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Downtime Report: Wednesday Night

We had an abrupt and unannounced downtime for all games and services starting sometime after 9pm PT on Wednesday evening. This was due to a massive power outage at our cloud computing facility of the sort that redundant systems are supposed to ensure never happen. After about an hour they were able to diagnose that the power was out. It took a few more hours for them to start restoring service.

At this moment, everything is back up except for Ironclaw and TEC. At the rate they're restoring things, I hope those will be back up in the next 15-30 minutes, but it's entirely in their hands.

As is typically the case with a sudden reboot, TEC and GR have to be rolled back. This is already done with GR. The TEC rollback should be just a few hours due to the more recent backups recently instituted, but I need to get the machine back before I can verify that.

Update: Ironclaw and TEC are now back too. The TEC rollback was 2.5 hours, from 9.30pm PT (when everything crashed) to 7.00 pm PT.
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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, 12:06 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