It was clear that the SFXB email functionality wasn't doing what it should.
I reconfigured the email settings yesterday and made sure that it could send test emails, that it's contact page worked, and that we could register and activate a number of test users with various 3rd-party email accounts.
One thing to make sure of, though, is to check your spam folder for activation emails.
At the same time, I cleared up the site's homepage, removing the activity overview, since not as many different areas of the site are receiving updates currently.
I did some work on the Version History page for the game and improved the site's error handling.
Let me know if you see any areas where the site needs special attention/improvement.
It's a Star Fleet Friday ...
I found photos of a nice astrofighter model, made by twitter user; shinchan1st, yesterday.
I like the metallic paint finish. The colour is real nice. It could use that camoflage pattern that these things have, applying to it.
I think it might be based on the Mark model kit from Japan, which you can still get quite easily.
It looks very close to what's in the show, although maybe the cockpit bubble was a bit smaller.
Images have been added to Star Fleet > Fan Models page.
The SFXB forum has been updated from 3.3.2 to 3.3.5, which broke it for a short while.
There were some issues with the templates, so I took the opportunity to find a better, more modern one and modify it again to make it a bit more Star Fleet-oriented.
At the same time, the board received some configuration changes.
More info: Site Changes
I got back to scanning the remainder of the first of the four volumes of the French Bomber-X comic books.
I will try and make a start on volume 2 before long.
You might have noticed an issue with the site not displaying the descriptions of various content folders.
This was due to the security software having a major and unprovoked falling out with the PHP script of the website.
I found a really nice workaround for it and it's now working fine.
Rain Song, after a number of years, has finally been updated with chapter 8.
Chapter 9 is on its way and is about half-way finished.
This chapter is quite a big one and was a little tricky, in that it connects a few things together.
Anyway, you find out one or two things in it.
These things can always use a bit more checking and editing, but I'd like to hear what people think about it
I found an interesting Japanese encyclopaedia of monster and sci-fi shows from 1980 that seems to have quite a bit about X Bomber. We will see just how much, when it arrives.
I'm also going to resume work on scanning the French comic books so that we have a full set of scans on here.
I had some work that ran aground a long time ago, cleaning up and improving some of the old sketches that went into production of the game.
I got that stuff finished on Friday night/Saturday.
Sometimes it's good to come back to something and attack it with a fresh perspective.
The following have been added:
New Chicago City 1
Simetra - Infinity Class Prototype
Simetra - S60 Stinger
I notice that that there are some sketches that I added the 'X Project' sketchbook (which is a black Daler A3 sketchbook, into which, all X-Bomber sketches are pasted), that don't seem to have ever scanned.
When I get proper access to my office again, I will scan them out of there and add them to the site.
The ones I have in mind are a bigger illustration of the S60 Stinger Simetran fighter and an earlier illustration of the Alliance command carrier.
I'm tidying up the website's filesystem and moving some content from the news database into the main site content, to make the site more of a browsable collection and less like a blog.
It's Star Fleet and it's Friday!
Brad has finished work on Legtrax...
I chose this graphic for the front page because I really like the angle and the appearance of the engines.
You can find many more images on the SFXB forum and in the Star Fleet fan work area:
Yet another X-Bomber 3d build
Brad Smith - New Work
In other news, I downloaded and checked a full backup of the site, which is something that I should do more often.
The footprint of the site is about 24GB.
I've been working on chapters 8 and 9 of my Rain Song story that accompanies the game.
Also, I've been working on the sprites and damage effects for the battlecruiser in level 15 of the game.
I also contacted a number of translation companies for a quote to translate our scans of the Japanese manga, so that I could understand the story a bit better.
Machine translation of Japanese can be very hit-and-miss.
No-one's come back to me yet, so if you know of someone who might be able to help us, let me know.
I wanted to make sure that an image of Matsukami's remarkable new model of The Skull space sailing ship made it to the site's front page.
Check out the original forum thread here.
I have also resumed work on my Rain Song Star Fleet fan story that ties in with the game.
Chapter 8 is starting to come together quite well.
At the same time, I have simplified the game content on the website and made it accessible under a single main menu option, rather than switching back-and-forth between "about" and "media".
Matsukami has finished an amazing model of the Skull. Check it out on the SFXB Forum.