A thriving and bustling metropolis, the town of Venice has definitely earned the right to be a StompzCraft Featured Town. The town staff is incredibly active, working tirelessly to help the members inside and outside of the town.
I want to apologize for the lack of posts keeping in touch with all of you guys. No excuse is ever enough, but explaining my personal situation earlier would have made it easier to understand now. I'm going to be completely honest and transparent here so hopefully some of you can see my personal dilemma.
At the beginning of September, I moved into college as a freshman. Like many, I was nervous. It was my first time away from home and it was a brand new place. I didn't know anyone. I know most of you are younger than me, but starting college is an exciting and important time in your life. When you first get here you need to be proactive - put yourself out there and get to know people. You need to be prepared for the hardest schoolwork of your life and know how to take care of yourself in the absence of your parents. It's a big change.
It's only been a few weeks but I already feel like my little dorm room is home. I've been handling my schoolwork fairly well and made a lot of new friends from all over! It took effort to get to this point. I had to go out and meet people and at the same time keep up with a new pace of academics. With this, I haven't had as much time to spend on my computer, and to be completely honest, after a long day of classes, sometimes I want to spend my free time relaxing instead of working.
Six months ago I was still a HUGE fan of Minecraft. Today, I can't say I am. A lot of what has been going on with Mojang and Minecraft might be hard for the common player to understand or simply be aware of. I'm not going to explain why the new EULA by Mojang is killing servers (you can watch a video I made about it here,) and I'm not going to comment on Microsoft buying Mojang. The only thing I will say is that I grew up with this game. Quite literally. I started playing it when I was 15, started a small server with some friends, and over the years it grew into what StompzCraft is, has been, and will be. For years and years, every single day Minecraft was a major part of my life. I would constantly work on StompzCraft and always tried my best to make it better because I cared so much about it and the community that played it. Within the last 6 months, I'd be lying to you if I said I had that same passion. I'm not a fan of Mojang anymore. I'm not a crazed fan of Minecraft anymore. Mojang has killed true server innovation and the founders have ran off with billions. If only they stayed and woke up to the responsibility they had. If only they opened their eyes to the good servers were doing for the game. In last couple months, it's been a new EULA, Mojang secretly owning Bukkit, and Microsoft buying Mojang. If you told me that stuff 3 months ago I would have called you insane. For someone like me who can say I poured 3 YEARS of my life into this game, it hurts. And the worst part of it all is that by it hurting me, it has been hurting StompzCraft itself.
But don't fret, this isn't the end for StompzCraft. I've had to make some pretty tough decisions in the last month while being in the college routine - the most difficult one being that I am putting the mini-game project on hold if not cancelling it altogether. That is a year's worth of work. A year's work of trying to make completely ORIGINAL and CUSTOM content for Minecraft. And I have to potentially stop it because with all that is happening I don't know what the future holds at all.
On the other hand, StompzCraft is small enough that I believe with the community we have we can definitely keep it running and improving. The server is currently down because we cannot afford the bill anymore for the big beefy machines. But we don't need those anymore - StompzCraft doesn't get over 100 people online. StompzCraft, understandably, doesn't get enough donations to support such an expensive bill, so we will be switching to smaller servers. This won't have any effect for the players. We were simply paying for something we didn't need before. Unfortunately, because we are so financially restricted now, we will not have the old world running anymore. This means that StompzCraft servers will be down until the new world so we can save the little money we have left. But, for those of you wondering, we will still have a "blow up the old world event" :D
This will allow the admins and build team to focus on the new world and have it released as soon as possible. There will be a post sometime next weekend with new world updates.
This post might sound grim, but the message is simple and reassuring: things are really tough right now, but StompzCraft will live on without a doubt. By switching to smaller servers we can set a small donation goal for each month to ensure the server stays up. Plus, the new world is looking AMAZING thanks to our lovely builder, Bobbin1000.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and look forward to the new world update post sometime next weekend. It looks amazing so far.
I owe you all a lot. By being a part of this community you have taught me a lot of things and I will not let you down. The new world WILL launch and it WILL be great.
The server is back up and running, and it looks like all the towny data was salvaged. So feel free to get back online, check on everything, and start playing again. Please let us know if you come across any issues that occurred during the downtime.
As for rumors of the new world reset, please keep in mind anything you don't see here, or hear from treestompz or an Admin directly is exactly that, a rumor. The new world spawn is still being built and plugins are being configured every day.
But like all major version updates, we will be waiting for the plugin api, bukkit, to update before we update the server. The more changes to Minecraft in a version update, the longer the wait usually is.
So keep an eye on the homepage for any updates regarding Stompz and the new world, and as always, thanks for reading.