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November 2022

Welcome to the ICE Roleplaying WebRing

What is this Site?

This site contains the information needed to join the ICE Roleplaying WebRing and the MERP Webring as well as additional Information and Resources for Rolemaster, Spacemaster, HARP, Silent Death and other games from Iron Crown Enterprises.

What is the Webring?

This webring is devoted to sites containing information on or usable with the Roleplaying Games owned and produced by Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) particularly Rolemaster, Spacemaster and HARP (High Adventure Role Playing)

How do I join?

Just click the "Joining the ICE Webring" or the "Joining the MERP Webring" link under “Webring Links” in left hand menu and follow the directions on those pages.

Menu Update

I’ve updated the menus for the Sidebar to replace a no longer supported plugin.

Product List back online

I’ve finished creating the missing views for the Product List database and things seem to all be working again.

Server move

The site has just moved to a different server, which has broken the Product Listings. Hopefully I’ll be able to get that sorted out soon.

The problem seems to be that several Views I had in the database have lost their definitions. Strangely my Webhost says the database on the original server is the same, although I know the site was working a week ago.

Anyway, I’ve recreated the first two views which gets most of the Product List working. The related products still aren’t showing and the links to purchase products aren’t working yet.


It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done any updates to this site, honestly, the release schedule for ICE Products is so slow that I’ve kind of lost track of where things are at. I know there are at least two new products that I don’t have listed yet, so hopefully I can get those added soon. I also need to change the set up so that the links to RPGNow get changed over to DriveThruRPG since the RPGNow site is being phased out. I think that will be very easy to do if I’m remembering how I set it up correctly. If I’m not remembering correctly, then it will be a royal pain as I’ll have to adjust each product individually.

It’s also been awhile since I’ve gone through the former Webring links to make sure they are still active. I haven’t had anyone request a new link in years and didn’t receive any feedback, positive or negative, when I dropped the official Webring portion at all. With search engines being as good as they are these days, I think Webrings and Link pages don’t really get much use anymore.

So, that’s the current state, just a quick update to show that I’m still around, just quiet 🙂

Pinterest Fixed

Turns out that the problem with Pinning was due to a change with Pinterest. I still want to investigate and see when this happened, but here is what I got from Tech Suppport at my hosting site:

“What I found was Pinterest did not allow to save pins from an insecure source. SSL was installed for your domain but your website was not using the SSL. I forced your website to redirect to https which is now secured.

There were insecure links on your website, which I corrected to https. All your pages and links are now secured with SSL.”

And, it is working now.

Pinterest Problems

For reasons that I haven’t been able to figure out yet, my site has suddenly stopped allowing things to be pinned to Pinterest.  Even I can’t pin my own stuff to my own Pinterest boards.  Apparently Pinterest is getting an error 403, which shows up as : “Sorry! This site doesn’t allow you to save Pins” or something similiar

It happens when trying to Pin items from either of my sites, or

I have tried on several different devices, PCs, IPad, IPhone, and from several different browsers on the PCs.

I don’t have any difficulty pinning from other sites. I also don’t have any add-ons or widgets related to pinning on my sites.

I think it might be related to a recent WordPress update, but can’t say for sure.  I don’t have anything in my .htaccess or an security plugins that should cause this.

I’ve posted questions on the WordPress support forums and logged a call with my hosting company to see if they can provide any details.

Links back up

The Links have now been fixed up and should be working again.

Links temporarily down

I just discovered that due to a recent update to the Links Library Plug in, the links on the site are temporarily unavailable. I need to fix a few category codes to get them back, which will hopefully occur sometime in the next week or so.

Updated code for PHP 7.0

It did turn out that mysql_connect and several other functions were deprecated between PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0. I’ve gone through my scripts and updated them to use the new APIs that are supported by PHP 7.0 and reset the default back to PHP 7.0. Things seem to be working okay so far, and supposedly PHP 7.0 should give a significant speed improvement. We’ll see.

Product List back up, for now.

After trying several new PHP plugins I still didn’t have any luck in getting the Product List and the Recent Releases list working. I had tracked things down to the point that it would hang up with it hit the $connection = mysql_connect($host,$user,$password) or die ("couldn't connect to server"); portion of the script.
Eventually I went into the Dashboard for my website that my host provides and saw that my site was set to use PHP 7.0. It gave me the choice to use PHP 5.6 instead and once I switched to that, things started working again, even with the new plugin.
I’ll have to do some research on whether it is the plugins (I tried several) that can’t handle PHP 7.0 or if it is my underlying code that needs updating for PHP 7.0