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Postby Lance of Llanwyln » 25 Feb 2006, 22:03

I would just like to remind everyone....if you want to RP with a GM NPC in a particularly busy RP thread, please supply a link to your post in your PM. It's a good idea even with mere mortal PCs as well, but it just makes everything easier, ya know? Slogging through 8 pages worth of RP is no fun for anyone...
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Postby Xian Zhu Xuande » 18 Mar 2006, 07:23

Forum Downtime, Slowdowns, Instability, and Lost Posts
I suppose it is finally time for some official word on this, no? It has been discussed elsewhere in the forum, but for those of you who missed it, here are the details: Recently the whole forum was migrated to a new server at the current web host. The new server isn’t as populated, and features much newer technology. This is why the forum is running so smoothly and reliably at the moment—a trend which we all hope continues.

I just wanted everyone to know that we are taking very solid steps toward the resolution of the slowdowns that have plagued the game for months past. If this new server doesn’t work out, we’re prepared to pack our bags and move on to greener pastures. Presently, we’re evaluating the situation, and in the end will make the decision which is best for the game. If we do have to migrate hosts, it will be done very deliberately and with plenty of warning. That said, always remember to keep a backup of important character information on your own computer. Not because we fear a problem in the near future, but because you should be doing this anyway.

Commercial Spammers
I understand SimRTK has had some runins with phpBB commercial spammers. Problems relative to them have cropped up at Scholars of Shen Zhou, as well. A home-brewed phpBB mod is in development to stop them dead in their tracks and kick their corpses afterward, simply for fun and giggles, and will be deployed on this site when it is ready to meet some of its unique needs. Until then, I just want to share a reminder with everyone here: do not ever click on a spam post’s linksever. Sometimes a human is involved behind the scenes, and it isn’t hard for them to notice which forums are providing them with the most return interaction. Report any spam posts to proper forum leadership as they are found.
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Postby Harimau » 21 Apr 2006, 02:30

Please give your condolences to Dearnis, who has now joined us as a Roleplay Master.

Give him a few days to settle down first before abusing him like crazy.
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Postby Harimau » 18 May 2006, 01:16

I don't know whether putting an announcement will actually do anything, but it's probably worth attempting. I'll say it very simply:

Please do not harass other members with advertisements for products and other sites. If you want to advertise your website, there's a Websites page in the Kingdom Tavern to do so. If you want to advertise your product(s), you can go somewhere else other than this forum.

Thank You.

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Postby Xiahou Mao » 06 Jun 2006, 06:41

Another note, Dearnis has been promoted to Game Master to help us out. No, he's not going to be stuck running battles this turn, but he will help us out with that aspect in future turns. ;) There might be further staff shuffling coming over the next few weeks as well, so keep your eyes open. Or closed, if that sort of thing scares you.
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Postby Dorin » 24 Jun 2006, 17:42

This is a general advisory to the function of certain topics in the Kingdom Tavern and Halls of Supermacy.

The GM/RM Nomination thread, Websites thread, Pictures thread, and a host of others are meant to serve their speicific functions. They are not voting threads, or mass discussion threads. We've made a number of posts over the years asking people to stop making needless posts in those forums, but someone always does.

For everyone's future reference.

Please! Do not "second" a nomination for someone in the GM/RM thread.

Please! Do not repost copy links to a website.

And in other threads, please do not make needless posts where they are not meant to be. From this post on, you can concider yourselves forwarned if a staff member chooses to give spam warnings or not. Probably not, but please, don't post needlessly in the aforementioned threads, or others dedicated to a specific purpose.
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Postby Harimau » 28 Jun 2006, 10:09

This isn't really any sort of formal announcement, it's just a post of my thoughts. So yes, you can ignore it if you wish.






I'm just posting because i want to make a plea to all of you. As of late, i've noticed that something rather disturbing has happened... If i had to put words to it, it could be called " a bad attitude " or "un-sportsmanlike conduct" or if i wanted to be blunt enough, " being a dick" from some of the people here. I'm probably the last person in the staff to have the right to comment about this, but i'm going to say it anyway. Stop, just please stop. What kind of things am i talking about? I'm talking abouts things like the following:

* Trolling and trying to bait other players and the staff.
* Behaving in a boorish and unconsiderate manner. A prime example that comes into mind is editting one of your previous RP posts just because you didn't like the replies to it, trying to make the replies null. It's not just called unconsiderate, it's called cheating.
* Just in a general way, trying to make the game un-enjoyable for others.

