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Monday, September 20, 2010

10:45PM - Goodbye Gathering

Just a reminder. Shutdown gathering tomorrow 11pm Server time, 10pm UK time 5pm Eastern US time.

Just an informal gathering to say goodbye. Say a few things if you wish too. get contact details of others to stay in touch.

Mostly the gathering shall be in the Henge before I shut haven down 12am UK time.

I hope to se you all there.

Current mood: melancholy

Saturday, August 21, 2010

10:44AM - Haven Shutting Down

With great sadness I am announcing that on 21st September 2010 Haven shall be shutting down.

Haven has had a great run, more than the vast majority of mushes out there butt time has moved on, and it seems only the sex mushes still flourish these days as more and more people instead head to places like Second Life and World of Warcraft.

There is much I would like to say about Haven and all the people over the years who have populated, but I wont speak of those fond memories here. Instead I would like to invite you to come to a shutting down gathering starting from 11pm Server time (10pm, British Summer Time, 5pm Eastern US time) where everybody can talk of their memories, exchange contact details if needs be leading up to the shut down at 1am server time.

I really hope to see you there.


Current mood: sad

Sunday, September 21, 2008

1:05PM - Happy Mabon and 7th Anniversary

Happy Mabon to all.

Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, first day of Autumn when the night and day stand equal. It is a day of magic due to the rare balance of light and dark and a time for thanks and learning also repairing all things.

Autumn (Fall for Americans) has always been my favourite time of year and has always seemed a magical season.

Today is also the 7th Anniversary of Haven's opening. I wanted it to open on this day as this was a special day to the Celts but it nearly did not happen. First of all my head coder at the time was arguing against it. he said we were simply not ready. But they way I saw it with that logic we would never be ready, there is always something new to code and fix. The other reason why we nearly did not open was as just ten days earlier the attacks on the Trade Centre and Pentagon had occurred. I was not sure if it was a good time to open in the shadow of this even. But in the end I went ahead and I think it was the right thing to do.

Though Haven is officially 7 years old, it is probably unofficially closer to 8. It's concept and time of building takes it back even further. I came up with the idea of it in the year 2000 and worked with a number of people upon it.

I would just like to thank all the staff who have been here over the years. All of them has helped Haven evolve and grow. And of course the same goes to all those players past and present who came to see this as their home, their Haven.

Current mood: happy

Monday, August 25, 2008

4:22PM - Haven Status

Back Up.

Current mood: contemplative

Sunday, August 24, 2008

2:02PM - Status

We are currently down.

Have been since late saturday. It is a server problem rather than a mush problem and we likely wont be back up again today. Hopefully things will be fixed tomorrow.

Current mood: contemplative

Friday, January 18, 2008

12:08AM - Haven Back up

Friday 18th January 2008 1am Server Time



Back up again, disk quota is full but the problem has been fixed

Current mood: frustrated

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

11:17PM - Haven Down



Down again, disk quota full. Need to await Ambrosia to sort it out and bring us back up. So not sure yet what our downtime shall be.

Current mood: frustrated

Friday, January 11, 2008


In case no one's noticed yet, Haven has been down all day. Any word on what's going on?

-- Caspian.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

2:55PM - Haven Down

Down again. Asked Ambrosia in email to get it back up. Hopefully she will soon.

Current mood: frustrated

Monday, September 24, 2007

11:24PM - Back up but shakey

Okay back up again thanks to Ambrosia's fast response to my email.

However two crashes in as many days is not a good sign. We shall try to figure out the problem but there is a good chance we may go down again over the next few days.

Keep your fingers crossed that we don't.

Current mood: frustrated

11:08PM - Haven Down Again

We are down again. Still unable to reboot myself. Going to try and contact Ambrosia and hopefully will be back up soon.

Current mood: stressed

Sunday, September 23, 2007

3:25PM - Haven's Back

After being down for awhile. I am as of yet unsure how logn we are back up.

Check your code, desc's and building to see if lost anything. Right now I don't think we have lost much if anything at all but not fully checked yet.

As to why we are down I am also not sure as of yet.

Current mood: happy

2:10AM - Haven Down

Haven is currently down. This appears to be a mush creash rather than a server one as the website is still up.

I have tried to log into the server to reboot however my password is not working at the moment. I shall look through and see if any old passwords work but this is not looking good.

I will send an email to Ambrosia asking for her to help. However if I cannot contact her and I cannot find a way to log in to the server I am afraid Haven could be down for awhile. Days, weeks or even longer.

Will keep updated.

Current mood: frustrated

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

10:57PM - MU* Survey

The following survey and text has nothing to do with Haven itself. It is not made by us or have we had any input into the development of it. The creator has approached me asking to post it to the players and after making a cursory look at it I have decided to post it. It's up to you if you wish to take it or not.


"Are you always trying to achieve the highest status on a MUD or would you rather find out everything there is to know about the MUD world? Are you trying to make friends among your fellow players or would you rather slice their throats and make them feel miserable?" What do people consider fun and rewarding when they are playing their MUD and in what way do these behaviours relate to their character traits in real life.

This survey is part of my research in Leisure Studies at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. As I am a MUD administrator myself (after playing extensively for several years), I am very much interested in the results. Your contribution to this research is extremely valuable and it will only take about 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey. Of course everything you submit will be handled anonymously and with care and will only be used to draw general conclusions about playing styles for my research.

At the end of the survey you can indicate if you want to receive a summary of the results or a full copy of the resulting article. In addition to this, you might be rewarded with a gift certificate for amazon.com of $15. More information about this will be at the end of the survey. You can find the survey by visiting:


Thanks in advance for your cooperation and time.

Richard van Meurs

Current mood: contemplative

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

11:18PM - Haven Status

Haven seems to be undergoing some major server lag at the moment. You may like me find you cannot connect. Then connect and find it lags out. Hopefully this can get fixed soon. Hold tight. If you know anyone trying to gt onto Haven let them know the problems.

Current mood: frustrated

Thursday, December 21, 2006

11:23PM - Happy Yule/Winter Solstice

For us Wiccan's/Pagans/Whatever you want to call us this is one of the most important days in our calender. It was also the most important day to druids. Though the modern day Druids like to go to Stonehenge during the Summer soltice, to the Druids of past it was more important during the winter soltice as this was a time to ask th Gods to give us a mild winter and for our food stores to last.

So a Happy Yule to all.

Current mood: happy

Tuesday, November 7, 2006


Been unable to connect to Haven all morning; what happened?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

10:56PM - Happy 5th Anniversary Haven

Five years ago. At around four pm east American time and 11pm Greenich Mean time, Haven opened its doors to the public for the first time.

I am not sure if back then I realised how long Haven would last, but I doubt I imagined it still being about 5 years on and still going strong.

I would like to thank all the staff past and present for helping to build and code such a wonderful place as well as help players out and maintain order. I also want to thank the players past and present for coming here and making it a wonderful place to be.

Let us hope for another 5 years at least.

Current mood: happy

Friday, April 28, 2006


GAME: Reboot w/o disconnect by Ambrosia, please wait.
--- Disconnected on Friday, April 28, 2006, 3:53 PM ---

*applauds* ;-)

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

10:49PM - Haven Down

Haven is down at the moment. Having just got home from work I do not know how long it has been down or how long it will be down for.

The website, wiki etc also seem down so it looks like the entire server which means I cannot reboot it. We shall just have to wait.

If you want to meet up with others from Haven remember you can do.

Details to do so here.


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