As many of you have fully noted and are fully aware, we have lost several admin, as well as community members and they have moved onto forming their own community, which is fully understandable. We are now more at the size that we needed to be at to keep things scaled appropriately and keep things the way we want. Close knit and family feeling. I want to game and have fun, not be stressed by getting into TS/Discord.
When we closed Altis, we KNEW there was going to be a backlash and that we would lose a lot of people. So far, no one that has left has been much of a surprise. I could have called about 95% of them. There were a few names that I was mildly disappointed in, considering what we did for them, but that is all water under the bridge now. Most that are going to leave, have left and we are starting to see the clearing in the dust.
Now, to the point of my post. I wanted to make it very clear what we (GSN) have done for/to Ronduth and his new community (RGN). After putting a lot of thought into it, I decided that sitting on the files was not the right thing to do. Why? Because then I'm just one of those people that frustrate me when they won't release code and want to keep it to themselves. I dedicated 1.5 years of my life making that server what it is today, and to sit on those files felt wrong. The reason I do what I do is not to make money, becomes famous, or to even be well known. I do it so that people can enjoy themselves and have a great time building something that I DID. Sitting on it doesn't allow people to be enjoying themselves, which would mean I wasted 1.5 years on something that no one will enjoy ever again. What is the point in that? So after a TON of thought and discussions with other staff members on my opinions, this is what transpired:
1.) I gave RGN full file access to use and modify the client and server files.
2.) I gave RGN the full database so that they could do with it what they wanted.
3.) We (GSN) sold the physical server to RGN. When I say sold, I mean they paid us for this month that we just paid for and then we transferred the box to their account. This allows them to keep the same IP, and thus, the rank.
4.) I helped them get the sever configured as well as removing anything that I automated (mostly FireDaemon since it is a paid for and licensed piece of software) and everything that was not specifically for GSN Altis.
They paid GSN for the box, and they also paid me a onetime fee for helping them transfer and move everything over to ensure that it worked. So, in summation, their Altis Life server is live and it is our old code set. I have completely and utterly washed my hands of Altis. We no longer hold a unique version of it and thus will NEVER be tempted to do it again (at least I won't). That is another reason I made the decision I made. I didn't want the temptation of being able to try it again at ANY point in the future.
Next, I have no personal ill will towards ANYONE that left nor should most others. I still have them on my steam friends, I still talk to them, and I will most likely still play games with them from time to time. I am a member of their forums as well so I can browse and see what's going on (I have memberships to like 30 communities forums because I like to stay in touch with other communities and their admins, it’s what allows me to be well connected and get special things from time to time like our custom memory allocator). I expect GSN members to treat them as if they are "just another community". It doesn't matter that they came from our ranks and we trained them. They are still our friends and them starting their own community is not reason enough to change that. I wish them the best on their endeavor. I will answer questions that they have and be glad to point them in the right direction, just like I do with every other contact, community, and friend. I will pay-it-forward with them, just like I do everyone else.
Lastly, I will NOT be debugging for them, developing for them, and they will not get ANY of our admin systems that made it easier for us to manage the game. They can have ARMACon, just like everyone else; when it is released, but they will not have the ArmaManager that we had. It's just too much work to transfer the info and code to work on their site. Additionally, we have pretty much already given them what they needed on a golden platter. They are going to have to figure out server administration on their own.
With all that being said, I wanted you guys to know EXACTLY what happened and where we all stand. There is no bad blood between any of them and GSN directly (there are a couple people that are a little hurt/discouraged, but that is to be expected). I do not want to see them talked about negatively in any way. There is no reason for it and we are better than that. We will be moving on to bigger and better things and greener pastures are coming soon.
I am taking a break from coding ANYTHING for ARMA for at least two weeks. I want to see what it's like to not have to stress over something GSN related.
Any questions or comments, just let me know. I was LARGELY responsible for these decisions, no matter what @BadBadRobot tries to take responsibility for.
Edited by Paronity, October 27, 2015.
Made the post public. Want everyone to know what happened. Not just members.