What is next for Enigma?

I have been wondering for the longest time as to what to do with Enigma?

Should I try to push it as a Streaming community or go back to being a game server community or perhaps…something else?

So I want to turn this question to the people? What should we do with Enigma?

Please enter a email address so I may contact you to follow up on your query.

 


 

Enigma May 2018 Update

Howdy folks.

It’s been a couple of months since the last Enigma update but I have been doing some paperwork on the back end of the website…specifically to do with GPDR. In this small (albeit, big for us) update, I am going to detail as to what has been changed.

  • Multiple ways to log into Enigma.
    • I have now introduced the ability to sign into Enigma using either Twitter, Facebook, Google or GitHub. This allows you to authenticate quickly and safely with us. (The site still require a username, password and email address for backup purposes, should you lose access to those particular accounts)
  • GDPR Updates.
    • I now have a Cookie, Privacy and Terms policy. If you are a current member of Enimga, you will be asked to re-accept them when you log in again. New members will obviously have to accept them! 🙂
  • New Minecraft Server

And that is really it for the updates, I am slowly working on rebuilding Enigma piece by piece.

But what about the ‘streaming’ thing that you were talking about previously? 

That is still happening, but I had to put it on the back burner for a couple of months while I was moving apartments and what-have-ya. There will be a update in the next few weeks about the next step for Enigma.

Do you wish to promote Enigma? A simple tweet or Facebook post mentioning the “Enigma.gg” website address is all I ask for. I am trying to make this community a thing again.

Any questions about Enigma or anything that was mentioned can be directed to me on Discord (VampiricPadraig#6200) or by emailing info@enigma.gg 🙂

Enigma March 2018 Update

Welcome to the March 2018 update for Enigma. This is the first monthly update for Enigma as we set out for the 1.0 release of Enigma.


I believe I have decided on what way I want Enigma to become.

A Streaming Community.

Yes, as crazy as it sounds, I would like to build a streaming network full of gamers who primarily play MMO’s (Such as Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, TERA, Black Desert Online and more)

Unfortunately, as I am not a Twitch partner, we do not have a way to create a proper Twitch team…which is a good thing as I do not want to limit this to purely Twitch. I would like to expand this network to Mixer, YouTube Gaming and other streaming services.

Further updates will be provided in the new version of Dev Blog coming later this month.

Putting the brakes on Enigma

Hi everyone.

I have been wanting to make this blog post for a while, but I had been refraining in the hopes that this situation would have improved.

Since the beta launch of Enigma back in May, I have been working to bring a new server online, new gameservers online and a new forum ready for our launch on September 4th.

Unfortunately, in the last month, between a busy schedule and my motivation for working on Enigma has simply not been there.

I am not announcing any closures on Enigma…far from it…

I am merely putting Enigma on hiatus until the new year.

I am hoping that in December when things get a bit quieter, that we can look at Enigma and get it started again in the new year.

What about the servers?

  • I will do my best to keep them up-to-date where possible, but I will not be able to add new features to it.

What about the forums, TeamSpeak and Discord?

  • These will all stay online and I will be around.

What about staff applications?

  • Any applications that we have received up until now has been put on hold until December and we will look at them again afterwards.

LOLOLOLOL ENIGMA DEAD ON ARRIVAL LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • A) That is not a question. B) Enigma is not dead. Just on hiatus. Big difference!

Thanks for understanding and we will be back to you in the very near future.

 

New Enigma Branding & Other News

As with everything that I have done with Enigma. The design is not final and that is proven very true today, as I reveal the brand new Enigma.gg branding.

This branding will be used across all of Enigma. From the site, to servers and more!

Side By Side Logo
Stacked Logo
Enigma Pro(?) or VIP…or something..idk yet

This change is rolling out today across this blog, the website and slowly on other services.


Additionally, we have launched our Twitter account.

No, we are not going to be promoting anything or ‘heckling’ for followers. It is going to be used as a service for members who wish to keep up with website activity when they are not on the site. It is literally a Twitterfeed service where threads/news/whatever will be automatically posted.

It is un-monitored (I will get emails about activity though) and I will probably not log into it that often.


Now, tomorrow (Tuesday) is the 1st August 2017, which means that we are about a month away from our tentative launch.

