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Monthly Review - April 2017

Posted by Aevin , 25 Apr 2017
Welcome to the Monthly Review, which is totally on time! This covers the period of time since our last update in mid March, and a total of six new quests have been released since then!

First of all, nicklegends has stepped down as host for Map of the Month. We considered retiring the contest, but after hearing from all of you, we've decided to keep the contest open. If you're a fan, why not submit and vote? My hope is that the energy community members have for keeping the contest going will translate into more entries and more creativity. Are you building a quest? Why not share a map there as a teaser to garner some interest? There's no need to make a whole map solely for the contest. Creators sharing their projects and creativity is one of the things this community is all about. Many thanks to nicklegends for hosting the contest for so long, and to Eddy for stepping up to host the contest now that he's retired.

Now, about those quests. First, we have Prismatic Triangle by newcomer Elvis002. He tries some fairly ambitious area aesthetics in the classic tileset. Not a bad effort for his first quest! Next up is IcyZelda by IcyMind. If classic style quests with traditional dungeon structures are your thing, you'll probably find this pretty cool! (Ice puns are the height of wit and never go out of style.) Elemental Journey by NACl586 is a classic quest in structure, with an emphasis on stylistic dungeons themed after a variety of unique elements. Chocolate Shadow Temple is a sweet little mini quest from Joelmacool. At a bit over an hour long, it promises some unique gimmicks. Hyrule Remastered by TheRock compiles highlight dungeons from his previous quests into one quest aiming for concentrated quality. Finally, What You Deserve by Lüt began as a 24 hour quest contest entry, and was well received as a short, competent classic-styled quest.

We don't usually cover scripts here, but I'd like to make a special mention for Moosh's Pit Script. Pits are commonly used in scripted quests, and the most popular one is old and no longer supported here. If you're looking for an alternative, give Moosh's a try.

That's all for this month. With so much new content popping up, you should have plenty to keep you busy until next time. Happy questing!

Breath of the Wild and More

Posted by Aevin , 14 Mar 2017
Welcome to this month’s PureZC news corner! There’s been a few things happening around the community since the last update, so let’s get right to it!

First things first, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released on March 3, along with the Nintendo Switch! As can be expected, there’s been a lot of activity and discussion about the game ever since it was released. If you want to join the discussion, feel free to post your thoughts on the game and discuss cool things you’ve found in the designated topic on the forums!

There’s also been a few quests released to the database since the last update. First up is Bombos’ second released quest, Another Land, which is a NES-styled quest created with the Instrumentality tileset! Next up is Mayath Island by Cedric! Being his second released quest, the story in this dungeon romper serves as a continuation of his first quest. Next, we have Yuurei Randomizer by Russ and Aevin! As the name implies, this quest randomizes all the item locations, characters, bosses, and more from the original Yuurei, and includes even more new content! And last but not least is a completely scripted quest from Gégé called Zeltris! This unique quest is essentially the game Tetris on Zelda Classic, with tiles that look like classic enemies from Zelda and different difficultly levels to choose from. Be sure to check out all of these new quests!

That’s about it for this month! Thanks for reading, and see you next time!

Contest Results!

Posted by Aevin , 10 Feb 2017
Throughout the month of January, we've had several contests happening to recognize members for their achievements over the past year. From Screenshot of the Year, to Map of the Year, to the Superlatives awards in numerous categories, the voting has wrapped up and the results are finally in! Congratulations to all the winners, and the runners-up, too! Lots of these people are clearly committed to quality in their work, so you might want to check some of it out!

This past month has seen four new quests. First up is Avataro's Thinking Without Logic, a puzzle platformer that encourages you to think outside the box, and is inspired by the Portal universe. HeroOfFire's Legend of Pokemon Warrior is a metroidvania that combines some elements from Dragon Warrior and Pokemon, promising a bunch of content. Zelda 1 BossRush Remix, similar to its predecessor, has you challenging Zelda 1 bosses, with a few new features such as difficulty modes this time! Finally, Shane and Avataro's Rite of the Storm, a metroidvania that deviates significantly from the Zelda formula, originally for Jamian's theme contest, has been polished and submitted to the database.

