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Malazan Book of the Fallen series.
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  1. In Topic: Let's talk about the future of the forum and our options

    22 June 2021 - 11:16 AM

    View PostAptorian, on 22 June 2021 - 10:37 AM, said:

    I feel like there very little momentum in this discussion.

    A lot of forum members seem happy that things stay the same, with no need for upgrades. So I'm assuming we're not going to rebuild the whole site.

    But there's also a question of security and stability. Is there any chatter among the Admin and mods in the Secret Arctic Moderator Shadow Base about whether something is going to be put into work? If so, is there a time table?


    Not really, no. Xae and I occasionally touch base on the question of security and sustainability for the site as it stands - admittedly it's been a while since we last had that discussion - but, obviously, nothing has come up that would lead to change.

    There have essentially been no stability issues for quite some time, with Xae having last taken some steps to help with that in like 2018, I think? The most recent downtime was user error, and issues caused by people with access to back-end stuff doing the wrong thing are completely unavoidable no matter what platform we use.

    Security-wise...please don't use your bank password or email password or computer password as your forum password? And daily backups largely render concerns about wholesale losing content the way we did when we last got fucked over somewhat moot. I'm happy enough to take steps as necessary to keep us from being severely breached, but it has not yet been an urgent impetus for change.

    It's good to see that participants in this thread are happy to lose some of the harder-to-replace features, which means that if we do choose to change software we are potentially less limited than we used to be (there was a time when Rep was non-negotiable for y'all) - but I have almost zero interest in losing historical content to move to another forum software unless necessary.
    (For those who don't know, we did once lose a significant chunk of forum history between an issue over site ownership and moving from phpBB (the old blue forum) to the current software. That is also an indication of why phpBB might look a bit outdated, we migrated *off* it more than a decade ago, and it hasn't hugely changed since.)


    I guess from my perspective - this is a little bit of "why fix what ain't broke?" (and yes, I appreciate IPB3 isn't exactly 'not broken', but it's perfectly functional for our current use - some small issues upthread notwithstanding that we can certainly look into), coupled with just not hearing a compelling argument to move software. phpBB and NodeBB and IPB4 are hardly going to change anyone's day-to-day experience of the forum. There are some things in there that may make QoL better, but some that may make it worse. They're more like a coat of fresh paint than anything else, and we can always do a new forum skin if that's all we're getting out of the move.
    Other than, as I think you put it somewhere up there Apt, a "midlife forum crisis", I haven't seen anything that makes me say "Yup, that's better/necessary. Let's move to that!".


    I miss the old days when the forum was abuzz with people and discussion, but I also like that we have this core now who are literally just here to hang out. I can be away for a month or more, and it still feels like coming back to a nice warm house exactly how I left it when I get back on (side note, enough of you have my contact details that I even when I don't check in for a bit, I do get almost instant notification if something has gone wrong, lol) - it used to still be welcoming, but it also felt like you'd missed a LOT if you were away for a while. For me, changing the forum software is basically spinning our tires - it's not going to make the forum feel brand-new again, maybe just a bit different, and it's not going to bring us buckets of new and eager members, so I really don't see the point. If it was the difference between the forum staying alive and going away, I'd do it in a heartbeat, but I really don't think the forum software is an issue there.

    As I think I said in the last one of these threads - this isn't a "no, and that's final". We can afford to pay for a software license, build or buy a forum skin, etc, etc. We can put in the effort (thanks Xae! :p) to migrate the content. But people need to really, really want it for it to be something we seriously entertain - or there needs to be a pressing concern otherwise, and there isn't particularly at the moment.


    Edit: Oh, and to address the finance/will to keep the afloat thing in the OP - yeah, the forum ain't going anywhere while I'm around. Someone with a grand vision of a resurgent Malazan Empire is welcome to knock me off my 'throne', but this place is important to me and I have zero issues keeping it going. With the small exception of things that require someone to sit on themselves (server, domain) the admin team is pretty well placed to handle day-to-day stuff. I'm pretty well placed to meet any outlays myself, assuming we end up in dire straits and the various donations over the years were completely used up, and if all that fails, yeah, we'll pass around a hat or something. Long live the Empire!
  2. In Topic: The game I'm playing is...

