On Monday morning the Newbs community suffered a great loss. Servers that were important to the community were removed (they were originally scheduled for removal in late September 2008). These servers were:
- #1 (24/7 Dustbowl)
- #2 (Jump Maps)
- #2.5 (Jump Maps)
- #3 (24/7 Badwater)
The other thing that went away was our old hosting for the website/database :( It was a very sad day in Octoland…
The website and the forums were down for a day or two, but they were the easiest things to move since I had prepared for this day (poorly, but thats besides the point). We only ended up losing about 1.5 days worth of forums posts and a few bans.
The game servers on the other hand are a lot trickier to handle without the involvement of a lot more money. Luckily these machines had only lost their internet home, and a new internet home was found for them. And there was much rejoicing in the land! But then oh no.. Hardware failure struck down the machine that runs the Jump servers and the Badwater server. I spent Saturday evening working on getting this machine back onto the internet so that the games could resume. So around midmight PST all 4 of the machines that went bye-bye were back.
- #1 24/7 Dustbowl 126.96.36.199:27015
- #2 Jump Maps 188.8.131.52:27075
- #2.5 Jump Maps 184.108.40.206:27135
- #3 24/7 Bad Water 220.127.116.11:27015
Originally I was planning on _NOT_ bringing #3 (24/7 Badwater) back since I did not want to hurt the efforts to establish the Payload Rotation server. After some short negotiations I was assured that there are PLENTY of people to play both. To prove this point to me, Taraph75 also know as ‘Tara of Payload’ created a new steam group which she is actively trying to fill with payload enthusiasts Tara’s Payload Pimps This group will be used by her to coordinate all the payload love, so that next time a server has to move, all of her payload lovers can easily find it. :)