New help system!

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the game for new and existing players, we have made some hefty enhancements to the help system. This new nhelp brings a number of improvements over the old one:

  • One help system instead of many different ones (help, admin, info, si).
  • Automatic text search if it can't find the article you want.
  • Improved edit system so staff can make updates more easily.

Please give it a try and let me know what you think! The command is nhelp, and will exist alongside the old help systems for some time. I appreciate any suggestions you might have for making it better before we make the big switch!

Game Server is Back UP!

The problem got resolved some time in the night and I brought the game itself back up this morning.

I don't have all the specifics on what happened yet. One part of what happened is that the virtual machine that the game runs on was transferred from one physical machine to another which required a shutdown of the virtual machine. Anyone one connected to the game at the time may have gotten the message "Going down, be back in a bit!"

Anytime you receive that message it may be because a MUCK staffer initiated a shutdown of the game OR it is because the machine the game runs on is shutting down1.

Unfortunately, after the move, something else went wrong, _possibly_ due to a power failure in the data center in which the physical machine resides. If there's more news, I'll add it as a comment to this news story.

Feaelin.

  • 1. For those of you technically minded, this is because the OS (Debian Linux in this case) when told to shutdown sends a 'signal' (SIGTERM) to each process, telling it to close up shop, as it were. GlowMUCK responds by sending that message, saving and exiting as quickly as it can)

Server Outage this Evening

NarniaMUCK is currently down. I'm waiting to hear back from support but it looks like the data center where we're hosted is having problems. We'll bring the server back up as soon as possible and provide any details we have after that.

Feaelin.

New Staff: Jarron

Everyone please join me in welcoming Jarron to the Narniamuck staff! Jarron is a talented RPer, and has offered to help out in our Roleplay department. He'll be learning the ropes over the next week or so; don't hesitate to say hi if you see him!

Also, he wears a cape.

Monthly Tip: Kinds of Conflict

There are three major categories of conflict. One is war/conflict with evil. We have some of it in Narnia, but canon limits it quite a bit. The second kind is environmental (frosts, floods, famines, etc). Canon and realism restrict this also, outside of minor problems presented by varying seasons and medieval life(which you should definitely embrace!). The last is relational conflict. RC is generally caused by two things: romance and interpersonal problems. Romance is the simplest conflict to create, but in interpersonal conflict you have more freedom than any other kind, so don't limit yourself to what is simple. Conflicting personal beliefs make great RP, and irritating-but-not-evil characters can lend to some of the most interesting and even funny RP.

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