About the site.
Risk is a shrine dedicated to the manga version of the character Link from the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time by Akira Himekawa. This shrine was created as part of the Amassment Paperback Shrine Marathon which ran from November 2012 to March 2013. The shrine was opened on March 6, 2013. I did briefly close this shrine in 2017, but now it's back and hopefully for good!
The idea of doing a Link shrine was something that sat on my maybe list for quite some time. Being probably my favorite male character ever from a video game it was something I wanted to do, but the idea of it was extremely daunting. How exactly do you shrine a character from such a series? Especially one with not a whole lot to really work with (or perhaps even a lot to work with?). It felt intimidating to say the least and so I didn't make the attempt. When the shrine marathon came around it felt like a good opportunity to focus on a single incarnation of Link––my favorite version of him from the Ocarina of Time manga. Keeping myself motivated was near impossible, but I somehow got it done. However, I was never really happy with my approach. Some years later, when I decided to close a bunch of sites, Risk was on the chopping block and was closed. Because a lot of people missed the shrine (and secretly me too shhhhhhhh!) I decided to fix up the shrine and bring it back. It took a lot of work, but I'm happy I was able to do it.
The name Risk I had thought up long before making this shrine. I think it was actually during an attempt at making a Link shrine at an earlier point in time, although I don't remember much of anything from then. The name was largely inspired by the song "Risk" by Country artist Paul Brandt and a quote Link says in one of the bonus chapters in Volume 2 of the manga. Although I hate using short names for my site titles, as I can never usually get them to work nicely with the layout or buttons, I absolutely had to use this one because I feel it really fits Link in everything he does. It is absolutely perfect.
Link: [...] If I don't try, I'll never win. Y'see...you have to take risks in order to make progress.
‐ Volume 2; Hero of Time - Bonus Story
Currently we are on version 2 of the site which is a second attempt at a layout for Risk's revival. When the previous layout just wasn't working for me (and I ended up making it worse) I decided to scrap it and try again. I was tempted to quit several times on this one too because I had zero idea what to do with this image, but I'm glad I didn't quit because oh my gosh I am so happy with how this layout turned out! I just love it so much! ♥ The layout was made by me using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and then coded by hand using Notepad. The image used in the layout was from at a now dead Zelda manga site, patterns used were found at Subtle Patterns, and textures from the late Aethereality.net. Fonts used are called Marcelle Script and Times New Roman. Previous layouts used may be found at my layout archive.
Other related sites.
Below are other Legend of Zelda related shrines that are a must see. If you happen to know of or have one that isn't listed here then please email me so I can add it to the list!
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