--Fritz V. Baugh
--Fritz V. Baugh
After ignoring the entire property for like a dozen years, I'm on kind of a Digimon "burn" right now, and over the last few weeks I've done a couple dozen alnew data cards and entries into the Codex. I basically filled in all the holes of Digimon seen in the first five virtual pets and then filled in Pendulum 1: Nature Spirits and Pendulum 3: Nightmare Soldiers
To top it off, I dug out one of my old D-3s, specifically the second North America version, with translucent blue trim, and have been putting some mileage on the nostalgia. As I can't walk far or too fast, it's a lot of shaking by hand. It's been fun, even though I'm still stuck on the first world after four days because they won't let me get any other Digimon so MarineDevimon keeps kicking my ass because I can't digivolve to Ultimate, so never mind even thinking about freezing Zudomon yet.
(Sigh) First world problems, indeed.
No idea how long this enthusiasm will last, especially as I know I'm way overdue on finishing my latest Ghostbusters fan fic, but maybe by next week I can have Deep Savers and Wind Guardians done.
--Fritz V. Baugh
...But since then I looked again through some of my files and discovered that I had a few things just about ready to go that I never uploaded. For example, slightly bigger, better pictures of some of the Digivices. And while I was at it, why not update a few of the pages--most notably, Digimon Adventure tri did canonize the rest of the 01 crews Megas. Three out of the four were exactly what we had expected, and the one that wasn't was completely fitting (even though it had originally been intended for one of the 02 Digimon instead).
Those would be:
Vikemon was originally created to be Armadillomon's Mega, but I remember a lot of people on the DigiPort saying "He looks more like Zudomon than Ankylomon or Shakkoumon"; common wisdom was that Gomamon's Mega would be MarineAngemon or Plesiomon. Personally, I think this is one call Toei got right.
It's also kind of funny that Rosemon was originally created to be Palmon's Mega, but actually was used first as the Mega for Lalamon, Yoshino's partner in Data Squad.
Anyway, all I did was add those Megas to the DigiDestined profiles, and update thier respective Codex pages. While I was at it, I did my first all-new data cards in twelve years: Rosemon Burst Mode (which completes Yoshino's partner chart) and Omnimon Merciful Mode, which again, helps complete and update the Adventure cast for tri Nothing else from tri as of yet. But if I decide to do some pages on Meicoomon and Meiko "Tai's Canon Consolation Prize" Mochizuki, I'll let everyone know.
--Fritz V. Baugh
I originally hosted this site at a place called Cyberturf, which no longer exists (there is a media consultant company by that name now, though) well before I started hosting my main site, The Ectozone at GoDaddy. Eventually, Cyberturf went away as a host, and by then Digimon had gone ice cold in my interest list. After the Ectozone got hosted at GoDaddy, I just loaded the Digimon files into a folder and more or less ignored it for over a decade.
The files were there, and the site worked...partially. The style sheets no longer loaded, and a lot of the image links were broken. But like I said, I'd gone ice cold on that and left it as is.
Well, I can't really figure out why, but about a month or so ago I figured it was time to finally fix things. It was easy, just labor intensive: I had to redo every single file on the site to load style data and standardized footers and headers from other files on the site, much like I had the Ectozone. With hundreds of files I had to cut, paste, and then change the extensions on, and not wanting to "burn out" on it, I did only about a couple dozen pages a day.
Well, now it's paid off. The Digital Ectozone rides again, with the pages and images all working, and the appearance slightly updated to better match what I've done with the main site.
I'll disclaimer right now: 99.9% of the pages have the exact same content they had in 2007. I didn't even finish updating the site for the end of Digimon Data Squad, so there is absolutely nothing from Fusion, Digimon Adventure tri, or anything else since 2007. I can't promise to ever update anything again ever; think of this site mostly as a time capsule as to where my fevered mind was back in 2007.
I do have one "new" thing to add today, though it's twelve years old--meaning it's only "new" to the Digital Ectozone:
Digimon Adventure: The Courage To Fly
February 14, 2003. It has been over a month since the DigiDestined defeated MaloMyotismon once and for all. But Tai Kamiya isn't basking in the victory-he's miserable and, for the first time in his life, afraid...
