|The D6 Holocron|
Everything for the D6 Star Wars RPG
(No one else is doing it so why not here)
I managed to get all of the existing links for the books done. You will now have the Lords of the Expanse area filled and available.
And now for something completely different. Looks like I have proof that the Holocron is a respected member of the community. Shooting Womp Rats had me on for a short interview. Itís now available on the ďat the table gamesĒ web site. Iíll put the link to the days show below. Think Iím going to start posting all of them on here as well.
As a warning i am doing some updates and maintenance to the Holcoron right now. so you may once in a while run into an error or a weird message. Please ignore these, these are not the errors you are looking for.
On a side note im also looking into some ideas for Holocron branded items. items like dice, bags, book covers, pirate flags, ect... If you come to an idea you would like to see or if you have interest in any of these please drop me a line so that i can see about putting it all together.
Oh, i have also noticed that the Holocron mail isnt working as it should so you may have not recieved emails from me. If you have requested anything from me or were expecting an email/communication, I am sorry. Please email the request/whatever over again and i will either make sure that the email does get out to you. It would be coming from the Holocron, if working, or gmail, if its not.
Untill next time, watch out for Darth Lucas
I must say that it is truly an honor to be told no is such a professional way by the White House. For those of you outside of the Uh-Mericas, that is our executive branch in the government. I bet Rodenberry never got a reply like this, but then the Executive branch always seemed to be a bunch of Trek fans anyway.
Untill next time, watch out for the latest Mouseketeer, Darth Lucas
I have given my new hosting service a good amount of time to see if there was any issues on the site at all. after this amount of time i have found that the problems with the speed and access to the pages of the Holocron were all caused by the cheap ass crap of a host that i had before. Instead of rectifying problems they blamed it all on my code. Now that im on this new i have not had one issue, and im able to see the load caused by the program. So, what this means.
This means that the Holocron is no longer going to have the issues of the past. There will be a majority of up time here now and everyone should feel confident that the pages will be here for each game you hold. This also means that the future of the Holocron is a lot brighter and i can see some more of the options i envisioned coming at some point, instead of never or just dreams.
I must truly thank you for your patience in these times of the outages and know that im truly sorry about the issues the site was having. As well as i am completely embarrassed by every issue that came up. But, for now we are all in a much better place and thank you very much for coming to the D6 Holocron.
Untill next time, watch out for Darth Lucas
im in the middle of a major migration to the entire D6Holocron. this work will take several weeks to complete. hopefully the piece of shit host im on now wont drop the site again until its finished. BUT, for now please do not edit, add, contribute ANYTHING TO THE SITE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!!! i can not be sure of the integrity of what you enter and i do not know the outcome if you were editing during the transfer. So please DON'T MAKE ME FIND YOU! be patient and this will all work out just as we wish it to.
ok since Zazzle seems to have a problem with everything I put up im going to be limiting what options I have available for right now. But, i do have a few things up and hope you all take the time to help the project.
I also got around to correcting the link at the bottom of the pages to show the correct email address for the webmaster (me) so that i can get your feedback a little easier if you dont like FaceBook.
And, according to one of me Wright brothers it looks like we will be able to have a new dice roller coming soon for the site of our own. WITH our own added option. shhh, its a surprise.
I'm going to leave you there, but i will be making a few more additions very soon and will explain those in better detail. Oh, almost forgot, did anyone have any comments about the new downloads section of the site? Please shoot any comments or requests to the email address listed at the bottom of the page. Tah
I am pleased to announce that the entire ďCrossoversĒ section of the old wikia wiki has been completely migrated to the new domain here at D6Holocron.com. And yes this migration did include the section devoted to Perry Rhodan. This means that the entire section of the old site can now be TERMINATED WITH MALICE. This is something that I have been putting off for a while and I do apologize for this delay. Feel free to kill everything in that section as you see fit. Darth Lupis thanks you.
May the Mass times Velocity be with you, always.
The speed of my web site is being addressed right now, but I have been finding that a lot of the options I have left to speed things up will cost a lot more problems than are necessary. Let me run down what I have found so far.
The main issue attached to the site is the WIKI itself. I never thought that the site would end up as large as it has become as well as what is still planned. With that the database ends up taking more time to load each of the articles. I have optimized the SQL and PHP to the best of my abilities, but I am still trying to see what other modifications I can make. To create a permanent solution of the problem would be, in some cases, not something I am willing or able to accomplish at this time. Some of the options I have left to create a solid final solution would be:
1. Obtaining the service or creating a dedicated server for the site. This does sound good in theory and very practical. Right now Iím enjoying the fact that Iím on a dedicated IP address, but the dedicated server would cost a lot more money that I just do not have at this time.
The reason for the dedicated server would be so that I can use an accelerator for the PHP and SQL. These accelerators are not allowed by any service that uses shared servers as they will end up slowing the other web sites that people pay for like mine.
The cost on this comes to $100 per month, paid up front, and for several years. Which would come to the cost of about $3600.
I am not even going to look into this option right now as the funds just arenít there for a site I created for people to use for free. And, before you ask or mention, I did look into having my own server housed by me in my own home. This option would cost less in the way of the machine, but the ISP is where I run into an issue. I would not be able to use a commercial ISP and would end up needing to pay for a Business line to keep the static IP address.
