Below are the 25 most recent journal entries.
Charity Bundle Results
The charity bundle sold 1,092 copies and raised $3,665.12 after transaction fees from Paypal, Amazon etc., which were fairly high because of the small size of transactions. The average donation paid was $3.79, the highest I think was $30.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed.
Bundle of Holding Birthday 2019 Bundle - For Charity
The Bundle of Holding Birthday 2019 games bundle includes various free RPGs, including Forgotten Futures, and is being sold in aid of charity, the RPG Creators Relief Fund, which helps games designers in need of support. The offer is only running for two days, and there's a lot of good stuff in there...
Server Crash Update
Things should now be working properly again - please let me know if you spot any problems.
There has been a catastrophic server failure affecting the Forgotten Futures web sites - I've uploaded a backup, but at the moment it's only accessible as forgottenfutures.org - files that were accessed as forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk are giving error messages. I'm still waiting to hear back from technical support about this, hopefully it's fixable.
There's currently a recurring problem with pages on this site that are linked as forgottenfutures.com - I thought I'd fixed it a month or so ago but for some reason it's come back. It's caused by some sort of domain registration error.
I'm trying to fix it permanently, but as a temporary work around all of these pages should open correctly if you copy the link, paste it into the browser, but replace .com with .org before pressing enter. Please let me know if you find any page that won't open this way.
Like all EU web sites I need to comply with the GDPR rules on privacy.
This site does not collect data, and I no longer take user registrations. I still retain a list of previously registered users in case there is any query, but I have no intention of sending out mailings and have never given the details to any third party. This file will be deleted seven years after I closed registration.
If you make a donation via the PayPal button I will send you an email thanking you - after that I will NOT bother you or send out any unsolicited emails. Again, I will not be passing details to any third party.
I should probably point out that PayPal keep their own records, and I have no way of knowing what they do with them.
Finally, I think that XKCD has it about right:
Site Support Donations
I've decided to change the percentages I donate to charity from user contributions. In future I will be donating 50% to Cancer Research UK until site costs are covered; once costs are covered, 100% of the money donated will be paid to Cancer Research UK. I'm doing this because the original rate wasn't raising much for charity, this will make sure that it gets more.
Apologies that the site redesign hasn't happened yet, I'm still trying to come up with a way to do it which won't break all of the links from other sites - for example, there are a large number of links from Wikipedia - and won't require the creation of hundreds of extra files which would have to be tested. Hopefully I'll get it sorted this year!
This year's Online Xmas Card...
For best results print it double sided on card with short edge binding, and fold it so that the bigger picture is the front of a "tent" style card.
Due to a severe cold I probably won't make Dragonmeet - and I don't really think players would appreciate me spreading my bugs if I do feel well enough to go there, so I've reluctantly decided to cancel the scenario I mentioned. Many apologies!
This Year's Dragonmeet Adventure
I'm going to be running one adventure at Dragonmeet this year, in the afternoon slot (3-7 PM but probably nearer 3 hours than 4)
Title: Bring Me The Head of Harry Potter
System: Diana, Warrior Princess
Word on the streets in LA is that someone has put out an open contract on some British kid, just out of school. There's a hundred thousand dollars waiting for anyone who can kill him and prove that they did it.
All you need do first is check in with some crooked lawyers, they'll tell you all you need to know about the kid and his travel plans. After that the money is as good as yours!
Knowledge of Harry Potter, Angel, The Sopranos and Pulp Fiction is possibly helpful...
Note: Knowledge of any fanfic with this title I may have written in the past will probably NOT be very helpful.
Photobucket have abruptly changed their service and blocked links to other sites, unless you pay massive amounts of money for their highest priced level of service, and some of the material on the Forgotten Futures site is currently missing its illustrations. Instead you get something like this which really isn't terribly helpful:
Fortunately the fix to this is comparatively simple - I need to get my act together on putting the whole FF CD-ROM on line, since all of the illos will then be on my own site. I'm hoping to get this done over the next few weeks - until then, many apologies for the problem.
New Article on Site
I've been wanting to post this for ages, but couldn't because H.G. Wells is one of the authors and was still in copyright until the end of the year. Then I forgot in January, for which many apologies:
The English House of the Future from The Strand Magazine December 1903: No author credited for the first section, though various architects are quoted at length, the end section is by H. G. Wells.
This year's online Xmas Card
On line here - for best results print double-sided
The illustration is here
Still working on the site redesign - hopefully on line early next year.
And to all a good night...
