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I’ve been working at Zelda Informer for nearly eight years. I’ve been writing about Zelda games via running Zelda websites since the end of 1998 (18 years, oh my!). I am prefacing this “hiring post” (looking for volunteers) with this bit of personal history to give some context to what we do here at Zelda Informer.

We’re not just fans of the Zelda series, we’re enthusiasts. Sure, this is my every day job (I get an actual paycheck, have a real contract with specific terms, and some other small benefits), but I’ve only been paid and/or made money running Zelda sites for three years out of the 18 I’ve been doing this. I’ve spent a majority of my life not just playing Zelda games, but covering them. When you come to write for Zelda Informer, even as a news writer, you should want to volunteer your time to it because it’s something you’re passionate about. It’s not enough to just like Zelda games, but you want to have that burning desire to cover them.

All that being said, we are indeed looking to expand our news team as we build towards E3 and the eventual release of Zelda U. We want extremely enthusiastic and dedicated folks to help us cover news about Zelda games, fan creations, and other shenanigans based around Nintendo and The Legend of Zelda. While this position is strictly volunteer, it’s an important position as news coverage is the backbone of our site. It can also be extremely self-rewarding...

Some of you may have noticed over the past handful of days that our news posts have been using a different comment system than we have used the past six years. We have been using disqus faithfully dating back to roughly a year after I started running this place. At the time most of the Zelda community was using a commenting system known as intense debate, and while that system is still around we saw many pitfalls with it – pitfalls that did not exist with what was then a still growing platform called disqus...

Our first “hiring” post of 2016 is here to detail and promote specific positions we are looking to fill at Zelda Informer. As a note, every single position is volunteer only. I wanted to get that out of the way as folks seem to always get confused. That being said, we’re looking to add people to three of our various teams presently. Here are the positions we are looking to add you to and how you can apply...

So as Nate announced earlier this month, Zelda Informer is officially changing ownership, and as such, this is likely the last post I'll be making here. The past couple weeks I’ve been talking with Mases, unpairing Zelda Informer from Gamnesia’s code library, and personally setting up his new server that’s going to be hosting the site. He knows he can call me up for future advice and any development needs he might have, but beyond that, my time running this place is officially drawing to a close. So I'm gonna title this with the words I originally announced this with back in 2007, because it feels fitting.

Eight years on a project like this is a long time, and things are very different from when this all started. I turn 28 in a couple weeks, and simply put, would like to pursue something new. I’ve been gathering up people that I've known over the years - friends, coworkers, journalists, and hackers - and we’re putting together a new blog project for politics, culture, travel, music, and investigative journalism – Pod Six. Naturally, getting something of this caliber going properly requires quite a bit of investment of the time and money sort, so it’s been on the drawing board for a couple years now with no realistic way to get it going. Then Mases offered me up an exit plan that leaves ZI in, honestly, pretty solid hands between him and Nate.

I’m not sure how many people saw the last bit of ZI/ZD that happened last month, but the public backlash was pretty negative. So why not mend bridges? Both sites serve basically the same community in different ways, why not work together? I’ve been tempted to bail on this before, but the problem I always encountered was people in the Zelda community with the actual resources willing to take it on. Before ZI even started, I watched the site we grew out of, Zelda Universe, sell out to several people who wanted nothing to do with the Zelda community but to run the sites for ad revenue. This absentee landlordism created the worst environment, and is one of the things that got us together to start ZI. Mases has been involved in the community a good long time and has had the resources to keep an equally mammoth site online this whole time, so I consider him pretty capable of taking this on.

With the other projects I’m putting my efforts into this year, ZI isn’t going to quite get the attention it deserves from its owner if I try to hang on to this at this point. Furthermore, all the goals I personally had for ZI were accomplished a long time ago. With the latest redesign, it feels like a good high note for me to go out on and pass the torch...

Over the past 24 hours my skype, email inbox, and several other private messages from fans have come pouring in worried about the future of Zelda Informer. This isn't surprising given a recent announcement post over at Zelda Dungeon. Long story short, Zelda Informer and Zelda Dungeon are now under the same enterprise. In other words, they now have one owner with Dungeon Enterprises LLC having bought out our site, beginning on February 1st. While Mases Hagopian has detailed out some changes happening immediately at Zelda Dungeon, I wanted to address things publicly here at Zelda Informer just before the new era begins...

This year is a special occasion for the Zelda series, but some of what will make it so special in terms of a celebration was supposed to happen in 2015. Last year for our New Years post we talked about how 2015 was going to be a very special year with the release of Majora’s Mask 3D and Zelda U. Unfortunately, Zelda U didn’t release in 2015, but that only makes this year all the more exciting.

The Zelda series turns 30 this year on February 21st – which marks the official anniversary of the entire series. That’s exciting, though we as of yet don’t know what if anything Nintendo is doing different this year to celebrate it. What we do know is that we have three Zelda related games releasing, the continuation of the Symphony of the Goddesses, and naturally some new merchandise...

We are proud to announce the full release of our brand new Link's Awakening Walkthrough! Zelda Informer staff member Pau Ruiz has been hard at work on this guide for the last several months and now we have it live for the entire world to enjoy. Whether you're revisiting an old friend, playing a game from your childhood... or trying out the game for the very first time, we're now pleased to say we can help walk you through the dungeons, world, side quests, and story...

We’ve reached a point today where I feel comfortable in saying we are ready to expand our editorial team. It was a long journey to that point as we spent most of the year solidifying our copy editing and news writing team… plus launching our current layout (of which we’re still ironing out bugs… and update on this later). Today however we’re talking about something that is at the foundation of our site the last 8 years: editorials.

We simply aren’t producing editorials at a rate we can be proud of and the reality is that much of the current staff is wrapped up in a lot of things at the site already. Hence we’re looking to expand our original content team with more editorials writers...

While this isn't nearly as glamorous of a launch as initially planned, I feel confident enough to start directing you folks over to our Zelda Informer Community Forums. We took our old forums which worked against our users and threw them out the window, replacing them with Invision Pro Boards. We were able to successfully import all of our old posts from over the past 8 years save our last iteration of the boards. In short, we have saved 411,000+ posts made by all of you from over the years. The goal of these forums are to become the central hub for Zelda conversation...

We're still slaving away on our Tri Force Heroes Walkthrough as today we have now updated through the Volcano area. Updates have been a bit slower than anticipated as the puzzles begin to ramp up their difficulty, especially on single player. That being said, we're pushing through and creating what we feel is the best walkthrough available on the net. We believe when it comes to guides that quality is more important than speed, still I apologize for the unplanned slowness. I wont get into too much details, but life is busier than anticipated lately...