ScrollBoss will be updated along with my Illmosis site this Sunday. There will be a tiny bit of content crossover with the ninja theme along with… well, you’ll see.

This won’t be a big update but it will still include new sprites, sprite edits, Game Index entries, minilogos, links (BTW: Elecbyte is back!) , a MUGEN stage fix or two and some additions to the Vs. Maker generator.

If that isn’t enough, a long, lost section from the early days of the site makes a bit of a return before it’s full-on comeback in 2010. All this nonsense and more drops this Sunday.

MugenBoss – I’m guest-hosting some stuff that guys like Kiwi, Magus, WarmachineX (of the very cool Warmachine Madness board) and others did back in the day.

There’s nothing new here but the new stages include some stages based on Marvel and DC Comics, G.I.JOE and Masters of the Universe. There’s a page just for them in this link.

These stages and the ThunderCats Cat’s Lair stage that Kiwi and Shin Otaru did lead me to put together an index for stuff related to toys and cartoons. There are only three stages in that index now but I’m sure there’ll be more. Check out the page in this link. The Items Index page got a slight redesign and now links to the company-specific MUGEN indexes too.

Vs. Maker – New engine update includes… oval shadows:

Fancy, ain’t it? It’s not? Whatever. It works but only a few new test screenstyles use it since that part of the system still has a big rewrite coming.

New characters include Adam Hunter, Mr. X (Streets of Rage), Joker, Lex Luthor, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Solomon Grundy, Star Sapphire.

Sprite Edits – I had to make at least two non-G.I.JOE sprite edits for the Toys and ‘Toons graphic used in it’s MUGEN index so I made He-Man and Lion-O. Those are on the brand-new Toys and Cartoons custom sprite page. The Flash, Joker, Lex Luthor & Solomon Grundy added to DC Comics page.

Mini-logos – Edi.E, Metamorpho, Mr. Fantastic, Mr. X, Lex Luthor, the Question, Scarlet Witch, Star Sapphire, Solomon Grundy, the Thing, Tyrant, Vision added.

Articles – The Game List was updated for the first time since last December. Along with some random stuff, I bought the first Midway and SNK compilations which will help in a future article I plan to write about why I love game compilations and why they’re great even in a DLC world.

Last week’s Illmosis update had an early version of something that you’ll see in the Minus World section sooner or later: Poison vs. Billy. Computer problems kept me from getting this fully colored and also slowed down work on everything else in this update. Unfortunately, the updates will continue to be small until things get fixed.

Attention: Shin Otaru fixed a minor error in the Cat’s Lair ThunderCats Mugen stage.

Please go here and download the new version for improved Thundarian technology.

(Archive of post originally from Fri, 31 July 2009 05:25:52 by PrimeOp )

To celebrate 9 years of disappointing updates, here’s a… well, you know.

Company Index – Much like the Game Index is to games, the Company Index is a hub to company-specific items on ScrollBoss and external links. This is still under slow construction like the Game Index since both will get additions, improvements and more connections to other parts of the site.

Game Index – The “Company” listing is now a link to that company’s Company Index page if such a page exists. Added games include Taito Legends (PS2).

Custom Sprites – Abigail, Andore, Damnd, Haggar (finally looking like a Capcom sprite) added to the Capcom page. Mr. X (Streets of Rage) and Sonic (from scratch) added to the Sega page. The Dark Queen (in 3 variants), Kazan, Super Mario, Rick Norton, Thomas from Kung-Fu Master added the ‘Game Related’ page. A new Batman sprite edit was added to the DC Comics page.

Minilogos – Damnd, Geese Howard, Haggar, Hugo, Iori, Jill Valentine, Kyo, Rolento, Todo added.

Vs. Maker – Here comes a new company: SEGA! Sonic the Hedgehog, Jo Musashi, Axel and Blaze kick off the new Sega character section. Batman, Damnd, Geese Howard, Haggar (new sprite edits!), Hugo/Andore, Iori(SNK), Jill Valentine, Kyo (SNK), Son-Son (MvsC2), Todo, Tyrant and Yuri added to character roster.

S-Files – Links to the character’s company page in the Company Index now added. Also fixed a link bug in Rolento’s page and added minilogos to those who now have them.

