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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  • Welcome to The Lazarus Project

    Welcome all to The Lazarus Project, a sci-fi themed game currently being developed for Skotos. Here is a bit of information regarding the game, just so you have a clue as to what it may be about:


    What is the price of immortality?

    A science-fiction game of a dark future. Man has reached for the stars, and beyond, but the ultimate achievement still eludes him. Within a geodesic dome located on a distant world, a small group of scientists have made their first strides in reaching this goal - conquering death.


    Located on an uncharted distant planet, a group of scientists decide to play God. Needless to say, they prefer an isolated locale to practice their handywork...

    There are three main colonies upon the planet: Alpha colony, Beta colony, and Gamma colony.

    Alpha: Main living area for normal citizens. Includes several key buildings, shops and apartments. Sectors split up into North, South, and Central, with a food production facility separated from the main roads. Transportation includes transport pods and an electromagnetic train located in the North sector.

    Beta: This is where the upper-most officials and government agents live. Isolated, and geared towards administration rather than science, this colony is well protected from both outward -- and inward -- threats. Its location is unknown to everyday citizens.

    Gamma: Partially destroyed, this colony has seen better days. Once a full-blown center devoted to scientific research, it is now in shambles -- portions may be somewhat functional, and several areas may be inhabitable, but it is avoided by most citizens. Genetic mutations, transgenic species, outcasts, and criminals call this colony home. Located between the wilderness areas and Alpha colony, access is currently restricted to a select few.


    During initial testing, only Alpha Colony will be made available to players (as it's all that's pretty much built to this point). Future additions to the setting will be made available as they are created.


    So what sort of game is this anyway?

    The Lazarus Project is a mix of a purely social roleplaying game, with elements of plotter (staff) oriented storytelling and automated game missions. Taking the role of a newly grown citizen, players can seek out proper employment, become involved in scientific experiments/research, undertake exploration in the gameworld, or enjoy social roleplaying with other online players.

    During alpha testing, most forms of employment involve freelance scientific experiments/specimen gathering, as well as a handful of automated missions. Available skillsets include combat, animal preservation, geomechanical mining, and basic animal dissection.

    This should give you some general information about the game, and hopefully a number of you will be interested enough to stop in during our alpha testing, which is planned for the near future.

    - Michael
    Last edited by Lazarus; 11-20-2006, 06:15 PM.

  • #2
    This is great, we needed a sci-fi game and this one sounds like a good one.
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    • #3
      I second the games ideas. I can't wait to play it and if the S's of the game could PM me or give me an email at I would be more than happy to try and help with this game. I think this game definitely has some depth to it and can play out nicely. I can't wait for more updates.

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      • #4
        I'll admit, I've never really gotten into Sci-fi games, I've always been an avid Fantasy gamer. However, this sounds interesting and like it would be fun to give a whirl

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        Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
        Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell;
        And in the lowest deep a lower deep,
        Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide,
        To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven.

        -- Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 73

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        • #5
          Although a science-fiction game, I do think it will be of interest to some who typically aren't into sci-fi (I hope).

          It isn't a hard sci-fi game, for instance... no overly complex scientific explanations, nor odd terminology typically restricted to physics professors. This is both a good and bad thing, I suppose, but it also allows us to be a bit more open regarding the plotting/storyline.

          I'll try to post a bit more information during the next week or so, just so everyone has an idea what to expect for alpha: what is currently working, and what isn't... and what may explode into a million bugs...



          • #6
            Originally posted by Lazarus
            I'll try to post a bit more information during the next week or so, just so everyone has an idea what to expect for alpha: what is currently working, and what isn't... and what may explode into a million bugs...
            Given the people working on this project, I bet some of the animals in Lazarus will literally explode into a million bugs.

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            • #7
              Sci-Fi....I feel my inner geek stirring. Sounds like a cool game.
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              • #8
                What a fab game!
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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    I must say this that "this is what a sci-fi game should look like", pretty satisfied.
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                    • #11
                      This sounds really interesting. Can't wait to try it out.
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                      • #12
                        Given the people working on this project, I bet some of the animals in Lazarus will literally explode into a million bugs.