The might Portent.net has died the death. Although long since had that once wonderful of sites given itself over to minor discussions, still it's passing will be mourned. There are now but too few sites that offer a forum for discussion of the 40k universe that are not all but entirely compromised by the "mutual back patting" that is common, to my experience, on BL and GW forums. 40kOnline is one and we are another.
Mark the passing of Portent and hope that the changes to the universe of 40k do not mark such here...
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Post by DesertGhostExarch on Mar 13, 2005 21:56:20 GMT -5
I'll miss the 40kBackground forum on Portent. Hopefully the ASP will live.... I suppose I'll have to post somewhere to get my "fix," though....as long as I'm registered here, might as well contribute....*ambles off to find something to do*
"I am not a number! I am a machine!"--Number 32, MegasXLR "I choose to believe what I was programmed to believe!"--Random Old Robot, Futurama
I miss Portent, it was the forum to discuss stuff like background but also rumours and that kinda stuff. Now Im trying to get on Dakkadakka, but it doesnt let me log in 40kOnline is ok too...but still, not Portent...
I think one of the most irritating things will be that any new board is unlikely to benefit from such veteran posters as Kage or Brusilov. While I am tempted to just go and sign up for a new 40k discussion board, I can't see there being any which can compete with portent in terms of the quality and range of discussion.
What!? Portent is gone!? I thought it was just a typically temporary problem! Why is it gone? Why didn't they say anything? Oh, the humanity!
From the page: -
We almost made it to seven years. From a small Games Workshop rumours website on free webspace to a dual Xeon 2.4 GHz monster dedicated server with 100,000+ visitors a month, Portent has grown from a fun idea in my head to something far greater than I could ever have anticipated. Sadly, all good things must come to an end.
The end result of the recent server troubles is that we no longer have the Portent data, aside from a year old backup. Unfortunate as this is it's almost as if fate has forced our hand. I can no longer provide the time or finances that Portent requires, not by a long shot. For Nick and myself Portent has practically been a second job. You can only take so many abortive glimmers of hope before you realise it's time to move on.
There are far too many people to thank before the curtain closes here. Most important of all, Nick has been a complete legend – there are very few people who would do so much for nothing but the odd beer. Portent would have vanished many moons ago without his technical expertise and I'm sure the rest of Portent has just as much to thank him for as I do.
A mere step below Nick in the grand scheme of things are the Inquisitors. I have, and I can say this having administered forums professionally, the best mod team I could ever ask for. Despite countless challenges they've been instrumental in tirelessly turning the Portent Forums into a great place to discuss wargaming and more besides. Every single one of you regular members who've posted (and not been banned, at least) deserves my thanks too, in particular those who helped support Portent by becoming Guilders. Seeing the end to such an amazing community is unquestionably the worst thing about this. Without you guys I probably would have closed the site long ago, having such a great community made it that much harder.
The chaps at the studio have all proved themselves to be total gents whenever we've spoken. Andy, it was always a pleasure to catch up with you at Games Days, I hope things are going well at Mongoose. Gav, many thanks for attending the tourney and posting on the forums. Paul, cheers for putting aside a foolish rumour from long ago and posting on the forums, I appreciate it. Robin, that studio tour was extremely cool and a much appreciated gesture, I hope to catch up again some time. And finally, I'll never forget Rick Priestly, immortal grand chief games designer supreme, catching me at the last minute before I left that studio tour to essentially say “Hi, and good work on Portent”.
And last of all, the web stores who occasionally advertised with Portent. The Warstore was our longest running advertiser, albeit on and off. It's also one of the best places around to order miniatures and Neal is just a damn nice guy to do business with. Also check out Chelgames (UK), Whites of their Eyes (Warmachine), Battle Pack and Wargames Dungeon, they've all supported Portent over the years.
After thanking so many people it almost feels wrong to turn critical, but some people really do deserve it. Great Canadian Miniatures were invariably rude whenever we talked via email – if none of you guys ever did business with them again I wouldn't be too upset. And whoever it was at GW US that ultimately decided online GW retailers in the US were “riding on the coat tails of brick and mortar stores” was laughably short sighted indeed, particularly given the real reason for the decision.
Well, the letter I never wanted to write has already got far longer than I expected. We'll be turning the server off for good on March 20th and then selling it to recoup costs which, sadly, run well beyond what the server sale will recoup, but c'est la vie. We had hoped to keep Portent running for the last week of its existence but sadly the database loss means we can't do that. Instead, please join #portent on Efnet IRC, I'll be hanging around there and I'm sure many others will once they read this.
If any Guilders would like a refund on the remainder of your fee past site closure, drop me an email and I promise to sort that, we're not here to rip anyone off. Please email me at email@example.com with any such requests.
Lavfluris is looking to continue his tournaments and I'll be helping him with that however I can. Some of the mods are also looking into starting a new community, though it will be a separate effort from myself and Nick beyond what initial help we can offer – email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to help. Keep an eye on this page for news of both things.
It has been an incredible journey, but it really is over. Thank you one and all for helping make Portent something special, I hope you'll all remember it for as long as I will.
Best of luck to you all, and not just with the dice rolls.
Pete Closs Portent Webmaster April 1998 – March 2005
A sad day indeed,
though without the distraction perhaps my involvement here might escalte a bit.
though without the distraction perhaps my involvement here might escalte a bit
A bit , this is the first time i've seen you post since I joined
I never posted on portent, or indeed went there once I found the ASP I didn't feel the need to go elsewhere. However it must have been a good place if you lot are getting all teary eyed about it. Maybe we might get a bit more fresh meat..err new member joining the ASp now. And if their any thing like Kage and me and possibly CELS ;D then it can only be a good thing.
Aye, it's a sad day. Just registered to DakkaDakka, but you can't even begin to compare it with Portent. Sad indeed... Makes me happy to be a part of this project though.
I think this may also be a bad thing for this project, since I think that a lot of people found out about the project via Portent. I know I did. Where will we get new members now?
I tried to sign in with Dakkadakka, but it just goes really stupid and refuses to log me in, besides they hardly (well actually no) background stuff at all, fun if you want rumours or interesting conversions, but that's it!