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Faction Servers - Why are they overused? [a rant upon server unoriginality]

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Greytopher's Avatar Greytopher
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Hi guys, Greytopher here with another rant upon the topic of Faction servers.

Faction servers and why they're overused...

While thinking about something to rage upon, I looked through the depths of PMC to find interesting material. I searched a good hour to find nothing other than... the same exact thing. I was astonished to find every single server on PMC almost the exact same. What troubles me today is: Why aren't server owners original about their servers? Sure, faction servers can be fun on some occasions, but when there are 10,000 different faction servers at your disposal, and almost nothing else, then we've got a problem.

Factions servers have their moments, but we need other types of servers, too. We need creative servers, tekkit servers, hell, even hunger games servers (even though, those are overused, too.). What my point is: we as a community need to varry from one server to another, instead of being one giant hive-mind copying each other hoping to gain the same fortune.

My experience with Faction Servers...

I've played on one faction server in my whole almost two years of playing Minecraft, and I'd have to say it was fun. We raided as a team, we collected loot, and eventually became kings of the server. I know exactly how that feels, and with more and more people on a faction server, the more competition and the more fun. Eventually, I found my self to be a Creative Server kind of guy, so I left the server on good terms while a month later it shut down due to insufficient funds.

A couple months later, I wanted to kill something with a diamond sword with a couple of my buddies. Since the faction server we used to play on was down, we continued our search for the perfect faction server. Every single server we joined, was a lot worse than the last... all the servers either weren't up too much, didn't have enough players, the owner was abusive, the plugins were corrupt.. eventually we gave up on our search to have fun again, realizing that there are too many faction servers and that they aren't produced well.

I've noticed that a lot of faction servers are hosted by little kids and their '97 PC laptop. For one thing, they host it because they want to be like a server they used to play on. When they finally get their server up, noone joins because there are already 10,000 faction servers available... this needs to be put at an end, and we need to find original minecraft servers.

Original Server ideas...

Faction servers can be original, as long as it can be given up to a twist. If it is a faction server, be sure to add different plugins to make YOUR server the most different/fun from the others as possible.

If your looking for a creative server, do NOT make one where it says "Creative server! Come join!" and when the person joins, all it is, is a flat map with pixel art. Things like Insomnia Server, or PwegoServer are creative servers that come with custom terrain, with great builds and plots to first start out in.

Survival servers are alright, some vanilla servers are good depending on the community, but I'd have to say I've seen some creative survival servers in my time, and man, was it fun. If you want to be the most known, most awesome, and best server out there, you HAVE to be original with what you do, and try not to copy others.

Next rant: Sexism in Minecraft COMING SOON

Point is: Be original when making a server. It will gain you more players based on how original it is, not how alike it is with other servers.

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Update #1 : by Greytopher 08/26/2012 2:31:06 pmAug 26th, 2012

Fixed some spelling errors, and added a couple of sentences/retracted some.

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06/11/2016 11:33 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Imposter
Jewelman's Avatar
My theory is that people make these kinds of servers because they're easy to set up. All you need is a spawn and the factions plugin. You just claim the spawn with factions and you're off. I think most of them are in the server business to make money, and sometimes servers like this are a good idea if money is all you want.

It's like copying answers onto a test in school. It's effortless and gets you a good reward.
07/13/2018 5:45 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Miner
sandor_1234's Avatar
Yeah, I totally agree with that, people create these kind of servers because it’s so easy. There are so many faction plugins out there which can easily be downloaded and configured. I recently saw this website which I’ll quote from:

Factions ATM is in a state, in which every server owner simply want's to milk their community for everything it's worth and leave. This is a disgusting business model but it has worked for so long since there is simply no consistent server that actually cares about their community and who spends more then 5$ a map on dev work and upgrading the server experience. This very poor business model used by MOST servers, eaves a wide open gap in the market for a good server that is constantly evolving and turning into something that has not happened in the factions community since OpticCraft Map #2, and that's exactly what MuxMC is striving to be.


Yes, this "Factions revolution, or Factions Rebirth" is used a lot atm for lazy owners who want to look like they care, but they simply don't. The factions community will see that this isn't the case for MuxMC. Once everything is finished, changelogs are finished, and you get a chance to physically see all of the changes we have, you will see that we are truely looking to upgrade the minecraft faction servers experience, rather then renaming outposts, koths, envoys etc and calling them "New Features" (No specific target as it's used so often).

The game is changing, enough with the carelessness, and terrible server owners who just want to make a quick buck.

Factions Is changing, help me start the revolution

I think this describes really good what point you made a few years ago, faction servers can be made by almost anyone and because of this a lot of shitty servers are created by people who just want to make money.
12/24/2015 2:52 am
Level 1 : New Miner
sealedinterface's Avatar
Three and a half years later and still nothing but factions...
05/04/2014 11:35 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Edward_Wesson's Avatar
We more survival servers than factions, PvP, and the type of servers who have multiple portals and too big spawns. It sucks to see that every survival server isn't like obios, because I am banned there..
05/13/2013 6:33 am
Level 76 : Legendary Sweetheart
wldscarlet's Avatar
Agree :D By the way, I have been working on a Minecraft map project. It might same pvp map but I will put many stuffs to make it better than boring pvp map. Nice blog as always. :D
05/01/2013 4:55 pm
Level 24 : Expert Zombie
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02/24/2013 10:22 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
AlphaTimer's Avatar
I completely agree with this!
01/03/2013 11:02 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Engineer
theiornchris's Avatar
I got the perfect idea from this when you brought up factions, I NO SHARING IT SO IT NO GETS STOLEN!!!
I don't know how to make a server to use it, though D:
12/24/2012 6:11 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Modder
erisawesome's Avatar
PvP is ok...In small doses. You can have a FreeBuild server with a world for griefing an PvP. (I would suggest reseting the map very couple of weeks to keep it from looking bad)

P.S. IF you would like to find a non-pvp server search up "BlahBlah - PvP" and it will give you almost no pvp servers
12/20/2012 10:46 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
I_Like_Pie123's Avatar
I absalutely hate PVP servers in the first place. But guess what? I can never find a dang PvE server! I only have one server I have ever found thats NOT pvp. This problem need to be delt with..Immediatly! Or, at least make a "Not PVP" search.
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