This is the very first server I have signed into. I have been a member of this server since that day. I have taken the time to build some cool builds and helped other players. I found playing on this server to be really fun. The community is what made it so attractive to me. I remember the first build I made. It was in Ocean View. It was a modestly small plot over water. So I decided that the sky was the limit. So I built an office tower to max height. Since netherrack was so easy to obtain I made it out of mostly netherrack. What an eyesore it was... I was welcomed even with my monstrous eyesore building. When I went around and explored the different worlds I came up with ideas... My second build was in Sandy. It was right off the shore of Sandy near the beacon. I built a very square castle that almost looked like a prison. Apparently where I decided to build, it was not very popular to the people that ran Sandy. At first they tried to claim I wasn't suppose to build where I was building I pointed out the rules of staking a claim (Apparently I took the time to read before playing. lol). They quickly realize it was legit and I compromised with them on the materials I used to build the castle to make them happy. Instead of using cobblestone I cooked it into stone and made stone brick. They were happy with this and even donated a double chest of stone to help me along. Along the way I became a much better builder and built some fantastic builds where I received many compliments from a lot of people. I made several friends on this server along the way as well. I decided to give back to the community by taking up building a public grinder. Which I initially had a diamond dispenser to let the public take a couple diamonds each day so they can build armor, weapons, etc. 90% of the diamonds were supplied by other players. Once the diamonds dried up, I turned it into a iron dispenser. Since I had an iron farm in a skyblock I built at survival spawn, I had tons of free iron I was able to give away. I met some really cool MODS and Admins along the way. They made the game play even much more fun. Yes we had bad players that came and went that would make the MODS have to mute, kick and ban them. I just chock that up to pre-pubescent teens striking out for the wrong attention. Some of then were fun to see get taken out by a MOD and some were kind of sad since they didn't either read the rules or understood them. GRIEFERS! OMG! How I hate them and so does everyone. I was very delighted to find about a great tool the MODS and Admins can use to roll back the damage. It was also wonderful that they could use the very same tools to find out who did the damage. Boom! Another one banned! We had griefers that came on to just see how much they can destroy before they were discovered and banned. We had others that would accidentally cause grief and learn the errors of their ways. It was always nice to see players learn and grow. SgtSpike... What can I say about the owner of this server? I just wish he would have been on more often. I know how busy life gets and I haven't been able to play that often any more myself. The little I learned of him and the few exchanges I have had with him, he is a really cool guy. I am very thankful that he took his time and resources to build a good Minecraft server. Sure, it is a little too much vanilla if you ask me, but that has also made it pretty fun to play one. If it is had all the bells and whistles as several of the other servers I checked out I don't think it would have been as successful as it was. Maybe add economy and the ability to buy tools with unbreaking 10 and other special items for real money would have been received well. Hint Hint Hint... Eaglestallon... My god. Talk about someone that is super cool. When I was a noob, seriously a noob, he helped me out in ways that he didn't have to. I remember the first thing he did that was a life saver to me. I was building in the nether making a nether fortress and I just about finished building the ceiling. The Ghast kept killing, pigmen chasing me, etc. Talk about a challenge from Hades or should I say nether realm. I lost so much along the way. The server had a hiccup and the world was rolled back to a backup made a couple hours earlier. Thus losing most of my work. Eaglestallon took great pity on this noob and lent a hand with rebuilding the fortress. This started an awesome dialog between him and me. We used to chat all the time on Skype and just have a good time visiting. JooBallz... What can I say? Giggety... I remember meeting her as a level 1 MOD. She was very cool then as she is now. I was thrilled to death when she made level 3 MOD. It couldn't have happened to a better player. We spent many hours in chat with other mods. Lots of fun. She is definitely someone you need to meet if you haven't met already. This has become way longer than I wanted it to be. If I didn't mention your name here it was not because I forgot about you. I seriously cherish all the friends I made along the way. Without everyone I would not have stayed longer than 30 days. I seriously hope I have made a positive impact on other players as well. This is why I am saddened to see this server do so poorly lately. What can we do to get membership backup? What will it take to make it popular like it once was? I seriously don't want to see it fade away.