Extra Life 2016
Posted by: Puremin0rez - 11-04-2016, 03:50 AM - Forum: News & Announcements - Replies (4)
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As per annual tradition, I will be live streaming for as long as possible for Extra Life 2016!

I will start tonight at 12:00am CST, and will stream until I get tired. This will probably be around 6-8 hours. I will then go to bed, wake up, and stream immediately upon waking up for another 6-8 hours. I can't do a non stop 24 hour stream this year due to responsibilities.

Make sure to follow me on Twitch! https://www.twitch.tv/puremin0rez

Most important of all, make sure to donate to charity through my page if you want to help kids in need! https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fus...tID=158063

Have any games you want me to play? Let me know!

  The Future of Dethemium
Posted by: Puremin0rez - 09-20-2016, 10:04 PM - Forum: News & Announcements - Replies (22)
Let me start off by saying my medical problems are pretty much a thing of the past now. It was a terrible few months, but with a lot of rest, antibiotics, meclizine and more I'm finally what I would consider back to "normal".

Now that I'm fit to properly manage Dethemium again, I've been looking through analytics and general server happenings and I've come to a decision that I'm sure you all probably already know.

I am going to officially retire the Minecraft server. The server will be closing on October 31st, 2016. There will be a farewell party. I really hope you will be there.

For those of you who are long time members, you'll know that for New Years I posted a thread explaining what my thought process was behind the upcoming year for Dethemium and said then that I would discontinue the server if my "last ditch effort" to make "dethemium great again" didn't work. I had no interest in keeping a server going if it's clear it's past it's prime.

I put multiple months of hours filled daily work into Dethemium from January to March to put my best efforts into making the best survival experience I could.

Launch day came, and everything went fantastic. There were minimal issues, a swarm of players and zero lag to speak of. Pretty much every server owners dream. I saw players of yesteryear come back, I saw players I've never seen before, I saw a massive community. It was FANTASTIC.

One month later, player counts more then halved. Two months later, we saw peaks of 10 or less players online. Three months later, we saw peaks of 5 players online. Last month, we saw entire DAYS with zero players online. This month is even worse.

Of course the first person I blamed was myself, as I have been absent nearly entirely for the past 2-3 months dealing with medical issues that had me bedridden. However, after looking into Minecraft analytics as a whole, it's actually not all my fault...

Minecraft (multiplayer) has seen a 30% decrease in players on all multiplayer servers this summer compared to last summer. As a whole, 19% less players are playing Minecraft (multiplayer) this year compared to last year. This begs the question - where has the community gone?

My opinion is that the whole Minecraft train is coming to a halt. I don't mean the franchise, I mean the version of Minecraft we are playing right now. The console numbers for Minecraft continue to sky rocket, and Mojang has made it abundantly clear there focus will be on the new versions of Minecraft (such as console edition, pocket edition and windows 10 edition).

Mojang has continued to push extremely harsh EULAs and is leaving servers with less and less to be able to afford to keep running. Did you know that Mojang has recently made it against their EULA for servers to give players voting rewards? This means our server is breaking EULA once again.

Beyond all of this, I just have no love for this game anymore. It's been 6 years. I'm burnt out. I don't even have the game installed and have no intention of playing it any time soon. I'm done with Minecraft for probably a very long time.

I could have easily still loved this game if they released more then one update a year, packed full of content. They don't though. It's a stale game and the only thing keeping it alive is the community that they are so willing to destroy with all of their corporate policies.

That's it folks. That's the last you'll hear of me speak about Minecraft for the foreseeable future.

So where do we go from here?

Dethemium is not going anywhere. Sure, the Dethemium you care about is going away - but the actual community is not.

I have no intentions of taking down this website nor do I have any intentions of "quitting" server hosting. My entire life I have been a server owner of something - and I don't plan on changing that. With that being said... what game will I be hosting next?

