With the new CR 1.15 alpha having been released a few days ago we’re reaching ever closer to the public 1.15 beta, something which AC isn’t able to benefit from immediately due to Sponge still being in development.
Obviously only having access to 1.15 long after the wider CR community does isn’t ideal. Because of this the Overseer team have had some discussions about how we may go about possibly setting up a second server. However, there are some problems that come with this which impact the community. We want to be as transparent as possible, so we’d like to open this conversation for everyone.
The general problem we would encounter is that opening a second 1.15 server will obviously majorly impact the main server including current projects. Demotivation in using 1.12 will also be quite common (trust me, I can hardly bring myself to build in 1.12 anymore).
So, lengthy deliberation have resulted in two options we feel would work the best. These are:
A) To open a second 1.15 server, but with some major restrictions. i.e. only opening the server for the community once or twice a week to prevent people ditching main but to still enable them to contribute to project related developments; while giving access full-time to people developing Gondor and Moria. Bree-land can possibly be started on the 1.15 server directly, and the community can contribute in build-day chunks when the server is open. This option might delay progress towards beginning Gondor a bit more, because Bree-land is the only thing (aside from 1.15 itself) in the way of starting Anórien. But we think this option is safer and will better maintain the wellbeing of the server.
B) To impose no restrictions to the wider community in the use of the 1.15 server, meaning you’ll have full access at all times (again, only for strictly on-topic developments and Bree-land), with the cost being that progress for current projects (Tharbad, Shire, Eastfold, Caras) will almost definitely grind down, and the server will be faux-dead for the public, impacts on the app system with fewer people online, demotivation etc. The benefit would of course be that Bree-land can be worked on in full force at all times, ideally paving the way to Anórien/MT and Moria quicker.
Basically go hard and go quick, but gamble with the server’s wellbeing as we hope for Sponge to release quickly, or to apply a safer approach that will better stabilize the server.
So we’re in a bit of a dilemma, but we’d like to hear everybody’s opinions. @Freshmilkymilk will also leave his thoughts on the technical side of things.
Regarding the release of the public beta, nothing can be said for when that will come, we ourselves on the dev team don’t have a fixed deadline or anything.