Update 67

by David Meadows 10. November 2019 20:19

The hotly anticipated new Strikeforce chapter is here ... and it doesn't feature any members of Strikeforce! What madness is this, you ask? Read Strikeforce chapter 28: Time Again for the answers. (Disclaimer: answers not guaranteed.)

And a short selection of background articles this week includes Fallen Star from the alternate future timeline, New Pittsburgh from the alternate future timeline, and the Star Guard (from the regular timeline).

Next week is a designated skip week, next update will be in two weeks and may or may not be another chapter of the Atlantis saga.

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Update 66

by David Meadows 3. November 2019 19:45

After a long delay, issue #28 of Heroes is ready: Down by the Sea.

It's part two of a two-part story, and if you can't remember part one is issue #27 (I wouldn't blame you, it's been nearly a year), you should read that first: Under the Boardwalk. (See what I did with those titles? Oh, never mind then).

This is one of my favourite issues, because it's a Chi-Yun story (though all the other characters get good bits) and I love writing for Chi-Yun.

The usual set of background articles this week include pieces on Sergeant George Deiten, Franklin Marks's House, the events of 4 September 1962, and the Brighter Media Group. As usual, these all have some relevance to the overall story (though not this actual issue), but if anyone can remember when and how they were introduced in the story, I'll be astonished.

Next update should be November 10th, and I'm fairly sure I'll hit the deadline.

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Update 65

by David Meadows 27. October 2019 21:54

After a long delay, I have added the first chapter of the Egyptian story. Supporting it, I have the set of articles covering important people, places, dates, and things featured in the story. The links are all in the sidebar on the Egyptian index page.

 

I know it's not at all obvious why a modern-day super-hero saga has a chapter set in ancient Egypt.

It started when I went back to the lost civilization of Atlantis, to tell a story that gave the origins of several things that played a big part in the Strikeforce story. A prequel, if you like.

Once I had done that, I realised I could trace these elements through the next 12,000 years of history, and interweave other elements that didn't stretch back as far Atlantis but still had origins in different historical eras.

The first of these new eras was ancient Egypt. I'm not going to list all the elements that link this era to Atlantis and/or modern times, that would be spoilers. It should become clearer in subsequent chapters and/or background articles.

This first chapter is a short introduction to the setting and the characters who will be your guides as these elements reveal themselves. And if I've written it well enough, I hope the story will be interesting in its own right even if you don't see the big picture. And if you're not interested in ancient Egypt, you can skip this entire section without affecting your understanding of the main Strikeforce story in any way.

 

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Update 64

by David Meadows 18. August 2019 22:45

This week I'm adding new places to the world Gazetteer. First, New Pittsburgh circa 2350 AD, which featured in the recent "back to the future" epic storyline. Second, Egypt circa 1450 BCE. And it has a map!

Astute readers may notice that Egypt has never featured in the story, let alone ancient Egypt at the time of the New Kingdom. Never fear, all will be made plain next week. Well, maybe not exactly plain, but at least you'll see why I wanted to included it now.

And that's all. I know two pages (and a map!) is pretty pathetic, but while I was looking at the gazetteer pages I realised that at some point I had changed my style sheet so everything was looking very inconsistent, and I'd changed my mind about how exactly to structure the information. So I've re-done every page to make it all look consistent and I think present the information more clearly.. You can go and (re-)read all the pages if you like, the index is here.

The pages are now tagged with the era they belong to, which I think will become more important as I start to document more different time periods, and I'll roll out this idea to biography and encyclopaedia pages too. I'm thinking that at some point I might want to colour code things, but that sounds a bit ambitious at the moment.

Anyway, that's too much waffling so I'll stop and let you go and read the new pages.

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Update 63

by David Meadows 11. August 2019 21:38

I know, it's months late, and I have no excuses, it's entirely my fault.

But, finally, I have written a new chapter of Strikeforce. Chapter 27: Red Alert (PDF) is now on line.

This is what, in comics, they call a "jumping on point": if you have never read any of the story before, this would be a good place to start. It's a self-contained chapter, not part of a long storyline (though inevitably it touches on several on-going sub-plots, because that's just the nature of serial fiction), and I've done my best to explain everything you need to know about Strikeforce in this chapter.

Of course, the entire story is on line anyway, so if you really are new then there's no reason why you couldn't just go back to the start and read the whole thing. But don't feel that you have to.

Anyway, that's it for this update. I would normally put up several supporting pages, but for now I'm just counting this one short chapter as a major victory. I'll try to get back to more chunky updates next time.

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Update 62

by David Meadows 21. July 2019 21:53

I've written an encyclopaedia entry on the Big Munch burger.

In all seriousness, did anyone really need an encyclopaedia entry on the Big Munch burger? Dear Lord, have I completely lost the plot?

Other pages in this update include biographies of some minor characters: Greywolf II (brother of the original (deceased) Greywolf), Viper II (alternate timeline version of the original Viper), and Karl Zod III (alternate timeline version of the original Karl Zod and possible ancestor of Karl Zod II (are you confused yet?))

And that's it, I'm still westling with getting some more story chapters finished but at least I'm still writing something. Even if it is burger encyclopaedia entries :|

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Biography

by David Meadows 20. July 2019 23:08

Character biographies are a bit of a problem.

The original idea of the "Who's Who" was to fill in background details that didn't naturally arise in the course of the story but were still important to me in understanding the character's personality and motivations.

The problem is, I didn't just write background in the bios, I wrote what was "currently" happening to, the details that were documented in the story.

But I couldn't document a character's' "future" (even though I know it), because it would spoil plots for anyone who was reading the story. So the bios went completely out of date for recurring characters.

This is a long-winded way of saying I'm going to stop writing bios until I figure out a better way to do it. I have some already finished or in progress, so I'll release those in the next update or two, then I'll stop and concentrate on other things.

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No Update

by David Meadows 19. July 2019 22:42

I am officially moving the weekly update to Sundays. This makes a lot more sense in my typical weekly schedule, and I should always done it. The only reason I started on a Friday was so the launch could be on May 27th (which is a significant date in the Game universe).

I was actually going to to do this last week, but I was away last Sunday. So regular updates will continue on Sunday 21st. See you there.

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Update 61

by David Meadows 12. July 2019 22:00

Bit of a strange update this time, as it's all history pages. There are five new pages that document the events of the alternate 24th century timeline. Working out who did what when took so long that I didn't get around to creating anything new. But the important thing is, it's an update for the second week running. Which is a positive sign.  

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Update 60

by David Meadows 5. July 2019 21:31

Restarting something after a long break is hard. But I'm going to try.

Not a major piece of writing, though. I'm going to add some fairly short and simple pieces, kind of easing back into it. So this month you will find pages covering:

I have five different fiction chapters half-written and I will try to finish one of them to upload next week, but no promises. But I'll do my best to upload something, even if it's just a one-paragraph addition to the history timeline.

Small steps definitely seems like way forward.

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