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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  • Dame Kilana stores her white towel in her midnight black leather satchel, "These nuggets are a real problem."
    Tribune Namor di Rinaldi, Esq.
    Formerly Sir Namor da Via Salutis di Rinaldi


    • 13:41 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "You examine a small asymmetrical rock. It's a small asymmetrical rock. Say it with me R-O-C-K . You don't actually need me to describe a rock, do you? If you do, a prose game will be quite a challenge, my little friend. Carry on and good luck out there."
      13:41 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "*cries*"
      13:43 [Chat|Azru] "A new person"
      13:44 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Sort of returned. Only to be insulted by a rock. :-("
      13:44 [Chat|Kino] "lol yeah. that was sh deaeth when he was around. his descripts are amazing."
      13:45 [Chat|Azru] "Don't worry, it's a hard rock to follow"
      13:45 [Chat|Zaos] "you could even say he was stoned when he wrote it"
      13:45 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Rock it off you peeps."
      13:46 [Chat|Zaos] "your wish is granite"
      13:46 [Chat|Azru] "You can't tell me what rock to do"
      13:46 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "What a nice sediment, Zaos."
      13:47 [Chat|Zaos] "I'll say whatever the shale I want to"
      13:47 [Chat|Azru] "Zaos is boulder than I am"
      13:48 [Chat|Zaos] "That joke was almost as good as mine"
      13:48 [Chat|Azru] "Don't give me the shaft"
      13:49 [Chat|Zaos] "I rail against the notion"
      13:49 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "No one's better than Zaos, ignimbrite?"
      13:49 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Basalt, he's the best there is."
      13:50 [Chat|Zaos] "I am slated for hell now"
      13:50 [Chat|Azru] "That is a concrete statement"
      13:50 [Chat|Zaos] "looking to cement your reputation?"
      13:51 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Come on, Zaos, that silican't be true."
      13:51 [Chat|Azru] "I would climb the highest mountain"
      13:51 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "That's felsic, Azru."
      13:51 [Chat|Zaos] "Can I take a peak while you do it?"
      13:52 [Chat|Azru] "Don't crush my dreams"
      13:52 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Come on, Azru, what you're saying is dacite."
      13:52 [Chat|Zaos] "I gravel in awe at your puns"
      13:52 [Chat|Kino] "your putting a crack in my sanity"
      13:52 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Yes, but they're tuff to keep up."
      13:53 [Chat|Zaos] "But I thought I was supposed to bear the mantle today"
      13:54 [Chat|Azru] "It must be hard being so strong"
      13:54 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "But your ability to do so is purely tholeiitic."
      13:55 [Chat|Zaos] "That wasn't very gneiss of you to say"
      13:56 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Well, are you a man or a pumice?"
      13:56 [Chat|Zaos] "Sheesh, you're throwing everything but the kitchen zinc at me"
      13:58 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Such is the way in a verbal feldspar."
      13:59 [Chat|Zaos] "Do you have to find fault with it?"
      14:01 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "No, but it makes me feel happy, hale and phosphorus."
      14:02 [Chat|Zaos] ", no. that one doesn't work. Just the same though, I think you'v elost your marble"
      14:04 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Now now...don't be rudite."
      14:06 [Chat|Zaos] "I could go all day, if you really want me to erupt"
      14:06 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Come on, no need for blood to be silt."
      14:07 [Chat|Zaos] "I undersand perfectly"
      14:08 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Great. Otherwise it would ruin your clay."
      14:12 [Chat|Dame Katrina] "Anyway, I must be trough for now."
      14:13 [Chat|Zaos] "sorry for giving you a hard time"
      14:55 [Chat|Kino] "hi and bye lol"
      14:55 [Chat|Gretta] ">.>"


      • > who
        Online[10] (21:07 EST): [redacted], Dieter, Esquire Baez, Esquire Mojachi, Gretchen, Lieutenant Bayork, Lieutenant Jessica, Sergeant-Major Abelard, Trevyn and some falling pebbles.
        Staff[2]: StoryBuilder Topsy and StoryHost Azrael.


        • Looks like we've got zombies again


          Tabbart notes the corpse of a black skink oddly.

