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Announcements / Spam / Mass Ban
March 14, 2021, 06:03:09 pm
Just a quick notice.

I have reimplemented our spam protection form the older version of our forum, so I'm hoping that will stop most if not all all the spam posts popping up by stopping any spam accounts from even being able to register.

As the protection from this hasn't been functioning as well as we'd like for a while, I have gone ahead and review every account registration since the forum upgrade, over 100 accounts have been banned as they were flagged as spam by our external spam database.

If you or someone you know has been banned as a result of this, please ask them / email technical[at]last-outpost[dot]net from the email address used to register the account and let us know.  All accounts banned as a result of this have the ban reason as 'Spam Bot', if the reason is stated as anything else please follow the standard ban appeal procedure.

Announcements / [15/01/21] Forum Maintenance
January 14, 2021, 09:50:40 am
There will be short downtime of the forums from 2AM (UTC) Friday 15th January 2021 for a software upgrade.

This is to attempt to fix a major issue with registrations on the forum.

In the meantime if you are wanting to register an account, please email technical@last-outpost.net with your email and username you wish to use and I will manually register you.
Website Development (2.0) / Mention & Like Test
September 26, 2020, 11:33:07 pm
Hey @Andzzy I heard you can mention people in posts and that there's like system in this version of SMF.  Dunno if it works though!
Website Development (2.0) / Sticky Locked Test
September 26, 2020, 10:51:48 pm
This is a sticky topic that is locked!
Website Development (2.0) / Locked Topic Test
September 26, 2020, 10:49:25 pm
This topic is locked!
Engineering / RPG-X 1.55 Master Server Patch
September 17, 2020, 12:28:12 am
Until the next version of the RPG-X client is pushed, I've created a quick "patch" to update the master servers on the current clients.

Ultimate Edition Master Server Patch - https://last-outpost.net/dl/file?id=10
Standard Edition Master Server Patch - https://last-outpost.net/dl/file?id=11

If you reinstall RPG-X before the next version you will have to reapply this work around.

Any issues or questions then feel free to reach out to me either here or email/Discord/PM/etc

If you use Avast as your antivirus you may need to disable to the file shield temporarily to allow the patch to run. This is because the file is unsigned, unrecognised, and making changes to a program on your computer. I would attempt to run it first without, but I'd you get the 'Windows cannot access specified device, path, or file...' error when launching the EXE then do the above.
Engineering / TLO 2020 Theme Update
September 07, 2020, 04:48:34 pm
Hi Everyone,

With the release of the new theme looming (21st of this month so long as the OS upgrades go to plan) I would like to open up the theme for viewing to everyone.

There's still some changes to be made before the release, home page images as an example, but I'd like to ask anyone who's willing to help to take a look and leave some feedback for me.

As the release is quite close, I'm only going to leave this thread open until Friday (11th) to give me just over a week to get everything squared away.

I would ask that no one try to login/register on the alpha build forums, two reasons, firstly I haven't setup an SSL certificate for the temporary website so it's not running over HTTPS and the database it's connected to is a non-live testing copy of the TLO database.

You can view the site here - http://alphabuild.last-outpost.net. (Not optimised for mobile viewing, please use a browser on a desktop/laptop for the time being.  Mobile optimisations will not be included until very later in the development cycle but will be available for general release)

Any bugs or tweaks you'd like to see please leave them below, come the 11th I will only work on already submitted tweaks and anything else will have to be looked at after initial release, bugs I will of course try to squash before release so keep those reports coming if you spot any.

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps out.
TLO will be undergoing major maintenance on the week commencing 20th September 2020, maintenance is planned to be ongoing for 72 hours with service distruptions to all TLO servers.

TLO's primary server hosting the website, mail, and Minecraft will be the first server to undergo maintenance on the 21st, downtime for the website is expected to be 2-3 hours with impaired service for upwards of 24 hours.

The secondary server hosting RPG-X & Holomatch will be undergoing maintenance on the second day, 22nd, so long as all goes to plan with the primary server.  Downtime is expected of 1-2 hours with impaired service for upwards of 24 hours.

22nd will be for bug fixes and testing on both servers, minor service distruptions may occur on this day.

Server 1 will be undergoing an OS upgrade as our current OS goes end of life in April 2021 and the TLO website will be upgraded to the new theme with the forums also receiving an update to the new version of SMF.

Server 2 will be undergoing only an OS upgrade for the same reason as server 1.

The plan is to upgrade OS not fully redeploy the servers, however, nothing ever goes to plan (:P) so extra time has been scheduled for a full redploy when it all goes wrong (plan for the worst and all that :P )

During maintenance I will keep everyone updated on the Discord server (link to the server is above in the main menu) in the #maintenance2020 channel that will be created on the 20th.

Any questions before hand can be dropped below.

Technical Report - 22/07/2020

Discord library update has broken the bot, unscheduled downtime

There has been a discord/discord library update which has completely broken the TLO bot.

I will attempt to update our code as quickly as I possible can once I have learned what has changed.

Currently the bot does not work at all and the Discord Link is offline.

I will keep you all updated regarding the status of this issue.

Head of Technical Reporting: Callum603

Technical Report - 10/07/2020

Hotfixed applied to TLO downloads manager to fix broken downloads

A common issue reported to technical is an issue relating to the TLO downloads manager.

During some downloads the files were being corrupted, however this was always hard to reproduce.

