Trails from Zero: 70%

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Hey, everyone! As you’re well aware, this marks another ten percent done in the first editing pass of Trails from Zero. However, this progress report is a bit more special than the others. Zero’s script is split up into four spreadsheets, and, now, we’ve managed to complete three out of the four. That’s pretty insane. Everything outside of Crossbell City has been edited, which just blows my mind.

 

I guess there’s not too much to fill you guys in on with this update. Ribose has started to look into non-dialogue text, such as NPC names, map labels, arts, crafts, and everything else under the sun. Jose was quickly able to insert that text into the game, and it looks fantastic so far!

Now that we’ve started this part of the patch, we decided to throw something together for you fine folks. Here’s a little demo video of Trails from Zero, showing the Special Support Section’s journey to Armorica Village!

Remember, things are still prone to change! This is more of a, “Hey! Look at all this good English text in game!”

Until next time, everyone!

Trails from Zero: One Year Later

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Well, that’s one year gone by since I joined the project. It’s hard to believe, really. When I sent the fateful message to Gu4n on Discord, I genuinely didn’t expect anything to come of it. But, on 6/4/2017, I was pinged from a channel in the Falcom Discord I wasn’t familiar with, and the rest is history.

Working on this project continues to    be one of the best experiences of my life. I couldn’t ask for a better team, and I know that we all want people to be able to play, enjoy, and love Zero as much as we do. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but this game really is something special. The cast, the story, the soundtrack – everything is perfect.

In the past year, we’ve made considerable progress on the project and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, there have been little bumps in the road, but the project is still chugging along at a solid pace. Namely, I experienced some burnout the past two months, but I’m past it. On the bright side, it’s clear that my writing has drastically improved compared to when I started. Us at the Geofront are determined to bring you Trails from Zero in all its glory.

I just wanted to talk about the project for a little bit, and considering it’s been a year, why not? I’ll throw in a few screenshots for you guys, but follow my Twitter or something to find out when the next progress report comes out.

Should be soonish. See ya.

Aw, it’s empty. This is so sad.

[Admin] One More Privacy Policy Post, About Us, & More

Yes, I may have actually edited the in-game image for a stupid featured image for one post.

As much of the internet has since realized and meme’d to hell and back, there was a major disturbance in tubes in the form of the EU’s GDPR- a new privacy regulation that is changing how websites are to operate across the net.

While for sites like Geofront, this is not a massive change, it is a change that I’ve been eyeing carefully for quite some time now, as this is my real life work, too. So in an effort for my websites on esterior.net to maintain a particular ‘professionalism’ to them, I’ve not only drafted up a privacy policy for it, but I’ve sought out methods to ensure all four sites hosted on it are GDPR compliant, much like other commercial sites that are required to do so.

This has also driven in a bit of an overhaul of the backend of the website, on top of some new additions- especially one that had been in the works since the day the site opened and never finished: a page about the team as a whole, revealing everyone who is involved and has been involved in the game’s translation. You might have noticed this being added and something missing from the menu.

So without further ado, jump into the cut to see the details of changes that have happened to the page in the past few weeks.

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[Admin] General Website Update

Hey, guys!

Just letting you know that I’ve been doing some work on the backend of the site today. I’ve had a socializer login for awhile running on the website, where you can utilize your social media accounts to create an account on the site.

That went down for a bit in the past week or so, because Facebook made an update to their API that changed my requirements and it broke the Facebook size of the social login system. In the process of repairing it, I discovered that Google made some changes as well to make the setup for a G+ login more restrictive than the past, so I removed that entirely.

You can still use Facebook and Twitter from the old setup.

However, to make up for the loss of G+, I have also integrated Steam and Twitch login systems to the site as well.

And as always, you can read up on the site’s privacy policy here. I won’t be using your info for ulterior motives or selling it, etc etc. The usual legalese for something of this sort.

Additionally, I have plans to allow you to use multiple commenting systems in the future. Currently, you can use the WordPress comments and Facebook- but I am exploring options to include Disqus in the list.

Feel free to respond here, or ping me on twitter if you have questions or run into issues with the site since this change.

EDIT: I’ve been doing more CSS tweaks around the site. These are mostly small cosmetic details that you may not notice. Please let me know if something looks janky or broken.

Trails from Zero: 60%

Hello, everyone! Once again, I’m here with news of another 10% done on the editing of Trails from Zero. Quite a lot of things have been going on behind the scenes aside from the editing, but don’t worry, I’ll get into that in a bit.

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Trails from Zero: 50%

With great pleasure, I can finally say that the Trails from Zero editing is at 50%.  Despite the longer gap between updates, progress continues to move forward, relentlessly.  I hope you enjoy the treat we’ve thrown together for this big milestone! For this update, I’m simply going to talk about the journey thus far and plans for the project.

Personal Thoughts

Sitting at my desk, I’m quite giddy at the fact that we’ve managed to get halfway through this massive, wonderful game.  It’s insane to think about how I managed to fall in love with this game, and somehow started working on bringing it to English. The whole experience is and continues to be a joy to work on.  Nothing is quite like working on a passion project with a group of friends.

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Trails from Zero: 40%

As the release date of Sen no Kiseki III draws near, we like share another milestone on the Trails from Zero project — 40%! — with you before our progress temporarily slows down to play the latest game in the series.

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The Characters of Trails from Zero

In a need to create content for this site, since it’s a bit difficult to really show stuff that’s happening on the back-end with spreadsheets and stuff. (looking at spreadsheets isn’t that very exciting for the whole progress aspect of things.) I’ve decided to give people a small preview of what to expect from the game by starting to translate the character page from Falcom’s official website for the game.

For now, I have the translated relationship chart, but in the future I will also be releasing the character profiles from the game soon. There may be a surprise along with them, as well!

The image is behind a cut in case you want to go in without any information on the characters, but this is pretty much what Falcom unveiled over time leading toward’s the game’s release in 2010.

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[Admin] Website Updates: New Menu Items

Hello, everyone! Floofy here. Though I’ve been on a break from the project itself, I’ve still been doing back end work to the website to ensure that it stays functional, up to date, and safe for users to login and use. This post is part of my transparency to keep everyone in the loop of any projects I’m doing on any of the sites I run.

Part of this back end work, of course, includes minor improvements. One such improvement was, unfortunately, a missed request from rohitaug on the BBS of the site, and that was a request for an RSS feed. As a quick bit of advice, RSS is always available on any WordPress powered website, by simply adding ‘/feed/’ at the end of the URL. But to make it a lot easier for everyone involved, I’ve included a link to the feed, as well, to make it easier to be notified for whenever the site is updated.

When looking at the RSS feed icon on the menu, you may have also noticed the ‘about esterior.net’ link that has appeared, also. This is because it seems like esterior.net has become a bit of a hub, apparently, now hosting four websites. Details on the four websites involved, their hosting, and how to contact me if any issues crop up can be found on that page.

Thank you very much for your patience everyone!

Additionally, I’ve setup some SEO and OpenGraph details on the back end. This should help when sharing articles. Let me know if you run into any issues with this.

Yes, I know I used an Ao no Kiseki image for the header. I just love that image, though, and thought the feeling was a nice relief from the hot and crazy summer we’ve all had. 😀