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Skyhigh posted this 16 September 2016

Welcome to a basic Solaris7 site that I think will be built around the forum instead of having it be an add on this time.

I am looking for input on what categories to create so respond away!   

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Azkaiel posted this 14 May 2017

=o I didn't know S7 was back, also kinda sad that all my work is gone ._.

Donteras posted this 27 April 2017

On a whim I decided to go to Solaris7.com to see if anything has resurfaced.

Huzzah! It lives. I'm very very happy.

I also miss the armories.

Rip Snorgan posted this 17 January 2017

This is my first post to any version of S7, but full disclosure, I've been a dedicated lurker here for years upon years, with S7 easily being one of my most visited bookmarks. I MIGHT just have cried a little inside when that bookmark went nowhere one day, so thank you for everything over the years! 

I think my favorite thing about the site has always been the TROs (both original and custom), and I actually had a tendency to link to here when referencing mechs, even over Sarna (don't get me wrong, love that site too).

Was great to have a handy reference to the TRO info from the books, when I didn't have my home library readily available, not to mention browsing fun custom stuff from the S7 members. 

Mekslayer posted this 25 December 2016

Welcome to a basic Solaris7 site that I think will be built around the forum instead of having it be an add on this time.

I am looking for input on what categories to create so respond away!   

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wow, this is awesome!

great to see everyone back...

thanks Skyhigh!

... As to forums.... I think this site was the best for armories and design contests.

... Though I always favored the actual combat side of things to prove a design out.

looking forward to rebuilding... Any chance we can get the colors back?  I always had a fondness for green fonts on a black background... :-D

Cmdr_Kronos_Riker posted this 22 December 2016

Yes, how much is that.. HOLY CRAP! IT'S A TOORIMA! RUN!

Cmdr_Kronos_Riker posted this 10 December 2016

Wait, did someone just thank me for something? Damn!

Anyway, I also recall Solaris Skunk Works being developed, with integration into the site when it came to posting equipment- A good idea until the site went down and was being rebuilt from the ground up.  Would be awesome to see that happen again.

Yeden posted this 08 December 2016

You know, if you add a starfield background and change the text to green, then this would be largely indistinguishable from solaris7.com's original launch.

Prince posted this 20 November 2016

If the band's getting back together, can someone fix the cigarette lighter?

...Never saw the use of crass or inappropriate communication just because one could...

Teufelhund

New Website, NEW RULES

From what I remember, the S7 forums were slowly dying off, or at least inactive.  The resident population was not that large, and we are a bunch of know-it-alls with no further questions.  Not a lot to talk about.   But we would still get new designs posted,  and that would spark conversations in the review section of the posting.

Thunder

Yes, but I must respectfully kinda-sorta disagree.

When S7 was at it's lowest point (I'd say around 2013-2014) battletech was in a rocky period again, and the goings-on showed the forum's old age. Just going by memory, S7 had designs and partially-active armories (Thanks, Kronos!) from 2001 when Mechwarrior 3 was still regularly played online with the titular "NO SHADOWCATS ALLOWED" stickers everywhere. Hell, There were threads for Nevanos there and that was dead when I showed up in 2006!

I think the old board really just needed a reboot either way.

Snowjeepney posted this 16 November 2016

Armories and the TRO's that go with in them are the main draw of Solaris 7.  No other site I've seen has anything like it.  Solaris 7 is something of the Deviantart of the battletech world.  A member is able to sign in and have their own "space" to show off their stuff.  And an armory could either be just a giant holding bay for all of a person's stuff with minimal fluff,  Or in some cases, a single armory can become a multilayered work of art in its own right, telling the story of group, be they pirates, a company or a star empire and the things they have made or kludged.

The other draw of being focused on the posting and showing off of custom designs is that it generates new content on its own.  Any other website is pretty much limited to what is already written down about battletech. (Battlecorps excepted....)  But IIRC the Battlemech count of the last version of S7 was over 20,000.  Admittedly a number of them were deleted from inactive accounts over the years, but you're still dealing with more content generated about battletech then all official sources combined. (At a rough estimate.)

