Good afternoon FTOG, I wanted to take a moment and discuss servers with you as well as thoughts toward FTOG. Background: As you all know FTOG, presently and in the past has tried to maintain a public server presence. We query the FTOG members and establish a public server based on the results of the poll. After the server is up, it runs well for a while. Then, sadly because “Minecraft” it all starts to fall to lag. Many people who don’t understand programming will say it is the server itself not keeping up. While the ones in the “know” realizes it is all about processing and java, let me put the server concern to bed. Here is our specs: Intel Xeon (duel) E5 1650 128 GB RAM 1 TB SSD 4 TB SATA (for backup) 1 GB NIC running with dedicated 400 up and down Running Ubuntu The reason the packs get laggy is the players. No one is doing anything wrong. We are all playing as intended with modded Minecraft, but as more players get further in the pack and start using more of the mods, the server suffers performance issues. Some of this is Minecraft, some of it is Forge, and some of it is poorly designed or coded mods. There is little we can do as admins to prevent this. I bring this up because as administrators, we are always trying to find ways to bring the community together. Wether it be servers, discord, events or just chatting. Recently we have had many discussions about the community and I felt it was a good time to bring a very important question to you all. What does FTOG mean to you? We all have an idea about a gaming community. A place for friends to meet and play games with each other. A place to relax after a long day of real life. My vision of FTOG is servers to play on, different games to play, and a place to hang out with my friends. What I have seen, is a few people sharing that vision and many many more coming to play on a server, getting bored and leaving discord, never to be heard of again. So I poise the question again. What is FTOG to you? How can it be changed to realize your idea of the perfect community? What can be done differently to get people to interact with each other? Your feedback is appreciated. We have 3 servers nearly ready to turn up but with the current activity of the members, it really does not make sense. Let me know what you think. Best, Glitch.