I performed some infrastructure changes to BNETDocs over the weekend.
spun up a new server at Vultr: vultr-chi.bnetdocs.org.
server.bnetdocs.org is now lsn.bnetdocs.org.
all content and settings were transferred to the new server, with minor adjustments.
the bnls database was transferred from an even older server to the new server.
used a different filesystem path on the new server for data.
bnetdocs.org and redux/labs/www.bnetdocs.org now point at vultr-chi.bnetdocs.org.
lsn.bnetdocs.org is shutdown, to be deleted later.
The cause for this is due to the instability of the previous provider. I have been shopping around other providers and Vultr has been great. This new server should have a longer lifespan as well as it is now on CentOS 7 instead of Fedora. ;)
StarCraft 1.18 has been officially released today by Blizzard, the first patch in over 8 years. With this patch, StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free to play. A copy of the patch notes has been provided below.
Note: When patching StarCraft, please use the ‘Run as Admin’ option; it is required during your first client run to migrate saves and avoid issues from Windows system admin changes.
StarCraft: Brood War Patch 1.18 Patch Notes
StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free. Follow the links here to begin installing:
A previous BNETDocs article talked about a rumor that StarCraft would be getting remastered. This suspicion was confirmed after Blizzard announced their plans during the "I <3 StarCraft" event which celebrated 19 years of StarCraft:
Furthermore, Blizzard conducted an interview about the development of SC: Remastered that you can watch here:
Recently, an article from Team Liquid surfaced about Blizzard's plans to prepare for SC: Remastered. That article has been reposted below.
In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, SC:BW will be receiving its first official patch since January 21, 2009—almost 8 years ago. This patch mostly contains bug fixes and added functionality, with only 2 changes to unit bugs.
These changes should have little or no effect on gameplays, since SC:R will allegedly be compatible with BW 1.16.
Patch Will Happen 3/30 US Time. More details soon?
StarCraft v1.18a Patch Notes
StarCraft and Brood War will now be completely FREE.
Specific Changes & Improvements
Please “Run as Admin” during patching; it is required by modern operating systems and your first client run will migrate saves to avoid issu es from Windows system admin changes
* Added windowed fullscreen or windowed mode; use Alt+Enter to switch between
* Added UTF-8 support
* Added Keybind options
* Added cursor clamping in game while windowed; unclamped in menus
* Added Popular Maps to streamline finding games or game types
* Added options to display actions per minute
* Added Observer mode
* Added opponent information when joining a game lobby
* Added autosaving for replays
* Added in game timer option
* Added UPnP support
* Improved gameplay responsiveness during multiplayer by increasing turn rate
to match LAN speeds over Battle.net
* Improved UI layout in Battle.net sections
* Improved behavior of available lobbies within the Join game section
* Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
* Improved anticheat
* Improved installation and patching performance
* Native support for Fish
* Fixed palette issues to correct rainbow water, 80s Kerrigan, and other graphic glitches
* Fixed problems with LAN game discovery
* Fixed IME support and other text artifacts in Battle.net menus
* LAN and Legacy Battle.net fixes
* Valkyries will fire missiles regardless of population size
* Dragoons will not freeze and require a Stop order before accepting new orders
* Mac is not supported this patch, but is in progress
* The profile section is currently unavailable
BNETDocs is no longer using Cloudflare for any purpose other than DNS right now, and SSL/TLS has been switched from expired Comodo certificates to Let's Encrypt with automatic renewal.
I felt that this was a better solution due to Cloudflare's security issue last week. With Cloudflare no longer sitting as a middleman, Cloudflare was no longer the edge SSL/TLS, so Let's Encrypt has taken its place.
With Cloudflare DNS only and Let's Encrypt in place, so far things have been steady. This change happened earlier this week and I forgot to announce it. There haven't been any monitoring alerts that have come in since the change, and no one's noticed the difference as far as I've seen, which is a good thing.