End of an Era
As of now, Alsherok is only available to her remaining staff. A glorified chat room if you will. No further work will be done on the areas, code, or anything else relating to it. That includes the still broken sections of the website, which I am going to unlink as they no longer serve a purpose. I will also not be renewing the domain, which expires in July of 2009. Any areas still held here that have not been finished will be provided to the staff members who still want them. If you wait too long though I may simply discard them. The two development ports have been decommissioned and will not be restarted. Everything has been moved to port 5500. If you have an email address or subdomain being provided through the alsherok.net domain, you need to get in touch with me ASAP as I am going to shut down email service to the domain as well as terminating any subdomains which are unaccounted for by the end of May. That will include deletion of any web apps or other materials UNLESS YOU SPEAK UP AND SAY SOMETHING!
For those of you who still hold fond memories of the game, I bid you farewell. At one time it was pretty cool and I even once enjoyed it. If you need to get ahold of me for something, contact me through the comment form here. Should an existing or former staff member wish to assume control and continue development, contact me privately and we'll discuss it. If anyone else has the same idea, don't waste your time. We will not hand over our work to just anyone.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil
Well. I guess that's that then.
Frankly I don't see the MUD community ever recovering from its downward spiral. I'd be amazed to see it go another 10 years but I'm seriously doubting it even has another 5 left before the trolls and code thieves have totally overrun it. It's already so fractured it's worthless now. Only small pockets of people are left who genuinely care. The rest just want them to do all the work for them and get their instant gratification out of it. Those pockets will continue to be more and more isolated as time goes on and you'll reach a point where people in those communities will come to think they're the only ones out there.
You'll end up with lone beacon games out there trying to compete against the big commercial machines that have finally driven the stake into the heart of what the hobby once was. We're just waiting for the corpse to disintegrate.
Btw, I did get that email and will take care of that request as quickly as I can once I get back home (presumably tomorrow), but I hate to try to do anything too administrative in nature while on motel internet connections. *shrug*