FanSite Reviews on TF.N

Discussion in 'Fan Sites' started by JediStryker, Jul 31, 2003.

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  1. SithKittie Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jul 5, 2003
    star 1
    thank you so much for the feedback! I wasn't really expecting to get reviewed :) I'll take what you said into consideration. I really do need to revamp my site and make it have somewhat of a point :p thanks again!
  2. JediStryker Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2000
    star 4
    Here are this weeks reviewed sites. Send me your sites to be reviewed!

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    4. Fan Site Reviews
    Edited by Peter Michaelson
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    Name: The Unofficial Clone Wars Site

    URL: http://www.starwarz.com/clonewarseu/

    My Description: The Should-Be-Official Clone Wars Site

    First Impression: To quote Neo: "Whoa."

    Content: It doesn't get much better than this as far as fansites
    go; TUCWS has got it going on. From intelligently written essays
    to great and in-depth interviews, this site has just about
    anything you could want or need to sate your Clone War cravings.

    There was some stuff that was still being updated on the site,
    including chunks of the database and the timeline, but these
    things will undoubtedly be added as we learn more about the
    events of the Clone Wars. The site's community is very active;
    their forum having nearly a thousand members with several very
    active topics of discussion.

    Maintenance/Updates: The site is beautiful. It looks nice and is
    easy to navigate, with no broken links or missing menu items to
    be found. The site appears to updated quite frequently, with new
    and major content being added consistently. My only complaint
    was that the menu was a little too small which made it slightly
    difficult to click on the link you wanted.

    Who Would Like It: Prequel and Expanded Universe fans.

    Final Thought: Fan sites don't get much better than this. This
    site already looks to be pretty popular, and with time will
    probably rival some of the biggest fan sites out there.

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    Name: Bad Motivator

    URL: http://r5d4.dirtyrubbish.com/

    My Description: The Should-Be-Official R5-D4 Site

    First Impression: I had no idea there was so much love for the
    little red droid.

    Content: So much on the history (and future) of one seemingly
    insignificant member of the Star Wars universe. I hadn't ever
    heard of much of the stories and such that were posted here, so
    it was not only fun, it was educational. Lots of high-quality
    images combined with a nice layout make this a great site to peruse.

    One particularly nice touch was the posting of scans from the
    Star Wars: Tales story 'Skippy the Force Droid', which I had
    never had the pleasure of reading before now.

    Maintenance/Updates: Site was easy to navigate without any
    notable problems. I appreciated the large, persistent menu
    particularly. Updated seem to occur as new R5-D4 content
    becomes available. Help the webmaster spot the disguised
    R5-D4 in the upcoming Episode III!

    Who Would Like It: R5-D4 fans and fans of the Expanded Universe.

    Final Thought: Bad Motivator is a fun site with a refreshingly
    simple yet endearing character at it's center. It's truly amazing
    how much history and thought can be put into the simplest of
    characters and moments from the films. Great site; great theme.

  3. dArTh_wenley Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Dec 10, 2001
    star 5

    Thankyou very much for reveiwng Bad Motivator. I certainly wasn't expecting to see that as I through the News Letter!

    You've just made my day, thanks again. :)
  4. Lord_Makro Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 13, 2002
    star 2
    Just a notice that "Lord Makro's STAR WARS modeling page" that was reviewed last week has been moved to
    http://users.otenet.gr/~makzax/models
  5. JediStryker Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2000
    star 4
    I'm glad you're all enjoying the reviews. Please remember: if you want your site to be reviewed, PM it to me so that I can get it into the next week's reviews!

    Here are this week's reviews.

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    5. Fan Site Reviews
    Edited by Peter Michaelson
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    Name: Nerf-Herders Anonymous

    URL: http://www.nerf-herders-anonymous.net

    My Description: The one-stop shop for all your Star Wars
    reference needs.

    First Impression: Simple and nice layout. I liked the no-
    nonsense feel of the site; you know what you're here for,
    so why keep you from the content by bogging down the front
    page with a lot of other stuff?

    Content: N-HA most definitely is what it set out to be: a
    complete database of Star Wars references in pop-culture
    and a Star Wars actor database. Never before have I seen
    such a complete collection of references to the galaxy far,
    far away. From TV, movies, books, magazines, and more,
    N-HA is where to go find out how many Star Wars alums have
    guest-starred on the Simpsons.

    The actor database is also quite impressive. I was surprised
    at the depth of some of the reviews; I wish that IMDB.com
    was as in-depth as some of these.

    The webmaster has also posted her own fan-art collection on
    the site. Some talented work here.

    Maintenance/Updates: The site appears to be updated quite
    frequently, as the webmaster and fans of the site send in
    updates and new-found SW references in various materials
    from all over the world. The site featured no bad links,
    and every page was easy to navigate and read.

    Who Would Like It: Any Star Wars/pop culture fan.

    Final Thoughts: This site was obviously a very time-consuming
    and difficult database to amass. Even with the help of observant
    fans, there's so much here that it's clearly a labor of love.

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    Name: Docking Bay 101

    URL: http://www.dockingbay101.com

    My Description: The Star Wars audiophile's dream come true.

    First Impression: Easy to navigate, easy to read. I love a
    good collection of sounds from TV and movies, so I was
    excited to see what DB101 had to offer.

    Content: DB101 has a lot more to offer than just sounds,
    but these make up the bulk of the site's content. There is
    a little bit of everything else that you'd expect to find
    on a SW fansite, from pics to fan-fic to a forum.

