Author Archives: AFDStudios

HM3: Compass Rose

So far this morning you’ve gotten a new site install that’s super zippy AND that lets you log in thanks to Ben. I handed over a new version of HeroMachine 3 that once again allows exporting from Chrome. Which are both cool things but they’re not really new, they just fix things that were more or less broken. It’s like waking up Christmas morning and getting your old bike with a new coat of paint and the horn fixed.

So to complete the trifecta with a brand spanking new present, I’ve added a compass rose to the Insignia-Tech set for use in making maps or for a navigational-themed character. Or flag, tattoo, very odd Companion, whatever your fancy suggests. Enjoy!


Chrome Image Exporting fixed for reals this time

I’ve thought I had the bug fixed in the past where you couldn’t export an image out of Chrome, but this time I think I’ve actually done it. I’ve tested in both computers I have available here (sadly, both are Macs, so if you are running Chrome on Windows please give it a shot and let me know how it works for you) and it exports the image successfully, and then returns the character to the proper spot instead of 30 pixels off to the left.

Please let me know any issues you run into and thank you very much for your patience.

Commission: Wonderland

The client wishes to remain anonymous, but the illustration was for two of the main characters to be fighting off invading card soldiers from Wonderland:


Custom Illustration: Arrow Wolf

I think I forgot to post this one a few weeks back when I was finished with it, but “Arrow Wolf” is a character by Brad Carter. Here’s the HeroMachine 3 version he sent me:


The description I got was:

Arrow-Wolf is an archer and a swordsman his costume is a mix between indian and a knight his companion is Jackle the legendary black wolf id like him to be in the pic to if that’s extra money no problem I want the costume for arrow-wolf to be somewhat diff I had an idea of his hood being made out of a wolf’s hide his eyes would be looking out of where the wolf’s eyes would be and he wears warpaint … arrow wolf is about 5’11 200lbs of muscle kinda athletic built I told you about the hood I wanted for him but im not sure if its gonna look right or not so we can play witht he idea though he has arrows and small throwing knives he uses as his gadgets …

We did a bit of back and forth on the design and ultimately we ended up with this illustration:


Remember, you can order your own custom color character illustration here, it’s just $50 for one figure.

Custom Illustration: Demora

Another commissioned piece for Brad Carter, his arch-villain Demora. Here’s the original HM3 version:



And here’s the final piece:


If you like it, please let Brad know in the comments. And if you want your own commissioned piece of artwork, you can find out more here!

META: New site updates

As you’ve seen from the most excellent Ben Finn below, we’ve migrated the server over to the new host, but with some problems. Specifically, the Premium content pages and the forums aren’t letting people log in.

Ben (and I, but mostly Ben) is working assiduously to figure out what the bug is. I apologize for the inconvenience and frustration, but hopefully things’ll be squared away soon. In the meantime, the apps all still work so you can continue to create away.

A big THANK YOU to Ben for handling all this, too!

Chrome Exporting is now fixed!

Over the weekend an old client called with a new bug in their HeroMachine version after the last Flash Player updated. We spent a couple of days figuring out what went wrong and now it’s fine, but along the way I stumbled across a workaround for the image exporting bug Google introduced in their last Chrome updated. Using this new (actually, very old) method instead, I was able to get this important feature working again. So now if, like me, you’re a Chrome user, you can once again export your HeroMachine 3 creations as a PNG or JPG. Hooray!

Special Contest for JJ Baskin

The man who introduced my wife and I seventeen years ago, our good friend JJ Baskin, has just been diagnosed with brain cancer. He’s a wonderful man, an incredible father, and a fantastic husband. He and his family are concentrating on staying positive and focusing on the fight with an eye to a long and happy future, so I want to help bring them a little lightness in this dark time.

So I’ve added a drawing of JJ to the “Head-Winners” set of HeroMachine 3 items (because one thing he definitely is, is a winner!):


Your challenge is to create a character featuring JJ’s likeness somewhere (presumably on the end of the neck where it would normally go, but I know you all well enough to know by now that “normal” doesn’t necessarily apply!). He loves to laugh, always with a joke at the ready and a kind or sarcastic word as the occasion permits, so feel free to go for humor if you like. Or sci-fi, fantasy, modern warrior, whatever you like. He’s got a great group of supporters who are called “JJ’s Fight Club”:

You’ve got one week (until Saturday, May 3) two weeks (until Saturday, May 10) to submit your entry, and normal contest rules apply.

I’ll select a winner, who will receive their choice of a free custom color illustration by me; a custom item to go in any HM3 slot; or their likeness to join JJ’s in the Winners set. I’ll also post some or all of the entries to JJ’s Facebook wall by way of encouragement, I think he’ll get a kick out of them.

Thanks in advance for your positive energy, your creativity, and for the happiness seeing all of your entries will hopefully bring JJ and his family!

File Export in Chrome Workaround

UPDATE 04/29/2014: Ignore this post, the core issue has been fixed and exporting from Chrome is now working again.

I’ve found a workaround so you can get the Image Exporter in HeroMachine 3 working again. The steps are outlined in this article but I’m reproducing them here. I tried it on my Mac install of Chrome and it worked great, taking no more than thirty seconds.

To disable the new PepperFlash:

  1. Open the Chrome Plugins page by typing this URL into the address bar: chrome://plugins
  2. Find the “[+] Details” button in the upper right to show the details of each installed plugin and click this button.
  3. Find the Flash Plugin Section in the list of Plugins.  There may be (1 file), (2 files) or (3 files) in this section.
  4. In the Flash section there should be 2 or 3 different versions of Flash listed.  If the Flash section only has one Flash file listed, Click Here to go to the Adobe website and download and install the Adobe Flash Plugin for Non-Internet Explorer browsers. 
  5. The first Plugin listed in the Flash section is the PepperFlash implementation.  You can tell that the first one is PepperFlash by looking for “PepperFlash” in the Location string.  See yellow highlight below.
  6. Find the “Disable” link and click that link.
  7. Now Close all open Chrome windows and tabs and restart Chrome and MySpeed should work as before.

Note: If no video will play or the website says that Flash is not installed after disabling PepperFlash, go back and Read Step 4 again more carefully.

META: Server changes

Overnight tonight we’ll be switching to a new host for Hopefully this will drastically increase speed and reliability for the entire site and all the apps. You shouldn’t notice any change in saved characters or your account, but I wanted to give you a heads up just in case.

I’ll update you when the changeover is finished. Thank you for your patience as I continue to try and make the site as easy to use as possible!