A Change of Focus

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Following the latest news about Crimson Dragon, I have decided to cover the game on The Will of the Ancients alongside the Panzer Dragoon series.

Some of you may be displeased by the news, fearing that Crimson Dragon is too different from Panzer Dragoon or that The Will of the Ancients will become too diluted with non-Panzer content. And some of you simply don’t like the look of the game. I want to address these concerns here.

Firstly, Crimson Dragon is a different franchise, but it also has many things in common with the Panzer Dragoon series. It is a rail shooter from the creators of original Saturn trilogy. It features dragons, and lock on system similar to the Panzer Dragoon shooters. There are clear differences too, but in many ways this is Panzer Dragoon in spirit. In that sense, it belongs on The Will of the Ancients.

Secondly, is the concern that The Will of the Ancients will lose what made it distinct in the first place: a resource covering Panzer Dragoon and only Panzer Dragoon. There is the risk of a slippery slope where more and more games are covered and it turns into a general gaming site. But I don’t think that needs to happen, nor will it happen. For example, while Jet Set Radio and Panzer Dragoon Orta were both developed by Smilebit, Jet Set Radio does not fit in with the themes of this site. So, we won’t cover it.

Thirdly, not all Panzer Dragoon fans are excited about Crimson Dragon. Some of you don’t like the different art style, and others simply don’t like Kinect. And that’s fine. When we add Crimson Dragon content to the website, you will be free to ignore it. I’m also in the early stages of creating a system where people browsing the website will be able to filter out content based the different fictional universes.

This decision didn’t come lightly. Only after weighing the pros and cons and discussing it with Geoffrey and Draikin, did I decide to cover Crimson Dragon on The Will of the Ancients rather than making a separate site. We considered setting up a separate domain for Crimson Dragon (and possible follow up games), but we felt that this would dilute our already small community. For that reason, I’ve set up a new Crimson Dragon forum as part of The Will of the Ancients’ community so that existing forum members can easily discuss Crimson Dragon without creating a separate account.

The Will of the Ancients began as a Panzer Dragoon website, and we’ll continue to improve and add to the Panzer Dragoon content here. But given the lack of new Panzer Dragoon games, I believe this change will enrich The Will of the Ancients and the Panzer Dragoon community.

Crimson Dragon

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Andriasang has released a new article with more details about Crimson Dragon (formerly known as Project Draco). The (Kinect-only) game is widely regarded as a spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon railshooters, and it’s easy to see why. Despite not using the Panzer Dragoon license, everything from the mechanics, soundtrack to the art design resembles the Panzer Dragoon railshooters. It was also revealed that the game is being co-developed by Grounding Inc. and Land Ho! (responsible for the conversion of Panzer Dragoon to the PS2). This means that some of the big names behind Team Andromeda have now been reunited to work on Crimson Dragon (the names of Yukio Futatsugi, Manabu Kusunoki, Tomohiro Kondo and Saori Kobayashi in particular might sound familiar to Panzer Dragoon fans). Andriasang also posted some (impressive) new screenshots and a video of the demo presentation can be found at Nicozon.

But there’s also other news. Forum member SkyRider informed us he worked on a short film that is loosely inspired by his admiration for the Panzer Dragoon series. Be sure to check out the trailer!

You can also read more about how Panzer Dragoon influenced the movie in this forum thread.

Finally, our Panzer Dragoon Revival project now has a Dutch version as well, and support for more languages will be added in the near future. If you’re interested in helping to translate the website, please let us know by using the contact form on the website. Thanks to all the people who signed the petition so far!

