GRX3 first entered the world presence in Nov 29th 2009 and has been owned by the same owner ever since. For over a decade now GRX3 continues to bring forth creativity.
From 2009 - 2014 GRX3 was a web design and development company that served over 230 clients on all continents, sans Antartica. Working with small business, individual clients, up to multi-national billion dollar companies.
Arriving late to the Minecraft world in 2014 GRX3 took time off from the development world to begin customizing Minecraft Servers, Minecraft mini-games, and managing staff.
It started out as a small single server running Mojang's finest back when it wasn't under Microsoft's control and EULA was just a word.Did I know what I was doing? Not really, hit share multi-player button one day and had people playing with me, kinda fun.
In 2015, it seemed that people really liked GRX3's Minecraft Server and a community formed around it. We had many folks that wanted to help out and were mainstays to our slowly developing Minecraft network. It wasn't long until I started dabbling in Spigot, and plug-ins, adding Land Claims, User Homes, World Guard, World Edit, developing massive buildings, games, devoting entire servers to mini-games and more. Four servers were put together and the community was well behind this simple server turned Minecraft Network.
Nearing the end of 2015 version 1.9 is coming out, we moved all our servers which was totaling 12 Minecraft servers under a single name GRX3.net all using bungeeCord and various back-ends, Spigot, Mojang, even Bukkit. We averaged 20-30 online at a given time, had over 30,000 players on the books and a staff of 7. This was the golden time, but it was all about to change.
Who knew this would be the last design of grx3.net?
Version 1.9 came a lot of changes, not much upgrading features in the game as behind the scenes. For those that were following Notch, he threw out a number some time ago about what it would take to buy Minecraft. Well Microsoft apparently paid attention.
In my opinion it might of not been all bad, except for what was also happening at the same time. Mojang was releasing notices about the EULA, which quickly became the acronym and no longer the word it once was. Server owners everywhere posting that they are pretty sure we can't continue to even get donations if they decide to enforce the License Agreement. If there were no donations, running 12 Minecraft servers at $100/month/server was just not going to be an option for me.
After the buy out from Microsoft and Notch leaving, we got a "little" clarity and direction from Mojang on what this EULA meant. It came in the form of if you are giving folks unfair advantages, or allowing them to get items/ranks/etc not otherwise obtainable in-game then you are breaking the Agreement. Apparently this was to curb the owners charging $400 for a single in-game item. We were saved, and had no problems with the changes, thankfully.
However if that wasn't enough, a buy out, a change of how we pay for the network, internally we started having staff issues with some of our best staff. It seems they lost their way and were handing out extras to their buddies. After a temporary suspension of privileges, that staff member choose to start their own server and vulture our users. In my private life, I was dealing with a parental figure that was losing the battle to Cancer. Most the user-base however didn't know and I wasn't very vocal about private issues. To recap the coming of th end of GRX3 version 1, Company switching hands, Economic EULA problems, Staff Issues, a death of the owner's parents, too say things were going to change is an understatement.
I slowly started letting folks know that a major change for our network is going to be happening, and more than likely we will have to be shutting down, knowing what the personal changes meant. Late that year she lost to Cancer. The wayward staff member had successfully pull a small portion of our group, and although donations were going strong, the end was nigh. Lastly the housing was of course an issue. I had to sell the house to pay off probate and settle end of life business. We were up until the power went out. Thankfully as mentioned we saw it coming and posted the Entire GRX3 Minecraft network all 40GBs in part files on our site for folks to download, which many did.
2016 GRX3.com goes dark, GRX3.net disappears.
What this, it's over? Not true. Our community did not die, GRX3 Fitting Video for the Time
I get wind that a few of the staff members, long time users, and devoted community members have banded together to keep the name alive and built their own server. Even attempting to resurrect the old G,R,X,3 from the server files given. PlanetMinecraft was a buzz once again with GRX3 Minecraft news.
My life went through some much rapid change I didn't even own a computer anymore. I manage to get a hold of a computer, and talk with one of the staff at the time. Tt was nice to see who was in took over, and how it was going. Sadly they didn't have the same user base, which spoiled keeping it going. It's hard when you want to see folks but they don't even know it exists under a different address.
Another dark period, we are somewhere in 2017, wandering lost...
Starting 2018, GRX3.com Minecraft community is back up for only a month though. I managed to be living off a Rasberry Pi Model B+ that couldn't even run Minecraft but allowed me to at least setup a server, a chat, and see what if anything after so many years was there. It was clear our community was scatter among all the other servers. Our once #1 ranks servers and highly rank network has laid down in it's cemetery to wander haunting users. Unplugged.
2019 rolls around, life is such that I have my own accommodations, been working a "normal" job but have a good amount of steady income that allows me to setup GRX3 yet one more time. After having years of experience now, with GRX3 and other Minecraft spin-offs not mentioned here, I knew what it would take to get a server up, running, and stay running with little cash, supervision or time. Mind you I still work an entire work week, do my side job then look at GRX3 in my spare time. Now it's on a dedicated server box, decked out for performance, has essentially it's own dedicated internet connection, and an additional web host that is piggy backing on my own business's hosting. Things look promising.
Nearing the end of 2019 we have a very small community of folks that come on regularly. A group of voters that keep up us in the top 10 for vanilla, and 1 vanilla server. We are entirely free to play, only excepting donations for purely sake of donating. Building slowly back up all the mini-games, the daemon scripts, and many of the highly loved features of our old Minecraft network. Many plans in the works, still seeking great staff members, and a few old faces still came around now and then. Overall it's been a great ride, and I look forward to more chapters, exciting or not.