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Farewell to the Panzer Dragoon Subsites

Published by Solo Wing .

Over the last few months we’ve been working to consolidate the subsites hosted here on The Will of the Ancients into a single website. Today that process is complete. All of the content that we’ve deemed worth keeping from Lagi: The Art of Panzer Dragoon, The Panzer Place, and Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives can now be found on The Will of the Ancients itself.

It’s now time to say farewell to these websites as they’re taken offline. Online since the Geocites days, all three have been of great service to the Panzer Dragoon community.

I’ve captured screenshots of each site along with the “Panzer Dragoon Academy Awards” website from back in 2004. Each screenshot page also contains a link to an archive of the site on the Internet Archive.

Lagi: The Art of Panzer DragoonThe Panzer PlaceSky Rider: The Imperial ArchivesThe Panzer Dragoon Academy Awards

While in the process of capturing these screenshots, I’ve also added some screenshots of the old forums (replaced last year):

The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Forum Index)The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Topic Index)The Will of the Ancients Forums Version 1 (Topic)

The Will of the Ancients also used to host a subsite called The Panzer Dragoon Saga Oasis; this site has not been taken offline and was previously moved to GitHub Pages.

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Site Map and Category Groups

Published by Solo Wing .

The content on this site has grown like an infestation of monsters, one which must be constantly kept in balance to prevent chaos from overwhelming the humans who visit here.

One issue that stood out was the long lists of categories that were placed in no meaningful order. For example, screenshot and fan art and photo categories were all lumped together under “Pictures”. To resolve this, the categories section has been replaced by a new Site Map which is accessible from the horizontal navigation bar at the top of this site. The Site Map now places encyclopaedia entries, music tracks, pictures, resources and videos into what (I hope) are meaningful category groups. For example, all of the screenshot categories are now grouped under a “Screenshots” category group, all of the Panzer Dragoon Orta Encyclopedia categories are now grouped together, and so on.

Furthermore, each of the encyclopaedia, music, pictures, resources and videos index pages now list the categories in these groups. Going forward it will be easy for us to add more categories and groups in order to make The Will of the Ancients more enjoyable to navigate.

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Panzer Dragoon Orta Pre-Release Screenshots

Published by Draikin .

As we’re closing down Lagi’s The Art of Panzer Dragoon subsite, we’ve moved the pre-release screenshots for Panzer Dragoon Orta to the main website. You can find them by following this link (screenshots 68-129 were moved):

Worth noting is that a lot of these screenshots are actually in a much higher resolution (1080p) than the actual resolution the game ran at on the original Xbox. Because of this, they actually give us a good view of how a potential Panzer Dragoon Orta HD would look on current-gen systems.

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More Fan Art of the Blue Dragon

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve added a fan sketch of the blue dragon about to fire homing lasers, to our archive:

Blue Dragon About to Fire Homing Lasers

My thanks go to Josh Murray for this contribution.

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A Complete Set of Data on Defeated Enemies Screenshots

Published by Solo Wing .

JacKc has captured screenshots of every enemy (and dragon type) from Panzer Dragoon Saga. I’ve added these screenshots in five new categories:

All screenshots were captured with SSF 0.12 Beta R3.

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GameFan's Preview of Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

Jeremy Prusak has submitted a scan of GameFan’s two page preview of Panzer Dragoon Saga, from Volume 5, Issue 12:

GameFan Volume 5 Issue 12 Pages 128-129

Despite being an interesting look back at Panzer Dragoon Saga before it was released, this preview isn’t entirely accurate. 100 hours of gameplay? I don’t think so!

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Panzer Dragoon Saga Vehicle Screenshots

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve uploaded some screenshots of Imperial and Black Fleet ships from Panzer Dragoon Saga to a new category. Check them out.

These screenshots were moved from Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives, an abandoned site that focused solely on The Empire.

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New Solo Album From Saori Kobayashi in the Works

Published by Solo Wing .

Mohammed Taher of Brave Wave Productions has confirmed that Saori Kobayashi is working on a new solo album. Earlier he tweeted the following:

Had a pleasant lunch with Saori Kobayashi (Panzer Dragoon) & listened to three songs from her upcoming solo album. ✨

Last year Brave Wave published Saori Kobayashi’s most recent album, Journey, which definitely had a Panzer Dragoon feel. I greatly look forward to her next album.

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Reviews and Guides From The Panzer Place

Published by Geoffrey Duke .

