News Archive

This is an archive of all the news updates from newest to oldest.

Remember ye olde fangames?
2019-07-13

Commander Keen 2000, Yoshi vs. Windows, Nintendo vs. Everyone Else; those are all old fangames, which may seem unpolished and weird today. I'll admit, though, I love them! They have this cute, goofy charm and some of them are nostalgic to me.

I've been interested in using one of the old game-making tools, and guess what? There was a game jam that just happens to appeal to my taste, known as the Ye Olde MFGGe Game Jamboree! I downloaded The Games Factory, and within the span of a day, I made a little game out of it! Submitted my experiment a week ago, but didn't release it here on the Quillax Ship until a few days ago. You might like it if you had played fangames in the late 90s and early 2000s!

(By the way, this isn't the project I foreshadowed earlier; that one is still in the works.)

"What happened to Quillax?"
2019-06-13

Hey, it's me, Quillax! I know that I haven't dropped a news update in nearly three months, but I've been doing fine lately, no harm! (I wouldn't say three months of absence is something to get worried about if it's only once in a blue moon, though; I do have a life.)

I'd like to say that Beat: The Game is now available in the games section of the Quillax Ship! Now, it may seem hard to believe at first since it still says "Go! Go! Gooble!!" up there by "Latest Game", but that's because Beat: The Game was actually from early 2016! You see, the game was submitted to a contest on MFGG, where it ended up at third place! It used to be in the files of my old site, but when I destroyed it to make room for the Quillax Ship, Beat: The Game wasn't carried over. I wasn't sure if the game should be on this site or not, but after lots of consideration, I decided to officially bring it back from the grave! I think it's a rather fun game, and unlike my other games, Beat: The Game is a Mega Man fangame! (Maybe that's why I was hesitating, don't you think?) Go check it out here if you haven't already!

Now, you must wondering about my current project, aren't you? Weeeeeeell, I do have something that's in the works, buuuuuut I think I'd rather do some more work at it before I show it off to you all. I just watt to let you know, though, I wasn't being lazy for all the time!

It's been 5 years now...
2019-03-14

Today's every Commander Keen fan's favorite day: Keen Day! So, before I say anything else, I'd like to quick say 'Happy Keen Day!' to all of you, and there, I said it!

Ever since 2014, I've released at least one Keen mod. Well, that's until this year's Keen Day, where I don't have a Keen mod to release today. Don't go, though, because I'd like to take a look back to good ol' '14, which was when my father released the Revenge of Mortimer trilogy! They weren't my first mods, but they were my first ones to be uploaded to the Internet. Besides, isn't the fact that not one, but THREE mods released at the same time very cool? (Well, okay, I wasn't really the first one to do that, but still!)

If you love math, you may notice that it's been 5 years since the release of the Revenge of Mortimer trilogy! *insert party noises* Now, I don't know about you, but to me, it's amazing that it's been out for that long! A couple days ago, I actually did a drawing about the trilogy's fifth anniversary:

Happy birthday, Revenge of Mortimer!
Want a bigger version? I think these yellow letters bring you something like that.

All of my mods are special to me in some way, but the Revenge of Mortimer trilogy is special in ways that my other mods don't have. Never forget about your first (after all, I still remember a lot of the old drawings I did as a little kid, haha)!

Is one drawing not enough for you? Well, how about NINE more drawings? While I was making The Mortrix, I did concept art to help myself figure out how some of the designs shoud be like. I did do concept art for a few of my previous works, but there are very few of them, while The Mortrix had quite a bit more! Here's a list of links for all the concept art I did for The Mortrix:

Various stuff (1)
Various stuff (2)
Mortrix application
Shikadi Minesweeper level
Gigabite
Plain Paint level
Various Mortrix level layouts
Title screen
Anti-Virus Abolisher

There is some stuff cut off since my drawing pad is just a LITTLE bit bigger than what my scanner can scan, but I tried to get what I can fit in there!

One more thing I'd like to say, even though, this doesn't have anything to do with drawings: I included a couple more details in the game pages! You can now see what the overall difficulty is (if you hover above it, you'll get a little info on what you can expect), and for mods, you can see what game they are a mod of and whether that game is a commercial one or not! In regards to difficulty, I based it on personal experience and feedback from other people.

