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I've just started to assemble a few retro pc's and I'm targeting games around 1997 to 2004. I'm uploading some useful files for putting together a Win9x rig. If you've done anything similar, let us know what configuration you were shooting for and what programs, utilities and drivers you found helpful.
Still trying to get the word out about the site. My friend Mark sent out a tweet and Facebook post to his subscribers yesterday.. but still, with so few members on the site, it's pretty much impossible to get a conversation going. So, for the last two days I've been focusing on adding files and images to the site. Pretty much any shmup related image I can find... the games are harder to add since most of the old files I'm trying are now incompatible with Windows 10... but I have added quite a few good ones.. I'm also trying to get development files online as well as ancillary files. But images are rather easy and plentiful to add. And my experience from my previous site is that if they are tagged properly "cave, treasure, touhou, gradius.. etc" then each file will result in a possible search hit when people are using those terms on Google. Maybe that will help the site get found. these things take time. So if you see a lot of images going up, you know why.
So getting this site online is a bit overwhelming. Should I focus on developing the forums, getting the word out about the site, focus on content? Too many irons in the fire for a staff of one. So, I've decided to work on the one aspect that I've been dreading the most- files. Even though Shmuptacular came down years ago, I had a complete backup of the files.. Between the doujin freeware and commercial software, I'd say I have around eighty gigs or so of files. I have an almost complete archive of the files from the Shoot the Core database ran by Postman from back in the day. The real issue is testing all of the software against Windows 10 and weeding out what works and what doesn't. I also need to do screenshots of the games, and try and muddle through the Japanese documentation (with the help of Google Translate) and try and add what information I can to the description. This is even more challenging since almost all of the related sites to these games are offline. So in most cases this site will be the only online source for these old shmups. But on a brighter note, this will get most of these games publicly available again. As a call to arms: If anyone comes across this forum and can get the word about it on related sites it would be appreciated. I'd like to see the forums get a bit of activity. Well, I've got some work to do. -Gandalf42