First, let's start with the EULA.
As most of you know, Mojang announced a few months back that we'd be getting a new EULA that we'd have to abide by going forward. They did a big question and answer on it and most server owners have made some attempt to be compliant with that before August 1st. The catch is that the EULA showing on Mojang's website is still dated from December 2013, not August 1st, and so a large bulk of the community says that means that it never updated. Others say that we all had to agree to the new EULA when we loaded the game in 1.7.10.
My question to you guys is this: Does it really matter?
The intention behind the EULA change was to make the game experience fair to players across the board in such a way that players wouldn't have to BUY a rank in order to keep up with other players on the server. It was to eliminate "pay to win" situations.
Now, if you guys know anything about me personally, or have gamed with me for any extended period of time, I crave fairness like a drug. Even back when we played WoW, our DKP system wasn't out of the box, but designed by myself to make things fair to everyone that raided with us. Why should it be any less fair on the minecraft server?
When I started this server, I really thought about how to create a balance here that would be fair for everyone. From staff all the way down to guests. The system I came up with was dual ranking (triple ranking in the staff's case) so that you can work your way towards those big perks like mcmmo bonuses without having to pay a dime to me to get it. If you like the cutesy particle effects, disguises, etc, you have to pay for those. Those things don't give you any unfair advantage. Everything that we felt could even remotely give you an unfair advantage got locked behind player/credit ranks that EVERYONE on the server can work towards without spending a dime.
That's fair. And that's how it's going to stay. I want you to have fun here. I want you to love it here so much that you log in every day. I want you to love it here so much that you vote because you want other people to know how much you love it here. And the only way to do that is to make it FAIR.
EULA change or not. I don't care what Mojang does. The initial idea was RIGHT, and it's 100% in line with how I like things done.
Now... Microsoft bought Mojang, so what does that mean for us? Well, right now it means nothing. There's little to no information out there yet on how it will impact servers. I will stay on top of the discussions and news and report back to everyone when I know FACTS. I will not post a bunch of rumor/fear mongering info here. It does no good.
My speculation at this time though is this: The EULA change that was announced months ago was probably in preparation for the Microsoft acquisition and it probably will be updated on their site soon. For a company that never enforced that EULA, to then turn around and piss off their community by announcing that change, followed closely on the heels by this acquisition... yeah, pretty sure that we'll see that EULA change sometime in the future. Maybe not right now but soon. It closed up legal loopholes for server owners to make money off of something none of us own the rights to. That also, is fair.
So, I'll leave you with this...
Thanks for listening!