Downtime Report: Wednesday Night

We had an abrupt and unannounced downtime for all games and services starting sometime after 9pm PT on Wednesday evening. This was due to a massive power outage at our cloud computing facility of the sort that redundant systems are supposed to ensure never happen. After about an hour they were able to diagnose that the power was out. It took a few more hours for them to start restoring service.

At this moment, everything is back up except for Ironclaw and TEC. At the rate they're restoring things, I hope those will be back up in the next 15-30 minutes, but it's entirely in their hands.

As is typically the case with a sudden reboot, TEC and GR have to be rolled back. This is already done with GR. The TEC rollback should be just a few hours due to the more recent backups recently instituted, but I need to get the machine back before I can verify that.

Update: Ironclaw and TEC are now back too. The TEC rollback was 2.5 hours, from 9.30pm PT (when everything crashed) to 7.00 pm PT.
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Skotos and the Blind

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  • Skotos and the Blind

    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie to Skotos games, though not text-based roleplaying in general. I happen to be totally blind, and so am unable to enjoy many of today's more popular RPGs and the like.

    I was wondering what options i might have to play Skotos with screen reading software? None of the default clients seem particularly friendly, and I wondered if I could just connect via Telnet in some fashion. I'm particularly intrigued by the Eternal City, as I adore the idea of crafting and being able to live in a virtual world.

    Thanks for any thoughts.

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    I use my screen reader with text to speech pretty much exclusively, though it can also output in Braille. Still, things like color aren't going to be super helpful for me. MIrc honestly wouldn't have occurred to me as a platform for an unofficial client.

    I'm mostly a mac and Linux user, but am open to other suggestions.