The first, and very incomplete, version of the BAK Help Web was uploaded on December 1, 1995. Below you will find a complete Updates history.
Unfortunately, I have been too busy to add anything to the Web recently. I'm sorry about this.
This will ultimately contain ALL TEXT IN THE GAME - dialogues, narratives, descriptions, etc. I haven't nearly finished yet - in fact I only have a vague idea what it's going to look like when it's done. It is definitely taking shape though, and some parts of it are finished enough for me to offer you a peek at it. By all means tell me what you think - but please remember it is *very much* under construction. It will take me at least another month or two to get it into final shape.
The NPC pages are (I think) more or less final, the Zone pages less so. The Chapter pages are only skeletal as yet, and will undergo a lot of revision. All of this text is hell to organize (as you will realize when you've taken a closer look). I'm constantly adding and changing as I go along.
I would never have *dreamed* of tackling this monster without the help of two staunch supporters of the BAK Help Web, Bob Freimuth and Sean Corron. Bob originally suggested the project, and isolated all the text from the game's data files. Sean spent countless hours cleaning up the text files, and has also created some beautiful graphics and logos for the NPC pages. He is now working on additional graphics for the rest of the Text Web.
Finally, I once more thank Fredrik Eriksson for the wonderful BaKHacker. As you can imagine, I have had to test most of these dialogues in the game itself. Without BaKHacker this would have been impossible.
I'll be adding the LOCATE feature to the other Item pages soon, but only for SCARCE and DIFFICULT-TO-FIND Items.
WEBMASTER HINTS: A major new feature may be added to the Web soon, the TEXT WEB. This will contain the complete TEXT of the Game, including all dialogues. This is a *huge* project, which I wouldn't dream of doing all by myself. Fortunately the BAK Web has FRIENDS, willing to donate time and effort. Bob Freimuth has made this project possible, and Sean Corron is working on it.
FIRST TIME USER, PLEASE NOTE: The Walkthroughs are being rewritten and linked to the MAP WEB. If you are consulting the Walkthroughs for Chapters 5 - 9, please be aware that these pages will soon be revised drastically. In the meantime, please consult the MAP WEB, which contains more accurate information than the Walkthroughs. The Walkthroughs are basically sound, though.
Quick observation from the Webmaster: I've though a lot about the LINKING of the MAP WEB and the WALKTHROUGHS (see below). I haven't changed my mind. After re-doing Chapter 2, I'm even more certain than before, that the two can't possibly be linked, except in the "superficial" manner I've chosen. There's really a very simple way of utilizing the Walkthroughs in conjunction with the Map Web: Open TWO WINDOWS in your Browser, with the Walkthrough in one, and the relevant Sector of the Map Web in the other. I've tested, and it works fine. As soon as the Walkthrough leads to a new Sector, switch to the Map Window and click the proper Red Arrow.
Webmaster observes: The most difficult aspect of revising the Walkthroughs is that of LINKING them to the MAP WEB. I've been contemplating this for months. The only feasible way of doing this is to link the various SECTOR MAPS to the Walkthroughs. I've thought about linking all the Combat Pages, but this just CAN'T BE DONE! There are 1600 of them, and the work involved in linking and back-linking would be stupendous. And ultimately useless, I think. In order to reap the rewards of both the Walkthroughs and the Map Web, you must be prepared to use BOTH - there is no way to "perfectly" integrate them. They are two different approaches, and must be kept apart. A complete integration of BOTH into ONE would result in a HUGE and unwieldy MUDDLE.
Webmaster is touched: I was overwhelmed by all the Christmas Greetings I received from BAK Web users! Thanks to all, and a Wonderful New Year to you all!
Webmaster wonders: I've received some complaints that the text colors I use are too bright. I've also received complaints about the colors being not bright enough! One user gets blinded, while another feels he has to turn on all the lights in his room. I don't think this is my fault. I know, from experience, that MONITORS can differ drastically, and there's nothing I can do about this. All I can do is to make sure that my pages can be read on DARK Monitors. If you have a BRIGHT Monitor, my pages may "blind" you, but I'm sure your computer has buttons, allowing you to control the brightness and contrast.
Webmaster says: Having now updated all the "special" pages in the WALK WEB, I feel I can finally start my most dreaded task ever - the revision of the Chapter Walkthroughs. Some complicated solutions will be called for. I've been contemplating this for weeks, and I do have some vague ideas. Wish me luck.
Webmaster says: The revisions are coming along slowly, but nicely. The LOOK WEB is done, except for a few SHOP WEB pages that nobody seems to miss anyway. Now that I've re-done the front page, and the minor pages (see above), the next step will be the WALK WEB. The basic WALK page will soon look similar to the re-designed LOOK page. Then I'll totally rewrite the Walkthroughs, and try to find a way to inter-link them to the MAP WEB.
GOOD NEWS: At last I've found a reliable COUNTER for my Front Page, one that I'm sure will stay there! I've had at least three counters breaking down in the past. The new one is on my own server, which is *very* reliable.
Wish me luck. I've just bought a new computer. It is *very* powerful, and so far I am in seventh heaven. I now have access to the Internet at home, and the BOOKS Files are my very first files to be uploaded from my living room!
A small addition to the LOOK WEB: A recently discovered fact concerning the effects of Strength Drain on Wind Elementals has been added to the Spell description. (Thanks to Fredrik Eriksson for solving this problem.)
My pleasure soon subsided. Re-opening the Shop Web, which I guiltily haven't looked
at for ages
(mainly because hardly anyone seems to be interested), I realized that I had loads of additions to the
ITEM AVAILABILITY/PRICE INDEX that I've never uploaded, for some reason or other. Gosh.
And I have no idea why. Maybe I wasn't satisfied with them at the time, although they look fine to me today. I *did* lose interest in this project at a certain moment, and decided to concentrate my efforts on the MAP WEB instead, but I *thought* I had uploaded all the finished pages. Obviously I didn't, so I'm doing it now. My apologies to those of you who have been waiting for this info. (There are not many of you who are passionate enough about BAK to care, but your constant letters are the fuel that keeps me going!) And maybe I'll finish the project - some day.
As I go along, I'm working on a Main Page for the Maps, and also a "Map Assistant" page. Bear with me. This is *very* time-consuming, and I need a month's holiday in order to finish it! But as I can only work on the WEB after 10 PM, you will have to be (very) patient.
I have finished the below Zones and their related Dungeons:
I still haven't had time to create an index page for the above. And the HELP Page is still in the works. You can access ZONE 1 via the link above and travel all the way to Krondor and Elvandar (Zones 1, 2, and 8 are interlinked). ZONE 9 is separate.
At the moment I'm trying to decide which Zone I will attack next. It will probably be ZONE 6 (Northlands). This is a challenge indeed, and I suppose I'd better do it before I get (very) old.