I am currently still waiting on the host to get to my ticket and resolve all of the problems causing the downtime. Yea, the downtime has been bad and is quite frustrating. Unfortunately, it gets worse... It has come to my attention that Mojang has begun creating and enforcing a blacklist which restricts servers from connecting to their session servers if they are not completely EULA compliant. Myself, and many other servers, have been hoping that Mojang/Microsoft would see our side of the story and perhaps relax the EULA in some way that would allow us to continue to operate while being compliant. I'm sure there is a way to reign in the massive P2W servers, some make millions in profit, while allowing the rest of us to simply stay open. It seems they are going with full blown enforcement, seeing the effects, then possibly making alterations. Maybe they already have their own plans for when servers close down, idk. Either way, it's pretty bad. As soon as I get access to bring the server back up, I will have to begin work on re-implementing the donation tier system we had in place previously. Sure, that sounds great, we have a system in place and it managed to work before right? Sort of. I currently have around a $550 balance on my PayPal account from when we implemented the donation tiers. We just didn't have enough to pay the bills and I figured we would be able to get things going once people became used to the tiers. That didn't really happen, what we saw was a decrease in donations after the first month of switching. It's understandable, personally I would rather be able to donate and support a server and be guaranteed a perk in return. The idea of donating and possibly getting perks if enough people donate just never appealed to me. There seems to be no point in speculation or what-ifs at this point. We have had our issues and managed to keep operating and our current downtime definitely is not helping. A lot of the discussions you see about the EULA subject are filled with comments from people who know nothing about it. People seem to think a server simply costs something little like $10/month or that people really want to buy cosmetic items on a small or medium sized server. I'm sure there are plenty of players that still have the thought that I get to bank the money the server receives and go have fun with it, if only that was true, I could totally use extra income for my personal bills To break it all down and give you some insight into what we actually pay every month... Server - $100, which is less than the $160 we were paying before with a custom config and a $30 discount from the host. I didn't want to put us on cheaper hardware but, it had to be done. There are hosts that are just as cheap if not cheaper, however, good performing hardware/networks cost more. The most reliable servers running are paying $200-$300 easily just for the server. They aren't getting ripped off, they aren't running on budget hardware and networks. Buycraft - about $7.28 depending on whether or not GBP to dollar exchange rates fluctuate. Website - $4 TS - was about $3, currently being provided by Bailey PayPal credit - $25-30, payments fluctuate and may go up due to their financing services. They provided 6 months of no payments each time I used it and as each month comes, it will be calculating in more of the balance for payments. Let's just round that off to roughly $140/month. With the shop the way it is now, we've been managing to sustain that and quite possibly had the possibility of growing and creating a sort of buffer in the PayPal account to make sure we could continue operating even in months with low donations. Would I like to make extra income from running VW? Of course, I live paycheck to paycheck and barely get by some months. That's hard to do with downtime like this and having little time to plan, design, create, and implement new content. I bring that up simply because I can definitely no longer afford to support the server financially, I have more than enough personal financial burdens. TL;DR We are in a pretty bad spot and in real danger of having to simply close down and cut losses due to the EULA blacklist coming into effect. We will be forced to try donation tiers again. New ideas, community involvement, possibly a white-list, will be needed in order for us to continue. I have looked into the possibility of using an online merchant to sell physical VW merchandise but, I have not found a provider that I found feasible. I'd like to have a nice VW t-shirt myself, just something I could fully customize and have sourced from a third party instead of having to order a stock of generic items with a small logo. My wife and I have considered starting some kind of Youtube series to possibly generate income and market the server. She isn't too interested in Minecraft so server videos would primarily be me showcasing builds, touring the server, adding community videos etc. Some large servers have already had to downsize dramatically and lost massive players due to becoming EULA compliant. It's a pretty sad turn of events but, perhaps we will be able to pull together and keep VW up and running instead of being forced to close down like many servers already have.