The Panzer Place is a website created by Stephan Dolby which contains a lot of great content that’s worth keeping. We’ve added more content from The Panzer Place, including:

Stephan Dolby’s tactics guide is great if you want to learn how to earn Excellent ratings in each battle in Panzer Dragoon Saga. The complete guide for Panzer Dragoon Saga will require you to have Microsoft Word installed on your computer to read. I recommend reading these reviews if you actually enjoy reading because they were written with passion. Reading hasn’t become a thing of the past yet I hope.

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The Art of Panzer Dragoon Orta

Published by Solo Wing .

All of the Panzer Dragoon Orta art has now been copied from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients. As with the Panzer Dragoon Saga art, we’ve retained the same category structure:

The concludes the process of moving all of the art from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients’ archive. There still remains the screenshots to sort, which we are doing together with the other subsites (The Panzer Place and Sky Rider: The Imperial Archives) to ensure that there are no duplicates.

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More Panzer Dragoon Saga Extra Tracks

Published by Solo Wing .

A number of tracks not found on the Azel: Panzer Dragoon Saga Complete Album have been uploaded to the site. Besides the three tracks added in a previous update, there are now a total of eight extra tracks, ripped directly from the game. Lossless FLAC versions of all eight tracks are also available to download.

Panzer Dragoon Saga Extra Tracks

We’ve also updated some of the tracklists in the soundtracks section of the encyclopaedia with improved translations.

My thanks go to JacKc for these contributions.

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New Panzer Dragoon Articles on SEGAbits

Published by Solo Wing .

There’s been a couple of new articles as part of SEGAbits’ Team Andromeda month. Gunstar discusses the often forgotten Panzer Dragoon spin-offs, and why they are forgotten, while just today Nuckles87 has posted an article about the future of Panzer Dragoon.

Check out these short articles if you’re interested.

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The Art of Panzer Dragoon Saga

Published by Solo Wing .

Panzer Dragoon Saga’s art from Lagi’s website has now been moved to this site. On The Art of Panzer Dragoon, the images were divided into five categories and I’ve retained this organisational structure:

Many of the images previously had generic filenames such as “townie1”. To the best I’ve my ability (and memory), I’ve renamed all of the images to the names of characters, creatures, locations, and vehicles found in Panzer Dragoon Saga as well as linking the images to entries in the encyclopaedia.

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Music From The Panzer Place

Published by Solo Wing .

In addition to moving The Art of Panzer Dragoon’s content to The Will of the Ancients, we also plan to move any worthwhile content from The Panzer Place as well. To start with, I’ve copied three music tracks that are missing from Panzer Dragoon Saga’s soundtrack. The first two are from Rhoda’s music box:

The third track is a version of The Seekers’ Stronghold which differs from the version found on the soundtrack. From memory, this version is the version that plays in the actual game:

Except more content from The Panzer Place in the future.

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More Content From The Art of Panzer Dragoon

Published by Solo Wing .

Another update to inform you that I’ve copied six images of Panzer Dragoon (Tiger Electronics) from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients. For this update I’ve also copied across the concept art for the Panzer Dragoon Original Video Animation. All art and screenshots have been linked to the appropriate encyclopaedia entries.

Geoffrey Duke has also brought across Lagi’s art references article, making some minor changes to the text.

This just leaves the Panzer Dragoon Saga and Panzer Dragoon Orta art to be brought across.

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Panzer Dragoon Mini Screenshots

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve copied across the small number of Panzer Dragoon Mini screenshots from The Art of Panzer Dragoon as part of our ongoing effort to move that image gallery to The Will of the Ancients. You can find the images in the new Panzer Dragoon Mini Screenshots category.

For more information about Panzer Dragoon Mini, refer to the encyclopaedia.

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Scans of Xbox Nation's “Chasing the Dragon” Article

Published by Solo Wing .

Barry the Nomad has posted scans of Xbox Nation’s “Chasing the Dragon” article over at SEGAbits. Barry explains the content of the article:

XBN’s preview, which we’re featuring in full below, was an impressive eight pages long, featuring a bevy of screenshots, a preview, a developer interview with Smilebit and former Team Andromeda staff, and a series retrospective featuring a short chronology of the series. So transport yourself back to the summer of 2002 and enjoy this classic SEGA article by XBN freelance writer Jason Brookes!

I’ve added the scans to our achieve:

Xbox Nation Issue #3 (1 of 5)Xbox Nation Issue #3 (2 of 5)Xbox Nation Issue #3 (3 of 5)Xbox Nation Issue #3 (4 of 5)Xbox Nation Issue #3 (5 of 5)
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Twenty Years of Panzer Dragoon

Published by Solo Wing .

On the 10th of March, 1995, the original Panzer Dragoon game was released in Japan. The Panzer Dragoon series turns 20 today.

