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Return of the Holidays

Dec 01, 2015 at 18:59

Greetings all! As I'm sure you've been made aware by the recent festoonery of the world's malls and suburbs, it's getting near those December holiday times, which means a couple of things!

One is that we just celebrated Thanksgiving 'round these parts, and my belt is still tight.

The second is that there are more distractions and social obligations than usual this month, including, if I might say so, an exTREMEly important movie release on the 18th...

This means it'll likely be a lighter month of development, which is why my last note pushed the launch date back several months instead of just one or two.

However, progress is benig made! This past month was still light but saw a bunch of new polish and bug fixing, more work with the graphic designer, and filling in a few of the remaining gaps that need filling. The launch will include everything you need to make and read adventures, including the current adventures you made here, but some of the fancier stuff might have to wait. To that end, I'm focusing on creating a complete product first before worrying about it being the perfect product. Even so, I think you'll be excited by the new look, the new functionality, and the new possibilities!

Hope you have a great December!

- The Grasssmith


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If You're Reading This I'll Be Late

Nov 03, 2015 at 18:29

Yes, it's true-- Choosology will be inevitably delayed a couple of months. This past month has been overwhelmingly busy with both personal and professional commitments, leaving precious little time to spend on extra coding. November shouldn't be too bad, but December undoubtedly will, so I can no longer commit to a year-end release of the site. The new ETA is March 1, 2016, and I will do my absolute darnedest to reach it.

I hope we can all see this as more of a Team Fortress 2-type delay than a Duke Nukem Forever one--namely, that the extra wait will be worth it.

The good news is that I'm essentially done with the insane work days (and weekends) for the foreseeable future, and starting this week will be back to a normal development schedule. Thanks for bearing with me and I can't wait to show you some progress next month!

- The Grasssmith


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Sep 30, 2015 at 18:49

Hello again!

This month was not as great as hoped, as I was struck down by illness for a few weeks. Nonetheless, progress was made on the "My Stuff" segment of the site, including setting up the basic tabs and fleshing out the Experiments tab.

Like everything, it's a work in progress, but you can see the basics; Your experiments are shown at the left, with the most recently-edited one first. You can enter the Editing screens for them from here, or simply re-read them if you're so inclined. You can also make a new Experiment or review recent comments. The shown recent comments are those made by the current user because that was the default when testing, but in reality they'll be recent comments on your own experiments by others, so you can see what people have been saying about your work!

This page is fairly simple and should be done soon. The next major tab is the "Resources" tab, which will take the place of the Add Pictures and Manage Pictures pages on the current site. Users will also be able to upload pictures directly in the experiment-editing process, and this will set that foundation as well.

After that... Degrees (aka Achievements)! Should be a fun month!

- The Grasssmith


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Merry September

Sep 01, 2015 at 18:56

Another month gone, another batch of progress made. The visual editor continued to be refined this month, and saw the addition of screen-specific backgrounds, foregrounds, and border styles, as well as the choice to use the adventure's default settings. I also updated the adventure viewing to take this screen-specific data into account.

Nothing too exciting, and not really even worth a screenshot this time... but progress is being made, and I'm looking forward to another productive month; hopefully I can start getting into some new areas of the site, but the visual editor really is the heart and soul of the whole site, so it is going to get a disproportionate amount of attention!

In the meantime, there have been several exceptional adventures published of late! I suggest trying a few of the recent ones out if you haven't already!

- The Grasssmith


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August Update

Aug 04, 2015 at 18:54

Ah, August. Truly the eighthmost of the months.

Work is back in full swing, and is nearing completion on the new adventure/screen editor. Screens can now be created, moved, connected/disconnected, deleted, renamed, and have their content, choice texts, and background colors edited.

That's right: the new version of the visual editor (soon to be renamed) allows different backgrounds for individual screens! The overall adventure will still have a default background, but now you can do things like:
- Make ending screens super spooky (or joyous, depending on context)
- Subtly darken the background more and more as a reader makes more evil choices
- Provide background tile images suitable to the current location; perhaps a grassy field, castle cobblestones, or rushing river water, as the case may be

There are probably any number of exciting things to be done with this new flexibility, and I'm excited to unleash it in the coming months!

