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200 - Major server update
Just so you're aware - I made a gigantic update to the server yesterday, upgrading Raspbian from Debian Jessie to Debian Stretch (and all of the annoyances that comes with that).
Actually the upgrade went fairly smoothly. The only real trouble I've had so far is that even though PHP was upgraded to version 7.0, Apache configs were not updated to use it. So temporarily all of my PHP5 libraries were still in use, but uninstalled by autoremove. However, I figured out what the problem was and have switched over accordingly. If you find anything out of the ordinary via the website (e.g., you can't see this message :P), let me know and I'll see about getting it fixed!
--Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:51:07 MST
199 (NEWS 398) - Finally some creativity!
By Alara: Thanks to Adamros for kicking me into a short spurt of inspiration. Last weekend I sat nearly all of Saturday working on a recipe for roasting marshmallows with him as the test subject. In short, any sort of campfire item (something @parented to #9135) will allow any sort of "bag of marshmallows" (cloned from/parented to #9134) sitting beside it to work. These items plus ROAST MARSHMALLOW and EAT MARSHMALLOW are all you need to enjoy a shot of jet-puffed deliciousness.
In addition, you'll find the area of the forest just north of the Great Tree to be a bit more connected and a bit less "rectangular." In one of the empty areas, I've cleared an area where you can gather with fellow forest folk to enjoy a nightly bonfire (armed with marshmallows, of course). I also have plans to open up a few campsites in the same clearing to set up tents and the like. I plan to talk with Jimmy and see if he'll be up for stocking all items necessary for camping excursions.
--Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:56:32 UTC
198 (NEWS 397) - Clock
By Alara: I find that the clock ticking once per hour, when you have a sun and moon to periodically tell the time, is a bit annoying. Therefore, I've disabled the once-per-hour clock announcement, and will rely on in-character sun/moon messages.
--Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:06:28 UTC
197 (NEWS 396) - Friends
By Alara: A small update - FRIENDS was not used, except by one person, so I've gone ahead and removed the entire system. This was a bit like +watch systems that other MUSHes use, but given that everyone who connects notifies everyone in +public, I found it a bit redundant, and figured it could be removed as a codified system.
--Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:10:24 UTC
196 (NEWS 395) - Moar Fixings
By Alara: I've done a few things regarding registration and player requests which I did not realize were problems until today.
1. Multi-word player names are now allowed. I see no reason to prevent them, as they work, and setting an alias for a first-name only is easy enough.
2. I did not realize until now that the "You are not registered" notification was showing up for everyone all the time. Except me. I've moved that script off of the player parent and onto the event logger, so this should no longer be an issue.
Anything else, let me know!
--Tue, 30 May 2017 10:46:11 UTC
195 (NEWS 394) - More Dryad changes
By Alara: Okay, we'll see if this works. Tree portal no longer possible to unfindable people or locations. I may also implement the quiet flag into a lot of these, but we'll see.
--Sat, 27 May 2017 10:28:28 UTC
194 (NEWS 393) - Dryad Skill Update
By Alara: I've made a few updates to the dryad skills, since Deh has been about and asking for a few updates!
1. DESCRIBE TREE LOCATION
is now accepted, and will set your tree's description as it appears in its container room. Any length of text is accepted at the moment, but please do keep it at a reasonable length. One sentence is probably good, any more is also probably good so long as you're not sending every reader into conniptions.
2. WINDBLOW is now restricted to outdoor rooms only. If the ISOUTDOOR attribute is set on the room, container, or its parent (and the target is connected and not unfindable), you can windblow.
It turns out TREE PORTAL is not yet restricted, so I may want to set up similar permissions.
--Sat, 27 May 2017 09:45:29 UTC
193 (NEWS 392) - KEEPALIVE
By Alara: Previously we had the keepalive flag set by default on all players. However, I have found over a number of years that this, while keeping the connections alive as expected, also caused some unintended behavior on clients like Blowtorch, which would still print the characters 0xFF 0xF1 once a minute; something that gradually becomes annoying, especially when real estate for actual, useful information is limited by the screen size.
So I've decided to simply remove KEEPALIVE from the default list of flags to set on new players, and I've also reset KEEPALIVE flags on all players. If you find you have connection issues after this, you can, by all means, @SET ME=KEEPALIVE and re-activate it on yourself. Also remember that while KEEPALIVE prevents your ISP or router or computer from terminating an otherwise-quiet connection, you can also keep the server from terminating the connection by sending a periodic IDLE() command via a timer.
--Wed, 17 May 2017 09:31:14 UTC
192 (NEWS 391) - New map!!
By Alara: At long last, after YEARS of the promise, the Southern Forest has been mapped in beautiful ASCII. Enjoy!
--Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:20:27 UTC
191 - Freaking updates!!
Hey all! I just re-built the MediaWiki engine. You shouldn't notice a big difference (default skin is the same, for one), but in the back end everything including skins and extensions are now downloaded via git repos, so updating should be way more straightforward.
However, if you notice anything awry or amiss, please feel free to email or message in game, and I'll see about fixing it.
--Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:34:12 MST