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Semi-Annual Update II

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Solus, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Solus

    Solus Solzilla Staff Member Server Owner

    Character Name:
    Ashna Kov'Gra'Sek
    In-game Town/City:
    Linlea
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    Greetings Alterans!

    This is our 2nd Semi-Annual Update. If you recall- our last one was posted {here}. As with the last one, this came about due to the survey I sent out in november. There were many responses, each varied. Most were critiques, a few memes, and some praise for different staff members and their jobs. We've considered them over the last month and do plan to follow a few things through, while setting some things aside on our list of priorities.

    In the last 6 months, we've made outward progress. Here are some milestones:

    +Update to 1.12
    +Revamp of Sorrow and Frontier Landscapes
    +Introduction of new lore piece- The Makani
    +Addition of a new campaign- Forlorn Campaign
    +Kings Law update on consent- #25
    +Moderation update- War Rules
    +Beasts and their Event Heads
    +Completion of Storm's Landing's upper district
    In the background- We've a few more projects and goals lined up for the next 6 months. But instead of hearing it from me- I'm having our Coordinators explain what they've planned, without too many spoilers, and hints in their following statements:

    +Hardware/Software+

    +In-Game Tech+

    +Moderation+

    +Lore+

    +Events+

    Events and Lore were the heaviest concerns on the survey. As Lore is building up, I'd like to address Events as, yes, we are continuing the Incursion Campaign to complete it. This has been a long term Campaign with different Arcs to it, can't deny that. Objective here is to make a worthwhile storyline for those who actively take part. What some players prefer in taste is just up to them and I know there've been plenty of criticisms. I'm not going to feign we cater to every thread demanding something or every critique, but we built on what we can do moving forward.

    With concern on players not enjoying certain aspects of the main campaign, or overall not taking part in the main campaign for some reason or other- we've tried to balance it by:

    +Introducing a second Campaign: Forlorn, which is currently on hold, in response to juggling main server events during a haitus on the main Campaign Arcs. There have also been shorter events that either introduce new pieces of lore information or are focused on player interactions and responses for fun.

    +Spawn has also picked up in pursuing eventful roleplay {See more on next topic}​

    CALENDAR EDITION!!

    When you create an events thread, you can now add it to the {Calendar Page}. You must first create an events thread. Then go to the upper right hand corner of the thread post:
    Thread Tools > Calendar Add

    It will show up on the calendar with it's tag enabled.

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    (Thanks Jazzper for your silent volunteering as an example)
    This option is available to all players. If anyone abuses the Calendar option to troll, harass, or otherwise cause problems, we will put you on the blacklist for using that option, or take severe measures depending on the case.

    Enjoy!

    +Spawn+

    One of the main points I picked up from the November Survey, and something I was already planning, was to halt build production on Spawn. There's a lot of space we have now- a noble district, slums, tavern, farmland, sewers, large docks- But not enough roleplay occurs here. Our focus for the next few months will be just that- Once the Cathedral is built, we'll not be making anymore major builds and will promote RP in SL. We want to allow players to host their own events and our team, namely Kam and Sankera, have made it their initiative to pull in different types of roleplay for the builds and surrounding area of Storm's Landing.

    If you'd like to help them in any way, please contact them!

    {Piety Campaign}

    +Media+

    +General+

    As many know, we've gone through a few forum changes. We've migrated to a forum host where we can directly add new add-ons for xenforo, The migration is still occurring for the rest of the week! Another is a forum restructure. This project will entail easier formatting of the forums, reachable guides, and an overhaul of all old posts to make the forums 2018 friendly. I believe many of us have seen posts as old as 2013 in our guides and can see the need for us to do so. NIAH Tiberione and Lady Alec have discussed changes moving forward and we hope to show progress soon. Some features I hope we get to utilize in a new forum structure is additions of forum plugins like an event calendar!

    We've also been having an upgrade to our server and price changes. Our current setup is about $140 per month. With the purchase of a new VPS to set up for the forum migration, we've had to add in additional $40 considering need for backup storage. We're also looking into updating our Hardware/Software, and our overall goal has been cut down to around $120. The reason for a new server upgrade is because many players get randomly kicked out of the server. Our CPU usage has been on high of 100%, which is not great. You'll soon start to see the ends of the upcoming change in the coming few weeks.

    Here, I'd like to thank cherbert and Tiberione with their work on migrating the forums. It's a lot of hard work to have things prepared and set up in a short amount of time, and something those before me had to set aside as other things were more urgent. But with time, and with help, we've managed to make it possible. Don't forget to thank Cherbert immensely for keeping the forums running so we can enjoy taking part in this community and to Tiberione for helping in upgrades for new additions and more.

    And do thank your Staff Members for the work they've put in the past months and weeks to come!

