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Re: Castlevania Bloodlines 0.5 Prototype ROM released!
« Reply #30 on: November 12, 2021, 11:43:11 AM »
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Hey X,

So according to my posts, last time I was here was back in 2007. Been a while, I suppose.

I don't really care about people questioning the document's validity. I have zero reason to believe this was faked. Accessing naturally aged almost 30 year old paper and creating a font style that makes it look like a fax...This document surfaced around April of this year and was being sold with a ton of listings for old EGM layouts. I showed pictures that his widow sent me of a bunch of his old business cards. He died in 2009. Pretty sure this is his obituary. https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/chicagotribune/name/andrew-baran-obituary?id=2556617

If someone went through the trouble of intentionally faking an almost 30 year old document, looking up the identity of an old EGM writer and his wife, all for the sake of making some money on ebay? Hats off to them.

If they're questioning why I released it for free, I did it for the good of the community. I look at situations like The Great Hanshin Earthquake, where Castlevania as a franchise lost almost the full body of artwork, lore and behind the scenes info aside from articles that people cultivated (i.e. shmuplations salvaging all the old BEEP articles), Box art and manual art, and maybe some Nintendo Power/Magazine style stuff that's circulated over the years. There's been almost nothing pre-Iga's generation that has surfaced outside of Konami's walls save for the recent Anniversary Collection digital art book, which is thankfully getting a physical edition via LRG.

I didn't HAVE to release this at all. I could've locked it away in my collection of Castlevania stuff and never let anyone know about it. I could've put it behind a paywall or made people subscribe to my Patreon to get it which would've been scummy. I paid for it so I could release it to everyone so we could all appreciate it together. But I guess some people will always either be jealous of what others have or always be skeptical someone that did something nice for them is lying. Oh well. 




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Some out there probably feel that your document isn't valid but feel it is otherwise. Just looking at the ink and the way the letters are printed out is what one would normally see from an older styled early 90's printer or one of those IBM typeball typewriters.

PS. How long has it been since you were at the Dungeon? I don't believe I recall the last time you were here.


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« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2021, 05:16:11 PM »
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« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2021, 05:11:12 AM »
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I wonder if any of the new information from the document is still considered canon by Konami.
I really like the idea of the Helsing family being one of three branches of the Belmont clan. Grimoire of Souls has introuduced a few new characters based off the Dracula novel maybe the Helsing family will make an appearance in that game eventually.

Also, is this the earliest mention of the Belmont family being involved in the crusades? I can’t remember if any of the earlier games actually mentioned the crusades at all.


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« Reply #33 on: November 21, 2021, 03:05:11 PM »
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Also, is this the earliest mention of the Belmont family being involved in the crusades? I can’t remember if any of the earlier games actually mentioned the crusades at all.
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« Reply #34 on: November 21, 2021, 05:28:47 PM »
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I've been reading over this thread and have a question. Do we have to request this document people keep talking about? I'm curious to read it for myself.

Also, not the point of the thread, but I thought I would chime in about pre and post Iga. I don't mind the Iga timeline and feel it has some cool things, but I don't like certain things about it. I feel like everyone and their dog has the means to kill Dracula, and imo it belittles the Belmont family and the Vampire Killer. Like why have this legendary family use this whip when a basic sword can do the job fine? I get it's to add variety to the game, but it still doesn't feel right. Also, I like AoS, but I'm not a fan of the Japanese elements. I know this is a Japanese series, but the theme have always been European. Anywho, I feel like as I get older I'm moving away from the  Igaverse.

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« Reply #35 on: November 22, 2021, 09:12:24 AM »
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I've been reading over this thread and have a question. Do we have to request this document people keep talking about? I'm curious to read it for myself.

Trust me, it's painless and quick. Just contact/PM Dongled and he'll be happy to send you a copy.

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Also, not the point of the thread, but I thought I would chime in about pre and post Iga. I don't mind the Iga timeline and feel it has some cool things, but I don't like certain things about it. I feel like everyone and their dog has the means to kill Dracula, and imo it belittles the Belmont family and the Vampire Killer. Like why have this legendary family use this whip when a basic sword can do the job fine? I get it's to add variety to the game, but it still doesn't feel right.

This has been my very complaint with the IGA series as well. Many games in the IGA-verse have non-Belmont warriors battling Dracula and his minions. If that's the case then what is the point of even having the Belmonts let alone their importance to the series? There was a reason why the series had only one family fighting against evil and that was the theme of the series. However IGA wanting to tell his own stories bent several rules here and there, and unfortunately by doing this, made the importance of Belmont family not nearly as necessary as they should have been. Although he did try to explain how these non-Belmont warriors were able to defeat Dracula it still felt like a blatant cop out.

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Also, I like AoS, but I'm not a fan of the Japanese elements. I know this is a Japanese series, but the theme have always been European. Anywho, I feel like as I get older I'm moving away from the  Igaverse.

This was also a concern of mine. It felt like the series was becoming way to Japanese for its own good. Castlevania is a European-themed game and should not be forced to change up its own identity in order to appeal to other audiences who aren't North Americans. IGA did go out of his way to explain things in CV and he did so by putting a Japanese spin on it. This left me questioning his intentions a bit. A European warlord/Vampire King is not going to find himself imprisoned in a Japanese underworld till he's summoned again. That makes no sense. Or having a Japanese ritual seal away Dracula when an ancient Germanic, Celtic or even a Romanian ritual would suffice. The Europeans also had their ancient pagan practices too. As much as I enjoyed playing IGA's games (and I still do) I did not like where he was taking the series story-wise.
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« Reply #36 on: November 23, 2021, 09:29:05 PM »
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Also, not the point of the thread, but I thought I would chime in about pre and post Iga. I don't mind the Iga timeline and feel it has some cool things, but I don't like certain things about it. I feel like everyone and their dog has the means to kill Dracula, and imo it belittles the Belmont family and the Vampire Killer. Like why have this legendary family use this whip when a basic sword can do the job fine? I get it's to add variety to the game, but it still doesn't feel right. Also, I like AoS, but I'm not a fan of the Japanese elements. I know this is a Japanese series, but the theme have always been European. Anywho, I feel like as I get older I'm moving away from the  Igaverse.

I agree with this. IGA knows how to make some fantastic 2D games that are a blast to play, but I always kind of wished he delegated the writing to someone else.
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