There have been some exciting developments at Project: Redcap that I would like to share with you all. Unfortunately I also have some bad news.
The good news is that the venerable Project: Redcap is getting re-designed as a modern Wiki. Users will be able to contribute material directly instead of having to e-mail it to the Redcap maintainer. Also, the mission of Project: Redcap is expanding to be more than just links and a FAQ. We are well on the way to making it a kind of "Wikipedia for Ars Magica."
The new, improved Redcap is currently under development at http://hermesweb.ekkaia.org. Please feel free to visit and look it over! (Note: we are working on a brand-new navigation menu so the navigation should get much easier within the next few days!) Already it contains all the Saga pages from Project: Redcap, and over 400 pages of the new Ars Magica encyclopedia! Many thanks are due to Yair for his incredible efforts on the encyclopedia, and to Pitt Murmann for conceiving this new format and providing all the tech support to make it happen.
I am now working on migrating content from Project Redcap into the new site, which is currently called HermesWeb. As I migrate each Redcap page over, I am marking the Redcap page as "no longer maintained". Once HermesWeb contains everything that Project: Redcap now has (and more), we will move HermesWeb over to the www.redcap.org address and it will become the new front page of Project: Redcap. All the old Redcap pages will remain in place, so if your own Web site links to something on Redcap, those links will still be good.
We are making good progress with the effort. I meant for it to take about three months, and we started in January 2008. But the end is really in sight now, and we are building up momentum for a real transition, probably in March of 2009.
You can help. Go visit the HermesWeb site, have a look around, and give us feedback (please post feedback in this thread). We have a guest account set up so you can add or edit content to the site. There are over 400 articles there already but many of them can be expanded upon and improved by adding more rulebook references, details, examples, and so on. There are many more articles that remain to be written. Anything you can contribute will help the community.
Now for the bad news. I have been having a serious problem with e-mail addressed to redcap.org. The redcap.org address is being used by spammers as a fake return address, and there is some kind of anti-spam measure (either a blacklist or a filter) that has been blocking messages from Redcap users to me, the maintainer. I am going to work with our Webmaster to get past this problem. What it means is that I've received no update requests and no new content for Project Redcap in six months. Many of the sites to which Project Redcap used to link have either moved or gone offline. If this keeps up for long, Project Redcap will get badly out of date and will become a lot less useful than it is now.
Please help re-invogorate the Redcap. Send me links to your Ars Magica pages and/or log into HermesWeb and upload them yourself. Partially this is my fault for not solving the e-mail problem earlier. I'll need the help of the community to keep Project Redcap alive and healthy for the next decade.
You can reach me by private message on this forum, or by e-mail at redcap at andrewgronosky dot us.
Thanks and best wishes,