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Yorpy posted a cute 3D Yorp made in PovRay in July 2002. She had joined the PCKF in 2001 and became an admin by early 2005. Also, Yorpy was an editor of the CK Newsletter since its first issue and eventually followed in the footsteps of the founder Forge. Regarding the image, note that I used the JPG file from Beyond the Pogo, as the original PNG format image appears to be unavailable.
Another 3D Yorp, done in LightWave 3D, was posted by BKewl the next month, which looks nice as well. Unlike the previous Yorp, it was published in the form of a short video.
In August 2002, Flaose announced the opening of a new subforum, the Book Club. Its original concept was that members would read selected books and discuss its content in the Book Club over the course of several weeks. The first book was Lovelock by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn H. Kidd. There were multiple threads created by eK, each one covering three chapters. I added the topics for chapters 13 and chapters 79. While I also have the page for chapters 1012, I won't upload it because of zero replies. Guess why the described concept didn't last very long. By early 2004, the Book Club was renamed The Theater and covers a broader range of media since then.

After a break, four more topics have been added. It looks like that the Keen Mobile project is dead, so Keen GBC remains the most recent official (widely released) Keen game. In April 2000, I Am Keen created a topic about the Game Boy Color Keen. At that time, it was still unconfirmed whether the game would be made. It was not until March 2001 that Keen's first non-DOS adventure was officially announced. VF4588 posted links to screenshots of the game in April 2001 (and the next month, A Black Falcon did so as well). It was released in May of the same year in North America, followed by the European release in June.
Too Much Spare Time created the topic "Space Oddity?" in September 2002, which deals with the Border Village's level design. In December of the same year, he wrote about a case of "Bad Astronomy" regarding the Goodbye, Galaxy! story. Both topics are "for geeks (and Trekkies) only".

cybernetic dream (a.k.a. Dreams) posted a picture named Lunchpause in Shadowlands in October 2002. It's a nice mix of game graphics and original art. Note that the image is taken from TMST's 2003 calendar, as the original one (which was probably of slightly higher quality) is unavailable.
On Keen Day 2004, Zorath released his CGA edition of Keen 1. There was never an official CGA version of the game. Zorath modified all the graphics to create the skin mod.
Less than two days later, RocketJess created a topic about a well-known bug in Keen 5, titled "Save the galaxy, kill yourself..."

Past Updates

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ezboard (April 2000 October/November 2007)
The direct predecessor of the present-day PCKF was part of the ezboard network. In May 2005, ezboard was hacked and thousands of PCKF threads were deleted  the reason why this archive was created in the first place. In late 2007, the community moved to a phpBB-based forum.

Jazz Mega Message Board (November 1999 March/April 2000)
For some months, Keeners were active in a subforum of Jazz2City's JMMB.

InsideTheWeb (1997 November 1999/March 2001)
It started with a fansite and message board run by Geoff Sims. Over time, various other Keen fans also opened their own Keen boards on InsideTheWeb, a service that existed until March 2001. The community moved on in late 1999, but there was still some activity until the site's closure.

More Keen Stuff
Several Keen-related works are available for download here.

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