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  • I’m going to take the opportunity of this notebook to explain some of the details of yet another new project I will be making over the coming months and years.  […]

    …About 3D

    I’m going to take the opportunity of this notebook to explain some of the details of yet another new project I will be making over the coming months and years.  […]

  • Here’s an older story for our latest featured item.  Scientists Go Online is one of Friendly Garg’s earlier tales using Half-Life and the traditional image story format. In this story, […]

    Featured Image Fiction: Scientists Go Online

    Here’s an older story for our latest featured item.  Scientists Go Online is one of Friendly Garg’s earlier tales using Half-Life and the traditional image story format. In this story, […]

  • Tonight I have updated the Text Fiction page with a new sub-category or sub-section layout.  Now, original works will be separated from fan-fictions unless a part of a “collection”. Basically, […]

    New Fiction Collection

    Tonight I have updated the Text Fiction page with a new sub-category or sub-section layout.  Now, original works will be separated from fan-fictions unless a part of a “collection”. Basically, […]

  • Ventrilo Server – Public Chat
    Hosted by MaxFrag.net
    Status: Public Server
    Access: Public
  • 03-12-2013
    Notice: Until further notice, the game servers are off-line. Due to issues beyond our control, these four servers have been down for months in one way or another. As such, we will be leaving out current host, LowPings.net and moving to a new host or hosts.
  • HL2 Synergy Server
    Hosted by LowPings.net
    Status: Public Coop
    Access: Public
  • Minecraft Server – Realm of the Nine Fires
    Hosted by LowPings.net
    Status: Pre-Game Tool Setting
    Access: White Pass
  • Hosted Server Footnotes
    * Server Pass is a "forum group" that is accessible by request on the forums and includes access to the "locked" server specific forums.

    † Some public servers will be locked and may require a "Server Pass" to join during video recording.

    ‡ BWL Central GMod requires several Add-Ons to play.

    ♦ White Pass is a combination of a Server Pass membership and an approved white-list application to play.
  • Ventrilo Server – Community Chat
    Hosted by MaxFrag.net
    Status: Semi-Private Server
    Access: Semi-Private w/ Password
  • Servers Closed for Change of Host

    02-12-2013:

    Okay, I've danced around this for long enough. As of today - not 5 mins ago - I am requesting the cancellation of all of our services with LowPings.net / Counter-Stike.com [ GameData Inc ].

    This means all four game servers at BWL are being shut down properly. You won't be able to connect to the server IP's and play on "OUR" server.

    Basically, the issue here is that the service from said provider has been in a said decline since the price increase some time ago.

    The explanation given for the increase was that the host wished to "return" to "world class service".

    I have seen the opposite. Our servers, all of them, have been on the brink for months. If we look back far enough, then we see the fail that was our 10-slot vent server. The mess of that incident was even briefly mentioned in Tikchi's LPU Tryout video.

    http://www.bwldevelopment.com/archives/2107

    Our server mysteriously stopped working and suddenly I couldn't access the control panel anymore. The entire matter resulted in our decision to switch to MaxFrag.net for our ventrilo server solution.

    And we've been satisfied with that choice. So much so that we picked up a second 35-slot vent server and continue to use them to this day.

    Jump ahead to a few months ago, I don't even remember when exactly except to say that it was an issue before QuakeCon 2013... that's late July folks.

    I tried to update the minecraft server, but it wouldn't move past 1.5

    I tried to update L4D2 server, but it would always revert to pre-steam pipe settings.

    Same with GMod.

    More recently, the synergy server wouldn't update. Instead it gave me warning messages in an infinite spew in the service's update window.

    We have had periods in which our servers went down and we couldn't connect to them anymore - which has also been mentioned in the tryout videos.

    And my only means of updating was to open a support ticket. Now, to their credit, the support staff were helpful and courteous.

    My problem is that I had to ask them for updates and go through a trouble shooting process including full server re-installs to get there. And then, to top it all off, the link to the support ticket panel disappeared from my control panel.

    Finally, I tried to update the Minecraft server and the Synergy Server one last time today. The minecraft server wouldn't update citing an IO error of some sort. Then it wouldn't even start citing another error and changing the status to "startpending" and removing further options.

    The synergy server went through the update process but spewed the same warnings. This time, however, the warnings were not infinite. But I lost contact with the entire website for nearly 20 minutes. That includes trying both the LowPings.net cp and the counter-strike.com cp.

    The only server I could play on was the GMod server, but I couldn't update it without it rolling back as the L4D2 server did. So I was afraid to even install our most basic and needed addons such as ULX.

    Needless to say, I am far from satisfied withe the slightly more expensive "world class" service. And I have been forgiving and patient to a fault on this. Waiting months to do this. It's been a waste. Thus, we come to my decision. I will be looking for new game server host services.

    I already have one in mind for Minecraft, but expect this to take some time. I need to decide on more then just server options.

    I will likely not be setting up another Synergy Server for a while. I'd rather have a smaller GMod server and a decent TF2 server or something similar.

    Something we can have fun with in a more open game experience.

    Also, please note that the Vent servers are not down. They show to be down on the gametrackers, but they are quite functional.

  • GMod Server
    Hosted by LowPings.net
    Status: Public Sandbox
    Access: Public
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Server
    Hosted by LowPings.net
    Status: Public Coop / VS
    Access: Public