Author Archives: AFDStudios

I’m still here

Hey folks, nothing major, but I just wanted you to know that Ye Olde Jeffe is still alive and kicking. The mods are doing a great job and I'm so happy you all are creating and having fun, but if there's anything you'd like to see us do more or less of please let me know.

I am also working on a Sooper Sekrit project that will hopefully pave the way for a HeroMachine 4 that is HTML-based instead of relying on Flash. Which is good, because Flash is, sadly, going to be pretty much non-existent at some point in the near future.

Anyway, thanks for being such a great community and keep on creating!

Happy Birthday to Kaldath!


I just wanted to jump in quickly to wish our very own Kaldath a happy birthday!

It's been a rough couple of months for him health-wise, but he's done so much for this site and community that I didn't want the day to pass without wishing him well.

So to you, Kaldath, I hope you spend your day with friends and loved ones, having a ball and experiencing ZERO pain. Good luck man!

Update on Kaldath

Hey folks, Kaldath asked me to update everyone with his status. He is out of the hospital but weak as a kitten after 2 weeks in a hospital bed. He's not likely to return to HeroMachine for a few more weeks as the doctor is holding him out of work till September.

I know you all join me in wishing him a speedy recovery, and we'll try to hold things down here while he gets better.

Server trouble

Hey folks, just wanted to give you a heads-up that the server's been crashing the last couple of nights. I'm trying to keep an eye on it while we figure out the root cause, but if you can't get to it please drop me a line and let me know.

My apologies for any frustration!

Kaldath could use your thoughts, prayers, and/or well wishes

I just got a scary email from Kaldath's sister:

Hey I am Kaldath's sister. He is in the hospital here in NJ and VERY sick. He is having surgery tomorrow and could use some prayers. Don't know how to work this website so maybe you can put the word out for him. He has is personal cell phone but right now it is off as the battery is dead and no charger with him.

I can be reached via email at

I hope things go well for him tomorrow, I can honestly say that much of this community wouldn't exist without Kaldath. All the best, my friend, get well soon and completely.

Atomic Girl

atomicgirlI was indulging my latest weird past time this morning by watching other people play games (seriously, what's up with that?!) on Twitch.TV and came across a fun new streamer playing Fallout 4 (my other latest addiction) named Atomic Girl. She recognized the name and had very kind things to say about HeroMachine, which was both surprising and flattering!

It turns out she makes really cool dieselpunk and steampunk stuff, so if that's your jam check out her shop or visit her on Facebook.

Good luck with your Twitch career, Atomic Girl!

Premium Member Update

Tonight I made a major change in how Premium Memberships are handled. Basically the old plugin failed miserably, and I had to replace it. Getting everything converted over has been a pretty big headache and I'm not at all sure I have it working properly.

So, if you are a Premium Member subscriber and you aren't able to log in or get into the no-ads, full-sized versions of HeroMachine in the Premium Member Area, please contact me directly and let me know. I'll need your HeroMachine user name and the email you use for the PayPal payments.

I apologize for any frustration the transition causes and I'll do my best to sort it all out as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Happy 8th Blogiversary to Us!

It's the eight blogiversary of the first post here on! Since it's also, coincidentally, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I wanted to be sure and tell Kaldath and all the mods how thankful I am for keeping the whole enterprise rolling along, and to you all for reading and participating in sharing your creativity through contests and forum posts.

I'm not nearly as involved as I was early on for a host of reasons, but my appreciation for your imagination and your friendship has never diminished. Thank you one and all!

Wicked Cool Curves — a Kickstarter for a friend of mine


Hey all, Jeff here, begging your pardon for a bit of non-HeroMachine-related promotion on behalf of a friend of mine. Andrea Glockner is launching a Kickstarter today for awesome, custom-made workout gear for every body. Called "Wicked Cool Curves", it's fun, colorful clothing for life, designed to fit and flatter curvy and plus-size bodies in a size-inclusive and body positive manner.

It seems like plus-size clothes are designed to be boring on purpose, but Andrea  has finally brought some color, flair, and pizzazz to them with her custom-colored, super comfortable line.

Given the passion of this community for customizing their creativity, I thought this was a perfect product to bring to you all. I hope you'll spread the word and make a contribution of even $1 (the sheer number of donors really helps boost her up the Kickstarter charts even for just that one sawbuck).

Thanks for supporting a like-minded creative person!

Back to the old look

As you can tell, I've moved back to the old theme -- the new one was woefully underperforming. Sorry for all the changes, but I reckon this one will remain for quite a while, as it's certainly proven itself to be ... superior.