So, I finally got off my ass and automated the frontpage news. Instead of just using Notepad and copypasta for new items, it's actually automated. Hooray for automation! I've also added an RSS feed, not that anyone will ever use it, but I recently developed one for another website for work and decided I might as well implement it while the memory is fresh.
In other other news, I'm going to be letting a couple other people update the frontpage with random shit, just to keep things lively. I'm still intending to do the rants/articles/fiction/whatever section, but for now letting a trusted few make general updates seems like a good start.
I'm going to have one of said trusted individuals make an update right now to test it, in fact...
So guess what I found waiting for me in the mail?
Ross Watson, senior RPG editor for Dark Heresy at Fantasy Flight Games, was kind enough to send me a free copy of both Arkham Horror and the expansion Kingsport Horror as a thank you gift for the Dark Heresy character generator.
Awesome. Now I just need to trick my friends into playing it with me. They trusted me with Catan, and one of them is a Lovecraft fanatic, so hopefully it won't be too hard to rope them into it.
I've added a new section for relevant /tg/-related sites to the sidebar. So far, I've got 1d4chan, CR 25 Hypermitotic Dungeon Master (the "This Just Happened" guy), Fantasy Flight Games (Dark Heresy), and Tony's currently empty Violent Bees. I've considered adding Dark Reign to the sidebar, but... I dunno. I certainly don't mind being linked, and they're not taking credit for my Dark Heresy character generator, but it would be nice to have been asked before they slapped it on their homepage sidebar. I only found out about it because someone from their forums mentioned their membership, and I happened to check out the site.
Anyway, this pile of links brings me to my actual question: What /tg/-related sites should be there? I guess FFG and VB don't really need to be there, but I don't want to have just two links. The only real site I can think of is 1d4chan. If anyone has suggestions for additional sites, or runs a /tg/-related site and wants a link, let me know.
Oh, yeah, and the site was inaccessible as a result. Once again, it's here, you guys just can't get to it. Guess I'll just have to play The Witcher until it's back up.
Edity: UsuallyRandom, when you've got a moment, can you drop by the IRC? I had a couple questions, namely the kinds of notes you wanted and what to do about abilities like Giant Weapons when the weapons table is turned off.
Before I forget, a dear friend of mine asked me to give a link to his currently empty site, Violent Bees. He said giving him a link would make him get off his ass and put some content up, so here you go, Tony! It's under the sidebar, too, for those of you that look at those sorts of links.
Let's see, what else... oh, yeah. There are some general site changes I want to make, like:
The nice thing about sup/tg/ is that there's always something I could be doing to make it better, so I'm never stagnating. Of course, I did just pick up The Witcher, so that's going to be eating up some of my time between the changes.
I keep saying it, but I also would like to add some kind of article section. I don't know who will contribute or what they'll want to say, but it's something I've wanted to do for a little while. It'll happen one of these days!
Why do I do this to myself with the late nights? Anyway, Maid RPG character generator is looking good. It doesn't save characters yet and I think UsuallyRandom wanted me to add a comments field, but this looks pretty good and it lets you make the most goddamned ridiculous characters I've ever seen come out of a generator. It's like a Mary Sue Generator. I mean, just look at this:
Your name is Derp. You are 18 years old. You have pink eyes and pink hair, and wear a pink maid uniform. You are pure and cool; others describe you as unflappable, clean and fragile.
You are a vampire, with long fangs, pale skin, an aversion to light and an insatiable appetite. You know the spells necessary to summon demons, your tools of the trade being magic circles, a black cloak, and ancient books. Rather than a Western-style maid uniform, you wear a Japanese-style uniform featuring a kimono and an apron. For some reason, love just never works out for you; at this point, you've resigned yourself to your fate. You wield magic that lets you control the bodies and souls of the dead, your tools of the trade including skulls and black clothes.
In combat, you fight with a revolver. When you are extremely upset, you unleash violence on the other maids and the master.
Holy shit man. And yes, it really did manage to land on pink for hair, eyes and uniform. This chick is basically cotton candy with fangs. (Also the game recommends rolling two, and no more than three, random qualities... but where's the fun in moderation?)
Whoops. I have a bunch of services that I don't use which send me email reminders pretty constantly regarding their expirations. Since I don't want or need them, I just ignore the emails entirely... so when thisisnotatrueending.com expired I didn't notice right away. Oops! It's been renewed and should resolve just fine shortly. Most of you won't even notice unless your cache expired in the short interval between the DNS change and its restoration. But if you couldn't get to the site for a little while today (sorry Wearfe) it was because I am a gigantic idiot.
Just a quick note. The archive was making empty image files and not cleaning up after itself. Now it does. Hooray!
Man, I just spent way too long on this. Basically I discovered a security hole and closed it, but then spent three hours trying to allow the PDF generation utility to continue functioning normally. I've got it working again in a rather roundabout fashion; it's not perfect, but it does the trick. PDFs are now re-enabled for Dark Heresy.
