Category: Update

Discord; an experiment in accountability

So a few of you who follow us closely have noted bursts of activity from time to time with periods of silence in between.  We’ve also been HORRIBLE about keeping up with our NDA-ed folks about the dev process. It was high time we did something about that!

You will note we’ve added a whole new widget to the front page connecting you (hopefully) to the right spot for a Discord dedicated to BsF material. With both text and voice chat capabilities this is a method combining the best of the old IRC and Teamspeak/Vent/Skype access.  As of yet no video… but hopefully we can keep in touch better with folks this way. It gives me a connection from our phones and our computers, making it an easy place for us to track things and communicate. If you have an NDA or we’ve talked to you about one, this will be a place to get together with people who have knowledge of some of the development we’re doing (and we’ve added a few things recently, so we can update you there and get you in the mix). All the owners are currently in as Modmins, so we’ll get message you send and sort you into the right places so we can chat about our games! Please, hop on, ask questions, get where you need to discuss developments, and make suggestions to us! Please let us know if you can contribute to the efforts and we’ll tell you how you can help!

For our ARK community this is also a good addition, as we will be opening a voice channel just for you guys! No more borrowing a TS server and having to inform people where to migrate too, just a stable place for all of us to chat. As they expand Discord’s capabilities we will likely add sub-channels for each map, and maybe even subs for tribes (per requests). This will enable us to help you find 1 place to communicate with your people playing the game!

More ARK goodness!

So we’ve made some behind the scenes changes to the server and clustered up our ARK installs.  So you’ll notice that our sidebar has grown by 1 server.

BsF is proud to announce the addition of a Scorched Earth server to our ARK family of servers. The server is configured to only accept character transfers from our Island server and vice versa. So now feel free if you already play on the server to journey between both lands, or if you’re just starting out, you now have another choice of play style.  Be warned though, SE is no easy way to play!  Try not to overheat out there!

Hopefully everyone enjoys the new experience!

ARK server launch!

So the internals of our server farm are upgrade, but the forums are still down. We’re looking into a fix for that.

BUT! We are launching the new version of our ARK server in just under an hour. Last few things need to be ironed out in the config file and we’ll be ready to go. We’re out of the testing phase and into the live stuff! Our estimate is things will be ready to run at 8:30 pm EST!

Please jump in and join us on our new launch date! We’ll be working to get the forums working for communicating out the general rules and play styles of the server as we go.

ARK Server update

In September the BsF hosted ARK server will be getting a wipe and load. Currently we’re looking into this collection of mods running on the Island or on the Center. Boat mods are being considered right now as well, so feel free to give us some feedback.
This weekend we’ll be working on getting the forums updated and working so folks can register again. Hopefully we’ll have more news on that soon!


So the websites are back online, the ARK server has come back up, and plans are coming together for 2 new projects. One has been hinted at with the last post, but we’re going to leave it a mystery for a bit. The 2nd one is going to be delving into a writing project with Andy Coen; one part blog one part story. Andy will be relaunching the Gaming Overloaded (taken from his old Deadlands Overloaded blog) on the site to talk about tabletop gaming. In addition, he’s been using the game of Shadows of Brimstone for some writing prompts and will begin dropping his story of the Stranger (an no-named Drifter) on the site soon. Cullen is hard at work on development of our secret project currently and we’re waiting a bit to announce more on that!

Moving Update

One of our owners (me) will soon be moving to a new location.  This also means server housing is changing locations.  We expect some downtime from the 15th to the 20th and maybe a little beyond.  We’ve begun to refocus our energies back at PanGalactic, so expect that we will begin getting back in the habit of updating after the move.