From what I remember, the S7 forums were slowly dying off, or at least inactive.  The resident population was not that large, and we are a bunch of know-it-alls with no further questions.  Not a lot to talk about.   But we would still get new designs posted,  and that would spark conversations in the review section of the posting.

The real question is, to what purpose should the site be dedicated to?  An easy to access repository of knowledge definitely. Bring back the planetary database and art galleries.  Make available the links to the various mech design programs.  But remember that these things can be had elsewhere as well.   What can not be found is a database of custom designs, which can then be commented on, and rated.  Searched and filtered to see if anyone has had the same idea as yours.

And yes.  Armories definitely help organize all of that

Most definitely agree with Thunder on those points, especially about the armories.  It's been a long time since I last checked the website, and for a while, I thought it would no longer come back online.  Can't wait to start posting new designs again.

UrsisB posted this 14 November 2016

Woot! We're Back!!  Yeee Haww!

Samak posted this 08 November 2016

I rebooted an ancient PC, and BOOM, all my old designs.  Now I have an excuse to fix my horrible fluff on some of them.

GreyGriffin posted this 04 November 2016

Nuuu, all my 'mechs are gone.  My SSW and Heavy Metal files didn't survive a PC migration.  I was counting on you, S7!  And you let me down!

bladewinder posted this 31 October 2016

I am just glad that there is a way to contact the peeps. I will sure miss all those custom TROs and Armories though

Revener posted this 29 October 2016

Finally!

I never was very active though

The armories was the main draw and the huge library of mechs that people made and got  feedback on and I liked that that was  not tied into a forum, made it ess cluttered.

Also nice that it was all in the mechfiles that could be put in differnt mechbuilding programs or megamek directly.

 

The differnt guides where good too, especially to ppl unused to the boardgame.

Like the Techlevel 1 guide, range bracket guide and engine size guide .

 

 

 

warlock posted this 26 October 2016

Armories and the TRO's that go with in them are the main draw of Solaris 7.  No other site I've seen has anything like it.  Solaris 7 is something of the Deviantart of the battletech world.  A member is able to sign in and have their own "space" to show off their stuff.  And an armory could either be just a giant holding bay for all of a person's stuff with minimal fluff,  Or in some cases, a single armory can become a multilayered work of art in its own right, telling the story of group, be they pirates, a company or a star empire and the things they have made or kludged.

The other draw of being focused on the posting and showing off of custom designs is that it generates new content on its own.  Any other website is pretty much limited to what is already written down about battletech. (Battlecorps excepted....)  But IIRC the Battlemech count of the last version of S7 was over 20,000.  Admittedly a number of them were deleted from inactive accounts over the years, but you're still dealing with more content generated about battletech then all official sources combined. (At a rough estimate.)

 

 

This pretty much somes it up for me.The Armories was the one thing that always brought me back, time and again to start with, later it was just as much the forums, but that first came later, after i had got to know "The regulars" who would review my designs.

Cmdr_Kronos_Riker posted this 17 October 2016

Well, makes me glad to have 1) hard copies of my TROs  2)Stored my pictures, Megamek, and other Battletech-related files on OneDrive and Google drive.

Morrigan posted this 16 October 2016

Thank the gods S7 is back. I miss the tros and the fan designs. I just started a lvl 1 campaign with friends when it went down and was bummed for the loss of such a valuable resource.

I'm happy to help however I can.

SturmKrahe posted this 12 October 2016

Well I didn't get that memo to save stuff. Oh well. Looks like I'll have to reboot my Alt-U project.

Falkwulf posted this 11 October 2016

I searched it for S@G's and wow Thanks Sky for getting us back up, Thunder hit the nail on the head with his post about the layout and the allure or the former iteration of S7.  

Thunder posted this 06 October 2016

Should be a backup copy though. Lessons learned from the first crash of S7

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