Female Dwarf expansion released!

I am happy to announce that the Expansion Pack items have now been added to the Female Dwarf figure! You can access the new items at the usual place.

The last remaining body template to be updated is the female Brick. After that, I'll need to clean up all the bugs, and hopefully duplicate some of the components into other slots. For instance, I'd like to make the Standard Coats available on the Overshirt and Undershirt layers, and vice versa, across the board.

And after that, I'll probably be done with HeroMachine 2 for the foreseeable future. We're in the midst right now of figuring out what's next; my guess is that we'll probably focus for a while on putting out much smaller, one-off versions like the Rock Star Edition and Real Life Edition. Think of things like a smaller HeroMachine with just one pose featuring exclusively Powered Armor, or Old West items, or Modern Teenager clothes, that kind of thing.

On the plus side, such releases can come out much more frequently. There are also business advantages, since such mini-applets are entirely self-contained and can be easily shared on other web sites, unlike the full 2.5 which spans hundreds of files and six subdirectories. On the down side, you'll be limited to just the items in that applet, so you'll have a situation where there might be items you'd love to see in the full version that just aren't available, and vice versa. It's almost like going back to the original HeroMachine 1, where if you chose the Martial Artist pose you couldn't have guns.

But, if there are specific items that people in general are clamoring to have in the full release, we can probably schedule another Expansion to include them.

Anyway, enjoy the female dwarf Expansion, and as always, please comment in the Bugs post if you come across anything weird.

4 Responses to Female Dwarf expansion released!

  1. Niall Mor says:

    I just discovered your website and it is the coolest thing ever for arrested adolescents and comic book geeks like me who dream of creating our own pulp/comic book characters but couldn’t draw if our lives depended on it! I’ve already created a superhero and heroine, a couple of villains, and a nerdy scientist type who could go either way. Story ideas are already percolating.

    One thing I beg of you. In your next upgrade, please try and figure out a way for Mac users to capture screen shots, jpegs, or gifs of their creations. It sux that Windows people can do this, but Mac users can’t. Other than that, LOVE your site! Cheers!

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks Niall! There has long been a built-in screen capture for Macs, just like in Windows. In OSX, to capture a portion of the desktop, press Command-Shift-4. A cross-hair cursor will appear and you can click and drag to select the area you wish to capture. When you release the mouse button, the screen shot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop. (The file is saved as PDF in Mac OS 10.3 and earlier.)

    You can see a more complete article on this here.

  3. Count Libido says:

    Am looking forward to getting the femail brick as I’ve had a couple of character ideas planned for ages! Are there any plans to make HM 2.5 available to buy once you’ve finished tweaking it:?

  4. Jeff Hebert says:

    Yes, 2.5 will be available for free download once it’s completed.