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The End of an Era.

Discussion in 'News' started by Jamm, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. Jamm

    Jamm Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Hi guys.. I have some surprising and bad news for you today, along with an inspiring story.

    The End

    In short, the time has come for CC to close. It has been almost a year now since closing factions and we have managed to revive the server, but it didn't do as well as it needed to for me to justify another map. I brought a partner on a couple days ago who was interested in continuing the legacy of CC, and eventually taking over the business completely, but it did not work out the way I planned.

    Yes, we have already been working on map 6 and were planning on releasing it, but during development I started getting this nagging feeling because I knew the server under-performed my expectations for the year, and that I told myself I would leave it in the past if that happened, so here we are. I have written the story of the server below, since it's a lot different than how basically every server you know of got started, and I'm sure some of you who don't already know it would love to hear it.

    Check the very bottom for FAQ's! I as well as the other staff members will be on Discord for most of the day to chat with the community, have fun and answer your questions.

    The Story of ConspiracyCraft

    The year is 2012, I'm a junior in High School and my friend Jared from Algebra II asked me if I'd ever played Minecraft. I had not heard of it at the time, so I said I'd try it out and went home and downloaded it (cracked obv). I played it for a few weeks and then my friend told me about the server he played on, ran by someone else in the school. It was called Super Epic Build (SEB). It was a cracked building/survival server that averaged 5-10 players. It was my first Minecraft server I ever played on seriously, and the only one until after CC came into existence.

    I bought Minecraft but still played SEB for a year, then I started getting bored because the owner never did anything with the server. He was inactive and people were just not having fun. Modding (with plugins) was gaining popularity at the time, and not many people were taking advantage of it, so that's when I started CreeperCraft (I have a gift for names, ik).

    Server monetization (Enjin/Buycraft) was starting to catch on during this time, so I made a store with Enjin so I could move the server off of my computer and onto a real host. The server was actually started on my laptop, true story. It would lag every time I opened Chrome or YouTube. Hosting a server was cheap in those days, so I took the first donation ($20 from DaNOOBDoc911) and purchased a month of hosting from one of the Minecraft hosts.

    CreeperCraft was the same as SEB, a small survival server that used factions for land claiming (the name changed to ConspiracyCraft a few months in).. Instead of the focus being on building however, it was focused on creating new experiences through modding. I noticed that despite it being a survival-based server, basically all people did was hang out at spawn and PvP. This eventually lead to the early stages of Factions and Raiding, before cannons, competitive PvP and huge obby bases.

    Over the years I continued to improve the server and it always changed based on the demands of the players. We experimented with other gamemodes like KitPvP and Survival Games, but eventually decided to just consolidate and do a couple things the best we could: Factions and Survival.

    Up until late 2016, CC was just a nice side-income. At this time I worked in construction and was 21. The server had some months where it made a lot more than I did at my normal job, so come October of 2016, I quit my job and decided to see where it would go. Each month closer to 2017, the server was growing faster and faster. The Minecraft server genre was about to realize it's true potential. I kept working on the server and growing it to the point where we had a peak of 228 players online total in the Summer of 2017. My life changed completely this year, and it was clear to me that I had something worthwhile to focus on giving the world.

    After the Summer of 2017 is when the game Fortnite started really taking over the competitive/PvP scene in games. We, as well as many other servers lost loads of players to Fortnite, and it became much harder to thrive in the environment as a business. 2018 marked the beginning of the downfall of Factions, releases that were not meeting expectations, the cheater problem getting worse and increasing tensions between players and staff. I continued to work as hard as I could to bring the server back to its former glory, the Map 12 days, but had no luck replicating it in 2018 or 2019. Eventually the difficult decision to close factions was made at the end of October in 2019, and we decided to focus only on Survival.

    This was a great decision, and the server made a huge comeback both financially and player-count wise. We didn't break our record of 228 players online again, but we did manage to hit 135 players on Survival during the worst part of the covid-19 pandemic. As it turns out, online games were and are the perfect fit for quarantine since you can both play and socialize. Things went pretty well this year and we managed to revive Survival, bring it to new players, and get a total of over 50k players to join Map 5 of Survival.

    Now, here we are in the last quarter of 2020. This year has gone by fast, and I've enjoyed what I knew might be my last year running CC. I hope you guys have had a great time this year, and made plenty new friends, because at the end of the day, that's what CC was originally for. The server has served its purpose over the past (almost) 8 years, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity you guys gave me. Over the years, we have had several hundred thousand unique players join CC, and that to me is a huge achievement.

    I am 25 now and am ready to start the next chapter of my life. We grow, and our priorities change. I would love to continue CC on the side, but it's too difficult to meet expectations and still do what I need to do IRL to ensure my future career.