Panzer Dragoon Revival

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It’s no secret that the Panzer Dragoon games never reached a wide audience. Panzer Dragoon Zwei and Saga were Saturn exclusives, and Orta was only released on the original Xbox. Even with the arrival of Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, there’s no indication Sega is going to release HD versions of any of the Panzer Dragoon games. In an effort to convince Sega to remaster the games and make them available to a new generation of gamers, we’ve created a new website where the Panzer Dragoon fans can make their voices heard. You can visit it by following this link:

Panzer Dragoon Revival

Named “Panzer Dragoon Revival”, the website allows people to sign a petition and tell Sega why they want to see remastered versions of the original Panzer Dragoon games. I really hope that the people that have fond memories of playing the Panzer Dragoon games, or those that would like to play them but never got the chance to do so, will take the time to sign the petition. The goal is to send the complete list of signatures to Sega on the 10th anniversary of Panzer Dragoon Orta later this year and/or the 15th anniversary of Panzer Dragoon Saga next year. Meanwhile, we will work on adding more features to the website based on your feedback. Any news updates for the website will be posted here, or on the TWOTA Twitter and Facebook community.

But aside from this announcement, there’s also other news. Tom from 2DForever has allowed us to add this impressive artwork of Azel and Atolm’s battle against Edge and his dragon to the fanart section:

Ne Rai

The website SegaBits also posted a new article where they look back at the release of Panzer Dragoon Orta, which can read here. In other news, and also relevant to the new Panzer Dragoon Revival petition, GamesRadar listed Panzer Dragoon Saga in their 10 hard-to-find classics that deserve a second chance. Finally, Andriasang reports that Yukio Futatsugi’s Project Draco will be playable at an event at Akihabara on February 26.

To conclude this news post, we hope the Panzer Dragoon fans will support the Panzer Dragoon Revival initiative, and be sure to look forward to more updates from The Will of the Ancients and Panzer Dragoon Revival throughout the year!

Farewell 2011

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For this update, we have two new pieces of fan art from Atolm. The first is a picture of the wounded Sky Rider which I’ve called “The Sky Rider Bleeds”. The image shows the dying dragon rider releasing blood, a much more human way of dying than the green particles that float away from him in the actual game. Secondly, Atolm has submitted a new picture of Lagi showing his first and final form in Panzer Dragoon Zwei, the pup and Solo Wing Normal Class respectively.

The Sky Rider Bleeds Lagi: Pup and Adult

This update will most likely be the last update of the year for The Will of the Ancients. While 2011 has been slow on the Panzer front, we have received many new details about Futatsugi’s latest project, Project Draco. 2012 will bring more details about the game when it is released on Xbox Live Arcade. When it comes to Panzer Dragoon, we have a big update planned for this website that we’re in the process of finalising.

Have a great new year’s celebration and don’t let anyone talk you into sculling an illuminating drink.

Project Draco at Tokyo Game Show

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Tokyo Game Show 2011 has come and gone. If you’ve been following this website on Facebook or Twitter you’ll likely be aware of the latest details surrounding Project Draco, the upcoming Kinect title from Panzer Dragoon creator Yukio Futatsugi. Project Draco is a rail shooter, with RPG elements where you raise your dragon virtual pet style. It has a control scheme similar to Child of Eden. The game is planned for release in 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade and is exclusive to Kinect (no controller support). There will also be a three player online co-op mode over Xbox Live.

Project Draco is more colourful than the bleak, but much loved, world of Panzer Dragoon. It looks stunning. Futatsugi has stressed that it is not a Panzer Dragoon game, going as far to make some comparisons while at the same time pointing out key differences between the games. In a 1up.com article he says:

In the Panzer Dragoon series if you pressed the left or right trigger buttons, you could face anywhere you wanted. We cut that feature specifically because it doesn’t work on Kinect.

It’s good to know that Grounding aren’t going to shoehorn all of Panzer Dragoon’s features into Project Draco, as some are unlikely to work well with the Kinect interface. Furthermore, Futatsugi was asked whether he would want to make Project Draco a Panzer Dragoon game at all:

Not really. I guess because all the things that I wanted to do with Panzer I did already. So I’m not really fixated on that game so much anymore. If for example, I was tasked with a different job of making a Panzer Dragoon sequel, then I probably wouldn’t even do it on Kinect. So that I would enjoy doing on its own, but it’s a different thing.

