The History of Eidolon's Inn since 1997

Drama in (so far) five acts, starring the Sega scene.
The core of the Inn, the Tavern (which are the discussion forums) can be viewed here: TavernArchives?

First Act: Prior to July 1997

Before the web debut of Eidolon's Inn in July 1997, my site existed as an ANSI BBS for some months (with my pal Arakon as the only user, hehe); here you can see three screenshots of it:

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Second Act: July 1997 - November 1998

Ah, those were the days. Finally I got my own website up and running ( in case anyone remembers), firstly hosting the files on changing hosts such as FortuneCity? etc. This was the time I could spend the most time on the site, as I was doing my civil service in a hospital in my home town, were I had lots of nightshifts with lots of time to fill. During this time, the Inn looked mostly like this:

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Third Act: November 1998 - May 2000

Talk about redesigns! Very fancy for this time. ;-)

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Fourth Act: May 2000 - June 2004

This is how probably most of you will remember the Inn, as this "design template" was the longest-running. By the way, the year 2000 was the busiest year, with the most site updates, EVER in the history of this site. This was mainly due to the fact that I was still a student at that time with lots of time to spare. After I started with full-time employment in January 2002, the site somehow went into a hiatus, with only the occasional update. The only thing which kept it alive was the message board, the Tavern.

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Fifth Act: Since June 2004

Have a look in this very browser window. :-)
On a free weekend I just couldn't stand it anymore to see the Inn on hiatus, so I decided to renew it and give more people the chance to contribute content to it.
I was really amazed how many people registered on the site after this new version went online - a __big thank you to all of you!_. The Sega community, and the Inn as its point of gravity, has remained stronger than I thought. Good to know that I didn't do the work in vain. :-)

On April 17th 2006 the Inn evetually turned leet! To prove it:

Visitors history

Though on the net for a rather long time, I managed to keep a single webcounter running for the whole time. As you can see below, the Inn enjoyed periods of more and less popularity - the all-time high was around early 2002, when Sega CD emulation really became popular. The all-time low time was since January 2003 until mid-2004 when I did not find any time to spend on the Inn.
Now, with the new TikiWiki based site up and running, I hope popularity will raise again.

  • Site foundation in July 1997
    • 16 months
  • 100.000th visitor in November 1998
    • 16 months
  • 200.000th visitor in March 2000
    • 11 months
  • 300.000th visitor in February 2001
    • 10 months
  • 400.000th visitor in December 2001
    • 6 months
  • 500.000th visitor in June 2002
    • 7 months
  • 600.000th visitor in January 2003
    • 18 months
  • 700.000th visitor in July 2004
    • 18 months
  • 800.000th visitor in January 2006
    • 18 months - estimated; original counter got corrupted sometime in April 2007
  • 900.000th visitor in July 2007 (estimated)
  • 933.333th visitor ;-) in January 2008 (estimated - start of new counter)
    • 10 months
  • 1.000.000th visitor in May 2008
    • ?? months
  • 1.100.000th visitor in ??

Site awards

22nd of March 1998 - won the "Lil's Hindsight award" of Emucamp
28th of March 1999 - featured in "Websites aktuell" in the 07/1999 issue of the German computer magazine c't
31st of May 2000 - featured in the news section in the sixth issue of the German Dreamcast magazine "Dreamcast Kult"

Contributors to this page: Eidolon , Uber-Eidolon and Pablo .
Page last modified on Mon 28 of July, 2008 14:05:47 CEST by Eidolon.

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