Game Server For Rent

March 24th, 2014 by

We currently have some spare capacity in the system so I’m thinking of making one of our servers available for rent to the general public, but with a twist.

You can rent a server (get in touch first and let me know what you want to use) using crypto currency, again I’m open to suggestions on this one as to which we will accept but I’m not ruling anything out (yes even CoinyeCoin might be an option).

Rental will be done on a maximum of one month term and usual rules will apply like gaming traffic only etc.


Battle Of Stalingrad

March 9th, 2014 by

I was getting bored so I thought it was time to find out how things are progressing over at IL2 Battle of Stalingrad (BoS) HQ.

I have to say its all as clear as mud but it does seem things are moving forward. Here is a snippet, I particularly like this bit: “ And we as its creators don’t feel ready to hear your annoyed jabber about it”, cant say fairer than that can you?

We’re going to tell you the precise dates of when these two aircraft will be added to early access, since they are almost ready now. The Quick Mission Builder has a more complicated story. There are still quite a lot of bugs in the interface which is extensive and has plenty of cross connections. So it remains in the test room a bit longer. The state of Multiplayer is more optimistic and complex at the same time. It has been working fine since the first test day, but I personally find it incomplete. I believe you’re waiting for more than it features at this moment. And we as its creators don’t feel ready to hear your annoyed jabber about it. Even though it is not fully ready yet, on the other hand I realize that such early debugging (even if it’s smooth) can definitely be useful. The sooner we get the test results – the sooner we start fixing the discovered issues. That’s why we’ve decided to at least show you the basics of multiplayer mode. We have a start-up mentality here; we’re allowed to take some risks.

This will happen next week, on March 15th. You’ll get all the necessary info in the next dev blog, as this time we’re only sharing general info. We’ll set up our own servers. They will run the same scenario for everyone, but at different difficulty settings. There’ll be several servers of each kind. We’ll try to have servers on both sides of the Atlantic to provide better connection to all players. Also, we’ll contact people who have already offered their servers for next week and if the Universe is surprisingly generous to our genre then we may have more servers. More details will follow soon. Just wait for the next dev diary note.


Stats and Stuff

March 6th, 2014 by

I’m not competitive, I keep saying to those who will listen (not many) that its the playing the game that counts not the winning, all very British maybe but is it true?

Well if I sit down and really think about it if I don’t care who wins why do I feel my blood pressure rise when we are losing a game of CS:GO (not that I’m playing it much lately)? I get angry and some of us may even let the odd expletive out which is highly unusual! Well when I say unusual I mean regularly, well OK I do too, but surely it isn’t because I am competitive, is it?

We run stats for the IL2 Battle-Fields 1 server (IL2) and have done now for years. I did turn it all off at one point because to be fair they are a bit of a pain to maintain, but it wasn’t long before I got complaints. But why would they be so popular? Well you don’t have to be an analyst to work that out; people care about how they are performing. It matters that they are seen to be doing well or improving. We are competitive and the stats matter to even those who might try telling themselves they don’t.

Anyhow in a bid to try and keep the alpha males (or maybe females too) I have been polishing the database server for the IL2 stats and just in case you didn’t know we also have stats for our 128tick CS:GO server which is steadily becoming very popular!

I haven’t been looking at them honest!


We’re Back!

February 13th, 2014 by

Its been a hectic few days here at B-F for several reasons, not least trying to organise the legendary apathetic bunch that forms any B-F squad (of which there have been several over the years) into getting together on Tuesday night for a practice. Fox turned up with a note from his parents saying he wasn’t allowed to do any training because his dog had eaten his training shoes but I saw right though this and made him do it in his vest and pants just like the old days.

I have to admit though I found it a bit unnerving when the rest of the squad thought it was a good idea and all started stripping off, not a pretty sight.

As if that wasn’t enough though mummy nature decided to blow some power lines down near the server bunker and although we have a good backup system in place it wasn’t good enough. Each server has its own backup power supply of 3 AA batteries apart from the main webserver / TS server which has a PP3 and a DD (or am I just thinking about Bobi’s cup size again?

campfire story

Telling Tales Of Love and War

Anyhoo it was the main routers that suffered and even though the servers (well most of them as I had nicked the batteries from one for my bike lights) stayed up the router died after 40 minutes or so and when the power was restored they weren’t happy. So today has been spent cleaning up the mess. What about the generator backup I hear you ask, well as the fuel was in my truck and not in the tank for the genie it wouldn’t run.

Now this might all sound a bit gash, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t lying about the lies I had just said but I’m not lying entirely, you just have to work out what is the truth, or you can just get over it.

As it happens we had quite a bonding session last night, it was a little bit like sitting around a virtual campfire with some of the less sober ones spilling their guts … I mean pouring their hearts out about childhood disappointments failures with the opposite sex as well as one or two conquests including one quite famous ‘actress’. Anyhow guys your secrets are all safe with me!  Right where is my blackmailing notebook?


Carrying Out A Serverectomy

February 8th, 2014 by

One of our servers has been a bit poorly, in fact it was poorly when I bought it so it has been doing nothing other than taking up room on the office shelves.

It was suffering from a severe bout of full speed fans, which with modern servers is a sure sign that something is wrong, its not always that easy to work out what though. Anyhow after hours of probing (!?) I narrowed it down to the motherboard and when funds allowed I ordered another one which turned up today.

server repairs

A complete brain swap

Apart from knocking a resistor of a memory module and failing to solder it back on cleanly all went well and the server is out of the woods and ready to perform duties in our rack.

