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TribesRPG Server Down? Please email me.
Monday - August 10, 2015 - 5:58PM
Posted By: Particle
Most if not all pcrpg.org services should be back online. Sorry for the downtime, but it was unfortunately unavoidable due to a series of problems with the old server. The up side is that the server has been upgraded with faster processors, faster hard drives, faster (and more reliable) RAID controller, redundant network connections, and redundant power supplies.
The community server has been offline since Monday and it looks as if it will continue to be for at least a few days. A number of technical failures have caused this current state, but they will be resolved.
The main thing people will notice is that TeamSpeak is temporarily unavailable.
PCRPG Server Back Online
The disk situation has been repaired to the point where non-critical virtual machines may again be run. The PCRPG TRPG server should be online in a few minutes. Sorry for the downtime, but such things are occasionally unavoidable.
Server Back Online
The server is online again after what I assume was an extended period of downtime. Generally speaking, I only occasionally notice when the server goes down because I stop getting Tribes crash alert emails which normally come every few days.
If you happen to notice the server is offline, feel free to message or email me. Chances are good that I simply don't know and it's easily fixed.
The Heart Still Beats
It has been quite some time since any server-related news has come up. Because of this, I thought I might take a moment to let everyone know that the PCRPG TribesRPG server soldiers on. We don't see very many players these days, but I'm determined to continue to provide a venue for people to play TribesRPG as long as there is a demand for it. The server has been running for 13.5 years now which is nearly half of my life.
In any case, I wish you all the best. Do your best to keep having fun, and let me know if I can help you in some way. I'm not in the forums very often these days, but I can always be quickly contacted via ICQ/AIM (UIN 34891584) or Steam.
To fill a bit of space here, I thought I'd just make a quick mention of what I've been up to. I've been on a solar power adventure which started about a year ago. I purchased four 185-watt panels and periodically play with them on weekends. They aren't permanently mounted. Part of this quest has been to develop an awareness of just how much power I'm using. A few high power bills can certainly help sharpen one's motivation, too. Last month is the first time I've ever seen a power bill higher than $300. At $340, it's 21% higher than any power bill I've had in the years I've been at this house.
With that in mind, power efficiency becomes a consideration when upgrading computer components. Every 1-watt load that is present 24/7 equates to 8.76 kWh/yr. That's about $1.00/W/yr as a rule of thumb. As such, I just bought a pair of Radeon 270X GPUs to replace the pair of Radeon 6970 GPUs that I've been using since 2011 (with the first 6970 being used solo after it was purchased from Newegg at late at night on December 14, 2010). They're not flagships, but they're 45% faster than 6970s while using 35% less power to do accomplish it. At idle, where they'll spend most of their lives, they should use 1/9th the power. Fun stuff. =)
Voice is Online
The server continues to suffer some disk trouble, but I've managed to get voice services (TS3, Vent) online along with TRPG and a few other services. I'll post again with updates as available.
The server is experiencing some disk trouble today. Many of you have probably noticed problems with services starting late last night. Unfortunately, I've been unable to remedy the issue remotely and will probably have to get hands on the hardware this weekend. I'd like to apologize for the downtime, but hopefully you all understand. I'll work to get the server online as soon as possible.
Happy 12th Birthday, PCRPG
Today marks the twelfth consecutive year that PCRPG has been running. It's hard to believe that it has really been that long ago that everything started. Especially interesting is the fact that the server was never even intended to be permanent. Indeed, it was the community that quickly sprang up around the server and its version of the TRPG mod that made everything what it would eventually become. Around 2005 and 2006, we were at our peak. We had a full server nearly every night at that time.
As the years since then have come to outnumber the years before and those highlights have become distant memories, I do sometimes stop to think about the good times I've had due in no small part to all of you. I wanted to take this time to say thank you for the last twelve years, and I hope those of you no longer around have found new and interesting things with which to dedicate your time.