So he hasn’t ruled out making a new Panzer Dragoon game completely…

More details (including screenshots) of Project Draco can be found in the following articles:

Lots of New Fan Art

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This update consists of lots of twenty pieces of art to grace the Fan Art section, as well as a photograph. Firstly, Emma Goodman has contributed a touching picture of Edge petting his faithful steed. You can see more of Emma’s artwork at her website, Neoncola.

Edge Petting His Dragon Panzer Dragoon Saga Bedroom Door Stripe Wing in the Clouds Blue Dragon Coloured Drawing Blue Dragon Sketch

We also have contributions from Peter Gibbins, the founder of the Panzer Dragoon fans Facebook group. He has submitted a photograph of his bedroom door from around eleven years ago, themed around Panzer Dragoon Saga (how cool is that)? Peter has also contributed two coloured pictures, one of the Stripe Wing, the other of the armoured Blue Dragon. There is also a pencil sketch of the Blue Dragon.

Finally, I’ve added all of the Panzer Dragoon fan art from the Japanese fan site, Twilight Primary School, to The Will of the Ancients. You can find all sixteen pictures in the Fan Art section.

New and Updated Articles

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Who or what were the Ancients? When keeping in mind how lost their identity was with the passage of time, it’s perhaps better to ask not who they were, but what they were. I made an attempt to gather together the few clues in the form of what we actually know about them that were scattered around, and fit them together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to create a bigger picture in an attempt to answer that very question. This was something I had planned to do for a long time, but never had the chance until now. I hope you enjoy reading this summary of the Ancients’ possible identity as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I’ve been away for too long, so I’m glad to find The Will of the Ancients still alive and kicking, and we’re going to keep it that way. Expect some changes in the near future. I’ve been updating a few articles here and there in order to bring them up to a proper standard including my old Skies of Arcadia article, which really needed it. I felt the need to give what I feel is a spiritual sequel to Panzer Dragoon Saga the justice it deserves.

Unfortunately we cannot hope that Panzer Dragoon has a future in any meaningful way, but perhaps that is for the best; I personally don’t want the future of this series in the hands of someone who doesn’t respect the source material anyway.

Farewell for now fellow travellers.

I Shoot Lasers, Therefore I Am

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This year is shaping up to be a great year for fans of 3D rail shooters. Other than Project Draco, the dragon combat game from Grounding Inc (which may or may not be a rail shooter), we also have Child of Eden (the follow up to Rez) and Yars Revenge to look forward to. Both are rail shooters that mirror the gameplay of Panzer Dragoon in many ways.

For this update, Geoffrey has written two new articles. The first discusses the music of the Panzer Dragoon series, and how it has evolved since the original’s orchestral score. He has also written a summary of the Panzer Dragoon OVA, discussing how it compares to the game series.

This update also includes something a little different. I have set up a new Philosophy section, which aims to explore the philosophical themes that have been incorporated into the Panzer storyline. So far there is just one article, a summary of the Mind Body Problem and how it relates to the concept of the Heresy Dragon. I have plans for at least two more articles for this section, and would be very interested in hearing your suggestions for further writing as well.

More Project Draco Information and Screenshots

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Kotaku have updated their website with a couple of Project Draco screenshots, provided to them by the Japanese gaming website Famitsu. The screenshots appear to be taken from the trailer (or are very similar).

Also, the Japanese gaming news website Andriasang have reportedly spoken to Yukio Futatsugi regarding the development of Project Draco. The following information is provided on their blog:

Futatsugi, director of Panzer Dragoon and Phantom Dust, is working on the tentatively titled Project Draco to be published by Microsoft in 2011. Draco is a 3D flight shooting game. Players use Kinect to communicate with a dragon, raising it and making it learn skills, with the hopes of deepening your bond with the creature. In the game’s online mode, you can fly through the skies with your friends.

For their work on Kinect, Futatsugi and his staff are taking care to ensure that players can enjoy themselves for lengthy periods without betting tired. They’re paying attention to such things as the length of a single map and the frequency of enemy attacks. Explained Futatsugi, Project Draco is not a party type game where everyone enjoys themselves for brief periods, but is rather the type of game into which players sink their teeth. Because of this, they’re developing the game to keep players from being tired while still delivering a control scheme that delivers a direct feel of movement.

