About West Mansion

About West Mansion | About Rob

West Mansion first went live on June 25, 2001. It was originally on Geocities, until Classicgaming agreed to host it. On July 24, 2001 the new West Mansion (version 2.0, if you will) went live. On August 8, 2009 West Mansion left its longtime home at Classicgaming, due to the IGN Hosted Sites shutdown and landed on KonTek.net, where it still is as of this writing (October 2021). I archived the site on June 25, 2011 due to burnout and domestic issues, and it stayed an archive for a little over ten years, until I was inspired to revive it in late October of 2021. West Mansion officially reopened on October 31, 2021.

Why did I choose Splatterhouse to make a site about? you might be asking yourself. It's not my favorite game series of all time, or even my second favorite. What with the various Castlevania, Gradius and Strider sites floating around the net (most notably Kurt Kalata's Castlevania Dungeon, Sam Roberts' The Light Sword Cypher Mainframe and the Gradius Homeworld), all of my first choices were taken. Why waste time trying to redo what had already been done - and done extremely well to boot - when I could make a site devoted to another one of my favorite series of all time (and one with an almost nonexistant online presence)?

After Castlevania, Gradius and Strider is my next favorite game series of all time - Splatterhouse. Ever since I first went online in 1997, I'd been searching in vain for a Splatterhouse site. I originally wanted to start West Mansion after my first site, the OPCFG, got off the ground, but I lacked the necessary things to create it (like steady net access, for one). I tried unsuccesfully several times between '98 and '01 to collaborate with friends of mine on West Mansion, but those plans always got derailed.

Early in 2001, I felt I had the necessary experience (not to mention steady net access) to create West Mansion, so I built the first version of it on Geocities. When I approached Classicgaming about hosting the site and they agreed, I decided to revamp the look for its unveiling. However, I needed help. I asked a (now former) friend of mine to help out with the redesign. He agreed, and we worked on it together until late 2005.

Due to technical issues, West Mansion went without a single update during 2006. In 2007, I was finally able to get back in control of the site, and I began updating it sporadically until early 2008, when Namco Bandai announced that Splatterhouse was coming back on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. At that point, the frequency of updates increased. Namco Bandai contacted me then to head up a grassroots fan campaign and help promote the game, which was released November 23, 2010. West Mansion and myself were mentioned in the credits, in the "Special Thanks" section. A little less than a year later, I archived the site. Ten years passed, and well, now in 2021... here we are.

Please note, most of these pictures presented here are from my collection, but pics that I couldn't get anywhere else are from other websites, eBay, or anywhere else I could find them. At the time I took them, I didn't have the website planned, so I can't contact the original owners for permission. If you see a pic that came from your site, and you either don't want it here or want credit for it (if you let me keep it, I'll credit you and link to your site), please let me know, as I'll comply immediately. I'm not out to piss people off, I just want to have a nice source for info on Splatterhouse.

Remember, any help or info that you may want to contribute to us is always welcome! Enjoy the site!

- Rob

Yes, it may be egotistical of me to award West Mansion my OPCFG Award for Excellence in the Field of Classic Gaming, but dammit, we've worked hard on this site, and it does meet the criteria that I use when selecting sites to receive the award. Therefore, it stays. - Rob

Another award, this time from the (now defunct) Yahoo group Rick's Mask!