A new SIM will be starting soon, called 'Second Chance'. For all those interested, new and old members, head on over and grab a character here: Second Chance
So Jacci and I have been playing around with the skin and we've come up with a totally new one. It's under the name of Azure (in relation to the blue font).
Had a blast with the process, hope it shows in the work. Take a peek at it, enjoy it.
We're proud to announce that we have a new skin... well, actually it's the old skin but with new shiny banners. We have just put up a rotating banner consisting of (for now) 12 banners featuring the characters.
We've played with admin power to have more or less everyone set to that skin for you to look. You can of course reset to your old skin or for those we have missed with putting on that new skin, you can sneak a glance under the *PretenderRotate* in the skin changer.
Tell us what you think and enjoy clicking through the sites while getting new banners
Just added a cool new feature to the bio area. You can now proudly claim if you are a Pretender or a Centre affiliated person and it will show up in the bio info.
Just go to Account Info, edit bio and you will see a dropdown for affiliations, you can choose either Pretender or Centre and a little icon will come up to show your affiliation. You will need to actually use the dropdown (despite it already being on Pretender) and pick the one you want, then save the changes, or they will not hold.
To check it you can go to your stories listing page and you should see your choice showing up.
It appears we are having some problems in ie6 with the site. Pretender1 seems to be displaying a little incorrectly.
If you have not updated to ie7, we urge you to do so, or try firefox or opera. The ie6 browser is out of date and cannot cope with some of the new coding unfortunately, although I will be trying to find a way around this.
Just ran an upgrade to improve a few features, including the reveiw notifications, which should now be fully functional, including on co-authored stories.
If you notice anything not working, could you please report it here using the comment link just underneath.Thanks.
I believe email notifications for reveiws and author responses are now going out. YAY
For the author responses, if you are not logged in when you click on the link, it will tell you that you are not authorised to access that function. If you are logged in, then it will take you to your page of reveiws.
Unfortunately, there is no order or sequence on that page, so it doesn't really help you find the response. We are working on this and hopefully will have an update soon.
Also, if you have joined the Gallery and are having problems, this should now be fixed, if you still are, let me know and we will get it sorted out.
Picture by ICD
The Pretender Sim has just added a new RPG (role playing game, or "sim" as we tend to call it), and we're looking for new people to take on the characters.
So far pretty much all of the characters are up for grabs, but that can change fast, so if you're thinking about saying yes, then do it before your favorite character is taken. To sign up for a character, or just see what all the fuss is about, go here
If you have your own idea for a sim then we'd love if you started one, there's an FAQ on how to do that here
Don't worry if you've never done it before, it's all for fun and doesn't need to be perfect. If you're really nervous, why not start out with something small, like a sweeper?
To give everyone a chance to be involved from the start the sim won't start up until Tuesday 22. but signup starts right now. You can of course join after Tuesday as well.
Hope to see you soon. And just so you know I'm everybit as new with RPG'ing as you are, so that's not excuse not to claim a character.
Just like that into your stories. It can be found here.
ETA: Have reactivated shoutbox after Broots did his magic. Hopefully he will live up to his reputation and we will now be safe from spammers.
I have put the shoutbox on inactive for now. We've been spammed so often in the last 24 hrs and it's becoming bloody annoying to delete ads for viagra and other things.
So for now the shoutbox is out until Jacs decides what to do with it or until we get a fix for the bug that's probably in it.
Sorry about the hassle
ETA: It may be on again, off again, as we strive to sort out what the problem is.
Sorry for this once again and hopefully this should be the end of this problem.
Recieving emails though still seems to be a problem and I am working on that, hopefully will be a fix soon too.
Give a shout in the shoutbox if you can now respond to reviews. Thanks.
Please do not use it to plug your story or review/flame others.
Okay, that was a false alarm, the lead on the responding to reveiws, like most leads on Jarod, didn't quite work out the way we hoped. Soon though, I am sure
Yay, Broots to the rescue Almost!!
Thanks for your patience on this matter.
