2013 Retrospective: Minecraft
This year has been a blast. By far our servers most popular and best year. We added so many new things for our players to enjoy we gained so many new players and grew our server in so many different ways.
So lets have a quick recap of what happened this year. We gained a new website (this one!) with a brand new modern look. We put Minecraft first in our redesign and it paid off in a big way.
We added voting for our users to vastly expand our servers presence which greatly increased the volume of players we received this year. We added a build gallery for our players to share pictures of their creations. We upgraded our server hardware to the latest and greatest from Intel putting us back on top with the best servers.
We launched a brand new spawn for our Survival server dubbed Mount Aino with mini-games and hidden eastereggs all over it. It is our greatest spawn ever and players love it. To compliment our new spawn we launched a web based shop for buying items and abilities then we backed that up with player auctions allowing you to list, bid and buy items from each other.
We added a Referral system so players can finally earn rewards for telling their friends about us. We added a fully fleshed out collectable card system tied to our spawns mini-games and easter eggs.
We held many build contests with fantastic steam game prizes, rickies and cards.
We began to make our own custom plugins which have made many of our 2013 innovations possible and will carry us through to 2014 with unique features just for us.
It has been a whirlwind year and I have never been more excited to write a year ending retrospective as I am this one. Every facet of our server has seen improvement this year and the new services we have added show our commitment to our server. These investments are the kind that set us apart from everybody else and secure our servers future.
I am extremely proud of everyone who helped to make Renegades great this year from the programmers including myself and Adrian to the staff who have done tireless unpaid work for our players to the players themselves who create amazing things and are the true face of our community to all the new visitors we receive.
With a foundation this strong I know next year is going to be an amazing one. We are already gearing up for our next major upgrade: BungeeCord. This is a revitalisation of our Minecraft setup. Changing the way you connect and interact across our individual servers. In-fact it turns the entire idea of multiple servers on its head and makes you wonder “Where am I?”. This is the next generation of our Minecraft setup and it’s coming with 1.7.4 which we hope to be running soon.
2014 looks extremely bright and I cannot wait to be delighting you all in the new year with what we have planned.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!