Recent posts by AlisonClaire on Kongregate

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Topic: Off-topic / Hallucent's Official "Don't Let MmeBunneh Starve" Page

I really love the blog Smitten Kitchen There are some complicated things in there, but also some dead simple ones and she takes good photos along the way to help.

This tomato sauce recipe in particular is stupidly easy and really delicious. Also, I make this zucchini recipe all the time because it’s so quick, easy and delicious.

If you get a slow cooker/crock pot this cookbook is awesome.

Watching things like Good Eats or America’s Test Kitchen are good too, it’s easier to follow what someone’s doing when you can actually see what it’s supposed to look like. Good luck!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [New Feature] Introducing Kongpanions!

Don’t worry about us running out of Kongpanions any time soon :) Oh the things we have planned… muahahaha

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongpanion Questions, "Which of the kongpanions you think..."

But Cooper!

(I have a soft spot for Patty because come on it’s a hamburger Kongpanion that leads a vegan lifestyle! That’s amazing!)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongpanion Questions, "Which of the kongpanions you think..."

Cute: Cooper
Useful: Cooper
Ugly: Not Cooper
Worthless: Not Cooper

Cooper.

 
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Topic: Dawn of the Dragons: News and Announcements / [Feature] Guilds on Kongregate are Levelling Up--Guild Chat is Here!

Thank for the info guys, we’re looking into it. We might be contacting some of you for more information (it’ll probably be me, andrew, or joe1017)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [New Feature] Guilds on Kongregate are Levelling up--Guild Chat is Here!

Originally posted by XxLittle_StarxX:
Originally posted by dias17se:

Nice, what cool games use this ?

Dawn of the Dragons.

Will there be Guild Chats like this one for other games, too?

Yep! It’s up to developers to integrate the Guilds API into their games, documentation for which we’ll post next week, but we’re already working with other developers to get this up and running :) Many thanks to 5th Planet Games for being our launch partner for this.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [New Feature] Introducing Kongpanions!

I’m just popping in to give a huge shoutout to Jimp who did all our Kongpanion art. I’m so so excited for you guys to see all the stupidly cute Kongpanions he came up with.

Extra shoutouts to TheresaC, jmtb02 and many of our wonderful developers for making this a thing.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Sign In Failure

haliyup: try hitting f12 and refreshing (which will open the developer tools). That seems to fix it 100% of the time for IE.

@Rasstis: Yep, we’ve emailed r2 letting them know what the problem is and how they can fix it.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Sign In Failure

AS A TEMPORARY WORK AROUND FOR PROBLEMS IN IE: try hitting f12 and refreshing (which will open the developer tools). This seems to fix it for most people. We’ll work with r2 to get it properly fixed (they need to remove a problematic bit of code) but I hope this helps in the mean time.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Sign In Failure

Screenshots of what exactly you guys are seeing would be very helpful, along with which browser/OS you’re using. Are you signed on before going to the game page or do you sign on there?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Maintenance!

Originally posted by adv0catus:
Originally posted by AlisonClaire:

Well, I mean, I think upgrading our systems stuff is fantastic and exciting, but there’s nothing that will be exciting for you guys except that the site is more solid.

Rock solid?

[Edit: It was just weird that it was 3 days in a row, the site had to be taken down and there was no joe threads. That’s all, was just getting really curious.]

Hmm, there should have been one yesterday morning, but generally for the downtime stuff (especially if it’s happening at night) it’s all systems upgrades that you guys shouldn’t notice any changes from. But yeah, there’s been a lot of them in the past few days which I know is annoying for you guys, but we’re doing some upgrades that are great for the health of the site. Thanks for bearing with us while we do them :)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Maintenance!

Well, I mean, I think upgrading our systems stuff is fantastic and exciting, but there’s nothing that will be exciting for you guys except that the site is more solid.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Maintenance!

Sorry guys, we were upgrading some back end stuff and ended up needing to work on what hosts our maintenance page (hence the 503s/404s). Definitely less than ideal, but we all made it through to the other side :) The upgrades themselves are nothing exciting, just making the site faster and more stable (which is what most of these downtimes are for).

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Recommended games was a poor move

This should be fixed now, let me know if you still see problems.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Recommended games was a poor move

Originally posted by beget:

I get the same message. It could that the highest rated games just takes the place of the recommended games if Kongregate is unable to get them. If this is the case, then my face will be red.

:) Yep, that’s precisely it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Replacing Recommended games was a poor move

beget: We totally agree with you! It appears that our recommendation engine is down. When that happens, instead of showing you a blank list, we stick our most popular games there. That’s also the reason that error is showing on the recommended games page. We’ll get that back up and running as quickly as we can.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What caused the down time?

Yep, we just got search back up and running. @Sentinel, sorry, not going to post the company name. There will certainly be strong inquiries about what happened though.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What caused the down time?

Sure, that works too.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What caused the down time?

We’re working on a solution to get search back up but it’s proving to be pretty difficult. In the mean time, you can try google search for a game (just stick “Kongregate” at the end of your search term) and it will get you the right link. You can also find most of our popular games through our games browser

I know this is a pain, we’re doing what we can to get it all fixed as quickly as we can. I really appreciate that you guys like the site enough to care when it’s screwy and your patience while we get everything back up to speed.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What caused the down time?

Originally posted by RaptorKris:
Originally posted by AlisonClaire:
Originally posted by RaptorKris:
Originally posted by AlisonClaire:

Power outage at the data center :( The servers that control our site search are still down which is why there’s currently no search.

No one uses search anyway. Game & Chat working. I’m sorted. Thanks :)

Andrew is a rock star. We’re looking into alternative ways to get search working for now, but it looks like everything else is stable. Thanks for all your patience guys.

So he is the hero then. Give him a medal!

Also, you should let IAmCandyMan (think that his kong name) have access to Kongregate on Facebook. He was helpful letting people know what the issue was and saying engineers working on it :)

If I can find medals to give out, I’ll make sure he gets one too!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What caused the down time?

Originally posted by RaptorKris:
Originally posted by AlisonClaire:

Power outage at the data center :( The servers that control our site search are still down which is why there’s currently no search.

No one uses search anyway. Game & Chat working. I’m sorted. Thanks :)

Andrew is a rock star. We’re looking into alternative ways to get search working for now, but it looks like everything else is stable. Thanks for all your patience guys.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / What caused the down time?

Power outage at the data center :( The servers that control our site search are still down which is why there’s currently no search.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Wartune Compensation Packs for 04/13 issues

Originally posted by thedog1:

The Original 1st part Comp for 4/12 just arrived…. but what about yesterday?

I haven’t heard anything about additional compensation for yesterday, but was told that the 1st part of the compensation should have gone through for everyone. Glad it worked for you, hopefully it’s working for the rest of you also.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Wartune Compensation Packs for 04/13 issues

I haven’t heard anything about compensation for yesterday’s outage, though I’d bet there will be some. I’ve talked to R2 about people not receiving the first pack for the night before and will make sure that they get that to everyone. I have no idea on time estimates, they’ve been working really hard to get the DNS issues fixed, but I’m sure that once they can breathe about that again their first order of business will be fixing this stuff for you guys.

 
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Topic: Wartune / wartune login issue 4-13-2013

The problem with DNS issues is that the fix can take a long time to propagate and there’s nothing anyone can do to make it go faster. Caches clear at different rates and unless you manually want to change your host files (which you do at your own risk) you just sort of have to wait it out. I haven’t heard anything else from R2 (but I just woke back up). It looks like the game is working for most people now based on chat, though it isn’t loading for me so I know there are some of you out there that are still stuck.