And then a problem arose. Eldrytch wasn't perhaps doing as much work
on his course as he should, and since Liam was his lab supervisor things began
to get awkward. As it happened, Eldrytch wasn't spending much of his time on the
Mud either, but as far as Liam could see, he was logged on often (this
was normally me, you see). After a coursework deadline too many came and went,
Liam decided that enough was enough and revoked permission to run the Mud on Chips!
Although it had been brewing for some months,
when it happened it was a shock. We didn't have another site we could go to
at that time; especially not one that was legal, and we were in some real bother.
Just as things were getting desperate, help arrived from an unexpected quarter.
Rhyder, one of the newish Wizards, had a temporary solution. He had a network
connection from his halls of residence, and a 8 Meg 486 DX266 PC that we could
run it on. Despite being less than ideal, the prospect of running on a PC under
LINUX was infinitely better than having 'Elephant Mud - The Play By Mail
Game' , and so we shifted over, leaving a program running on Chips explaining
where we had moved to.
There followed an 'interesting' few weeks. Even
with a stripped down set-up, which we were extremely grateful to Rhyder for
doing, the Mud still began to falter with 20 or more players on, and it was
painfully obvious that we needed to sort something else in the imminent future,
or risk losing players, who were unwilling to put up with the lag. As an example
of how bad it was, on some occasions combat had slowed to 4-7% speed! Nonetheless,
Rhyder provided us with a means to keep our head above water during this interim
period. Ele thus arrived in less than ideal conditions at its second site:
Meanwhile the frantic running around looking
for a machine was beginning to settle down, and delicate negotiations were taking
place at what was to become our next site: Middlesex Uni.
In the beginning |
The pre-Ele days | A pachyderm is born! |
Ele goes legal | Disaster strikes |
Middlesex Uni | Back to IC |
IC politics | Elephant today