    The sound collection is mostly made up of quotes from the
    movies. Various lines are recorded and available for download
    from all the movies to date. I was hoping for more actual
    'sounds', like laser-blasts and lightsaber swishes, but the
    quotes were a great resource too. After all, everyone should
    have "Let's blow this thing and go home" as their exit sound
    in Windows.

    I was a little discouraged at first that some of the stuff
    on the site that appears to be original are actually just
    links to other sites, but DB101 never pretends to own or
    have created any of this content, so I came to see many of
    the links as a convenient one-stop for interesting links
    to sites you may not be aware of.

    Maintenance/Updates: DB101 is well-maintained, with no issues
    navigating or getting files at all that I could find. Updates
    are random but fairly frequent. I expect that there will be
    a large update as soon as sound clips from Episode III become
    available.

    Who Would Like It: Star Wars audio fans.

    Final Thoughts: Docking Bay 101 is an interesting site with a
    fun collection of sound bites. There's not an incredible amount
    of content here, but the sound archive alone is worth taking a
    look.
  6. JediTrilobite Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 17, 1999
    star 7
    JediStryker- Thank you so much for the positive review of our site! It was great reading it!
  7. JediStryker Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2000
    star 4
    Glad you liked it. :)

    I am going to be going to 1 review a week as I get ready to move back to the States after three years in Iceland. For a few weeks in December, I will have to stop altogether as I will not have internet access. But please keep sending me your sites; I promise that I will get to them all as soon as I get back into the swing of things.

    JS
  8. Princess-Leah Sketch Card Artist

    VIP
    Member Since:
    Jun 12, 2001
    star 5
    JS, I want to thank you for reviewing my site. I was a bit nervous about the simplicity of it's overall look, since I don't know lick about code, until I got some positive thoughts on it's refreshing "spartan" style.

    I'd like to mention that you, Jedi Stryker, and the fellas at SWD (Star Wars en Direct) were quite a boost for me, you all made me feel my efforts were appreciated. The site was a tremendous amount of work, the tidbits now flowing are much easier to update now that the bulk has been completed.
    I guess it IS possible to balance, career (illustrator), motherhood, and fandom ;)
    I'll be back to check out the list of sites to be reviewed :)
    Thanks again :D

    P.S. - Oh, in case anyone is interested Star Wars en Direct will be doing a show on Star Wars references in the near future (they were inspired by my site), keep your eyes peeled for the show. :D

    PL

  9. JediStryker Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2000
    star 4
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    5. Fan Site Reviews
    Edited by Peter Michaelson
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    Name: Villa Galaxia: Home of the Tarkins, an Imperial Family

    URL: http://www.geocities.com/giaoctavia/

    First Impression: Way to go with the small clip at the beginning
    of the site. Great introduction.

    Content: Cool, my first Tarkin fansite. But don't be fooled; this
    isn't any Tarkin fansite. This is the Tarkin Family page, where
    all the official (and unofficial!) members of this Imperial family
    are laid bare for all to see.

    The webmaster has crafted a very interesting family circle around
    the infamous Grand Moff who perished at the Battle of Yavin.
    Borrowing from A New Hope and various Expanded Universe sources,
    they introduce their own creations and write very nicely told
    stories from their lives.

    This is fanfic at it's greatest, intertwining interesting stories
    and characters into the well-established universe with skill and
    finesse. The images of the Grand Moff and a few of his fictional
    family members are great. I especially liked the one of Tarking
    "off duty, reflecting the days events". Great stuff.

    Maintenance/Updates: The site appears to be updated as the
    webmaster creates new content. I imagine that when Episode III
    comes out there will be some major updates to characters and
    stories.

    The site was a little difficult to navigate as it has no real menu
    and scrolls down quite a ways, but there are no bad links that I
    could find and it's fairly easy to read.

    Who Would Like It: Tarkin and fan-fic fans.

    Final Thought: Villa Galaxia is a very fun and original site, with
    a lot of interesting content. The webmaster has a lot of heart and
    poured it into this site, which makes it all that much more appealing.
  10. JediStryker Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2000
    star 4
    Hey all,

    I'm back. Moved to San Antonio from Iceland, and all went well. Don't have any of my furniture, but I got my DSL and wireless network setup with my laptop so I am going to start writing reviews again. Please feel free to start sending me your sites for review in the TF.N newsletter.

    Thanks!

    Stryker
  11. Grimby Technical Consultant

    Administrator
    Member Since:
    Apr 22, 2000
    star 7
    good to hear all went well for you stryker. that's gotta be some climate change though eh? from the bitter cold to the bowels of the american south. [face_laugh]

    anyway, keep the reviews coming. i'll send you a link to my site once i'm happy with my code..... ;)
  12. Mandalorian-Warriors Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Dec 8, 2003
    star 1
    JediStryker, I sent you my site in PM.

    Let me know how it goes, thanks alot!
  13. Princess-Leah Sketch Card Artist

    VIP
    Member Since:
    Jun 12, 2001
    star 5
    Stryker, hey...you got the most important things ;) hehehe

    Can't wait to read more reviews. :D

    Princess-Leah
  14. Lord_Makro Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Nov 13, 2002
    star 2
    JediStryker, are your reviews available on a URL?
    It would be nice for us to put a link from our sites to your review of it...
  15. JediStryker Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 5, 2000
    star 4
    Hey all.

    First off, let me apologize for not getting back to you all sooner. I have been...busy. I haven't really been checking my email lately, and I've been very focused on my work and own website.

    I will get some reviews done and submitted for the newsletter for next week. Thanks to those of you who've been PMing me with your URLs...I promise that I haven't forgotten you!

    -Stryker
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