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Six Achievements Added to Crimson Dragon

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PlayXBLA reports that six new achievements have been added to Crimson Dragon, worth a total of 350 G. The achievements are as follows:

Seeker Legend
Achieve player level 50
Breaking the Bank
Collect over 2,000,000 in credits in your account
Crimsonscale Erradicator
Kill 10000 enemy creatures
Open Season
Defeat bosses 10 times with an “S” rank.
The Finer Things
Loot 50 rare Items
Enhanced Abilities
Use 100 ampoules
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Introducing Fan Art Friday

Published by Solo Wing .

Due to the lack of new Panzer Dragoon content, I’ve decided to start re-posting existing fan art on our Facebook and Twitter pages. There’s so much great Panzer Dragoon fan art on this site, it is shame to keep it hidden away until someone decides to browse the gallery. I’ll tag this content with #fanartfriday so that you can tell it apart from new fan art. You may see some other types of content as well if I feel there’s other older content that should be shared (#musicalmonday anyone?).

These posts won’t appear the The Will of the Ancients website, but if you’re not on Facebook or Twitter you can always browse the Pictures section whenever you want. You can also subscribe to our Atom feed if you use a news reader and just want to receive these news entries and nothing else.

I’ve also decided to stop posting updates to Google+. While the Saturn owner in me has a soft spot for minority platforms, Google hasn’t made it easy to automate posting to their social network. With only seventeen followers it just isn’t worth keeping Google+ updated as it slows the process of adding new content. So please consider the Google+ page discontinued and follow us on Twitter or Facebook instead.

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Phantom Dust for Xbox One Revealed at E3

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The E3 game Yukio Futatsugi is involved with turned out to be a Phantom Dust title. View the announcement and trailer on GameSpot.

It’s not clear if this is a new Phantom Dust game, or a remake/remaster of the original for Xbox One. Either would be welcome, especially considering that there was never a PAL version of Phantom Dust, so many of us didn’t have the opportunity to play it. What’s exciting for Panzer Dragoon fans is that there’s still an interest among game publishers in bringing back Futatsugi’s older works. It leaves hope that we could one day see a continuation of the Panzer Dragoon franchise.

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Yukio Futatsugi "Involved With" E3 Game

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Yukio Futatsugi, creator of Panzer Dragoon and Crimson Dragon, revealed on Twitter that a game will be announced at E3 that he is involved with. Gematsu provides the following translation:

“Lots of people in my timeline are getting ready to head to Los Angeles for E3,” Futatsugi said. “I can’t go this year for various reasons including an upcoming launch of a smartphone title, as well as one I’ve been running that has been getting great reviews.”

He added, “But a title I’m involved with will be announced. Looking forward to it.”

I doubt this will be a new Panzer Dragoon or Crimson Dragoon game. The Gemastu article suggests a Phantom Dust title as a possibility.

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Browse The Will of the Ancients Faster With Turbolinks

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I’ve updated The Will of the Ancients to use Turbolinks, a library that makes browsing web pages faster. Now when you click a link to another page within The Will of the Ancients, only the page title and body will be refreshed (rather than the whole page) making your browsing experience feel snappier.

Older browsers are no longer supported. If you’re having trouble browsing the site you should upgrade to Safari 6+, Internet Explorer 10+, the latest version of Chrome or Firefox, or an equivalent browser. Be sure to have JavaScript enabled too.

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Panzer Dragoon Art Created With Perler Beads

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And now something a bit different. Synbios16 has created two pieces of art using Perler beads:

Blue Dragon (Perler Beads)Base Wing (Perler Beads)

Synbios16 tells me, “If you’re not familiar with Perler beads, basically they’re little plastic beads, 5 millimeters wide, that you place one at a time on a board, then melt together using a regular clothing iron.”

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Pattergo in the Mountains Sketch

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Artist Formally Known as Lundi, aka Tyrone, has submitted a sketch of two pattergo from Panzer Dragoon Saga:

Pattergo in the Mountains

You can read more about pattergo in the related encyclopaedia entry.