I'm speaking out about this mainly because i'm one of those people that are gradually finding the game a bit of a chore instead of something i really enjoy. I used to take great pleasure with just being able to enter say, #simrtk, and having a hearty chat with the friends that i've met and made over the internet. Or being able to just read the OOC thread to just read a good, light hearted conversation about a certain topic without negative vibes being attached to it. I know i'm not the only one that's feeling this way, but it's just something i wanted to bring out into the open on behalf of those people as well.

I don't exactly know what the solution is, or exactly what i'm asking for by posting this commentary. I guess the only thing I would ask is that some of you keep it mind and just generally approach the sim as something that should be fun for everyone, not just yourselves.

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Postby Harimau » 23 Jul 2006, 05:08

Please welcome Discordia as a Game Master. Be nice and give him a few hours to settle down at least. ;)
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Postby Harimau » 07 Sep 2006, 02:28

We have a new pseudo-evil blue person thingymajig. Please swamp her with all the work that you need done. In other words... Elysia is now an administrator.

Yes, its a very short announcement. She can make her own speech, I have brownies to take out of the oven.

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Postby Elysia » 07 Sep 2006, 11:22

Yes, it seems I have sold my soul to the devil here. Though I will maintain my innocence in all matter . . . Let me just adjust my halo. Darn horns are getting in the way. Horns? Hmmmm those are new . . .

Anyway, the reason for this post is not just to once again claim innocence, but to remind everyone of two things. Two very important things . . .

1.) Free Officer Posts - If you are NO LONGER a free officer, EDIT your post to read DELETE, so that it can be removed. Very simple little thing, really . . . And you would all hate to lose pay for being listed as a free officer (no pay for the free) when you are working so hard for kingdom, RIGHT?!?! Hehehe :twisted:

2.) Avatars - The site maximum limit for avatars is 64x80, 6KBs in file size. Do not exceed this limit, or you will lose your avatar rights. To check your avatar size, right click it, then select Properties on the list that pops up. A small Element Properties window will open, that tells you the size. If you find your avatar is over the limits and need help resizing it, post in the Avatar Thread in the Kingdom Tavern.

I will be checking on these things constantly, since they are two my own little ‘pet-peeves’ . . . But I am sure you all read these announcements and will keep your kingdom-mates informed as well . . . No one needs to see how ebil my newfound horns make me. ;) hehehe :twisted:
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Postby Lance Dearnis » 11 Sep 2006, 20:46

As our irc channel on irc.phrenzy.org has detonated for all users in North America, it has changed location to irc.lunarnet.org. Keep in mind at this new server, you will have to re-register your nicknames, and if you have kingdom channels, you will have to remake them there as well.
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Postby SimpleMinded » 18 Sep 2006, 15:35

This announcement is in regards the numerous spam/advertisement threads that have been created in the kingdom tavern for the past month or so. There is no need to reply to any advertisement made in the kingdom tavern. Simply PM a staff member such as myself and the problem will be handled accordingly. From this point on, any posts made in those threads will be counted as spam.
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Postby Elysia » 05 Oct 2006, 21:45

We welcome a new staff member today! Justice is now a Roleplay Master! Give him a day or two to become familiar with the dozens of NPCs we are throwing at him, then RP to your hearts content! hehehe
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Postby Discordia » 15 Oct 2006, 18:55

A new project: The SimRTK knowledge database!

Bascially, it's a search engine just for SimRTK related questions. Players can write articles, or request articles be written. The staff then reviews them and updates the database. Here is the link for the site:

http://www.amarillorules.com/aphpkb/index.php

Whenever you ask a question in the rules thread, please also ask the question in the site. If you answer a question in the rules thread, please write a guest article in the site. If this works, we will have a permanent, searchable, and cross-linked resource.

Do not try to register or login--just go straight to submitting content anonmyously (it does require name and email for asking questions--fake these if you please).

The most important functions for players:
Create Guest Article. Submits an article for admin review. Added to the DB when edited/approved.
Ask a Question. Requests that the staff create a certain article.

Right now, the site has (obviously) no articles to search at this time :P
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Postby Elysia » 27 Feb 2007, 19:21

We welcome a new staff member today! Dong Zhou is now a Roleplay Master! Give him a day or two to become familiar with the hundreds of NPCs we are throwing at him, then RP to your hearts content! hehehe :twisted:
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