Downtimes: June 24 - July 2nd

We've got another batch of shutdowns coming in late June and early July, so that the machines can be repaired for the newest bug, the ZombieLoad CPU bug.

In general, the Genesis games (Grendel, TEC, TEC-Test) all have reboots scheduled for the absolute middle of the night, so I'll be taking each down the previous evening at midnight and bringing them back up the next morning at 9am.

The SkotOS games have always been more robust about reboots, so we'll let them reboot on their own, though there's some chance for an ~2 hour data loss. In any case, I'll be checking them after the 2-hour window when I can, though Marrach has a middle-of-the-night reboot, so that'll be the next morning.

The UserDB and Web reboots will cause some downtime for the entire site, but again they will hopefully come up cleanly.


- Shutdown Grendel (late Sunday 6/23)

- Startup Grendel (early Monday 6/24)

- Shutdown TEC (late Monday 6/24)

- Startup TEC (early Tuesday 6/25)

- Check TEC Client (9pm Tuesday 6/25)

- Shutdown TEC-Test (late Thursday 6/27)

- Startup TEC-Test (Friday 6/28)


- Marrach (Monday early morning 6/24)

- Ironclaw (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Lovecraft, Lazarus (Monday 8pm-10pm 7/2)


- UserDB (Monday 10pm-midnight 6/24)

- Web (Sunday 9pm-11pm 6/30)
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Plot Event, Saturday 18 May

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  • Plot Event, Saturday 18 May

    Hi all,

    I'm posting an OOC notice here with the information relevant to you as players for tomorrow's event, to clear up any uncertainties and assist with planning.

    So as you likely know if you've been around much in-game, the venture to the Heart of the Mountain is planned for tomorrow. If you didn't know, now you do! While I won't be going too much over anything IC that doesn't need to be said here, I do want to touch on the semi-IC/OOC metagame aspects so that everyone is aware of what will be taking place.


    For starters, this will likely be an all day'ish event. I don't know how long it's going to take players going to the Heart to resolve what we've prepared for them there, but I'm expecting a decent amount of time spent. It will likely be an all day'ish event; enough so that I've taken the day off work in case it spills late into the evening. We're looking to start things in the afternoon probably around 2LB or so with consideration to Euro players who may not be able to be up all night. We've also planned it for a Saturday hoping that it will ease the burdens of those Euros who can stay up later on a Saturday night than a week day, while also making it more accessible to NA players who would normally be at work in the afternoons during the week.

    Also, I realize for some this seems a little short notice'ish. Granted, PCs found out about 2 weeks ago that we were going to the Heart on the 18th, the specifics of timing and who was going had not been determined until very late in the game which might've thrown some people. I apologize for that, it's been a scramble and I didn't want to announce anything until we had a clearer idea of where the dart was going to land on the board (as I type this I'm still scrambling to finish what remains to be finished for tomorrow).


    Some characters were sent packages containing a magic dust that makes it impossible to enter the Heart of the Mountain when doused. There were some complaints about it being a mechanism to block people from participating in the Heart of the Mountain, so I'll address that here: yes, that's 100% what it was.

    When this chapter of the plot was first announced, everyone was informed that Staff would be taking steps to ensure that everyone got an opportunity for a piece of the plot pie. To that end, every character who went on the Underforge Quest was deliberately not invited to go on the Future Marrach Dream Quest. The IC reason given was "They just got back from the Underforge let them rest", which was criticized as a 'lame' reason from an in-character standpoint. As such, for the 3rd and final expedition, we provided a more viable IC reason for your character neglecting to go on a quest to save the castle: magic dust that prevents you from doing exactly that. Every character who was sent a package yesterday was someone who went on either the Underforge Quest or the Future Marrach Quest and that wasn't by accident.

    Is it impossible to go if you got a package that doused you with magic dust? No. Naturally, Marrach has its own Alchemist and Player Characters have already sent him samples of the magic dust to come up with a counteragent. Come tomorrow it will be available, but it will be limited. How limited? However limited we need to make it in order to ensure that people that haven't gotten to go on an expedition during this chapter get first dibs. Sixteen characters were invited to go tomorrow, I expect at least a third of them won't be able to make it, which means there will likely be a small handful of vacant spots for characters who went on one of the first two expeditions to go a second time.


    Which carries us on to my next point; yes there will be scenes both for the adventurers and the defenders, just as there were the last two times. We've put some effort into guiding characters towards the story arcs that we've observed them to be more involved in based on our outside perspective as Plotters. For example, there are some characters who seemed more involved in the elements of the plot that will be addressed in the Heart, and so we influenced things where reasonable to ensure those characters went to the Heart. At the same time, we've also put effort into trying to ensure the Castle storyline has enjoyable things to do and stories to tell for those not going to explore new parts of the game world.

    And that's it. Hopefully things go as smoothly as possible tomorrow and everyone has an opportunity to tell a story.

    Thanks and happy gaming.
    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.

  • #2
    I seriously appreciate the inclusion of the European players and all of us non martial types!

    With that note, people please be online on time some of us do work Sundays!

    YAY Happy Gaming!!!! *is excited*
    Mistress Tristana

    Member of Her Majesty's Court
    Aide for the Healers
    Patron of the Embinders
    Scribe of the Chambers


    • #3
      Vacant spot here now.

      New nephew born into world plus Eurovision. Europe's superbowl.

      "In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia."

      "Although many of us consider ourselves forward-thinkers, we still cling tenaciously to the old values of the system."

      "Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force"


      • #4
        Originally posted by Anton View Post
        Vacant spot here now.

        New nephew born into world plus Eurovision. Europe's superbowl.

        Watch Eurovision in another open tab you coward!! (Congrats on the nephew!)

        Also would like to reiterate Tristana's gratitude re: consideration for Euro players, I hadn't realised it would be such a full-day treck and should definitely be able to tag along for a bigger chunk of it. I really appreciate all players' times being taken into consideration and think it's cool staff are trying to share around the plot pie too.

        ~ Keeper of the Royal Vault
        ~ Handmaiden of Her Majesty, Queen Vivienne


        • #5
          Eurovision... wait, isn't that what brought us Epic Sax Guy?
          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.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Kurzon View Post
            Eurovision... wait, isn't that what brought us Epic Sax Guy?
            Yes. Yes it is. Eurovision 2010.
            Proud member of: WWMHSBA

            "Why don't you all just go submit some plots where you can get pregnant, give birth to you own alt as an annoying child character, have it grow up to be a drama queen, and then you can use IC/OOC crossover to hide the goods you stole and escape from the dungeon that you're locked in due to a badly run rape plot?!" - Age