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1  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dragon's Tale - a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG/Casino on: December 21, 2016, 04:07:46 PM
We've had no DDoS related problems since August - not sure why this keeps coming up.

Teppy
2  Economy / Games and rounds / Re: Dragon's Tale: 3+ BTC of Freerolls prizes this month on: August 20, 2016, 07:45:41 PM
Yes, Dragon's Tale is a gambling MMORPG with native 3D clients available for Windows, OSX and Linux.

Also, we're having a bonus freeroll at 4:00 EDT today, fireworks based. It's not a "pure" freeroll because some of the prize pools only qualify with larger bet amounts; most of the tournaments I listed above are pure freerolls.
3  Economy / Games and rounds / Dragon's Tale: 3+ BTC of Freerolls prizes this month on: August 20, 2016, 02:07:23 AM
I'm trying an event unlike anything I've ever run in Dragon's Tale - an entire month of (mostly freerolls) Tournaments, 3 per day (Noon, 8:00PM, 4:00 AM EDT), with a different game each day of the week. It all kicks off tomorrow at Noon EDT.

Saturday: Fireworks (65 BTM)
Sunday: Shrines (35 BTM)
Monday: Zhanlue (21 BTM)
Tuesday: Pyramid of the Orient (50 BTM)
Wednesday: Skill-based Fishing (30 BTM)
Thursday: Tug (21 BTM)
Friday: Silly Monkey (40 BTM)

Each Tournament is repeated three times on it's day, so that all time zones have a (somewhat) convenient time to play: 12:00 Noon EDT, 8:00 PM EDT, 4:00 AM EDT.

Dragon's Tale has a number of faucet-like mini-games within, which give enough free Bitcoin to play in all of these tournaments. There are no restrictions on withdrawals aside from a 1 BTM minimum to avoid dust, and no deposit or playthrough requirements, Of course I hope that lots of new players will discover the game and go on to deposit, but this is a way to get a truly free look at the oldest Bitcoin community aside from Bitcointalk.org itself.

Andrew Tepper
Developer, Dragon's Tale
4  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dragon's Tale - a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG/Casino on: August 09, 2016, 04:22:48 AM
Just confirming that we've been suffering a DDoS attack for most of the day. I will continue to work to get the game back up in the morning.

Teppy ("Di")
5  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dragon's Tale - a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG/Casino on: June 14, 2016, 05:41:51 AM
I've added a bunch more Zhanlue tables: Two additional on Xinren Tang, two on Zhifu (though those are 1 BTM stakes), and one on each of the four Governed Islands.

Teppy
6  Economy / Gambling / Re: I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 13, 2016, 03:29:26 PM
Ok, the Tournament is launched. It's again a freeroll meaning that the cost to enter/play is well under the amounts of free Bitcoins that you can get for free in the game. (Dragon's Tale doesn't support zero-bets, so I just set the cost-to-play to be arbitrarily small, in this case 1000 SAT per game.)

I've broken it up into 3 tournaments, 8 hours apart, each with 350 BTM in prizes. Each will be 8 hours after the previous one, so that people in various time zones can participate.

The first will start at 8:00PM EDT (8.5 hours from now.), then the next one at 4:00AM EDT tomorrow, then the third one at Noon EDT tomorrow. You can participate in multiple tournaments, but may not play in one tournament with multiple characters.

Glad to answer any questions about Zhanlue. Wiki entry is here: http://www.dragons.tl/mediawiki-1.16.5/index.php/Zhanlue

Teppy
7  Economy / Gambling / Re: I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 13, 2016, 12:47:21 PM
Yes, there will be a second 1 BTC Tournament like I promised, starting later today.

However, I think that instead of Tug I'm going to use the newest PvP game, "Zhanlue," which is a simultaneous-play version of Connect-Four. It was released last week. Everyone did make their accounts already, right?

I'll configure things later today and announce the times and how prizes will be distributed.

I'll run a third 1 BTC Tournament when Bitcoins hit $1000.

