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Backup in Art Bugs

Hello everyone! I know I've been pretty quiet, and art-related bugs have ground to a halt.

There are a few reasons for this, the most important of which being that I was suffering through some very personal real life matters, and the circumstance of my computer going on the fritz a couple weeks ago. It's currently in the shop, but things aren't looking good, and it's likely I'll have to invest in a new one. I've been borrowing my husband's laptop in the meantime.

For some GOOD news, though, I can announce that the primary art for our new trialing system has been done, and files just have to be saved (lots and lots of files, gah!), and added to the system so it can start working in tandem with the code. We're very, very close!

As soon as either A) I get my computer back, or B) get the backups they ran for all my files, I'll get back to working on art bugs, so hopefully within the next week or two.

Thank you all so much for your patience and continued support!

Posted by Carnivale (#6) on Mar 27, 2014

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PawSteps08
how do you get an avatar?
Posted on 04-10-2014 at 7:18 PM
Larthan
I'm certain someone (hopefully me, but anyone may be able to snipe the eventual post! >:P) will post on the Facebook Community Group when trials do come back up.
Posted on 03-29-2014 at 4:28 PM
‚úćSilent Story Writer (aka Silas)
Computers crashing isn't fun. Especially when it's highly needed. I hope it is nothing serious Carni! And I am excited for trials coming back, its been a while yay!
Posted on 03-27-2014 at 8:02 PM

Cyberbullying and Alacrity



This is a news post I was hoping I'd never have to make.

First off, I'd just like to say that, by and large, this update is unnecessary. The vast majority of our users are delightful, well-meaning people who do not verbally abuse or harass other players.
However, as of late we have seen a rise in cyberbullying, harassment and verbal abuse on Alacrity. This simply cannot be allowed to continue.

As many of you have already noticed and commented, the mean age of Alacrity players has dropped in the last year. Many of our players are coming to our community younger and younger, and even our player staff is now made up mostly of kids and young adults - people who are even more hurt by such attacks than the fully grown variety. As such, it has become even more vital to the administration that Alacrity continue to be the game it was founded to be - one of friendly, civil discourse and mutual respect.

While we recognize and agree that many of the growing pains the site has been going through lately are unpleasant, they are not the fault of any staff member or members, but rather the result of the unfortunate situation in which we find ourselves as a community.
I make this post to implore you all to resist the temptation that internet anonymity brings with it to treat the human beings behind the screen names as nameless, heartless, morally devoid bots here for you to abuse at your leisure.
Each username and account number on this site represents a real, breathing, harm-able person who deserves your kindness - whether they are players or if they are, on top of that, also staffers. Please treat these people as you yourself would expect to be treated.

On the subject of staff, specifically - if you haven't had the chance to get to know some of our staffers, I highly recommend it. These players take on long hours of complicated and often thankless work - without pay - because they want to see Alacrity succeed. These are kids with feelings. They're 20-somethings trying to figure out how to pay their mortgages, they're students working full time to get through school - they're not the devil. Alacrity isn't a big bad corporation trying to squeeze out every last dime, it's a bunch of young people trying to make something great happen on the internet. It has not been easy. It will not always be easy, but not one person on this staff - or on this website at all - deserves to be treated rudely just because you're unhappy about something.

I have gotten to know many of our players well over the years and I find myself protective of all of you, whether we know each other personally or even get along. We are, all of us, players. Lets all try together to be the people we expect ourselves to be, and we'll get through the rough bits and be all the stronger for it.

Always and intrinsically at your service,
~Kit

Posted by Kit.Astrophe (#7244) on Feb 18, 2014

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WildOracle
I don't get on here much anymore but I have heard things I didn't want to hear :/ I hope this gets worked out and communications get better between players.
Posted on 03-21-2014 at 5:07 PM
Neon Chemical
Wow, guess I've just been fortunate enough to not be witness to anything like that. I had no clue it was getting that bad around here.
Hearing that some members are having to endure treatment like this is quite disheartening. It's extremely uncalled for & childish.
Posted on 02-27-2014 at 4:33 PM
Kit.Astrophe
I agree that, when you say something in public, you are opening yourself up to whatever the response is going to be. You cannot and should not expect that everyone is going to hold your hand and make you feel good about yourself just because you chose to say something. What I'm talking about here is not that. No one should feel they have to be dishonest just because others are expecting absolute support. That's not to what this post refers. I've seen death threats on Alacrity, I've seen players tell each other to kill themselves. I've seen caustic, needlessly rude behavior and that is to what this post refers. I still expect people to act like adults, and that means respectfully disagreeing with one another sometimes. It means having real, detailed and involved discussions of what doesn't work and why. I'm all for debate. I love debate. Being mean just for its own sake, however, is damaging. It wears on people and it poisons the atmosphere and I think we're all better than that.
Posted on 02-27-2014 at 12:30 PM

Alacrity Outage and Now Back!

Hello Everyone!

Firstly, our apologies that the site was down for a day, it was an accident on our end.

However, we know a lot of you were feeling left out of the loop because there was no way to find out what was going on!

We are working on having multiple ways for you to find out what is up when Ala is down, including a Tumblr, Twitter and Steam Group. Once these are set up, we will list them here for you all to join.

Right now, you can join our Facebook group - you must request to join. We'll update that with news as well as the occasional contest.

AlacritySim Community on Facebook
AlacritySim Group on Steam

Hopefully in the future, even if you dislike social media like me, you can bookmark one of these sites and be kept up to date if anything goes wrong.

Again, we're sorry for the worry or trouble this caused any of you. We're glad to be back and we love you for be so patient with us!

Yours,
ZJ

Posted by ZJ (#1511) on Jan 26, 2014

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Tsukiko Sakura II
Now im very very confused, i can login with my Windows XP Computer, but with my Windows 7 Computer i can't...
Yesterday i have had no problems but just right now i get this with Mozilla Firefox: just a page that says "@ welcome to Alacritysim.com", a search box, a related search box and a click-able privacy policy page....
With the Internet Explorer i get "404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable."
Posted on 01-27-2014 at 11:34 AM
Fysha
I'm back in on the main PC. Just waiting it out worked.
Posted on 01-26-2014 at 6:37 PM
ZJ
Fysha: I had trouble for awhile too. Try restarting your computer if you haven't, or clearing your browser's cookies. If that doesn't work, sometimes you just have to wait it out, I only just got back when I posted that news post.
Posted on 01-26-2014 at 5:17 PM
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