When I started the GoW Database, it was a side project that I had thrown together in my spare time to replace the (now deleted) Gems of War Troops list, that at the time was very much out of date. The initial version of the site was a couple of static HTML pages that I’d created with a small C# app and uploaded to my playground/sandbox website, ashtender.com, in a subfolder. As interest grew and I dove further into the files, the site grew and grew, and at this point it has eclipsed my other side projects on ashtender.com to the point where I feel it’s time to give it a domain of its own.
The Gems of War Database can now be found at http://gowdb.com.
All URLs that start with http://ashtender.com/gems will redirect to the new site, and will for the foreseeable future, but you will want to update your bookmarks in order to avoid the server redirection.
Hopefully this will make linking to the site less cumbersome, as the URL is shorter. I’ve also made it possible to make shortened URLs to various pages; the top folders “t”, “k”, “c”, and “w” redirect to “troops”, “kingdoms”, “classes”, and “weapons”, respectively. I’ve also made the by-name URLs more resilient to punctuation and whitespace. So for instance, it’s now possible to link to Gard’s Avatar via gowdb.com/t/gardsavatar and to Maugrim Woods via gowdb.com/k/maugrimwoods.
I think I’ve put the new site through its paces, but there’s always a possibility that I screwed something up, so if you notice something’s not working, please let me know!
P.S. One small milestone: The site hit the 3,000 registered user mark a couple days ago. That’s way more interest than I had ever expected. I’m glad so many of you have found it to be useful, if only for an afternoon or two