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  1. I would be happy to create an endpoint for 3rd party developers to fetch the stats presented on our Server Status page without having to rely on scraping. I have a few things to do that take priority at the moment, but I can probably get something to you tonight 🙂
  2. We're actually already looking into expanding the colour system in the character creator. I have a short post about it here:
  3. Enabling or disabling the view of auras is a good idea and definitely something that we'll look into 🙂
  4. The current way I have it mapped out (and prototyped) is as follows: The existing palette remains but is moved into a sort of tabbed view that goes between that palette and the new colour picker The new colour picker as the following: An HSL colour square that you can use to pick colours R/G/B input (with text entry and sliders) H/S/L input (with text entry and sliders) A smaller palette of colours that are in use in the costume already (so that you can easily use a colour on multiple pieces by selecting it again) The HSL square / picker looks something like this: I could add a way to just enter / paste colours in hexidecimal (RRGGBB) form as well, though with the other inputs in place it may or may not be worth the UI clutter.
  5. Hey everyone! Quick reminder that we have a have a traditional Halloween themed costume contest happening today at 9pm UTC (10pm BST, 5pm EST, 2pm PST) in Kallisti Wharf on all of our shards. You can read more information about here. As usual on the last Saturday of the month, it’s time to talk Finances and Donations again today. This month will be have the highest donation target yet as we have received the invoice from our lawyers for the services rendered up to September 30th. Our monthly operating expenses have moved up to $4,963.34 after the addition of a new Advance-1 server (you can read about that in our last Donations & Finances post) and additional security software that we would prefer not to name as a precaution. October Breakdown Last month we accepted $5,951.61 in donations - $234.73 over our original target for the month. Unfortunately, OVH introduced a $57.99 setup fee in the time between pricing out the new A-1 server and us purchasing it; this amount came out of the overrun for the month. With the addition of the aforementioned service we were left with $179.79 overrun this past month; this amount will be put towards the expenses for the month of November. All of that said, here’s what the funds from the October donation window went towards: $4,878.38 to OVH for our hosting costs This includes the additional $102.99 + $57.99 for the new A-1 server $1,326.04 to our lawyers for their services up to early October $96.00 to Google for our G-Suite Business account $30.00 to 1&1 IONOS for domain and outbound (server) email This went down $10 from the previous month $10.00 to Atlassian for Jira Cloud (10-user) $6.95 to pay for the aforementioned new security software As usual, here's a screenshot of all of our outgoing payments in October. Note that the first bank transfer failed (PayPal is lovely), but the second one did go through. This bank withdraw was to pay our lawyers via wire transfer. Finally, the $6.95 has been redacted for security - that is the aforementioned new security software which has a recurring fee. November Breakdown As previously mentioned, we have received the invoice totalling $4,251.75 from our lawyers for most of their services rendered to date; this amount will be included in the total for November’s donation target. As mentioned in our September and October posts, we will not be showing the invoices from our lawyers to protect the identities of the law firm and anyone else who may be mentioned on the invoice This month our lawyers have been providing further advice to forward our goal of becoming a legitimate operation. As part of this we’ve also been re-writing our User Agreement and Privacy Policy, which makes up the bulk of the additional cost this round. After the addition of the new Advance-1 server in October and the aforementioned service introduced last month, our new recurring (monthly) expenses total up to $4,963.34. After adding the total from the invoice from our lawyers and subtracting the overrun from October, the donation target for the month of November comes to $9,035.30. Here is a breakdown of how the funds are allocated: $4,820.39 to OVH for our recurring hosting costs $4,251.75 to our lawyers for their services rendered up to Sept. 30th $96.00 to Google for our G-Suite Business account $30.00 to 1&1 IONOS for domain and outbound (server) email $10.00 to Atlassian for Jira Cloud (10-user) $6.95 to pay for the aforementioned new security software Our donation system will be open as of the time of this post with a donation target of $9,035.30 and will automatically close once that target is met. Thank you for all of the support as always; this is truly an amazing community and we wouldn’t be here without your incredible support. I hope you have enjoyed the Halloween festivities and we look forward to seeing your amazing costumes in our Costume Contest later today! Thank you again for your continued support! - The Homecoming Team
  6. Heya, you can use the Game Account page (https://forums.homecomingservers.com/gameaccount/) to change your in-game password. I've also moved this to our Help & Support section.
