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VFS-22_SPaRX
01-14-2004, 10:48 PM
Unfortunatly, the server I was using for the old fast server is no longer avaible to me and I had to take down the servers. There were allot of pilots on UBI that were sorry to see it go. So I asked if they would be interested in starting a little venture with me. War Clouds Community servers were born. The servers are hosted on UBI.com's Lobby. There are currently 3 servers running. Each server has different settings levels that we hope covers just about everyone taste in flying this great sim. The settings for the servers are as follows.

Common to all servers:

Icon settings: Enemy DOT 15 COLOR .01 ID .3 TYPE 2 NAME .01 RANGE .01
FRIENDLY DOT 15 COLOR .01 ID .3 TYPE 2 NAME .01 RANGE .01

Here is what these icons do. You will not see a team color. The icons are always black. This is not an issue because the server is always Axis Vs Allied and you have a Plane type that shows at 2km. You will get no range or player name. At 300 meters you will get a pilot ID.

Max players for all servers is set to 24. After alot of testing, I have found this number is the best to keep lag to a minimum.

Scripted missions/maps. All three servers have the same missions/maps in rotation. We are trying to get some people interested in building maps/missions for the server and hope to get a good size rotation in soon. These maps/missions are not historic. They do help to promote cooperative game play. There are ground targets, and objectives to complete.

Basic Flight elements. Stall, blackout, redouts, spins, torque and any others are enabled.

Engine management. Complex and separate enginges turned on.

Ammo and fuel is limited on all servers.

Map Settings: Map icons are off on all servers. Minimap path is on for all servers as well.

Speed Bar is on.

Vulnerablity and Realistic guns is on

Takeoff and Landings is on.


Now for individual server settings:

War Clouds Easy:
Unlocked Cockpit, Externals enabled, Padlock Enabled.

War Clouds Medium:
Locked Cockpit, Externals enabled, Padlock Enabled

War Clouds Real:
Locked Cockpit, No Externals, No Padlock.

The servers are sittin on 100mbit links in TX. So far, everyone has had great pings to the servers. I have been working on making sure they run stable. So far so good, but UBI does drop servers off the lobby list from time to time. Nothing I can do about that.

I have setup a basic website and forums for the server. I havent had much time to do anything fancy with them as of yet. So if these servers peak your interest, drop on by www.war-clouds.net (http://www.war-clouds.net) and have a look. The site and forums should give you a good idea on what we are doing and trying to accomplish. I am trying to keep this all up to date as much as I can. I hope to see many of you on the server fighting it out in the skys.


S~ and happy flying.

SPaRX

VFS-22_SPaRX
01-14-2004, 10:48 PM
Unfortunatly, the server I was using for the old fast server is no longer avaible to me and I had to take down the servers. There were allot of pilots on UBI that were sorry to see it go. So I asked if they would be interested in starting a little venture with me. War Clouds Community servers were born. The servers are hosted on UBI.com's Lobby. There are currently 3 servers running. Each server has different settings levels that we hope covers just about everyone taste in flying this great sim. The settings for the servers are as follows.

Common to all servers:

Icon settings: Enemy DOT 15 COLOR .01 ID .3 TYPE 2 NAME .01 RANGE .01
FRIENDLY DOT 15 COLOR .01 ID .3 TYPE 2 NAME .01 RANGE .01

Here is what these icons do. You will not see a team color. The icons are always black. This is not an issue because the server is always Axis Vs Allied and you have a Plane type that shows at 2km. You will get no range or player name. At 300 meters you will get a pilot ID.

Max players for all servers is set to 24. After alot of testing, I have found this number is the best to keep lag to a minimum.

Scripted missions/maps. All three servers have the same missions/maps in rotation. We are trying to get some people interested in building maps/missions for the server and hope to get a good size rotation in soon. These maps/missions are not historic. They do help to promote cooperative game play. There are ground targets, and objectives to complete.

