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Website/Database downtime

All services are back online.

Edit: Seems as though this has been completed, forums and website are now locked to ensure that there are no further issues.

The Loadout, Forums (and databases) are expected to be offline for the next 6 hours as they are moved to a new machine following the previous downtime due to disk instability.
We didn't have any concrete time for this happening so there was no concrete method of warning you all in advance.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

April... fools?

What would I say if I told you that Red Sun managed to grab a spot on sponsoring a fairly large charity event - one that got promoted on the official Team Fortress blog? That'd be a pretty cool April Fools, right? Right?
...right?

It's not an april fool.
https://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=82584

Head over to https://mvm.pineapple.tf/ and you'll see for yourself.
Go play some joke tours, and raise some money to help Doctors Without Borders in the current effort against the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 virus.
Now if you excuse me, I am going back into hibernation because I don't have enough ideas for a funny and witty announcement post. Go ask Mikusch for one.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

Six years of shitposting, salt mining and scumbaggery

I'd normally go on here about how great it is that this trash heap we call a community has survived to the $CURRENT_YEAR, but we've heard those lines a trillion and one times already, so let's cut to the chase:

Red Sun is a passion project that I don't plan on giving up as long as I have the money - donations are just the cherry on top (and totally do not get funneled into overly large wall prints of dead unfunny jokes) and allow me to afford new and cool things such as the big baremetal machine we're using for an increasing number of things (of which I can't tell you yet), and to give a backstop if shit does hit the fan.

If you log into the Red Sun website on this day, you'll get a neat badge, an URF coin, and the community's gratitude. (they'll just call you slightly less insulting names)
URF coins are also on sale for today only for 175 BP - once we hit the 15th they go off sale for however many days/years/whenever until someone feels like changing a database entry. Could be anytime.

Finally, I'd like to also drop a hint as to what I've been working on personally.
Besides real life job stuff, I've been working on a lot of technical stuff for a charity drive or two - as a result, expect this garbage palace to be namedropped within the next whenever-it-drops, because I sure as hell don't know when.

Until next time.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

Unexpected website & forum downtime

Not exactly the announcement I want to be writing on one of my precious days off, but sometimes there's no choice but to.

UPDATE @ 16:46 UTC
- We've resolved the issue - the cause of the fault was a severe number of disk errors on the SSDs on which our SQL server data was residing on. We've restored from backups from roughly 01:00 UTC today - there may be some slight data loss but nothing significant.
Additionally the machine our web services are hosted on will be moved to a newer spec machine later on due to aging hardware - I'll drop a line when we have more information on that later.

Gameservers should be back up shortly.

UPDATE @ 15:16 UTC - We've identified at least one issue and are looking into it further.

At roughly 12:30 UTC, connectivity to the database, without warning, was interrupted. As a result, the forums, Loadout and most gameserver functionality is unavailable.
I believe this to be a simple crash in regards to the SQL server. In the event that it isn't, we do have fresh backups to restore from in the event of further database fuckery eg. corrupted data.
We've logged a ticket with the service provider to see what has gone tits up - I'll update this post with more information as time goes on.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

A look back on 2020: the musings of an admin who doesn't ...

(Still looking for a web developer. Contact tohru [at] redsun [dot] tf via email for information, or message me via Steam if you're interested. Yes, there is compensation. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE SOMEONE REPLY)

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I'm probably a bit early this year, but I thought I'd get this out the way before I forget. Not like anyone really cares.

Nobody expected the way things turned out this year, what with the current ongoing [CURRENT WORLD EVENT] managing to usher in as many "no fun allowed" rules to match your average discord guild. Meetups, LAN parties and other events all evaporating into naught more than smoke where the only recourse is to sit about and stare at screens all day (which really isn't much of a change for me personally)

I think it's fair to say that, in all, 2020 for Red Sun was both a "good" and "bad" year - although personally it's been fairly rough, for reasons I won't disclose on this glorified blogpost. I'll spare the details, but personally I've lost a ton of respect for a good few people. It's also lead to me starting to look elsewhere for a long-term chat solution for us - and I'm pinning a lot of hopes on the new TeamSpeak 5 client living up to the hype.

On top of that, we've had the current iteration of our website for a good few years now, and the age is starting to show. There's so many features and changes I've wanted to make to the current website which would be difficult if not downright impossible due to the backend PHP (you may laugh, we hate php too) being such a spaghettified mess with a lot of old code in dire need of a refactor or ten.

It wasn't all bad, though. We had the Blood Resurgence event, as we (read: Mikusch, the other administrator) wanted to fine-tune the previous Blood Counter event and try to iron out the problems and bugs from last time around. I've also got my hands on some fresh dedicated hardware that I'm itching to try out once we get the aforementioned web dev "problem" sorted. (please do contact me if you can, it's getting quite frustrating)

It'd be fair to also add that 2020 was the year I added Mikusch to take over a lot of administrator duties that I'd been neglecting for a while - and he's done a better job than I probably ever could. Without him, I think this would have been a much darker year in a lot of respects.

Towards December, things got a lot quieter for Red Sun. Not much has been happening, although the server's player counts are bucking the trend with nearly-full servers without one of us going in to set the metaphorical bait.
In relation to the lack of activity on my part though, that is entirely my fault, although not in the sense that it's an "intentional" sort of blame, given I've been very inactive online for the last six months for a few reasons, one being my own personal health deteriorating due to a lot of factors. I'm fine, by the way. I'm not planning on dying any time soon.

So, what's next? What's happening with this group of screeching, single digit IQ morons that we all call the community? There's no real answer to a question like that.
I'd like for us to be able to smoothly work towards overhauling a ton of stuff and getting back on track, but nothing ever goes the way you want from what I've learned in the years wrangling the few hundred people that still remember that this place exists.

As much as some people would prefer, I'm not going to be leaving my role of janitor-in-chief for a long time yet.

Enjoy your Christmas, and be happy and festive going into 2021. Or alternatively, join me and crack out the cheap, strong booze because you're a repulsive super-gigahitlerman that everyone and their gerbil would joyfully watch hang from the gallows.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

The Blood Resurgence event has ended

As announced, the Blood Resurgence event has finally come to an end. All of you together have wasted enough time to amass a whopping 15,270,916 litres of blood.
You can stop acting like gorillas and return to playing the game like normal people now.

Event Items
All event items acquired through the blood meters have been converted to Genuine quality.
All event-specific items have been converted to Vintage quality.

Titles
To close off the event, special titles have been given out based on your performance.

The top blood collector has received a unique title for their dedication to acquiring worthless internet points.
But don't worry, everyone else that has received at least their first milestone will also find a title in their inventory.
Additionally, everyone who has contributed more than the average amount of blood (69,535 litres, calculated from all players who have received their first milestone) has received an additional title.


The event page[redsun.tf] will still be up for a couple more days. If you haven't spent your blood tokens yet, do it now.

As much as I like to meme and you like to scream, I hope you all enjoyed this rehashed mess. Until the next event, whenever that may be.
View on Steam Posted by Mikusch