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#1 rannmann

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 07:17 PM

We're in the process of shutting down our Phoenix server because we can no longer afford it.  Most the people who use it aren't really part of the broader community, and I don't think it's worth the ~$120/mo we're spending on it.  I've personally been putting about $100/mo towards it and don't really see the benefit.

Phoenix has never really been a big part of FP.  Our dream during TF2's peak days was to slowly spread out, starting with the US then head into Europe.  But shortly after we started renting our Phoenix box, Valve killed quickplay and we were never able to utilize the server as much as we wanted.  We pushed seeding efforts really hard for months and had it filling up for a while, but it was never a natural thing.  It took a lot of effort from many people to make Phoenix a success, and it wasn't sustainable.

For those of you who use Phoenix, I'm sorry.  I wanted it to succeed as much as the rest of you (west coast best coast!).

I have a ticket open regarding the cancellation now, and assuming we keep the server through the current period, Phoenix will go offline on Jan/25/2017.


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#2 rameys340

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 10:44 PM

Ashburn Dustbowl has also been taken down as of today.


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 12:47 AM

Ashburn Dustbowl has also been taken down as of today.

 

 


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 01:02 AM

Ashburn Dustbowl has also been taken down as of today.
 


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:13 AM

 

I thought that was this before I actually clicked 'play'

 

 

 

 

also, does this mean RIP dustbowl in general!?


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 01:53 PM

Just as dustbowl and turbine were getting populated daily ;-;


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 04:35 PM

RIP Phoenix.

 

Bummer, it seemed like activity was starting to pick up again.


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 06:31 PM

My best experiences in TF2 were on the FP Dustbowl server....

 

The fukkin' feels man

 

Rip.


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 11:21 PM

My best experiences in TF2 were on the FP Dustbowl server....

 

The fukkin' feels man

 

Rip.

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Never in my life did I think I'd see the Ashburn Dustbowl shut down. :crai:


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 01:28 AM

We should have one last party/event on the servers before the plug is pulled.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:32 AM

Ashburn Dustbowl has also been taken down as of today.


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Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:22 AM

ABDB has also been taken down


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 05:32 PM

I mean, ABDB had 0 players on it for some time and was ranked like 8,800th.  At one point we had a 32 player dustbowl server in the top 5 and sometimes you had to wait half an hour to get in.  I miss those days too, but killing it off for the time being isn't really going to be noticeable.


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 09:21 AM

I mean, ABDB had 0 players on it for some time and was ranked like 8,800th.  At one point we had a 32 player dustbowl server in the top 5 and sometimes you had to wait half an hour to get in.  I miss those days too, but killing it off for the time being isn't really going to be noticeable.

I totally figured that's what's up, and I understand, and don't doubt your decision making. It's just hard to believe that its popularity has fallen so much. :psad:


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 10:15 PM

Things change and people move on :c that's just life
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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:28 PM

It is a very sad time to see my most played server be gone. I live in phoenix and to see Phoenix Turbine and Phoenix Jump go away, it kinda sucks. There used to be a Phoenix MGE Server and now thats gone. Well, R.I.P. Phoenix, hope we see you soon.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:37 AM

Just an update, our cancellation request has been confirmed.  Less than 10 days left!

We're also going to setup a new ashburn server in order to upgrade the OS, which will come with a reduced price and slightly better hardware.  This means we'll be migrating the site and gameservers over at some point in the future.  I'll post notices of any outages, such as the website being down.

During the migration we're taking the opportunity to clean house a bit with our gigantic collection of plugins that have built up over the years.  Some of which we don't really use, some of which we use sparingly and probably don't need, some we use but maybe we shouldn't.  Not really sure what we're keeping or not at this point since we haven't even started renting our new server.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:50 AM

Just an update, our cancellation request has been confirmed.  Less than 10 days left!

We're also going to setup a new ashburn server in order to upgrade the OS, which will come with a reduced price and slightly better hardware.  This means we'll be migrating the site and gameservers over at some point in the future.  I'll post notices of any outages, such as the website being down.

During the migration we're taking the opportunity to clean house a bit with our gigantic collection of plugins that have built up over the years.  Some of which we don't really use, some of which we use sparingly and probably don't need, some we use but maybe we shouldn't.  Not really sure what we're keeping or not at this point since we haven't even started renting our new server.

 

I'm totes excited for this, been looking forward to it for a while :)


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 08:48 PM

RIP 2 servers left... when is that new one getting added because frankly I hate all the maps/modes that are left except like 2 of the trade server maps ;-;


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Posted 26 January 2017 - 07:08 AM

RIP 2 servers left... when is that new one getting added because frankly I hate all the maps/modes that are left except like 2 of the trade server maps ;-;

 

I believe rann (or someone else) mentioned something about an Ashburn Turbine


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