WickedCubeMC was my old network, this is where I spent a lot of my time for almost a whole year, it's sad but I had to end it eventually. (read more)
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WickedCubeMC was my network. Well, for the most part. It started in november, 2016 when I decided to remake an old server I used to work on. The idea was to try and bring the old playerbase over to the new server, and start almost afresh with new knowledge, motivation and a desire for the title of an amazing, reputable community owner.
So, I made a post on the crazycreeper enjin site, explaining what this new server would be. I went into deep detail, explaining all my ideas for the server. Some ideas I kept, some I completely redid.
The first thing I did was find a host, back then I knew nothing about linux so a minecraft host was my only option, I needed cheap and reliable. Then I found it, fluctis. Fluctis was an absolutely fantastic host, they provided me with everything I needed to get an awesome server running, and after a while, I purchased the 5gb budget plan and started creating. As I didn't have enough money for multiple servers, I simply used PerWorldPlugins and multiverse. I made this setup last for quite a good while, until of course it all fell apart.
During the development times of the server, my old friend (HobblyHobo) came back from our old server, crazycreeper. He helped me immensly, working on the server with myself and basically creating the survival gamemode from scratch. We worked on the server for hours on end, having many discussions and planning for the servers future. Sadly, this didn't last forever. Around december, he left the server altogether. He wanted to do more with his life, and I respect that. I said my goodbyes, and he quit the server. Development slowed for a while from there, and I lost a lot of motivation. However, I didn't give up. I got my motivation back and started up again, soon releasing the server.
Around january, I opened the server to the public, advertising on every server list I could find. I got a good steady 10 players online at once, peak time and I was extremely proud. I was motivated and working on the server full time. Then, the problems started happening. Due to my terrible setup, I was getting memory leaks everywhere. This caused random crashes, extreme lag and chat annoyingly stopped working whenever there was a memory leak. I was honestly about to give up, but then something great happened.
For a while, I had been looking for a self hosted minecraft store, as I couldn't find any of good quality. Then, one day, someone called AndrewAubury made a thread on spigot introducing a new self hosted minecraft store called MinecraftPoS (MinePoS). I started off with simple suggestions, then one day andrew joined my server. We talked for a while, and I ended up offering to help on the project. He said he'd think about it, and well, he thought, and accepted. I'm now working on the minepos frontend and a little something else that I don't want to reveal yet :3.
So, now I was working on my server and on minepos, it was getting a little bit much. I don't remember how or when it happened, but somehow Andrew and I were now sharing the server 50/50, while I was hosting half on fluctis, he was hosting the other half on his dedi (it was now a network). We added a new gamemode, skyblock but at a great cost. The server went down for maintenance for ages, and because of this we lost all of our playerbase, except a few. We managed to get some back on, but it was never the same. After a while, we ended up getting a dedi just for the server from kimsufi, because of issues with latency on the old setup.
This was good, everything was going smoothly, but we had no motivation. None at all, andrew was paying for the dedi as I didn't have a paypal, neither of us had any motivation and it was just sitting there. To try and bring back players, we decided to change the survival gamemode into something new, a survival gamemode but it never kicked off. The tardises were implemented but no one played, and once again the server just sat there. It had been 3 months since buying the dedi, I finally got a paypal and paid my half for the first time. Soon after this though, I realised this wasn't going anywhere. I had absolutely zero motivation, and no interest in being a server owner anymore. It had been an incredible 9 months, I had learnt an exponential amount of things, I learnt how to make plugins, better websites, I could actually use linux decently, and much more. And that was the end, I told andrew I wanted to close the server, and we closed it. I shed a few tears, but I have no regrets. That was the end, and I doubt I'll ever make another public server again.