    +Donations+

    Compared to the prior 6 months, the current 6 months have gone better. Summer donations helped us move forward in pursuing plugin updates and at the current time, with Tiberione 's help, I've already looked into our server's hardware and software upgrade, too. We've accumulated around $1960 from the summer, and after calculating things with our current expenses, we're doing well in server upkeep. Starting February, our upkeep payment is still going to be around $140. But now we've spread out the expenses enough to be up-to-date on forums and the server.

    Donation Addition!
    In order to promote more donations, we've chosen to add in another colorful rank with the same perms as Hero, with the addition of extra titles and a brighter colored rank. We've more in store in the coming months, but we'll be slowly adding them in instead of all at once. Thanks to NIAH !

    [ B L E S S E D ] $40
    additional titles include:
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    • Exalted
    • Revered
    • Blessed
    • Cleric
    • Curate
    • Rector
    • Minister
    • Touched
    • Ardent
    • Devout
    • Convert
    • Steadfast
    • Devoted
    • Fanatic
    • Staunch
    • Stalwart
    Here, I'd like to shout-out to our donators again- without you guys, I wouldn't be able to run this server and we wouldn't be here if it weren't for that. Everyone being able to login, create lore, events, build their own towns or cottages- and most of all roleplay- wouldn't be able to do so without you guys. Thank you! Maintaining your support in donations will help us cover costs in the coming months, so please do continue to contribute if you wish it!

    Some of you listed had a secret donator:

    NIAH
    The Tottot
    Ruukasu Lawliet
    Vincentius
    TyoungBD
    Bean/Benijim
    The Roman Emporer
    Centurion
    Solar
    Ryu
    Arcana
    Narvendel
    Elt
    Icanra
    Ayda
    Boudicca
    RexJen
    FrostGuardian
    Mapboy
    BrianAT16
    MeowCow_
    MelodyComplex
    GrimReaper
    Raal
    Treeboy
    HoneyRecord
    Mitch
    PitaChipBoi
    Smurf
    BoredBrit
    SirLuamTehDoge
    Wandering Ranger
    Scardrac
    godfather1
    Bitann
    Sankera
    Old-Seadog
    Spooksy_
    Samiwashere
    UmbraSicarius
    Paint
    ToastySpam
    Tohm
    Tiberione
    Cymic_
    LeftwardElk
    @coffeeceebus
    Sybbyl
    Ozzy
    Electric
    Charybdis
    Baron2537
    overlord2304
    Morbid
    Shankster
    Old_Gromm
     
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  2. Baron

    Baron Skeletorama Retired Staff

    Character Name:
    Vorar-Elem Polvur (Baron)
    In-game Town/City:
    Vera Vigi
    House:
    Polvur
    You're paying way too much in upkeep. Who's your host? What are the specs you're paying for?
     
  3. LeftwardElk

    LeftwardElk Lord of Altera

    Character Name:
    Bronn Westergard
    Race:
    Human
    In-game Town/City:
    Wolfstadt
    House:
    Wolfstadt
    Thank you Archbishop for your sugar daddy donations for myself and Tohm
     
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  4. Tiberione

    Tiberione The Chocolate Bar Staff Member

    Character Name:
    Ulric Quinn
    Alt Name:
    Arthur Quinn
    In-game Town/City:
    None
    House:
    Sangria
    $120 for a dedicated server and web server is a good price. We are using OVH for hosting, it does not come much cheaper than that. Without too much detail I will say our specs are good on both our web and game servers.
    Additional note our costs should decrease slightly with the new hardware we are getting.
     
  5. Baron

    Baron Skeletorama Retired Staff

    Character Name:
    Vorar-Elem Polvur (Baron)
    In-game Town/City:
    Vera Vigi
    House:
    Polvur
    So it's the EG-32 or the HOST-32H then? I'm pretty sure I'm the one that recommended OVH to Readij.

    You could probably run both game and web on the same device, if it wasn't an Eggs-In-Basket situation.
     
  6. Tiberione

    Tiberione The Chocolate Bar Staff Member

    Character Name:
    Ulric Quinn
    Alt Name:
    Arthur Quinn
    In-game Town/City:
    None
    House:
    Sangria
    OVH Game servers specifically. I prefer to use their game-specific Anti-DDOS networks.
    As for hosting server/website in one, the costs aren't enormously high to host the website and yes, too many eggs in one basket situation. Rather all resources go to Minecraft server than split between.

    Also worth noting that we're not moved onto new hardware yet. This will be coming soon however!
     
  7. Piratep00f

    Piratep00f The Artisan

    Character Name:
    The Fool
    Alt Name:
    The Packman
    Race:
    Human
    It's great to see the members of the staff each telling about their field of expertise and what they are doing. This looks very professional and still friendly and easy to read. Amazing thread!
     
  8. Archbishop

    Archbishop Kevin, the goat Staff Member

    Character Name:
    Henri Bayard
    Race:
    Human
    In-game Town/City:
    Thorne
    House:
    Bayard
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    No problem, sugah
     
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