Category Archives: Suggestions & Ideas

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

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.


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.


As I mentioned last week, today (a couple of days late) I am starting work on a special HeroMachine Edition dealing with Mechs for an upcoming product that must remain confidential until release. Since I know almost nothing about mechs, I thought I would turn to you and ask for what you would want in such a version to help you build the ultimate big robot vehicle fighting machine.

I'm going to be using some of the items I build for the last, similar attempt that got canceled and which you can find in HeroMachine 3 now -- the robot heads and arms and legs and such. But I need a lot more. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them in the comments.

I will probably be using a 3/4 view figure like in the old one, so the mechs will be facing off to one side. That makes placement in HM3 a bit awkward since that's a head-on view but such is life.

I've also been doing some thinking about what slots should be available, and so far this is what I have:

  1. Background
  2. Weapon
  3. Driver
  4. Torso
  5. Head
  6. Hips
  7. Right Shoulder
  8. Left Shoulder
  9. Right Arm
  10. Left Arm
  11. Right Leg
  12. Left Leg
  13. Miscellaneous

I was tempted to put something like Insignia in, but these guys don't usually have chest emblems, do they?

Anything you can tell me that you think I should know about building good mechs would be much appreciated.

HM3: Miscellaneous

OK, I am finally settled in Colorado, and although my internet access situation is still in flux (meaning, it sucks but I am working on it), I have the computer and tablet set up and have started drawing items for the ItemRight-Miscellaneous set. Please let me know in the comments specific items or types of items you would like to see, keeping in mind that I am going through the HM2 Miscellaneous set and the Expansion to port the relevant objects over.

Thanks in advance for your ideas! As usual, requests with links to specific images are the most helpful.

HM3: Armor up

It looks like the vote is to do Fantasy Armor next. As usual the plan is to convert as many of the 2.5 items in that set over as possible, and to kick it up several notches by including as many of your suggestions as I can. So by all means, please feel free to request in the comments to this post any specific upper-body armor you want to see in the program.

Comments with links to actual images of what you mean will be much more helpful than just plain text descriptions, although certainly those will be good to have as well. It's just a lot easier to visualize what you mean if I have something to look at.

Thanks in advance for your great feedback, it's suggestions and requests like these that make the program worth doing!

Art Talk 1

Hammerknight's starting a new series this week, and would love your suggestions. Take it away, HK! Click the image for a larger, more legible version.


HM3: Body thoughts

I'm working on new alternate body types starting today, and am sort of feeling my way along here. My thinking (such as it is) is that I want to do up a series of complete bodies in a whole new set called BodyMaleAlternate. These will be completely integrated bodies that are greater or lesser departures from standard human norms, and which will NOT work with many (if any) of the clothing items in the program already. But, they'll be fun changes of pace and will allow you to make some really bizarre monsters.

In addition to the piece-parts broken out from these complete figures, of course, there will be other distinct arms or legs or torsos or bottoms (like ghost tails, mermaid tails, etc.) that aren't part of a bigger set.

How does that sound? Useful, not useful, good, bad, indifferent? Here are the first two samples to give you an idea what I am talking about (the ghosted-out images in the background are the standard male figure, for reference):


I'll also probably put in a couple of regular-looking human bodies like a dedicated dwarf and an adolescent. The key thing to remember is that I am not -- repeat NOT -- redrawing any of the clothing items to fit on any of these. If you can Transform them to make them fit, great, but I am not redrawing everything to fit a dozen different styles.