2017 was a year of challenges for us. We’ve learned a lot over the past year and we’re really excited to put that knowledge to good use in 2018. We’ve experienced growing pains, and we’ve said goodbye to some of our awesome team members over the past year as they embark on new journeys. We’ve been hard at work on new features to bring the Palace community even closer together. While we’re not quite done yet, I’m super excited to share these updates with you as we start the new year off together. Palace Network Website Some of you may have known that we’ve been working on a new website for you all. From the moment you visit it, you’ll be greeted with information about upcoming events, news and announcements from our Staff Team, player and server statistics, and more. Once you log in, you’ll be able to receive customized information that you want to see, such as your friends, your own playing time, and much more we’ll announce soon. The website isn't ready yet, but stay tuned for more information about it! Palace Radio A few months ago during our last Community Meeting, we talked a bit about Palace Radio - an online radio station manned by Palace Staff playing all the top family-friendly hit music. A service like this requires a lot of planning. Streaming music almost 24/7 takes up a lot of bandwidth and a lot of time to get right. While we’ve been pretty quiet about it, we’re happy to announce that we’re going to be doing a live test of the radio this month! This will be our way of testing out if the service we currently are using to host the radio will sustain everyone in our community. Servers & Stability Stability of our network has been something we’ve always worked on trying to improve. Over the past year, we’ve migrated twice to ensure proper stability of our network and provide the best connection possible to our guests. This year, we’re making strides to make connections even better, and become more and more uninterrupted. Over the past few months, we’ve experienced quite a few, what we call, Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS). These attacks send a bunch of traffic to our servers at a rapid rate in order to try and flood the servers, making them crash. Very soon, we’ll be migrating to new servers that have the potential to sustain attacks of up to 50 times the size of the largest attack we’ve received over the past year. Along with this, hardware uptime and location security is extremely important to us. Our new machines will be located in a former Federal Reserve Building located in Dallas, Texas, and powered by a protected power grid, shared with area Hospitals and Dallas 9-1-1. Stability and uptime are really important to us, and we’re really excited to make this stride to a better playing experience for all of our guests. Community Meetings We know silence is never good. We want you guys to know what we’re working on, and we’re going to make that happen. Once a month, we’ll get the leadership team together and stream our community meeting live on Twitch. The date of our first meeting of 2018 is yet to be determined, but we’ll see you later this month, for sure! Moderation, Moderation, Moderation The core value of Palace Network is our family-friendly community and the rules that go along with it. We want to provide a safe, fun, and family-friendly environment for people of all ages to enjoy. We’re working on building moderation tools for our staff, and are working on better policies and procedures for all the situations our staff members encounter. You’ll start seeing the impact of this very soon! We’ve had tons of ideas given to us by our staff and the community, and we’re really excited to bring a lot of them to you all. If you have suggestions or feedback, we’ve been reading and taking notes on the feedback given in the #community-feedback channel on Discord, so if you have a suggestion, let us know there! Until next time!