Contest update! Old Stuff!

Here’s something I’ve received a request or two (or one) about – the Design a Villain contest!

I have to admit ….. I’ve been negligent on announcing things on this. I thought I already did announce it, but …. no.

So, a winner has been decided upon! And the winner is ….


Yes, that’s right. You’ll have to wait until Wanted comes out to discover who the winner actually is. However, the winner has been contacted and knows he/she won. Rich is still working on the prize. So, if you weren’t contacted, you didn’t win, but I thank you for participating.

What is up, however, is all the entries for the contest. So you can browse all the loathsome villains made for the contest.

In other news ….. I found some old stuff while going on my incessant search for some way of recovering the first Hardman’s bio (a thorn in my side for a LONG time). Skullman’s bio has been found! (The one he did for Megaman United). He got this site started and now his bio is up on the special thanks page. I also found the ORIGINAL bio for Topman, who was the webmaster here very briefly before I took over. Sadly I didn’t find Hardman’s bio.

The archive of the first layout has been updated with the original files I found on a CD (which had Top’s bio). The one on the site was a reconstruction I made base don my memory….. this is MUCH closer to the truth! Although I did change it to be more of a medium from where the site first started but before I fully took over and added a background image and took off the background MIDIs. Newbies take note: there is hope for you. Just look how much better I got at this. Don’t get discouraged.

Some (one) person has asked about ‘Maniacs Moments not being updated. The answer is simple. Hard hasn’t sent me any new ones. Send Hard some fan mail to get him motivated. But, unlike me, Hard has a life so unimportant things like jobs and girls get in the way of his work. Yeah, I know ….. for shame.

Design a Villain Contest OVER!

As of two days ago in fact. A big thanks to all who’ve entered. We’re going through the entries and deciding who the winner will be as I type. It’s actually a pretty good turnout. A few really good ideas have been presented. Of course, there can only be ONE winner.

No ACTUAL content this week …. which is a record for me isn’t it? Ah, well …. busy, busy, busy, I am. I’ve been spending alot of time fixing some coding issues from the last update as well as waging a secret war against damned spambots.

No Update ….. Sort of ….

Well, there’s sort of been an update ….. I’ve been fixing alot of the back-end code stuff. Hopefully those with slower modems will notice a difference….

Of, and be sure to visit the forums. And to design a villain for the Design a Villain contest.

Feb 11th Update: Decided to re-code the entire site in XHTML. I figured this would be fast with my HTML prog, but ….. naturally trhere were bugs. ALOTTA bugs. SHOULD have fixed ’em all by now, though. An, hopefully …. the site will run alot faster now. And if it doesn’t, then …. I’ll just stab myself in the leg …. or something.

Rockman: Gold Empire info and review

Here’s an update long in coming! WAY back when I was helping Heat run Sprites INC a dude named Tommy Lee gave me a copy of Rockman Gold Empire complete with manga scans. And I promptly ….. forgot about it. Completely.

Well, now that oversight has been rectified! I’ve played through Rockman Gold Empire a bit and have written a review / article on the game. Rockman: GE is a Taiwanese-exclusive game like Rockman Strategy, only not by the same people. It’s alot less rare than RMS, but I still haven’t seen any information on it in the english-speaking Megaman community, making this a first!

So, thanks, Tommy Lee! Sorry for taking so long.

Also, you may have noticed my smart-ass “Ads go here” banners have been replaced by actual ads. Well, what can I say? Ads were always in the works. HOWEVER, unlike ads of the past, THESE ads actually give money to ME. Not Nyne, Classic Gaming, Zelda U, Geocities, or anyone else. So click! And support the Mechanical Maniacs!

Also rememeber to submit an entry for our Design a Villain contest! The grand prize is an appearance in ‘Maniacs epilogues as well as a figureine made of the villain you design!

New Magnetman announced, Design a Villain Contest

It’s that time again. It’s time for yet another change in the Mechanical Maniacs roster! Jonathan has quit and has been replaced by a familiar face in the team scene …. Rich Kassidy, the former Bombman of the Sinister Six! Except this time, he’s using a pseudonym called “Kenta (Kassidy) Eigen” …. what’s up with that, you ask? All will be revealed in the upcoming Series 6 of the Mechanical Maniacs epilogues.

So, let’s all give the new Magnetman some congratulations!

