]
Falcom Specials
Ys Origin & Ys Felghana Premium Set

Note: This limited special offer has ended!

http://www.falcom.co.jp/mailorder/special/special.html

I thought this was worthy enough of noting here. The above link is Falcom's specials page where they basically offer various types of limited deals and the like. Currently, you can purchase both Felghana and Ys Origin for $55 USD (6,660 Yen). Add in the EMS shipping rate (now known to be at $40 USD) and you've got a pretty good deal there (~$97.58) all things considered. If both were purchased separately at the regular price, it would cost you $127 USD (~14,960 Yen). Note: The Ys Origin box shown in their product image is that of the newer version that already includes the Extra enhancement and the Felghana box is that of the early Limited Edition set which includes all the music CDs (7 in total) and so forth, etc.

If you've never ordered directly from Falcom, you can follow Gillian's guide on how here. You'll just need to edit the first line of the email in his example to apply in this case. The product title based on their Engrish should be "YsOrigin & YsFelghana Premium Set" and the item number is 0726. (In any case, the item number is what matters for a proper order.)

Who knows, owning Ys Origin just might come in handy some time in the future...

Update: X-Calibar completed an order so we now have an exact shipping cost: ~$40 USD. So, $97.58 USD is the total to expect unfortunately, but it is the best price you can get for both of these games like this. Anyhow, the response email if all goes well will be something like this:

Quote
Thank you for an inquiry of Falcom mail order service.
The total price is as follows.

Price (Japanese-yen)
   6,600 yen :0726 YsOrigin & YsFelghana Premium Set
   4,700 yen :shipping and handling
-----------------------------------
11,300 yen :total

*This game is only for Japanese edition Windows.
A game may not work if you don't have Japanese Windows.
Approve it in advance.

If you are ok, we think we would like to accept your order.
We are waiting for your reply.

Thank you

For comparsion, this is what a board member named Trunks paid back in January:

Price (Japanese-yen)
   7,960 yen :860 Ys Felghana Premium DVD
   7,000 yen :884 Ys Origin Premium
   4,700 yen :shipping and handling
-----------------------------------
  19,660 yen :total

And with current exchange rates, that's $169.81 USD. OUCH! Thus, your savings with this special offer come out to $72.23 ($169.81 - $97.58) plus you're getting the better version of Ys Origin this time around (Extra enhancement already included)!

by NightWolve, Aug. 14, 2007, 12:58:58 PM [ Read all ]

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