Oh how I love drama... especially when it's Minecraft drama... *sarcasm*. The death of Bukkit has hurt the modding community severally, many plugin developers have started to abandon ship which leaves many of the plugins we know and love dead in the water. I know some of you are aware of the Spigot mod but that mod is based on Bukkit and we've been using it for years hence why the server network thing is possible. Spigot is trying very hard to survive this dark time but it is still too early to tell what will happen. There is another mod in the works called Sponge, but it will take months for it to match the level of where Bukkit is. Plus since it is an entirely new mod it will require all plugins to be completely recoded to work with it. So with all that said, don't expect an 1.8 update in the near future or at all.
What's this mean for Fantasia?
We obviously heavily depend on Spigot. This does not mean we will die if Spigot dies. We will just remain as is till the end of time. I know I mentioned Sponge as another solution but that would require me to rebuild the entire network from the ground up with major differences. I MIGHT go that route if that project shows some promise in the future but will take a very long time. Sponge is still in its infancy and I am only one person that is unwilling to dump tons of time into this at this point. Don't get me wrong, I am still willing to manage this project but when it comes to major things I just can't dump the time in like I used to.
I know I posted an 1.8 plan recently with all these changes I planned on implementing. I still plan on doing all that but for one exception, Residence is among the abandoned projects. I am still uncertain what I want to do with that system. We could remain using the old plugin and hope it doesn't break with Spigot updates (if it survives) and without UUID support, which means if you change your name you lose your projection OR I can completely replace it with a new system. A new system would mean we would lose all current plot data, I'm sorry, I may be a wizard at manually converting data but this data is just way too much and too different. I may need to change many more plugins to ones that are still supported just in case we do happen to get an 1.8 update. I'm sorry for all the changes but there's no way around this. My duty is to keep the server up and running and as stable as possible.
Last thing I would like to touch base on is the Pandora project. I've been seeing a lot of talk about it again and how everyone is so excited about it and why is it taking so long. Pandora has/is/will remain an extremely low priority project. There are many reasons for this. A couple being the base server network is more important. We can't neglect this part because it is what new players first see and experience. Second, the Pandora project is based on a custom plugin that may need some major reworking with 1.8. I rather hold off for the possibility of 1.8 that way I don't have to wipe data etc.
I hope you all understand why these changes must happen and why . It is for the best of the network and my sanity :).