Archive for August, 2001

Quick blurb…

By K2 on August 31st, 2001 at 12:56 am EST

Weeeee!! Finally, I am back online! Got DSL set up before work today (err yesterday…) and have been putting things back to the way they were sorta, piece by piece.

Hardfought email is now functional again, as is the HF-BOT in IRC. CSCop on HF2 will be up again soon. I’ll start transferring web content from the game box back to the web server tomorrow night. While that is going on – if http://nexus.hardfought.org does not work for you for whatever reason, use http://64.218.4.161 instead, until your ISP updates it’s DNS records. I wont send in the IP change until after I get home from work this evening. Shouldn’t take too long to carry over. Oh yeah – stats should be up and running like normal sometime around Sunday or Monday :-)

Just a quick post, just letting ya’ll know I’m still here and alive :-P before I leave you – check out this msgboard thread here at http://nexus.hardfought.org/ubb/NonCGI/Forum1/HTML/000217.html – latest little drama in my life right now. See ya soon…

EDIT, 4:39am CST – well, I just updated PunkBuster to the latest version on the game server. No one told me that the CAL and now *gasp* the OGL both require PB to be ran in required mode for all CS matches… heh. So as of right now, PB is in *required* mode, not optional. If you don’t have PB running client-side, you’ll get the boot, so don’t forget to have it running before you connect. Oh yeah, one last thing… after looking at the voting poll here, 56% of ya (out of 114 people) voted to have PB run in required mode on HF2. So… also effective immediately, you must have PB running client-side to play on HF2. PunkBuster on that port will be using the same PB config that the CAL uses.

K2

Um…

By K2 on August 13th, 2001 at 10:27 pm EST

Well shit… don’t know how to ease into this so I’ll just spit it out. The Hardfought game server is shutting down around September 21st, indefinitely.

It’s been a good ride for quite awhile folks, but the proverbial ‘Fat Lady’ is about to sing. The company that co-locates my game server is going out of business and are ceasing all operations the third week of next month. I’ve known about this for a few weeks now and had been actively searching for another home for Hardfought… but either the price is way too high, their network sucks, or both. The best deal I could find (reasonable price and a decent network) was for $450/month, limited to 1Mbit bandwidth, unlimited transfers. Oh yeah – before I could even get my server in the front door, I’d have to convert my server from it’s current mid-tower format to a 1U rack box (slim case – 19 inches wide, a couple feet deep but only 1.75 inches high) and that’s another $2500 I just don’t have right now. To keep Hardfought CS/Q3 alive would literally put me in the poor house. Now some of ya might be saying ‘Hey K2, we’ll donate money, we’ll even pay to play every month, it’s OK!’ … well, it’s not unfortunately. Actually having paying customers as it were opens up a whole new level of things that could potentially go wrong, some of that in a very legal sense, and I just don’t have the time or funding to bear that kinda responsibility. Donations are one thing, but actually holding a paying account… there’s too many bad reasons to do things that way, not even gonna bother typing it all out here.

If ya couldn’t tell already, I’m just typing what I’m thinking… just letting it flow. Hell I kinda do that anyways, but not this freely, so just bear with me. Kinda pissed off about all this at the moment. I know this is kind of a rant, but hey, it’s my web page…

If there was any other viable recourse available to keep Hardfought CounterStrike/Quake3 up, believe me, I would’ve found it already and you wouldn’t be reading this kind of news post. The deal I had with Directlink/ArcDSL was good… very good in fact. I didn’t realize just how good until recently. By all rights I shoulda been paying them about eight times more than I was after looking at how much bandwidth (and more importantly how much data was being transferred per month) we were using. This is probably why they’re going out of business in the first place… rofl. Ride the wave while ya can, baby! No looking back! They were giving too many people cheap deals for too long, and it’s come back to shut them down. Go figure.

On the bright side… and yes, there *is* a bright side – the Hardfought LAN Party is still good to go for this October. I wont have to scramble for a dedicated game server to bring at least :-) You also have a good solid five weeks left to get in some serious CS playing… heh. Also, I’m keeping the web server up, that’s not gonna change. All you guys n’ gals will still have a place to chat and stuff on the msgboard and IRC chat. Remember those plans I had for making a Neverwinter Nights server and running it from my apartment? That’s still in the works as well. In fact, I just dropped a SCSI drive in that server last night. Ooh wouldn’t this be funny – Hardfought converts from FPS games to RPG, lol… :-P Not entirely by choice mind you… ah well. Hey… maybe another good deal will come around in the next few months or so and I can revitalize the game server again. Unlikely the way the tech sector is right now, but it’s possible.

Lemme close this post by saying this – Hardfought was… IS more than just a server. It’s more than just another place online to play. It’s a community… it’s *family* it a very real sense. It’s a place where people can come together and share a past time that they all relate to and understand and enjoy. It’s a place where you can pretty much talk about whatever you want, whenever you want and where your peers actually listen to what you have to say and offer there own opinions. It’s a place where you can jump in IRC and meet the people you play with and interact with them on a personal level, at any time of the day or night. Hardfought IS the best goddamn server that ever was and ever will be, because of the dedication that’s been put into it, the admins who help maintain it, and most importantly because of YOU, because without YOU there wouldn’t BE ‘Hardfought’ to begin with. I’ve seen other servers come and go, I’ve seen their player base and their admins, good and bad – they can’t hold a candle to this. Be proud gang, you can say you used to play at and be a part of the best game server that ever was.