I originally wrote it as an entry in a contest held on The Digital Dive. It's an examination of Tai Kamiya and Sora Takenouchi--and the knotty threads that have also ensnared Tai's sister Kari and the Ishida/Takaishi family--taking place after the end of Digimon Adventure 02 but before Revenge of Diaboromon. I mostly stick to canon, though I throw in a few bits of inspired by the version of Tai seen in the V-Tamer manga, but as you can expect I make how much I disagreed with the canon ending of 02 kinda obvious. (Yeah, I know. Ghostbusters isn't the only franchise in which I found a promising romance fucked up in the sequel.)
Hope you'll give it a look.
--Fritz V. Baugh
Since with luck a lot of people who had never heard of this place before are reading this, let me fill you in on where this came from. And if you have heard of this place, and wonder where it went six months ago, well, you're in luck because I'm gonna tell you what that deal is too!
1999: Fritz Baugh and his brother Al get interested in a new anime on Fox Kids called Digimon. By the next summer, being mildly creative types, we'd started to plot out our own ideas for a sequel set in the year 2025.
2000: I start writing said sequel, Digimon Quest. It does undergo some retooling because of Season 2...and finally have to decide it's "officially" an Alternate Universe because the ending of 02 pretty much wrecked it.
2003: Fritz (which is, well, me) is now internet-capable, and starts hanging around the Ghostbusters message boards. My first user name, though, was that of one of my favorite Digimon: "Veedramon". I start my first website, Digibusters, which eventually evolves into a Ghostbusters-oriented website now known as Ectozone.com.
2004: I finally start signing up at some Digimon boards, including Bandai's. I keep using the user name "Veedramon"...
2005: Going back to my original idea, I start a new site oriented on Digimon. I call it Ectozone.net. It's hosted on Cyberturf. It goes over like a lead balloon (I guess I'm not surprised, with all the much better sites like the Digiport and Shining Evolution on the net). Eventually, the Ectozone.net domain gets moved to my message board and the Digimon site is moved to a subdomain, Digimon.ectozone.net
2006: Cyberturf is discontinued by their parent company. Digimon.ectozone.net is deactivated. I still had backup copies of the pages, and could have easily uploaded them to a different hosting server, but at the time...I admit I really wasn't interested enough to make the effort.
Now: With a wave of interest, in part spurred by the fifth season of the anime, Digimon Data Squad (original title: Digimon Savers) being dubbed into English, I put a month into recoding the site and uploading it to a new host.
For Now: Not all of the links below work. As of this writing, the three chapters of Digimon Quest are not available, as I'm retooling a few of the concepts and doing some revision work. Though in case you were wondering, Kazuya's parents are still going to be the same. ;) I will warn you that there are some spoilers to be found in the DigiDex and Profile pages.
Also note that, at this moment, there are major spoilers in the Data Squad profile pages, and in the DigiDex. The Japanese names, except for Thomas, are still in use for now, though that may obviously change.
What to come?
In the works is a fan fic called "What Dreams May Come", based on Digimon Adventure 01/02. It was sparked by an idea posted on the Digital Dive forum, but that's all I'm going to say for now...
I'll eventually get, at the very least, the last three installments of the Digimon Quest debut arc posted. More will be subject to interest on the fans' part.
Maybe even someday I'll finish my stupid Digimon/Ghostbusters crossover, Digibusters. Actually, truth to tell, Part 3 is finally done, will be out Sunday, and part 4 is well under way. Digibusters has not quite moved offsite, but I figure the Ghostbusters audience is the one most interested in it. It's mostly stil where it was, though
Anyway, I hope you'll look around and give the place a chance.
Digimon is © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, and Bandai. No use of characters and images associated with the above is intended for profit, or to challenge the copyrights of the above holders. Characters not appearing in the above copyrighted works are to be considered © Fritz Baugh ("Veedramon") and/or their respective creators