The Redwall Compendium's
Here are where the awards given
to the Compendium are kept. You can also see who has won the Compendium's award. The resource reviews and notes about awards recieved are all Snowspine's, and the Compendium is not currently giving out awards.
Criteria for the Compendium's
Click on the award to go to the site that gave it.
*_* Shiiinyyyyy... This is the first award for the Compendium
alone (the Beastiary received some awards before the Compendium was created).
Thanks, Fort Ruddler! *distracted by shiny letters*
Lunar Isle kindly gave the Compendium these neat awards!
The purple one says "This Site Won The Lunar Isle Gold Medallion." I tried
sharpening the letters in my imaging program, but it didn't help much, so I just
let it stay the way it was...
Inside reviewed the Compendium and gave it a 4.6 out of 5.0. Thanks,
|A.Y.A.D was nice enough to give us their award of excellence.
Thanks, AYAD! *.* I like the fiery background. Fiiiire...
Online gave the Compendium a nice long
||Pawflash gave the Compendium this award. Thanks Pawflash!
I like squirrels a lot, yeppers!
here? *cry* sadness.]
It's all...gold and shiny and fiery... *.* How purty. It's
from...*deep breath* Lancepaw Bellamima Rosaline Felicia Fortesque.
*whoosh!* Fwah. Hares and their long names... She runs
Lancepaw's Fort and gave the Compendium this lovely award.
There's no award here? How sad. Poor little blank space,
all lonely and empty... You want to fill it with something, don't you?
You know you do! So if you have an award and you think the
Compendium deserves it, use the Contact page to send it along.
||Sunfur of Fortress Zion
emailed me this adorable award.
Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10. Any site with
lower than a 6.0 on any of the values or anything lower than a 7.0 on the
overall value does not get an award.
Headquarters - See the award they received
- Design: 9.0 - The Headquarters is very easy on
the eyes. The graphics are attractive, the font contrasts nicely
with the background, readable but not jarring; tables are used to very
good effect...it's just an all-around nice design. I do have a few
complaints, however: there are perhaps too many graphics, and the cursor
trailer is incredibly annoying. The introduction section of the main
page is good; it all fits on one screen, the title is attractive, the
picture of the Redwall Champion fits well; but below that things get very
busy. Perhaps if the menu on the left-hand side of the screen was
small enough to fit on one screen, the barrage of words and images on the
bottom three-fourths of the page would be acceptable; they'd just be
extra, rather than the viewer having to stare at the chaos while looking
at the main links. But the use of transparent images and tables is
quite impressive. Navigation is quite good. Overall, a very
- Resource Value: 9.5 - Excellent, excellent,
excellent. There's the usual information on books, series, and Brian
Jacques, as well as snippets of news from the Redwall world. There's
also a listing of goodbeast and vermin characters, though not nearly
complete as Snowfur's Redwall Encyclopedia. The collections of
poems, songs, and riddles from the books rivals the Music section of the
Compendium's Redwall Troupe. There's a large collection of extensive
book quizzes, and lists of various characters - wielders of Martin's
sword, Abbots and Abbesses, Salamandastron Lords and Ladies, etc. An
excellent section is the Maps section, which holds scans of almost all the
Redwall maps. The Picture Gallery has pictures from the books and
Redwall.org. There's also quotes, desktop backgrounds, Redwall
products, and links to other sites. All in all, a huge amount of
- Content: 9.5 - There's a lot of content
in the Redwall Headquarters, most of which is listed above.
- Originality: 9.0 - The design is lovely, and I'm
going to say it's fairly original because I like the look of it so much.
Except for the cursor trailer and overflow of graphics, of course.
The character lists are something I haven't seen before, and I've never
seen such a large collection of maps or poetry from the books. The
desktop backgrounds are quite original too. Nicely done.
- Overall: 9.0 - I almost gave the Redwall
Headquarters a 9.5, but I've given 9.0's to sites that are roughly its
equal, so. The design is excellent, though it could be cleaned up a
little; there is a lot of content and resources; and it's fairly
original. Definitely worth the Compendium's award.
