Archive for September, 2002

Early archive, new method of posting news

By K2 on September 25th, 2002 at 5:57 am EST

Hi all. Figured I’d archive a lil early this month since I’m revamping how news is posted here… decided to change the news header style/graphic a bit as well.

I’m now using a beta version of NewsPro, which is a series of Perl scripts that will essientially allow me to post/edit/update news from any computer that has internet access and a web browser. Neat, eh? :-P I’ll have to brush up on my HTML tags because before, if I needed a word or sentence to be in bold and a different color, I’d just use the FrontPage toolbar to do it in like 5 seconds. Using this new method I’ll have to type all that out… oh well :-)

Nothing new really going on here, just work/eat/sleep, rinse and repeat. I’ve disconencted my SDSL line to save money and am now on *gasp* a dial-up account… argh!! Do I really need to save some cash? Not really… I was able to pay my bills just fine while having DSL and I just got a raise recently, but since I have no more plans to host any NWN game servers from home I figured what the hell, kill the conenction, save a few bucks.

Oh one thing… I have started making some simple hacks/modifications for NWN, I even got one posted and mentioned on the Neverwinter Vault. My next news post will deal with that and some other hacks/addons I feel are essiential to playing NWN.

See ya later gang.

K2

So long DAoC

By K2 on September 15th, 2002 at 8:49 am EST

Well here’s a nice 180 for ya…

I came back to playing DAoC because my friends that were still playing the game from when we first started the Hardfought guild were telling me how much better the game had gotten and that the guild had reformed and it was a lot of fun and that I should come back and play. So I did. And then it all just went to hell in a hand-basket afterwards. It seems me coming back made a few things better and a few things worse at the same time. Better in that I was able to help get things started and get more people motivated into trying to do things as a guild, but worse in that there were some peoples attitudes and bitching I just wasn’t going to stand for and I appeared to be the only one to stand up and try correct it. Seems I fucked that one up, because now I was starting to see ‘factions’, people taking either this persons side on an issue or viewpoint, or another persons. Next thing ya know ya got half the guild arguing with the other… and ya try to calm that scene down but there’s always that one person who just can’t keep their fuckin’ mouth shut for two seconds to stop and think about what they’re typing before they type it, and the next thing ya know, you have people either getting kicked out or leaving over all this petty bullshit, and starting up lil ‘test’ guilds under some secret pretense.

Give me a fuckin’ break.

Oh don’t get me wrong, I know I’m as just as much to blame as everyone else involved, I’m sure there are some things I probably should have handled a lil bit more diplomatically. Maybe I’m just getting too old for these games and all the childish political clap-trap that goes along with ’em. So be it.

Was somewhat fun while it lasted, and it was good to see some old acquaintances I hadn’t seen in awhile… and at least I finally got to see level 50, eh? ;-) Oh well. Goodbye DAoC and all the pitfalls that go with it.

K2

Hardfought website new host

By K2 on September 14th, 2002 at 9:00 am EST

If you’re reading this, then that means the changes I made to Hardfought’s DNS entries have propagated throughout the internet, and you are viewing this site at it’s new host location. Woot!

Why am I moving the website up to a web-hosting company after almost two years of running the server from home? For the simple fact of saving money. By doing this I can downgrade my current DSL subscription to a normal basic plan like what most people get and save close to an extra two-hundred bucks *a month*… that plus the power in my neck of the woods is a bit flakey (have had to suffer through black-outs in the past) or for whatever reason my web server would decide to lock-up while I am at work and cause the site and email to be down for hours before I could do anything about it. In other words, it’s a good move for a lot of different reasons ;-) The company I am going through is HostRocket.com and they can provide email, FTP, MySQL, cgi-bin as well as a ton of other services. It’s a pretty good deal for relatively cheap if you pay for several months in advance, so if ya need some decent web-hosting, give these folks at HostRocket a look.

