2015 Player Councilor: TA4Life

Hi everyone.  The winner of the vote for 2015 Player Councilor is TA4Life.   Congrats and welcome to the council!

With the rest of the council in place, we will now work to pick the Balance Councilor and discuss what we want to do about the Maps/Mods Councilor.

Thank you!



Please Vote for Players Councilor

Hi Everyone -

Below is the link to vote for the Players Councilor on the Council of Setons.  If you don’t know what that means, more information is below.  Voting will close at 6AM (in your local time zone) on Monday, February 23rd.

Note you must view this post from within the “What’s New?” Tab of the FAF client in order to vote.  Also note you can vote multiple times, but only your last vote will be counted:

It’s after 6AM on February 23rd 2015 everywhere… voting is now closed!


For those who don’t know, the Council of Setons is the group that will oversee FAF moving forward.   Ultimately we will have 8 members.  Today we have:

  • BRNKoInsanity as the Promotors Councilor (overseeing promotion of FAF)
  • Rienzilla as Server Councilor (focusing on the server management itself)
  • Sheeo as System Software Councilor (focusing on the client/server software)
  • visionik (myself) as Administration Councilor (focusing on general administration)
  • voodoo as Moderators Councilor (focusing on Moderation)


After this vote is done we will add the Players Councilor.  The Council will then pick two additional councilors a Patch and Balance Councilor and a Maps and Mods Councilor.

While everyone on the Council is expected to serve the players of FAF, the Players Councilor is entirely focused on FAF players and what they want.  For example, Sheeo needs to focus on players – but after he considers how easy/realistic it is to write the code to do something.     The Players Councilor is pure player-focus all the time.

If you have any questions, any problems voting, or any other suggestions at all please bring it up in FAF chat, PM me, or at this forum link:




It’s Been A Long Time

Ok, actually it’s only been about three weeks since my last post, but it feels like forever!  (Like an FA forever?)

I had two huge projects at work back-to-back, the last one just finished up yesterday so I have some time to focus on FAF now.

First order of business:  The vote for the players councilor.   Short answer is it is held up by me.

Long answer is Sheeo is working to add OAuth support to the FAF server.   This is going to mean a bunch of really nice improvements to FAF account creation and logins in the long run; but in the short run it will let us use a third party voting/survey system that authenticates you with via your FAF login – to prevent vote fraud.  Ze_Pilot did this with a token system, we decided to go with the OAuth approach.

Sheeo is largely (partially?) waiting on me to buy an SSL certificate for the server.  I’m researching vendors/pricing tonight and will buy a certificate tomorrow.

Second… In the meantime, the following players were nominated for the player councilor vote but have neither accepted nor rejected their nominations (to the best of my knowledge).   If you are one of these players please PM or otherwise contact lextoc or myself to us know if you accept the nomination or not:


Some have asked what the “players councilor” is.  What is the role?

The Council of Setons is going to be like the board of FAF.  It won’t get involved in the day to day operations, but will set strategic direction, make long term goals, and lay out a type of “constitution” for FAF.  For example the top thing I’d like to see is “The main goal of FAF is to have fun”.

The Players Councilor will represent the interests of the players above all else.  While other Councilors will be expected to think about how hard something is to code, or how hard it will be to maintain it on the server, or how it will affect game balance, the Players Councilor will focus almost exclusively on “what do the players want the most?”

Third and finally:   Voodoo has been nominated by the moderators as the Moderators Councilor – and Rienzilla has accepted my request to serve on the Council as the Server Councilor.  Welcome to the Council, Voodoo and Rienzilla!

PS: Todays post title is inspired by Cake’s “It’s Been A Long Time”.   Great band.


Faster! Faster! Faster would be better!

Hi everyone.  You may notice that www.faforever.com, the forums, and all other web content on FA Forever is WAY faster now.

Like 1,000,000,000,000 times faster.

Sheeo switched the all the FAF web stuff from Apache to nginx.  Nginx is a much lighter and faster web server than Apache.  This is something we’ve wanted to do for a while now.

If you notice anything that’s broken, please let us know.

PS, the quote  “Faster! Faster! Faster would be better!” is from Capt. Malcolm Reynolds