OK Everyone, I have held off on making it official for TOO LONG ...
DreamCraft2.0 is finished as we know it ...
The lag simply gets worse and worse no matter what I do behind the scenes. I have dropped mods and plugins and tweaked configs. I have opened the map with and without additional worlds and all to no avail. Unfortunately, we have a really non-helpful host company but we are paid through October and honestly I can't lose the money to jump ship. This saddens me beyond belief as Cave and I had FINALLY created the server we wanted to play on.
YES, I could reset the map, but the problem is, we would lose HALF of the post-opening builds associated with quests, shops, etc.
We learned some new lessons ... in a future server we will have a separate world to spawn into for shops, quests, puzzles etc. And a separate towny world with planned (INFREQUENT) resets. AND a mining world. But even if Cave and I hunkered down to do this right now (and neither of us has the heart or pocketbook for it) .... it would be 6 months to a year before opening.
I realize players are disappointed .... I can assure you, you have shed no more tears than I. I don't even know what to say other than we HAD the greatest community ... We all had the greatest ideas .... Now we grow from the experience and move forward.
If Cave and I open another server in the future, I do hope its OK if we contact all of you. And I truly hope that we all keep in touch. As for today - Cave and I are going to slink away for a bit, be sad, play as players on a server and possibly learn some new mods and when we feel rejuvenated will dive back into our true goal of having a server.
I honestly feel we have the information we need for next time around (when we are ready).
Beyond all this I do not know what to say other than THANK YOU!
Besides players on servers we have made or played on ... I have known some of you for YEARS! I know when some of you graduated high school and even college, we have met players who have had babies or players who ended up dating other players ... we have heard about kid's science projects, robot teams and I cant even count the number of Minecraft adventures.
I am actually sobbing writing this .... I wish you all the best of luck. I am sorry for letting some of you down. I hope only that our paths cross again some day because honestly, my virtual family has become VERY IMPORTANT to me.
Wishing you all the very best,
P.S. Feel free to reach out ANY TIME to talk or meet up on a server.