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Seen a couple posts about the history of the site so I figured I would shed a little light on the subject. I am stalling between homework assignments so this is as good as anything.

1993 - Got my first intel based machine and played my first Ad&d game. Was always into fantasy though and had books but never played.

1994 - First webpage was Rockfury's Final Stand based on a favorite dwarf (duh) character. Wasn't much to it. Your basic black background, animated gifs to include blood dripping horizontal rules, and a metallica (enter the sandman) midi file to play in the background. Started the PBeM and uploaded The Land of Aros for the first time in its digital format. Relatively unchanged world since then I am embarrassed to say. Has all the threads as well. Played off and on through 1998. This webpage was ugly for quite a few years and had a number of stupid things on it. (Couldn't find it on my old server even through the web archives to embarass myself so I won't go into the pages I had.)

1997-1998 or so. http://strolen.cjb.net/ Started to realize I really enjoyed making the webpages on top of the PBeM. And so started my experimental stage. Played with Java, Javascrips, Applets, flash, blah blah. You name it, it was there at some point. Went through a prank stage as well and collected pages of those fun little executes that would open your cd-rom, make your screen into a jigsaw puzzle, etc., etc., Got into my reverse engineering phase as well and was even writing some code in assembly for fun. What a geek! Didn't get very far though. You can see all of that mess still.

(Some graphics are missing, don't know where they ended up.)

2000 - Had a get together with some friends and discussed my great idea about this site. http://www.strolen.com/FUN/try.html A few months later we had this http://www.strolen.com/FUN/strolen_old/ and at that same time I started learning PHP and converted it to this http://www.strolen.com/FUN/strolen_old/index.php3 which then grew into this http://www.strolen.com/FUN/strolen_old2/index.php3 and was slowly becoming useable.

THEN we found Kate, our artist and she initially showed me this: http://www.strolen.com/FUN/kate/strolen1.html which I then had her turn into this: http://www.strolen.com/FUN/elder/ which stuck around in various guises until about the end of 2001-2002 (I think) when it turned into what you see know. It was a pretty quick change from the blue to the brown, not much has changed since the initial overhaul except little tweeks.

That is about the life of the site as I can remember and have time to mess with right now. Sort of a fun ride through memory lane for me too. Hope you enjoy the little peek. :wink:
« Last Edit: October 15, 2007, 06:30:59 AM by manfred »

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Re: History Of Strolen's Citadel..kinda (Sand Box... you have a lot to add)
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007, 06:34:30 AM »
Ohhh, look at what I've found. An update and moving would be nice.

The 1997-8 site is lost to the sands of time; sadly - or luckily, we won't ever know. :)

Oh, they finally deleted my cjb site after 6 years of inactivity. A wonder they left it up that long. :)
« Last Edit: October 15, 2007, 05:08:48 PM by Strolen »
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Re: History Of Strolen's Citadel..kinda (Sand Box... you have a lot to add)
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2007, 05:07:25 PM »
Hehehe.

I actually found some graphics on my latest "What is this disk" review.

May try and get all these going again in the future.

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Re: History Of Strolen's Citadel..kinda (Sand Box... you have a lot to add)
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2007, 12:35:17 PM »
Actually, I've been wondering about how the old site layout looked when I was first here...I can't remember for the life of me. I knew it was brown, and we used flames instead of swords, but otherwise, I'm clueless. Still got a copy sitting around somewhere?
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Re: History Of Strolen's Citadel..kinda (Sand Box... you have a lot to add)
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2007, 04:32:36 PM »
http://www.terra.es/personal/strolen/

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Re: History Of Strolen's Citadel..kinda (Sand Box... you have a lot to add)
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2007, 08:50:09 PM »
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Went through a prank stage as well
Well, I actually don't think that stage ever ended, Strolen. :twisted:

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I actually found some graphics on my latest "What is this disk" review.
Ahhhh, other people do those too! ;)

Currently I am looking after the 2004-2005 Norwegian language system stuff of mine, but so far all I have found is oooold stuff.

IMO, this thread should be expanded and made into a webpage of its own. "The History of the Citadel" or some such.
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Re: History Of Strolen's Citadel..kinda (Sand Box... you have a lot to add)
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2008, 08:04:20 PM »
http://www.terra.es/personal/strolen/

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