I have some ideas to better the server and bring in a lot more donations, a lot of ppl might not like it but u cant argue with the numbers. So here goes: (please w8 til u finish reading to throw ur gripes)
1-map reset(for the most part atleast):
If we reset the wilderness and keep minas spawn this will give everyone(including new players) a fresh start, I know what your thinking "i spent time on my base I don't wana lose all that work!! No on prop.420 by warrior" k listen, u have had the same map 4 years u have been safely tucked in your super op bases for long enough to know how to stop yourself from getting raided. as for your items I think all the vets have had enough time going around smashing noobs or lower players with insanely op weapons (yes including myself). BUT! the same time you and I lose all our stuff the noobs gain some valuable ground while we work on building back up so do they, but the difference between now and this possible future is we will be online while they r building up, our mere presence on the server attracts players, we are the all-stars that noobs wana join once they get gud if we go offline and just w8 for them they probably end up thinking no good players play on that server. as for your weapons/armor/soulbound tickets ect you should b ok with losing them, permissions should be kept but armor and weapons can always be re-crafted you just have to put your time in. (ill give you a moment to consider that)
2-Donation kits that are re useable on a timer: ok rough example is player noobysteve donates 1.50$ for /kit balanced. This kit gives the player 1 set of balanced armor 1 uncommon sword, 1 uncommon axe, 1 uncommon bow, 1 uncommon pickaxe, and 64 gapples, now currently this may seem a bit op for only 1.50$ to some ppl but in the long run 1.50$ is cheap and players may want to donate more often for kits if they are cheap and give you a decent amount for your buck and if 30 players buy that kit over a period of 1-2 days that's a total of 45$ in 2 days(keep in mind these are just examples this will need some tweaking) now moving on to kit ranks: same example except this one costs a tad more than just a kit itself. kit rank(legendary) 5$ allows a player to use /kit legendary which provides 1 set of legendary armor 64 gapples 2 legendary weps and a bow, with this rank set in group manager the player can now use this kit once every 24 hours. providing players with a renewable set of armor reduces the chance they will get discouraged and ragequit, if they donate and they know they can come back in 24 hrs and try again, it guarentees another visit from that player. k I think I got that idea down pat atleast for now, moving on.
3-(optional but very profitable): random chance keys: player noobysteve donates for 1 chance key for 1$usd this key can grant a player anything from 64 diamond blocks to a low rank kit. giving this chance key a wide variety of outcomes ensures players will buy more of them trying to get the kits they want, and chances are they will spend a few$$ b4 they get that kit. pretty self explanatory.
Summary: Ik these ideas may seem bad to some of you but ast pays out of his pocket most of the time to keep this server running which dosnt seem fair since we do all the playing and he does all the work. my advice to the players who disagree is pls suck it up and let ast make some bank off the server for a change. I know these ideas will work because a shitload of servers use them just on a much simpler scale, alanthya has a wide variety of stuff that can be turned into donation items, the sad fact is if the server dosnt start paying for itself its going to die out eventually, the donation stuff we have now is good but a lot of ppl cant spend10-50$ on a few perms or a soulbound ticket that they may lose when there armor breaks, the server is about fun but it also has to be a business to keep itself afloat and I believe if we make a bunch of smaller kit ranks for people to donate for it wont just be the same group of people donating to keep the server up (you guys did your share you know who you are ) I really enjoy this server and I don't want to see it die, I wana come back 2 yrs from now and be like yea I used to play that server back in the day it was awesome and it still is! but that's not gonna happen unless we make donations a little more available for lower prices, keep the donator stuff we have now in the shop just add donation kits that are renewable on a timer. I know a lot of people are going to get salty about this post but I think this really could help the financial problem were having, when I logged on today I saw we only had 4 hits today :C we gotta call a board meeting, ast/vfaux hop on Skype asap I can explain a little better in call atm its 4:30 am so this post is mostly to keep the ideas jotted down. hope I didn't piss anyone off with this post but ive been looking at other servs and they use this system and people donate around 10-50 times a day I think if we apply alanthyas uniqe items with this we could really get the royal coffers back up to par. if you agree simply post #keepthedreamalive
also im aware I butchered the English language here, but my religion is against typo corrections so don't b racist