As I mentioned in a previous thread, our kindly little community has, with the continued popularity of XIV and the quality of our RP, finally expanded to the point where we no longer fit neatly into our existing hosting plan. So, after reviewing all of the options, I'm going to begin the process of moving the RPC to Amazon's cloud.
Why are you doing this? First, we're regularly hitting restrictions put in place by our current web host. This appears as slow response times and 500 errors as they terminate our processes. Also, sharing a host with other sites invariably reduces performance.
Second, by moving to a virtual server in the cloud, we get full authority over the site. This means more regular software updates, a real test environment for changes, more space for uploads, and the like. A nice plus is that I can also more easily do web development and play with some things in my preferred development language (C#).
Third, we can expand (or shrink!) our virtual server more or less at will on AWS. If we run out of disk space, a few clicks buys us more. This is a lot easier than migrating hosting plans.
Finally, in the event that I should have to depart as admin, "handing over the keys" in AWS is quite simple. While I'm not planning on going anywhere for a while, succession is always something to keep in mind.
What does this mean for users? Most immediately, there may be unexpected downtime as I move various bits and pieces off our current web host. I'll try to keep downtimes as short as possible, but as I don't have any real control over their server, these may come and go. (Cynically, I might note that we're currently already having unexpected downtime from CPU and memory restrictions on the account, so who'll really notice?) As much as possible, though, I'll try to keep things seamless so nobody notices any changes.
There will be a few hours of downtime when I make the final move to AWS, as I need to stop all writes to the database and file system to get a consistent snapshot of the site. This downtime may be as simple as making everything read-only, or it might require taking the site down entirely. I'll announce that as we get closer to that date.
Quote:Desynthesis is a new crafting ability that reduces items into to their constituent parts.
Desynthesis can be used on a number of different items including equipment, housing furnishings, and fish.
Each crafting class has its own desynthesis skill level, which affects your chances of successfully breaking down an item, as well as the materials yielded if you succeed.
* Crafting classes below level 30 will have a skill level of 0, and therefore cannot use Desynthesis.
Desynthesis skills for each class are independent, with a maximum level of 100. However, there is a skill point maximum of 300 that applies to all classes combined.
Successfully breaking down an item with Desynthesis will raise your skill level for that class. However, this may also lower the skill level of other classes in certain instances.
* Attempting to exceed the combined 300 point maximum will lower the skill level of other classes.
* Classes level 30 or higher will have a skill level of at least one, which counts toward the combined 300 point maximum.
Breaking down an item with Desynthesis will primarily yield materials used to create the item. On occasion, players will also receive special items that can only be obtained through use of Desynthesis.
These special items can then be used in new recipes available in the coming update.
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As the next phase in my needlessly lengthily named "Making RP Easier to Find on the RPC" initiative, I'm going to begin addressing the Linkshell Hall forum. As we all know, many linkshellls and free companies have left the game, ended operations, or otherwise faded away. While it's always a sad thing when this happens, what's more sad is when an RPer sees an LS or FC that'd really fit their character, only to find that the group no longer exists (or no longer exists in the form in the LS Hall).
To address this issue, I will begin marking as inactive and moving to its Chronicles subforum any group in the Linkshell Hall that doesn't post at least once per month on its thread. The post doesn't have to be from the leader; it can be anyone in the group (indicated by user profile, signature, or in the post's text). The content can be anything you like, so long as it confirms that the group is still active. I don't think one post a month here is all that onerous of a requirement. In return, RPers new and old will be able to have confidence that every group listed here is most likely still alive.
Just to be clear, I'll say it again: Any group in the Linkshell Hall that does not have at least one post per month on its thread by a member of the group will be marked inactive and moved to the Chronicles subforum. At that point, you'll need to PM a mod or me to get it moved back.
Cleaning will occur on or around the first of each month. For this first cleaning, given the relatively short notice (July 1-ish), I will only move groups that haven't had any activity on their threads in the last six months. However, starting in August, the one month rule will apply.
Thanks for your help in keeping the RPC a useful resource for RPers!