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:
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.
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.
The official Armada Wars online store has until now only accepted PayPal, which may have put off those of you who don't use (or don't wish to use) that service.
Not any more. Now the store is partnered with another service, so you can pay with PayPal, Apple Pay, or pretty much any conventional card!
Independent writing is not particularly profitable, and it takes a great deal of time. If you want to help guarantee the future of this series, and ensure that books keep coming according to the great big game plan, there are some ridiculously powerful things you can do:
As you probably know this whole series is produced independently, without any backing from a publisher, agent, or marketing firm. It relies mostly on your word of mouth to generate interest amongst potential new readers! You are the best chance it has of continuing and growing.
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.