Archive for November, 2010

So long, and thanks for all the fish

November 14, 2010 10 comments

I’ll try to make this brief. This will be the last post on this blog. I’ve decided to return to my MMORG roots and start playing WoW again.

As part of this I have disabled CA on my FB account and will no longer play the game. Its been a fun distraction for the last year. But honestly I’ve found the Social Media games like CA and MW too lacking in what I look for in a good game.

I appreciate the traffic I’ve gotten on this site and the great comments I’ve received. But its time to move on now.

Good luck everyone!

(for anyone who doesn’t understand the title of this post you really should go read some Douglas Adams books!)

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CA forum can now be searched!

November 13, 2010 1 comment

King Hrothbeort posted some great news on the CA Forum: Search has finally been fixed, No more annoying captchas!!!

This may not seem like big news. But the captcha they had implemented on the forum basically made the search feature unusable. Now people can actually search for an answer before posting question.

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Kori posted a technical update to CA server issues

November 12, 2010 3 comments

Just earlier I posted Kori’s update about the CA server issues. She just added this edit to her post on the CA forum:

Edit: Ok, I think we got the servers somewhat stabilized for the most part, but its not perfect.

It seems some people wanted a bit more technical information. So here it goes! Basically, our DB servers can only handle a specific number of concurrent connections, and for whatever reason (load issues, maybe, need to figure that out), our DB server started closing connections a lot slower than usual. Then things just snowballed from there. There you have it.

We will continue to work on this over the weekends.

Kori and the rest of the Castle Age Devs

I hope they find the issues.. problems like this can be a bear to troubleshoot.

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Update on CA Server issues

November 12, 2010 1 comment

Earlier this afternoon Kori posted the following update about the CA server issues:


Hey people,

Just want to give you a quick update on what’s going on with the server stuff.

So yesterday night, it stabilized a bit. But today, morning(?), servers started to act up again.

What’s mystifying is we haven’t done any major pushes onto the servers recently, so we are still trying to nail down the problem.

Anyways, it looks like the servers, at the moment, is as stable as we can make them. We will continue to monitor this very very closely. I’ll try to do more updates when possible.

Thank you very much for your patience with us.

Kori and the rest of the Castle Age Devs


This is in response to the server issues which began yesterday. Then about an hour ago the CA devs posted this on their CA FB page:

It looks like Castle Age is stable now. We will continue to monitor for issues. Again we apologize for inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

I seem to be OK doing everything in CA so maybe it is stable. I really hope for their sanity the problem is fixed (coincidently I am working on SQL performance issues for a production server, so can kinda relate to what they’ve been going through)…

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There is a reason if all your stats are 0

November 11, 2010 3 comments

Here is the MUST READ post on what CA considers cheating!!! I’m not even going to repost it here, just simply direct you to the post!!

I really like the approach they are taking to scammers and cheaters (yes, two very different things, but still both are big problems). I would also take note of the last thing Kori states… Guild Masters can get banned if a guild if full of minis (seen a few of those guilds).

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CA considered up, with ‘load issues’

November 11, 2010 4 comments

Kori just updated her Server Down thread on the CA forum with the following:

Edit #2: Ok, the servers are back up, albeit still a bit unsteady. There are some load issues going on. However, the real culprit of the servers going down has yet to be found. I’m going to close this thread for the moment as the major issue has passed. Will continue to update you guys as more information becomes available.

I can still appear to do most things in CA as long as I don’t try going in the guild tab. But, the guild tab could be having problems because someone posted earlier about getting double guild coins from a war during the problems… and now I bet a lot of people are trying to replicate the bug.

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The server up does not mean stable

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Even though the CA server appears to be up, it is far from stable. I would advise refraining from doing any gifting or FP purchases until Kori or another dev says it is stable. I seem to be OK doing everything as long as I don’t go into the guild tab.

Kori did post this update to her original post:


Edit: So it seems like Kobo is treating our server like a yo-yo. It’s going online and going offline. Still trying to get it up and stable. Thanks for waiting!


When it is stable I would imagine the CA devs will update this thread on the CA Forum.  (Maybe Kobo is going after Celesta’s helmet).

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