There are a lot of great games out there, but it's hard to find a good game with a great community behind it that also lets an individual host a dedicated server and mod it however they want. That's the hardest part - I need to host something that I can develop for, and have complete control over. There are not many games like that.

The project I will be working on going forward will be an Old School Runescape Private Server. I'm sure plenty of you have no interest in the game since it's nothing at all similar to Minecraft, but it's what I'm currently passionate about doing and what I really think needs to be done in the Runescape community. There are so many terrible servers for Runescape, and I honestly think I have a solid shot at creating something that's as close to the real thing with plenty of custom content to stand out. Don't get too excited though - it will be many months before it's initial release. There's a lot of work to be done, and I'm quite the perfectionist. It'll feel weird going back to my roots (I actually did Runescape for many years before Minecraft came out).

So, that about wraps up everything I have to say. Thank you to every single one of you who have ever given me any support - where it be monetary, emotional or just playing on my creation. Thank you so much.

Here are some methods of staying in touch with me:
Discord: Puremin0rez#5597
Steam: Puremin0rez
Telegram: Puremin0rez

Speaking of Discord, we will be getting an official Discord server in the near future if you're into that sort of thing.

We now have a Discord! Click the link to automatically join: https://discord.gg/kYXcmd7

TLDR; Minecraft server is going away, Dethemium.com is going nowhere, Runescape server (and potentially other games) is the future.

  Where have I been?!
Posted by: Puremin0rez - 07-25-2016, 06:02 PM - Forum: News & Announcements - Replies (4)
Hey everyone! You might remember me. Maybe.

As you may have realized, I've been gone for almost 3 months now... and there's actually a lot of valid reasoning behind it.

First and foremost, I have not abandoned you! I have been making sure the server is running solid and everyone can continue to play; there just hasn't been any content updates.

In April, the month of our launch, my brother unfortunately passed away which lead to some serious real life drama.

In May, my grandma who has lived with me for all 23 years of my life started to get progressively sicker and ended up in the hospital. She is now in a nursing home and much of my time was spent visiting her. We hope to have her back home soon.

In June, I started feeling progressively sicker every day. I was getting tired, throwing up, getting massive head pains and by the worst of it, 100% bed ridden as I had the most extreme vertigo of my life that I couldn't bear getting up from bed. It all hit rock bottom when I was using the bathroom and fell and hit my head and passed out. I have been in and out of hospitals and clinics searching for an answer to my issues. Ultimately, nobody really knows what's wrong with me but it's something inflaming my sinuses. It's likely summer allergies. I've been taking some medication to combat a few of my symptoms and I'm starting to feel better, enough to get out of bed now. Finally.

Other then that, I don't have much more to say. I really do want to come back and start doing great things again, but I'm just not there yet and need more time to get healthier and for my life to return to normal.

Thank you for sticking with Dethemium Smile

  The Dethemium Decorative Update!
Posted by: Puremin0rez - 04-18-2016, 01:35 AM - Forum: News & Announcements - Replies (3)
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This will be our first content update, known as "The Dethemium Decorative Update"!

This update adds over 1,300 new decorative blocks that you can use to decorate any build of any genre. This blocks are simply decorative and have no actual use, but make your builds look so much better and add the much needed "last details" to any build that is looking to cover those empty walls or tables.

You can access the large database of decorative items by using the command /decorate

All decorative items cost a mere $5, while the mob heads cost $50.

That's not all, however...

We also have a new structure known as "The Disenchanting Cauldron"! With this new structure, you can cleanse any lore or enchantments off your item and have it go back to its original stock state. All thanks to the power of Holy Water.

You can create a Disenchanting Cauldron by placing a cauldron on top of a working beacon, and filling it with water. This will make the cauldron have Holy Water that can now cleanse your items. Each cleanse takes a layer of the cauldrons water, so keep a water source nearby to refill it if you plan on doing items in mass. To actually cleanse the item, simply right click the water filled cauldron with the item you wish to disenchant.

If you want an image of what a basic setup looks like, click here.