    22 June 2021 - 10:48 AM

    View PostAptorian, on 22 June 2021 - 08:50 AM, said:

    View PostSilencer, on 22 June 2021 - 08:16 AM, said:

    View PostAptorian, on 20 June 2021 - 07:26 PM, said:

    Played around half way through Halo 2.

    That game is rough to play in 2021, even though it's the anniversary version. It's just so basic. it has the most rudementary possible design, where most of the missions consists of you being told to stay put in an area and wait for stuff to happen, with very little feedback about your progress or what to do next.

    I also think the dual wield sysrem is a bit broken. I've just been rocking around with two elite plasma riffles the whole game, plowing through anything that gets in my way.

    My plan was to replay all the Halo games before Halo: Infinite comes out but I think I might end up jumping straight to Halo 4 and 5. All I really need is to be up to date on the forerunner stuff and Cortana.

    Also started up Mass Effect 2.

    Big leap in quality. You can tell they had a lot more money to play with. Everything feels more streamlined - Especially running ariund the Normandy and exploring star systems. That percentage indicator telling you how much you've uncovered is a godsend.

    Very curious about all the bundled in DLC. I just ran into this South AFrican sounding, scar faced bounty hunter that I can recruit as a companion. He was definitely not in the original game I played.


    So, first of all, why would you ever want to play Halo: Infinite? XD

    I dunno about you, but I am firmly in the camp that 4 and 5 were trash and the franchise should have been left alone after Reach (the best Halo game). The best I can say about the newer games is its basically fan-fiction tier trash with some steps towards gameplay more in line with the current state of FPS'.
    And even then, if nice gameplay with poor story is what you're after, Destiny is better in the 'feel' department anyway. >.> This, despite the actual gameplay loop in Destiny/2 being rather poor.



    Also glad to see people enjoying Subnautica - it is good fun.


    As for me, I have but one love in my gaming life right now: DCS World. It is everything. I have spent so much money on peripherals and modules. But between the clicking and the clouds and the cool jets, I am so happy with my return on investment. XD


    Hey, don't harsh my Halo hype! I haven't played Halo since the 360 era ended, I want to believe in the resurgence of Microsoft and the Halo franchise. I agree that Reach was the pinnacle and that Halo 4's story was terrible. But I enjoyed the gameplay and I was really into Halo 4 multiplayer until the console ate my disc and that put an end to that. Haven't played Halo 5 yet.

    Despite the graphical wonkiness of the 2020 reveal of Infinite's gameplay, I want to believe this is going to be special. Surely Microsoft have given the devs a gigantic check to make Infinite and they've built a big open halo playground. I think I heard at one point they had spent like half a billion on that game. Even if it turns out to disappoint, it will be "free" with Gamepass and I can jump into the multiplayer.

    Also DCS: World? That is so nerdy I've never even heard of that game before. That makes World of Tanks players sound like console bros.



    Haha, sorry, sorry, I just have zero faith they will somehow magically fix the story or even produce anything more than average gameplay-wise. Budget alone doesn't a good game make. :p On the plus side, if I dampen your hype a little, maybe you'll be less disappointed?


    And, uh, yeah, nerdy is a great description. DCS is pretty much the pinnacle of a subgenre called 'study sims' - half the fun is in reading 500+ page manuals to understand how anything works. The community definitely has a non-zero percentage of people who laugh at anyone daring to refer to World of Tanks as 'deep' or a 'simulator' - never mind anyone who thinks War Thunder is anywhere close to DCS. XD
    Of course, its community also has a non-zero % of people who get off on hating on it, as far as I can tell. Particularly ones who think the developers are (for reasons unknown, but clearly malicious) deliberately ignoring information as it pertains to whatever-it-is-the-user-has-a-hate-boner-for-right-now. It's very confusing. I try to avoid those parts of the community.


    Side note @Morgy - incidentally, there was a big kerfuffle a year or two ago where someone allegedly related to the developers got accused of smuggling Defense stuff out of the US for use in developing the game. XD
    Also, DCS has been known to have several jokes made about its acronym. But the developers, Eagle Dynamics? Yeah, imagine having a game called DCS with a publisher 'ED'. Sometimes I think it was deliberate....lol.
  3. In Topic: The game I'm playing is...

    22 June 2021 - 08:16 AM

    View PostAptorian, on 20 June 2021 - 07:26 PM, said:

    Played around half way through Halo 2.

