Admins that abuse the community on there respective servers, are generally the types of individuals who won’t continue to pay for a rental once the first month has passed.
There is an huge overflow of servers right now, in a genre of gaming (survival sandbox w/player looting) that (despite the recent popularity) is still very much it’s own niche. Sandboxes will always have a very limited audience, and Rust simply doesn’t have enough players to populate all of these servers.
I run EXILE, a hardcore pvp server that has made raiding an “endgame” objective that requires substantial effort, with the conflicts between the players themselves as the main focus, which results in a slower pace of progression overall. Leading to a much more rewarding experience over time.
Two weeks ago when I first launched the server, I had a steady playerbase of 30-50 on every evening of the week, and maintained about 15-25 during the daytime hours. This was with ZERO advertising, people just came and enjoyed the experience.
We had some issues with our host and were forced to take the server down for three consecutive days while we waited for these problems to be resolved. After getting it back up, our playerbase has been utterly crippled. I am hard pressed to get 1-5 people on at any given time, and trying to keep players has been a nightmare.
That having been said, check us out if you want a solid experience (sorry for the plug, I didn’t intend to, but what the hell - we’re all here), with no abuse from the administration in any way, shape or form. Everyone is welcome, and the server is extremely fresh at the moment, and all the best real estate is just waiting to be built on.
I run the server solo, no other admins, and I don’t pvp on my own server. I play on other servers when I want to pvp. I am a completely neutral observer who enjoys watching the community form and seeing regulars having a decent play to play that makes them want to return day after day. I strictly administrate and moderate when I am available, and I am available daily (evenings on weekdays, all day weekends).
If that sounds like something you might enjoy, then you should checkout:
[US WEST] EXILE [HARDCORE PVP/SLEEP/IC/KIT/DS/RAREC4] [RUST++]
Prepaid in 6 month cycles, we’re not going anywhere anytime soon.