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Over the last week or so, I've been working on some technology that allows a web page to display a real-time chat box. The code is still in an early test phase, but it's at a point where I need to do some stability testing. Therefore, there's now a very simple chat on the Blackbox activation page. The purpose of this test is to see how the server side components function over time, so simply keep on doing what you've been doing, and feel free to say hello in the new little chat box.

For those of you who are interested in the technology behind this feature, I'll give you a quick overview. If you're not interested, you can simply skip the rest of this post :)

On the front end (the browser), there is a socket.io component that connects to a node.js service. This service does very simple message passing between the connected people. In addition to this, messages are sent to another node.js service (using ZeroMQ as a transport) which is acting as an IRC server and connects to the FumbblNet IRC network (ie, the FUMBBL IRC server), and allows people on the web site to chat directly with the people on the IRC server.

There's still a fair amount of work needed to finalise this code but I'm hoping it'll be useful to you all as it stands. I am also planning to get a similar chat box displayed on the Gamefinder, but that requires a fair amount of UI work on that page. Also note that the service may be unstable and may stop working at any time.

Either way, enjoy and let me know what you think.
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Christer on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 21:28
Fungus, the FUMBBL Web server just had a small hiccup, causing the site to go down for a while. Things are now back up and running and will hopefully remain so.

The problem was caused by the machine kernel throwing some errors, which after a search online may be caused by a failing power supply. The power supply in the machine is from a pretty reputable manufacturer (Seasonic), so for now I will monitor the logs to see if the problem reappears. If it does, I will replace the PSU hoping to fix the issue. Intermittent problems are so much fun, don't you think? :)

Hopefully, this interruption hasn't caused any of you too much trouble.
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Christer on Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 21:54
Wheel Of Chaos

[B]lackbox is entering into its second major tournament of the year.
The Wheel of Chaos, which comes with a very special application mode,

Four qualfiers, each dedicated to a different god, four different prizes to obtain!

Khorne - God of Blood, unrelenting fury and war. Empowered by Anger Khorne rewards Horns.
Tzeentch - God of Change, Magic and endless schemes and plots. Empowered by Hope Tzeentch rewards Two Heads.
Nurgle - God of Decay, disease and physical corruption. Empowered by Despair Nurgle rewards Tentacles.
Slaanesh - God of Hedonism, excess, and pleasure. Empowered by Desire Slaanesh rewards Disturbing Presence.

But beware, the more prestigious the reward, the harder the competition. If your TV is too low perhaps you won't even manage to make the cut. Take your pick, but choose wisely.

Make sure to apply your team to a Qualifier - Not to the main event.

Applications end and tournament start is next Wedensday April, 13th, 22h bb-time. Note that as with all qualifying majors, qualified teams must be ready to play and are still supposed to apply to the main event.

Only [B]lackbox teams are eligable to play.

See you on the field!

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Wreckage on Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 10:40
MAN our tenth season of XFL is really passing at breakneck speed. I for one will be happy when we return to our more tranquil usual pace for the next edition.

Still, we do have a nice lineup for you guys this round, as the draw gave us the following three races:

Chaos Pact

A nice mix of races for all to enjoy I would say!

Coaches with a [R]anked or [B]lackbox team of one or more of the races above are hereby invited to APPLY on the group page.
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Cloggy on Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 16:05

NAF Team Challenge

Following the success of 2015's World Cup Warm Up, we're delighted to be bringing the online team format back. This time, teamwork is our main focus of our tournament, but don't let that stop you if you'd rather play on your own! Can the team known only as Joe le taxi retain online glory?!

The tournament will kick off on Monday April 4th, and applications are open now. The rulespack can be found here, here and here, and is summarised below.

Please shout if you've any issues! If you're looking for a team, our matchmaking thread is here, and captains need to make them and their teams known here before kickoff.
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Purplegoo on Friday, March 25, 2016 - 13:06