As many of you probably noticed, FUMBBL was inaccessible for a while this morning. All the FUMBBL servers are fine and have been running flawlessly during this, and my investigation seemed to imply an issue with DNS servers.
I've been having some issues with DNS in the past, and have now switched name servers from Zoneedit to Amazon, and am also in the process of transferring the domain registry to Amazon as well (the latter may take a few days).
The reason I'm doing this transfer isn't only because of this incident. We've had some trouble with Zoneedit in the past and my hope is that switching to a reputable host for domain and name servers will improve stability. Amazon certainly has a smoother configuration system for domains and DNS records, so that part will certainly become better.
The domain registrar switch may cause some minor teething issues, but I hope it won't be too bad.
Either way, I apologise for any inconvenience this downtime may have caused you.
At approximately 18:30, one of the FUMBBL servers will be taken down for maintenance (replacement). This will mean that the FFB game server is going to be down and the IRC chat server will also be inaccessible.
I am unable to give a very good estimate of the time it will be down, but am hoping to be able to have the new server in place and running both the IRC chat and the game server within 2-3 hours.
Thank you for your patience and I apologize for the inconvenience.
Update: The migration is mostly complete and both IRC and FFB game servers should be back online. Let me know if you run into issues.
Update 2: The game name requirement should be fixed.
So the summer is here, and it is time for the BLACK CUP VI
The last of the B division only Majors for 2014.
Closely following the ISP issue, we just ran into another problem. This time, it's out of the ISP's hand and in the realm of ageing hardware.
Zara, the server responsible for IRC and the FFB game server, is showing further signs of deteriorating. It essentially stopped functioning this morning and the motherboard was making clicking noises for a while when I tried to power cycle it.
In the end, I managed to get it back up and running (it effectively needed a short rest), but I feel this is serious enough that I really need to replace the hardware as it could simply die on me at any time.
So, in order to be able to do that, I need you guys to help me out with donations to cover the cost of the replacement. Given that the old hardware is so old, I practically can't reuse anything of it other than the case (Zara is from around 2005 or so).
Doing a quick price check on reasonable new hardware to take Zara's place, I'm looking at a cost of just shy of $1000 for the things I want to buy.
In order to give something back to those of you who donate, I will offer sending one of the FUMBBL poker chips (random colour) to those of you who donate $25 or more during this drive as a token of appreciation. In order to get this poker chip, I will need you to make the donation and then contact me (Christer) with a PM on the site with the name and email of your Paypal account (for verification purposes) and the shipping address you want the poker chip sent to. I really don't expect to run out of these poker chips during this donation drive, but there is a limited supply and I may not be able to send one to all of you who donate. If that happens, I'll get back to you and offer a refund on the donation.
I also have a very limited number of the dice from the Kickstarter campaign that I can send to those of you who are interested in donating a bit more (let's say $50 or more, a bit depending on what dice you are interested in). To take advantage of this, you will need to contact me (again through a PM) *before* you make the donation with information on which dice you are interested in, and the amount you intend to donate. Once I have confirmed that there are items remaining, I will reserve them for you and get back to you with a response so you can go ahead with the donation. This more complex process is needed in order to avoid me running out of dice.
Thank you very much for your interest in supporting FUMBBL!
Update: The donation drive has been a success and I have placed an order for new parts. I will, however, extend the time for it for another day or so in order to give some people a chance to get their hands on the last couple of sets of dice I have available from the Kickstarter project.
Thank you everyone who chipped in. It's truly heart-warming to see that so many people care about the site and what we do here.
As you most likely have noticed, FUMBBL is being slow. After having had a chat with a (very helpful) support techie at the ISP they're saying they need to send a technician on the problem, possibly replacing some hardware (fibre converter to be precise).
The bad news here is that they state up to three (3) business days before this happens. Naturally, I'm hoping they find a resolution to this earlier, but you never know...
I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.