We seem to be back up. I've got some work to do. :-/
(and that, frankly, just makes it more likely that I'll actually, y'know, work on these things a bit more)
Made some new 2D map routines today. There's three places on Improbable Island where you move around on a 2D map, and they all have their own display routines, and that sucks for many reasons.
The new generic map lib file I'm working on has functions that take the map and a settings array as input, and provides a nicely rendered map as output, with appropriate links to move around it.
Which means I can use the same routine for Down Below, the Travel map and the Outpost maps!
My Foxbutt sequel, "Beautiful Foxbutt," is now on sale at Smashwords!
It's 34 thousand words and three bucks, or you can use the coupon code EN35B to buy it for two bucks.
It's a slow, gentle, considerate tease that treats the reader with kindness. I hope it lives up to the blurb I wrote for it, which says "Beautiful Foxbutt is the kindest, most endearing hardcore furry pornography you'll read this year."
A fifth fundamental interaction, you say?
Is it chance? Is it chance, like I've been banging on about for twelve years just to give my players a giggle? Are you boffins gonna make me spend ages rewriting all my plotty bits to make them sillier? It's bloody chance isn't it
Anyway today I'm gonna update the default skin with one of these fancy newfangled embedded font thingies that lets me just upload Libertinus Serif to my webspace and have the CSS suck it up and squirt it back down to my players' browser cache.
I might even consider swapping my tables for DIVs.
Anyway I settled on Georgia and then almost immediately switched to Linux, which doesn't come with Georgia because that's a Microsoft font, and spent the next THIRTEEN YEARS having NO CLUE WHATSOEVER how my website looked to the people actually using it, most of whom are Windows users.
So I went "Fuck it, Georgia I suppose." All the hipsters were wetting their knickers over Helvetica back then because Apple was suddenly cool, but I thought at the time and I maintain today that Helvetica was for people who didn't know the difference between an I, an l and a 1 and don't care, and back then people were really tired of Times New Roman (which is now cool and retro) so it was Georgia or Comic Sans. Georgia it is!
Today I'm gonna make everything really fucking pretty.
You know Improbable Island is a text game, right, so you'd think I'd have spent ages choosing just the right font and paid a lot of attention to how the text looks, but back in the bad old days when I first made this game you couldn't just put a font file up in your webspace and expect fucking Internet Explorer to find it and use it, no, you had to use one of like five fonts that folks reliably had already installed on their machines.
I do wonder though about maybe putting in some kinda, like, scrapyard where people can go look at the old retired features and monsters.
Maybe with a cordoned-off CW'd area where they could see the jokes we made in 2008 that aged like a fine milkshake.
Strap On Mittens is finally live!
I just uploaded it a few minutes ago and it's not on Amazon yet or linked from my site, so Fedifolk are the first to see it.
I know it's only a short story but I write slow and this took me basically all year so I hope I sell a few copies :P
I'm giving away 20 free copies of my first furry story "Foxbutt" on Smashwords!
Use the coupon code TM67C and you can get the book in a range of formats for any ereader, computer, phone or browser.
I'm doing this via Smashwords because once you buy a book you own it, whereas Amazon can straight-up remove access to books you've bought. Also Smashwords takes a smaller cut of the retail price, so it's better for authors too.
Improbable Island is one of the world's largest and longest-running online text adventures. If this is anything like our Twitter account, we'll barely use it.
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