We are writing our goodbyes.
We have started our great journey back in July 2014, where Michael J. started "Tiny Vanilla" with a couple of friends. After a handful of months, the server got plagued by hackers, rogue staff members who got power hungry, and ultimately the server got destroyed 2 times by hackers (v1 and V2). However, an idea was born, this is when I took over ownership as one of the remaining staff members and launched Tiny SMP. A semi vanilla server who offered protection against hackers, some addons aswel as a stay as close to Vanilla idea as possible. My technical skills allowed me to get stability, my manager skills allowed me to set a stable Staff.
We had a great run, Tiny SMP (interation v3) was the biggest success in the peak period that Minecraft was blooming. Reaching peaks of 100 simultaneous players. We created more than a server, we created a community, people no longer joined to play Minecraft, but to just see/interact with other people they know.
At some point in this success story, we even moved our Minecraft server from a rental solution to its own dedicated machine in East USA. Giving us roam to experiment, grow and service our players.
I can say that Tiny V3 was the best tiny ever, and I thank everybody who participated in this.
However, as every story goes up, there are some minor periods. Real life catches up with all of us. Players went and came, Staff went and came. and in 2016 we handed over ownership to another party, nda bad choices were made, by me.
Tiny SMP V4 was introduced with a new owner, and her chosen set of staff, who did a terrible job managing the server, more and more unstable plugins were added while less and less players came on.
This owner (whose name I actually forgot, but it was a woman living in a trailer with her boyfirend) even allowed her boyfriend to bully players with admin powers.
I could not have my name and legacy tainted and acted as soon as I was made aware of what was happening. I threw them all out on the street in a swift move and the biggest part of the players liked it this.
Tiny SMP V5 was born, and handed over to 2 aquaintences who were long time Tiny players, Jack and Jag.
Bit young and wild, but I am sure they had the best intentions, and kinda did a good job overall, but it did not last, after some weeks/month they both signed off to follow up real life. And nobody will blame them for it, I had the same.
And lastly, V6 was the redemption version, back to the roots. Where my good friend Crashoverride took over, brought Tiny back to a former glory.
For this, I am really greatful.
This long post, remembering the 4th anniversary of tiny to tell you we are giving it an official ending.
It's not about the player count, number are quite low, (5 or 10), but that doesn't really matter, there have always been highs and lows.
It's not about the money, true monthly costs are there, and no donations have come in over the last months, but I could easily keep the server up for a thousand years.
It's not about players going to other servers, that has always been, they move away, the move back, that's just how server dynamics work.
It's about the idea. Tiny is today no longer the tiny I remember and created with you guys, and it has not been in a long time. I rather give Tiny an official ending, than make it dissapear into a black hole or suddenly be gone.
Tiny will cease to exist on 31 July 2018. The website will be kept up a little while in memorandum. The Discord channel will no longer be official, but will not be closed.
The list of people I would like to thank for these past 4 years if too long, and my memory to cloudy to mention them all.
- Tip of the hat to to Michael J. for launching Tiny Vanilly.
- Huge thanks to my buddy Crash, who was been a great friend and who means a lot to me. friends for life!
- Special Mentions and thanks to some of our most memorable staff members who did a great job: kkpats, Wolf, Louis, Hamster, Lemonecence, Anna, Katniss, Jacktherogue, l51ch96,
- And the biggest thanks to our players, thank you for taking this journey with us! May life fare well for all of you!