Once again, apologies for this new hassle.
If you really want to get that response in, drop me an email at email@example.com and I can hand code it for you until this problem is fixed.
I apologise for the hassle and inconvenience of this, changing bookmarks and links ect, but after both the forum and photo gallery went down, I didn't dare risk it.
Hopefully everything is intact, but please if you notice anything wrong or missing contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the 'bug board' in the forum.
thanks and hope to see you soon at Missing Pieces
There is something wonderful the Pretender has done for a very special little boy, my cousin, in England who I have never met.
His name is Steven, he will be 8 soon and has some severe, as yet undiagnosed, chromosomal disorders.
He goes to a special school and had an assignment to send a drawing of himself around the world to see where it would go.
They sent it to me in Sydney Australia and i sent it to Karen in the US.
From there it is now going around the world, and so far everyone it has been sent to is active in the Pretender fandom. It is as if he is travelling along with Jarod.
Pretender fans have been so wonderful in helping me with this and I cannot express my gratitude enough. Despite finishing years ago, the spirit of the show clearly lives on.
The project stated one person per country, but I would love to add an email onto the end of this with a list of all the other Pretender fans that helped Steven on his way (even if that country is already represented.) That way we can see how many people we can get from all around the world since the package itself can't get to everyone. Let's see just how long we can make this list.
If you would like to become involved, that would be fantastic. This seems like a very 'Jarod' thing to do.
You can add your details to the list here.
Please include your first name and your city and country and I will add that to an email when it gets back to England and Steven can show where he has 'travelled' and how wonderful all the Pretender fans are.
Or you can leave a comment on this news item if you prefer or email Jacci
To follow Steven's travels click here.
Thank you so much
It will enable you to save a chapter, or a whole story as a Word document. All you have to do is find the word icon at the top of the story and select either chapter or story and click that and it will automatically save the chapter or whole story into a Word document for you to download.
We are very happy to announce an extra search feature we have added into Missing Pieces, which will allow searching for those that have volunteered to be beta readers. If you go to the authors or members browse link, then use the dropdown to change to beta-reader, you will be presented with the list of beta-readers available.
If you would be interested in volunteering as a beta, you can do this by selecting yes in your edit bio in the beta-reader option.
A big thanks to Tammy who developed this for me.
Pretender2. The gorgeous banner is by icd.
Pretender3. the very sexy banner by Parker.
Pretender4, for a softer more 'shipper' look, banner by Jacci.
Ancient, an old style papyrus look, banner by Parker
So go have a look, we are very proud of these new skins. To change the skin, there is a dropdown on the bottom right of this page, and you can default to your favourite in your Account Info area via edit preferences. Or you can mix and match as you like.
Please let us know what you think. And if you would like a banner of your own on Missing Pieces, contact us and we will see what we can do.
Also, thanks to some very hard work of icd, Parker and Sarah, we have now finished all of the reloading of characters. Hoepfully we haven't missed any. The weird summaries and broken links should all be fixed as well.
Missing Pieces is once again open for submissions.
Efic 3.0.2 has been installed and hopefully we won't have too many teething problems. If it is looking a bit odd, refresh the page and hopefully that will fix. Unfortunately, the upgrade does not seem to be faring all that well in ie6, so if you are using ie6, some pages will not display correctly. We have spent a month trying to fix this and cannot unfortunately. It is fine in ie7, mozilla and opera though and I reccomend using those browsers instead of ie6.
There were less troubles than we have expected, but one thing happened after all. We had to delete the Characters in the database and due to that we lost them in the stories descriptions as well. We have a back-up and are working on putting the characters for each story back, but with 2055 stories this will take time.
If anyone wants to help out on that, please do contact us. If anyone wants to correct that in your own story, please tell us so as well.
We are having some problems with the search function and the broswe by ratings. Sorry for any inconvenience and we are striving to get these sorted out.
Hope you enjoy the new features, including co-authoring and if there are any problems, please report them here.
Thanks for your patience.