          > smile
          You smile.

          Tabbart nods to you again.
          > grunt "hello"
          You grunt, "hello."

          Tabbart begins to fight the corpse of a black skink.

          The corpse of a black skink shifts into a defensive stance.

          The corpse of a black skink ducks towards a crack.

          Tabbart wields a metal executioner's axe.
          > @ooc "wtf..."
          OOC -- You say, "wtf..."

          OOC -- Tabbart says, "It's not dead"

          Tabbart takes aim at the corpse of a black skink.

          Tabbart hits the corpse of a black skink on its right calf.
          The corpse of a black skink dies from its wounds.

          Tabbart is the last fighter left standing.

          Tabbart takes a black skink corpse.

          OOC -- Tabbart says, "Now it is"

          Tabbart removes a metal executioner's axe.


          • You shake, "no, that's my point. He died completely out of town during our trip to three coroners for the rinaldi hunt."


            • You examine a large iron animal cage.
              A large iron animal cage. A large, solid iron cage standing four feet high, four feet wide, and six feet deep. A gridded iron door has been securely attached to the front side and bears a durable latch which can be additionally padlocked for extra security if necessary. Four well-made, swiveling wheels are affixed to the base and allow for easier transport of the contents within.
              The large iron animal cage appears to be of unsurpassed quality. A large iron animal cage is closed. The cage's gridded iron door is open.

              Its a paradoxical cage! IT CAN'T BE! Its open and closed at the same time!?


              • Bruno proffers to Viscount Valentinus, "I can fetch the piece for you? I am very strong."
                Bruno pauses, "Not that you aren't. I just..."
                Bruno practically trips over his words, "Wish to be helpful."
                Liguria Trading
                specializes in the trade of rare and valuable goods of the highest quality;
                nationally and internationally.


                • Destiny flushes her cheeks frustratedly, "But, your accent... is parfait!"


                  • Chesh grins at Esquire Heather, "Mhm. little grain. Some moonshine. Chased with beer. Good old stale cigar to chew on. Slinking through the shadows. Lifting coin pouches. And pranking nobles. You know you want to. And you have the key to get into a manor!"

                    > smile helplessly at chesh's words
                    You smile helplessly at Chesh's words.

                    Esquire Heather amusedly tells Chesh, "Those days are over and I would not betray my house."

                    A group of constables wearing Constabulary colors stride through the area, whispering angrily among one another.
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                    • > examine
                      You examine the surroundings.
                      A lightly forested area with a myriad of trees. A small river trickles endlessly. There is no sense of direction to be had. The sun rests eternally upon the horizon and the sky remains without weather. This spot is always lit in a dawn-like manner and the only shadows are those cast by the trees. Flitting creatures move among the trees and shadows but do not remain still long enough to be identified.

                      A the ghost of an uncut pink coral and you are standing near here.


                      • Deputy Carrot rummages in his black geometric embroidered leather satchel before locating and handing you a leaflet entitled 'Dueling for Dummies.


                        • You begin searching Ambassador Drive.
                          You uncover a mechanical brass skink toy and retrieve it from its hiding place.
                          You mutter, "Freaking biscuits kids, always leaving their junk in my yard."


                          • You then mention, "I have something for the way."
                            Seara scans your distant steel grey eyes, "Yes? What be?"

                            You add, "I thought it would entertain you."

                            You take a rotting skink corpse from your ebony flannel belt pouch.

                            OOC -- You say, " LOL not that"
                            Seara smirks, "What be special about dead skink?"

                            OOC -- You say, " XD ffs"
                            OOC -- Seara says, ":P"

                            You mention, "Eh...wrong bag."
                            Seara cackles amusedly.

                            You take a mechanical brass skink toy from your golden bourbon fleece satchel.

                            You shift your distant steel grey eyes.


                            • Steve takes aim at a skink.
                              A skink is cut off when it tries to dive down a small hole.
                              Steve smashes a oak chair over Steve's head.


                              • Dame Eilionoir eyes Orla, "I paid you. Away, money-beast."
                                Lord Ruggero mutters, "Oh no."
                                Dame Eilionoir jokes obviously.
                                Dame Eilionoir isn't.