To new beginnings…

In a little over 8 years the main page of the Imperial Order has not changed. Today marks a new beginning, as I posted the new layout. Not sure if I’m quite as pleased with it, but it will do for now as things begin to unfold…

 

 

Story Archives

The more I started looking at the archives sub-directory the more I see what a mess it turned into. So my current in-house project is re-doing the Story Archives. I’ve upgraded the script, courtesy of eFiction.org, and I’m going through to weed out any duplicate entries. Of course this means I’m getting caught reading all of these great stories again and they bring back some great memories. I’ll be re-branding the story archives as the Imperial Chronicles. This will also be the area that will hold the IO’s complete story from beginning to present timeline. Stay tuned!

Image Archives Fixed/Re-done

Slowly starting to clean up some of the sub-sites on the domain. Since the Image Archives get a lot of traffic, I figured I would get that sorted out. I upgraded the Gallery software and re-upped all the original images and generated new thumbnails. Also got rid of the comments section for each image, it was a target for spammers on the previous version.

Eclipse of the Force transcribed

Finally, after a little over 10 years since I wrote down the Eclipse of the Force trilogy story, I completed transcribing it to digital format. Part three took the longest, coming in at 25,000 words even. Now to go back and proofread all three parts and HTML-ize them for the Story section of the website (which is being worked on as well).

Update on Progress

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Just a quick update on my progress on work I’m doing in the background:

  1. Working on the first chapters of the Imperial Order story
  2. Mapping out the story arcs that will form the framework of the story and aligning them with the official SW timeline (courtesy of Wookiepedia)
  3. Transcribing the 120+ page Part 3 of the Eclipse of the Force story arc, which takes place during my leave from the IO (2000-2002)
  4. Re-designing the website – yep has to be done, I love the current form and will keep it archived (you’ll see) – but the time has come for a fresh look and one that supports the new changes that will be taking place.

That’s all for now, more to come soon.

 

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Summer 2012? What’s this all about?

As you may have noticed, there’s a small Flash movie on the main page describing what appears to be the second coming of the Imperial Order. Sort of… Allow me to explain…

Back in the winter of 1997, I produced the brain child of what became the Imperial Order – an online gaming club, based on the Imperial Navy after the fall of the Empire. The premise was simple and unique to SW clubs of the time: we would follow the Expanded Universe canon plotline while interjecting our own story into that universe. Along the way, we would build our own websites, write our own stories and build our own custom missions and levels for TIE Fighter, XvT, XWA, Jedi Knight, etc. Of course, if one is going to function like the Empire, one has to act Imperial; all members were encouraged to create their own Imperial persona and character and truly “get into character”. Whether it was Naval Pilot, CompForce Commando, Star Destroyer Captain, or even the exalted members of the Dark Jedi Order and Imperial Intelligence, everyone could find a welcome home within the Imperial Order.

It turned out to be, what I sometimes refer to as, a grand human experiment: take people from all walks of life, in any part of the globe, and provide a common theme. That theme was Star Wars, more importantly the Empire. However, as it so often does, “real life” spills over into fantasy. In our case this was mostly a great thing. Not only did we get to play in the SW/IO universe, but the skills that members learned during their time here carried over to the real world: game programming/design, web development, graphic design, technical and creative writing, and other computer networking and programming skill sets. Any of which look great on a resume, and more than several of our members launched careers in those areas, myself being one of them. That is truly a point of pride I have in the Imperial Order: people actually came away with something tangible they could use in their life.

As time went on, and this is the fault of any empire, we became too disjointed, too reliant on the bureaucracy that had built up, and a general malaise pervaded the Imperial Order. For myself, I saw something I created degenerate into something I did not want a part of, hence the initial breaking up of the IO, and it’s eventual fade. But I never, nor I think did any of us, truly let go of the Imperial Order. It became such an ingrained facet of our lives that we hold the time (and efforts) and the friendships near and dear to our hearts. I have said before and will say again, I will not take down the IO sites; whether I am working on them or not; they will always stand the test of digital time and be available on the web.

For the past 5 or 6 years, I have done nothing public with the IO. After everyone embarked on their own paths, and I closed the IO off to new members and basically ceased all communication. I always kept the IO in the back of my mind, and sometimes in the front. Over the years I’ve went back and played our battles and levels, wrote down some new plots and re-wrote some old stories. Most recently in the past year or so, people have reconnected thanks to social networking.

Back to Summer 2012…

This will not be a re-imagining, a re-boot, or re-dux of the Imperial Order; this will be the next step. The IO will become a project-based…well, project. Those of you who were part of the IO, and those who have yet to be, can sign up to take part in completing several of the projects I have in store: editing and creating new missions/battles, creating new JK levels, updating the website, writing stories – the core functions and heart of the Imperial Order. If you want to take part, that’s great I’d more than welcome the help, if you want to sit back and play the missions and read the stories, that’s fine by me,  I always like to play to an audience. Will there be the same bureaucracy and reporting and daily toil that drove us down? No. Hell no. I don’t have the time or patience for that, and I know you do not either.

For 15 years now, I have yet to complete what I set out to do: complete the story of the Imperial Order from start to finish. The time has come to start…