Hello AEM'ers! We hope you've been having a great Winter holiday, because we've been working behind the scenes to make your experience on the servers even better!
Firstly, AEM wants to be more generous to you, the players! As a result, Trusted players on Survival can be promoted to the VIP rank ($5 in the store) after playing on the server for a total of 6 days! We're slowly implementing this on all of the servers in the network, so if you don't have the money to spare, you can still get in on the donation perks!
AEM has implemented new hubs/lobbies, giving a fresh new look to the server! (You may have also noticed the excessive number of players in the hubs some weeks ago. This was due to a network issue, which has been fixed (woohoo!).) Be sure to give us your suggestions! From mini-games to other neat hub features, we want your feedback!
Upcoming: non-OP Skyblock
In terms of what's to come, @Sway has been hard at work to bring you a new server, coming very soon. You can expect non-OP Skyblock to make an appearance in early 2017, with more coming after that!! Non-OP Skyblock brings the classic Skyblock experience and economy back to AEM, with the more OP features staying with regular Skyblock. Your donation ranks will automatically be transferred to the new server, so there's no need to donate again. (and to clarify, this will not replace Skyblock, but be another server alongside it).
Now, if you don't know already, AEM has moved away from TeamSpeak. Instead, we've got our own Discord server! Discord is a lightweight, free client that's packed with more features and customization than TS, and we think you'll like it. You can download Discord here, and our server invite link is https://discord.gg/AR2Vdfr. We have staff on Discord at all hours of the day, so don't be afraid to give one of us a PM. Join today!
AEM on YouTube!
In other news, we have our own YouTube channel! From gameplays on the server, to showcases of your builds and islands or other AEM related updates, we (will) have it all! Our YouTube channel will also have sneak peeks to upcoming features on the network before they're released to you! What's more, in every video, we are going to hide donation coupons that you can use on the store. Be sure to get there first, as these only have a certain number of uses before they're gone!
AFK on AEM, and New Policies
On a more serious note, we've received several complaints from players about staff members being too harsh regarding AFK players or forum threads. As a result, we're working together to create new, less strict policies that all staff will be required to follow. And to finally clarify, you CAN go away from your computer on the servers, just be sure to come back soon, or expect to be teleported back to spawn. You have been warned!
Even more, we've had some promotions to our staff members over the past few weeks. Congratulations to:
@Charles Perkins, who was promoted from Helper to Mod,
@redneckpie, who was promoted from Mod to Admin,
@OreoTwinkies, who has rejoined the staff team and is now an Admin, and
@Koko, who is now a Helper on all of our servers!
Want to be a staff member and help out the servers? After registering a forum account and posting on the forums 10 times (don't spam, please!), you will be eligible to create a staff application. It doesn't matter if you've donated or not, all we ask is that you are at least 16+ years old to apply (exceptions may be made based on special cases).
35% Sale Still Going for 2 More Days!
We have a sale running until December 31st, where donor ranks on the server are 35% off in our store! Be sure to take advantage while it lasts! Remember, your feedback is extremely important to us. Be sure to leave your suggestions, as we frequently check the forums!
Upcoming Updates to Existing Servers!
And finally, some servers are seeing some cool new changes and updates! Survival is in the process of being updated to 1.11.2 at last, with cool new features such as furniture (wow!). With new things to do like exploring the new End, Elytra-firework powered flight, you won't want to miss this new update.
Even more, the Creative server will soon host a free-build world, with no plot restrictions. Anyone who wishes to build will need to apply on the website, coming soon. We'll be sure to keep you informed as to what we're planning!
That's all! We here at AEM hope you are having a great vacation, and we all look forward to seeing you on the servers. From all of us, have a great day, and let's make 2017 a great year!
AEM Staff Team