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nonSENSE Online

  • September 2011
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« November 01, 2017, 04:20:09 PM » #14635
It has been over a year since the servers officially shut down, and I have received dozens of questions about the future of the community, requests to re-open the servers and offers from people who were interested in taking over / buying the community.

I wanna take the time to answer a few of these questions and give an outlook of what the future might hold for MY.

Why did the servers have to shut down?

A few reasons:

  • Donations were dipping to a point where I had to pay for almost 80% of the server costs out of my own pocket in the months prior to the shutdown.
  • Lack of motivation to develop new features and provide new content on my end saw the number of updates and events fall to an all-time low.


How much were the server costs?

At the peak of activity in the community, we ran 15 servers on a single dedicated host, which maxed out resources on said machine. Here's a short breakdown of what the monthly server costs were

  • Dedicated host: 250
  • Windows license: 15
  • Database + Web server: 60
  • Various licenses + software: 20
  • Additional traffic on gameserver: 10-20

This leaves us at roughly 350 / month to run all of the servers.


Why didn't you just keep a single server running?

The aforementioned sum sadly does not scale down very well to a single server. While we can run 15 servers for 350, running server costs more than 350 / 15 = 23.3. In fact, this is a breakdown of what it would cost to run 1 server:

  • Dual core / 2 GB /SSD - Virtual Machine, serving 20 players: 15
  • Database + Web server: 60 (could potentially be scaled down to 30)
  • Various licenses + software: 20

The components which are essential and can cover up to 15-20 servers (DB) will likely stay the same, which brings the cost of a single server to around 65- 80. From there, adding another server only costs 15, and it scales upwards.


What does this mean for MoronYard?

Donations for Garry's Mod communities are usually a hard thing to come by, and we have been very blessed to have such a loyal and generous core of active players in our community, which kept the community up and running for many years.

In order to commemorate our Halloween Event tradition, I have decided to start up a Virtual Machine running an instance of Smash. The server will remain online for at least this week.

You can find the server at the following IP:


66.150.121.31:27015


I am currently evaluating if we can get the community going again. In order for that to happen, we need to have active players, donations and motivation on my end.

Please let me know in here, or in the steam group if you want the community to come back or if you are willing to support us.

Thanks, and happy Halloween everyone!


« Last Edit: November 28, 2017, 06:02:40 PM by nonSENSE »

Thunderkill

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  • May 2013
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« November 01, 2017, 04:32:12 PM » #14636
YES! Bring back moronyard!

I love smash, i love the inventory system, i love sanctuary, i love the lobby. Bring them all back!

Wes the mew

  • February 2013
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« November 01, 2017, 08:46:20 PM » #14637
I would love to see the return of moronyard, ive been praying for this to happen.
Burgle Burgle

Loaf

  • March 2015
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« November 01, 2017, 08:50:35 PM » #14638
If we were to start donating to the point where goals were reached, would MY be officially brought back?
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Wes the mew

  • February 2013
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« November 01, 2017, 08:59:06 PM » #14639
Barring that, i would like to request more donation methods, this way i can help moronyard without having to have a paypal, as all i have is a card
Burgle Burgle

Tim

  • October 2012
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« November 01, 2017, 10:04:26 PM » #14640
If it meant the community/server staying alive I'd happily donate.

The Soda Man

  • December 2012
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« November 01, 2017, 10:21:11 PM » #14641
I will give you all my money. Please keep it open.
I like to sit in my room and eat spaghetti.

Rictalagate0742

  • February 2015
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« November 01, 2017, 11:43:28 PM » #14643
For the sake of making this community stronger and allowing the ease of access, I am creating a discord server for Moronyard for anyone to join. I will do all I can on my own until a staff member wishes to lead the server for us. I am hoping to use this as a chance to rally our community in hopes of bringing Moronyard back to life, albeit smaller than its former self. If you have any questions for me just PM me here or message me on discord and I will attempt to reply within a few hours as long as it is a reasonable time. (EST time zone)  Discord Server Link: https://discord.gg/bsB5E59

Be sure to spread the word before it is too late.
Rest in Spaghetti, Never Forgetti.

UnknownX

  • May 2012
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« November 02, 2017, 12:10:27 AM » #14644
For the sake of making this community stronger and allowing the ease of access, I am creating a discord server for Moronyard for anyone to join. I will do all I can on my own until a staff member wishes to lead the server for us. I am hoping to use this as a chance to rally our community in hopes of bringing Moronyard back to life, albeit smaller than its former self. If you have any questions for me just PM me here or message me on discord and I will attempt to reply within a few hours as long as it is a reasonable time. (EST time zone)  Discord Server Link: https://discord.gg/bsB5E59

Be sure to spread the word before it is too late.
I made one https://discord.gg/abMHnxK

nonSENSE Online

  • September 2011
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« November 02, 2017, 04:34:57 PM » #14645
Barring that, i would like to request more donation methods, this way i can help moronyard without having to have a paypal, as all i have is a card

This is a very good point and I will be offering payment through Stripe, which allows you to use credit cards.

Brudr

  • January 2014
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« November 02, 2017, 10:23:12 PM » #14646
Awesome! You have my full spectrum of skills at your dispense, shoot me a message if you ever need help with anything. MoronYard is definitally one of the most original, creative, and content-rich communities I've ever seen and I would love for it to grow in to something big.
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Zimon4eR

  • November 2012
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« November 03, 2017, 12:11:13 AM » #14647
Why dont use free ubuntu and all free packages with it? Empty ubuntu takes around 50mb RAM and like none CPU usage..

nonSENSE Online

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« November 03, 2017, 10:01:45 AM » #14649
Why dont use free ubuntu and all free packages with it? Empty ubuntu takes around 50mb RAM and like none CPU usage..
While getting rid of the license cost for windows is nice, the overhead on the windows server is not that high either. Furthermore, we ran Smash on a Ubuntu 14.04 distribution for a couple of days and noticed some strange behavior in physics as well as certain map just being broken. To add onto that, some of the modules we use internally for our addons and gamemodes are not working properly on linux and would have to be replaced.

Willdy

  • September 2011
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« November 04, 2017, 01:59:50 AM » #14652
Would definitely love to see the servers come back as I've mentioned before, but from an Admin perspective I can completely understand the problems faced.

Thank you so much for the opportunity and possibilities Nonsense <3

nonSENSE Online

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« November 04, 2017, 07:48:56 AM » #14653
Would definitely love to see the servers come back as I've mentioned before, but from an Admin perspective I can completely understand the problems faced.

Thank you so much for the opportunity and possibilities Nonsense <3

Well, the people have spoken. We are covered for about 4 months of server uptime  :)

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