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.
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.
Just a reminder that a new Audiobook status page was added, which 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 five 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.
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, some more audio files have been added. One for xtryllium, and one for each of the minor characters who were still awaiting theirs.
If you're a regular visitor to the site you probably noticed these changes sneaking in over the past two weeks. If not, here they all are:
When you read a book with made-up names it can be difficult to know how to pronounce them. For that reason, a new feature is rolling out across the site: audio clips!
Appearing now in the Main Characters, Secondary Characters, and Societies sections, as well as on the Many Worlds page, these little clips tell you how the names are pronounced... at least, as they are in RCV's head. They will soon be available for All Other Characters as well.
In the past two days, massive improvements have been made to this site. And we're not just talking usability here, oh no. Piles of content have been added!
Wikia is falling out of favour here at HQ. The site is not particularly attractive on a web browser, and when using a mobile device visitors are bombarded with adverts. Advert bombardment is not really in tune with the whole ethos of the Armadaverse — no, we're more about missiles.
The benefit of Wikia is that it's a free, open Wiki platform. It makes it very easy to maintain a large database of information which is cross-linked. The information could be replicated on this very site, in the Universe section, but that will be time-consuming and laborious.
So the question falls to you, the community: stick or twist?
Various changes have been made to the web site in the past few days and weeks, to improve your experience:
Phew! Think that's everything. If you have any thoughts about these changes, please do leave a comment.