    For the past 4 years, my life has heavily revolved around this server.. I will always cherish the memories and friendships I've made from this experience that will live on for years to come. I'm hoping that the friends you have made here will last, and the memories you made here will be remembered long into your adulthood. This was by design, my friends. I love you guys and do not regret a second of any of my time in the Minecraft community. I would like to thank everyone who ever helped out with CC- old and current staff members, developers and of course our supporters! The server would not have been possible without you! :)

    FAQ

    Will the Discord get deleted?
    Eventually yes, but not for the time being.
    Update: No! Sami and Billy have volunteered to run it. The community will remain in-tact.

    When will the server actually close?
    Next Saturday at 13:00 server time.
    Update: The server was whitelisted due to y'all treating it like anarchy week! :rolleyes:
    It will open Saturday morning and stay open until around 13:00.


    Will staff still be around until it closes?
    Yes.

    Can I have a refund?
    No, unless you bought a name-change/tag that has not been fulfilled yet.

    Is the server for sale?
    No, but if the right person for the job ever comes around, at the right price, I would consider it. You can contact me for business via Discord at Jamm#0747.

    Are you ever going to make another server?
    Possibly. If I ever start another server it will probably be something that will be made to create jobs and solve an important large-scale problem in the space, rather than be a small sole proprietorship.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2020
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  2. Sayori

    Sayori Member

    Thank you for the memories, Jamm.
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  3. Przy2A

    Przy2A Fresh Spawn

    :sob: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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  4. Seasmy

    Seasmy Fresh Spawn

    F
    I only played CC for a year only but I had fun making builds and trying to improve the community by adding a small shitty town and other stuff that I never actually completed :V
    Thanks for your hardwork and sacrifice Justin and all the other staff <#
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  5. TheDarkside14

    TheDarkside14 Fresh Spawn

    Should I be laughing or crying.
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  6. Akaash

    Akaash Fresh Spawn

    Thank you Jamm for everything
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  7. 814Bro

    814Bro Fresh Spawn

    One of the greatest servers out there, thanks for the good times.
  8. Animal1115

    Animal1115 Fresh Spawn

    BYE Love u jamm best server ive ever been on
    But please keep it open and just dont update it
  9. OzzyGaming

    OzzyGaming Member

    even though i only played survival for one map.. I loved every second of it.. I loved this server and it will always be in my heart and memory, thank you Jamm for this amazing experience, thank you all for the great memories I have of the server, I love you all.
  10. cp12cwp

    cp12cwp Trial Helper Staff Member

    CC will be a great part of my life, unforgettable (I know that may be silly for an MC server) however, it being quarter of my life me being so young..it is a big deal to me. Anyway, I thought I'd share my story.
    I joined in the Summer of 2016/2017, after joining several servers I just didn't find one that peaked my interest, spawned in, typed /wild after being told how and right off the bat I spawned in a dark oak forest near a small lake. Reinier said a message in chat asking who wanted some Dark Oak logs, I told him that I did and tp'd me into this underground area. To where he gave me logs, that's where I made my first friend on CC, Reinier found me a great area to build, which I made a little home...very small indeed to where it grew in size each day, he taught me how to use McMMO and all that, I played for hours on end building up a city, rarely talking (Ik that may be a surprise) and just had a great time. I met someone named BlueRoseWolf47, my 2nd ever friend on the platform and she helped me build a much greater house (I was beyond terrible at building at the time) and I came very good friends with her, VC'ing everyday, playing Minecraft to hours into the night and such. CC has great people, like Rushi give me a builder rank voucher for no reason which I am still grateful for (which is why I later bought Builder Rank), which I didn't really get to use unfortunately as eventually, my PC fried and 7 months later I managed to be able to play Minecraft again, and guess what? I was still drawn to CC and still am to this day. I rejoined, at the end of map 3 to where Thunder, messaged me (great guy btw) and he gave me an idea of what happened while I was away and I agreed to help him win baltop by giving him my vote money. I did actually try to make a shop in map 3, believe it or not it was going to be underground, xD! Map 4 came rolling around and BlueRoseWolf47 just started to stop playing, to where I met RenanMsV, Renan is probably one of my best friends to this day and honestly is the reason I enjoyed map 4 so much, we built AquaMart together along with my other friend Cheesegulp, KouritoKokoro and so many others! I built my little town next to it and AquaMart was the first Underwater shop, of Map 4! There to where Libland, my home that Rouzy built for me and statues and everything! The place looked Amazing :D After that I started to become a lot more well known, I gained several friends such as Black_Recluse, Nicho, BowGalaxy, Antonio27, KILASAR, Icewiz, Dabriel, FadingShadow, Nightstalker902, markjovelle, goonk to where originally WG (WalrusGang) as we all know it was named Ferocious_Crayons. 1 day while working on an AquaMart lounge Cheesegulp showed me a skin (/skin crusader) and I fell in love with it. Which is now why, the whole Walrus thing exists (and after someone took that Walroos was born). There is so much I did in map 4 with friends, Mob Arena, Boss Battles (World War xD) and such! Great time :) Finally, we have map 5 to where I have met so many ppl, It would probably be an understatement to say I've chatted with over 200 people just in map 5 alone. I've met so many friends this map (and retained several from map 4) its actually ridiculous, such as AKAASH, Aki, deadshot, lolking, fro, Luny, Napr, Teh, Taye, Ulti, Tejas, Vito, Xenon, Xotiic, ADG, Lemno, Stro, Darkside, Finshie, 123player, adam, Alex, Dumb, Kolahe, Kougoshi, Kroy, Fierce, Sami, Billy, Claude, Enermatrix, Combat, JFK, Ayana, Meepster, Minekour, Ozerex, Lkk, Cluster, lemno, Zeff and of course Jamm. I cant fit them all but y'all are great! I luv y'all and I want to stay in touch with everyone so if y'all want to stay in touch y'all can cp12cwp#4770 or if you want to talk more frequently my Instagram is cp12cwp <3 :cool:
    Love y'all, :p
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  11. Sneakyboy27

