How to Use HeroMachine Locally

Hi all, with big thanks to HeroMachiner Eric Bowling, here's how you can use HeroMachine outside of your browser. Adobe has said they're going to be force uninstalling the Flash Player (the standalone player basically) but I don't know that applies to this particular version.

Basically you download a local Flash Player application, then put in the URL for a .swf file (a compiled Flash object, which is what HeroMachine uses) and it plays. I've tried it on my Mac with HM3 and HM2 and it seems to work like a champ. You'll still need an Internet connection but if this goes well I may bundle up the files and make them available online so you could truly run it all locally. We'll just have to see, I don't want to sell people something and then BAM Adobe force uninstalls the Flash Players and it no longer works.

Anyway, the article explaining how to get the Standalone Flash Player Debugger is at https://www.howtogeek.com/438141/how-to-play-adobe-flash-swf-files-outside-your-web-browser/ – install the one relevant to your Operating System.

Once the Flash Player Debugger is installed per the instructions in that article, launch the Flash Player Debugger and go to "File -> Open Location". This is where you type in the URL to a .swf file. Do not download the .swf file to run from your hard drive, that will not work, you must use "Open Location" and put in one of the URLs below! Here are the ones for HeroMachine so you can just copy and paste:

For fun, here are the URLs for some of the hardly-ever-used versions:

CAVEATS: The "Export as an image" function in HM3 will NOT work. Saving as a text file will. 

I think that's pretty much it. Let me know if you run into issues with this, though honestly, there's not a lot I can do since I can't edit the source files any more and I can't control what Adobe does with their players.

Flash End of Life and maybe HeroMachine as well

Update: Check this post for instructions on how to keep using HeroMachine in a local Flash Player Debugger.

Flash has reached its End of Life and HeroMachine no longer works. Thank you for your support over the years and for your interest.

I have paid thousands of dollars and worked for 2+ years for a replacement but alas, it is not yet done. I've investigated replacements for Flash that would allow it to remain operational, but they haven't worked out.

We'll continue to work behind the scenes to see if we can complete the work that's been done so far but clearly, my promises are worth very little right now. I'm devastated and so sorry that we weren't able to bring this thing in for a landing in time.

I'm proud that for 20+ years, this site has enabled people to bring their inner creativity to life. I feel like I've lost a bit of my soul today and I am so, so sorry to have let you all down.

Check back occasionally and / or join the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/HeroMachine/) for any future updates.

All the best, and please keep on creating.

Jeff

Character Design Challenge #489 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part 7


The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. This week we tackle the Hero squad’s fan favourite.
Hero Name: Ajetreo
Real Name: Luisa Vargas
Age:18
Country of origin: Mexico
Powers: Luis has honed her parkour skills to a fine art on the streets and alleys of Mexico City. Her athleticism is legendary. She alwayss draws huge crowds at every Hero-Con she attends.
The winning entrant will receive my HM3 version of their winning character
The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.
All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art, or whatever); Do NOT use Photobucket
Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
This contest will close on Sunday, March 1st at 10:00 am Eastern

Character Design Challenge #488 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part6 – Results

Great job this week folks. All the entries were next level.
It was a very hard decision to pick a winner this week, but I did it anyway.
The win goes to Scott Wweyers.

It is great to see an artist continue to improve with every entry Well done you!
Thanks to all who entered.

Character Design Challenge #488 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part6


The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. This week we tackle the villain squad’s hired killer.

Villain Name: The Silk Assassin
Real Name: Rose Takashi
Age:40
Country of origin: Japan
Powers: Trained by her father in a variety of martial arts and the use of historical weaponry, Rose turned her grief into vengeance following the assassination of her father by a corrupt politician. Currently aligned with villains, Rose’s dedication is constantly questioned by the other group members.

The winning entrant will receive my HM3 version of their winning character
The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.
All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art, or whatever); Do NOT use Photobucket
Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
This contest will close on Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 am Eastern

Character Design Challenge #487 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part5 – Results

Hey folks First thing I have to do is offer my apology for getting behind on the prizes. Work is being a bit crazy as wwe are in production for our two spring shows - Spring Awakening and Pippin I promise that I will get to them all, but it may be late than any time soon.

This week the win goes to Antony Bradshaw.

This is a sexy and dynamic piece of work, and the use of items is fantastic Well done you!

Thanks to all who entered.

Character Design Challenge #487 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part5


The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. This week we tackle the hero squad’s speedster.
Hero Name:?
Real Name: Lewis Chen
Age:16
Country of origin: China
Powers: speed. Lewis started life in a petri dish in a lab. Designed to be part of an elite military squad, Lewis used his speed to escape the very system that created him.
Weapons: None required
The winning entrant will receive my HM3 version of their winning character
The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.
All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art, or whatever); Do NOT use Photobucket
Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
This contest will close on Sunday, February 21st at 10:00 am Eastern

Character Design Challenge #486 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part4 – Results

The win this week goes out to AMS.

Love the simplicity of his look, and the fact that you got some age on him Well done you!
Your prize will be posted to the blog later this week.
Thanks to all who entered.

Character Design Challenge #485 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part3 – Prize for Scott Weyers

Scott's design for Mashquanon...

My version inspired by his design...

Congrats again on the win.

Character Design Challenge #486 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part4


The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. This week we tackle the villain squad’s enforcer - Sucker Punch.

Real Name: Dean Diamond
Age:40
Country of origin: USA
Powers: Immense strength. After years of injecting banned substances and dangerous chemicals into his body to build muscle, Dean developed inhuman strength and grew to a massive size with fists of solid metal. He is quick to anger and dangerous to cross.

Weapons: None required
The winning entrant will receive my HM3 version of their winning character
The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way.
Rules for posts, contests, and challenges:
Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters.No characters based on Official RPG NPC's ( Non-Player Characters ). Please keep all submissions PG13. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.
All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art, or whatever); Do NOT use Photobucket
Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).
This contest will close on Sunday, February 14th at 10:00 am Eastern

Character Design Challenge #485 – Team Building – Volume 4 – Part3 – Results

This week's win goes out to Scott Weyers. The pose is great and I love the fact that you looked up the colours in the tribe's ceremonial dress Well done you!

Your prize will be posted to the blog later this week.

Nerdmudgeon Game Changers: Superman II!

Nerdmudgeon: Earth's Mightiest Podcast!

Controversy ROCKS the podcast as not all of our hosts agree that "Superman II" is, in fact, a gamer-changer! Tune in to hear the nerd rage roar and to find out who thinks what, who stays friends, and who will KNEEL before ZOD!

https://nerdmudgeon.com/game-changers-superman-ii