The new site is still planned to be released this year. Plenty of work remains, but with the visual editor nearly complete, all that remains will be the smaller auxiliary or optional screens that are not absolutely required for release. Get hyped (or not, it's really up to you)!

And of course, I will leave you with a new screenshot of the screen editor (still a work in progress, of course!), showing some of the many ways in which you might wish to reformat all the text on your screens, including the choice text:

- The Grasssmith


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Site Updates

02-05-2017, 15:19: The forum (and forum button) has been removed.
02-10-2015, 11:36: Registration and the Privacy Policy have been updated to cover users under 13.
08-18-2013, 08:04: By popular demand, the Screen Editor has been made larger.
06-30-2013, 16:21: Added a Total Word Count in Screen Editor.
06-26-2013, 12:26: Updated Screen Editor to show which screens are empty or not.
05-29-2013, 18:13: Comments on non-public adventures are no longer shown in Recent Comments.
05-27-2013, 18:43: Noticed and sorta-fixed a bug which can make adventure editing impossible.
05-22-2013, 23:11: Added a little button linking to our Facebook page.
05-17-2013, 14:53: Added "Send Message" button to profiles, fixed a couple message bugs.
05-16-2013, 17:25: Added node counter and fixed issue with lingering node highlights.
05-16-2013, 16:28: Added loading overlay to prevent some bugs on adventure editor.
05-15-2013, 23:32: Tweaked adventure saving so large adventures are less likely to break.
04-27-2013, 00:07: Fixed minor issue with Beginning Screen choice with disproportionately major rewrite of the functionality.
04-27-2013, 00:06: Added some controls for publishing to help prevent accidental publishing.
04-24-2013, 23:24: A couple styling fixes, especially with how adventures are shown in Recent Adventures.
04-13-2013, 16:26: Allowed deletion of own comments, and fixed comment display on home page.
04-11-2013, 16:35: Made a few fixes to places that were showing HTML code instead of parsing it.
03-05-2013, 15:56: Made a couple of fixes to ratings and description box errors.
01-11-2013, 09:37: Fixed an issue with saving adventure options with a long adventure title.
11-06-2011, 18:15: The visual editor now has an indicator for when there are non-visible screens.
10-07-2011, 15:44: Fixed issue with universal images being used as adventure images.
06-09-2011, 20:30: Fixed some bugs on the Profile page.
06-06-2011, 18:43: You can now log in with your email OR username.
06-01-2011, 22:29: Fixed some bugs on the Account page.
05-31-2011, 23:32: Added semi-experimental video embedding!
05-31-2011, 19:51: Fixed some screen editor errors.
05-30-2011, 19:22: Made registration a little more helpful on success.
05-30-2011, 00:12: Added a "view full picture" option to Manage Pictures.
05-29-2011, 17:16: Made improvements to Screen Editor usability.
05-28-2011, 17:41: Added some browser detection so it's clearer what you need.
05-28-2011, 17:41: Started adding some helpful popup tooltips.
05-27-2011, 21:28: Added a search box on the Browse page.
05-26-2011, 19:17: Cleaned up AJAX saving so it's less choppy.
05-26-2011, 19:17: Fixed some issues related to Adventure availability.
05-25-2011, 23:53: Various updates to button styles and visual editor usability
05-24-2011, 23:31: Made some fixes and improvements to image-inserting, so that an image uploaded in another window will be available the next time you open an Edit Screen window.
05-23-2011, 19:14: Improved detection of background brightness so site buttons and text are visible.
05-23-2011, 19:02: Updated About page and Terms and Conditions.
05-23-2011, 19:01: Fixed bug with screen editing.
05-22-2011, 22:20: 2.0.1 updated! See news item.
05-20-2011, 14:11: Up. Dated. EVERYTHING.
