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News / Regional Connectivity Issues
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:15:56 pm »
Hi Guys,

As some of you are aware, there have been ongoing connectivity issues affecting certain regions preventing a good chunk of users from connecting to the server.  These are not related to the server specifically but rather a result of underlying routing issues with portions of the internet between users and our server. Hopefully it should be resolved soon. In the meantime, feel free to join us on slack to help test and preview the upcoming updated Hydran server in #testing on slack.

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General Discussion / Re: Is this game dead?
« on: July 17, 2017, 10:44:36 pm »
Testing is now in progress. If you would like to participate, join slack and join #testing

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General Discussion / Re: thrown to the wayside
« on: June 22, 2017, 02:39:27 pm »
I hear your frustration. The lack of patches is a combinations of things, but largely it is out of our control. Yes, we have normal jobs and life to attend to, but we don't want this server dying any more than you do. The lack of updates is largely a result of a lack of new files, new tools, and new translations. We are handicapped by when and what new files are released. On top of that, we need to acquire or build tools to allow us to edit those new files (re-adding customs, etc). Finally, we need to build a new client that works with the new files and most importantly is in english. This all takes time, luck, and availability of files and tools. As JD has become less popular, it has been a lot more difficult to find all of these. Bear with us though, we are working right now on a core update and determining the best strategy to release it given what tooling and translations we have available.

My main point is that yes, it sucks, but it's not because we have the ability to deliver these updates and are choosing not to. We want them just as badly as you do, and we're working hard to make that happen.

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General Discussion / Re: Future for Md
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:06:36 pm »
The thing that's more worrying is that there are less new players joining than players quitting. If this keeps going on the server will die regardless of how much new content, updates, etc. is released. I think it would be better if we gained more new players. Probably almost half of the characters on this server (and all other servers probably) are alts. We just need more new players and less alts, which will make the game more lively and active; increase PvP (which is one of the reasons why people play this game); items are in higher demand; and in return the owner of MD will then get more donations due to increased competition, etc, etc...

So, for now, I believe it is best if the management of MD decide to increase their efforts in gaining new players, instead of attempting to pour out half-assed content as a short term solution to this problem .

I truly wish people would stop urging the staff to release content as a short term solution, and instead would ask the staff to, for example, increase advertising or what not and allow the game to have an increased chance of attracting players. Nowadays, there are millions of MMORPG's to choose from, and without any form of advertising, most of the potential new players may not find MD and may choose to commit to other games.

I sincerely hope the staff will read this comment and take this into consideration.

I hear you, but I think Jade Dynasty in general has a dwindling playerbase. Most new players to date have not been random gamers looking for a new MMORPG but rather players already familiar with JD / PW from playing official or other pservers. I think JD is a pretty niche game with a steep learning curve that's not that conducive to a random new player looking for a new game. I could be wrong, but this is the feeling I've gotten.

We've experimented with google ads but have had no positive results from them. I think the only potentially viable form of advertising we have not yet tried is buying ad slots on gaming sites / pserver toplist sites in sections other than the JD section.

One other idea I've considered is a refer a friend system to incentivize players to advertise to their friends and other gamers. This is tricky to implement in a way that cannot be scammed / exploited, so that's why we haven't done this yet. Given how little money the server makes right now it's pretty hard to justify spending time on features like this without seeing some initial resurgence first.

Finally, I think the big wait on critical fixes and new content has led a lot of existing players to play other games while they wait for us to get the next update. That decrease in players makes the server less appealing for new players as well and it all snowballs. I do think that new content will help revitalize the community and that will be a good time to try some new advertising approaches.

If you have any suggestions for advertising techniques I'd love to hear them. It's not an area that I have had a lot of success with in the past and not one I have much experience in.

The last thought I'll leave you with is this: We still care and we still want this game to succeed. There are a lot of factors that are out of our control when it comes to new content and fixes and we're just as frustrated as you are with the stagnant community and influx of new players. We're open to any ideas you all have that may help.

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Chit-Chat / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:48:28 pm »
I haven't played for quite a few years now, but I saw the 4 year thing in my email so I decided to download again.
Deadvimz in game as well I think, cya there!

Welcome back!

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News / Re: 4 Years of Monkey Dynasty
« on: February 21, 2017, 11:25:00 pm »
I hear you guys. There will be another free web lotto soon. Glad to hear it's helping revitalize things!

