Hello everybody! This is long overdue, but it's about time that I give a basic rundown on the status of the server as a whole, where we're at on the admin side of things, and why exactly it's taking so damn long to get this next section for the lore out. I'll try and cover things as best I can and am happy to answer any questions that you may have (as long as they aren't too revealing), so please leave any if you have them. -x- The server. As most of you know, on October 21st the server suffered numerous map-corrupting errors for reasons that are unknown to us and forced a total map wipe. This happened at an incredibly bad time for us on the admin-side of things, as the week that it occurred was a week that was deliberately left clear of any events or things that required heavy admin presence, as the vast majority of us were busy with IRL responsibilities (including myself). Now, this is where we started to make a few mistakes. Firstly, I'd like to apologize for the near-constant setbacks we've had with bringing the server back up. Frankly, we should have never announced a time for the server to come back up if we were not 100% confident that we could make the time in the first place. Nevertheless, we were forced to move the date back not once but twice due to doing just that. The fault for this is entirely on me as a head admin, as it's my responsibility (however busy I am with real life) to make sure that these sorts of mistakes don't occur. This isn't an apology from the admin team necessarily, it's an apology from me personally. So, with that said, there is currently no confirmed date for when the server will be ready to go live. This is for reasons that I will detail further below. The admin team. It's come to my attention that there's quite a bit of talk that we've become disinterested with the current lore, or that we're no longer able to put in the time requirements to keep things moving efficiently. I am 200% confident that all of our admins are still fully on board with continuing the current lore until its end (which is not too far away), but unfortunately as I said above, this entire issue hit us at the worst possible time. I will not reveal any personal info out of respect for the privacy of the other admins, but between some of them having multiple school projects coming up, work, and in some cases familial emergencies, it's been tough just trying to squeeze out even minimal amounts of time. Please understand that this is not a trend that is going to continue from this point onward, it's simply a matter of terrible timing. The next lore. For some good news, the story and plot aspects of the next lore are mostly complete. The only real thing preventing us from starting the next lore tomorrow if we wanted to is map construction. Without revealing too much information, I can say that next lore's map is entirely custom-built by us as a team (specifically El Cid, who is a god with the map editing tools). What this means however is that getting this amount of building done will take time--time that, even if we were to stop everything we're working on with this current lore, won't get expedited any faster. Nevertheless, understand that it is coming--a lot of love is getting put into it, so look forward to what (should) be a smoother New Dawn lore than has ever been done before. The server (part 2). As I said in the first section, I am hesitant to make another date for when we are able to go live again. The main reason for this is that although we are 95% done with what we need to finish, we've recently come into some more issues with the recent release of Build 40. Now I can't confirm that this will stay this way as we're currently looking for a solution, but right now as of the moment I am writing this, the new update seems to have caused some more server-side errors for us (not map corrupting ones thankfully, but errors nonetheless). As you can probably guess, this is making that last 5% of work grind to a standstill until we can figure out how to fix things. Once more let me clarify that this is not confirmed, but should we be unable to find a solution, it's entirely possible that we may have to wipe the map again and start over from scratch. Now before you start screaming to the sky, I can say that thankfully many of us on the admin team will have a ton more time to dedicate to prepping this next stage of the lore once we hit the weekend. Should we have to restart, redoing everything we've worked on up until this point won't take nearly as long to complete. The reason I do not say that we will simply end the lore right there (should another wipe occur) is that at this current moment in time, we're not able to work on the next lore's map until things are finished with the map editing tools. What this means is that ending the current lore right now wouldn't let us work on the next lore any faster. So, should the worst-case scenario occur, have faith that the final stage of The Road Ahead WILL go live, it will simply be a case of more waiting. -x- To wrap things up, I'd like to thank you guys for being so patient with us. At the end of the day, none of us are paid to do this, so all of the time we dedicate to working here is volunteered on top of whatever responsibilities we have in the real world. Some of you have inquired about us needing or wanting more admins (with some of you even having apps in already), but I am hesitant to add new members to the team until after The Road Ahead has ended (if your admin application has not been responded to yet, this is why, it doesn't mean you've been rejected). Unfortunately, Zomboid is the opposite of intuitive on the admin-side of things, which means that getting new admins started is just another thing that would be added to an already cluttered list of things to do. On top of that, becoming an admin essentially means sacrificing much of your enjoyment for the lore, as a lot of your play time will get moved into events and such (as well as lore info becoming available to you, ruining much of the surprise), and we're reluctant to do that to any of you so close to the end of the lore itself--especially given how long you've already waited to see it through. All in all, if this news wasn't exactly what you were looking for then I apologize, but there's little I can do to change our situation at this point except to chug right along and get things done. Rest assured that this next segment of the lore is coming out, one way or another. I hope you all have a happy Halloween and a good rest of your week. Cheers!