@everyone It is with a heavy heart that I make the following announcement. This will be the last season of our Dwarfstar Gaming Ark cluster. That is not to say that the season is over, far from it. This season will continue until the population is too low to reasonably keep the server going, or the host needs to close it down. Before you read further, I want to state very clearly that I am not just leaving you all high and dry. I have spent extensive time scouting for a viable place for the community to go if it wishes to stay together. My criteria for this promised land: - admins that are responsive and give a damn about their players. - communities as tightly woven and friendly as our own. - rulesets and settings that are similar to what this community has shown it prefers. - lack of PTW - adequate population - adequate performance I will provide links at the bottom of this message to what I have found in my travels.
I want to first thank everyone that has come to join this community, those that stayed, and those that did not. Every player that has come through our servers has shaped the community in one way or another, and I have come to feel as if I know many of you on a personal level. I especially want to thank the following: - [DSG]Deez for helping to lighten the load on me when the server required too much administration for me to manage alone. - [DSG]Wish (aka Jynx) for helping to make this community what it is through the extremely generous donation of her time and effort to make unforgettable events that everyone can enjoy. - Tiktb8 for the monumental assist of hosting our cluster for us when my hardware became unfit for the task and doing it for free! He has been a tremendous help in prolonging this cluster. - My veteran players and chat mods that help to keep order and provide direction for the newer or more rowdy players.
I feel as though I owe everyone an explanation for what must seem like a sudden decision. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this course of action. The most notable is that with the warmer weather approaching, I will be busy preparing to sell my house, and then will be moving. I will not be able to devote the time to administration that you all deserve. Another contributing factor is that the hardware I previously hosted on is no longer in a condition to host the cluster myself. While it was extremely generous of Tiktb8 to help us out and host the servers, I do not feel right in mooching off of his service when he himself is not here to enjoy it. A lesser, but still important factor in this decision is that administrating a server comes coupled with a lot of stress. I am never without my phone, and I am constantly checking to ensure that everything is running smoothly for the community, this has often impacted the attention that I give my wife, especially when issues have arisen, which is not fair to her.
I will still be around to hang out with everyone, and I will in fact very likely be playing with you all on the new cluster if you decide to stay together. I will also still be playing other games with you all, as we have been doing. This discord will not be deleted, as I am in hopes that the DSG community itself stays strong and carries into other games. The server cluster that I have found for you all is one that I believe will not only meet your needs but provide you with a BETTER experience than you have had here with me. I have spoken with the owner/lead admin extensively and I am confident that you will be in good hands. His community has been growing and building for the better part of 18 years and is extremely strong. He also has a litany of support resources that I just do not have, and an experienced staff to better assist the community. Right now, they do NOT have ORP enabled, but that is temporary and they will be bringing it back. They are also a vote driven community, much like ours. AGB Gaming Lead admin/Owner: TyrelSackett Website: http://www.agbgaming.com/ark/index.html
Thank you all again for making the Dwarfstar community what it is today, I hope to still see you all around, and believe that the Dwarfstar community can still continue to grow stronger if we give it a shot. For any that would be interested to know this, I am going to try and convince Tyrel to add in a standalone mod so that we can still have our Moonless Midnight tribute statues. This is not goodbye, it's just a change of scene.
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