Hello HWS Community,
this topic is something I had in mind for a very long time and it is controversial for me.
I prepared it for the day, when Empyrion will be “full released” - which is apparently the case next week, on 5th August.
So over the last 4 years many players joined HWS and HWS in general is still the most popular server. With that there comes a natural conflict over time though, because many different humans at one place just does not work peacefully, never.
Some had the “It’s just a game” mindset for example and want to have fun.
And fun is from player to player different to be interpret.
Long story short, some players love to exploit a game to get advantage and some love to behave like idiots, covered behind anonymity. Some do even worse things…
For most of those things we have rules and over the last 4+ years 120 players on e.g. HWS EU just couldn’t respect them.
But even if some interpret our rules different, in the end it always comes down in how you behave towards the Community and to us Admins.
Only because it is a free server to play on, does not mean we tolerate such players here.
And with that I hope it is obvious that every human has its own decisions, thoughts and personality. I am far from perfect and for sure misjudged sometimes.
However, I explained already about my Second Chance Policy and the majority of the bans above were players who found a no-brainer dupe, for example like 3 years ago with the Backpack drop.
Getting then banned is one thing but not contacting us afterwards, apologizing and explaining the situation is a whole different story. Many of those bans are like that. They just didn’t care and moved on. That is unfortunate.
The best chances to get unbanned is really to cooperate with me, report the exploits, explain them. Never do it again.
To be honest banning is for me rather an educational process. I want that players realize what they did and change for the future.
Of course I couldn’t care less about them, call it permanent and rely on 100 new players joining HWS on weekly basis.
But I had some success with that in the past and it motivates me to continue that road.
I could go on about that topic for awhile but to get to the point:
With the release of Empyrion 1.0 / start of HWS 13, I want to “clean up”, some players from that 120’ list.
Some players on the list are as described above just rage quitters after I caught them. They might get just a Second Chance, mainly cause the exploit they used got fixed by now.
But some others on the list needs to pro-actively contact me and either apologize or explain in detail why and what. I don’t want to name them here, they know by themselves. And mostly know why they got banned.
So depending on the situation and the circumstances I am even ready to lift “permanent” bans. Those require some good discussion / conditions before though.
I know that it would ruin the meaning of “permanent” but as I said, it is for one the absolute last chance for them, there is no additional “full release” of Empyrion and I want them to realize what they did to get banned - I don’t ban for no reason, never!
If they fail even their last chance, it will be a public permanent ban for sure and forever!
Trust me, it makes no fun to monitor thousands of players on daily basis (ideally) and see who is a black sheep or not. This is not the reason why I run HWS and it does not motivate me. Hence this last Chance initiative is a huge commitment for me and I am absolute serious that it’s an one time chance!
Last but not least, I want to clear up one disgusting rumor officially: I have never and will never accept any money for an unban! Even the try will be shamed by me in the public.
Note: there is no guarantee that I will lift every permanent ban. Some players stay banned forever for good.
Finally, I know my naive (?) generous offer here might upset some players, if some “hated” players might come back.
To “educate” someone (adult) is also a bold silly statement from me, I know.
But it’s the way how I run HWS, how I believe in humans and in the end hopefully those player do appreciate this great community here and how much work we put into HWS with this opportunity.
So it will be a fast “test” if they succeed with their last chance or not.
TL;DR: with Alpha 12 the database got implemented and with that data we can track, if necessary. We want to inform you about that.
The new addition in detail can be read below:
Data acquisition on our HWS servers
The game Empyrion uses a database in the background to automatically log player events, e.g. coordinates, structures, login times. The majority of the data is neither evaluated by us nor passed on to third parties. Exceptions are:
- In the event of suspected fraudulent activity, criminal activity, circumvention of a permanent ban or other illegal activity, we take the right to evaluate this data to ensure the security and protection of HWS. This includes the temporary activation of IP tracking or reading the suspect’s hardware specifications.
- The only third party that temporary maintains our database is Eleon Studios. This only happens when problems such as a corrupt database are found.
To close this announcement a little information that Jascha is (as always ) in vacation. Just before and during the big release. And because I am already overloaded there might be the critical exception that your tickets might not get solved in time. I try my best though.
Please ask the community as much as possible for help, the HWP or just play as passive as possible until the full wipe. Thanks for your understanding!
All the best.
Your HWS Team