Before I even say anything, I'm sorry. To be honest, I'm not in a great place right now but here's a little story hour to go with our update. As you guys have noticed many of our more awesome functions have been disabled. Reputation system, status updates, all the cool things that we all love. We've also updated to 3.3.3. All of these measures were put in place in order to cut down on our CPU usage so we wouldn't be kicked off of our VPS and so that we could continue running (albeit slowly) while I figure out our other options. Those options were, and are, paying for a Dedicated server. An announcement that I'd much rather be a happy cheerful one than the kind I'm giving right now. Dedicated Servers cost hundreds of dollars a month (in order to pay for one to support us, ours would be at least $250/month and up to $400/month) and aren't a very good solution long-term especially considering up until now I've been paying for this place basically out of pocket with the exception of our fabulous donations. Here is where this announcement turns exceptionally sour, because the above news is bad but not day-ruining. Two days ago I began talking to our host about switching to a Dedicated Server with no response. This morning, a couple hours ago specifically, I got an email saying that RPG-D is being taken off of our VPS some time this evening (I haven't heard back about when exactly 'this evening' is). It effectively will take 48 hours for a dedicated server to be created to host us, and clearly a VPS even a tricked out one like we had briefly, isn't enough to host us even for a few days. Basically, RPG-D may effectively be shut down by our server some time later today. We may be able to switch to a Dedicated Server still but it may take up to 48 hours for that server to be built and obviously it's a lot of money. ----- Now for the good news! I'm not a quitter, and I don't think you guys are either. This is not going to be an easy fix but it is possible to make this situation okay again. RPG-Directory will have its domain name pointed to the old site (http://z15.invisionfree.com/RPG_Directory/index.php?) which will (when it's not offline) have an area dedicated to giving you guys some space to talk and chill and do whatever you need to do during the next 48 hours to get your RPG-D fix. There is nothing scarier than a whole bunch of RPG-D'ers without their RPG-D fix. >_> Right now Hattress is working at changing the permissions so that the archives will remain untouched, once the old IF board is turned online again you guys will see everything updated and that category for you to enjoy. The bad news with this is that members who have joined in the past 9 or 10 months will have to re-register. When we officially fix RPG-D this won't be a problem, but I'm so sorry for you guys! The plan for the future is: 1) Contact IPS, try to fix some of our memory hogs on this site. 2) Contact our host about possibly switching to a dedicated server 3) Upgrade to IPB 3.3.3 to hopefully fix the Reputation system to be less of a drain on our resources 4) Make the announcement, send bulk emails 5) Make the old RPG-Directory accessible at least for the time being 6) Find a new VPS for RPG-D 7) Switch forum software to Xenforo, which would use much less resources than IPB 8) Make the skin and some much needed updates around the board 9) Introduce the New New RPG-Directory As a quick note, you guys might be wondering what the heck Xenforo is. You can find some information about it right here but we haven't made a final decision on whether we're going to switch to Xenforo or not. Last I heard, Aki was making a copy of our database to see if Xenforo can even handle our site. So far it looks promising, but it's not set in stone yet. At this point it's a choice between somehow coming up with $400 a month or switching to looking at other forum software options. It's probably obvious which one I'm going to pick. Again, I'm sorry that all this is happening. It's obviously not something I'm particularly happy with. I wanted to keep you guys in the loop on what's going on but honestly I still am getting just vague snippets of information so it's hard to extrapolate what is going wrong. What you just need to take away from this is that we're working on it as fast as possible and that we will make this right somehow. In the meantime, I want to make this transition as painless as possible for you guys so sit tight!