Category Archives: Suggestions & Ideas

Feature requests, future version enhancements, and anything else you want the program to do.

New Blog Posts?

Hey guys, JR here and I have a question to ask y’all.

When I posted the most recent Character Of The Week, I posited the idea of bringing it back as a weekly blog post, rather than a sporadic thing posted when I feel like it, and the response has been pretty affirmative. So, I think COTW will now take up a place on the blog each Friday. However, one of the things that a number of people have said is that they’d like to see more topical posts on the blog, like there were last summer. My question is, is this a feeling that is shared by the majority?

Now I’m certainly willing to do more stuff, I have a bit of free time at the moment, and Kaldath has said that he’d be willing to do more than just the Caption Contest, but the thing is, we’re not exactly sure what to do. I had a load of topics going last summer, but apart from the Big Question, there wasn’t much response to many of them and even the interest in the Big Question waned after a while (although I stopped it because I had ran out of topics I wanted to discuss/ felt it was worth discussing). The same goes for the topics Kaldath used to run, such as the Anime Talks, Poll Position or the redesign contests. The problem here is, we can’t tell how popular a topic/ blog series is. There isn’t a view counter/ page visit counter that we can just look at, so we can’t tell how many times a certain post has been viewed and the only way we can gauge a response is through comments left and, if we’re being honest, the only posts that ever get above 10 comments are the Character Design Contests, which won’t be going anywhere anyway. If we were to bring back old topics or start up new ones, it would need to be a two way street. We can’t keep giving you content if there’s no response to it, it just feels like “why are we even bothering if no-one’s looking at it”. You get where I’m coming from?

Then we have the problem of what topics do you want. I will admit I messed up the last weekly blog post I tried to get started, the Sharing Day Video Posts. Problem there was at the time I was finishing off uni, so I didn’t have all that much time to do them in and when I did get time, something would always prevent me doing them properly, so one week I ended up not posting it and then I just fell off the ball and it went away. I could bring that back if people are interested, because I seem to remember there was a bit of interest in that. As for other stuff, you guys will have to tell us what you want. We can bring back some old topics (Big Question, What Were They Thinking, Sci-Fi Corner, Anime Talk etc.) or we could do something new, which you can give out some ideas. We could even change up a few of the old topics, for example maybe instead of Sci-Fi Corner there could be a Fantasy based blog series, discussing fantasy tropes and topics (though Kaldath would probably have to do this one, I think he’s a bit more up on fantasy than I am). The one thing I’m not open to bringing back as a weekly series is the Power User Profiles. I originally only intended to do a limited 5 profile series, but my inner-fanboy got a hold and I ended up adding 15 or so names to the list of PUP’s, so I think it’s best we leave that alone for the moment. I’m not saying it’s gone for good, but at the moment I can’t think of anyone who I really want to profile and I don’t want to force it. Besides, with the forums down I don’t have an easy way of contacting people and asking if they would like to do a profile. And finally, and this really is hypothetical and I’m going to completely blindside Jeff and Kaldath with this one, really this will be their call if it were to happen, but I quite like the idea of community submissions. Now, a couple of months back, Herr D sent me over a review of some of the foreign language versions of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen and, after sending it over to Kaldath, we featured it on the blog. I really like the idea of having community members being featured on the blog, it makes the whole thing more interactive. Of course, we’d have to figure out a way to do this, the stuff featured would have to be topics related to stuff the site deals with (comics, sci-fi, fantasy etc.) and each week one submission would be chosen by the moderators to be featured, rather than just giving everyone permission to post on the blog, because that would be anarchy. This is of course, completely hypothetical at the moment, and if the forums weren’t down I’d have run the idea by Kaldath first, so don’t get your hopes up, it might not happen.

Anyway, sorry for the long rambling post. Let us know what you think about the whole blog post situations, if you would like to see more weekly posts and if so, what?

HeroMachine Blog & Forums

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Hello folk, With 2014 here I thought I’d make a few inquires. First I would like to know, how many of you here that read the blog use our forums? and if not why not? Secondly since this post will be shared on our facebook and google+ pages I’d like to know from our social media communities, do you folks visit the site and read the blog or read the forums ? Again if not why not ? I will be checking the Facebook and Google+ pages to see your responses.

Next I would like to ask you blog readers what additional content you would like to see us cover here. I can’t make any promises, and I certainly can not speak for JR, dblade, CKnap, or FRM on this, however I will give any of your suggestions due consideration and if I feel confident I can cover the content you suggest I will give it a try, as time constraints allow anyway. I would also like to add that I plan on experimenting a bit with Vlogging and submitting some of my posts as Youtube videos instead of a written article and I plan on doing my first video within the next few weeks and record an Anime Talk review.

Thank you all for taking the time to leave me your feedback, it is my hope to hear from all of you. It is my wish to keep our content here on the blog and forums fresh and help bring the HeroMachine Community to that next level!

What do you think about furniture?

I’m considering adding a set of items to the “Background” slot that would contain set decoration types of things like beds, chairs, walls, doors, etc. Stuff like this:

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Would that sort of thing be helpful?

