The Chaos Engine

Chaos In The Games Industry

T'was Chaosmas eve and all through the house walked an admin who couldn't be arsed to rhyme.

But seriously folks, as some of you are released from crunch into daylight for the first time in nearly a year, and struggle vainly to find presents which sold out weeks ago in blind snow panic (apologies to those of you who didn't get released - the secret is to get a desk where multiple people are chained, so a few of you can work on getting the fixings loose at the same time), it comes time to wish all of you a Merry Chaosmas!

God bless us, everyone. And stuff.

Now go have a mince pie or something, you are making the place look untidy.
Firstly, its starting to look a lot like fishmen^H^H^H^H^H^H^HChaosmas, and as such (possibly due to moaning in the forums, possibly not) we have the traditional Chaosmas threads up in Irrelevant Corner, so get over there and start an unholy war nominating each other!

Secondly, its kinda fund raising time again - not to worry, we are safe for a bit yet, so if you are strapped for Chaosmas (and lets face it most of us are...) then fret not, we will fleece you rotten in the new year! Unfortunately, we appear to have upset Paypal, who have once AGAIN locked our account, and this time do not appear to want to talk to us about it. As a warning to other people in this situation, it would appear that in Paypal's eyes you are either an individual with a paypal account to buy or sell things, or you are a charity. Seeing as we don't really fit into the first definition, then we are a charity, and our account has been locked until we provide official documentation of being a charity. Which we can't, not being a charity and all...

I wouldn't mind, but this is like the third time this has happened, and now I either have to make an hour+ international phone call to try and sort this out, or dispatch even more emails into the ether to get ignored.

So, whilst Paypal do not want to take the rediculous amount of money they usually take off us, we have a bank account with BACS and IBAN numbers, so feel free to pester me for this (I don't think its the wisest plan to publish these on t'intertubes)

In the meantime, Happy Chaosmas!
As some of you may already be aware, I am taking an extended leave from work, my life in general and The Chaos Engine website. While I may drop in from time to time, I am not planning on spending my sabbatical running around copying and pasting my journal notes in to threads here and I'm certainly not going to be sorting out your requests for applications and vouches to let your friends in to the forums...

If you really want to keep up with my day to say shenanigans then add me on Facebook (link below). And you're going to have to send your PMs to inPhill & Photon from now on. Scotchtober's going to be a pretty hectic month for me (London, The Hague and Dubai are on my itinerary) and I leave for Thailand at the end of the month.

I may see some of you out there and I may see some of you before I leave. Either way, I will miss you all and my infinite love to you good, good people and I'll see you on the flip-side.

This is Professor Phillias Pandemic Shminky signing off...
Join us against the morally bankrupt!

This is a Facebook Group that has been set up to try to bring people together against Tim Langdell and the current action he is taking against independent game developer MobiGames.
If you can't agree with someone we have a handy feature here at TCE called 'The Ignore List'. If you find that you and a certain someone are constantly bitching at each other to the detriment of the forums then maybe you should think about using this feature.

Click on the name of the person involved.
Along the top of their user profile you should see an option add them to your ignore list.

Please, I fucking implore you all.
Do it. Do it now.
Voting thread is now open! Well, actually it's been open for a while, but I've been a bit busy.
Unaccustomed as I am to drinking^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hspeaking, I thought I would pen a word or two on this Chaosmas evening. Or something like that, anyway.

Either way, I would like to say once again how chuffed I am with the how the fundraising went, we are once again safe for another year, which is an ace christmas pressie :) At this rate we will outlast the games industry itself, but hey...

In the new year I hope to put new procedures in place which should hopefully get us back into the shape we once were, especially with regard to the gatekeeper position, however we also have a few other upgrades to throw into the mix, time willing.

Anyway for now, eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we crunch :) Merry Chaosmas to you all!