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In May 2002, Ilsoap posted a cool picture of a fearsome Arachnut. I didn't find it on the Web, but Ilsoap sent it to me. Not only that, I received synopses of the Shadowlands episodes 3–9, too. Thanks a lot! Another nice piece of fan art is RocketJess's adorable Group Picture, posted by her in March 2005. It is one of her last Keen pictures. In the same month, the thread "Bush OMG" was created by DSL. The page features a funny image of a certain Mr Bush (reply 7). Two other humorous pictures also survived (see the last nine replies).

In April 2001, a new member named ChargingMoose surprised the community with the first completely new Keen 4 level. The only Keen 4–6 level editor available at the time was TED5, which doesn't support the released Keen games by default. Nonetheless, ChargingMoose managed to create a new level with a hex editor and a slightly modified TED5. You can read more about the developments in Andrew Durdin's 2002 article "Changing the World / Editing Keen with TED". A later milestone in Galaxy modding was the release of Andrew's ModKeen 2.0 on Keen Day 2004. Finally, modders were able to extract and edit the graphics from Keen 46. It's no wonder that the utility was one of the winners of the Keen Awards 2004, more specifically in the category Best Editor/Other Keen Program. Like in 2002, nice trophies were created, in this case by xtraverse. The 2004 Awards were the last ones, though there have been unsuccessful attempts to revive them.

Remember TMST's prank call? In April 2003, Grelphy indicated that the numbers of two real live Billy Blazes are found in the American White Pages phone directory. Not spectacular, but then Too Much Spare Time gave one of the Billys a call and published the recording... well, see for yourself. ;-) The prank call is still available online on a different site (link included). It was the winner of the Keen Award for Really Keen Stuff of 2003. Another entry for the Awards was Ilsoap's mod Lego Keen, released in December. In Lego Keen, which was voted Best Mod by the Keeners, players explore a world made of Lego bricks. Who were the other winners? Check out the list of winners of the Keen Awards 2003.

Added three topics of mods released in 2004. The earliest one is Zelda II, released by the new member CheesyDave in January. It uses the graphics and setting of the NES game, so it looks and feels very different from the original Keen 1. In July, Levellord released Shadow Keen 2, a Keen 2 mod and the sequel to her first mod. Bad Dreams, also by Levellord, came out in September and was a birthday present for Commander Spleen. Most of its graphics are taken from Keen Dreams, but the Keen 1 mod comes with a plot twist.

"Wake up Billy, it snowed last night!" – this is the title of a topic created by Too Much Spare Time in June 2002. He presented his neat snow King Sluggy, which won the Keen Award for Best Non-Computerized Art (by the way, another picture is available here). And take a look at KeenCommander's nice snow Sparky, too. TMST's first contribution in the PCKF was the "Message from the Dopefish Department" almost a year earlier.

I've also added the thread "Keen 6's Portable elevator! No kidding!!!", created by KeenCommander (a.k.a. Br1ck or Cosmos) in December 2001. It's all about the famous trick in Keen 6 known as the Impossible Bullet. KeenCommander's younger brother Dr Witherstone (James) discovered it, and although he was not the first one to do so, it seems that the bug was not as widely known then, even among experienced Keeners. It became the winner of the Keen Award for Really Keen Stuff. In October 2002, a unique walkthrough for Keen 6 written by Dr Witherstone was posted on Commander Keendom, which makes extensive use of the Impossible Bullet trick.

Slasher (Corey, a.k.a. Matrix) released the second demo of Spork III in June 2002, nearly two years after the first one. His work won the Keen Award for Best Fan-Game. The game's story was intended to be told in comic book format. Eventually, Slasher abandoned the game and worked on the comic instead. Only two pages were completed, but Slasher's art is definitely worth a look, just like the game.
Regarding Keen Awards, I added two more topics from 2002. In "All Done!", KorathIII posted a nifty table of Keen Award winners based on the Keen 4 high scores level "so that future generations can look back on this momentous occasion". Also, don't miss the Award Acceptance Speeches by Too Much Spare Time (who won four Keen Awards) and other winners.

