Now that Dave has revealed that the 1.7 update will come with monthly in app payment for active servers, I got to thinking about ways for those of us with multiple servers (that we still love) to effectively maintain our servers while being realistic about how much money we are comfortable spending on an app that we love.
I don’t know if this is possible, but I wonder if cloud worlds can be migrated into SP and back.
Having the ability to migrate cloud worlds back onto your devices would not only save cloud costs for Dave, but it would also allow players to save their most prized worlds until they could pay to post the server once again.
There are a few benefits that I can think of.
- First, if you want to revamp/renovate/improve or put your server on a timeout (maybe because you temporarily don’t have the time to monitor the server), you could do so at your own pace without paying the cloud fees.
- Second, you would be able to develop a themed server in your own time and without incurring costs until it is ready to share with the community. This would also potentially encourage increased variety and more developed servers in the cloud, since people could spend more time creating something in SP before releasing it to the BH community
- This would be more cost effective for the player and more cost effective for Dave (because he isn’t paying storage for a bunch of stagnant worlds).
- Lastly, psychologically, this would make players feel like they have more security and control of their worlds and the future of those worlds (if that makes sense).
I don’t doubt that Dave’s proposed payment structure is necessary to keep blockheads going. I also strongly believe that there will be many players who simply can’t pay monthly fees for multiple servers (real developed ones… I’m not talking about servers that are just impulse servers). And while the simple answer for those who can’t afford the monthly cost of a server would be for them to just be participants/visitors on someone else’s world, so much of the fun is coming up with your own world, developing the idea, and creating something tangible from an idea in your head. Maybe this solution would, at least, minimize the burden for some players who still want to do this, but don’t have the funds to do this without some planning/thought.