A super unlucky series of crashes
As I write this it is 4:10am and AdventureQuest Worlds is finally back ONLINE! As you know, we have gone to great lengths to reduce the lag during our live events. But upon the main portion of the event release Friday, the lag monster attacked full force! Players were having an extremely hard time trying to load! Zhoom and Captain Rhubarb investigated it only to discover this was because one of the hard drives in our Database's raid array suddenly started failing. Players who had some of their character data located on that drive stalled... creating a cyber traffic jam... which caused all other players to wait an eternity to load. Hard drive failures are common; especially when you have 50+ servers. That is why our database server has 5 hard drives which work together (Redundancy + frequent off server backups of your character data! SAFE!). Normally, it is pretty easy to switch one of these out without you noticing -- but we had so many people on for the event, that is just *KABOOOOM!* But then things got worse. Due to the database issues, the server running the AQ.com homepage crashed hard. I mean, it creashed REAL HARD. Hard enough that it would not start back up. When the techs at the server farm went to restart it, it had massive hardware failure. It turns out the RAM, motherboard and raid controller ALL went bad. How does that even happen? ...did someone let Sleezter bunny in the server room? Or is this just another unlucky happening to add to the Friday the 13th Legend. Thank you to Captain Rhubarb, Zhoom, and Alina and all the players for staying up with me until the game was 100% fixed! You have unlocked a new quest reward: Sleep!
+2pts for @Chalto180 for tweeting: "@ArtixKrieger Jinxed it when u said the worst crash you ever had was during the 1st F13 event & tht each year had to be better than b4! LOL!"
Going to the convention in just a few hours.... O_o
We will be at the KhaoticKon convention in Tampa, FL all day today. I do not need to wear a costume -- because, with this little sleep I am already a zombie. Thankfully Cysero will be able to run our panel at noon. If you are in the area, please come by and see us. We have a booth too which Nythera and Faith are running. Also there wi... Zzzzz.... Zzzzz..... Zzzzzz.....