There have been yet more additions and improvements this weekend. Strap yourself in!
Quite a lot of work goes on behind the scenes, as well as constant edits to keep the site current with the latest books and correct small, unnoticed errors.
It's always good to know that people are visiting the site and poring over the information here, so feel free to comment. And if you're feeling particularly saintly, then please support the Armadaverse through Patreon!
Some improvements have hit the site over the past week... some major, some just tweaks:
Regular visitors might have noticed that the previously mentioned character pictures have been undergoing rapid and iterative improvements. They're now available for all human main and secondary characters, and higher resolution images are replacing the pictures which were first uploaded.
But wait... there's more.
Over the next few days the Adobe Fuse template files will be appearing on some characters' profile pages. This means that anyone with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership can use the template inside Fuse to tweak parameters, and then output their variant into Photoshop for posing and rendering.
You could age characters, fatten them up, put them in gingham dresses, or even recreate the infamous shower scene! All the figures are height-accurate, so they will compare to each other correctly if you place multiple characters in the same scene.
Have a play, and share your results with us on the Facebook page.
At the time of writing, the templates are already uploaded for Euryce Eilentes and Maber Castigon. More will be added very soon, so check back for updates throughout the coming week.
Update: Fuse files have now been added for all main and secondary human characters!
If you're not a member already, Amazon UK is offering three months of Kindle Unlimited for free as part of Black Friday. This is three times as long as their normal 30-day trial, and gives you access to over a million books.
So if you've still to catch up with one, two, three, or even all of the Armada Wars books, now would be a good time to act!
You must apply before the end of 1st December, and please take note of the small print (it's one of those deals where you'll be charged after the three months if you don't cancel).
The paperback version of From Shattered Stars is now available in our store, which means you can order signed copies if you so desire.
If you've picked up our business card at a convention then you already have a mutating coupon code for this site. The code currently gives you an extra £1 off FSS, on top of our existing £1 discount on the Amazon price. So you can get the paperback here almost 20% cheaper than on Amazon!
Thanks to Adobe's "free-use preview" of Fuse, their developing character design tool, the site is now getting some images of your favourite characters.
So far as it is possible, these images follow the descriptions given in the books to illustrate what various characters would look like. They are now populating to the Main Characters and Secondary Characters sections.
There are some shortcomings. For example although it's possible, it's still really difficult to apply Ren's tattoos and scars. And the controls for eye shape are fairly primordial, so Santani's heritage doesn't exactly leap out at you.
Yes, the Eyes and Ears personnel all doing a "dunno?" pose is deliberate.
As you probably guessed, this software is nowhere near sufficient to model Bruiser, Burner, or Caecald. If any 3D or digital art whizzes out there fancy a crack, fan art is ALWAYS welcome on the Facebook page.
Amazon OneLink is now being rolled out across the site. This system means that you only have to click one button to go and find a particular Armada Wars book on your local Amazon store — Amazon works out for itself what geographical region you are in, and routes you accordingly.
The system is being implemented for Kindle edition links, paperback links, and some audiobook links.
At the moment it's up and running for readers in the USA, the UK, and Canada. People from other regions can click the same link to use the Amazon.com site, or choose from the regional links which are still listed.
One known issue is that OneLink doesn't always register your region on the first click, and sends you to Amazon.com regardless of where you are. Subsequent clicks seem to be handled correctly. Presumably this is a bug that Amazon is working on already.
In addition to the previous update which enabled Apple Pay, SSL has now been turned on across the site. This means that all your browsing on the Armada Wars web site is secured by design, not just the shopping cart.
The home page has been streamlined to make it easier to focus on what matters to most visitors. The Chronology page has been moved from the Universe section to the Books section, which is a more fitting location for it.
Just a reminder that a new Audiobook status page was added recently. It will keep you abreast of which novels are available on Audible and iTunes, and which one is coming next.
Those of you who picked up a business card at either Sci-Feb or Comic Con in 2017 have a special coupon code in your hand.
The offer this code gives has been updated today: get a whopping 50% off the excellent A1-sized poster for Steal from the Devil.
The provisional release date of Christmas 2017 for Whom Gods Shall Fear has been moved, and the final book in this series is now intended to arrive in July 2018.
No doubt this will come as a disappointment to those of you who are itching for the climax of this story, but it needs to be done right. After all, WGSF is a massive book which involves lots of intersecting/colliding threads... December was perhaps a little optimistic!
Good news though: work is starting now on the audiobook of List of the Dead. Woohoo!