In February 2002, TCL999 impressed his fellow-Keeners with his A through Z interpretation of Commander Keen, the Keencylcopedia. Most of its content eventually became part of Beyond the Pogo. The same year, TCL999 received the Keen Award for Best Website. Remember the Keen Awards? Well, after at least one unsuccessful attempt, the June/July 2002 discussion started by Too Much Spare Time lead to the first Keen Awards. Initially, the members had to nominate Keen works (and people) for the different categories in the Official Nominations Thread. After it was done, the Keeners voted for their favourites in 13 separate polls between 22 July and 6 August (I combined them into a single page, results are missing in three cases). Flaose, who handled the process, posted the list of the winners of the Keen Awards 2002. Check out all the cool trophies created by MRC Marky.

The InsideTheWeb section has been expanded. I've compiled a list of links for (almost) everything I found in the Wayback Machine. It's more than I expected, the oldest messages date back to September 1998. I also included a list of selected messages (a subjective selection, of course). You won't find in-depth discussions with dozens of posts like in the PCKF. Nonetheless, those boards are an important part of early Keen community history.

And there are more topics from the ezboard days, all related to the fangame The Mystery of Isis II: "Things to come", "Another update" and "Been a while eh? Isis II time ..." Team member eK reported on the development of the game in mid-2000. In February 2002, he started the Countdown to Isis, more than 80 replies of this thread survive. The demos of Isis II were among the most promising and popular fangames of the early 2000s, but it was abandoned in 2003. Fortunately, the project was revived in 2010.

Three topics added, all of them related to the early days of modding. Soon after the original release of ModLatch, Andrew Durdin announced an updated version with Keen 1 support in the topic "Edit Keen 1-3 tiles!" Only a few days later, ModLatch became obsolete as Andrew revolutionised Keen modding with the first release of ModKeen on 1 April 2002, announced in "Edit Keen 1-3 Tiles, Bitmaps, and Sprites!!" On the same day, Keeners discussed the possibilities of the new program in the topic "Commander Keen 1-3 editing".

Thanks to Snortimer who reuploaded his collection of InsideTheWeb messages and related images he made available in 2011. Now you can also download the ZIP archive from here. One day I will integrate the pages into the PCKF Archive so that they are browsable. InsideTheWeb was a provider of message boards that existed from 1997 to 2001. The various boards created by Keeners on ITW were basically the earliest predecessor of today's PCKF.
Furthermore, I've added the topic "Keen editing". It contains the very first post of one of the PCKF's most active members, KeenRush. He requested a program to change graphics in Keen 1, and some days later Andrew Durdin released ModLatch (which was soon followed by ModKeen).

In the topic "Keen Progs", member Justin introduced two utilities he made, a high score editor for Keen 1 and a save game editor for Keen 4, source code included. It's from April 2000, one of the oldest discussions I was able to dig up. By the way, I added the ninth JMMB topic named "Isis Demo II rocks...", overlooked it before.

Added the topic "how did the keen community begin?", where Keeners discussed the early days of the community in the 1990s. "Veterans" like Ilsoap and Cho'gall shared their memories. Ah, history.

I have added a new section called "JMMB Topics". Before the PCKF on the ezboard website was created, the Keen community was active on a subforum of the Jazz Mega Message Board (JMMB) for some months. It was named "Commander Keen Stuff" and moderated by then CC314 owner Thea. The main reason for the new board, which was in use from November 1999 to March 2000, were the limitations of the previously used InsideTheWeb service. Eight topics of the JMMB's Keen section were archived by the Wayback Machine, and you can find the respective links on this page now. It isn't much, but better than nothing.

Three years have passed. Well, sadly, the ezboard.com domain and all its subdomains have become inaccessible in the Wayback Machine again, and there are no signs of a change. Therefore, I have removed all archive.org links in the topic table. But as I saved most of the affected pages back then (though by far not all topics archived by that site), it is possible to restore most of the content sooner or later. But still, there's a little addition: The topic "Monster Bash FILEID.diz", which appears to be the only PCKF page of the ezboard era found on archive.is.

