Saturday, June 2, 2012

The end of Age of Valor

Well last night was the official date to shut down my Ultima Online game server for good.  It has been running for over 5 years, a lot of work has gone towards it, and there was a lot of work left, and it got to a point where I had to decide if it was worth all this effort for the few players that played.  It took me months to decide and the decision was made to shut it down last night.  Plenty of notice given to players.

The plug has been pulled. It's been a great 5+ years, but all good things must come to an end.

With all the spare time I will now have, it's time to start thinking of another project I could dedicate my time to.  Maybe something that I can monetize, this time. 

In completely unrelated news, I also upgraded my UPS. 

That is a Tripp Lite APS750 inverter-charger.  it is basically a UPS without batteries: You supply your own, bigger, better batteries!

So I went with 2 100AH deep cycle marine batteries.  The best bang for the buck.  I could go higher end and use absorbed glass mat cells, or a string of 2 volt telco grade cells, but that would cost quite a lot, this was a compromise between decent quality, and price.  If they last me 5 years I've got my money's worth.  Since this system is standby only, I'm sure they will last quite a long time. 

Hydrogen production has been taken into account. Given the size of the room it's in, and the fact that they only charge after a power outage or when discharging naturally, there wont be much hydrogen produced.  I will still look into a hydrogen sensor to be on the safe side though.

Upon testing I can run 300w of equipment for about 4-5 hours on this setup.  I have not switched my production gear to it yet but I will shortly.  I still need to look into a method of monitoring the voltage so the systems can be shut down properly when nearly discharged.


Marcis said...

ever thought about hosting other shards? I mean like, you are experienced administrator, so why not offer people to host their shards? I mean, either for free or reasonable conditions/payment.
Although I don't know how powerful your server/connection is.

Just my 2 cents.

Red Squirrel said...

Oh that home environment is just dev/test. I don't have enough bandwidth to actually host anything online. I could technically do it off my online server, but TBH I was kinda happy to take the load off it, I've been moving lot of my other stuff to it. But it's a good idea and worth at least thinking about...

MikuzA said...

Hello Red,

I'm massively googling around to get some information of RunUO with MySQL saving instead of the serialization.

I've understood that AoV worked with mySql in saving? Since I'm not that good with C# but more of an web dev, and when you have thought of releasing the source code of your AoV. Can you help me around with this and give me some information on how your retired system worked with mysql on what it saved to it?

Much appreciated and thanks in before hand.