No “WWTT” Today/ Open Critique Day

Sorry about this, I know I did the same thing on last week’s Sci-fi Corner and Big Question. Uni has just started to get really hectic and I haven’t been able to find much time to come up with stuff to write about. Hopefully I won’t be getting rid of either, I’ll try to get them in when I have time or if there’s something come up that I feel merits special inclusion, but this week it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

On a slightly more positive note, I have found another person to do a Power User Profile and I’ve contacted another two (at time of writing), so thankfully the PUP’s won’t be going anywhere for at least another week.

Anyway, we haven’t had an Open Critique Day in a while, so feel free to use the comments below as such or to make suggestions for subjects for any of the above mentioned topics that you’d like to see covered (What Were They Thinking, Sci-Fi Corner, Screen Spotlight, Big Question or Power User Profiles) and if I like ‘em I’ll try to cover them.

To quote AMS; ‘Cheers’

New Blog Topic Ideas

I’m not going to do the Monday Night Movie Club this week, because it hasn’t been getting much interest over the last few weeks. Instead I thought I’d take this opportunity to try out some ideas for new blog topics. I’ve made a list of things I think could work, which I’ll explain after the jump, and you guys can vote for which one you like best or add your own suggestions.

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Suggestions and Ideas

I want to hear from you on what you would like to see done here on the blog. I have never ran a blog before and I have not been to very many other blogs. When you make the suggestions please keep in mind that Kaldath and I have lives outside of HM, so please don’t suggest something that would take hours upon hours to do. Contest, Challenges, and Polls take time to post. Comic Books, cartoons, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Myths & Folklore, RPGs, and computer games all fit here and are good categories to keep your suggestions to.

Poll Position: HeroMachine prize items!

I’ve compiled all your excellent suggestions regarding replacement prize items for contest winners who never told me what they wanted — thank you all for the time and effort you put into the ideas!

I had to leave out a few for various reasons; either they were redundant, or I already had the item in question (there’s already a set of jodhpurs in Legwear-Standard), or they weren’t specific enough. In cases where you asked for more than one thing, I usually just took the first one from the list. If the person making the request provided a reference photo link, I added it to the choice — just click on an image to expand it. If there was no reference provided, you’ll just have to use your imagination.

So here’s how this will work.

Vote for as many items in the following list as you would want to see in HeroMachine 3. At the end of a week, the top ten vote getters will become HeroMachine items (eventually)! It’s so simple, even a bald hick like me could do it.

And so can you, so go do it already!

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The prizes are yours!

As I mentioned yesterday, I am forfeiting a number of unclaimed contest prizes, meaning now’s your chance. Each of you can make one (1) HeroMachine 3 item request in the comments, something you think would be kick-ass to have available in the program. After a few days, when it looks like the ideas have pretty much all been made, I’ll put all the ones that are feasible and that I think have promise into one big huge poll that everyone can vote on. The top 11 or so vote-getters after however long, I’ll go ahead and turn into items for the enjoyment of all.

If you’re reading through the suggestions and you see one you really like, by all means pipe up and let us know you really like it. That will help me put the initial poll grouping together.

I look forward to hearing what you want! In items, that is. I don’t particularly want to know what you want in other walks of life, although I suspect someone in a bikini would be high on the list.

Oh, one last note, I’m already planning on converting all the male-only items to female, and right-only items to left, so I’d hold off on requesting that — it’s going to get done anyway.

On the other hand, if there’s an HM item from another version you want to be sure gets included, go ahead and suggest it.

Finally, requests with links to images online so people can see exactly what you are talking about are the most helpful, although it’s not a requirement or anything.

Legwear

The push is clearly for doing legwear next, but looking at my list it appears all but the “Socks” from HM2.5 have already been converted. Which means I need suggestions for what else you would like to see in the Legwear slot, so let ‘em rip in the comments.

As usual, please edit your requests — spamming the entire contents of a Google Image search for “Pants” is not helpful. Only request items that are a) not already in the program, b) you would really want, and c) have some sort of wide appeal.

Suggestions with links to an image of what you are wanting are the most helpful, but if text is all you have that’s fine too.

And thanks in advance for your input!

Open Critique Day

Someone mentioned that we haven’t had an “Open Critique Day” in quite a while, so here you go.

Feel free to post a link to a HeroMachine character (or even just a drawing you’ve done) that you would like to get a constructive critique about in the comments to this post. Please limit it to one such image per person. I’ll do my best to make remarks about each one regarding where it works and where it maybe falls a little short.

The other commenters here should feel free to make their own observations on each one as well, but I do ask that you make your critiques constructive — don’t just say “This sucks”, say why specifically you think it isn’t working, and if possible how it might be improved. At the end of the day it’s not the critic’s job to actually figure out how to fix something, but it is the critic’s job to make coherent, specific, and constructive observations about a piece’s strengths and weaknesses.

I look forward to hopefully helping you out with any illustration you’re having trouble getting to the place where you would like it to be.