This option is just not going to fly and please donít ask about it
2. The next option related to the first in a way to have someone else run the server. Like a friend or Holocron user who wished to host the server and pay for the ISP and machines. On this I will just say one thing. NO
The entire idea is my baby and I do not plan to let the site go to another person who would be able to take it away or do with it as they please. I worked hard and spent money on this entire effort for several years now. To let the entire thing out of my hands to be only able to access it all remotely and not have the controlling factor on it is just not something Iím ready to do.
Yes, I know this may sound like Iím not sharing my toys in a way. But, letís be honest. You would want your name on your creation too. When I have hosted other peopleís information or work, like the NAV Comp for example, I have made it a point to make sure they get the credit they deserve. With the NAV COMP project I was even the one to advise Michael to add his name to it all to be sure that he gets the credit and not me. The same would go for stories and game related information that you all create. You would want to have your name on it too.
So simply Iím not going to let someone host the sites and pages, end of line.
3. Another option that does present to me is to have every one of the articles redone as all HTML instead of using the database options. This would end up being extremely time consuming to say the least. This is an actual option in this way but you would all lose the option to add more content as it comes up. And, the point of this was a community effort. You all obviously like to be involved with the creation and editing of the articles and making them pretty, to say the least. And this was what I was hoping for. To make the entire site based on the HTML and creating a page for each article would also take away the options for a search in general. While this would make it easier for me in some ways it would make the site entirely impossible in others.
Simply put you all would be kept from interacting with the site and that is just not acceptable to me.
Now, keeping all this in mind these are some of the options that I have pondered and have found to be non-negotiable. I still do have a few more options that I do need to look into such as;
1. More customization of the database for optimum performance
2. Reverting to an older MediaWiki program that ďmayĒ and ďmay notĒ speed things up. But would take away a lot of the options we have right now
3. More research on my part
4. Paying for a specialist to solve the problem (more money issues)
At this point Iíve gotten the Holocron working better, but not to the speed that I would hope. I am still going to keep working on this in small amounts as I learn more. But, it has definitely come to me (thru my very thick skull) that I would need to work also on gaining money to finance this all more. So I will need to be working on those options as well.
With the idea of financing the site please do not be afraid and start thinking that Iím going to start putting up a hundred banners and pop up ads all over the site like Wikia. That is one of the reasons I abandoned that service and never plan to go back to that again. I may option a banner or two, but nothing like that mad rush for cash and profit. Things like a few banners, donation links, and a way to buy Holocron swag seem to be the best options to me right now that would solve some of this. And allow users and fans of the Holocron to start sporting support for us. Shirts, dice bags, dice, stickers, buttons, or even electronic books that Holocron users write. These are what I want to do more than free money thru ads.
Now, as a request. Due to the fact that Iím making this all public of how Iím running this all, and the problems I have been running into I do need to ask please be patient with me. I am working on this to the best of my abilities and knowledge. I have found that my skills with computers have come in handy, but I never did expect to need to know so much. To be honest I kind of hate computers. And this has all been just a reminder of how much so I wish I was able to start over and return to being a starving artist writing stories no one would read and pictures no one would buy. A hobby like this should not be so damn stressing.
As a recap, the site is running better. I am still working on making it even faster. I am researching all options available. I have more plans to expand on the Holocron. Swag will be coming. Please be kind if you feel you need to mention any problems you find on the site (donít use the phrase ďget this fixedĒ) as I donít like demands. And I donít like being at the computer for 14 hours a day (work plus home).
May the Mass times Velocity be with you, always.
Over the years that I have played the D6 Star Wars game I have been carrying a pile of books from house to house. Breaking my back in the process. 'NO MORE,' I said. This is a work taken up from the previous owner. This file was originally created back in 1997 by a gamer that i have lost in time, but it was the most complete that I could find and since WEG no longer owns the license to Star Wars and all contact information no longer was accurate I did not find the need to ask jack from anyone. I took the original file, which was in a Works Document format and converted it all to my beloved Word. And yes, there were a lot of corrections that needed to be made to clean it up.
This file had been cleaned up and had loads added to it. Including, if I may say, the most complete list of force powers in existence. The Word file was organized and even had links to allow easy searching. But, was still way too much for a simple document. So, more action needed to be made. I needed to get this in a more advanced data base of some kind. SO came the Wiki. I now take it upon myself to put all source material needed to play the Star Wars D6 game here in one place for easy searching, viewing, and game lawyering (is that a word). The original Wiki location was on the Wikia.com systems. This was going great for over a year. Until they decided to set in order a new layout forced onto all accounts and pages which included massive advertisements. Some of the sites like Wookiepedia had the main wallpaper of the site replaced by a huge picture advertising a new TV show. This was completely unacceptable to me and I would not subject my new friends to this. So now comes my biggest test ever. The largest test of my brain that has ever come up since I finished my turn at emergency medicine. I purchased a domain and hosting service to house the Holocron. I with no knowledge of any coding and/or programming took it upon myself to open a web site myself.
The new site and server are not going to be as pretty as before, and not as easy to add materials. But, that is a statement for now. If the past is any way of showing what can be done this new site will become what the Holocron was intended to be from the very start. I have proven that I can learn and figure out what I need done, and so will you.
So get cracking and find that long lost D6 bag and original rule book from the glory days of WEG. And keep requests for D20 stats out of here as the material that was created by Wizards was not worth JarrJarr poodoo. Just keep at least one out for Darth Lucas.
And thus, from the massive Word File was a Wiki born.
"WE ARE DISNEY! ALL YOUR CHILDHOOD ARE BELONG TO US!"