Teppy ("Di")
8  Economy / Gambling / Re: I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 04, 2016, 02:06:51 PM
Here are the tournament results. I'll give them exactly as the game reports them, and then explain what everything means below.
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Results for $574 Bitcoin Tug Tournament

For Tug:
    For the BTC 1 Power-8 at 1/2 pool by Full Rank:
        IcePick won BTM 502
        Willem won BTM 188
        deviant won BTM 188
        shinjo won BTM 36.66
        Joes won BTM 36.66
        CryptoCuz won BTM 36.66
        jhackers won BTM 2
        Glutton won BTM 2
        tonyjung won BTM 2
        Kjell won BTM 2
        KriZ won BTM 2
-------------------------------------
Ok, so first off, it lists the "Game Set" which in this case is Tug. (Sometimes a Tournament has multiple Game Sets, but this one had just one, and that consisted of only a single game type, Tug.)

It then describes a "Prize Hopper" and a "Distribution Mechanism." In this case the Prize Hopper held 1 BTC, which in Dragon's Tale terminology can also be expressed as "1000 BTM." The Distribution Mechanism was Power-8 at 1/2 by Full Rank. Power says to distribute the most to whoever came in first, and then a fraction of that amount to 2nd place, and then a fraction of the 2nd place amount to 3rd place, etc. The fraction used in this case is the "1/2." Power-8 says to try to make the distribution to 8 players, though in the case of a tie that number can increase. As long as at least 8 players participated and had some sort of win, it won't decrease.

First place got about half a Bitcoin as expected. There was a tie for 2nd and 3rd places, so the system pools those prize amounts (about 250 BTM + 125 BTM = 375 BTM) and splits that total among those that tied for 2nd.  Same with 4th, 5th and 6th places. Finally, there was a 5-way tie for 7th, so it takes the prizes for 7th and 8th place, sums them, and splits that among all 5 people that tied for 7th. Finally, it normalizes all those amounts to add up to 1 BTM, which is why first place got 502 BTM instead of 500 BTM. Decimal values less than 1 BTM are not shown above, but the total amount distributed was within a few satoshis of 1 BTC.

57 people participated in the tournament, and 10 of those got prizes. I recognize most of the names above, but not all, so I hope that at least some of the prize money went to new players. I had a great time running this tournament - I'd like to do more of these! If we did the next one when we hit $700, would that give everyone enough time to learn Tug?

Teppy
9  Economy / Gambling / Re: I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 03, 2016, 07:15:21 PM
$574.43 on CoinDesk - I have triggered the tournament; it will start in 45 minutes and last 4 hours. Anyone can feel free to post leaderboard updates in this thread. (I will too if I can, but I have family commitments in about an hour.)

Teppy
10  Economy / Gambling / Re: I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 03, 2016, 04:02:33 PM
Dragon's Tale is a 3D world: There is a tournament board on Xinren Tang (the beginner island) - when the price hits $574 I will trigger the tournament. You click on the board to sign up, and then just play others in Tug. You'll see a current leaderboard as you play. (I realize that all of this can be a bit overwhelming if you haven't been in the game yet, but any of the other players can get you up to speed quickly.)

Teppy
11  Economy / Gambling / Re: I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 03, 2016, 03:32:17 PM
Yes, creating a new account is fine for the tournament, but just a single account per player.

Teppy
12  Economy / Gambling / I will give away 1 BTC in Dragon's Tale if Bitcoin hits $574 on: June 03, 2016, 03:14:55 PM
Here at the eGenesis office we have a good bottle of champagne ready to go if Bitcoin hits $574, half of it's all-time high. I'd like to extend the celebration into the virtual world by giving away 1 BTC if that happens. I'll do this in the form of a Tug tournament with several winners splitting the 1 BTC prize. The tournament will have no entry fee. We'll use the current price as reported by Coindesk to determine when the event launches.

