Changes to VIP to Comply with the new Minecraft EULA

Towncraft has until August 1, 2014 to comply with Mojang’s new End User License Agreement. Mojang has made it clear that servers are not to charge for in-game items that affect gameplay.

In order to comply with the new End User License Agreement, all PAID in-game items have been removed from the donation shop. You are still able to obtain the FREE items from the donation shop.

What IS allowed is that players can receive cosmetic items and services for their donation. Therefore the VIP package is changing.

Future VIP donations will receive the following:

  • Access to the /me command
  • Access to the /nick command
  • Access to color chat and messaging
  • More cosmetic items may be coming. I am open to suggestions.
  • The VIP package will be reduced to $5.
  • Also, it will affect both Towncraft.US and Kolgrath.com, so you will have your cosmetic perks on both.

Those of you who currently have a VIP subscription or purchase the $9.95 VIP package before  the change takes effect will be able to enjoy the abilities you donated for the full month you paid for. This only affects VIP donations given AFTER the change is made. You’ll know, because the VIP price will only be $5 at that point.

 

Towncraft is Alive… Thanks to You

It was suggested that we could simply ask for donations for no reflection in game. While that sounds quite noble, I absolutely believe that donations should be celebrated! Towncraft started as a small server that I could monitor and know that I had a safe place to play online with my son. I never imagined that nearly 2 years later it would be what it is today! Your donations over this time have offset my costs, sometimes even helped me break even. They have made it possible to keep Towncraft going strong. You deserve that gold title. I want you to have that gold title. I and everyone else on Towncraft thank you for keeping the server going!

Towncraft has never been about “making money” as Mojang has put it. In fact, Towncraft has never made money. There have been some months where we took in more donations than what our costs were, and every penny of that money was reinvested in Towncraft via bigger hosting packages and donations made to plugin authors.

Towncraft has never been about pay-to-win. You know what has been the biggest donation item outside of VIP? Claim blocks. All you ever wanted to do was protect what you’ve built. Changes are coming to Towncraft to make Claim Blocks even easier to obtain in-game than ever before.

Kolgrath Gets On His Soap Box

I personally do not agree with Mojang’s philosophy here, and I find it disingenuous at best. If this EULA clarification was really about protecting players, Mojang would have stepped in against “pay-to-win” servers a long time before their Minecraft Realms service popped on the scene.  If mean ol’ server owners like me have been taking advantage of unsuspecting players like you for so long… why wait until now? Timing is everything.

The reason why Minecraft has become so popular is because of the many, many servers out there that give players like us a chance to connect and play together any time, any day. You built this community. Mark my words… Mojang can only sell so many copies of Minecraft before they need to find another way to monetize it. Realms was just a start. This EULA is paving the way to something else, and it’s a shame whatever it is will be built on our backs.