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Site News / Presenting PwnShop Supporter Status
« on: October 14, 2012, 03:40:27 AM »
All PwnShop servers now have a supporter status feature!

What is supporter status? It's a status that is assigned by head admins to people who have proven to loyal to our community in 1 way or the other. This means that it can be a regular player or an active admin. This status is also given to those who donate to our server to help cover the costs.

What does a supporter status give? First of all, it does not give any game-breaking features like some other servers do. There are 3 supporter features which can all be given at once, or 1 by 1.

1. Ability to change weapon color - a minor feature. Changes color of the weapon. Downside: change is only noticeable from third person view mode.
2. Ability to change chat text color - a bit more noticeable. Player's chat text will be set to preset color that player chooses.
3. Ability to attach particles to head of model - as noticeable as chat text color but it depends. The list of particles isn't that large because we can not use custom particles with out jumping through through many hoops (thanks to Valve's way of precaching the particles, it is currently impossible to precache them through server).

As of this writing, supporter features are more or less finished. It is possible that I may find another feature to add to the list but as it stands that list of 3 features is complete.

Please note that players may or may not be given all features at once. It all depends on players' activity, attitude in general towards other players and admins and overall contribution to the server. If you feel you deserve to have supporter status, feel free to PM me and I will look into your history on the server.

Site News / Presenting MvM Server!
« on: August 18, 2012, 12:49:27 AM »
We are now hosting 4 TF2 MvM servers! All of them are in USA so sorry Europeans. Our only servers in Europe are ones w/ 24 and 26 slots which do not meet MvM server requirements (32 slots).

I'll make it quick and post IPs.

PwnShop US #3 - Custom Normal Difficulty - IP: us3.pwnshopgaming.com:27017 NOTE: I modified waves on this difficulty. Some maybe a bit difficult but nowhere near as hard as expert difficulty.
PwnShop US #4 - Hard Difficulty - IP: us3.pwnshopgaming.com:27022
PwnShop US #5 - Custom Expert Difficulty - IP: us3.pwnshopgaming.com:27027 NOTE: I am modifying waves and various settings on this server so it may not be as "expert" as VALVe made it.

EDIT: Changed PwnShop US#1 to be regular server thus removing MvM easy difficulty and moved it to VDS (so #1 and #2 are now on VDS box). Moved #3 from VDS to my PC. Updated IPs.

Site News / New Servers, gameMe, Plugin Overhaul
« on: July 27, 2012, 02:56:31 AM »
We now have 3 servers. Two of which are in USA (NJ and IL) and one is in EU (most popular of three). You can join them by simply clicking on banners above. However, if you wish to know their IPs, here they are:
PwnShop EU (Modded using our plugin) - eu.pwnshopgaming.com
PwnShop US@NJ (Modded using our plugin) - us.pwnshopgaming.com:27017
PwnShop US@IL (Stock/Vanilla) - us2.pwnshopgaming.com

We may have a new server coming up in Europe (this will put us at 2 servers in states and 2 in Europe) thanks to a friendly gaming community in Italy.

We also moved from HLStatsX to gameME. You can find our stats on http://pwnshop.gameme.com URL.

Finally, I am in process of overhauling some parts of our plugin. I don't know when it'll be done but this is mostly for stability/optimization purposes. I will also develop a mini-plugin for the vanilla servers that we run that will only have few features which should not get in the way of vanilla settings.

Site News / HLStatsX Launched on PwnShop EU!
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:32:17 PM »
I have installed a CE (community edition) of HLStatsX on our PwnShop EU TF2 server! You can view them here!

Unfortunately, this uses my PC as a middleman (to parse actual in-game events) and send them to our site's database.

Seeing how server is located in Europe and I'm located in USA (east coast) there WILL be lag between stats. For that reason, I am thinking of disabling in-game stat notifications (would also reduce number of stat whores).

If you want more dynamic stats, feel free to donate $5 and I will rent game.me for us. Until then, this will have to done.

Admin Applications / Admin Application Template
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:25:35 PM »
We are lacking in administration department so as stands, admin applications are open to all.

If you wish to apply for admin, please copy and paste following into your post and answer all fields.

