Over the years that the Golden Sun games have been out, quite a few fansites have popped up. While some have faded away into obscurity, there are those that have gained fame among fans of the games. What follows is a lit of particularly noteworthy sites. Note that this does not include foreign-language sites such as Golden Sun Zone or Golden Sun Archiv.
The Adepts of WeyardEditThe Adepts of Weyard is a fansite created by Kyarorain. It was first launched in May of 2003 and has remained on the Internet ever since. Most of the site is dedicated to the webmistress's creations or random humor sections, but it is also a good source of interesting and useful information about the series. For example, you will find a vast collection of screenshots taken of people being Mind Read in Prox after lighting Mars Lighthouse. There are other interesting features such as a collection of pictures of the promo/beta version of Golden Sun. There are many other interesting oddities and facts about the games that can be found lying around the site.
The members of The Adepts of Weyard's forum are also working together on a secondary site which serves as a collective for various creations they have made. There will also be guides for the games as well.
The Adepts of Weyard was the first Golden Sun site to reveal that Golden Sun DS had been released at E3 [in the form of a forum topic] and will be updating with the latest news whenever they are made available to the public. The site is regularly updated and can be considered one of the few Golden Sun sites that are still active.
Golden Sun Hacking CommunityEdit
Golden Sun Hacking Community is a forum for Golden Sun fans that enjoy tinkering with the game's code, and is home to the Golden Sun The Lost Age Editor. Fairly new to the Golden Sun fan site scene, the community was founded by Atrius in October 2008. Although the editor, and hacking Golden Sun are the main focuses of the site, there are also sections for discussing other aspects of the games, as well as for general socializing.
Golden Sun OdysseyEditGolden Sun Odyssey (a.k.a. GSO) is an online RPG message board dedicated to the Golden Sun series.
Just like how any other message board functions, GSO allows you to talk to other members with threads. With the different categories available to talk in, you can talk about general everyday topics or even talk about how to destroy a certain boss from Golden Sun.
But unlike other message boards, GSO allows you to create a custom character just like in an MMORPG and use your custom character to fight monsters, collect items, trade items, collect coins, level up, purchase more abilities, and much more. However, there is no world map that you can walk around in like in an MMORPG. GSO is entirely message board-based.
Golden Sun RealmEdit
Golden Sun Realm is a resource site dedicated to the game, with many guides for both games. GSR is currently one of the oldest surviving major Golden Sun sites around to this day. Most view its information as outdated, though.
GSR boasts a fairly active forum, a drawing board, an oekaki, an IRC channel, plus a fanfic section and a fanart gallery for visitors to partake in. The site also has a Media section notable for its large gallery of official art, the soundtrack from the game, a translation project and some wallpaper.
Perhaps like other GS forums, Golden Sun Realm's Forum members have occasionally shown their dedication to the series with fan-works like a GS-themed hack of Pokémon Ruby named "Pokémon Jupiter Version". Notebly, the forum has recently begun producing a podcast, with 10 episodes out.
Golden Sun SyndicateEdit
Golden Sun Syndicate was formed in June 2003 when two seperate Golden Sun websites merged: Isaac's Revenge and Golden Sun Haven. Isaac's Revenge was run by Max, while Golden Sun Haven was run by Jadoku. In the months after the release of Golden Sun's sequel, The Lost Age, it became apparent that two sites doing the same content was a waste of valuable time on the part of both webmasters, so they decided to merge into one larger site where they could work together and create a great source of information about both games. In September 2003, Jadoku decided it was time to move on in life, and left the site in Max's hands. Things in the Golden Sun community were slow, but GSS was updated regularly for a brief period before school overwhelmed Max's time. In late October 2003, Max asked for some help and Marlin Beta from Aerie of the Roc (formerly Marlin Gaming) came to the rescue. Marlin helped to create some new Lost Age content and also a long-overdue links page. The Golden Sun community is currently in a downward spiral, but as long as people continue to visit GSS, the site will remain online. On a side note, a project has been started to make a subsite, or minisite connected to GSS, but based off of Advanced Wars. Led by Mr. T (no, not the real Mr. T, this one's a member on the forums), construction on that project has halted at the moment, but those working on it expect to continue progress soon.
Golden Sun Syndicate ForumsEdit
Golden Sun Syndicate also contains a popular forum, called Golden Sun Syndicate Forums. To date, this forum has 1700 members. The forums and Main site are schedueld for a revamp, though a specific time frame has yet to be appointed. However, for the members who are active there, many find it hard to leave. Some more than others. A handful claim that Max is using mind control somehow, others claim that aliens are slowly eating away at their brains. The more sensible, however, simply believe that the forums are a great community with mature, friendly people.
Projects And UpdatesEdit
Golden Sun Syndicate Forums Version 2 (GSSF V2)
The new version of GSSF is run on the awesome Invision Powerboard 2.2. The upgrade includes an RP forum, a more streamlined forum overall, and a new member group called "Veterans" which is obtained once you reach 1500 posts. The Veterans get more PM Storage, but that's about it.
Golden Sun Syndicate Site Revamp Project
As of now, certain members of GSSF have volunteered to do data entry and other such things as part of a project to "finish" GSS's main page. The main page will have a new style (different from the current four), and contain a larger database of information about the two games. Everything from Walkthroughs to Cheats, Weapons to Psynergy, it'll all be there. The completion of this project will hopefully make GSS one of the best archives of information on the two games on the internet.
Temple of KradenEdit
The Temple of Kraden is a forum for Golden Sun fans. At this site, Kraden is revered as a god-like figure, although it is reasonably sure that the users are joking about their level of devotion to him. The site boasts forums for game discussion and roleplaying, as well as various social forums. The Temple boasts many Golden Sun discussion topics, which can be found archived here. Most of the users came from GameFAQs, and some of the users are notable figures in the fandom, including RyuKenshin, the creator of the Wheat Sword, and InfinityPlusOne, programmer for Project Iris.
- The Temple of Kraden
- The Golden Sun Discussion Directory - A list of forum topics that seriously discuss aspects of the games, everything from worldbuilding to characterization
- The Temple of Kraden wiki (old)
- The Temple of Kraden wiki (new)
The Lost WatersEdit
The Lost Waters is the oasis for Mercury Adepts, but other elemental adepts are welcome too. The Lost Waters features many Golden Sun fan art which all adepts can enjoy.
- The Lost Waters's Forums
- The Lost Water's Website
- The Lost Water's Golden Sun Gallery (Contains Sora's Scanlations for the Golden Sun 4 Koma, Fan Manga, and Fan Art.)
Golden Sunrise is an Golden Sun fan forum with a very strong sense of community, eager to welcome new friends to our ranks.
Formally known as Golden Twilight from the GameSpy website the dedicated members migrated to an Invisionfree page when Golden Twilight was closed down due to the infamous member known as Black Knight in 2007. They renamed themselves Golden Sunrise as a sign of hope for their new home, however suffering from lack of publicity over the next few years there community remained small. However, with the announcement of Golden Sun DS in 2009, they were able to get hosting for a phpbb board through a members friend. Along with that and the help of The Lost Waters creator; The Sea King, who provided them a place to host their website, they are eager to prepare themselves for the release of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn and a bright new future.
We remain an active forum who, far from becoming old, are preparing for our glory days. We hope you'll visit us!
The Golden Sun Fan Fiction ArchiveEdit
The Golden Sun Fan Fiction Archive is a fan fiction archive started by fandom figures MidnightC and Triad Orion. It is almost completely inactive, but it boasts an impressive collection of well-written fan fiction.