A great rent opened into reality, spilling forth the Battle Barge PURGATOR.
Debris and smoke poured from the flanks of the ship. Signs of battle decorating it from stem to stern.
The ship had not been seen or heard from within in the sector for over a year. The engines, that had powered it out of the Warp, flared briefly and died. What visible lighting there was on the ship blinked and and the ship went dark. Drifting in space.
Well....what a year it has been. The site has taken a bit of beating over the last 12 months, along with the staff. This has led to fixable issues going untouched.
DDoS attacks, server crashes, hack attempts and just life in general have left the good ship B&C battered and listing in space, but still fighting.
As many of you know Brother Argos stepped down two years ago for health reasons. Unfortunately this past 12 months those reasons became his young daughter's health issues. As mentioned elsewhere she has been dealing with a rare form of Ovarian cancer. This has been recently added to by an emergency heart surgery due to complications from treatment of the cancer. His wife also had to have an emergency surgery.
My own mother fought lung cancer since last July and passed on Easter Sunday.
We've had several mods families be visited by the vile creature know as Cancer in the past year.
And yet another mod, whose mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.
Due to these real life issues we have managed to beat back the various attempts against the server and at least keep the site up, but we haven't had time to repair the damage.
So what does this mean for the future of the board?
For this year it basically means raising more money than usual.
Argos, once his family health issues are in a more stable state, will be getting WarriorFish server side access to take over the roll of Tech-Priest to the B&C.
In the meantime though, we need to raise funds in order to hire some help to repair the damage, get us fully upgraded to the new 4.x version of the software and make sure our server is sound and stable.
This is where you -- as ever -- come in.
The B&C exist for you and because of you. Our goal way back in 1999 was to give back to the community. In the 18 years since this community has grown and fostered into one of the best on the internet for 40k. You guys generate the content here that people love to read.
With 8th Edition rolling in we have a chance to continue to grow and foster the community.
We have a lot of plans that we would like to do for the site in the next year, a small sampling being:
- Upgrade the site to the most recent version of the IPB forum software.
- This includes fixing the gallery area, email system and the page delays people see currently due to scrap code.
- Bring back the ETL (though it will probably be a 2018 event)
- Bring back the Golden Bolters
- Add Facebook/Twitter account integration
- Add Tap-a-talk integration
- Finish the Project: Argos army (totally on me btw but life being what it was......)
There are other things we would like to do but are still debating, restoring Blogs for example. Once we have a more solid footing for these will let you all know if we will move forward with them.
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE B&C?
This year, you can also (if you'd like to get something in return) make a donation via the 2009 Poker Deck. A small portion of which will go the B&C and another to your fellow Frater Aerion the Faithful.
I will endeavor to update the donate bar in the donate box on the right hand side in a roughly 12 hour cycle.
This site is great because of you, so please help us in helping you have a place on the internet to enjoy your hobby.
Thank you to all.