Author Archives: Jeff Hebert

The Bourbonville Krewe

Friend of HeroMachine John Hartwell has added another awesome Holiday League team to his roster, the Bourbonville Krewe!

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John’s one of the guys I played Champions with back in college, games that served as one of the primary motivations for creating HeroMachine in the first place. He’s now moved on to a successful career as a sports marketing genius, creating awesome logos and team identities. It’s like creating a super-hero only for real!

A New Fantasy Novel Kickstarter

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Friend of HeroMachine Ben Finn is helping promising new writer Melody Wolfe launch a Kickstarter for her new fantasy novel, “Rivertown”:

Rivertown is the story of a young woman who rises to heroism in the face of a growing crisis. Against a backdrop of mystery and secrets, she must discover who she is, and how to save the people she loves.

The Kickstarter runs from Feb. 19 to Mar. 19, 2015!

The samples I’ve read so far sound really good and the cover art looks fantastic:

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The HeroMachine community is all about helping artists find their voices and making imaginations come to life, so I hope you’ll take a moment to head on over to the campaign and help Melody (and Ben!) out with her dream.

Avengers 2 Trailer!

Marvel has released the first official trailer for “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”! Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

An Update From the Founder

Hi all, it’s been a long time since I chimed in ’round these parts, so I thought I should give everyone a quick update on where things stand here at HeroMachine World Headquarters, also known as my kitchen.

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Forum Width

With the new forums back up and zippier than ever thanks to the Ben the Badass, we’re having a debate about whether they should go full width or remain in the current two-column setup. I’ve kept the side bar because I thought it would be handy to have the list of current contests, recent posts, and common links. But as Ben points out, most forums are full width — if you’re in the forums, you probably aren’t super concerned with the bloggy stuff.

So I figured I’d keep with longstanding HeroMachine traditions and ask — Which do you prefer?

Forum Non-Update

Regarding the long down time for the forums, I’m sorry for the extended delay. Ben the Awesome Tech Guy and I both work for the same company for our regular jobs and we’ve had a major project that’s due to launch today. That’s taken up all our time, but I’m hopeful that maybe this weekend we can turn our attention back to the forum issue.

We’ve found a replacement for SimplePress (the current blog software) that we hope will put less of a load on the server. We’ve run one sample import and it looked good but we haven’t had time to really dive into it to make sure, since data integrity and the preservation of peoples’ character images is the most important thing.

Thanks for your patience, I know it’s super frustrating.

Full of hot air

For a long-outstanding prize request, I’ve just uploaded the following item to Companion-Vehicles:

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"The Forsaken" by Valyndril

“The Forsaken” by Valyndril

HM3: Exporting broken. Again.

UPDATE: I just installed a fix that’s working in Chrome, but I don’t have IE. Can someone who does please go to the HM3 app, hold down CTRL-F5 to force it to refresh with the latest version of the app, and try exporting again, please? Thank you!

UPDATE 2: I have confirmation from djuby (who originally reported the problem) that IE is fixed now as well. Woot!

I’ve gotten a couple of reports that Internet Explorer is no longer allowing you to export images from HM3 as of last night. Reports are from both IE9 and IE11. In testing, Chrome worked this morning with Chrome Version 34.0.1847.131 but a few moments later after I “upgraded” to Chrome Version 34.0.1847.137 it was broken.

So something major changed for it to affect two different browsers from both Google and Microsoft. I don’t know what, I haven’t changed anything in the code base.

Once again you’ll have to do screen captures till I figure out what they broke THIS time. It’s very frustrating, I apologize.

Special Contest Prize for Lime — an Aurochs!

Lime requested an aurochs to be added to Companion-Standard as her prize for winning the Special Character Design Contest for my friend JJ Baskin. And here it is, available now!

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Thanks again to all who entered and thanks to Lime!