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Updates

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… 🙂

Custom Images for Facebook Sharing

You may now have a custom image associate with your Gamebook for sharing on Facebook. At this time I cannot realistically allow you to upload your own willy-nilly (too many scumbags out there to risk it tbh, until I get a screening process in place), however if you have written a gamebook here and have an image you want associate with your work please contact me by mail or the contact form or our FB page etc. and I will associate the picture manually.

Aplogies to existing Authors who have now seen their Share numbers vanish – the truth is the Sharing code was abysmally written (I think I was stoned) and had to have the guts ripped out of it to get the custom images working properly (and code tidied up). It ought to remain unchanged from now on.

Some New Features

1) Text to Speech is available on all game pages now.

2) You may now restart your adventure immediately upon reaching the Credits page (e.g. if you abandon or fail you don’t have to scroll all through the list to find the same adventure again).

3) Oscars Android App for fightingfantasy.net is available from the Home Menu

Enjoy 🙂

p.s. I am working on an adventure by Tammy Badowski for you, currently I am at the data input stage, I *hope* to have it complete before the FFF3…

Gates of Death – A Long Expected Party?

A final decision has been made it would seem by a much esteemed member of the FF community Mark Lain (cba to write you an internal link we got menus): https://ffreviewermalthusd.blogspot.com/2018/07/12-gates-of-death.html Overall – may well disappoint those expecting something written in the 80’s – for a new generation – who knows? Read between the lines I would advise – this is a stonker of a review and much emphasis has been placed on Higsons succesful and generous use of ‘looping’ in a gamebook – this is NO MEAN FEAT I can assure you as someone who has coded up these adventures repeatedly. ! or 2 loops may be found in many gamebooks – but – actually making use of the many loops essential??? Mindblowing. Niiiiiiiiice. There are other major head re-aligning concepts I am gagging to tell you that are required to complete the gamebook, but you may not want spoilers. Read at leisure in a Port of Your Own Peril 🙂

New Adventures

Over the past couple of months I have added 3 new adventures, Jam Hirons ‘Lair of the Lunatic’, and Mark Lains’ ‘Honour and Glory’ and ‘Legacy of the Vampire’, as well as several adjustments to the system which you probably will not notice – apart from the lovely new illustration for our Login page courtesy of Lee Hunt. Enjoy.