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We're sticking with the Weekend Test Run Server Host

September 29, 2014, 08:04:11 PM by WinterPhoenix96
New New IP Address, please update your Favorites: 63.251.20.69:27015
The Connect Link still works as well.


We've also set up a Temporary Sandbox Server for YukiTheater Members to hang out in since we still have OVH's Dedicated Server for the next 18 Days and it's doing nothing but redirecting players using its old IP. The Sandbox, dubbed YukiSandbox, is located here: 192.99.18.210:27016. Please note that Playtime or any other tracking of Player Stats is not active in the Sandbox Server.

The New New Host is NFO Servers, and we have a Virtual Dedicated Server with them. While this is not nearly as powerful as OVH's Dedicated Server, it's also about half the cost. On top of that, I have a much more usable Firewall control panel, and they're focused a great deal more on game servers instead Websites/Databases. That means that whatever systems they have in place on top of the firewall to mitigate Denial-of-Service attacks are tailored much more to the kind of server we're hosting, which was the main reason why OVH's Mitigation system totally failed when it came to attacks targeted toward YukiTheater's GMod Server, and even made it more difficult for players to see the server in the Server Browser or even connect.

Anyway, if you have any questions, reply to this Thread.

Love You All <3
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After almost a week of Downtime, we're back!

September 20, 2014, 01:53:26 AM by WinterPhoenix96
To start, We have a New Server Host and a New IP Address, so please update your Favorites: 63.251.20.69:27015
You can also still connect with the old Connect Link we've been using for forever.


Also, Thank You so much to everybody who donated to make this switch possible! <3

Now, since we have a new host that's actually decently reliable and can realistically handle DDoS Attacks, it costs us 5x more than the old host. So please consider donating. We'll also be Adding another Donation Tier soon that will cost more, but in exchange it will also have more perks. People who've donated before and have donated over the cost of the New Tier will get it automatically.

We're also Rewriting the Rules for clarification as well as lightening up on some of them to allow more content in the Server. That will be effective starting Next Update.

The Next Update should be out in a day or two. I'm basically sinking all of tonight into coding most of it.

And to top this all off, we're having a 3x Credits Boost all weekend long to make up for the Downtime, so come join us!

Love You All <3
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Why we're down, 9-14-14 edition

September 15, 2014, 01:08:42 AM by WinterPhoenix96
I tend to create Announcements about Downtime if it goes longer than 24 hours for sake of clarity, as some people start getting a bit worried and think we've shut down the server for good, so here's what's going on and what we plan to do about it.

To start, we are not down forever. What started this downtime is the fact that our dedicated server's IP Address suddenly became unreachable and unrouteable yesterday, meaning that our Host most likely "Null-Routed" it. Basically that means that nothing can connect to it and it can't connect to anything. Hosts tend to do this if an IP becomes a threat or begins degrading the performance of the network. Most likely what happened is they Null-Routed us because we've been getting DDoS Attacks for several hours everyday for the entirety of this last week, meaning we were probably using a huge chunk of the bandwidth available, thus degrading the performance of the other servers on the network and the network itself.

For right now, all we can do is wait it out until our Host gets back to us and tells us what's going on with the server. If we're able to come back online we will, upon which I would expect DDoS Attacks starting once again since these people are relentless and clearly have nothing better to do. I can state that first-hand, as they have also continually attacked my Home IP Address whenever they find out what it is after I've changed it.

Now for what we can do about it. Quite simply, we need to upgrade/change Dedicated Server Hosts to one that offers DDoS Mitigation in some form. I spent a great deal of time trying to mitigate it through the server's built-in software firewall, but it's simply not enough. The attacks are too large for it to handle. Unfortunately that means that we're going to have to upgrade, but the cost of doing so, at the very least, is double what we're currently paying for our dedicated server. This community's website and dedicated server is paid for entirely by the community through donations, but paying for a better host isn't very realistic with the average amount of income we get from donations every month right now. We can afford, right now, to set up the minimal upgrade mentioned above (So You Start) for 1 month, including Setup Fees (Ironically the minimal upgrade is and has been Out of Stock recently and that's why we haven't switched already and then made this post), but after that we don't know for sure. And if we end up requiring better/larger DDoS Protection it will cost even more. Something like 5-8x more than we're currently paying for our server.

So I'm asking you, the Community of YukiTheater, to lend a hand if you're able. Even if you only have the minimal to spare, we would greatly appreciate anything you could contribute! If you haven't donated yet, you will receive the Perks that come with First-Time Donations once the server comes back online, DDoS Protection or not. If you've already donated, a huge thank you for helping support us thus far, and I'd like to ask you with a humble heart to please consider contributing again.

The Donation Page can be reached here and always works regardless of Server Downtime: http://www.yukitheater.org/donate

Thank You All from the bottom of my heart for enjoying and supporting the project thus far! I never thought it would even get this big when I started it in October of 2012 (bit of history in the One Year Anniversary Post).

Love You All <3
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How to Properly Complain about YukiTheater

August 12, 2014, 03:31:01 PM by WinterPhoenix96
Since I and the other administrators/moderators of this Community have gotten tired of people complaining about "being banned for no reason/admin abuse" and I'm getting tired of getting a dozen messages whenever I get online about the chairs being broken half the time, I've decided it's about time that I write a Front-Page Announcement describing how to properly complain or report things about YukiTheater, and hopefully make it more useful and understandable to players and less annoying to the Staff.

Before I go into any of this, yes posting on the Forums requires you to be Registered on the Forums. If you claim that you're too lazy to Register (It's like 3 clicks using Steam to Register), then we will claim that we're too lazy to assist you with your problem.

How to Report Bugs/Glitches in the Server: Go here and create a New Topic that follows the Template Guide. Check the Trello before Posting!

How to Report Suspected Admin Abuse: Go here and create a New Topic that follows the Template Guide. Not posting here and instead complaining in 20 comments on the YukiTheater Steam Group about it will get you banned from the Steam Group. Because that's extremely annoying and not useful to anyone.

How to Appeal your Ban: Go here and create a New Topic that follows the Template Guide. Seriously, complaining on the Steam Group won't get you anywhere and you will be ignored.

How to Report other Guests' rule-breaking behavior: Go here and create a New Topic that follows the Template Guide.

How to Report Blacklistable Videos: Go here and create a New Topic that follows the Template Guide.

If any of you have any questions or comments concerning any of this, simply reply to this Topic on the Forums.
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We made it to the Front Page of the r/pcmasterrace Subreddit today!

July 19, 2014, 08:02:46 PM by WinterPhoenix96
Check this out!

This Community is awesome, and as a Staff we'd like to Thank You for your support!

I also commented on it, if you guys wanna Upvote it

Love You All <3
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