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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Open Court, you say?

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  • Open Court, you say?

    Hey everyone.

    So Open Court has been announced for this Saturday. Wow, short notice, right?

    Before anyone starts to panic, I want to pre-emptively nip in the bud what Open Court actually is, since we've not had an Open Court (as opposed to Royal Court or Formal Court) in awhile... longer than many present day players have been around to witness. Which isn't all that surprising, since we've only had one or two Open Courts since the game started anyway.

    Open Court is essentially an extravagant Royal Open Bells session in the Throne Room that everyone in the Court can attend. Unlike Formal Court, there is no pre-arranged script of announcements from the Royalty, and no Petition Submission and Commentary process in the month leading up to Court.

    The upside is you don't have to stand silent and listen to Royal announcements for two hours! During Open Court you're free to mill about, engage, socialize, come and leave the Throne Room as you like.

    The Royal Family (or at least some of them) will be present upon the Ice Throne and anyone who has business for the Crown, the kind of which is normally handled at Royal Court, can wait in line and then plea their case directly to the Crown before those Court members present. Depending on the nature of the business, the Crown may allow those Court members gathered to weigh in, and a decision on the petition be rendered on the spot.

    From a historical standpoint, Court Sessions were an important recurring event, and in Castle Marrach, it is an excellent opportunity to engage in courtly intrigues and build favour and face time with Royalty who otherwise can be hard to catch for characters who aren't part of a Royal household.

    StoryHost Kurzon
    Castle Marrach Staff

    The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.

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    btw: It went rather well. People didn't just stand around like statues for 3 hours, with occasional nose scratching and coughing.
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      Originally posted by Gareth View Post
      btw: It went rather well. People didn't just stand around like statues for 3 hours, with occasional nose scratching and coughing.
      Except Gunn. That's essentially exactly what Gunn did.
      Tyr Gunn
      Lieutenant of the Queen's Regular Army