Hello, I represent a team of developers and creative minds that have worked on several servers over the past few years. We have noticed that although many people still play minecraft, servers do not seem to be as innovative or fun as they could be with the power of plugins and creativity. We plan on starting a new passion project of ours within the next few weeks as 1.13 rolls out, however we want to make sure our vision aligns with something that interests the community.
Thus we've created this (VERY SHORT) poll for the community to fill out so we can gather data to help us plan the launch of our new project! Your time is greatly appreciated. Let us make something amazing for you!
As I read through the survey, I find several issues with it that may be useful for you to consider.
"How would you rate the overall variety and quality of PC MC servers at this time?
I picked "3"
My *REAL* answer is "I don't know about other servers. I run my own to suit myself and my wife. I'm happy with mine, I can't seriously comment on anyone else's.
"What kind of server do you most wish existed, or more/better of them?"
I picked "open world medieval adventure server (ie. runescape, skyrim inspired) custom quests, unique items, player owned houses"
My *REAL* answer is "I run a private survival server that stays Vanilla with very few allowances for my wife's ability to handle anxiety issues and for an older fellow who needs special assistance. I'd love to play on a server where my wife would be ok, the older fellow could have "God Mode" and a bit of loving help as he needed it, and *I* wasn't responsible for running the damned thing. But things as they are, I deal with it.
"Servers require a lot of monthly cash to maintain. If the server was high quality, which method of support/donation would you most likely be willing to pay for?"
I picked "Pay a monthly fee to have access to more parts of the map, more quests, player properties, etc."
My *REAL* answer is "None of the above." When I was on someone else's server, I paid what I had been paying to run my own server: $20/ month. I did this because I really didn't want to be running my own server. When issues came up on that server my $20/ month was worthless when it came to the issues we were having, so I went back to spending $20/ month on my own server. And I was over-spending for one server. Now I have a Bedrock Realms server and a Java server. All together, it's about $20/ month, but very well worth it. So... yeah. But since someone could spend as little as $4/ month on a server they control, "Servers require a lot of monthly cash to maintain" depends on if someone is using an overpriced provider OR they are set up for a ridiculous number of people.
I suppose I'd pay what I'm paying for the Java server to someone I could trust to not screw over me or my wife, but since the point of being "staff" on a Minecraft server is for lording your lofty status on lesser beings and mortals, that ship has sailed and I really don't trust anyone to handle a server as well as I can do on my own.
But I'm guessing I'm not likely one of the individuals you would be marketing your project to. I'm not really sure what you have in mind. But "Servers require a lot of cash" really depends on what, exactly, the person running the server is doing or if they are being very foolish in how they are spending the money. If a fellow just wants to put up a nice place to enjoy off-hours with a few friends, it is *REALLY* pretty cheap and a great deal nicer than messing around on someone else's servers being hit up for money all the time.
If I see the word "Donate" coming in the chat three times out of the spawn area, I'm getting irritated. This is my subjective opinion, but I guess some people are just ignoring the chat, so they are not annoyed by such advertisements and that's why you see so many retards persons that don't respond (it's their right at all, I personally think that they also don't like communications in life).
I have a very strict rule on my server about NOT hitting people up for money. If I can't afford to keep one or both servers going, I'll shut it down and play LAN with my wife. But since $4/ month is enough to have a server going, one would have to be pretty hard up to not afford it. Or they are in it to make money, which is a pretty lame way to earn a living, or they are running with mods, unlimited exploration area, and allowing for 100 concurrent players. *THAT* takes serious money. I get that. But so much of the talk of money for running servers is just so much rubbish.
I've found most people who don't find exactly what they are looking for just go and make their own servers these days. Even larger servers aren't that expensive to run. I noticed a bit of a focus on the need for money on the survey and that lots is needed for a server, if thats the case your probably doing it wrong. Its sad to see how many servers have been ruined due to donating players getting advantages or like what was mentioned above about advertisements. Over-staffing is also a major issue I see on servers that are trying to be "innovative". Its so easy to get caught up in being "innovative" that you forget were on a server to play Minecraft.
The best servers I have ever been on focus on quality of the community and simply run a modpack that the community likes. They give zero benefits to players that donate and they don't advertise for those donations, especially on the server.
A very specific song springs to mind.. Something about Thank you for Minecraft.
Such a presumptuous post.
Sorry, but you cannot possibly have played on most Minecraft servers to know if they're stagnant or not.
You do not know what people look for in a server, so to call them "not innovative or fun" is down right rude, who are you to decide what I or others enjoy? No. Seriously.
Seems to me like what you want to ensure is your pockets filled with money.
That's what I think, but those were not options in your poll.
You seem quite bitter. We certainly did not meet to offend anyone and did not imagine this could be a sensitive or controversial topic, especially after viewing the poll results (the vast majority voted 2 or 1 out of 5 for current quality of MC servers). It seems the community largely agrees that servers are stagnant and un-innovative.
Believe me, if our primary goal was to make a profit a minecraft server would be at the bottom of a list of business schemes. If you have ever operated a server you'd know that as it scales it becomes impossible to maintain without community financial support. Total costs of operation can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month. This isn't even including reimbursement for all of the hours the developers and creative leads put into a server with totally unique lore and plugins.
I wouldn't expect you to know that but I figured I'd let you.
It's very clear the community doesn't like to be bombarded with calls to donate shoved down their throats and that's more than understandable. Payments/donations will never give players an advantage because that is totally against our vision for the game and moral principles. Donating will always be an option and EULA code dictates that payments accepted should not change the gameplay for paying players anyway.
If I see the word "Donate" coming in the chat three times out of the spawn area, I'm getting irritated. This is my subjective opinion, but I guess some people are just ignoring the chat, so they are not annoyed by such advertisements.
couldn't agree more! That's also part of our vision. Thanks for the feedback!
I agree with Ashreon. "Would you like a better X?" "Well SURE! Who the heck doesn't want a beter X?" I'd love a better car. I'll stick with the one I already have that's paid off, thank you.
Scalability is an issue. The server I have for five players, myself included, isn't very expensive at all. If I planned on having 50+ concurrent players or more, I'd have to spend a great deal more on it. I'd also have to have a server that sings, dances, and gives players free belly rubs to get and keep that many players. A huge amount of the cost? Advertising. I have to fork over the phat lewt not for anything to do with the server itself, but to get the server name out there so people would actually try it.
Is the survey geared to find those 50+ concurrent player servers and people who play on them? Or just "anything goes"? The survey has a problem with not only with leading questions but in defining the target audience.