Basic Flight elements. Stall, blackout, redouts, spins, torque and any others are enabled.

Engine management. Complex and separate enginges turned on.

Ammo and fuel is limited on all servers.

Map Settings: Map icons are off on all servers. Minimap path is on for all servers as well.

Speed Bar is on.

Vulnerablity and Realistic guns is on

Takeoff and Landings is on.


Now for individual server settings:

War Clouds Easy:
Unlocked Cockpit, Externals enabled, Padlock Enabled.

War Clouds Medium:
Locked Cockpit, Externals enabled, Padlock Enabled

War Clouds Real:
Locked Cockpit, No Externals, No Padlock.

The servers are sittin on 100mbit links in TX. So far, everyone has had great pings to the servers. I have been working on making sure they run stable. So far so good, but UBI does drop servers off the lobby list from time to time. Nothing I can do about that.

I have setup a basic website and forums for the server. I havent had much time to do anything fancy with them as of yet. So if these servers peak your interest, drop on by www.war-clouds.net (http://www.war-clouds.net) and have a look. The site and forums should give you a good idea on what we are doing and trying to accomplish. I am trying to keep this all up to date as much as I can. I hope to see many of you on the server fighting it out in the skys.


S~ and happy flying.

SPaRX

Hunter82
01-14-2004, 10:52 PM
Glad to hear they are back up http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Capt_Kernel
01-15-2004, 07:08 AM
Sounds real good. I'll check it out.....Thanks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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Weather_Man
01-15-2004, 11:13 AM
Thanks Sparx! Been enjoying them for a while.

I like the icons too. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VFS-22_SPaRX
01-15-2004, 02:13 PM
Thanks for the positive comments guys. Its nice to see that your hard work is appreciated.

Make sure you keep an eye on the servers website and forums. We have some nice features planned for the servers coming in the next months. Right now we have a Ventrilo server running for all those who donate to keep the servers going. We are also trying to work out some server events for donating members as well such as Race nights, possible dynamic online war, and a few others.
If you fly on any of the servers, please be sure to give a big S! to those that have donated to help keep the servers alive. I don't think that many people realize the costs and time involved in setting servers up for public use. And i for one appreciate all the help that these fine folks have given. So get on the servers and have a good time. That is what they are there for. If you have any comments, please address them in our forums as we check them daily.

S! and happy flying

SPaRX

VFS-22_SPaRX
01-15-2004, 10:33 PM
Wow, 110 views. Anyone been on the servers?

SPaRX

Recon_609IAP
01-16-2004, 05:52 AM
how is attendence on the "War Clouds Real"?

getting harder to find a good setup like that on HL.

S!
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VFS-22_SPaRX
01-16-2004, 02:17 PM
Well Recon, sometimes it good most of the times its not. I personally prefer to fly on that server myself. Thats why i have set one of them up like this. But more times then not i find myself on the Medium server because there isnt anyone on the "Real" server. Thats part of the reason i posted here. Hopeing to draw more of a crowd into the "Real" server. The servers have been running great, but i know there is this "dislike" for ubi game lobby for so many people. I too have seen there is a lack of servers with these settings on HL. But when i put a server up in there with those settings, it sat empty for weeks. We are paying good money for these servers, and i dont want to waste CPU cycles on emtpy servers. Least on UBI it gets some game play. So maybe you can find a bunch of your fellow pilots that like to fly with these settigns and you can load up the server and we can get to flying http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Hope to see ya on the server.

S~ and Happy Flying

SPaRX

Lazynerd
01-16-2004, 03:36 PM
Sounds like a good server mate, I'll be sure to check it out!

Weather_Man
01-16-2004, 03:55 PM
I hope more people try it. It's a really good setup. And fast, too. I get a ridiculous 12 ping to it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

lil_labbit
01-16-2004, 04:06 PM
money's on the way...

thanx SPaRX
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oooh weathermans avatar has a lil' brother http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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TX-Zen
01-16-2004, 04:07 PM
I have to say that SpaRX is one of the best server admins in the game. He puts some serious time and effort into his servers and does this for the community's benefit. I definately recommend to take a look and fly there, you won't be disappointed, I've spent many many hours flying his server and really enjoy it.

