Well, I don’t know where to begin with updating you on the work that has been completed and is in development since my last News update in October. Hopefully you will be a signed up member and can see the new features yourself. Here’s what I can remember off the top of my head:

  • The Randomizer is available to both visitors and members
  • The Randomizer is badly named as it also converts an entire text document of an adventure to references for you, and can save them to your book automatically, and can convert to PDF or HTML also
  • I am working on easy to use ABML buttons in the adventure editor so you don’t have to keep looking up how each tag works when coding an adventure
  • The GraphViz creator now includes extra checkers for you such as 1) Orphan checker 2) Dangly Link checker and 3) Dead End checker, making it a very powerful tool for checking the validity of your adventure before publishing on or off the site
  • Illustrations (and the associated <img> tag) are now included and operational, though you can only use existing uploaded images or must contact me with yor illustrations for your adventures at this time for obvious reasons
  • The latest new online adventure is The Altimer (our first test bed for illustrations – read and enjoy, especially the inline image puzzle! (also adapted for blind readers)), courtesy of Samuel Isaacson, which is a taster of his fully published work available on Amazon as either a digital download or printed book. I have in fact entered the entire adventure but you will find the game ends at a ‘choke-point’ in the adventure flow. If you are an author of a published work and would like to try this facility to promote your published work please contact me

Some minor other updates have been executed making fightingfantasy.net more friendly oh and we have a new artwork additions to the login page you may have noticed courtesy of mega-fan James ‘Kailo Monkey’ Kail and no less than Fighting Fantasy illustrator himself Mike Tenebrae!

Lastly my next major feature is likely to be image-map enablement – as there are a number of comic style CYOA’s I am in the process of acquiring permissions to use – you *might* know of DiceMan, a 2000 A.D. comic (that’s basically Judge Dredd for all you that need to know) which is a gamebook style comic – well basically there are some authors out there with comic adventures looking for online interactivity – and of course I am not one to shy from a challenge like that! So, watch out and keep your eyes on fightingfantasy.net for more news… 🙂

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