We're having some more server problems.
The source of which you can see via my very scientific graph:
I hate to use the old expression, "victim of our own success," but it really applies here. We've gone from a teensy little indie-friendly webhost, to an enterprise-level webhost, to a dedicated server... And as of today, the fastest, beefiest, best possible server hardware we could get our hands on simply isn't up to the task of serving all your database requests. Sometime in the next few days we'll have setup a server cluster
to run this darned game. And that shocks the hell out of me!
Seriously, when Pacifist launched this little game he was hoping he'd please a few people and be a casual amusement to people of like mind. Nobody thought it would explode so quickly, and so beautifully. Hell, we all thought about running the server off of one of our HOME boxes!
Every time we upgrade the server equipment, it isn't a tiny incremental upgrade - it's a huge beefy upgrade. We jumped from a shared host on a fast server, to a dedicated quad-core box with so many RAM chips it challenged a can of pringles. And you guys still broke it within a week!
Every day is setting new traffic records. Every day there are more emails pouring in with praise and support. Heck, take a look at this forum - the one I've sworn to protect and keep safe from trolls and jerks. With nearly two pages of new posts every day, it's busier than most game forums I frequent.. and I frequent a lot! You know how much work I've had to do? None. I locked one thread. That's it. This community is so polite, understanding, and fun-loving. It's great to see such a dedicated crowd gathered here, all congregating to share their fantastic contraptions.
And that's why it hurts so much to let you guys down. The save-game timeouts; the 12 hours of no server being up at all last week; the constantly slow connections and page-load times... It's really heartbreaking to all of us here on the FC
rew. The last thing we want to do is let down our loyal fans.
I mean seriously, we look at some of the work out there. Check this out: S-Rank Hard Mode
. It's a level designed in the "Level 21" contest thread. Check out the beauty and the work behind that. Those sweeping curves are actually stacks and stacks of squares, just angled so to look like a curve. Check out the decoration on that bad boy. The level has so many hours of effort it almost brings a tear to my eye. It is so heartbreaking to think that people are out there designing these things, and having the game crash on them at the last second.
And the worst part is, that's just one tiny example off the top of my head from the last 12 hours or so. Nevermind the reams of levels so fantastic, that I PM them to Pacifist all day long and we oogle over them.
Please, understand we want these problems to go away. We want everything to run SO smoothly for you guys. We are actively NOT advertsing and spreading the word for the game just to keep it stable for another week.
Bear with us, we will be through the storm soon!
Thanks so much for your loyal support and not throwing your monitors out the window when things go down. We love you guys!