Panzer Dragoon NTSC-J Version Case Front Insert

Twenty years on, Panzer Dragoon may no longer be a prominent series, but it has not been forgotten.

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Panzer Dragoon’s OST is a Beautiful Masterpiece

Published by Solo Wing .

The next article in SEGAbits’ Team Andromeda month covers the soundtrack of the original Panzer Dragoon. Go check out this written article (complete with music clips) over on SEGAbits:

SEGA Tunes: Panzer Dragoon’s OST is a beautiful masterpiece

Although the soundtracks differed stylistically later in the trilogy, Panzer Dragoon’s sweeping, orchestral score will always be remembered by Panzer Dragoon fans.

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Team Andromeda Month at SEGAbits

Published by Solo Wing .

Over at our partner site, SEGAbits, Team Andromeda month has arrived. To celebrate, Nuckles87 has written a new article summarising the Panzer Dragoon series. Check it out:

Year of the Developers: We take flight with SEGA’s Team Andromeda

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Orta's Dragon to Appear in Worlds Unite

Published by Solo Wing .

We have some actual Panzer Dragoon news, people! The Dragon from our beloved Panzer Dragoon series will be appearing in the upcoming Sega/Capcom crossover comic series Worlds Unite.

Worlds Unite Promo Picture 01

More details can be found at SegaNerds:

The full list of characters from the SEGA and Capcom crossover comic book series World’s Unite have been revealed.

Vyse, from (Skies of Arcadia) and Orta’s Dragon (Panzer Dragoon) are the new characters from SEGA’s side, while Ryu (Street Fighter) and Chaotic Gore Magala (Monster Hunter) are the last Capcom characters joining the frey.

It’s nice to see that the Panzer Dragoon series has not been forgotten. You can read more about Worlds Unite in this Polygon article.

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The Art of Panzer Dragoon Zwei

Published by Solo Wing .

I’ve moved all of the Panzer Dragoon Zwei art from The Art of Panzer Dragoon to The Will of the Ancients and linked the images to our encyclopaedia. Some image names have been updated to better reflect the English translation (this image for example, is no longer called “Ragi”), but most have been named similar to what was printed in the guidebook. Since Panzer Dragoon Zwei never named the enemy creatures in-game, the Japanese guidebook remains the best source for creature and ship names.

Next will be the large task of moving The Art of Panzer Dragoon’s extensive Panzer Dragoon Saga image collection to The Will of the Ancients.

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Moving the Art of Panzer Dragoon

Published by Solo Wing .

A while back, we added Lagi: The Art of Panzer Dragoon as a subsite on The Will of the Ancients. Since Lagi no longer wished to continue running this archive of Panzer Dragoon artwork, it was natural to move the art here.

Since Lagi’s site was originally designed as a separate site, it is not practical to integrate it with the encyclopaedia here. For this reason, and to simplify the setup here, I’ve decided to move the art to The Will of the Ancients itself. This will be a gradual process. For now, you can find just the Official Art - Panzer Dragoon category in the Pictures section. This art has been linked to the “related pictures” section of relevant encyclopaedia entries, for example in the Panzer Dragoon entry.

You can expect more images to be moved across and integrated into the encyclopaedia over the next few weeks. In the long term, I aim to merge the content from other discontinued subsites such as The Panzer Place into The Will of the Ancients as well.

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Join Us in Some Panzer Dragoon Discourse

Published by Solo Wing .

I’m pleased to announce that our new Discourse forum is live.

Your old phpBB forum accounts have been brought over, however you must set a new password before you can log in. See this troubleshooting topic for more information.

I suspect the biggest concern will be that the new forums don’t look very Panzerish. The long term goal is to create a darker theme to match the colours of the main site. The priority was first preserving the vast amount of Panzer Dragoon discussions, which I have done; all topics (going back to the first post in 2003) have been moved over the new forums.

Discourse is a progressive discussion platform designed to last for the next ten years of evolution on the web. Although there isn’t as much activity here as there once was, I aim to give the Panzer Dragoon community a home for at least the next ten years. Who knows what the web will look like then?

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The Humble SEGA Bundle Includes Dragon Canyon

Published by Solo Wing .

The latest Humble Bundle has arrived: the Humble SEGA Bundle. The bundle includes Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed which as you may know contains a Panzer Dragoon themed track, Dragon Canyon. You can purchase the bundle for a minimum of one dollar. This is a bargain, especially considering the inclusion of the sublime Saturn classic, NiGHTS into Dreams.

The names of the Top Contributors are amusing, with requests for PC releases of Jet Set Radio Future and Skies of Arcadia making it into the top ten. And of course, Shenmue III.