Archive for December, 2003

Merry Christmas!!

By K2 on December 25th, 2003 at 12:19 pm EST

Woooo it’s Christmas! So what did Santa get for you this year? I got coal… again ;-P But that’s ok, I like being bad…

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe holiday season this year. I’m currently on leave and am at my folks house in Oklahoma… it’s real nice to see family again, and some old friends I haven’t seen in years. EatMorelead recently posted his infamous reindeer picture that he had once posted a couple years ago, ya can’t miss it. It pretty much sums up what Christmas is all about… scaring lil children into submission. No wait, that’s Halloween. Hrm…

Just a quick note before I sign off here and dive in to our family holiday feast – January 1st the game server is coming down :-( Halo just never panned out into what it could/should have been (and it doesn’t look like any improvements will be forthcoming anytime soon, either), and I can’t justify spending the money I have been dishing out to keep it going, especially since I’ll be half way around the world in less than a month for God knows how long. So… new years eve is the last day you’ll be able to play Hardfought Halo online.

However… because I’ll be able to get online and check emails from time to time over in Iraq, I can keep abreast of new titles coming out, like Doom 3/Half-Life 2. There’s nothing stopping me from going online one day and noticing that HL2/CS2 is about to be released, hop back over to theplanet.com and order another server online and make one of the HF regs the contact person of said server so they can get things setup. No promises on that gang, but it’s definitely a possibility.

Alright… I’m outta here ;-) Again, Merry X-mas all, see ya online.

K2

Yay, I posted news!

By K2 on December 13th, 2003 at 5:24 pm EST

Yeah that’s me runnin’ around, yelling ‘Yay, I posted news, I posted news!!’… aherm 8-)

Alright, let’s see what I got for ya today… the long-awaited 1.03 patch for Halo: Combat Evolved was release just a couple days ago. This patch fixes a few bugs, adds TK-handling, allows for longer server names, supposedly better network code… that’s about it. The new sv_tk cvars do not work in the init.txt file however, and ban lists are now all screwed up, it’s a major pain in the ASS to get haloded.exe to write to them. Any ban list ya had before is basically null and void.

I have *never* seen a dedicated game port developed this way, with components of said dedicated server being strewn all about the operating system. I am betting we can blame Microsoft for that one… and I’m not sure who to point the finger at for the lack of instructions on what do to with the new cvars and how to use them (and the readme I did find was incomplete as well as incorrect… and this was an official document). I just don’t understand why Gearbox/Microsoft are making it so difficult. And don’t even get me started on the complete lack of features still missing… like ‘standard fare for an FPS kinda things’ missing :-/

Almost makes me wanna drop Halo altogether, the lack of support and quality of support is disturbing. Was expecting a lot of good things to come about in this latest patch and it fell short in a big way. No worries tho gang, I’ll keep the server up in the hopes that HL2/CS2 makes a debut here for 2004. Halo will stay up too for the time being. Just needed to vent… I hate running products that are not quite up to par.

Oh hey check this out… heh ;-) I started my own IRC server! Yeah! You can now use your favorite IRC client and connect to irc.hardfought.org (default port) and join #hardfought. I am using the latest version of BewareIRCd as the backend (it closely emulates the IRCd gamesnet.net uses) and a windows-compiled version of srvx, which is the services package gamesnet uses as well (chanserv, nickserv, etc). So if ya want, hop on in and check it out. It’s nothing major mind you… just wanted to see if I could do it. I am going to keep it up however, as CPU/network/memory usage is almost nil.

To wrap up… boy am I tired :-P Just finsihed a very long week, been loading up all of our gear and humvee’s to ship off to Iraq. It should all get there a few days before we do… hopefully. I’ll have some more details about where we’re going and maybe even a mailing address in a future news post soon.

Ok… laundry time ;-) Take care gang, see ya soon.

K2