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So the day has finally come...

Today RiseMc shuts its public server network to the world. This has been a very hard decision for all the parties involved. While we hope to keep the community forums, Teamspeak, and other side projects up and running, we understand this is a new phase in our collective project. I like to think its the end of an era, and not the end. 

There are other good servers out there. I'd like to think none exactly like the one we made together, but if you are interested in playing on bukkit servers I'm sure you can find your way. I know DS9 has been working on a Towny server inspired by RiseMc which may interest you (ds9clan.co.uk). 

Please guys take the opportunity to use the forums and the teamspeak's to stay in touch. Communicate what you are doing, where and what you are playing. Over the next few weeks I intend to do some work on the Teamspeak server to make it more compatible with a wider gameplay interest and to make it easier for players to bring their friends onto the Teamspeak. 

Id also like to take this opportunity to give thanks to a few people. 

First and foremost to all our amazing players and donators. You guys have spent hundreds of hours giving creativity and enjoyment to me, the staff, and everyone involved. With nearly 10,000 people on our enjin, I am honored to have been a part of your lives. The internet is the great equalizer. All ages, all classes of people, races, and social groups are equal. I have met 12 year olds who have become core members of our staff and people I deeply respect and I have seen adults act like children. I have been amazed, challenged, and bewildered every step of this process. You guys have made it worth it every step of the way. 

Id like to particularly mention a few players for their achievements. Firstly, AndrewBryer, Jackthegamer, Utugateg, SirBlockhed, and SuperUltraJimmy for being the top 5 on McTop. The top money holders on the server; IrxProductions (6.6 Million), Wolflover (3.2 Million), AndrewBryer (again 2.9 Million) and Roadhouse (2.1 Million). All the members of the 3 largest towns; Roosterville (1600), Wonderland (1161), and Dorchester (1078). 

Id like to thank all of our amazing staff. I am so incredibly proud and grateful to all of you. For some of you this may have been your first experience with professional-esque teamwork. For our adult staffers it was just routine. All of you have shown levels of responsibility, teamwork and excellence that goes far beyond your average gaming community. You have worked so hard, put in so many hours and have made this community what it is. I wish all of you the best of luck in your lives. I hope to stay in touch with as many as I can via the teamspeak and forums and will gladly do what I can to repay this immense debt. 

Because of length constraints, and the fact that I'm long winded on a good day I will not mention you all by name. I would however be remiss if I did not thank two people especially. Dracoling may not be the a name you have seen as much involved on the server. He was however instrumental in getting RiseMc out of the baby age of small server hosting and onto the platform we used for the last year or so. As a professional networking expert Dracoling helped move us onto the Linux Servers, organized the bungee-network backend, wrote the trans server promotion software. What I may have been for the plugins on each sub server he was to the boring invisible backend of things. It was a role that did not get as much credit in the eyes of players as it deserved and I am forever grateful. 

ShmoopyDoo is a name long term players will know. She was a jack of all trades overseer on the server. I can honestly say without her most things would not get done. She would harrass me to sort out shit, fix problems build improvements and deal with a meriad of staff related issues most players never saw. She is a cornerstone of the community, a good friend and I can assure you RiseMc would not exist without her. 

Lastly, I would like to give recognition to another group which players on servers do not notice and many times the credit for their achievements gets usurped by server owners and their staff. I am talking about the countless developers, programmers and other people who's code we rely upon. As RiseMc used over a hundred plugins naming people by name is impossible. In fact, many of our core plugins are famous and widely used and made by many people. Three people do however stand out. AHellHound, Siguza, and DarkBlade are three people who's work has been instrumental for the server. Their plugins made RiseMc special. They have all written and rewritten their plugins based on our requests, and simply out of love of coding. They, and many like them are the unsung heroes of minecraft communities. 

I wish you all the best in the future. 

Thank you,

Novaldemar


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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

In every tale, there must be an end. It seems that we've arrived at the end of this tale... at least for now.