Tug is a 2-player strategy game that takes a few minutes to learn - there are plenty of players online that would be glad to show how it works.

I believe that Dragon's Tale is the longest-running Bitcoin business in the world, in continuous operation since October of 2010. (See posts on this forum to verify that.)

Teppy
13  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dragon's Tale - a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG/Casino on: March 19, 2016, 02:14:11 PM
If you're having trouble connecting, try the "UDP Mode" option. We've been having sporadic connectivity problems, usually for just a few minutes at a time, which is making it hard for the ISP to figure out what's going on. They're working on it though.

Teppy
14  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: A small optimization on: January 15, 2016, 02:30:13 PM
I don't know of an easy way to check, but addresses certainly are reused, even though doing so is not the best practice. Does anyone know what percentage of addresses in (say) recent blocks have already been seen once before on the blockchain?
15  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / A small optimization on: January 15, 2016, 02:05:59 PM
What if, for the special case of an address already seen on the blockchain, it could be referenced by "The nth address on the blockchain" rather than the full address? N could be a 32 (40? 48?) bit number. Is this essentially what "Segregated Witness" does?
16  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dragon's Tale - a Massively Multiplayer Online RPG/Casino on: December 10, 2015, 07:38:11 PM
If the person accusing me of unfair banning is the character "VIP," then I banned him (the only person I have banned recently) for demanding kickbacks from new players in order to receive mineral waters.

The game distributes mineral waters to higher ranking players with the understanding that they give them to new players so that they may try the game. After receiving complaints from others in the game that VIP had demanded payment for mineral waters , I verified those accusations using the chat logs on the server, and told VIP that that behavior was not allowed, and that this was his only/final warning.

He again contacted a number of new players, again demanding money in exchange for mineral waters. So he and his various mule characters have been banned from Dragon's Tale.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: Corrupted Database: Is --reindex the only option? on: November 30, 2015, 02:18:41 PM
Also, I do have the blocks and chainstate directories backed up as of a month ago. Would replacing the current directories (and only those two directories) with the backups be safe?
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Corrupted Database: Is --reindex the only option? on: November 30, 2015, 02:05:34 PM
I've tried restarting with --rescan, but get this:

2015-11-30 13:34:22 Verifying last 288 blocks at level 3
2015-11-30 13:34:22 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : added transaction mismatch? database corrupted
2015-11-30 13:34:24 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : added transaction mismatch? database corrupted
2015-11-30 13:34:24 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : added transaction mismatch? database corrupted
2015-11-30 13:34:27 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : added transaction mismatch? database corrupted
2015-11-30 13:34:28 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : undo data overwriting existing transaction
2015-11-30 13:34:29 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : added transaction mismatch? database corrupted
2015-11-30 13:34:30 ERROR: DisconnectBlock() : added transaction mismatch? database corrupted
2015-11-30 13:35:27 ERROR: VerifyDB() : *** coin database inconsistencies found (last 7 blocks, 106434 good transactions before that)

2015-11-30 13:35:29 : Corrupted block database detected.


The last time I had to do a --reindex it took 4-5 days to complete, and that's a long time to be down. Any other options? Should --reindex take that long?

19  Economy / Gambling / Re: Someone just won 52.800 BTC on Dragon's Tale on: October 28, 2015, 07:51:16 PM
52 is low comparated to big Bitcoin casinos that sometimes have hundread or thousands BTC withdraws.

But is a good amount for an uknown online game, anyway.

Where is the tx id?

It's on the blockchain - the winner can identify the tx if he chooses.

Teppy
20  Economy / Gambling / Re: Someone just won 52.800 BTC on Dragon's Tale on: October 28, 2015, 07:49:28 PM
this is nothing when compared to the previos big win on DT ....rampithecus made dragon paint -EV
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccAfmHfM9do
maybe now grave will become -EV.

That was in early March of 2011 - Bitcoins were worth less than $0.50 at the time, so his 800 BTC win was only worth about $400 at the time.

Teppy
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