Please Mister Postman

By drakkos

The mailing list is gone. Gone, gone, gone. Facebook and G+ are where you should go now if you want to get updates on the project. Those of you on the mailing list probably realised there hasn’t been any mail on it for a while, but that’s because I clean forgot it was there.

Scheduled Maintenance

By drakkos

Both Epitaph and Epitaph Black Ops will be going down for scheduled maintenance at midnight on the 3rd of September. bHost (our VPS provider) say they expect the servers will be back online within 30 minutes.

Intermud Tell

By drakkos

Players on Epitaph have been given access to a limited form of intermud tell – you can use it to send tells between epitaph and epitaph.black.ops (note the dots – you need those for reasons). So, you can send a chat to me with the command: ‘tell drakkos@epitaph.black.ops What’s slapping, Irkins?’ I would see: Karras@Epitaph…

The Breaking of the Fellowship

By drakkos

Our infrastructure work is (mostly) done. There are still some very small things to do here and there[1] but we have a proper distributed architecture for all of the things we need for now. Those who have been following Textual Intercourse[2] will be aware of what’s been going on, but here’s a quick summary for…

Wiki wiki wiki

By drakkos

A new command has been added – ‘wiki’.  It will give you access to the RSS feed for the wiki in game.  Aw jeah.

Boards and Blogs

By drakkos

Some of the integration between our external tools and the MUDs has been done.  There are still some current issues (relating to dates of posts and such) but they’ll be resolved before too long. The blog can be accessed through the ‘blog’ command as before – you have access to this wherever you are since…

External Integration

By drakkos

The infrastructure work we’ve been doing is starting to converge towards its end-point – I’ve already written at length on all of this, so I won’t beat a dead horse by repeating anything about it save to say ‘see this shit here? See that empty hook? Yeah, it’s empty because this shit is off it’.…

Modernising

By drakkos

In this blog post I want to talk a bit more about our ongoing ‘modernization’ process. I know modernization sounds like a crazy thing in reference to text-based gaming, but hear me out. I GOTS THINGS TO SAYS. Games that are built around communities live or die on their social tools and MUDs are no…

A Brave New World

By drakkos

Look at this stuff!  Isn’t it neat?  Wouldn’t you think our collection’s complete? As the next phase in ‘modernize Epitaph’s tools’, we have moved from the bespoke LPC blogging engine we hand to a proper wordpress platform.  This too, like the wiki and the new forums, authenticates against the MUD which means that you can…

Epitaph Black Ops: The BHost And Linode Divergance

By drakkos

The past few weeks have been one of considerable upheaval for how Epitaph is managed architecturally. We were previously hosted on Linode, and I (for a short time) ran a development server on one of my home computers so that people could do risky coding without it impacting on the game proper. If someone needed…