Three mod topics added: Doomship Dilemma by Dr Villain, Zelda II by CheesyDave, and Shadow Keen 2 by Levellord. Also, check out the amazing mod I've released on 1st April. ;-)

Happy Keen Day! An important event in Keen history took place in April 2001, then a new user named ChargingMoose surprised the community with the first completely new Keen 4 level. Another topic added today is that on Victor4k's innovative, but now long-abandoned mod Keenbot. Two more classics of modding are Ceilick's early works, Crash on Gobo III and Planet Destruction.

Two more mod topics from 2004 added. First, The Search for the Sentinel released by kohntarkosz, his first and thus far only mod. Second, Bad Dreams by Levellord, which was a birthday present for Commander Spleen. And then there's a cool and adorable Group Picture by RocketJess, too.

In August 2003, the Keener Commander Spleen made his debut in the PCKF and introduced his mod Monky Business. Almost a year later, he released the critically acclaimed beta version of it (the finished mod will be awesome!). Also, check out "Bush OMG" for a funny picture of a certain Mr. Bush and more...

Added the first three links to the Wayback Machine. It's all about the release of now classic mods: Norp the Yorp 3 by Xtraverse, Keen Y by Grelphy, and Lego Keen by Ilsoap.

A late Happy New Year! It has been a while since the last update. As you may have noticed, the old PCKF is available again in the Wayback Machine (a really nifty thing!). That said PCKF pages became unavailable with the site's relaunch some years ago was the main reason for the creation of this little archive.

So, now you ask, does the PCKF Archive still have a point? Yes, it does have, as the pages archived by the WM alone won't provide you an overseeable table with archived topics like the one below. If you want to get to see "all" topics in the WM, you have to switch around between the dates of archiving in the topic lists. Not only that, the PCKF's ezBoard incarnation used different subdomains over the course of the years (the earliest being "pub7", I think), and the WM treats pages with different subdomains as separate ones, of course. Furthermore, there are a lot of threads not in the WM, and thus a bunch of "broken" links that aren't marked as such.

As you can see, the table allows for much easier navigation, at least for the topics that are included. So rather than copying and editing the PCKF threads for this page, I will link pages of the Wayback Machine soon. It's much less time-consuming, the list will grow much faster, and you'll get to see more notable discussions in the community's long history. The only real disadvantage is that WM pages are normally not indexed by search engines, as far as I know. But that's okay for now.

Feel free to browse the PCKF in the Wayback Machine yourself. As said, there are different subdomains for different periods (only those used before the attack in May 2005 are included here):
pub7 (April 2001), pub128 (August 2002), p072 (June 2004)
(they also overlap, though, making it even more complicated)

Release topic of Norp the Yorp in Diffusion by Xtraverse added, another classic mod.

Added the topic on the release of Bazooka Wowbagger, a mod by Paperface from the early days of modding. By the way, I've finally released my mod a week ago. Hey, a little self-advertisement doesn't hurt! ;-)

Again, two more topics! In July 2001, then new member TMST presented the community a fantastic Commander Keen: The Movie poster. There is also a topic from "The Classics" sub-forum now, "Cosmo, anyone?", which is about Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure.

Ever wondered where the cool little GIF of pogoing Keen is from? Find the answer! Moreover, read what Keeners thought about Keen on PS2 and other consoles back in 2002.

Long time no update! Sorry for the hiatus. On Keen Day, I've added the topic "Billy Retire?!" about Jill of the Jungle, another platform game classic.

Two more topics today: Almost a decade ago, Xky released his Keen 1 Mod, have fun reading the reactions back then. I've also added an early Keen Community Story started by Forge (sadly, two pages are missing).

With Xtraverse's permission, I've incorporated the links to the many topics in DOS Classics' archive, what makes accessing them much easier. But beware that certain discussions can get quite "controversial". ;-) I've got my files back, too, so expect more blasts from the past!

Currently, I don't have the majority of topics I saved on hand (don't worry, nothing is lost). But still, I want to present you something new until I have them back, so enjoy reading about Kangarus's (unfinished) Commander Keen fanfic and Rorie's 1st piece of fanart.

The PCKF Archive has opened! Thanks to Malvineous for giving me this webspace. It starts with six topics, and they contain various really entertaining posts, don't miss them. More will be added bit by bit.

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