Update: Someone got me a new computer

And I’m back online now. Well, with an actual computer to work with, I mean.

What happened was that someone offered to use his credit card to get me a new computer as soon as possible. At the same time, it means I agreed to make the monthly payments to pay for it. So this means I’m now back on a computer and able to work even better than before. But it also means I really would appreciate and need any kind of tips or donation to be able to pay off the computer as soon as possible. The overall final goal is the same one stated on my Ko-fi page. At least, I need around 125 USD per month. If it’s more, I would also be very helpful as I also need help with other kind of things like bills or food.

To sum it up, N Masters, Makendo Central, and game development stuff are coming back and even better than before. More info available on N Master’s Guilded server.

Quick update: Computer is dead

Posting this from my phone. Just a quick update related to what’s been going on. Unfortunately, my laptop does not work anymore. Fan and monitor have stopped working now, fan being the problem that didn’t even let me use it for more than 5 minutes. Much less record or stream something.

What this means is that there’ll be no updates to N Masters, Makendo Central, and game development updates for now. At most I may stream from Xbox.

I made a Ko-fi page

Like the title says, I decided to make a Ko-fi page so anyone can support my projects. I felt it was the better option than depending on something like Streamlabs donation page like before or Streamelements which never got any donation. Those two were really stream related and connected to my Twitch channel only. And that’s not the only thing I do.

So on my Ko-fi page, you’ll see it linked under my name because it covers all the stuff I work on. Things like N Masters, Makendo Central, and game development stuff. Maybe even about things I write only for my personal blog, such as software reviews or guides. I already added a button on this site on the right sidebar and it’s linked on my Twitch and YouTube account. It’ll soon be added on the other sites as well.

If you would like to follow it and support me, you can check it out at the following link:

https://ko-fi.com/linknm

A reminder and an update

First of all, just a quick reminder that most if not all of my gaming related articles will now be published over at N Masters. Here’s the link to the latest one where I go in depth over the differences between GBA Sky Garden in the original game and the new versions in Mario Kart Tour and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass DLC.

And second, I think I’m pretty sure now of what I talked about earlier. I’ll be moving Makendo Central to a WordPress instance when I get back working on it. Also, I disabled its gallery since the gallery software was all broken after all the updates we had on our server. It will all be back once the new Makendo Central is up. I don’t think I can even update the current homepage to remove the link but I’ll see what I can do.

Maybe WordPress for Makendo Central after all?

After the successful relaunch of N Masters website and how easy it has been to manage it, I’m considering to simply change Makendo Central to a WordPress instance too. There’s also the benefit that it’s able to update automatically by itself and I’m already getting used to managing WordPress sites. Also, saves time by not having to code everything from scratch.

Anyway, just a thought I had and am considering.

Final update log before N Masters relaunch

As the title states, this will be the final update before relaunching N Masters website, which should be in the next 24 hours, if everything goes well. Here’s what has happened since the last update log, though.

First of all, the YouTube channel keeps getting updated but now that it’s technically marked as active again, I’ve slowed down on the uploads. I’ve started to focus more on finishing the website and design for social network services related accounts. You may have seen an updated banner for N Masters YouTube, Twitter, and Guilded accounts or server. The avatar for them has also been updated. And while it’s not the final design for them, it’s a design that matches more the new design for N Masters.

Additionally, the N Masters alliance in PSO2 also has flag now and can be searched for. A description for it has also been added. It’s in Ship 1, by the way.

So what’s missing for the N Masters website to be launched? Very small touches on the front page design and the new website icon. That’s pretty much it. That’s why I hope it will release in the next 24 hours if everything goes well.

I would also like to mention that once the website is launched, some of the content that was usually posted here will now be posted at N Masters. Things like “A Look At”, commentary about “First Play” videos, game guides, and other gaming related content will now just be shared over there. Computer stuff, drawings, or update logs about Makendo Central website and NovaFan Games will still be shared here, though.

N Masters update log (February 26, 2022)

Time for another update about stuff that’s been going on. The YouTube channel continues to get updates. There’s a lot material to be uploaded there, specially with the upcoming DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. I know it’s been a lot of Mario Kart Tour stuff lately but I assure you there’s going to be a lot of other things too. It’s just that Mario Kart Tour stuff has been the easiest to cover lately.

Related to that, I also made the first video that involves a lot more complicated editing, a comparison between the original GBA Sky Garden and the new GBA Sky Garden that was just released in Tour. I made this also because this is almost certainly the version that will be in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe DLC. You can check the video below:

But let’s get to the most important part of this update log. Let’s talk about the main thing that has been getting a lot of work behind the scenes: the N Masters website itself.

During the last few days, I’ve been working on updating all the old reviews and preparing them for the new system. Formatting, making sure images are working, a bit of spelling check on a few, etc. After a few days, that work has been completed now and all reviews are now ready. With that done, I then proceeded to work on the new design of the site. I’ve established what colors will be used and currently finishing up the site layout. There will also be a new logo for N Masters and all the banners around our social network accounts will finally be updated. Rie’s clothing will remain the same, by the way.

And that’s it for now. The initial launch version won’t have all the features but the main content and links will all be there. I hope to get the site done during the next few days and make it available for everyone.

Updates to N Masters (YouTube back in action)

As pointed out in the previous update log, the Card Generators are now gone. I’ve also now decided what I want to do with the forums. The old ones are going to remain in read-only mode for around a year and a new forum will be installed and enabled sometime soon. So if you need to back up or archive anything from the old forum, feel free to do so already. The URL will remain the same until the new forum takes its place. After that, a link to the old forum will be available from the new one.

Related to the Card Generators and like I said in the last update log, there’s currently a very small chance they may come back but not in the same way at all. Whenever that moment arrives I will share the details first here. For now, I will just say that if they return, it would be a in a more static way and no more leveling up.

Besides that, you may have noticed a lot of updates already going on in other areas. N Masters YouTube channels is now active again and quite a bit. Similarly, the Twitter account is sharing the related updates too and is back to being active. That’s just the beginning to get things moving once again. The main website is also getting some work on so hopefully the new design and website will go live soon in the next days.

That’s pretty much it for now. For now, you can also join the N Masters server at Guilded which is already set up and ready. (It’s like Discord but for the modern era/more features)