Time to revisit this scary subject. The new EULA goes into effect August 1st and could be the end of many servers, hopefully that won't include Fantasia. For those of you that haven't been following this subject closely, basically the way our current donation system works violates the new EULA. Mojang doesn't want server owners to sell in-game perks for real world currency, but they do allow selling cosmetic things only. They believe that since you paid for the game you should have full access to the game at all times. They also want to keep things fair by preventing players from purchasing modified items with real world currency. This was mainly brought to life because of those corrupt servers that sell ranks, kits, whatever for 100s even 1000s of dollars. Then in return Mojang was being blamed for scamming the people that actually paid for those ridiculous packages. So Mojang decided they had to do something about this once and for all and chose the easy route and chose to hurt the entire community instead of going after the bad eggs.
Our current donation system may violate the EULA in someways but it's nothing remotely close to the corrupted bunch. When I made the VIP packages I tried my best to keep things very fair and well worth the money. I can guarantee you can't find another server that offers anything close to what my packages offer for the price. I kept the prices very cheap to ensure the survival of the server over profits. I think at almost 4 years of being online you can see that is the honest truth. All other packages are priced either to keep the system fair, such as the economy so people can't easily get so many rupees and destroy the economy yet cheap enough to keep you going if you didn't feel like wasting time, to the faction ownership package that comes with many benefits and mainly financially supports the Pandora project. Everything is priced the way it is for a very good reason and not to scam.
I felt I had to say all that before I explained the new system so it doesn't seem like I am being one of those corrupt servers. Pretty soon I will be converting the Donation Shop to use Fantasia Points instead of real world currency. What this means is that you will be able to use these Fantasia Points, that are completely separate from the server itself to buy the existing packages. Now some of you must be wondering how do I earn these Fantasia Points? Well there are currently 3 methods, 2 of which are done free and over time. First method is from in-game, you can earn points by the amount of hours you played, which at this time is 2 points per hour. Another great way to earn points from in-game is from server events, there will be more server events if we survive this. 2nd method involves the site. Voting for the server will not only give you rupees in-game but also give you 1 point per vote and 5 extra points for successfully voting on all 10 sites. Points earned with hours cannot be stacked with site points. Also for a nice birthday gift from Fantasia you will receive 1000 points on your special day. Last method, you can donate for points packages. The only thing different here is you will be buying points that you can use to spend on the other packages right away instead of waiting. Fantasia Points have NO real world value and is pretty much a worthless virtual site currency mainly used for perks. If this all seems confusing, head on over to the donation page and things are explained in more detail there. Making so that these packages are obtained in other ways other than donating should make it acceptable within the EULA.
Now with the new Fantasia Points system aside I want to let you all know my plans for August 1st. I plan on participating in Operation Blackout. Basically I will be locking the server down for most of the day 10am-10pm to help spread awareness of how scary things can be if the EULA changes happen. Use this time to educate yourselves about this and help spread the word and let Mojang know that the EULA will surely kill many servers, the Minecraft community, and Fantasia.
Lastly, I need to ask all of you for a favor. To help prevent issues with Mojang enforcing the EULA on us directly PLEASE educate yourselves about the Fantasia Points system. The reason I ask this is because if someone wants to know how to get VIP, I don't want you guys to just say "donate" because that is not the only way. Players need to know of the system in its entirety. To make it easy on you guys just tell them to visit the donation link (changed to http://www.worldoffantasia.com/fantasiapoints/) or tell them to use the command /fantasiapoints.
I hope you all understand why I had to do all this. I am trying my best to ensure the survival of Fantasia and its amazing community. Let's hope that Operation Blackout or the Fantasia Points system keeps us alive. Otherwise Fantasia will meet an untimely death. Feel free to express your concerns