My first post in forever.
Q: Is ThisLD dead?
A: Very much not, I just don't have the spare time that I used to have, so I concentrate on keeping everything running and up to date. Making posts comes a poor second, my apologies for that.
I still find time to play a lot though, which might make me a hypocrite but writing post is a bit dull for me (sorry to whoever reads this)
Q: But Dustbowl is empty!
A: Honestly: moving hosting and changing IP addresses hit us hard and we lost about 80% of out traffic and there were times when I debated calling it quits....but my love of running these servers and of course playing TF2 kept me going.
Q: So what's new
A: Well, MvM is new and a helper and new admin Nightmare Tank has made some awesome custom missions for us to play, they're proving pretty popular. In fact we now have a plugin that allows us up to 10 player MvM which I currently set at 8 because 10 seems to be a little laggy but all the slots seem to be full quite a lot of the time.
MvM has been so popular that our usage levels are approaching their old levels, just spread across our 5 MvM servers, with Dustbowl being the one remaining normal map we have now.
Another suggestion that I received recently is to retire my vipcore plugin. This was written by me way back and provides a lot of VIP functionality, not everything but a lot. So the experiment is underway and I've removed it temporarily from the MvM servers to see what its like.
The theory is that I provide so much cash in the missions that the upgrades it provides make it largely unnecessary....they may be right.
Q: Are you ever going to update the website?
A: Yes I am MOTHER!