We are back! No hacks, no admin errors, just Storage death!
in Misc - posted 22 days ago by FrozenSand
And we are back folks! Firstly, let us apologize for the long downtime. It has been quite a mission to restore services. As we know, you all like a good nerdgasm story, so let's get right to it!
Sometime around Saturday night, while RaideR was "Busy" with .. well .. let's not go there. Our primary database server suffered a HD failure. This in itself would not be too bad, however, at the exact same time our CDN failed. For those who know, running mysql from a single disc, as well as everything else, basically killed the whole server.
The bring it on moment
Okay ... so when your man bits have basically been sliced off it's time to grow (or in our case upgrade) your set of balls. We are pleased to announce that we have invested in a new set of servers costing in the region of 2,000 Euros for a whole year to continue supporting our "Legacy" version 4.2. To put this into perspective we now use the following "Beasts" to run UrbanTerror.
CPU: Intel Xeon E5-1620v2
4c/8t 3,7 GHz+/3,9 GHz+
RAM: 64 GB DDR3 ECC 1600MHz
HardRAID+ LSI 9271-4i CacheVault 1 GB 3 x 600 GB SAS 15K + CacheCade 80 GB SSD
As you can see, we have put provisions in place so that even with a disc failure our servers are MORE than capable of recovering without any down time.
The MigrationEvilelf worked hard to move our physical server to the new Virtual Environment, which took some serious Master Level Geakery. But after just a few days, we had our "Clone Server" in our VM environment. Please send all cookies to evilelf in the attached forum thread.
The DeploymentRaideR then took over the works to complete the alterations needed for the CMS to work in the new environment, after just a night, everything was recoded, reset and pushed live. Please feel free to give RaideR your kind beers in the attached forum thread.
The Continued Development...FrozenSand are committed to Urban Terror and its community, we take its services and operations very seriously and you have our apologies that it took us this long to restore the game, so please take all your cookies and beers back, have them yourself for your patience and support.
Have a good weekend! <3 the FS Web Team xx
Feel free to discuss this on our forums
NationsCup 2014 Group Draw
in Misc - posted Sunday, 19 January 2014 by FrozenSand
Now that the captains have been elected for the national teams it is time to see which nations will be facing off in the group stages. This group draw will be done live on stream this Sunday (19 January) at 20:00 CET.
The stream address is www.twitch.tv/urbanzone and feel free to join the chat before the start of the draw!
Feel free to discuss this on our forums
Knockout Christmas Edition
in Misc - posted Sunday, 08 December 2013 by FrozenSand
It has been a couple of months but Urban Zone is back with a full Knockout! It will be held on the 15th of December at 15:00 cet. So its dubbed the Knockout Christmas Edition! Signups will be done through the Urban Zone website, you can also find the maps there. The first 14 to reply to the newspost get a spot since the 15th spot has already been taken by none other than JohnnyEnglish who created one of the maps for this knockout.
If you aren't one of the lucky 14 you can still signup as dropouts are quite common, if you don't get to participate you can watch it live on their Twitch channel.
Feel free to leave your comments here.
Urban Arts Competition 2013 Results
in Misc - posted Monday, 24 June 2013 by FrozenSand
The results are in for the Urban Arts Video Contest and the winners are:
As per usual we welcome feedback in our forum.
in Misc - posted Tuesday, 25 December 2012 by FrozenSand
An Album Just For Fun
in Misc - posted Sunday, 12 February 2012 by FrozenSand
On a journey to learning synthesis and synthesizers UnifiedTone has created some sounds that he has turned into a whole album. As a little gift for the Urban Terror community we would like to share these tunes with you.
You can listen to them on:
We hope you enjoy listening to this free album, and also as long as it is not for commercial use, we like to encourage you to use them for your Urban Terror videos !
You can download the complete album here.
* Break Symmetry is licensed under the Creative Commons "non-commercial" license.
Please feel free to tell us what you think in our forum.
Urban Terror deemed dangerous!?!
in Misc - posted Wednesday, 14 April 2010 by FrozenSand
Urban Terror under investigation by German government authorities
The German government is making laws to protect the German youth from violent video games.
Their belief is that violent video games influence teenagers to think that killing people in real life is okay.
In a few weeks time, the German government will decide whether Urban Terror should be classified as a dangerous game!
The German commission may well decide that Urban Terror is too violent and should therefore be put on a list of "Dangerous Video Games for adolescents". Our website and game will then be blocked from schools and other institutions.
Obviously this will only apply to Germany.
See the original letter in German, and an explanation in English:
A quick interpretation of above German letter: Frozen Sand is invited to a hearing on the 6th of May 2010, in Bonn, Germany. During this hearing we can defend Urban Terror's loving nature in front of a special panel. We would have to put arguments forward why our game does not make psycho killers out of kids and why the game should not be deemed too dangerous.
http://www.urbanterror.info/files/static/images/news/2010… http://www.urbanterror.info/files/static/images/news/2010… http://www.urbanterror.info/files/static/images/news/2010…
You can read, even more, about the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (BPjM) receiving a official complaint from the Kommision für Jugendmedienschutz der Landesmedienanstalten (kjm) in this PDF document.
Just be warned most of it is in German!
We are of course interested in your comments! Please post them here
ETGiRC - upcoming Public Beta
in Misc - posted Saturday, 13 March 2010 by FrozenSand
As many of you know, IRC is over 25 years old! Yet still a very popular means of communication for clans and gaming communities. We at Urban Terror are no exception.
You can always find us on the EnterTheGame IRC network and also on Quakenet.
ETG is getting ready for the launch of their upcoming Public Beta of ETGiRC somewhere this month! Unfortunately, there will be a limited number of keys available. so you have to keep an eye on it in order not to miss it.
With the introduction of ETGiRC, the future of IRC is going to be bright and full of possibilities once more! "A complete evolutionary leap" is the most accurate description as to what ETGiRC is. It's not just another chat client, some small upgrade/change, or some feature added to IRC. It is a complete shift in IRC, in what we see, in how we use it, in what it offers us, and in how we interact and experience it.
ETGiRC is network independent, with multi-network support for up to 5 connections at a time, custom network configurations, advanced window management system, GAMES, Advanced Game Query System will obtain regional server lists and buddy list, and you can design your chat room/channel's appearance.
But the most important feature of ETGiRC is the introduction of customized chat rooms.
Check out the Urban Terror Theme!
find more info here
in Misc - posted Friday, 26 December 2008 by FrozenSand
We at FrozenSand hope all you UrbanTerrorites had a safe and happy Christmas and enjoy the rest of the holidays.
in Misc - posted Saturday, 13 October 2007 by FrozenSand
There's a few things I think are worth a newspost.
First of all, there has been some work on the frontpage. Certain info was added, pages were updated and/or cleaned up. If you think anything's missing, post about it on the forums, this thread for example.
One thing which I know is missing is good screenshots. The ones currently in the gallery are kind of boring. Please refer to this forum thread so that we can make it better.
Talking of screenshots... BladeKiller provided us with some pics of the new skins for 4.1. Here you go:
Another thing is the work gurkesaft is doing. He coded the serverside of a q3 authserver, which means we could run our own auth server with a key system for ioUrbanTerror. This means we could have a system where people would have to sign up for keys before they can play (on servers that demand it). The keys could be used to identify/ban people. It's pretty interesting stuff. Still in testing phase though. Details need to be worked out too. Read about it here.
Finally, there's been a few new third party maps released. Check out this post for the full list of 3rd party maps.
PS: Sorry, we don't have a date for 4.1. It's too hard to tell when it will be done... Could be next week, could be 2 more months...