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June 29, 2015

It's time for your favorite show and mine...Show. Of. Good. Faith! That's right, the show where we prove that we really are thinking about the site every now and again and making some sort of progress on it. So I have a small update for you, and that's the first team announcement for AFFR: Fallen-Stars! Don't get too excited though, I still have a loooooong way to go before episodes are being posted. In fact, my goal is to have like, five episodes written by the end of summer. That's all. That isn't enough to start posting them for quite a while still, so expect team announcements to come probably once per week for Fallen-Stars, then maybe announcements for All-Stars, and then maybe, after 22-24 weeks of just announcing people, MAYBE I'll start posting a few episodes. This is me working as hard as I can while working and being a good husband and father. Making my best effort. But anyway, I hope you like the revealed team and let me know what you think about the new format for the special seasons of AFFR!

June 25, 2015

This is a sad update because it's more like a downdate (if that's a thing) because I've removed content. It was not easy, but The Goat Pen's flagship series, Bugging Sephiroth, has been removed from the site. I reread a few random episodes a few days ago and decided they're just not something I'm proud of anymore. By the same logic, The Squall Online Experiment went by the wayside. It was really fun while we were doing it, but to go back and read it now just doesn't have the same feeling as before. Also my Junk Drawer/Extras section is gone. It was already in the junk drawer after all. I'm keeping The Amazing Final Fantasy Race alive, but it was close because the first half or so of Season 1 is similar to BS and SOE in its childish nature and lack of decent writing abilities. But for continuity and the fact that the upcoming season(s) will feature returning cast, I won't remove any of AFFR...for now.

The other big section on the chopping block is my Reviews section. The reason that I might eliminate the Reviews section of my page someday is just to rid myself of the self-obligation to review things. I really, really like reviewing things, but they can take a long time to create, especially when it comes to finding images, and reviews are already very prominent on the internet. I'll leave them on the site, but the Reviews status is being removed as "something I'm working on," even though I might do them every once in awhile. This is just a personal issue I have where I feel like I should review every game I've ever played, but some games I really don't have strong feelings one way or another. For instance, I've planned and even in some cases started reviews for Borderlands, Uncharted, Star Ocean 4, Batman: Arkham Asylum/City, and so forth. Heck, I even have a review for New Super Mario Wii U that is almost finished, but I don't care to put in the hour or two that I'd need to finish the review (I basically just rave about how it's the exact same as the last game only now with a squirrel suit, which is actually kind of fun). If you want my opinion on games, just check with Yahtzee on Zero Punctuation because I'd estimate that I agree with him something like 96% of the time (if not more). So while I might still post the occasional review, they will not be posted frequently.

While I may not be doing full-fledged Reviews very often, I might soon include a new section to my site that is review-like in nature. I'm thinking about making a section of reviews that focus on various game elements that I either loved or hated. For instance, instead of writing a review of Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (which I'm about halfway though at this point), I'd write a review of how awesome the Sanity Meter mechanic is within the game. Because, quite frankly, that is the talking point for that game. The rest of the game is fine. Good, even! But the noteworthy part of the game that makes it really stand out is the Sanity Meter, so I'd just analyze that. But this section is still just a thought at this point.

So if you're saying to yourself, "so...the site will just be AFFR and a few stupid opinion things?" then the answer is: "you forgot about True Cast!" ...which is another way of saying "yes." But I've found myself getting too busy to take on too many sections of a website that doesn't even really reflect who I am today. It was me, but now that I'm thirty years old, married, and a father, I don't really relate to things I wrote over a decade ago. I have great ideas for how to finish off AFFR in the final season(s), but just wanted to let people know that the site is being narrowed down substancially. After (maybe even during) writing AFFR, I plan to move on to some original works, which will likely be featured (or at least previewed) here on this site, but that's still to come. For now, thanks for reading this lengthy description of site activity. Hope you're not too bummed about the removal of so much content. I'll miss it, too.

June 18, 2015

School's out for summer and I'm looking at the website to see what the chances are of me getting anything done. I found that pesky problem has returned where it wanted to download all my files instead of opening them, so I've taken drastic measures now. The issue is that my site was html but turned php a while back, so I used some risky ht access to tell your browsers "hey, uhh, so they're php, yeah?" and then bribe them with computer money. Problem is, over the last year+, those browsers have updated many times, as they like to do, so my old band-aid doesn't work anymore. So I got back to it and found the program I've always wanted: "Find and Replace 1.8." Kinda tricky to use, but it can do find/replace not only on content within files, but to the names themselves. So now, instead of a band-aid, all my pages are officially php. Woohoo! That's a 20 minute victory that took me like, 2 years to accomplish (although fixing a brand new error with my footer took me about two hours, but I think I'm understanding CSS a lot better as a result).

So what's up for the site this summer? It's variable! Yay, variables! Just like in math and life and...everywhere! I plan to work on finishing AFFR with the final two seasons, as mentioned before (Fallen-Stars and All-Stars, both featuring former contestants, Fallen-Stars being those that placed low in their respective seasons, All-Stars being those that placed high). I'm not sure how much I'll get done, but the only feasible way for me to post the seasons is if I write both seasons completely this summer. Otherwise, it'll be postponed until next summer (or cancelled altogether). I can at this point guarantee that I won't have time when work starts back up.

All I can really say right now is that I'm going to try my best to get a nice update for the site and start making posts again. There's a chance that this site will see a huge change of direction soon, but again, we'll cross that bridge when it comes. Hope you're all enjoying your summer!

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Amazing FF Race: Fallen-Stars The fifth season of The Amazing FF Race, featuring returning cast that were eliminated early in the race (12th to 7th place).
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Amazing FF Race: All-Stars The sixth season of The Amazing FF Race, featuring returning cast that were eliminated late in the race (6th to 1st place).
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