There’s one downside to all of this however :-/ Before, I ran the msgboard database on msaccess. HostRocket only deals with MySQL databases. I can’t reliably convert the existing msaccess database to MySQL and be able to preserve all of the user accounts, posts and topics. Therefore all msgboard users will have to re-register, and all topics and posts from before will no longer exist here. Kinda like starting all over again. I apologize about that… not a whole lot I can do about it :-( Overall it’s for the best tho, MySQL makes a much better dbase than msaccess anyways.

Anyways, you should be seeing this post within a day from this posting if not sooner, and by this coming Monday at the latest. Catch ya later…

K2

DAoC ramblings, other stuff

By K2 on September 13th, 2002 at 2:24 am EST

Hi all. Figured it’s time to check in with another news post so here we go…

DAoC… heh. Well I jumped back in full-force. Got my dorf warrior to level 50 *finally* and Brondun, Glimmidion and Qiand hit 50 as well all in the same week! Give these guys a shout out next time ya see ’em. We’ve also got a nice up-and-coming batch of members who should be reaching lvl 50 here soon. God help all you Albs and Hibs out there should we all be online at the same time ;-) So far it’s been fun… good to see and play with my old guildmates as well as getting to know the newer crew and other friends from other guilds. Also, we’ve recently joined the Aesir’s Chosen Alliance… hopefully we’ll see some good things come out of this union for Midgard as a whole. I don’t think that’ll be a problem from what I’ve seen so far.

I know you’re all thinking about it… Sept. 11th anniversary has come and gone. I’m really glad nothing happened that day as far as terrorist attacks and the such. We’ve got enough to worry about as is. I thought about posting something on that day but to be honest… I just didn’t wanna go there. Just pray that we never have to go through anything like that ever again, and I’ll leave it at that.

That’s all I got right now… still waiting for HostRocket.com to activate my web-hosting account so I can transfer the site up there. The move will be seamless for ya I hope. If there’s any down time I’ll try to let ya’ll know about it before-hand.

Msgboard forum discussion for the day – http://www.hardfought.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=113 – talks about ShadowBane, AC2 and a few other MMORPG’s soon to be released. Go ahead and throw your opinion into the pot ;-) Until next time…

K2

Labor Day news

By K2 on September 2nd, 2002 at 1:07 pm EST

Ok I’m a slacker, I admit it. First news post in a month. I’m bad, and must be punished. Err… :-P

Sorry for the lapse gang, I’ve been away quite a bit over the past few weeks. Been spending a lot of time down in Houston seeing Diana. We’re working on getting me moved down there sometime before the year is up, so I’ve been job-hunting as well. Because of that (and also to save some cash beforehand) I am opening up an account with Hostrocket.com and will have the Hardfought website and email services hosted through them. After taxes and such that will only cost me about fourteen bucks a month and that way I can downgrade my current and future DSL subscription to just a basic consumer account, which will save me a couple hundred extra dollars a month. I plan on having the site here transferred sometime this week… the move *should* be seamless, but if any issues arise, I’ll let ya know.

Something else some of ya may be interested in… I re-opened my DAoC account today! GAH!!!! ;-) It’s only for one month at the moment, just wanted to take a peek and see how things are going. Mythic actually saved my old Kaytuu character, including all of my gear, realm points, level and even my old GuildMaster status :-) I had some time this morning after work (after you say? I’ll explain that here shortly) so as soon as my account was reactivated I promptly went out on our frontier and helped our Midgard brethren there repel both the Albs and the Hibs, so we now have all of our keeps back at the moment. Got me a couple thousand RP’s to boot. Soooo… I figure I might as well get Kaytuu up to 50 (still 48 at the moment) and then I might start a ShadowBlade. Dunno yet. Anyways, the main thing is that I get to hang with all the friends I made while playing, I have missed that aspect of the game. Also, I’m going to bring back some of the DAoC content that was on this site as soon as I finish typing this post. So there ya go ;-P

Oh yeah… my job schedule changed. Again. I am now working Saturday – Monday like before but this time it’s from 6pm to 6am… gah! Oh well, I can adjust. This means I should be quite available for any early morning raids and such *wink wink*. See ya online gang, and have a good one.

K2