Dragonmeet Scenario - Case Nightmare Orange
If anyone was wondering, this is what I'll be running in the afternoon at Dragonmeet on December 3rd:
GM: Marcus Rowland
Scenario Name: Case Nightmare Orange
Game System: Diana: Warrior Princess
Description: As Queen Elizabeth approaches her ninetieth birthday there are rumours of trouble that may mar the ceremonies. Thatcher the Undead Chancellor has risen from her grave (again), the Church of England predicts the rise of an Anti-Queen, and strange lizard men seem to be doing their best to assassinate the adventurers. Oh, and the island of R'lyeh has apparently applied to join the UN, but that's probably someone else's problem.
Business as usual, in other words, for Diana: Warrior Princess and her friends...
At the moment I'm not planning to run anything in the morning, but this may change.
This site will be moved to a new server on November 3rd-4th, and will probably be off-line at some stages of the move. Hopefully there won't be any long-term problems, I'll post more on this as things develop.
Flatland in Indie Games Bundle
The Original Flatland Role Playing Game has been included in a bundle of Independent RPGs currently on offer. As usual all of my income from this will go to Doctors Without Borders.
Update 27/9/16 - the offer is now over, and I've just donated £400 (my share rounded up slightly) to Doctors Without Borders. With Gift Aid that becomes £500, and will hopefully be useful.
Life, the Universe, and Returned Payments
I've just received £42 in returned refunds from PayPal - about two thirds was from people who it turns out don't currently have PayPal accounts set up for the email addresses they'd given me, the rest were people who declined the refund, one of which was my error, a person who'd already said he wanted his money to go to charity. Since I have no good way to chase up the others, all of this money will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
Update - paid to Cancer Research UK 6th July 2016. New total for that charity £2342.
If anyone thinks that they should have received a refund please contact me, otherwise I hope that this process is now complete.
Site Update Phase 1
The first part of the site update is now complete - I've put the Forgotten Futures CD-ROM on line as a free zip file (follow the link to it), and added "tip jar" buttons at several points for those who want to support the site and Cancer Research UK. Please be patient if downloading the file takes a while, especially at first, and please try to get it from Megaupload or Dropbox before getting it from this site directly. If I can figure out how to set up a torrent I'll do so.
Phase 2 will be putting all of the CD-ROM contents on line so that they can be read without downloading the entire CD. After that I hope to add more content, and possibly get back to game design.
All of this will take quite a while - please be patient, I hope you'll enjoy the eventual result.
Closing the page on NTLworld
My old NTLworld page finally seems to have gone in the last couple of days. Which means I can finally drop all those annoying warnings about not using it!
But watch my current site for important changes in the next week or so if all goes well.
Forgotten Futures Charity Update, future plans
Since many registered wanted me to give money to charity rather than sending them a partial refund I've just donated £210 to Cancer Research UK, taking the total amount donated since I started supporting the charity to £2300 - additionally they get gift aid on that, currently 25% so that £210 ends up as £262.50
I'm looking at future plans for this site and Forgotten Futures generally, and as an interim step will probably add a tip button and make the 2010 version of the FF CD-ROM available as a free download (directly and via bittorrent) later this month. In the longer term I'll be adding more material and integrating the FF CD-ROM contents (with new material) into the site.
Watch this space for more information as things develop.
Usual warning - if you are reading this on my old NTLWorld site PLEASE use forgottenfutures.com or forgottenfutures.co.uk instead! I no longer have any control over this site and can't delete it, and can't be sure that downloads are safe.
Forgotten Futures refund update
I've now sent PayPal refunds to everyone who didn't reply to my emails. I'm hoping that there won't be any problems and that I haven't missed anyone, please let me know if I'm wrong on either count.
Boardgame Geek Reports the Forgotten Futures Changes
A news story on the Forgotten Futures shareware thing - slightly inaccurate since it implies I'm contacting everyone who has ever registered, which isn't the case, the refund offer only applies to current registered users, but very nicely presented:
The Beast from 20,000 Bureaucrats
Since some Forgotten Futures users may not be aware of the horror that is VATMOSS, the change in tax law which I ludicrously oversimplified in my previous announcements, see Dave Langford's site:
Forgotten Futures Shareware Registration Ending
I've just sent this email to all current registered users:
If you should have received this please contact me - I'm aware that several of the email addresses have bounced messages, for privacy reasons I can't name the people concerned. I'm delighted to say that this has already raised £51 for Cancer Research UK in about 45 minutes!
Due to recent changes in European tax laws and other problems I have reluctantly decided not to take any Forgotten Futures registrations until further notice. It's likely that I will eventually go over to a different business model, which does not involve online registration. I'll contact everyone who has registered for the last release and make another announcement as soon as I've reached a final decision.
Meanwhile, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER - I will remove the registration page as soon as I can.
Important - if you are reading this on my old NTLworld site, I won't be able to remove the registration page because I have no way to do so. PLEASE set your bookmarks to forgotten futures.co.uk instead!