So on the 14th (Billy time) my little village joined the Ninja World War. At the time we had all of the upgrades available to us - 25 in all - as there's only so much you can do until you start fighting the Ninja War with other Ninja Villages.
On the 15th, I said:
8 upgrades in two days. So far.
There are 18 more upgrades we can buy while we stay safe in Tier 1. At our current rate, that will only take 4 or 5 days.
So let's do that, then get our Natural Resource Facility and join the big boys! (And girls.)
But plans change, and on the 16th:
Bought Natural Research Facility, Elemental Harmony! We've moved up from the Little League now.
On the morning of the 15th, I predicted 18 more upgrades in 4 or 5 days. Now, on the afternoon of the 19th the actual tally is 38. We set a crazily ambitious target and then more than doubled it.
Our daily announcement says it all:
Daily News (19 Dec): Please Collect. No Kaiju or Zombjas yet, that might not happen until tomorrow, sorry. Bought: Ninja Ambassadors, Medical Ninja Facility, Tunnel System, Elemental Shield, Special Forces (Genjutsu), Special Forces (Ninjutsu). Jonin and higher have access to S-Rank missions! Plus we should be significantly harder to invade now. Kaiju Upgrade: Needle Pits. Yesterday's drop: Hacksaw. Drop winners: Hypozeuxis. Raffle winner: Naksho. Raffle list: brikmuppet - 5, Dahemo - 4.
Yesterday's News (18 Dec): Please Collect and kill the kaiju! Bought: Verdant Fields, Temple of the Four Winds, Black Market, Invasion Defense, Ninja Beach, Nonja Lab, Television Studios, Summoning Circle, Lemonade Stand. We have Flower Wars and Mahjong! Kaiju upgrade: Wasteland Highway. Today's summon: Dakralai. Yesterday's drop: Tire Tracks. Drop winners: Hypozeuxis, Carrot 6. Raffle winner: Naksho. Raffle list: brikmuppet - 5.
So come join us! We have Burger Ninja and Pizza Witch, Hanafuda and Mahjong, Kaiju and Zombjas, BillyTV and BillyCon, Crafting and Summoning, Claw Machines and Darts, and Ramen and Lemonade!
(And yeah, I've heard about Psy's earlier, idiotic and repugnant lyrics. That sort of thing is why I appreciate artists for their art, and not for their political views. Also, was it windy here last night or what? My laundry basket is at the bottom of my garden; last night it was on the back porch.)
Not not you, the other one. No, behind - yes, you. Hi, what's your name? Cool.
Yes, ninjas like you, with poorly-defined boundaries and non-integral dimensionality, hidden depths of self-similarity and, um, the time to log in once a day for a few minutes to help out a village in its finest hour.*
So click on that banner, sign up, and come join Fractal Village, the only village with hidden depths hidden in its hidden depths!**
Just discovered that the entire Repairman Jack series and Adversary Cycle (by F Paul Wilson) can be bought on Kindle for sixty bucks. Update: Unless you live in America, in which case you're outta luck. That's for twenty novels, seven or eight thousand pages. And it's good stuff.
If you've never read any of his books, I suggest you start with The Tomb, a standalone novel* and the first Repairman Jack story. Just $2.99, assuming you have a Kindle or something with the Kindle app on it. If you like it, you'll very probably like all the rest.
It looks like the ebooks have been self-published by Wilson, which is is just how things should be, and a slap in the face for companies like Hachette, who need to be slapped in the face as often as possible. The one downside is that publishers still provide some useful services to authors, such as, oh, cover design...
Update: Also, a new Repairman Jack novel, Cold City, first in a new trilogy, is out. $2.99 for me! Since the series is complete** these are prequel stories, and apparently not supernatural/horror, since Jack's first brush with that sort of thing happened in The Tomb.
* Standalone in the sense that it tells a complete story and assumes no prior knowledge of the characters or their world. It wasn't planned as the first volume in a series; that just sort of happened.
** The final Repairman Jack novel, The Dark Before the End, immediately precedes the final Adversary Cycle novel, Nightworld, and Wilson has always made clear that there would be no continuation of the story beyond that point. Which makes sense, since it's the story of the end of the world...