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  1. Barnum

    Movies

    Thor was great, but it is just more proof that there is no such thing as "good" 3D.
  2. We are in the middle of moving (closing Friday moving on Monday) and other craziness, so I haven't been doing any online gaming for a month or so. I plan to start back up in late Jan, running a couple of DC Adventures online. I'll PM you or catch you on IM with the details.
  3. *waves vigorously at cos*
  4. Good news! You don't have to buy anything. Your 2e books will keep right on working forever! Also, if there are setting/splat/stat books put out in the 3e line that you want, 3e's similarity to 2e will make it incredibly easy for you to covert back to 2e should you be so inclined. Also . . . Me like. :D
  5. It is a good question, not just for this site, but for all GMs. I run two PbP M&M campaigns (without 16 total players and one co-GM) and one semi-regular (two sessions a month-ish) webcam game, and I also am adopting a "wait and see" mentality. Some considerations on deciding when/if to convert to 3e: -Do I, as the GM, like the new system, and do I think it will work well for the stories I want to tell? -Do my players like the new system enough to go to the trouble to "buy and convert" . . . especially when their old books still work perfectly well. -How long will it take for my (or any) potential player-base to purchase the new edition? With online games this is an especially valid concern since you can't just pass the book around the table. -How long will it take before I am proficient enough to run a game with the new rules? No doubt any experienced GM will get the basics in a read through, but I wouldn't consider myself ready to run a game with a system until I can do so with the rule book (mostly) closed. In PbP games, there is a lot more time to look things up, but constantly consulting the rule book around a table (or webcam) is a drag on the fun. -How long will it take before the players are proficient enough to "self run" and build characters they like? In an environment like this (and one of my PbP games), where players frequently run stories for themselves, you/I will want to give the players enough time to get "up to speed" on the new system to cut down on a lot of rules questions and bickering. Also, people love their M&M crunch! (Sounds like a breakfast cereal.) And it will take players some time to be familiar enough with the "economy" of the new point-buy system, assuming it has changed significantly, before they are ready to re-crunch their beloved heroes to 3e. Though, again, PbP grants copious amounts of extra time to look things up on-the-fly without significantly slowing the game down, which will be a plus for a system changeover. So . . . we wait and see. :)
  6. Old school Cosmic Boy for the win!
  7. Error status 503 typically means "service unavailable." It is common to get that occasionally, especially on "shared" hosting. With such a long succession of outages (especially if everyone connected was getting the error message), I'm guessing the host had a hiccup. The apache logs will have all the details. If it continues to happen you can suppress the message: Open chat/js/chat.js and find: this.addChatBotMessageToChatList('/error ConnectionStatus '+this.getHttpRequest(identifier).status); Replace with if (this.getHttpRequest(identifier).status != 503) { this.addChatBotMessageToChatList('/error ConnectionStatus '+this.getHttpRequest(identifier).status); } You better test that before implementing it. My js-fu is really, really sketchy. :(
  8. As far as I know that is not a standard Java compiler error message. Which editor are you using?
  9. I was time for my quarterly visit, so I thought I'd update my "Secret Identities" post with what's happening with me. I'm glad to see things moving along around here. *waves to everyone*
  10. A transform "attack" allows you to affect 1 creature (regardless of size) or an amount of non-living, inanimate matter based on power rank. http://www.atomicthinktank.com/viewtopi ... 548#185548
  11. You can try adjusting your double click speed (under "Mouse" in the Control Panel), but it sounds like your mouse is malfunctioning. Time to run to Walmart to buy a $10 replacement. :)
  12. http://www.lunarpages.com/solutions.php :D
  13. They always blame it on the chat. And they are rarely telling the truth. You can easily verify if the host is telling you the truth. Their virtualization software keeps "load" logs (it must, or how would they know there was a problem). Ask the host for a copy of the "offending" logs and compare load peaks on the server with the chat logs to see if they correspond to chat activity. I find it hard to believe that an AJAX-based chat is the resource hog. It has been running here for 14 mo. and there haven't been any complaints from the host until now . . . and there is less traffic to this site now than ever before. I have run two other phpBB sites that were far more active than this one and used that chat software (or a version of it) without any complaints from the host. I know LunarPages only charges $5 a mo. for hosting, but for that, the service should support a site the size of this one, chat and all. :|
  14. Find in freedom/includes/functions.php: // The following assigns all _common_ variables that may be used at any point in a template. $template->assign_vars(array( And add it after.
