It's been a little while since the last post, and I've been doing a lot of upgrades and things behind the scenes, making sure that FaceWAN runs smooth and the servers are solid. Here are the highlights.
New maps for CS:GO Surf server(s):
I have posted a request for adding new maps to the CS:GO Surf servers(s) here. I suggest reading this and letting me know what you think.
Explanation of admin subscriptions:
I just want to clear up why we currently have a subscription you can pay for to get admin, as I've heard some people stating we should just accept admin apps or that its stupid and you only get kids. I do agree with the fact that some people will buy admin just for the power or other things benefiting only them, but there are a fair amount of good admins that stick around and make a difference. Know that anyone buying an admin subscription is watched by the Super Mods and me for signs of abuse (and their usage is tracked in SM.)
The main reason I started admin subscriptions years back was to at least get some money to cover server costs, even if its like 1/4th the total bill every month, its something. I pay for everything out of my own pocket (~$220/mo), and I'd never beg people for money, that's just pathetic. The money from admin subscriptions ends up going right into the server bill each month. I will NEVER put ads on this site or on the servers, because ads are the cancer of the internet and obnoxious as fuck. I think that nobody should ever have to deal with ads for an online service.
That being said, I have thought of getting rid of admin subscriptions and opening admin applications (or have both) at some point, or even selling some Virtual Servers or Game Servers (to friends/trusted members), not sure where I'll go with that yet.
Site updates / Background updates:
In the last few months, I've moved the game servers to a fresh Linux server running the latest OS with better tools to manage the game servers. This allows the game servers to run smoother and be able to correctly auto-update when a game update hits (no more waiting for me to update.) I have also taken the time to improve the firewall rules and remove anything unnecessary.
I moved the website (and all web related services including database) to its own server, so that the all the game servers run separate from the website (and everything else). This speeds up game server performance as well, because if the game servers have a lot of players on, it won't slow down site performance and vice versa.
The admin panel was completed and made live last month, there has been a separate post about that in the admin forum about it.
Additionally, I'm currently working on a few things for admins in Discord that will allow for easier moderation of the servers outside of just text chat.
Over the past few months, I updated all the old site code (terrible PHP from 2006), and have been working on a new admin panel, which is 90% done. While most of you are thinking "hey, I don't see any of these changes", it hasn't changed the look of the site yet, but has allowed me to create things like a better admin linker, site templates that can easily be updated, and a nice admin panel (with cool features.) The main website can now get a much needed updated look without having to deal with PHP code, as everything is now in an HTML template. For those that are good at designing website templates and are interested in helping design a new look for the site, reply in this thread.
PS: Sorry for those random announcements posted here yesterday and today, I added in code to post in Discord under the #announcements channel when a new thread is posted here.
To give you an idea of what I've been working on, here are some screenshots:
For those that haven't heard the news:
FaceWAN now has a CS:GO Skill Surf server up for those who like skill maps and fancy ranks/timers! The server has autobhop and runs maps of all tiers with timer and replay bot. If you have any ideas to add to the server such as plugins or maps, post below!
The IP is: 188.8.131.52:27036
For a few months, FaceWAN has been testing out a Discord server, and we have finally finished setting up all the permissions! The server is now open to the public and you can join by going here: http://facewan.com/chat
For those that don't know what Discord is, it aims at replacing Skype, Teamspeak, Mumble, Ventrillo and offers the ability to join the chat from a web browser as well as the Desktop client and mobile apps! (More info at https://discordapp.com/)
You can link your Discord account with a FaceWAN Forum account to get some extra member-only features (and for admins - to get access to admin only features) in Discord like creating invite links and the Member tag. To link your Discord account to a forum account, just simply message FaceBot in Discord with the command !link for more information.
There will be an event tomorrow at 12:00 PM EST. It will be a Dust 2 and will be running standard competitive rules with overtime enabled, as usual. If you wish to sign up, please make sure that you will absolutely be able to actually participate in the event and proceed to the signup discussion. As always, Teamspeak is required, but a microphone is not.
This might be rescheduled to a different day if we do not have enough people signing up.
I figured I might as well use this since this section rarely gets used for anything anyways.
I'm starting up another event to get this group going again. This time it's just a simple competitive match on de_mirage. This event will happen at 1:00 PM EST(time will be converted to your time zone when you view the actual event.