Even though TX has our own place to fly, I really like the mission concepts that SpaRX uses and the comraderie of his regular players...good crowd of peeps and fun missions for sure and so I spend a lot of time there.

The server runs based on the goodwill donations from the community. There is no obligation to pay anything to play there, but if you like then I encourage you to make a donation. 5 or 10 bucks to any one of us isn't alot, but when you consider the volume of players that he gets, it adds up quickly and ensures we all have a fantastic place to fly. I've contributed as well even though technically his server is the 'competition'.

Whats more important to me than being #1 is for the community to have a variety of servers to fly one and Warclouds is one of the best...I salute that and will do my best to help keep his server up and I would hope the community would do the same.

It takes a lot of effort to host a dedicated server the right way, personal time making missions, administering the server to make sure good sportsmanship is happening, economic costs for hosting etc etc. As a member of the community I strongly support hosts who run dedicated servers and think we should all look out for each other.


So drop into Warclouds and take a look. I think you'll like it.

S!~ all,

TX-Zen
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VFS-22_SPaRX
01-16-2004, 04:45 PM
S~ Zen, lil_labbit and Weather_man. I can't thank you enought for you kind words and all you have done to help make the server a good place to fly. Zen and I have worked hand and hand (or keyboard and keyboard in this case) to try and make servers that the community will enjoy.

As Zen said, the servers are running because of the goodwill donations of players in the community that enjoy the servers. As we all know, good servers come and go. Its unfortunate, but there is allot of time and financial factors that come into play for allot of hosts. When I lost my prior host, there wasn't much I could do about it. I asked some players in some of the Squads that frequented the servers if they would be interested in doing what we are currently doing. Many of them stepped right up and said let's do it, what do you need. It was a very heart warming experience. Everyones goal is the same, provide a place that we can all have a good time playing the sim we enjoy so much. I honestly hope that our little venture here runs a long life. Who knows what the new Sim for Oleg and crew will bring us. But you can bet, if War Clouds is still around, we will be hosting it http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.
Just to clarify on what Zen said about donations not being an obligation. The server is a free service. He is 100% correct on this. None of us that started this did it with any intention of turning a profit or anything of that nature. Every penny that comes in for the servers is used just for that. But i would like to encourage anyone that frequents the server to please help out if you can. Without continued support, the servers will not last. I really do hate talking about this, if i could fund the entire thing myself, i would have done it in a heartbeat. This is how much i enjoy this sim.
So i encourge all of you, stop in and give the servers a shot. If you like them, come on back. Servers are not any fun when they are empty. If you have comments or suggestions, goto our forums and post. We review all comments carefully. There are many times taht someone sees something we don't. So dont think that your comments will go un-noticed.

S~ and happy flying.

www.war-clouds.net (http://www.war-clouds.net) Link for forums is on the left http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SPaRX

BM357_Raven
01-16-2004, 05:02 PM
I guess I'll have to head over to UBI to check it out then, since Zen has such good things to say about it, it's gotta be good, eh?

We like variation too (at FR), even though, like Zen said it's competition [we run the Blazing_Mangums FR Server], we prefer diversity (at FR, of course).. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

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VFS-22_Wrath
01-16-2004, 08:45 PM
I was really suprised by the support instantly received by this community. I was skeptical as Sparx came to me about his idea to put together a server supported wholly by the goodwill of the players. I don't think you could pull this off in many of the other games you see populating the landscape today. This really has opened my eyes to the character of the simulation community!

Thanks to Sparx for the hard work and dedication in putting this together along with Zen and everyone else involved..