Anyways, that's all for now. If you have any cool suggestions for future updates, feel free to leave us a suggestion by clicking here.
If you want to read a more indepth list of all of the changes that occur every sunday, go ahead and click here.

  Welcome to Dethemium
Posted by: Puremin0rez - 03-20-2016, 02:00 AM - Forum: News & Announcements - No Replies
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Hey everyone! My name is Dylan. You should probably call me by my username though, Pure.

Dethemium has been in operation since December 2011 and a lot has changed since initial launch. One thing that has not changed however, is quality and keeping everything stable and performant.

This launch of Dethemium has been the result of 3 months of 5+ hours a day work, trying to craft a unique version of Minecraft that anyone who enjoys a challenge with their friends would appreciate. Due to all of the time and effort put into this, it has given me a ton of time to smooth over a lot of features and make everything very stable and operating without error. This means that you can enjoy Minecraft 1.9 in its full glory, with all vanilla content working and all of our changes on top of it functioning as expected. Hopefully while also all enjoying perfect tick rate and no lag - but that's to be seen yet with large player counts! I am quite positive we should see no such issues.

This release of Dethemium is all about changing the game up. While for the past 5 years of operation we've simply improved upon the vanilla game, this time is all about changing up some vanilla mechanics and making things more interesting and more difficult. If difficulty is not your thing, unfortunately we're not the server for you any longer. Give it a shot though before you claim it sucks!

I won't go into every single detail about what's new, what's changed, what's removed, etc. as this as already been covered by our new comprehensive "Help Documents" located via the "Help" tab on the top of every page. My best advice is forget everything you've ever known about the old and have no expectations going in. For all intensive purposes, this is not the same server as you've played on previously. Make sure you read up and get informed before going in and you should have no troubles playing. Most things will come to you naturally as you play and learn all of the new nuisances.

Also if it wasn't obvious - we're now using a new forum software! Well actually, this was the forum software we used when we launched in 2011 but we've now returned back to our roots. The main reason for this is that I could not afford the license renewal and general costs of the old forums, and switching to this forum software not only meant totally free and open source but the ability for me to do some really cool things with custom CSS and theming to make this website look absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention that I've optimized the hell out of this site and everything should be mindblowingly fast and responsive. There's definitely still some little things I'll tweak here and there based on feedback, but for now - welcome to the new Dethemium website. If for whatever reason you cannot login with your existing forum account, try resetting your password. This will fix any invalid login data from the migration that could have occurred. However, this is unlikely to be a problem as multiple users have been able to login just fine. Also, unfortunately, we're very not mobile friendly now. While everything should work fine, it might not be as great as an experience as the old forums. This is something I will work on in the later months.

Finally, let's address the elephant in the room. Donation ranks. Mojang has started coming down hard on servers as of late for breaking the Commercial EULA and for claiming things as "Donations" when really they're straight up purchases. To combat this, I have decided to redo our entire payment system and instead call all of our ranks exactly what they are - Premium Ranks. We now offer three Premium Ranks - Premium (10$), Premium Plus ($50) and Premium Extreme ($100). Unfortunately, due to many circumstances in relation to Paypal and the general rank conversion, I have made the somewhat upsetting decision to purge all "donation" ranks across Dethemium. However, if you have donated after September 1st, 2015 your rank has been manually transitioned into the new Premium ranks and you should be good to go. All ranks are still "lifetime", so it's a one time purchase fee. Just keep in mind "lifetime" does not mean for your lifetime. It means for the lifetime of the current ranking system. I hope I will never have to do this again, but I cannot make any promises. Please read all terms before buying any ranks! or anything online for that matter! I sincerely apologize once again.

Anyways, that about wraps this up. Please don't hesitate to reply if you have ANY questions or concerns about this launch of Dethemium. If you find any bugs, or have feature quests - please post those in the appropriate category on our website.

Welcome home, everyone. Dethemium 2.0 will just be called Dethemium from here on out.

 

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