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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.

Shannon
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Best Day for Revival?

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  • Best Day for Revival?

    Hello, readers. I would like to suggest that in order to attempt to inject a bit more activity into the game, we vote on what day of the week we are -most- likely to be able to attend an evening (EST?) session where we can try to gather as many Citizens as possible.

    I also encourage anyone attending to try as best as they can to drag people from other games in. Bribe them, if you have to!
    While I am more or less certain the player-bases of CM, ICO, etc may not take kindly to us generally posting threads in their forums that attempt to "steal" players, I do not think that they would not mind it if we wholeheartedly attempt to gather as many Meta as possible at least one day of the week.

    If we put all our recruiting efforts into one day, maybe we can push that "who list" to a steady 4 average, instead of recently when it's seemed like the most we have is 2 people awake all day.
    1
    Monday
    14.29%
    1
    Tuesday
    0%
    0
    Wednesday
    14.29%
    1
    Thursday
    0%
    0
    Friday
    71.43%
    5
    Saturday
    0%
    0
    Sunday
    0%
    0

  • #2
    This is an excellent idea. Here's hoping it works beyond expectations.
    Chief of Maintenance and Officer of the Ministry of Security

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    • #3
      I'm hopeful we can arrange at least one or two days where we have enough on to hit critical mass -- meaning enough where we can try to do regular plot stuff again.

      As for days, unfortunately Friday tends to be bad for me, but if that is the only day people can make it, I can probably be about early evening. Something like a Sunday afternoon probably would be best for me. Or Mon-Wed night ... but I realize that may not be best for others.

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      • #4
        I will definitely visit this site again because i learned a lot and got very helpful information from your blog.Thanks for sharing.

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        • #5
          I know we have around 8 people who sporadically log in. Unfortunately, it's been about 2 weeks and there's only been 3 votes on this poll.



          I have no choice at this point but to say "Fission Mailed".

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          • #6
            I'm all for mailing fissionables (Plot, maybe?), but don't give up hope and resort to apocalyptic-post yet! There are still more Fridays that haven't been reduced to radioactive slag.
            Chief of Maintenance and Officer of the Ministry of Security

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