Once upon a time, not so very long ago (early 2006), an idea was sparked on the Risus/RisusTalk email list; wouldn’t it be cool if there were a fanzine out there for Risus.
Guy Hoyle, Hank Harwell, Tim Ballew, Karl Paananen, Stefan Shirley, Gabriel Whitehead, and myself (plus some I can’t name by name: dragonrider9935, ploympolym, and taps128) investigated options to make a Risus Fanzine happen.
The original idea was to set up a blog or something, have people submit an article, and we’d consolidate submissions and build a nifty little PDF to distribute. However, it was around this time that the idea of a wiki also took hold which allowed for the entire Risus community to build up an amazing library for Risus materials.
We got in on the ground floor with WetPaint. We were one of their star sites (being within the first 10 to ever set up a site with them; we were in the beta and everything). WetPaint offered a nice means for people to save the articles to PDF; we didn’t need to get into the publishing business after all.
The site took off (currently with 228 members and over 200 pages). Even today, it still averages over a thousand visits a month.
However, the internet being the internet, WetPaint changed their business model away from wikis; they left their wiki business operate on fumes. Risusiverse still limps along, but not for long.
Dan Suptic has taken on the challenge of finding Risusiverse a new home. The technology is out there; Risusiverse will continue; stronger and faster than ever before.
A complete backup is available of the current Risusiverse site. For quite some time, I have maintained a place to store the files (around the time of the first One Page Challenge, WetPaint decided to limit the number of files allowable) via Google Sites: https://sites.google.com/site/risusverse/ - not only can you find all of the One Page Challenge entries, you can also look in the File Cabinet and find all of the other files that were added to Risusiverse at some point (including the Risusiverse.zip file which contains html for all of the pages from WetPaint).
As Dan works to rebuild Risusiverse, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has been there from the beginning and wish Dan luck with the migration.
One of the more fun bit of imaginings I have done is posted over at Risusiverse under the Castaways section. I thought it would be fun to come up with characters inspired from Gilligan’s Island (only instead, it was Conrad Mulligan’s Island). Conrad isn’t much more than a pure Gilligan rip off. The rest of the cast has some interesting twists:
I never did get the chance to really use the characters, but they were certainly fun.
With the death of Geocities and other free hosting sites, I would like to remind everyone that there are sites like Risusiverse available. Risusiverse is a wiki devoted to Risus. It has a WYSIWYG editor and is very simple to use. There is a lot of great content there already, and it would be awesome to add in the content that you can only find now via the Way Back Machine.
I have put up a page at Risusiverse for the Risus Zombies - if you know of someone who will let you bring their content back from the dead, either outright add it to Risusiverse or add it to the list, and hopefully someone will volunteer their time to add it to Risusiverse.
I’ve been wondering if anyone, anywhere, is using the rules I put together over at Risusiverse for playing Risus online?
Here I’m the site admin/owner for Risusiverse, yet I’m hardly ever posting anything there any more. The short version is that I use Safari as my primary browser. When WetPaint first launched, they didn’t support it (I had Firefox, so it wasn’t too big of a deal). Then they did. Now they don’t again. I have no real desire to upgrade my old copy of Firefox when Safari works just fine for me (and worked just fine at Risusiverse before).
Yes, I could technically just download the new version of Firefox. It isn’t really that hard. However, it is the principle of the thing. They used to work fine with Safari, now they’ve stopped supporting it (and when I posted something in their support wiki, I was told that they never did support Safari - which is either an outright lie or I’m suffering from hallucinations).
I still keep track of what’s going on at Risusiverse. I just won’t be contributing a whole lot until they’ve gotten their issues fixed.