This isn’t an update but it’s important enough to put in the news section.

I’m going to be at the All AmeriCon convention in Warren, Ohio this weekend (May 2nd). I have a post on Illmosis with more info here. Even if you can’t buy anything, stop by and get that Illmosis party flyer that mentions ScrollBoss’ 10th birthday.

ScrollBoss has been quiet for a while because I’ve focused on making more drawn art for the convention. People who know the early days of this site may remember I did the same thing when getting ready for other conventions. They may also remember that I’d make sure that the following month would have crazy updates to make up for it and that’s how May is going to be here.. Do you like the Vs. Maker graphic generator? Then you’ll like it even more when you see one of the new features in the next update. What is it? See if you can figure it out from this screenshot:

May is going to be an active month here so be sure to keep an eye on the site.

The Darkstalkers attempt a hostile takeover of the Vs. Maker Graphic Generator with new characters and a custom Vampire Hunter 2 screenstyle:

Dammit, this is supposed to be a site about side-scrollers! The last thing the Vs. Maker Generator needs is more fighting game characters hogging the spotlight. If only some of the horror or monster-based characters from those game genres would – –

See, that’s what I’m I’m talkin’ about. The Darkstalkers face off against monsters and monster-fighters from a few side-scrolling classics in an all-monster update for the Vs. Maker and it all goes down this Saturday.

(Archive of post originally from Thu, 29 October 2009 07:27:43 by PrimeOp )

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.

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 )