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Co-Lo Stability Problems

Unfortunately, our co-lo had some stability problems Friday morning.

First up, they lost all of their connectivity to the facility that holds all of our games. This took them about 40 minutes to diagnose and a bit longer to restore.

Much more astonishingly, they rebooted all of their machines (which means all of our machines) while they were fixing the problem, with no notice. This probably had minimal repercussions on the SkotOS games (Marrach, Ironclaw, Lazarus, and Lovecraft). There may have been a rollback of an hour or two.

TEC and Grendel's Revenge are more troublesome. TEC will suffer a rollback of 10 hours, to midnight (PT) last night, since the unannounced reboot happened one hour before the next backups. GR suffered a more complete failure. We're being forced to restore the entire machine from its backups, then we'll need to restore the game from the backups stored within that backup. The lineup of dates look promising (which is how we laid them out, 'lo these many years ago), so the hope is that we'll only suffer a 7 hour rollback, to the 3am (PT) game backup, but it's a bit dicey at the moment.

Apologies for the inconvenience; we're now making sure everything is stable, and we're looking into whether our most recent upgrades to TEC will support increasing the backups to every 6 hours.

Edit: The GR problem is proving even more intractable than hoped. As best I can tell, our colo is still having some issues because I can't boot the first restore I made of GR and I can't build a new node either. I expect this will just clear when they get their act together, but in the meantime I'm not able to get GR back online until they fix these problems.
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Grendel's Revenge Free Accounts

On December 15th of 2012, Grendel's Revenge enabled free accounts for play. This announcement is following in the suit of TEC's own free account announcement, serving as a reminder to any new or returning players that are browsing the forums.

For all the details about what free accounts are, look no further than here:

In order to log into GR for free, simply visit this page to sign into your Skotos account (ignoring any subscription notices it may give):

Then click the following link for Zealotry/Firefox:

Or this link for Alice/Internet Explorer:

Problems? Questions? You can email the GR staff group at
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Minor Updates

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  • Minor Updates

    The issue where miners would be told they received one amount of resources, but would actually receive a different amount has been fixed.

    As always, if you experience any issues, please @report.
    Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster

  • #2
    Changed teleportation failure to something a little less embarrassing.
    Fixed the grammar on moan command.

    Please @report any issues you may find.
    Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.


    • #3

      You can now see when somebody whispers to somebody else in the same room as you.
      Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


      • #4
        Negative status effects are now removed at the conclusion of an arena match.

        Please @report any problems.
        Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


        • #5
          More whisper fun, and others

          You can now whisper to people while hidden. You must be approached to them in order to whisper to them; the target will just see: Somebody whispers to you, "blah blah."

          When you join a grumble or clan, grumble now toggles on automatically. (You must still toggle on
          allied-grumble manually).

          Also, you may now Slap yourself. Have fun
          Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.


          • #6
            Fixed an issue with whisper that caused you to stumble while hidden.

            Additionally, the shortcut * has been added to freemoting. This works just like : does for emoting.

            *After having slid to the right, then to the left, %n criss-crosses twice.

            After having slid to the right, then to the left, Svyn criss-crosses twice.
            Last edited by Pence; 06-20-2013, 01:06 PM.
            Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


            • #7
              You'll 'dig' this update

              There are now additional ways of reducing your dig and bury round-times besides increasing size:
              • Chimera gain a natural bonus.
              • Undead and Humanoids gain a bonus if they are carrying a shovel.
              • Builders gain a bonus, with pure builders getting an even greater bonus than mixed-role builders.
              • Builders with Digger as a role gain an additional bonus.

              These bonuses stack, so if you're a gigantic shovel slinging (or chimera) pure-role digger, you'll be the fastest hole-digger in all of Uthgol.

              Please @report any issues you may find.
              Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.


              • #8
                Undead hairstyles

                Changed undead hair options to 'no' instead of 'gone' so new characters' description should read 'no hair' instead of 'gone hair.'

                This change is not retro-active, so if you have a character with 'gone hair,' send in an assist and we will get it changed for you.
                Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.


                • #9
                  The mark command now also shows how many total marks you currently have.
                  Grendel's Revenge Game-Master.


                  • #10
                    "Illusion recall" now includes the total number of illusions you have acquired.
                    Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


                    • #11
                      When a character with mentor mentors it will properly tell them that they're mentoring, not grumbling.
                      Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


                      • #12
                        What Hidden Abiliites?

                        At long last, the Immortality Tomb has a proper helpfile.

                        The Snipe ability does too. And the ability has an icon as well.

                        Finally, the help files for the following abilities should be a bit easier to find now:
                        Advanced Structures, Advanced Traps, Duelist, Two Weapons, Resonance, Shroud of Mist, True Sight, Spit Acid, Whirlwind, and Mixer
                        Wyrhtan, Grendel's Revenge GameMaster


                        • #13
                          A number of toy items have been added to the random treasure list that human adventurers may spawn with.

                          As always, @report any issues.
                          Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


                          • #14
                            A typo when building rooms has been corrected. Previously, it would say:
                            You order your gruntsto begin building an Arena to the south.
                            It should now say:

                            You order your grunts to begin building an Arena to the south.
                            Thanks to Korky for @reporting it.
                            Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster


                            • #15
                              Great news for mixers!

                              The longstanding issue where afreet trees would not spawn should now be corrected.

                              I set them to spawn rarely in a certain area and manually added a few in to get things rolling.

                              As always, please @report any issues.
                              Grendel's Revenge Gamemaster