Archive for July, 2004

Hardfought game server back… times two

By K2 on July 10th, 2004 at 8:22 am EST

Well folks looks like we’re back in business once again. This time around tho, it’s not one server, but two. Hosting is via The Planet/ServerMatrix once again, based outta Dallas, TX, same type of package deal as last time basically but with improvements to their network, the link to that network, and available data transfer per month. So what happened to be pretty damn good with HaloPC late last year is even better now. Times two ;-)

Details – so far we’re planning on running various game titles, such as Battlefield 1942: Desert Combat mod (like I gotta play THAT one…), HaloCE, and Call of Duty right away. Saving room for Half-Life 2/CS: Source and Doom3 when those games go live, and it should be very soon. Workin’ on Neverwinter Nights as well, just trying to find a workaround for that bastard CPU idle bug. As of this posting, HaloCE (CTF) is up and running, and Call of Duty and BF1942: DC will follow shortly. All three of those will be primed by the time HF LAN #5 kicks off for sure, and maybe NWN as well.

This time around, I’ve enlisted more help than usual, for some obvious and not so obvious reasons. In the past I’ve always kept total control over all aspects of the servers insofar as upkeep, backend work and so forth. Also meant that I paid for everything outta pocket. This time however, I asked for and received a significant amount of help from some of our long-time regulars from Hardfought here… those people being EatMoreLead, WidowMaker, spudboy and Sack. They are helping financially as well as with administrative duties… means that not only are they admins, but bonafide partners, and as such have a say in every aspect of the game servers. Pretty neat, huh? ;-P Dunno why I didn’t do this before… because of their help is why I can bring the sevrer back up early before coming back home and it’s also why I can bring back two instead of just one. So… congratulate ‘em next time ya see them online. They’ll be busy men too, so offer some support or suggestions if ya can.

Also, Hardfought LAN #5 is just three weeks away and there are only 11-12 more slots available, so make damn sure to sign up if ya plan on attending. Get with EML if ya have any questions regarding the lan. And dammit, make ‘em take more pictures this time, heh :-)

Other stuff – I have some more pictures to post from here, nothing too major, just some shots of some of us during a lil makeshift July 4th BBQ, and some other pictures, so be on the lookout for those soon. Things have been relatively calm here in our neck of the woods for the past few days, and I hope it stays that way. Hot as *balls* here too, and getting hotter. Somethin’ like 120+ in the shade, no joke. Oh well.

All I have for now gang, more to come later on. See ya.


Happy Independence Day

By K2 on July 4th, 2004 at 11:21 am EST

Hello all, and happy Independence Day… it’s been the 4th here for most of the day now, for the rest of ya’ll your day is just now starting probably. Fireworks, barbeque, day in the sun… heh. Well, we’ve got all of that out here in Iraq, it’s just implemented a bit differently ;-P So America turns 228 today I think… yeah 228. Well happy bday America ;-)

So, what’s new in my neck of the woods? Not a whole helluva lot. The Iraqi government took over a couple days earlier than expected, and things heated up around here a bit but not as badly as we had anticipated, which is a good thing. I’ve been busy flying the UAV for our unit and have been trying to put that asset to as best use as possible. Can’t go into details on all of that of course, but just know it’s making a difference out here and I’m glad we have it at our disposal. No new pictures recently… all of the pictures I’d really like to take right now that’s job related would be considered classified. So there ya go. Gonna work on getting some more and different pictures taken that don’t fall under that category. EDIT – mortars just had a lil July 4th BBQ outside the FDC hooch, I’ll have some of the pics from it posted soon.

If you’ve seen on the msgboard recently, I’m looking to bring the Hardfought game server back up *once again* in time for HL2 and/or Doom 3. I’ll be going through the same server host as before, that being The Planet/ServerMatrix. I’m asking for some help from the hard-core regs this time, on a more in-depth level, such as actually helping admin on the back-end and helping cover some of the costs, as well as in-game administration. Prices have gone down and available has gone up, so now is a very good time to get in on it. So far I’ve received one definite and a couple maybes, if everything pans out like I hope, I’m kickin’ around the idea of hosting two boxes and running a number of different popular game titles, both FPS and RPG orientated. Sooo… check out the msgboard topic about it, ya can’t miss it, and if you’re one of the old-time HF regs (you know who you are) lemme know whatcha think. I’m hoping to build this back up to where as many of the old-timers as possible come back. Will be interesting to see what happens.

That’s all I have for today gang, gonna work my way back to that BBQ, shoot the shit, have another steak and relax for a change. Have a safe holiday… and until next time…