At the start of this year, I made the tough decision that it would soon be time for my tenure on staff to end. Tomorrow will be my 5th year anniversary as a member of the Nerdcrafteria staff, and I have honored and cherished every second with you guys. But it was time to pass the torch and let someone else bring fresh ideas to the fold.
However, the more I thought about it - the more I knew I needed to address our decline in server activity directly with Hank and his team. I'm sure if you all have been around a couple of years you've noticed the drop in regular server activity we've had the past 3 years. It is my opinion that it would be irresponsible of me as the current Head Admin to hand this problem off to someone else and making it their problem. It didn’t feel right to me. So a few weeks ago, I did just that. I sent a long email to Hank and his team detailing our server trends going back 3-4 years, what I believed were the root causes, and several suggestions I had to get things to where they needed to be.
They responded - understandably so - that they no longer wanted to continue maintaining the server. Hank has personally moved onto other things, his gaming channel is no longer active, and his team does not have the resources to help us get more promotional time. Additionally, one of the main goals of the Nerdcrafteria server was to help bring in money for the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck. Back in the heyday, we did just that. But at this point in time, we are costing them way more money to maintain than we give back.
I understand many will be upset be this. This is extremely difficult news to give. The staff and I are heartbroken. I know many of you have worked very hard on big events, unique plots, awesome player towns, organizations, and building amazing communities within the Nerdcrafteria family. Know that I love and value each and every one of you and your dedication to Nerdcrafteria. We are first and foremost a community. We are bigger than just the server. And I hope that continues.
We are planning for Monday, September 24th to be our last day. Celebrations are starting now. The Mini Games server will be open starting today. Go and explore Hogwarts, play Spleef, Snowbrawl and more! We are also moving forward with our Server Birthday plans - with an added touch of nostalgia for you guys. We hope you'll join us in sending this place off right.
The Staff of Nerdcrafteria
1. Will there be a download available of the map?
A: Yes! After we close, we will make the map available for download just like we did for the original map.
2. What about my creative plot?
A: We will be making schematics of those available as well - along with instructions on how to install WorldEdit to use them.
3. Can I open my own Nerdfighter server?
A: Absolutely. Hank and his team will be keeping the nerdcrafteria.com domain, but there's nothing stopping you from opening your own server. We would, however, discourage you from pasting in any old Nerdcrafteria maps to a new server due to plagiarism.
4. Can we start something else Nerdfighter/Nerdcrafteria related? I want to stay involved in the community?
A: Yes! Please do. We all want to stay in touch and find new ways to be creative together.
5. Is the Discord sticking around?
A: Yep. We will keep on any staff willing to help moderate it. We will also be looking to expand the channels and open it up to new sub-communities you guys create. The Tumblr blog will be around as well.