The Islandz Discord has gone offline – 29th January
The Islandz grid will be sadly closing down sometime within the next 10 days according to Elenia via the Islandz Discord channel on Monday 28th January 2019.
Elenia says that the grid is “not sustainable” and says “we’re not even remotely close”. Elenia goes on to say that “people are disheartened at the lack of content we could restore and I don’t blame them”.
As a former InWorldz/Islandz resident this is sad news for the community. I feel sorry for Elenia and Jim who have put so much hard work to start a new grid from the ground up. I understand the reasons for doing this. The grid just reached the 1, 000 users mark on Sunday morning that have opt-in. It was starting to get good with the regions growing.
I guess everyone will now have to find a new grid to move to.
Elenia Llewellyn announced some updates on the Islandz pricing and packages mid this week. Over the past couple of months there has been discussions behind the scenes to look at the possible options that could be available. Check out the pricing layout above.
Here is the full blog post about the pricing…
We’ve had quite a while to look at our options in pricing and packages for Islandz over the last couple of months, and we’ve had a lot of questions as well. We’ve come up with a considerable amount of packages available, while keeping in mind we wanted to lower pricing at the same time.
First thing to note, is that these packages are an entire machine. From an inventory standpoint, this makes far more sense to us than the dedicated server system we had before. When someone would leave, we’d take down their region, but we’d have an empty slot that was not producing monies for the machine. Now, if someone leaves, we remove their regions, shut down the machine, and we’re no longer paying for it.
Second thing to note, we have way more flexibility than ever before with our packages and pricing. For example, let’s say you wish to have a region for a weekend event. We can in the future, set these up for someone based on an hourly rate, rather than a monthly rate.
Third and final note, we are not posting these to tell OAR region holders they have to buy a region to get their OARS. We’ve had interest in the pricing obviously, but also interest from people to have a region to play around in while we finish off the OAR loading command. That work is ongoing while we scan the OARS for the assets, which will be needed for the OAR load command to function properly. That said, if you are an OAR region holder waiting for your OAR file(s), we will be more than happy to work with you in scheduling OAR loading so you don’t lose anything current. It will be up to YOUR schedule of when we do the loading. For the rest of the OARS we need to load, more info will be coming in the next week or two.
The final part of the blog post reads..
There are a couple of packages beyond the listing above that are more geared towards landlords, which gives them a nice discount.
I hope this ends some of the confusion surrounding what is still in place vs what is not, and how we’re structuring this. Do note, my only real concern in pricing is the Lite Package as I see it as a large increase from our Scenics which is why I’m considering making it cooperative, so the cost doesn’t fall totally on the user. And while 2×2’s are now at $99 per set of 4 instead of $85, the configuration is anyway you want it on those 4 regions. They do not have to be touching, they do not have to be in a square, you can place them however you like. You can have one neighboring a friend, and three as a cluster. Or not. This is totally up to you now.
I wish everyone a really great day, and I’ll be watching the comments for suggestions and thoughts!
ETA: We added the lighter Lite-4 option, changed the pricing on Silver-4 (also it’s name to be more in align with the packages), changed the names on the packages for Gold, and added the Gold-20 package. Also added the last 2 packages that were not listed before.
2nd ETA: Due to typo, we changed the Standard package from $49 to $39.
Islandz Stats Update – (22nd December 2018)
In the last few weeks the grid numbers in terms of existing residents opting in and new regions have been growing steadily. New registrations are still closed at the moment. The Islandz website is still under going maintenance work. There is still more work left to do apparently.
Users Registered: 802
Total Regions: 38
Not long until the big 1, 000 users registered will be reached.
Since Wednesday 14th November 2018 the new Islandz grid has been up and running. So far there are 282 total users that have registered and that number is growing every day. The Islandz grid has only ten regions online and that’s expected to rise in the weeks ahead.
Well, it’s taken a while, but we’ve finally managed to get to the point where we can open our doors to show our residents that we are indeed alive and well!
First, let me thank everyone for their hard work, their patience and their determination to help us see this through. Without you, we would never have gotten this far! I’ve watched our community be absolutely amazing, stunning, graceful, patient and so helpful to the myriad of questions from so many.
All former InWorldz residents can log in here with their former avatar name and password. New residents are going to have to wait a little longer to join the grid while maintenance is still on going.
The new Islandz grid has been under development during the past few months since the closure of the former InWorldz grid back in late July 2018. There has been a lot of good progress made in recent weeks. It’s been interesting following the all the latest updates through the Islandz Discord channel.
According to Jim Tarber this week user accounts opting in and new user registrations could happen in just a few days time which would be great news for the community. Region sales are a couple of weeks away. When the new grid opens there will be a big party.
The new Islandz grid will be running on Halcyon which will have mesh apparently. Hopefully the new Islandz grid will be open to the public in early November 2018 or sooner.
No set date has been announced yet.
The wait is almost over. I will post more updates soon.