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Wednesday - February 26, 2020 - 12:18 PM CST
Posted By:  Particle
Website Upgrade Complete
You probably can't tell, but I've finished updating the website to be PHP 7.x compliant.  It's not terribly exciting beyond the fact that it means the website isn't a blank white box like it has been for a couple days.  PHP 5.x is dead.  Welcome to 2020.

Friday - October 11, 2019 - 3:49PM
Posted By:  Particle
Server Move Complete
The server has been moved from Kansas City to its new location.  While that concludes the main downtime associated with this event, eventually there will be some more downtime when I upgrade the server.  We're moving from an array of 15K SAS disks to an array of solid state disks.  We're also moving from Windows Server to Debian at some point.  Anyway, have fun.

Saturday - June 23, 2018 - 1:17PM
Posted By:  Particle
Service Restored
I made a trip to Kansas City to repair the server.  I found that the server itself was fine, but the router in front of it had experienced a total system disk failure.

Restoring service was a somewhat complicated affair involving multiple firmware updates and disk rebuilds.  The router was constructed with mirror of two disks for redundancy reasons, but one of the two had dropped out ages ago.  I was waiting until I had other reasons to be in Kansas City to replace it since it's a long trip to get there.  The remaining disk had been dragging us along ever since, but it eventually failed as we saw this last week.  When that second disk dropped out, the router quickly crashed since it no longer had any remaining system disks.

The disk that dropped out this week failed outright and was no longer readable.  The other disk that dropped out long ago was still readable, though its copy of the router's configuration was very much out of date.  I was able to boot from the out of date disk, restore a recent configuration backup, and then rebuild the mirror onto a known good disk.  Once that rebuild completed, I pulled the old disk and rebuilt once more from the known good disk to a second known good disk.  The router at that point only had the known good disks installed.  A couple of firmware updates and some manual configuration updating later and we were good to go.

Anyway, sorry for the downtime.  These things happen sometimes.

Wednesday - June 20, 2018 - 10:22PM
Posted By:  Particle
Services Temporarily Offline
The Tribes RPG game server and Teamspeak are both currently offline.  I apologize for the inconvenience.  There appears to have been some sort of server or router failure, and I'm in the process of investigating.  Service will return as soon as is practical.

Friday - April 27, 2018 - 12:01AM
Posted By:  Particle
Moving Web Servers
This website, its subdomains, and some other minor sites will be moved over the coming week to a new web server.  During this process some sites will be temporarily offline.  Some older sites that are not actively used will be pruned entirely, but I plan to keep anything historically interesting around.

In any case, I apologize for the inconvenience in advance.  This should have no impact on non-web services like TeamSpeak unless the DNS changeover doesn't go smoothly.

For those of you keeping track, you may remember that I first announced this move in November 2015.  As it turns out though, I'm impressively lazy about some things.  This site has over a decade of material associated with it, so moving it isn't trivial.  There are all sorts of interdependencies which take some effort to reconnect on a new host.

Monday - December 25, 2017 - 2:28PM
Posted By:  Particle
Merry Christmas
I hope everyone in the PCRPG community has a Merry Christmas.  Make sure to relax and enjoy yourselves.

Monday - November 13, 2017 - 6:53AM
Posted By:  Particle
Server Updates
Server updates are underway.  Services such as Teamspeak will continue to be offline until this process is complete.

Update:  System updates are now complete.  Voice services should now be back online.  Other services such as TribesRPG will periodically go offline as they too are updated.

Monday - October 02, 2017 - 6:58AM
Posted By:  Particle
Just Saying Hello
I haven't had anything to post in a while regarding PCRPG, but I did want to check in and say greetings to all of you who still occasionally log in to play or check the website out of nostalgia.  I suspect I am not alone in that.  As always, I plan to continue hosting so long as people are interested, be that 2020 or 2030.  There is an upper limit on that of course as dictated by my lifespan.  heh  Carry on.

For those of you feeling particularly nostalgic, you might have forgotten that we have a mirror of the original TRPG forums from right before they were cleared in 2001.  Check it out if it has been a while:

Friday - June 30, 2017 - 10:44AM
Posted By:  Particle
PCRPG Version 3.48 Released
This is a minor update to PCRPG.  New is the inclusion of a periodic bot-off-map check.  When bots are discovered off the map, they are killed so that bots can again spawn in the zones they are from.  No loot will be dropped nor experience gained.

As a reminder, intentionally bashing bots off the map is considered a violation of the server rules regarding zone hoarding and may result in punishment.

Friday - May 19, 2017 - 6:52AM
Posted By:  Particle
Updates Complete
Last night's update cycle completed successfully.  It took about two hours which was longer than predicted, but everything is back up now.

I'm thinking about making a predictable weekly maintenance window so that downtime doesn't need to be announced and can also be scheduled around if someone plans to be doing something important at that time.

Anyone Still Use Ventrilo?
On a final note, I'd like to pose a question:  Does anybody still use the Ventrilo server?  Ventrilo seems to have fallen out of fashion with gamers due to better alternatives like TeamSpeak 3, Discord, and others.  If nobody still uses it, I may discontinue the PCRPG Ventrilo server.

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