Q: What is it?
A: The Mortal Kombat Bible is a project I started back in the mid-nineties. It aims to cover every (and I do mean every) facet of the franchise on a comprehensive scale. Think of it as a portable MK Wiki, only better. Needless to say, it still has a long way to go before achieving Elder God status.
Q: What is the difference between Milestone and Subversion updates?
A: I update the project on a semi-regular basis and many of these updates are preliminary edits. This is what I upload to the Subversion repository (or SVN). Unlike Milestones, the SVN is divided into individual text files representing each chapter or section in order to make editing easier (with future assistant editors in mind). Once I feel the SVN has accumulated a significant number of changes, I then compile it back into a single text document (subject to change) and package it as a Milestone update for the download page. This entire process is experimental of course. Basically, if you’re looking for the latest and greatest, the SVN is what you want.
Q: What’s the battle plan?
A: The Mortal Kombat Bible is currently just a UTF-8 encoded text file — a foundation of sorts. I would like to branch out into other formats in the future, with a fully illustrated PDF being the ultimate goal.
Q: How can I help?
A: Well, if I had to make a list…
- Buy me a root beer. I like root beer.
- I’m in need of old magazines, be it physical or digital (this is not limited to just video game magazines). Basically, if it’s not available on Retromags or OoPA, it’s of use to me (and Retromags for that matter).
- I know this is a stretch, but there is an assortment of MK games and consoles that I don’t currently own or have access to. If you’re willing to part with something, feel free to contact me. I would like to base my research on real hardware (where applicable) and not rely on emulation if it can be helped, as emulation has a tendency of being wrong.
- I could really use a new project logo. If you’re experienced in that sort of thing, I would love to see what you can come up with. The logo would be used in places like Twitter, Facebook, and this website. As a token of my gratitude, I will include your name/URL in the project’s acknowledgements.
- Donations toward my web hosting costs help a great deal. All donations go straight to my bill. Or, if you’re in need of hosting yourself, you could register with DreamHost and use mkbible.org as a referral.
While I appreciate the support, I’m not looking for handouts. I do this because I’m passionate about the franchise and believe it deserves a greater source of documentation than what is currently available.
Please keep in mind that this project is a labor of love and I’m doing it all on my own, so there is no set time frame as to when anything will actually get done. Progress may screech to a halt at times. You will just have to be patient and keep checking back. In the meantime, you’re more than welcome to offer your critique. Feedback keeps me motivated!