Good Luck , Good Hunting.. and I'll see you topside

VFS-22_SPaRX
01-17-2004, 01:57 PM
Well ubi was down all night lastnight. But it is back up and running again. War Clouds servers are running as usual. I updated the maps lastnight to reduce spawn Lag. The new server can load these maps now. The old server would hang as there were too many static objects. Hope to see you all on the server.

S~ and happy flying

SPaRX

christopher65
01-17-2004, 04:24 PM
Have tried to join war clouds several times but get kicked out becuase of hgh ping?What causes this and what is ping?thanks

lil_labbit
01-19-2004, 10:16 AM
BUMP

and eh - ping is delay time ping 300 means you see something happen .3 seconds later.

If you have a ping higher than 300 the game becomes unplayable.

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B16Enk
01-19-2004, 10:45 AM
S!

I have crashed and burned on your server http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Very well done, and it's nice to see someone doing this for the community.

Now to sort out my Paypal account http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yum_Yum
01-19-2004, 01:28 PM
Hello VFS-22 SPaRX http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I used your "FAST" SPaRX servers whenever they were up during the past, and found them to be excellent whenever I used them.

I have just visited the "Warclouds AI" server and it is also most excellent, I look forward to using it again v/soon.

I had no connection problems and suffered little or no lag, the game was plesant and interesting and I think it had about 14 playes when I visited.
A nice mix of settings good enough for anyone to try out!.

see you soon http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

TX-Zen
01-19-2004, 01:29 PM
pssst Yum_Yum, you're only supposed to fly on the TX server, remember?

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Yum_Yum
01-19-2004, 02:01 PM
Opp's sorry TX-Zen :O I thought you weren't watching this thread http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I Luv the TX too http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif AIRBOT will tell you we are regulars .. I have been absent for some weeks because I changed my ISP http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif.
But I am free again http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VFS-22_SPaRX
01-19-2004, 02:21 PM
Now, now Zen, lets not start fighting for players http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif. Yum_Yum you are always welcome on the servers as i find your sportsmanship very good. I am just glad to see your smiling face on the forums again. NOW ZEN GO AWAY http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif !

I am glad to see you all are enjoying the servers. Let's just hope they have a long life. We have tried our best to put up some servers that will appeal to just about everyone. As it is now, i have taking the "REAL" server down as no one was playing on it. It always amazes me how people will post in the forum how there are never any good "Real" servers to play on, but when we put on up, they sit there empty for days.
What replaced it is War Clouds NO AI. I personally don't care much for having AI in the servers, but its something the general players were looking for. So now as it stands we have, War Clouds Easy, War Clouds Medium +AI, and War Clouds NO AI. Hope to see many nicks on the server that i see in these forums


S~ and happy flying.

SPaRX

TX-Zen
01-19-2004, 02:38 PM
SpaRX, you owe me a ton of people because you stole them away from TX, don't forget http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


I have no complaints, at least the people have a choice and I am all for that. Gets kind of lonely on the TX server these days, but at least your happy and I do have some great conversations with the tumbleweed rolling by, which is in abundance.


I'll just quietly let myself out, no need to get up hehe

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Yum_Yum
01-20-2004, 03:42 PM
Well http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif..

I was going to spend my time wisely this evening and spend 40mins each on the War Clouds Server and the TX server.

Sadly I could not see the War Clouds Servers on ubi, so I went to HL and TX server and onto the Blazing Magnums Server.

We are very lucky to have such dedicated people in the community who are willing to share thier rescourses, which benifit users such as me and overwelms me with choice.

sometimes it difficult to choose http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

So many nice servers .. so little time to fly them all as regularly as I would like

VFS-22_SPaRX
01-20-2004, 09:51 PM
Yum-Yum,

Yeah the War Clouds servers were down this evening. Unfortunatly, someone fat fingered a config on the server and it the CPU kept rebooting. Hmmm wonder who did that. ( remember 4 fingers always point at you ). Well after a couple of hours, my partner and I got it all figured out. Servers are up and running on UBI again http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

S~ happy flying
SPaRX