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Mobile Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Now Free

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the Sega racing game which features a Panzer Dragoon themed track (Dragon Canyon), is now free for Android and iOS devices. Previously the game cost US$4.99.

Here’s a YouTube video of Dragon Canyon being played on the iPhone 5S.

You can download Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed from the App Store or Google Play. Note that while the game is now “free to play”, some content must still be paid for via in-app purchases. It also looks like you’ll need a relatively new device to play the game; the iOS version requires iOS7 and for Android you’ll need version 4.0 or above.

My thanks goes to SEGAbits for the heads up about this price change.

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Saori Kobayashi Performs Crimson Dragon Music Live

Published by Solo Wing .

As mentioned in the last update, Saori Kobayashi also performed music from the Crimson Dragon series at BitSummit MMXIV. This time, she plays the main theme from Crimson Dragon (with vocals), as well as “Far Away Wings” from Crimson Dragon: Side Story.

Far Away Wings (also known as Memoir) is the music which plays during the menu screens of Crimson Dragon: Side Story, however for this live performance it has been expanded with Japanese vocals. Awesome. As with the Anu Orta Veniya performance, the vocals for both tracks are sung by Yumiko Takahashi.

These live performances appear to be part of a premotion of a new album called In Flux, featuring a track by Kobayashi called “Shattered Moon”. You can listen to and purchase the album on their Bandcamp store.

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Saori Kobayashi Performs Anu Orta Veniya Live

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Saori Kobayashi has performed Anu Orta Veniya from Panzer Dragoon Orta to a live auidence at BitSummit MMXIV in Kyoto. The vocals are sung by Yumiko Takahashi.

If you listen carefully, you’ll hear Kobayashi play part of “A Premonition of War”, the main theme of Panzer Dragoon Saga, at the beginning of the song.

Kobayashi also did a live performance featuring Crimson Dragon music which I will post soon.

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Panzer Dragoon Anime United States Version Photos

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I’ve uploaded five photos of the Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation United States version and also created a minimalistic encyclopaedia entry for this version:

Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation United States Version Front of BoxPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation United States Version Back of BoxPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation United States Version Side of BoxPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation United States Version Top of BoxPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation United States Version Top of Tape

Thanks to Carl Tough James for contributing these.

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Panzer Dragoon Zwei Scoring Guide

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I’ve added a new scoring guide for Panzer Dragoon Zwei to the site. This extensive guide outlines all sorts of tips and tricks for obtaining that Winged Death rating. My thanks goes to Franz the Stampede for contributing the guide.

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Remastered Version of Atolm Dragon

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Pedro Carroggio has contributed a remastered version of Panzer Dragoon Saga’s definitive track “Atolm Dragon”. Listen to the original and then this enhanced version; the difference is clearly noticeable.

I’ve also updated the Music section to support lossless FLAC files, along with the existing MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files. While Pedro’s track is currently the only piece of music available in FLAC format, in the future we may update existing music tracks with a FLAC version (where one is available). If you’ve previously contributed music to The Will of the Ancients it would be great if you could send us a lossless version.

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Picture of Atolm at Sunset

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Michael Gadsby has submitted a new piece of fan art:

Atolm at Sunset

That’s all for this update. Thanks also to everyone else who has sent contributions to The Will of the Ancients my way. My spare time is limited, so it’s likely that these contributions will be slowly drip-fed onto the site. You’ll have more Panzer Dragoon content to look forward to at least.

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Crimson Dragon Discounted on Xbox Live

Published by Draikin .

Major Nelson reports that, among other games, Crimson Dragon is getting a 20-25% discount (depending on the territory) starting from now through February 3rd 2014. The game recently received a free update enabling multiplayer. Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet to release the Xbox One in several countries including my own, so a lot of people out there have still not been able to play the game.