Pawflash's Redwall Abbey -
See the award
- Design: 8.5 - PRA is easy to navigate and the font is
readable on the subtle background: the first things I look for when
rating design. However, it could do without the two images on
the main page. The title image is good; the squirrel and Redwall
picture from redwall.org could stand to be trashed. Too many
images on the front page is tacky. If Pawflash is in love with
those pictures, a splash page or an image page is the place for them,
not the main page. Perhaps they could be replaced by a text
introduction, an about page, or the updates page. If we're
nitpicking, then making the link color something that goes with the
background would help to make the site more attractive, as would
changing the color of the dividers. A navigation page with every
section in the site listed with a brief one-or-two-sentence
explanation of each page would be very helpful, as PRA is such a vast
site with so many sections and pages that it's easy to get lost
despite the simplistic design. Overall, though, the design is
fairly well done.
- Resource Value: 9.0 - One interesting section of PRA is the
Gatehouse, which contains the writings of various recorders throughout
the Redwall novels. Another resource is titled Salamandastron,
containing a list of all the rulers of the fire mountain, the
descendants of Lord Stonepaw, and the family of Urthclaw and Loambudd.
There's also a Favorite Quotes section with quotes from the novels, a
fascinating history of Martin's sword, a touching tribute to the
various characters that died in the novels, maps of the various places
in the Redwall books, a dibbun-to-English dictionary, and book
reviews. Pawflash's site is definitely a good resource!
- Content: 9.8 - PRA is packed with content, only some
of which has been listed above. There are games galore,
interactive stories, quizzes, and much more.
- Originality: 9.5 - Many of the sections in PRA are highly
original, found nowhere else on the ROC. The Redwall University is
quite original as well, but I hope no one thinks I'm copying off
Pawflash's title when I (eventually) create the ROC University for the
Compendium... I've certainly never seen a history of Martin's sword
anywhere else, or a dibbun-to-English dictionary. The site title
is overused, however - there's more sites entitled "[Webmaster's name
here]'s Redwall Abbey" than I can count. Even so, that doesn't
detract much from the originality of the rest of the site.
- Overall: 9.0 - I'd give PRA a 9.5 if the design was jazzed
up a bit, but everything else is wonderful. There's so much to
do and apparently more being added constantly, if the busy Updates
page is any indication. Definitely worth a look and the
Hideaway (formerly at http://www.mattimeo.main-page.net) -
See the award they received
- Design: 8.5 - I'd give MSH a 9.0 or even 9.5 if Mattimeo
takes that evil Comet Cursor off his site. It's one of my pet
peeves, and although some people think it's cute, I think it's a
virus. It downloads itself onto your computer and is a pain to
uninstall. Also, Mattimeo has some difficulties with
punctuation: he uses "it's" when he should use "its" and rarely
inserts spaces after commas. On the other paw, he makes great
use of tables and the site itself is very attractive.
- Resource Value: 6.5 - MSH has only a few resources, the
most interesting of which is Mattimeo's Family Album. There is
also a page with summaries of the books, a poll and a survey.
- Content: 7.5 - There's really not a lot of content in MSH,
although as a new site it may grow as time passes. Right now,
though, all that it contains is what is listed in the Resource Value
of the site.
- Originality: 7.0 - The most original part of MSH is
Mattimeo's Family Album. Everything else has been done to death
by other sites.
- Overall: 7.0 - MSH is a fairly average homepage. All
that sets it apart from the thousands of other Redwall homepages on
the ROC is its design and the Mattimeo family tree. I'd like to
see more original ideas and more content overall at MSH; family trees
of more Redwall characters would be quite interesting.
CORIM (formerly at http://avidgamers.com/corim) -
See the award they received
- Design: 9.5 - CORIM has a nice design, well organized and
easy to navigate. The dropdown menus near the top of the site
are extremely convenient. The link names are simple and
self-explanatory, so there's no real need for a site map, which CORIM
- Resource Value: 7.5 - Although CORIM has several useful and
interesting resources, there's really not a lot that can't be found
elsewhere. The Mole Translator is quite interesting for if you
have difficulty figuring out certain words in molespeech. The
Songbook, with songs from the books, is incomplete- but then again, so
is the Troupe's. Like many sites, this one has a Recipe book as
well. I think the most interesting part here, however, is the
Downloads section. There are Redwall games you can download and
other unique things.
