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Friday, 23 January 2015

Player Market Rent

I have decided to keep the Player Market rent free until the end of the current hosting period, 16th February! 

Shops and stalls in the market are a great way to make some extra money in game so why not give one a try, use modreq to request one and it will usually be set up for you within 24 hours.

Enjoy!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Multiserver Ranks & Donations

The option to buy 'Multiserver' Donator & VIP ranks is now available! This means that for just a little extra you can get the rank on both the Tekkit Classic and DiggyVerse modpack server.

Just one more VIP rank donation would be enough to guarantee the server remains open until at least May, so if you've been holding off then now is the time to donate!

A big thank you to those who have donated towards the cost of one or both servers already this year!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Server Future & Donations

The the survey results I posted yesterday can basically be summed up by the following few points:

  1. About half of the players have tried the DiggyVerse modpack/server, and virtually all of those now spend more time on that server than the Tekkit Classic one.
  2. Virtually all the players that have tried the DiggyVerse modpack/server think we should stop hosting Tekkit Classic and concentrate on DiggyVerse.
  3. About 20% of players who haven't tried the DiggyVerse modpack/server think we should stop hosting Tekkit Classic and either run a vanilla server or automatic game server.
The 'other feedback' question also had some interesting responses;
  • Some people clearly have strong feelings about the Tekkit Classic server and most said they would consider donating towards running costs in the future.
  • A few of people suggested that maybe the Tekkit Classic map and/or mods could be ported over to the DiggyVerse server. Unfortunately this is not possible, 1.6.4 compatible versions of many of the mods simply do not exist or if they do they are very different, which would cause a lot of random block replacement across the map. Even if we removed all the affected blocks from the map the format has changed significantly since 1.2.5 and the map would likely corrupt to some extent, in fact the current map is now around a year old, which is very old for a public Tekkit Classic map and even if the server stays open the map will corrupt/fail eventually.
  • A few people suggested that we make a modpack based around machines. Most existing modpacks are based around machines, the aim of DiggyVerse was to do something different and to minimise lag. We felt that the best way to accomplish both these goals was to stay away from advanced machine type mods, which also has the added bonus of minimising the chances of dupes, severe glitches and map corruption issues. We are looking at adding more mods and features to the pack in time, and even upgrading the MC version at some point but the addition of advanced machines is not planned.

So what does the future hold for the Tekkit Classic server?

As I've said before I will continue to host the Tekkit Classic server for as long as player donations cover hosting costs. However, the hosting is due for renewal on 16th February and as things stand at the moment the donation fund is empty as no players have donated since around November. We've also seen a gradual drop in player numbers over 2014, with numbers currently at around 60% of what they were this time last year.

Hosting costs for 2015 are just over £200, which could be covered by just 8 VIP donations over the year. I have switched the payments to quarterly (3 months) for now so basically just 2 VIP donations before 16th February will keep the server open until 16th May, 4 VIP donations would keep it open until 16th June etc etc. 

Both Donator & VIP rank donations are now 'lifetime', with 'multi-server' ranks available from 16th January. If players do donate but the server closes at some point during 2015 due to not enough funds being raised those players will be compensated on the DiggyVerse server.

So basically the servers future in your hands and rests entirely on your donations.

If the server does continue beyond 16th Feburary those players who donated to keep it going will also be given a say in who should be promoted to Helper & Moderator ranks in place of the staff that no longer play Tekkit Classic.

As an added bonus any players who donate before the 'multi-server' ranks launch will be upgraded to 'multi-server' free of charge on 16th January, saving up to £10!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Survey Results!

Thanks once more to all those who completed the survey, which was completed by less players than the previous one but we still got just over 80 responses!


For those who are interested here's a summary of the feedback:

How long have you played on the DiggyMinecraft Tekkit Classic server?

63% had played for longer than 1 year, 13% for 1 month to 1 year and 24% for less than a month.

What age range are you in?

This was once again fairly spread, with virtually equal numbers of players in the age ranges covering 11 to 24 (90% in total), just 2% below age 10, and a total of 8% aged 25 or above.

Have you donated towards server costs in the past or would you consider donating?

13% of players had donated at some point in the past, however all but one had decided not to donate again this year. Of those that haven't donated in the past 75% said they would consider donating in the future.

Did you know that donation based ranks (Donator/VIP) are now 'Lifetime'?

This was split straight down the middle, 50% said yes, 50% said no.

Have you played on the DiggyVerse modpack/server?

53% of players had played on the DiggyVerse modpack/server, 47% had not.

Which of our servers do you play on the most?

This was a very split result, 49% of players said they played on the DiggyVerse server the most, 51% on the Tekkit Classic server.

Given that Tekkit Classic is pretty old now and becoming less popular should we continue to host it beyond 2014?

This was clearer than last time, with 62% of players thinking we should close the Tekkit Classic server this year, and only 38% wanting us to continue hosting it.

If the Tekkit Classic server was to close what should we do instead?

Most players, 57%, think we should just focus on the modpack. 18% think we should run an automatic game server, 6% think we should bring back the old events server, 6% think we should run a more up to date official modpack and 13% think we should run a vanilla server.

Use this box to enter any other feedback you have! (optional)

Thanks for all the positive feedback and messages, they really are appreciated.

I'll talk about the other feedback more in another post which will follow soon, I'll also cover how these results and other factors are likely to affect the future of the server.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Survey Closed!

The survey is now closed!

It was originally due to close last night but I left it open a little longer due to  a last minute surge in responses, I will post some details about the responses once I've had time to go over them properly.

Thursday, 1 January 2015