Probably be awhile before my next post. See ya around folks…

K2

Hardfought CS Invitational outcome, website moves

By K2 on August 8th, 2001 at 3:33 am EST

Just a quick blurb for ya before I make it to bed…

Some of you may or may not know that I am moving the 18th of this month. However, SouthWestern Bell in their infinite wisdom, decided to start the phone/DSL termination process *early* … came home to find my phone disconnected and my swbell email account non-functional. DSL was still working tho… heh. I called swbell and they say DSL will be turned off soon and by the time they can properly reverse the process, I’ll be moved out already…. go fuckin’ figure :-/ Sooo… instead of messing with that crap, I decided to just move the web content over to the game server now instead of waiting until I move. I wont have DSL there for a couple weeks after I get moved in, and was planning on the temporary website transfer anyways… just not this soon. If you’re reading this, then you’re viewing the page off the game server :-) Hopefully DNS records will propagate throughout the internet quickly so those still using the original address will only notice a short downtime. Some services will be down however… email for one :-( CSCop on HF2 will be down (I can only run one instance of CSCop on one machine) as will most of the MRTG scripts and the IRC linkbot. The message board still works, as does the match port reservation system and CSCop for HF1. If you need to send me an email for whatever reason, please send them to k2_1971@hotmail.com for the time being. Once I get DSL setup in the new apartment it’ll be business as usual.

The Hardfought CS Invitational Tournament finished this evening in what proved to be one of the closest, longest matches I have ever watched. In short – 3dL defeated TsK to become the overall champions, but all maps played were close… so close that the first one was a *tie* … more details on that in a couple days. I gotta get to bed… g’nite folks.

K2

Hello August…

By K2 on August 6th, 2001 at 10:13 pm EST

Quakecon 2001 is almost here… weeeeee!! Yeah yeah I know, most of ya could give a shit, being CounterStrike players and all. BUT – Quakecon still kicks total ass! Best major LAN event of the year in my opinion. I’ll be attending again for my third year in a row, and I’ll try to take many pictures of the event. This event will last from August 9th – 12th. Gonna be a blast :-) Oh… speaking of Quake…

The Hardfought Quake3 CTF/DM/TDM Match port has risen from the proverbial ashes, resurrected by popular demand. I was a bit worried that adding that port back, along with both CS ports being full, would create too much strain on the server. Luckily that’s not the case at ALL :-) All four Hardfought ports were in use and almost to capacity last night and every player I spoke on both sides (Quake3 and CS) said the server felt just fine as usual. Soooo… I’ll be keeping the Quake3 match port up indefinitely. It’s running the latest point release from id (1.29h) along with the latest and greatest from OSP (0.99v2). If you’re a quaker, and just happen to visit the website, please let your clanmates and friends know the Quake3 match port is back in business.

Hardfought CS Invitational Tournament – S-audiks and TsK battled it out last night for the title of Loser’s Bracket Champion. This was a very close match, with TsK winning with a score of 16-10. Congrats Tsk!! They’ll now try to claim the title of Overall Tournament Champion along with 3dL. This match will happen sometime this coming weekend… or should anyways :-P I’ll be creating a new table in the tourney section just for this match. Since the Loser’s Bracket champs have to win twice to win overall, the rules for this final match are going to be slightly different than the rest of the matches have gone. It’s not going to be based on total rounds, but how many times you can win the map you’re playing. Round count will still be thirteen per map. If 3dL wins one 13 round map, they win the whole deal. TsK must do this *twice* in order to become overall champion since they are coming from the Loser’s Bracket. There’s potential here for this to go three maps… could be very interesting indeed. I’ll keep ya posted on when this final match-up is gonna happen.

OK ok ok… I know I’m bad about this one, I admit it. A lot of you send me your custom sprays to use on the CS ports and custom avatars for your msgboard profiles. I get so many emails a day, some (ok, most) of those get lost and jumbled up with everything else and I either have to spend a lot of time digging them out once a month or just wind up forgetting about them altogether. That’s not fair to you guys who expect me to honor your request, so… here’s what we’re gonna do. I set up two more distribution lists on my email server today, just for these purposes. From now on – if you want a custom spray on the server, send it to custom_sprays@hardfought.org … if you want your own avatar on the msgboard, send it to avatars@hardfought.org – this way I can easily separate the two from everything else and give them the proper attention they deserve. For those of you who have already sent me your custom sprays/avatars, don’t worry about it, I’m gonna dig one more time for those and get ’em done this week. From this point on though, if your avatar/spray isn’t sent to the appropriate email account, it’ll be deleted. I’ll post links to the appropriate accounts here and on each port’s MOTD so there’s no misunderstanding about what to send what to where. Um… did that make sense? :-) Heh…

To wrap up – I’ll try to do Quakecon coverage as it happens from time to time from Quakecon itself. If not, I’ll just run home real quick and do a short blurb. Eat More Lead sent me a hat a few days ago. It’s a special red hat. You may be familiar with them in his monthly ‘Who won this month’s HAT award’ posts on the msgboard. Now, I am required to put on this mental hat and take a picture of myself wearing this silly hat for everyone to see. I was about to do this when my dog Scout started barking loudly. ‘What’s that boy? Did Grandpa fall in the well again? No? Ooooh… you wanna wear the HAT!!’ Smart dog for only being 15 weeks old, heh? :-P Sooo… in parting, I leave you with Scout as himself, then wearing his Mental hat… and then a picture of what happens when Scout finds your wallet in your back jeans pocket while you’re asleep…

K2