Big news, community! Our fabulous server is finally being recognized by WC2 players and being used a bit.
.RU Goes Offline
On the evening of June 14th users were having trouble accessing the server.war.ru website and pvpgn server. This was apparently due to DNS resolution issues, as the server was still accessible via its IP address and some users reported no problems accessing it at all. By the following morning, June 15, casual users were looking for alternative servers to satisfy their gaming needs.
Albus is a fairly new player on .ru, and has been one of the staunchest supporters of the mousetopher server for much of its brief existence. As I’ve lacked both the time and inclination to play much WC2 lately I was unaware of the ongoing “crisis” (hah), but luckily Albus was there to spearhead the effort to raise player awareness of our server, and establish it as a viable alternative until .ru was able to sort out its problems.
Posts were made on both the Warcraft II Facebook fan page and the Warcraft II Occult Forum to alert people of our existence, and as a result of his efforts we experienced a record high in traffic levels as well as a rash of new user registrations!
Facebook Group Notification
After I was alerted to the situation, I took steps of my own to make sure everyone who wanted access to a place to game during the .ru outage would be able to find that here on war2.me. You may have seen this post made to the Warcraft II Fan Page on Facebook:
For those of you who haven’t joined the Facebook group yet, it’s highly recommended that you do so! In the event that server.war2.ru ever goes down for an extended period of time this will be among the best places to receive information and updates on the WC2 community, and will help prevent the playerbase from dispersing (that would suck!) The link to the FB group can be found at the bottom of every page of this website, in the section entitled “FOLLOW MEEEE”.
Note: I am a member of the FB group, but other than that have no formal affiliation with it and am not directly involved in its upkeep.
Fortunately, later that day .ru did finally come back online and as of this writing is continuing to operate as usual, but as a result of it war2.me has received a fair amount of exposure and established a place for itself in the consciousness of the WC2 community.
If you were to check server stats as seen in the sidebar of this site, you’d see that we’re now showing a total of 51 registered users and, as you can see by viewing the player stats page, we are continuing to see active players over a week later.
As of right now server.war2.ru remains the best place to play Warcraft II multiplayer online with the largest active group of players, and there’s no reason whatsoever to try and compete with them for traffic. I’m happy to keep running our server simply as a backup in case .ru becomes compromised, and also as an alternative place for newbies to practice or groups of friends to play in a more private setting.
Finally, we here at the mousetopher server humbly extend our thanks to Albus for the hard work he’s invested in making our server known to the world, and also to tk[as] who was quick to put in a good word for us over at the WC2 Occult Forums and offer his support to the server. In addition, our (my) thanks goes out to everyone else who has supported the server in any way and helped to spread the word about it.
With even this small rise in traffic comes a much greater incentive to actually expand and improve our little server, so stay tuned for future updates!