As a sales point for the game, he said, “Don’t you want to be able to actually experience the feeling of communicating with a dragon and riding it into battle? I do.”

Reports so far indicate that some Kinect launch titles suffer from control issues, so it’s a relief to know that Futatsugi and the team are placing a great deal of attention on the way the player interacts with Kinect. It sounds like the team are really focusing on the bond between the dragon and rider this time, and the promise of a game that requires extended play periods suggests that it will be more than a mere rail shooter. As a Panzer Dragoon fan, I await more news with eager anticipation.

Panzer Dragoon Storyline

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Some of you may remember my own Panzer Dragoon website, Panzer Dragoon Legacy, which focused on the latest game in the Panzer Dragoon series, namely Panzer Dragoon Orta. Earlier this year, Solo and I agreed to merge Panzer Dragoon Legacy into The Will of the Ancients. While often delayed, today I can finally announce the first result of that merger: the synopsis of the events of all 4 games in the trilogy that was previously available only on Panzer Dragoon Legacy can now be found here in the new Storyline section.

Atolm has also submitted a great new speed sketch of Lagi in an “Ancient Wing” form, which you can find over in the Fan Art section.

Ancient Wing Agility Class

Project Draco "Not a Panzer Dragoon Game"

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Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer has reported to Joystiq that he wouldn’t call the new Kinect game, Project Draco, a Panzer Dragoon game. Joystiq reports:

“It’s a Kinect game for one thing, which is going to have its own take on it,” Spencer said, referring to the concept of riding a dragon. Spencer added that “there are some differences between – as a Panzer Dragoon fan – the stuff we’ve seen in the Panzer Dragoon series and [Project Draco],” but he didn’t elaborate on those differences. During the Microsoft keynote where the game was announced, Futatsugi explained, “What I wanted to do most is to fly.” So perhaps Draco is more flying and less on-rails shooting?

This might seem obvious given that Microsoft doesn’t own the Panzer Dragoon intellectual property, but it’s interesting learn that the game will stray from the conventional Panzer Dragoon formula too. Lets hope that it contains a decent amount of Panzer flavour that fans have been so eager to experience more of.

We still don’t have a confirmation as to the means of distribution (full Xbox 360 game versus Xbox Live Arcade title), or whether the game will be playable without the Kinect peripheral. I’ll post more news as it comes.

New Dragon Combat Game From Panzer Dragoon Creator!

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This is huge news for Panzer Dragoon fans. Yukio Futatsugi, the director of the original Panzer Dragoon and a prominent member of Team Andromeda, unveiled his latest creation at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Project Draco is a dragon riding combat game that is being developed exclusively for the Xbox 360, designed for Microsoft’s motion-based Kinect peripheral.

You only need to look at this stunning concept art to see the similarities between Project Draco and Panzer Dragoon.

There’s also a trailer, available on 1up.com and also on YouTube.

According to Kotatu.com:

The game is called Project Draco, and has you both flying your dragon in aerial combat, as well as using Kinect’s camera capabilities to “nurture and learn to communicate” with your steed, which in turn will help it fight more ferociously.

While this isn’t a sequel to Panzer Dragoon, Project Draco could well be a worthy spiritual successor to the series, perhaps even preferable to a new Panzer from Sega themselves. We’ll know for sure when the game is released in 2011.

Bonds

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Although fan fiction does not add to the established Panzer Dragoon canon, the possibilities introduced by fan fiction are a welcome addition to the Panzer legendarium. Daniel Petersen has submitted a new piece of fan fiction called Bonds. It is the first chapter in a story based on Lundi’s final moments with Lagi, as well as a continuation based on Lundi’s life after Panzer Dragoon Zwei.

You can find a collection of fan stories set in the Panzer Dragoon universe in the Fan Fiction section.

New Fan Art, Readded Fan Fiction

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Atolm has created a new painting of the Solo Wing. As always, the art is of a high standard. You can find the picture over in the Fan Art section.