And the first order of business is …. a new contest! Brought to you by the new Magnetman. The Design a Villain contest. Basically, it’s your chance to design a kickass new villain for the Mechanical Maniacs to face in an upcoming adventure written by Magnetman. But, there’s an added bonus. And that is a custom figure of the winning design will be made by Magnetman himself. And this figure will be sent to the grand prize winner. So you’ll get a small figurine of the villain YOU designed in addition to being featured in the story.

The runners up get a pat on the back from me.

Additional rules are posted on the main contest page. Only two entries per applicant. Operators are standing by.



It’s TRUE! In a bold move he’s actually continuing his stories! They are hurtling towards the end of his story arc. Hurtling slowly, but steadily. Read it NOW!

Also, in a move that will not be repeated EVER, Needlegal has changed her name from KittyKat to Psycho Magnet. KittyKat being her moniker when she was new and didn’t really care much about it which is used only here and Psycho being a long-held name for the last …. three or so years which she uses everywhere. Every single reference to this has been updated (thank YOU, Adobe GoLive).

During updates some files (notable, three epilogues) were lost ….. well, they were found and restored to the site. Yay. Go me.

Also in ep news, due to Classi’s request her epilogue has been taken down until part two is finished. Let’s hope it’s soon! (it was a good story). Everyone go bug her! (sarcasm, people)

The winner of this week’s ‘Maniacs’ Moments contest is …. Hardman!? Yes, well, he wanted to show a “preview” of where the ‘Maniacs are headed. Keep on sending your submissions! There’s actually …. not too many …..

Stuff here and there.

I’ve been REALLY busy with my comic and REALLY got into watching an anime called Bleach. But I still got time to update a bit with some user submission stuff!

Okay, so …. first up: miscellaneous images have been uploaded. Woo hoo. I love getting images so keep sendin’ ’em.

Real Life Wilys sees an update. Wow. That’s a section I never – EVER expect an update from.

The Pirate Sprite Sheets sees a tiny update. Zan Sidera submitted some sprites of the tree guy and the red hero guy from Rockman DX3, so those sprites have been added in. Originally for Sprites INC too, but I whined about it a whole bunch (it’s been a bad year or so) and Ace, being the gentleman that he is, let me have the game for my own coverage (since I have already covered it). So Zan let me put these up as they were originally for S. INC. So, thanks guys.

And this week’s winner of the ‘Maniacs Moments contest – Kayorei! Take a bow! Remember: Each week there’ll be a new winner so keep on submitting! It could be YOU!

New article, Gauntlet Sprites, Wallpapers

Wow, I haven’t had an update like this in AGES!

First off the next winner of the ‘Maniacs Moments contest is Kaos! Congrats. PR references for teh win.

Next up is an all new article.Rocman X VS Thunder Blast Man. Not only have I compared both games, but I actually *won* Rocman X and have gone into extreme detail on the ending.

The Gauntlet Sprites page has been updated with an all-new sprite picture featuring every single Megaman character (that has an official sprite) to date! It was *very* tough and annoying to make, but now I can update it easily should I choose to do so.

The Wallpapers section also has a big update. That’s one section I don’t update too often. This time from tiny project I recently finished up.

‘Maniacs Moments Contest, Cell Phone Games

First off …. Happy Canada day to all the Canucks out there!

Secondly, the first winner of our ‘Maniacs Moments contest is Ace Spark of Sprites INC! Congrats on his really amazing custom sprites! Keep on submitting your own entries – this contest is ongoing! There’s no limit on how many times you can submit to the contest!

Also, more screens from the Megaman Cell Phone games have been added. Including one from a Christmas version of Kobun Flies. The mystery of the bigger NES screenshots has also been solved – it’s just a better version of the game O_o. No lie. There’s a 100K version and a 256K version.

Quint, of Sprites INC also informs me that the “Megaman Mania” screens with boarders use something called “GP Player”, so that bit of info has been added to the Misc. Classic Mysteries article.

‘Maniacs Moments Contest

Hardman’s having a TON of real life troubles so he can’t make ‘Maniacs Moments. It really sucks and all my support goes out to the big guy. Let’s all wish him the very best!

As for the ‘Moments, I’ve decided to turn it into a bit of a contest until Hardman’s return. See the ‘Maniacs Moments page for details!