  15. Looks like the upgrade broke my little Bookmark modification for the subSilver2 template. Check to make sure . . . In freedom/styles/subsilver2/template/overall_header.html there is still the line: {L_VIEW_BOOKMARKS} | I'm viewing the outputted source code for the page now (in Firebug), and it looks right. Also check to make sure . . . In freedom/includes/functions.php this code is still there. // Bookmark Link 'U_BOOKMARKB' => append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}ucp.$phpEx", 'i=main&mode=bookmarks'), // Bookmark Link This is the bit that I think is missing. It was probably overwritten during the update. [Edit] Yep, it was the includes/functions.php that was overwritten, because the map link doesn't work now either and neither do any of the "click to take me to the forum" links on the map ______________________________ To fix the map: Add the following to ./includes/functions.php where the common variables are assigned [ $template->assign_vars(array( ] // FCPBP Map 'U_FCPBPMAP' => append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}fcpbpmap.$phpEx"), 'L_FCPBPMAP' => $user->lang['FCPBPMAP'], 'U_HANOVER'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=37'), 'U_KINGSTON'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=38'), 'U_NORTHBAY'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=39'), 'U_HANOVER'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=37'), 'U_WESTEND'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=41'), 'U_FENS'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=16'), 'U_THEATRE'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=15'), 'U_PARKSIDE'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=14'), 'U_NORTHEND'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=13'), 'U_MIDTOWN'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=12'), 'U_CITYCENTER'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=11'), 'U_WADINGWAY'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=10'), 'U_WATERFRONT'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=8'), 'U_RIVERSIDE'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=9'), 'U_LANDSBEYOND'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=43'), 'U_WATERWAYS'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=29'), 'U_SEWERS'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=26'), 'U_SKIES'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=25'), 'U_LONLEYPOINT'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=35'), 'U_LINCOLN'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=32'), 'U_PORTREGAL'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=34'), 'U_BAYVIEW'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=33'), 'U_BOARDWALK'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=30'), 'U_SOUTHSIDE'=> append_sid("{$fc_forum_root_path}viewforum.$phpEx", 'f=31'), // FCPBP Map Hope that helps.
  16. You can continue to access the chat by following this link: Chat
  17. For the record: When I learned that Endless Flight was going to sell the site for a profit and thus profit from all my hard work, I decided that the tangible products of my work (the templates) were not for sale. After further consideration, I decided that if the site changed ownership for any reason (sale, rent, loan, gift, etc.), I would be in danger of losing control of the tangible products of my work, and I wasn't willing to allow that either . . . so I removed them before removing myself as an Admin (and thus no longer could). But you are correct that my leaving the site (as an admin, GM, and player . . . but not as the occasional reader) was unconnected to the site's sale. It was just hastened by it.
  18. The site was down for about 2 hours this morning: 9:00–11:00 EST (GMT -5). The half hours on the margins were touch and go, and there was an hour or so in the middle when the domain wouldn't even resolve. Hope that helps.
  19. Dr. A, good luck with your new purchase. I'm sorry it doesn't still have that new car smell, but we kinda broke it in really well (and EF has really bad gas ). EF, it was fun building this site with you. I'm sorry you had to sell it, but . . . it is what it is. Good luck with your future web-endeavors whatever they may be. Everyone, it has been a lot of fun wearing tights and running around the rooftops of Freedom City with you. Best of luck in all your heroic (or villainous) deeds. *waves*
  20. Actually it isn't . . . though I'm sure the whole community will be hearing from Endless Flight shortly on the matter.
  21. The Freedom themes, Freedom and Freedom(Wide), are both currently offline, and the site has reverted to its original, default theme and logo. If you want a "wide" template, use the proSilver template. If you want a fixed-width template, use subSilver2. They both support all of the site's features. Sorry for any inconvenience. :(
  22. Barnum

    I have a son

    Congratulations! Aren't babies awesome? :clap:
  23. Upgrade complete. The site was down from 11:31 until 11:38. If you have any problems with the site, send me a PM or post here.
  24. Update! Due to circumstances beyond my control the upgrade is going to have to happen today before noon (~11:30PM EST, GMT-5) today (in about 30 min). Sorry for the last minute notice. It couldn't be helped.
  25. Our server and software will be undergoing a tune-up Saturday morning between 7:00 and 8:00 AM (EST, GMT-5). The site will be offline for between 15 minutes and 1 hour. Thanks for your patience with this.
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