  7. Heya, just a quick update to let you know that we've resolved the issues with the site. If you run into any more problems then feel free to let us know again in this thread. Thanks!
  8. We're currently working on fixing this; thank you for the report :)
  9. This is awesome! Now I have to go revive my 3d printer and make one 😛
  10. I have too many favourites! I might just have to start posting one song per day 😛 I'll have to start this off with Jan Blomqvist's "Maybe Not", the music video is a bit out there but the music is unique and I quite like it.
  11. Yep, that is exactly correct. When you add a manifest to any of the launchers (including Sweet Tea), you are trusting the author of that manifest. The author of the manifest can, at any point in time, upload a virus to the manifest and let it run that instead of the client. That virus could then do whatever it wants, unconfined to the rules of the launcher that executed it. In either case and with any of the launchers, you are still required to have full trust in the author of any manifests you add to it, because at the end of the day if they want to exploit your system, they're going to be able to do so.
  12. Yes, when we state that something will be expensive we mean in terms of time and/or influence.
  13. That's quite odd lol, I've sent a request to have that actual business' information updated (pending review). ( In case you're unaware, our host is the actual OVH @ https://www.ovh.com/ca/en/ 🙂 )
  14. Hey everyone, I hope you’re all enjoying the stuff on Pineapple (for those unaware, we’ve released a new patch on our test server, dubbed Pineapple, check out the patch notes here). It's time to talk finances again. There are two additional recurring charges this month; as mentioned last month, we have engaged a law firm (more details below), and the first invoice from them has come through. Additionally, we will be purchasing one more Advance-1 server to act as a security appliance after a recent incident within the wider community. -- September Breakdown Last month we accepted $3,695.82 in donations - $585.55 over our target for September. After our 1&1 bill increased by $10 this month, we were left with $575.55 in overrun which will be put towards our expenses for the month of October. Here’s what the funds from the September donation window went towards: $4,717.40 to OVH for our recurring hosting costs $96.00 to Google for our G-Suite Business account $40.00 ($10 higher than last month) to 1&1 IONOS for domain and outbound (server) email services $10.00 to Atlassian for Jira Cloud (10-user) Here is a screenshot of our payments / expenses since the last donation window: -- October Breakdown As previously mentioned, we have added one additional server (an Advance-1 w/ 1gb vRack upgrade) to act as an additional security appliance for our network. This will be an additional recurring cost of $102.99, bringing our new monthly total to $4,966.39. Here is a new breakdown of our recurring (monthly) expenses: $4,820.39 to OVH for hosting expenses Up $102.99 from previous months due to the new A1 $96.00 to Google for our G-Suite Business account $40.00 to 1&1 IONOS for our domain and outbound (server) email services $10.00 to Atlassian for Jira Cloud (10-user) As mentioned last month, we have engaged a law firm to assist us with the necessary legal work that’s required as we work towards our goal of creating a stable, long-term server for the community. They will primarily be working on new versions of our public legal documentation (Privacy Policy, User Agreement, etc) as well as providing legal advice in various other areas. Expect us to have additional legal fees each month moving forward. The first invoice from them totaled $1,326.04. As stated in our September donation post, we cannot provide a screenshot of this invoice as it contains a large amount of personal information for many of our team members (to the point that the entire invoice would have to be redacted). -- After applying the $575.55 overrun from September to October’s expenses, we’re left with a donation target of $5,716.88. As of the time of this post, our donation system will be open. As in previous months, once the donation target is met the donation system will automatically close. Thank you for all of the support! We’ve now hit our fundraising target for the month of October and donations are now closed. Thank you yet again for the continued support!
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