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Monday, April 07, 2014

This Week at ADB, Inc., 30 March - 5 April 2014

Steve Cole reports:

This was a week of changing plans, as the scheduled work on new products was delayed by needed work on other projects. The weather this week was mild. The spam storm mostly remained at something under 200 per day. Our April Fool's joke about new rules for all games using percentile dice got a huge reaction (some even took it seriously!).

New on DriveThru RPG and Wargame Vault this week were the Star Fleet Battles Electronic Master Rulebook and Federation Commander Federation Ship Card Pack #1. Jean continued to work with Warehouse 23 to fix the various problems caused when they merged their two stores.

Steve Cole was supposed to lay out the Federation Commander Tactics Manual this week, but it never happened. Instead, a lot of other things got done. A massive breakthrough on the Starline 2500s saw six ships (two of them 2400s) go to prototype, two new ships get posted, and progress on three sets of masters being fixed by the master modeller. Steve managed to transition the final stage of the Starlist project (contacting everyone on it, oldest entries first) to Simone. Steve did a lot of art for the Federation Master Starship Book (12 CLs, 16 DDs, 14 DWs, 18 FFs). Steve finished the updates for the individual pages of the Wall of Honor and did about a third of the multi-person pages. Steve finished the Captain's Log #48 FLAP list, including the Federation Commander Reference Scenario List and Reference Ship Chart, the Text Catalog, and the Index of Captain's Log. He also finished Communique #100 10 days early so that it could go out with the Century Series joke charts. Steve survived minor skin cancer surgery that left a three-inch scar on his arm.

Steven Petrick worked on the Advanced Missions SSD book update and the Federation Master Starship Book.

Leanna kept orders and accounting up to date.

Mike kept orders going out and rebuilt the inventory.

Simone did website updates and some graphics.

Jean was scheduled to work on Traveller Prime Directive all week, but ended up fixing a lot of messes on the internet, including categories on DriveThru RPG, product listings on Warehouse 23, and product info files on BoardGame Geek. Beyond that, she managed our page on Facebook (which is up to 2048 friends), managed our Twitter feed (98 followers), commanded the Rangers, dealt with the continuing spam assault on the BBS, managed the blog feed, proofread updates for the Wall of Honor, took care of customers, and did some marketing.

The Starlist Update Project moved forward with all 50 states cross-checked, about 75 duplicate or obsolete entries deleted, 23 new entries, and 50 emails sent to older entries.

Gary Carney sent in an updated Omega Federation Commander Playtest Pack and a new Magellanic Federation Commander Playtest Pack; Shawn Hantke sent in some color SSD packs for Star Fleet Battles. All of these will be uploaded to the PDF download sites as soon as we can.