- Content: 8.0 - CORIM does have some useful and interesting
content, as listed above in the Resource section, but there could be
much more than they have. However, they are still under
construction, as noted by the "Coming Soon" section of the site, so I
suppose they'll grow in content as time goes by.
- Originality: 8.0 - There are quite a few original aspects
to CORIM, such as the stuff in their Downloads section. Apart
from that, however, they appear to be a fairly typical Redwall club,
although since a password is required before anyone can get into the
Members' Area, I don't know what exactly they have.
- Overall: 8.0 - CORIM is a relatively average club, but the
site design and the little extras such as the Downloads make it fairly
unique. I give it an 8.0 overall.
Silverpeak Island (formerly at http://silverpeakisland.com) -
See the award they
Design: 8.5 - The use of graphics may be the best I've ever seen,
but the navigation could be made much simpler. The front page is
simple enough, allowing the visitor to go to one of four subsites, as it
were: Silverpeak Island, the main and original site; the prestigious
yearly Redwall Awards, recently moved to Silverpeak; the Redwall
Connection, a ROC "meeting place"; and Hyperlynx Web Design, a webpage
designing service. The Redwall Awards and Redwall Connection are
excellent, and would receive at least a 9.5 in just about every category
if they were being reviewed separately. However, what I'm mostly
concentrating on is the "main" section of the site- Silverpeak Island
itself. It's got a lovely design, excellent use of graphics, and
is very pleasing to the eye, but very frustrating once you try to figure
out what's going on. The site mascot is sandwiched between a link to a list of miscellaneous pages and an art gallery.
There's an information page on the webmistress Bandeye Maia
Redwall name generator, etc, etc... all with nondescript names such as
"Grass Hut," "Palm Grove," and "Minko's Hideout." Fortunately,
once you get past the Wizard of Peak (the name generator), the names
fall into a discernable pattern - Redweb Review, Silverpeak Award,
Links, and so on and so forth. Also missing from the site was a
mission statement, a summary of some sort- the closest thing to it is a
short paragraph that left me feeling just as confused as before.
It's not specified whether the club section is neutral, peaceful, for
goodbeasts, or for warriorbeasts. But perhaps I'm being too harsh-
the difficult navigation and nonsensical organization (why is the club
section mingled with Bandeye's art gallery and a name generator?) in the Silverpeak Island section of the site is about the only design flaw.
Other than that, it's excellent... which is why it gets an 8.5 and not a
Resource Value: 9.5 - Despite the fact that much of Silverpeak is
a club, it has some excellent resources. Almost all of these are found
in Minko's Hideout, which contains many miscellaneous pages. One
such is the Redwall Insult Archive, containing a long list of insults
from the Redwall books. My particular favorite is the Redwall
timeline, which shows the order of when the books were told and when
major events took place; the order of heroes, villains, abbots/abbesses,
and Badger Lords/Ladies. There's also a list of weapons used in
the books- both conventional weapons and improvised ones.
Content: 10.0 - Silverpeak is loaded with content! From an
active club, to a cyber adoption page, to an image gallery, an insult
archive, and so many other things too numerous to list here- it's packed
so full that perhaps I can understand the reason for the difficult
navigation. Where do you put so much stuff? And this
is without taking into account the subsites- the Redwall Connection and
the Redwall Awards. You have to look for yourself; I can't
possibly summarize everything.
Originality: 9.5 - I was somewhat torn between 9.5 and 10.0 for
Silverpeak's originality, but I really don't like giving out
10.0's like they were pennies... *heh* So, a 9.5. Silverpeak is
very original - how many clubs have you seen set in a tropical
setting? I can think of one other- Redwall Beach - but I think
Silverpeak Island came first... correct me if I'm wrong. The
various miscellaneous pages are quite unique, as is the entire design.
All in all, a 9.5.