Let's give this ship some love, right?
2019-02-14

Last month, MFGG, a community focused on Mario fangames, did an awards ceremony that celebrates all the awesome things the community did last year! Why am I mentioning this, as you might be wondering? Well, Go! Go! Gooble!! was nominated for a couple categories: Best Minigame and Most Overlooked! Meanwhile, I was nominated for Best Spriter! No, the Gooble (or was it a Swoopin' Stu? Actually, never mind.) and I didn't manage to snatch any shiny trophies, but I thought it was cool to have my work nominated for a few things, nevertheless.

But hey, it seems that even if Go! Go! Gooble!! starred a dirty creature, its reception on MFGG has been rather positive and clean overall! The game currently has an average review score of 9.3/10 (it should actually be 9.5/10 if you do the calculation, but blame it on the system, haha), and it even won a shiny Game of the Month award! Really, I can prove the latter with this spotless announcement (opening that external link will actually open a new tab)!

Now that I've talked about how sleek that big Gooble actually is, I'd like to mention that troublesomekeen has been uploading videos that he did while beta-testing The Mortrix! If you wanna see them, you can see the first video here, where he does the first two levels. Don't expect much to have changed compared to the released version, but I think it's still rather interesting!

Two major issues: Gone
2019-01-15

Hey, y'all! I know news updates have been coming up more frequently than usual, but I really want to let you know that a few days ago, I discovered and then fixed not one, but TWO issues in the Quillax Ship!

Issue number #1 was found when I was trying to download The Mortrix into a Windows 10 computer, where Windows Explorer said that the file is invalid! This isn't because of the zip file itself, but because of how the site downloads stuff since the download counter was added. I got that fixed, but I soon came across issue number #2: Opera (the web browser, not the music thing) sees The Mortrix as a virus, and so does Windows 10 if I downloaded it with another browser! No, this wasn't because it's about a deadly virus, but because of UNLZEXE! UNLZEXE is a tool that is used to decompress Commander Keen game executables so they can be patched; it was packed along with mods of Keen games that aren't shareware, including The Mortrix. The mods in this site have been updated to remove any trace of UNLZEXE and instead use a newer version of CKPatch, which does both the patching and decompressing whenever you run a mod and is seen as safe by modern computers. I will miss using UNLZEXE; it's been used for years without any known issues until recently. I suppose, though, that it's better to stop using it than have family members be unable to play some of my mods, and besides, my mods now take up a little less space!

So, if you've been having trouble trying to download my stuff, then please try again when you can. If you still have any issues, then I'd appreciate if you sent me an e-mail this time. If not, then have fun!

2019 is here, and so is The Mortrix!
2019-01-07

2018 has left the world a while ago, with 2019 taking its place! I thought 2018 was a rather good year; I mean, I released The Sunnylands, launched the Quillax Ship, made Go! Go! Gooble!!, and worked on The Mortrix! 2018 felt like a great start for my site overall, and I hope 2019 will be an awesome year as well!

So, with the first news update of 2019, I also decided to do the first mod release of this year! My Keen 2 mod, The Mortrix, is now ready to be played by the many Keen fans around here (along with those that aren't so into Keen, if they want to try it)! It took about five months to make, and it felt really nice and fun to work on it! The aim of The Mortrix is to come up with many interesting ideas with the Keen 2 features that I haven't seen anyone else think about, and I think there are quite a few good ones in it (I won't tell what they are, so you'll have to experience them yourself).

You can check out my latest mod here. I hope you'll have a blast with it! Just don't forget that you'll need a copy of the Keen 2 executable file in order to play it, since Keen 2 is not shareware.

By the way, Go! Go! Gooble!! has received a couple nice fan art last month! I decided to link to each of them, which can be found below:

Art by Pedigree
Art by Hypernova

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!
2018-12-25

Hello, everybody! I know it's been a while since this site had a news update; I've been rather busy lately. Today's Christmas, though, and I thought I'd wish you all a Merry Christmas, as I had a nice one this year! I got some nice gifts and had a good time with my family overall. Anyway, with that said, I'd like to talk about The Mortrix.

