Boundless Stories!

Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:20 am // 2 comments // wiseowl

Announcing Boundless Stories!

What happens when you take the beginning of a story, and then branch it off in several directions? The reader can choose which branch to follow, and each path sends the story in a different direction. (This was the initial premise that became the iconic "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books.)

What happens when you then add a personalized character created by the reader, with skills and abilities like in RPGs and MMORPGs, who embarks on an adventure through this branching story?

What if you could play through these stories on the iPhone?

What if these same stories were also available on your home computer?

What you get is Boundless Stories!

At the moment, the application is still in development. But it is on its way! When complete, you will be able to play through branching stories, developing your character as you enjoy the adventure, on either the iPhone or your home computer. (The iPhone app will arrive first, with the home computer version following at a later date.) We hope you're as excited as we are about this upcoming new adventure storytelling medium!

Right now, however, the early beta version of the software needed by story authors is available and ready to use. These branching stories don't write themselves, you know!

People will buy adventures to enjoy, just as they buy books to enjoy. Each story is sold separately. Authors get paid a royalty of 30% of the sales price for each copy sold.

If you want to write branching stories, or if you just love beta-testing new software and want to try to break our program, please head over to http://www.boundlessstories.com/ and sign up to become an author. You can start writing as soon as you confirm your registration.

Next Chat - Sunday, August 9th, 4pm (EDT)

Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:02 pm // 3 comments // owladmin

Our next official chat will take place on June 28th, 2009 at 4:00pm Eastern time (EDT).

See our chat page for instructions on connecting to our IRC server.

Spam Cleanup

Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:43 pm // 0 comments // wiseowl

Lately, a lot of people have been registering on the board and putting a semi-spam link in their profile, in the spot left for a URL. I'm not even sure why the software allows for a URL in your profile, but it does. And because of that, sad people with no lives register on boards just so they can add a link to their site. We have been deleting pure spam links from day one, but we have been leaving the semi-spam links alone. Today, that changed.

You may be asking, what is a semi-spam link? It is a link to a website that offers some useful content, usually reviews of products, but contains very heavy advertising around the content. In most cases, the advertising takes up more screen space than the actual content, making you wonder why they even bothered with the content at all. Still, there is some content on the page all the same. This is why, until now, we have left these links alone.

By contrast, a pure spam site is a commercial site, or a site with unsavory content, or a list of ads with no content at all.

Why did our policy change? Simple. I was feeling used an abused. When the first person put up this sort of stuff, I thought it was odd, but maybe he just really really liked electronics. But then, more and more people kept linking to similar sites - never the exact same one, but all with the same layout. I began to sense another spam-ring. This one is more subtle and much more polite than the pure spammers. In fact, most of them nicely posted, telling us what a nice forum we have. They even had the decency to keep it to one thread. I was fairly impressed with how nice they were. I was appeased by the politeness and the compliments for a while. But, sadly, as more and more of them piled in, I realized that we had to do something to stop the tide, or it would overwhelm us.

Why am I posting this? Because there may be people wondering why they suddenly lost their accounts on this board.

If you are reading this, now you know why. You had a link in your profile that caused me to delete you in the purge.

It is possible you got deleted by accident. If so, I sincerely apologize. Doing a bulk job can lead to mistakes! I hope you will forgive me and return.

IF, however, you are guilty of having one of those semi-spam links, I'd like you to think carefully. IF you are really interested in this community, that's great. Simply make a new profile WITHOUT the link, and join us. However, if all you wanted was to create a link to your spam or semi-spam page, please stop and go away. You are using us, and you are hurting us. You are treating us badly. Pretty please, with sugar on top, be a decent person today - just walk away.

Next chat - Sunday, June 28th, 4pm EDT

Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:02 pm // 2 comments // owladmin

Our next (fourth) official chat will take place on June 28th, 2009 at 4:00pm Eastern time (EDT).

See our chat page for instructions on connecting to our IRC server.

Next Chat - Sunday, June 7th, 4pm (EDT)

Wed May 13, 2009 11:47 pm // 2 comments // owladmin

The next OWL chat will be the first Sunday in June, back at our original time of 4pm (Eastern time).

We only got a few people this last time, so put out the word to your friends, family, acquaintances.

Again, OWL personnel will be available for questions, suggestions, etc. Ask anything.

Next chat: Wednesday, May 13, at 8pm Eastern time

Thu May 07, 2009 7:29 pm // 0 comments // wiseowl

Announcing the next channel chat!

Just like the subject line says, it will be this coming Wednesday, May 13. We will be trying an 8pm Eastern time slot this time, which is 5pm Pacific time.

There will be channel personnel present to answer your questions - ask anything, and we'll answer :)

Our message board goes live today!

Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:32 pm // 0 comments // owlinfo

Our message board goes live today!

You can now register and join the discussion. This is the start of a great new adventure for us, and we hope you want to be a part of it, too!

OWL stands for Other Worlds and Lands. OWL is an upcoming science fiction and fantasy television channel. We don't have much to offer just yet, but we're working on it.

In the meantime, we invite everyone to come in, make themselves at home, and tell us what's on your mind. Tell us what you want to see in a new science fiction and fantasy channel. Tell us what you don't want to see. Let us know everything we're doing wrong *grin* We can take it! We're here to serve your needs!

Buckle in - it's going to be quite a ride. Welcome aboard!