Update 48

by David Meadows 25. May 2018 22:12

Yes, a ridiculously long hiatus, but here we are again.

This week there aren't any story chapters. I'm getting back into the swing of things slowly, so I'm starting with something simple like... documenting 11 billion years of history.

You will find 11 new (or revised) pages covering events from, deep breath, 
13.7 Billion Years Ago,  
13.5 Billion Years Ago,  
5 Billion Years Ago,  
4.6 Billion Years Ago
4.5 Billion Years Ago,  
4.1 Billion Years Ago,  
2.6 Billion Years Ago,  
2.5 Billion Years Ago,  
2.45 Billion Years Ago,  
2.44 Billion Years Ago,  and  
2.3 Billion Years Ago.

The easiest thing is to start at the first one and just keep clicking through to the next event.

Most of it won't make sense to you in the context of the current story (you'll probably recognise one reference point) but it's all going to be come clear if you keep reading Strikeforce for long enough. You've probably figured out by now that you need to treat the entire web site more like a jigsaw puzzle than an single linear narrative. (Because, honestly, linear narratives are a waste of the on-line medium.)

Next week's update might include the next Strikeforce chapter, but I'm not promising. It could just be a few more random history pages.

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(no) Update

by David Meadows 2. April 2018 23:16

No, there wasn't an update on the 30th as promised. April 6th looks unlikely too, due to too much stuff going on. Best I can say is watch this space.

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Update 47

by David Meadows 16. March 2018 23:32

Another Heroes issue this week: #23 Moving On. It's a "quiet" issue, with the team still resting at Luey's place, but trouble is not far away. See if you can guess who next issue's villain is...

The new History page format seemed to work pretty well, so I've added a couple more pages in the format. But instead of my usual scattershot approach of documenting events of historical significance, I've decided I should be more methodical start at the beginning. So there are pages for 13.7 billion years ago and 13.5 billion years ago. Yes, I really meant the beginning!

And a final small addition, the Encyclopaedia gets an entry for the Antarctic Volcano, which you may remember Strikeforce accidentally causing a few weeks ago.

No update next week, it's a designated skip week (because your writer will be at a concert) so come back on the 30th for the next update. Though I may do some interim blog posts, as usual.

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Dates

by David Meadows 13. March 2018 00:00

And on the subject of dates, you've possibly noticed that I always write dates out in full, "12 March 2018" not 12/3/18. This is annoying to do, but I think I have to to avoid confusion between whether I'm using American format or everybody-else-in-the-world format. It's the Americans' fault for not understanding how numbers work.

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Update 46

by David Meadows 9. March 2018 23:32

Strikeforce have gone ... Back to the Future! Yes, that's what I used as the title of chapter 22. So sue me.

In other news, I've been playing with various ways of making the day-by-day history pages look cleaner, and I think I've found a layout that I like. I've started somewhere out-of-the-way -- the beginning of the 23rd century -- so if I decide I hate it I won't have too much stuff to undo. You can take a look at the timelines for 2301, 2302, 2320, and 2322 and see what you think.

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Research

by David Meadows 7. March 2018 23:49

When I started this 30 years ago, I'm pretty sure I never expected to one day be researching how Charles de Gaulle escaped to England in World War 2.

 

"At around 09:00 on the morning of 17 June he flew to London on a British aircraft with Edward Spears. The escape was hair-raising, with Spears' aide having to run to the hangar at the last minute to fetch a rope to tie on the luggage. Spears claimed that de Gaulle had been reluctant to come, and that he had pulled him into the aircraft at the last minute."

 

If that's not a scenario waiting to happen, I don't know what is.

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Historical woes

by David Meadows 4. March 2018 00:34

Quite a productive day's writing, but I've uncovered some serious problems in my historical timeline:

  • I've completely miscalculated the date the Warscout appeared on Earth. It doesn't affect his story, but it does affect some historical incidents I wanted him to be responsible for.
  • The history of the Anarchists is a bit murky, and I'll need to do some serious work to get it properly documented.
  • The age of Edward Mallard is all wrong. I think this is unfixable.
  • Don't even start me on the Atlantean world wars. I think I may have to say that some Atlantean events occurred in an alternate universe.

Really I'm the only person that's ever going to be bothered by any of this stuff, nobody else will notice even if they're regular readers (and/or players). But I've noticed, and it's all really annoying.

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I don't know what this means!

by David Meadows 3. March 2018 15:36

Portia fimbriata.

I have a long list of pages to write for the site, character names and other things I want to document. Working down the list this morning, I stopped, momentarily baffled, at "Portia fimbriata".

I soon realised it's a reference from this news story, which to all intents and purposes seems irrelevant to anything else that's going on. It actually is relevant, but it's not a plot thread I'm going to be following in the near future.

But Portia fimbriata is just a genus of spider, a real-world thing, and I'm not documenting real world things. So I'm crossing it off the list.

Yay, only 453 things left to write about!

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Snow Warning

by David Meadows 2. March 2018 22:28

There will be no update this week due to inclement weather.

(Where's Fury when she's needed?)

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Update 45

by David Meadows 23. February 2018 23:53

It's a Heroes chapter, but with a difference. Relaxing briefly at Huey's house, our heroes hear the story of one of Don's early adventures: Once Upon a Time in Los Angeles.

Readers who have also been following the Strikeforce story might be a little confused, so I'll explain that this takes place a couple of years after the events I'm currently telling in Strikeforce. But don't worry, the villains in this story will turn up soon. In fact, one of them might already be a bit familiar...

Rounding out this week's offering are a couple of biographies: Fury and Tracker, who both featured in very recent Strikeforce chapters. Gosh, it's almost as if I had a plan.

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The Heroes Universe is an ongoing work of fiction, conceived and chiefly plotted by David Meadows, with help from a group of friends, over a 30-year period.

I am slowly documenting the Universe on this web site.

This blog is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of that history.

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