Now, what's The Mortrix, as you might be wondering? Well, it's the name of the Keen 2 mod I showed in the previous update, which is... *ahem* FINISHED!! That's right, the mod is complete... but before you go to the Mods page to check, I want to say that The Mortrix isn't released yet! It's currently being beta-tested by biffstudly and troublesomekeen, two members of the PCKF, an amazing Keen fan community! Feedback has been rather positive, with praise especially going to the huge variety of graphics and level content, which is nice to hear! Variety is one of the things I aimed for in this mod, as I tried to make each level feel distinctive in terms of graphics, layout, and content.

So, while you might not be able to experience a complete Keen adventure at the moment (although Bubbatom has just released his long-awaited Keen 5 mod, Suburb Shenanigans), I thought I'd show a few more screenshots, along with a few details as my Christmas present for all of you Keen fans:

Yay! A sceenshot Woohoo! A preview! Is this real!? Whoa, that title screen!

As you might have guessed it, Commander Keen's arch-nemesis, Mortimer McMire, has a sneaky trick that he has fallen for. Keen's computer, the Doscom, has sucked himself in after being infected by a virus! The Maltimers, glitchy-looking soldiers that have been seen in a couple screenshots above, are roaming around the computer, messing up stuff and trying to get rid of Keen once and for all! It'll be quite a journey for Keen, as he tries to wipe out the virus itself!

So, that's all for now! Keep in mind that there is much more in The Mortrix that hasn't been shown yet; I just don't want to spoil everything in the mod. I'm looking forward to the day The Mortrix is released, which has still not been set yet. Anyways, Merry Christmas!

Commander Keen vs. Windows!?
2018-11-11

Hello, everybody! I was actually meaning to do a news update about as early as October 31, but I didn't get around to doing it, though. Since today is Veteran's Day, a holiday celebrated by Americans, I thought it'd be a good time to do one now.

"Ooh! Is this gonna be a reveal of a new project by Quillax? I mean, it's been a while since he released something and there was that white tin can in the previous update. Wait, that header! Oh, OH, could this be!?"

If your thoughts are like what that one stranger above is thinking and you're a Commander Keen fan, then I think you're gonna like what's about to come up! Take a look:

Ooh! A screenshot! Wow! A preview! Whoa! A sneak peek!

Yes, that's a Keen mod; a Keen 2 mod to be exact! Started in early July 2018, the mod's progress has been going well, in fact, I'd say that it's almost done! No release date has been set yet, probably not until it's finished and it got beta-tested. By the way, in case you're wondering, the news update title is not the name of this mod. It's just a reference to Yoshi vs. Windows and Wario vs. Windows, a couple classic fangames. Wario vs. Windows was actually the inspiration for this mod (I haven't played the Yoshi one yet)!

I could reveal more about the mod, but for now, I'll leave you with what's shown. I hope you're excited to try it out when it's out!

Oh, and one last thing, if an external link on this site isn't taking you anywhere, that may be just a quirk in this site. I did find that opening the link in a new tab will work just fine, though.

A not-so-spooky update
2018-10-06

It's October, where many people turn their houses into haunted ones and get prepared for Halloween! I don't really have anything Halloween-related for this site at the moment, but there are some things I'd like to say.

First, if you look at the details for games and mods, you can see that the file size, views, and downloads (well, as of October 6, 2018 for the latter two) are displayed! Second, XrackProject is doing a Let's Play of The Sunnylands with her Commander Neon skin! You can check the playlist here if you're interested (there's only one video so far).

Well, that's all for now! I hope you're enjoying your time! I've been having fun lately, doing stuff such as working on something cool!

Some image here

Transfer complete! Well, almost...
2018-09-05

While the Quillax Ship can only be accessed through "quintonland.com" (since before this site was a similar one called Quinton Land), it was planned ever since April 2018 that this site would get a new domain known as "quillaxship.com", and now guess what? A couple days ago, entering "quillaxship.com" will now take you to this site! That's right, rather than an error page, a void of nothing, or whatever else would pop in your browser, you can now visit the ship with several mods and fangames through that address! There does seem to be a few quirks here and there, but they shouldn't really get in the way. Although entering "quintonland.com" will still take you to the Quillax Ship, keep in mind that the old domain will be retired at some point, so it might be a good idea to switch to "quillaxship.com" someday.

Random fun fact: According to statistics, during the last month, of all the mods and games on the Quillax Ship, Mort's Rescue (the first episode of the Revenge of Mortimer trilogy) has been downloaded the most, downloaded 4 times. It may not seem like much, but keep in mind that this isn't even near to being the most popular site at the moment. I think it's cool, though, I guess people are interested on what's my debut like, eh?