Solo Wing Speed Paint

I’ve also readded an older fanfic that was previously on this website. Daniel Petersen has resubmitted his story Hardships which takes place directly after Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Want to see Panzer Dragoon Saga rereleased on a new generation console? It probably won’t happen, but nonetheless Ben Evans has set up a Facebook group petitioning for exactly that. If you’d like Panzer Dragoon Saga to be rereleased, it’s fairly easy to join the group and show your support.

Streaming HTML5 Video

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I’ve overhauled the Videos section; it now contains streaming videos that can be viewed directly in your web browser. The videos are not displayed using Flash like most sites, but natively using HTML5 and either the H.264 or Theora codec depending on your browser. What this means, unfortunately, is that playback is not supported in Internet Explorer, however if you’re using a modern browser such as Firefox or Chrome you should have no problems. All videos are also downloadable as MP4 files.

New to the Videos section is the (fake) Panzer Dragoon Vier trailer by Jan3d, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t seen the video on YouTube already.

Video Details for "Panzer Dragoon Vier Trailer"

Also for this update, He Who Is The Sky has drawn a sketch of the Adult Dracolyth that he made a miniature of a few updates ago (see Update 155). Some new fan art has been submitted by Surthur and Gamefan84, inspired by the world of Panzer Dragoon:

Peregrine Sprout Cockatrice of the Sky Empire City In the Jungle The Last Dragoon Kari Escadia Elite Special Ops

All of these can images can be found in the Fan Art section.

If you didn’t catch the update on the Microblog, there has been some progress in emulating Panzer Dragoon Orta on the PC. Keep up the good work, Blueshogun!

The Art of Panzer Dragoon is Back

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Many thanks for everyone’s patience. The best Panzer Dragoon art site on the web is now back online and can be found at a new URL:

art.thewilloftheamcients.com

It is now hosted by The Will of the Ancients. This is an older version of the site, however it contains the vast majority of the art from before the site went down. Lagi is currently hunting for his backup that contains the more recent updates; I’ll add these images as soon as they’re available.

I’ve also added four new pieces of fan art from Tyrone Kamran. These would have to be his best drawings yet:

Edge Fighting a Baldor Edge at Camp With the Dragon Edge Badnik Lagi Badnik With Edge

What the Adult Dracolyth Really Looks Like

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This update includes a bunch of artwork and photos that I’ve been meaning to add for a while, as well as a new drawing of Azel from Finnish Panzer Dragoon fan, Johannes Rajala.

He Who Is The Sky has created a some sketches and excellent miniatures of his dragon forms, based on those found in the Panzer Dragoon games. Below is a list of what he has contributed this time round:

Guardian D Miniature (1 of 4) Kreigzwilling Miniature (1 of 4) Adult Dracolyth Miniature (1 of 4) Glider, Fledgling, and Pup Pure Type Monster Sketch Skydart and Armorite Windrider and Bridge Wing

As always, a huge thank you to the artists who have contributed to the site. You can find more of He Who Is The Sky’s sketches (often before I have the chance to post them here) over on the forums.

The Old and the New

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I’ll start this update with some older content, dug up from the dreaded vaults of my “To Sort” folder. Back in the days of Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon, Lord Craymen created some screensavers based on credits of Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. All three screensavers are now available in a zip archive. I’ve also added some pre-release music that was originally hosted on Die Welt von Panzer Dragoon. These tracks were recorded from the E3 2002 demo of Panzer Dragoon Orta and contain some significant differences from the final version. I’ve also added an older OverClocked ReMix to the Music section, the Panzer Groove by McVaffe.

While we’re on the subject of older content, I’ve added four pieces of fan art from Razia to the site. Two pictures of everyone’s favourite mechanic, Paet, as well as some pictures of Azel and Edge. I’ve also added a couple of older pictures drawn by Atolm, as well as an excellent new picture that she has made of the Solo Wing. I liked this picture so much that I used it for my avatar.

