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Aug. 27, 1999
Two big bits of news:
One, inspired by Valkyrja Klydesdale (Realms of the Imagination), I wrote Wizards of the Coast and pled the case for Top Secret/S.I. Read the e-mail here. I'll post any reply I get.
Two, as you may have noticed, I have a new Java applet running on this page. I will be rotating up a new one every couple of days, keeping a theme of Top Secret/S.I. Today's flying simulation is to celebrate the posting of "Air Shot," the Blackhawk chopper training simulation. I am collecting all my Java applets into a file that I will make available as soon as it's ready, so you can all use Java on your sites. PLEASE report bugs on this quick form. I don't want to give away buggy applets! (Much thanks to Fabio of Anfy for the base applets). Click here to see all the applets used so far...
and heck, three: Happy One Month Birthday to TSSI Environments!
Aug. 26, 1999
Air Shot is open to the public FOR BETA TESTING. Be sure to comment on your experience on the form: too hard? too quick? etc. You'll need ten-sided dice or a book of at least 500 pages to play.
As soon as I get hosted and I finish the last two Stage One environments, I will revise the front page to show off and explain the environments. Keep checking this site out!
Aug. 25, 1999
Well, I found Top Secret RPG Resources. Moved to AOL. Check it out. Nice to see 'em again.
Aug. 24, 1999
Well, as promised, the first week of school is chewing up time. I'll catch up this weekend! Expect to see two more locations up by Sunday night.
Air Shot will be finished by Sunday night, and all of you Top Secret/S.I.-starved ex-addicts can try your hand at flying a Blackhawk in a 200 m.p.h. chase in the coastal mountains of Santa Monica!
Klydesdale (Realms of the Imagination) e-mailed Wizards of the Coast (the big fish that swallowed TSR) and asked them when they were going to dust off Top Secret/S.I. Wizards said we're on our own. HA. Right up until we get sued. (Klydesdale also credits me with inspiring his new News page. <blush> Check it out.)
The Orphanage, famous final abode for RPGs so good they had to be discontinued, seems to be losing the bug battle. The Top Secret section is just a root directory. I can't seem to get through on the Contact form, either. If anybody knows the webmaster's e-mail, let him know!! We can't afford to lose another Top Secret/S.I. site (Top Secret RPG Resources being the first, a couple weeks ago.)
Aug. 23, 1999
Wow, talk about embarrassing: I was at a job interview and my interviewer was looking at this website; we found a crossed link that made people trying to get into Pepperdine end up at Zuma Beach!! Ouch. I just fixed it. Sorry about that, all. (I still got the job, though.)
Aug. 20, 1999
Calling all beta testers! 90265, "Air Shot," a helicopter training mission and combat simulator, will be going up this weekend. I don't want to post it for the public until I'm sure the crash tables and difficulty settings are right. I will give the code to get to it to anyone who promises to tell me what they thought; I don't want people just buzzing in and out without giving any feedback on it. E-mail me to get the code.
Aug. 19, 1999
Put the finishing touches on the new front page today. After it's posted and you've seen it, feel free to shortcut here.
I'm planning on adding a slew of Java effects to the site, so if you have a beef with that, use this form now.
Links on this page may be a little loopy in terms of what frame/page they open in, for a few days. I had to do some horrible things to get the old Java clip above to work when published.
Aug. 18, 1999
From the ashes! After having this site completely deleted from the web for almost a day, I'm republished. I used the time off-line to design a new front page, which I'm troubleshooting now.
Sorry, to those of you who visited yesterday and got a root directory ... it will never ever ever happen again. Heh.
Top Secret (RPG) Resources (http://www.pipeline.com/~cj1/ts/) is still down. I'm trying to get a hold of the webmasters over there to see if I can post a mirror of that site...
Aug. 16, 1999
Okay, with some workable environments, my gameplay page about to go up (with online combat tools and character sheets), the first adventure in the works, and my instruction pages on how to use this site soon to be posted, I think it's about time I put up a nice gateway page and started gunning for search engines. I'm averaging four or more hits (from different people) every day, but I need to get up to 50 a week to be hosted by somebody.
Aug. 15, 1999
AAAAIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!!!! PEPPERDINE IS ACTIVE. Explore, check it out, imagine the fun we're going to have there during "Nobody Loves Me".... (click on link in the Environments frame).
...And post any bugs on this form or to the webmaster.
Zuma Beach will go up next, then a few "solitaire location" environments you can play through like a mini-mission. As soon as the MPSF is done, we'll have a house-warming party here at the site. Be sure to come by in a couple days.
Just for the record: Pepperdine is 146 pages. Including the pages for Zuma Beach, the Malibu Personnel Support Facility should be about 170 pages of HTML.
LATER: the public areas for the ZUMA BEACH environment are active, too. Training classes at Zuma Beach will begin in two weeks; sign up here.
In the next day or two, this Master page should change some as I post directions on "What Is An Environment?" and "How Do I Join An Office?"
Aug. 14, 1999
Congratulations to Dave McAlister for being the first TS/SI site to get onto RPGHost. I'm considering the move myself... I just can't find anywhere to put the big banner.
Aug. 13, 1999
Chat session at the Orion HQ: just ggander, Eldermount, and me today. Nice little chat, got some ideas on how to organize the environments when I'm done (thanks, "Old Mountain," for the tips).