The way the downloads manager delivers files has now changed, rather than a complex delivery method the manager simply unlocks the download for you, which you then must start within 5 minutes of it being unlocked, the system will send you directly to the download after doing this though.

With this method we are also able to introduce a new TLO mirror (going live later today if all goes to plan) which will allow more direct from TLO downloads without you needing to do anything other than selecting TLO as your mirror like usual.

Of course any issues with the new system, let me know ASAP!

Head of Technical Reporting: Callum603
Star Trek: Temporal Leap / Temporal Leap Finale
December 16, 2019, 11:20:56 pm
My apologise for the lateness of this post.  Myself and Scott were having some difficutly arranging a date and time for this, which we still haven't been able to do, but we have come to a decision regarding the finale.

As most of you are probably aware, Temporal Leap did not run it's finale when scheduled due to a low turnout.

We made the call to not run the finale without the majority of us there as we thought it fairer to round of the series with as many people there as we could.

We will NOT be running the finale this side of 2020.  Unfortunately scheduling has been rather difficult this month for myself and Scott.

We aren't sure yet when we are hoping to run the finale, but we know it will be early 2020, I'd put money on it being in January personally.

We will keep you updated and if you have any suggestions please do post them below.

Once again, my apologise for how late this post his and thanks for sticking with us as we try and round off this series.
Season Four | Episode Thirteen | Temporal Leap (Part Two)
Episode Director: C. Jackson & S. Archer
Episode Air Date: 22/11/2019 @ 20:30 GMT

Required Maps: rpg_end

All hands be upstanding for the now departing Star Trek: Temporal Leap!
Season Four | Episode Twelve | Temporal Leap (Part One)
Episode Director: C. Jackson & S. Archer
Episode Air Date: 17/11/2019 @ 20:30 GMT

Required Maps: rpg_end

Part one of the two part series finale.
Season Four | Episode Eleven | The Trial
Episode Director: C. Jackson & S. Archer

Required Maps: strp_hq, rpg_asteria

The trial of the Ariana disaster comes to a close.  Admiral Jackson presiding over the trial is due to deliver his verdict as the final chapter of Temporal Leap comes to a close.
Season Four | Episode Ten | Tactical Strike
Episode Director: C. Jackson & S. Archer

Required Maps: rpg_hyperion

The Echoes are trapped behind enemy lines, with too few officers, one tactician must overcome the odds and save his crewmates.
Star Trek: Temporal Leap / Weeks Break & Finale Date
October 27, 2019, 11:15:06 am
Hi All,

Firstly, apologise for putting this up so late, it was meant to go up last weekend but it appears both myself and Scott forgot about it.

This weeks episode (27th October) is not going ahead, but instead will air next week, this has been planned for quite a few weeks but we both forgot to actually announce it (we knew, why didn't you? :P jk).

With that out of the way, something else I was also meant to put up before, I expressed my interest to Scott about wanting to run the finale during an EE event that launched Temporal Leap about 3 years ago, this event is EE's Autumn 24 hour event.

The event is scheduled to take place on the 22nd of November with Temporal Leap penciled in for it's usual time, but on the Friday.  If I could ask everyone who is signed up to this SRP to vote in the above poll regarding the date.  As much as I want to run it on that date, I also don't want to run the event on a date that not everyone can make and cause people to miss the finale of Temporal Leap.

Once again, apologies for the lateness of this announcement!
Season Four | Episode Nine | The Hippocratic Oath
Episode Director: C. Jackson & S. Archer

Required Maps:TBC

A doctor shall do no harm, but will our doctors decision do more harm than good?

Technical Report - 15/10/2019

New backend RPG-X feature added

While working on the new theme I realised something I was working on which will query our game servers and display their status (like GameTracker does) would allow me to implement a feature that was pending.

The RPG-X servers will now automatically revert back to the default map if the server is empty for longer than ~30 minutes.

This feature was suggested to help ensure our servers are available to users who may not have all the maps.

When the server has one or more players the system should not interefere with the session, should you experience any issues, such as randomly getting switched back to RPG_POSEIDON_B please inform me.

Head of Technical Reporting: Callum603
Season Four | Episode Seven | The Final Jump
Episode Director: C. Jackson & S. Archer

Required Maps: rpg_end (Asteria Pack), uss_nimitz

3 Hours from the Ariana Disaster...
Captain Savage & Commander Dulmur have differing views on how to proceed, only one of them will prevail.
Ariana will make her final jump, but will it be to save her crew or doom them?

Technical Report - 20/09/2019

SERVER2 was infected by a crypto currency mining malware causing Spicy & Teriyaki to go offline

Due to a malware attack on our SERVER2, Spicy & Teriyaki were knocked offline as theh attack was attempting to use ~2800% of our CPU resources.

As good practice, the server OS was wiped and reinstalled along with redeploying our services from clean backups.

I have also taken the liberty to severely harden our server security, this has been increased to a much harsher and higher degree than after the previous attack on the EE server affecting the London RPG-X server.

I would like to take this opportunity to reassure everyone that no personal data was accessed as the attack was isolated to our SERVER2.

This has also given me the chance to get Spicy & London running exactly the same, fixing a couple of issues with Spicy and making managing both servers a whole lot easier.

A full security review of the TLO servers will be performed in the coming days and I intend to roll out some security changes in an attempt to make us much more secure.

Thank you for bearing with us during this downtime.

Head of Technical Reporting: Callum603