Overall: 9.0 - Despite the navigation flaws, Silverpeak is an
excellent site overall. It's very original, with great graphics
and tons of content, and it's also a good resource- which earns you lots
of points at the Compendium awards. *gryn* All Bandeye would have to do
to get a higher rating would be to clean up the navigation and state the
purpose a bit more clearly.
Crossroads - See the award they
Design: 9.0 - This is one of the better designs
for a link site I've seen, if not the best. It's attractive,
easy to read, and easy to navigate. I think this is the
Crossroads' strongest point, actually.
Resource Value: 9.0 - It's a well-organized
link site- of course it's a good resource! *gryn* The Crossroads has
tons of links and there are more every time I visit, it seems.
The articles archived on the site add to its resource value, at least
Content: 9.0 - There are plenty of links here,
which gives it high content, and it has some very nice articles, such as
"What is the ROC?", "Tips on RPing", and "Building a
Originality: 6.0 - There are lots of link sites
out there. This one is laid out a bit nicer, and it has some
interesting extras, but it's not terribly original. That doesn't
detract much from its overall appeal, though.
Overall: 9.0 - I have to give the Crossroads a
fairly high overall rating. It's an excellent site, and I'm very
impressed with it. I think what would make it even better,
however, would be a rating system for the various sites and perhaps
even short summaries of what the sites are about. Even without
that, though, it's a very commendable site.
Fort Ruddler -
See the award they received
Design: 10.0 - Fort Ruddler has perhaps one of
the best designs for a Redwall club that I've ever found.
It's extremely attractive, with a very convenient sidebar menu that
opens up to reveal every single section of the site and even
sub-sections. Some of the pages don't work, but that's
because the Fort just moved servers on New Year and are still working
out the bugs.
Resource Value: 7.5 - Yes, I know. I had
said I would rarely give this award to clubs. However, Fort
Ruddler has some resources that are invaluable for roleplayers.
If you click on the "About" portion of the menu, and then click on the
revealed "Code of Morals," you'll find two tutorials. One is on
character development, and is in three parts. The other is on
roleplaying, and is written in two parts. The tutorials are
written very well, and the character development tutorial contains
information on the typical personality, alignment,
cunning/intelligence, fighting ability, and accent of just about every
species, including some found only on the ROC and not in the books.
I used this section as a resource for the "In Redwall" sections of the
Beastiary. The reason Fort Ruddler only got a 7.5 for its
resource value is because, while the tutorials are useful, they are a
very small portion of the entire site, and there really aren't a whole
lot of the tutorials.
Content: 8.0 - While the club section of Fort
Ruddler is packed with content from its many contributing members, the
Compendium award was made for resource sites. What is in the
tutorials is extremely useful, and there's a lot of information packed
in those five pages, and so I gave it an 8 out of 10.
Originality: 8.0 - There are other roleplaying
and character development tutorials out there; however, not many are
as well-written and complete as Fort Ruddler's. There are some
very unique aspects of the tutorials, kicking up the originality
rating. The site as a whole also figured into this rating, and
though Fort Ruddler is by and large a typical goodbeast club, it does
have original touches that make it stand out. The rating of 8
out of 10 seems to fit, in my mind at least.
Overall: 9.0 - Fort Ruddler is an absolutely
excellent site, a very well-done club, and an interesting RPG.
If the Compendium award was for clubs, it would have received a much
higher grade on the other sections than it did. As a resource,
though, it's not half bad, and I do admire the rest of the site.
The design brings the rating up several notches, and the tutorials are
well-written and useful, adding to that. As an overall site, I
have to give Fort Ruddler a nine.
Criteria for the Compendium's Award
After some thought, I finally decided to give out awards for
Redwall resources at
the Compendium. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 10. Following is a sample for the Compendium award.
Here's the criteria for the award:
Your site must be about Redwall.
It must have some Redwall resources! This is the
first thing I check for! If your site doesn't have any Redwall
resources, whether it be resources for
writing fanfiction or
information on the world of Redwall or some other resource useful to Redwallers,
then you're automatically disqualified for the award! This award is really targeted toward Redwall resources, so the more resources
the better - clubs and RPGs will rarely get this award.
It must have good content.
It must have a good layout and be easy to navigate.