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Crimson Dragon Multiplayer and New Difficulty Level

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A new (free) content update has been released for Crimson Dragon. From PlayXBLA:

Riders of Icarus Division, prepare yourselves for an all-new challenge. No, these aren’t in-game challenges, but rather a new way for you to enjoy Crimson Dragon. Today, January 27th, in the wee hours of the morning, there was a Content Update to Crimson Dragon (4GB) which pushed out the anticipated Multiplayer mode. Now you’re able to soar the skies with a friend over Xbox Live!

This Content Update is free to you, and the next time you turn on Crimson Dragon, you’ll be prompted to start the update. In addition to bringing in Multiplayer, the designers behind the game have introduced a new difficulty level, Insane, to test your skills. Hop in and experience Crimson Dragon like you never have before, with your Xbox Live friends.

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Panzer Dragoon Anime Japanese Laser Disc Photos

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More photos from PXL, this time of the Japanese Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation laser disc:

Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Full PackagingPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Front of SleevePanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Back of SleevePanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Spine CardPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc PosterPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Registration CardPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Back of DiscPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Front of DiscPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Laser Disc Front of Disc Close Up

As with the rental version, I’ve created a minimalist encyclopaedia entry for the laser disc version.

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Japanese Rental Version of the Panzer Dragoon Anime

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I have a backlog of photos from PXL which I’ll be uploading over the next few weeks. First up, photos of the Japanese rental version of the Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation:

Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Rental Version CoverPanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Rental Version Front of TapePanzer Dragoon Original Video Animation Japanese Rental Version Side of Tape

Little is known about this release, so I’ve just added a minimal encyclopaedia entry for it.

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A Renewed Focus on Panzer and the Future of the Forums

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Happy New Year, everyone. There’s no new Panzer Dragoon/Crimson Dragon content in this post (although if you’re looking for new dragon-related material to read, check out this amusing article I shared earlier on the social networks). Rather, this post is a discussion of a couple of aspects of the site going forward.

Most of the updates to The Will of the Ancients last year were focused on Crimson Dragon. We’ll keep posting updates about the Crimson Dragon franchise as they come in (here’s hoping that a higher budget RPG sequel is revealed within the next few years). When it comes to new content for the coming year, I plan to focus more on the Panzer Dragoon series as that is where my interest primarily lies. While coverage of the Panzer Dragoon series is already relatively high compared to Crimson Dragon, there are plenty of new articles which could be written about Panzer Dragoon. I’ll say no more about these plans for now as I find it better to get on with writing rather than writing about writing (a classic procrastination technique). However, if the community wishes to contribute new Crimson Dragon content, for example fan art, theories, or encyclopaedia entries, these contributions would still be most welcome.

This brings me to my second point: the future of the forums. It is no secret that the forums on this website are powered by very old phpBB2 software, software that I’d like to replace. The question is: replace with what? It’s also no secret that the forums have been decreasing in activity. Even with the advent of Crimson Dragon, the amount of discussion has not significantly risen. I’m not convinced that the replacing the forum software with something more modern will increase activity. The rise of social networks, particularly Facebook, has diverted much of the Internet’s discussion away from forums. However, I still believe there is value in keeping some kind of separate discussion area around on The Will of the Ancients, even if activity is low. As Craymen might say, no social network should wield such power.

There are at least a couple of options for a modern replacement of the current phpBB2 forums. One option is Discourse, a progressive discussion platform from the creator of the popular Q&A website, Stack Overflow. It is excepted that Discourse will reach version 1.0 in the next few months, which might be an ideal time to make the switch. Alternatively, the current Dragoon profile system, which currently just shows information about contributions to this website, could be expanded to allow people to log in to custom forums that could be tightly integrated with other parts of The Will of the Ancients. Because it will be members of the Panzer Dragoon community who will use whatever forum system is chosen, I’d like to gather feedback from the community about the kind of discussion forums you would like to use. To do this, I have started an open discussion called The Future of the Forums.