Less file space, faster ship!
2018-08-26

Does it feel like the site has been loading faster than before (it may be a small or large difference depending on your device)? If you didn't do anything with your machine, then it must be because I've compressed the images for this ship! How did I do it? Well, that is because I used a magical tool called PNGGauntlet, which takes PNG files and makes their file size smaller without any quality lost! If you want an example of how much PNGGauntlet smashed the images, then I'd like to say that the logo was 2.18 KB before compression, and now it is 1.24 KB after it was shrunk! Talk about real magic, I must say!

Anyway, with that file size compression said, have you heard that I said the Quillax Ship will switch from "quintonland.com" to "quillaxship.com" on early August after announcing Go! Go! Gooble!!'s release date? Well, it seems that moment will have to wait a bit longer, since it seems that transferring domains has proven to be harder than what my father and I thought it would be. But, we've been figuring things out and hopefully with a few extra steps the Quillax Ship will have a new domain!

In the meantime, though, I'd like to say that DerGrüneToad has made a gameplay video of Go! Go! Gooble!!, which is rather nice to see! In case you haven't played the game yet, I'd like you to keep in mind that you can also jump and move backwards, even if the video didn't demonstrate those moves at all and just had the Gooble close to hugging the right side of the screen for the whole time. Self-made Island has also made a video of the game, but it seems to have vanished some time ago. It's too bad, really, since I thought he did rather well at the game, managing to score over 30,000 points! And yes, he did utilize jumping and moving backwards!

Speaking of Go! Go! Gooble!!, though, did you know that if you score above a certain number, you'll get to see something special? Looking at the online high scores table, it seems that no one has yet to get enough points. Perhaps one day, someone will achieve that and maybe that person will explain what they have just seen (it could be to me or in public somewhere).

So, that's all I have to say for this day's news update, and a rather big one, I'll say. Hopefully, we'll be able to switch the Quillax Ship to a new domain sooner rather than later!

Independence Day is here!
2018-07-04

Yes, it's that time again, where Americans celebrate the birth of the USA by doing many things, including barbecues, concerts, picnics, games, speeches, and perhaps the most famous and anticipated of all, setting off fireworks! As I said in the previous news post, this year's Fourth of July is also when Go! Go! Gooble!! is available to download from the Internet. That's right, the chase on Isle Delfino has now begun, and you can help the Gooble avoid the Fluddroid's water and all of the dangers that are on the island! There are seven colors to choose from for the Gooble and both local and online high score tables! I'm sure the online high scores feature will make the game last for quite some time; I do look forward to seeing what the online high scores table will have about a day after release.

So, I hope you'll enjoy what Go! Go! Gooble!! has to offer! You can check it out here!

Coming on July 4...
2018-06-28

If you're an American, I'm sure you know that July 4 is Independence Day (even though, the Congress actually declared independence on July 2, but ssh!). What I'm sure you didn't know before, however, is that July 4 of this year is gonna be the release date for my latest Mario fangame, Go! Go! Gooble!!, which is an action-arcade game! In it, you try to survive as long as possible while avoiding hazards, and it mostly has stuff from Super Mario Sunshine! It's been in development for about two months, and has a few stuff I've never really done before in Mario fangames, such as a new art style, original songs that I made (something never heard since Bob-Ball's game over jingle), and online high scores!

So, I hope you'll look forward to the day the game comes out like a firework! Oh, and I'd like to say that the Quillax Ship may switch domains somewhere in the beginning of August.

Go! Go! Gooble!! preview

The Quillax Ship has landed on the internet!
2018-04-05

Greetings! After about two months of on-and-off work, the Quillax Ship has managed to make a landing on the internet! The Quillax Ship is a replacement for an old site of mine known as Quinton Land, which has recently been blown to smithereens by the Omegamatic! This site has most of the content from Quinton Land, along with two extra mods (Quillax's NetKeen Levels and The Sunnylands) and an extra fangame (Battle in the Future), and hopefully more content later on! I hope you'll have fun with what this ship holds!

Oh, and by the way, while the Quillax Ship uses the same domain as Quinton Land had before, it is planned that at some point, the ship will get a new domain (probably "quillaxship.com").