Vergeh
 member, 2 posts
Wed 17 Jun 2020
at 17:59
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
A while ago I ran a game (ID: 30914) for the better part of a decade. I stopped due to a prolonged illness, but I've recently been able to resume play. However, the old game is deleted, and all the work of me and my players is gone. Is there any way to restore this game, or failing that, to fetch it in offline form from an old backup?

Any help is appreciated.
azzuri
 member, 543 posts
Wed 17 Jun 2020
at 18:07
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
There is something going on other than inactivity. I have a game that has been 'inactive' since 2012, and it's still just inactive, not even pending deletion.
bigbadron
 moderator, 15902 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Wed 17 Jun 2020
at 18:45
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
Inactive games are eventually deleted, when a Moderator has time to run the script that deals with them.  How long they remain inactive depends on how active they were (ie: duration, number of posts, number of players, etc).

Once th game is flagged for deletion it will remain for a while (during which time it can be resurrected) before it is eventually removed from the site.

Once it is removed, it's gone, with no way to recover it.

The formula covering inactivity/deletion is as follows:

The FAQs:
The game has lapsed into inactivity, and has been inactive for a number of months equal to: 2 months (1 + (#_of_posts / 100)) (but no greater than 1 year).  At this time, it is usually moved to the "Deleted" area, where it may still be resurrected by the Game Owner.  If it's there for at least one month (but usually considerably longer) and is not resurrected, it may be deleted from the site.
        /help/?t=faqs&page=generalfaq
Shannara
 moderator, 3858 posts
 When in doubt,
 frolic!
Wed 17 Jun 2020
at 19:12
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
I generally ran the scripts to move games in October/November  I didn't this October due to everything that was going on -- but I'll probably get around to doing it sometime near the end of the month.
Zag24
 supporter, 637 posts
Wed 17 Jun 2020
at 21:13
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
You might check if the game is still available on the https://beta.rpol.net server.  I headed over there recently and was pleased to discover that a 10-year-old game was still on it, allowing me to capture some of the game setup that I had thought lost.  It's possible that the game was moved there manually, because I know that I ran it there for a while as we were beta testing some of the (then) new features.  But it can't hurt to check.

This message was last edited by the user at 21:15, Wed 17 June.

Vergeh
 member, 3 posts
Wed 17 Jun 2020
at 23:30
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
No dice, but thanks for the suggestion anyway!
horus
 member, 953 posts
 Wayfarer of the
 Western Wastes
Sun 21 Jun 2020
at 00:52
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
It may be beating a dead horse, but I would encourage anyone reading this thread who has games here on RPoL to back them up regularly.  I save my game content as HTML pages from my browser to a folder on my computer.  I also keep copies of game related references and notes locally with the game content.
Jon Canuck
 member, 8 posts
Sun 21 Jun 2020
at 10:36
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
In reply to horus (msg # 7):

Thanks for the tip. Is there a more efficient way to save the content instead of clicking 'Save As...' on each individual page?
Shannara
 moderator, 3860 posts
 When in doubt,
 frolic!
Sun 21 Jun 2020
at 10:51
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
In reply to Jon Canuck (msg # 8):

You can use the D/L function for individual threads.
Jon Canuck
 member, 9 posts
Mon 22 Jun 2020
at 03:33
Any way to retrieve a deleted game?
In reply to Shannara (msg # 9):

Thanks!