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TribesRPG Server Down? Please email me.
Thursday - November 12, 2015 - 8:16AM
Posted By: Particle
Some downtime is expected this weekend due to a web server move. The main PCRPG site, forum, and related resources are going to move to a new web host. Our time with Dreamhost has been mostly positive, but it's time to move on.
Game Server Downtime
The TRPG game server will be offline briefly for a database instance move within the next few days. Downtime should be minimal.
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. =)