Here is a photo of the patient on the operating table (you can see the old motherboard in the background.


Move Over Ninja’s In Pyjamas!

February 2nd, 2014 by

They say experience counts for everything (I’m not sure who says that but someone must do), they also say enthusiasm is infectious (but so is herpes) however; stand to one side Pyjama boys because here comes the oldest most infectious CS:GO clan on the planet!

Yes indeed lady and gentlemen, please give a round of applause (not too loud it interferes with my hearing aid) to BFs/c (delete as appropriate)!

With an average age of 57 and a total of 156 years of gaming experience between them (1)’s professional gaming team are limbering up ready for a season of domination (well those who are into that kind of thing are) and virtual foe slaying and have been training hard in the B-F 128 ping CS:GO server for the last few months.

The management team have been going through stats and preparing the roster for the upcoming season and subject to Scif’s hip replacement and Fox’s colostomy bag extension (ready for the longer matches) there are still some doubts over transfer fees for some of the new signings.

Information is a bit thin on the ground as tactics are a closely guarded secret so I bought team masseuse Bobbi Fields a pint of Newcastle Brown Ale (other alcoholic beverages are available whilst ever N B A aren’t paying us for advertising) and asked her if she could maybe spill the beans. “I’m sworn to secrecy but buy me another pint and next time I’m working on Novotny’s thighs I’ll talk sweetly to him and see what comes up”.Hair Dryer Throwing Finn

Hair Dryer Throwing Finn

What’s known is as the training schedule has ramped up tension in the team has boiled over and Finn was seen throwing a hairdryer in the changing room, in the car park and also down A Long in Dust II. There is a strong rumour too that Smurfy has been brought out of retirement to look after team tactics and our spies have seen him trying to teach the uninitiated the benefits of wall staring and standing still in the hope that the enemy cant see him.

I have to report though no matter how much begging and pleading the management have done I have refused to come out of retirement, I feel my skills are better placed just lounging around and drinking heavily and anyhow I might have a better offer on the table from a certain squad, but I am sworn to secrecy, all I will say is it might involve night attire, but I didn’t say that!

(1) these figures wern’t plucked out of thin air (honest (2)) but they were based on an educated guess using my patented cardigan to hoody ratio algorithm where cardigans outnumber hoodies by 99% on the squad, a median slipper and pipe factor was also applied.

(2) Trust me I know a doctor.


Playing Dayz the Gentle Way

January 30th, 2014 by

Bone may have only killed his first victim yesterday in Dayz but it wasn’t for want of trying. The Saline Bandit, however, has tried to venture through Chenarus actively assisting her fellow survivors. I’ve kind of done that too, in that I think heaven is a better place for us all when it comes down to it.

DAE need some beans or hugz?

Incoming patcheroos too.


Kang’s Aircraft Overview

January 26th, 2014 by

One of the most satisfying things about running Battle-Fields is learning from other people and watching others offer help and encouragement to complete strangers. So often people give their time and efforts for free and are happy to share the fruits of their labour.

Kang has very kindly sent me a ‘crib’ sheet in pdf format of lots of specific details for the aircraft in IL2. Its very professional too! So if you want to know what you are up against then it is highly recommended.


Thanks Kang

Kang’s Aircraft Overview


My Work Here Is Done!

January 26th, 2014 by

… but in a good way. The last week as been spent (see below) hacking away at servers and software to move all our servers (just one left to do) onto our new super fast and slippery network that is about 42% faster than it was, not that that will make any difference as to how the servers run as they had more than enough bandwidth anyhow but it gives us room for expansion.

Don’t forget if you are a syndicate member here at B-F and you want a particular server running let me know and we will do our best to fire one up.

Right that’s me done Im off to play games!


Whats Going On?

January 25th, 2014 by

I thought I would post an update on here as I have the forums shut down right now;

You will be pleased to know I have had a couple of coffees so far which is starting to wake me up. To enable me to work with Linux which is what the server lives on I have put on an old wig and tied it back into a ponytail, put on some sandals with white socks and am wearing an old sweaty tee-shirt with a quake logo on it. I haven’t shaved for a week either and am making sure I don’t have any friends. I’ve ordered donuts too and Mountain Dew.

I would like to report that everything is going really well, ……. but I am an honest person and find it difficult to tell fibs, hang on I’ll try: its going really well. Was that convincing?

The fact that for some reason the virtual host cant see the rest of the internet isn’t really causing me too much concern, oh hang on my eye is starting to twitch. I am working on fixing that first then I will try and install a Linux distro (did that sound convincing?) onto the host before installing something else somewhere else and then uploading stuff from where I put it last night (I haven’t lost it honest, I just cant remember at the moment what it is I’m looking for). Once that’s done I will have pizza.

Obviously I am not finding any of this stressful, I mean I am only handling about 14 years of data after all, one slip and its all gone but hey, who cares? Bloody twitch!

I’m going to try pushing some pizza into the dvd drive on the server to see if that helps, I have also emptied the vacuum cleaner bag into it because there wasn’t much dust and fluff in there and my computer at home is always full of dust so I’m starting to think the server could just be short on fluff; and pizza obviously.

Oh hang on something’s happening ……….