Links – The Main, MUGEN and Sprite link pages were redone with most of the dead links taken out. I’m still waiting to see how the Gamespy/Classic Gaming thing shakes out and I’ve already heard about a few people finding new hosts to move to.

MugenBoss – While the pages look the same for the most part (still thinking of a redesign for it), the pages were recoded a bit. Items now hook up with the Game Index just like the Games linked to their related MUGEN index pages. Certain companies now Another addition to the data structure is for item author information to display info for guest-hosted MUGEN items. That will come in handy for the coolest thing in this whole update:

Cat’s Lair (from ThunderCats) by Kiwi and Shin Otaru

Kiwi crafted the visuals from scratch (yes, from SCRATCH!) then passed the product to Shin Otaru to code the stage and bring it all together. The animated onlookers are fan-favorites from the series including Hachiman, one of my personal faves. The BGM for the stage is a Thor Arne Gald Semb remix based on the C-64 Thundercats game. Be sure to stop and check his site out for more awesome work including a Commando remix that you won’t expect. BTW: the Cheetara in the screenshot is from a sprite that Kiwi did from scratch so please don’t ask where to download the whole character since it doesn’t exist. Yeah, I wish there was a real character of that too.

I hope this update makes up a bit for the low amount of new content this place has seen for the past few months. Updates will usually be 2 weeks apart again while I deal with my day job plus work on more Illmosis comics. There is still a lot of work to do here so this site won’t be dead even though it’ll be slow. Thanks to everyone who still looks at the site, finds it useful somehow, links to it or anything like that. Extra thanks to those who have given feedback on the site and a huge thanks to those who have contributed content over the years. There is a new audience for these games thanks to the DLC on the current consoles so it’s up to us fans to undickishly represent the philosophies, wonder and sheer joy of beating evil people with 2×4’s or nunchaku, eating food and taking power-ups wherever you find them, rescuing those who have been kidnapped by evil organizations and reminding people that 2-D gaming can still be the sure shot even if your little brother, kid sis or girlfriend keeps complaining about “the jaggies.” ScrollBoss will be a humble rep of such things until the timer runs out so keep stopping by for encouragement, help, info and supplies when the mood strikes you.

(Archive of post originally from Sun, 19 July 2009 04:11:50 by PrimeOp )

There isn’t much content to hit you with this time because I spent a lot of time trying to fine-tune the MUGEN storyboard in this update.

News – I finally set up this news section to produce an RSS feed. I always forgot to update the separate RSS page and the coding was never perfect.
Here is the new RSS feed.
There may be a new, better RSS feed link later but since you’ll find out about it here, don’t worry about that yet.

MugenBoss – The credits from “Challenge of the Superfriends” have been converted to MUGEN.

There are far more complicated things I want to make storyboards of so I did this one as practice. The goal was to do it without using a giant .SFF full of screenshots so it’s a quick download and won’t take up much space on your hard drive. Old cartoon geezers like me may enjoy this once or twice.

Sprites – Additions to the Captain Commando page include the rest of the bosses with an animated version of Blood’s fighting stance. The Rushing Beat page finally gets Rushing Beat sprites with 3 each from Norton and Bild just for the sake of reference. The Rushing Beat series also got new graphic tags that say Rushing Beat Series on them so they’ll be less confusing. You’ll see the 200×100 group shot on the main sprite page and the Rushing Beat Mugen index page.

Custom Sprites – A CvS-style Kunio-Kun was added to the Technos page.

Logos – Rushing Beat Ran added.

Mini-Logos – the Beast.

Poll Center – Didn’t notice that updating the Poll program broke the Poll Center page. The page works now but fouls up when you try to view the results.

And now, news. I have a lot of projects going on right now and I need as much time as I can get to work on them. So until further notice, this site will no longer be regularly updated every two weeks. Site updates will happen at random. If you subscribe to the new RSS feed I mentioned earlier, you’ll be notified when they happen. Why should you care? Because instead of just kicking out a few sprites or edits every two weeks, updates will only happen when I finish something really interesting or when something need some testing. One of those things will be an improved Vs. Screen graphic generator. Another may be an experimental MUGEN storyboard I’ve been thinking about for a few years now. I’ll talk more about what I have in mind for ScrollBoss in the next update.

(Archive of post originally from Fri, 06 February 2009 02:12:44 by PrimeOp)