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Downtime announcement: Datacenter move

Our datacenter host Leaseweb has decided to discontinue it's hosting location 'Easynet/Amsterdam'. Therefor we are forced to move our servers over to a new datacenter, Evoswitch/Haarlem.

Our hosting will remain with Leaseweb so there won't be any changes in IP addresses, network quality, etc.
We'll be taking down the servers either tonight (Thursday) or tomorrow night (Friday) to perform some maintenance on the systems before moving them over to Evoswitch.
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Our appointment at the new datacenter is on Saturday 17:00, we expect to be back online shortly after.
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Update: Server move has been completed successfully

 

A whole new Minecraft Server!

Ladies and gentlemen, May I have your attention please. It is my great honour to annouce that the latest Specialattack Minecraft Server is now live to the public. You are able to join through the IP listed below.

Server IP address: smp.specialattack.net

 

With this version of the server, a few things have changes
 An updated list of the server ranks can be found HERE
But allow me to provide a brief overview for you.

Guest: The default rank for players joining the server
Member:They have an interest in the server and are becoming regular players
Veteran: Players who have been around for a long time.
Mod: This is one of the staff ranks, these guys will be able to help enforce the server rules
Admin:These players are your server's administrators, seek these people out for any help
Head Admin: Leader of the admin team and able to fix most broken things
Owner: Honestly, these people don't do a lot besides break the server.

With the new server we have also revamped our donation ranks.
Firstly we have a new donation portal, which will automatically keep track of the donation ranks which can be found HERE.
Secondly we've updated the donator rank. Now there are two teirs based on your donation amount. Each offering some fun perks and our gratitude.

Our new donation ranks are:
Hero: The first donator rank, includes name change, hats and a few other things!
Legend: The ultimate donator rank, pretty tag, name change, hats, disguise as any mob and more!

The donator ranks are a one time purchase from our buycraft site
You are also able to access our buycraft store from in-game by typing /buy

As always we've got some fancy plugins that extend the minecraft gameplay. Some of these are classics that you've enjoyed on previous maps, and some of them are new. Here are a few of the main ones.

- McMMO: Nearly everything you do in the game is a skill that you can level up.
- Mob hunter: Don't like a player? Set a bounty on their head! Also get cash for killing mobs!
- QuickShop: Sell your old junk and buy someone elses in the player shops.
- Citizens: We're working on developing a questline using this plugin.

Obviously we can't list them all here, so why not come in game and check out the rest?

 

Thanks to [SpA]Jonesy for writing this post!

Your new Discord server!

We've been testing out our Discord server over the last few days and we're ready to open it up to the public!

Discord is an easy to setup app for text and voice chat. It also works through a browser link albeit with slightly reduced functionality (for example push to talk won't work in a browser). It shows you who's online and who's playing what, be it Minecraft, Overwatch or games on Steam. You can add other chats, games and communities to it without logging out of another.

Please use this link to join our server.

For more detailed information and feedback please visit the Discord forum topic here.

Machine vs. Man - The mistakes of quickplay and the value of community servers

Our community manager and member Scatterbrain has made an excellent analysis of the problems surrounding systems such as quickplay and how this effects community building.

You can find the video on YouTube.

if you feel like discussing this topic, hop onto our forums and join right in!

 

IPv6 is back! (and some other stuff)

A year or 2 ago we enabled IPv6 on all our servers. Unfortunately due to weirdness with the Source engine we had to disable it again because we could no longer connect to our databases from our game servers.

A lot has changed in our setup in those 2 years. We’ve migrated all game servers to their own virtual hosts for different reasons. This change however allows us to enable IPv6 again on some hosts.

Currently IPv6 is enabled on MrWhite, so all our webservices, mumble, IRC, etc. is now once more reachable through IPv6!

Other hosts that have IPv6 enabled are MrGreen (mail), MrBlack (experimental UT4) and the Soil host (soil-rts.com).

A few more minor other changes;

  • Mumble server has been updated to a more recent version
  • sa-info (IRC bot) has been updated and mostly fixed
  • ZNC (IRC bouncers) have been updated and now have SSL encryption enabled on port 6668 for users who wish to connect through SSL.

Scary nights are scary!

Yesterday evening around 22:00 everything suddenly went down. After a quick inspection of VMware running on MrWhite we saw something horrific.

Lost connectivity to SSD storage device

Say what now?

The SSD in question is the disk where MrWhite runs off (which include all our web services, databases, etc.)

The machine fully lost internal connectivity to its SSD storage disk. After a few minutes of research and pondering on what to do we decided there was no other option than rebooting the entire machine. This was another scary exercise because VMware itself also has to load from the SSD drive in question....

Luckily, against all expectations, the machine rebooted correctly AND saw its SSD connected again!

As we no longer really trust the disk we decided to make a few full backups of the hosts using that disk (hence last night’s downtime) just in case it's going to fail us completely.

For now everything seems to be back up and running stable again. If you find everything is down again then you now know what is most likely the cause.

Unreal Tournament 4 Capture the flag

As promised, more UT4 news!

We have launched another server, this time it’s a Unreal Tournament 4 capture the flag server.

The server is configured as a “24/7 Facing worlds – CTF” server and can be found in the public dedicated server list (search for SpecialAttack), or by connecting directly to its IP address 85.17.60.112.

 

Enjoy the fragging!

Server updates

Ou techteam has been busy again and applied a round of - much needed - updates to our servers.

As always, if you find something is no longer working, please throw us a message at our forums.

It is time for pain and pure adrenaline

*scraping throat*

LAAAAAAAAADIES AND GENTLEMAN. It's been a while :-)

We have been busy! Summer has passed, another AWESOME SpA meetup has taken place and by now we're all slowly recovering. 

It's time for winter. It's time for PAIN and adrenaline!

As most of you know, the new Unreal Tournament 4 is coming up. Currently in it's pre-alpha stage but perfectly playable!

We have launched our first server, reachable at 85.17.60.101. We currently don't have much information available, but we'll post some more news when we do.

The current server is a oldskool deathmatch server. We'll be introducing capture the flag soon.

As the game is currently in development we do not know yet what other servers we will launch. Whenever a new gamemode becomes available we'll throw online extra servers and inform you on it right here.

See you ingame and enjoy this awesome oldskool adrenaline rush :-)

P.s. The game is entirely free! Go and download it at https://www.unrealtournament.com/

Gmod server updates

Our Gmod admins have updated the Gmod server. Here is the changelog;

  • Updated gmod to latest version
  • Updated pointshop to latest version
  • Added prophunters gamemode as a replacement to regular prop_hunt
  • -- no more getting stuck selecting object, able to rotate object and able to select which taunt to play
  • -- also added the old prophunt sounds from prop_hunt to this mod 
  • Some other minor updates and cleanups

 

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