Multiple Downtimes for All Games [Updated: Rest of Phase 1 Times]

Unfortunately, the whole computing world is facing a major crisis right now thanks to Intel and other major processors missing critical security flaws in their architecture. As a result, our ISP is doing a set of emergency updates to all of their hardware. We are getting about a day's notice on this, and we're told that they're going to need to patch each machine multiple times, which very inconveniently means multiple downtimes.

Our TEC and GR games have always been the most vulnerable to downtime, so I'm going to take the care to cleanly shutdown and restart those.

GR: Sunday, Midnight (all times are PT) DONE
TEC: Monday, 10PM

Expect the games to go down 10 minutes before the downtime, to be safe.

The other games tend to be cleaner, so I'm going to let them restart on their own:

Lovecraft: Monday, 9PM
Lazarus: Monday, 9PM
Web Site: Monday, 11PM [this will affect all logins & usage of the new TEC client]
TEC Client: Tuesday, 9PM
USERDB (site login): Tuesday night, midnight

The upgrade windows have all been less than 30 minutes to date, so you can expect games and/or services will be back up within 35-40 minutes of the hour.

I believe this is now a complete list of the first phase of updates, but there will be a second in the near future.

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Bad Poetry Bells

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  • Bad Poetry Bells

    Eleventh Day of the Eighth Moon,
    Eighteenth Year of Recent Awakenings

    In accordance with the will of Her Majesty, and in upholding the duties charged to me as a Senior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of the
    Bad Poetry Bells.

    A casual discussion between friends about who could compose the most wretched poetry has led to the creation of one of the Outer Bailey's more popular and entertaining regular events.

    Mistresses Adeline and Theresa attended an Outer Bailey poetry event to support sera Elora, the hostess. After the event, the two friends chatted as they headed back to the Inner Bailey.

    "We somehow stumbled into an amusing conversation about who was the worse poetess between us," Mistress Adeline recalled. "After that, I thought it would be a fun idea to poke fun at poetry or yourself if you're truly not as talented. I asked her to host them with me and she agreed."

    The two mistresses chose to hold the event under the auspices of the Royal Library's Outer Bailey library, and planned the first "Bad Poetry Night" by the dining hall's fireside.

    The first Bad Poetry Bell event was hosted on the twelfth day of the Seventh Moon, and has continued every Tiu's day since.

    The first event had just shy of ten people in attendance, and was full of laughter and friendship.

    "Just having people together, laughing (is my favourite thing)," Mistress Theresa noted. "I do not really care how it happens, as long as that is the result. It has been a lot of fun, and I am thrilled (Mistress Adeline) came up with the idea."

    In the intervening weeks since inception, the event has attracted some big Inner Bailey names, including Lord Vestio and Sir Howe.

    "Lord Vestio and Sir Howe were entirely amusing," Mistress Adeline said with a smile.

    The event will continue as long as there is demand and desire for it to continue, Mistress Adeline said.

    "People seem to enjoy it no matter who the host is, it's a good feeling to just have a reason to laugh even if it's a silly one," Mistress Adeline said.

    "I hope other people are encouraged to create small socials for the Outer. It only takes one person to get something started."

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehoods I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Office of the Chronicler, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm,
    Euphelia Noronos
    Senior Chronicler