Armada Wars now has a Discord server.
This is likely to grow slowly so please help by joining and saying hello! There are a few channels already created, please do feel free to suggest others.
Patrons will have access to private text and voice channels. So I should probably add some content to the Patreon account...
X-Ray: What and Where is it?
As you might have heard, every Armada Wars novel available on the Kindle platform now has X-Ray content available. But what is it? And where?
Put simply, X-Ray content gives you a compact, dedicated database right alongside a Kindle book. It contains profiles for characters, significant terms, and definitions. It can add depth to the world of the book, provide you with a means of quickly refreshing your memory, and give you quick and simple explanations.
The X-Ray system can show you all the terms or characters on a page, or for the whole book, ordered alphabetically or by relevance. It also generates "notability" scores for some content, and it picks out passages which might be of particular interest.
All in all this is a feature that succeeds in combining functionality with entertainment, and when you're exploring an expansive and subtly detailed world like the Armadaverse it's an invaluable companion. It's available from the tool strip at the top of any Kindle's reading page, or in the book menu on mobile devices.
All the X-Ray content in the Armada Wars novels comes straight from the source, and it is designed to be consistent and spoiler-free. Due to the character limit for X-Ray entries there are of course much more extensive articles on this site: the web site's entry on the Rodori, for example, is vastly more interesting than the abbreviated version found in X-Ray. But the idea is to give you a quick summary of what a Rodori is, right while you're reading.
How to get the latest X-Ray content:
Simply delete the Armada Wars novels from your Kindle reading device/s, and then download them again. That's literally all there is to it!
What's New This Week...
The web site just keeps getting bigger, better, and badder! Here's whats been added or changed in the past week or so:
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.
Some improvements have hit the site over the past week... some major, some just tweaks:
Character Pics Update
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.
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.
Encountered a term in an Armada Wars book and not sure what it means? Fear not. The brand new Glossary was added to the Universe section today.
The glossary is not yet exhaustive, but it does come quite close. It will of course continue to grow as new volumes are released in the Armadaverse, because every new book means new strange things with strange names.
New Category: Technology
A new category was sneaked into the Universe section this week, and it adds eighteen Technology articles! This section will be under continuous development, with more entries being made as more technology is revealed in upcoming releases.
Also this week... the book pages were all given a makeover to remove clutter, improve appearance for mobile devices, add images for external destinations like Amazon and Audible, and introduce a touch of per-book colour theming.
Lastly, a pronunciation audio file has been added for xtryllium.