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nonSENSE
November 01, 2017, 04:20:09 PM by nonSENSE
Views: 798 | Comments: 26

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!

Noah492
August 05, 2016, 01:15:12 AM by Noah492
Views: 6528 | Comments: 59

Today is the day Moronyard dies. FancyPerson and I have hammered away with our crowbars to make a memorial in commemoration to the amazing servers, dedicated players, and the fantastic times we have all shared together!

Thank you all for such a wonderful experience! Goodbye, Moronyard, thank you for nearly 5 years of fun!

nonSENSE
October 30, 2015, 09:43:20 PM by nonSENSE
Views: 2569 | Comments: 5

Halloween Event 2015

That's right, the MoronYard Halloween event is back for this year. After the 2014 edition sadly had to be cancelled, we are back with our classic event where you can earn unique legendary items and more!

  • Complete Merasmus' challenges and earn rotten, cursed and damned souls! Souls can be crafted into legendary items or Spooky Crates, which have a chance of containing silver and golden items as well!
  • Open a Halloween Cauldron to receive an item from previous Halloween events! The contained items are non-legendary in order to not devalue any existing items.
  • New spooky Halloween particle effects have been added!
  • Bundles of Damned Souls, Halloween Cauldrons and Spooky Crates are also available for purchase in the Premium shop!

Summon Merasmus by collecting gifts and participate in challenges to receive souls! For more information, read this wiki article!

Merasmus cannot currently appear on the Lobby server; this will be possible tomorrow.

Enjoy!
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