Paet Fixing an Ancient Ship Paet and Edge at Juba's Two Appearances of Azel Edge Hears The Dragon's Wings Overhead New Dragon Pizza Solo Wing Solo Wing Speed Sketch

Last but not least, I’m pleased to welcome a new member of The Will of the Ancients team. I’ve made D-Unit, the webmaster of Panzer Dragoon Legacy, an administrator of this site. It’s likely that you’ll see some updates from him in the future.

Lagi's Takeoff

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Tyrone Kamran has submitted three new sketches of Edge and his dragon. It’s always nice to see new Panzer art.

Edge Riding His Trusty Dragon Edge and the Dragon After a Battle Edge Riding His Dragon

I’m also pleased to add a new remix of the Panzer Dragoon Zwei track “The Great Ravine” to this site. It’s called “Lagi’s Takeoff”, created only last month by Mattinc. I highly recommend listing to this track if you’ve played Zwei; it will bring back some memories.

Audio Details for "Panzer Dragoon Zwei - Lagi's Takeoff OC Remix"

More information about the remix can be found on the related OverClocked ReMix page.

New Art From He Who Is The Sky

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Happy New Year. I’ve added four new drawings from He Who Is The Sky to the Fan Art section. Be sure to have a look if you haven’t seen them already; he is a great artist.

Imperial Conflict Victory Wing Diagram Guardian Dragoon Diagram Prophecy Wing Diagram Chibified Azel

There’s also a Christmas themed picture of Azel, submitted by starsofnite. Thanks everyone who has contributed to this site recently.

Videos, Artwork, and Emulation News

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I’ve added three videos to the site that many of you will be familiar with. These fake trailers were created by Lord Craymen and Senor Kaffee to trick fans into believing that a new Panzer Dragoon game was on the horizon. If you haven’t seen the trailers, be sure to check them out in the Videos section.

Tyrone Kamran has submitted a new piece of fan art depicting Edge’s fight with the baldors at the start of Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Baldors in the Valley Retroscoped

The image was created using rotoscoping, and the artist hopes to create a full animation of the fight in the future. Speaking of artwork, you may be aware that The Art of Panzer Dragoon, undoubtably the best Panzer art site on the web, is currently offline. If you’re looking for the art from that site there’s a copy on the Internet Archive although be aware that some of art won’t load. I can’t confirm when The Art of Panzer Dragoon will be back online.

If you missed the update on Panzer Dragoon Legacy, there has been some progress in the development of Xbox emulation on the PC. The Cxbx emulator now runs Panzer Dragoon Orta, although admittedly it’s far from playable at this stage. You can read more about it on the developer’s blog, and see it in action in this YouTube video:

It’s great to know that someone is working on this.

The Will of the Ancients now has a microblog that be found on the Facebook, Twitter, and Identi.ca social networks, so you can be informed of news updates and more straight from these services. I’ve wanted to add an RSS or Atom feed to this site for a while but given the limitations of how the site was originally coded it’s not practical to implement one. I recommend subscribing to a feed on Facebook, Twitter, or Identi.ca if you want updates sent to your feed reader.

If you’re looking for a good film to see, James Cameron’s Avatar is a fantastic achievement in cinema and features many similarities to Panzer Dragoon (especially Orta), so be sure to check it out. And that’s it for this update. I hope everyone has an enjoyable Christmas and ends the decade on a high note.

Test Your Panzer Dragoon Knowledge For Real This Time

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I couldn’t bring myself to post the 150th update without contributing something to The Will of the Ancients’ collective archive myself. In the Trivia section you’ll find the final test in the series of quizzes that I started back in 2003. Time flies when you’re having fun indeed. Following on from the Easy and Normal quizzes, I’ve gone out of my way to make the Hard Quiz especially difficult. Even the most hardcore of Panzer Dragoon fans is likely to struggle, or at least that’s my evil intention.

For this update, Tyrone Kamran has submitted a new picture of Azel for the Fan Art section.

