It's clear that servers with larger ftops are dominating the game right now. It also helps to bring back old players. What do you guys think would be a fair amount and how often should it be paid out? Weekly, monthly, or end of map and the amount. If at the end of the map, specify how long you think a map should last. To be honest I think we might do better with shorter maps at some point. One reason faction servers die after 2 months these days is because no one really likes joining so far into a map since everyone is so far ahead. Maybe we should shorten the map a bit or possibly have 2 faction servers with 4 month maps and have resets timed to where we always have one every 2 months to keep the playercount up. Our current predicament The main reason Conspiracy has slowed down the past 6 months is because minecraft in general is losing some ground, but it's also because the cracked niche itself is dying out. Most of our players we have found us from a cracked server list. We are currently #6 on the top cracked servers list under the big networks (which all suck in my opinion), but yet we don't have enough players to fill 2 gamemodes. This means we have to adapt and focus more on finding new players from other sources, or climb that cracked list and compete with the other cracked servers more heavily (ie: adding more gamemodes). The one and only reason those networks get most of the new player joins is because their playercounts are high and they have more to choose from, and also some of them are EU based. Making an EU based cracked server is the smart thing to do since most cracked players are from EU, but I always wanted to stay in the US simply because most of the higher paying customers come from the US (sorry, it's just true). Plus, EU players still play here regardless of the ping being slightly higher. I'm not giving up on the server or anything, but something has to change here if we want to see an upward trend. I love doing this more than anything but if the server doesn't make enough for me to comfortably pay for basic things like plugins, builds, development, graphic design and advertising, it becomes very hard for me to invest in the future and growth of the network. We need to become a top 3 cracked server and kick ass on map 15 so we can branch out and add new servers and initiate the takeover. If anyone deserves this shit, it is us. We've been going hard since 2013 my doods. I'm done losing. It's either us or them, and guess what, I'm not going down without a fight.