04-16-2011, 16:38: Fixed an error in viewing adventures.
02-08-2011, 22:15: Added the ability to upload .zip files of images.
08-02-2009, 19:23: Added new image-choosing module in all relevant areas.
08-02-2009, 19:22: Added several helpful messages for creating new adventures.
08-02-2009, 19:22: Divided Adventure Editing page into Info and Style sections.
07-26-2009, 23:23: You can now add a profile picture on your Account page.
07-26-2009, 15:36: Updated Manage Pics page with option to change image names, and some styling changes.
07-25-2009, 01:40: Profile pages updated with fancy search box.
07-24-2009, 00:58: Added proto-profiles.
07-24-2009, 00:57: Cannot register with a name solely comprised of numbers.
07-20-2009, 21:36: Added "view all news" option to front page.
07-17-2009, 12:01: Fixed a bug where you'd be warned about not having written "[[pic]]" even if you had.
07-16-2009, 21:11: added some helpful text.
07-16-2009, 20:38: Added "Restricted Only" option to Browse page for people who have chosen to see such content.
07-16-2009, 20:37: Fixed bug when creating new adventure.
07-16-2009, 00:45: Added an option in the Accounts subsection to allow yourself to see Restricted adventures.
07-16-2009, 00:45: Moved Availability options to drop-down, added "Restricted" and implemented security to enforce it.
07-15-2009, 21:14: Allowed editing adventure details on Public adventures. Still can't change its screens though.
07-15-2009, 21:05: allowed Facebook to access images so you can share adventures there. It's still a little hit-or-miss though.
07-15-2009, 11:47: Update to Privacy Policy to reflect multiple cookies usage. Update to Terms relaxing requirements for Public adventures.
07-15-2009, 11:35: Updated "About" section.
07-15-2009, 10:31: more IE6-centric CSS fixes.
07-15-2009, 00:59: Added an option for persistent logins.
07-14-2009, 16:30: fixed layout issues for IE6. In general, I don't consider IE6 to be something i really support, but in this case it was ridiculous not to.
07-14-2009, 00:36: Made several visual and functional updates to the Browse page.
07-10-2009, 15:50: Prevented trying to preview a screen in progress which hadn't been created yet.
07-10-2009, 11:22: fixed a couple rating-related problems.
07-10-2009, 01:15: Can't rate your own adventures anymore.. also, some CSS fixes
07-10-2009, 00:41: Implemented 5-star rating system.
07-09-2009, 16:37: Fixed style problems on Recent Adventures listing.
07-09-2009, 10:41: Parent listing on screen editing page shows screen name instead of title.
07-09-2009, 01:13: Added a "Recent Adventures" listing on the front page
07-08-2009, 15:59: "" now redirects to the forum.
07-07-2009, 23:33: Forum link added.
07-07-2009, 13:48: fixed a bug where an error message was shown when editing adventures.
07-07-2009, 00:20: Can now put hyperlinks in screens.
07-06-2009, 22:53: fixed a bug with displaying some icons on the Adventure editing page.
07-06-2009, 22:14: You can now reset your password if you forget it.
07-06-2009, 20:42: you can now change a picture's category from the Manage Pictures pages.
07-06-2009, 19:05: Picture sizes are now shown on the Manage Pictures page.
07-06-2009, 00:15: Fixed issue where adventures would try to show an icon even if none was set.
07-06-2009, 00:14: picture alignment and borders are now explicit options. This means the old way ("[[pic|center|2px solid black]]") does not work anymore
07-06-2009, 00:13: warn if picture chosen but "[[pic]]" not written
07-05-2009, 21:21: fixed screen display error with HTML entities
07-05-2009, 16:14: Made this cute little auto-magical update listing.
07-05-2009, 16:13: "Manage Pictures" section now has expandable categories.
07-05-2009, 16:13: prevented hotlinking pictures from this site, also prevented anyone trying to find more pictures by digging through directories