Tactic #1: Know your game server(s)!

Here’s the first post in a (hopefully) ongoing series of hints and tips…

What do you do if the game server doesn’t appear to be working? You try to browse to IOResort.com and your web browser times out or gives you some type of error message.

Unless the server has completely died or the hosting ISP has gone out of business, there’s a good chance it’s only a minor problem with DNS or a rogue process on the server.

That’s where this handy table comes into play… it’s got all the info that a player needs to access the games directly! :D

Game Server IP Address Http Telnet Client
TLR ioresort.com 80 23 666
TLF ioresort.com 1880 1823 1866
ST ioresort.com N/A 9999 N/A
ELF starshiptraders.net 1080 23 N/A


Note: The problem this past weekend on ioresort.com only affected the TLR game… TLF & ST were still up and running, you just needed to remember what ports they use!
Note: I’m unable to confirm the ELF information as I still seem to be banned/blocked… :P

TLR is offline

I guess the title says it all…

I’ve been told an email has been sent to Ray, so I guess we’re playing the waiting game now :)

BTW I’ve reset the data for my online graph of TLR to just before the problem occured. The graph showed that over a 2 hour period the number of users gradually reached over 100. Since nobody was actually able to log in the graph isn’t that useful.