It is with a sad heart that I announce the closing of EmberCraft. It has been a long road filled with setbacks. Our latest setback has effectively shutdown EmberCraft. That setback being the development of EmberIsles.
Originally Fireball1725 took on the project and then abandoned it and EmberCraft. (Without Fireball we would have probably never have gotten started so he deserves many thanks) Then after some time passed we were able to pick up Unihedron and Blue_Blaze72. They took on several projects and finally picked up EmberIsles. They made amazing progress but life and school proved to be too much and progress slowed even though they had the majority of it done.
Gene and myself decided on a gamble to use a company called puzl inc. They had some respected developers and I'd used them on a few other occasions for small projects. They had quoted us a time and price that would work for us and we went ahead with it. Through some miscommunication the project ended up coming in well over price and late. What was communicated as being done wasn't done and was missing the challenges and some finish work. They stated it would take an additional $800ish and came up with a few options that would cost a bit less but none the less we were effectively bled dry with this project.
Due to my personal situation with medical bills and only being able to work 12-18 hours a week at my normal job(when I would normally work 50+) I am unable to fund the server out of pocket. I have noticed since my time on the server has virtually stopped that it has killed our player base. That in of itself has stopped shop purchases and the server is no longer able to support itself. Perhaps when I am able to work fulltime again I can revive it but there is no guarantee and honestly it seems as if the server market is becoming continually hostile with changes at Mojang, bukkitdev, spigot, etc.
I wanted to thank our incredible staff. They stuck with me while I ran LUMC and they stuck with me while I ran EC. They are what made this an incredible and a safe place to play. I can't thank them enough. I also wanted to thank Fireball for helping us get started and for being there when I REALLY messed things up :P. I also wanted to thank XxGemxX and Blue_Blaze72 as they made some large contributions to EC that allowed us to provide some amazing hardware and clean bandwidth to play on. I also wanted to thank our playerbase more than anything! Without you and your contributions we would have never come this far. Again, I am very sorry and very saddened that it has come to this. Thanks again for an incredible year and for all of the incredible memories.
Solar & geneSW
EDIT: Please feel free to join us over at our EmberGaming site: http://www.embergaming.us/