    Sneakyboy27 Member

    Thank you for all the times you have with all of us jamm we appreciate all the things you have done and the event you allow almost ever staff/donor player to enjoy till the very end. You and your server will never be forgotten even if the future have come, nothing will change from all of us despite on this tragic event that going to happen. CC have a great history in the past and if you going to make another server in the future then CC will always be remembered in your new server because every really loves it. And again we are truly greatful for everything you have done for us and we all like to say Thank You *sob* ;)
    Take good care my friend you will never be forgotten
    #CCForever (please call out shout out)
    And for those who read cp great story antonio27 was me till I got a name change as the person you know now
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  12. JackHMMR

    JackHMMR Active Member

    R.I.P.

    It has been a while, but thanks for the memories. Good luck in the future Jamm.
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  13. YMbrothers

    YMbrothers Active Member

    No Minecraft server can live forever. I've been to many servers (survival, factions (ugh), minigames) and they eventually died.
    Looks like it's CC's turn. Gonna miss it.

    Had Map 3, 4 and 5. It's a rare find to have an owner who actually cares about the updates and talks personally in the community.
    May our CC memories stay, like a Minecraft day on a 2012 Summer Holiday.
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  14. CombatGuitar

    CombatGuitar Mod Staff Member

    I am honestly so upset that CC's life has come to an end. I have been on the server for almost 4 years and it was the first server that I actually enjoyed which is what made me stay. When I first started playing minecraft, I went from server to server trying to find the right fit and CC felt like the right fit so I decided to stay for a bit. I enjoyed my first experience on the server along with the amazing community it had, I will never forget all the memories that were made from both the factions server and the survival server. After factions closed I thought that survival wouldn't fit me as well as factions did but I was wrong and i'm glad I made that decision to stay on the staff team. The amount of memories and friends I have made just over this year from the server has been amazing and I will never forget the experiences that I had with each and every one of you. I think I knew deep down that this day would come and I dreaded that thought because I didn't actually want the amazing experience to come to an end. As I said before, I enjoyed my experience from the day I joined until now as both a normal player and a staff member and I will never forget that. I hope we all stay connected and remember all the good times each of us had together.

    To all the friends I have made throughout the years and to all the staff members, thank you for the amazing experience I had throughout my time on the server, I will miss you all and I wish you all the best for the future. ❤️❤️
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  15. WolfScreamYTG

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  16. TheFierceGamer18

    TheFierceGamer18 Fresh Spawn

    Im going to miss this server. It was the first minecraft server where I met a truly interconnected community
  17. Ziyadk

    Ziyadk Member

    we wish yea the best in your life jamm good bye to all the good people of CC and jamm i think you really should consider maybe ? doing a fundriser or make a video that explains all that in youtube as a market way to sell the server to someone else to pickup the torch after yea
  18. Sami_Darkangel

    Sami_Darkangel Conspiracy Bot Staff Member

    I still can't believe that this is happening. I'm very close to having an existential crisis. I'll need something to fill the void.

    I just want to thank you for spending the time, effort and money for making all of this possible. I've only been a part of your server for the past 5 years, but in those 5 years I've made a lot of good friends and learned a great deal of things. Finding your server was nothing short of a happy accident and I honestly don't even know how things would've turned out if I had never found it, so I'm really glad that I did. To this day I'm still proud to claim that ConspiracyCraft is the first and only multiplayer server I ever joined.

    I wish I had the time, money and expertise to help you out by playing a much larger role, but with my life as hectic as it is right now (and for the foreseeable future), I can't make that kind of commitment sadly. Oh well, it's been an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your server for such a long time.

    Au revoir! :)
    #cc4lyf
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  19. Martin_Stone679

    Martin_Stone679 Fresh Spawn


    Well ig I will just retreat back to xbox and just play in a normal world with no friends :(
  20. feiy

    feiy Member

    got nothing but love for this server.
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