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The Overnight Server Move™

I have had a questionable amount of alcohol as I write this. You may wish to disregard the more questionable parts.

I've gone ahead and started moving the servers over (starting with the EU and US GM servers) to fully dedicated hardware with big beefy hardware specs, very strong, very good, very dickflexing.
YOUR FAVOURITES WILL AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE, ALTHOUGH THIS TAKES TIME.
For reference, Raiden (EU) can now be reached on 141.95.28.56:27015 or raiden.redsun.tf , however you might not be able to connect at first because iptables being iptables and because various propagations (favourites, firewall rules, etc etc go ask your mom)
yes this means Random Lag Spikes Of Skill And Fairness should be a thing of the past, hopefully.
USGM works mostly fine aside from some strange bugs which I am in the process of working out with more alcohol and a healthy variety of "tasteful" language.

Just leave me alone so I can continue drinking.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

Website & EU services offline

Edit: shit's back up yo, back to not worrying.

The website, forums and EU servers are all offline due to a billing systems issue. I'm attempting to follow up with our provider on this.
View on Steam Posted by Tohru Adachi

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