So I started Shmuptacular around thirteen years ago.. granted it's been on hiatus for a number of years.. but the goals have always been the same. Originally, I launched the site because there just wasn't a ton of STG related content (games, reading material, art, etc) that was easily available to fans and I wanted to tie together what was out there. Over the last five years or so, everything has really changed. STG games are much more common then they were before and accessibility (due to online shops) has helped the genre flourish.
I'd always planned on bringing the site back and now seemed as good a time as any. One of my main goals with this relaunch is to bring a lot of the disparate parts of the genre together under one roof. To that end, I've started adding doujin freeware games into the files section, the forums encompass all topics from playing and collecting to development. I've also started to aggregate video content from some of the big channels in the STG scene. I've added a few of blackoak and rancor's excellent interview translations to the articles section. The gallery section has a selection of shmup artwork (professional and fan created). All of the content is also being appropriately tagged- so using the tag system on this site will allow you to pull all content related to a specific tag by just clicking on it.
There are still some kinks to work out with the uploads to the site being buggy.. but hopefully we'll get those worked out in time. I've also been trying to reach blackoak about his stance on me mirroring his translations but I haven't heard back from him yet. My reason for including them is really about preservation.. having the translations on multiple sites will help make sure they survive if a few sources go down.. That being said, all of his excellent translations are available from his site Shmuplations and most of the ones I'm mirroring are from his posts on Shmups Forum.
That's about all for now. If you like the site be sure to share it with your friends!