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The Long Patrol - Design Change
The first thing you notice about this site, The Long Patrol, is the main graphic. It's been skillfully crafted from the cover image of the book "The Long Patrol", with interesting word art and other scans as well.
This site, which is part of "The Redwall Webring", catches the eye with effective use of background. Its scans are excellent, and the main page is easily navigable. In a time when the overall quality of Redwall Clubs is declining, this one stands out above the rest. An understandable application form, along with all sorts of info makes this a interesting place to be.
While many sites have a biography of Brian Jacques (the creator of Redwall), this is the only I have seen which showcases stories about him, given in by fans that have had the honor of meeting him. The biography is up to date, concise, and informative.
As with many Redwall sites, The Long Patrol has a synopsis of each book in the series, coupled with statistics. The synopses are easily read, and give just enough information to pique one's interest without giving the plot away.
The Long Patrol contains a plethora of information about upcoming Redwall merchandise, books, and media. All articles are up to date, and the site accurately mentions all delays, or cancellations of Redwall related stuff.
The one thing that stands out (and would have made a pretty fine site on its own) is the Redwall Chronology. This is not the order you should read the books in, although that is included elsewhere on the site. Rather, it is a totally accurate, completely comprehensive timeline of events, starting with the birth of Lord Brocktree, and ending with the affirmation of Songbreeze as Abbess of Redwall. This is great if you wish to know the events leading up to a certain happening.
The Art section is very distinguished. It indexes many art pages, and is easy to navigate. Also, credit is given for all images around the site, be they from the books, or from the fans.
The Long Patrol is also home to an impartial editorial section. However, participation is lacking. As far as updates go, they come as and when necessary. Major updates are listed on the main page, and every update is listed in the updates section.
Boasting links galore, fabulous contests, neat (although inaccessible due to a malfunctioning link) puzzles, enthralling pass-a-longs, and informative polls, M3may's "The Long Patrol" is certainly worth seeing.
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