Would be great to have an entry on the Wilvong clan (I like the sound of that name BTW!), especially because they are not the typical kind of dwarves That makes it all very interesting - developing with the regular racial stereotypes is important to set the standards, but exceptions ike these make the world pretty diverse. So yup, I'd be happy to see these guys developed.
As for the picture: This one is actually in use in Seeker's Santhworld module "The Enemy Stirreth" (a nice little adventure up there in Northern Sarvonia) and methinks it represents the Imlith dwarf clan chief. However, the idea with the viking-like dwarves is pretty nice I'd say. So either we declare that Imllith dwarf appearance and exception or we move the pic to the Wilvong entry eventually and use another one up there, just to match what we develop. Either way its fine with me
I've made the RPG Forum accessible again, but Google's process to remove the warning is pretty slow, so no idea when they'll do so. However, the RPG Forum is safe now already and has been so since three days. You won't get any hacking/malware warning by Microsoft Essentials, despite the Google warning on top if you click the link to ignore it. You can also play it completely safe and wait with entering until Google officially confirmed that the Forum was removed from the blacklist. Anyway, I'll inform you once that happens.
Didn't we discuss the issues concerning the Blue Mushrooms pic already? If not, here are my concerns:
- The cities up there look technologically advanced with these antennae (?) up there. - Also my main concern are the flying ships, which I'm sure I've mentioned somewhere should not spread over the whole world. And we've already marked Qel'tra'loh to have these ships.
So what about these issues? Are these things in any way addressed in the text? I don't see any clear direct reference there in the text either that should go with the pic.
Ok, next status report: No hacking for the past three days, so from what I can tell the situation is entirely back to normal
1) The host still needs to send me the results of the latest security scan (I've requested that now). This is important to make sure that I didn't forget to replace any files that had been compromised. 2) Once I have that I'll officially request Google to remove their warning message. 3) Once that happens I'll make the RPG board open for the public again.
Report on the current status: Pages are back again (as has been done before already half a dozen times), except the main page, which stays deactivated for now. We'll wait and check tomorrow if the hacker has managed to hit again. I guess we've got good arguments on our side now After that and in case we were successful in locking the hacker out we'll wait at least two more days until we request Google to remove the warning. Then we'll switch back.
In the meantime I advise Santharians to make a malware check on their computers whenever possible, just to make sure that there are no exploits on your machines. I foyu don't have any antivirus software you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free or Malwarebytes. This is especially advisable for everyone who has FTP access to the site and uploaded files that way. E.g. pictures for the RPG forum, stuff like that.
Also: If you once had FTP access to the site, you will now not get in anymore, as all password have been changed in the process of securing the site. If someone needs access he/she/it needs to request it again personally, but I'll hand one out only once the hacking stuff is over. For now I won't let anyone else in but me
If you're an RPG player or have followed shoutbox or Facebook posts, you might know that the RPG board has been hacked. Yesterday even Google picked up on it and marked it as an attacking site. The problem is that through a security hole files are being replaced every day, even if I replace them as soon as I notice the problem. There were a couple of good suggestions from the SMF guys, which we've followed by now, but today the board was still hacked. So these measures weren't enough.
However, our host now got a hot lead in the case, and I've made sure to eliminate that hole. This evening I will replace all the files again, so that the RPG board is restored to normalcy. Then we'll have to wait at least a couple of days to see if an attack happens again. Only when I'm sure that the hacking situation is resolved completely I'll request Google to remove the warning. Once that happens, the RPG board will be opened up again. Until then feel free to explore the site or the Dev board, because it's only the RPG board that has been compromised.
Site update has just been uploaded - check it out Took some liberties in order to integrate a couple of pics, hope you like. Congrats on her first entry up on site goes to Amabella, who now got the new title of "Aspiring Member"!
Well, "the Coren" measurement I think had its main source in this strange bird he was writing, and I fear that one's still not up or even finished! Probably it was more intended for ornithologists or the book of records rather than the Compendium... Hope that's not a bad omen, though...