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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A Return to E'ch-Pi-El

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  • A Return to E'ch-Pi-El

    This newly-publish'd edition from Barnes & Noble, THE COMPLETE CTHULHU MYTHOS FICTION, has trigger'd a new enthrallment for reading ye fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. It amazes me that this can be so. One aspect of ye book that I find compelling is its inclusion of many of ye revisions/collaborations that Lovecraft worked on with various writers--although moft of ye writing in ye completed tales is Lovecraft's alone. I have always loved such stories as "The Mound" and "The Curse of Yig". I want to enjoy "The Horror in the Museum," but every time I read it I come away thinking, "My gawd--it's like a poor Derleth pastiche!!"

    My question to y'all is:
    How often do you return to Lovecraft's fiction, and what compels ye to do so? Do you only reread favourite stories, or have ye attempted to read all of the stories in Lovecraft's oeuvre?

    I ask because I have found, in many forums online, a lot of complaining that Lovecraft is an awful writer; but it seems to me that those who voice this complaint haven't actually read much of Lovecraft's fiction, or haven't read it in a long time and are remembering a story they read years ago and didn't enjoy.

    Whut say ye, my darlings?
    "I'm a little girl."
    --H. P. Lovecraft, Esq.

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    I absolutely love his work . I think those who complain just don't have the attention span to grasp his works fully.
    Madalina Blue and Saruno