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d20 Modern Database rescue project?

Post by shesheyan » Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:58 pm

MODERATOR NOTE (by Big Mac): Split from this post in the Forum Request Thread.
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Is any of that old stuff archived on The Wayback Machine?

If it is, I'd be happy to look over it with you (outside of this topic - the d20 Modern forum would be the best place) and look into copying and pasting stuff over here to create an archive that people can actually reply to. (We had to do that with Gamma World, way back in the day.)
No idea how that works. You can search for :
http://modernd20unlimited.freeforums.org
http://d20moderndb.com/

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Re: d20 Modern Database rescue project?

Post by Big Mac » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:46 pm

shesheyan wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:58 pm
Big Mac wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:48 pm
Is any of that old stuff archived on The Wayback Machine?

If it is, I'd be happy to look over it with you (outside of this topic - the d20 Modern forum would be the best place) and look into copying and pasting stuff over here to create an archive that people can actually reply to. (We had to do that with Gamma World, way back in the day.)
No idea how that works. You can search for :
http://modernd20unlimited.freeforums.org
http://d20moderndb.com/
Thanks Shesheyan. I did find one archive of http://modernd20unlimited.freeforums.org on 2nd June 2010. Sadly it looks like only the front page got archived.

I had a bit more luck with the second URL. Some of the archives are after cybersquatters took over, but there seems to be an archive of http://d20moderndb.com/ on 3rd September 2013 that looks like it has some content.

The actual forums are on http://community.d20moderndb.com/. Sadly it looks like the crawler again might not have gone past the front page. ;(

If you want to talk about rescuing non-forum content from the database website (that does look to be partially salvagable) lets take this to the d20 Modern forum. :)
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Re: d20 Modern Database rescue project?

Post by Kythkyn » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:17 am

shesheyan wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:58 pm
http://d20moderndb.com/
That had a great forum. I think I was Thakowsaizmu over there. I was sad when it shut down
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Re: d20 Modern Database rescue project?

Post by shesheyan » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:38 pm

Kythkyn wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:17 am
shesheyan wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:58 pm
http://d20moderndb.com/
That had a great forum. I think I was Thakowsaizmu over there. I was sad when it shut down
Thanks! Yes it was a very dynamic community but we lost many members during the switch from Modernd20unlimited to d20moderndatabase. Also, I was very busy with work after the move and couldn't participate as much as I wanted. In the end I think 2 mega posters were doing all the activity. Meanwhile the RPG world changed. Savage Worlds, Fate were coming out. Players wanted leaner and streamlined generic systems.

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Re: d20 Modern Database rescue project?

Post by Big Mac » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:30 am

shesheyan wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Kythkyn wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:17 am
shesheyan wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:58 pm
http://d20moderndb.com/
That had a great forum. I think I was Thakowsaizmu over there. I was sad when it shut down
Thanks! Yes it was a very dynamic community but we lost many members during the switch from Modernd20unlimited to d20moderndatabase.
Maybe some more of the people from there will find their way to the d20 Modern forum here, one day. :)

It's a shame we couldn't locate any of the forum content, to pull over here, but there is some non-forum content if you two think that might be useful to have.
shesheyan wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:38 pm
Also, I was very busy with work after the move and couldn't participate as much as I wanted. In the end I think 2 mega posters were doing all the activity. Meanwhile the RPG world changed. Savage Worlds, Fate were coming out. Players wanted leaner and streamlined generic systems.
Perhaps, but I"m not so sure.

Back during the early days of 3rd Edition D&D, I went online for the first time. I saw some badwrongfun folks who told me that "nobody liked Spelljammer" and there was also that "too many settings killed TSR" mantra going around and I kind of believed that was true. I later went on a hunt for Spelljammer fans (on Facebook and then other places) and gradually found enough fans to realise that assumption was wrong. Furthermore, I found that some people I bumped into believed that "nobody else liked Spelljammer" until I pointed them at the SJ forum here and the Spelljammer Mailing List. (They didn't all join, by the way. I just set out to let people know that they could talk to other fans.)

Anyhoo, I bet the same is true about d20 Modern to one degree or another. There have to be people who have kept the books. There have to be people who still play. There have to be people who just have not searched for this place or other places. (There have to be some fans who didn't even realise your older community existed and who missed out on the first chance to meet you both.) There have to be other people who were too busy to get involved in the community, back when d20 Modern was in print.
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