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Here it is people, the very last batch of three races in this season of XFL, and thus also the very last chance to qualify for the upcoming XFL Masters. Yes, YOUR team can still be the first to win the Masters with its new Major status.

Do you have a team in [B]lackbox or [R]anked of any TV from the following races?

Wood Elf

You are hereby invited to APPLY your team(s) on the group page.

Such a big occasion combined with this classic lineup. You really can NOT afford to miss this!
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Cloggy on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 22:01
Tomorrow at 11:00 (am, server time), FUMBBL will shut down for maintenance. I will be replacing Borak (the database server) with Willow (the new server that the donation drive was made for).

I expect the process will take 2 to 3 hours, during which the website and game server will be down. The IRC chat will still be online, and will try to provide updates during the maintenance (although I will actually be working on the switch so I might be unresponsive at times :) )

Hopefully, this won't cause too much problems for you all.

Edit: Maintenance is now complete, and things are running as per normal. Hopefully.. :)
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Christer on Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 12:34
As some of you may have noticed, there has been a bit of trouble with outgoing emails from the site. I have been monitoring the issue and think I have found a fix that should make email work as expected again.

Mainly this was causing signup emails to not go out, and also password reminders.

In addition to this, I have investigated emails going out from the forum, which seemed to be a bit flaky. I've attempted a fix for this and hope that those of you who "watch" topics will get emails as expected when someone replies to a thread you're interested in.

Let me know if you're still having issues related to emails from the site and I'll take a look and see if I can find a resolution.
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Christer on Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 20:00
Normally this announcement would have been made a while ago, but the donation drive deserved to stay on the top spot of the news page for a bit longer.

As part of the recent changes to the official tournament scene, XFL is now open to both [B]ox and [R]anked teams. The XFL Masters has also been upgraded to Major status, with the new prizes still to be decided.

The first batch of tournaments that are open to teams from both divisions are scheduled to kick off on wednesday September 16th. The races drawn to play from those remaining are:

Chaos Pact

Coaches with a [R]anked or [B]ox team from these races, of any TV, are hereby invited to APPLY on the group page.
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Cloggy on Monday, September 14, 2015 - 11:15
Those of you who frequent the FUMBBL forums noticed that I recently made a callout for suggestions for fun things to do for those who participate in a donation drive to do a server upgrade.

The background to the donation drive is that Borak, the FUMBBL database server is getting quite old (8+ years) and I would very much like to replace the machine with something newer before it breaks down. Doing this proactively reduces downtime significantly, and at the same time reduces my stress levels :)

Plenty of suggestions were made in the forum post, and I am now ready to officially start the donation drive.

For those of you who donate during this donation drive, a new little icon will show up on your overview in order to signify that you participated in the donation drive (and this icon is seen by others viewing your coach page as well). In addition to this, those who donate $25 or more will be given the opportunity to perform a team service from the following list:

* Unretire a team
* Rename a team (swapping with another team of yours, or take another coach's team name if they are retired and have at most 5 games played). Some restrictions may apply here for thematic reasons.
* Unretire a player on a team not currently involved in a tournament. This can't take positionals beyond the normal limits. Unretired players must be alive and will maintain injuries.
* Limited division transfer. This allows a team to transfer from Blackbox to Ranked or League, or a team from Ranked to transfer to League.
* Team publicity stunt. Set a team's fan factor to 7.
* Team reorganization. Lets you do basic reorganization things to a team such as firing your apothecary or reassigning player numbers.

I've retroactively applied the Saved Borak icon to coaches who have donated during this month (september). If you have donated $25 or more and want to utilize one of the team services as listed above, get in touch with me with a reference to the PayPal item # (or anything that lets me identify the transaction) and I'll assist you. For multiple services, or if you have some custom request in the same vein as the ones listed, get in touch with me (Christer) through PM and I'll work with you to find a suitable solution :)

This special donation drive will run until the end of the month, after which the icon will no longer be applied to your coach page, and team services stop being available. Please note that this means that the services can't be saved for the future beyond this month (this is mostly for logistical reasons).

Thank you all for your support!

Edit: To clarify the time-limit for the "Saved Borak" icon: Donating during this month will make it show up on your account permanently. The time-limit simply means that coaches donating after this donation drive won't get the icon applied to their accounts.

Edit 2: This donation drive has now ended. Thank you all for your support!
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Christer on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 - 22:32