Our history started from a Soul Calibur Character Creation forum which was closed by the administrator for unknown reason after running for 5 years (2008-2012). Since most of the images was retained. I decided to create a new site and named it after the character select announcement in Soul Edge, Another Stage of History.

The Cause of History

I joined a Soul Calibur Character Creation forum named Soul Gateway on April 5, 2007. At that time the administrator, C.T was missing and people were trying their best commenting on each others creations.

I thought that I could bring a new life to the forum, so I started learning about TV tuners and after several months, I became one of the top screen screenshotter there. I also made friends with the forum moderators, Slinn Thiefy and Buster Wolf. The latter become one of my best friend.

C.T. finally made a comeback and started to regularly update the site, which at that time only had Soul Calibur III (SC3) content. The content update was vast, we had around 300 characters for the SC3 site alone.

Somewhere in 2008, C.T. made plans for the Soul Calibur IV (SC4) site, which I proposed to be named "Another Stage of History". And in February 2009, the site was launched under the name "Soul Gateway - Another Stage of History".

Life took me somewhere else though. In late 2009 I had to focus on college and raise money to buy a new PlayStation 3, forcing me to abandon Soul Gateway.

In January 2011, I returned to Soul Gateway, with a brand new HDMI TV Tuner and a PlayStation 3. After a month I redeemed myself as a top screenshotter and C.T. asked me to take his place as site administrator. I agreed and performed regular updates on both the SC3 and SC4 sites. At this time, the once dead submissions were flowing continuously. I was swamped during these times, but I was also happy about it.

In late 2011, C.T. announced a plan to make a Soul Calibur V (SC5) site called CreatiVe Souls. I volunteered to be the part of the site as another administrator.

March 2012, CreatiVe Souls was launched and the submissions were plenty. I was pretty sure our SC5 site would be another success.

I was wrong.

In August 2012, C.T. went off grid and abruptly stopped all the SC sites and forum. While the decision is entirely his to make, his complaint of not getting enough credits baffles me as he was the one getting all the thank yous and praise, while I worked for more than 80% (84.1% to be exact) of the site's content.

This news struck me pretty hard, but since I held all the sites data due to frequent backup, I can put the content elsewhere, and I will. Although C.T. said that it will be unethical, because it would be like stealing his work, I think him terminating the site without prior warning is also unethical, so we're even.

Together with Buster Wolf, we saw a dream that came to an end, but we will weave another dream that will never end.

Soul Gateway Forum

Soul Gateway was a forum hosted on InvisionFree, a free forum hosting site. The forum size was quite large, but only a dozen of people were online at the time. While the community was not big, each person knew each other well and it was quite lively.

C.T founded Soul Gateway forum on December 22, 2005 after a persuasion e-mail from Buster Wolf. The forum formerly only had C.T as the screenshotter. As time went by, Kristof and I joined the rank of screenshotter, giving everyone a fair chance to display their character in the best manner possible.

There are three sites under Soul Gateway: BaneWolf's Soul Calibur III Character Guide, Soul Gateway - Another Stage of History, and CreatiVe Souls.

BaneWolf's SCIII Character Guide (BWSCIIICG)

The Soul Calibur III-based site. It was formerly silver and was the version I stumbled upon. I was intrigued by the site so I joined the forum. BWSCIIICG offers author the ability to submit character, with their screenshot, formula, and story displayed. It had a large amount of cameos. Some were good, some were so-so, some were downright random.

Soul Gateway - Another Stage of History (SG-ASoH)

The Soul Calibur IV-based site. The name originated from a spoof custom character selection screen I made on Soul Gateway. SG-ASoH offers same function with BWSCIIICG with addition of author comments, visitor comments, and rating system. However, the site did not have Broken Destiny customs.

CreatiVe Souls (CVS)

The Soul Calibur V-based site. The name symbolizes creativity of authors and emphasize the V for Soul Calibur V. The site was database-driven, reducing the need of manual labor during update. It had a simple, but highly functional author page and favorite system.

Fall of Soul Gateway

Soul Gateway was closed on August 12, 2012. Until this article was written, the reason of Soul Gateway's closing is still unknown. C.T posted several reasons, but none of it made sense:

  • Not enough credit: C.T was the one getting all credit for the site, although I made most of the screenshots on the site.
  • Dead passion: Him having dead passion does not equal ruining other people's passion
  • Expensive monthly cost: It was $5 for BWSCIIICG, $5 for SG-ASoH, and $20 for CVS. I twice volunteered to help paying the cost, but C.T said that he can handle it. The site also had ads, so C.T was getting money from it. He got the money, I did not.

C.T's Folly

Perhaps C.T's worst mistake was hosting the site on a premium service. During the conception of SG-ASoH, I suggested him to go to Wikidot or a similar Wiki-based site for easy management and free of charge service. He insisted that the site should be on premium service so it looks professional. Well, what is the difference between soulgateway.awardspace.info and soulgateway.wikidot.com? Answer: the latter is shorter and free.