It’s not easy running a hobby site, blog or forum. Now, one of the most established discussion forums for Warhammer 40K and similar games has come down in an unfortunate mix of personal and technical problem: www.bolterandchainsword.com.
The Bolter & Chainsword is currently Offline
Out of luck and options, they’re asking for your help! Here’s the full call-to-action from their site.
On Friday 12th the Bolter & Chainsword appeared to suffer a hard drive failure, replacement drives were purchased but failed to remirror correctly when added to the server. Eventually after much testing it was discovered the server hardware was causing the problem and it appears we will need to purchase a new server. Given the age of the server (10yrs – it was installed in 2003) this was expected to some degree and we have some funds from previous donation drives saved for this.
However the timing for this event is not good, Brother Argos who pays for the B&C and is also the technical admin has for the last 6-9 months been fighting severe proliferative diabetic retinopathy, had numerous operations on his eyes and unfortunately has lost a significant amount of his sight. We had hoped he would be recovered enough after his last operation to help us move to the planned new server, however given the timing of the current scenario this will not happen.
We have found a technical resource, who can rebuild and move the B&C to a new home, however this will be chargable. As it currently stands the Bolter & Chainsword needs to raise around $800 – $1000 in addition to the funds we currently have put by to make this happen.
Brother Argos has funded the B&C to the tune of $18,000 dollars over the last 10 years, so that we could all enjoy our community, he is not in a position given his illness to rescue us now.
It is your community, if you wish it to survive you need to raise around a $1000, if we raise more it will all help get a better server for our new home.
There is a paypal button below which sends money to [email protected], if you have enjoyed visiting the Bolter & Chainsword click the button below and show us.
As and when we get more information you can find us at Our Facebook page we will also update this holding page.
Remember the words of Roboute Guilliman Primarch of the Ultramarines – “to admit defeat is to blaspheme against the Emperor”.
Help Chip In
I can’t vouch for the 2003 date, but I do know that Bolter and Chainsword have been around since… well.. forever.
If you have a few odd quid sitting on your Paypal account, consider chipping in!
Update: Here is the latest update on this fundraiser from the B&C Facebook page.
Brother Argos here … I have spent most of the day trying to organise a new server and the tech team who will configure it and get our data back. I ended up feeling a bit useless not being able to do the work myself and was getting frustrated.
However as I was just about to go to bed I decided to check the donations@bolterandchainsword Paypal account to see how we were doing and was completely amazed / stunned.
We have raised just over $4000 in less than 18 hrs or so.
This will let us get a very good server for our new home and help considerably with our running costs. We can now afford the linux server guru I want to use to do the work I cannot. After a pretty bad weekend with no server and diminishing hope, my faith in the basic good nature of humanity (gamers especially) is restored.
Looking at the results, I think we need to thank you all for your contributions. No matter how big or small you stood up and were counted. We got donations as large as $500 – $1000, all the way down to $1 or $2.
I am going to leave the donations page up, as the more we get will help with further costs. In the morning I will purchase a new server for us, and let the Techmarines who don’t require bionic eyes get down to work.
Well done everyone who donated …
The Emperor Protects!
- Brother Argos