Due to the waning interest and increased obligations on the part of most of our senior staff, as well as the kerfluffle in the community in general (loss of Bukkit and many plugin developers being a big one) it has been decided that RiseMC will be winding down operations at the end of this month.

Final festivities will be planned, the Teamspeak and forums will continue to operate and be available for the forseeable future. We'll be hanging around and playing games together for a long time. Who knows, maybe Minecraft will get it's shit together and we'll do that again too.

Thanks for having fun with us, stay tuned for the Party at the End of the Universe!

~ dracoling

Edit: Forum thread for discussions
[SMod] NioPullus Staff Hey guys, Dr. Phill here. I wanted to say my goodbyes as it seems like as good a way to conclude my experiences as a mem ...
[Member] saxxxon This is really sad, I quit a while ago because of work but i was planning on returning soon. Sad to see that this wont b ...
[Member] 16Asinaso whywhy why why

Spigot TakeDown

[Owner] novaldemar aStaff posted Sep 6, 14

Update:

There is a discussion about a new Bukkit/Spigot project replacement called Sponge

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VJ1WzHI-VUuoHEJz4SRHUbl-5XnsURbqP5fIi8B4Kyg/preview?sle=true

However there is very little information currently about it. Development time will probably be longer than we normally expect between Minecraft cycles and the extent to which existing plugins like Towny, McMMO ect, will be compatible is not know. It seems very likely that these plugins would need to be rewritten completely if the API is changing. 

We will try and keep you guys informed although remember their is very little information on the project as it was just proposed about 24 hours ago. 

Noval

Bukkit/Spigot DMCA Take Down Notice

This is probably the most serious issue for the continuation of RiseMc and the wider Minecraft Server community. More information is provided below so do your own research.

For those of you who don't know we use a Bukkit mod called Spigot to run our servers. Thus it is very concerning to see that a Craft Bukkit developer Wesley Wolfe (Wolvereness) issued a DMCA request for Spigots code alleging copyright violations. This has effectively halted distribution of the Spigot and Bukkit Project and is a serious concern to the entire Minecraft Community.  

This is a very serious issue and may very well mean the end of server networks like RiseMC for good if Bukkit no longer is available. 

I can easily attest that running this network would not be possible without Spigot or the great work done by md_5. The fixes Spigot makes over Craft Bukkit are essential to a server running smoothly as numbers of players increase. That is not to mention the fact that md_5 and co. have been extremely helpful and supportive via IRC with what ever BS issue I ran into while messing around on the server. 

I strongly suggest you read some or all of the links below. Sk89q's link is especially informative. 

Novaldemar

Spigots Main Page

http://www.spigotmc.org/

Spigots Response to the claims: 

http://www.spigotmc.org/threads/our-dmca-response.28772/

Bukkits Take on the Takedown:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Minecraft/comments/2fkz55/as_one_of_the_original_contributors_to_bukkit/

http://forum.enginehub.org/threads/bukkit-may-cease-to-exist-in-the-future.15684/

Mojang's Response to the claims: 

http://forums.bukkit.org/threads/mojang-and-the-bukkit-project.309715/


 

[Member] Jockastar So the story is basically Mojang bought Bukkit Project > Wolf didn't knew about them buying the project > Leaves t ...
[Helper] XxITALYBOYxX StaffDiamondVip *Donates 1 Kajillion dollars*

Hey guys! It's time for a good old fashioned lottery! I'll be picking a number between one and ten thousand (using a random number generator!). The Lottery will be going on between now (Thursday, September 4th) and Saturday, September 13th. 

There's $200,000 ingame money total to be won, with 10 lucky winners getting $20,000 and a unique item! 

For more info/rules, see the post here:



Fine to Update to 1.8 now! 

NOTE: If you are having issues connecting you can downgrade to 1.7.10 and connect to the server. 




Remember there are no 1.8 blocks on the server yet. That will take a lot more time for developers to sort out. Some parts of the server may not work during this period of time. 

1.8 TEST SERVER 

We will be setting up a 1.8 test server that you can play and test the features in 1.8. A portal will appear in spawn when we are ready for it. Enjoy the Wabbits! 

NOVAL




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