June Contest (with Real Life Prizes!)

We're updating species info and we want YOUR help. Write an article on any species answering these questions:
How big is it?
How heavy is it?
How much can it carry (both in weight and bulkiness)?
Does the species have a "government" exclusive to the species? e.g. how does it make group decisions (or does it)?
What are the cultural norms of the species?
What does every [species name] know?
Is it normally able to read?
Is it normally able to write?
What special abilities might they have?
What special drawbacks might they have? (there should be more of this than I visibly see)
What did the species do during the 100 Year Winter?
What is a general history of the species?
Is it mentioned in canon? If so, where?

You MAY submit multiple entries (my advice is one per alt, but go crazy). You MAY use what is available in current Species Info articles. You MAY ask your friends for help. You MAY make up suggestions if the information is no where to be found. You MAY add additional information. You may also omit answers if you just don't know, but the best entries will hopefully have thoughtful, researched answers to all questions.

Please send your answers to staff@narniamuck.org. Deadline is June 28. Read more »

May Festival!

Come one, come all – To the festival of the year! We are inviting all able-bodied players and their characters to join us this May for a time of merriment, mingling and an overall good time! The schedule of events will feature another tournament, some interesting announcements, a few special guests (including a certain canon Calormene) and hopefully enough RP to make your heads spin. Wink This is only the beginning of something big and we look forward to seeing all who can make it! (Stay tuned for more specific dates!)

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.

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