Anyways, there isn't really anything special about this specific event. Rules are the same as usual: standard competitive with overtime enabled. Teamspeak is required as that is where team communication will take place. A microphone is not required though, but is HIGHLY recommended for your sake and the sake of your teammates.
18/7/14 Update - The event has been delayed to July 16th at 1:00 PM EST. Disregard the time mentioned in the announcement below. The links have been changed though, so feel free to use those.
After receiving some criticism from players, Espeon and I have decided to setup a Steam group specifically for events within this community. The Steam discussion feature will be used as a way to have people signup for events to make things easier for the event moderators and you guys, as you won't have to post on the forums to signup. The Steam group can be found here. It is not necessary to join the group in order to sign up for events, you can post in the event signup section without being a member of the group. In fact, you should only really join the group if you want frequent updates on new events, event updates, and results of events. Please be respectful when posting there or else you will be banned from the group discussion and the entire community.
With that said and done, I have decided to setup frequent CSGO matches on the competitive server, the first one we're having is on Dust2 and is happening 1:00 PM EST on July 19th. This is just meant to be a fun little event that anyone can signup for, much like last time. Teamspeak will be required like the last event. For the information page on the Steam group, go here. For signups, please go here.
For the most part, I will not be using the news section to be posting more event info, so keep an eye on both Steam groups for clues as to when events will happen and the server events section on this forum. Hope to see some of you guys signing up for the new event.
Disregard anything below, this event has been delayed to an unknown date. Keep an eye on the announcements for more information.
This event has reached the limit for signups, if you would like to reserve a slot in case someone leaves, you may do so on the thread linked below.
With the FaceWAN competitive server being launched today, I have decided to setup a competitive event for July 5th, 12:00 PM EST. This event accepts all skill groups of people within the FaceWAN community and after a while, it might expand to certain people outside of the community if we do not have enough players. The event itself is a 5v5 competitive match with teams assigned by me personally(I am doing my best to make sure teams are balanced). The game is best of three matches and the matches are best of 30 rounds. The first match takes place on de_inferno, the second match on de_mirage, and the third match on de_dust2.
For more information and signups, be sure to visit the official thread which can be found here
Recently we found a really good deal with OVH on a dedicated server that matches the current price we pay, but offers much much more in terms of resources. Right now with Awknet, we only have a server with a Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM. OVH offers a server with a 6 core Xeon processor and 128GB of RAM for the same price. We have purchased the server from OVH and put up a few servers as a test, the results were very good; a stable connection and no drops. This new server now allows us to host servers for more games and put up more servers for current games!
I have moved all of the servers over to the OVH box and turned the servers on, so your favorites should update with the new IP in the next few days. Until everyone gets the new server IPs, there is a plugin on the old servers that will redirect you to the new servers if you join the old ones.
The servers are now located in Quebec; Canada on the East Coast, just outside of the US. Pings may vary from location, but we have seen overall better ping times from most places (even countries outside the US!).
Here is a list of the new server IP addresses:
FaceWAN Garry's Mod Build
(This server is not ready yet.)
FaceWAN CS:S Surf
FaceWAN CS:S Surf Deathmatch
FaceWAN CS:S Bhop
FaceWAN CS:S Gungame
FaceWAN CS:GO Surf
FaceWAN CS:GO Armsrace
That's right folks, we're finally setting up another event for the community. Here is a simple summary of what will be going on:
This contest is about showing off your creativity in Garry's Mod by building or posing. You will have two hours and thirty minutes on a server that we will have setup (do not worry about trolls or assholes, the server will have a whitelist or password). The thirty minutes will be there for you to plan your build and if necessary, spawn props that you will use. The two hours after will be just two hours of pure building or posing.
After the two hours are up, you will be stopped and two-four judges will judge your creation based on the aesthetics, how much you challenged yourself, and how experienced you are in Garry's Mod. Scores will be averaged and the user with the highest score from all judges will win. You will have access to all the important stuff for building, Wiremod, tools, props, and basic Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source content.
We strongly encourage people both experienced and inexperienced with Garry's Mod to sign up for this event. There are no restrictions on what you can build as long as you follow the rules.
This event is cancelled due to a lack of people signing up, sorry.
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