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News / 4 Years of Monkey Dynasty
« on: February 19, 2017, 07:05:24 pm »
It's hard to believe it's been 4 years since we started this project. We've come a long way since then, seen hundreds of thousands of players, a tight knit group of dedicated staff, and an ever evolving community of JD fans. I'd like to thank the players and the staff who've made all of this possible. We couldn't have done it without you all! Here's to another year of fun with all you monkeys.

I'd also like to say that our new prioritizations have been going well and we are finally getting more time for higher priority work. We're excited to see some results from this in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!

And as always, Kaz still has some fun events in store for you. We'll see you all in game!

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News / End of Appeals, Staff Respect, Shifting Priorities
« on: January 31, 2017, 01:58:19 am »
Hey everyone, I've got several big announcements.

First of all, happy Year of the Rooster! I hope you all enjoyed the events hosted this weekend (thanks Kaz!) and rest assured there is some more in store for you. The main point of this post, though, is to update you on some changes we're making in how things are handled. This is all in an effort to shift the time we're spending from administrative work to  more development, events, and more.

Ban Appeals
Beginning in February we will no longer be processing ban appeals or amnesty. It is simply too time consuming and far too large of a distraction and there has been ample time for those who were in need.

Reprioritization
Ceasing appeals is in line with a general shift we will be making in priorities to put overall server development and community engagement above time consuming processes that do not help the server as a whole. Too much valuable staff time has been consumed dealing with a lot of administrative work that, moderation, and rule enforcement and defense.

The staff
Rely on your staff. As I'm sure you all have seen, the staff behind a server are the reason for successes, and failures. They can be the glue that holds it together or the corruption that tears it apart. We wouldn't have made it as far as we have without an excellent and reliable staff.

With that in mind, let me remind you that they are trustworthy and have the server's best interests at heart. They are in charge. They do not have to justify themselves to you. Review the rules and be respectful of the staff and your fellow players. There has been far too much harassment, rule breaking, and general trolling lately and it is wasting everyone's time. We will be dealing with harassment and rule violation quickly and without argument. If you are in a gray area or are unsure, you should assume you will be punished. Read the rules and be aware. But really, just some general common sense should be all you need.

We will also be review and clarifying rules where necessary and updating other policies and procedures to reflect this new initiative. Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading, and here's to a great new year!

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News / File Download Tool
« on: January 27, 2017, 04:52:44 pm »
To assist those who have trouble downloading particular files (e.g. models.pck), I've added a new download tool on the download page that will let you download any particular files you are having trouble with as well as listing popular ones. Check it out at:

http://regen.monkeydynasty.org/download

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General Discussion / Re: PvP Videos
« on: January 02, 2017, 02:43:29 pm »
Nice! Love seeing videos of events

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News / Banana Shop Faction Changes Fixed
« on: December 30, 2016, 10:14:23 pm »
Hope everyone's holidays have been great so far and you've been enjoying all of the evens! The issue with selecting ascended faction for faction changes in the bananas shop has been fixed. Thanks for your patience while we resolved this.

Enjoy the rest of your holidays and the remaining events!

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News / Holiday Celebrations
« on: December 22, 2016, 08:19:51 pm »


Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year from all of us at Monkey Dynasty. It's been a crazy year here at Monkey Dynasty. Reviving the server to its previous status is still a work in progress, but we're thrilled so see so many old and new faces. So in the spirit of the holidays, we'd like to show our thanks!

Events
Mark your calendars and don't miss out on any of the great events we have in store for you. Just check out the upcoming events list on the sidebar and buckle up for reindeer and snowman hunts, letter to monkey santa, bloody sundays, and raffles!

Double Donations
It's that time of the year again. Get double the bananas for every donation until January 5th!

Christmas Lottery
We've got another special lottery to celebrate the holidays. Try your luck at the Christmas Lottery

Happy holidays from your Monkey Dynasty team!

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General Discussion / Re: ACTIVATE x2 DONATION PLS
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:09:28 pm »
Hi Chusen,

We'll be having a whole series of events and promotions starting soon for the Holidays, so hold tight.

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News / Re: Thanksgiving Promotions
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:59:55 am »
Double vote rewards have been turned on as well. We'll let that run a while longer due to the delay.

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News / Thanksgiving Promotions
« on: November 27, 2016, 07:16:18 pm »


For anyone who did not receive the email, there is a Thanksgiving promotion under way. You get a free Thanksgiving Lotto as well as 2x donations.

May the odds be ever in your favor!


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