Update 50

by David Meadows 22. June 2018 22:06

This week we have a new issue of Heroes, issue #24 "Sparks". Our heroes go up against the Electric Raider, and we take the opportunity to have another look at James's past. And if you don't get the surprise twist(s) at the end, you need to go back and re-read the last few issues. It's all quite clear, really.

Not a lot more this week. A gazetteer entry for Chicago and an encyclopaedia entry explaining the Atlantean calendar. Why am I explaining the Atlantean calendar? What's that got to do with anything? I dunno, I just thought it was interesting.

Next update will hopefully happen next week ,but it's a not a firm commitment as I may have other things going on.

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Update 49

by David Meadows 8. June 2018 23:03

The long delayed new chapter of Strikeforce is here. The team is stuck in a future they don't recognise as their own, in a chapter appropriately titled Somewhen Else.

And a couple of minor new pages to make the update look a bit more substantial: Wild Boy in the Who's Who, and Vancouver in the Gazetteer.

Next update is scheduled for two weeks time.

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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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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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Update 44

by David Meadows 17. February 2018 00:23

This week's Strikeforce update is chapter 21, "Breakthrough", and it has probably the most shocking ending of any chapter so far. Trust me, you won't believe the state our heroes are in by the end of it!

Two background "who's who" files this week: Jerome, to complement last week's revelations about his past, and to go with that we have a bio of Powl the Samurai who also featured in last week's story.

That's your lot this week, but I think the Strikeforce cliffhanger is more than enough to occupy you until the next update...

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Skip Week

by David Meadows 6. February 2018 00:27

This is a "planned" skip week, so don't look for an update on Friday.

The reason I'm posting this is so you'll know it's part of a plan and doesn't mean I'm failing to stick to my schedule Wink

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Update 43

by David Meadows 3. February 2018 00:39

This week's story is issue 21 of Heroes: SAMURAI. Last issue we glimpsed the Chicago mob boss POWL THE SAMURAI, but this isn't his story -- it's Jerome's, and we finally learn a bit more about the man who claims to be from the 17th-century (but may be just a figment of Paul's imagination... you decide!)

The bio pages are a bit uninspiring this week. I've got a lot of characters (112 at last count) who have only appeared or been names once in the story, and they're hanging around on my character list like loose ends. So I'm going to try to get some of them written up and on the site. I've started with three who I'm reasonably confident will never be seen again (one is dead in the current Heroes story), and you'll find them under RECENTLY ADDED in the sidebar of the Who's Who index page. There isn't a lot of detail on any of them, simply because they were never designed to be detailed characters, they were throwaway names or faces needed for the plot. But I hate loose ends, so they have to get pages.

Hmm, at three a week it's going to take a long time to get through 112 characters. I might have to re-think this...

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Update 41

by David Meadows 19. January 2018 23:55

Weekly updates are still on track (it's a miracle!) but only a couple of pages this time.

The main one is the next issue of Heroes, #20: Chicago Knight. This follows on directly from issue 19, which was published so long ago you'd better go and read that again first.

Chicago Knight introduces a new character, Knight Owl, who is bound to become a big star, so you've basically got to read the issue or you'll feel as silly as those people who didn't buy The Incredible Hulk #181.

The only other new page is a bio of Supernova, but it's a really long page because Supernova is one of the key characters of the universe, a founder of the Defense League and (before Strikeforce turned up) the man considered Earth's mightiest hero.

Update 41 is still on schedule for next week.

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