Hope we're all doing well. I'll try not to chatter on too much, but as I've not done one of these in a LONG time there's quite a bit I'd like to cover off. I'd also like to apologise with how absent I've been over the last year or so, work has been really tough and it's only getting tougher. I'm still around enough to help keep the community tick over but I can't get us moving again, which is where I need your help.
First off is our direction as a community, as you have all seen there are far fewer people playing Planetside these days, which is not necessarily a problem. However it does mean that we should really start to diversify in a more official and supported manner. If anyone has any games into which they feel we could bring new members in, run events, have fun and more importantly will be a draw for players. Then come and have a chat with myself, Ross or Honrik and we'll see what we can do to support you guys. Objective here being if you manage to get a game off the ground and have more than 5 or so then we'll look as moving people into a community officer position and getting you sufficient rights to start running that part of the community yourself.
Secondly, I am currently updating the Dedicated server to a newer operating system. So we may experience outages over the next few days. I'm also going to be doing some general maintenance on the server, as well as upgrading some of our applications, like teamspeak to the latest version. This should allow us to run more servers as the Debian 7 version of the operating system is now quite out of date, and we will be moving to Debian 8. Along these lines as well I may be looking for some assistance to administrate the server, there will be a VERY strict policy on who can have access, and what they can do. However it's a case of if we can set up limited permissions then we can move forwarded with people perhaps managing their own section of the server.
I would also like to take the opportunity to once again ask everyone to donate, we are still needing about 44 Euros a month to keep the server running, so do please contribute. Even if it's only a couple of euros a month, if everyone does that we're sorted.
There's been no promotions or demotions to speak of since our last update, and there's certainly none planned at this moment of time. However if people do put the effort in it will always be rewarded.
Finally I'd like to ask anyone and everyone who has any idea on how we could improve our community to come forward and discuss those ideas with me. As the staff get more and more invested in actual real life stuff (Scary, I know) we're getting more hard-pressed to keep up. So come have a chat, give us a hand and we'll try to keep the community going along the right track.
That's all for now folks, so remember, nag your friends into joining, grab people on other games and introduce them to the community, bring new games to other in the community, donate, have fun, be inventive and above all, Stay Creamy my little Bunlets.