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Wingman Cost Reduced in Crimson Dragon

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PlayXBLA have announced that the cost of hiring Wingman dragons in Crimson Dragon has been reduced. From the article:

We’re constantly looking at player trends and feedback, seeking ways to optimally tune Crimson Dragon for you, the players. Based on our most recent evaluations, we’ve decided to lower the cost of hiring a Wingman. The cost of a Wingman has been reduced by as much as 67%. What this means for you is that the best Wingmen are available at a cheaper cost, and using them is a much more rewarding feature based on their cost. Pro tip: make sure to not only bring a powerful Wingman in to the battle with you, but one who also benefits you most based on the enemies’ elemental attribute.

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Solo Wing's Crimson Dragon Review

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Here it is, my full review of Crimson Dragon. I hope you find it informative, especially if you’re still trying to decide whether or not to buy the game.

I deliberately didn’t give the game a score, either out of ten or a percentage. This is because I believe reviews are much more useful if you read and reflect on the details, using them to decide which criticisms apply to your personal taste in the gaming. A number cannot provide this kind of information.

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GamerFuzion's Video Playthrough of Crimson Dragon

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GamerFuzion has posted a twenty-six part video playthrough of Crimson Dragon on YouTube. Here’s the first part; the related parts should be easy enough to find, although you may need explicitly type “Crimson Dragon Walkthrough Part X” into YouTube’s search field to get the next video.

If you can’t afford an expensive Xbox One right now, this video playthrough is the next best thing.

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Crimson Dragon's Soundtrack Also on Spotify and Others

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You can listen to the complete soundtrack to Crimson Dragon on Spotify for free. Thanks to Kayne Nemesis for the heads up.

You can also stream the soundtrack on Xbox Music. You can use your Xbox Live account to sign into Xbox Music, saving you the hassle of signing up for a Spotify account if you don’t already have one.

MP3s of the soundtrack are also available for purchase on Amazon.

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Panzer Dragoon Revival Reaches 1000 Signatures!

Published by Draikin .

Hey everyone,

It took us a while, but our Panzer Dragoon Revival petition has reached 1000 signatures! Certainly a worthy effort for a series that hasn’t seen a new release in the past ten years. I’ll be looking into the best way of sending the signatures to Sega and Grounding Inc. It’ll probably be in the form of a physical book, as I think that’s the best way to present it. However, perhaps there are other things we could add or do to make it more meaningful. For that matter your ideas are always welcome! I see this as much as a “thank you” note to the developers as it is a request to see HD remakes. Your heartfelt comments in the petition have shown just how memorable the games have been for a lot of gamers out there.

In light of this, the reception of Crimson Dragon is certainly unfortunate. Yet that doesn’t take away from the quality of the Panzer Dragoon games, and perhaps makes an HD remake all the more meaningful. Do sign the petition if you haven’t done so yet! Just because we’re at 1000 signatures shouldn’t mean we need to stop adding new ones, quite on the contrary even. I only ask you do not submit duplicate signatures. I understand people want to help but duplicate signatures don’t add anything of value. With that said, thanks for the support and stay tuned for more details on how we’re going to send the signatures out!

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GameInformer's Review of Crimson Dragon

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Better late than never, here’s a link to GameInformer’s review of Crimson Dragon, posted on the 18th of November. Ben Reeves from GameInformer gave the game 6.0 out of 10. From the review:

I loved the original Panzer Dragoon games, so just to make sure I wasn’t misremembering the quality of the series I went back and sampled the library. I had more fun playing the first levels of Sega’s old shooters than I did with my entire time with Crimson Dragon. Hardcore fans of classic on-rails shooters like Star Fox or Space Harrier might be able to play through this while wearing rose-tinted glasses, but it doesn’t hold a candle to its precursors that came out decades ago.

Although I have not finished the game myself yet (no thanks to Microsoft making it exceedingly difficult to play the game offline), this statement really does ring true for a fan of the Saturn Panzer Dragoon games. Whatever qualities Crimson Dragon has, it unfortunately does not contain a core gameplay experience comparable to the quality of Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei.