Happy 5 Year Anniversary

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    Today, April 4th 2019, is PartyZone's 5th year in existence.

    In the small time I've been here, it's been a great time getting to know those of you that have been part of this network for such a long time. There aren't many servers that get to reach the old age of 5 years, but alas, PartyZone has surpassed expectations in reaching such a number.

    I'd like to thank you all for being part of this wonderful community both through the good and the bad. There's still plenty of things we can do as a network, and I hope to see you all stick with us as we move forward into PZv2. I'd especially like to thank those of you that are still with us to this day, whether you're just returning after an extended period of leave, or have been with us the entire time. I really do hope we can give PartyZone the love it deserves and start a new chapter together as a community.

    With all that said, I decided that given how significant this anniversary is, not only with being half a decade, but also marking the end of PZv1 and the beginning of PZv2, I thought it'd be appropriate to reach out to a few people that played a significant role in the formation and maintaining of PartyZone over the years and also current leadership to give a message in this announcement. On that note, here are the messages.

    "It doesn't feel like I've been part of this network for 4 years now, and it's a surprise to me whenever I think about it, but I'm happy to see where this network began when I first joined to see where it is now and where it's going to be soon."
    "I've been on this server for three years- Insights for 1 1/2 of those years and network staff for a year exactly. It's been crazy to see PZ grow and well, I'd be lying if I said I didn't grow with it. The dedication of this community and staff just blows my mind STILL- five years is just so crazy to me and I'm so happy to be part of it. I'm beyond grateful to call y'all my family. You guys have been there for me through thick and thin and I hope to return the favor in the year(s) to come. Jeez, I doubt I'd even be writing this message if it weren't for y'all... I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I love all of you so flippin' much and seeing you guys grow as a community and on your own has been the greatest gift my life has given me so far. I don't know how I would have gotten as far as I have in my own life away from the screen without some of y'all. I wouldn't trade the memories for anything in the world.


    I've met some of my best friends to date on here and I hope that I keep makin' new ones. This community is sooooo amazing like I love y'all to bits and pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease never stop being amazing."
    "Well, I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since we opened. The network has changed and shaped the individual I am and I hope it has for you guys too. The community on here is like no other. You guys are great. Love Tree."
    "I think this is probably my 5th time re-writing this, which is pretty appropriate for the 5 year anniversary. We’ve all done a lot over the years. I think I could best describe PartyZone as a monster with a smile. This insane journey has brought my happiest moments while at the same time it’s always managed to kick me when I’m down. I tried over and over to find what I wanted to type and I can’t seem to find the right thing. So I suppose I’ll retell the beginning of the story once more.

    June 3rd 2013: I logged onto the forum site for ArmadaCraft. (An SG server started by CaptainSparklez) At the time it was unreleased, I was the 6th member, and a day or two later Gigo joined. Over the next few months we’d met the rest of the crew as well and half of us became the starting staff there and it launched.
    November 28th 2013, Thanksgiving Day: We were told ArmadaCraft was shutting down. At this point we were meeting on their Teamspeak every day to play games so we felt as though we were losing a home or we weren’t going to be able to speak to each other anymore. I logged off that night with a heavy heart wishing everyone a good Thanksgiving then proceeded to look into the cost to see how long I’d be able to keep up paying for a basic monthly server.
    December 1st? (I think) 2013: Littled asked me to start a server with him and Gigo. I’d told him I’d already been thinking it through myself.
    March 3rd 2014: By this time we’d put together our first fully functional game. Downgrade or GunGame as it was known at the time, was functional and being tested when Element Animation payed a visit to play. That night we had 15 players online. Yea. That’s right. 15 players. One Five. We were really excited.

    March 3rd until April 4th 2014 was the most insane month. In that amount of time we finished Murder and met Snake, Ash, Stampy, Squid, and the rest of their squad. We decided since we couldn’t remember our official start date we’d relaunch and pick our own date. Being the genius’ we are we picked 4-4-14 and the rest was history.

    I love that story and wish I could relive it sometimes. I’ve hidden away a lot of dark stuff that’s happened over the following years (which has hurt me a lot as well) but honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. I got to work with and get to know youtubers I looked up to for years, I’ve made so many friends I wouldn’t know otherwise, and after losing a server that meant so much to me, I helped create one that means so much more to others. When I was 12 I decided that all I wanted in the world was to make at least 1 person’s life better. Thanks to this crazy ride I’ve done that a thousand times over. Between the ages of 19 and 24 I’ve had kids write school papers about me, draw pictures of me, and tell me their life would be entirely different without PZ. I’d never dream of something like that and I don’t think it’ll ever happen again for me. It’s the most crazy, amazing experience I’ve ever had and I couldn’t ask for anything else.

    Happy Anniversary PartyZone. It’s been a wild ride with a monster of a server.

