The MWO Lobby Ladder League is now open. Tenbatsu has done a bang-up job of putting this clean, sentiment-inspiring Zone clone together. One of his supporters and fellow vet, FS 12Bravo, came to me a while back and asked that I join in the effort. I was very excited to participate in development, but I really didn't have the time to commit. I wish I had though, because I think Ten's vision and professional end result is quite beautiful. I'll include his introductory email below. Head on over and check it out when you can!
...and the servers are overrun with whopping extended-range overpowered Clan loadouts with which, in my experience, the Inner Sphere cannot consistently compete unless one employs full-tilt meta. Good news is that apparently 99% of the userbase bought (real money) Clan packs, and the lack of Community Warfare means these 'mechs are on both sides of the line. Of course, your mileage may vary.
MetalMantis, a former 88th core officer and long-time friend, is currently conducting a special exchange exercise with the 10th Solaris Rangers, "The Skye Tigers" (10sr.enjin.com/mechwarrioronline). The 88th can often be seen on their TS3 communications hub at ts1.housesteiner.com giving an assist.
If you find the game acting wonky, give this Repair Tool a try. I've used it to fix corrupted game files a couple of times now and it seems to work well. It will find the file, download a new one, then patch your client for you. Much better than a reinstall, eh?
The 88th website has been down for months after something of a fiasco with our new host. Apparently just a week or so after our transfer from another service, the host was attacked and much was lost, including anything related to our server. After weeks of dealing with unresponsive support as well as other life issues establishing precedence, the site fell to the back burner. I finally got the motivation (and the time) to get things rolling again, so here we are. For the few that might read this, enjoy.
I'll try to get Teamspeak 3 running again soon, so stay tuned.