I want to tell you a little story. About 5 years ago I found out that a lego looking game called Minecraft existed. I looked up a few videos about it and it looked fun and easy to play. Plus the graphics looked so simple that i thought my crappy laptop would get infinite FPS on, which was far from the truth. I started playing the game and it was pretty fun. The idea of a practically infinite world was pretty cool and the fact that you could build anything you wanted made me addicted. At the time I was about 16 years old and I will be honest I had a lot of time in my hands. I was playing for 5-6 hours a day. At this time I only played single player because I did not have a premium account and had no idea that cracked servers existed. After about a month of playing single player I started to see that on videos where free copies of minecraft were posted, people had ip's of cracked servers. Which at the time, to play on cracked servers you had to use a program called "Hamachi". I quickly realized that playing with others was about 1000 times more fun than playing alone and I kept looking for best servers. It was pretty hard to find a decent cracked server. To be exact almost every cracked server was not even on all day. These servers were on for a few hours when the owner was around to make sure things were running "smoothly".
About 2 weeks later I ran across a server called CraftRealms. This server was one of 3 other servers that was online 24/7. The other two had almost no plugins and were always greifed. CraftRealms on the other had about 20 plugins and one of them was Towny. Something that i had never seen before. The server had a max of 24 players and during the day it was always full. When I joined CraftRealms I met Kilker12, the previous owner of the server. That very day he had just posted the server on MineShafter and it was getting even more people than usual. Kilker12 needed help and I offered to help. Okay maybee i nagged him a little bit about letting me help out for a [Helper] tag. Well he said fine! He allowed me to be become a Helper rank the very first night i joined the server. This got me even more addicted. I would wake up early in the mornings before i went to school to check out how things were going. When i came back from school before i even ate i would login and say hi. I honestly started loving the server and the community.
About 10 days after i had become Helper, Kilker12 had some personal issues to take care of and he had to leave. At the time he barely knew me and was going to leave ownership to a guy named Baker. The thing is Baker was not online at the time so i told Kilker to let me be Admin for a while till Baker or He (Kilker12) could come back. After a few hours of skyping he agreed to let me be Admin. When i got my admin tag i thought i was the coolest person ever. This just added to my addiction. At this point i knew that i had more power but also more responsibility.
For about 3 weeks I was running the server on my own. It was not as hard it sounds because the server had only 20 people on at a time and this allowed me to both play and administer the server. I quickly was able to make friends and I already knew this was my favorite server.
Kilker came back with sad news. He told me that he was going to get even more busy with life and that he could no longer support the server financially and technically. CraftRealms was shut down. This was a really sad time for me. I really liked the server and I could not let it die.
About almost 1 month later I was able to find a person that could donate so we could pay for a host for a month. I spoke to Kilker and I told him that I would run the server, I just needed him to give me the domain name so I could set up the site and server. He agreed to let me run the server and that made me the happiest person on earth. That first month I was working so hard on the server. I had to learn how to use a linux based operating system, I had to learn how to install plugins and how to configure them and on top of that I had to worry about the monthly costs. At this point in time cracked servers were really rare because nobody was able to help out pay for them. Sure thing though my efforts starting paying off. Even though we had lost most of the original player base I was still able to get about 15-18 people on daily. I was so proud of myself. I felt like I was the greatest owner alive. This feeling is what kept me going.
Fasting forward about a few years later, the server has grown in ways I never thought were even possible, but the feeling that I am the greatest owner of all time started to fade. I progressively started getting busier and busier with school. I had to get a job to pay for my expenses. Then I had to get another job to pay for my college. Free time started getting shorter and shorter by the month.
This is the time where I started drifting apart from the server and community. Even though I am the owner, I could not be there to help out all the time, I could not be there to make connections with the community, and most importantly I could not be there to enjoy minecraft. This barrier between me and the server only has gotten bigger the past few months.
Craftrealms has helped me grow. I have true love for this server and for this very reason I have decided to resign.
This server deserves someone who will be a lot more dedicated than I have been.
This is a truly sad moment for me. I have put so many hours of my life into this community. Every decision I have made has been in good will even if people did not always agree with me. I hated writing this post. I wish things were different but sadly they are not. I am way too busy with work and college.
Sooo what happens now?
Honestly I don’t know. I already paid for the server for this month so it will stay up until July. If until then I have not decided who the next owner will be then the server will go down for a while till I sort things out with my personal life. I have kept the list of all donors so far so if ever the server does go back up you will still have your rank, but as of right now the rank shop is no longer open.
I really hope this server has been a home for you as it has been for me. I have made so many friends on this server that I will always be thankful for.
Last thing I want to do is thank every single staff member on this server from day one until now. You have been the reason CraftRealms has been up for so long and I have no words to express my gratitude and admiration for your work. All I can say is Thank You!
I guess it’s time to say goodbye. For now.
I hope to see you again!
A once good owner who joined the dark side :P
Love you guys!
Ahh I promised I won’t cry... I guess I could not even keep that promise.