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Welcoming Admiral Craymen to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Team

Welcoming Admiral Craymen to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy Team
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Long time Panzer Dragoon fan Admiral Craymen joins us in maintaining the Panzer Dragoon Legacy digital archive and social media channels.

I’m happy to announce the addition of Admiral Craymen to the Panzer Dragoon Legacy admin team. Admiral Craymen, also known as TB Samurai, has been contributing fan art to the site for many years now and has begun helping us to curate the contributions of other fans and maintain our growing social media channels. Admiral Craymen has actually been posting art for a number of weeks now and I’m glad to finally make this official.

Also, I’d like to use this update to thank Geoffrey for his valuable contributions to running Panzer Dragoon Legacy over the years. He will stepping down from his admin role as he focuses on other things.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy has always been a community effort, but it really should be acknowledged who has contributed to building up the site over the years. For this reason, I’ve overhauled the About the Site page to talk about not just our current team, but everyone who made Panzer Dragoon Legacy what it is today.

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Has a New Site Banner

Panzer Dragoon Legacy Has a New Site Banner
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We've added a new art banner to the website, representing the original Panzer Dragoon game and upcoming Panzer Dragoon: Remake. Thanks to Murozmuromuro for letting us use the image.

I’ve made a couple of small changes to the site’s layout, adding a new art banner to the top of the website and removing some of the extra black space around the social media icons by decreasing the size of the logo.

The old banner, created by Legaiaflame, has served us well. The banner depicted dragons from both the Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon franchises, with a mostly empty space in between representing the bleakness of Panzer Dragoon’s post-apocalyptic world.

But we are no longer living in the time of Crimson Dragon, with the focus of this site returning sharply to Panzer Dragoon in recently years (particularly with the impending release of Panzer Dragoon: Remake). As such, I’ve chosen a new banner based on this great fan art of the Blue Dragon fighting an Imperial battle crusier which artist Murozmuromuro has kindly let us use as our banner. It represents both the events of the original Panzer Dragoon and the upcoming remake, so it should communicate what the site is about to both old and new fans alike.

Introducing the Literature Section and Tags

Introducing the Literature Section and Tags
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We've made some improvements to how you can navigate the website. Panzer Dragoon Legacy's new Literature section combines our existing texts into a unified index page and you can also now browse the site by tag.

Over the years we’ve added more and more content to Panzer Dragoon Legacy. Figuring out how the organise all of this content has proven to be both a challenge and a learning experience, and there’s no question we’ve accumulated some baggage along the way. This week I sat down and reorganised some of website’s content in order to simplify things and make the content easier to find and share going forward.

First up is the introduction of the new Literature section which combines the previous Articles, Links, Poems, Resources, and Stories media types into a single “Literature” index page under “Browse by Media Type” in the lefthand navigation. Each literature page contains a unique number in the URL, ensuring links will continue to work if we rename or recategorise pages, which is becoming increasingly important as more content is shared on social media directly. The Encyclopaedia remains seperate, however these pages are now also numbered.

I’ve removed the Links section and replaced it with two articles: Panzer Dragoon Websites and Other Gaming Websites. Unfortunately most of the old Panzer Dragoon fan sites are now dead, so the first article is primarily a collection of Internet Archive links. But they’re a fun nostalgia trip for those who grew up in the era of personal websites, before the rise of the Empire.

The latest contributions in all of the main media types can now be found on the Contributions Feed (previously it only included pictures). As we’ve been doing with new fan art, we’ll share other new contributions directly on our social media pages.

Finally, I’ve introduced a new way of finding content on the site: browsing by tag. Tags work in a similar way to the related links displayed at the bottom of encyclopaedia entries, except we also have tags for topics that don’t have a dedicated page in the encyclopaedia. For example, the tag page for Atolm Dragon looks like this.

This year it will be twenty years since I started working on my original Panzer Dragoon website, Azel Online. Some of the content from Azel Online is still on Panzer Dragoon Legacy. I hope the current structure will be robust enough to last another twenty years; indeed, I intend that this site will become more of a stable archive from here on, rather than something which constantly changes. With Panzer Dragoon: Remake coming out soon, a whole new generation of Panzer Dragoon fans will be introduced to the series, contributing new literature and other content of their own.

A New Approach to How We Share Contributions

A New Approach to How We Share Contributions
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Traditionally we’ve always posted new art and other content that fans contribute as news updates here on the front page of Panzer Dragoon Legacy. However, the way in which people consume content has changed considerably (“social media” didn’t even exist when I founded this site in 2002). Many people only follow us on social media now instead of checking the website for updates.

Today we’re introducing a new approach to how contributions are shared. We’ll now post art and other contributions directly to three social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Discord. Instead of following along on the Panzer Dragoon Legacy website, you can follow us on any of these three platforms for new content.

We have also set up a new Instagram page; like our YouTube channel, Instagram will be used for media updates, so be sure to follow on Instagram if you want to see our content there.

And then there are those of us who like to get updates the old school way: manually checking a website without all the noise of social media. Panzer Dragoon Legacy has always featured every new contribution here on it’s front page. Now, new contributions will become visible in a Contributions Feed instead. This will allow us to share contributions faster, without the ceremony of a news update to go with it. We may post a summary of new contributions from time to time, but the primary way of seeing which contributions are new will be to check the feed.

We encourage you to follow along on whatever channel suits your style of consumption.