    That game is rough to play in 2021, even though it's the anniversary version. It's just so basic. it has the most rudementary possible design, where most of the missions consists of you being told to stay put in an area and wait for stuff to happen, with very little feedback about your progress or what to do next.

    I also think the dual wield sysrem is a bit broken. I've just been rocking around with two elite plasma riffles the whole game, plowing through anything that gets in my way.

    My plan was to replay all the Halo games before Halo: Infinite comes out but I think I might end up jumping straight to Halo 4 and 5. All I really need is to be up to date on the forerunner stuff and Cortana.

    Also started up Mass Effect 2.

    Big leap in quality. You can tell they had a lot more money to play with. Everything feels more streamlined - Especially running ariund the Normandy and exploring star systems. That percentage indicator telling you how much you've uncovered is a godsend.

    Very curious about all the bundled in DLC. I just ran into this South AFrican sounding, scar faced bounty hunter that I can recruit as a companion. He was definitely not in the original game I played.


    So, first of all, why would you ever want to play Halo: Infinite? XD

    I dunno about you, but I am firmly in the camp that 4 and 5 were trash and the franchise should have been left alone after Reach (the best Halo game). The best I can say about the newer games is its basically fan-fiction tier trash with some steps towards gameplay more in line with the current state of FPS'.
    And even then, if nice gameplay with poor story is what you're after, Destiny is better in the 'feel' department anyway. >.> This, despite the actual gameplay loop in Destiny/2 being rather poor.



    Also glad to see people enjoying Subnautica - it is good fun.


    As for me, I have but one love in my gaming life right now: DCS World. It is everything. I have spent so much money on peripherals and modules. But between the clicking and the clouds and the cool jets, I am so happy with my return on investment. XD
  4. In Topic: Recent Site Downtime

    17 June 2021 - 12:17 PM

    View Postchamp, on 17 June 2021 - 12:09 PM, said:

    I can only access via the work PC and the VPN atm but it's good to be back...




    Yeah, it can take a little while for the synapses to reconnect across the interwebs, so this is to be expected. If anyone is still having trouble connecting it should just be a case of waiting it out.

    ...I don't know if Abyss has enough live animals to sacrifice if that doesn't work. XD

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    Tsundoku 

    17 Oct 2020 - 12:57
    where you at boyo?
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    Tsundoku 

    19 Nov 2018 - 11:18
    Can we have a Rejoice! A Knife to the Heart subforum?
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    Tsundoku 

    18 Nov 2018 - 08:43
    Oi! Clear out your messages! Or have you blocked them? :P
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    Loki 

    22 Nov 2012 - 02:28
    SOOOOOOON! CHEE! XD
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    LinearPhilosopher 

    08 Oct 2012 - 16:06
    Also of note, it seems to only kick me when im in my st.catharines residence, not my toronto residence. Not sure if that helps you any.
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    LinearPhilosopher 

    08 Oct 2012 - 16:05
    ok so i clearly didn't realise how this conversation business thing works.
    i click the chat button at the top, when joining it says "you have been kicked from the chat room"
    On october 02 I tried joining around 10:24am gmt-5, so you can check the logs for that time. that is if you still have logs for that far back.
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    Loki 

    14 Jul 2012 - 14:13
    I love looking at your profile......so many Garruses in one place XD
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    Loki 

    11 Jul 2012 - 13:00
    I lied. I'm still going to use my new avatar XD
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    Loki 

    10 Jul 2012 - 13:37
    Do you like my new avatar? I figure I'll use this for awhile....at least for the remainder of my Sombra days ;)
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    Loki 

    23 Jun 2012 - 14:52
    If you had ME3 you could play too!
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    Loki 

    13 Jun 2012 - 12:34
    You're a strange one ;)
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    Loki 

    21 May 2012 - 03:46
    Sometimes the CoC gets in the way of righteousness. Just saying ;)
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    Loki 

    19 Mar 2012 - 10:49
    To be fair - I *had* already saved it once XD
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    Loki 

    26 Feb 2012 - 06:35
    Awesome Supreme - you really do deserve that title XD
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    Loki 

    12 Feb 2012 - 11:01
    Okay, did the download thing. Now, if the thread were to get deleted would I still be able to view it from the save file? (Probably a silly question but I want to make sure the save is dependant on the original URL)
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