When D&D 3.5e's web articles went dead, WotC copied them to an archive site at
archive.wizards.com, and you could access those links by visiting the archive instead.
However, the archive site is now dead, so we have to fall back to the next available option: the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. This service periodically scans notable pages it finds across the internet and saves a copy of them for historic reference, like what we're doing now.
This means we essentially do one of two things:
- Visit the original material via the Wayback Machine.
- If the original material wasn't archived somehow, visit WotC's internal archive of that material via the Wayback Machine.
Loading the original material via the Wayback Machine
For any given web address, you can prefix it with the following to explore the Wayback Machine's archived versions of the page:
So, for example, to get the D&D Updates Archive, formerly stored here:
You just stick that first address on the front like so:
This will look up the Wayback Machine's samples of this URL and offer you options.
You can also just visit the Wayback Machine's front page and enter the URl into the input at the top.
Loading WotC's archive site via the Wayback Machine
Maybe somehow the original material wasn't archived on the Wayback Machine. However, maybe the Wayback Machine has archived Wizard's archive copy of that page. (This is too many uses of the word “archive” in a paragraph.)
Article pages have
/dnd/Article.aspx in the URL, like in the questio. To access these, replace the 'www' in the URL with 'archive'. So for the updates archive, this:
If there's no
www. in the original, and it's just
http://wizards.com/..., then add the
and then we access it on the Wayback Machine as above:
That's for links of this form:
These were just forwarders to the proper article link. Since the 'go' behaviour is now dead, we want to get the proper article link itself. Take the bit at the end following the
?x=, which in this case is
dnd/updates, and dump it on the end of the proper Article URL:
to get this:
which we can then access via the Wayback Machine as above.