That's all for this month. I hope you get a chance to try some of these quests, to see how the makers' hard work shows through. Happy questing!

New Year, Superlatives, and More

Posted by Aevin , 05 Jan 2017
Welcome to the first PureZC monthly update of the new year! The new year is about looking back on the previous year and reflecting, and looking forward to the possibilities of the future. In that spirit, we have the Superlatives awards happening this month!

The Superlatives are awards for the PureZC community to celebrate achievements from the past year, both in Zelda Classic and the community at large. Nominations are open until the 18th, and we'll open voting shortly afterwards. For full details on the process and how to nominate or vote, have a look in the Superlatives forum.

We've got to other end-of-the year contests happening, too! Map of the Year is underway, with polls for multiple brackets open, representing the past year of Map of the Month winners! Go vote in the polls to narrow it down to eventually decide on Map of the Year!

Screenshot of the Year will also be coming soon. Have a look through previous screenshot of the month winners in advance here, to decide who you'd like to vote for.

We recently introduced a change in the rules for the Let's Play forum. You can read about the change here.

Finally, let's talk quests! We have four new quests since the last update, so check the quest database if you're interested. First up we have Yuurei, by ... nobody important, really. It's a Metroidvania quest with lots of playable characters and custom items. Nightmare's Zelda NES remastered was a 5th quest entry that offers multiple difficulty settings, and aims to expand on the classic feel. Link and Zelda: Panoply of Calatia is a quest where you can switch between Link and Zelda in an adventure full of puzzles and custom items. And lastly, we have Zelda 1 BossRush by LegendOfLink, which is ... pretty much what it sounds like, letting you fight through a gauntlet of the Zelda 1 bosses with multiple difficulty settings.

That's about it for the past month ... and the past year, for that matter. I have a feeling the next year's going to bring some good things. We here at PureZC wish you all the best for the coming year.

Exciting Stuff Ahead

Posted by Aevin , 06 Dec 2016
Welcome to the PureZC news corner! It's been awhile, and so we've got a lot to catch up on. Let's get right to it.

First of all, two of our site's administrators have retired. LinktheMaster, PureZC's current owner, has retired from his admin role. Nick has also retired. Each of these people have contributed in a great many ways to the welfare of the site and the community, and have worked hard to help make PureZC the best it can be. Thanks to both for their hard work and dedication. Both will be around the community a bit, so don't worry about them vanishing completely. This leaves three active administrators here - Russ, TheSatellite, and myself.

While Nick and LinktheMaster's presence on the staff will certainly be missed, I feel our admin team and the staff team at large is composed of caring, hard working people who are more than capable of keeping the community running smoothly. Except for that Aevin guy. What a slacker. Can't even write a site news thing just once a freaking month.

We recently received some site updates, which most notably affected the database. Ratings and written reviews are now completely separate, so you can write a review without leaving a score, or vice versa! We've also updated the star descriptions for clarity, and clarified some existing rules. The first time you rate or review a quest after this update, you'll be asked to accept the database guidelines, first.

The Enemy of the Month contest now has two new hosts - Anthus and NewJourneysFire! Why not stop by the forum to vote or participate in the contests, and see what changes the two of them bring? Congratulations to both of them for being selected. We're confident they'll do a fantastic job.

We've had five new quests come out since our last update. HeroOfFire of Randomizer fame has produced Turtles Hate Candy, which originated as a 2-week quest but took several years to finish! Speaking of randomizers, he also put out Randomizer Returns, which aims to take a different approach to the concept. Link's Generic quest by Bombos is a small, classic-styled quest that can be completed in one sitting. The Dark Treasure by Cedric is a large game with several bonus dungeons! Finally, we have Quest 447, from Ben, the creator of the popular Quest 744. From a musician of Ben's caliber, 447's custom soundtrack sounds promising!

Looking forward to the next few months, there's a lot of exciting stuff ahead. I know of several new quests that are likely to hit by the end of this year or shortly after. The Superlatives are also coming up soon. For anyone who doesn't know, the Superlatives are awards given to recognize achievements both in Zelda Classic and on the forums here. We'll open nominations near the beginning of January, so be thinking about who/what you'd like to nominate or vote for.

That's about it for this update. I hope you all have happy holidays. See you next year!