Mystery of the Emblem

Yes, yes, I’m the same Yukimura from the “Mystery of the Emblem” thing. That’s the project I’ve mentioned a few times. Do I need to go through it again?

Anyway, the important part is that it wasn’t real. It was fiction that I entirely fabricated based on stuff I’ve found out in Fire Emblem games, and it used a simulation I’d been working on. I’ve heard a rumour about… something weird, but it’s not real.

Try this

You know how I said my roommate likes puzzles? Well, she’s just sent me this and suggested I put it on my blog. I don’t really have time to solve all these old puzzles she’s got lying about, but someone here probably does. That’s what communities are for, right?

There’s a second part, too, once you’re done with that, so let me know and I’ll get you the next one.

Trials 1

Fire Emblem

Did I only say I like PC games? Well, I also like some other games from the same period. One in particular is the Fire Emblem series, which I used in another project. It was a series of strategy RPGs developed by Intelligent Systems.

There were nineteen games in the series:

  1. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
  2. Fire Emblem Gaiden
  3. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
  4. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  5. BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles
  6. Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
  7. Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  8. Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword
  9. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  10. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
  11. Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  12. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  13. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (Heroes of Light and Shadow)
  14. Fire Emblem: Awakening
  15. Fire Emblem Fates
  16. Fire Emblem: The Lost War
  17. Fire Emblem: The Flowing Rock
  18. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War Collection
  19. Fire Emblem: Elibean Collection

Sadly, the series lost its way and its good reputation and its final title, a remake of the seventh and eighth games, received abysmal sales. The company ultimately collapsed a few years later, with a desperate attempt at rebooting the Advance Wars series as its final game.

While I’d like to play them all, most of them are, sadly, probably no longer in existence. I have found a few ROMs from that period in the archives, but you know things are bad when it’s unlikely even a pirated version exists. I do, however, possess the only known copy of The Sacred Stones; I found a cartridge of it in a sale somewhere. My roommate helped my cobble together something that would make it run.

Hey, I’ve just remembered another RPG that I’d like to find some day – Xenoblade Chronicles. It was made by Monolith Soft and I think is considered one of the best games of all time. Sadly, the studio closed a few years after the game launched. Apparently they had plans for some kind of sci-fi game next, but it’s never seen the light of day.

About me

Who am I? Yeah, that’d probably help. I’m obviously not going to give you my actual name, but you can call me Yukimura. It doesn’t really suit me, but I guess you wouldn’t know that. It’s a name I used for something else I did a while back; it’s really from an old strategy series called “Fire Emblem”.

Yeah, in case you couldn’t tell, I like old stuff. That is, stuff from Earth. Particularly stuff I find in the archives that we don’t have now, because it makes me feel special. 🙂

I also particularly like games from early this century. As in 2000-2020, that sort of thing. And, fortunately, there’s a lot of that stuff in the archives. I think all of Steam (do I have to explain what that was? It was an online PC games store. Look it up. Some people quite liked it.) might be in here, but of course a lot of it doesn’t work for whatever reason (crappy DRM, dependencies I can’t fulfill, literally any reason why a game might need the internet), but I guess that makes things a little easier. I haven’t dared to start tinkering with the games in case there’s any way to make them work; any reason to mark something as “broken” and move on is good enough for me.

About the archives

Alright, I think I’ve got this all set up. It’s a little tricky without access to plugins, but I think I can manage. And you never know, there might be one or two around here somewhere. It seems I’m also stuck with this default theme and… a few years’ worth of other default themes. I’ll try to set up one that I like.

As the only person in the world using WordPress, I give it a rating of Pretty Cool.

So, yes, the archives. A year or so ago, I figured out BLADE’s private subdomain (creatively, it was https://private.blade.gov). Obviously it needed a login, but by fiddling around to see all the pages on the server, I found an open one marked “archives”. That’s right, they’re publicly accessible. Top-notch security there. I hope the same team didn’t build NLA’s walls. I’d better be careful about sharing this blog, though, in case they fix it. Or maybe they secretly don’t want it fixed and I’m The Chosen One or something.

Sorry, I got a little sidetracked (security’s no joke, though!). These archives are, from what I can tell, what’s left of the more obscure Internet of Earth. Somebody wrote a script or something to grab a load of vaguely important files from a ridiculous amount of sites and dumped it all on a hard drive or fifty. This almost certainly isn’t the only archive – there is public access to useful stuff like Wikipedia, and I’ve never seen any of that in here.

That’s the main problem with the archives, though. When I say this data was dumped into storage, I mean just that. There is no organisation whatsoever and it is an utter nightmare. Add to that the fact that I only have two 1TB hard drives and the archives are… a little more than that… then, well, it’s going to take a very long time to sort through all of this. But I’m doing my best. I’ve written a program that will download it a chunk at a time for me to sort through – note file names in categories with descriptions, keep useful stuff (like this) on my server, and move on to the next chunk.

Since it’s alphabetical and I’ve reached “WordPress”, you might think I’m nearly done. Yeah, no. The chunks are basically random; I have no idea in what order they’re being grabbed. I’m not that good at programming.

Look what I found!

So, as usual, I was trawling through the archives I hacked from BLADE (okay, not really hacked, but that sounds cooler than “downloading from a URL that probably shouldn’t be public”), and guess what I found? This! Well, not the content (I wrote that). But a copy of WordPress version whatever! An old school blogging platform! (I say “old”, I think it was still in use when we, er, left, but… Still pretty cool, right?)

I know we have more “modern” platforms now, but I wouldn’t be happy with a blog unless I could use a retro backend.

So, hello world, I guess. And I have to say, WordPress’ entire userbase is awesome (sorry). And no, I still can’t afford a proper domain. I’m not even sure where you’d get one.