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.