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.

Update to status of projects (Feb 1, 2022)

Like I said in the previous post, here’s a new update about what’s going on with all three of projects I’m publicly handling: N Masters, Makendo Central, and NovaFan Games (or its games, to be more exact).

Similar to last time, here’s he short version first: All three things are still active and a work in progress. N Masters is the one that’s seen the most activity recently on the social aspects like Twitch channel and Guilded server. Makendo Central hasn’t seen much activity except for a quick name change and things behind the scenes. NovaFan Games or game development hasn’t really changed since last time.

Alright, let’s get into detail about the plans for each thing then.

About N Masters

The main idea for N Masters hasn’t changed much for the most part. The new website will now focus more on game reviews and other community aspects. Chat and galleries are now available at our Guilded server, which you can preview here before joining. Not all channels are available to preview but you can at least see something of how it works before joining (unlike certain other service). As to why I am now using Guilded? That is something I will explain later in a quick review blog post about the application. All I can say for now is that it offers much more than the other one.

Anyway, that’s for the main website. As for content, it’s possible it may expand to content outside of Nintendo stuff. The focus will still be mainly Nintendo stuff but there may also be content that is just from general gaming. It won’t be much, though, just really specific things. One easy example is just the alliance in PSO2. Maybe some reviews from games that are not really in Nintendo consoles, specially if they are planned to be released later on a Nintendo console. Or reviews of games that are on Nintendo consoles but were played on a different console, of course specifying it was played on a different console than a Nintendo one.

I don’t know exactly what to do with the forums. I’m considering just restarting them using a different software. The current one is an SMF installation but they barely update it anymore. It feels very stuck in the past. It really sucks for mobile users unless you find a theme for it, for example. So it’s probable that I may just leave it archived and in read-only mode and install a whole new forum and better organized.

And related to that, there’s the current card generator feature. I’ll be honest, I have not checked it lately at all. I don’t know if it still works or not. I know one of them requires a log in from the forum and the plan was to upgrade all of them to that better log in system. But as I explained before, I think I’ll just get rid of the old forums overall. You can’t even register to them since a while ago. I’m not even sure if keeping the old forums online is a good idea since I would still need to give it maintenance from time to time. So with that said, I am also announcing in this post that I will be completely disabling the Card Generators. At the same time, I will be deleting all the current saved cards. This will all happen in one week, February 8th. So please remember to back up your card or card profile if you want to keep it or keep showing it off. There may be something in the future that replaces and it’s more global but I am not sure of it yet or when it will even happen.

Besides this, the only other thing I can add related to N Masters is to expect more updates on other services such as YouTube and Twitch. To keep up with everything, please join the Guilded server which I already linked above.

About Makendo Central

The first change with Makendo Central, as you may have already noticed, it’s the name of the website. The reason why I’m doing this name change is because this is actually the closest way the Makeruna! Makendo franchise has ever been localized. You can see this on the English version of the studio that did the OVA and more officially on the title screen for Makeruna! Makendo 2. So from now on, all references to the games or the franchise will use this spelling instead of “ou” that I used before (which is still technically correct but not localized, just a literal translation from “ō”).

Plans for the site are still the visual redesign while still hosting the same content. I just need to look into what tools to use to apply this update. Like I said before, this will also probably be practice for N Masters.

The other ideas I have for Makendo Central are actually setting up a wiki and fixing up the gallery system that is already installed. These will be the main things being worked on for now. A few other things may come up later and will probably be announced here, in this blog, before being released or worked.

Related to the wiki idea, it’s likely I will be using the default MediaWiki software. I have looked into alternatives or something that feels more modern but I really don’t see any other good option. If you have a suggestion, though, please let me know in the comments section.

About NovaFan Games

NovaFan Games is probably the most forgotten website of the three, I’ll admit that. But well, it’s updates are more about game development and projects than anything else. Like I said the last time, NovaFan Games website will be getting a redesign, first of all. I need to find what exact look I want for it based on the type of website that it is. It’s probably going to remain being a WordPress install to make everything easier.

On the actual game projects, I will first need to reorganize all the game development ideas I had before deciding on what project to actually tackle next. It will probably be something small to start getting used to game development and programming again since it’s been a while. But I can tell that it is something that I am looking forward to and hope to share with everyone soon enough. My current set up is getting old and it does make it hard to work on some things, specially 3D projects. But it is still enough for 2D game development which is what I will be starting with.

I will also definitely go and check every social profile that I had done for NovaFan Games and give them a clean up and updating. Because I can tell you for sure that I haven’t really touched up or checked on my Itch.io or GameJolt profiles in the last few years.


And that’s pretty much it about the three projects or websites. As for this blog, I’ll be updating it with several types of content such interesting downloads I find (like the Nintendo LINE wallpapers I used to share), commentary about gaming news, reviews or quick reviews for computer things and services or games, specially if they don’t fit in N Masters. Guides, like the recent PSO2 ones, may be shared too. Other content may be just drawings I make and fun or interesting gaming things I may encounter while playing. And of course, update logs related to the status of my projects.

