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Changes coming 'round

I got a notice today from Google that the HeroMachine apps are in violation of their placement policies. Apparently they require 150 pixels between any Flash content and their ads. As a result, I’m going to have to make some major changes to the HM layouts. I only have three business days to get into compliance, so you’re going to see some weirdness over the next few days. I apologize in advance for any frustration you run into.

Exporting in Chrome Broken Again

Chrome has apparently auto updated again and once more they’ve broken something, so the Export function isn’t working in that browser at the moment. This happened once before and within a few days they updated again and it started working. I don’t know what it is they break and I don’t know how they fix it, but unfortunately all I can do is wait on them. In the meantime, Firefox continues to work properly, so if you don’t want to do screen captures, that’s your best bet.

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Creators Club Poster 2014

Ok guys, I’ve finished putting together this years Creators Club poster. First, I’d like to thank all the creators who entered, seeing all your work was really awesome. Sorry, a few people didn’t send me the text files for their entries so they didn’t end up on the poster (I struggled to fit everyone on as it is).

You might want to open it in a new tab to see it in more detail. Funny thing is, the poster was much bigger than it ended up whilst I was creating it, something must have got compressed during the export, so sorry about that.

If anyone else wants to do next years poster, I’m ok with that, but otherwise I’ll try to come up with an interesting theme for this time next year.

Creators Club Final Reminder

Hi guys, your friendly neighbour-hood Creators Club reminder man here. Just to let you know that you only have one week left to submit your entries for this years Creators Club poster. Now I have had quite a few submissions already, but I still think we can do better. So keep ‘em comin’.

You can find any further information here: http://www.heromachine.com/2014/01/08/creators-club-2014/

Remember, this only happens once a year, so if you want to be immortalised forever as part of the HM community for this year, make sure you enter.

JR out.

We're Back!

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As you could tell if you tried to visit the site yesterday, we got hacked again. I believe I’ve once more deleted the malicious files, and I reinstalled the security plugin to try to prevent it from coming back. We’ll see.

Thank you for your patience and hopefully now we can get back to the business of fun!

Today's Site Outage!

I want to take this time to apologize on behalf of the Heromachine staff to the community for today’s extended outage. As soon as I discovered the site not working this morning I contacted Jeff about it and he went to work on it right away,  and has been hard at work  all day long working to get things back up and running smooth for us all! I want to ask you at this time to keep an eye on how things are running  for you and if you see any wonky behavior anywhere on Heromachine.com to either email me at Kaldath@gmail.com , or contact Jeff directly at afdstudios@gmail.com and let us know about it. Jeff is looking into options new to minimize future outages, however if another outage happens you can go out the Heromachine facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/HeroMachine/267161975232 ) to keep up to date on the sites status.

Creators Club Reminder

Hey guys, just a reminder that, if you haven’t already, you can still submit entries for this years creators club poster. I’ve had a few entries already, but I’d still like more.

You can find the entry requirements and other info here: http://www.heromachine.com/2014/01/08/creators-club-2014/

To everyone who has submitted stuff already, thanks. However, I am still waiting for text from one person (CantDraw, I’m looking at you here), so anyone who is thinking of submitting stuff, take this as a warning, if I don’t get text by the shut off date of Feb 5th, you won’t be in the poster, which would be a shame.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say, so JR out.

What should I do about backgrounds?

The current set of Backgrounds features two planets in the “Floor” set. The “Sky” set has a window, a wall, and a street corner. It makes no sense.

I’d like to rationalize these in some way and have them all make sense. But if I go mucking about and change the items, your saved characters will all of a sudden have something totally different in place when you load it, if you used one of the items (like the aforementioned floor planets).

Which would you rather, potentially having strange saved files, or having Background sets that make sense and were grouped sensibly?

META: Still tweaking

I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I’m still tweaking things on the backend trying to make the blog faster and more fully-featured. One of the main things is trying to get blog posts by me and the other authors (Kaldath, dblade, etc.) to automatically post to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. That’s the reason I’m putting up so many old images.

Speaking of which, here’s another one, also rejected (partially) by the client!

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