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State of GR - Jan 13th 2018
« on: Jan 13, 2018, 07:48:00 AM »


Here's where we're at!

1. Many of our modifications (Arcade, etc) no longer work, are out of date, or no longer supported.
2. SMF eventually will have an entirely new version, 2.1. There's a 99.9% chance most of our mods we enjoy now (Subaccounts, chat room) will be lost or no longer work, because, let's be brutally honest, I have no idea how to code properly and if it wasn't without the help of Kalamere , we wouldn't have half the wonderful features (that work) now.
3. SMF isn't as nearly as popular as phpBB is. The more I look into forum software that is free (currently all I can afford), I wonder if it would benefit the site more trying to convert us. The problem with that is: a lot of the same as upgrading (eventually) to the beta 2.1 for SMF. Many of the mods we have will no longer work or be available (subaccounts), or I will not be able to code a lot of the customization I have now.

The question I pose to you and the issue that bothers me is this: Should we continue using software that grows increasingly out of date for sake of the customization and useful modifications we have now that still work? Do we run the risk of increasingly out of date code and all the hazards which come with it? Our chat room is no longer supported, as the company or persons who created it no longer exist on the internet, so it is already out of date and possibly a risk. It does not sit well with me at all that at this time, I am an ineffectual administrator in being able to keep the forums updated.

I have said, and I have promised that Greater Realms is going no where and that is 100% true, regardless. I will continue paying for the domain and the web host and continue making sure spam bots are addressed. But I do not wish to be stuck like this and I do not wish all of you to be stuck using a site that slowly stops working, ends up hacked, or so full of errors it's impossible to use. Either way: upgrading or changing forum software, we will lost chat and subaccounts either way.

What do you think? What do you feel? What would you like to see? Would you follow GR either way (as long as posts and main accounts remain?). Please let me know!
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Val Holt

Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #1 on: Jan 20, 2018, 09:49:47 AM »

It....May be best to upgrade  :boo:
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Khoom Helston

Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26, 2018, 04:51:54 AM »

Given the choice between losing the subaccounts and ... losing the subaccounts?  Well, if the upgrade is relatively similar and/or as easy to learn as this was, or is something similar to the new setup that RDI's trying to push forward, I'd say go for that.  If it's something similar, the transition for folks won't be quite so scary.


This does beg the question, however.  Is there any way possible to create different accounts under the same e-mail address, like on RDI?  Or will the alternative be the old-school 'new e-mail address for each new character' method?
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Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #3 on: Feb 05, 2018, 10:02:58 AM »

I vote upgrade.  In response to the using one e-mail for several accounts, I'm pretty sure that is possible option. ME also used SMF and was eventually set up so one e-mail account could be used for more than one SN.
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Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #4 on: Apr 15, 2018, 09:46:01 AM »

What was the final decision on this btw? I've been out of the loop for so long.
Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #5 on: Apr 28, 2018, 01:02:30 PM »

What was the final decision on this btw? I've been out of the loop for so long.

