Since Dustin no longer maintains his UAM database, we need an alternative to comfortably download and install ages for offline TPOTS
installations. With the recent release of Somewhere
, this became quite urgent (at least, a lot of people were complaining
), so in my spare time I created a copy of Dustin's UAM database (containing only the three most recent releases of every age), and added the recent age updates and releases (Rell-too and Somewhere). You can find the result at http://www.the-deep-island.de/uru-ages/
. I did some testing, but there might still be rough ages. For the future, I plan to move most of the old files to the GoW server which Hoikas kindly provided (the DI hard disk is quite full already), and I hope to provide an RSS feed for easier notification of age updates - but the latter will probably not happen before end of February.
To use the new age database, you need to configure your UAM to connect to it: Hit the "Change Server" button in the UAM tab, and enter the following URL: http://www.the-deep-island.de/uru-ages/
. Then hit "Ok" and finally "Get Latest List". That's it.
Currently, there is no upload form for age authors. I propose the following procedure for age releases:
* The age author uploads the archive with all age files on some one-click hoster
and announces the release or update, with the link, on these forums
* As soon as I find the time, I can put it on to the Deep Island dataserver and UAM database, so everyone on the DI Shard or using that datavase can comfortably get the age. Impatient explorers do not have to wait, but if they choose to sue the original package they might hit into some rough edges (I perform some automatic checks, and file organization normalization, when putting an age onto the dataserver). And, of course, admins of other Shards do not have to wait until I finally wrote that exam, or whatever is blocking me
Please tell me if things work properly on your side. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome, both for the user and author side of things. However please keep in mind that Drizzle/UAM itself (that is, the tool you are using) is still unmaintained, I am just going to maintain that UAM database.