At the moment, the main purpose of this thread is to test the water.
So, after trolling around the section here, it’s clear to me that there’s still a chunk of people decently into DarkRP that hate the present state of DarkRP. Those users also share a mutual appreciation of things I, too, appreciate in DarkRP: Competent staff that actually take their job semiseriously and don’t start fights with other staff members in public; a collection of halfway-decent addons, the freedom to build and use wire so long as it’s not obnoxious, that sort of thing.
I want to get a community off the ground with that sort of playerbase as the demographic.
I want to get a cadre of salty motherfuckers together and start an unofficial FacePunch DarkRP server. Most of the server discussion would happen here, in this thread, with our website forums being used solely for ban appeals, staff applications, that sort of thing. We’d be more supported by veteran players of GMod than pubbies joining off of the server browser, although if they behave, they can stay. Annoying children will likely be removed on sight - nobody under 13 will be permitted to play, given we find out somehow. (COPPA is your friend.)
As it is now, it is easily with my budget to order and support as dedicated server for this purpose, along with forums and such. I also have a competent coder who pretty regularly likes to do neat things - original things, not a battery of things necessarily downloaded off of ScriptFodder. Donations would be entirely superfluous to the average user, I have no plans to make anything donation-only, and if it became apparent that people would like to donate for things, they would be purely cosmetic. We had some pretty neat things on our former community, which we still have, such as:
Emergency Vehicles with Lights and Sirens (Now outdated with VCMod w/ ELS):
We’d also look at using something other than downtown as our primary map. Eastcoast remains my primary choice for this, but I’m largely open to suggestion.
Established members of the posting community would probably get fast-tracked into server security or website supervision roles if they can prove they’re not droolingly retarded.
That said, I’m a little gunshy of just splurging on a server and having it be me, my coder, and two eight year olds like it turned out last time. I’d like to know the server has some commitment to play before I launch.
What I would need before pulling the trigger on deploying the server is:
- At least 15 people willing to play for an hour two a few days a week.
- A couple of volunteer staff to help me watch the server while I get stuff off the ground (Users with extensive ban history need not apply - documented experience a bonus. Include your steamID in your post if you’re interested)
- Some good feedback on what type of DarkRP you’d like (with/without vehicles, map preference, addons suggested, etc etc)
If we can get that hashed out, I’ll look to buying a dedicated server and getting launched. What do you guys think, would you be interested in being a part of this? What would you want in that sort of server?