Like I said in the last PSO2 Guide post I made and how I mentioned it here in the NovaFan Games update plans, my current work set up is becoming a bit old. So if it’s possible and you enjoy the content I have been making and want to support me to keep going on, please consider giving me a tip through the following methods. I would appreciate a lot and assure you it won’t go to waste.

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Quick update on N Masters status

Considering N Masters is now linking directly here for people who want updates about it, I should post something recent about it.

Basically, the idea for the site (and all projects) is very similar as it was back on this other post. In other words, N Masters is still under construction of some big changes. The focus will probably change to just reviews and other community things such as the game cards. As for the other projects, their idea pretty much remains the exact same way as described in that post.

That’s pretty much it for now so hopefully you’ll be seeing some changes to at least one of those sites in the next few days. (Also hoping to start posting other stuff here too that isn’t just sharing Nintendo Line wallpapers.)

New cheat codes found for Makeruna! Makendou

When I started with the redesign of Makendou Central, I decided to do another quick Google search to see if there’s anything new to find about the franchise. Mainly, I browsed to see if there was any new fan art to be included in the gallery section that was about to open.

I did find a few new things but the most interesting one was this Japanese site that included cheat codes for many games (including a few for the original Makeruna! Makendou). And a lot of them seem to be previously unknown.

I’ve translated the two codes that were available for Makeruna! Makendou and shared them below.

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Domain upgraded to HTTPS and Makendou Central first updates

A few days ago, the server where N Masters is hosted received an upgrade.  (Special thanks to Slushie for all of this) The most obvious change from the user perspective is that it now has secure connections available on the whole domain. That means that you can now connect through HTTPS to any of the sites hosted at n-masters.com . Also, the official URL of N Masters is now simply https://n-masters.com . Yep, the “www.” part is gone. You can still use it if you want but your browser will probably bug you about it since the HTTPS is configured for the new address. All the other URLs are the same besides the change to from “http” to “https” at the beginning. There were also a few other behind the scene upgrades too which should help making more efficient each of the sites hosted.

At the moment, most of of the links at N Masters will probably end up redirecting you to the regular HTTP version. There’s no issue with that but I’ll try to get it fixed in the next days. The other sites, though, should be mostly fine and will actually try to redirect you to the new HTTPS version.

Besides that, I’m starting to work on the new design for Makendou Central now. At the moment, I’ll try to put everything back up without much customization just so that the content is still easily accesible. I also opened up one of the sections I was talking about since a while ago, the Fan Gallery. It’s easily accesible from the front page of the site and already has a few pieces of fan art that I’ve found or that people have submitted. I’m still planning on how the gallery will end up working, but if anyone wants to submit their fan art, you can send me a PM through the forum. (You can also send them through the FB page or G+ one, but I don’t really recommend those methods as I rarely check them now. They’re pretty much automatized.)

Status update of N Masters, Makendou Central, and other projects

Here’s an update on the status of each of the projects/sites that I manage. The short version: Everything is still alive and updates and/or changes are planned for each thing. The long version is below:

N Masters

N Masters will be going through some big changes. I still haven’t planned well what will be done but one thing I know for sure is that the focus on news is going away. It’ll focus more on being a community for Nintendo fans. You can already see the idea partially with how I designed the latest Card Generator for the first Splatoon. The whole thing needs an upgrade, though, and more games will be added too. There’s other plans and ideas for N Masters too but I won’t talk about them until I really define how it’ll all work out.

One thing I can say for sure is that the temporary account system that was used for the first Card Generators will be going away. Everything will be managed through the SMF account system, like it is done in the Splatoon one. More news about it will also arrive later, but the idea is that everyone who has an old card and wants to keep it will be able to login to their forum account and merge it with their current card. Also, leveling cards may not be a feature in the newest card generators.

Makendou Central

As still pointed out in the site’s homepage, Makendou Central is under hiatus. The biggest change that Makendou Central will receive will simply be a visual redesign, the basic idea behind the website will still be same one. There will also be some reorganizing of the site’s sections just to make everything easier to browse around but no content will be removed.

NovaFan Games

The site will probably be redone, or at least visually redesigned. (It’s a WordPress install so it’s just a matter of deciding how it’ll look and finding the appropriate style/theme. 😛 ) Behind the scenes, though, there’s been some work on a future project. Can’T say much about it yet, though. There’s also some work being done for one or two smaller games that may eIther be released as miNi games or simply as prototypes that I used as programming practice. These mAy include references to the bigger project, though.

Finally, expect, Makendou Central to be the first website seeing these changes since I will also use that as practice for N Masters. NovaFan Games updates will come as soon as I feel they are ready and are unaffected by the website updates of the previous two.