    If you’re reading this between April 4th 3pm EDT and April 5th 3pm EDT, I’ll be in the middle of hosting our traditional 24 hour anniversary livestream on twitch.tv/mcpartyzone
    Stop by, say hi and wish me luck. I’ll need it."
    "Five years, huh? That’s a LOT of years. You might decide to do some simple math, 365*5 is 1,825 days. Not quite right though, Don’t forget our dear friend February 29th, 2016. So this server has got 1,826 days under its belt now! If you want to go deeper, 1,826*24 is 43,824, the approximate number of hours. 43,824*60 is 2,629,440, the approximate number of minutes. And 2,629,440*60 is 157,766,400, the approximate number of seconds. But that’s not quite as exact as it could be. You might know we have leap days, but did you know we have leap seconds? There aren’t any rules for when they happen, astronomers just kinda go “uh oh, the earth is spinning too slow, gotta add a second to a day to make up for it!”. We had two leap seconds in the history of PartyZone, one on June 30th, 2015, and one on December 31st, 2016. That means that the real number of seconds is 157,766,402. I don’t know why I did all of that research, but the more you know!


    I’m not sure if the current community really remembers me at all, but I’m Dean. My IGN is Deanveloper, although some of the older folk might know me as SideBySide, or the even older folk will know me as unon1100. I was one of the few, at one point the only, straight administrator, haha. I have been here since (just about) the start, I was brought on to the development team a bit less than a month after the public release. I honestly had no clue what I was doing at that time, I knew how to make some basic plugins, but I had never made anything big like a minigame or anything like that. I was just someone who volunteered their time to a silly little Minecraft server. My biggest accomplishment during this period was writing PZCreative. We had used PlotMe before it, but it was getting very buggy as new updates came out. We were looking at PlotSquared and PlotZ as replacements, but they both didn’t have quite the features that we wanted. So we opted for creating our own Plots plugin, which I wrote from scratch. I was really proud of it, but it took a lot of work to get functional.


    After about 2 years, I resigned from being an Administrator. It was sad to leave the team. But about a year or so later, I came back. This time, with a lot of changes that I was happy with. I got to finish a game I had been working on for a long time - Splatter. Unfortunately it didn’t get as big as I had hoped it would, which kinda disappointed me, but that’s alright. Fun fact, the original version of Splatter actually had a resource pack! It made all of the guns look like they do in Splatoon, but we opted against using it because it feel like it didn’t quite fit in to the spirit of a Minecraft minigame. During the few months after that, we worked a lot on cleaning up our codebase to make it easier to create more games. And about a year after I had returned, I got a full-time job at a different company, which meant that I no longer had time to work for PartyZone.


    I really enjoyed every second I spent here. I put my time working here on my resumé, as I really grew as a developer, and grew as a person. Out of all of the communities I have been a part of, I have made more (and better) friends on PartyZone than any other one.


    Sincerely,
    Dean"
    "Hello fellow partyzone players. In the past year and a half, things have been rough. Games have been breaking, updates have slowed to a crawl, and our developers have steeply decreased in quantity. However, now we are coming upon the light to take this server out of the dark age it once was. A new era of PZ is starting half a decade in.

    With this v2 update, our developers can produce updates and games quicker, and in a more polished and finished state. From the feedback and staff team, we thank you for patience, and tell you that it'll be paid for in full. With new management, a new age has dawned upon partyzone. One of greatness. Are you ready?"
    "When I first joined PartyZone, I was drawn in by how many players there were and how close the community was, which inspired me to continue as a now devoted player and staff member. Fast forward, as the years have gone by, we have all seen the sad and tremendous decline in once-devoted players like myself. Most have departed due to either simply moving on, the likely fact that PartyZone wasn’t as kept up with in its once-demanding era, or both.

    All of who are still apart of the community, from either before or perhaps in the past year, have seen the same promises made but never met. We were promised so many new features and simple updates, all which never came. We were all told the same response each month that passed by: “We’re working on it” or “It’s in progress.” This was the same when Noble took ownership, some of us were understandably sceptical.

    That was until April 1st, 2019 when Noble made the announcement of PartyZone V.2 being released soon, changes were finally happening and the promises that he made in the beginning of his arrival, were ultimately kept and proven.

    When I first become a staff member, my intentions were none other than to guide and assist the network as much as I possibly could. This obviously, would not have been possible without the amazing community we currently have, and guidance of my fellow staff members, who I can now confidently call friends. Thanks to PartyZone, I have learned some quality traits that I might have not learned until a future time and created memorable bonds with players worldwide and my own peers.

    Perfectly marking the fifth anniversary of PartyZone, we can celebrate the age of the network, the ups and downs we’ve all experienced, and to new beginnings. Thank you to all those who stuck around for your patience, welcome back to some of our returning players, and a warm welcome to the new future players I’m excited and hoping to see!