The Pepperdine environment is MUCH bigger today, but unfortunately for those of you who haven't requested assignment to MPSF, these areas can only be accessed by agents with the passwords. I WILL tell you that the MPSF office (90263072299) alone is currently 126 pages!! I'm expecting it to be 160 at finish, so we're getting close... Sunday night should be the grand opening.
In other news... Top Secret RPG Resources has disappeared from the net. The site has been down all day. Check up on him...
Aug. 12, 1999
Dave McAlister reports that his PBeM game may be finished in two weeks. You go, boy! Urge him on at the Excite discussion group (chat session tomorrow at noon PST...)
A bio and dossier for an PC named Vanessa Owens have been added to Charlie Martin's Top Secret page.
Klyesdale has added TSSI Environments to his links page. Recognition at last.
And finally, Brice is back! We've already got a loose storyline hammered out for "Nobody Loves Me." At this point, I'm calculating we're going to need about 3 major locations (close to the size of 90263072299-Pepperdine) and about ten smaller locations. If you want to write a location, BE IN TOUCH.
NEWS CALL: if you hear anything Top Secret/S.I.-related happening on the net or in the RW, drop a note to the Excite discussion group or e-mail this site.
Aug. 10, 1999
Eric Brice has agreed to work as a co-Administrator for "Nobody Loves Me". When he returns from his business trip this week, we will be writing full-time on the first PBiN (Play By InterNet) mission to be hosted by TSSI Environments (still tentatively named "Nobody Loves Me").
I will be posting instructions on agent bios for Nobody Loves Me within the week. Basically, this is a Realistic mission, we want new and realistic characters, no superheroes. Plus, I don't want anyone putting their old/favorite character on the line and having him get hacked, leading you to have your next character launch an assault on the Malibu Personnel Support Facility...
Check out the new Links page. I consider any site that is Top Secret/S.I.-related and updated regularly (i.e., once every six months). I'm going to try to keep the number of links to under a dozen, but I'll consider more. Write me to get on...
(Thanks to Klydesdale for giving me the idea for the new Webring animated jpg).
Aug. 9, 1999
I'm back up on the Top Secret/S.I. Webring! (see the Ring, below)
Since the Pepperdine environment is finished enough to have briefings and recruit agents, I also started writing the first mission today: "Nobody Loves Me." If you notice a few days where there are no site updates, that's what I'm doing. I'm not sure how long it's going to take to finish; classes start in two weeks, and after that I won't have much free time until the second week of September. However, "Nobody Loves Me" should still take place by the end of September! Sign up to take part NOW. Rules will be posted in September but e-mailed early to participants.
Want to write your own branch office? See new submission tutorial in Submission Instructions section.
Anybody have a scanner? I have a ton of TS/SI goodies I'd like to post as downloadable files, and none of my scanner-equipped buddies are in town yet.
Aug. 8, 1999
The Orion HQ community at Excite is up to 31 members. Congratulations to Steve Flores of CA: see you in the chat room.
Dave McAlister has a great template for PC dossiers on his website. I'll make you go to his site to find it so he gets your hit. =)Valkyrja Klydesdale updated his Top Secret/SI site on the 6th. Good for him. Check it out.
And last but not least, Charlie Martin updated some bios on his site. Note: he's also got 150 links for Top Secret or espionage, now. Check it out.
Aug. 7, 1999
I finished the Administration building in the Malibu Personnel Support Facility environment. The offices for new agents have been created: everyone who joins will get a room where they can leave equipment and leave/get messages; in addition, you will be able to have somebody "meet you at your office" and do a chat session. I'll wait until the first mission, "Nobody Loves Me," before I bother setting up the chat stuff.
Here is a look at what the organization structure of TSSI Environments is going to look like. I'm going to post job descriptions and a mission statement soon.
If you're observant, you will notice my hit counter has dropped from 70 to the mid-50s. I deducted some because I visited the site a bunch of times when I started it, to check my publishing, and now I want an accurate hit-count. However, I'll have 100 "other people" hits in less than a month! Who says Top Secret/S.I. is dead??
Aug. 5, 1999
The Top Secret/SI webring obviously works for the WEB: my site and Dave McAlister's have been temporarily dropped from the ring. (To get even, I shrank that big 10k Webring gif down to a 2k jpeg. Ha ha ha ha. Now my front page loads in half the time. Anybody else from the ring can feel free to steal the jpeg below.)
Check out Dave's TS/SI page! I can finally get to it, and the SF Office looks darn good, especially the well-developed NPC profiles.
Don't forget the chat session at Orion Headquarters tomorrow at noon PST (3pm for right-coasters).
Check out my Updates page: we're just a week or so away from having the first Environment done...
Aug. 1, 1999
90263072299-Pepperdine is the most developed Environment. Remember to click on the Environment link!!!!! (That's what this site is about...) Keep in mind that the environment will have more NPCs and skill check opportunities during missions...
All of 90263072299 (Pepperdine) and 60001072399 (Orion Taiwan) will be written in time for the first mission, "Nobody Loves Me," in September.
For information on adding an environment to TSSI Environments, write the webmaster.
July 27, 1999
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