Azel Smiling

Also, Chupacabra has sent me the fourth chapter of his fanfic, A Trial of Endurance. This chapter strays from the events and locations covered in Panzer Dragoon Orta. The new culture that Chupacabra has introduced will no doubt become more relevant as the story of Flomu Narikara continues.

Links Section Overhaul and New Hosted Site

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Many of you will be familiar with Stephan’s Dolby’s website The Panzer Place. It was one of the first English Panzer Dragoon websites on the Internet and served (and still serves) as a great resource for content on the Saturn Panzer trilogy. Due to upcoming death of Geocities on October 26, we’ve moved The Panzer Place to The Will of the Ancients’ web server. The site is now hosted at place.thewilloftheancients.com, and Stephan has added a brief update to the main page.

Remember how a couple of updates ago I said that I’d keep the site’s old domain for subdomains? Well, after discussing the matter with Stephan, I’m completely eating my own words. All hosted sites can now be found at subdomain.thewilloftheancients.com. The old domain, panzerdragoon.net, is now officially deprecated, and may be dropped altogether at a later date, so I recommend updating any links. It’s simpler for everyone if there’s just one domain.

If anyone else has a Panzer Dragoon site that they’d like hosted, I’d be more than happy to help out.

The Links section has long been due for an overhaul, so tonight I went through and made sure all the links still worked. There are a number of sites which have been taken down since the section was last touched. Some of the links have now been replaced with links to the Internet Archive, but only where this has been possible. Sadly some sites such as the Panzer Dragoon art website, Windmills, could not be recovered. If you know of any Panzer Dragoon sites that are missing from the Links section, please let me know.

Art Comes in Various Forms

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Unfortunately the official Panzer Dragoon Orta website has been taken offline, however forum member Hein has kindly uploaded an archive of the site to panzer-dragoon.net. The departure of the official site brings back memories of Sega of America’s official Panzer Dragoon Orta website (now also offline) and the flash game that was featured on that site. Al3xand3r has sent me the swf files that make up this game, which I have added to the Accessories section. You can run the game in any web browser that includes the Flash plugin by extracting the contents of the zip file and opening index.htm. For convenience, the game is also accessible without downloading the files manually.

In this update, Hein has submitted a picture of Orta and the dragon using WebPainter. His friend Huoshen has created a piece of artwork featuring Edge, Azel, and their dragons in children forms. I’ve also added a piece of Panzer Dragoon fan art (which could double as a wallpaper) created by Corporal Kitty.

Orta and Her Dragon (Web Painter) Azel and Edge as Children Orta and the Panzer Dragoon Logo

And now for something that I’ve been meaning to add to the site for a while, something a bit different. My friend who goes by the name Kayne Nemesis on the Internet, has given me a copy of a game of Snakes and Ladders that he created for a university project. The board consists of a traditional Snakes and Ladders grid, but with a Panzer Dragoon theme added to it. Kayne was the person who introduced me to the world of Panzer Dragoon back in 1997, so he deserves credit for far more than this submission. :)

Panzer Dragoon Snakes and Ladders

That’s all the new content for this update. On the forums, we’re looking for volunteers to translate various texts from the Japanese Panzer Dragoon guidebooks. If you know of anyone who can read Japanese and would be willing to help out, please get in touch.

Dedicated Fans Continue to Produce New Art

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I’m very pleased to be adding three new pictures to the site’s fan art gallery. Snow Girl has sketched up a nice portrait of the character Azel. There are also two new pieces of art from B-R-E-T. The first is a cartoony sketch of Orta on the telephone, and the second features Orta with her scarf transforming into the dragon. Good effort both of you.

Azel Sketch Hello Lagi Orta's Scarf

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I encourage you to watch the trailer of Team ICO’s The Last Guardian. The upcoming Playstation 3 title features the ‘boy and his dog’ theme found in the Panzer Dragoon series, but instead of a dragon, the game features a giant cat/dog-like creature. Both of the previous games in the ICO series have been amazing; I have no doubt that this third game will also be something special. The Last Guardian may be the closest thing you’ll find to a new Panzer game in this console generation.