This month, will be the transition period…where we phase out Nologam and start slowly bringing in Enigma elements.

More on that in the next couple of weeks.


Servers: I am happy with the CSGO servers at the moment and will be doing touch ups to the servers in the next couple of weeks.

  • I was hoping to have 3 CSGO servers at launch, but we’ll keep the 3rd one till after Launch!
  • Minecraft still needs to be done.
    If you wish to help, email me info@enigma.gg
  • And I have decided to put Team Fortress 2 on the back burner until Mid-Late Q3.
  • Killing Floor 2 seems to be very popular as it’s easy for people to jump in and play. I am looking to put up a 2nd server after Launch!

Finally, this idea has been toying around in my head for the last few weeks, but I was thinking about making Enigma a paid membership community (ala, Something Awful Forums)

Either that, or I may be forced to start putting advertising on the site. It goes against my “mantra” for my sites, but I feel that something needs to be done.


 

CSGO #1 has been tagged as “In Development”

In April, I set out to create Enigma to be a new adult gaming community and today, we are taking the first major step in this process.

Launching our first game server.

Today, we have launched “ENGA CSGO #1 (de_ maps)” to the public as a development bed for the future!

We wanted to start off with something simple that we know that we would be able to get players interested in.

de_ maps (Such as de_dust2, de_inferno, de_nuke etc) on a true 128-tick server!

We used SteamCMD’s scripts to download the required files to make CSGO run along with a custom ‘start’ script that allows us to easily start/stop/update the server without having to be typing a very long command to save ourselves time and to prevent any errors when launching or updating the server.

We then added the community created SourceMod (and MetaMod) to bring administration into the game. In my opinion, it is an essential piece of kit that is required for Source servers.

We needed a way to a manage bans and appeals and there was no other choice but SourceBans++. Now with it’s compatibility with MariaDB (which we use for our MySQL databases) in more recent versions, it allows us to easily integrate it with the rest of Enigma without having to change infrastructures.

And finally, we added ServerAdvertisements3. A simple SourceMod plugin that allows us to insert text adverts into the game letting gamers know who we are and what the server is.

As I have explained already, everything is subject to change and nothing is final!

https://enigma.gg

 

Powering the new community

As I am working away on building Enigma, I wanted to detail as to what we are using to power the community.

1) XenForo

XF has proven to be an effective forum software built by ex developers of vBulletin.
Since 2013, it has quickly become one of the best Forum software. Price doesn’t even come into it as every penny is worth and in my opinion, you do get your monies worth.

We have decided to pair this with XenPorta 2 to give us a pseudo-CMS for XenForo and is available now. Go to https://enigma.gg and click on “Home”. Once this has populated, I will move this all around.

Furthermore, we have decided to go with a dark theme for our website with a background slider featuring user curated wallpapers. If you wish to add a pic to this, see this thread: https://enigma.gg/index.php?threads/backgrounds-for-the-website.18/

2) ZenDesk

We were using OSTicket when we were on NGM, but this wasn’t too great…you couldn’t do paragraphs ffs.

Anyway, after using ZenDesk everyday for the last 2 years at my full time job, I have decided to avail of it for Enigma. The one thing I love about it is how simple and clean it is on our website. Every page on Enigma has it and can be used for all sorts of questions. (Feedback, ban appeals etc)

3) Hetzner & OVH

Hetzner and OVH have become vital components for us as that is what is used to run everything. From our sites, to our emails, to our gameservers.

Hetzer will power our website through and through with high output power to ensure minimal downtime.

OVH (Specifically SoYouStart) is going to be powering some of our game servers such as CSGO, Minecraft and more. Great specs on these servers ensure that the game servers do not “lag” and a potential to do 128-tick CSGO servers at launch!

Finally, Trello. The cork board for Enigma, ensuring that our path is set and that we stay on track with development (Even keeping us focused on when to do these 😛 )

Welcome to the Enigma Dev Blog!

I want to welcome everyone to the Dev Blog for Enigma.

This will be an updated blog with posts about updates, decisions and discussion about Enigma Game servers, websites and much more!

A couple of rules for readers of this blog:

  1. Queries about becoming a staff or similar will not be answered here. Please email info@enigma.gg if you wish to talk about that.
  2. Constructive criticism is always welcome! Hateful comments will be removed.