Right now, until I am 100% certain I can: transfer all posts and accounts + set up a new forum with at least as many features like what we have (without the chat room unfortunately) , and then do extensive testing with a small group willing to do so when all of the rest are done--there's no final decision yet. I want to make sure I do not rush and I want to make sure I do it as well as I can, since I would be doing it 100% on my own. <3 Thanks for checkin' in! As soon as I get an "alpha" site up, I will start bugging anyone interested in testing it.
 You own a rock. It's a rock with a symbol on it. Nobody is sure what it does.    Light, flexible, and handy for the acrobatic types.    A versatile vegetable for cakes, stews, meals and rabbits.    RhyDin's finest home made brew. Random and questionable contents which all lead to the same thing: getting stupefied drunk. Warning label reads: May cause fire breathing, murderous rampages, embarassing confessions, illusions of grandeur, overly affectionate thoughts and gut rot. Drink at your own risk.    A heavy long steel shield, enchanted with nature and shaped to resemble a leaf. The shield is said to be able to cloak the bearer in forested areas three times a day.    Madam Curio's specialty potion. One potion can restore either a tiny tidbit of health, stamina, mana (magic), strength, dexterity, perceptions or intelligence with one draw back: the effect is random and the drinker has no idea which will be bolstered.   A steel shuriken, or throwing star. Easily concealed, these weapons can be thrown or hidden in the palm for slashing or puncturing.    A deep green ring carved from spinel. Engraved are shapes of twisting vines that seem to reach out. This ring is ensorcelled to allow the wearer to cast Tangling Vines, a spell to trap a target, twice a day.   A necklace with the mummified claw of a supposed harpy. It is said the necklace may grant the wearer feather fall once a day.    This health potion is enough to restore light wounds (cuts, bruises, knock outs.) It may be enough to keep serious wounds together long enough to seek medical attention...but it isn't recommended for near-death health issues.    A splendid long cloak dyed as black as a starless night. To keep a body warm or to keep them hidden in the shadows?  
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ForgottenShadows

Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #6 on: Jun 22, 2018, 09:12:22 AM »

I have a remedy for the chat and it's free as well. Check out Discord. You can create multiple channels(chat rooms) all on one server and if you want to go that route you can even set a dicebot in it as well.

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Re: State of GR - Jam 13th 2018
« Reply #7 on: Jun 25, 2018, 10:52:07 AM »

I have a remedy for the chat and it's free as well. Check out Discord. You can create multiple channels(chat rooms) all on one server and if you want to go that route you can even set a dicebot in it as well.

Thank you for the suggestion! Although, as many of my members are also members of Dragons' Mark, RDI, and ROH, I am familiar with the fact that many members are not comfortable with, or enjoy, using Discord. While I have no issues with discord personally, I am more invested in using a system that my members would be more comfortable with or at least, something that seems more familiar-ish to them.
 You own a rock. It's a rock with a symbol on it. Nobody is sure what it does.    Light, flexible, and handy for the acrobatic types.    A versatile vegetable for cakes, stews, meals and rabbits.    RhyDin's finest home made brew. Random and questionable contents which all lead to the same thing: getting stupefied drunk. Warning label reads: May cause fire breathing, murderous rampages, embarassing confessions, illusions of grandeur, overly affectionate thoughts and gut rot. Drink at your own risk.    A heavy long steel shield, enchanted with nature and shaped to resemble a leaf. The shield is said to be able to cloak the bearer in forested areas three times a day.    Madam Curio's specialty potion. One potion can restore either a tiny tidbit of health, stamina, mana (magic), strength, dexterity, perceptions or intelligence with one draw back: the effect is random and the drinker has no idea which will be bolstered.   A steel shuriken, or throwing star. Easily concealed, these weapons can be thrown or hidden in the palm for slashing or puncturing.    A deep green ring carved from spinel. Engraved are shapes of twisting vines that seem to reach out. This ring is ensorcelled to allow the wearer to cast Tangling Vines, a spell to trap a target, twice a day.   A necklace with the mummified claw of a supposed harpy. It is said the necklace may grant the wearer feather fall once a day.    This health potion is enough to restore light wounds (cuts, bruises, knock outs.) It may be enough to keep serious wounds together long enough to seek medical attention...but it isn't recommended for near-death health issues.    A splendid long cloak dyed as black as a starless night. To keep a body warm or to keep them hidden in the shadows?  
The Wizard of Words award is given to members who have created 50 topics on GR, celebrating their words. This award is given to players with a bad ass character. This award is granted to members who have become prolific posters on GreaterRealms. An award given to the Top 10 members who have spent the most time online here at GreaterRealms. Thank you for your time! The Enkindler Award is given to the Top Ten Topic Starters here on GreaterRealms. A small thank you from us for starting something good! This award is granted to members who have volunteered and who are volunteering to be staff or bard at GR.
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