I doubt anyone uses Enjin any more, and as a result of this latest post I should think this'll be my final post here, after a good long run. I pray this wall and this site will be preserved as long as possible, I wouldn't want to lose all these treasured childhood memories.
It's been my honour to help out run my favourite Minecraft server, and my intense disappointment it's come to this. But as I note at the end, all is not lost, and I hope for a brighter future.
Citizens of EpicQuestz, Empire War, and BlackFlames
I'm going away for two weeks to Lebanon and Cyprus, and won't be active if all goes to plan. Hopefully I should still be around on Discord to answer questions, but I make no guarantees. This is meant to be a break.
Everything is going smoothly here, so I don't think you should need too much help. If you have any questions, talk to the_pharaohs_cat (Tirith, Dale) or Enoshade/LimeeFox (Rohan in general). Otherwise, message me and I should get back to you. I'm looking for an Editor for the Newsletter in two weeks, and I should choose them soon.
Assume nothing will be happening from me on Empire War over the next two weeks. I've told Tim *everything* that still needs to be done, and it's my profound regret that I haven't been able to release the Helms/Point Shop update before my departure. If Tim is around, he should be a safe pair of hands to fix all my fuckups xD
Unfortunately I'll effectively be missing the first 10 days or so of this, but I have a good set of deputies in the council. Thu, Dimi, Polar and Sammyfanta will effectively run the Kingdom of Blackfyre in-game during my absence, but as I mentioned I should still be around to advise.
I probably didn't need to make this post, but it should act as a good link-to if anyone asks why I'm not fixing stuff <3
So as of this month I've been Mod for 2 years, weird huh?
Sometimes I get into this weird mood of reading old forums posts & about the stuff the old Mods did. It's a strange feeling, looking back over six and a half years of EW history, and reading all that was going on back then - stuff I remember but also stuff I had no idea about.
I realise this sounds strange to say about a Minecraft server, but it's like there's a great weight behind me. I guess that sort of attitude is what's got a dumbo like me to be 'Head Mod' of what is, right now, a small community server in a 10 year old game.
It's getting late, which means I'm getting deep. I'll wrestle Tim to get some stuff out this Easter. We're building a map revamp on EpicQuestz which hopefully should turn out well, but as always we'll see.
People always grumble and groan about how "things aren't as they used to be", but as long as I'm enjoying myself, and others are enjoying themselves, I'll try my best to make it last.
As many of you know, I (help) run Empire War's sometimes-sister build server called EpicQuestz. We have decided to move off enjin to a more flexible and professional platform, and I'd like to show it to you all
Empire War v.2 has been up for a little over two years now. That means it's existed for over half the length of v.1, which I suppose is remarkable in a way.
I freely admit that it's been a bumpy ride, and it's been a damn sight harder to keep us going now than on the old server. The climate of Minecraft servers is far more hostile, especially in the java edition, whose player numbers - I am certain - have decreased.
I have a problem in that I can't give up on something like Empire War, which has been unashamedly a major part of my life for pushing half a decade now. Whilst yes, we can lament and look back to the 'good old days', for me the server still has vast amounts of potential, and fathoms of fun still to be had.
I have no intention of ever stopping my efforts on Empire War, and am proud to call myself chief-pesterer to sjoerdtim, and will be sure to annoy and harass him until Empire War achieves its true potential.
I hope this time next year I'll be celebrating three years of a reborn server.
As far as I can see, the decline in player numbers on every Minecraft server is not because Minecraft is dying, but rather because the Java Edition is.
Whether you look at Empire War or a larger server (like Hypixel), numbers have been decreasing. This represents a large trend across the Java Edition multiplayer 'community'. However, the Bedrock Edition (i.e: Windows 10, Pocket edition, etc) is booming.
Mineplex recently shut down a few of it's Java Edition servers... and opened up more on Bedrock. Naturally I hope this trend can be reversed, and with a future PvP update on behalf of Mojang perhaps it can. But honestly, I don't think Mojang wants to encourage Java Multiplayer.
For many years, especially after the Microsoft acquisition, Mojang has been annoyed at the comparative independence and freedom of Java servers. Even now, Mojang has not released official server software for Bedrock. They'd much rather have players use vetted servers such as Hypixel and Mineplex, or Realms.
Until recently, Mojang had no alternative to the likes of us, they just had to live with it. But now, Bedrock offers the Minecraft experience with greater control from Mojang. So of course they'll let Java Multiplayer die.
I'm going away on a three week interrailing trip tomorrow morning, with a few friends. We're travelling from Prague to Istanbul, stopping at Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Varna and Sofia along the way.
This obviously means I won't be around to do anything on EW, and will likely miss the end of Blackflames.
Tim's told me that he'll finish setting up Black Gate and Edhellond in the mean time, and sort out classes with Olex. Hopefully we'll start getting players on after this update.
After a three week break, I'll probably feel more inspired and enthusiastic too, so you might see more of me. On October 1st, however, I'm off to University (York) to study English for 3 years. I should think I'll have time to stay around here, but we'll see.
No idea what the Wi-Fi situation will be in Europe, so bye for now.