    This is a celebration for all of us, and a moment we can come together. "
    "I’d like to thank everyone who had helped made PartyZone what it is today. The Owners, Developers, Admins, Staff Team, and especially the community. Without the community I’m not sure where it would be possible where we are today. With PartyZone as a whole, it has been an incredible experience and life lesson. I’ve met such amazing people that I consider close friends. Pz has helped me come out of my shell from this intimidated teenager that couldn’t even say a few words without almost having a panic attack. It has taught me to accept who you are and there are people there for you no matter what.

    With the experience, it’s been an honor to be working under such an amazing people that we’ve had. I’ve been on PartyZone for a couple of years and while it’s has had its up and down, it’s an amazing experience to watch the community grow up. While we change, there’s always a reminder for some of us that PartyZone has given us some amazing memories online.

    Once more, thank you all so much for being apart of PartyZones Network and making it what it is today."
    Rawr.

    I was recommended by @GamerGuts to show some older videos of the network, with one, in particular, showing the origins of PartyZone. If you'd like to check it out, here it is!


    If you haven't seen already, PZv2 will be releasing on Friday, April 5th sometime after the 5-year anniversary 24-hour stream ends. If you'd like to tune in to the anniversary stream, be sure to read about it here! We'll be seeing a few old faces joining in throughout the stream as one last sendoff for PZv2 before we make the transition into PZv2.

    If you haven't read the announcement for PZv2, be sure to check that out here and the Elite Survival v2 announcement here!

    Finally, we'll be running a 55% OFF SALE for a limited time on everything! Be sure to take advantage of that sale while it lasts here!

    With all of that being said, I hope to see you all enjoy the stream as we say one final goodbye to PartyZone v1 and move forward into the next chapter of PartyZone with PZv2. Thank you all for entrusting me with steering PartyZone in a new direction; it's been a wild ride thus far, but here's to another year of PartyZone! <3:pz:

    NobleProductions
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    Woo! :)

    So glad to be apart of this amazing community <3
     
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    Happy birthday PartyZone! :pz:<3
     
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    The years have definitely flown by! Happy anniversary PartyZone! :pz:<3
     
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    The end of the video is a bit r rated just putting that out there lmao heads up to sensitive eared people. Also I’d like to say I can’t believe I’ve been on this server for 4 and a half years tbh
     
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    Everyone: *something very personal and emotional*
    gigo: rawr
     
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    Happy birthday PZ!! I’m so happy with everything that is going to happen, thank you everyone for sticking with us :)
     
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    My favorite server shares a special day with me. I'm so happy this has lasted so long and I cannot wait for another 5 years!
     
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    Loved being apart of this mini-memorial.
    A big thank you to Noble for including me, and happy birthday to PartyZone!:pz:
     
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    Happy Birthday and thank you PZ for an amazing 5 years, some of these memories especially in early 2014 when I was just 13/14 myself I made so many friends and frankly wouldn't be the internet and tech savvy person I am today <3
     
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    Wow, 5 years. That sure has gone by real fast ahaha. I'm so happy to be part of such an amazing community server! Can't believe how long I have been apart of PZ for, wow the memories are real, hahaha.

    Also can we just have a ginormous round of applause for the Developers clap, Owners clap, Admins clap, Sr. Mods clap, Mods clap, Helpers clap, Insights clap, Builders clap and everyone clap who made PZ how it is now because we would literally be no where without you amazing people <3 clap clap clap clap (there is totally a clapping emoji here)

    Or how Gigo would put it- rawr!

    Happy Birthday Partyzone!! <3
     
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    Gonna assume that means happy fifth anniversary in gigo language.

    Happy Birthday, Partyzone. :)
     
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    I feel like crying. Partyzone is like my family , close friends, and if I weren't here, I'd be stuck in the middle of nowhere. My dream is to become a long staff member, a developer, and maybe create a server just like PZ. Happy anniversary, love you all x
     
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    wowowowow happy (late) birthday pz! ❤️❤️
     
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    5 years is a hell of a time! Thanks all <3 and Thanks PZ for making it so good
     
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    You seem so familiar but like not at the same time
     
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    I miss booneh good times. Same as many others... Just hope things change where this is actually a fun place and doesn't just piss me off from every direction.

    Interesting to see the progression of the server through the years. Had some good moments and bad. All in all I just want to play murder again without it getting filled with unfun players. Through the years I have had so much fun, met some interesting people and some I wish I never met but hey life is life.

    Let's make this year better than the last few and reopen the joy I or any other player who joined in 2013/14/15 felt in the next following years.
     
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    Might have to join back to see PZv2, can't until tomorrow though
     
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    gg y'al!!!!