So the server is gone......just thought I should mark its passing with a post.
To be honest I think things had reached the end a while ago. Regular players had grown out of minecraft and were moving on with their lives. Things just weren't the same any more.
Mojang also made running a server a royal pain in the hole! Plugin developers got sick of maintaining cool plugins as mojang released useless updates in quick succession. Key plugins were dropping like flies. When Microsoft acquired Mojang that signalled the end for me. Focus will move to MS platforms. We'll never see the long promised plugin api. MS will see to it that independent servers become extinct. It's how they operate!
A few incidents in the last year pissed me off no end. Certain players had sucked the enjoyment out of running the server. Me and cyd had less and less time to spend intervening in petty squabbles. Certain people were given a chance to prove themselves as mods and let themselves down. They can sit behind their 7 proxies and read this. They'll probably derive some kind of satisfaction from our decision to shut down. Not that I give a shit about their toxic opinions.
Having said all that, the good memories will always outshine the bad. There were some truly sound folks among our player base. Also some great builders, raiders and pvpers.
Thanks to everyone who played on the server. We'll keep the enjin site going if anyone wants to shoot the breeze or ask a question or whatever.
So in my last post I was really, really annoyed at Minecraft, at Mojang, at kinda everything MC-related. But I've decided that I don't really care about any of that EULA crap. We're gonna keep the donation page there and if Mojang have a problem with it, they can send me a letter (which I will ignore and then sell on Ebay).
I know that we've already lost the vast majority of the community. Heck, I don't think anyone even reads these posts anymore. But anyway, here's what I'm planning:
1. Update the damn server. The server is stuck in 1.7.2. I'm gonna update as much of it as I can to 1.7.9 and see how that goes.
2. Get the Youtube Channel up again (/Advertise) The Youtube channel was, without a doubt, the best advertisement we ever had. Most of the traffic we got from the server came from that channel. And we have almost 200 subscribers on it. So hopefully we'll be able to regain some of the old community from it, as well as new people.
3. Change it up Once I update the server and start posting videos again, I want to change the server up a bit. Add new plugins to it. Its boring as hell at the moment. I'm not too sure what we're gonna do. But I plan on taking emphasis off Factions. I might not change it to minigames, but I will definitely take emphasis off Factions.
Now, this is where you guys come in. I'm gonna be needing a lot of help to get the server running again. I'm gonna need people building, helping with plugins and just spreading the word that the server is back. Anyone that helps me out in the next few months will be rewarded for it. We're going to need a new rank system, so anyone who helps me out will be fast-tracked to a high rank.
Tomorrow I'm going to be deleting and regenerating the creative world with much bigger plots. If anyone wants to build a spawn or just anything that could help the server out, let me know. I'd be delighted for the help.
The server is down at the moment. I don't know what the issue is, I can't connect to it at all. I'm in touch with the hosting company at the moment trying to resolve it.
UPDATE: Alright so the host is apparently having BIOS issues at the moment (I know, wtf?). They are aware of the issue and are working on it. They do not know when it will be fixed but it should be fine within the next 24hrs.
As some of you know, MC recently said that they're going to cracking down on people charging for stuff on server. Stuff like VIP ranks and items. Two days ago, they announced what they're planning to change. Here's a little summary of it, and what it means for us:
You are allowed to charge players to access your server
Right, so you can charge people to get onto the server. We don't and we never will because it would mean that we'd never have any players.
You are allowed to accept donations
Donations in the purest sense. As in, you're not allowed reward people for donating. You can say thank you, but that's it. You're also not allowed differentiate between donating players and non-donating players. That means we're going to have to say goodbye to VIP ranks.
You are allowed to provide in-game advertising or sponsorship opportunities
Main problem with this is finding someone willing to sponsor / advertise on the server.
You are allowed to sell in-game items so long as they don’t affect gameplay
By gameplay, they mean anything PvP related or anything that effects gameplay in any way, other than being something like a hat. So that's our warfare kits gone.
You cannot charge real-world cash for in-game currency
Ok. Means nothing to us.
So basically, from now on, servers are not allowed sell ranks, items, in-game currency.
They can charge to allow people onto the server or not at all.
They can accept donation and simply say thanks.
This is a joke. It means that now, I have to go and delete all of our VIP packages and warfare kits. I was planning on changing them anyway, but now they all have to go. There's nothing I can actually put in a package now other than a coloured name and place a sign in the spawn thanking them for donating.
NOTE: VIPs are still retaining their ranks, for the moment at least. I think that because people donated for them before, they can still have them, but I don't know.
I'm pretty pissed off at the moment. I don't know if I'm going to bother keeping the server running or not. I was planning on really changing it up, giving it a bit of life again, but this has just killed my enthusiasm for it. I'm going to college next year. I need money. I can't go spending my own money on the server. I plan on supporting the server until the server account is empty, but after that I don't know.
I might see what other servers are going to do for donation packages and try copy them. But I really don't know what to do now...
Sorry for not making any of these posts recently. I think its about time I made one though. So as you know, the server is essentially dead. Very few people are on it and I don't blame them either. I've put no work into it over the past few months and I've barely ever been on. And I apologise for it, but we're making a come-back :)
Now, to business: Myself and BM are thinking of taking the server in a new direction. Factions is dying slowly and painfully and you all know how I feel about it... So we're thinking of starting up again as a more minigame orientated server. We have numerous reasons for this, but mainly because:
They're a hell of a lot of fun They are a hell of a lot easier to administrate / organise There's a hell of a lot more people playing them nowadays It gives us a hell of a lot more opportunities to add a unique angle to the server. There's only so much one can do with Factions
I know that this won't sit well with a lot of you guys. Most of you joined up here cause we're a survival / factions server. I do plan on adding a survival element to the server, I'm just not quite sure what as of yet. Any suggestions, please let me know. Regarding plugins and stuff like that, I'm not quite sure at the moment. I'm looking into a lot of different options.
I plan on going through the creative world and saving off any cool builds people have done that we might be able to use on the new server. If you have anything you'd like saved or you think could be useful, let me know. Once I do that, then I plan on resetting the creative world and regenerating it with massive plots (only accessible by Cadet+) and then hopefully you guys will be able to help us out with buildings for whatever new ideas we come up with.