Design Notes

Friday the 13th!

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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.....

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Chalto
Chalto: I think you jinxed it before when you said that "the worst crash you ever had was during the first Friday the 13th event" and then you just had to add on that "each year's Friday the 13th has to be better than the last" LOL XD
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Elite Areo
Elite Areo: I just hope AQW will get fixed soon.
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SamX
SamX: Wait.... is the event really THAT short? can you make make the event longer and add more event rares?
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SamX
SamX: PS: can you give a temporary link for character page?
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CheckinOnAFridge
CheckinOnAFridge: The game team must have difficulties sometimes, and all we can do is to wait with patience, until the website is back ;)
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Priest Andreas
Priest Andreas: Artix, can you please find the kindess of your heart. And change my gender on AQWorlds to female. Im actually a girl and its a boy. i asked my mom to give me 10$ to get 2k acs and she said she dont like paying online so i never will ever be able to get acs again. PLEASE ARTIX. Char name is Priest Andreas
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Zhing
Zhing: Lol, as I am reading this it says '1 hour ago' and it is currently 9:07 AM. You posted at 4:10 AM, right? Is that a sign of further lag? lolz. Anyway, you guys are great at pulling all-nighters. That should be a quest in and of itself, minus the fact you're trying to um...release...a release!
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Athysin
Athysin: I wish I could go to the convention
That sounded.... chaotic O.o
And all that happening while I was asleep....
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: *gasp* and i was just starting to think that the day was goinng out well!
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Kodix 101
Kodix 101: Another server crash? Somehow thats not surprising...
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director123billy
director123billy: HI!
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director123billy
director123billy: hi
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therealnightmarefang
therealnightmarefang: first comment :D
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director123billy
director123billy: hi! :) I will be there!
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awesome kick
awesome kick: you spelled crashed wrong you spelt it creashed.no offence

aqw3d >insertcoolnamehere< rocks (or is gonna)
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Grimhowl
Grimhowl: Von Krieger I'm not feeling the love from some of these comments. Wish i coulda been there to meet you face to face...well you'd be sleeping BUT I would have still met you and some of the other AE Staff and that would've been something. Also I'm happy to see that you wre still up working with your fellow Loresmiths to fix the problem. I'm usually up at 4 your time 2 my time playing but that's because less server traffic...usually. I just now finished the event because I know that when a new release comes out it's crazy busy over the weekend. So i kinda wait it out and play it during the week. Anyway Von Krieger you're doing a fine job! Keep up the excellent work and you know Battle On!
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rob360
rob360: That convention was really awesome i bet...too bad I wasnt there D:
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Zhing
Zhing: I wonder who wound up voicing Deady?? It sounded like it might've been Cysero...but then again I really have no idea at all. So it could've been Beleen for all I know. Or maybe Zhoom :D It could've even been YOU, Artix!!! So..... ... i will just have to say... ... Cysero.
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: cysero is the best!!
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RYTHMIC
RYTHMIC: Artix so are you a boy or a girl?
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phenix8248
phenix8248: i don know if you guys are playin AQW but fot the NULGATH VS DAGE war comin this summer. i was wonderin if nulgath is gettin a class because dage is i just think its unfair that dage gets a class and nulgath doesnt. .phenix.
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