Thursday, February 1, 2018

Guild Wargames Forum Down for Good?!

Sad news from the 20mm Wargaming World. It seems that the Guild, a stalwart of the 20mm Wargaming community, and a site that I was an august member of, has seemingly gone under:

According to freewargamesrules on TMP on a thread asking about this:


Last I heard none of the Admins could access the Forum. The PhpBB forum they use has recently stated:

Earlier today, we identified that the download URLs for two phpBB packages available on phpBB.com were redirecting to a server that did not belong to us. We immediately took down the links and launched an investigation….If you downloaded either the 3.2.2 full package or the 3.2.1 -> 3.2.2 automatic updater package between the hours of 12:02 PM UTC and 15:03 PM UTC on January 26th, you received an archive modified with a malicious payload.

One of my mates spoke with the Admins who say "it is gone for good"

Further news from S&S's Facebook Page, directly from Shaun suggest the same:


If true, then this has been a blow to the 20mm community in particular, and the larger wargaming community as a whole. Reams of useful information have been lost to what appears to be a hacking of some sort. While more than a few FB groups have been filling in the breech, and the numbers for the Guild have gone down, it was hoped that upcoming releases, like Battlegroup NORTHAG and others would revitalize the Guild.

Here is hoping someone brings the Guild back, in some form, in it's heyday, it was an awesome place, and I think it can be again!

Update, sadly, the Guild has died, confirmation from the Guild FB page:

After a rather confusing and sad week, "The Guild" admin team are now announcing that it appears that the forum has gone for good.

We share the sense of loss that has been circulating online for the last few days, and like you we mourn the loss of what was not only a great wargaming and modelling resource, but was for us a labour of love and place to hang out with friends online. 

Between us we have run forums together for over 14yrs, first at Elhiem, then Showcase20 and most successfully with "The Guild" which ran for over 11yrs, our success based around treating others the same way as you would expect to be treated. A sign of this successful ethos was the fact that the forum pretty much ran itself as the 3500+ international membership were polite and encouraging. The reputation that the forum built up is an immense source of pride to us, and we thank those who helped foster that. We would also like to thank those of you we have met, travelled with, played games with, crashed at homes and generally been amazing friends with over the last few years. The friendships we have built I hope will endure beyond this.

With the death of the main forum, this FB page is redundant and the decision has been made to turn this off in the next two weeks also. 

At present the admin team are talking about the possibility of starting again and creating a new space to hang out in, but 11yrs on we now have much busier real lives, with added demands from work, family and children and other hobbies, so nothing is yet confirmed....

We thank you all for your recent communications and we hope to see you at a wargaming show soon...

3 comments:

  1. To true, my favourite haunt left on the web, the rise of FB and the photobucket fiasco really stabbed us in the back. Feeling very annoyed it is gone.

    Cheers
    Matt

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    1. Matt,
      Do not give up hope...sources are telling me discussions are ongoing. All I can say.

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  2. F***ing hackers....have them flogged!

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