Edity: I got mad at the sidebar at 6am and beat it up. Don't ask what it did; it knows what it did. Then Clarence made me do this:
It's like that all over the site now. Isn't CSS awesome? Also I will probably regret this tomorrow but right now it is fucking hilarious.
Just a quick note, I've turned off the PDF capability of the Dark Heresy character generator for the moment. I found a security error that has since been fixed, and haven't gotten around to re-allowing the PDF-generating .exe to, well, execute. I'll probably fix it tonight. If anyone else finds weirdness on the site, let me know and I'll fix that too.
Also also, happy birthday to Silver :D
Derp derp. I didn't get much done today; rather, nothing visible just yet. I added in a lot of information to the tables, but switched gears midway so that the Maid RPG character generator keeps everything on a single page before giving you a 'finalized' page afterward (ala the DH chargen). Ignore the old link, you can check out the latest progress here instead. UsuallyRandom is working on a writable PDF that will work like the one for Dark Heresy, so that's upcoming as well.
Also, happy birthday to Ruler :3
I was going to bed but Ruler was all "LL UPDATE THE WEBSITE YOU DON'T NEED SLEEP LL UPDATE DO IT" so now I am so there.
Anyway, I'm sure you've all heard that Maid RPG is out. Given the ridiculously hilarious characters you can create with its character generation, and given that it's 100% roll-based generation... well, you can probably guess where I'm going with this. It's far less data-intensive and edge-case-intensive than, say, Dark Heresy, so I think I'll have the Maid RPG chargen completed tomorrow night or so. You can fuck around with it if you want, though it's nowhere near complete, naturally.
As for all those site upgrades? Yeah, fuck it, not going to bother, I give up. I spent too much time getting nowhere to continue, and I managed to complete my original task of installing Perl (with ActivePerl) and AWStats for log analysis. Like any website, Apache logs basic information by default, allowing administrators to fine-tune the site, either to help people find what they're looking for, make certain pages more attractive to visitors and search engines, locate problems, see which pages people enter and exit from, and more.
Since my installation of AWStats, here are a few awesome things I've learned from traffic analyzed between January 2008 to present:
Neat shit. (Note to any paranoids out there: I don't sell traffic data to anyone and I don't use tracking cookies or any of that nonsense. The information collected is anonymous and uses nothing more than the vanilla default Apache logs, the same kind collected by each and every webserver on the face of the planet.)
Edit: ffff goddamnit ruler I just lost another half hour of sleep to this update it's 5:11 now
So, because things were working just so well I felt like I had to fuck them up to feel normal, I've been attempting (and horribly failing) to update various server components, e.g. PHP. Unfortunately I spent three hours or more trying to install a new version of XAMPP only to revert back to the original files (always back up your work, kiddies!). At least rsync with DeltaCopy went swimmingly, so if the server machine dies or I totally fuck it up at least it's on a different physical machine and drive.
I'm going to keep trying to upgrade components, possibly in advance of both analytics software such as AWStats (I'm curious about what kind of traffic I get) as well as installing a blog suite like WordPress. I'm still waiting on the "editorfag" for Nerd Journal to write me (I didn't get the email, by the way, please resend it!), but it seems like having a place for people to write articles and rants and the like is a good idea in general and seems like a good next project for me to work on.
Lastly, there's a new MUD using the GodWars 96 codebase up at xen.thisisnotatrueending.com on port 4000. Wearfe is currently screwing around with the source and attempting to add new classes; unlike SmaugFUSS the core content isn't shit and isn't geared toward horrific grinding, so it's already got one up on the old MUD. Since he's messing around with the actual code and recompiling it on occasion, the MUD might be a little... bouncy for a bit, but after all the random stops and restarts around here it really will feel like home.
Also, I didn't mention this before, but PurpleXVI is a recent addition to the IRCop team, along with Ruler, Jean and myself. If you need help or just want to bug him for shits and giggles, please feel free to inundate him with dongs and gibberish.
Success! I actually managed to get it to do what I wanted without sacrificing any more goats or Hot Pockets. You can now view a writable PDF of any character in the database. As it strongly recommends, use FoxIt so you can actually save your sheet (stupid Adobe).
This is the last work I'm going to be doing on the generator for a while; I need to take a break and do other things, such as install another MUD, upgrade the webserver to the latest version of everything,
install AWStats so I can start actually checking out my traffic (I realized Webalizer already comes with XAMPP so I'll try that first), get back into Dwarf Fortress, potentially set up a rants and articles section for authors to write pieces on RPGs both homebrew and commercial... you know, the usual I-have-too-much-shit-to-do chaos I tend to thrive in. The next iteration would ideally include the ability to purchase advances for your characters, but that's a whole new level of data entry and I'd rather just, you know, not do that right now.
Anyway, it's crazy o'clock, so please have a wonderful weekend.