Steam Id:
In-game Name:
Referrer (admin who referred you):
Admin Experience (does not have to be limited to TF2):
Why should you be given admin?

Please don't give 1 phrase answers for last 2 questions.

Age of 17 or older is preferred. However, that does not mean those under can't be given admin. Every admin application will be evaluated individually.

Those that "pass" per-requisite admin evaluation, will be given lowest level admin to see how they perform. Everything on the server is logged so any abuse will immediately lead to demotion and possible ban (from server, forum or both) depending on severity of abuse. A week or more of inactivity will also lead to demotion.

New admins (or admins who only had admin status for a month or less) who are inactive for 2 weeks or more may have their admin privileges revoked with out prior notice.

Bottom line: we're looking for mature admins who will be active on our servers. Admins found abusing admin commands, acting immature or doing anything out of line will be demoted and may even be banned from all our servers depending on infractions admin committed.

Last updated on: September 15, 2012 (11:36pm EDT).

Site News / Download amount on server reduced!
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:32:15 PM »
Been a while since I posted news...

Regardless, I have eliminated 90% of download (22mb~) that's been forced on our server. I've removed the music tracks that's been composed by a friend of mine. I will look into making them stream in background but as it stands music features on our server have been disabled.

Another quick update was made to supporter features. Those with supporter status can now color their name with preset colors. Not a huge addition but still kind of neat.

Unfortunately, there has been no other major changes done to code at this time. I don't know if or when I'll make any (such as adding a new game mode). Plugin will be fixed after TF2 updates to ensure server stability.

Site News / Happy New Year's!
« on: January 01, 2012, 09:14:16 PM »
A bit late but I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year's (though I realize that as of this writing its already January 2nd in Europe).

To expand upon Sir Jolly's thread a bit, I hope that everyone has a healthy, happy and a successful year of 2012.

As for our plugin plans... One vs all is still on my todo list and I really want to get it done by end of February. I apologize for abandoning TF2 for past few months but I have not given up on our server (or plugin) and will continue working on both.

The holiday portion of plugin will be disabled this Friday. I am also thinking about removing a "spawn HHH" prize.

All in all, plugin development is not dead but rather "slowed down..." For time being at least. I'll try to speed things up in upcoming months.

Site News / Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2011, 01:03:18 PM »
While I realize this maybe a bit late (especially for EU guys), I would still like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Hope all of you have a great time and celebrate this joyous holiday..

In other news, there's mini-presents on our server but they are very limited to preserve whatever balance we have left. They'll be enabled all the way until New Year's.

Rules and Regulations / Forum Rules [update as of: Nov. 18, 2011]
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:28:39 PM »
Before posting anything on this forum, the user must agree to following rules. Failure to abide by forum rules will lead to user's posts being deleted, user's account being suspended and/or user receiving a permanent banned from using this forum.

  • User expectations (all users are expected to abide by these simple rules)
    • Do not spam posts, use edit feature instead
    • Keep flaming of other users and/or parties to a minimum
    • Respect other users regardless of their status (admin or not)
    • Every user is expected to abide by posting content rules which is posted below
    • Goes with out saying that trolling will not be tolerated
  • Posting content rules
    • No illegal material of any kind allowed
      • This means no warez, no hacks and no questionable content
      • No hacks of any kind are allowed
      • Linking to said content is also forbidden
    • No adult content of any kind
  • Punishment
    • As user accumulates more violations his chance of getting banned increases
    • User in question may get in as little as 1 violation depending on violation's severity
      • Breaking a posting content rule is almost guaranteed a permanent ban

As you can see, rules are simple and easy to follow. If you can't follow the above rules, you do not belong here.

Site News / Downtime
« on: November 18, 2011, 05:52:50 PM »
I would like to apologize to all of our community about the downtime that incurred.

For those that are interested, downtime was caused by our host. It took three weeks for them to restore my account and after they did we still faced data loss. This means that everything we had before is gone.

This was half my fault too; I neglected from making backups hoping that host would have at least some of them done but alas I was wrong. In the end, since the hard drive failed on the server that we were hosted on, the data on it was gone (I was told that no data is recoverable).

All in all, please bear with me while I do what I can do to restore our site. Currently, permissions are preset so once server admins register, I'll grant permissions asap.

Sorry again for the downtime.

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