Jul 252012

I’m extremely happy to report that Troll in the Corner is back up and running! Not only is it back, but it’s better than it was before. The site has been totally redesigned by Chrisanthropic. He’s also the site designer responsible for Back That Elf Up. He has done an absolutely amazing job at getting us back to our current state in a very short amount of time.

For anyone interested in paying it forward, from both ends, well I’ve made Devious NPCs and Curious Creatures free. It’s a pathfinder RPG supplement and it will remain free forever. Lots of people helped get this site up and running again, offered advice, commiserated with me and generally let me kvetch at them. Making this PDF free is my way of saying thanks to the awesome RPG community out there, including the folks on G+ and the RPG subreddit.

The fine folks at Purple Duck Games were absolutely instrumental in getting Troll up and running again as well. Please stop by and show ’em some love!

Now in brief, here’s what happened.

  • My old host’s cpanel install (and possibly their server) was compromised. This effectively removed my access to the filesystem Troll was hosted on and sucked mightily.
  • It was brought to my attention that some sub-domains had been created on my host’s server under trollitc.com which were hosting phishing sites.
  • My host was (and for the past month has been) non-responsive or entirely unhelpful in dealing with this and previous issues leading up to this.
  • I decided the only real course of action I had was to shut down the site. I removed the offending content, got as much of my site backed up as I could and did just this.
  • Purple Duck Games stepped up and were instrumental in me getting a new host.
  • Chrisanthropic stepped up and basically took over in getting the site back up and running on the new host. He is also responsible for the entire site redesign you now see.
  • At about this time I stopped uncontrollably shaking and actually got some sleep.
  • There’s still more to do – many images didn’t make it over and we’ll be working to replace them. The podcasts were affected as they didn’t migrate either, but we’re getting them back up and running even as I type this. I’m sure there are other things we’ll run into in the short term as well.

If you notice strange things, other than broken images about which we’re way too aware, please let me know!

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

 Posted by on July 25, 2012

  8 Responses to “Yes, we’re open again! A very brief history of what the hell happened.”

  1. Congrats again… and thank you for the present. Hope the new host treats you well.

  2. Glad you’re back!
    The new design is looking great!

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  4. Very happy to see it’s OK now. I love the new look!

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  7. When I click on the “Devious NPCs and Curious Creatures” link, it says it’s $2.00 instead of free:(

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